Game Center, Round 18: High scores and home wins
The first two-round week of 2018 started with Round 18 and some remarkable efforts. Half of the games saw the winning team score more than 90 and only one team, Khimki Moscow Region, was able to win on the road. Brose snapped its losing streak, while Madrid extended its winning streak. There is no rest for these warriors; Round 19 tips off on Thursday!
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 70-79 Khimki Moscow Region
A night full of scoring swings ended with Khimki downing host Crvena Zvezda 70-79 on Tuesday in a game that went back and forth until superstar Alexey Shved shut the door in the closing minutes. Khimki's fourth road win raised its record to 10-8 to keep hold of seventh place. Zvezda fell to 7-11. Shved finished with 29 points, including 11 as Khimki won the fourth quarter 16-27. He dueled all night with Zvezda point guard Taylor Rochestie, who had 27 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
Brose Bamberg 93-86 Zalgiris Kaunas
Brose Bamberg snapped a five-game losing streak with a 93-86 victory over Zalgiris Kaunas in a ferociously intense battle at Brose Arena. It was close throughout, with neither team leading by more than 7 points at any stage, and the outcome was in the balance until Daniel Hackett hit a crucial long two-pointer inside the final minute. Brose was paced by 22 points and 7 rebounds from Augustine Rubit. Another big performance in the paint came from Dejan Musli with 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Hackett added 16 points. The German champs improved to 7-11, while Zalgiris fell to 11-7. Aaron White excelled with 23 points and 8 boards in defeat.〈
Olympiacos Piraeus 94-64 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
Only four days after losing by 32 points on the road in Vitoria, Olympiacos Piraeus showcased a lot of pride in routing Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 94-64 on Tuesday night at Peace and Friendship Stadium. The Reds improved to 13-5 to keep at least a share of second place in the standings, while Maccabi dropped to 9-9 and eighth place. Olympiacos started pulling away in the first quarter behind Jamel McLean, and never looked back. It held a 13-point margin at halftime, then broke the game open in the second half. On a balanced offense, Vassilis Spanoulis led the way with 13 points and 7 assists and McLean had 12 points in only five first-half minutes before exiting with an injury.
Valencia Basket 81-76 FC Barcelona Lassa
Valencia Basket registered its third win in four games by downing FC Barcelona Lassa 81-76 at home on Tuesday. Both teams now have 6-12 records. Bojan Dubljevic led the winners with 19 points and Rafa Martinez added 13 for Valencia, which was without leading scorer Erick Green. Pierre Oriola led Barcelona with 15 points against his former team. The game came down to the final minute, when Juan Carlos Navarro and Rakim Sanders got Barcelona within 75-72. Free throws by Dubljevic, Fernando San Emeterio and Aaron Doornekamp allowed Valencia to wrap up a well-deserved win.
CSKA Moscow 110-79 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
CSKA left no doubt about its power by thrashing Anadolu Efes 110-79 in the Russian capital on Wednesday. CSKA remain atop the standings with a 14-4 record, while Efes dropped to 5-13. Cory Higgins paced the winners with 21 points and Sergio Rodriguez added 16. CSKA set a club record with 35 first-quarter points and kept its momentum going. The hosts drained 18 three-point shots, which is one shy of the all-time record; Montepaschi Siena made 19 threes in a game in 2012. Brock Motum led Efes with 19 points.
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul 67-62 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
Jan Vesely made his return after a one-game absence and shined in the fourth quarter to lift Fenerbahce over Panathinaikos 67-62. The outcome left both teams with 12-6 records for third-place in the standings. The champs also gained the head-to-head tiebreaker over Panathinaikos, which won their first meeting by 2 points. Jason Thompson paced Fenerbahce with 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting plus 7 rebounds and Vesely finished with 12 points, 8 boards and 2 blocks. The visitors led by 3 entering the fourth quarter and trailed by just 1 in the final minute, but some key offensive rebounds for Fenerbahce and made free throws lifted Fenerbahce in the end.
Real Madrid 75-73 Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
In a thriller that came down to the final seconds, Real Madrid registered its seventh consecutive EuroLeague win by edging Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 75-73 in the Spanish capital on Wednesday. Madrid climbed to 12-6 in the standings, while Baskonia dropped to 8-10. A jumper by Rudy Fernandez with just 2.9 seconds proved to be the difference. Trey Thompkins and Fabien Causeur led a balanced Madrid attack with 13 points apiece. In a game that was close throughout, Baskonia appeared on the verge of victory with a 64-72 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but a final 11-1 run that Fernandez capped with the game-winning shot allowed Madrid to keep its winning streak going. Rodrigue Beaubois paced Baskonia with 18 points
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 101-87 Unicaja Malaga
AX Milan produced an offensive explosion to end a four-game losing streak with a 101-87 victory over Unicaja, which has now lost three straight and dropped to 7-11. Milan had several double-digit leads in the first half before Unicaja came back and briefly led in the third quarter, but the home team’s offense pulled away in the fourth quarter to advance to 5-13. Milan’s success was based on 15-of-24 three-point shooting, 6 of which came from Andrew Goudelock, whose 18 points paced the hosts. Backcourt mate Jordan Theodore registered a double-double of 14 points and 11 assists. Unicaja was led by 22 points and 6 assists from Nemanja Nedovic.