Panathinaikos - Anadolu Efes 75-62 Panathinaikos celebrated the sixth victory in the EuroLeague Top 16 campaign. They knocked down Anadolu Efes in Athens to share the third/fourth position in Group E with CSKA. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) delivered 13 points each to lead the Greek side. Anadolu Efes looked determined and confident in the opening quarter. The Turkish side grabbed a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. However Panathinaikos quickly denied the deficit. The Hellenes stiffened defensively and levelled things up at 38 at the interval. Panathinaikos stayed aggressive defensively in the third term. Roko-Leni Ukic and Dimitris Diamantidis gave the hosts a 56:48 lead midway through the period. Panathinaikos entered the fourth frame up by 5 points 56:51. The visitors opened the final frame with five points in a row to deny the deficit. However Panathinaikos answered with a stunning 16:0 run to clear off for good. Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Michael Bramos produced 11 points each for the home team. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) answered with game-high 21 points for Anadolu Efes. Jordan Farmar netted 10 points in the loss.
Unicaja - Zalgiris 67-83 Zalgiris Kaunas upset Unicaja in Malaga for 4-5 record in Group F. The Lithuanian team tied both records after a road 83:67 win. Unicaja started with 19-16 lead in the first period but failed to win the first half. The Lithuanian squad bounced back with 22-12 and grabbed 38:31 halftime advantage. It was again the home side to win the third period 15-11 and to reduce to the minimum. Zalgiris Kaunas however erupted with 24-11 and took the important win. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) poured in 15 points and Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) added 14. Tremmell Darden followed them with 9 points, whilst Marko Popovic and Ksistof Lavrinovic notched 8 each. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 13 points and Luka Zoric posted 12. Sergi Vidal ended up with 9 and Fran Vazquez delivered 8.
CSKA - ALBA 80-65 CSKA bounced back from the loss in the previous round of EuroLeague Top 16 to knock down Alba in the Russian capital. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) provided 20 points to lead the winners as they improved at 6-3 record in Group E. Alba fell at 1-8 record after the defeat. Alba jumped to a 7:3 lead early in the game and maintained it for some time. However CSKA capped the first period with five points in a row to take a 20:16 lead. CSKA opened the second quarter on a 12:0 run to build a 32:16 advantage. The hosts kept Alba at bay throughout the rest of the half posting a 44:33 lead at the interval. Foster and Nihad Djedovic dragged Alba within 7 points midway through the third term 50:57. CSKA were able to enter the fourth frame up by 9 points 63:54. Sonny Weems and Papaloukas gave the hosts an 11-point cushion early in the fourth period. But DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) and Byars answered with back-to-back three-pointers as Alba trimmed the deficit at 5-point mark 65:70. Nenad Krstic scored four straight points to trigger a 10:0 run from the hosts that closed the game. Sonny Weems and Votontsevich delivered 10 points each for the winners. DaShaun Wood answered with 11 points for Alba. Zach Morley, Deon Thompson and Nihad Djedovic added 10 points apiece in the loss.
Real Madrid - Brose Bask. 76-73 Real Madrid escape with the narrow win over Brose Baskets Bamberg. The Spanish team trailed for the majority of the game but needed 19-13 rally in the last stanza to win 76:73. Real Madrid actually won the first period 21-20, but allowed the guests to take control at the end of the half. Brose Baskets Bamberg posted 21-18 in the second frame and grabbed 41:39 halftime advantage. Moreover the German team won the third period 19-18 and led 7 points midway through the last stanza. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) tied the game first at 64:64 and then Felipe Reyes closed the run at 70:64. Although Maik Zirbes tied the game later for the guests at 73:73, Dontaye Draper nailed three for the home side to celebrate a tough 76:73 win. Jaycee Carroll top-scored for the winners with 11 points, while Nikola Mirotic and Rudy Fernandez added 9 each. Rafael Hettsheimer and Mirza Begic (217-C-85) followed them with 8 points each. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 15 points in the losing case and Maik Zirbes had 14. Jeremiah Massey brought 11, while Matt Walsh had 10.
Besiktas - Olympiacos 60-79 Olympiacos Piraeus successfully starts Round 9 in Istanbul as they rout Besiktas JK for 6-3 record. The Greek side won 79:60 in the opener of Thursday. Besiktas JK fell at 0-9 record in Group F. Besiktas JK had nothing to lose in the game and started better. The Turkish team posted a 15-13 rally in the first period, but could not match the opponents in the rest of the game. Olympiacos Piraeus replied with 25-15 in the second period and never looked behind after. Moreover the guests produced 22-21 in the third quarter and added 19-9 in the last stanza. Josh Powell (206-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) added 11. Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis delivered 9 points each in a win. Gasper Vidmar (211-C/F-87) and Patrick Christopher replied with 13 points in the losing effort. Randal Falker and Ricky Minard followed them with 11 points each.
Montepaschi - Fener.Ulker 87-69 Montepaschi eased past Fenerbahce in Siena tonight. The victory propelled the Italian champions at 7-2 record in Group F. Aleksandar Rasic (195-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) led well-balanced effort with 16 points for the hosts. Montepaschi led by just three points after ten minutes of action 21:18. However the hosts erupted for 28 points in the second frame to clear off. The Siena outfit established a comfortable 49:35 halftime advantage. Fenerbahce stopped the rot in the third term. The Turkish team adjusted their defence and limited Siena to 16 points in the period. Fenerbahce were able to get within 12 points at the final intermission. Montepaschi regained composure in the final quarter and raced to a confident win at the end. Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) netted 13 points, while David Moss and Bobby Brown contributed 12 points each for the winners. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) answered with 22 points for Fenerbahce. Bo McCalebb netted 10 points in the loss.
Caja Laboral - Maccabi T-A 62-66 Maccabi Electra stole a show from Fernando Buesa Arena. The Israeli team revenged for 1-point loss at home on January 3rd when the Spanish team won 71:70. Tonight Maccabi Electra celebrated a 66:62 win for 4-5 record. Caja Laboral Vitoria also dropped at the same record on the fifth place. It was a slow start when the guests grabbed 11-10 lead. Caja Laboral Vitoria replied with 21-17 rally in the second frame and took 3-point advantage at the halftime. Caja Laboral Vitoria also won the third frame 16-15 but could not win the game. Maccabi Electra erupted with 23-15 surge in the last stanza for the final result. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) added 16. Shawn James brought 11, while Ricky Hickman delivered 10. Maciej Lampe finished the game with 19 points for the home side and Fernando San Emeterio scored 11. Thomas Heurtel posted 9, whilst Fabien Causeur netted 6.
FCB Regal - Khimky 71-69 FC Barcelona Regal celebrated the eighth victory in the EuroLeague Top 16. They held off ambitious Khimky in the Catalan capital for 8-1 record on top of Group F. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) stepped up with 19 points to lead the hosts. Khimky fell at 5-4 record in the fourth position in the ladder. Barcelona enjoyed a 21:16 lead ten minutes into the game. They stayed aggressive offensively throughout the second period. The hosts piled up a 44:34 halftime advantage. Barcelona kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the third term. They established a 12-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. But Khimky refused to give up. Loncar trigged an 8:0 run from Khimky as they narrowed the deficit at 4-point mark midway through the final frame. Monya cut the deficit to 3 points but Barcelona did not allow the visitors any closer. Juan Carlos Navarro scored six points and the home team coasted to the win at the end. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) delivered 16 points, while Erazem Lorbek added 11 points for the winning side. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Khimky. Zoran Planinic and Vitaliy Fridzon chipped in 12 points each in the loss.
ANGT Belgrade: Crvena Zvezda top Mega Leks to celebrate title - 4 hours ago
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Crvena Zvezda U18 - Mega Leks U18 74:61 Crvena Zvezda earned the Adidas Next Generation Tournament Belgrade stage title. They overcame their Serbian rivals Mega Leks in the Final. Vuk Djordjevic (201-F-99) scored 21 points to pace the winners. Crvena Zvezda grabbed a 28:8 lead after the opening quarter. They kept Mega Leks at bay throughout the second frame. Crvena Zvezda ensured a 45:25 halftime lead. Mega Leks narrowed the deficit in the third term. They pulled within 12 points at the... [read more]
Crvena Zvezda U18 - Mega Leks U18 74:61
Crvena Zvezda earned the Adidas Next Generation Tournament Belgrade stage title. They overcame their Serbian rivals Mega Leks in the Final. Vuk Djordjevic (201-F-99) scored 21 points to pace the winners. Crvena Zvezda grabbed a 28:8 lead after the opening quarter. They kept Mega Leks at bay throughout the second frame. Crvena Zvezda ensured a 45:25 halftime lead. Mega Leks narrowed the deficit in the third term. They pulled within 12 points at the final intermission. But Crvena Zvezda held their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to the win. Aleksa Uskokovic (191-G-99, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 20 points, while Zoran Paunovic (190-G-00) added 15 points in the victory. Goga Bitadze (210-C/F-99) replied with 21 points and 18 boards for Mega Leks. Nikola Miskovic (204-G/F-99) and Igor Drobnjak (189-G-00) tossed in 11 points each in the loss.
Euroleague round 23 best performance: Nando De Colo - 1 day ago
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French Shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked CSKA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23. The 29-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maccabi T-A (#13, 8-15) 93-81. CSKA maintains the 2nd position in Euroleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CSKA will need... [read more]
French Shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked CSKA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23. The 29-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maccabi T-A (#13, 8-15) 93-81. CSKA maintains the 2nd position in Euroleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CSKA will need more victories to improve their 17-6 record. In the team's last game De Colo had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at CSKA, through which he has constantly improved. Nando De Colo averages this season 20.1ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) of Anadolu Efes. Dunston had a very good evening with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Anadolu Efes cruised to a 96-85 relatively comfortable win over Baskonia (12-11). This victory allowed Anadolu Efes to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dunston is well-known at Anadolu Efes and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.
Third on the list of top players last round was guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-PG-94) of Zalgiris (#10). Lekavicius scored 29 points. He was a key player of Zalgiris, leading his team to a 91-86 win against slightly lower-ranked Brose Bask. (#12, 8-15). The chances of Zalgiris ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lekavicius could help Zalgiris to bring them higher in the standings. Lekavicius has a very solid season. In 23 games in Euroleague he scored 8.9ppg. He also has 3.4apg and FGP: 52.8%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists 5. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84) of Zalgiris - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) of Fenerbahce - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists 8. Adam Hanga (199-SF-89) of Baskonia - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Thomas Heurtel (189-G-89) of Anadolu Efes - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists 10. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of FC Barcelona - 19 points and 9 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)
Real Madrid - Darussafaka 101-83 Euroleague top team - Spanish Real Madrid (18-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat ninth ranked Turkish Darussafaka (11-12) 101-83. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. Darussafaka was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense d... [read more]
Euroleague top team - Spanish Real Madrid (18-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat ninth ranked Turkish Darussafaka (11-12) 101-83. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. Darussafaka was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. It was a quality performance for Sergio Llull (190-87) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 8 assists. Liberian-American power forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee Services) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) came up with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Croatian power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Darussafaka in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Real Madrid have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending Spanish champion maintains first place with 18-5 record. Darussafaka at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Real Madrid will play against bottom-ranked Galatasaray (#16) in Istanbul in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Darussafaka will play at home against Panathinaikos (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: Real Madrid: S.Llull 26+2reb+8ast, O.Hunter 14+5reb+1ast, T.Thompkins 14+2reb, A.Randolph 13+5reb, J.Maciulis 9+1reb, J.Carroll 8+3reb+3ast Darussafaka: J.Anderson 18+1reb+1ast, B.Wanamaker 15+5reb+4ast, A.Zizic 11+10reb+2ast, S.Wilbekin 9+2reb+2ast, A.Moerman 9+4reb, D.Bertans 9+6ast
Fourteenth-ranked Russian Unics Kazan (7-16) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Greek Panathinaikos (14-9) in Athens. Panathinaikos managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Unics Kazan was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 31-21 charge of Panathinaikos, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) saved the victory by scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. Center Ioannis Bourousis (214-83) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) answered with 21 points and 7 assists and the other American import Latavius Williams (203-91, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Unics Kazan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Panathinaikos. They maintain fifth place with 14-9 record. Unics Kazan lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Panathinaikos' next round opponent will be Darussafaka (#9) in Istanbul. Unics Kazan will play at home against Anadolu Efes (#7) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Panathinaikos: I.Bourousis 15+6reb+1ast, C.Singleton 14+8reb+1ast, K.Rivers 13+1reb+2ast, A.Gentile 10+3reb, K.Gabriel 10+4reb, M.James 8+3ast Unics: K.Langford 21+4reb+7ast, J.Colom 17+3reb+3ast, L.Williams 13+9reb+3ast, P.Antipov 11+4reb, D.Andjusic 8+1reb, C.Clarke 6+4reb+1ast
Rather expected game in Bamberg where 12th ranked German Brose Baskets (8-15) were defeated by tenth ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (10-13) 91-86 on Friday. Brose Baskets were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-18 charge of Zalgiris, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Brose Baskets were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for point guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Paulius Jankunas (205-84) helped adding 24 points and 6 rebounds. Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains tenth place with 10-13 record. Defending German champion Brose Baskets keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Zalgiris will face higher ranked Fenerbahce (#4) in Istanbul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Brose Baskets will play on the road against Crvena Zvezda (#6) in Beograd and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Zalgiris: L.Lekavicius 29+3reb+3ast, P.Jankunas 24+6reb+2ast, E.Ulanovas 11+5reb+1ast, K.Pangos 8+1reb+5ast, A.Kavaliauskas 6+1reb+1ast, B.Motum 6+3reb+1ast Brose Bask.: N.Melli 17+6reb+1ast, D.Theis 17+6reb+2ast, D.Miller 15+2reb+3ast, L.Radosevic 10+7reb+1ast, A.Nikolic 9+2ast, N.Zisis 5+3reb+5ast
The game in Istanbul was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Spanish Baskonia (12-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Turkish Anadolu Efes (12-11). Anadolu Efes defeated Baskonia 96-85 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Anadolu Efes. Baskonia managed to win fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Anadolu Efes looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 assists. American-Armenian center Bryant Dunston (203-86) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 20 points and German center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92) added 10 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Anadolu Efes and four Baskonia players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Anadolu Efes. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Baskonia. Baskonia lost their third game in a row. Anadolu Efes will meet Unics Kazan (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Baskonia will play against Armani Milano (#14) and hope to secure a win. Top scorers: Anadolu Efes: T.Heurtel 21+2reb+11ast, T.Honeycutt 16+5reb+1ast, B.Dunston 15+7reb+2ast, B.Paul 14+2reb+1ast, D.Brown 12+5reb+4ast, D.Thomas 9+1ast Baskonia: R.Beaubois 23+2reb, A.Hanga 20+4reb+3ast, K.Tillie 15+4reb+1ast, J.Voigtmann 10+13reb+3ast, S.Larkin 7+4reb+6ast, C.Budinger 4+1ast
Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (9-14) defeated on the road 15th ranked Italian Armani Milano (7-16) 83-78 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 24-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds. Cypriot-Bulgarian Alexander Vezenkov (206-95) helped adding 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Andrea Cinciarini (193-86) responded with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Lithuanian point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Players Group) scored 10 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. FC Barcelona moved-up to eleventh place. Defending Italian champion Armani Milano dropped to the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. FC Barcelona will face league's second-placed CSKA in Moscow in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Armani Milano will play on the road against Baskonia (#8) in Vitoria and hope to win that game. Top scorers: FC Barcelona: A.Tomic 19+9reb+1ast, P.Koponen 16+2reb, A.Vezenkov 13+5reb+5ast, T.Rice 10+6ast, V.Faverani 9+1reb, A.Renfroe 7+3reb+4ast EA7 Armani: A.Abass 14+4reb, A.Cinciarini 11+5reb+4ast, M.Macvan 10+4reb+1ast, M.Kalnietis 10+3reb+6ast, J.McLean 8+3reb+1ast, S.Fontecchio 6+1reb+3ast
The most exciting game of round 23 in the Euroleague took place in Istanbul. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Greek Olympiacos (16-7) to fourth ranked Turkish Fenerbahce (15-8) 67-64 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Olympiacos. Olympiacos were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 9-point lead after three quarters before a 20-8 charge of Fenerbahce, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Serbian swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 4 assists. Italian forward Luigi Datome (203-87) helped adding 17 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Erick Green (190-91, college: Virginia Tech) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Turkish champion maintains fourth place with 15-8 record. Defending Greek champion Olympiacos keep the third position with seven games lost. Fenerbahce are looking forward to face Zalgiris (#10) in Kaunas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Olympiacos will play on the road against Maccabi T-A (#13) in Tel-Aviv and are hoping to win this game. Top scorers: Fenerbahce: B.Bogdanovic 27+3reb+4ast, L.Datome 17+6reb, B.Dixon 8+7reb+3ast, E.Udoh 6+6reb, J.Vesely 5+5reb+1ast, N.Kalinic 4+3reb+2ast Olympiacos: E.Green 17+1reb+1ast, K.Papanikolaou 13+8reb, G.Printezis 10+7reb, E.Mantzaris 6+2reb+6ast, K.Birch 5+1reb+1ast, M.Lojeski 4+3reb+3ast
Sixth ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (13-10) crushed at home 16th ranked Turkish Galatasaray (7-16) by 19 points 77-58, which is the biggest margin this round on Thursday night. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. Galatasaray was better in fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda forced 21 Galatasaray turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of Bosnian-Serbian center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Branko Lazic (195-89, agency: BeoBasket) helped adding 17 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Five Crvena Zvezda players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 11 points and American forward Austin Daye (211-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) scored 8 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Serbian champion maintains sixth place with 13-10 record. Loser Galatasaray stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Crvena Zvezda will face Brose Baskets (#12) in Bamberg in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Galatasaray will play at home against the league's leader Real Madrid (#1) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Crvena Zvezda: B.Lazic 17+2reb+1ast, O.Kuzmic 16+8reb+3ast, M.Simonovic 12+5reb+1ast, C.Jenkins 11+3reb+3ast, D.Thompson 10+6reb+1ast, S.Jovic 6+1reb+8ast Galatasaray: V.Micov 11+2reb+1ast, B.Fitipaldo 8+2ast, S.Guler 8+1reb+2ast, A.Daye 8+3reb+2ast, G.Koksal 5, C.Korkmaz 5+1ast
Not a big story in a game in Moscow where 13th ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (8-15) was defeated by second ranked Russian CSKA (17-6) 93-81 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA. Maccabi T-A was better in second period 34-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. CSKA looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Maccabi T-A was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for French Nando De-Colo (196-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). American power forward Kyle Hines (198-86, agency: BeoBasket) helped adding 14 points and 10 rebounds. CSKA's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Israeli swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) responded with 19 points and American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Russian champion maintains second place with 17-6 record behind leader Real Madrid. Loser Maccabi T-A dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. CSKA will face FC Barcelona (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi T-A will play against Olympiacos and hope to win that game. Top scorers: CSKA: N.De Colo 29+1reb+3ast, K.Hines 14+10reb, M.Teodosic 11+4reb+8ast, N.Kurbanov 10+4reb+1ast, J.Augustine 9+7reb, V.Fridzon 7+5reb+1ast Maccabi T-A: S.Landesberg 19+2ast, V.Rudd 14+5reb+1ast, C.Iverson 12+4reb+1ast, D.Smith 11+9reb, I.Segev 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Ohayon 8+4reb+5ast
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