Top 16, Round 4: Upsets and buzzer-beaters!
Round 4 of the Top 16 featured great drama with a buzzer –beater in a battle of longtime rivals, a high-scoring race in a derby, a debut coaching win for a legendary player and much, much more. In this most balanced of Top 16s, 10 of the teams have 2-2 records!
In a high scoring battle for Istanbul, Fenerbahce Istanbul outgunned Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 100-106 at Volkswagen Arena. Fenerbahce scored the second-most points in club history and the most ever on the road to remain undefeated in four Top 16 games, while Darussafaka dropped to 0-4. The hosts rode a red-hot Bobby Dixon, who made 5 first quarter threes, and the all-around brilliance of Jan Vesely en route to scoring 37 first quarter points. Fenerbahce lead by double figures throughout the first half and boosted the lead to 19 with Ekpe Udoh dominating inside in the third quarter. However Luke Harangody led a furious Darussafaka comeback to get within 3 in the final minute. In the end, Udoh and Dixon iced the game from the line. Dixon finished with 24 points, Udoh tallied 21 points and 7 rebounds and Vesely recorded 16 points and 13 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. In the first game to tip off this week, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar downed Panathinaikos Athens 76-67 at home. Lokomotiv remained undefeated at home in the Top 16 behind Dontaye Draper, who led the winners with 20 points on 6-of-8 three-point shooting. Malcolm Delaney added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.. Delaney and Draper gave Lokomotiv a 53-51 lead after 30 minutes, but Antonis Fotsis struck three times from downtown to tie the game at 64-64 with over three minutes left. Panathinaikos struggled to score right when it mattered most, while Draper hit a three-pointer, and another, and yet another one at the buzzer to claim victory. Cedevita Zagreb outlasted Anadolu Efes Istanbul 84-80 at Drazen Petrovic Zagreb. The hosts led by as many as 13 in the third quarter before Derrick Brown led an Efes comeback. The fourth quarter had plenty of drama and featured six lead changes and two ties before
Cedevita’s two stars of the game, Miro Bilan and Marko Arapovic, came together on the go-ahead basket and Jacob Pullen iced with a clutch jumper with 9.7 seconds remaining. Bilan and Arapovic scored 16 point apiece to pace the winners, while Luka Babic posted 12 points and 10 rebounds, Derrick Brown led Efes with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade defeated Unicaja Malaga 87-73 in the Serbian capital on Friday for its second straight victory. Stefan Jovic led the winners with 15 points. The hosts led most of the game, but Unicaja closed to 60-57 early in the fourth quarter. However Simonovic struck three times from downtown midway through the quarter and Branko Lazic had all of his 9 points in the final 91 seconds to lead Zvezda to a well-deserved win.
In a Spanish "clasico" that lived up to its name - and then some - Justin Doellman's fadeway swish on the final buzzer lifted FC Barcelona Lassa to a thrilling 86-87 road win over archrival Real Madrid in the Game of the Week on Thursday. Doellman's was the third buzzer-beater in a remarkable game of swings. Doellman finished with a career high 24 points by making 6 of 7 three-pointers.
In one of the most intense and physical games in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague this season, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz downed CSKA Moscow 81-71 at home. Ioannis Bourousis led the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds and Fabien Causeur added 15 points. A minute of silence took place before the game to honor former Laboral player Sherron Mills, who passed away earlier this week. CSKA’s only lead came from a Cory Higgins three that made it 69-70 in the fourth quarter, but Bourousis and Causeur each hit one from beyond the arc in a 12-0 run highlighted by Adam Hanga's fast break dunk, which triggered celebrations among the 11,500 diehard fans in attendance. In the Euroleague home debut for Sarunas Jasikevicius as head coach, Zalgiris Kaunas stunned mighty
Olympiacos Piraeus 75-55 for its first victory of the Top 16. The 20-point margin was Zalgiris's biggest victory ever against the Reds, who matched their fourth-lowest point total in the Euroleague this century. Zalgiris gave Olympiacos, the Euroleague's best defense this season, a taste of its own medicine by limiting the Reds to a single field goal for almost 15 minutes on either side of halftime and then holding them scoreless for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter. Paulius Jankunas led the winners with 18 points. Khimki Moscow Region beat Brose Baskets Bamberg 78-61. Alexey Shved led the winners with 22 points. After Shved put the hosts up 11 in the second quarter, Bradley Wanamaker and Janis Strelnieks fueled a 0-12 run that gave Bamberg a 27-28 edge. The visitors led by 2 early in the third quarter when Tyler Honeycutt and Shved turned on the jets and the home side pulled away.
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