Top 16 Round 2: CSKA, Unics, Montepaschi, Barcelona are 2-0!
A thrilling Wednesday of Top 16, Game 2 featured six games and plenty of drama in setting up three undisputed group leaders. A breakdown of a thrilling night shows three wins by double figures and two more by a combined 3 points! Two games were won by visiting teams. Two teams won for the first time in the Top 16. And another won as it unveiled its bran new arena. The week began in Moscow, where CSKA overwhelmed Anadolu Efes 96-68 for its 13th consecutive Euroleague win dating back to last season. CSKA leads Group E thanks to strong contributions from the big four of Andrei Kirilenko, Viktor Khryapa, Nenad Krstic and Milos Teodosic, the latter two of whom came off the bench. Montepaschi Siena mauled Real Madrid 69-88 to take the top spot in Group F. Bo McCalebb starred for the Italian champs with 25 points on near-perfect shooting plus 6 assists. Ksistof Lavrinovic added 16 in his return from injury. Gescrap downed Unicaja 85-70 in a game that was close for three quarters. The men in black used a 27-6 charge from late in the third quarter until the middle of the fourth to decidd the game. Kostas Vasiliadis paced Bilbao with 19 points. Unics Kazan stunned Panathinaikos 83-89 in Athens to claim the top spot in G. Henry Domercant amassed 21 points for the visitors, who scored the most points for a visitor at OAKA in five years. In Istanbul, Fenerbahce Ulker edged EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 65-63 in the opening of the Turkish champs’ new home, Ulker Sports Arena. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 17 points for the winners, while Roko Ukic returned from injury to score 16. Armani rallied late and Antonis Fotsis had a shot to win at the buzzer, but his three-pointer banged off the rim to the delight of the Fenerbahce faithful. In Group H, Bennet Cantu bested Zalgiris 79-78 after trailing by 13 in the fourth quarter. Sonny Weems seemed to have forced overtime when he got his own missed free throw and put it in to tie the game, but a foul on Giorgi Shermadini sent the center to the line with 3.2 seconds left and he made the first and missed the second on purpose to secure the win. Gianluca Basile paced the winners with 15 points and 6 assists. In Thursday’s opener, GS Medical Park squeaked past Olympiacos 78-77 in Group E. The hosts dominated early, led by 14 at halftime, 10 after three quarters and even down the stretch seemed to have the game won. But a halfcourt buzzer-beating triple by Kostas Sloukas forced overtime for Olympiacos. Alas Jamon Lucas Gordon scored 6 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to help the hosts hang on for their debut Top 16 win. Then the Game of the Week in Tel Aviv took center stage. After a thrilling three-and-a-half quarters, FC Barcelona Regal rolled past Maccabi Electra 57-71. Erazem Lorbek scored 9 of his 18 points in a closing stretch as Barca finished the game on a 6-22 march to improve to 2-0 in Group H.