After a Round 3 of the regular seaosn in which five teams won on the road - including all three games in Group A - there remain just three unbeaten and two winless teams left in the 2015-16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague. And while there were five thrillers decided in the final two minutes of the contest, Khimki Moscow Region stood apart by setting a club mark for its biggest Euroleague win ever.
In a rematch of a semifinal from last season, Fenerbahce Istanbul defeated reigning champion Real Madrid 77-66 at home in front of more than 12,000 fans. Ekpe Udoh and Luigi Datome scored 15 points apiece to pace Fenerbahce, which never trailed in the contest. Madrid came within 69-62 midway through the fourth quarter, but Kostas Sloukas and Jan Vesely scored baskets the put the champs away. FC Bayern Munich pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Strasbourg 76-61. Bayern used a solid defensive effort and hit 11 three-point shots in 24 attempts. The hosts never trailed after the first quarter, but broke the game open when Nihad Djedovic and Dusko Savanovic fueled a 10-0 fourth-quarter run that opened a 66-53 margin. Djedovic finished with 22 points while shooting 4-for-7 from long range and dishing 6 assists. Savanovic scored 18 points with 7 rebounds and 4 steals for the winners. Khimki Moscow Region dominated Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 91-53 for club's biggest-ever win in the Euroleague. The visitors opened the clash in a higher gear, but Zoran Dragic and Alexey Shved led an 18-2 surge that helped Khimki go up 51-30 at halftime. The trend continued in the second half when the margin reached 44 points in the fourth quarter. James Augustine finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds and career-best 4 blocks, while Dragic scored 12 points in victory.
Road teams came out on top in all three Group B game this week. In an entertaining showdown in Milan, visiting Olympiacos Piraeus edged EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 66—71. The home team had a 6-point lead late in the fourth quarter behind an inspired performance from Alessandro Gentile, who finished with 24 points and 7 assists, but The Reds used a 0-10 run to return to the game. A dunk-and-foul by Georgios Printezis sealed the outcome with 7.6 seconds left. Printezis had 16 points and Patric Young scored 18 in a winning effort. In games on Thursday, Cedevita Zagreb stunned Anadolu Efes Istanbul 75-81 at Abdi Ipekci Arena with a big fourth-quarter comeback. After trailing for nearly all of the first three quarters, Cedevita came alive with 27 fourth-quarter points, and used a 15-2 run to grab the lead it never relinquished as Miro Bilan collected 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Jacob Pullen scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to lead the winners. Laboral Kutxa Vitoria never trailed en route to a resounding 71-107 win over Limoges CSP. Laboral hit 13 three-pointers, dished 28 assists and forced 21 turnovers for its second consecutive victory in which it built a 34-point margin midway through the third quarter and cruised the rest of the way as Darius Adams had 18 points and 9 assists, while Fabien Causeur netted 16 points.
On Friday, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar held on to 75-83 win at Stelmet Zielona Gora to remain one of three undefeated teams in the competition. The fourth quarter alone featured eight lead changes and seven ties. In the end, Lokomotiv held the hosts without a single point for the final 90 seconds, while Chris Singleton, Dontaye Draper and Malcolm Delaney made clutch plays for the visitors. Delaney starred with 25 points and 5 assists, while Victor Claver added 13 points and 8 rebounds. On Thursday, in a showdown between Turkish Airlines Euroleague giants, FC Barcelona Lassa defeated Panathinaikos Athens 77-52 on home floor. Justin Doellman led a balanced Barcelona attack with 13 points and 6 rebounds. The hosts led by as many as 18 in the second quarter and despite a Panathinaikos run in the third, the outcome was never really in doubt. In a battle that went down to the final shot, Zalgiris Kaunas downed Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir 66-68. Paulius Jankunas led the winners with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Karsiyaka led by 3 late, but Jankunas and Renaldas Seibutis fueled a 0-6 run that gave the guests the lead for good. Karsiyaka missed four three-point shots in the final 58 seconds - the final one by Justin Carter to win the game at the buzzer.
Two teams remain unbeaten atop Group D. On Friday, Unicaja Malaga topped Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 81-69, raising its record to 3-0 for just the second time this century. Unicaja broke the game open when Edwin Jackson and Dani Diez shared 5 three-pointers in the second quarter, fueling a 44-37 halftime lead. The hosts did not trail the rest of the way as Jackson led his team with 18 points, while Mindaugas Kuzminskas added 12. Tied in first place with Unicaja is CSKA Moscow which held off Brose Baskets Bamberg 83-77 on Thursday in the Russian capital. CSKA, has now won all nine of its games against Bamberg. The hosts held a 15-point lead in the third quarter, only to see Bradley Wanamaker lead the visitors’ rally to a 68-69 edge. But CSKA replied with a 13-3 run in which Milos Teodosic, Nikita Kurbanov and Andrey Vorontsevich all hit triples to secure the victory. Nando De Colo paced the hosts with 22 points and 7 assists, while Teodosic netted 18. Wanamaker scored 19 points for Bamberg. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv raced past Dinamo Banco Di Sardegna Sassari 79-63 for its first victory of the Euroleague season. Maccabi used a 13-4 run to pull away, before finishing the deal early in the fourth period. Devin Smith’s 22 points paced five Maccabi scorers in double figures, while Trevor Mbakwe collected 11 points and 15 rebounds.
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