Banvit aims to punch ticket to Eurocup Top 8 with win
NOVO MESTO, Slovenia
Turkish guard Barış Ermiş (L) will orchestrate the Banvit side on offense as well as trying to stop Zoran Dragic. Banvit will try to keep its chase for a Top 8 spot alive as it visits Slovenia’s Krka Novo Mesto in the Eurocup tonight.The Turkish side is third with two wins in four games, and competing with Buducnost for the second spot of the group in the second-tier club competition in European basketball. Banvit will run out of chances if it loses and Buducnost downs group leader Spartak, who is on a perfect run of four wins.
Banvit, who is already having its best European performance, is coming off a tough loss to Beşiktaş Milangaz on Feb. 18 in the Spor Toto Turkish Cup.
Coach Orhun Ene, who is also the gaffer of the Turkish national basketball team, will be relying on his team’s inside trio – Lance Williams, Chuck Davis and Kenan Bajramovic – who have combined for an average of 32.4 points per game.
Turkish international guard Barış Ermiş will try to stop Krka’s main scoring threat, Zoran Dragic, apart from orchestrating the Turkish side on offense.
In Eurochallenge, the third-tier competition, Beşiktaş hosts Russia’s Novgorod in a game that holds little advantage. Beşiktaş guaranteed a spot in the Top 8 stage.
Karşıyaka (2-2), the second Turkish team in the cup, visits Antwerp (1-3) hoping to guarantee its second spot behind Dragons (4-0), who visits Russia’s Triumph (1-3).