GAME CENTER, Round 11: Leaders stay strong
Two won handily on the road, another survived overtime on its own court, but the top three teams in the standings are staying there for another week even if there's move movement among the next seven teams, separated by just two victories, after an intriguing Round 11.
Zalgiris Kaunas 80-74 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
Zalgiris used a killer third quarter to deny visiting Panathinaikos the biggest winning streak of the season with an 80-74 home victory on Thursday. Zalgiris raised its record to 6-5 to stop Panathinaikos at five victories in a row and drop the visitors to 7-4. Panathinaikos led by 10-22 early in the second quarter, after which Zalgiris outscored the guests 54-25 until the third quarter ended 64-47. Nikos Pappas hit 4 threes in the fourth quarter to get Panathinaikos within 72-67, but Zalgiris was better at the foul line all night and sealed the win there. Paulius Jankunas led the winners with 17 points while Kevin Pangos had a double-double with 12 points and a career-high 11 assists for Zalgiris. Pappas had 16 points for Panathinaikos.
Brose Bamberg 76-92 CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow rode a big third quarter surge to its fourth consecutive road win with a 76-92 victory at Brose Bamberg. The game was close throughout the first half, but CSKA dominated after the break, scoring 28 points in the third quarter to establish a lead which the hosts could never threaten. Nando De Colo led the way with 20 points, 4 assists and 3 steals, while the all-action Will Clyburn contributed 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Sergio Rodriguez led the offense with 14 points and 7 assists. Augustine Rubit paced Brose with 16 points.
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 94-91 Valencia Basket
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv held off a late Valencia Basket scare to record a 94-91 victory on Thursday night. Down 9 with 85 seconds remaining, Valencia rallied and had a shot to tie it in the closing seconds, but Erick Green missed from downtown and the Spanish champs dropped their seventh game in a row. Maccabi improved to 7-4 with the victory and Valencia slipped to 3-8. Pierre Jackson paced the victors with 21 points and DeShaun Thomas fired in 20 off the bench. Green finished with 24 points and 7 assists for Valencia.
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 88-82 Unicaja Malaga
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz bounced back from last week's home loss by downing Unicaja Malaga 88-82 at home on Thursday. Baskonia improved to 5-6 in the standings, while Unicaja lost its fifth game in a row to fall to 3-8. Janis Timma led the winners with 24 points and Toko Shengelia added 12. Adam Waczynski paced Unicaja with 25 points on 7-of-9 shooting from downtown. Unicaja rallied from a double-digit deficit to take a 41-44 lead early in the third quarter, but Shengelia, Johannes Voigtmann and an unstoppable Timma – with 8 points in the final five minutes – made the difference down the stretch.
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 71-77 Khimki Moscow Region
Alexey Shved netted a career-high 29 points as Khimki Moscow Region rallied from a double-digit deficit to down AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 71-77 on Thursday. Khimki, which improved to 7-4, also got a career-high effort from Andrey Zubkov, who scored 15 points without a miss. The hosts led 24-12 after the first quarter and held an 11-point lead early in the second, but Shved scored 18 second-half points and made 4 three-pointers from all ranges to lead Khimki in to victory. Curtis Jerrells netted 17 points for Milan.
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 100-81 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Crvena Zvezda registered consecutive wins for the first time this season, dominating Anadolu Efes Istanbul 100-81 on Friday. In hitting 14 of 28 shots from three-point range, Zvezda broke a club record for scoring at home in a non-overtime EuroLeague game. The hosts opened a double-digit lead in the first half, then pulled away for good in the third quarter and never looked back as James Feldeine downed a career-high 29 points. Taylor Rochestie had 11 points and 6 assists in victory.
Olympiacos Piraeus 92-83 Real Madrid
A historic rivalry reached thrilling proportions again on Friday before Olympiacos outlasted undermanned Real Madrid 92-83 in the return of Vassilis Spanoulis. Olympiacos remains atop the standings at 9-2 while Madrid fell to 5-6. Olympiacos led from its 14-0 first-quarter run onward, but Carroll's huge triple with 12.6 second left in the fourth quarter made it 72-72. Georgios Printezis missed 2 free throws after that, sending the game to overtime, but there he scored 9 of his team-high 21 points to put away the victory. Janis Strelnieks added 15 points for the winners. Luka Doncic tallied 33 points, his career high and the most by any EuroLeague player this season, while Carroll buried 24 more for Madrid.
FC Barcelona Lassa 68-83 Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
Reigning champion Fenerbahce used a big defensive effort over the final three quarters to top host Barcelona 68-83 on Friday. Fenerbahce improved to 8-3 while Barcelona falls to 4-7. Fenerbahce was down 28-22 after 10 minutes, but allowed just 40 points the rest of the way. Led by Kostas Sloukas, who paced Fenerbahce with 17 points and 5 assists, the visitors built a double-digit lead in the third quarter and never allowed Barcelona to closer than 7 points the rest of the way. Brad Wanamaker had 16 points and 4 steals in victory, while Adam Hanga scored 15 points for the hosts.