Top 16 Round 10: Amid lots of drama, Fenerbahce claims first playoff spot !
With the playoffs race entering the final stretch, Fenerbahce Istanbul became the first team to punch its ticket to the next stage when it scored a big road win. That was one of four road wins in an exciting round, which featured five games that were decided in the final minute and three that came down to the final shot!
After a drama-filled 40 minutes, Fenerbahce Istanbul edged Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 52-55 become the first team to advance to the playoffs this season. Fenerbahce improved to 9-1 with its second win over Lokomotiv, which slipped to 7-3. Both teams led in each of the four quarters and the fourth alone featured five lead changes. The game was not decided until the final buzzer when Victor Claver’s three-point attempt to tie it missed and the visitors raced away with the win. Bogdan Bogdanovic, who hit one of Fenerbahce’s go-ahead threes in the final stanza, led the winners with 17 points. In an exciting and highly-entertaining clash of two playoff hopefuls, Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade held off Panathinaikos Athens 69-67 in a jam-packed Kombank Arena in the Serbian capital on Friday night. Both teams now have 6-4 records in Group E and Zvezda’s sweep of the series gives it third place in the standings over Panathinaikos, which sits in fourth. The Greens, led by James Gist, took control early, and led by as many as 9 points in the first half, but Zvezda rallied to within 28-31 at halftime and then used a 15-4 charge in the third quarter to build an 11-point margin. but Elliot Williams caught fire in the fourth and fueled a 0-13 run that got things square at 55-55. However, Panathinaikos never went in front again, as Tarence Kinsey and Quincy Miller made key plays down the stretch to bring joy to the home fans. Kinsey scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half, and Miller finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in victory. Anadolu Efes Istanbul outlasted Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 68-72 in a derby to stay
within striking distance of playoffs contention. The result broke their tie and lifted Efes into fifth place at 4-6. Efes led most of the game, but Darussafaka rallied from 10 behind in the fourth quarter to make it 68-70 in the final minute. Darussafaka had a chance to tie or go ahead with the last full possession, but the Efes defense forced an airball and Thomas Heurtel hit insurance free throws to seal the victory. Heurtel paced the winners with 21 points. And Unicaja Malaga bested Cedevita Zagreb 78-91 in the Croatian capital to snap its six-game losing streak. Cedevita led early, but Unicaja used a 2-12 run to take the lead and the visitors never trailed again. Jack Cooley was all over the boards for 16 points and 10 rebounds and Nedovic added 15 points and 5 assists for the winners.
In a miraculous final 10 seconds, Justin Doellman grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat as FC Barcelona Lassa shocked CSKA Moscow 100-98 in an overtime thriller on Friday. Doellman hit a three-point shot to tie the game with 4.4 seconds left, then stole and buried the game-winner with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift Barcelona to a crucial victory that had looked impossible just moments before. Barcelona raised its record to 5-5 and tied Khimki Moscow Region for Group F's fourth and final playoff spot. CSKA fell to 7-3 and a first-place tie with Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz, its next opponent. Barcelona led 47-38 at halftime, but CSKA roared back to go up 70-79 in the fourth quarter. Ante Tomic and Carlos Arroyo shared Barcelona's next 13 points before Tomas Satoransky sent the game to overtime with free throws. CSKA led 91-95 in OT on Milos Teodosic's three-pointer with 1:26 left, and 95-98 after he sank free throws with 10 seconds remaining. But Doellman only needed half of that time to make game-tying and game-winning shots that will be remembered a long time in Barcelona. Tomic led the winners with 21 points, while Satoransky added 19. Nando De Colo exploded for a career-high 30 points a losing effort. The Game of the Week was a one-sided affair, at least after the break, as Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz routed Khimki Moscow Region 98-83 in front of over 12,000 fans at Fernando Buesa Arena on Thursday. Ioannis Bourousis posted 16 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists for his 10th double-double of the season for Laboral, while Darius Adams and Fabien Causeur shined with 17 points apiece. Khimki led 45-46 at halftime, but Fabien Causeur had 12 points in the third quarter, Mike
James’s buzzer-beating triple at the end of the quarter made it a double-digit game and Laboral cruised the rest of the way. A trio of three-point strikes in the final 90 seconds lifted Brose Baskets Bamberg to a dramatic 72-71 victory over visiting Olympiacos Piraeus to make the playoffs race even closer. After Daniel Theis got Bamberg closer with a three-pointer, Bamberg still trailed by 5 points, 66-71, with under 1 minute left. Nikos Zisis hit his only basket of the game, a triple, with 41 seconds left. After a defensive stop, Brad Wanamaker passed corner-to-corner to Janis Strelnieks, whose game-winner from behind the arc fell with 4.7 seconds left. Wanamaker and Leon Radosevic led the winners with 11 points each. Andres Nocioni recorded one of the best shooting nights in club history to as reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champ Real Madrid scoed a 75-90 come-from-behind road win over Zalgiris Kaunas. Nocioni was perfect on 6 attempts from behind the arc to tie the club record for the most accurate three-point shooting game. He finished with 22 points and 7 rebounds as Madrid improved to 6-4 to take over third place in Group F.The hosts started strong and led by as many as 8 in the second quarter before Sergio Llull’s three on the halftime buzzer cut the gap to 41-39. Then Los Blancos used a 2-13 run to finish the third quarter and Nocioni buried 4 threes in the fourth as his team pulled away. K.C. Rivers added 14 points for the victors, while Paulius Jankunas collected 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in defeat.
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