Game Center, Round 11: Fenerbahce powers on, CSKA and Madrid tied for second
Fenerbahce Istanbul grabbed a big road win at Panathinaikos OPAP Athens on Friday night to move into sole ownership of first place in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. CSKA Moscow dropped a place after suffering a narrow loss at KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, and is now tied with Real Madrid in second place after the reigning champ came back from 15 points down to win a thriller at Anadolu Efes Istanbul.
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 67-64 FC Barcelona Lassa
Buducnost snatched its third straight home win with a come-from-behind victory over Barcelona 67-64 at a packed Moraca on Thursday in the Montenegrin capital. Nemanja Gordic scored 8 straight points in a 10-0 fourth-quarter run that put the hosts ahead for good. Buducnost improved to 3-8 behind Earl Clark and Gordic, who scored 12 points apiece. Adam Hanga led Barcelona with 12 points, too. The defeat saw Barcelona's record slip to 6-5.
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul 71-73 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
Maccabi stormed from 14 points behind in the fourth quarter to take a 71-73 road win from Darussafaka on Thursday. Yovel Zoosman recorded Maccabi's ninth blocked shot, matching a club record, to preserve the victory with seconds left as Ray McCallum attempted a layup to force overtime. Maccabi's first back-to-back wins this season raised its record to 3-8, while Darussafaka fell to 1-10, having lost nine straight and yet another close one at home. Darussafaka led 65-61 with 8 minutes 30 seconds left, which is when its former player, Scottie Wilbekin, hit the first 2 of 4 three-pointers for Maccabi in two minutes that turned the game around. John DiBartolomeo came off the bench to lead Maccabi with 13 points. Johnny O'Bryant had a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds. Michael Eric led Darussafaka with 20 points while just-signed Toney Douglas added 14.
Zalgiris Kaunas 83-75 Olympiacos Piraeus
Zalgiris mounted a stunning second-half comeback to record a thrilling 83-75 victory over Olympiacos in a red-hot atmosphere at Zalgirio Arena. The Reds led by 13 early in the second quarter after putting on a clinic of three-point shooting, but stiffened defense and dominance inside the paint allowed Zalgiris to fight back and surge clear. The home team was led by a career-high 19 points from Marius Grigonis, and Nate Wolters combined 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Three big men all scored in double figures, with Aaron White netting 13 while Antanas Kavaliauskas and Brandon Davies both scored 12. Olympiacos's night was summed up by Georgios Printezis, who scored 16 points in the first half, but only 2 the rest of the way. Zalgiris improved to 5-6 with Olympiacos one win better at 6-5.
FC Bayern Munich 72-65 Khimki Moscow Region
Bayern defeated Khimki 72-65 on Thursday at Audi Dome to move within striking distance of the playoff zone. Nihad Dedovic had 14 points, Vladimir Lucic added 13 and Derrick Williams scored 10 points, while Stefan Jovic chipped in 9 points and 9 assists as Bayern bounced back from a 24-point loss at Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv in Round 10 to improve to 5-6, including a 4-3 mark at home. Khimki was led by 12 points each from Jordan Mickey and Charles Jenkins. Stefan Markovic and Malcolm Thomas both added 10 points in the loss. Khimki, which was playing its second game without injured star Alexey Shved, saw its three-game winning streak snapped in falling to 4-7.
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 86-94 Herbalife Gran Canaria
In the club’s first game with a new head of bench, Gran Canaria claimed a resounding road win, holding off AX Milan 86-94 on Thursday night. It was the second consecutive road win for Gran Canaria and first under Coach Victor Garcia to improve to 4-7 on the season, while Milan dropped its third straight decision and fell to 6-5. Gran Canaria took the lead for good in the second quarter and then withstood Milan’s fourth-quarter charge. Marcus Eriksson scored a career-high 17 points in less than 16 minutes and Kim Tillie added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the winning effort. For Milan, Mike James netted 26 points, while Arturas Gudaitis amassed 16 points plus 17 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive glass.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul 82-84 Real Madrid
Real Madrid launched a spectacular fourth quarter comeback to stun Anadolu Efes Istanbul and move into a share of second place with a 82-84 victory at Sinan Erdem Dome. Madrid trailed by 15 late in the third quarter but a sensational display from Gustavo Ayon allowed the Spanish side to roar back with a 8-24 partial score in the fourth quarter. Ayon led his team superbly, providing 20 points on 10-of-11 two-point shooting while also grabbing 11 rebounds and 2 steals, and dishing 3 assists. Madrid also had 12 points from Sergio Llull upon his return from injury, and Trey Thompkins paired 10 points with 5 assists. Efes was paced by 19 points from Adrien Moerman, while Vasilije Micic combined 15 points and 8 assists. Shane Larkin added 14 points and Tibor Pleiss had 13.
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 69-81 Fenerbahce Istanbul
Fenerbahce Istanbul grabbed its 7th consecutive win by topping Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 69-81 in the Greek capital. Fenerbahce improved to 10-1 in the standings while Panathinaikos dropped to 5-6 and is now on a three-game losing streak. Nikola Kalinic led the winners with 18 points on 4-of-5 three-point shots. Joffrey Lauvergne added 16 while Jan Vesely had 15 for Fenerbahce. Nick Calathes led Panathinaikos with 14 points and 7 assists. Matt Lojeski and Nikos Pappas each had 13 points for the hosts. The game was poised at 59-61 with 6 minutes remaining but Lauvergne hit an off-balance turnaround jumper, Kostas Sloukas added a critical three-pointer and Kalinic also struck twice from beyond the arc for a 63-73 Fenerbahce lead, and that gave the guests full control the game until the final buzzer.
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 76-73 CSKA Moscow
In a game where neither team had a lead bigger than 6 points, KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz prevailed 76-73 over the visiting CSKA Moscow on Friday night. The dramatic win improved Baskonia to 4-7 on the season, just one game out of the eighth place, while CSKA dropped to 9-2, tied for the second-best record in the competition. Vincent Poirier had a big game with 18 points plus 8 rebounds, including a tip-in which turned out to be the last basket of the night. Tornike Shengelia muscled his way to 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists, and Matt Janning was in double figures with 13 points. Alec Peters led CSKA with 20 points on 5-for-12 three-point shooting. Cory Higgins scored 17, and Kyle Hines had 14 points plus 7 rebounds in defeat.