Regular Season, Round 5: pivotal week ends first leg!
At the halfway point of the 2014-15 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season, three teams are still unbeaten while no teams remain winless. The Round 5 also saw six teams win on the road, one team got its first ever Euroleague win, and had a player break a long-standing Euroleague record for three-point shots made in a single game.
A tip-in by Matt Janning at the buzzer lifted Anadolu Efes Istanbul over previously unbeaten Real Madrid 75-73 on Friday. Efes led most of the night, but the game came down to the final possession when Milko Bjelica was blocked driving the baseline, Cedi Osman missed a put-back, but Janning tipped it in as Abdi Ipekci Arena erupted in celebration. Osman led the winners with 16 points on 4-of-4 three-point shooting and 7 rebounds. Sergio Llull scored 20 points for Madrid. The two teams are now tied atop the group with 4-1 records. Behind 22 steals and 31 forced turnovers, Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari downed Zalgiris Kaunas 92-80, recording its first ever Turkish Airlines Euroleague win. Sassari pulled away after starting the fourth quarter with a 15-2 run and finished of the visitors by scoring 32 fourth-quarter points. Shane Lawal led the way with 25 points plus 9 rebounds, David Logan netted 16 of his 20 points in the second half, and Jeff Brooks collected 16 points and 7 steals. On Thursday, in a rare all-Russian showdown in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Nizhny Novgorod downed Unics Kazan 73-79 for its first-ever road win in the competition. Taylor Rochestie paced the winners with 24 points and Art Parakhouski added 19 and 9 rebounds. Nizhny led for the better part of the second half, but a three-point play by Curtis Jerrells put Unics ahead, 55-54, with eight minutes left. Rochestie led a 0-7 run and scored 10 points in the final five minutes, including a three-pointer that sealed the outcome, 64-73, in the next-to-last minute.
It was a complete thriller on Thursday night in Spain as reigning champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv beat Unicaja Malaga 66-70. Maccabi controlled the game early, but Unicaja came back to take a 58-57 lead. Two technical fouls for the hosts in the final two minutes helped Maccabi pull out an important victory as both teams now hold 3-2 record in Group B. Devin Smith topped all scorers with his double-double of 24 points plus 10 rebounds, and Brian Randle added 12. For Unicaja, who started the game shooting 2 of 18 from behind the arc and ended 6 of 28, Ryan Toolson and Will Thomas netted 16 points apiece. CSKA Moscow rallied past Limoges CSP 76-86 to remain unbeaten. CSKA used a 25-2 run to start the fourth quarter in coming back from a 12-point fourth quarter deficit. Sonny Weems scored 18 and Milos Teodosic tallied 16 points and 12 assists to lead CSKA. Adrien Moerman posted 17 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. ALBA Berlin grabbed a 67-80 road win over Cedevita Zagreb at Drazen Petrovic Basketball Center. The visitors made 28 of 41 two-point shots (68.3%) with Jamel McLean and Leon Radosevic combining for 34 points with just 4 missed shots. Reggie Redding flirted with a triple double with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and Niels Giffey also scored 10. Cedevita halved a 14-point third quarter deficit early in the fourth, but McLean and Alex Renfroe muscled ALBA to victory.
It was a record-breaking night in Munich, where Andrew Goudelock became the first player in Euroleague history to hit 10 three-point shots in a single game and Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul beat FC Bayern Munich 86-93. Fenerbahce took control in the second quarter and never relinquished the lead as it made 17 of 30 three-pointers, including 10 of 13 from Goudelock who scored 34 points. Bogdan Bogdanovic added four triples in scoring 18 points with 7 assists. EA7 Emporio Armani Milan downed PGE Turow Zgorzelec 90-71 after a huge fourth quarter. Milan had double-digit leads in the first and third quarters, but Turow rallied both times, and went in front 58-59 at the start of the fourth quarter. However, Milan stepped it up on defense while MarShon Brooks and Alessandro Gentile hit triples that fueled a 16-1 run as Milan pulled away for good. Ragland scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half, and shot 5 of 7 from three-point range, while Gentile netted 19 points in victory. In a meeting of two old rivals on Friday, FC Barcelona stayed unbeaten with 78-69 win over Panathinaikos Athens. A 9-0 run put Barcelona in charge at halftime, 47-38, and the hosts soon boosted its lead to 55-42 and managed to keep a safe margin until the final buzzer. Ante Tomic paced the winners with 16 points on 8-of-8 two-point shots.
Undefeated Olympiacos Piraeus thrashed Galatasaray Liv Hospital 93-66 to improve to 5-0 and grab its 22nd consecutive regular season win. The Reds broke the game open with an 18-0 fourth quarter run. Othello Hunter paced the winners with 17 points on 8-of-9 two-point shooting and 10 rebounds, while Vassilis Spanoulis added 16 points and 7 assists. Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade blew past Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 66-86 on Thursday at Fernando Buesa Arena, claiming its first road win of the season. The visitors built a double-digit margin in the third quarter and coasted to victory, as Luka Mitrovic scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the middle two quarters. Zvezda improved to 3-2 record in a share of the second place, while Laboral not only slipped to 2-3, but also relieved of duties its head coach Marco Crespi following the game. Neptunas Klaipeda led from tip to buzzer to beat visiting Valencia Basket 94-87, picking up its second win of the seaon. Neptunas hit 11 three-pointers and held off Valencia’s late charge behind Deividas Gailius, who scored 19 points, and Donatas Zavackas, who finished the game with 15 in victory. Pau Ribas scored 22 points for Valencia.
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