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Standings

1.CSKA 12-2
2.Ulker 10-4
3.Olympia. 7-7
4.Virtus 6-8
5.ASVEL 6-8
6.Real 6-8
7.Slask 5-9
8.Partizan 4-10

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  Round 14, Feb 12, 2003
Virtus Bologna 73 - Olympiacos 77
Virtus
(24+14+14+21): Murdock 20, Dial 15, Koturovic 14 + 9 rbs + 5 bl, Frosini 10, Smodis 8, Sekularac 4, Scarone 2
Olympiacos (16+13+14+34): Evans 28, Markovic 14, De miguel 12 + 7 rbs, Boudouris 7, Johnson 7 - 0/7 FG, Tomic 6, Harissis 3
Real Madrid 77 - Asvel 85
Real
(20+16+22+19): Tarlac 24, Alston 14, Mulaomerovic 14, Herreros 10, Angulo 6, Mumbru 5, Victoriano 4
Asvel (19+26+23+17): Gulyas 18, Giffa 16, Evtimov 12 + 9 rbs, Smith 11, Owens 10, Mrazek 5, Marcelic 4, Frigout 2
Partizan 86 - Ulker 90
Partizan
(22+20+23+21): Vujanic 28, Krstic 16, Ostojic 11, House 11, Kecman 10, Canak 4, Perovic 4, Sekulic 2
Ulker (23+18+22+27): Praskevicius 18, Booker 16, Erdenay 13, Erdogan 11, Yildirim 10, Blair 9 + 9 rbs, Goljovic 8, Acik 5,

Idea Slask 73 - CSKA Moscow 84
Idea
(25+16+11+21): Colson 13, Zielinski 12, Wiekiera 9, Adomaitis 9, Earl 9 + 7 rbs, Koul 6, Tomczyk 5, Marciulonis 5, Giedraitis 5
CSKA (19+20+23+22): Holden 19, Songaila 18, Alexander 16, Bashminov 10, Khryapa 9, Monya 5, Papaloukas 4, Panov 2, Hatziverttas 1

  Round 13, Feb 5, 2003
Olympiacos 71 - Real Madrid 68
Olympiacos
(15+16+19+21): Johnson 20 + 8 rbs, Markovic 18, Evans 12 + 9 rbs, Morales 10, Harissis 5 - 2/10 FG, De miguel 5, Tomic 1
Real (17+22+8+21): Herreros 13, Mumbru 13 + 8 rbs, Hernandez-Sonseca 12 + 7 rbs, Alston 12, Victoriano 8, Reyes 5, Angulo 3, Mulaomerovic 2
Asvel 104 - Partizan 103 OT
Asvel
(25+14+27+23+15): Marcelic 18, Smith 18, Gulyas 17 + 8 rbs, Giffa 15, Evtimov 11 + 7 rbs, Owens 4
Partizan (21+19+21+28+14): Vujanic 27 - 8/22 FG, Kecman 17, Ostojic 15 + 9 rbs, Krstic 11, House 11, Canak 8, Avdalovic 7, Sekulic 4, Perovic 3

  Round 12, Jan.29, 2003
Virtus Bologna 68 - Ulker Istanbul 88
Another shameful defeat for the team that used to rule European basketball. Virtus was too weak for the Turks that secured their spot in the Top 16, and probably the 2nd spot in Group C with this win. Virtus now has only one more win than the 6th place.
Virtus (17+22+14+15): Koturovic 18 - 7/8 FG, Murdock 15, Frosini 12, Smodis 11, Scarone 5, Sekularac 3, Brkic 2, Dial 2 - 1/9 FG
Ulker (25+24+17+22): Erdenay 18, Blair 17 + 8 rbs, Booker 16, Yildirim 13, Goljovic 9, Praskevicius 7 + 11 rbs, Erdogan 5, Gonlum 3
Real Madrid 80 - CSKA Moscow 93
The Russians keep the best record in the Euroleague (along with Benetton) with a road win in Madrid. Real, like Virtus, is too close now to the 6th place, and go fight for their spot next week in Greece.
Real (23+24+16+17): Alston 18 + 10 rbs, Victoriano 18, Mumbru 16, Hernandez-Sonseca 13 + 12 rbs, Angulo 5, Reyes 5, Digbeu 4, Tarlac 1
CSKA (17+22+26+28): Holden 29 - 5/8 3FG, Alexander 19, Songaila 15, Panov 10, Hatziverttas 6, Papaloukas 5, Bashminov 4, Monya 3, Pachoutine 2
Asvel 85 - Olympiacos 74
Finally, after 7 losses in a row, Asvel is back on track. The French champion easily beat Olympiacos, and are back in the picture for the Top 16 since they lost by no more than 6 in Greece, and are one win behind the Reds. Olympiacos are now tied with Idea Slask with a 5-7 record, and share the 5th and 6th spots, but do carry a double victory over the Polish champion, that might be the key for qualification.
Asvel (28+18+24+15): Mrazek 20 - 6/7 3FG, Smith 16, Gulyas 15, Evtimov 14, Giffa 9, Owens 9 + 8 rbs + 7 as, Bonato 2
Olympiacos (16+21+18+19): Evans 19, Tomic 15, De miguel 10, Johnson 8, Boudouris 7, Harissis 5, Markovic 4, Morales 2, Miller 2, Giannouzakos 2
Idea Slask 83 - Partizan 74
Both teams held the same record before the game, only Idea carried a 1 point win from the first game. The meaning of a Polish win would mean Partizan's chances to qualify to the Top 16 are very very slim, while Idea had to win before the games Vs. Ulker and CSKA in the last 2 gamedays.
Giedraitis scored 8 points in the first minutes of the game, and led Idea to a 15-6 lead. Vujanic was the only one able to produce points in Partizan and that was enough to be only 11 points down after one quarter, 29-18. Partizan showed some character and made a come back but already before half time Idea was back on top with a 47-34 lead.
Partizan was able to cut the lead to a single figure but nothing more than that. The locals didn't allow Partizan to pass the 7 point gap line and even the newcomer Acie Earl took part in the celebrations.
Idea (29+18+20+16): Giedraitis 22, Colson 16, Tomczyk 14, Koul 8, Wiekiera 7, Marciulonis 5, Acie 4, Zielinski 4, Adomaitis 3
Partizan (18+16+24+16): Vujanic 25, House 15, Ostojic 10, Krstic 10 + 9 rbs, Kecman 7, Canak 5, Sekulic 2
 

  Round 11, Jan.15, 2003
CSKA 85 - Asvel 65
7th loss in a row for the French champion. CSKA, without suspended Songaila, wins one more game in Moscow on their way to the Top 16.
CSKA (18+25+22+20): Hatziverttas 20, Alexander 16, Holden 11, Bashminov 8, Papaloukas 6, Monya 6, Khryapa 6, Pachoutine Z. 3, Sheiko 3, Padius 2, Pachoutine E. 2, Panov 2
Asvel (12+13+14+26): Petrov 14, Giffa 14, Marcelic 10, Evtimov 8, Gulyasa 8, Frigout 4, Owens 3, Smith 2, Mrazek 2
Ulker 85 - Real Madrid 84 OT
Mumbru nailed a big three pointer at the end of the 4th quarter, to send the teams to overtime. Real had 2 chances to win the game but Reyes and Digbeu missed and Ulker captures the 2nd spot in Group C.
Ulker (19+14+22+19): Blair 25 + 12 rbs, Erdenay 16, Praskevicius 12, Yildirim 10, Booker 8 + 5 rbs, Goljovic 8, Acik 5
Real (21+17+8+28): Mumbru 19, Victoriano 14, Digbeu 14, Alston 11, Reyes 8, Hernandez-Sonseca 7 + 9 rbs, Tarlac 6, Angulo 5
Idea Slask 80 - Virtus Bologna 72
Idea (20+15+20+25): Tomczyk 16 + 7 rbs, Giedraitis 16 + 8 rbs, Colson 13 - 1/10 3FG, Zielinski 13, Wiekiera 8, Adomaitis 8, Koul 6
Virtus (16+22+21+13): Andersen 26, Scarone 20, Smodis 9, Dial 8 - 0/5 3FG, Sekularac 7, Frosini 2
Partizan 81 - Olympiacos 71
Partizan 81 - Olympiacos 71
Partizan (16+20+27+18): Vujanic 26, Krstic 15 + 11 rbs, House 14, Kecman 7, Ostojic 7, Canak 6, Sekulic 4, Avdalovic 2
Olympiacos (22+6+23+20): Evans 15, Johnson 13, Tomic 11, Harissis 10, Markovic 8, Giannouzakos 7, De Miguel 4, Boudouris 3

  Round 10, Jan.8, 2003
Idea Slask 65 - Real Madrid 71
Idea
(14+19+14+18): Adomaitis 11, Smith 11, Marciulonis 10, Tomczyk 10, Koul 7, Giedraitis 7, Colson 4, Zielinski 3, Wiekiera 2
Real (26+19+5+21): Mumbru 19, Alston 15 + 8 rbs, Victoriano 13, Hernandez-Sonsena 7, Digbeu 6, Reyes 5, Angulo 4, Tarlac 2
Olympiacos 77 - CSKA Moscow 79
Olympiacos
(20+20+21+16): Evans 21, Johnson 16 + 11 rbs, De miguel 11 + 10 rbs, Tomic 10, Markovic 9, Harissis 7, Boudouris 3
CSKA (17+18+19+25): Hatziverttas 17, Panov 13, Alexander 13, HOlden 12, Papaloukas 8, Songaila 7, Bashminov 7, Khryapa 2
Virtus Bologna 81 - Partizan 64
What a night in Bologna. Not only Predrag Danilovic came back to Virtus' home court, with his team Partizan, it was also, apparently, the last game of Antoine Rigaudeau in the uniforms he wore in the last 6 seasons, before taking off the Dallas, Texas. Rigaudeau was the top scorer of his team in the win over Partizan that put Virtus one step closer to the Top 16. 58 seconds before the end of the game Valerio Bianchini, in his first Euroleague game with Virtus, called Rigaudeau to the bench, and the local fans thanked Rigaudeau for his contribution and the titles, with a standing ovation that lasted several minutes.
Rigaudeau led Virtus to a 12-6 lead in the first minutes of the game, but Partizan answered with a 2-8 run. Rigaudeau wasn't about to give up and by the end of the first quarter Virtus took a 6 point lead again, 20-14. 6 points in a row by Avleev gave Virtus a 33-22 lead. Vujanic, who went to the line only 6 times, faced some difficulties to break Virtus' defense, and by half time Virtus was leading 42-29.
Virtus continued to pressure on defense, and suddenly seemed like the team that we used to know in the last seasons. Partizan managed to score only 3 points in the first 8 minutes of the 3rd, and Virtus took a 28 point lead, 66-38, after 30 minutes. Vujanic and Krstic led a 0-15 run by Partizan, but ran out air. Rigaudeau noticed the gap stands on no more than 13, and acted fast. He scored the next 9 points of Virtus, and the lead increased once again to more than 20.
Virtus (20+22+24+15): Rigaudeau 18, Dial 16, Sekularac 10, Smodis 8, Belinelli 7, Avleev 6, Koturovic 5, Scarone 4, Andersen 4 + 10 rbs, Frosini 3
Partizan (14+15+9+26): Vujanic 19, Krstic 14 + 12 rbs, O'connor 9, Sekulic 9, Avdalovic 6, Ostojic 5, House 2
Asvel 79 - Ulker 82
Asvel came to the game Vs. Ulker with a 5 games losing streak, 2 of them at home, but still couldn't find what it takes to win a Euroleague game. Ulker had a good day from 3, and dominated the boards, but still had to fight hard for the win.
Ulker opened the game with a 0-9 run, but Asvel woke up fast enough and with an 8-0 run made sure they will stay close to the Turks. After 10 minutes of game Ulker was leading 17-21 after a big three pointer by Yildirim. Ulker was silent from the field in the first 5 minutes of the 2nd quarter, till Joseph Blair was sent back in the game, and made sure the lead will stay in his team's hands after 2 quarters, 36-40.
Just like in the first quarter it took Asvel too long to recover from the halftime break. Ulker got 8 points in a row from Erdenay and found itself leading by 10, 42-52. But Asvel didn't give up. Owens led a 17-5 run, and Asvel was, for a change, on top. After 3 quarters Asvel was leading 60-57. Mrazek and Petrov sank 2 threes early in the 4th, that gave Asvel a 69-62 lead, but Ulker found their way back in the game, and with 2 minutes on the clock, Asvel was leading only by 1, 77-76. From that point on Asvel's offense was paralyzed. Guylas scored the only points of Asvel in the last 2 minutes, and against Ulker you need more than that. Booker and Goljovic made sure Ulker would win this one as well.
Asvel (17+19+24+19): Owens 16, Gulyas 12 + 8 rbs, Smith 10, Mrazek 10, Evtimov 6, Petrov 6, Marcelic 6, Giffa 5, Frigout 4, Bonato 4
Ulker (21+19+17+25): Booker 24 + 7 rbs + 5 as, Erdogan 13, Erdenay 11, Goljovic 10, Blair 9 + 12 rbs, Yildirim 8, Praskevicius 3, Acik 2, Pachulia 2

  Round 9, Dec.18, 2003
Partizan 93 - CSKA Moscow 81

Partizan shocked CSKA Moscow, and became the 2nd team in the Euroleague to beat the Russian team. In the 1st round CSKA routed Partizan 93-57, but tonight belonged to Partizan. Back then CSKA held Vujanic on 9 points in very bad percentages and 7 turnovers, in his worst Euroleague game this season. Tonight Vujanic got his revenge scoring 28 points and passing 7 assists.
Partizan dominated the first half, but CSKA was still in the picture. Vujanic went to the line time after time, while all CSKA had to offer on offense were Holden and Alexander. Partizan was up by 8, 48-40, after 2 quarters.
The big change came in the 3rd. CSKA scored only 2 points in the first 5 minutes of the half, and a three pointer by Vujanic sent the fans to heaven, and Partizan to a 61-42 lead. That was the margin also at the end of the 3rd, 78-59, and the visitors were in shock. In the 4th it was Partizan's turn not to score in the first 5 minutes of the quarter, and CSKA took advantage of that to cut the lead to 10, 78-68. But Vujanic had to complete his revenge, and nailed a 3 pointer that sent Partizan ahead again, on their way to a big win over the best team in the Euroleague.
Partizan (23+25+30+15): Vujanic 28 - 4/9 3FG + 7 as, Krstic 19, House 13, Kecman 10, Ostojic 8 + 11 rbs, Sekulic 6, O'connor 5, Canak 4
CSKA (20+20+19+22): Holden 25 - 5/9 3FG + 5 as, Alexander 23 + 8 rbs, Khryapa 9, Pachoutine Z. 7, Papaloukas 5 + 9 as, Panov 4, Pachoutine E. 2, Monya 2, Bashminov 2
Idea Slask 75 - Asvel 73
Asvel's crisis didn't come to an end tonight in Wroclaw.  The French champion lost for the 5th time in a row, and allowed the Polish champion to tie the records with them. Asvel won by 7 in the first game, so in case of a tie at the end of the 1st round Asvel will have the upper hand, but the way things look now, and a very tough schedule in the next 2 games (Vs. Ulker & at Moscow), the future seems very dark for coach Philip Herve and his team.
The two teams were glued to each other for the majority of the 1st half, until Idea Slask took off with an 8-2 run late in the 2nd quarter, 39-30. Mrazek nailed a 3 pointer and the lead was cut to 6, 39-33, at the end of the 2nd quarter. Zielinski led the locals to an 11-2 run in the 3rd, and Idea was in control. Marcelic and Giffa led Asvel back in the game with a 0-10 run, and in the last minutes we had a thriller. A drive to the hoop by Adomaitis made it 75-71 with less than 30 seconds to go and secured the win for Idea Slask.
Idea (17+22+19+17): Giedraitis 16, Zielinski 15, Adomaitis 12, Marciulonis 10, Tomczyk 8, Koul 8, Jones 5, Skibiniewski 1
Asvel (21+12+14+26): Smith 22, Gulyas 14, Giffa 10, Marcelic 9 + 8 rbs, Mrazek 6, Gadou 4, Evtimov 4, Owens 2, Bonato 2
Ulker 65 - Olympiacos 82
The visiting team won almost every game in the history of the Euroleague between Ulker and Olympiacos. Ulker kept the tradition in the first round, with a 71-77 win in Piraeus. Tonight Olympiacos, who never lost on the road to Ulker, did their part of the deal with a 65-82 win in Turkey. For the first time this season Erdenay was the top scorer of Ulker, but that didn't save Ulker from a 2nd home loss in the Euroleague.
The Greeks were up by one at the end of the 1st, 16-17, but then came a 1-11 run in the 2nd, that set the Greek lead on 27-39, and at the end of the 2nd quarter on 33-43. Johnson nailed 2 buckets in a row, and Olympiacos was up by 14 early in the 3rd. Ulker couldn't stop the dominance of Olympiacos in the paint, and the gap only got bigger. 51-67 after 30 minutes. Ulker could only cut the margin to 13, but that's where the "comeback" stopped. Olympiacos did what it takes not only to beat Ulker, but also to do it in a bigger margin that Ulker won in Piraeus.
Ulker (16+17+18+14): Erdenay 18, Booker 15, Blair 13 + 6 rbs, Acik 6, Goljovic 5, Yildirim 3, Praskevicius 3, Pachulia 2
Olympiacos (17+26+24+15): Johnson 19 + 9 rbs, Evans 18 + 11 rbs, De miguel 16 + 11 rbs, Markovic 8, Harissis 7, Tomic 6, Giannouzakos 4, Morales 4
Virtus Bologna 91 - Real Madrid 82
Is it possible Virtus has found the cure? Without injured Charlie Bell of course, Virtus beat Real and tied their record with the Spanish team on 5-4. Virtus, that won 73-81 in Madrid, completed a double win over Real and cut a 3 wins streak of the visitors, with the help of Matjaz Smodis, that recovered from an injury only a short while ago.
Real had a great start, and soon took a 3-12 lead. Tanjevic took a time out, and from the moment on Virtus was everywhere. Smodis and Rigaudeau led a 17-2 run, and by the end of the 1st quarter Virtus were leading 20-16. Real completed 6 minutes without scoring even a single point, and Virtus took advantage of that to make a 14-0 run, and open an 18 points gap, 34-16. An amazing total of a 31-2 run. Real, finally, realized that they need to put the ball through the rim, and not around it, and cut the lead to 16 by half time, 48-32.
The local lead was in danger after Real made a 2-9 run at the early minutes of the 3rd, and later when Mula nailed a 3 pointer that cut it down the lead to no more than 8 points. Then it was time for Rigaudeau to step up, and show Mula what it takes to win a ball game. Virtus were up by 11 again by the end of the 3rd, 71-60. Digbeu, in a great game, and Mumbru cut the lead down to 8 again, but then came a 9-0 run of Virtus, and Real raised their hands.
Virtus (20+28+23+20): Smodis 23, Dial 18 - 7/9 FG, Rigaudeau 17, Frosini 12, Scarone 8, Sekularac 6, Avleev 5, Koturovic 2 - 5 to
Real (16+16+28+22): Digbeu 19, Mumbru 14, Mulaomerovic 12, Alston 9, Tarlac 8, Angulo 7, Victoriano 5, Herreros 4, Reyes 2, Hernandez-Sonseca 2

  Round 8, Dec.11, 2003
Adecco Asvel 74 - Virtus Bologna 88
Both teams came to this game after 3 consecutive losses, and both had to win. Asvel, because they just lost at home to Real last week, and another home lose will be too much. Virtus had to win because they lost the first game between the teams in Bologna. When the smoke cleared, not only Asvel lost, they weren't even able to keep the margin from the won in Bologna, and dropped down to the 6th place. Bogdan Tanjevic, last season the coach of Asvel, probably had a very good idea what it takes to win in Lyon.
The first quarter brought smiles on the faces of the local fans. Asvel took an 8-0 run and finished the first 10 minutes with a 24-18 lead. Asvel kept the lead during the 2nd quarter till Derrick Dial scored 6 points in the last 1:30 minutes of the half, and tied the game, 40-40.
The big change came in the 3rd quarter. Asvel scored only 11 points, but 9 of them were from the line. Virtus locked their rim and took off to a 16 point lead, 51-67 after 3 buzzers. Asvel raised their hands. That was too much for a team on the way to a 4th straight lose. Virtus is back on winning track
Asvel (24+16+11+23): Evtimov 16 + 10 rbs, Gulyas 12 + 7 rbs, Giffa 10, Smith 8, Petrov 8, Bonato 7, Mrazek 7, Gadou 3, Owens 3
Virtus (18+22+27+21): Dial 21 + 9 rbs, Bell 18, Koturovic 16, Rigaudeua 13 + 7 as, Smodis 7, Andersen 6,Scarone 3, Sekularac 2, Avleev 2
Olympiacos 78 - Idea Slask 71
Harissis hit his 3rd 3 at the end of the 1st quarter, and pulled a 19-12 lead for the local team. Markovic added a 3 of his own and Olympiacos was leading by 15, 27-12. Idea Slask cut the lead to 11 by half time, 43-32, but that didn't bother anyone.
Olympiacos ran off again to an 18 points lead, and after 30 minutes they were still far above the Polish champion, 61-47. Olympiacos were sure they got the game done, but Idea fought back to the game, and 41 seconds to go Giedraitis cut the lead to no more than 2 from the line, 72-70. Morales missed, but Demarco Johnson scored after a big offensive rebound with 22 seconds on the clock. In the last seconds Giedraitis scored only once from the line and Markovic hit twice to secure the win.
Olympiacos (19+24+22+13): Harissis 22 - 6/10 3FG, Markovic 16, Johnson 15 + 9 rbs, Evans 14, De miguel 9, Giannouzakos 2
Idea Slask (12+20+19+20): Tomczyk 16, Giedraitis 14, Koul 12, Zielinski 9, Wiekiera 7, Jones 6, Adomaitis 5, Skibiniewski 2
Real Madrid 89 - Partizan 78
Real was able to stop Milos Vujanic on 21 points in 33% from the field, and only 6 foul shots, and open a winning streak with 3 in a row. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74) is officially back in the Euroleague with a great performance.
Real made an 8-0 run during the 1st quarter and climbed to a 21-9 lead, but Partizan scored 6 points in a row and the first quarter finished with Real up by 6, 21-15. Vujanic cut the margin to 3 in the first basket of the 2nd, but Real didn't allow the Yugoslavian champion to celebrate, and increased their lead back to double digits, 36-25. Partizan, once again, made their way back to the game, with Canak scoring 14 points in a row, and cutting the lead down to 2, but 2 shots from outside by Angulo gave Real a 45-39 lead after 20 minutes.
Mula stepped up in the 3rd and carried Real to a 16 points lead, 68-52, but Partizan, once again, cut the lead before the buzzer, and Real was up by 7, 68-61, after 3 quarters. Partizan kept fighting but Real had a terrific day from 3 (12/20) and was able to keep their lead till the final buzzer.
Real (21+24+23+21): Mulaomerovic 20 - 4/6 3FG, Alston 14 + 8 rbs, Angulo 12, Hernandez-Sonseca 12, Reyes 9, Digbeu 8, Mumbru 4
Partizan (15+24+22+17): Vujanic 21, Canak 16, Krstic 12, Kecman 8, House 7, Ostojic 6, Sekulic 4, Avdalovic 2, O'connor 2
CSKA 78 - Ulker 62
Someone should check the custom in Moscow. It seems every team that lands there show up to the game Vs. CSKA without their offense. Or maybe CSKA should get all the credit for that. Partizan scored 66, Olympiacos 67, Idea Slask 45 and today Ulker was held on 62 points. In the first game between the teams Ulker scored 63 points and lose by 3. Tonight CSKA was able to score a little more than that, and hold the best record in the Euroleague after 8 games, 7-1.
Great game for the duo Greek guards of CSKA. Hatziverttas is there to score and today he made 22 points. Papaloukas is there to pass and steal and today he had 8 of the first kind and 4 of the last. Victor Alexander is back in shape pretty fast. Tonight he was the 2nd best scorer of CSKA with 20 points.
CSKA took a 24-13 lead after 10 minutes after Panov, Khryapa and especially Hatziverttas nailed 3 pointers. The lead climbed up to 15 in the early minutes of the 2nd, but Booker and Goljovic cut it down to only 1 after 17 minutes. CSKA allowed Ulker to score only 2 more points in the last 3 minutes of the game, and the first half was done with CSKA leading 43-37.
The 3rd quarter was all CSKA. Holden woke up on both sides of the court, Victor Alexander added some points, and suddenly CSKA's lead was 24, 66-42. During the last 3 minutes of the quarter Ulker made a 0-9 run but was still down by 17 before the last quarter, 68-51. The last 10 minutes of the game were garbage time. Ulker could only cut the lead here and there, and cross the 60 points limit before time was up. 78-62 was the final score.
CSKA (24+19+25+10): Hatziverttas 22, Alexander 20, Holden 14, Panov 9, Khryapa 5, Bashminov 4, Monya 2, Papaloukas 2 + 8 as + 4 st
Ulker (13+24+14+11): Booker 19 + 5 as, Goljovic 11, Blair 11 + 10 rbs, Praskevicius 7, Yildirim 5, Erdogan 4, Erdenay 3, Pachulia 1, Acik 1
 

  Round 7, Dec.4, 2003
CSKA 73 - Idea Slask 45
In the 2nd game day of the Euroleague Partizan came to Moscow, and lost by 36 points after CSKA stopped them on 57 points. Today Idea Slask got to know what it feels like to play in cold Moscow. The Polish champion couldn't score more than 45 points - A season low in the Euroleague, and CSKA won by 28 points. Giedraitis was the only player in Idea Slask to score in double digits, while CSKA had 4 of them. CSKA opened the game with a 10-2 play, but Idea managed to cut the lead to 6 at the end of the 1st quarter, 17-11. A 10-0 run in the late part of the 2nd quarter pushed CSKA to a 36-19 lead at half time. Victor Alexander, in his first game with CSKA, didn't have a game to remember, and CSKA scored only 7 points in the 3rd quarter. Idea didn't take advantage of that and cut the lead only by 6 till the end of the quarter. The young Khryapa had 9 points and 13 rebounds for CSKA who won the 4th quarter 30-13.
CSKA (17+19+7+30): Holden 13 + 6 as, Hatziverttas 11, Bashminov 11 + 5 rbs, Papaloukas 11, Khryapa 9 + 13 rbs, Alexander 8 + 5 rbs, Monya 7, Panov 3
Slask (11+8+13+13): Giedraitis 12, Wiekiera 9, Adomaitis 7, Zielinski 5, Koul 5, Holcomb 4, Gregov 2, Jones 1
Ulker 84 - Partizan 74
Ulker's foreigners got a helping hand from Harun Erdenay in their 5th win of the season, this time over Partizan. Miles Vujanic scored 33 points, and this time was assisted by Kerman, but as usual, that wasn't enough to beat on the road a Euroleague team such as Ulker.
Praskevicius nailed a 3 pointer late in the 1st quarter to give Ulker a 21-12 lead. The final score of the first quarter was 23-16 but Ulker kept their rhythm in the 2nd quarter. A 10-0 run in 3 minutes during the 2nd quarter opened a double digits gap between the teams. Ulker's lead went up to 42-20 and although Partizan started to play full court press the half time score was 49-29.
Vujanic and Kecman started to bomb and was able to cut the lead to 8, 55-47, during the 3rd. Ulker woke up in time and by the end of the quarter the lead went up to 14 once again, 63-49. Partizan's last effort to make a comeback showed some results as Vujanic cut the gap to only 5, 74-69, 4:45 to go, but Ulker replied with a 7-0 run and made sure the 2 points won't leave Turkey tonight.

Ulker (23+26+14+21): Booker 20, Erdenay 16, Praskevicius 16, Blair 14 + 10 rbs, Yildirim 4, Gonlum 4, Acik 3, Erdogan 3, Pachulia 2, Goljovic 2
Partizan (16+13+20+25): Vujanic 33 - 50%FG + 4 as, Kecman 23 - 80%FG + 8 rbs, Canak 8, House 5, Sekulic 2, O'connor 2, Sekulic 2, Perovic 1
Olympiacos 80 - Virtus Bologna 66
Another match up between Greece and Italy took place in the 7th game day. Olympiacos and Virtus didn't have a good start so far in the season, and each one needed the 2 points badly.
Rigaudeau swept Virtus to a 12-21 lead in the first quarter, but also committed his 2nd foul and had to take a rest. Harissis came off the Greek bench and the first quarter ended with Virtus up by 7, 16-23. Olympiacos' defense was finally set correctly and Virtus couldn't score more than 7 points till half time, as the Greeks took a 37-30 lead.
Virtus took off with a 0-8 run in the first minutes of the 3rd but Murice Evans stepped up and gave Olympiacos a 10 points lead, 52-42, after 26 minutes. Virtus moved to play zone, but that didn't do any change. Olympiacos was up by 9 after 30 minutes, 57-48. Rigaudeau nailed two 3 pointers and cut the lead back to 3 early in the 3rd, but once again Evans was the go to guy of the Greeks and two 3 pointers of his own, to decide the game for Olympiacos.
Olympiacos (16+21+20+23): Evans 20 - 6/17 FG + 7 rbs, Markovic 19, Johnson 18 + 10 rbs, Harissis 10 + 6 as + 6 rbs, De miguel 10 + 8 rbs, Giannouzakos 3
Virtus (23+7+18+18): Rigaudeau 23 - 4/5 3FG, Dial 10 + 7 rbs, Bell 10 - 0/7 3FG, Andersen 10 + 8 rbs, Frosini 6, Sekularac 3, Avleev 2, Koturovic 2
Asvel 64 - Real Madrid 76
Asvel
(22+15+16+11): Gulyas 11, Giffa 10, Owens 9 - 4/12 FG + 6 as, Evtimov 9, Gadou 8, Petrov 6, Bonato 5, Smith 2, Marcelic 2
Real (24+26+12+14): Digbeu 15 + 8 rbs, Mulaomerovic 13, Alston 12, Tarlac 10, Mumbru 9, Reyes 8, Herreros 5, Angulo 2, ernandez-Sonseca 2

  Round 6, Nov.13, 2003
Real Madrid 73 - Olympiacos 66
A few years ago a game between Real and Olympiacos, two former Euroleague champions, was a big battle on the 1st place. Today both teams fought to survive in Group C. Real paid a lot of money to have Alex Mumbru in the team during the summer and today they got the pay back from the Spanish forward.
Nine points by Mumbru in the first 5 minutes of the game gave Real an 11-6 lead. Angulo took over the game by then, and Real's advantage went up to 19-8, and later 29-13 at the end of the 1st. Real's celebration went on during the 2nd, and was stopped only at a 40-18 lead. Harissis was the only one who could score for the Greeks but that was enough to come back to 13 points from Real by half time, 40-27.
The reds completed a 0-18 run in the first minutes of the 3rd, and made it a 4 points game. Real's fans got worried they might witness another home lose, but Alston in a few good moves gave Real an 11 points lead after 30 minutes, 53-42. Olympiacos couldn't fight back after failing to complete the comeback and Real won the game 73-66.
Real (29+11+13+20): Mumbru 21, Alston 14 + 7 rbs, Angulo 13, Herreros 12, Tarlac 4 + 7 rbs, Reyes 4, Hawkins 3, Mena 2
Olympiacos (13+14+15+24): Harissis 13, De miguel 13 + 6 rbs, Markovic 11, Evans 9, Johnson 8 + 8 rbs, Nikagbatse 6, Boudouris 2, Giannouzakos 2, Morales 2
Virtus Bologna 83 - CSKA Moscow 85
CSKA proved they are a big team. Darius Songaila, their best player so far in the Euroleague, had to leave the court after 58 seconds with a knee injury, and didn't return to play till the end, but CSKA was still able to win in Bologna in a big battle.
CSKA took a 7-10 lead, but Virtus made a 7-0 run to take a 25-19 lead after 10 minutes. CSKA didn't allow Virtus to escape in the first minutes of the 2nd quarter, and 2 bombs from downtown by Panov and Monya gave CSKA a 31-35 lead. Dial and Andersen replied and Virtus had a 46-44 lead by half time.
Neither team was able to open a big lead in the 3rd as Holden scored for CSKA and Avleev kept Virtus in the game. CSKA took a small 64-66 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter, but that was only the appetizer. CSKA made an unexpected 0-9 run in the first minutes of the 4th, and took an 11 points lead with 6 minutes to play. Virtus didn't break down, and slowly cut the lead. The scoreboard showed 80-83 to CSKA 3 minutes to the end, but Virtus wasn't done. CSKA missed too many shots from the line, and a huge three pointer by Bell tied the score 10 seconds to go. Holden was sent to the line 2 seconds later, and nailed both shots, and Virtus had the chance to tie or win the game. Bell went for another 3 point shot, but this time the ball went out. Avleev took the offensive rebound, and tried to tie the game, but young Khryapa made a huge block and gave CSKA a very big win in Bologna, 83-85.
Virtus (25+21+18+19): Dial 25 + 5 rbs, Avleev 16 + 9 rbs, Bell 15, Frosini 12, Andersen 10, Koturovic 4, Rigaudeau 1
CSKA (19+25+22+19): Holden 21 + 5 as, Hatziverttas 19, Gatling 19 + 8 rbs, Panov 8, Monya 5, Khryapa 4, Pachoutine 4, Bashminov 2, Songaila 2, Papaloukas 1
Idea Slask 84 - Ulker 93
Blair, Booker, Praskevicius & Goljovic, Ulker's foreigners, scored 74 points and led their team to an important win in Poland over Idea Slask.
Idea
(25+15+21+23): Tomczyk 17 + 7 rbs, Zielinski 14 + 5 as, Lugo 11, Adomaitis 10, Marciulonis 8, Koul 5, Skibiniewski 5, Giedraitis 5, Jones 4, Wiekiera 3, Gregov 2
Ulker (29+21+17+26): Booker 20 + 6 as, Blair 20 + 10 rbs, Praskevicius 20 + 8 rbs, Goljovic 14, Erdenay 9, Acik 5, Erdogan 5
Partizan 79 - Asvel 71
First home win for Partizan that surprised Asvel. The French champion lost a valuable point in a court where Real, Virtus and Idea won already.
Partizan
(21+17+17+24): Vujanic 28, Ostojic 19 + 11 rbs, House 12, Kecman 12, Krstic 4, Canak 2, O'connor 2
Asvel (13+19+19+20): Bonato 12, Giffa 11, Owens 10, Evtimov 9 + 11 rbs, Smith 6, Gadou 5, Mrazek 5, Marcelic 5, Gulyas 4, Petrov 4

  Round 5, Nov.5, 2003
CSKA Moscow 90 - Real Madrid 85
Don't let the final score fool you. CSKA ruled this game big time, and in the first minutes of the last quarter the difference between the teams was around 30 points.
Songaila had a good start with 2 hits from 3 and a total of 10 points in the first 7 minutes. Holden added 2 nails from downtown as well, and CSKA made a 13-0 run. Real had too many turnovers and trailed 25-15 after 10 minutes. Hererros led a 0-8 run by Real to cut the lead back to 10 after points by Bashminov and Panov, and a 3rd foul by Alston allowed CSKA to make another run before half time as Hatziverttas picked up his rhythm, 50-34 to CSKA.
Monya, the young prospect of CSKA, opened the 3rd quarter with a bomb from downtown, and 4 points by Gatling made it 59-39. Real tried to respond with Herreros and Reyes but the 3rd quarter was dominated by Monya, who added another 3, and Gatling, who scored 13 points in the 3rd. 71-51 to CSKA. The lead went up to 25 in the first minutes of the 4th. Real had no chance to make a comeback, and owe a big thank you to Victoriano who saved them from a bigger humiliation.
CSKA (25+25+22+18): Songaila 20 - 8/12 FG, Galing 14, Bashminov 13 - 4/4 FG, Holden 13 - 3/10 3FG + 10 as, Hatziverttas 13, Monya 6, Panov 6, Pachoutine Z. 3, Khryapa 1
Real (15+19+17+24): Alston 16 + 7 to, Victoriano 12, Herreros 10, Hernandez-Sonseca 10, Angulo 9, Hawkins 7, Reyes 6, Digbeu 4, Mumbru 1
Ulker 105 - Virtus 78
Last night Efes Pilsen beat Skipper in Bologna. Tonight Ulker, the 2nd team of Turkey crushed Virtus, the 2nd team from Bologna after a huge second half. Ulker signed Blair, Booker and Praskevicius during the last summer, and the three of them replied today with 69 points.
Ulker took an early 21-12 lead in the first quarter but Virtus replied with a 2-12 run, and 2 shots from the line by Blair put Ulker on top after 10 minutes, 25-24. The 2nd quarter was more balanced, and once again it was Blair who scored the last bucket of the quarter to give Ulker a one point lead, 46-45 after the 2nd buzzer.
The 2nd half was a totally different story, but still just a promo for the 4th. Dial and Bell tried to keep Virtus in the game but Blair and Booker did as they wished, and Ulker took a 73-64 lead at the end of the 3rd with a 3 point shot by Booker. If someone in Virtus believed in a comeback, the first minutes of the 4th quarter made him think again. A 10-2 Turkish run sent Virtus to pray for mercy, but there was no answer for their prayers. Praskevicius nailed a three, Booker and Blair couldn't miss and Ulker scored 32 points in the 4th, and a total of 59 in the 2nd half, on the way to a 27 points win.
Ulker (25+21+27+32): Booker 24 - 9/13 FG + 7 as + 5 rbs, Blair 24 + 15 rbs, Praskevicius 21 + 8 rbs, Erdogan 11, Erdenay 11, Acik 7, Yildirim 5, Gonlum 2
Virtus (24+21+19+14): Frosini 21 - 10/15 FG, Bell 20, Dial 12, Sekularac 6, Attruia 4, Andersen 4, Scarone 4, Koturovic 4, Rigaudeau 3
Olympiacos 83 - Asvel 77
One week after the home lose to Partizan, and a few days after the changes in the center position (Savrasenko back in Russia, Morales in), Olympiacos faced Asvel who had a perfect record until last week.
De-Marco Johnson had a good start, but after a 7-0 Greek lead Marcelic made sure the French champion stay in the game and it was a 22-22 tie at the end of the first. Olympiacos came to the 2nd quarter with better defense, and stopped Asvel on 10 points, while Johnson continued his show and Olympiacos took a rest after 20 minutes with a 38-32 lead.
2 big 3 point shots by Marcelic sent Asvel on a 4-13 trip, and the game to a 48-48 tie, but Tomic, and once again Johnson, didn't wait too long before making a 12-2 run, on the way to a 64-53 lead at the end of the 3rd. Morales, in his first Euroleague game, was in good shape, and helped the reds control under the boards. The gap went up to 13, and after Asvel made a small come back to minus 7, Tomic nailed 2 three pointers, and decided the game.
Olympiacos (22+16+26+19): Johnson 27 - 13/17 FG + 8 rbs, Markovic 16, Tomic 11 - 3/4 3FG, Morales 10 + 6 rbs, Evans 9, Giannouzakos 5, Harissis 3, De miguel 2
Asvel (22+10+21+24): Smith 21 - 6/8 FG + 4 as, Marcelic 15 - 4/6 3FG, Gulyas 12, Gadou 10, Bonato 6, Evtimov 5, Owens 4, Petrov 2, Giffa 2
Partizan 85 - Idea Slask 86
Seems like the best thing for Slask is to play on the road. Today they got their 2nd win in the Euroleague, and once again it was far away from Poland. Partizan, after a huge win in Greece over Olympiacos, found out once again that for the top level in Europe one Milos Vujanic is not enough.
After 7 minutes of game Partizan had a 17-7 lead, and 19-10 one after 10 minutes. Slask, who missed their starting PG (Miglinieks) and C (Lugo) bombed from 3 point land and made a 4-11 run on the way to a 5 points game, 30-25. Partizan was able to keep the lead till half time, 43-37, but Partizan couldn't hit any shot behind the arc, a sort of a warning sign for the 2nd half.
Slask moved to play zone in the 3rd quarter, but Milos Vujanic punished them hard with three 3 pointers, and Partizan took a 68-60 lead after 30 minutes. Idea Slask stormed back in the game in the 4th, and a 2-8 run put the Polish champion on top, 75-76, 5 min. to go. Wiekiera and Canak exchanged three pointers, and 1:28 to the end Fredric House, who just joined Partizan this week, scored his first points in the game and gave the locals an 85-83 lead. Both teams couldn't score in the following 60 seconds, until Tomczyk scored a huge 3-point shot that gave Idea an 85-86 lead. Partizan still had a chance to win the game, but that chance didn't developed into something bigger.
Partizan (19+24+25+17): Vujanic 30 - 7/15 FG, Krstic 14, Canak 12, Ostojic 8, Sekulic 8, Kecman 6, O'connor 4, House 3 - 1/7 FG
Idea Slask (10+27+23+26): Holcomb 17, Adomaitis 14, Wiekiera 13, Giedraitis 9, Tomczyk 9 + 8 rbs, Marciulonis 7, Koul 6, Zielinski 6, Skibiniewski 5

  Round 4, Oct.31, 2003
Olympiacos 78 - Partizan 80
After 3 straight loses in the Euroleague, 2 at home and one huge defeat in Moscow, Partizan won their first Euroleague game this season. The Yugoslavian champion never lost in Piraeus and history was by their side tonight once again. After an equal first half the reds pushed the balls to the paint where De miguel was unstoppable, and Olympiacos took a 61-47 lead in the 3rd, and Partizan could only reduce the gap to 10 by the end of the 3rd quarter, 62-52. The Greeks kept a 10 points lead 4 minutes in the 4th but then came a 0-10 run by Partizan. Well, by Milos Vujanic to be more exact. The locals woke up in time to take a 75-72 lead with 1 minute on the clock, but the finish was all Partizan. Vujanic tied the game before Johnson made it 77-75, 27 seconds to go. Then Nenad Canak showed up in the right moment and sank his first 3 point shot of the game, to put Partizan up by one. Nikagbatse missed from the line and allowed Partizan to secure their perfect record in Piraeus.
Olympiacos (20+21+21+16): De miguel 23 - 6/6 FG + 11 rbs, Johnson 18, Tomic 12, Markovic 10, Amanatidis 5, Nikagbatse 5 - 1/7 FG, Boudouris 3, Evans 2
Partizan (19+22+11+28): Vujanic 25 pts - 14 fouls drawn, Ostojic 18 - 6/7 FG + 10 rbs, Canak 11, O'connor 11, Kecman 7, Sekulic 4 + 7 rbs, Perovic 4
Virtus 96 - Idea Slask 70
Virtus won in Madrid on the 2nd game day. Idea Slask won in Madrid in the 3rd game day. Both teams met Bologna in the 4th game day, as Virtus got their first home win in the Euroleague and a pretty easy one. The Polish champion didn't allow Virtus to make a big run in the first half, and whenever Virtus got near a double-figure lead came a small run by Idea to close the gap. At half time the score was 43-39 for the local team, and although Virtus managed to open a 9 points margin, Idea answered with a 0-7  run, but for the last time. Frosini and Dial led a 14-3 run by the Italians and from that point on the difference just got bigger.
Virtus (21+22+28+15): Bell 18, Dial 12 + 8 rbs, Avleev 11 + 10 rbs, Koturovic 11, Sekularac 10, Frosini 10, Rigaudeau 6, Scarone 5, Brkic 3
Idea (22+17+14+17): Holcomb 12 + 8 rbs, Adomaitis 12, Tomczyk 11, Zielinski 9, Koul 8, Giedraitis 7, Wiekiera 4, Skibiniewski 3, Lugo 2, Marciulonis 2
Asvel 99 - CSKA Moscow 87
Asvel
(28+20+21+30): Gulyas 23, Bonato 19, Owens 10, Mrazek 9, Gadou 9, Smith 8, Marcelic 8, Evtimov 8, Petrov 5
CSKA (20+17+29+21): Holden 23 - 4/13 3FG, Songaila 18 - 6/11 FG, Galing 13 + 7 rbs, Hatziverttas 11, Panov 9, Khryapa 7 + 9 rbs, Bashminov 4, Papaloukas 2
Real Madrid 81 - Ulker 77
Real
(23+14+17+27): Mumbru 16, Digbeu 13, Alston 12 + 7 rbs, Herreros 11, Hernandez-sonseca 10 + 11 rbs, Lampe 8, Angulo 6, Victoriano 5 + 5 as
Ulker (21+22+8+26): Booker 22 - 4/9 3FG, Blair 15 + 12 rbs, Guler 13, Erdogan 12, Praskevicius 6, Gonlum 4, Goljovic 2, Yildirim 2, Pachulia 1

  Round 3, Oct.22, 2003
Partizan 73 - Virtus 86
Yet another game that was over already after 20 minutes. Dial, in his 1st Euroleague performance was already the star of Virtus, who got their 2nd straight win in Group C, and once again it was on the road. Partizan, still looking for the first win, had to chase Virtus in the 2nd half, after the Italians easily got 24 points lead at half time, 29-53. Milos Vujanic set a season scoring record in the Euroleague with 36 points, but that was only enough to bring Partizan 8 points from Virtus in the 4th quarter. Tanjevic sent Dial back on the court and Virtus made sure the 2 points will travel with them back to Bologna.
Partizan (15+14+20+24): Vujanic 36 - 10/21 FG - 14/16 FT, Kecman 11 + 7 rbs, Ostojic 11, Canak 7, O'connor 6, Sekulic 2
Virtus (29+24+10+23): Dial 27 - 8/14 FG + 7 rbs, Bell 21, Frosini 11, Scarone 8, Koturovic 8, Rigaudeau 6, Brkic 3, Avleev 2
Real Madrid 79 - Idea Slask 85
In his 1st ever Euroleague game coach Winnicki led his team Idea Slask to a big win in Madrid over Real. After the home lose to Virtus last week Real couldn't afford another defeat in Madrid, especially not against a team as Slask, who isn't considered one of the top teams in Group C, but just as last season Real's home court seems like the most welcoming court in for the visitors in the Euroleague.
Real had a small 41-38 lead at half time, but what gave Real the lead was not less than 33 free throws attempt in the first half. Real stayed on top for the majority of the 3rd, but Wiekiera nailed three 3 pointers to give Slask a 59-62 lead after 30 minutes. Real went to the line "only" 14 more times in the 2nd half, but still managed to survive. Alston scored from the line and put Real on top, 78-77, but till the buzzer Real was able to add only one more point, while Slask scored 8 points on the way to a win in Madrid, 79-85.
Real (22+19+18+20): Alston 23 + 7 rbs, Herreros 16, Angulo 12, Victoriano 8 - 2/9 FG, Hernandez-Sonseca 7, Digbeu 5, Hawkins 5, Lampe 3
Idea Slask (21+17+24+23): Giedraitis 25, Lugo 15 - 7/8 FG + 9 rbs, Adomaitis 10, Wiekiera 9, Holcomb 9, Koul 6, Tomczyk 5, Zielinski 3, Marciulonis 2, Miglieniks 1
Ulker 65 - ASVEL 63
Asvel was leading Group C with CSKA after a 2-0 record in the first two games. Today they played in Istanbul and came close to get their 3rd win, but a huge comeback by Ulker put a stop to the French dream.
ASVEL had a very good start, while Ulker couldn't make a shot. Soon the scoreboard showed 0-10, and although Ulker got their first points ASVEL was still on top. After 8 minutes in the game Ulker was still stuck on no more than 3 points, and by the end of the quarter ASVEL was up 7-20 with Ulker making only one field goal. The gap was reduced down to 5 after six straight points by Ulker foreigners, but then came a 0-15 run by ASVEL, and the French champion had a 15-35 lead to baby-sit. Ulker's comeback started soon enough, and a fast 8-0 run helped Blair lead the locals to a 27-38 lead after 20 minutes.
Only two minutes after the 3rd quarter kicked in, Booker and Blair reduced the gap to 35-38. Golyas, the leading scorer of ASVEL tonight, had to join the bench players due to foul trouble, and Ulker finished the quarter only one point behind, 49-50. A three point basket by Praskevicius and a great Booker-Blair alley-hoop gave the Turks their first lead in the game, 61-59. Blair then added a great block on Gadou, and Booker was sent to the line to make it 65-60. Owens scored the last basket of the game with the buzzer, but the win stayed in Turkey. 65-63 to Ulker. An impressive double-double by Joseph Blair led Ulker to their first home win in Group C, after a very bad first quarter. For Asvel this is the first lose in Group C, but one that could be easily erased in the next round by the French champion.
Ulker (7+20+22+16): Blair 22 - 10/16 FG + 11 rbs, Booker 13 - 1/6 3FG, Praskevicius 12 + 6 rbs, Erdogan 5, Acik 5, Gonlum 2 + 8 rbs, Yildrim 2, Goljevic 2, Erdenay 2 - 0/5 FG
ASVEL (20+18+12+13): Gulyas 16 - 8/12 FG, Smith 9, Gadou 9, Marcelic 9, Mrazek 6, Owens 5, Bonato 4, Evtimov 3 + 7 rbs, Petrov 2
CSKA 74 - Olympiakos 67
Theodoros Papaloukas got his revenge tonight in Moscow. The former PG of Olympiakos, that was released during the last summer, led CSKA to a perfect 3-0 record in Group C with a 74-67 win over Olympiakos.
In the first quarter both teams didn't perform a good game on offense, and after 10 minutes the game with tied, 12-12. Monya and Songaila pushed CSKA forward to a 10 points lead, but Harissis and Bradtke, in his last game with the club, reduced CSKA's lead by half. Right before half time Holden nailed a 3 pointers and CSKA was up by 10 once again, 36-26 at half time.
Olympiakos was able to make a comeback, but CSKA kept a small safe lead with points by Songaila. 50-45 to the Russians at the end of the 3rd. CSKA, once again, took off to 56-45, but Harissis was in the right place to lead a 3-10 run by the Greeks. Songaila was fouled out with less than 5 minutes to play, but then stepped up Papaloukas who made some very crucial free throws to secure CSKA's 3rd win, 74-67.
CSKA (12+24+14+24): Songaila 17, Papaloukas 12 - 3/3 FG, Monya 10, Hatziverttas 9 - 0/4 FG 9/10 FT, Holden 7 - 2/7 FG, Gatling 6 + 6 rbs, Khryapa 5, Bashminov 4, Panov 2, Pachoutine Z. 2
Olympiakos (12+14+19+22): Harissis 17 - 3/5 3FG, Markovic 12 + 4 rbs + 4 as, Johnson 10 - 4/5 FG, Nikagbatse 9, Giannouzakos 8, De miguel 7, Bradtke 2, Amanatidis 2

  Round 2, Oct.15, 2003
Real Madrid 73 - Virtus Bologna 81
Real (25+15+19+14): Hernandez-Sonseca 17 - 6/8 FG + 7 rbs, Herreros 15 - 1/8 3FG, Alston 13, Angulo 12, Hawkins 11, Digbeu 5
Virtus (23+19+25+14): Bell 19 + 7 rbs, Sekularac 15, Koturovic 14 + 8 rbs, Attruia 13, Avleev 11 + 7 rbs, Frosini 6, Rigaudeau 3 + 5 rbs + 5 as
Olympiakos 71 - Ulker 77
After bad start in Eurolague and lost against CSKA last week in İstanbul, Ulker find the way to win the game against Greek greatest, Olimpiakos in Greece. Game started under the basket and finish  there also. Olimpiakos couldn't stop Ulker's big guys, Virginijus Praskevicius (206-C/F-74, agent: Balducci Maurizio) (20) and Joseph Blair (208-C/F-74, agent: Fox Larry, college: Arizona) (19). The Best scorer of the Olimpiakos team was Milan Tomic (192-G-72, agent: Tarnatoros Fanis) who scored 19.
Olympiakos (17+13+28+13): Tomic 19, Johnson 13, Harissis 11, Boudoruis 10, Amanatidis 10, Markovic 3,  Mrsic 3, De Miguel 2, Nikagbatse 0, , Nikolaos 0, Giannouzakos 0,
Ülker (18+23+16+20): Praskevicius 20, Blair 19, Booker 15, Yıldırım 7, Erdenay 6, Goljovic 3, Gönlüm 2, Paculia 2, Açık 2, Erdoğan 1
ASVEL Villeurbanne 87 - Slask-Idea 80

ASVEL (26+25+19+17): Smith 18 (2), Bonato 8 (1), Marcelic 9 (1), Giffa 4, Evtimov 11; Gadou 10, Gulyas 8, Mrazek 7 (2), Owens 7, Petrov 3 (1)
Idea Slask (19+22+18+21): Giedraitis 24, Kul 14; Holcomb 11, Tomczyk 7, Lugo 10, Zielinski 4, Wiekiera 3, Adomaitis 2, Skibniewski 1, ,  Miglinieks 1, Marculionis 0
CSKA 93 - Partizan 57
Everybody knows the key for a win against Partizan is to stop Vujanic, but a 36 points defeat is too much for any match up in the Euroleague. After a 17-10 Russian lead at the end of the 1st quarter, CSKA kept the pressure on Partizan's guards, and took a 35-21 lead after 20 minutes. The visitors missed all 12 shots from downtown in the first half, and couldn't score more than 21 points, but finally raised their hands and hid their heads in the ground in the 3rd. CSKA, who finally got a good performence by Gatling, scored 30 points, and almost doubled the points scored by Partizan in 30 minutes, 65-34. Last quarter was a big garbage time. 93-57 was the final score.
CSKA (17+18+30+28): Gatling 19 - 6/8 FG, Holden 16 + 6 as, Hatziverttas 13 + 5 as, Khryapa 11 + 6 rbs, Songalia 11 + 9 rbs, Pachoutine Z. 7, Monya 5, Bashminov 4, Panov 3, Papaloukas 2 + 6 as, Pachoutine E. 2
Partizan (10+11+13+23): Sekulic 13 + 13 rbs, Kecman 11, Vujanic 9 + 7 to, Canak 6, Perovic 5, Avdalovic 4, Savovic 4, O'connor 0 + 4 to

  Round 1, Oct.9, 2003
Ulker 63 - CSKA 66
2 years ago it took Ulker an amazing shot by Goljovic from the other side of the court to win CSKA at home. Tonight, they weren't so lucky. Both teams didn't play very well, and missed lots of shots, both from the field and the free throw line. Ulker took a small lead in the first minutes of the game, and finished the 1st quarter of the season with a 3 points lead, 20-17. CSKA was able to stop Ulker on 13 points in the 2nd quarter, and took a 33-35 lead at half time. Songaila made a good debut in CSKA, but then it was Ulker's time to stop the Russian offence and take a 47-39 lead in the 27th minute. CSKA made a 3-7 run in the last 3 minutes of the 3rd quarter to reduce the gap to no more than 4, after 30 minutes, 50-46. The only players who could score for Ulker were the new faces: Booker, Praskevicius, Blair and Erdogan. The rest missed shot after shot, and CSKA took advantage of that to move close to Ulker. Blair scored 2 pts with 1:05 on the clock, and Ulker was up by 3, 63-60, but CSKA made it a one point game 38 secs to go, and a fast break by Holden put the Russians up again 63-64 with 25 seconds to go. Booker couldn't score and fouled Songalia who made both free throws with less than 10 seconds on the clock. CSKA made a fast foul to prevent a 3 pt shot attempt by Ulker. Erdogan missed both shots, but then Bashminov was fouled with 1.1 seconds on the clock. He as well missed both shots, but it was too late for Erdenay, who tried to make a Goljovic shot to tie the game. History did not repeat itself this time and CSKA got their first win.
Ulker (20+13+17+13): Booker 18 + 8 rbs + 4 as, Praskevicius 12 + 3 rbs, Blair 10 + 8 rbs, Erdogan 10, Pachulia 4, Erdenay 3, Goljovic 2, Gonlum 2, Yildirim 2
CSKA (17+18+11+20): Songaila 17 + 5 rbs, Holden 13 + 4 as, Bashminov 8 + 12 rbs, Galing 6, Khriapa 5, Monia 5, Hatziverttas  5 - 2/9 FG, Papaloukas 4, Panov 2, Z. Pachoutine 1
Idea Slask 72 - Olympiakos 91
Idea Śląsk (23+15+18+15): Miglinieks 0, Giedraitis 18 (2), Zieliński 7, Holcomb 10, Kul 2; Tomczyk 12 (1), Lugo 8, Lewis 11 (2), Adomaitis 4, Wiekiera 0
Olympiakos (26+17+24+24): Marković 11 (1), Tomić 13 (3), Mrsić 9, Johnson 15, Amanatidis 6; De Miguel 8, Harissis 15 (2), Nikagbatse 8 (2), Boudouris 3 (1).
Partizan 82 - Real Madrid 86
Partizan had a good first quarter, and after 10 minutes the local team took a 23-16 lead, but Real took control over the game when Imbroda moved to play with Hawkins and Victoriano side by side and by half the score was 39-42 in favour of the Spanish team. Real was dominating the boards (23-37 in rebounds) with Tarlac and Hernanadez-Sonseca and that was enough to take a 55-65 lead. Vujanic woke up in the last minutes of the game and made it a 3 points game, 72-75, but Angulo, leading scorer of Real, made sure nothing will go wrong in the last minutes, and Real got their first win in the Euroleague.
Partizan (23+16+16+27): Vujanic 26, O´Connor, Canak 12, Sekulic 6, Ostojic 7; Savovic 1, Kecman 12, Perovic 5, Krstic 13
Real (16+26+20+24): Hawkins 7, Herreros 5, Angulo 20, Alston 7, Hernández-Sonseca 11; Victoriano 8, Digbeu 9, Tarlac 14, Lampe 5
Virtus Bologna 84 - Asvel Villeurbanne 88
It's hard to believe that only 6 months ago Virtus Bologna was the #1 candidate to win the Euroleague. Bogdan Tanjevic was Asvel's coach last season, but now he's in Virtus. Maybe it's because Asvel changed the entire team, but Tanjevic's current team had no answer to the French champion, led by Marcelic who played in Bologna last season (for Virtus rival - Skipper), but now he's scoring for Asvel.
Virtus had a few decent first minutes, but then came a 2-15 run by Asvel, and Virtus was trailing by 8 after the first 10 minutes, 20-28. In the 2nd quarter it was Virtus turn to make a run, 21-5 in this case, led by Rigaudeau. The game clock showed 3 minutes to half time, and the score board was on 41-33, but then Asvel made a 2-9 run till the half time buzzer - 42-43 after 20 minutes. Davor Marcelic was the man of the game in the 3rd Q. The Croatian guard made 6 of his 7 three point shot attempts, and Asvel took off with a 2-17 run, and by the end of the 3rd, Virtus was behind by 12 (56-68). It seemed as the Euroleague runner-up gave up, but Rigaudeau's pride didn't allow him to give up so soon, and the French PG carried Virtus back to the game. 2 minutes to go, it was a 2 points game, but Bonato was there for Asvel to secure the win. Rigaudeau still had a chance to tie the score, with 26 ticks on the clock and an 81-84 game, but the ball went out, and Asvel didn't miss their free throws.

Virtus (20+23+13+28): Marqueurs: Avleev (5), Attruia (8), Gagneur (7), Sekularac (2), Bell (20), Frosini (5), Andersen (10), Rigaudeau (24), Brkic (3)
Asvel (28+14+26+20): Marqueurs: Smith (20), Gadou (6), Bonato (18), Mrazek (9), Marcelic (18), Giffa (4), Gulyas (2), Evtimov (11)


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