The Top 16 stage of the 2014.15 Euroleague continues at great pace and there is no let up just yet. The first four games took place on Thursday the 22nd of January, with the remaining four following on Friday the 23rd of January. Both groups had two games and both groups have a team running away with the lead.
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 65 – Alba Berlin 75
This was an excellent win on the road for the German team and this was a game that went to the death. In the final quarter alone the game was level at three separate points and Alba’s lead was only 2 points with four minutes left in the clock. This was the turning point of the game with the German side conjuring up a strong defence and back to back three pointes to race away. This win palced the Berlin side onto a 2-2 record in the Top 16, and placed Galatasaray on to the same level.
Reggie Redding was the top man for Berlin, grabbing 16 points while Marko Banic provided 12 and Alex King served up 11 points. Zoran Erceg offered 19 points and the Turkish side badly missed Carlos Arroyo who was absent with a mystery illness. Vladimir Micov provided 15 points while Justin Carter offered up 13 points for the losers.
Real Madrid 83 – Panthinaikos Athens 65
The Spanish side took their Top 16 ercord to 4-0 and it was a convincing romp for the side from the Spanish capital. The Greeks dropped to a 2-2 record in a game where Felipe Reyes shone with 18 points and 9 rebounds. As you would expect there were a number of big players in the Madrid side with Rudy Fernandez grabbing 15 points while Sergio Llull offered up 14 points. Esteban Batista was the main man for the Greens providing 15 points and 9 rebounds while AJ Slaughter with 12 and Janis Blums with 10 got into double figures for the away team.
CSKA Moscow 101 – Unicaja Malaga 74
CSKA Moscow moved onto a 4-0 record in the Top 16, and a 14-0 record in the Euroleague this season with a thumping win in the Russian capital. Nando De Colo shot a perfect game with 28 points while Milos Teodosic ensured he is in the Top 16 record books by offering up 14 assists. The Spanish side dropped to a 0-4 record, even if it did take some time for the Russian side to break away. In the second quarter, Malaga held a lead, but this was turned around by half-time and the second half saw the Moscow side race away with it. While De Colo was the top shooter for CSKA, Milos Teodosic, Demetris Nichols and Sasha Kaun all offered 13 points. Unicaja had four players in double figures with Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Will Thomas grabbing 11 points while Kostas Vasileiadis and Fran Vasquez provided 10 points.
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 71 – Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 82
This was the third time the Turkish side triumphed against their Italian opponents this campaign. Fenerbahce moved onto a 2-2 record in Group F and Milan dropped to a 1-3 record. Jan Vesely provided 15 points and 8 rebounds while Nemanja Bjelica provided 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Bogdan Bogdanovic provided 11 points and 8 assists while both Nikos Zisis and Oguz Savas were able to provide 11 points for the winners. MarShon Brooks offered up 24 points for the losing team while Allesandro Gentile grabbed 14 points and Daniel Hackett offered up 12 points and 10 rebounds for the losing side.