Regular Season Round 1: Opening week brings back the good times!
An exciting first week of the 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season did not hesitate to serve up all the drama and thrills that the competition's devoted fans have come to expect. From just the third double-overtime game in competition history to the seventh-best defensive performance in a decade, there was something for everybody. The traditional opening game on Monday saw Olympiacos top Real Madrid 82-66 behind16 points each from Ioannis Bourousis and Vassilis Spanouli in the 10th anniversary of their original Euroleague Basketball opener. Wednesday featured more history as Olimpija outlasted Efes 95-90 in just the third double-overtime game in competition history, lifting 8,700 fans to their feet in the team's new Stozice Arena in Ljubljana. Kevinn Pinkney led the winners with 23 points and forced the first overtime. Earlier on Wednesday, Khimki survived 82-76 against Prokom as Keith Langford scored 17 points. Taking things easier were FB Ulker, an 86-79 winner over Lietuvos Rytas as Darjus Lavrinovic had 17 points, and Virtus Roma, which downed Brose Baskets 83-65 as Charles Smith scored 16. Thursday started with a bang as Armani Jeans Milano topped CSKA 73-88, becoming the first road winner of the season. Oleksiy Pecherov paced Milano with 23 points in his Euroleague debut. The week’s only other road winner was Panathinaikos, which beat Power Electronics Valencia 56-72 behind Mike Batiste’s 13 points. Unicaja outlasted Spirou Basket 84-73 as Guillem Rubio shined with a career-high 22 points. Zalgiris trumped Partizan mt:s 73-62 as Marty Pocius scored 17. Montepaschi routed Cholet 76-44, marking the seventh-best defensive performance in competition history, as Marco Carrareto scored 13. And last, but not least, defending champion Regal FC Barcelona downed Cibona 80-66, led by Ricky Rubio and Juan Carlos Navarro, with 14 points each.