MINSK, 16 September (BelTA) – BC Tsmoki Minsk have reached the final of the Basketball Champions League 2022 qualifiers, BelTA has learned.
Belarus edged ZZ Leiden of the Netherlands 69-67 in Treviso, Italy on 15 September.
Robert Upshaw led the winning team with 17 points.
In the match for the spot in the Champions League group stage BC Tsmoki Minsk will face Nutribullet Treviso on 17 September. If the Minskers reach the group stage, they will compete against VEF Riga, AEK Athens and Falco Szombathely in Group D. If the Dragons do not progress, they will relegate to FIBA Cup.
After return from Italy, Tsmoki Minsk will be gearing up for the first game in the VTB United League new season. On 23 September they will host the reigning champion of the tournament, CSKA Moscow. The 2021-2022 VTB United League will feature 13 teams. They will play in a double-round tournament with home and away games. The top eight clubs will continue competing for the trophy in a playoff series.