Panathinaikos - Real Madrid 54-58 Real Madrid claimed a tough road win at the OAKA Arena in Athens tonight. Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) scored 13 points to pace Real in this defensively minded battle. Real jumped at 5-0 record on top of Group E. Panathinaikos fell at 3-2 record after the defeat. Panathinaikos opened the game with their trademark stifling defence. The Hellenes limited Real to 11 points in the first ten minutes to take a 9-point lead. Panathinaikos maintained the lead throughout the intense second frame. The hosts piled up a 37:27 halftime lead. Real Madrid turned things around after the main break. They capped the period with six points in a row to cut the deficit at 5-point mark 44:49. Real then stunned Panathinaikos late in the regulation. The visitors kept the Athens outfit scoreless for almost four last minutes of the encounter going on a 12:0 run and celebrating victory at the end. Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) produced 11 points, while Rudy Fernandez added 8 points in the victory. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) answered with 11 points for Panathinaikos. Roko-Leni Ukic and Sofoklis Schortsanitis added 8 points apiece in the loss.
ALBA - Brose Bask. 82-63 Alba Berlin battled Brose Baskets Bamberg for the initial success in EuroLeague Top 16. Alba won 82:63 and improved to 1-4 record in Group E. Brose Baskets Bamberg remained winless at this stage. Alba Berlin opened the game with 26-14 at the Arena O2 WORLD. Brose Baskets Bamberg meanwhile looked better in the second frame and reduced to 36:34 at the halftime. The third quarter became decisive in the game and brought 28-13 burst for the home side. Alba Berlin added 18-16 in the last stanza for the final success. Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Yassin Idbihi netted 11. DaShaun Wood and Zach Morley followed them with 10 points each in a win. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) replied with 15 points in defeat, whilst Casey Jacobsen poured in 13. Philipp Neumann scored 8 and Maik Zirbes had 7.
CSKA - Unicaja 81-94 Unicaja Malaga scored 16 three-pointers to ease past CSKA in Moscow. The Spanish team improved to 2-3 record after a 94:81 win. Unicaja Malaga won the first period 27-17 and led 17 points in the first half. CSKA managed to reduce at the end of the half and it seemed that they would benefit from the game. Vladimir Micov gave his side 52:50 early in the third period, but Unicaja Malaga continued their long-shot attack. They ended up with 16 three-pointers as Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) scored 6 of them. Unicaja Malaga won the third period 23-18 and finished the game with 24-20. CSKA suffered their first loss in Top 16 and dropped at 4-1 record. Marcus Williams top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14. Luka Zoric delivered 12, while Sergi Vidal posted 11. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) finished the game with 23 points in defeat and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) had 17. Viktor Khryapa poured in 15, whilst Vladimir Micov added 13.
Anadolu Efes - Zalgiris 56-52 Anadolu Efes celebrates its fourth consecutive win in Group E of EuroLeague Top 16. The Turkish team won over Zalgiris 56:52 for 4-1 record. The Lithuanian team dropped to 1-4 record as they missed two close shots that could have sent the game to overtime. Zalgiris looked poor from the very beginning and failed with 0-7 run from the start. Anadolu Efes won the first period 15:8 and led 27:23 at the halftime. The hosts managed to post defensive 14-13 in the third quarter and grabbed 41:36 entering the last stanza. Zalgiris however made their push later in the frame and took 6-point lead. Savanovic Dusko and Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) tied the game at 49:49, while Zalgiris could not find the way to the basket. Lafayette and Darden missed around the basket in the last seconds and then Joshua Shipp brought the final victory for the hosts. Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Joshua Shipp netted 11. Savanovic Dusko and Gordon Jamon Lukas followed them with 10 points each. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) netted 10 points each in defeat. Lavrinovic Ksistof added 8, while Popovic Marko posted 7.
Maccabi T-A - Olympiacos 77-78 Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) hit a jumper with under a minute to go in regulation to put Olympiacos in front 78:77 against Maccabi in Tel-Aviv. The fans then witnessed two misses from Ohayon and one from Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) as the Reds got away with a dramatic road win. The victory propelled Olympiacos at 2-3 record in Group F. Maccabi continued with their downfall as they slipped at 1-4. Olympiacos opened the game with five points in a row and dominated throughout the first frame. They gained a 19:9 lead midway through the first quarter. Sloukas made it 30:16 for the visitors late in the term. Maccabi struggled to cut the deficit in the second term. The visitors stayed comfortably on top heading into the dressing room ahead by 11 points 44:33. Maccabi opened the second half with a 7:2 run to narrow the distance. The hosts quickly got within striking distance and shortly after Ohayon put Maccabi in front 56:55. The Israeli team posted a 62:57 lead at the third break. Vassilis Spanoulis and Sloukas opened the fourth frame with back-to-back three-pointers to turn things the Reds way. But not for long as Maccabi regained the lead 74:68 midway through the period. Maccabi entered the final two minutes of regulation up by three points 77:74. But Kyle Hines converted a layup and then Vassilis Spanoulis followed with a jumper to seal the victory for the Hellenes. Vassilis Spanoulis accounted for 24 points, while Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) added 16 points and 6 boards for the winning team. Devin Smith answered with 17 points for Maccabi Tel-Aviv. David Logan chipped in 15 points in the loss.
Fener.Ulker - Khimky 85-82 Fenerbahce recorded the initial victory in EuroLeague Top 16 round. They held off visiting Khimky for 1-4 record in Group F. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) delivered 26 points to pace the winners. Khimky enjoyed a slightly better start to the game. They led by two points after ten minutes of action 19:17. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Khimky posted a 40:36 halftime advantage. The margin grew at 7-point mark early in the third term. However Fenerbahce gradually turned things around. They capped the period with a 6:2 run to spur ahead 56:54. The teams went neck and neck for some time in the final quarter. However David Andersen (212-C-80) and Kaya Peker gave Fenerbahce a 77:72 lead with under two minutes remaining in regulation. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) and Bo McCalebb exchanged free throws but then Zoran Planinic followed with four points in a row to cut the deficit to a single point. However Uros Tripkovic went perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the initial win for the hosts at this stage of the tournament. David Andersen notched 18 points, while Bo McCalebb added 16 points for the winners. Zoran Planinic answered with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for Khimky. Paul Davis provided 12 points in the loss.
Montepaschi - Besiktas 63-57 Montepaschi Siena registered the fifth straight win in EuroLeague Top 16. They held off Besiktas at home court to stay undefeated in Group F. Viktor Sanikidze (203-SF-86) stepped up with 14 points to pace the hosts. Siena opened the game with a 9:3 rally but Besiktas hung on as they cut the deficit on several occasions in the first quarter. Siena pulled away late in the quarter to post a 22:13 lead. The margin grew at 14-point mark in the second quarter. Montepaschi ensured a 37:26 halftime advantage. However Besiktas opened the second half on an 11:0 run to tie things up. The Turkish team held their opponents at 6 points in the third term to take a 45:43 lead into the fourth frame. But Daniel Hacket came up with five points during a 7:0 run from the hosts as they recorded a 55:49 advantage midway through the fourth frame. Siena kept the visitors at safe distance throughout the final minutes and secured another victory at the end. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) delivered 13 points, while Matt Janning added 10 points for the winning team. Curtis Jerrells answered with 16 points for Besiktas. Gasper Vidmar chipped in 14 points and 6 boards in the loss.
Caja Laboral - FCB Regal 79-90 FC Barcelona Regal wins the Spanish clash at Fernando Buesa Arena in EuroLeague. Regal overcame Caja Laboral 90:79 and handed them their first loss in Top 16. Both teams are now with 4-1 records in Group F. Caja Laboral started the game better and led 15:8 early in the first period. FC Barcelona Regal scored some important baskets later in the frame and reduced to 28:27. In the second period the guests took control and finished the half with 3-point advantage. The third quarter was decisive in the game and allowed the guests to taste 13-point deficit. Caja Laboral cut it to 7 points, while Sarunas Jasikevicius closed the frame at 69:60. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) closed an 8-0 run for 69:68 early in the fourth period, but Barcelona later replied with a 7-0 run and never looked behind. Due to 21-19 in the period the guests reached an important 90:79 victory. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) netted 12. Ante Tomic and Juan Carlos Navarro delivered 11 points each. Maciej Lampe answered with 21 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while San Emeterio Fernando notched 14. Nemanja Bjelica scored 11 and Andres Nocioni added 9.
Brad Wanamaker leads Darussafaka past Real Madrid - 2 days ago
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Real Madrid - Darussafaka 80:84 Darussafaka evened EuroLeague quarterfinal series versus Real Madrid. The David Blatt's team grabbed a road win in Game 2 behind 21 points from Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh). Darussafaka stayed in front throughout the first half. The visitors eked out a 22:19 advantage after ten minutes. They controlled the tempo in the second period. Darussafaka enjoyed a 44:38 halftime advantage. However Real Madrid shifted the gear in the third term. T... [read more]
Real Madrid - Darussafaka 80:84
Darussafaka evened EuroLeague quarterfinal series versus Real Madrid. The David Blatt's team grabbed a road win in Game 2 behind 21 points from Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh). Darussafaka stayed in front throughout the first half. The visitors eked out a 22:19 advantage after ten minutes. They controlled the tempo in the second period. Darussafaka enjoyed a 44:38 halftime advantage. However Real Madrid shifted the gear in the third term. The hosts unloaded 30 points to take a 2-point lead before the fourth frame 68:66. Darussafaka regained the lead late in regulation then Will Clyburn and Brad Wanamaker sank four straight free throws to seal the win for the visitors. Scottie Wilbekin (188-G-93, college: Florida) and Ante Zizic (210-F/C-97, agency: BeoBasket) had 17 points apiece for the winners. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) replied with 22 points for Real Madrid. Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85, college: San Jose St.) chipped in 16 points in the loss.
Anadolu Efes steal victory in Piraeus, draw level with Olympiacos - 2 days ago
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Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes 71:73 Anadolu Efes eked out a tough road win over Olympiacos in the second game of the quarterfinal series. Alex Kirk (211-C-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) came up with a go-ahead bucket inside the final minute of regulation to propel the Turkish team to the victory. Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) produced 16 points for the winners. Anadolu Efes claimed a narrow 23:22 lead after the first period. Olympiacos spurred ahead in the second term. The Pirae... [read more]
Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes 71:73
Anadolu Efes eked out a tough road win over Olympiacos in the second game of the quarterfinal series. Alex Kirk (211-C-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) came up with a go-ahead bucket inside the final minute of regulation to propel the Turkish team to the victory. Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) produced 16 points for the winners. Anadolu Efes claimed a narrow 23:22 lead after the first period. Olympiacos spurred ahead in the second term. The Piraeus side grabbed a 44:37 halftime lead. Olympiacos stayed in front throughout low-scoring third period. The hosts entered the final period up by three points 54:51. The lead changed hands several times throughout intense fourth frame. But Alex Kirk came up for Anadolu Efes late in the game and led the visitors to the victory. Tyler Honeycutt (203-F-90, college: UCLA) posted 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Jayson Granger (189-G-89) had 9 points in the win. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 20 points each for Olympiacos.
CSKA withhold Baskonia surge, snatch tough win in Game 2 - 3 days ago
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CSKA - Baskonia 84:82 CSKA are now 2-0 up on Baskonia in the quarterfinal series. CSKA survived another late scare against the Basque team and secured the second straight victory in the playoffs. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) got an offensive rebound and followed it with two free throws with a second left in regulation to propel the Moscow side to the win. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) finished with 16 points and 8 assists for the hosts. CSKA eked out a 21:20 lead ten minutes... [read more]
CSKA - Baskonia 84:82
CSKA are now 2-0 up on Baskonia in the quarterfinal series. CSKA survived another late scare against the Basque team and secured the second straight victory in the playoffs. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) got an offensive rebound and followed it with two free throws with a second left in regulation to propel the Moscow side to the win. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) finished with 16 points and 8 assists for the hosts. CSKA eked out a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts extended the gap in the second term. CSKA secured a 40:35 halftime advantage. The home side unleashed 29 points in the third term to boost the lead to double digits. But Baskonia refused to give in. The Basque team clawed their way back into the game as Rodrigue Beaubois (185-G-88) tied things up at 82 with a three-pointer. But Kyle Hines came up with a decisive offensive board in the next CSKA possession and sealed the victory for the hosts. Kyle Hines and Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) accounted for 10 points each in the win. Rodrigue Beaubois responded with 21 points for Baskonia. Chase Budinger (201-SF-88, college: Arizona) had 12 points in the loss.
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