The end of October is a team of year when things get a bit spooky and some Euroleague teams suffered a shock or a fright on Friday night!
All 3 games in Group A took place on Friday night and the reigning Euroleague champions are finding life a bit difficult on the road.
Khimki Moscow Region 91 – Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 53
A dominant second quarter made all the difference in this game and in the end, the hosts were celebrating their biggest ever win in the Euroleague. They now move on to a 2-1 record in Group A while the side from Belgrade fall to a 1-2 record after two defeats in a row. An 18-2 run in the lead up to half-time saw the hosts 51-30 ahead at the break. At one point in the evening, there was an 87-43 lead which Belgrade hauled in slightly not with any real conviction or intent.
James Augustine grabbed 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks, which is a career high for the player. Zoran Dragic grabbed 12 points, Petteri Koponen picked up 10 points while Alexey Shved offered up 8 points and 7 assists. For the losers only Maik Zirbes broke into figures with 15 points and 14 rebounds, which is the highest tally of his career. Quincy Miller offered up 7 points and 5 rebounds on his Belgrade debut.
Fenerbahce Istanbul 77 – Real Madrid 66
In a game that brought last year’s Final Four to mind, the home side gained some small measure of revenge with a convincing win in front of 12,000 fans. The win sees Fenerbahce move on to a 2-1 record while the Euroleague champions fall to a 1-2 record.
Big players for the hosts were Ekpe Udoh and Luigi Datome who both delivered 15 points for the winners while Bogdan Bogdanovic provided 12 points. Top man for Real Madrid was Felipe Reyes who offered up 15 points and Gustavo Ayon provided 10 rebounds. The hosts were 7 points ahead at half-time, a gap that was maintained at the start of the fourth quarter. However, Fenerbahce only gave up 10 points in the last 10 minutes as they saw the game out convincingly.
FC Bayern Munich 76 – Strasbourg 61
On a night when the Bayern Munich football team failed to win for the first time in their league, the basketball branch of the famous sporting name grabbed a second home win of the season, defeating Strasbourg at the Audi Dome. This moves Bayern Munich to a 2-1 record which sees them sharing first place while Strasbourg have fallen to a 1-2 record. After the opening quarter, Bayern Munich were never behind and they were worthy winners.
Nihad Djedovic provided 22 points and 6 assists while Dusko Savanovic provided 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. K.C. Rivers was also on the mark for the winners with 8 points while Vladimir Golubovic was the top man for the losing side, grabbing 22 points and 6 rebounds. He was assisted by Louis Campbell who picked up 11 points in the loss.
There was just the one game on offer in Group B but it offered plenty of excitement and tension right to the end of the match.
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 66 – Olympiacos Piraeus 71
This nail-biting away win moves the Greek side on to a 2-1 record while the hosts slip to a 1-2 record. The score at half-time saw Olympiacos lead by 2 points and while the Greek side remained in the lead for most of the quarter, Krunoslav Simon grabbed a three-point shot that put Milan 54-52 lead and the battle raged on from this point. With a minute left on the clock, Alessandro Gentile levelled the scores at 64-64 but a jump-shot by Vassilis Spanoulis put the away team in the lead before Georgios Printezis finished off the scoring.
Patric Young grabbed 18 points for the winners, Printezis provided 16 points and Spanoullis offered up 14 points for the winners. Alessandro Gentile was the key man for Milan with 24 points and 7 assists while Simon offered 11 points for the hosts.
The one game in Group C on Friday night saw Lokomotiv maintain their 100% record.
Stelmet Zielona Gora 75 – Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 83
In the end, it looks like a comfortable win for the team that now holds a 3-0 record in Group C but that isn’t quite the final story. The last quarter of the game saw seven ties and the lead changed hands on 8 occasions, so there was a good bit of drama at the end of it all. However, the away team restricted the hosts to no points in the final 90 seconds, which allowed them to roll home in good styke.
Malcolm Delaney provided 25 points and 5 assists while Victor Claver grabbed 13 points and 8 rebounds while the winners were also boosted by 12 points by Ryan Broekhoff. The hosts were bolstered by Dee Bost and Vlad Moldoveanu grabbing 16 points each but it was the number of turnovers, 19, offered up by the home team that had the biggest impact on the game.
The only Group D game on Friday leaves the group as the only one with two teams who have a 3-0 record.
Unicaja Malaga 81 – Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 69
The hosts grabbed a 3-0 record in the Euroleague for only the second time this century and they sit at the top of the group alongside CSKA Moscow. The Spanish side are still short of their best ever start to a Euroleague season, five wins in the 2009/10 campaign, but this is still an impressive feat. The hosts led by 44-37 at half-time and they were never behind at any point in the second half.
Edwin Jackson grabbed 18 points, Mindaugas Kuzminskas provided 12 points, Will Thomas offered 11 points while Fran Vazquez and Richard Hendrix provided 10 points. For the losing side, Semi Erden was the top man with 17 points while Jamon Gordon provided 12 points, Luke Harangody provided 11 points and Milko Bjelica offered 10 points.