Results and Stats from Regular Season Round 8 - Nov 30, 2012
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Real Madrid - Fener.Ulker 77-61 Real struck late and defeated Fenerbahce in the 8th round of Euroleague regular season. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) posted 18 points and 6 boards to pace the hosts as they climbed at 6-2 record on top of Group A ladder. Fenerbahce slipped at 4-4 record in the standings. Real got to slow start. The visitors pulled ahead in the opening quarter. Fenerhabce recorded a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) and Andersen gave the visitors a 24:16 lead early in the second quarter. Fenerbahce stayed in front though Real were able to get within 3 points at halftime 36:39. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) capped the period with a dunk to give the hosts a narrow 54:52 lead. Real opened the fourth frame with 10 unanswered points and never looked back en route to the victory. Marcus Slaughter chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds for Real. Jaycee Carroll and Felipe Reyes netted 10 points apiece in the win. Bojan Bogdanovic answered with 18 points for Fenerbahce. Bo McCalebb and Emir Preldzic contributed 10 points each in the loss.
Panathinaikos - Un.Olimpija 80-72 Panathinaikos Athens overcame Union Olimpija in Greece in Round 8 of EuroLeague. The Greek side grabbed 5-3 record in Group A after an 80:72 victory. The Slovenian team fell at 2-6 record. Panathinaikos Athens was happy to go on 17-11 lead in front of 5000 local fans in O.A.K.A. Arena. Union Olimpija bounced back with 22-18 in the second frame and reduced to 2 points at the halftime. The third period became decisive in the game as the hosts erupted with 27-16 surge and never looked behind after. Union Olimpija won the last period 23-18 but managed to reduce to final 8 points. Roko-Leni Ukic and Marcus Banks (188-G-81, college: UNLV) stepped up with 14 points each, while Stephane Lasme nailed 13. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) tossed in 11, whilst Jonas Maciulis had 10. Jaka Blazic finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort and Dino Muric (200-F-90) posted 16. Klemen Prepelic had 11, whilst Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) accounted for 7.
Khimky - Cantu 77-53 Khimky made a big step towards EuroLeague Last 16 stage. They knocked down visiting Mapooro Cantu to improve at 5-3 record in Group A. Zoran Planinic and Paul Davis accounted for 14 points each to pace the hosts. Cantu fell at 2-6 record after the loss. Cantu started strong with Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) orchestrating the show. The Georgian player fired 12 points in the opening quarter as Cantu gained a 24:23 lead. Khimky tipped off the second term with 7 points in a row to surge ahead. They later took control with a 10:1 run and posted a 44:31 halftime lead. Sergey Monya and Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) made it 52:33 for the hosts early in the third term. Khimky did not slow down and recorded a 62:43 advantage into the final stanza. Khimky never looked back afterwards coasting to the win. Vitaliy Fridzon and Sergey Monya finished with 11 points each for the hosts. Manuchar Markoishvili answered with 16 points for Cantu. Maarten Leunen had 11 points in the loss.
Montepaschi - Unicaja 91-72 Montepaschi Siena outgun Unicaja Malaga in Italy in one of the last games of Round 8 in EuroLeague. The Italian team improved to 5-3 record in Group B. Montepaschi Siena continues their dominance at the International Arena and won the fifth game already. They started the game with 30-20 surge and never looked behind after. The Italian side added 26-20 in the second quarter and led 56:40 at the halftime. Unicaja Malaga managed to win the third period 19-18 and reduced to 15-points entering the last stanza. Montepaschi Siena however produced a 17-13 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) tossed in 12. Kristjan Kangur contributed 11, while Aleksandar Rasic (195-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Viktor Sanikidze added 10 each. Luka Zoric answered with 29 points in defeat, while Krunoslav Simon notched 16.
Maccabi T-A - Chalon 78-73 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv improved to 6-2 record in Group B after a home victory over Elan Chalon. The Israeli Champion grabbed 78:73 victory in front of more than 11000 local fans. Elan Chalon surprised the crowd with 26-24 in the first period and added 17-14 in the second frame. The French representative also scored 17 points in the third quarter but it was not enough for the victory in the frame. Maccabi needed a 20-17 rally in the third period and finished the game with 20-13 in the last stanza. David Logan scored the last point for the winning team. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) stepped up with 19 points for the winners and David Logan tossed in 17. Shawn James delivered 10, while Ricky Hickman and Lior Eliyahu added 8 apiece. Brion Rush posted 17 points for the visiting side, while Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) had 12. Steed Tchicamboud and Shelden Williams (206-F-83, college: Duke) scored 10 points each in the losing effort.
ALBA - Asseco Prok. 67-64 Alba Berlin escape the late scare from Asseco Prokom Gdynia to take 4-4 record in Group B. The German team needed a 67:64 win in Round 8 of EuroLeague. The Polish team fell at 1-7 record at the bottom of the group. Alba Berlin won the first period 15-13 and added 21-15 in the second frame. They also looked better in the third quarter and produced 16-13 rally for 52:41 at the end of 30 minutes. Asseco Prokom Gdynia however erupted with an 8-0 run early in the last period and reduced to 56:53 after Jerel Blassingame shot. Pamula cut it to 63:62 with less than 20 seconds to go, but DaShaun Wood and Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) were perfect from the free throw line. DaShaun Wood top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Zach Morley notched 13. Deon Thompson delivered 11, while Yassin Idbihi added 10. Rasid Mahalbasic answered with 12 points in the losing effort and Lukasz Koszarek posted 10. Jerel Blassingame and Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) followed them with 8 points apiece.
Zalgiris - Olympiacos 63-77 Olympiacos Piraeus stole the show from 15000 Arena in Kaunas in EuroLegaue Group C. The Greek side needed a 77:63 to tie both records at 6-2 on top of the group. It was the top game of the group and brought lots of interest even before the start. Olympiacos Piraeus grabbed 21-18 lead after the first 10 minutes and added defensive 10-9 in the second quarter. Zalgiris Kaunas woke up with 23-17 in the third period and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) closed the frame from the three-point line for 50:48. Olympiacos Piraeus meanwhile erupted with 29-13 in the last stanza and sealed the victory. Vassilis Spanoulis stepped up with 16 points and Kostas Papanikolaou netted 13. Josh Powell delivered 10, while Acie Law added 7. Rimantas Kaukenas totaled 17 points in the losing effort, while Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) contributed 11. Tremmell Darden and Marko Popovic scored 7 points each in a loss.
Caja Laboral - EA7 Armani 64-62 Caja Laboral celebrated the second win in EuroLeague season. The Vitoria outfit held off visiting Emporio Armani to gain 2-6 record in Group C. The Italian team slipped at 3-5 record after the defeat. Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) scored 17 points to pace the hosts. Emporio Armani started strong. The visitors pulled ahead early in the game and posted a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Emporio Armani went on a 14:0 run midway through the second quarter to build a 35:19 advantage. The visitors enjoyed a 42:28 halftime lead. Caja Laboral turned things around in the third term. They adjusted defensively and held their opponents to 11 points to narrow the margin at 8-point mark. Caja Laboral used a 6:0 spurt midway through the fourth frame to knot things up at 59. Omar-Sharif Cook (188-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) put Emporio Armani back in charge with a three-pointer but Fernando San Emeterio responded with his own triple to keep teams drawn. Thomas Huertel followed with a layup as Caja Laboral surged in front with 5 seconds remaining. Basile had a chance to save the game for Emporio Armani but missed a three-pointer. Maciej Lampe provided 14 points and 12 boards, while Thomas Heurtel added 11 points in the win. Keith Langford answered with 16 points for Emporio Armani. Omar-Sharif Cook netted 14 points in defeat.
Cedevita - Anadolu Efes 73-81 Anadolu Efes Istanbul upset Cedevita in Zagreb in the start of Round 8 in EuroLeague. The Turkish side grabbed 81:73 for 5-3 record in Group C. Cedevita meanwhile fell at 2-6 record. Cedevita Zagreb started the game with 24-21 in the first period, but failed later in the game. The guests replied with 23-11 in the second frame and took 44:35 at the halftime. Cedevita Zagreb tied their best to recover in the game and posted 20-15 in the third period to trail 4 points after 30 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul meanwhile needed a 22-18 surge to post the important win. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Sasha Vujacic notched 17. Kerem Gonlum delivered 11, while Semih Erden had 10. Bracey Wright ended up with 24 points in the losing effort and Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) posted 18. Luksa Andric tossed in 12, while Vlado Ilievski delivered 7.
Besiktas - FCB Regal 48-78 FC Barcelona Regal claimed the eighth straight win in Euroleague season. The Spanish powerhouse stunned Besiktas in Istanbul tonight. Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) nailed 22 points to keep Barcelona undefeated. Besiktas fell at 4-4 record after the loss. Barcelona capped the first frame with three free throws to take an 18:14 lead. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland) drilled two three-pointers to organize a 13:0 run from the visitors early in the second quarter. The Spanish team accumulated a 31:14 lead. They finished the first half up by 15 points 39:24. Joe Ingles delivered 7 points in the third term as the visitors gained a comfortable 62:38 advantage at the final intermission. Barcelona stayed in charge throughout the fourth quarter and marched to the victory at the end. Ante Tomic posted 9 points, while Sarunas Jasikevicius delivered 8 points for the winners. Gasper Vidmar answered with 18 points and 6 boards for Besiktas. Fikret Can Akin (190-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) netted 9 points in the defeat.
Partizan - Lietuvos rytas 75-74 Drew Gordon (205-F-90, college: N.Mexico) dunked late in regulation to clinch victory for Partizan against Lietuvos Rytas in Belgrade. The win carried the hosts at 2-6 record in Group D. Davis Davis Bertans nailed 14 points to pace the hosts. Partizan led comfortably 18:11 after ten minutes. Lietuvos Rytas found the right rhythm in the second term. The visitors cut the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 39:33. Partizan took over again in the third quarter. The margin grew at 12-point mark on Drew Gordon lay-up. However Janis Blums dragged the visitors with 8 points at the final break 51:59. Leon Radosevic (206-C-90) scored 6 points in an 11:0 run from the Lithuanian team to open the fourth quarter. The teams went neck and neck then. Seibutis made it 74:73 for Lietuvos Rytas with under two minutes remaining. But Drew Gordon dunked for a narrow Partizan lead with 90 seconds remaining. Seibutis missed two attempts in the remaining seconds as Partizan snatched a tough win at the end. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) posted 13 points, while Dejan Musli contributed 12 points in the victory. Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 16 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Leon Radosevic provided 15 points in defeat.
Brose Bask. - CSKA 89-97 CSKA brought victory from EuroLeague trip to Germany. The Moscow powerhouse overcame Brose Baskets in Bambert to clinch 7-1 record in Group D. Dionte Christmas (196-G-86, college: Temple) nailed 21 points to lead the winners. CSKA erupted for 29 points in the opening frame to grab the lead. They entered the second quarter up by five points. CSKA extended the gap in the second term. The visitors secured a 50:39 halftime buffer. Bamberg started to pick up the tempo in the third term. They opened the period with six points in a row. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) capped the term with a free throw as Brose Baskets trailed by just three points before the final frame 64:67. But CSKA did not allow the hosts to pull ahead. Sonny Weems and Dionte Christmas made it 89:80 for CSKA late in regulation and the visitors ran away with victory. Milos Teodosic provided 19 points and 9 assists for CSKA. Sonny Weems added 16 points in the victory. Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) responded with 18 points for Brose Baskets. Anton Gavel had 16 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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