Panathinaikos - ALBA 82-58 Panathinaikos demolish Alba Berlin in Athens in Group E of EuroLeague. The Greek side improved to 7-4 record and bettered their chances for the Quarterfinals. Alba Berlin dropped at 1-10 record. Panathinaikos Athens did not waste the time and took control of the game from the very beginning. The hosts erupted with 21-11 lead in the first period and added massive 29-17 in the second frame. Moreover the Greek side limited the opponents to just 9 points in the third quarter and reached 67:37 after 30 minutes. Alba Berlin could post 21-15 in the last period and reduced to final 24 points. Jonas Maciulis top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) netted 14. Sofoklis Schortsanitis scored 10, whilst Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) and Marcus Banks added 8 apiece. DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) had only 9 in defeat and Nihad Djedovic produced 8 points.
Real Madrid - Unicaja 74-77 Unicaja Malaga stagger Real Madrid on the road for 6-5 record in Group E. Malaga posted a narrow 77:74 win after a productive third period. Real Madrid dropped at 9-2 record and shares the top with Efes. Real Madrid started better and led 21-15 after the first period. Moreover the favorites added 19-17 rally in the second frame and had 8 points advantage at the halftime. Unicaja Malaga however dominated the third period and created a 15-2 run in the start of it. Due to 28-13 in the frame the guests took 7-point lead after 30 minutes, They increased to 11 points midway through the last stanza, but managed to take 3-point victory. Luka Zoric led the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) had 18. Fran Vazquez delivered 10 and Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) notched 9. Sergio Rodriguez replied with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Nikola Mirotic brought 12. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) scored 10 and Sergio Llull added 9.
CSKA - Zalgiris 70-61 CSKA outclass Zalgiris in Moscow and grabbed 8-3 record in Group E of EuroLeague. The Russian team won 70:61 and did not leave any chances for the Lithuanian team to advanced to the next stage. Zalgiris fell at 4-7 and is all but mathematically out of chances to advance. CSKA started strong and led in the majority of the first period. Kaun Sasha scored an alley-oop slam that gave CSKA a 10:6 edge and then Nenad Krstic closed the quarter at 17:12. CSKA added 18-14 rally in the second period as Khryapa fixed the halftime score at 35:26. CSKA continued their dominance in the third period and Papaloukas scored off a steal 45:30, while Zalgiris erupted with 14-0 run later in the period and tied the game at 48:48. Micov however restored a double-digit CSKA lead at 65:55 and then the Russian champion led the game to an important win. Weems Sonny top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) added 12. Jackson Aaron, Krstic Nenad and Kaun Sasha brought 9 points each. Kaukenas Rimantas replied with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) posted 11. Kuzminskas Mindaugas, Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) and Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) had 8 points apiece.
Anadolu Efes - Brose Bask. 89-86 Anadolu Efes Istanbul defeat Brose Baskets in overtime in the start of the Round 11 of Top 16. The German side tried their best but fell short, 86:89. Although Anadolu Efes Istanbul started with 23-14 in the first period, they could not control the game. Brose Baskets bounced back with 23-21 and then posted a 21-15 rally in the third period. The score was 66:66 later in the game and then Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) brought 72:71 with 3 minutes to go. He later sent the teams to overtime with 76:76 and scored two three-pointer at the end of overtime. It was however enough only to reduce the game to 3 points. Jordan Farmar exploded with 29 points for the winners, while Dusko Savanovic netted 14. Joshua Shipp, Kerem Gonlum, Stanko Barac (216-C-86) and Lucas Jamon Lukas Gordon netted 8 each. Bostjan Nachbar replied with massive 24 points and Maik Zirbes had 14. Casey Jacobsen, Jeremiah Massey and Karsten Tadda delivered 12 points each in a loss.
FCB Regal - Besiktas 86-61 FC Barcelona Regal confirm court advantage in the playoffs with the win over Besiktas JK. The Spanish team improved to 10-1 record in Group F after an easy 86:61 victory. The Turkish side remained winless and fell at 0-11 record. FC Barcelona Regal opened the game with 29-15 surge and never looked behind after. The Spanish favorite posted an 18-16 rally in the second frame and led 16 points at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the hosts. They won the third frame 20-19 and added 19-11 in the last stanza. Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Erazem Lorbek had 12. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) and Ante Tomic followed them with 11 points each. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) ended up with 18 points in defeat, while Gasper Vidmar (211-C/F-87) brought 13. Tutku Acik scored 7 and Fikret Can Akin notched 6.
Caja Laboral - Fener.Ulker 87-67 Caja Laboral celebrated a comfortable home win over Fenerbhace in the 11th round of EuroLeague Top 16. Caja Laboral thus jumped at 6-5 record in Group F. Tibor Pleiss stepped up with 14 points and 6 boards to lead the hosts. Fenerbahce fell at 2-9 record after the loss. It was quite lopsided affair. Caja Laboral limited their opponents to 10 points in the first quarter to gain a 6-point lead. The Vitoria team erupted for 30 points in the second frame to ensure a 46:22 halftime advantage. The hosts stayed confidently in charge throughout the third term. Caja Laboral gained a 28-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Fenerbahce poured in 28 points in the final term but just cut the deficit at the end. Fabien Causeur, Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) and Andres Nocioni delivered 12 points each for the winning side. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) answered with 16 points for Fenerbahce. Romain Sato had 15 points in the loss.
Montepaschi - Olympiacos 67-68 Olympiacos came back to winning ways in EuroLeague Top 16. The Hellenes rebounded well after a tough home loss against Barcelona to upset Montepaschi in Siena tonight. Konstantinos Sloukas and Kostas Papanikolaou delivered 11 points each for the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Siena enjoyed a narrow 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) gave Siena a 34:26 lead midway through the second frame. Antic and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) dragged the Reds within one 36:37 at halftime. David Moss and Bobby Brown made it 50:42 for the hosts in the third quarter. However Olympiacos stuck around. The visitors trimmed the distance at 5-point mark at the final intermission 49:54. Olympiacos opened the fourth frame with 7 points in a row to gain a 56:54 lead. Konstantinos Sloukas and Vassilis Spanoulis made it 68:61 for the visitors with under two minutes remaining. Matt Janning and David Moss drained back-to-back three-pointers to cut the deficit to just a single point but Olympiacos killed time and sealed the victory at the end. Vassilis Spanoulis and Kyle Hines finished with 10 points each for Olympiacos. Matt Janning and Kristjan Kangur chipped in 14 points apiece for Montepaschi.
Maccabi T-A - Khimky 80-79 Maccabi survived a tough challenge from Khimky to eke out a narrow victory in Tel-Aviv tonight. The win propelled the Israeli champions at 6-5 record in EuroLeague Top 16 Group F. Khimky fell at 6-5 record. Khimky started the game strong and led throughout the bigger part of the opening quarter. Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) however helped the hosts to a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the second frame. Khimky finally snatched a 40:36 halftime advantage. Maccabi went on a 9:0 run midway through the third term to gain a 54:44 advantage. Khimky managed to cut it to 4 points at the end of the third quarter though 56:60. Vitaliy Fridzon made it 66:64 for Khimky early in the fourth frame. The advantage changed hands before Maccabi triggered a 7:0 run to take a 79:73 lead. Rivers drained a three-pointer to put Khimky within three. Ricky Hickman converted just one free throw out of two attempts and Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) punished him with a triple on the other end but Khimky simply ran out of time and Maccabi held on to the win. Ricky Hickman finished with 30 points to lead the hosts. Devin Smith netted 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the Israeli side. Vitaliy Fridzon answered with 16 points for Khimky. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) and Paul Davis had 13 points each in the loss.
Brad Wanamaker leads Darussafaka past Real Madrid - 3 days ago
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Real Madrid - Darussafaka 80:84 Darussafaka evened EuroLeague quarterfinal series versus Real Madrid. The David Blatt's team grabbed a road win in Game 2 behind 21 points from Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh). Darussafaka stayed in front throughout the first half. The visitors eked out a 22:19 advantage after ten minutes. They controlled the tempo in the second period. Darussafaka enjoyed a 44:38 halftime advantage. However Real Madrid shifted the gear in the third term. T... [read more]
Real Madrid - Darussafaka 80:84
Darussafaka evened EuroLeague quarterfinal series versus Real Madrid. The David Blatt's team grabbed a road win in Game 2 behind 21 points from Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh). Darussafaka stayed in front throughout the first half. The visitors eked out a 22:19 advantage after ten minutes. They controlled the tempo in the second period. Darussafaka enjoyed a 44:38 halftime advantage. However Real Madrid shifted the gear in the third term. The hosts unloaded 30 points to take a 2-point lead before the fourth frame 68:66. Darussafaka regained the lead late in regulation then Will Clyburn and Brad Wanamaker sank four straight free throws to seal the win for the visitors. Scottie Wilbekin (188-G-93, college: Florida) and Ante Zizic (210-F/C-97, agency: BeoBasket) had 17 points apiece for the winners. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) replied with 22 points for Real Madrid. Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85, college: San Jose St.) chipped in 16 points in the loss.
Anadolu Efes steal victory in Piraeus, draw level with Olympiacos - 3 days ago
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Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes 71:73 Anadolu Efes eked out a tough road win over Olympiacos in the second game of the quarterfinal series. Alex Kirk (211-C-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) came up with a go-ahead bucket inside the final minute of regulation to propel the Turkish team to the victory. Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) produced 16 points for the winners. Anadolu Efes claimed a narrow 23:22 lead after the first period. Olympiacos spurred ahead in the second term. The Pirae... [read more]
Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes 71:73
Anadolu Efes eked out a tough road win over Olympiacos in the second game of the quarterfinal series. Alex Kirk (211-C-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) came up with a go-ahead bucket inside the final minute of regulation to propel the Turkish team to the victory. Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) produced 16 points for the winners. Anadolu Efes claimed a narrow 23:22 lead after the first period. Olympiacos spurred ahead in the second term. The Piraeus side grabbed a 44:37 halftime lead. Olympiacos stayed in front throughout low-scoring third period. The hosts entered the final period up by three points 54:51. The lead changed hands several times throughout intense fourth frame. But Alex Kirk came up for Anadolu Efes late in the game and led the visitors to the victory. Tyler Honeycutt (203-F-90, college: UCLA) posted 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Jayson Granger (189-G-89) had 9 points in the win. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 20 points each for Olympiacos.
CSKA withhold Baskonia surge, snatch tough win in Game 2 - 4 days ago
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CSKA - Baskonia 84:82 CSKA are now 2-0 up on Baskonia in the quarterfinal series. CSKA survived another late scare against the Basque team and secured the second straight victory in the playoffs. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) got an offensive rebound and followed it with two free throws with a second left in regulation to propel the Moscow side to the win. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) finished with 16 points and 8 assists for the hosts. CSKA eked out a 21:20 lead ten minutes... [read more]
CSKA - Baskonia 84:82
CSKA are now 2-0 up on Baskonia in the quarterfinal series. CSKA survived another late scare against the Basque team and secured the second straight victory in the playoffs. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) got an offensive rebound and followed it with two free throws with a second left in regulation to propel the Moscow side to the win. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) finished with 16 points and 8 assists for the hosts. CSKA eked out a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts extended the gap in the second term. CSKA secured a 40:35 halftime advantage. The home side unleashed 29 points in the third term to boost the lead to double digits. But Baskonia refused to give in. The Basque team clawed their way back into the game as Rodrigue Beaubois (185-G-88) tied things up at 82 with a three-pointer. But Kyle Hines came up with a decisive offensive board in the next CSKA possession and sealed the victory for the hosts. Kyle Hines and Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) accounted for 10 points each in the win. Rodrigue Beaubois responded with 21 points for Baskonia. Chase Budinger (201-SF-88, college: Arizona) had 12 points in the loss.
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