Regular Season, Round 6: Two familiar teams join champs as exclusive group leaders
Two other teams from last year's Final Four joined the champion of that event as exclusive group leaders after Week 6 of the Euroleague regular season finished on Thursday. Defending champion Panathinaikos remains the only undefeated team in the competition as its defense undid host Fenerbahce Ulker 64-83 on the road in Istanbul, Turkey. Sarunas Jasikevicius paced the Group C leaders with 19 points. The Greens' title-game opponent last season, CSKA, took over first place in Group A with a gutsy 76-85 road win that ended Tau Ceramica's 30-game home streak reaching back to January, 2005. David Andersen and Trajan Langdon pumped in 23 points each for CSKA. A thriller decided the new owner of first place in Group B as Unicaja fought off a late rally by visiting Lietuvos Rytas to prevail 71-69 in Malaga, Spain. Carlos Cabezas drove for the game-winning layup with 2.5 seconds left to raise Unicaja's record to 5-1. L. Rytas fell to second place, where it joins Aris TT Bank, a 67-64 winner against visiting Efes Pilsen, and Maccabi Tel Aviv, which prevailed 81-82 on a put-back by Terrance Morris with 4.5 secnds left. Second place in Group C belongs solely to Real Madrid, whose 104-73 blowout win over Chorale Roanne lifted its record to 5-1, Olympiacos, a 90-74 home winner against Zalgiris behind 32 points from Arvydas Macijauskas, and Montepaschi Siena, which rolled 59-84 at Prokom Trefl Sopot, share second place in Group A.