Top 16, Round 5: A new king and two fewer perfect records!
After Top 16 Round 5 the Turkish Airlines Euroleague has a new rebounding king, and only one undefeated club left in the Top 16. It is no other than the Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow, which needed overtime to stay perfect on the season. Round 5 was dominated by home teams, which won seven of eight contests, and four of the victors won by double-digit margins. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul was the lone road winner and now holds a six-game road winning streak.
In a highly anticipated rematch of last season's Turkish Airlines Euroleague Championship Game, reigning champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv held on to beat Real Madrid 90-86 at Menora Mivtachim Arena. A dramatic clash came down to the closing seconds when Joe Alexander made clutch free throws for the hosts and Euroleague MVP Sergio Rodriguez committed a turnover for Madrid. The result left the two teams tied atop Top 16 Group E with 4-1 records. Sofoklis Schortsanitis dominated early and finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the champs. MarQuez Haynes also scored 17 on 5-of-8 three-point shooting, while Sylven Landesberg added 16 points in victory. Felipe Reyes had another monster game for Madrid with 20 points plus 11 rebounds, becoming the Euroleague’s career rebounding leader. Boban Marjanovic amassed 17 points plus 12 rebounds as Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade topped ALBA Berlin 86-69 in Hala Pionir for its first Top 16 victory. In the first ever official meeting between two teams, Zvezda jumped to an early lead and used a 12-0 second-quarter run to break the game open at 40-20 and never looked back. Friday action saw two home teams dominate. Panathinaikos Athens downed Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 86-77 after leading from start to finish. The Greens broke the game open with an 11-0 second-quarter run for a 30-13 advantage. The Greens had a 42-17 halftime cushion and cruised after the break. Janis Blums netted 16 points to lead six Greens scorers in double figures, Dimitris Diamantidis added 14 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds, while Antonis Fotsis amassed 12 points plus 11 rebounds. FC Barcelona beat Zalgiris Kaunas 89-72 at home and improved to 3-2. Barcelona found easy points in the paint early as Doellman, Tomic and Maciej Lampe fueled an 18-2 run, which gave the hosts a 29-13 advantage after 10 minutes, and they kept things in control until very end. Ante Tomic led the winners with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Bostjan Nachbar added 15 while Justin Doellman and Mario Hezonja each had 12 in victory.
In a high-scoring all-Russian showdown, CSKA Moscow grabbed its 15th consecutive Euroleague victory – and 30th counting other competitions – by downing Nizhny Novgorod 103-95 at home on Thursday. CSKA improved to 5-0 in sole possession of top spot in Group F, while Nizhny dropped to 2-3. Milos Teodosic led the winners with 25 points – 7 of which came in the extra session. Trey Thompkins and Taylor Rochestie scored 22 points apiece for Nizhny. CSKA led by 7 through three quarter, but Rochestie hit 4 free throws in crunch time to send the game to overtime at 88-88. However Teodosic and Sasha Kaun took over in the extra period and a layup by Andrey Vorontsevich sealed the outcome. In the Game of the Week, Anadolu Efes Istanbul used strong second-half defense to grab an 84-70 victory over Olympiacos Piraeus, handing the visitors their first Top 16 loss of the season. The Reds held a 37-40 halftime lead, but Efes outscored them 47-30 after the break, using its defense to build an 18-point lead. The victory improved Efes to 3-2. Dontaye Draper paced the winners with 14 points, and Nenad Krstic scored 13 in victory. Davis Bertans netted 16 of his game-high 19 points in the first five minutes of the game as Laboral Kutxa Vitoria routed EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 102-83 to improve to 2-3 record. Laboral led from start to finish, as Bertans hit 4 triples in as many attempts, fueling the hosts to lead 34-18 after the first quarter. Laboral missed only 9 of 31 shots from the field in the first half, and held a
61-42 halftime lead before cruising to victory as Mike James scored 16, and Darius Adams netted 15 in victory. On Friday, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul registered a hard-fought 60-68 win over Unicaja Malaga, extending its road winning streak to six games. Andrew Goudelock scored 10 of his 20 points in the key third quarter, which the visitors finished on a 1-10 run to build the biggest lead of the night, 40-49. Unicaja rallied, but Jan Vesely and Nemanja Bjelica helped Fenerbahce hold on. Vesely collected 17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 steals, while Bjelica amassed 14 points plus 13 rebounds in victory.
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