Euroleague top16, Week 6

PE Valencia, Caja Laboral and Panathinaikos rounded out the playoff slate with clutch victories on Thursday. Barcelona finished the Top 16 undefeated, Olympiacos and Montepaschi won before heading to the quarterfinals and Roma and Partizan finished their seasons with wins.

Power Electronics Valencia made it to the Quarterfinal Playoffs! Valencia finished second in Top 16 Group H and earned the right to keep fighting for Turkish Airlines Euroleague glory by knocking off Fenerbahce Ulker 82-68 in front of a sea of orange fans at Fuente de San Luis on Thursday. Valencia needed a three-point win to advance due to its 75-73 road loss against Fener earlier in this group. Both teams finished Group G tied at 3-3 but Valencia went through and will face Real Madrid in the best-of-five Playoffs.

Caja Laboral became the Group E champion with a tough 68-77 road win over Lietuvos Rytas at Siemens Arena in the Lithuanian capital, eliminating the home team from the playoff along the way. A brilliant effort from Fernando San Emeterio – 19 points, 11 rebounds and 8 fouls drawn – lifted the Spanish champs to victory in a do-or-die clash. The game was close with the host tying the score early in the fourth quarter, but Laboral continued to play at an elite level and despite the never-ending support of a sold-out arena, Rytas seemed to run out of steam.

Panathinaikos managed to advance to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs thanks to a 61-77 road win at Unicaja in the last week of the Top 16. Since Caja Laboral also won in Vilnius to finish as group champ, Panathinaikos will now square off with defending champ Regal FC Barcelona in the Playoffs. Unicaja was already out of the race before the game even started. This results leaves the Greens with a 4-2 record in Group E, just the same as Caja Laboral, but finishes second because it has the tiebreaker lost with the Spanish team.