Real Madrid - Panathinaikos 85-78 Real Madrid accounted for the first win in EuroLeague regular season. The Spanish powerhouse prevailed against Panathinaikos behind 23 points from Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85). It was never an easy game for Real. They eked out a narrow 22:20 lead after ten minutes. However Pedoulakis team adjusted defensively and surged ahead in the second frame. The Hellenes limited Real to 13 points in the quarter to take a 44:35 halftime lead. Real needed some strong words from Pablo Laso in the dressing room to change the complexion of the game in the second half. They fired 24 points in the third quarter to regain the advantage. The hosts entered the fourth term trailing by a single point 59:60. Real erased the deficit and surged ahead in the fourth quarter. The hosts stayed confident in the dying minutes to secure the opening win in the EuroLeague season. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) delivered 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Sergio Llull contributed 15 points for Real Madrid. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) answered with 23 points for Panathinaikos. Dimitris Diamantidis chipped in 13 points and issued 6 assists in the loss.
Cantu - Union Olimpija 71-84 Pallacanestro Cantu faced the harsh reality of Euroleague regular season tonight. The Qualifying round winners were upset by Union Olimpija at the PalaDesio. Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) nailed 17 points to lead the Slovenian team to a comfortable victory. Union Olimpija gained control early in the game. The Ljubljana team recorded a 20:17 advantage after ten minutes. Cantu cut the deficit in the second period. The hosts got within a single point at the interval 40:41. However Union Olimpija limited the hosts to just 13 points in the third term and boosted the lead to 6 points heading into the fourth frame. Union Olimpija unleashed 25 points in the final stanza to seal the initial win in the new Euroleague season. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) had 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Sasu Salin added 15 points for the visitors. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) answered with 16 points for Cantu. Manuchar Markoishvili had 13 points in the loss.
Fener.Ulker - Khimky 92-80 Fenerbahce entertained the home crowd with the first Euroleague victory this season. The Turkish team overcame Khimky in Istanbul tonight to improve at 1-0 record in Group A. Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 20 points to lead the hosts. The game was decided mostly in the second frame. The teams stayed close throughout the opening ten minutes. The scoreboard read 25:25 after the starting quarter. However Fenerbahce went on a 21:11 run in the second term to pile up a 10-point lead. Khimky tried to turn things around in the third term. They stiffened defensively and narrowed the gap at 8-point mark at the final break. But Fenerbahce fired 30 points in the fourth term and cruised to the victory at the end. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) provided 17 points, while Omer Onan added 15 points for Fenerbahce. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) answered with 17 points for Khimky. K.C. Rivers had 14 points in the loss.
Montepaschi SI - ALBA 82-92 Alba Berlin surprise Montepaschi Siena in Italy in their start of EuroLeague 2012/2013 season. The German side led in the majority of the game and reached 92:82 win. Alba started well and led in the first period 22:14. Montepaschi Siena however managed to close the quarter at 25:25 and led 34:29 after Matt Janning's shot. Later on Alba dominated the court. They won the half 42:39 and then DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) increased to 66:53. Alba led 10 points at the end of the third period and managed to keep the necessary advantage. Zach Morley made two free throws at the end of the game for the final result. DaShaun Wood stepped up with 15 points for the winners and Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) as well as Vule Avdalovic posted 14 each. Yassin Idbihi followed them with 13 points in a win. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) poured in 17 points in defeat, while Kristjan Kangur delivered 13. Bobby Brown posted 10 and Benjamin Eze notched 7.
Unicaja - Maccabi T-A 80-85 Maccabi Tel-Aviv clinched the first win at the Euroleague season. The Israeli powerhouse prevailed against Unicaja in Malaga tonight Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 16 points to topscore for the visitors. Maccabi Tel-Aviv dominated in the first half. They prevailed in nearly every facet of the game in the first part of the clash. Maccabi posted a 25:20 lead ten minutes into the game. The visitors boosted the margin to 11 points at the interval 47:36. But Unicaja were not about to surrender. The hosts dropped 27 points in the third term to cut the distance to just two points with one quarter remaining. It was a tough battle in the fourth frame as Maccabi came out winners registering a valuable road win. David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) netted 14 points, while Lior Eliyahu finished with 13 points for the Tel-Aviv team. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) answered with game-high 25 points for Unicaja. Krunoslav Simon netted 19 points in the loss.
Chalon - Asseco Prokom 81-74 Elan Chalon registered their first win in Euroleague regular season. Elan Chalon enjoyed a winning debut beating Asseco Prokom in France. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) and Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) posted 17 points each to lead the hosts. The teams started the game slowly. They teamed up for 23 points in the first period as Asseco Prokom grabbed a 12:11 lead. Elan Chalon increased the tempo in the second frame. The French outfit posted 22 points in the quarter to ensure a 33:28 halftime advantage. Elan Chalon maintained the lead throughout the third term. The home side secured a 9-point advantage before the fourth quarter. Asseco Prokom fired 26 points in the fourth frame but had to surrender at the end. Steed Tchicamboud delivered 16 points and 9 assists for the winners. Mateusz Ponitka answered with 13 points for Asseco Prokom. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) topscored with 14 points for the Polish team.
EA7 Armani - Anadolu Efes 80-75 Emporio Armani recorded the first win in Euroleague regular season. The Italian team held off Anadolu Efes at the Mediolanum Forum tonight. Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83, agency: FCM) scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Emporio Armani set the tone early in the encounter. The hosts grabbed an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Emporio Armani maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They posted a 40:34 halftime advantage. The Italian team boosted the margin in the third quarter. Emporio Armani ensured a 64:50 advantage heading into the fourth frame. Anadolu Efes were not done just yet. The Turkish team exploded with 25 points but stopped just few steps away from victory. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) produced 16 points, while Malik Hairston added 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) answered with 19 points for Anadolu Efes. Dusko Savanovic contributed 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
Olympiacos - Caja Laboral 85-81 Olympiakos victoriously opened Euroleague regular season campaign. They overcame Caja Laboral in Piraeus tonight. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) scored 17 points to lead the effort. Caja Laboral silenced the Reds fans in the first quarter. The Vitoria team gained a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. But Olympiakos quickly recovered. The Hellenes exploded with 30 points in the second frame to ensure a 48:37 halftime lead. Caja Laboral lived up to the challenge and regained control in the third term. The Spanish team erupted for 29 points in the frame to spur ahead for a 66:65 advantage at the final intermission. However Olympiakos took the lead back in the decisive moments and hung on to clinch the victory. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) provided 16 points, while Stratos Perperoglou added 14 points for the hosts. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) answered with 18 points for Caja Laboral. Brad Oleson netted 13 points in the loss.
Zalgiris - Cedevita 90-62 Zalgiris clinched the first win in Euroleague regular season. The Kaunas team shot down visiting Cedevita in the opener. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) posted 20 points to lead the winners. Zalgiris started the game strong. They fired 27 points in the first frame to take a 7-point lead. Zalgiris stayed on fire in the second frame. The hosts piled up a 55:38 halftime buffer. The Kaunas team held their opponents to 15 points in the third term to boost the gap at 26-point mark. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) notched 17 points, while Marko Popovic added 15 points in the victory. Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 16 points for Cedevita. Bracey Wright had 15 points in the loss.
Besiktas - Partizan 81-65 Besiktas JK Istanbul silence Partizan mt:s Belgrade for the initial victory in EuroLeague. The Turkish side grabbed 81:65 win in their opener. Besiktas JK Istanbul started with 19-14 and looked better in the first half. The hosts added 20-16 in the second frame and had 39:30 halftime advantage. Partizan mt:s Belgrade made everything they could to stay tough in the second half against the Turkish representative. The Serbian side won the third period 23-22 but failed in the last quarter. Muratcan Guler brought 77:61, while Patrick Christopher (196-G-88, college: California) scored for 79:61. Djordje Gagic drove a lay-up for 79:63, whilst Dragan Milosavljevic reduced to 81:65. Patrick Christopher top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) nailed 15. Serhat Cetin brought 8, while Cevher Ozer posted 7. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 18 points in the losing effort, while TERMANN LEO added 12. Drew Gordon and Dragan Milosavljevic ended up with 9 points each in defeat.
FCB Regal - Brose Baskets 72-60 FC Barcelona Regal successfully starts 2012/2013 season as they beat Brose Baskets. The Spanish outfit overcame the German representative 72:60 in the first game on Friday. FC Barcelona Regal easily took the lead and grabbed 26:9 advantage at the end of the first period. Both teams nailed 17 points each in the second frame as the board showed 43:26 when the teams disappeared in the lockers. FC Barcelona Regal won the third period 21-18 and enjoyed 20-point advantage entering the last stanza. Brose Baskets replied with 16-8 in the last stanza to reduce to 12 final points. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) and Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) top-scored for the winners with 12 points each. Lorbek Erazem nailed 11, while Wallace Judson posted 10. Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80) finished the game with 20 points in defeat and Williams Latavious as well as Zirbes Maik had 8 each. Jacobsen Casey followed them with 7 points in a loss.
CSKA - Lietuvos rytas 75-73 CSKA opened the Euroleague regular season with victory. They held off pesky Lietuvos Rytas in a tough home game. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) scored crucial points late in regulation to propel CSKA to a come-from-behind victory in Group D. He finished with 14 points for CSKA. Lietuvos Rytas bravely entered the game in Moscow. The Vilnius team grabbed a 23:20 lead after the starting quarter. CSKA rebounded in the second frame. The Russian team surged ahead for a 46:37 halftime advantage. Lietuvos Rytas limited CSKA to just 8 points in the third period and narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at the final intermission. Lietuvos Rytas pulled ahead for a 71:68 lead late in regulation. But Sonny Weems came up with crucial points late in regulation as CSKA surged ahead. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) had a chance to win the game for Lietuvos Rytas but missed a buzzer-beating three-pointer. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) delivered 12 points each for CSKA. Renaldas Seibutis answered with 19 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Mindaugas Katelynas posted 12 points in the loss.
FC Barcelona Lassa announced Sunday that big man Moussa Diagne (211-C-94) will return to the club from his loan to 7DAYS EuroCup team Montakit Fuenlabrada. Diagne appeared briefly in two Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games last season for Barcelona. He was loaned over the summer to Fuenlabrada, where he has averaged 7.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in nine EuroCup appearances this season. Diagne is a mobile F/C and coach Bartzokas will use his defensive skills and athleticism in specific units t... [read more]
FC Barcelona Lassa announced Sunday that big man Moussa Diagne (211-C-94) will return to the club from his loan to 7DAYS EuroCup team Montakit Fuenlabrada. Diagne appeared briefly in two Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games last season for Barcelona. He was loaned over the summer to Fuenlabrada, where he has averaged 7.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in nine EuroCup appearances this season. Diagne is a mobile F/C and coach Bartzokas will use his defensive skills and athleticism in specific units targeting on being more effective in the Pick&Roll defense. Barcelona has also Tomic and Faverani in the "5" spot, two big bodies so Diagne's mobility seems a good fit in the frontcourt. Faverani had a tremendous night in his debut against Anadolu with 18 points.
Nando De Colo claims Euroleague weekly honour - 3 days ago
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French Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader CSKA and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18. The 29-year old shooting guard had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and five assists for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to crush Brose Bask. (#12, 7-11) with 21-point margin 85-64. It allowed CSKA to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. They would have been even better i... [read more]
French Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader CSKA and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18. The 29-year old shooting guard had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and five assists for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to crush Brose Bask. (#12, 7-11) with 21-point margin 85-64. It allowed CSKA to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CSKA has a very solid 14-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game De Colo had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at CSKA, through which he has constantly improved. De Colo has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.9ppg) and averages solid 53.7% FGP and 46.2% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American point guard Mike James (185-PG-90) of Panathinaikos. James impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 2 assists. Bad luck as Panathinaikos lost that game 63-84 to slightly higher-ranked Fenerbahce (#5, 11-7). This loss caused Panathinaikos to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. James is a newcomer at Panathinaikos and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was Brazilian Vitor Faverani (212-C-88) of FC Barcelona (#9). Faverani scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of FC Barcelona, leading his team to a 89-78 win against Anadolu Efes (8-10). The chances of FC Barcelona ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Faverani could help FC Barcelona to bring them higher in the standings. The season just started for Faverani as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of Unics - 13 points and 8 rebounds 5. Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85) of Real Madrid - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88) of Maccabi T-A - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) of Darussafaka - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Sinan Guler (192-SG-83) of Galatasaray - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) of EA7 Armani - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) of Brose Bask. - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Olympiacos - Baskonia 92-62 An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Athens. Third ranked Greek Olympiacos faced 4th ranked Spanish Baskonia. Host Olympiacos (13-5) smashed guests from Vitoria (11-7) 92-62. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Baskonia managed to win fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 12 points and 7 a... [read more]
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Athens. Third ranked Greek Olympiacos faced 4th ranked Spanish Baskonia. Host Olympiacos (13-5) smashed guests from Vitoria (11-7) 92-62. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Baskonia managed to win fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 12 points and 7 assists. Forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Olympiacos players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) who recorded 11 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) added 12 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olympiacos have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Greek champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Real Madrid. Baskonia at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Fenerbahce. Olympiacos is looking forward to face Armani Milano (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Baskonia will play against Crvena Zvezda (#8) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win. Top scorers: Olympiacos: K.Papanikolaou 12+7reb+2ast, G.Printezis 12+3reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 12+2reb+7ast, E.Green 11+4reb, E.Mantzaris 10+2reb+1ast, K.Birch 9+7reb Baskonia: S.Larkin 12+2reb+2ast, A.Hanga 11+8reb+1ast, R.Beaubois 9+2ast, C.Budinger 8+4reb+1ast, K.Tillie 7+2reb+2ast, R.Freire Luz 5+3reb+1ast
There was no surprise in Kaunas where 13th ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (6-12) were defeated by second ranked Spanish Real Madrid (13-5) 74-59. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Real Madrid dominated on the defensive end, holding Zalgiris to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Liberian-American power forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee Services) notched 14 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Sergio Llull (190-87) supported him with 8 points and 8 assists. Even 11 points and 7 rebounds by Paulius Jankunas (205-84) did not help to save the game for Zalgiris. Brazilian center Augusto Lima (207-91) added 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Real Madrid have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Spanish champion maintains second position with 13-5 record behind leader CSKA, which they share with Olympiacos. Zalgiris lost third consecutive game. Defending Lithuanian champion keep the thirteenth place with 12 games lost. Real Madrid's next round opponent will be Brose Baskets (#12) in Bamberg and are hoping to win another game. Zalgiris will play at home against the league's leader CSKA and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Real Madrid: O.Hunter 14+6reb+1ast, T.Thompkins 12+3reb, J.Carroll 11+1reb+2ast, G.Ayon 11+2reb+4ast, S.Llull 8+3reb+8ast, F.Reyes 8+3reb Zalgiris: A.Lima 13+6reb, L.Lekavicius 11+1reb+4ast, P.Jankunas 11+7reb+2ast, L.Westermann 6+1reb+7ast, E.Ulanovas 4+5reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 4+2reb
No shocking result in a game in Istanbul where eighth ranked Turkish Darussafaka (10-8) defeated 11th ranked Russian Unics Kazan (7-11) 71-64. Unics Kazan was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 20-12 charge of Darussafaka, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Unics Kazan's 28. American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) notched 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and French Adrien Moerman (202-88) supported him with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Darussafaka players scored in double figures. Darussafaka's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 13 points and 8 rebounds by Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) did not help to save the game for Unics Kazan. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) added 16 points. Darussafaka moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Panathinaikos and Crvena Zvezda. Unics Kazan at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Darussafaka's next round opponent will be Anadolu Efes (#10) in Istanbul. Unics Kazan will play at home against Fenerbahce and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Darussafaka: A.Moerman 17+7reb+1ast, B.Wanamaker 16+7reb+5ast, A.Zizic 13+5reb, J.Anderson 10+7reb+2ast, W.Clyburn 7+5reb+1ast, S.Wilbekin 6+1reb+1ast Unics: K.Langford 16+2reb+2ast, A.Parakhouski 13+8reb, P.Antipov 13+3reb, O.Johnson 10+1reb+2ast, L.Williams 6+8reb, P.Stoll 3+5reb+8ast
We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 9th ranked Turkish Anadolu Efes (8-10) were defeated on the road by tenth ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (8-10) 89-78. Anadolu Efes were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 56-44 second half run of FC Barcelona. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. FC Barcelona players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Brazilian center Vitor Faverani (212-88) notched 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) supported him with 20 points and 4 assists. Even 25 points by American guard Brandon Paul (193-91, college: Illinois, agency: Pensack Sports) did not help to save the game for Anadolu Efes. French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) added 18 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. FC Barcelona moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Anadolu Efes. FC Barcelona's next round opponent will be higher ranked Panathinaikos (#6) in Athens and it may be quite challenging game. Top scorers: FC Barcelona: P.Koponen 20+4ast, V.Faverani 18+8reb+1ast, V.Claver 15+5reb+2ast, J.Carlos Navarro 9+2reb+1ast, J.Doellman 9+6reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 7+3reb Anadolu Efes: B.Paul 25+1ast, T.Heurtel 18+1ast, T.Honeycutt 11+7reb, D.Thomas 8, J.Granger 6+6reb+3ast, B.Dunston 5+8reb+1ast
Bottom-ranked Italian Armani Milano managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the ten-game losing streak. This time defending Italian champion won against fifteenth-ranked Turkish Galatasaray92-87. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-21 Galatasaray's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 92-87 at the end of the game. Armani Milano players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for Croatian swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 assists. Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Armani Milano's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Sinan Guler (192-83, college: Carroll, MT, agency: 1x1 Sports) replied with 17 points and 6 assists and Uruguayan point guard Bruno Fitipaldo (183-91, agency: Pro Sports) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Galatasaray. Four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. Defending Italian champion (5-13) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with defeated Galatasaray. Armani Milano will play against higher ranked Olympiacos (#3) in Athens in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Galatasaray will play at home against Maccabi T-A (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: EA7 Armani: K.Simon 19+3reb+5ast, M.Raduljica 13+4reb+2ast, M.Kalnietis 12+2reb+4ast, R.Hickman 10+2reb+2ast, M.Macvan 8+6reb+2ast, A.Cinciarini 8+4reb+3ast Galatasaray: B.Fitipaldo 17+2reb+4ast, S.Guler 17+4reb+6ast, A.Daye 14+2reb, T.Pleiss 10+5reb, A.Tyus 8+5reb, V.Micov 7+3reb+2ast
Very predictable result in Tel-Aviv where eighth ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (10-8) beat 13th ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (6-12) 71-67. Maccabi T-A was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 23-13 charge of Crvena Zvezda, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Stefan Jovic (198-90) notched 14 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and Bosnian-Serbian center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90) supported him with 8 points and 9 rebounds. Even 19 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) did not help to save the game for Maccabi T-A. His fellow American import forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) added 11 points. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Crvena Zvezda have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Panathinaikos and Darussafaka. Maccabi T-A at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Crvena Zvezda's next round opponent will be higher ranked Baskonia (#4) in Vitoria and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi T-A will play on the road against Galatasaray (#16) in Istanbul and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Crvena Zvezda: S.Jovic 14+3reb+7ast, D.Thompson 10+1reb+1ast, O.Kuzmic 8+9reb+2ast, B.Lazic 8+3reb, L.Mitrovic 7+4reb+1ast, M.Simonovic 6+1reb Maccabi T-A: A.Goudelock 19+5reb+2ast, C.Iverson 13+5reb, S.Weems 12+1reb, V.Rudd 11+4reb+3ast, Y.Ohayon 7+2reb+5ast, G.Mekel 3+3ast
The game in Istanbul supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Greek Panathinaikos (10-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Turkish Fenerbahce (11-7). Fenerbahce smashed Panathinaikos 84-63. The game was mostly controlled by Fenerbahce. Panathinaikos was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Italian forward Luigi Datome (203-87) notched 16 points to lead the effort and Czech power forward Jan Vesely (213-90) supported him with 13 points. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. Even 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) by American point guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) did not help to save the game for Panathinaikos. His fellow American import forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) added 13 points. Panathinaikos' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending Turkish champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Baskonia. Panathinaikos at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Fenerbahce's next round opponent will be Unics Kazan (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Panathinaikos will play against FC Barcelona (#9) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Fenerbahce: L.Datome 16+4reb+3ast, A.Duverioglu 13+4reb+1ast, J.Vesely 13+4reb+3ast, K.Sloukas 12+4reb+3ast, J.Nunnally 10+2reb+1ast, B.Bogdanovic 7+3reb+5ast Panathinaikos: M.James 25+1reb+2ast, C.Singleton 13+2reb, K.Rivers 11+1reb+2ast, J.Feldeine 4+1reb+3ast, K.Gabriel 3+7reb+1ast, N.Calathes 2+1reb+4ast
Russian leader CSKA delivered the fourteenth victory on Thursday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked German Brose Baskets (7-11) 85-64 in Moscow. The game without a history. CSKA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.4 percent from the field and made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. CSKA outrebounded Brose Baskets 28-16 including a 21-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. French Nando De Colo (196-87) scored 26 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Nikita Kurbanov (202-86) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Russian champion maintains first position with 14-4 record. Defending German champion Brose Baskets dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Unics. CSKA will meet Zalgiris (#14) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Brose Baskets will play against the league's second-placed Real Madrid and hope to secure a win. Top scorers: CSKA: N.De Colo 26+4reb+5ast, K.Hines 13+3reb, N.Kurbanov 10+5reb+3ast, V.Fridzon 10+2reb+1ast, A.Jackson 9+2reb+6ast, V.Khryapa 5+3reb+6ast Brose Bask.: D.Theis 16+5reb, N.Melli 15+5reb+3ast, D.Miller 8+1ast, M.Lo 8+3ast, L.Staiger 6+1reb, J.Strelnieks 5+1reb+2ast
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