With round 2 of the 2014/15 Euroleague season underway, basketball fans across Europe have been treated to some big scores and great games. There were plenty of points on board and with one game only being decided in the final seconds, the second set of fixtures for Round 2 has a lot to live up to if it is looking to match the excitement of these games.
CSKA Moscow v Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 99-80
It may not seem like the required level of revenge but there is no doubt that CSKA Moscow will be happy that they managed to put Maccabi Electra to the sword this time. There was a shock when the two teams met in the Semi-Finals of the Euroleague Final Four last season but this time, the game went entirely form.
CSKA ran away with the game in the third quarter and were comfortable for the remainder of the match. Sonny Weems was the top man for CSKA, grabbing 18 points but he was assisted by Sasha Kaun, who picked up 17 points while Milos Teodosic picked up 15 points while also delivering 11 assists. Maccabi started well, racing into a 4-11 lead but were soon pegged back. Brian Randle was the top man for the Israeli side, with 18 points, and he was backed by Sylven Landesberg with 14 points and Guy Pnini, who grabbed 12 points. Both teams had a number of key players missing, such as Devin Smith and Alex Tyus for Maccabi while Demetrius Nichols, Manuchar Marokoishvili and Viktor Khryapa were unavailable for CSKA Moscow.
Bayern Munich v Panathinaikos 81-75
They may have left it until the fourth quarter but Bayern Munich eventually got the job done at home to their Greek opponents. With 5 three-point shots, including 2 in the last two minutes of the game, Duso Savanovic was a key man in ensuring Bayern won a game that was close all the way through the first three quarters. Davanoic helped himself to 20 points over the course of the game, Nihad Djedovic grabbed 14 points while Gavel Anton picked up 13 points. When you think that Vladimir Stimac picked up 10 points and Jan Jagla served up 10, there was a lot of players serving up big plays for the German side. Panathinaikos were ably supported by Esteban Batista, who picked up 18 points and 7 rebounds, by Vlatimir Giankotis, who grabbed 17 points and by Antonis Fotsis, who delivered 15 points.
PGE Turow Zgorzelec v Fenerbahce Ulker 76-91
The Turkish side took their 2014/15 record to 2-0 in Poland by downing PGE Turow Zgorzelec comfortably, with Anderw Goudelock picking up 27 points. The 16 points earned by Emir Preldzic would normally be well received but he was absolutely dwarfed by the sharp-shooting skills of Goudelock. Mind you, there was also a strong showing from Oguz Savas and Ricky Hickman, who both grabbed 10 points.
Zgorzelec had some high scorers as well with Damian Kulig grabbing 23 points and 8 rebounds while Mardy Collins picked up 20 points. Tony Taylor also scored 12 points in a game with plenty of points but with very little concern for the team on the road.
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan v FC Barcelona 63-78
The Catalan giants tasted victory again and with 11 three pointers in their win over Milan, they were always on easy street in Italy. Barca held a 13 point lead at half-time and at no point was this lead threatened in the second half. Alex Abines picked up 21 points, including 5 three point shots, and Tibor Pleiss picked up 16 points on an evening when he had a perfect game. He made all 5 of his two point shots, his only three pointer and all three of his foul shots. DeShaun Thomas also grabbed 12 points and debutant Tomas Satoransky had a great introduction with 5 points and 6 assists. Daniel Hackett was the top man for Milan with 15 points while Alessandro Gentile had a great all round game with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Samardo Samuels also scored 11 points while delivering 7 rebounds.
Neptunas Klaipeda v Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 83-81
If you were looking for drama in Round 2 of the Euroleague, it came with 3.2 seconds left of the game between Neptunas Klaipeda and Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade. Valdas Vasylius hit the winner and it was enough to give his side their first ever win in the Euroleague. This alone would have been cause for celebration but the nature of the win ensured that this will be a game that Klaipeda fans will remember for a very long time.
Marcus Williams bagged 23 points for the losing side but it was Deividas Gailius with 19 points, Mustafa Shakur with 11 points and match winner Vasylius with 8 points that made all the difference.
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul v Valencia Basket 71-64
Galatasaray were 28 points in the lead at one point and even though their Spanish opponents pulled matters back slightly, the Turkish side still ran out convincing winners. Carlos Arroyo bagged 16 points for the winner while Zoran Erceg picked up 12 points while Vladimir Micov and Furkan Aldemir both picked up 10 points. Luke Haragody delivered 16 points for Valencia while Sam Von Rossom and Dwight Buycks served up 11 points each.