The second round of the 2015/16 Euroleague season turned out to be an exciting and thrilling affair. If you were looking for upsets, games decided at the death, records being set and all the basketball drama you can think of, this was the week for you. We’ve only played two rounds of fixtures but there are only three teams left with a 100% record.
After two rounds of fixtures in Group A, we have the situation where all six teams are tied on a 1-1 record. There was only the one game in the group on Friday night, and it probably goes down as a surprise result.
Strasbourg 91 – Fenerbahce Istanbul 70
This game featured an interesting opening quarter with two both teams battling for control but at the start of the second quarter, the hosts raced away with a 9-0 run. This put them into a lead that they never relinquished but it wasn’t until a 16-3 run in the fourth quarter that the French side could relax about the victory.
Kyle Weems was in excellent form in this game. He grabbed 22 points in total but with 12 of these 22 points coming in the last 11 minutes of the game, he made sure he was present when his team really needed him. Weems was assisted by Rodrigue Beaubois who provided 14 points in the win. Romeo Travis had an excellent debut for Strasbourg with 11 points while Mardy Collins also notched 11 points for the winners. The French side were also boosted by Vladimir Golubovic who offered 10 points and 7 rebounds. For the losing side, Bogdan Bogdanovic provided 12 points, Peto Antic offered 11 points and Jan Vesely grabbed 10 points.
There was just the one game in Group B on Friday night but it was a dramatic overtime affair so the fans at this game definitely got their monies worth.
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz 96 – Olympiacos Piraeus 89
With a scoreline standing at 61-49 during the third quarter, the hosts looked in full control but this was the call for Matt Lojeski and Vangelis Mantzaris to step up and haul the Greek side back into the game. There was real late drama in this game, with some big shots being conjured up in the last 10 seconds. The scores were level when Mike James missed, leading to the Greeks breaking and with the home fans fearing the worst, Vassilis Spanoulis missed as well. There was just enough time for James to recover the ball but the shot he took which looked to have won the game from mid-court was eventually ruled to have taken place after the buzzer had sounded. It took the referee’s review to sort it out and obviously the fans weren’t happy but in the OT period, Fabien Causeur and there Bourousis made the difference.
Adam Hanga provided 16 points for the home side while James offered 13 points. For the losing side, Lojeski offered 28 points, Mantazris grabbed 13 while both Georgios Printezis and Spanoulis served up 11 points.
There were two games in Group C on Friday night and both of them were tight affairs,
Zalgiris Kaunas 74 – Lokomotiv Kuban Kransodar 76
Lokomotiv just about held on for the win in this game which started brightly and then became a lot stuffier in the second quarter. However, for as close as the score finished, Lokomotiv were never behind in the second half of the game, and they deserved to hold on for the victory.
Malcom Delaney offered up 21 points for the winners while Ryan Broekhodd and Victor Claver provided 12 points. Ian Vougioukas grabbed 22 points, Renalds Seibutis provided 11 points and both Mantas Kalnietis and Olivier Hanlan scored 9 points each.
FC Barcelona Lassa 78 – Stelmet Zielona Gora 72
This was a game that many predicted would be a rout for the home team but in the end, the Catalan club were delighted to just hold on with a bit to spare. Mind you, it wasn’t only 2 minutes to go that Barcelona would take the lead for the final time, edging ahead 73-72. A three point shot by Tomas Satoransky in the last minute made the game safe and Barcelona grabbed their first win of the season.
Samardo Samuels was the key man for the home team, offering up 23 points and 4 blocks. Satoransky and Juan Carlos Navarro both grabbed 10 points while Shane Lawal offered up 12 rebounds. For the visitors, Dejan Boronjak and Mateusz Ponitka provided 15 points each while Vlad Moldoveanu provided 14 points.
Group D is the only group in the Euroleague to have two teams on a 100% record after two games and the Friday night games offered up plenty of drama and excitement.
Brose Baskets Bamberg 86 – Drafssafaka Dogus Istanbul 76
With a 14 point lead at half-time, the home side were never really in any danger in this game. The Turkish side rallied, cutting the deficit to just the 7 points in the third quarter but this was met with a 9-0 scoring run that ensured the hosts would remain in control until the end.
Darius Miller and Janis Strelniek provided 13 points for the winners while both Bread Wanakmaker and Elias Harris offered 11 points. Nikos Zisis offered up 10 points and 5 assists while Nicolo Melli was in great form with 8 points and 8 rebounds. For the losing side, Milko Bjeclica offered 15 points while three players, Ender Aslan, Jamon Gordon and Serhat Cetin all provided 12 points each in the loss.
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 78 – CSKA Moscow 107
The Russian side continued their love affair with the regular season, blowing away Dinamo with a stunning display of basketball. Moscow had 33 assists, which ties the record with Real Madrid and which sets a new record for away teams. The big points in the game were the second and fourth quarters as these were the points where CSKA powered on and created a massive difference. The first and third quarters were actually won by the home team, although by a small amount.
Nando De Colo provided 18 points but it was perhaps Demetris Nichols who had the bigger impact on the game. He grabbed 11 points in total but 10 of these points came in his first give minutes on court, pushing the away side on to an excellent second quarter. After just ten minutes of the game, CSKA were 26-25 behind but by half-time, they led 41-60.
Milos Teodosic grabbed a double double with 10 points and 10 assists while Aaron Jackson grabbed 12 points. Cory Higgins and Andrey Vorontsevich both scored 10 points. For the home team, David Logan provided 20 points, 13 in the opening quarter, Rok Stipcevic offered 16 points and Chritian Eyenga scored 14 points.