We are now five rounds into the Top 16 and the two groups are starting to take shape, as you would expect. Friday night was a slim night compared to Thursday, there were only three games on offer, but there was still plenty of excitement and drama on offer for Euroleague basketball fans.
Barcelona 89 – Zalgiris Kaunas 72
This was a third win in a row for Barcelona, moving the team on to a 3-2 record in Group E while Kaunas dropped down to a 1-4 record. The game was done and dusted long before the buzzer and with Ante Tomic leading the way with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, the Catalan club were always in control.
Other key players for Barcelona were Bostjan Nachbar, who grabbed 15 points while Justin Doellman and Mario Hezonja both offered up 12 points for the winners. The key players for Kaunas were Arturas Guaditis, with 17 points and Edgaras Ulanovas, who offered 14 points for the losing team.
Panathinaikos 86 – Galatasaray Liv Hospital 77
With six different players in double figures, Panathiniakos had quality all over the court as they moved on to a 3-2 record in Group E, moving Galatasaray on to a 2-3 record. Although the scoreline suggests a close match, the Greek side were in full control and should have won by a greater margin, letting their Turkish rivals back into the game late on.
Janis Blums grabbed 16 points, Dimitris Diamatidis offered 14 points, Antonis Fostis provided 12 points, Vlantimir Giankovits provided 12, Esteban Batista provided 11 points and DeMarcus Nelson offered 10 points. The best point grabber for Galatasaray was Vladimir Micov, with 16 points while Kerem Gonlum offered 14 points and Justin Carter provided 12 points.
Real Madrid and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv both have a 4-1 record at the top of Group E with Barcelona and Panathinaikos tucked in neatly behind them with a 3-2 record.
Unicaja Malaga 60 – Fenerbahce 68
Given the defensive record of both teams, this was always going to be a narrow affair and so it proved in a very tough and low scoring match. This was the sixth win on the road in a row for the Turkish side, and they now move on to a 3-2 record in the Group. Unicaja are now on a 0-5 record in the group and they have now lost 10 Euroleague games in a row, a terrible record.
Jan Vesely offered up 17 points while Nemanja Bjelica provided a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Unicaja were boosted by Jon Stefansson offering 13 points and Fran Vasquez providing 12 points but it was a difficult night for the home team.
CSKA Moscow are out on their own at the top of Group F, sitting with a 5-0 record. Olympiacos have a 4-1 record behind them and then Fenerbahce and Anadaolu Efes hold a 3-2 record behind them in the race to progress in the Euroleague.