RUS/UKR/ESP - Finals places at stake
"We defended spectacularly," Bilbao coach Fotis Katsikaris said.
"And we had very few ups and downs.
"A few turnovers and errors, but we kept up our intensity, controlled the rebounds and overcame (them) in every statistical category.”
Three other places in the Finals remain up for grabs with the second legs of the other Quarter-Finals set for Wednesday evening.
While Lokomotiv surely believe they have one foot in the Finals after a 72-54 triumph in Podgorica last week, there is still all to play for in the two other remaining ties.
Spartak won by 11 in their opening leg triumph while Valencia prevailed by 10.
Valencia coach Velimir Perasovic says in no way can his team feel comfortable.
"We already saw in Valencia that we are facing a high-level team,” Perasovic said.
“We must think about this game as one game, starting 0-0.
“If we start thinking about keeping our cushion, we will surely lose it.”
There are several international players who will be on display in the three games.
Unics are hoping that one of theirs who missed the first leg, Greek national team forward, recovers from injury and plays.
“It was pretty difficult for me personally and for my team as well to play on the road starting the Quarter-Finals missing Kostas Kaimakoglou,” fellow Greek Ian Vougioukas said, “and I hope he will recover soon to help our team."