Regular Season, Round 4: CSKA, Unicaja, Lokomotiv stay perfect !
The three Turkish Airlines Euroleague undefeated teams won in Regular Season Round 4, but at least one will fall next week when CSKA Moscow hosts Unicaja. The week featured great drama with games coming down to the final shot. There were four road winners and for this first time this season, a team won a road game in Group A!
On Thursday, in one of the best games in Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season history, Real Madrid edged FC Bayern Munich 101-99 on a game-winning three-point shot by Jaycee Carroll. Rudy Fernandez and Felipe Reyes led the winners with 20 points apiece. Reyes added 11 rebounds for a double-double. Los Blancos trailed by 8 with three minutes to go before rallying late. Nihad Djedovic led Bayern with 22 points. Madrid and Bayern are both 2-2, in the third place behind two co-leaders at 3-1. One of them is Khimki Moscow Region after defeating Strasbourg 88-62 at Krylatskoye Sports Palace. Khimki never trailed and outscored Strasbourg in every quarter to remain unbeaten this season at home. The hosts had a different player star in each quarter to blow away Strasbourg. Tyler Honeycutt produced 8 points, 4 rebounds 1 block in the first 10 minutes and Zoran Dragic led a 10-0 run in the second to help establish a 39-26 halftime lead. Tyrese Rice took the difference into the 20s in the third quarter and Alexey Shved hit a pair of threes and threw down an amazing alley-oop slam to put the game to bed in the fourth. On Friday, Fenerbahce Istanbul cruised past Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 60-74, to join Khimki atop the table. This is not only the first road win of the Euroleague campaign for Fenerbahce, but also a first road win for any team in Group A this season. The visitors got off to a strong start with a 0-13 run to pull away out of the gate. Zvezda briefly made it a game in the second quarter, but behind 14 points and 7 rebounds from Pero Antic, Fenerbahce cruised to a comfortable victory.
In a battle for first, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz topped Anadolu Efes Istanbul 92-90 after overtime. It was Laboral’s third straight victory, but came only after rallying from a double-digit deficit. The visitors led for the majority of the game, opening a 40-51 lead in the fourth quarter, but Laboral quickly rallied. The lead changed hands in the fourth quarter until Laboral was ahead 80-76 with 19.9 seconds left in regulation, but Efes managed to force overtime with a tip-in from Derrick Brown just before the buzzer. In the extra session, Laboral's 7-0 run made the difference. Ioannis Bourousis paced the hosts with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Cedevita Zagreb stunned EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 68-77 for its second straight road win. Cedevita lost all of a double-digit lead after halftime, but came back to dominate the final quarter. Miro Bilan ruled inside with 16 point and Luka Babic scored 11 of his 13 in the final 10 minutes for the winners. The last tie was at 61-61 with just over five minutes left, after which Babic led a 2-13 game-winning break by Cedevita. After trailing at halftime, Olympiacos Piraeus beat Limoges CSP 75-49 at Peace and Friendship Stadium. The Reds put the game away with an 18-0 fourth-quarter run. In total, they outscored the French champs 47-20 in the second half Georgios Printezis led a balanced Olympiacos attack with 15 points and both Vassilis Spanoulis and Patric Young posted double doubles.
Undefeated Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar routed Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir 72-53. Malcolm Delaney and Evgeny Voronov led the winners with 15 points apiece and Victor Claver added 13. After a 0-14 second-quarter run, Karsiyaka led 17-30. However Lokomotiv got within 30-35 at halftime and dominated the second half defensively for its fourth win. FC Barcelona Lassa stopped Zalgiris Kaunas 78-85. Barcelona It was Barcelona's 10th win in 10 visits to Kaunas since the first in 1999. Barcelona leads their overall series 1-19. Zalgiris led this one for almost 15 minutes before Barcelona took over the scoreboard behind its deep bench and experience. Ante Tomic paced the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Stelmet Zielona Gora outlasted Panathinaikos Athens 71-68 to record its first win of the Euroleague season. Mateusz Ponitka recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds and Dejan Borovnjak added 12 points for the winners, who started strong and led by as many as 12 in the second quarter before settling for a 40-33 halftime advantage. Panathinaikos made its way back in the fourth and tied the game at 63-63 on a James Feldeine three-pointer. But the hosts scored the next 5 points and the visitors missed a pair of makeable threes in the closing seconds to leave the victory in Poland.
Undefeated Unicaja Malaga rallied past Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 80-62. Unicaja improved to 4-0 and is tied for first place with CSKA Moscow; the two teams face off in the Russian capital next week. Richard Hendrix led the winners with 19 points and Will Thomas added 14. MarQuez Haynes struck three times from downtown to help Sassaro take the lead in the second quarter, but Will Thomas and Richard Hendrix rescued the hosts, fueling a mammoth 24-0 run that changed the game for good. In the Game of the Week, CSKA Moscow downed Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 75-80. Darussafaka jumped to an early lead, but CSKA replied with a 0-16 run that bridged the first and second quarters and opened a 19-29 lead. Darussafaka closed to 43-48 at halftime, but it was all CSKA in the third quarter as Nando De Colo and Milos Teodosic led the visitors to a 52-70 advantage after three quarters. Darussafaka attempted a late rally, but did not get closer than 7 points until the final possession. Teodosic finished with 22 points and 9 assists and De Colo scored 19 points with 5 rebounds in victory. In the first ever meeting between the sides, Brose Baskets Bamberg beat Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 77-66 at home. Daniel Theis led the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Bradley Wanamaker added 15 points and 8 rebounds. Bamberg led 42-35 at halftime, but Maccabi improved its defense after the break and found a go-to guy in Devin Smith, who got plenty of help to give the guests a 51-57 lead through three quarters. However Theis and Nikos Zisis combined for all the points in a 12-0 run that gave Bamberg the lead for good, 63-57. Nicolo Melli and Theis stayed on fire throughout the fourth quarter, allowing Bamberg to take a well-deserved win.
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