These games witnessed the start of the second half of the Top 16 in the 2014/15 in the Euroleague and there were a couple of big games, and pone almighty performance by one player that has already made its way into the record books.
With three games in group E and just the one in Group F, there was a lop-sided feel to the action on Thursday the 26th of February but the situation will be resolved by the action taking place on Friday the 27th of February.
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 73 – Panathinaikos 70
Given that both of these teams were tied in second place in Group E before the game started, it is no surprise to see that it was a close affair. In the end, the home side had enough about them to grab the win, moving on to a 6-2 record while Panathinaikos slipped to a 5-3 record. The Greek team won the earlier game in the campaign by 7 points so if it goes to a tie-break between these two sides, Panathinaikos will have the edge.
A couple of late free throws from Joe Alexander and Jeremy Pargo was all that separated the teams in the end and it was Pargo who grabbed the most points for the winners, offering up 16 points. Four players all grabbed ten points for the Israeli side, Joe Alexander, Yogev Ohayon, Nate Linhart and Alex Tyus.
Vlantimir Giankovits grabbed 16 points for Panathinaikos while Nikos Pappas offered up 15 and James Gist provided 12 points.
Real Madrid 85 – Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 61
This home win placed Madrid onto a 7-1 record at the top of the group but it moved the side from Belgrade on to a 1-7 record at the foot of the table. There was no real surprise about his outcome with Jaycee Carroll offering up 17 points, Rudy Fernandez providing 15 points and Sergio Rodriguez offering up 13 points for Madrid. The top player for points in the game was Boban Marjanovic who offered 21 points while also providing 13 rebounds. Maik Zirbes provided 13 points and 9 rebounds for the losing side who are surely only playing for pride in the rest of the Top 16 campaign.
Zalgiris Kaunas 72 – Galatasary Liv Hospital Istanbul 59
This was a game that Kaunas were desperate to win and they blasted out of the blocks in fine style. The home side had opened up an 18-3 lead, never allowing the visitors to get any closer than 9 points during the rest of the game. This win saw Kaunas move to a 3-5 record while Galatasaray dropped down to a 2-6 record. With a 42-24 lead at half-time, which was extended to 20 points within seconds, there was never really any chance of an away win in this game.
Paulius Jankunas was on top form with 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Edgaras Ulanovas grabbed 9 of the 11 points he scored in the final 5 minutes of the match. Will Cherry provided 10 points and 4 steals. Sinan Guler grabbed 16 points while Kerem Gonlum offered 13 points and 10 rebounds, and there was also 13 points from Justin Carter.
Nizhny Novgorod 76 – EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 85
This was an excellent away win for Milan and Samardo Samuels was on top form throughout the performance. He only missed 3 shots in entire game, allowing him to grab 36 points while he also offered up 9 rebounds. He was also fouled 12 times in the games and his index rating of 47 points is the third highest index rating for the Top 16.
This win sees Milan move on to a 2-6 record while Nizhny drop down to this record. MarShon Brooks managed to provide 14 points for the winners and Daniel Hackett provided 12 points and 9 assists.
The 21 points and 6 assists for Taylor Rochestie would normally have looked great but in comparison with Samuels, it was a low effort by the Nizhny player! Dimitriy Khostov also offered 13 points and there were three players adding 10 points for the losing home side.