Sassari and Ludwigsburg take big strides towards last 16

Dinamo Sassari and Ludwigsburg made big strides towards the last-16 with dominant play-off round victories over CEZ Nymburk and Maccabi Rand Media in the Basketball Champions League.

Sardinian side Sassari were dominant on home court as Rok Stipcevic contributed 20 points and five assists, while Trevor Lacey and David Bell added 18 and 16 respectively, in a 94-72 win.

It was the second half that proved the difference, Sassari outscoring their opponents 52-31 to take a dominant first-leg lead.

Ludwigsburg made the trip to Israel and ran out comfortable 83-66 victors ahead of the return fixture in Germany.

A 15-0 run early on set the tone for the match and Chad Toppert, who went 11 from 11 at the free-throw line, starred with 20 points.

Fraport Skyliners also have a decent lead after beating Pinar Karsiyaka 90-80 in Frankfurt, but the remaining three of Wednesday's ties remain firmly in the balance.

Avtodor Saratov held on for an 87-84 win over EWE Baskets despite Frantz Massenat draining a three-pointer and Evgeny Kolesnikov seeing a Hail Mary effort hit the rim in the closing stages for the visitors.

Partizan claimed a narrow 76-74 win at PAOK on the back of 27 points and four assists from William Hatcher, while AEK won by a point in a 78-77 triumph at Juventus Utena - despite Jamar Diggs finishing with 18 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the home side.

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