2010-11Top 16Round 1
Mike Batiste, Panathinaikos

Top 16, Round 1: Four road winners steal the show!

The second stage of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season lifted off with last-second thrillers and four road winners talking the headlines. Two teams set themselves apart in Group E. The action began with a clash of national champions Wednesday in the Lithuanian capital where Panathinaikos beat Lietuvos Rytas 59-80. Mike Batiste poured in a season-high 26 points to lead the Greens, who pulled away with a Kostas Tsartsaris-led 0-12 run in the third quarter. In the next day’s all-Spanish League clash, Caja Laboral defeated Unicaja 71-76 to ruin the debut of the hosts’ new head coach Chus Mateo. Marcelinho Huertas scored 19 and newcomer Esteban Batista posted a double-double for the victors. In Group F, Regal FC Barcelona topped Maccabi Electra 81-71 as Juan Carlos Navarro scored a season-high 24 points – including the 2,500th of his Euroleague career. He became just the second player to achieve the feat. Barca extended its Top 16 home-court winning streak to 13 and ended Maccabi’s winning streak at nine. Later Union Olimpija overcame Lottomatica Roma 63-64 in the Italian capital on a pair of Kenny Gregory free throws with 8.9 seconds left. Gregory paced the winners with 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Group G was the only one to see all four teams in action on Wednesday. First Efes Pilsen edged Montepaschi Siena 60-58 on a game that wasn’t decided until Nikos Zisis’s potential game-winning three at the buzzer bounced out. Igor Rakocevic paced Efes with 17 points and Bootsy Thornton added 12 points and 9 rebounds. Later Sergio Llull scored a Euroleague career-high 21 points and Clay Tucker added 18 as Real Madrid downed Partizan mt:s Belgrade 78-58. Madrid built a big lead in the second quarter and never looked back. In Group H’s first game, it was Power Electronics Valencia 73-59 Zalgiris Kaunas thanks to Dusko Savanovic’s 20 points. Savanovic teamed with Serhiy Lishchuk to lead an 11-0 fourth-quarter run that secure the win. On Thursday, Marko Tomas scored 19 as Fenerbahce Ulker stunned Olympiacos 70-84, ending a 20-game home-court winning run for the Reds. Roko Ukic added 17 for the Turkish champs.  Next week, the eight teams that played on the road go home, setting up big drama as the road winners look to capitalize. Follow all of Europe’s best basketball here on Euroleague.net!

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