Round 5: The fun continues
In the Round 5 opener on Wednesday night, Unics Kazan registered its first win of the season by using a late 0-11 run on the road to stun previously undefeated Fenerbahce Istanbul 73-81. Behind another big game from Keith Langford, who netted 28 points with career-high 10 rebounds and 4 assists, Unics also snapped Fenerbahce’s 23-game EuroLeague home winning streak. Fenerbahce held the visitors without a single point for more than five minutes to start the fourth quarter and went up 71-65, but Unics responded with 11 unanswered points and made defensive stops of its own at the end to pick up victory. Big man Art Parakhouski also had a double-double for the visitors, collecting 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks. Fenerbahce’s Bobby Dixon shot 7 for 9 from three-point range and finished with 23 points in defeat.
In the other game on Wednesday, FC Barcelona Lassa also went on the road to defeat Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 69-79. Barcelona’s point guard Tyrese Rice, a former Maccabi hero and Final Four MVP, scored 8 points in a game-breaking 2-19 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters, as the visitors pulled away to an insurmountable 20-point lead. Rice finished with 21 points, as Barcelona won its second road game in raising its record to 3-2. Petteri Koponen added 14 for the winners and Joey Dorsey posted 11 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Goudelock paced Maccabi with 19 points, as his team dropped to 2-3.
On Thursday, Brose Bamberg outlasted EA7 Emporio Armani Milan in an overtime thriller to win 106-102 on Thursday at Brose Arena. The German champs erased a 17-point second-quarter deficit and went on to set a club scoring record; it was the first time Bamberg ever scored 100 points in the EuroLeague. The victory lifted Bamberg’s record to 2-3, while also setting Milan on the same numbers. Darius Miller led the way with 27 points on 6-of-11 three-point shooting - including 9 crucial points in overtime - and Nikos Zisis scored 13 – all of which came in the fourth quarter or overtime. Former Bamberg scorer Rakim Sanders paced Milan with 25 points.
In the Game of the Week, CSKA Moscow defended its perfect record by beating Olympiacos Piraeus 75-81 behind 23 points and 9 rebounds from reigning MVP Nando De Colo. CSKA led from start to finish and held a commanding 28-44 halftime lead. The difference was 16 with six minutes remaining, but Georgios Printezis and Erick Green led a late charge for the Reds to climb within 73-77 with a minute to go, but Kyle Hines and De Colo iced the game from the line. Printezis led all scorers with 26 points.
Real Madrid defeated Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul 90-81 in the Spanish capital on Thursday to improve to 4-1, while keeping Galatasaray winless. Sergio Llull led the winners with 23 points and Rudy Fernandez added 13 points and 6 assists. Vladimir Micov led Galatasaray with 17 points, but only 3 of those came after the break. Madrid outrebounded Galatasaray 37-26 and 8 of 18 three-pointers in the second half after shooting just 2 for 8 in the first two quarters.
Friday action tipped off in Lithuania, where Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul erased an 11-point third quarter deficit to stun Zalgiris Kaunas 80-83. Adrien Moerman and Scottie Wilbekin scored 16 points apiece for the visitors, who improved to 3-0 on the road this season and 3-2 overall. The loss was the third in a row for Zalgiris, which fell to 1-4. Wilbekin scored 10 third-quarter points as his team, which had only 26 points at halftime, erupted for 35 in the third quarter alone. Darussafaka went in front before the end of the third quarter, and its offense could not be stopped down the stretch. Brad Wanamaker added 14 points for the winners, while Leo Westermann and Paulius Jankunas paced Zalgiris with 21 points apiece.
In high drama in Abdi Ipekci Arena, host Anadolu Efes Istanbul battled for 50 minutes to defeat Panathinaikos Athens 91-83. It was just the 11th double-overtime showdown in EuroLeague history, one that improved Efes to 2-3 while Panathinaikos dropped to 3-2. Thomas Huertel led the winners with 17 points, while three Efes players had double-doubles: Tyler Honeycutt, Bryant Dunston and Derrick Brown. K.C. Rivers scored 15 points to lead Panathinaikos, which had a chance to take care of the business in regulation, leading 68-70, but Bryce Cotton tied the game with 18 seconds to go in fourth quarter, and the Greens failed to convert on their final possession. Rivers scored a floater that forced the second overtime, 77-77, before Efes took control in the second extra session. James Gist and Nick Calathes had double doubles for the Greens.
Round 5 was wrapped up with Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz holding off Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 63-70 to pick up its second consecutive road win. Baskonia had control throughout the game, before not allowing a single field goal in the final six minutes of the game to seal the outcome and improve to 3-2, while Zvezda dropped to 2-3. Shane Larkin led in victory with 16 points, and also had 6 assists and 4 steals, and Rodrigue Beaubois also netted 16 for Baskonia.
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