Brose Bask. - Zalgiris 87-88 OT Zalgiris clinched a last-second overtime victory in Bamberg tonight. They edged Brose Baskets when Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) sank three free throws at the buzzer. Brose Baskets seemed just whisker away from the victory after two free throws from Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) with 15 seconds to go in the extra period. But Anton Gavel committed a crucial mistake on the other end of the floor. He fouled Marko Popovic in the process of a three-point shot at the buzzer putting the Croat on the penalty line with no time remaining on the clock. Marko Popovic calmly sank three free throws and sealed the victory for Zalgiris. The win helped Zalgiris gain 3-4 record in Group E. Brose Baskets suffered the seventh loss in a row. Zalgiris enjoyed a 38:36 lead at halftime. They remained up by two points heading into the fourth frame. But Bamberg managed to level things up at the end of regulation. Anton Gavel converted four free throws following a technical foul by Darjus Lavrinovic to send the game into overtime. The visitors led by as many as 5 points midway through the extra frame but Sharrod Ford and Anton Gavel denied the deficit and put Brose Baskets in front. But the drama of the last seconds allowed Zalgiris came out as winners from this one. Marko Popovic produced 21 points for the visitors. Rimantas Kaukenas added 14 points for Zalgiris. Anton Gavel answered with 25 points for Brose Baskets. Sharrod Ford had 20 points in the loss.
Anadolu Efes - Real Madrid 74-72 Anadolu Efes down Real Madrid in Istanbul to hand them their first loss in EuroLeague Top 16. The Turkish side tied both records at 6-1 and grabbed the first place in Group E after a 74:72 win. Real looked miserable from the start of the game and had so many mistakes in defense. The Spanish team trailed 4 points after the first quarter and then lost the first half 36:46. Anadolu Efes slowed down a bit in the third period and allowed the guests to reduce to 5 points after 30 minutes. Real even took the lead early in the fourth, but could not win the game. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) scored 3 out of 4 last free throws and gave them 74:72 lead. Jaycee Carroll had a chance to bring the win, but missed a three-pointer. Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Dusko Savanovic added 13. Jordan Farmar delivered 10, while Sasha Vujacic posted 9. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Felipe Reyes as well as Jaycee Carroll posted 11 points apiece. Mirza Begic followed them with 10 points in a loss.
ALBA - Unicaja 65-67 Unicaja Malaga thump Alba Berlin in O2 World for 3-4 record in Group E. The Spanish outfit grabbed 67:65 win mostly due to the third period. The German side fell at 1-6 record. Unicaja Malaga won the first period 22:20, but could not win the half. The hosts erupted with 22-12 and grabbed 42:34 at the halftime. The third period however was decisive in the game as Unicaja Malaga needed a 21-9 rally to take the lead. Je'Kel Foster later tied the game at 57:57, while Deon Thompson gave the hosts 65:63 lead with less than 2 minutes to go. Marcus Williams meanwhile nailed a three-pointer for the guests for the final victory. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) added 11. Earl Calloway nailed 10, while Kosta Perovic delivered 9. Deon Thompson and Nihad Djedovic finished the game with 16 points each. Je'Kel Foster notched 8 and Zach Morley delivered 6.
CSKA - Panathinaikos 86-69 CSKA Moscow snapped two-game losing skid in EuroLeague and handled visiting Panathinaikos. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) scored 20 points and issued 7 assists to lead the winners. The Greens fell at 4-3 record after the defeat. CSKA started the game aggressively. They looked brisk in the first quarter to take a 25:15 lead after ten minutes. But Panathinaikos managed to slow the game down in the second quarter. The Hellenes opened the period with eight points in a row to narrow the gap. Panathinaikos stayed close throughout the period and trailed by just 4 points at the interval 35:31. But CSKA were back in the drivers seat in the third term. The hosts unloaded 31 points in the quarter to open a 16-point lead before the final frame. CSKA kept Panathinaikos at safe distance throughout the final frame and raced to the victory at the end. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) provided 19 points, while Sasha Kaun added 13 points in the win. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) answered with 15 points for Panathinaikos. Stephane Lasme and James Gist provided 12 points apiece in the loss.
Montepaschi - Caja Laboral 85-74 Montepaschi Siena closed Round 7 with the win over Caja Laboral. The Italian team needed an 85:74 win for 6-1 record. The Spanish outfit fell at 4-3 record and suffered their third loss in a row. Caja Laboral Vitoria opened the game with 23-22 lead, while the teams were tied at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game and brought the host a 26-13 surge as they never looked behind after. Both teams posted 24 points each in the last stanza for the final result. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Matt Janning as well as Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) had 16 each. Benjamin Eze delivered 10 points in a win. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort, while Nemanja Bjelica brought 15. Andres Nocioni ended up with 10 points in a loss and Fernando San Emeterio scored 9.
Maccabi T-A - FCB Regal 77-82 FC Barcelona Regal confirmed their impressive current form with a road win in Tel-Aviv tonight. The Spanish team fired past Maccabi to gain 6-1 record on top of Group F. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) scored 18 points and pulled down 6 boards to pace the winners. Maccabi stayed confident supported by the cheerful home crowd. The Israeli team eked out a 22:20 lead after ten minutes. But the Spanish powerhouse gradually took over in the second frame. The visitors accumulated a 41:39 halftime lead. Barcelona opened the second half with 9 points in a row to boost the gap. The visitors maintained the lead and piled up a 67:53 lead with one quarter remaining. The Spaniards led by as many as 13 points with just over two minutes remaining 80:67. However the hosts went on a 9:0 run to narrow the gap at 3-point mark with 15 seconds remaining. Ante Tomic went perfect from the stripe and Ohayon missed a three-pointer as Barcelona got away with victory. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland) provided 14 points each for the visitors. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) answered with 19 points for Maccabi. Shawn James had 16 points in the loss.
Khimky - Olympiacos 82-87 Olympiacos celebrated a tough road win in EuroLeague Top 16 tonight. The Reds upset Khimky on the road to climb at 4-3 record in Group F. Kyle Hines (198-F-86) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) produced 19 points each to pace the winners. Khimky gave a warm welcome to the visitors in the opening quarter. The hosts quickly grabbed the lead and posted a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) made it 43:33 for the home team late in the second frame. Pero Antic capped the regulation with a layup to drag Olympiacos within 8 35:43. Khimky tipped off the second half with four points in a row to gain 12-point lead. The hosts stayed in front however Olympiacos managed to narrow the deficit at 6-point mark at the final intermission 54:60. Pero Antic and Sloukas drained back-to-back three-pointers midway through the fourth frame to level things up at 68. Acie Law followed with another one to put the Reds in front 71:68. Vassilis Spanoulis and Sloukas kept the visitors in front as they entered the final 20 seconds of regulation with a 5-point lead. Perperoglou added a point from the stripe and the Hellenes never looked back en route to the victory. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) delivered 14 points in the winning effort. Paul Davis answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Khimky. Kresimir Loncar had 19 points as the hosts fell at 4-3 record.
Fener.Ulker - Besiktas 78-72 Fenerbahce Ulker needs a strong second half to beat Besiktas JK in Turkish derby. Fenerbahce Ulker improved to 2-5 record after a 78:72 win and kept the opponents winless in Group F. Fenerbahce Ulker started the game with 19-15, but allowed the guests to control the game at the end of the half. Besiktas JK erupted with 27-13 in the second frame and took 42:32 halftime advantage. Fenerbahce Ulker however managed to seal the victory in the game posting two wins in the last quarters. The host won the third period 16-13 and erupted with 30-17 surge at the end of the game. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and David Andersen (212-C-80) added 13. Oguz Savas delivered 12, whilst Bo McCalebb scored 10. Damir Markota (209-F-85) finished the game with 15 points in the losing effort and Curtis Jerrells nailed 14. Daniel Ewing brought 11, whilst Gasper Vidmar netted 10.
Baskonia - CSKA 88:90 CSKA advanced into EuroLeague Final Four. They nipped Baskonia in Vitoria-Gasteiz tonight to sweep the series. Cory Higgins (195-G-89, college: Colorado) stepped up with 21 points to pace the defending champions. It was another dramatic clash between the sides. Baskonia grabbed a 24:22 lead after the opening frame. CSKA stayed within striking distance. The visitors got as close as one point at halftime 43:44. CSKA unleashed 29 points in the third term to pull ahead. [read more]
Baskonia - CSKA 88:90
CSKA advanced into EuroLeague Final Four. They nipped Baskonia in Vitoria-Gasteiz tonight to sweep the series. Cory Higgins (195-G-89, college: Colorado) stepped up with 21 points to pace the defending champions. It was another dramatic clash between the sides. Baskonia grabbed a 24:22 lead after the opening frame. CSKA stayed within striking distance. The visitors got as close as one point at halftime 43:44. CSKA unleashed 29 points in the third term to pull ahead. The visitors secured a narrow 72:70 lead heading into the fourth term. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) and Aaron Jackson gave CSKA an 84:74 lead with under three minutes remaining in regulation. But Shane Larkin (180-PG-92, college: Miami, FL) unloaded 13 points for Baskonia to put them within two 88:90 with 8 seconds left. Nando De Colo committed a turnover giving a chance for the hosts. But Shane Larkin and Adam Hanga got blocked on last attempts and CSKA got away with a key victory in Game 3. Nando De Colo chipped in 15 points, while Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) had 13 points for the winners. Tornike Shengelia (206-F-91) answered with 19 points for Baskonia. Chase Budinger (201-SF-88, college: Arizona) banked in 15 points in the defeat.
Fenerbahce sweep Panathinaikos en route to Final Four - 7 hours ago
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Fenerbahce - Panathinaikos 79:61 Fenerbahce became the first team to advance into EuroLeague Final Four. They fired past Panathinaikos in Istanbul tonight to complete the sweep of the quarterfinal series. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 13 points to lead the winners. It was a close battle in the first period. Fenerbahce eked out an 18:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts stretched the gap in the second term. Fenerbahce established a 37:30 halftim... [read more]
Fenerbahce - Panathinaikos 79:61
Fenerbahce became the first team to advance into EuroLeague Final Four. They fired past Panathinaikos in Istanbul tonight to complete the sweep of the quarterfinal series. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 13 points to lead the winners. It was a close battle in the first period. Fenerbahce eked out an 18:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts stretched the gap in the second term. Fenerbahce established a 37:30 halftime advantage. The Turkish side held Panathinaikos to just 12 points in the third term to secure a 52:42 lead heading into the fourth period. Fenerbahce unloaded 27 points in the final quarter and marched to a comfortable victory. James Nunnally (201-F-90, college: UCSB) delivered 12 points, while Luigi Datome (203-F-87), Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) and Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) added 10 points each for the winners. K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) answered with 16 points for Panathinaikos. Chris Singleton (206-F-89, college: Florida St.) had 12 points in the loss.
Brad Wanamaker leads Darussafaka past Real Madrid - 4 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.
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