An exciting Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season came to an end this week with drama and excitement as the final Top 16 spots were clinched and several players put forth major efforts. The Thursday action began with Maccabi Tel Aviv downing Asseco Prokom 72-83 for its ninth win in a row. Sofoklis Schortsanitis scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes for a career-best 38 index. Keith Langford topped him with the best individual performance of the season as BC Khimki beat Zalgiris 93-89 in overtime. Langford forced overtime with a buzzer-beating three and finished with 35 points and a 42 index as Khimki bowed out of the season with a win. The loss for Zalgiris set the stage for a three-way tie for second place in Group A after Caja Laboral dominated Partizan 87-71 in the Game of the Week. The tiebreakers left Laboral second, Zalgiris third and Partizan fourth behind Maccabi, whose 9-1 record is best in the league. In Group B, Olympiacos overcame Lottomatica Roma 89-82 to take first place. Vassilis Spanoulis paced the winners with 18. Real Madrid crushed Spirou Charleroi 94-45 in biggest blowout of the season. Rookie Nikola Mirotic scored 19 to lead Madrid. Brose Baskets edged Unicaja 70-72 for its first road win since the 2005-06 season. Brian Roberts scored 12 and dished 7 assists for Bamberg. Thursday’s biggest stories were in Group C, where Lietuvos Rytas defeated Cibona 77-94 to reach the Top 16. Cibona finished its Euroleague season without a win. Kenan Bajramovic scored 22 and Khalid El-Amin 20 for the Lithuanian champs, who were helped by Fenerbahce Ulker ousting Cholet 93-61. Darjus Lavrinovic scored 18 and Emir Preldzic dished 11 assists to lead the Turkish champs. In a thriller, Regal FCB triumphed 73-72 over Montepaschi Siena led by Fran Vazquez’s 13 points, 7 boards and 2 blocks. Group D came down to a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Dusko Savanovic that lifted Power Electronics Valencia past Union Olimpija 78-77 and eventually into the Top 16 after the dust had settled. The hosts finished 5-5 and grabbed fourth place in the group. Valencia’s Top 16 berth was not finalized until Panathinaikos knocked out Armani Jeans 93-62 as Kostas Kaimakoglou posted a double-double and was one of eight Greens with at least 9 points. Panathinaikos improved to 7-3 and won the group, becoming a No. 1 seed in the Top 16 Draw. It was an end of an era in Moscow, where CSKA downed Efes Pilsen 78-69 in what could be the last Euroleague game together for the core group of stars that led the Russian champs to eight consecutive Final Fours. Jamont Gordon led the way with 18 points, while J.R. Holden dished 10 assists, becoming the third player in Euroleague Basketball history to pass the 600-assist mark.