Game Center, Round 16: The second half is upon us
The second half of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season is up and running with Round 16. On Friday, Khimki beat Brose Bamberg in Germany 70-74 behind 28 points by Alexey Shved, while Olympiacos, Madrid, Zvezda and Fenerbahce registered respective home wins. Thursday action saw CSKA falling in Barcelona and Nick Calathes shining in his return from injury for Panathinaikos, which remains undefeated at home this season.
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 90-79 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens remained undefeated at home this season with a 90-79 victory over Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Thursday at Olympic Sports Center Athens. Nick Calathes returned after a three-game absence to produce 17 points, 9 assists and 3 steals as the Greens took a double-digit lead in the first quarter and held it for nearly all of the rest of the game. The hosts made 14 of 26 three-point shots (53.9%). The win lifted Panathinaikos to 11-5, while sending Efes to 4-12. Josh Adams produced a personal-best 20 points to pace Efes, which was without leading scorer Errick McCollum.
Unicaja Malaga 83-85 Valencia Basket
Valencia Basket rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit to stun a fellow-Spanish side Unicaja Malaga in a thrilling finish 83-85 on Thursday night. It was the second consecutive EuroLeague win for Valencia, which improved to 5-11 on the season, while Unicaja had its four-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 7-9. Unicaja led by 4 in the penultimate minute, but in the final 63 seconds Valencia scored the last 6 points of the game to snatch the win. Rafa Martinez netted 17 points and Sam Van Rossom had 15 points and 7 assists for the victors. Nemanja Nedovic starred for Unicaja with 23 points.
FC Barcelona Lassa 85-72 CSKA Moscow
FC Barcelona Lassa routed CSKA Moscow 85-72 in front of a sellout crowd at Palau Blaugrana on Thursday. Barcelona improved to 6-10 in the standings after recording its second consecutive win, while CSKA dropped to 12-4. Petteri Koponen paced a balanced Barcelona attack with 13 points. The hosts led by 3 midway through the third quarter, but Juan Carlos Navarro struck twice from downtown and Petteri Koponen added a jumper to push Barcelona to an 11-point lead at the end of the quarter. Pierre Oriola had 6 unanswered points early in the fourth quarter and a three-pointer by Koponen made it 75-55, after which CSKA never recovered. Nando De Colo led CSKA with 23 points.
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul 79-74 Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul recorded a bittersweet win by downing Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 79-74 at Ulker Sports Arena on Friday. Fenerbahce improved to 10-6 in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague standings but the reigning champions lost James Nunnally due to a bad fall after a dunk which sent him out of the game on a stretcher. Baskonia dropped to 7-9. Marko Guduric led the winners with 18 points. Brad Wanamaker added 16 while Jason Thompson had 12 and 10 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Toko Shengelia led Baskonia with 15 points. After a very close game, Wanamaker and Nicolo Melli gave Fenerbahce a double-digit lead, 73-63, which Baskonia cut to 75-73 in the next-to-last minute. Free throws by Guduric and a driving layup by Wanamaker allowed Fenerbahce to put the victory on ice.
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 77-65 Zalgiris Kaunas
A physical battle of wills between two of the EuroLeague's hottest teams turned on late, great shot making by a rookie as Crvena Zvezda topped visiting Zalgiris 77-65 on Friday. Zvezda (7-9) won its fourth game in six, while Zalgiris (10-6) saw its five-game win streak halted. A close game throughout was broken open in the fourth quarter, when 22-year-old Dejan Davidovac buried a trio of triples to restore double-digit leads that let Zvezda salt away the victory. Taylor Rochestie paced the winners with a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists. Kevin Pangos led Zalgiris with 19 points.
Brose Bamberg 70-74 Khimki Moscow Region
Khimki Moscow Region rode 28 points from Alexey Shved to snatch a 70-74 road win over Brose Bamberg in a hard-fought contest which leaves the Russian team at 9-7 in the standings, while Brose drops to 6-10 with a fourth straight loss. Shved was once again the difference-maker, netting 5 three-pointers in his total of 28 points and also dishing 6 assists. Malcolm Thomas also made a big contribution with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals, while Tyler Honeycutt combined 10 points and 5 rebounds. Brose’s main source of offense was Dorell Wright, who converted 5-of-9 triples to score 20 points.
Olympiacos Piraeus 87-80 AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
Olympiacos Piraeus did not allow a late let-down ruin a dominant performance, as it got back into a tie for first place in the standings with an 87-80 win over the visiting AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan on Friday night. Olympiacos is EuroLeague co-leader with 12-4 record, while Milan dropped for to 4-12, tied for the league’s worst record. The Reds used a 13-2 second-quarter run to open a 16-point lead, and the margin was as big as 19 points in the second half. Milan made a very late charge, but Olympiacos did not allow any drama. Kostas Papanikolaou had 15 points and 7 rebounds for Olympiacos, and rookie Kyle Wiltjer had his season-best also with 15 points. Vassilis Spanoulis had 14 points and 7 assists in victory. Andrew Goudelock finished with 20 points for Milan.
Real Madrid 93-81 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
In a showdown between classic Turkish Airlines EuroLeague powerhouses, Real Madrid grabbed its fifth consecutive win in the regular season by downing Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 93-81 in the Spanish capital on Friday. Madrid improved to 10-6 in the standings while Maccabi dropped to 8-8. Felipe Reyes led the winners with 14 points. Facu Campazzo added 13, Luka Doncic got 11 while Trey Thompkins and Walter Tavares each had 10 for Madrid. Tavares added 12 rebounds for a double-double. Pierre Jackson led Maccabi with 29 points. The guests led 48-50 at halftime but Madrid used a 15-0 run to get the lead for good and another 13-0 spark to seal the outcome midway through the fourth quarter. Madrid dished 21 assists and picked up just nine turnovers.