The remaining games of Round 3 in the 2014/15 Euroleague offered up a mix of comfortable3 wins and games that went down to the wire. There was a match decided with less than 3 seconds on the clock and there was a match that ended up in over-time, which meant that basketball fans and basketball betting were took to the limits on Friday night.
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria v Galtasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 91-90
There was drama in Vitoria as the home side came from behind to win the game with less than 3 seconds on the clock. Over the course of the game there were 13 ties and the lead changed hand 24 times and even though the Turkish side held 8 point leads in the third and fourth quarters, Laboral managed to rally to grab a crucial victory.
With 17 points each, Thomas Huertel and Colton Iverson were the main men for the home side and it was Iverson that scored the winning points. Debutant Sasha Vujacic impressed with 13 points while Zoran Erceg was the top player for Galatasaray, picking up 20 points. With Vladimir Micov grabbing 20 points and Furkan Aldemir picking up 14 points, there were plenty of big performances for Galatasaray, but it wasn’t enough to clinch victory.
Neptunas Klaipeda v Olympiacos Piraeus 81-85
This was another tight that was hard to call and it took overtime to split the sides, before Olympiacos managed to grab a win on the road. This took the Greek side to a 3-0 record while Neptunas dropped down to a 1-2 record. Vassilis Spanoulis, a former MVP in the Euroleague, managed to grab a career high of 34 points, with 17 of these points coming in the fourth quarter and in OT.
Spanoulis was aided by Kostas Sloukas who picked up 13 points while Matt Lpojeski and Bryan Dunston both reached double figures. Top man for the Neptunes was Deividas Gailius with 16 points while Donastas Zavackas with 14, Simas Galdikas grabbed 13, as did Mustafa Shakur, while Martynas Mazeika picked up 11 points.
FC Barcelona v PGE Turow Zgorzelec 86-67
This was a straightforward win for Barcelona and it placed the team clear at the top of Group C, the only side in the group with a 3-0 record. Zgorzelec hold a 0-3 record and even though Damian Kulig and Mardy Collins were once again their top players, with 19 and 15 points, they fell far short of their Catalan opponents. Justin Doellman grabbed 20 points, Deshaun Thomas picked up 17 points while Alex Abrines managed a spectacular 10 points in 3 minutes.
FC Bayern Munich v EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 74-81
It was a massive win for Milan in Munich as the Italian team clinched their first win of the campaign. The German side were ahead by 6 in the final quarter but a well marshalled Milan side were always primised for this sort of victory. The main men leading the way for Milan were Daniel Hackett and Joe Ragland who both picked up 16 points while Linas Klezia offered 11 points. Heiko Schaffartzik offered 15 points for the home side while Dusko Savanovic once again struck double figures with 13 points.
Unicaja Malaga v Limoges CSP 75-69
The Spanish side moved on to a 3-0 record with their 75-69 home win while their opponents found themselves dropping down to a 1-2 record. The main player for the home side was Fran Vasquez with 13 points while Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Vladimir Golubovic both grabbed 11 points.
With Jamar Smith topping the Limoges scoring charts with 11 while Nobel Boungou-Colo served up 11 points, it was clearly a game when defences were on top. Malaga never really raced away with the game at any point but equally, they never seemed in trouble at any point of the game.
Cedevita Zagreb v CSKA Moscow 72-76
When you grab four three-pointers in the final quarter, you are always likely to win a close match and the sharp shooting of Milos Teodosic was a big difference between these teams in Croatia. It had been a competitive match until the final quarter when Tedodosic set the game on fire and put Moscow into a massive lead, which Zagreb reduced but couldn’t overhaul. Teodosic and Nando De Colo both picked up 14 points while Sonny Weems chipped in with 13 points and 6 assists in the game. Nemanja Gordic can at least look back on a career high of 21 points and Roko Ukic offered 13 points for the losing side.