There may only have been five games on Thursday night in the Euroleague but this means that five teams have already reached the halfway stage of the regular season.
There was an away win in Germany on Thursday night in a result that doesn’t do much to make the Group A standings any clearer.
FC Bayern Munich 79 – Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 90
This away win moves both teams on to a 2-3 record but it is the side from Belgrade who will be feeling much happier about how the evening panned out. Hitting all 9 of their three-point efforts in the second half provided the platform for victory and even though the hosts led early in the third quarter, it turned out to be a comfortable victory in the end.
Vladimir Stimac grabbed 18 points, Maik Zirbes offered up 14 points (1o in the opening quarter) and Marko Simonovic provided 15 points, which is a career best. There was another career best for Belgrade with Nikola Rebic offering 11 points, the best of his career. For the home team, Dusko Savanovic offered 19 points; John Bryant provided 12 points while Alex Renfroe offered up 11 points in the loss.
There were two games in Group B, making it the busiest group of the evening, and there was a bit of an impact on the standings at the end of the night.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul 87 – Olympiacos Piraeus 91
It took overtime to split these two teams and there were plenty of twists and turns over the course of the evening. The away team held a 15 point in the second quarter but this was overturned and late on in the final quarter, the hosts held a 72-61 lead. You would have been forgiven for thinking that the game was over but Georgios Printezis started a comeback that saw the game finish at 76-76 and OT was required.
Printezis served up 17 points and Othello Hunter provided 15 points for the winners. Matt Lojeski had a big game and with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, he played a big part in turning the game around. There were plenty of big players for the winners with Daniel Hackett and Ioannis Papapetrou also providing 11 points. For the hosts, Jayson Granger grabbed 26 points while Thomas Huertel served up 12 and Dario Saric had a double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.
Limoges CSP 74 – EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 65
Moving on to a 2-3 record, the hosts will think that they are very much in contention for a Top 16 spot after this solid win on Thursday night. The Italian side are now on a 1-4 record and they know they’ll need to step it up in the second half of the regular season. The hosts had a great run in the second quarter and this put them in firm control until the end of the night. Nobel Boungou-COlo offered up 18 points, Ali Traore provided 15 points and Heiko Schaffartzik provided 14 points. As you would expect, Alessandro Gentile provided 19 points and Jamel McLean offered up 10 points for Milan.
An unbeaten run ended in Barcelona on Thursday night in the only game of the night in Group C.
FC Barcelona Lassa 72 – Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 68
In a game that could go a long way to deciding who tops Group C, the Catalan club grabbed the spoils as they picked up their fourth win in a row. This result now means both teams hold a 1-4 record with Krasnodar now having to deal with a loss for the first time this campaign.
The hosts were ahead 37-31 at half-time but with just 8 minutes left on the clock, Lokomotiv were ahead 48-57. A 9-0 scoring run pulled the hosts back into it and although it was close late on, the home team had enough about them to seal the win.
Ante Tomic offered up 16 points and 7 assists while Tomas Satoransky provided 10 points. Dontaye Draper provided 20 points for the losing team while Malcolm Delaney grabbed 18 points on Thursday night.
A little bit of history was made on Thursday night in Israel in Group D.
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 73 – Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 84
This was the first ever road win in the Euroleague for the Turkish side and it all came together for Darussafaka in the third quarter, with Manu Markoishvili pulling the strings. This win sees the away team move to a 2-3 record in the group while the hosts fall to a 1-4 record, which is the worst start they have had in the Euroleague since the beginning of the century.
Maroishvili grabbed 22 points while Semih Erden provided 16 points. Milko Bjelica also offered up 11 points and 8 points for the winners. For the hosts, who were playing under Avi Even for the first time, offered up 17 points from Taylor Rochestie, 14 from Devin Smith and 10 points each fromk Brian Randle and Jordan Farmar.