Thursday the 6th of November was a big night of Euroleague basketball action and there was some late drama, some historical moments and some big shocks. These are the sort of events that delight fans while ensuring some basketball betting fans are delighted, while others are left feeling gutted after coming so close to cashing out on big money. Whether your team was involved or not, this was a night of basketball that got people excited.
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul v FC Barcelona 78-80
When a team is on a winning run, they will often fight to the end to preserve that momentum. This was the case for FC Barcelona and they managed to claim a win in Turkey that wasn’t guaranteed until a missed shot with 4 seconds left on the clock. The 78-80 win ensures that Barcelona hold a 4-0 record in Group C while it means that their hosts are now sitting on a 2-2 record. Brad Oleson was a pivotal player, grabbing 16 points, including 4 for 4 with respect to three points. He was assisted by Ante Tomic and Justin Doellman, who both grabbed 12 points for Barca while Juan Carlos Navarro served up 11 points.
Luka Zoric was the main for the home team with 18 points but he was ably backed up by Andrew Goudelock who delivered 16 points and Nemanja Bjelica, who offered up 14 points. There was also Emir Preldzic who notched 11 points for the Turkish team.
The home side will look back on the night as a night of missed opportunities. Fenerbahce had chances to win the game but sitting two points behind, Emir Preldzic missed a three point shot with just 4 seconds left on the clock. It may have been the fourth straight win for Barca this season in the Euroleague but it is clear that they haven’t experienced too many wins like this in this campaign so far.
PGE Turow Zgorzelec v FC Bayern Munich 89-78
This win was a historic one as it was the first time that PGE had won a game in the Euroleague. The Polish champions were worthy winners over their German opponents, making for a rather special night for the team. This result sees the team sitting with a 1-3 record, and while they remain at the bottom of Group C, they are now level with FC Bayern Munich and the Polish side will be looking to see if they can engineer a route off of the bottom of the group before too long.
Damian Kulig was the top scorer for the home side, grabbing 22 points but he had a great deal of support and assistance from Tony Taylor, who managed to pick up 15 points. Nemanja Jaramaz offered 14 points while Chris Wright just made it into double figures with 10 points.
Nihad Djedovic was the top performer for Bayern, grabbing 16 points while Dusko Savanovic and Robin Benzing both managed to grab 12 points. The Germans took a lead in the first quarter but they were pegged back in the second quarter and once the home side got in front, they never looked back.
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv v Cedevita Zagreb 73-83
The current Euroleague champions are finding things quite tough this season and no doubt everyone is looking for the scalp of the reigning team in the league. Cedevita Zagreb managed a shock win that silenced the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv and it gave the Croation side their first ever win on the road. It was also their first win in the campaign, taking their record to 1-3 while Maccabi slumped to a 2-2 record in Group B. The visitors were only behind for 20 seconds in the entire game, at one point in the first quarter, and then they were never in any real trouble for the remainder of the match.
Roko Ukic nabbed 17 points and Nemanja Gordic picked up 16 points for the winners. Maccabi were led by Jeremy Pargo who offered up 24 points while Devin Smith served up 14 points for the losing Israelis but in the end, it was the Croatian side that were the comprehensive victors.
Zalgiris Kaunas v Unics Kazan 77-71
Kaunas celebrated a return to Kaunas Sports Hall, for one night only, by winning their third game in a row in the match against Unics Kazan. James Anderson was the stand out player for the home team with 27 points while Arturas Milaknis picked up 14 points, all in the 3rd quarter which ensured that Zalgiris stayed in front. Keith Langford was once again the pivotal player for Unics, who slumped to another defeat, seeing them with a 1-3 record.
Nizhny Novgorod v Anadolu Efes Istanbul 66-76
A win on the road took Anadolu to a 3-1 record while the home defeat consigned Novgorod to a 1-3 record. There were some big names missing for both sides but Dario Saric took centre stage, grabbing 18 points, which was a career high in the Euroleague for the player. Milko Bjelica picked up 14 points for Anadolu while the 17 year old Furkan Korkmaz caught the eye, delivering 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the game.
Taylor Rochestie kept the hosts in contention with 19 points but in the end, the Turkish side held on for a crucial win. Nizhny were without Will Daniels and Tarence Kinsey while Efes were playing without Nenad Krstic.