2010-11Regular SeasonRound 6
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Regular Season, Round 6: Upsets, drama leave one undisputed group leader

There were stories of drama, excitement and upsets to be told throughout Europe after Week 6 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season. Each of the four groups has its own different tales. Only one group features a team in sole possession of first place. Another group has a three-way tie for first. And still another saw all three games this week go to road teams. The league’s only team alone in first place was settled after Maccabi Electra beat Caja Laboral 81-70 in the Game of the Week. Lior Eliyahu scored 18 against his former team as Maccabi won its fifth straight and avenged its only defeat. Also in Group A, Partizan m:ts topped Zalgiris 68-62 thanks to Dragan Milosavljevic’s 19 points. The result left the two sides tied for second place at 2-4. On Wednesday, Asseco Prokom topped Khimki 71-67 for its first victory as Ratko Varda scored 12 of his 14 points in the final quarter. The highlight of the week was a Charles Smith game-winning triple at the buzzer that lifted Lottomatica Roma over Brose Baskets 67-68. Smith finished with 16 and Darius Washington 17 for the winners. Real Madrid downed Olympiacos 82-68 behind 19 points and 6 assists from Sergio Rodriguez. Pablo Prigioni made his return from injury for Madrid, which tied the Reds for first in Group B at 4-2. Spirou Basket trumped Unicaja 79-74 for the Belgian champs second win in a row. Demond Mallet paced the winners with 21 points. All three Group C games went to the visitors. Roko Ukic posted 24 points as Fenerbahce Ulker beat Lietuvos Rytas 75-81 to improve to 5-1. Montepaschi Siena defeated Cholet Basket 67-71 to join the Turkish champs atop the group and end the hosts' three-game win streak behind Ksistof Lavrinovic's 23 points. In Thursday’s lone Group C game, Regal FC Barcelona routed Cibona Zagreb 75-94 as Ricky Rubio Shined with a season-high 18 points. In Group D, Armani Jeans Milano defeated CSKA 70-65 on Wednesday as Ibby Jaaber scored 17 points, including the decisive three-pointer. The result echoed the next day when head coach Dusko Vujosevic was fired by the Russian champs. Power Electronics Valencia outlasted Panathinaikos 69-73 in Athens for new head coach Svetislav Pesic’s first win. Nando De Colo paced the winners with 14 points. That loss combined with Efes Pilsen’s 84-78 victory over Union Olimpija created a three-way tie between the Greens, Efes and Olimpija atop the group. Lawrence Roberts led six Efes scorers in double figures with 14 points. And the ante gets raised next week when we could see the first Top 16 spots clinched!

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