Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sarunas Jasikevicius Advances in Euroleague

It's been a while since I posted an update about the annual Euroleague tournament. When we last left off, three Terps had advanced to the Top 16 round, all on teams in the same Group G. Of those three, Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-98) and his team, Panathinaikos Athens, was the only one to advance, with a 4-2 record in the group. In the six games in the Top 16 round-robin, Jasikevicius averaged 4.7 points and 2.7 assists. Panathinaikos now moves on the a best-of-five quarterfinal series against Tel Aviv Isreal's Maccabi Electra, where Sarunas will have the opportunity to end the playoff run of Euroleague rookie Jon Scheyer. Panathinaikos already won the first game of that series at home. (Scheyer did not play in Game 1 for undisclosed personal reasons.)

Back to the Top 16, Drew Nicholas (1999-2003) was released from Milan's EA7 Emporio Armani midway through the round. Armani finished in a tie for second place in the group, but dropped to third on the tie-breaker and failed to advance (only the top two move on to the quarterfinals). In the four games he played in, Nicholas averaged 6.5 points, 3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists.

James Gist, with Turkey's Fenerbahce Ulker, finished 2-4 and in 4th place in the group. Gist averaged 4.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in the 6 Top 16 games.

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