What a great week of Turkish Airlines Euroleague drama it was. There were several big upsets, games decided at the buzzer, team records set and career high established. Through it all, only three teams survived with perfect records! After two rounds in Group A, all six teams are 1-1.
Kyle Weems led the way as Strasbourg stunned Fenerbahce Istanbul 91-70 on Friday night. Strasbourg took the lead for good late in the second quarter, but ran away to victory thanks to a 16-3 spurt to start the fourth. Weems scored 12 of his 22 points in the final 11 minutes of the game, and Rodrigue Beaubois added 14 points in victory. Reigning champion Real Madrid dominated Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 98-71 on Thursday night. Madrid opened the game with a 19-2 run and the margin grew by minute before peaking at 76-30 in the third quarter. Jaycee Carroll netted 19 points, Gustavo Ayon collected 16 and 7 rebounds and Sergio Rodriguez dished 11 assists for the winners. FC Bayern Munich defeated Khimki Moscow Region 69-60 before its delighted fans. Bayern pulled away to a 17-point lead after halftime, before holding off the visitors led by Alexey Shved. Nihad Djedovic finished with 16 points and K.C. Rivers had 15 against his former team. Alex Renfroe had 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners while Shved led the visitors with 16 points and James Augustine amassed 15 points and 12 rebounds in defeat. All six teams now hold 1-1 records.
In arguably the best game of the young season, a thriller between Turkish Airlines Euroleague classics that went down to the wire, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz edged Olympiacos Piraeus in overtime 96-89 on Friday night. Laboral led for majority of the night and almost won at the end of regulation, but Mike James’s mid-court shot was ruled to be after the final buzzer. Ioannis Bourousis had a one-of-a-kind game against his former team to finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds and lead Laboral to an outstanding home win. Matt Lojeski shined with 28 points and 7 rebounds for the Reds. On Thursday, in a high-scoring battle between previously undefeated teams, Anadolu Efes Istanbul stomped EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 89-73 at home on Thursday. Efes registered its 11th home win against Milan in as many showdowns against the Italian powerhouse on Turkish soil. Jon Diebler paced the winners with 17 points and Thomas Heurtel added 13 and 8 assists. Alessandro Gentile led Milan with 22 points. Limoges CSP stung Cedevita Zagreb 80-84 in the Croatian capital. The French champs improved to 1-1 by spoiling Cedevita’s home opener at Arena Drazen Petrovic Zagreb, on the night the one and only Croatian great, the late Drazen Petrovic would have celebrated his 51st birthday. Nobel Boungou-Colo finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, and Leo Westermann also scored 15 in victory.
Friday brought plenty of drama in Group C and left two teams atop of the table with 2-0 records. First, Lokomotiv Kuban Kransodar held off Zalgiris Kaunas 74-76 for an important road win. Lokomotiv never trailed in the second half and led by as many as 9 points, before Zalgiris rallied and Ian Vougioukas tied it 74-74 with 12.5 seconds left. Lokomotiv went in front on Victor Claver's free throws, and then held on when Mantas Kalnietis missed a potential game-winning triple at the buzzer. Malcolm Delaney scored 21 points in victory, while Vougioukas paced the hosts with 22 points. FC Barcelona Lassa left it late to edge Stelmet Zielona Gora 78-72. The visitors led 68-71 with three minutes to go, but Shane Lawal grabbed 2 big offensive boards in the penultimate minute and Tomas Satoransky hit key triple with 40 seconds on the clock for Barcelona to pull out victory. Samardo Samuels paced the winners with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Panathinaikos Athens defeated Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir 85-73 in the Greek capital on Thursday. James Gist paced the winners with 27 points on 8-of-10 two-point shooting and 3-of-3 three-pointers and Dimitris Diamantidis added 12 points and 8 assists for Panathinaikos, which led 30-15 after 10 minutes and never looked back.
CSKA Moscow blew out Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 78-107 and broke its club record for points on the road on Friday in Italy. The win kept CSKA's record a perfect 2-0 and dropped Sassari to 0-2. Explosive second and fourth quarters that CSKA won by a combined 30-63 score decided the outcome, as Nando De Colo scored 18 points and Milos Teodosic had a double-double of 10 points and 10 assists as CSKA put seven scorers in double digits. Also on Friday, Brose Baskets Bamberg defeated Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 86-76 for its first win of the new Euroleague campaign. Four Daniel Theis dunks in a 10-0 run helped the hosts roll to double-digit lead, and they never relinquished despite Darussafaka's attempts to fight back. Darius Miller and Janis Strelnieks paced the winning attack with 13 points apiece. Mindaugas scored a career-high 23 points, most of which came at crucial times, to lead Unicaja Malaga to an impressive 82-93 win over Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv at Menora Mivtachim Arena on Thursday. When Maccabi rallied to within 80-82 late, Kuzminskas sparked a 0-9 game-clinching run with a triple and a dunk. Jamar Smith added 17 points for the winners. Before the game, Maccabi held a ceremony in memory of former center Nate Huffman, who passed away last week. His No. 7 jersey was raised to the rafters.