Game Center, Round 14: Non-stop action in double-header week
Round 14 did not disappoint anyone, with five home wins and three road warriors, highlighted by a rematch of last season’s Championship Game that went to overtime. Two other games were decided by two points or less.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul prevailed over city rival Galatasaray Odeabank 76-86 in what was considered a home game for the latter at the arena they both call home, Abdi Ipekci Arena. In just his second EuroLeague game, Brandon Paul stood tall with 19 points and 5 steals to help Efes snap a two-game slide and improve to 7-7. Galatasaray used a 10-0 run at the end of the first quarter to take the lead and extended it to double figures with a 9-0 second-quarter push, but Efes fought hard to stay close and then turned the game on its head with a 2-20 charge that bridged the third and fourth quarters to make it 60-74, from which the hosts never recovered. Blake Schilb led Galatasaray with a season-high 21 points plus 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
Crvena Zvezda Telekom mts Belgrade grabbed its second consecutive home win by downing Real Madrid 82-70 in front of a sellout crowd at Aleksandar Nikolic Arena in the Serbian capital on Thursday. Marko Simonovic led the winners with 20 points. Jeffery Taylor led Madrid with a career-high 25 points, burying 7-of-10 three-point shots to tie Milos Teodosic of CSKA and Bobby Dixon of Fenerbahce Istanbul for the most in a game this season. Madrid, which lost Luka Doncic early in the second half due to an ankle injury, made just 1 of 17 three-point shots from players other than Taylor.
Unics Kazan produced a big, late comeback to claim a vital 80-88 road win at Zalgiris Kaunas and tie the Lithuanian champs with a 5-9 record. The visitors trailed by 11 points with just 10 minutes remaining, but the potent combination of Keith Langford and Art Parakhouski, who finished with 26 and 24 points respectively, inspired a huge fourth-quarter performance from Unics to surge to victory. There were also big contributions from Quino Colom with 15 points and 8 assists, while Kostas Kaimakoglou added 13 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Zalgiris was paced by Paulius Jankunas with 21 points.
Brose Bamberg led from start to finish en route to beating Olympiacos Piraeus 82-68 at Brose Arena on Thursday night. Bamberg opened the game with an 11-0 run and never relinquished its lead. A 17-6 spurt in the second quarter broke the 20-point barrier and Bamberg never let Olympiacos closer than 9 points the rest of the way. If Olympiacos had any chance of coming back, Darius Miller denied it by hitting 4 fourth-quarter triples and scoring 15 of his 20 points in the final stanza. Olympiacos, which played without the injured Georgios Printezis, saw Vassilis Spanoulis score 15 points.
History repeated itself as CSKA Moscow and Fenerbahce Istanbul went to overtime, just as they did in last season’s Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championship Game. But the final outcome was very different on this occasion as Bobby Dixon inspired a spectacular finish for Fenerbahce, which triumphed 79-95 after winning the extra period 4-20 – a competition record margin in overtime. Bobby Dixon had 12 of his 25 points in overtime to seal the outcome. Ekpe Udoh added 17 and 11 rebounds for a double-double. Milos Teodosic led CSKA with 21 points but also committed 9 turnovers.
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul erased a 19-point deficit to defeat Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 86-84 on Friday at Volkswagen Arena. Scottie Wilbekin poured in a career-high 23 points and Will Clyburn had 20 points and 12 rebounds for his first EuroLeague double-double as Darussafaka won its third straight game to improve to 8-6. Andrew Goudelock paced Maccabi with 23 points plus 8 rebounds. The loss was the fifth in a row for Maccabi, which fell to 5-9. Maccabi won 29-48 late in the first half but Darussafaka rallied to get yet another home win.
FC Barcelona Lassa set a new club record with 30 assists while never trailing in a no-doubt-about it 89-75 win over visiting EA7 Emporio Armani Milan on Friday night. Victory improved Barcelona to a 6-8 record, while Milan dropped to 4-10, extending its losing streak to seven games. Ante Tomic finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks in only 21 minutes on the floor, and Tyrese Rice had 10 points while matching the club’s EuroLeague record with 11 assists. For Milan, Rakim Sanders had 27 points on 5-for-9 from long range.
In a thriller that went down to the final second, Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens defeated Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 69-68 in the Greek capital on Friday. Panathinaikos and Baskonia both now have 9-5 records in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season. Chris Singleton led the winners with 23 points - 19 of them in the first quarter. Mike James added 16 and Nick Calathes 14 for the Greens. Toko Shengelia led Baskonia with 17 points. It all came down to the final play, in which Baskonia couldn’t get a shot up in the final 15.1 seconds.