Brose Bask. - Zalgiris 87-88 OT Zalgiris clinched a last-second overtime victory in Bamberg tonight. They edged Brose Baskets when Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) sank three free throws at the buzzer. Brose Baskets seemed just whisker away from the victory after two free throws from Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) with 15 seconds to go in the extra period. But Anton Gavel committed a crucial mistake on the other end of the floor. He fouled Marko Popovic in the process of a three-point shot at the buzzer putting the Croat on the penalty line with no time remaining on the clock. Marko Popovic calmly sank three free throws and sealed the victory for Zalgiris. The win helped Zalgiris gain 3-4 record in Group E. Brose Baskets suffered the seventh loss in a row. Zalgiris enjoyed a 38:36 lead at halftime. They remained up by two points heading into the fourth frame. But Bamberg managed to level things up at the end of regulation. Anton Gavel converted four free throws following a technical foul by Darjus Lavrinovic to send the game into overtime. The visitors led by as many as 5 points midway through the extra frame but Sharrod Ford and Anton Gavel denied the deficit and put Brose Baskets in front. But the drama of the last seconds allowed Zalgiris came out as winners from this one. Marko Popovic produced 21 points for the visitors. Rimantas Kaukenas added 14 points for Zalgiris. Anton Gavel answered with 25 points for Brose Baskets. Sharrod Ford had 20 points in the loss.
Anadolu Efes - Real Madrid 74-72 Anadolu Efes down Real Madrid in Istanbul to hand them their first loss in EuroLeague Top 16. The Turkish side tied both records at 6-1 and grabbed the first place in Group E after a 74:72 win. Real looked miserable from the start of the game and had so many mistakes in defense. The Spanish team trailed 4 points after the first quarter and then lost the first half 36:46. Anadolu Efes slowed down a bit in the third period and allowed the guests to reduce to 5 points after 30 minutes. Real even took the lead early in the fourth, but could not win the game. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) scored 3 out of 4 last free throws and gave them 74:72 lead. Jaycee Carroll had a chance to bring the win, but missed a three-pointer. Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Dusko Savanovic added 13. Jordan Farmar delivered 10, while Sasha Vujacic posted 9. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Felipe Reyes as well as Jaycee Carroll posted 11 points apiece. Mirza Begic followed them with 10 points in a loss.
ALBA - Unicaja 65-67 Unicaja Malaga thump Alba Berlin in O2 World for 3-4 record in Group E. The Spanish outfit grabbed 67:65 win mostly due to the third period. The German side fell at 1-6 record. Unicaja Malaga won the first period 22:20, but could not win the half. The hosts erupted with 22-12 and grabbed 42:34 at the halftime. The third period however was decisive in the game as Unicaja Malaga needed a 21-9 rally to take the lead. Je'Kel Foster later tied the game at 57:57, while Deon Thompson gave the hosts 65:63 lead with less than 2 minutes to go. Marcus Williams meanwhile nailed a three-pointer for the guests for the final victory. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) added 11. Earl Calloway nailed 10, while Kosta Perovic delivered 9. Deon Thompson and Nihad Djedovic finished the game with 16 points each. Je'Kel Foster notched 8 and Zach Morley delivered 6.
CSKA - Panathinaikos 86-69 CSKA Moscow snapped two-game losing skid in EuroLeague and handled visiting Panathinaikos. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) scored 20 points and issued 7 assists to lead the winners. The Greens fell at 4-3 record after the defeat. CSKA started the game aggressively. They looked brisk in the first quarter to take a 25:15 lead after ten minutes. But Panathinaikos managed to slow the game down in the second quarter. The Hellenes opened the period with eight points in a row to narrow the gap. Panathinaikos stayed close throughout the period and trailed by just 4 points at the interval 35:31. But CSKA were back in the drivers seat in the third term. The hosts unloaded 31 points in the quarter to open a 16-point lead before the final frame. CSKA kept Panathinaikos at safe distance throughout the final frame and raced to the victory at the end. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) provided 19 points, while Sasha Kaun added 13 points in the win. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) answered with 15 points for Panathinaikos. Stephane Lasme and James Gist provided 12 points apiece in the loss.
Montepaschi - Caja Laboral 85-74 Montepaschi Siena closed Round 7 with the win over Caja Laboral. The Italian team needed an 85:74 win for 6-1 record. The Spanish outfit fell at 4-3 record and suffered their third loss in a row. Caja Laboral Vitoria opened the game with 23-22 lead, while the teams were tied at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game and brought the host a 26-13 surge as they never looked behind after. Both teams posted 24 points each in the last stanza for the final result. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Matt Janning as well as Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) had 16 each. Benjamin Eze delivered 10 points in a win. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort, while Nemanja Bjelica brought 15. Andres Nocioni ended up with 10 points in a loss and Fernando San Emeterio scored 9.
Maccabi T-A - FCB Regal 77-82 FC Barcelona Regal confirmed their impressive current form with a road win in Tel-Aviv tonight. The Spanish team fired past Maccabi to gain 6-1 record on top of Group F. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) scored 18 points and pulled down 6 boards to pace the winners. Maccabi stayed confident supported by the cheerful home crowd. The Israeli team eked out a 22:20 lead after ten minutes. But the Spanish powerhouse gradually took over in the second frame. The visitors accumulated a 41:39 halftime lead. Barcelona opened the second half with 9 points in a row to boost the gap. The visitors maintained the lead and piled up a 67:53 lead with one quarter remaining. The Spaniards led by as many as 13 points with just over two minutes remaining 80:67. However the hosts went on a 9:0 run to narrow the gap at 3-point mark with 15 seconds remaining. Ante Tomic went perfect from the stripe and Ohayon missed a three-pointer as Barcelona got away with victory. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland) provided 14 points each for the visitors. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) answered with 19 points for Maccabi. Shawn James had 16 points in the loss.
Khimky - Olympiacos 82-87 Olympiacos celebrated a tough road win in EuroLeague Top 16 tonight. The Reds upset Khimky on the road to climb at 4-3 record in Group F. Kyle Hines (198-F-86) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) produced 19 points each to pace the winners. Khimky gave a warm welcome to the visitors in the opening quarter. The hosts quickly grabbed the lead and posted a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) made it 43:33 for the home team late in the second frame. Pero Antic capped the regulation with a layup to drag Olympiacos within 8 35:43. Khimky tipped off the second half with four points in a row to gain 12-point lead. The hosts stayed in front however Olympiacos managed to narrow the deficit at 6-point mark at the final intermission 54:60. Pero Antic and Sloukas drained back-to-back three-pointers midway through the fourth frame to level things up at 68. Acie Law followed with another one to put the Reds in front 71:68. Vassilis Spanoulis and Sloukas kept the visitors in front as they entered the final 20 seconds of regulation with a 5-point lead. Perperoglou added a point from the stripe and the Hellenes never looked back en route to the victory. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) delivered 14 points in the winning effort. Paul Davis answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Khimky. Kresimir Loncar had 19 points as the hosts fell at 4-3 record.
Fener.Ulker - Besiktas 78-72 Fenerbahce Ulker needs a strong second half to beat Besiktas JK in Turkish derby. Fenerbahce Ulker improved to 2-5 record after a 78:72 win and kept the opponents winless in Group F. Fenerbahce Ulker started the game with 19-15, but allowed the guests to control the game at the end of the half. Besiktas JK erupted with 27-13 in the second frame and took 42:32 halftime advantage. Fenerbahce Ulker however managed to seal the victory in the game posting two wins in the last quarters. The host won the third period 16-13 and erupted with 30-17 surge at the end of the game. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and David Andersen (212-C-80) added 13. Oguz Savas delivered 12, whilst Bo McCalebb scored 10. Damir Markota (209-F-85) finished the game with 15 points in the losing effort and Curtis Jerrells nailed 14. Daniel Ewing brought 11, whilst Gasper Vidmar netted 10.
Nikolajs Mazurs to join Unics' coaching staff - 5 hours ago
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Nikolajs Mazurs is joining Unics Kazan. The Latvian specialist will work in head coach's Evgeny Pashutin team. Nikolajs Mazurs started the season at helm of Avtodor Saratov. He left though shortly. Previously he worked with Dynamo Moscow, Vita Tbilisi, VEF Riga, VEF Riga Kadeti. He also guided Latvian U18 and U20 National Teams. [read more]
Nikolajs Mazurs is joining Unics Kazan. The Latvian specialist will work in head coach's Evgeny Pashutin team. Nikolajs Mazurs started the season at helm of Avtodor Saratov. He left though shortly. Previously he worked with Dynamo Moscow, Vita Tbilisi, VEF Riga, VEF Riga Kadeti. He also guided Latvian U18 and U20 National Teams.
Randolph's 21 points give him Player of the Week award - 2 days ago
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27-year old power forward Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Real Madrid and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28. He had the game-high 21 points adding five rebounds for Real Madrid in his team's victory, helping them to beat Olympiacos (#3, 19-9) 79-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Real Madrid to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. They would h... [read more]
27-year old power forward Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Real Madrid and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28. He had the game-high 21 points adding five rebounds for Real Madrid in his team's victory, helping them to beat Olympiacos (#3, 19-9) 79-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Real Madrid to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Real Madrid has a very solid 21-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Randolph had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Anthony Randolph averages this season 10.7ppg and 5.3rpg.
Second best performed player last round was Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of league's second-best CSKA. He is French guard in his 3rd season at CSKA. In the last game De Colo recorded impressive 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course CSKA cruised to a 85-74 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Unics (#16, 7-21). CSKA's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 21-7 record is not bad at all. De Colo is one of the most experienced players at CSKA and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to center Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) of EA7 Armani (#15). Raduljica scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Raduljica's great performance EA7 Armani lost 76-84 to the higher-ranked Brose Bask. (#12, 10-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. EA7 Armani can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-21 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Raduljica he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Raduljica has a very solid season. In 27 games in Euroleague he scored 8.4ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) of Olympiacos - 18 points and 4 rebounds 5. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Fenerbahce - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) of Darussafaka - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid - 21 points and 5 assists 8. Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87) of Unics - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Fabien Causeur (195-SG-87) of Brose Bask. - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Chris Singleton (206-F-89) of Panathinaikos - 18 points and 8 rebounds
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)
FC Barcelona - Crvena Zvezda 67-54 Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Serbian Crvena Zvezda (15-13) and Spanish FC Barcelona (11-17), which took place in Barcelona. 8th ranked Crvena Zvezda lost to eleventh ranked FC Barcelona in a road game 54-67. It looked good early as Crvena Zvezda took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then FC Barcelona had a 15-11 second period charge getting the lead and Crvena Zvezda was not able to take back game control losin... [read more]
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Serbian Crvena Zvezda (15-13) and Spanish FC Barcelona (11-17), which took place in Barcelona. 8th ranked Crvena Zvezda lost to eleventh ranked FC Barcelona in a road game 54-67. It looked good early as Crvena Zvezda took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then FC Barcelona had a 15-11 second period charge getting the lead and Crvena Zvezda was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-67. Greek Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) chipped in 13 points. Forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) produced 7 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Nate Wolters (193-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) added 8 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. FC Barcelona maintains eleventh position with 11-17 record. Defending Serbian champion Crvena Zvezda keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. FC Barcelona's next round opponent will be Maccabi T-A (#14) in Tel-Aviv. Top scorers: Crvena Zvezda: L.Mitrovic 8+3reb, C.Jenkins 8+2ast, N.Wolters 8+4reb+2ast, B.Lazic 7+4reb, M.Simonovic 7+8reb+3ast, M.Guduric 5+1reb+1ast FC Barcelona: S.Perperoglou 17+5reb+3ast, P.Koponen 13+4reb+2ast, A.Vezenkov 8+1reb, B.Oleson 7+1reb+1ast, V.Claver 5+10reb+1ast, T.Rice 5+2ast
No shocking result in a game when second ranked CSKA (21-7) beat on the road bottom-ranked Unics Kazan (7-21) 85-74 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA. Unics Kazan was better in fourth quarter 17-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. CSKA looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Unics Kazan was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for French Nando De-Colo (196-87) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 assists for the winners. Guard Anton Ponkrashov (200-86, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 16 points and 7 assists and Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Unics Kazan. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Russian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Real Madrid. Unics Kazan lost eleventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 21 games lost. CSKA will face Panathinaikos (#5) in Athens in the next round. Unics Kazan will play on the road against Crvena Zvezda (#8) in Beograd and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Unics: K.Langford 17+1reb+4ast, A.Ponkrashov 16+3reb+7ast, A.Parakhouski 14+8reb+2ast, P.Antipov 9+3reb+1ast, D.Andjusic 7+3reb+1ast, M.Banic 4+1reb+1ast CSKA: N.De Colo 22+5reb+4ast, M.Teodosic 12+2reb+12ast, N.Kurbanov 9+7reb+2ast, A.Vorontsevich 9+3reb+1ast, A.Jackson 7+1reb+2ast, J.Freeland 6+2reb
An interesting game for Spanish Real Madrid (21-7) which played road game in Athens against 3rd ranked Greek Olympiacos (19-9). First ranked Real Madrid managed to get a 6-point victory 79-73. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The winners were led by American power forward Anthony Randolph (211-89, college: LSU) who scored that evening 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Sergio Llull (190-87) supported him with 21 points and 5 assists. Even 18 points by Serbian center Nikola Milutinov (212-94) did not help to save the game for Olympiacos. Forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) added 11 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Spanish champion maintains first position with 21-7 record, which they share with CSKA. Defending Greek champion Olympiacos keep the third place with nine games lost. Real Madrid will meet at home Fenerbahce (#4) in the next round. Olympiacos will play against Anadolu Efes in Istanbul and hope to secure a win. Top scorers: Olympiacos: N.Milutinov 18+4reb, K.Papanikolaou 11+6reb+2ast, D.Agravanis 10+3reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 9+4reb+3ast, E.Green 7+2reb+1ast, E.Mantzaris 5+3reb+3ast Real Madrid: A.Randolph 21+5reb+1ast, S.Llull 21+1reb+5ast, O.Hunter 10+2reb, J.Maciulis 7+4reb+2ast, J.Taylor 5+2reb, L.Doncic 4+3reb+3ast
Rather expected game when 11th ranked Galatasaray (10-18) lost to ninth ranked Darussafaka (14-14) in Istanbul 67-73 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 24-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import forward Will Clyburn (201-90, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and German center Tibor Pleiss (217-89) added 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Galatasaray. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Darussafaka maintains ninth position with 14-14 record. Loser Galatasaray dropped to the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Darussafaka will face Brose Baskets (#12) in Bamberg in the next round. Galatasaray will play at home against Baskonia and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Galatasaray: V.Micov 17+5reb+1ast, A.Daye 11+1reb, C.Korkmaz 9, T.Pleiss 8+9reb+1ast, J.Diebler 5+1reb+3ast, S.Guler 5+1reb+5ast Darussafaka: B.Wanamaker 22+6reb+2ast, W.Clyburn 15+9reb+3ast, S.Wilbekin 13+1reb+3ast, J.Anderson 8+7reb+3ast, B.Batuk 6+3reb+1ast, A.Moerman 3
Round 28 most important game was a victory of Greek Panathinaikos over 6th ranked Spanish Baskonia72-63 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Baskonia. Baskonia trailed by 16 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 26-18 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 63-72 at the end of the game. Panathinaikos dominated on the defensive end, holding Baskonia to just 6 points in first quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) contributed with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. German center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds and Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Baskonia. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panathinaikos have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fenerbahce. Baskonia at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Anadolu Efes. Panathinaikos is looking forward to face league's second-placed CSKA in Moscow in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Baskonia will play on the road against Galatasaray (#13) in Istanbul and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident. Top scorers: Baskonia: A.Hanga 13+5reb+3ast, J.Voigtmann 12+7reb+3ast, C.Budinger 11+3reb+3ast, S.Larkin 7+3reb+2ast, I.Diop 7+4reb+2ast, T.Shengelia 6+2reb+1ast Panathinaikos: C.Singleton 18+8reb, M.James 11+1reb+3ast, J.Gist 11+5reb+1ast, J.Feldeine 8+1reb+3ast, N.Calathes 8+6reb+8ast, K.Gabriel 6+3reb
The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourteenth ranked German Brose Baskets' (10-18) road victory over 15th ranked Italian Armani Milano (7-21) 84-76 on Thursday. Armani Milano trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 24-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-84 at the end of the game. Brose Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for French Fabien Causeur (195-87) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Brose Baskets' coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American-Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Armani Milano. Defending German champion moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Maccabi T-A and Galatasaray. Armani Milano lost seventh consecutive game. Defending Italian champion keeps the fifteenth position with 21 games lost. Brose Baskets will face higher ranked Darussafaka (#9) in Istanbul in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Armani Milano will play on the road against Zalgiris (#10) in Kaunas and hope to win that game. Top scorers: EA7 Armani: R.Hickman 20+4reb+4ast, M.Raduljica 19+9reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 9+3reb+3ast, M.Kalnietis 8+3reb+4ast, J.McLean 8+3reb+1ast, D.Pascolo 7+2reb+2ast Brose Bask.: F.Causeur 17+8reb+2ast, J.McNeal 12+3reb+1ast, L.Radosevic 9+2reb+3ast, N.Melli 9+8reb+1ast, D.Theis 8+1reb, D.Miller 7+2reb+3ast
The game between 13th ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (10-18) and tenth ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (13-15) in Tel-Aviv on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Kaunas beat Maccabi T-A 93-77. The game without a history. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi T-A's 28. Zalgiris looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a very good performance for Paulius Jankunas (205-84) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Edgaras Ulanovas (197-92) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) replied with 16 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) added 10 points and 5 assists in the effort for Maccabi T-A. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains tenth position with 13-15 record. Loser Maccabi T-A dropped to the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Zalgiris will face Armani Milano (#15) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Maccabi T-A will play against FC Barcelona and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Maccabi T-A: V.Rudd 16+3reb+4ast, S.Landesberg 11, D.Smith 10+1reb+5ast, D.Simpson 10+2reb+2ast, J.Alexander 9+3reb+1ast, G.Pnini 8+3reb+1ast Zalgiris: E.Ulanovas 20+1reb+1ast, K.Pangos 15+2reb+3ast, A.Kavaliauskas 14+7reb, P.Jankunas 12+7reb+5ast, B.Motum 10+2reb, A.Milaknis 6
Important game to mention about took place in Istanbul. Seventh ranked Anadolu Efes (16-12) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 4th ranked Fenerbahce (17-11) 80-77 on Thursday evening. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-15 Fenerbahce's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-77 at the end of the game. Anadolu Efes dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Fenerbahce's 30. Fenerbahce was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (189-89) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 5 assists and American-Armenian center Bryant Dunston (203-86) who added 14 points during the contest. Granger is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Anadolu Efes' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American-Turkish point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and Serbian swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. Anadolu Efes have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Baskonia. Defending Turkish champion Fenerbahce keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Panathinaikos. Anadolu Efes will play against higher ranked Olympiacos (#3) in Athens in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fenerbahce will play on the road against the league's leader Real Madrid and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: Fenerbahce: B.Dixon 19+8reb+3ast, B.Bogdanovic 16+2reb+4ast, N.Kalinic 12, M.Mahmutoglu 10+2ast, E.Udoh 8+10reb+2ast, J.Vesely 7+4reb Anadolu Efes: B.Dunston 14+4reb+1ast, J.Granger 13+4reb+5ast, B.Paul 10+1reb+1ast, D.Brown 10+3reb+3ast, T.Honeycutt 9+3reb, D.Balbay 8+4reb+2ast
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