Results and Stats from Regular Season Round 5 - Nov 9, 2012
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Cantu - Fener.Ulker 82-58 Mapooro Cantu raced to the second win in Euroleague Group A. The Italian team breezed past Fenerbahce at home court. Beye Tabu-Eboma (184-SG-85) scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the hosts. Fenerbahce fell at 3-2 record after the loss. Cantu stunned the visitors early in the encounter. The hosts strongly started the game posting a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. Cantu dominated in the second period. They established a 41:27 halftime advantage. Cantu kept Fenerbahce at safe distance throughout the third term. The home side built a 16-point lead before the final frame. Cantu unleashed 25 points in the final period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Marco Cusin (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Jeff Brooks netted 15 points each for the winners. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) answered with 10 points for Fenerbahce. Bojan Bogdanovic and David Andersen had 8 points each in the loss.
Union Olimpija - Real Madrid 76-89 Real Madrid accounted for the fourth EuroLeague win this season. They knocked down Union Olimpija in the Slovenian capital. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) orchestrated the victory with 18 points. Real Madrid surged ahead early in the encounter. The visitors accumulated a 21:18 lead at the first break. Real mounted the pressure in the second quarter. They secured a 46:35 halftime advantage. Real kept Union Olimpija at safe distance throughout the third term. The visitors entered the fourth stanza up by 11 points. Real outscored the hosts in the final ten minutes and posted a comfortable win at the end. Felipe Reyes netted 16 points, while Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) dropped 14 points for the winners. Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) answered with game-high 22 points for Union Olimpija. Jaka Blazic had 14 points in defeat.
Panathinaikos - Khimky 67-79 Khimky gained the third win in EuroLeague Group A. They surprised Panathinaikos in Athens. Khimky improved at 3-2 record leaving Panathinaikos at 2-3. Zoran Planinic stepped up with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Panathinaikos led by six points 23:17 at the first break. But Khimky gradually adjusted their tempo. The Russian side narrowed the gap at 3-point mark at the interval 41:38. Khimky denied the deficit in the third term. The teams entered the fourth stanza tied at 58. Khimky held the hosts at just 9 points in the final term and marched to the victory. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) added 13 points in the winning case. Roko-Leni Ukic topscored with 13 points for Panathinaikos. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) provided 12 points in the loss.
ALBA - Maccabi T-A 76-78 Maccabi snatched a narrow victory over ALBA in Berlin. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) accounted for 20 points as the Israeli champions improved at 5-0 record in Group B. ALBA slipped at 2-3 record after the loss. Maccabi held the hosts to 10 points in the first quarter to pull ahead. The Israeli powerhouse ensured a 6-point lead at the first pause. ALBA drilled 25 points in the second quarter to recover. The hosts narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) and Albert Miralles put ALBA in front 43:40 early in the third quarter. However Maccabi spurred back in charge and Guy Pnini (200-SF-83) made it 56:52 for the visitors heading into the fourth frame. ALBA got within two points 74:76 with just over a minute remaining. Devin Smith and Vule Avdalovic exchanged baskets but Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) missed a late three-pointer as Maccabi got away with victory. Guy Pnini netted 11 points, while Malcolm Thomas accounted for 9 points in the win. Nihad Djedovic paced ALBA with 17 points. Deon Thompson delivered 14 points in the loss.
Asseco Prok. - Montepaschi 66-101 Montepaschi Siena registered the second victory in EuroLeague Group B. They fired past Asseco Prokom in Gdynia tonight. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) notched 27 points and 7 assists to lead the visitors. It never looked like a rout in the opening quarter. Asseco Prokom stayed in charge posting a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. But Montepaschi took over in the second period. The Siena team spurred ahead and posted a 42:35 halftime lead. The visitors silenced Asseco Prokom in the third term. They erupted for 37 points in the quarter and cleared off at 32-point distance with one period remaining. Montepaschi Siena kept the hosts at bay throughout the final frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) and David Moss netted 16 points apiece for the winners. Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) netted 15 points for Asseco Prokom. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) chipped in 13 points in the loss.
Chalon - Unicaja 78-88 Unicaja Malaga beat Elan Chalon for 4-1 record in Group B of EuroLeague. The Spanish side grabbed an 88:78 road win in front of 5000 fans. Unicaja Malaga took 24-21 and added 20-11 in the second frame. Elan Chalon was too far to give up and surprised the guests with 29-24 in the third period. Joffrey Lauvergne, reduced to 65:70 later in the fourth period, but that was all the hosts managed to do. Unicaja Malaga brought back 10-point advantage and managed to seal the victory with the same difference. Krunoslav Simon top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Luka Zoric notched 15. James Gist (205-F-86) delivered 13, while Marcus Williams posted 12. Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) ended up with 24 points in the losing effort, whilst Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) tossed in 12. Joffrey Lauvergne scored 10, while Ilian Evtimov and Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) had 9 apiece.
Anadolu Efes - Zalgiris 64-77 Zalgiris kept their EuroLeague record spotless. They knocked down Anadolu Efes in Istanbul to improve at 5-0 record on top of Group C. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) nailed 21 points to lead the winners. Anadolu Efes slipped at 3-2 record after the loss. Zalgiris drained 25 points in the opening frame to surge ahead. The Kaunas team gained a 25:23 lead after ten minutes. Anadolu Efes tuned in defensively in the second quarter. The Turkish side erased the deficit and knotted things up at 37. But the third term belonged to Zalgiris. The visitors went on a decisive 23:14 run to take a 9-point advantage. Zalgiris limited Anadolu Efes to just 13 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory. Tremmell Darden nailed 16 points, while Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) added 15 points for the winners. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) answered with 20 points for Anadolu Efes. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) had 13 points in the loss.
Cedevita - Caja Laboral 76-69 Cedevita registered the first EuroLeague victory in the season. The Croatian team held off Caja Laboral at home court. Miro Bilan (215-C-89) provided 16 points to lead the winners. Caja Laboral fell at 1-4 record after the defeat. The teams were tied at 24 after ten minutes of action. Cedevita however pulled ahead in the second term. The hosts held the Spaniards to just 10 points in the period to take a 39:34 halftime lead. The Zagreb team extended the margin in the third quarter. Cedevita stayed aggressive defensively and it paid off. The home team accumulated a 12-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Caja Laboral did not surrender as they cut the deficit in the fourth period. Cedevita kept Caja Laboral at safe distance throughout the final period and clinched a well-deserved win. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) scored 14 points, while Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points for the winners. Fernando San Emeterio responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Caja Laboral. Andres Nocioni netted 12 points in the loss.
EA7 Armani - Olympiacos 71-84 Olympiacos are coming back with victory from Italy. The Piraeus team overcame Emporio Armani to improve at 3-2 record in Euroleague Group C. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) provided 23 points and 9 assists to lead the visitors. Olympiacos set the tone early in the game. The Greek side grabbed a 24:17 lead after the starting period. Emporio Armani cut the deficit in the second quarter. The Italian team came back to life and narrowed the deficit at 5-point mark at the interval. But Olympiacos were back in control in the third term. The Hellenes extended their lead to 9 points at the final break 59:50. Olympiacos dropped 25 points in the fourth stanza and celebrated well-deserved win at the end. Kostas Papanikolaou provided 17 points, while Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85, agency: FCM) added 13 points for Olympiacos. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) netted 17 points for the hosts. Ioannis Bourousis chipped in 16 points and pulled down 9 rebounds against his former team.
Partizan - Brose Baskets 72-77 Brose Baskets upset Partizan in Belgrade in the last game of Round 5 in EuroLeague. The German side overcame Partizan mt:s 77:72 in front of 7500 local fans. The Serbian side fell at 0-5 record. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the first period and then the hosts grabbed the lead at the halftime. They managed to erupt with 25-17 in the second frame for 8-point advantage at the end of the second frame. Brose Baskets replied with 22-21 in the third period but then shocked the hosts in the final stanza. They needed a massive 22-10 surge to win the game by 5 points. Bostjan Nachbar top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) posted 18. Teddy Gipson nailed 13, whilst Anton Gavel delivered 9. Vladimir Lucic and Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) answered with 17 points each in the losing effort. Drew Gordon (205-F-90, college: N.Mexico) brought 10 and Dejan Musli tossed in 8.
Lietuvos rytas - Besiktas 67-73 Besiktas JK stole the game in Siemens Arena as they beat Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in the second game of Round 4. The Turkish side celebrated a 73:67 win for 3-2 record in Group D. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius opened the game with 20-17 but could not win the half. The guests replied with 16-13 and tied the game at the halftime. Moreover Besiktas JK dominated the second half. They won the third period 16-15 and finished the game with 24-19. Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) made two free throws for the last points of the winning side, while Mindaugas Katelynas made the final result in the game. Curtis Jerrells tossed in 25 points to lead all the winners, while Damir Markota notched 13. Vladimir Dasic scored 10, while Serhat Cetin added 8. Steponas Babrauskas ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Nemanja Nedovic had 11. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) posted 9, while Mindaugas Katelynas added 8.
CSKA - FCB Regal 60-81 FC Barcelona Regal upset CSKA in Moscow in the opener of the EuroLeague Round 5. The Spanish side beat the Russian Champion 81:60 and took perfect 5-0 record in Group D. CSKA meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 4-1 record. It was the top game of the Group as well as the top game of the Round in EuroLeague. CSKA Moscow managed to win the first period 19-17 but failed in the rest of the game. FC Barcelona Regal dominated the rest of the game and posted three victories in the last three quarters. They bounced back with 21-16 in the second frame and won the third period 25-13. Moreover they added 18-12 in the last stanza to seal the 5th consecutive victory. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Erazem Lorbek nailed 15. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) delivered 12, while Nathan Jawai added 10. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) scored 18 points for the home side and Milos Teodosic tossed in 12. Anton Ponkrashov added 9, while Viktor Khryapa poured in 6.
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 28-year old American small forward Chase Budinger (201-100kg-88, college: Arizona). He was with Brooklyn Nets in presason but was released 10 days ago. The last season Budinger played at the Suns in NBA where in 17 games he had 3.2ppg and 1.7rpg. He also played earlier that season for the Pacers in NBA. In 49 games he recorded 4.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0apg. Budinger also spent pre-season at the Timberwolves earlier that year. In 2009 he... [read more]
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 28-year old American small forward Chase Budinger (201-100kg-88, college: Arizona). He was with Brooklyn Nets in presason but was released 10 days ago. The last season Budinger played at the Suns in NBA where in 17 games he had 3.2ppg and 1.7rpg. He also played earlier that season for the Pacers in NBA. In 49 games he recorded 4.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0apg. Budinger also spent pre-season at the Timberwolves earlier that year. In 2009 he was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in second round (44th overall). The former University of Arizona standoutis in his eighth season in pro basketball. Budinger was voted Pac-10 1st Team back in 2009 at his college time. Budinger has played also professionally for other NBA teams like Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Nando De Colo claims Euroleague weekly honour - 1 day 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 3. The 29-year old shooting guard had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and six assists for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to beat Anadolu Efes (#14, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 93-87. It allowed CSKA to jump to the first place in the Euroleague. They maintain a perfect r... [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 3. The 29-year old shooting guard had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and six assists for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to beat Anadolu Efes (#14, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 93-87. It allowed CSKA to jump to the first place in the Euroleague. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but CSKA already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game De Colo had a remarkable 58.3% 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 league's best scorer averaging so far 22.7ppg. De Colo is in league's top in and averages solid 53.1% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young shooting guard Marko Guduric (196-SG-95) of Crvena Zvezda. Guduric impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Crvena Zvezda cruised to a 76-65 relatively comfortable win over FC Barcelona (1-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Guduric is well-known by Crvena Zvezda fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.0ppg (#9). He also recorded 3.3 assists per game.
The third best performed player last round was Guinea-Bissau Colton Iverson (212-C-89, agency: Pensack Sports) of Maccabi T-A (#12). Iverson scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Maccabi T-A, leading his team to a 98-92 win against Galatasaray (#16, 0-3). With bigger assistance of his teammates, Iverson could try to bring Maccabi T-A's a little bit higher in the standings. Iverson has a very solid season. In 3 games in Euroleague he scored 11.0ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92) of Baskonia - 18 points and 11 rebounds 5. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of Unics - 17 points and 7 rebounds 6. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89) of Panathinaikos - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists 7. Justin Dentmon (183-PG-85) of Galatasaray - 22 points and 4 assists 8. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce - 14 points and 8 rebounds 9. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) of Maccabi T-A - 23 points and 5 rebounds 10. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) of Real Madrid - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 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)
Maccabi T-A - Galatasaray 98-92 Maccabi T-A used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Istanbul 98-92. Galatasaray was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 54-45 second half run of Maccabi T-A. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Galatasaray's 28 and made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Galatasaray helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an... [read more]
Maccabi T-A used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Istanbul 98-92. Galatasaray was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 54-45 second half run of Maccabi T-A. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Galatasaray's 28 and made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Galatasaray helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guinea-Bissau-American center Colton Iverson (212-89, college: Colorado St., agency: Pensack Sports) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Justin Dentmon (183-85, college: Washington) added 22 points and 4 assists respectively for Galatasaray in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Zalgiris (#13) in Kaunas. Galatasaray will play at home against Fenerbahce where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either. Top scorers: Galatasaray: J.Dentmon 22+1reb+4ast, V.Micov 18+6reb+3ast, S.Guler 15+3reb+3ast, D.Thompson 10+2reb+2ast, A.Tyus 7+4reb, B.Schilb 6+5reb+6ast Maccabi T-A: S.Weems 23+5reb+1ast, C.Iverson 17+5reb+1ast, D.Smith 17+3reb, A.Goudelock 12+2reb+3ast, M.Zirbes 10+2reb, D.Seeley 7+1reb+6ast
The game with biggest result difference took place in Istanbul. Local Fenerbahce (3-0) beat Lithuania Zalgiris (1-2) 82-68. The game without a history. Fenerbahce led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-22 charity shots (95.5 percent) during the game. Fenerbahce players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Zalgiris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a quality performance for Nigeria power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Greek guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90) accounted for 8 points and 11 assists for the winning side. French guard Leo Westermann (197-92, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 15 points and 4 assists and Australia power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St.) added 14 points respectively for Zalgiris in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fenerbahce's next round opponent will be Galatasaray (#16) in Istanbul which should be an easy win for them. Zalgiris will play at home against Maccabi T-A (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Zalgiris: L.Westermann 15+2reb+4ast, B.Motum 14+3reb, A.Milaknis 10+1reb, P.Jankunas 8+4reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 7+2reb+1ast, K.Pangos 5+2reb+2ast Fenerbahce: J.Vesely 14+3reb+1ast, E.Udoh 14+8reb+1ast, P.Antic 11+1reb, B.Bogdanovic 10+1reb+5ast, L.Datome 8+4reb+1ast, K.Sloukas 8+1reb+11ast
A very close game took place in Bamberg between Greek Panathinaikos and German Brose Baskets. Panathinaikos (2-1) got a very close victory on the road over Brose Baskets (1-2). Panathinaikos managed to escape with a 1-point win 84-83 on Wednesday evening. Brose Baskets were trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-20 charge of Panathinaikos, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. American-Guinea-Bissau guard K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson) helped adding 18 points. The best for the losing side was Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83) with 13 points and 6 assists and Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Panathinaikos will meet at home Crvena Zvezda (#7) in the next round. Brose Baskets will play against FC Barcelona and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Brose Bask.: N.Melli 17+2reb+1ast, J.Strelnieks 16+2reb, N.Zisis 13+4reb+6ast, D.Miller 12+3reb+2ast, F.Causeur 7+1reb+2ast, M.Lo 6+1reb Panathinaikos: K.Rivers 18+1reb+2ast, J.Feldeine 16+1reb+3ast, N.Calathes 13+11reb+9ast, J.Gist 10+5reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 9+3reb, C.Singleton 9+3reb+2ast
Crvena Zvezda used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Barcelona 76-65. It looked good early as FC Barcelona took a 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Crvena Zvezda had a 31-15 second period charge getting the lead and FC Barcelona was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-76. Crvena Zvezda forced 19 FC Barcelona turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Marko Guduric (196-95) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 assists. Forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Crvena Zvezda's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Victor Claver (206-88) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American-Spanish point guard Brad Oleson (190-83, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for FC Barcelona in the defeat. Crvena Zvezda's next round opponent will be Panathinaikos (#6) in Athens. FC Barcelona will play at home against Brose Baskets (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: FC Barcelona: B.Oleson 15+2reb+5ast, V.Claver 12+10reb+1ast, T.Rice 9+5ast, P.Ribas 9+1reb+1ast, A.Tomic 8+5reb+1ast, A.Vezenkov 4+6reb+3ast Crvena Zvezda: M.Guduric 21+4reb+5ast, M.Simonovic 13+5reb+1ast, M.Bjelica 12+3reb+4ast, B.Lazic 9+1reb+1ast, C.Jenkins 8+1reb+7ast, O.Kuzmic 6+5reb+2ast
Real Madrid (2-1) recorded a loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Baskonia (2-1) 91-87. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-19. But Real Madrid won second period 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for German center Johannes Voigtmann (210-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Slovenia guard Jaka Blazic (196-90) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American power forward Anthony Randolph (211-89, college: LSU) answered with 9 points and 13 rebounds and Slovenia point guard Luka Doncic (201-99) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Real Madrid. Five Baskonia and four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Baskonia will play against Olympiacos (#8) in Athens in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Real Madrid will play on the road against Armani Milano (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: Real Madrid: G.Ayon 16+2reb, L.Doncic 15+3reb+4ast, S.Llull 13+2reb+3ast, F.Reyes 11+3reb, J.Carroll 11+2reb, O.Hunter 9+4reb+1ast Baskonia: J.Blazic 21+4reb+2ast, J.Voigtmann 18+11reb+1ast, T.Shengelia 14+3reb, A.Hanga 12+4reb, S.Larkin 11+4reb+5ast, J.Akognon 5+2reb+2ast
Very expected game in Istanbul where Turkish Anadolu Efes (0-3) were defeated by Russia CSKA (3-0) 93-87. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Anadolu Efes won third quarter 26-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSKA made 26-of-29 charity shots (89.7 percent) during the game, while Anadolu Efes only scored three points from the stripe. CSKA players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Anadolu Efes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for French Nando De Colo (196-87) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 6 assists. Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) accounted for 15 points and 8 assists for the winning side. Four CSKA players scored in double figures. American forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) came up with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward DeShaun Thomas (201-91, college: Ohio St.) added 16 points respectively for Anadolu Efes in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. CSKA's next round opponent will be Unics Kazan (#15) at home which should be an easy win for them. Anadolu Efes' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Darussafaka. Top scorers: Anadolu Efes: D.Thomas 16+2reb, D.Brown 14+5reb+4ast, B.Cotton 12+3reb+2ast, B.Dunston 9+5reb+2ast, T.Heurtel 7+7ast, A.Omic 7+4reb CSKA: N.De Colo 26+4reb+6ast, M.Teodosic 15+3reb+8ast, C.Higgins 13+3reb, J.Ayres 10+4reb, A.Vorontsevich 8+2reb, V.Khryapa 6+4reb
Host Greek Olympiacos (2-1) beat Italian Armani Milano (2-1) 91-81 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Armani Milano managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympiacos made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Armani Milano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 16 points and 4 assists. Canadian center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds and Croatia swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) added 16 points respectively. Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Armani Milano will play next round against strong Real Madrid trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Olympiacos will try to continue on its current victory against Baskonia in Vitoria. Top scorers: EA7 Armani: K.Simon 16+1reb+2ast, M.Raduljica 14+8reb+1ast, Z.Dragic 13+2reb, A.Gentile 12+2reb+4ast, R.Sanders 8+4reb, R.Hickman 6+1reb+4ast Olympiacos: V.Spanoulis 16+1reb+4ast, E.Green 16+1reb+1ast, K.Birch 12+6reb, M.Lojeski 10+1reb+3ast, D.Hackett 10+3reb+1ast, G.Printezis 9+7reb
Very predictable result when Turkish Darussafaka (2-1) beat on the road Russia Unics Kazan (0-3) 94-87. Unics Kazan was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 48-40 second half run of Darussafaka. Strangely Unics Kazan outrebounded Darussafaka 34-19 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 7 assists. His fellow American import James Anderson (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) came up with 22 points and 4 assists and Spanish point guard Joaquin Colom (188-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Unics Kazan in the defeat. Four Darussafaka and five Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Darussafaka's next round opponent will be Anadolu Efes (#14) in Istanbul which should be an easy win for them. Unics Kazan will play on the road against CSKA in Moscow and hopes to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: Unics: K.Langford 22+4reb+4ast, A.Parakhouski 17+7reb, J.Colom 16+8reb+3ast, A.Ponkrashov 16+2reb+3ast, K.Kaimakoglou 11+6reb+3ast, L.Williams 2+2reb Darussafaka: B.Wanamaker 22+2reb+7ast, J.Anderson 18+6reb, S.Wilbekin 13+1ast, B.Batuk 12+1reb+2ast, O.Savas 10+1ast, M.Slaughter 8+4reb
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