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  Euroleague season 2012 / 2013 top 16



April 6, 2013 - Top 16 Week 14 bwin MVP: Kostas Papanikolaou, Olympiacos Piraeus

kostas papanikolaouKostas Papanikolaou secured his place among the Olympiacos Piraeus greats with another clutch performance in Thursday’s must-win clash against BC Khimki Moscow Region by leading his team to victory and earning the title of Top 16 Week 14 bwin MVP. Papanikolaou set career highs with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 6 three-pointers made in posting a performance index rating of 37 to lead his team to a 79-70 victory and second place in Group F. The index rating was the most in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague in Top 16 Game 14 and tied for the second best since the start of the Top 16. Papanikolaou also contributed 2 steals and 2 blocked shots. The second-best index of from the Top 16 finales came from Caja Laboral center Maciej Lampe, who amassed a career-best 27 points plus 9 rebounds in a 76-64 playoff-clinching victory over Montepaschi Siena. Read more here.





April 5, 2013 - Game 14

Besiktas JK Istanbul 80 - 73 Fenerbahce Ulker

ricky minardBesiktas JK Istanbul came back from an 18-point deficit to beat city rival Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 80-73 and finish off its Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 Group F campaign with a victory. Daniel Ewing scored 17 points and Damir Markota had 16 points for Besiktas, which took seventh place in the group with a 2-12 record. Ricky Minard added 13 points while Gasper Vidmar had 10 points for the winners. The 7-point margin meant Fenerbahce finished last in the group with a 2-12 record despite 14 points from Oguz Savas, 12 points by Uros Tripkovic and 10 from Ikman Karaman. Bo McCalebb scored 9 points in the first five minutes, but left the game injured. Read more here.


April 4, 2013

Unicaja Malaga 55 - 68 Alba Berlin

derrick byarsAlba Berlin finished its Turkish Airlines Euroleague campaign on a winning note by beating Unicaja Malaga 55-68 on the road on Thursday night. The game was decided by one run in the first quarter, in which Alba surged ahead and never led its lead slip back to single digits. Jekel Foster paced the winners with 13 points. Derrick Byars added 12 –including two big baskets from beyond the arc – in addition to 5 rebounds. The Berliners bow out of the competition with a 4-10 mark and seventh place in Group E. Txemi Urtasun and Luka Zoric both netted 12 points to lead the hosts, who also finished their Euroleague run. Unicaja dropped to 7-7 and finished in fifth place. The biggest lead of the game, 21 points, was established in Alba’s favor at the start of the fourth quarter. Read more here.

Olympiacos Piraeus 79 - 70 BC Khimki MR

georgios printezisReigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus stormed into the playoffs and took out BC Khimki Moscow Region with a 79-70 victory at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Thursday night. Kostas Papanikolaou turned in a masterful evening with 21 points on 6-of-6 three point shooting plus 12 rebounds and 2 blocks to pace the winners, who will have home-court advantage when they meet Anadolu Efes Istanbul in the playoffs. Olympiacos finished second in Top 16 group F with a 9-5 record, while Khimki bowed out at 7-7 and in fifth place. The Reds first took charge with a 14-2 run bridged the first and second quarters. Olympiacos continued piling it on as Georgios Printezis boosted the lead to 45-30 with two minutes left in the second half. James Augustine revived Khimki as it rallied to within 45-38 at the break. Read more here.

Real Madrid 86 - 66 Anadolu Efes Istanbul

jaycee carrollHigh-flying Real Madrid beat Anadolu Efes Istanbul 86-66 in the Spanish capital on Thursday to claim second place in Group E and the home-court advantage in its upcoming playoffs duel with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. The result snapped Madrid’s three-game losing skid and boosted its record to 10-4. Meanwhile, Efes lost its third consecutive game and dropped to 9-5, to place third place in the group by the virtue of holding a tiebreaker over 9-5 Panathinaikos Athens. Efes will play reigning champion Olympiacos Piraeus in the playoffs. Madrid started pulling away in the first quarter with three triples from Rudy Fernandez to open up an 11-point lead. Jaycee Carroll scored 9 quick points in the second as the margin reached 20 points. Efes made couple of 0-7 runs in the third quarter to cut the deficit, but Sergio Llull finished the quarter stringing together 8 points to extend the margin to 65-48 and Madrid cruised after that. Read more here.

Panathinaikos Athens 63 - 69 CSKA Moscow

viktor khryapaCSKA Moscow secured first place in Group E of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 with a hard-fought 63-69 victory at Panathinaikos Athens, setting up a playoffs date with Caja Laboral Vitoria. Viktor Khryapa led the way with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists while Sasha Kaun scored 11 points and both Milos Tedosic and Nenad Krstic hit for 9 points for the visitors. Moscow improved to 11-3 in Group E despite committing 17 turnovers in the game. Michael Bramos came off the Panathinaikos bench to lead all scorers with 18 points while Stephane Lasme scored 11 points. Athens star Dimitris Diamantidis was held scoreless, though he collected 3 assists, 4 steals, 2 rebounds and 1 block. Panathinaikos finished the Top 16 at 9-5 in fourth place and will take on FC Barcelona Regal in the playoffs. Read more here.

FC Barcelona Regal 74 - 71 Maccabi Electra

ante tomicIn a thrilling game to the final buzzer FC Barcelona Regal defeated Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv on Thursday night, 74-71, in Group F. Barcelona was already group champ before the game. Maccabi qualifies for the playoffs third, as its loss combines with the Olympiacos win put the Reds up for second place. Maccabi had its chances until the start of the last quarter but then, a young star that waited patiently all season, finally exploded. Alejandro Abrines had a career-best performance as he soared for 21 points, 12 in the final period, and 3 rebounds to lead Barca to the final win. Ante Tomic added 13 points and Juan Carlos Navarro, who could not finish the game due to a slight foot injury, had 12. For Maccabi, Ricky Hickman and Devin Smith had 16 points apiece, David Logan added 11 and Shawn James hit 10. Read more here.

Caja Laboral Vitoria 76 - 64 Montepaschi Siena

maciej lampeCaja Laboral Vitoria advanced to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs from Top 16 Group F by downing Montepaschi Siena 76-64 in a do-or-die battle on Thursday. Vitoria finished Group F in fourth place with an 8-5 record. It will face Group E champion CSKA Moscow in the upcoming playoffs. Montepaschi was sixth at 7-7 and now out of the competition. Maciej Lampe paced the winners with 27 points on 12-of-19 two-point shooting and 9 rebounds. Andres Nocioni and Fernando San Emeterio each scored 13 points for Vitoria. Nocioni added 13 rebounds for a double-double. Bobby Brown led Montepaschi with 24 points but none of his teammates scored in double digits. Montepaschi used a strong start to get a 4-8 lead. It didn't last long, however, as Nocioni and Lampe fueled a 19-3 run which gave Vitoria its first double-digit lead, 23-11, early in the second quarter. Read more here.

Zalgiris Kaunas 90 - 81 Brose Baskets


ksistof lavrinovicIn the season finale for both teams, Zalgiris Kaunas downed Brose Baskets bamber 90-81 in Zalgirio Arena on Thursday. Zalgiris finished the Top 16 with 6-8 record and in the sixth place of Group E, while Bamberg lost all 14 games and will have to wait another year for its first-ever Top 16 victory. Zalgiris led for most of the night, but did not manage to pull away to a double-digit lead until starting the fourth quarter when Darjus and Ksistof Lavrinovic scored 6 points in a 9-1 run to make it 75-64. The visitors never managed to come closer than 6 points the rest of the way. Ksistof Lavrinovic led in victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds and Mindaugas Kuzminkas collected 13 points plus 9 rebounds. Marko Popovic added 12 points and 6 assists, while Rimantas Kaukenas also scored 12 for Zalgiris. Read more here.





April 4, 2013 - Euroleague Top 16, Game 14: dramatic decision time!

sergio llullThe 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 reaches its grand finale with all four qualifiers battling for homecourt advantage in the playoffs in Group E while five teams fight over three playoffs spots in Group F. Five big battles involving all nine of those teams will take place around the continent on Thursday in a simultaneous tipoff at 20:45 CET. When the dust settles, the playoffs matchups will be available and the road to the 2013 Final Four in London will be crystal clear. CSKA Moscow leads Group E with a 10-3 record, with Panathinaikos Athens, Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes tied for second place each at 9-4. Panathinaikos hosts CSKA and Efes visits Madrid on Thursday. If CSKA wins, it will win Group E, Panathinaikos will be fourth, and the winner between Madrid and Efes will place second. If Panathinaikos wins, however, many things can happen. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 14 of Top 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague:

GROUP E

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Brose Baskets 90:81
Unicaja Malaga vs. Alba Berlin 55:68

Panathinaikos Athens vs. CSKA Moscow 63:69
Real Madrid vs. Anadolu Efes 86:66

GROUP F

Olympiacos Piraeus vs. BC Khimki MR 79:70

Caja Laboral vs. Montepaschi Siena 76:64
FC Barcelona Regal vs. Maccabi Electra 74:71
Besiktas JK vs. Fenerbahce Ulker 80:73





April 1, 2013 - bwin MVP for March: Devin Smith, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv

devin smithMaccabi Electra Tel Aviv has been one of the hottest teams in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague over the last full month of the Top 16 play, and Devin Smith stands out as the key player responsible for his team's success. While Maccabi has reeled off four successive wins in March to put itself on the brink of a playoff berth, Smith ranked among the Euroleague's best 10 players in most major statistical categories: performance index rating, scoring, two- and three-point shooting percentage, rebounds, steals and blocked shots. For his clear leadership role in Maccabi’s march from near-elimination to Group E's second place with one Top 16 game to play, Smith is Euroleague Basketball's choice as the bwin MVP for March. It’s been a wild ride for Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv this season. After winning its regular season group, Maccabi stumbled to a 2-5 start, including three home losses, in the Top 16. Read more here.





March 30, 2013 - Top 16 Week 13 bwin MVP: Nate Jawai, Barcelona Regal

nathan jawaiNate Jawai was unstoppable for Barcelona Regal on Friday night, dominating inside, leading his team to victory with a career night and in the process earning Top 16 Week 13 bwin MVP honors. Jawai was the leading man in Barca’s 69-77 victory over Montepaschi in Siena, Italy. Making just his third start of the season in place of injured February MVP Ante Tomic, Jawai went for 22 points and 12 rebounds in compiling a performance index rating of 34, which led all players in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague this week. The Aussie center shot 9 for 10 from the field, made 4 of 5 free throws and also blocked 2 shots in brilliant effort. The second best index for the week came from the hands of Rudy Fernandez, who drained 6 of 8 three-pointers en route to 24 points and a 30 index in an 81-72 loss at CSKA Moscow. Read more here.





March 29, 2013 - Game 13

Montepaschi Siena 69 - 77 Barcelona Regal

nathan jawaiFC Barcelona Regal rallied from an early 15-point deficit to down Montepaschi Siena 69-77 on Friday night in Siena. The victory extended Barcelona’s winning streak to 11 games and improved its record to 12-1 atop Top 16 Group F, while Siena dropped its fourth consecutive game and now sits in a three-way tie for fourth place in the group at 7-6. Siena stormed in front 21-6 to open the game but Barcelona, which played without its top three scorers - Juan Carlos Navarro, Ante Tomic and Pete Mickeal – made a 2-17 run at the end of the first and a 4-11 run to start the second quarter to go up 29-24 and take the lead for good. The margin reached 48-61 near the end of the third quarter, and when Siena managed to come within 69-72, Marcelinho Huertas sealed the deal. Nate Jawai amassed career-highs of 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead Barcelona in victory. Read more here.

Fenerbahce Ulker 73 - 78 Olympiacos Piraeus

vassilis spanoulisOlympiacos Piraeus rallied for a 73-78 victory over Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul on Friday night at Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena to move closer to a playoff spot. The hosts enjoyed an 8-point edge early in the fourth quarter, but the defending champs answered with a 0-13 charge –taking the lead for good on a Vassilis Spanoulis three-pointer. Fenerbahce kept it close till the final minute, but Olympiacos was cool down the stretch. The Reds improved to 8-5 with the win and tie Maccabi Electra for second place in Top 16 Group F, though neither has clinched a playoff berth yet. Fenerbahce Ulker dropped its sixth straight game as its record slipped to 2-11. Spanoulis finished with 14 points and 7 assists for the winners, while Kostas Papanikolaou had 16 points on 4-of-4 three-point shooting and Georgios Printezis, who surpassed the 1,000-point milestone in the opening quarter, added 12 points. Read more here.

Alba Berlin 77 - Zalgiris Kaunas 55

deon thompsonIn its last home game of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season, Alba Berlin gave its fans something more to cheer about by crushing visiting Zalgiris Kaunas 77-55 on Friday night at o2 World in the German capital. The win improved Berlin to 3-10 in seventh place of Top 16 Group E, while Zalgirs dropped to 5-8 and sits in sixth place. In a clash of two teams already eliminated from the playoff hunt, Alba made a huge 27-3 run over a span of almost 10 minutes that bridged the first and second quarters and led 41-21 at halftime. The hosts cruised to victory in the second half, led by Deon Thompson who finished with 16 points. Derrick Byars netted 12, while Nihad Djedovic, DaShaun Wood and Ali Traore scored 8 apiece. For the visitors, Ksistof Lavrinovic had 15 points, Mario Delas added 8, while Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored 7 in defeat. Read more here.

BC Khimki MR 82 - 86 Caja Laboral


andres nocioniIn one of the best games so far this season, Caja Laboral Vitoria improved its chances to reach the playoffs from Top 16 Group F by edging BC Khimki Moscow Region 82-86 on the road on Friday. Both teams are now tied at 7-6 in Group F and retain chances to make it to the playoffs. Andres Nocioni paced the winners with 24 points. Maciej Lampe added 21, Nemanja Bjelica scored 13 and Fernando San Emeterio got 10, while Omar Cook dished 11 assists for Vitoria. Paul Davis led five Khimki scorers in double digits with 15 points. Sergey Monya added 13, Petteri Koponen and James Augustine each had 12, K.C. Rivers 10 and Zoran Planinic dished 9 assists for the hosts. Nocioni had 11 points in the first quarter and a buzzer-beating basket by Nemanja Bjelica gave Vitoria a 19-22 lead after 10 minutes. Read more here.


March 28, 2013

Brose Baskets 60 - 82 Panathinaikos Athens

jonas maciulisPanathinaikos Athens advanced to the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague playoffs from Top 16 Group E by thrashing Brose Baskets Bamberg 60-82 in Germany on Thursday. Panathinaikos improved to 9-4 in Group E, joining Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes Istanbul in a three-way tie for second place, one win behind from group leader CSKA Moscow. Panathinaikos hosts CSKA and Efes visits Madrid in the Top 16 finale next week, which will determine the final standings in the group. Bamberg dropped to 0-13 and will try to break its 19-game losing streak in this round against Zalgiris Kaunas next week. Jonas Maciulis paced the winners with 24 points on 6-of-7 three-point shooting. Stephane Lasme and James Gist each added 11 while Sofoklis Schortsanitis had 10 for Panathinaikos.
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Maccabi Electra 101 - 58 Besiktas JK

ricky hickmanMaccabi Electra dominated Besiktas JK Istanbul 101-58 at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv on Thursday night for its sixth straight victory. The Israeli champs set and tied Top 16 records with a thorough performance in climbing to 8-5 in the Top 16 Group F standings and edging closer to a playoff berth. In fact, Maccabi could find itself in the playoffs by the end of the week, but will need other results to go its way Friday. Maccabi led by 18 after 10 minutes, 34 at halftime and 56 through three quarters in a game that was never in doubt. The final margin of victory, 43, tied for the largest ever in a Top 16 game, first set by Tau Ceramica Vitoria in a 99-56 victory over Lottomatica Roma in 2007. The difference at halftime set a new Top 16 mark for largest lead at the break, which had belonged to Barcelona Regal, which led Fenerbahce Ulker 19-50 earlier this season. Read more here.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul 64 - 70 Unicaja Malaga

marcus williamsUnicaja Malaga grabbed its fifth consecutive road win in Top 16 Group E by rallying to down Anadolu Efes Istanbul 64-70 on Thursday. Unicaja improved to 7-6 in Group E to remain alive, but will be out of the playoffs race if Panathinaikos Athens beats Brose Baskets Bamberg later Thursday. If Bamberg wins, however, Unicaja will advance to the playoffs if it beats Alba and CSKA Moscow tops Panathinaikos next week. Efes dropped to 9-4, has already qualified to the playoffs and faces a big showdown against Real Madrid in the Spanish capital next week. Marcus Williams paced the winners with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Luka Zoric added 21 points and 8 rebounds while Txemi Urtasun got 12 points for Unicaja. Jordan Farmar led Efes with 13 points. Kerem Gonlum added 11 for the hosts. Zoric had 11 points in the first quarter to help Unicaja to get a 14-19 lead late in the first quarter. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 81 - 72 Real Madrid

sonny weemsCSKA Moscow re-established itself as the team to beat in Top 16 Group E with an 81-72 victory over Real Madrid at Alexander Gomelskiy Universal Sports Hall in the Russian capital. Sonny Weems scored 21 points and Milos Teodosic added 17 points and 7 assists to pace CSKA, which improved to 10-3 in Group E and can finish atop the group if it beats Panathinaikos next week. Madrid slipped to 9-4, but remains in the hunt for home-court advantage in the playoffs. CSKA led from start to finish, taking control with aggressive defense and easy fast break baskets in the first quarter and never looking back. The lead peaked at 18 in the second and third quarters. Rudy Fernandez heated up in the third and helped Los Blancos trim the deficit to single figures. Read more here.





March 28, 2013 - Top 16, Game 13: the time is now!

The penultimate week of Top 16 action brings with it tremendous drama with virtually everything teams dream of still up for grabs. In Group E, three teams have clinched playoff berths and two others are in contention for the fourth, however the race for the top two spots and the corresponding home-court advantage in the playoffs is wide open. In Group F, the top spot is wrapped up, but with four teams tied for second place and another right behind , drama is guaranteed until the final basket next week! Group E will dominate the headlines on Thursday of Top 16 Game 13, with three of the group’s four fixtures slated. In an early Game of the Week tip off, CSKA Moscow (9-3) hosts Real Madrid (9-3) at 17:45 CET. Their age-old rivalry is central to the narrative of European basketball. CSKA could potentially win Group E this week, but to do so it must win by at least 8 points – it lost by as many after overtime to Madrid earlier in the Top 16 – and have other results go its way later (Unicaja beating Anadolu Efes and Brose Baskets beating Panathinaikos). Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 13 of Top 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague:

GROUP E

CSKA Moscow vs. Real Madrid 81:72
Anadolu Efes vs. Unicaja Malaga 64:70

Brose Baskets vs. Panathinaikos Athens 60:82
Alba Berlin vs. Zalgiris Kaunas 77:55

GROUP F

Maccabi Electra vs. Besiktas JK 101:58

BC Khimki MR vs. Caja Laboral 82:86
Fenerbahce Ulker vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 73:78
Montepaschi Siena vs. FC Barcelona Regal 69:77





March 23, 2013 - Top 16 Week 12 bwin MVP: Petteri Koponen, BC Khimki Moscow Region

petteri koponenPetteri Koponen’s breakout game will long be remembered by the BC Khimki Moscow Region guard. Not only did he lead his team to a 99-76 victory over visiting Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, but Koponen’s dominant performance also secured him bwin MVP honors for the first time. The Finnish guard came off the bench for season-highs of 23 points and 7 assists en route to a performance index rating of 35, which was the most among all players in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague this week to make him the Top 16 Game 12 bwin MVP. Koponen missed just one shot total – one of his 4 from behind the arc – in a near perfect performance. He also committed just a single turnover en route to him impressive totals. Beyond the stats, Koponen had a hand in all of Khimki’s points in an 11-2 charge to finish the third quarter that restored his team’s dominance and paved the way to victory. Read more here.





March 22, 2013 - Game 12

Olympiacos Piraeus 67 - 73 Maccabi Electra

david loganMaccabi Electra Tel Aviv continued its hot run in the second-half of the Top 16 by taking down reigning champion Olympiacos Piraeus 67-73 Friday night at Peace and Friendship Stadium. It was the fifth straight win for the Israeli champs – and fourth on the road – to improve to 7-5 and into a four-way tie for second place in Group F. Olympiacos has the same record, as does Montepaschi Siena and BC Khimki Moscow Region. Maccabi never trailed, pulling away to 13-21 on David Logan’s hot shooting at the end of the first quarter and extending the lead to 18 at halftime. When Ricky Hickman gave the visitors a 39-54 lead late in the third quarter, it looks over for the Reds. However Vassilis Spanoulis ignited a 14-2 run and set up an interesting fourth quarter. Read more here.

Besiktas JK 72 - 70 Montepaschi Siena

tutku acikTutku Acik scored a driving layup with 0.6 seconds to go as Besiktas JK Istanbul edged Montepaschi Siena 72-70 for its first-ever Top 16 victory at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall on Friday night. The thrilling win improves the already-eliminated Besiktas squad to 1-11 in Group F, while Siena suffered its third consecutive loss, dropped to 7-5 and saw its playoff hopes take a hit. After the teams traded leads for the entire first half, midway through the third quarter Siena built the largest margin of the night, 39-46. Besiktas came back, and with back-to-back triples from Serhat Cetin and Damir Markota regained the lead, 67-66. Siena still entered the final minute up 68-70, but Acik scored two driving layups in the final 45 seconds to give Besiktas the historic win. Read more here.

BC Khimki MR 99 - 76 Fenerbahce Ulker


vitaly fridzonBC Khimki Moscow Region got closer to claiming a playoff spot from Top 16 Group F by downing Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 99-76 at home on Friday. Khimki improved to 7-5 in Group F. Fenerbahce dropped to 2-10 and stayed seventh in Group F with no chance to advance. Petteri Koponen paced the winners with 23 points on just one missed shot and 7 assists. Sergey Monya added 18 points, Paul Davis had 14, Vitaly Fridzon 13 and Egor Vyaltsev contributed 10 for Khimki. Bo McCalebb led Fenerbahce with 18 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. David Andersen added 14 points for the guests. Andersen and McCalebb shined early and a free throw by Emir Preldzic made it a double-digit game, 9-19. Fridzon and Koponen allowed Khimki to get within 22-23 after 10 minutes. Read more here.


March 21, 2013

Real Madrid 73 - 74 Panathinaikos Athens

kostas tsartsarisPanathinaikos Athens edged Real Madrid 73-74 at the Community of Madrid Sports Palace on Thursday for a crucial victory that puts the Greens on the verge of qualifying to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs. The win lifted Panathinaikos to 8-4 in fourth place of Group E, and it leaves it with a chance to grab a home-court advantage in the playoffs as well. Meanwhile, Madrid qualified for the playoffs despite the loss, due to CSKA Moscow beating Unicaja Malaga earlier. However Real Madrid dropped to 9-3 and now is in a three-way tie for first place in the group with CSKA Moscow and Anadolu Efes. The clash between the two Euroleague powers was close throughout, with neither team holding a lead larger than 7 points at any time. Read more here.

Unicaja Malaga 66 - 70 CSKA Moscow

sasha kaunCSKA Moscow booked its place in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague playoffs with a 66-70 victory over Unicaja Malaga on Thursday night. A tight game was only decided in the final minute of the fourth quarter, thanks to a clutch play from Sonny Weems. The pace was frenetic and Unicaja looked capable of defeating CSKA for the second time this season, but the visitors proved just too strong at the end. Sasha Kaun took CSKA through some tough moments and led the scoring with 16 points. Milos Teodosic and Weems added 13 points apiece – Teodosic also dished 5 assists – and Zoran Erceg scored 10. For Unicaja, Marcus Williams netted 12 points, including 3 three-pointers on 50% shooting. Earl Calloway, Zoran Dragic and Krunoslav Simon all contributed 10 points each. Read more here.

Zalgiris Kaunas 79 - 71 Anadolu Efes Istanbul

rimantas kaukenasZalgiris Kaunas gave its fans plenty to cheer about in an exciting 79-71 victory over Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Thursday night at Zalgirio Arena. The hosts pieced together a 20-1 charge that bridged the second and third quarters to take a double-digit lead and Efes never got closer than 7 the rest of the way. The win bumped Efes’s record to 5-7,although the Lithuanian champs have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Efes, which entered the game tied for first place, slipped to 9-3. A win would have secured a playoff berth for Efes, which now must wait for other results to advance this week. Darjus Lavrinovic paced the home side with 24 points to match his season high. Mindaugas Kuzminskas added 15 and Rimantas Kaukenas 9 for the victors. Jamon Lucas paced Efes with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Semih Erden added 13 points, Jordan Farmar 12 and 4 steals and Dusko Savanovic scored 11. Read more here.

FC Barcelona Regal 83 - 74 Caja Laboral


erazem lorbekFC Barcelona Regal became the Top 16 Group F champion by topping Caja Laboral Vitoria 83-74 in an all-Spanish League showdown at Palau Blaugrana on Thursday. Barcelona won its 10th straight game and improved to 11-1 to seal first place in Group F with two games remaining. Vitoria dropped to 6-6, but retains its chances to make it to the playoffs in what promises to be a close race until the end of the Top 16. Erazem Lorbek paced the winners with 16 points, Ante Tomic tallied 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, scoring king Juan Carlos Navarro recorded 14 points and 6 assists and C.J. Wallace came off the bench for 13 points in 13 minutes on perfect shooting. Maciej Lampe carried Caja Laboral with 21 points, Andres Nocioni added 11 and Thomas Heurtel 10. Barcelona shined on defense early and Wallace had 6 points late in the first quarter to give the hosts a 18-12 edge after 10 minutes. Read more here.


March 20, 2013

Brose Baskets Bamberg 72 - 75 Alba Berlin

dashaun woodAlba Berlin hung on for a 72-75 victory over German League foe Brose Baskets Bamberg Wednesday night at Stechert Arena to sweep the season series between the rivals. In a spirited game that featured four lead changes and three ties in the fourth quarter alone, DaShaun Wood came through with a key steal on Anton Gavel with less than 10 seconds to go to protect a 1-point lead. Heiko Schaffartzik tacked on 2 critical free throws to make it 72-75 and a Gavel miss and a Matt Walsh line violation sealed the Berlin victory. The victory lifted Berlin to 2-10 in Top 16 Group E, while keeping Bamberg winless in yet another narrow loss. Deon Thompson paced Alba with 15 points, Ali Traore added 14, JeKel Foster 11 and Zach Morley 10, while Nihad Djedovic dished 7 assists and Wood 6. Sharrod Ford led the hosts with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. Read more here.





March 16, 2013 - Top 16 Week 11 bwin MVP: Luka Zoric, Unicaja Malaga

luka zoricLuka Zoric continued his impressive Top 16 with a dominant performance in the paint at both ends to lead Unicaja to a crucial road win at Real Madrid on Friday. In doing so, Luka Zoric became the first player this season to claim weekly MVP honors twice by becoming the Top 16 Game 11 bwin MVP. Zoric tallied 21 points – making 7 of 10 from the field and 7 of 10 from the line – and grabbed 12 rebounds in addition to 2 steals and 2 blocks for a performance index rating of 33, which was the most of any player in Top 16 Game 11. His 12 boards were also the week’s high. Zoric eclipsed another player with a previous Top 16 MVP under his belt for this week’s title. Ricky Hickman of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv dominated in the fourth quarter to lead his team to a pivotal win over BC Khimki Moscow Region. Read more here.





March 15, 2013 - Game 11

FC Barcelona Regal 86 - 61 Besiktas JK

nathan jawaiAlready through to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs, FC Barcelona Regal extended its winning run to nine games with an 86-61 win over Besiktas JK Istanbul on Friday night. The win ensured Coach Xavi Pascual’s men at least a top two finish in Top 16 Group F and home-court advantage in the playoffs. The Spanish champs led from start to finish, opening the game on an 11-2 tear and outscoring Besiktas in all four quarters to cruise to a league-best 10-1 record. Nate Jawai paced Barca with 16 points, 9 rebounds and some earth-shattering slams. Erazem Lorbek added 12 points and Ante Tomic and Pete Mickeal each chipped in with 11. Cevher Ozer scored a career-high 18 points in defeat and Gasper Vidmar netted 13 for winless Besiktas. Read more here.

Panathinaikos Athens 82 - 58 Alba Berlin

jonas maciulisPanathinaikos Athens remains in control of its own destiny in a race for a place in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs after cruising to a huge 82-58 win over visiting Alba Berlin on Friday night at OAKA in the Greek capital. The victory improved Panathinaikos to 7-4 and sole possession of fourth place in Group E standings, one win ahead of the fifth place Unicaja Malaga, while Alba dropped to 1-10. The Greens led from start to finish, after opening up the game with a 14-2 charge, and finished the first half on a 15-4 spurt that gave them a 22-point halftime lead. Jonas Maciulis led in victory with 16 points plus 6 rebounds. Stephane Lasme scored 14, Sofoklis Schortsanitis had 10 points, while Dimitris Diamantidis tallied 8 points plus 9 assists and Roko Ukic had 8 points plus 6 assists. Read more here.

Real Madrid 74 - 77 Unicaja Malaga

luka zoricUnicaja Malaga shook things up in Top 16 Group E with a 74-77 victory over Real Madrid at the Community of Madrid Sports Palace in the Spanish capital. Luka Zoric went wild with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks to lead Unicaja to its fourth straight road win and to deny – at least for another week – a playoff berth for both Madrid and Anadolu Efes. Unicaja improved to 6-5 and sits in fifth place in Group E – one win behind Panathinaikos Athens for the fourth ticket to the playoffs from the group. Madrid slipped to 9-2 and into a tie for first place with Anadolu Efes Istanbul. The hosts took control with a 15-2 first quarter run and led 40-32 at halftime, but Unicaja rallied back with 13 unanswered points in the third quarter. Madrid clawed its way back to within 1 late in the fourth. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 70 - 61 Zalgiris Kaunas


sonny weemsCSKA Moscow took a crucial step towards locking down a playoffs spot in Top 16 Group E by downing Zalgiris Kaunas 70-61 in the Russian capital on Friday. CSKA improved to 8-3 and can qualify for the playoffs with a road win against Unicaja in the next Game of the Week, regardless of other scores. Zalgiris dropped to 4-7 and is all but mathematically out of chances to advance. Sonny Weems led the winners with 13 points. Viktor Khryapa added 12 and 8 rebounds, while Nenad Krstic just missed a double-double with 9 points and 8 rebounds for CSKA. Rimantas Kaukenas led Zalgiris with 16 points and Oliver Lafayette added 11 for the guests. Back-to-back baskets by Krstic allowed CSKA to get a 17-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. CSKA improved its margin to 35-26 at halftime and a triple by Zoran Erceg made it a 14-point game late in the third quarter. Read more here.


March 14, 2013

Maccabi Electra 80 - 79 BC Khimki MR

ricky hickmanRicky Hickman scored 14 fourth-quarter points as Maccabi Electra downed BC Khimki Moscow Region 80-79 on Thursday night at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel, for its fourth straight win. After claiming the win in a thriller that featured eight lead changes and two ties in the fourth quarter alone, Maccabi improved to 6-5, the same record as Khimki and Caja Laboral. All three are only one win behind Olympiacos Piraeus and Montepaschi Siena in second. The game was close throughout. A brilliant Zoran Planinic helped the visitors to a 36-40 halftime lead, but Maccabi stormed ahead by 12 in the third quarter. Khimki rallied back to create an exciting finish, in which Hickman took his chance to shine and led the Israeli champs to an important win. Read more here.

Montepaschi Siena 67 - 68 Olympiacos Piraeus

kostas papanikolaouReigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus sent a message that echoed all around Top 16 Group F by edging Montepaschi Siena 67-68 on the road on Thursday. The two teams are now tied for second place in Group F, each with a 7-4 record. Kostas Papanikolaou and Kostas Sloukas paced the winners with 11 points apiece. Kyle Hines and Vassilis Spanoulis each scored 10 for Olympiacos. Hines added 11 rebounds for a double-double. Matt Janning and Kristjan Kangur led Montepaschi with 14 points apiece. David Moss added 11 for the hosts. Acie Law shined early to give Olympiacos a 4-12 margin. Montepaschi improved its defense and a triple by Janning gave the hosts their first lead, 18-17, after 10 minutes. Janning kept pushing Montepaschi and a layup by Benjamin Eze made it a double-digit game, 36-26. Read more here.

Caja Laboral Vitoria 87 - 67 Fenerbahce Ulker

maciej lampeCaja Laboral Vitoria picked up its second straight Top 16 victory by easing past Fenerbahce Ulker 87-67 to remain in the race to reach the playoffs from Group F in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Tibor Pleiss led the way with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Vitoria, which improved to 6-5 and within one win of second place with three games to play. Andres Nocioni, Maciej Lampe and Fabien Causeue all added 12 points for Caja Laboral with Thomas Heurtel hitting for 11 points in the win. Fenerbahce received 16 points from Bo McCalebb but it was not enough as the Turkish team dropped its fourth game in a row and ninth straight road game to drop to 2-9 in the group. Romain Sato had 15 points and Mike Batiste added 12 points. Read more here.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul 89 - 86 Brose Baskets


jordan farmarAnadolu Efes Istanbul is on the verge of securing a place in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs after a thrilling 89-86 overtime win over Brose Baskets Bamberg at Abdi Ipekci Sport Hall on Thursday. With the win Efes improved to 9-2 and second place in the Group E standings. Efes now needs one more win or one Unicaja Malaga loss – which could happen as soon as Friday – to advance. Meanwhile Bamberg remains winless in the Top 16. Efes went up by 13 points in the second quarter, but the visitors erased the deficit by halftime and the lead changed hands several times in the second half. At the end of regulation, at 76-76, Bamberg had a chance to win it, but Casey Jacobsen missed a potential game-winning layup. Efes took control in the extra session with a triple from Dusko Savanovic and a jumper from Jordan Farmar that put the hosts up for good. Read more here.





March 14, 2013 - Top 16 Game 11: make or break!

The 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 enters its final four weeks with only one team - FC Barcelona Regal in Group F - qualified to the playoffs. Some teams have the chance to join Barcelona if they win this week and some other may run out of chances to go through, so expect a lot of drama all around the continent. Action starts with four games on Wednesday. In the only showdown in Group E, Anadolu Efes Istanbul hosts Brose Baskets Bamberg at 19:00 CET. Efes (8-2) will advance to the playoffs if it wins and Real Madrid beats Unicaja Malaga on Friday. Bamberg (0-10) is out of chances to advance and still looks for that elusive, first-ever Top 16 win. Three Group F games will be played at 20:45 on Wednesday. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 11 of Top 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague:

GROUP E

Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Brose Baskets 89:86
CSKA Moscow vs. Zalgiris Kaunas 70:61

Real Madrid vs. Unicaja Malaga 74:77
Panathinaikos Athens vs. Alba Berlin 82:58

GROUP F

Maccabi Electra vs. BC Khimki Moscow Region 80:79

Montepaschi Siena vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 67:68
Caja Laboral Vitoria vs. Fenerbahce Ulker 87:67
FC Barcelona Regal vs. Besiktas JK Istanbul 86:61





March 9, 2013 - Top 16 Week 10 bwin MVP: Nikola Mirotic, Real Madrid

nikola miroticNikola Mirotic’s record-setting display in an overtime victory at Zalgiris Kaunas was the top performance of the week and it wasn’t even close. The two-time Euroleague Rising Star Award winner amassed career highs of 31 points and 11 rebounds in compiling a performance index rating of 37 to earn Top 16 Game 10 bwin MVP honors. Mirotic also dished 2 assists and blocked 2 shots, but the story of his game was at the charity stripe. Mirotic made 18 of 18 free throws to set Euroleague records for both most in a game and best accuracy. Moreover, 2 of his free throws with 3.4 seconds left in regulation sent the game to overtime and 1 more in the final 30 seconds of the extra session helped ice a 104-105 victory. Fenerbahce Ulker scorer Bojan Bogdanovic was second on the list of the week’s stars. Read more here.





March 8, 2013 - Game 10

Unicaja Malaga 66 - 60 Panathinaikos Athens

luka zoricMarcus Williams hit three triples in the final two minutes of the game as Unicaja Malaga finished on an 11-0 run to edge Panathinaikos Athens 66-60 in a Friday night thriller. The hosts rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to pick up a victory that improved their record to 5-5 record and within one win of fourth place Panathinaikos in Top 16 Group E and also gave them a tiebreak advantage over the Greens, which won the first game between them by 5 points. A Jonas Maciulis triple made it 26-38 right after halftime, but Williams and Luka Zoric carried Unicaja back into the game before Williams hit from downtown on Unicaja’s final three possessions of the game to send the local fans into ecstasy. Williams scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and made 5 of 7 three-pointers for the game. Read more here.

Besiktas JK Istanbul 73 - 83 Caja Laboral

andres nocioniAndres Nocioni starred with 22 points as Caja Laboral Vitoria ended a five-game slide by downing Besiktas JK Istanbul 73-83 at Abdi Ipekci Arena on Friday evening. Caja Laboral never trailed as it improved to 5-5 to remain in the playoff hunt in Top 16 Group F. The loss dropped Besiktas to 0-10. Nocioni scored 12 second-quarter points as Vitoria surged to a 23-43 halftime lead. Cevher Ozer starred in a 20-2 charge to open the second half as the hosts infused drama into the game and closed within 2. However Vitoria managed to keep Besiktas at bay, re-extended the lead to double figures in the fourth quarter and racked up the victory. Nocioni made 5 of 6 three-pointers to lead the visitors’ attack. Tibor Pleiss tallied 15 points, Maciej Lampe added 14, Nemanja Bjelica had 11 points and 8 assists and Fernando San Emeterio scored 10 for the winners. Read more here.

BC Khimki MR 78 - 71 Montepaschi Siena


paul davisBC Khimki Moscow Region improved to 6-4 in Top 16 Group F by downing Montepaschi Siena 78-71 at home on Friday. Khimki is tied with defending Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus for third place in Group F, one win behind Montepaschi Siena, second at 7-3. K.C. Rivers paced the winners with 19 points. Paul Davis added 18 and 7 rebounds while Zoran Planinic dished 9 assists for Khimki. Bobby Brown led Montepaschi with 17 points. Kristjan Kangur added 12 and Benjamin Ortner 11 for the guests. Rivers had 8 points and six other Khimki players scored in the first quarter to give the hosts a 25-20 lead after 10 minutes. Davis led an 8-0 run that boosted the hosts' margin to 39-26. Brown stepped up late in the first half and sank a wild buzzer-beating shot to get Montepaschi within 44-37 at halftime. Read more here.


March 7, 2013

Olympiacos Piraeus 77 - 90 Barcelona Regal

erazem lorbekFC Barcelona Regal became the first team to clinch a spot in the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs by topping reigning champions Olympiacos Piraeus 77-90 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Greece on Thursday. Barcelona improved to 9-1 in Top 16 Group F and will lock up home court advantage in the playoffs with its next win. Olympiacos dropped to 6-4. Barcelona grabbed its eighth consecutive triumph and stopped the Reds' five-game winning streak. Erazem Lorbek paced the winners with 21 points on near-perfect shooting. Pete Mickeal added 20, while Ante Tomic and Juan Carlos Navarro each scored 10 for Barcelona. Vassilis Spanoulis led Olympiacos with 23 points. Georgios Printezis added 16 and Josh Powell had 15 for the Reds. The first quarter featured six lead changes, but an outstanding Printezis gave Olympiacos a 20-17 lead after 10 minutes. Read more here.

Fenerbahce Ulker 85 - 94 Maccabi Electra

ricky hickmanMaccabi Electra Tel Aviv hit 15 three-pointers and improved its chances to grab a spot in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs by downing Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 85-94 on Thursday night. The Israeli champion picked up its third consecutive victory to improve to 5-5 in Group F, while Fenerbahce dropped to 2-8 and is all but eliminated from the hunt for one of the top four places in the group. Maccabi took the lead for good with a 1-11 run at the start of the second quarter and Fenerbahce never came closer than 4 points the rest of the way. Ricky Hickman led the way in victory with 18 points and 6 assists. Devin Smith scored 16 on 4-for-6 three-point shooting, collecting 3 blocks along the way, while David Logan netted 15 on 5-for-7 three-point shooting. Read more here.

Zalgiris Kaunas 104 - 105 Real Madrid

nikola miroticNikola Mirotic was at his best in leading Real Madrid to a memorable 104-105 overtime victory over Zalgiris Kaunas at Zalgirio Arena on Thursday night. Mirotic forced overtime when he grabbed an offensive rebound and sank 2 free throws with 3.4 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 84-84. He then nailed a big three with 33 seconds left in overtime and added 2 more from the line to make it 94-101, essentially sealing a monumental victory. Mirotic finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. He set a new Euroleague record for free throws made and accuracy by going 18 for 18 from the line. The win kept Los Blancos in first place in Group E with a 9-1 record. Madrid will mathematically advance to the playoffs if Panathinaikos beats Unicaja Malaga on Friday. Read more here.


March 6, 2013

Brose Baskets 58 - 78 CSKA Moscow

nenad krsticCSKA Moscow rolled to an important 58-78 road win over Brose Baskets Bamberg at Stechert Arena on Wednesday night to remain in the battle for a top spot in Top 16 Group E. The Russian champs never trailed after the opening minute en route to their seventh win alongside just three losses, which leaves CSKA in third place and just one win out of second. Bamberg dropped its 10th in a row to remain in the Group E cellar. Nenad Krstic led a balanced CSKA attack with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, while Vladimir Micov added 17 off the bench. Milos Teodosic delivered 16 points and 8 assists, Sonny Weems scored 11, Sasha Kaun 10 and Andrey Vorontsevich hauled in 11 rebounds for the visitors, who dominated the boards 24-41. Read more here.

Alba Berlin 86 - 91 Anadolu Efes Istanbul


jordan farmarAnadolu Efes Istanbul edged closer a playoffs spot from Top 16 Group E by edging Alba Berlin 86-91 in the German capital on Wednesday. Efes improved to 8-2 and could clinch a playoffs spot as soon as next week in a home game against Brose Baskets Bamberg. Alba dropped to 1-9 and was mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Jordan Farmar led the winners with 23 points on 11-of-11 free throw attempts. Semih Erden added 12 and 8 rebounds while Sinan Guler and Kerem Tunceri each had 10 points for Efes. DaShaun Wood led Alba with 24 points on 6-of-10 three-point shooting. Ali Traore and Zach Morley each added 12 and Nihad Djedovic and Yassin Ibdihi scored 11 apiece for the hosts. A 7-0 run that Traore capped with a layup gave Alba an early 10-3 lead. Farmar and Jamon Lucas stepped up to give Efes get a 24-28 lead after 10 minutes. Read more here.





March 6, 2013 - Top 16 Game 10: First playoff qualifiers possible this week!

The longer, more exciting Top 16 enters its final stretch of five games this week as two teams, Real Madrid in Group E and FC Barcelona Regal in Group C, able to seal the first playoff berths as soon as this week. For other teams, Top 16 Game 10 brings opportunities to improve their position in playoff races that will eventually yield a total of eight survivors who will keep fighting for Turkish Airlines Euroleague glory. This week's action starts earlier than usual, with a couple of Group E games in Germany on Wednesday. At 19:00 CET, Alba Berlin welcomes Anadolu Efes Istanbul to the German capital. Alba (1-8) is all but mathematically out of the playoffs race, while Efes (7-2) looks for its fourth win in five visits to Berlin over the years. At 20:45 CET, Brose Baskets Bamberg welcomes CSKA Moscow for the second time this season. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 10 of Top 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague:

GROUP E

Alba Berlin vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul 86:91
Brose Baskets Bamberg vs. CSKA Moscow 58:78 Stats

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Real Madrid 104:105
Unicaja Malaga vs. Panathinaikos Athens 66:60

GROUP F

Olympiacos Piraeus vs. FC Barcelona Regal 77:90

Fenerbahce Ulker vs. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 85:94
BC Khimki Moscow Region vs. Montepaschi Siena 78:71
Besiktas JK Istanbul vs. Caja Laboral Vitoria 73:83





March 4, 2013 - bwin MVP for February: Ante Tomic, FC Barcelona Regal

ante tomicMost people celebrate their birthdays only on the date they were born. Ante Tomic of FC Barcelona Regal started well before he turned 26 in mid-February and kept the party going until the last day of the month. By the time he had finished, it was clear to anyone watching that Tomic has entered his prime as a big man who can anchor a great team, making him Euroleague Basketball's clear choice as bwin MVP for February. Tomic was his team's top scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker as Barcelona put together the only 4-0 record during the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 last month. Barcelona defeated the two teams closest to it in the standings at home, and went on the road to win twice more. It did not trail on the scoreboard after halftime during any game all month and not after the first quarter in three of the four victories. Read more here.





March 2, 2013 - Top 16, Week 9 bwin MVP: Nenad Krstic, CSKA Moscow

nenad krsticHe was the 2011-12 All-Euroleague First Team center and on Friday Nenad Krstic showed again why. The CSKA Moscow big man not only put up the best numbers of any player in Top 16 Game 9, but he did so at the most important times in the game to pave the way to an 80-65 victory over Alba Berlin. For those reasons, Krstic earned bwin MVP honors, becoming the fourth CSKA player this season to do so. Krstic scored 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished 4 assists and blocked a shot for a performance index rating of 26, which led the Turkish Airlines Euroleague in Top 16 Game 9. He not only played key role in a 20-1 run that broke the game open in the first half, but after Berlin cut the gap to 5 in the fourth quarter, Krstic put the game to bed with 6 points and an assist in a 10-0 run that sealed the victory. Read more here.





March 1, 2013 - Game 9

Panathinaikos Athens 75 - 62 Anadolu Efes

roko ukicPanathinaikos Athens took another big step towards a quarterfinal spot with a 75-62 win over Anadolu Efes in the Greek capital on Friday night. The victory improved the Greens’ record to 6-3 and a share of third place in Group E, while Efes saw its seven-game win streak snapped and dropped to 7-2 and second place. Efes, however, holds the tiebreaker over Panathinaikos, as the Turkish side won the first match-up by 14 points. The two teams were in a close affair for more than three quarters in OAKA. Efes made a 0-8 run that bridged the third and the fourth quarter to tie the game at 56-56. But Panathinaikos responded with a string of 16 unanswered points, with Roko Ukic making shots on both ends of the run that opened up the first double-digit lead of the game and sealed the deal. Read more here.

Unicaja Malaga 67 - 83 Zalgiris Kaunas

mindaugas kuzminskasZalgiris Kaunas rejoined the race to reach the playoffs in Top 16 Group E by topping Unicaja Malaga 67-83 in Spain on Friday. Unicaja and Zalgiris are tied for fifth place in Group E, each with a 4-5 record. Mindaugas Kuzminskas paced the winners with 15 points. Oliver Lafayette added 14 for Zalgiris, all of them in the second half. Krunoslav Simon led Unicaja with 13 points. Luka Zoric added 12 and Sergi Vidal had 10 for the hosts. Unicaja shined early, as Simon and Zoric allowed the hosts to get a 17-7 margin. Darjus Lavrinovic and Rimas Kaukenas stepped up to bring Zalgiris within 19-16 after 10 minutes. Zalgiris found a new go-to guy in Kuzminskas, who led a 0-10 run that put the guests back ahead, 24-26. He got some help from Tremmell Darden to boost the guests' margin to 31-38 at halftime. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 80 - 65 Alba Berlin

theodoros papaloukasCSKA Moscow improved to 6-3 in Top 16 Group E by downing Alba Berlin 80-65 in the Russian capital on Friday. CSKA held on to third place in Group E and took another step towards sealing a playoffs spot. Alba dropped to 1-8 and is all but mathematically out of chances to reach the next round. Nenad Krstic paced the winners with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 4 assists. Vladimir Micov, Sonny Weems and Andrey Vorontsevich each added 10 points for CSKA. DaShaun Wood led Alba with 11 points. Deon Thompson, Nihad Djedovic and Zach Morley added 10 apiece for the guests. Alba had a good start and Thompson gave the guests a 12-15 lead late in the first quarter. It didn't last long, however, as Krstic and Micov fueled a 20-1 run that gave CSKA the lead for good, 32-16. Read more here.


February 28, 2013

Real Madrid 76 - 73 Brose Baskets Bamberg

jaycee carrollReal Madrid remained undefeated at home in the 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season with a 76-73 win over Brose Baskets Bamberg, but it took everything it had to defeat the brave German champs. Dontaye Draper’s three-pointer at the buzzer clinched the win for Madrid and lifted the club to 8-1 in the Top 16. Still without a win in this stage of the competition, Brose Baskets was on the losing end of a tight finish for the fourth straight game. On an off-night for Madrid’s offense, Jaycee Carroll was the only player on the winning side to break into double-digits in scoring with 11 points. Instead, the dominant performance was from Rudy Fernandez on defense, as he contributed 11 rebounds to add to his 9 points and 4 assists. Read more here.

FC Barcelona Regal 71 - 69 BC Khimki MR

juan carlos navarroFC Barcelona Regal took another step towards the Euroleague Playoffs from Top 16 Group F by downing BC Khimki Moscow Region 71-69 at home on Thursday. Barcelona improved to 8-1, leads Group F and has all but mathematically sealed a ticket to the playoffs. Khimki dropped to 5-4 and keeps good chances to reach the playoffs for the first time in club history. Barcelona set a new Euroleague record for most consecutive Top 16 home wins with 22. Its last Top 16 home loss came against Unicaja on March 30, 2006. Scoring king Juan Carlos Navarro paced the winners with 19 points on 5-of-10 three-point shooting, Ante Tomic added 16 points and Erazem Lorbek tallied 11. Paul Davis paced Khimki with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Zoran Planinic and Vitaly Fridzon added 12 points apiece in defeat. Read more here.

Montepaschi Siena 87 - 69 Fenerbahce Ulker

bobby brownMontepaschi Siena returned to its winning ways in streaking past Fenerbahce Ulker 87-69 in Group F of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16. Aleksandar Rasic came off the bench to go 4 for 4 on three-pointers in scoring a team-high 16 points for Siena, which improved to 7-2 in the group. Daniel Hackett also was a spark off the bench with 13 points, 4 assists and 8 fouls drawn, while Bobby Brown and David Moss both scored 12 points each and Matt Janning added 10. Fenerbahce dropped to 2-7 in the group despite 22 points from Bojan Bogdanovic and 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 fouls drawn by Bo McCalebb, who returned to the court on which he starred and won back-to-back Italian league titles in the previous two seasons. Read more here.

Caja Laboral Vitoria 62 - 66 Maccabi Electra

devin smithMaccabi Electra Tel Aviv outlasted Caja Laboral Vitoria in a Group F thriller 62-66 Thursday night at Fernando Buesa Arena to storm back into the playoff hunt. Maccabi won back-to-back games for the first time in the Top 16 to improve to 4-5, while handing Vitoria its fifth straight loss and knocking Coach Zan Tabak’s side to 4-5. Maccabi, which lost by 1 to Laboral at home in the closing seconds in January, also took the tiebreak advantage between the two. The game was full of drama and included five ties and five lead changes in the fourth quarter alone, the last coming on a David Logan three-pointer with 24.7 seconds remaining. Logan also nailed a pair of free throws with 11 seconds to go to seal a vital victory. Devin Smith paced the Israeli champs with 20 points, Logan finished with 16, Shawn James tallied 11 points, Read more here.

Besiktas JK 60 - 79 Olympiacos Piraeus


josh powellReigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champs Olympiacos Piraeus picked up its fifth consecutive win after downing Besiktas JK Istanbul 60-79 at Abdi Ipekci Arena on Thursday. The Reds improved to 6-3 in Group F, and could be in a share of second place at the end of the night if results go their way, while Besiktas remains winless in its first ever Top 16 appearance. Olympiacos took the lead for good at the start of the second quarter as Vassilis Spanoulis fueled a 7-22 spurt that gave the visitors a double-digit advantage, which they controlled the rest of the way. Josh Powell led in victory with 16 points on 7-for-8 two-point shooting. Kostas Papanikolaou netted 11, Spanoulis finished with 9 points and dished out 8 assists, while Georgios Printezis had 9 points plus 8 rebounds. For Besiktas, Gasper Vidmar collected 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Patrick Christopher also scored 13. Read more here.





February 28, 2013 - Top 16 Game 9

With five games today, and three more tomorrow, competition in Turkish Airlines Euroleague TOP 16 will enter in Week 9. As usual, we are happy to offer you to Watch ALL GAMES LIVE and enjoy in best European Basketball. Do not miss your favorite team’s action. After eight played games, there are no undefeated teams, even we have three teams with great 7-1 record, Real Madrid, Anadolu Efes in Group E and FC Barcelona Regal in Group F. At same time, two teams are still without single win, Brose Baskets in Group E and Besiktas JK in Group F. Today’s action start with Besiktas JK vs. Olympiacos Piraeus at 19.00 CET. Olympiacos at position 4 with 5-3 will try to reach important win in road game. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 9 of Top 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague:

GROUP E

Real Madrid vs. Brose Baskets 76:73
CSKA Moscow vs. Alba Berlin 80:65

Unicaja Malaga vs. Zalgiris Kaunas 67:83
Panathinaikos Athens vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul 75:62

GROUP F

Besiktas JK vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 60:79

Caja Laboral vs. Maccabi Electra 62:66
Montepaschi Siena vs. Fenerbahce Ulker 87:69
Barcelona Regal vs. BC Khimki Moscow Region 71:69





February 23, 2013 - Top 16 Game 8 bwin tri-MVPs: Devin Smith, Roko Ukic and Luka Zoric

roko ukicFor the first time in over two years, the weekly MVP honor is shared by three players! Devin Smith of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, Roko Ukic of Panathinaikos Athens and Luka Zoric of Unicaja Malaga all played significant roles in their respective team’s victories. And they each had performance index ratings of 28, which led all players and granted them the title as Top 16 Game 8 bwin tri-MVPs. Smith racked up 19 points on 5-of-6 three-point shooting as Maccabi routed Montepaschi Siena 92-61 in Tel Aviv. He also was perfect in 4 trips to the line, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in compiling his 28 index. Ukic shook off a back injury earlier in the week to lead the Greens to a vital road win at Zalgiris Kaunas, 73-78. He only missed 2 shots in scoring a season-high 21 points in addition to 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Read more here.





February 22, 2013 - Game 8

Real Madrid 77 - 72 Alba Berlin

jaycee carrollReal Madrid needed to resist a second comeback by Alba Berlin to hold on at home for a 77-72 victory on Friday and keep its share of first place in Top 16 Group E. Madrid survived a scare to raise its record to 7-1, tied with Anadolu Efes Istanbul for first place, while Alba fell to 1-7. Alba had rallied from 11 points down before halftime to lead for long minutes of the second half. Madrid re-established a double-digit lead at 73-63 before the visitors cut it to 75-72 with 35 seconds left, but Alba couldn't score again. Jaycee Carroll paced Madrid with 16 points, while Rudy Fernandez had 14, Nikola Mirotic 12 and Felipe Reyes 11. Alba got 14 points from Deon Thompson and 11 each from Yassin Idbihi and Dashaun Wood. Alba out-rebounded Madrid, the league leader, by 10-15 on the offensive glass and 31-40 overall. Read more here.

Olympiacos Piraeus 82 - 74 Caja Laboral

georgios printezisOlympiacos Piraeus led from start to finish in routing Caja Laboral Vitoria 82-74 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium to remain tied for third place in Top 16 Group F. The defending champs improved to 5-3, while dropping Vitoria to fifth place at 4-4. Acie Law scored a season-high 18 points to pace the Reds, who raced out to a 10-2 start and never looked back. The lead was double-digits for almost the entire second half, peaking at 20 in the fourth quarter, until a late rally brought Vitoria back. The final minute revolved around the potential tiebreaker, with the Reds looking to better the 8-point deficit from the game in Vitoria. Alas Thomas Heurtel drew Vitoria within 8, Law missed in the closing seconds and the teams remained on even terms for their Top 16 series. Read more here.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul 63 - 60 CSKA Moscow

jordan farmarAnadolu Efes Istanbul registered a pivotal win in Top 16 Group E by edging CSKA Moscow 63-60 at home on Friday. Efes improved to 7-1 and registered its seventh consecutive win in Group F. CSKA dropped to 5-3 and is tied with Panathinaikos for third place. Jordan Farmar paced the winners with 15 points. Jamon Lucas added 14 and 11 rebounds, while Semih Erden scored 10 for Efes. Milos Teodosic led CSKA with 26 points - a new Euroleague career high. Sasha Kaun added 12 for the guests. Kaun had all the points in a 0-6 run that gave CSKA an early 2-8 lead. Vladimir Micov led a 0-9 run that boosted the guests' margin to 10-22. Farmar and Dusko Savanovic brought Efes within 16-22 after 10 minutes. Lucas took over early in the second quarter to get Efes a bit closer, 22-26. Read more here.

BC Khimki Moscow Region 87 - 56 Besiktas JK


paul davisBC Khimki Moscow Region got back to its winning ways on its home court with a comfortable 87-56 win over Besiktas JK Istanbul on Friday afternoon. It was Khimki’s seventh victory in eight home games this season in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, and improved the team to 5-3 and a share of third place in Top 16 Group F; Besiktas remains winless at the bottom of the standings. Khimki was without Zoran Planinic, but still took control of the game early, making a 13-2 run that bridged the first and the second quarters. Led by Paul Davis, the hosts pulled away to an insurmountable advantage after opening the second half with a 14-5 run, and cruised to victory after that. Davis finished with 18 points plus 6 rebounds in less than 15 minutes on the floor, K.C. Read more here.


February 21, 2013

Zalgiris Kaunas 73 - 78 Panathinaikos Athens

roko ukicPanathinaikos Athens picked up a huge 73-78 away win over Zalgiris Kaunas on Thursday night as Roko Ukic scored 11 of his 21 points in the final six minutes and Dimitris Diamantidis set the all-time Euroleague steals record. Panathinaikos, which improved to 5-3 in Group E, now holds a tiebreaker over Zalgiris with two head-to-head victories, while Zalgiris drops to 3-5 and sixth place in the standings. The teams often traded leads, and no team had a lead bigger than 6 points throughout the entire game. The hosts went up 61-56 in the fourth quarter, but Michael Bramos and Diamantidis tied the game before Ukic made his run that secured victory for Panathinaikos. In addition to his 21 points, Ukic also dished out 6 assists. Diamantidis had 13 points plus 10 assists, while James Gist scored 12 and grabbed 9 rebounds. Read more here.

Brose Baskets 65 - 68 Unicaja Malaga

luka zoricBrose Baskets Bamberg missed a pair of three-point shots to tie the game in the final seconds before Unicaja escaped from Stechert Arena with a 65-68 victory on Thursday. The win lifted Unicaja to 4-4 to remain in fifth place in Top 16 Group E, while Bamberg remained winless. Bamberg had rallied from 16 down in the fourth quarter to within 1 on a Sharrod Ford basket with a minute and a half to go. Then Ford and Bostjan Nachbar both had contested threes in the closing seconds to tie the game, but missed and Unicaja ran off with the win. Luka Zoric scored 10 points in the first quarter to give Unicaja a slim lead. Threes from Txemi Urtasun and Sergi Vidal helped the visitors take a 10-point halftime lead. It peaked at 17 before Bamberg’s late rally. Read more here.

Maccabi Electra 92 - 61 Montepaschi Siena

guy pniniMaccabi Electra rejuvenated its playoffs hopes with a 92-61 pasting off Montepaschi Siena on Thursday night at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. Devin Smith and Yogev Ohayon each scored 19 to pace the Israeli champs, who improved to 3-5 in Top 16 Group F. The result knocked Siena to 6-2 as it dropped from a share of first place in the standings. After an even opening quarter, Smith and David Logan led a 14-3 second-quarter run that put the Israeli champs up by 10 at halftime. The lead reached 20 in the third quarter. After Siena center Benjamin Eze helped narrow the gap to 12 early in the fourth quarter, Maccabi took off behind Smith and Guy Pnini, reeling off 21 unanswered points to secure the win. Smith was 5 for 6 from downtown as Maccabi made 60% of its three-pointers. Read more here.

Fenerbahce Ulker 60 - 99 Barcelona Regal


pete mickealFC Barcelona sent a message that echoed all through Top 16 Group F by downing Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 60-99 in Turkey on Thursday. Barcelona improved to 7-1 to remain atop Group F. Fenerbahce dropped to 2-6 and saw its playoff hopes take a serious hit. Pete Mickeal paced the winners with 17 points on a perfect shooting night. Marcelinho Huertas and Ante Tomic each added 14 while Juan Carlos Navarro and Joe Ingles netted 13 apiece for Barcelona. Bojan Bogdanovic had 18 points for Barcelona and Bo McCalebb added 17. A 0-9 run that Navarro capped with a three-pointer gave Barcelona a 6-15 lead. Navarro hit two more from downtown to make it a double-digit game, 13-23, after 10 minutes. Huertas and Tomic fueled a 0-10 run that Xavi Rabaseda capped with a dunk to break the game open, 15-33. Barcelona kept rolling, led by an outstanding Huertas, and boosted its margin to 19-50 at halftime. Read more here.





February 21, 2013 - Top 16 Game 8: Crucial games for playoff hopefuls

The second half of the new and expanded Top 16 blasts off this week with more pivotal showdowns than might be expected for just the eighth game of 14 in this round. As some teams scrambled to get an edge before Wednesday's roster deadline for the season, several face games that could change their futures. That's true of all four games on Thursday, starting with Fenerbahce Ulker (2-5) hosting FC Barcelona Regal (5-1), the Group F co-leader, at 18:45 CET. A loss could leave FB Ulker as many as three victories out of playoff position with just six remaining. The same predicament is faced by Maccabi Electra (2-5) as it welcomes Montepaschi Siena (5-1), the other co-leader, to Tel Aviv for a 20:05 tipoff. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 8 of Top 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague:

GROUP E
 
Brose Baskets Bamberg vs. Unicaja Malaga 65:68      
Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Panathinaikos Athens 73:78
            
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. CSKA Moscow 63:60
          
Real Madrid vs. Alba Berlin 77:72

               
GROUP F
 
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul vs. FC Barcelona Regal 60:99
            
Maccabi Electra vs. Montepaschi Siena 92:61
            
BC Khimki Moscow Region vs. Besiktas JK 87:56
         
Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Caja Laboral Vitoria 82:74





February 16, 2013 - Top 16, Week 7 bwin MVP: Sasha Kaun, CSKA Moscow

sasha kaunOn CSKA Moscow’s star-studded team, it was an unheralded blue-collar ace in the paint that made the big impact in the biggest victory of any team in Top 16 Game 7. And for his contributions as the Russian champs bested Panathinaikos 86-69 on Thursday, center Sasha Kaun earned bwin MVP of the week honors for the first time in his career. Kaun was an unstoppable force for CSKA as he took advantage of the extra minutes available due to forward Viktor Khryapa’s injury to stamp his impact on the result. Kaun scored 13 points on perfect shooting, grabbed 8 rebounds and blocked 5 shots en route to a performance index rating of 30, which was the highest among any player on a winning team in Top 16 Game 7. Read more here.





February 15, 2013 - Game 7

Montepaschi Siena 85 - 74 Caja Laboral Vitoria

bobby brownMontepaschi Siena hit 15 three-pointers on 26 attempts en route to an 85-74 victory over Caja Laboral Vitoria on Friday night. The win improved Siena’s record to 6-1 and a share of first place in Top 16 Group F alongside FC Barcelona Regal, while Caja Laboral dropped its third straight game and now has a 4-3 record. After trailing 35-39 early in the third quarter, the Italian champions went on an 18-4 run to take the lead for good. Siena hit 6 threes in the third quarter and 4 more early in the fourth to grab full control of the game and cruise to victory. Bobby Brown led the way with 18 points and 5 assists, while Matt Janning scored 16 points on 4-for-5 three-point shooting. Daniel Hackett also finished with 16, Benjamin Eze had 10 points and David Moss grabbed 11 rebounds along with his 9 points. Read more here.

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 78 - 72 Besiktas JK

bojan bogdanovicFenerbahce Ulker won the first ever Euroleague meeting against its Istanbul rival Besiktas JK 78-72 on Friday at Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 25 points to pace Fener in an exciting game that featured five lead changes in the last four minutes of the game. Bogdanovic attacked the rim to put the hosts ahead for good, 71-70, with two minutes to go. Ogus Savas scored the next two baskets, while Besiktas committed two crucial turnovers that let the game slip away. Besiktas led by as much as 13 points in the second quarter and 10 in the third. David Andersen added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners, who improved to 2-5 in Top 16 group F. Savas scored 12 and Bo McCalebb had 10 points and 4 steals for the winners. Read more here.

BC Khimki MR 82 - 87 Olympiacos Piraeus


vassilis spanoulisOlympiacos Piraeus registered a critical road win in Top 16 Group F by edging BC Khimki Moscow Region 82-87 in Russia on Friday. The two teams are now tied at 4-3 at the halfway mark of this round. Kyle Hines and Vassilis Spanoulis paced the winners with 19 points each. Kostas Papanikolaou added 14, Pero Antic 11 and Kostas Sloukas got all of his 10 points in the fourth quarter. The critical statistic for the champs was turnovers; Olympiacos tied a Euroleague record by committing just 3. Paul Davis led Khimki with 20 points. Kresimir Loncar added 19 and 9 rebounds while Zoran Planinic scored 17 points and dished 13 assists - a new Top 16 record. The loss was Khimki’s first at home this season. Outstanding shot selection and an inspired Planinic led Khimki to a 23-19 lead after 10 minutes. Read more here.


February 14, 2013

Anadolu Efes Istanbul 74 - 72 Real Madrid

dusko savanovicAnadolu Efes claimed a big scalp to round off the first half of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16, handing Real Madrid its first defeat of the competition’s second stage. The 74-72 win extends Efes’s own unbeaten streak to six games and moved it into a tie with Madrid for first place in the group. Efes tried to pull away, but was repeatedly pegged back by Real Madrid’s persistent players until the game came down to one shot. Jaycee Carroll missed a clutch three-pointer and Efes took the victory. Jamon Lucas led Efes with 16 points and 5 assists. Dusko Savanovic helped out with 13 points and 8 rebounds and Jordan Farmar netted 10 points. For Madrid, Rudy Fernandez amassed 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Felipe Reyes and Carroll each scored 11 and Mirza Begic and Sergio Rodriguez both had 10. Read more here.

Brose Baskets 87 - 88 Zalgiris Kaunas

marko popovicMarko Popovic sank 3 free throws with no time on the clock in overtime to lead Zalgiris Kaunas over Brose Baskets Bamberg 87-88 at Stechert Arena on Thursday night. It was a thrilling game throughout and Bamberg seemed on track for its first Top 16 win when Anton Gavel sank free throws with 16 seconds left to put the German champs in front, but Gavel went from hero to goat when he fouled Popovic on the game’s final play. The win lifted Zalgiris to 3-4 in Top 16 Group E, which is good for a tie for fifth place and one victory out of fourth. Popovic paced the Lithuanian champs with 21 points, while Ksistof Lavrinovic netted 16, Rimantas Kaukenas 14 and Darjus Lavrinovic 11 for the visitors, who outrebounded Bamberg 27-38. Read more here.

Maccabi Electra 77 - 82 FC Barcelona Regal

ante tomicFC Barcelona Regal sent a message that echoed all around Top 16 Group F by downing Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 77-82 at Nokia Arena on Thursday. Barcelona reached the Top 16's halfway mark with a 6-1 record to remain alone in first place. Maccabi dropped to 2-5. Ante Tomic paced the winners with 18 points. Juan Carlos Navarro and former Maccabi legend Sarunas Jasikevicius each added 14 for Barcelona. Ricky Hickman led Maccabi with 19 points. Shawn James added 16 while Devin Smith and Yogev Oyahon each had 11 for the hosts. Maccabi opened the game with a 7-2 run, but Barcelona improved its defense and a three-pointer by Erazem Lorbek gave the guests their first lead, 13-14. Three-pointers by David Logan and Oyahon allowed Maccabi to get a 22-20 edge after 10 minutes. Read more here.

Alba Berlin 65 - 67 Unicaja Malaga

krunoslav simonMarcus Williams’s pull-up three-pointer with less than a second to go lifted Unicaja Malaga to a 65-67 victory over Alba Berlin at o2 World in the German capital on Thursday. The shot capped an exciting game with both teams in it until the buzzer. The win gave Unicaja a 3-4 record and brought it within one of fourth place at the midway point of the Top 16. Alba slipped to 1-6 in Group E. The hosts seemed to gain the momentum when they took a 42-34 halftime lead, but Krunoslav Simon opened the third quarter with 3 three-pointers to put Unicaja back infront. Alba regained control early in the fourth quarter after a technical foul on Luka Zoric. Unicaja stayed close from that point, but did not go ahead until Williams sank his game-winning shot. Simon paced Unicaja with 12 points, Fran Vazquez added 11 and Earl Calloway and Williams each finished with 10. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 86 - 69 Panathinaikos Athens


milos teodosicCSKA Moscow used a big third quarter to roll past Panathinaikos Athens 86-69 and get back on the winning track in the Top 16. The victory snapped CSKA’s two-game losing streak as it improved to 5-2 and could move into second place in Group E by the end of the night. Panathinaikos dropped to 4-3. The hosts took the lead for good after only four minutes, but did not take full control of the game until midway through the third quarter. After triples from James Gist and Jason Kapono got Panathinaikos within 39-38, Sonny Weems scored 9 points in a 19-5 run that CSKA used to pull away and never look back. Milos Teodosic made 4 of 6 three-pointers to lead led the way with 20 points plus 7 assists. Weems scored 19 points, while Sasha Kaun had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks. Read more here.





February 14, 2013 - Top 16 Game 7: Let the playoff races resume!

The Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 reaches its halfway mark this week with critical games all over the continent. Top teams nearing playoffs qualification, battles for survival and pivotal showdowns will be everywhere in Groups E and F. The action starts with five games on a busy Thursday, including all in Group E. In a classic battle between the two teams that have combined for five of the last seven Euroleague titles, CSKA Moscow (4-2) hosts Panathinaikos Athens (4-2) at 17:00 CET. Their third-place tie in Group E will be broken as CSKA and Panathinaikos meet for the first time since last season's semifinals, after having battle against each other to two-point decisions in the 2007 and 2009 Euroleague title games. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 7 of Top 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague:

GROUP E
 
CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos Athens 86-69              
Alba Berlin vs. Unicaja Malaga 65:67
          
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Real Madrid 74:72
        
Brose Baskets Bamberg vs. Zalgiris Kaunas 87:88

               
GROUP F
 
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv vs. FC Barcelona Regal 77:82
        
BC Khimki Moscow Region vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 82:87
        
Fenerbahce Ulker vs. Besiktas JK 78-72
     
Montepaschi Siena vs. Caja Laboral Vitoria 85:74





February 2, 2013 - Top 16, Week 6 bwin MVP: Rudy Fernandez of Real Madrid

rudy fernandezFor the third time this season, Rudy Fernandez is the week’s bwin MVP after sparkling in leading Real Madrid to victory. This time though, Fernandez outdid himself. Rudy recorded a double-double in setting career highs with 13 rebounds and performance index rating with 34, which led all players in this week’s Turkish Airlines Euroleague games. Fernandez also tied Montepaschi Siena guard Bobby Brown for the most weekly MVP crowns this season. He was the main catalyst as Madrid remained unbeaten in the Top 16 by besting CSKA Moscow 86-78 in overtime in the Spanish capital. Rudy amassed 20 points, by making 5 of 6 two-point baskets and 2 of 7 triples, as well as the aforementioned 13 rebounds plus 5 assists and 3 steals. Read more here.





February 1, 2013 - Game 6

Panathinaikos Athens 76 - 73 Brose Baskets

michael bramosPanathinaikos Athens survived a big fourth-quarter scare before edging Brose Baskets Bamberg 76-73 at OAKA in the Greek capital on Friday night. The win improved the Greens to 4-2 and a share of third place in Group E, while Bamberg remains winless in the Top 16. Panathinaikos led for most of the night, but the lead never reached double digits. After the hosts made it 51-42 near the end of the third quarter, Bamberg answered with a 0-7 run to end the third and then took the lead midway through the fourth quarter. However, Dimitris Diamantidis took matters in his own hands, assisting and scoring to put the Greens in front, before free throws from Marcus Banks and Jonas Maciulis sealed the win. Michael Bramos netted 16 points for the victors, while Lasme had with 15 points plus 9 rebounds. Read more here.

Caja Laboral Vitoria 71 - 83 BC Khimki MR

paul davisBC Khimki Moscow Region dealt Caja Laboral a second consecutive Top 16 defeat in a Friday night clash in Group F. Khimki won 71-83 in Vitoria, Spain, to match Caja Laboral for third place in the group at 4-2. Khimki pulled away late in the third quarter and held on down the stretch to preserve a tough win. Big man Paul Davis led the winners with 20 points and 5 rebounds. K.C. Rivers drained 5 of 7 three-pointers en route to 16 points, while Zoran Planinic tallied 13 points and 6 assists, Vitaly Fridzon netted 11 and Sergey Monya scored 10. For Caja Laboral, Fabien Causeur led the way with 15 points, followed by Maciej Lampe with 13, Nemanja Bjelica with 12 and veteran Andreas Nocioni with 11. Read more here.

Unicaja Malaga 73 - 78 Anadolu Efes Istanbul


jordan farmarAnadolu Efes Istanbul climbed to second place in Top 16 Group F by edging Unicaja Malaga 73-78 on the road on Friday. Efes improved to 5-1 with its fifth consecutive win, something that hasn't happened since the 2004-05 Euroleague season. Unicaja dropped to 2-4 and must bounce back right away to improve its playoffs chances. Jordan Farmar paced the winners with 15 points and 5 assists. Kerem Gonlum added 13 points and 10 rebounds while Semih Erden scored 11 for Efes. Luka Zoric led Unicaja with 20 points. Marcus Williams and Earl Calloway each added 15 for the hosts. Williams also dished 6 assists. Farmar shined early to help Efes take a 4-10 lead. Unicaja used an 8-0 run to get its first lead, 12-10. Sasha Vujacic had 6 points in a 0-12 run that gave Efes a double-digit lead. Read more here.


January 31, 2013

Real Madrid 86 - 78 CSKA Moscow

rudy fernandezReal Madrid kept its unbeaten streak in the Top 16 alive by beating CSKA Moscow 86-78 in overtime at home. It was the first meeting between the two since 2009, and was every bit worth the wait. Madrid improved to 6-0, while CSKA dropped to 4-2 in a key result. Jaycee Carroll was immense for Madrid with a career-high 31 points on 6-of-8 three-point shooting. Rudy Fernandez amassed 20 points, a personal-best 13 rebounds plus 5 assists, while Sergio Llull and Nikola Mirotic both scored 10 points for the hosts. Milos Teodosic and Zoran Erceg – the latter in a long-awaited return from injury – paced six CSKA scorers in double figures with 13 points apiece. Read more here.

Olympiacos Piraeus 82 - 71 Fenerbahce Ulker

vassilis spanoulisReigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus picked up its second consecutive Top 16 victory by beating Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 82-71 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Thursday night. The win improved Olympiacos’s record to 3-3 for fourth place in Group F, while Fenerbahce dropped to 1-5. The Reds took control of the game with a 8-0 spurt in the second quarter, and then cruised to victory after pulling away to a 20-point advantage at the beginning of the third quarter. Georgios Printezis scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half, and Vassilis Spanoulis also finished with 13 for the winners. Acie Law had 12 points in less than 13 minutes before being ejected from the game after an altercation with Romain Sato. Read more here.

Barcelona Regal 85 - 66 Montepaschi Siena

ante tomicFC Barcelona Regal grabbed its fourth consecutive Top 16 Group F victory by topping previously undefeated Montepaschi Siena 85-66 at home on Thursday. The two teams are now tied atop the group's standings, each with a 5-1 record. Caja Laboral Vitoria has the chance to join them if it beats BC Khimki Moscow Region on Friday. The Italian champs hung around early, but reserve Xavi Rabaseda reeled off 10 second-quarter points and got plenty of help from Ante Tomic and an outstanding Marcelinho Huertas as the hosts grabbed 48-29 halftime lead and never looked back. Tomic led the winners with 20 points and 5 assists, Rabaseda finished with 16 points, Nate Jawai netted 11 and Marcelinho Huertas tallied 10 points and 5 assists. Read more here.

Besiktas JK Istanbul 55 - 77 Maccabi Electra
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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv used a 0-18 run spanning the first and second quarters to ease to a 55-77 victory at Besiktas JK Istanbul in Top 16 Group F action in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Lior Eliyahu led the way for Maccabi with 14 points and 5 rebounds as Tel Aviv improved to 2-4 in the group. Nik Caner-Medley added 12 points while David Logan chipped in 10 points and Yogev Ohayon had 7 points and 6 assists for Maccabi. Besiktas, which made just 5 of 26 from three-point range, dropped to 0-6 despite 13 points from Serhat Cetin, 12 from Patrick Christopher and 11 from Gasper Vidmar. Jerrells opened the scoring with a jumper and Markota put back an offensive rebound for a 4-0 lead. Read more here.

Zalgiris Kaunas 92 - 56 Alba Berlin


marko popovicZalgiris Kaunas roared past Alba Berlin 92-56 to snap a three-game losing streak and get back in the hunt in Top 16 Group E. Marko Popovic recorded 22 points and dished 5 assists to lead the Lithuanian champs, who improved to 2-4 with the win, while dropping Alba to 1-5. Berlin hung around early, but some nice baskets by Tremmell Darden gave the hosts a slim lead. Mindaugas Kuzminskas came off the bench in the second quarter to help push the advantage to 11 before it sttled at 44-37 at halftime. It was Marko Popovic who put the game away with 12 points in 14-0 run to open the second half and the Lithuanian champs never looked back. Darden added 17 points and Kuzminskas 14 for the hosts, who shook off the absence of Ibby Jaaber to romp to an impressive win. Read more here.





January 31, 2013 - Top 16 Game 6: it keeps getting better!

The 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 reaches its sixth week with just two undefeated teams left, both facing tough road challenges on Thursday. Indeed, Week 6 will be a pivotal one, as some powerhouses try to rejoin the playoffs race and others look be in an even better position at the end of this round. Action gets underway with five showdowns on a busy Thursday. In the earliest game this week, Zalgiris Kaunas welcomes Alba Berlin at 18:45 CET. Both teams tie for sixth place in Group E, each with a 1-4 record, which turns this game into a critical one already. Zalgiris has only lost twice at home and Alba has not won on the road since November. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 6 of Top 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague:

GROUP E

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Alba Berlin 92:56             
Real Madrid vs. CSKA Moscow 86:78
            
Unicaja Malaga vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul 73:78
           
Panathinaikos Athens vs. Brose Baskets Bamberg 76:73

               
GROUP F
 
Besiktas JK Istanbul vs. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 55:77
            
Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Fenerbahce Ulker 82:71
    
FC Barcelona Regal vs. Montepaschi Siena 85:66
         
Caja Laboral Vitoria vs. BC Khimki Moscow Region 71:83





January 28, 2013 - bwin MVP for January: Bobby Brown, Montepaschi Siena

bobby brownOnly two teams remain undefeated five games into the Top 16, and it's safe to say that no one would have predicted one of them before the season started. But if Montepaschi Siena is currently a leading playoff contender, one major reason is Euroleague Basketball's choice as bwin MVP for January, point guard Bobby Brown. You could not imagine a much better start to 2013 than Brown and Siena have enjoyed together in January. To begin the month, Brown set an ultra-ambitious pace by breaking the Top 16 single-game scoring record with 41 points in a comeback road win over Fenerbahce Ulker. In each of the next two games, he was also the top scorer, as Siena handed Khimki Moscow Region its first Top 16 loss, then went back on the road to beat defending champion Olympiacos Piraeus on Brown's game-winning fastbreak layup. Read more here.





January 26, 2013 - Top 16, Week 5 bwin co-MVPs: Bojan Bogdanovic and Marcus Williams

bojan bogdanovicFor the first time in the Top 16, the weekly bwin MVP honors will be shared by two players. Bojan Bogdanovic of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and Marcus Williams of Unicaja Malaga both put up a lot of points in leading their respective teams to crucial wins. In the end, their performance index ratings were the most among all players on winning teams in Top 16 Game 5. Bogdanovic starred as his team topped BC Khimki Moscow Region 85-82 at home on Thursday for their first Top 16 victory. Bogdanovic tallied 26 points, coming on 5 of 8 two-point shots, 2 of 6 from downtown and a perfect 10 for 10 from the free throw line. He also recorded 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals before fouling out for his index of 27. Read more here.





January 25, 2013 - Game 5

Montepaschi Siena 63 - 57 Besiktas JK

viktor sanikidzeMontepaschi Siena kept its perfect Top 16 record intact by holding off Besiktas JK Istanbul 63-57 and taking sole possession of first place in Group F. The win improved Siena’s record to 5-0, while Besiktas dropped to 0-5 at the bottom of the group. The hosts, who played without Tomas Ress, controlled the first half as their lead reached 14 points several times, but Besiktas opened the third quarter with a 0-11 run, and by holding Siena to only 2 field goals in the quarter, took a 43-45 advantage entering the final 10 minutes. However, Siena’s defense held its own down the stretch and the hosts pulled out the victory with Bobby Brown and Viktor Sanikidze scoring key baskets. Sanikidze finished with 14 points, and Brown had 13. Read more here.

Panathinaikos Athens 54 - 58 Real Madrid

rudy fernandezReal Madrid held Panathinaikos scoreless for the game's final 6 minutes, 30 seconds to nail down a 54-58 comeback victory in Athens on Friday and remain the only undefeated team in Group E of the Top 16. Madrid is now 5-0 and alone in first place, while Panathinaikos dropped to fourth place at 3-2. Madrid trailed for more than 34 minutes of the game, by as many as 14 points, before its closing 0-10 run shocked Panathinaikos and its home crowd. On a night when its leading scorers were limited to single digits, Felipe Reyes led Madrid with 13 points, while rookie Rafael Hettsheimeir added 11 on near-perfect shooting and 5 rebounds. Panathinaikos had only one double-digit scorer, Michael Bramos with 11 points, as it was held to just 17 points in the second half by Madrid's defense. Read more here.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul 56 - 52 Zalgiris Kaunas

dusko savanovicIn an outstanding defensive battle, Anadolu Efes Istanbul improved to 4-1 in Top 16 Group E by edging Zalgiris Kaunas 56-52 at home on Friday. Efes grabbed its fourth consecutive win in Group E. Zalgiris dropped to 1-4 and registered its third road loss in this year's Top 16. Sasha Vujacic paced the winners with 12 points. Josh Shipp added 11 while Dusko Savanovic and Jamon Lucas each had 10 for Efes. Tremmell Darden and Mindaugas Kuzminskas each scored 10 for Zalgiris. Efes held Zalgiris scoreless for the opening five minutes, as Jordan Farmar led the hosts to a 7-0 lead. Shipp and Vujacic helped Efes to keep an 8-point lead after 10 minutes. An outstanding Lucas saw Efes boost its margin to 25-15, but Kuzminskas kept Zalgiris within 27-23 at halftime. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 81 - 94 Unicaja Malaga


marcus williamsUnicaja Malaga snapped a three-game losing streak by routing CSKA Moscow 81-94 in the Russian capital on Friday evening. The loss ended the Russian champs’ nine-game winning streak and vaulted Unicaja back into playoff contention at 2-3. Unicaja's point tally represented the most CSKA has ever allowed in a Euroleague home game. CSKA, 4-1, visits Group E leader Real Madrid in the Spanish capital next week. Marcus Williams starred for Unicaja with a season-high 28 points on 6-of-12 three-point shooting. The visitors heated up from downtown early to take a 10-point lead after the first quarter. It reached 17 before Milos Teodosic fueled CSKA comeback with 8 points and 2 assists in 15-2 run to finish the half at 43-47. Read more here.


January 24, 2013

Maccabi Electra 77 - 78 Olympiacos Piraeus

kyle hinesFor the second week in a row, Olympiacos Piraeus was involved in a thriller, but by edging Maccabi Tel Aviv Electra 77-78, the reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions ended up on the winning end of a last-second drama this time. Olympiacos survived in Nokia Arena thanks to a defensive stand in the final 52 seconds, but the Reds could only watch as the clock was running out on the hosts who were racing down the floor for a potential game-winning basket. Alas the buzzer sounded before Maccabi made a shot attempt and Olympiacos players jumped in joy to celebrate victory that improved them to 2-3 in Group F, while Maccabi dropped to 1-4 record. Read more here.

Alba Berlin 82 - 63 Brose Baskets Bamberg

nihad djedovicAlba Berlin made history by winning the first Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 game by a German club with an 82-63 victory at home over fellow German side Brose Baskets Bamberg. Both teams came into game with 0-10 records in Top 16 history – including four losses to start Group E. Nihad Djedovic led the way for Berlin with 20 points along with 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Yassin Idbihi added 11 points and Zach Morley and DaShaun Wood both chipped in 10 points for Berlin. Bamberg remained winless in the group despite 15 points from Bostjan Nachbar and 13 from Casey Jacobsen. Bamberg coach Chris Fleming trusted the same starting five as usual in John Goldsberry, Nachbar, Anton Gavel, Jacobsen and Maik Zirbes. Read more here.

Caja Laboral 79 - 90 FC Barcelona Regal

pete mickealFC Barcelona Regal sent a message that echoed all around Top 16 Group F by topping previously undefeated Caja Laboral Vitoria 79-90 in front of over 15,000 fans at Fernando Buesa Arena on Thursday. The two teams are now tie for second place in Group F, each with a 4-1 record and behind Montepaschi Siena at 4-0. Barcelona broke Vitoria's 17-game winning streak in both the Spanish League and the Euroleague. Pete Mickeal paced the winners with 23 points on 10-of-11 two-point shooting. Joe Ingles added 12 while Ante Tomic and Juan Carlos Navarro each had 11 for Barcelona. Navarro became the first player to reach 3,000 points in Euroleague history. Maciej Lampe led Vitoria with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Read more here.

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 85 - 82 BC Khimki MR


bojan bogdanovicFenerbahce Ulker hung on in a thriller to edge BC Khimki Moscow Region 85-82 on Thursday at Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena for tis first Top 16 victory. In a game that was close throughout, the fourth quarter featured a barrage of scoring. The hosts kept a slim lead thanks to excellent free throw shooting and took advantage of a key Khimki turnover to claim the win. The key stat for the hosts, who entered the game ranked last in the league in rebounding, was that they outrebounded Khimki 40-32 – including 13 offensive rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic paced the winners with 26 points, David Andersen added a season-high 18 and Bo McCalebb netted 16. Zoran Planinic starred for Khimki with 25 points, 6 assists, 4 steals and 13 fouls drawn. Read more here.





January 24, 2013 - TOP 16, Game 5

The fifth week of the Top 16 starts with four games tonight. Action starts at 19:30 CET with FB Ulker vs. BC Khimki. Later, the Game of the Week features Maccabi Electra vs. Olympiacos. Four more games on Friday complete this batch.

Here is the schedule for Game 5 of Top 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague:

GROUP E
          
Alba Berlin vs. Brose Baskets Bamberg 82:63
CSKA Moscow vs. Unicaja Malaga 81:94
   
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Zalgiris Kaunas 56:52

Panathinaikos Athens vs. Real Madrid 54:58

   
GROUP F
         
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul vs. BC Khimki MR 85:82
 
Caja Laboral vs. FC Barcelona Regal 79:90
 
Maccabi Electra vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 77:78
  
Montepaschi Siena vs. Besiktas JK 63:57





January 19, 2013 - Top 16, Week 4 MVP: Paul Davis, BC Khimki Moscow Region

paul davisPaul Davis stood head and shoulders above the rest in leading his team to a momentous victory on Friday and his effort earned him bwin Top 16 Game 4 MVP honors too. Davis starred as BC Khimki Moscow Region was the only team all week to win at home! He amassed 16 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals and a club record 5 blocked shots as Khimki routed Maccabi Electra 88-67. His defensive effort helped Khimki set a Top 16 team record for most blocks in a game. Davis’s efficiency – 5-of-7 shooting from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line – helped him amass a performance index rating of 29, which was the most by any Euroleague player all week. Read more here.





January 18, 2013 - Game 4

Olympiacos Piraeus 72 - 74 Montepaschi Siena

bobby brownBobby Brown scored a fast break layup with 1.7 seconds remaining as Montepaschi Siena finished the game on a 0-7 run over the final 33 seconds for a thrilling 72-74 win over Olympiacos Piraeus at Peace and Friendship stadium on Friday night. The victory improved Siena to 4-0 and a share of the first place in Group F together with Caja Laboral Vitoria, while the reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions fell to 1-3 and fifth place in the Group F standings. During the contest, the two teams traded leads for the final three quarters, but Olympiacos went up by 72-67 in the final minute after some magic from Vassilis Spanoulis. Read more here.

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 75 - 97 Caja Laboral

nemanja bjelicaCaja Laboral Vitoria cruised to its seventh consecutive Turkish Airlines Euroleague victory by trouncing Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 75-97 Friday at Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena. Andres Nocioni led five Vitoria scorers in double figures with 19 points as Coach Zan Tabak’s men outshot and outrebounded the hosts to win in style. Caja Laboral improved to 4-0 in Group F, while dropping Fenerbahce to 0-4. The game was close until midway through the second quarter, but the visitors finished the half on a 2-15 charge led by Nemanja Bjelica and Fernando San Emeterio to take a 32-48 halftime lead. The hosts cut the gap to 8 in the third quarter, but Vitoria pushed back and 10 unanswered points bridging the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth made it 51-73 to secure the outcome early. Read more here.

BC Khimki MR 88 - 67 Maccabi Electra

zoran planinicBC Khimki Moscow Region sent a message that echoed all around Top 16 Group F by thrashing Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 88-67 at home on Friday. Khimki improved to 3-1 and remained undefeated at home this season. Maccabi dropped to 1-3 and is two wins away from playoff territory. K.C. Rivers paced the winners with 20 points. Paul Davis added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks, while Petteri Koponen had 15 points for Khimki. Lior Eliyahu led Maccabi with 17 points. Shawn James added 15 and Devin Smith 12 for the Israeli champs. Smith scored 10 first-quarter points and got plenty of help from Eliyahu to give Maccabi a 19-25 lead after 10 minutes. Read more here.


January 17, 2013

Unicaja Malaga 64 - 72 Real Madrid

sergio llullReal Madrid rallied from a 14-point deficit to down Unicaja Malaga 64-72 and stay unbeaten in the Top 16. Madrid improved to 4-0 to keep a share of first place in Group E with CSKA Moscow, while Unicaja dropped to 1-3 and sits in fifth place. The hosts had the game in control when Krunoslav Simon scored 8 quick points at the start of the third quarter and grabbed a 46-32 advantage. But Real Madrid started a comeback with triples by Nikola Mirotic and Rudy Fernandez before Sergio Rodriguez scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of triples that put the visitors up for good. Fernandez finished with 15 points and Rodriguez with 14 in victory. Read more here.

Zalgiris Kaunas 73 - 87 CSKA Moscow

milos teodosicCSKA Moscow remained undefeated in Top 16 Group E by downing Zalgiris Kaunas 73-87 in front of a sellout crowd of 15,799 at Zalgirio Arena on Thursday. CSKA improved to 4-0 in Group E, grabbed its ninth consecutive win in the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague and held on to a tie for first place with Real Madrid. Zalgiris dropped to 1-3 and registered its second home loss this season. Milos Teodosic paced the winners with 24 points and 5 assists. Vladimir Micov added 20 points and Viktor Khryapa had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks for the winners. Marko Popovic led Zalgiris with 16 points. Tremmell Darden added 12, Oliver Lafayette 11 and Ibby Jaaber 10 for the hosts. Read more here.

Besiktas JK Istanbul 59 - 73 Barcelona Regal

ante tomicFC Barcelona Regal broke open a close game by dominating the fourth quarter to beat Besiktas JK Istanbul 59-73 on the road Thursday. The Spanish champs held Besiktas scoreless for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to crack open what had been a close game. Barca improved to 3-1 in Group F and registered its first road win, while Besiktas dropped to 0-4. It was also the third win for Barcelona in as many games against Besiktas this season. Gasper Vidmar dominated early to keep Besiktas alive. When the hosts got going, they matched Barcelona basket for basket, but that all came to an end in the fourth. Ante Tomic paced Barcelona with 15 points of 7-of-8 shooting. Read more here.

Brose Baskets Bamberg 76 - 94 Anadolu Efes


jordan farmarAnadolu Efes Istanbul reeled off its third straight win in Group E and its first on the road by beating Brose Baskets Bamberg 76-94 at Stechert Arena on Thursday evening. Efes improved to 3-1 and near the top of the group standings. The loss kept Bamberg at the bottom of the group and winless in 10 all-time Last 16 games. The game was closer than the final score might indicate. Bamberg dominated early, but Efes rallied to take a 46-47 halftime lead. It was still a 1-point game with three minutes to go in the third quarter, but Efes held the home side scoreless for nearly three-minutes to open the fourth quarter, during which time it scored 7 straight points and amassed a 59-72 lead, from which Bamberg never recovered. Read more here.


January 16, 2013

Alba Berlin 73 - 79 Panathinaikos Athens

jonas maciulisJonas Maciulis erupted for a season-high 28 points to lead Panathinaikos Athens to a 73-79 victory over Alba Berlin at o2 World in the German capital. The Greens led for most of the game, though the hosts hung tough until the very end. Panathinaikos improved to 3-1 and at worst one win out of first place in Group E, while Berlin remained winless. Most impressive about Maciulis’s tally was that he needed only 22 minutes and 10 shots to do so. Roko Ukic added 14 points and James Gist 10 for Panathinaikos, which was without star guard Dimitris Diamantidis due to injury. A big part of Alba staying in the game was its 17 offensive rebounds, but poor shooting overall doomed Coach Sasa Obradovic’s side. Read more here.





January 17, 2013 - Top 16, Game 4: Panathinaikos wins Wednesday game

The fourth week of Top 16 is spread over three days with an early game Wednesday and overall will feature plenty on rivalries. Panathinaikos defeated Alba Berlin 73-79 in the Greens' first game at Alba’s o2 World since they beat CSKA there for the 2009 Euroleague crown. Jonas Maciulis scored a season-high 28 points and came within 1 of his career high as Panathinaikos improved to 3-1 in Group E, while dropping Alba to 0-10 all-time in the Top 16. Berlin, which collected 17 offensive rebounds, kept it close till the end, but Panathinaikos players made big shots whenever threatened. Thursday is the busy night in Top 16 Game 4 with four contests. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 4 of Top 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague:

GROUP E

Alba Berlin vs. Panathinaikos Athens 73:79              
Brose Baskets vs. Anadolu Efes 76:94            
Unicaja Malaga vs. Real Madrid 64:72
           
Zalgiris Kaunas vs. CSKA Moscow 73:87

             
GROUP F

Besiktas JK Istanbul vs. FC Barcelona Regal 59:73
           
BC Khimki MR vs. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 88:67
  
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul vs. Caja Laboral 75:97
        
Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Montepaschi Siena 72:74





January 12, 2013 - Top 16, Week 3 MVP: Ricky Hickman, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv

ricky hickmanRicky Hickman came through when needed most on Thursday night to lead Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv to its first win of the Top 16 and in doing so he also claimed Top 16, Game 3 bwin MVP honors. Hickman scored 17 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter as Maccabi exploded past Fenerbahce Ulker 91-73 at Nokia Arena. He missed only 4 shots, went 9 for 9 from the free throw stripe, added 5 rebounds and 5 assists, committed just 1 turnover and drew 9 fouls in amassing a performance index rating of 34, which was the best among all players on winning teams during the week’s eight games. The top overall performance came from brose Baskets Bamebrg forward Bostjan Nachbar, who recorded a personal career-high and set a team Euroleague record with 35 points in a 90-83s loss at CSKA Moscow. Read more here.





January 11, 2013 - Game 3

Barcelona Regal 76 - 68 Olympiacos Piraeus

ante tomicFC Barcelona Regal smothered reigning champion Olympiacos Piraeus en route to a 76-68 victory at Palau Blaugrana on Friday night. Barca kept Olympiacos star Vassilis Spanoulis to a season-low 9 points in rolling to a victory, which keeps Coach Xavi Pascual’s men one-victory behind the Group F leaders. Olympiacos dropped to 1-2. Barcelona was in control for much of the contest and though the Reds got within4 in both the second and third quarters and within 6 in the fourth, they were never able to get within one possession. Ante Tomic paced Barcelona with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Pete Mickael posted 12 points and 4 blocked shots and Marcelinho Huertas, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Victor Sada netted 10 each. Read more here.

Real Madrid 75 - 74 Zalgiris Kaunas

sergio rodriguezSergio Rodriguez hit a game-winning three-pointer with 3.5 seconds to go as Real Madrid survived a thriller to edge Zalgiris Kaunas 75-74 in Palacio de Deportes in Spain’s capital on Friday night. The win improves Madrid to 3-0 and a share of Group E lead with CSKA Moscow, while Zalgiris drops to 1-2, and into a fifth-place tie. The game itself was a close as it gets, and a triple from Rodriguez was a climax to an excellent encounter. After Zalgiris built an early 10-point lead, the hosts quickly caught up and teams kept exchanging leads throughout the final three quarters and until the final buzzer. The last two minutes alone featured four lead changes and two ties. Read more here.

Montepaschi Siena 82 - 76 BC Khimki MR

bobby brownMontepaschi Siena remained perfect in Top 16 Group F by coming back from a 14-point early deficit to beat BC Khimki Moscow Region at home 82-76. Siena improved to 3-0 in the group with Bobby Brown leading the way with 20 points, while Tomas Ress collected 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Matthew Janning added 12 points, Viktor Sanikidze had 11 points and 9 rebounds and David Moss chipped in 10 points for the Italian champs. Khimki dropped to 2-1 and continued its struggles on the road this season, where the team is 2-5 this season. KC Rivers paced Khimki with 13 points off the bench while Kresimir Loncar had 12 points, Sergey Monya and Paul Davis 11 points each and Zoran Planinic was held to 10 points, but did hand out 7 assists in the defeat. Read more here.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul 71 - 62 Alba Berlin


dusko savanovicAnadolu Efes Istanbul improved to 2-1 in Top 16 Group E by beating Alba Berlin 71-62 at home on Friday. Efes recorded its second consecutive win, while Alba dropped to 0-3. Jordan Farmar and Dusko Savanovic led the winners with 15 points apiece. Kerem Tunceri added 11 while Sasha Vujacic had 10 for Efes. Deon Thompson led Alba with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Je'Kel Foster added 11 points and Yassin Idbihi and DaShaun Wood each had 10 for the guests. Thompson shined early in the game and got help from Foster to give Alba a 16-19 edge after 10 minutes. Tunceri struck three times from downtown in the second quarter to help Efes take a 35-30 lead at the break. Efes found a new go-to guy in Farmar, who took over after the break to boost the hosts' lead to 52-44 through three quarters. Read more here.


January 10, 2013

Caja Laboral Vitoria 77 - 51 Besiktas JK

nemanja bjelicaCaja Laboral led from start to finish, crushing Besiktas JK Istanbul 77-51 and extending its Euroleague winning streak to six games. Laboral improved to 3-0 to stay atop Group F, while Besiktas dropped to 0-3. The hosts stormed out of the gate, using 21 unanswered points to open up a 25-2 lead and cruised after that. On the way to victory, Laboral tied a Top 16 defensive record as it allowed only 7 points in the first 10 minutes of the game. Brad Oleson had a game-high 13 points in victory, while Tibor Pleiss, Maciej Lampe and Milko Bjelica each scored 12. Lampe, who received his bwin December MVP trophy from Euroleague Basketball president and CEO Jordi Bertomeu before the game, grabbed 10 rebounds and Tibor Pleiss had 9. Read more here.

Panathinaikos Athens 78 - 73 Unicaja Malaga

marcus banksPanathinaikos Athens improved to 2-1 in Top 16 Group E by topping Unicaja Malaga 78-73 in the Greek capital on Thursday. Panathinaikos grabbed its fifth consecutive home win, while Unicaja registered its second straight loss and dropped to 1-2. James Gist paced the winners with 17 points against his former team. Marcus Banks and Jonas Maciulis each added 14 and Dimitris Diamantidis dished 8 assists before leaving the game with a sprained ankle. Earl Calloway led Unicaja with 14 points. Krunoslav Simon, Andy Panko and Luka Zoric each added 11 and Kosta Perovic pulled down 13 rebounds for the guests. Diamantidis led Panathinaikos to a 23-19 lead in the first quarter and an outstanding Banks made it a double-digit game, 33-23, right after that. Read more here.

Maccabi Electra 91 - 73 Fenerbahce Ulker

ricky hickmanMaccabi Electra Tel Aviv routed Fenerbahce Ulker 91-73 Thursday night at Nokia Arena for the Israeli champs’ first Top 16 win. Ricky Hickman and Shawn James starred with career highs of 24 and 22 points, respectively. The win means Maccabi will have a share of fifth place in Group F by the end of Friday’s action with a 1-2 record, while winless Fenerbahce will be tied for last. Maccabi used a 10-0 first-quarter run to take control early, but Fenerbahce hung around thanks to Bojan Bogdanovic’s scoring and Mike Batiste’s hard work on the offensive glass earned the visitors a 36-36 tie at halftime. Maccabi reserves Sylven Landesberg, Malcolm Thomas and Moran Roth fueled a third-quarter run that put the hosts up 9 and Roth came up big alongside Hickman and James in the fourth quarter too. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 90 - 83 Brose Baskets


viktor khryapaCSKA Moscow pulled out a 90-83 victory over Brose Baskets Bamberg to pick up its eight consecutive Turkish Airlines Euroleague victory in the Russian capital on Thursday evening. CSKA improved to 3-0 and remains atop of the Top 16 Group E standings, while Bamberg drops to 0-3. Bostjan Nachbar scored 17 points on 5 for 6 three-point shooting in the opening 11 minutes of the game, and Bamberg nailed 11 three-pointers on only 14 attempts to stay in the lead for almost entire first half. After German champs held 45-46 halftime lead, CSKA started to take over in the second half and took control of the game with a 14-6 run that bridged the third and the fourth quarter. Read more here.





January 10, 2013 - Top 16, Game 3: the beat goes on!

The 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 enters Week 3 with just 5 undefeated teams left in this stage, showing it is being as competitive, exciting and tough as fans expected - and more. It promises to be an exciting week in which old friends will reunite, big showdowns will be played and all teams will keep fighting to get closer to the quarterfinals. Action gets underway on Thursday at 17:00 CET, when CSKA Moscow (2-0) hosts Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-2) in Group E. CSKA is on a seven-game winning streak but Bamberg has always stepped up in critical games. Both teams faced each other in the regular season and CSKA got single-digit wins in both games. Three more games will be played on Thursday. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 3 of Top 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague:

GROUP E

CSKA Moscow vs. Brose Baskets Bamberg 90:83           
Panathinaikos Athens vs. Unicaja Malaga 78:73
            
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Alba Berlin 71:62
          
Real Madrid vs. Zalgiris Kaunas 75:74

           
GROUP F

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv vs. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 91:73
            
Caja Laboral Vitoria vs. Besiktas JK Istanbul 77:51
         
Montepaschi Siena vs. BC Khimki Moscow Region 82:76
       
FC Barcelona Regal vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 76:68





January 5, 2013 - Top 16, Week 2 MVP: Bobby Brown, Montepaschi Siena

bobby brownBobby Brown enjoyed one of the greatest games in league history on Friday night as he tied the Euroleague’s single-game scoring record en route to a come-from-behind 92-98 victory for his Montepaschi Siena over Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul. In doing so, Brown became the bwin MVP of the week for the third time this season! Brown finished with 41 points – tying three other players, though none had done so in the past decade! He not only put up big numbers, but featured prominently in the highlights too. His final stat line showed him making 8 of 12 two-point shots, 4 of 6 from behind the arc and he was perfect in 13 trips to the foul line. He made just 3 turnovers and was fouled 12 times in compiling a performance index rating of 50 – the most seen in over five years. Read more here.





January 4, 2013 - Game 2

Fenerbahce Ulker 92 - 98 Montepaschi Siena

bobby brownBobby Brown was virtually unstoppable on Friday night in tying the Euroleague’s all-time single-game scoring mark and leading Montepaschi Siena to a come-from-behind 92-98 victory Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul on the road. Brown scored 41 points to lead the Italian champs to their second-straight win, which keeps them tied for first place in Group F. Brown also dished 7 assists and was 13 for 13 from the foul line in racking up a performance index rating of 50, which is tied for sixth all-time. Fenerbahce led by 8 early in the fourth quarter, but Brown and co. heated up and took control. The game remained tight until Marco Carraretto made 2 free throws with 11 seconds left to put the visitors up two possessions and Brown sealed the win and tied the record with a slam in the closing seconds. Read more here.

Olympiacos Piraeus 77 - 64 Besiktas JK

vassilis spanoulisIn a game it never trailed, Olympiacos Piraeus got back to its winning habits by downing Besiktas JK Istanbul 77-64 in Peace and Friendship Stadium on Friday night. The defending Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions improve to 1-1 and into a share of fourth place with FC Barcelona Regal in Group F of Top 16, while Besiktas dropped to 0-2. Kostas Sloukas hit 2 key three-pointers to help Olympiacos pull away in the first half. His buzzer-beating triple at the end of the first quarter, and a four-point play midway through the second, were a major contribution in a 16-5 run that gave the hosts control of the game. Back-to-back triples from Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis at the start of the third quarter made it a 16-point game as Olympiacos never looked back. Read more here.

Zalgiris Kaunas 75 - 63 Unicaja Malaga

mindaugas kuzminskasZalgiris Kaunas picked up its first win of the Top 16 by downing visiting Unicaja Malaga 75-63 on Friday night. Both teams hold 1-1 record after two games played and share third place in Group E along with Panathinaikos Athens and Anodolu Efes Istanbul. Zalgiris led for most of the game, but could not build a significant lead as Unicaja lingered for the entire night. However, Ksistof Lavrinovic and Mindaugas Kuzminskas combined for a 9-2 run to start the fourth quarter, putting the hosts in control before Paulius Jankunas made a basket-plus-foul to seal the deal with less than 60 seconds to go. Kuzminskas led the way with game-high 14 points plus 6 rebounds. Read more here.

Alba Berlin 57 - 75 CSKA Moscow


milos teodosicCSKA Moscow kept its great momentum going and remained undefeated in Group E by downing Alba Berlin 57-75 in the German capital on Friday. CSKA joins Real Madrid atop Group E, each with a 2-0 record. Alba dropped to 0-2. CSKA grabbed its seventh consecutive win in the competition and stayed undefeated on the road in the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Milos Teodosic led the winners with 17 points. Nenad Krstic added 15 on 9-of-10 free throw shooting while Viktor Khryapa had 10 and 10 rebounds for CSKA. DaShaun Wood led Alba with 14 points and Derrick Byars added 11. Krstic led a 2-12 run that allowed CSKA to get a 13-24 margin at the end of the first quarter. Read more here.


January 3, 2013

Anadolu Efes 78 - 64 Panathinaikos Athens

dusko savanovicAndolu Efes Istanbul led from start to finish in sinking Panathinaikos Athens 78-64 at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall to pick up its first win of the Top 16 on Thursday night. Both teams have 1-1 records after two games in Group E. As Panathinaikos was without injured guard Dimitris Diamantidis, Efes got off to a quick start. Joshua Shipp and Jordan Farmar each hit couple of three-pointers on the way to build a 22-9 lead, and the hosts never looked back. The margin reached 21 points in the third quarter as Efes cruised to victory. Farmar led the way with 13 points, Jamon Lucas finished with 12 points and 5 assists and Dusko Savanovic scored 11. Read more here.

Brose Baskets Bamberg 67 - 82 Real Madrid

sergio llullReal Madrid beat Brose Baskets Bamberg 67-82 Thursday for its second straight road win to grab a share of first place in Group E. Nikola Mirotic tallied 19 points and 8 rebounds to pace Los Blancos, who controlled the action for most of the game. Bamberg rallied in the third quarter to within 57-59 on a Bostjan Nachbar three-pointer, but the visitors went back up by 6 through three quarters and Madrid kept Bamberg without a basket for the first four minutes of the fourth quarter. Back-to-back three-pointers by Jaycee Carroll made it 61-76 with 4:15 remaining. The lead peaked at 17 and Bamberg never threatened again. Carroll finished with 13 points, Sergio Rodriguez compiled 11 points and 6 assists and Felipe Reyes added 10 points and 10 boards to help his team outrebound the hosts 32-42. Read more here.

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 70 - 71 Caja Laboral

nemanja bjelicaCaja Laboral Vitoria remained undefeated in Group F by edging Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 70-71 on the road at Nokia Arena on Thursday. Vitoria improved to 2-0 in Group F and grabbed its fifth consecutive win, while Maccabi dropped to 0-2. Nemanja Bjelica paced the winners with 17 points. Brad Oleson added 10 and Tibor Pleiss pulled down 11 rebounds, but it was Fernando San Emeterio who stood out as was the man of the night with the game-winning shot down the stretch. Ricky Hickman led Maccabi with 18 points. Darko Planinic added 11, Devin Smith and Sylven Landesberg each had 10 and Shawn James got 10 rebounds and 3 blocks despite being troubled by a shoulder injury. Read more here.

BC Khimki MR 78 - 65 Barcelona Regal


alexey zhukanenkoBC Khimki Moscow Region remained undefeated in Top 16 Group F by downing FC Barcelona Regal 78-65 at home on Thursday. Khimki, which leads Group F with a 2-0 record, handed Barcelona its first road loss of the season. Khimki is undefeated at home in all three competitions – the Euroleague, VTB League and Russian League. Barcelona saw its 17-game winning streak in the Top 16 end. Barcelona had not lost in the Top 16 since February 3, 2010, 67-66 against Partizan. Zoran Planinic led the winners with 16 points and 6 assists. Vitaly Fridzon added 13 points while Paul Davis and Alexey Zhukanenko each had 10 for Khimki. Ante Tomic led Barcelona with 16 points. Read more here.





January 3, 2013 - Top 16, Game 2: new year, same great basketball!

A new year starts with great, exciting European basketball, as the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 reaches its second week ready to offer drama, intensity and great showdowns all over the continent. One of the two road winners in Game 1 faces a tough challenge in its first Top 16 home game in almost three years, as BC Khimki Moscow Region faces FC Barcelona Regal in Group F on Thursday at 17:00 CET. Barcelona is undefeated on the road until now and reached the 100-point mark against Fenerbahce Ulker last week. Also in Group F, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv hosts Caja Laboral Vitoria at 20:05 CET, in a modern classic in the competition. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 2 of Top 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague:

GROUP E

Brose Baskets Bamberg vs. Real Madrid 67:82
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Panathinaikos Athens 78:64

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Unicaja Malaga 75:63
Alba Berlin vs. CSKA Moscow 57:75

GROUP F

BC Khimki Moscow Region vs. FC Barcelona Regal 78:65

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv vs. Caja Laboral Vitoria 70:71
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul vs. Montepaschi Siena 92:98
Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Besiktas JK Istanbul 77:64





December 31, 2012 - bwin MVP for December: Maciej Lampe, Caja Laboral Vitoria

maciej lampeA year ago, a long-term injury forced him to watch his new team miss the Top 16 for the first time this century. One year later, center Maciej Lampe proved to be the difference as Caja Laboral Vitoria not only returned to the Top 16 against all odds, but opened it with a resounding victory over the defending champions. For his sizeable and timely contributions to Caja Laboral's revival, Lampe is Euroleague Basketball's choice as the bwin MVP for December. A month that started with the team facing a do-or-die situation on the road ended with Caja Laboral enjoying a four-game winning streak, the second-longest in the competition. Lampe was key to that turnaround as the major inside force around which Caja Laboral built its offense. Read more here.





December 29, 2012 - Top 16, Week 1 MVP: Ante Tomic, FC Barcelona Regal

ante tomicAt the start of a new phase that challenges everyone to raise their game, FC Barcelona Regal center Ante Tomic did that and more with a near-perfect all-around performance to earn the bwin MVP honor for Week 1 of the Top 16! Tomic packed as many stats as possible into less than 21 minutes on the floor as Barcelona defeated Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 100-78 on Friday for the highest Top 16 point total in almost two years. In a game that Barcelona never trailed, Tomic started strong and finished with the only double-double of the Top 16's first week: 12 points on 5-for-6 two-point shooting and 11 rebounds, including his career high of 10 on defense. Read more here.





December 28, 2012 - Game 1

Panathinaikos Athens 67 - 66 Zalgiris Kaunas

marcus banksPanathinaikos Athens opened the Top 16 with a hard-fought 67-66 victory over Zalgiris Kaunas at OAKA in the Greek capital. The Greens led for much of the contest, but Ksistof Lavrinovic led Zalgiris back in the fourth quarter. After a brilliant defensive play by Ibby Jaaber, Darjus Lavrinovic had an open jumper to win it, but missed and Panathinaikos celebrated the win. Jason Kapono scored 16 points on 4-of-6 three-point shooting in 17 minutes in his Euroleague debut for Panathinaikos, which played much of the game without star guard Dimitris Diamantidis, who left in the first quarter due to injury. Michael Bramos added 15 – all on three-pointers – and Stephane Lasme netted 14, including the go-ahead free throw with 51.8 seconds to go. Read more here.

FC Barcelona Regal 100 - 78 Fenerbahce Ulker

marcelinho huertasFC Barcelona Regal got off to a strong start in the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 by thrashing Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 100-78 at home on Friday. Barcelona bounced back from its only loss this season in style and sent a message that echoed all around the competition. Marcelinho Huertas and Juan Carlos Navarro led six Barcelona scorers in double digits with 14 points apiece. Navarro needs just 11 more to be the first Euroleague player to reach the 3,000-point mark. Erazem Lorbek, Pete Mickeal and Ante Tomic each had 12, while Nate Jawai scored 10 for Barcelona. Tomic added 11 rebounds for a double-double. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 90 - 71 Anadolu Efes Istanbul


milos teodosicCSKA Moscow started the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 in style by downing Anadolu Efes Istanbul 90-71 in the Russian capital on Friday. CSKA used a great second half to get its first win in Group E and grab its sixth straight triumph, handing Efes its third consecutive loss. Sonny Weems and Nenad Krstic led the winners with 22 points apiece. Viktor Khryapa, Dionte Christmas and Milos Teodosic added 11 each for CSKA. Former Theodoros Papaloukas also made his Euroleague return for CSKA. Jordan Farmar led Efes with 24 points and 6 assists but none of his teammates scored in double digits. Both teams combined for 8-of-8 three-point shots in the opening six minutes. Read more here.


December 27, 2012

Montepaschi Siena 79 - 69 Maccabi Electra

viktor sanikidzeMontepaschi Siena bested Maccabi Tel Aviv 79-69 at Palaestra on Thursday night in the third meeting between the two teams this year. The Italian champs demonstrated their credentials in a great display of offensive variety and tight defense, establishing Siena as one of the teams to watch in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16. Tomas Ress was Montepaschi Siena’s standout this time around. He scored a career-high 18 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 2 assists, also coming up with some key blocks and shots from outside. Bobby Brown was marked tightly but still managed 16 points and 7 assists, while David Moss added 13 points, Kristjan Kangur 11 and Matt Janning 10. Read more here.

Unicaja Malaga 85 - 82 Brose Baskets

andy pankoUnicaja Malaga opened the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 by rallying to beat Brose Baskets Bamberg 85-82 in Group E on Thursday. Unicaja earned its fifth consecutive home win, while Bamberg registered its third straight road loss. Marcus Williams paced the winners with 18 points. Andy Panko added 16 and 7 rebounds in his first Euroleague game with Unicaja. Sharrod Ford led Bamberg with 16 points on 4-of-6 three-point shooting. Anton Gavel added 15 points and 8 assists, while Bostjan Nachbar scored 10 points for the guests. Four different players struck from downtown in a 0-15 Bamberg run which allowed the guests to take a 15-19 edge after 10 minutes. Read more here.

Caja Laboral 82 - 74 Olympiacos Piraeus

maciej lampeCaja Laboral Vitoria continued its strong run in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague with an 82-74 victory at Fernando Buesa Arena over Olympiacos Piraeus to start Group F play and snap the reigning champions’ seven-game winning streak. Maciej Lampe scored a career-high 25 points to lead Caja Laboral, which has now won four straight games. Lampe’s previous high was 19 points from November 2009 when he played for Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. Brad Oleson added 15 points, Thomas Heurtal had 13 points and 7 assists and Andres Nocioni chipped in 11 points. Olympiacos, which had beaten Vitoria twice in the regular season, lost despite 18 points from Vassilis Spanoulis. Read more here.

Besiktas JK Istanbul 75 - 80 BC Khimki MR

zoran planinicBC Khimki Moscow Region opened the action in Top 16 Group F just as it hoped to by downing Besiktas JK Istanbul 75-80 at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall on Thursday night. Besiktas held a 26-14 lead early in the second quarter, but Khimki went on a 6-22 run that put the visitors up 34-41 and gave them lead for good. Khimki took its biggest lead of the game in the third quarter when Vitaly Fridzon needed only 80 second to sink three triples for a 53-65 edge, and the visitors managed to hang on for a big win. Fridzon shot made 4 of 5 three-pointers and scored 12 of his team-high 20 points in the third quarter. Paul Davis added 17, and Zoran Planinic had 13 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds in victory. Read more here.

Alba Berlin 63 - 77 Real Madrid


sergio llullReal Madrid opened the Top 16 with an important 63-77 road win over Alba Berlin at o2 World in the German capital. The visitors led for nearly the entire game spare for a brief stretch in the second quarter. Nonetheless, the hosts battled hard, kept it close throughout and closed the gap to 57-60 early in the fourth quarter before the hosts pulled away to close out the win. Sergio Llull paced Los Blancos with 15 points and 6 assists, while Rudy Fernandez, Nikola Mirotic and Jaycee Carroll added 13 points apiece. Rudy also had 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Madrid, which benefitted from 20 Alba turnovers. Albert Miralles netted 14 points and JeKel Foster scored 10 in his first Euroleague appearance for Berlin. Read more here.





December 27, 2012 - Top 16 game 1: Stage is set for Top 16 thrills!

The new and expanded Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 gets rolling this week with eight games in six countries on two nights. The 16 teams that survived four tough regular season groups will begin a marathon of 14 games after which only half will survive and advance to the playoffs – the next stage on the march to the 2013 Final Four at the o2 Arena in London. The Top 16 tips off with a pair of games – one from each group – at 19:00 CET on Thursday. In Group E, Alba Berlin hosts Real Madrid for the first time since Los Blancos swept a pair of Top 16 games between them in the 2008-09 season. In Group F, it’s Besiktas JK Istanbul vs. BC Khimki Moscow Region in a duel pitting the reigning Turkish champion against the Eurocup champion. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 1 of Top 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague:

GROUP E
 
Alba Berlin vs. Real Madrid 63:77           
Unicaja Malaga vs. Brose Baskets 85:82
           
CSKA Moscow vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul 90:71
            
Panathinaikos Athens vs. Zalgiris Kaunas 67:66

               
GROUP F

Besiktas JK Istanbul vs. BC Khimki Moscow Region 75:80
            
Caja Laboral Vitoria vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 82:74
           
Montepaschi Siena vs. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 79:69
          
FC Barcelona Regal Vs. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 100:78





December 19, 2012 - Top 16 Groups breakdown, Group F

euroleague top 16 group fMaccabi Electra’s recently appointed captain Lior Eliyahu is the Israeli champs’ most experienced player with two appearances in the Euroleague title game under his belt. Eliyahu’s arsenal is not what one would expect from a 2.07-meter power forward; his game is based on speed, an impressive array of unorthodox moves in the paint and great court vision, all skills which help to make the big men around him better. Eliyahu’s combination of skills, experience and his position as a fan favorite make him the face of Maccabi’s success. Two time Euroleague champion and Final Four MVP Vassilis Spanoulis is at his best again this season as evidenced by him earning bwin MVP for November honors. Read more here.





December 18, 2012 - Top 16 Groups breakdown, Group E

euroleague top 16 group eTwo-time Euroleague Rising Star Award winner Nikola Mirotic has blossomed from promising talent to important contributor to bona fide star in a matter of seasons. Now the do-it-all forward is a go-to guy for Los Blancos. Statistics are not enough to fully see what Mirotic means to Madrid, since the attention opponents must pay to him often opens up opportunities for fellow stars. Nevertheless, Mirotic is the only player Coach Laso has started in every game and ranks among the team’s leaders in scoring, rebounding, blocks and fouls drawn. And as age 21, the best is yet to come. Marko Popovic is more than just a great scorer. Now in his second stint and fourth season with Zalgiris, Popovic has emerged as a team leader on top of his status as a fan favorite and a winner. Read more here.


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