Top 16, Round 4: Classic matchups unleash historic performances!
In a week filled with classic duels, a number of individual and team performances gave Turkish Airlines Euroleague fans plenty to remember. On Thursday CSKA Moscow maestro Milos Teodosic set a Top 16 record with 14 assists. One day later, Nizhny Novgorod’s Taylor Rochestie bettered him with 15! Vassilis Spanoulis was up to his old tricks in leading a come-from-behind Olympiacos victory. And Alex Tyus of Maccabi tied a team record and came within 1 of a Top 16 mark with 6 blocked shots.
In a battle between Turkish Airlines Euroleague giants, Real Madrid registered its fourth win in as many Top 16 games by thrashing Panathinaikos Athens 83-65 in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Madrid improved to 4-0 in the Top 16, while Panathinaikos dropped to 2-2. Felipe Reyes led the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds, Rudy Fernandez added 15 points and reigning MVP Sergio Rodriguez tallied 10 points and 7 assists. Madrid now leads the all-time series between the teams 11-10. The week opened with a dramatic clash in Istanbul, where ALBA Berlin held on for a tough 65-75 road win at Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul. The game was tied three times in the fourth quarter alone and the visitors led by just 2 with four minutes to go, but Coach Sasa Obradovic’s men locked down on defense and Reggie Redding and Vojdan Stojanovski hit back-to-back threes to help secure ALBA first road win of the Top 16. The result lifted ALBA to 2-2 and dropped Galatasaray to the same record in Group E. Redding led the ALBA attack with 16 points. In another Euroleague classic, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv defeated Zalgiris Kaunas 66-73 on the road Friday, improving to 3-1 and taking sole possession of second place. In the game of runs and lead swings, Jeremy Pargo fueled a 0-9 run late in the game to stir Maccabi to victory. Sylven Landesberg led the winners with 20 points, Pargo had 12 points and dished 8 assists while Alex Tyus scored 12 and made 6 blocks, tying the second-highest one-game total in Top 16 history. Zalgiris got a huge double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds from Paulius Jankunas. FC Barcelona downed winless Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 92-77 to get back to its winning ways and improve its record to 2-2. The hosts pulled away with a 12-0 run late in the second quarter, and comfortably cruised to victory as Alex Abrines finished with 15 points, Ante Tomic collected 12 points and 10 rebounds and Marcelinho Huertas had 11 points and 7 assists.
In Thursday's opener, the backcourt duo of Nando De Colo and Milos Teodosic paced the undefeated CSKA Moscow en route to 101-74 win over the visiting Unicaja Malaga. It's the third CSKA win against Unicaja this Euroleague campaign, one that keeps CSKA perfect on the season, and improving its Top 16 record to 4-0. CSKA opened up a double-digit lead with a 10-0 second quarter run, and after holding 54-41 margin at halftime, the hosts broke the game open during the third quarter when their lead broke the 20-point barrier. De Colo, previous week's bwin MVP finished with 28 points, while Milos Teodosic tallied 13 points and a Top 16 record 14 assists – though that record would be short-lived. Olympiacos Piraeus erased an 11-point third-quarter deficit to defeat Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 76-64 on Friday at Peace and Friendship Stadium. Vassilis Spanoulis scored 8 points and Kostas Sloukas dished 3 assists during a 20-2 charge from late in the third quarter until midway through the fourth that made it 67-53 and allowed the Reds to cruise to victory. Spanoulis paced the winners with 27 points and 6 assists as Olympiacos stayed pace with CSKA atop Group F. In the Game of the Week, for the third time this season Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul held off EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 71-82. It was the fourth consecutive road win for Fenerbahce, which never trailed after the first quarter, but only sealed the win with a 1-8 end-of-game run behind big plays from Jan Vesely and Bogdan Bogdanovic. Vesely finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds, Bogdanovic had 11 points and 8 assists, while Nemanja Bjelica shined with 14 points and 10 rebounds. MarShon Brooks netted 24 in defeat. Nizhny Novgorod dominated Anadolu Efes Istanbul from start to finish for a historic 109-90 victory on Friday. Art Parakhouski had a career night with 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting, Taylor Rochestie set a Top 16 record with 15 assists and Trey Thompkins added a double double. Rochestie recorded 11 points and 3 assists in 25-10 Nizhny start and the hosts never looked back. They racked up 65 first-half points, which were the second-most ever in a Euroleague game since the turn of the century. Thompkins finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Rochestie scored 19 and only committed 1 turnover.