Game Center, Round 9: History is made night after night!
A clash between recent winners and a meeting of two of last season's Final Four teams were among the highlights as the action continued in Round 9 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul grabbed its third consecutive home win by downing Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 100-79 on Thursday. Both teams now have 4-5 records in the standings. Derrick Brown led the winners with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in compiling a performance index rating of 38, Bryce Cotton added 19 points and Thomas Heurtel scored 17 and dished 7 assists. Charles Jenkins led Zvezda with a career-high 20 points. Efes outrebounded Zvezda 43-22, including 15 offensive boards, and finished the game with 24 assists and 8 blocks to tie the EuroLeague's season high; Unics also had 8 blocks against Zvezda on November 10.
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv won its third straight game by beating Olympiacos Piraeus 73-80 at Peace and Friendship Stadium on Thursday. D. J. Seeley made 5 of 8 three-pointers en route to a season-high 19 points to pace Maccabi, which improved to 5-4. The Reds are also 5-4 after losing at home for the second time this season. The visitors opened up a double-digit lead already in the first quarter, led by as many as 18 in the third and held off a late Olympiacos push to claim the win. Maccabi outrebounded its opponent 35-43 and limited the home team to 6-of-33 three-point shooting (18.2%). Colton Iverson amassed 14 points on perfect shooting plus 8 rebounds and Devin Smith tallied 10 points and 10 boards for the winners. Matt Lojeski paced Olympiacos with 15 points in defeat.
Zalgiris Kaunas registered its third win of the season by defeating visiting Brose Bamberg 86-72 at Zalgirio Arena on Thursday. With the win, the Lithuanian champion improved to 3-6, while Brose dropped to 2-7. Thanks to 4 second-quarter triples from Kevin Pangos, the hosts went into halftime up 47-39, then in the third quarter doubled that advantage to 71-55. On the night, Zalgiris set season-highs with 11 three-pointers and 19 offensive rebounds, and was a near-perfect 17 of 18 from the free throw line. Paulius Jankunas collected 23 points and 9 rebounds, Kevin Pangos finished 6-for12 from long range for 19 points and 6 assists. Daniel Theis had 15 points in defeat.
Fenerbahce Istanbul turned to its defense to grab a valuable road win, a 70-79 decision over EA7 Emporio Armani Milan in the Game of the Week. Fenerbahce improved to 6-3 on the season after building a 36-44 halftime lead, before Milan stormed back in the third to take a 5-point margin into the final 10 minutes. But the visitors allowed only 7 points the rest of the way. Fenerbahce had five scorers in double digits and was led by an all-round performance from Kostas Sloukas who had 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Bobby Dixon netted 14 in victory, while Rakim Sanders scored 17 for Milan, which dropped to 4-5 record.
Real Madrid downed Unics Kazan 89-75 to grab its third consecutive win on a special Thursday night in the Spanish capital. The game will be remembered for Madrid captain Felipe Reyes becoming just the fifth player to break the 2,500-point barrier in EuroLeague history. Reyes also climbed to fifth place on the all-time scoring list, passing both Mike Batiste (2,496 points) and Dimitris Diamantidis (2,495). He did it in style by leading the winners with 16 points. Sergio Llull added 14 points and 7 assists, but the key contributor was Jaycee Carroll whose timely 11 points, most of which came at the start of the fourth quarter, gave Madrid a double-digit cushion. Art Parakhouski led Unics with 19 points in defeat.
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul roared to a convincing 78-64 victory over FC Barcelona Lassa at Abdi Ipekci Arena. The win was the third in a row at home for Galatasaray, which matched a club record with 25 assists. Blake Schilb starred with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, Sinan Guler equalled a career-high with 18 points in addition to 7 assists and Tibor Pleiss dominated inside against his old team with 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. Tyrese Rice led Barcelona with 22 points.
CSKA Moscow remained undefeated at home and in first place by downing Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 112-84 in the Russian capital on Friday. The victory was its 16th consecutive home win in the competition, while Baskonia dropped to 5-4. The visitors build a double-digit lead in the opening quarter, but CSKA took over and scored 95 points in the final three quarters to roll to victory. It was a special night for Milos Teodosic, in which he dished his 1,000th assist in the competition and also had career-best 34 points. He made it a double-double with 10 assists and recorded a performance index ranking of 43, which is second-best in club history. David Andersen posted an index rating of 45 in 2005. CSKA also set a club scoring record, which stood at 109. Rodrigue Beaubois led Baskonia with 19 points and Shane Larkin scored 18.
Panathinaikos Athens held off visiting Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 86-80 at Olympic Sports Center Athens on Friday night. Both teams now hold 5-4 records. Panathinaikos led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, but Will Clyburn led Darussafaka’s rally and his long jumper gave the visitors their only lead of the second half, 76-77. But Ioannis Bourousis, Nick Calathes and Chris Singleton made plays down the stretch as Panathinaikos prevailed. Bourousis finished with 18 points, including a put-back with 11.6 seconds to go and then 2 free throws in the final seconds that sealed the deal. Clyburn paced Darussafaka with 26 points and 9 rebounds.