Game Center, Round 7: Top teams keep winning
Round 7 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season saw six of the top seven teams coming into the week strengthen their positions with victories at the same time that the only winless team until now broke its losing streak in record fashion. All in all, it was an even split between home and road winners, but the round might well be remembered for Buducnost VOLI Podgorica setting a EuroLeague record by making 21 three-pointers in collecting its first win of the season – which was also its first in the competition since 2002!
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul 92-98 AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
AX Milan drilled a club record 18 three-pointers in beating Darussafaka 92-98 at Volkswagen Arena on Thursday. The Italian champs remained undefeated in three road games this season while improving their overall record to 5-2. Mike James led the way with 21 points and 5 assists, Vlado Micov scored 20 and Nemanja Nedovic returned from injury to score 17. Together with Dairis Bertans, Milan had four players with at least 4 three-pointers. The visitors led by as many as 12 before Darussafaka rallied late, but free throws by James and Micov put the win on ice. Michael Eric scored 16 and Ray McCallum had 13 for Darussafaka, which fell to 1-6.
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 99-84 KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
Buducnost got its first EuroLeague win in almost 16 years and did so by making history. Buducnost broke the EuroLeague record by hitting 21 three-point shots in blowing past visiting Baskonia 99-84 on Thursday night in the Montenegrin capital. While Buducnost improved to 1-6, Baskonia suffered its fifth loss in six games and dropped to 2-5. Edwin Jackson paced the winners and tied a career-high with 24 points on 6-for-9 three-point shooting, Earl Clark added 20 points and Danilo Nikolic 18. Tornike Shengelia scored 16 for Baskonia.
Olympiacos Piraeus 72-73 Fenerbahce Istanbul
In a big battle that literally came down to the final second, Fenerbahce Istanbul edged Olympiacos Piraeus 72-73 on the road on Thursday. Fenerbahce improved to 6-1, while Olympiacos dropped to 3-4. Kostas Sloukas led the winners with 20 points on 7-of-7 free throw shooting against his former team. Nikola Kalinic added 16 point and Melih Mahmutoglu had 12 for Fenerbahce. Kostas Papanikolaou paced Olympiacos with 18 points. The Reds had the last possession with a chance to win, but Nigel Williams-Goss and Nikola Milutinov both missed in the game's final seconds.
Real Madrid 79-74 Khimki Moscow Region
Real Madrid overcame a tough challenge from Khimki Moscow Region to remain perfect with a 79-74 victory, boosting the reigning champs' record to 7-0. Madrid was in front nearly all the way without being able to establish a truly commanding lead as Khimki battled hard to stay in touch, but a late flurry from Jaycee Carroll proved enough. Carroll paced the hosts with 15 points, followed by Fabien Causeur with 13. Khimki, which was without league-leading scorer Alexey Shved due to illness, was led by 16 points apiece from Tony Crocker and Anthony Gill. The loss dropped Khimki to 1-6.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul 78-62 Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
Anadolu Efes Istanbul survived a big showdown between Turkish Airlines EuroLeague powerhouses by topping Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 78-62 at home on Friday. Efes improved to 5-2 in the standings while Panathinaikos dropped to 4-3. Rodrigue Beaubois led the winners with 19 points. Adrien Moerman added 17, Bryant Dunston had 14, Vasilije Micic got 11 and Krunoslav Simon 10 for Efes. Nick Calathes and DeShaun Thomas led Panathinaikos with 11 points apiece while James Gist added 10.
Zalgiris Kaunas 85-88 FC Barcelona Lassa
FC Barcelona Lassa surged into a share of fourth place by outlasting host Zalgiris Kaunas in overtime for a 85-88 road win on Friday. Barcelona improved to 5-2 and now shares fourth place with AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan and Anadolu Efes Istanbul. Zalgiris fell to 3-4 and remains winless at home this season after four tries. Kyle Kuric hit 5 of 6 three-pointers to lead five double-digit scorers for Barcelona. Ante Tomic added 14, Thomas Heurtel and Jaka Blazic 11 each, and Kevin Pangos 10. Zalgiris got 21 points off the bench from Aaron White, whose dunk in the final minute of the fourth quarter forced overtime. The hosts also had 19 points from Nate Wolters and 12 from Brandon Davies but suffered from collective 5-for-22 three-point shooting.
FC Bayern Munich 79-93 CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow hit 13 three-pointers and controlled all four quarters en route to a 79-93 road win over FC Bayern Munich at the Audi Dome on Friday. CSKA, which pulled away to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and never looked back, remained unbeaten at 7-0 to keep sharing first place with Real Madrid, while Bayern dropped to 3-4. Cory Higgins paced six CSKA double-digit scorers with 18 points, while Sergio Rodriguez had 12 points and 8 assists in victory. Nihad Dedovic and Derrick Williams scored 14 points each for Bayern.
Herbalife Gran Canaria 84-78 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
Herbalife Gran Canaria broke its four-game losing streak in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season by topping Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 84-78 at home on Friday. Gran Canaria improved to 2-5 in the standings while Maccabi dropped to 1-6 and is now on a four-game losing streak. Chris Evans led the winners with 17 points. Eulis Baez added 16 and Clevin Hannah 15 for Gran Canaria. Michael Roll led Maccabi with 15 points. DeAndre Kane and Alex Tyus each added 13 while Scottie Wilbekin had 11 for the guests.