A quick round-up of EuroLeague Round 25 matches.
Khimki Moscow Region 67-89 TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
The Spaniards won on the road, and for the third game in a row. With the away team never being behind in the match, it was a comfortable evening, and yet another matchday to forget for Khimi. The Russians were defeated for the 16th game in a row, and their record stands at 2-22.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul 76-53 Olympiacos Piraeus
The momentum of these sides continues to move in opposite directions. The Turkish side triumphed for the sixth time in seven matches, and now hold a 14-10 record. The Greeks have lost five matches in a row, and currently hold a 11-14 record. Olympiacos are in terrible form, at the worst time of the season as the home straight moves into view.
FC Barcelona 86-62 Zalgiris Kaunas
The league leaders claimed their seventh win in eight games, and strengthened their record to 18-7. For Kaunas, their 13-11 record is still a positive one, but they never imposed themselves on this game at any point.
AX Armani Exchange Milan 87-68 Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
The Italians returned to winning ways, and it was a massive evening for Sergio Rodriguez. The player’s 10-point haul saw him join the 3,000-point club in the EuroLeague. Milan has seven wins in eight games, and are currently second in the table with a 16-8 record. Maccabi fall to a 10-13.
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 89-84 ALBA Berlin
The hosts clinched their 10th straight victory, and can now boast of a 15-10 record. The side from Berlin were involved in the match all the way through, and there was just a three-point gap with 90 seconds left on the clock. However, a late push from Fenerbahce saw them home, and ALBA now hold an 8-17 record.
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 75-76 Zenit St Petersburg
Star of the show was Kevin Pangos. The 25 points represented a career high, but in terms of the outcome, his three-point shot with less than 30 seconds on the clock was a critical factor in Zenit’s win.
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 87-79 FC Bayern Munich
The hosts won for the fifth time in a row, but it wasn’t as easy as it could have been. An 18-point lead was squandered in the third quarter, and with time running out, the game was tied at 77-77. However, the hosts grabbed 10 points while the Germans could only snatch a miserly two.
Valencia Basket 89-78 Real Madrid
Valencia came out on top again in the Battle of the Spaniards, winning 89-78 at La Foneta. With this victory coming after a thrilling victory over CSKA Moscow, Valencia have downed two of the strongest EuroLeague sides in recent weeks. Real Madrid holds an abysmal 0-5 record against Spanish opposition in the Euroleague so far this season.