ASVEL down Neptunas but both edge towards play-offs

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne moved level with Group C leaders Neptunas Klaipeda after an 68-64 win, but both sides could reach the Basketball Champions League play-offs on Wednesday.

Walter Hodge provided 18 points and six assists as the French side joined their Lithuanian opponents on 8-2 for the tournament.

Defeats for Ventspils and PAOK in their next fixtures would be enough to send ASVEL and Neptunas through to the next round.

Kataja Basket's resurgence continued as they won their fourth straight match by overcoming Group B leaders Le Mans Sarthe 74-57, a result that Umana Reyer Venezia took advantage of by joining the French side on 7-3 by beating Khimik 73-59.

The top of Group A is getting increasingly tight with leaders Banvit going down to CEZ Nymburk, who were aided by a Eugene Lawrence double-double and sit third following Aris' 85-58 thumping of Ironi Nahariya.

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg boosted their play-off hopes by handing Szolnoki Olaj their ninth defeat of the campaign, while Dinamo Sassari's chances of progression took a blow with a 63-57 defeat to Proximus Spirou.

Sassari's slip-up enable Partizan to move up to third in Group E, Adin Vrabac sinking the game-winning lay-up with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime for an 81-80 triumph against Stelmet Zielona Gora.

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