Regular Season, Round 5: No undefeated teams left
Just 22 days after the season tipped off, there are no unbeaten teams left in the 2017-18 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season after the last two perfect ones experienced imperfection on Thursday and Friday. On the other hand, only one of the two winless teams coming into Round 5 could change that fact while three road winners had their say among five games decided by 6 or fewer points.
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 69-75 Brose Bamberg
Brose Bamberg escaped the Serbian capital with its third straight win this season, 69-75, over Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. The visitors used a 0-12 first-quarter run to take control and led by as many as 15 in the second quarter. Zvezda battled back to within 2 in the fourth, but Augustine Rubit free throws and a Nikos Zisis jumper gave the victory to the visitors. Rubit finished with 15 points and Ricky Hickman posted 12 points and 4 steals for the winners.
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul 79-66 Valencia Basket
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul put on a defensive clinic on Thursday to defeat willing-but-unable Valencia Basket 79-66 and stay perfect at home through two games. Fenerbahce's record improved to 3-2, the same as Valencia, which managed to lead for only a matter of seconds at the start of the second quarter. Fenerbahce held Valencia's Erick Green, the league's second-best scorer in October with 20 points per game, to 4 free throws. Luigi Datome had 16 points to lead the winners, while James Nunnally's 3 third-quarter three-pointers kept Valencia at bay and Jan Vesely added 12 points. Fernando San Emeterio returned from injury with 11 points for Valencia.
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 85-84 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz gained its first win of the season in thrilling fashion, edging Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 85-84 as Rodrigue Beaubois scored the winning basket with just 1.5 seconds remaining at Fernando Buesa Arena. The last-gasp win lifts Baskonia to 1-4 and provides an ideal start for new coach Pedro Martinez, while Panathinaikos drops to 2-3 after letting slip a 5-point lead in the last two minutes. Baskonia’s backcourt led the way, with Beaubois scoring 15 points and Jayson Granger adding 20 on 6-of-7 three-point shooting.
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 79-68 AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv used one of its best rebounding performances this century to beat AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 79-68 on Thursday night. Maccabi tied its club record with 19 offensive rebounds, and had 49 total rebounds, one shy of its competition record. Compared to Milan’s 30 boards, Maccabi dominated the game in which it pulled away to a double-digit lead in the second quarter, and never allowed the margin to drop into single digits in the second half. Alex Tyus shined with a career-high 15 rebounds, including a club record 8 on the offensive end. He was one of six Maccabi scorers in double figures with 12 points. DeShaun Thomas had 14 points plus 8 rebounds, while Deandre Kane had 12 for Maccabi, which improved to 3-2 on the season. Dairis Bertans scored 13 points for Milan, which dropped to 1-4.
Real Madrid 80-86 Khimki Moscow Region
Khimki Moscow Region registered its first road win of the EuroLeague season by downing Real Madrid 80-86 in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Both teams now have a 4-1 records in the standings. Alexey Shved paced the winners with 20 points and James Anderson added. Luka Doncic led Madrid with 12 points, but missed a go-ahead three-pointer in the final seconds. Anderson sealed the win with 4 free throws in the final 18.8 seconds. Khimki hit 17 of 18 free throws in one of the keys to the game.
CSKA Moscow 94-91 Zalgiris Kaunas
In a high-scoring affair in Friday’s first game, CSKA Moscow topped visiting Zalgiris Kaunas 94-91 to register its third consecutive win and extend its EuroLeague home streak to 13 victories. Will Clyburn matched his career-high with 26 points, and Nando De Colo had 25 points and 10 assists. CSKA held a 17-point lead, 53-36, at the start of the third quarter, only to see Zalgiris come back. Vasilije Micic, who had 20 points and 7 assists, led Zalgiris to within 72-68 midway through the final quarter, but a 14-2 run by CSKA proved to be decisive as the visitors ran out of time with its late push to come back once again.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul 74-79 Unicaja Malaga
Unicaja Malaga stormed back from 9 points behind on the road in the fourth quarter to steal a 74-79 victory from host Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Friday. Unicaja improves to 2-3 with its first road win while Efes remains winless at 0-5. Unicaja trailed by 9 points, 62-53, after the first basket of the final quarter before using a 5-17 burst to take over, leaving Efes no time to recover. Three Unicaja players score 13 points - Nemanja Nedovic, Ray McCallum and Giorgi Shermadini - while James Augustine was huge with 11 and 8 rebounds. Efes got 17 points and 11 rebounds from Vladimir Stimac, who pulled 7 offensive boards. Brock Motum added 16 points Kruno Simon 12 and Josh Adams 10 for the hosts.
FC Barcelona Lassa 73-51 Olympiacos Piraeus
In the last game of Round 5 on Friday, FC Barcelona Lassa rode a strong defensive effort to overwhelm previously perfect Olympiacos Piraeus 73-51 at home. Barcelona snapped its three-game losing streak, improving to 2-3, and in the process knocked Olympiacos out of the ranks of the unbeaten. Barcelona forced 21 turnovers and used a big second half to ran away to victory. Olympiacos was within 35-34 after 4 minutes of the third quarter, but the hosts outscored the Reds 38-17 the rest of the way. Kevin Seraphin led the winners with 13 points and Pierre Oriola added 11.