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December 13, 2018 - Round 12

Round 12 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague is ready to deliver a world-famous rivalry, a local derby and much more – including an important message for all fans, whichever teams they support. One of the greatest sporting rivalries in world sport takes center stage this week as FC Barcelona Lassa travels to face archival Real Madrid in the Spanish capital on Thursday. The game comes at a delicate time for Barcelona, which has dropped two games in a row and three of its last four to lose the momentum which had been generated by a five-game winning run. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Round 12:

Herbalife Gran Canaria vs. Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 95-85
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens vs. Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul 75-67
FC Bayern Munich vs. Zalgiris Kaunas 88-84
Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona Lassa 92-65
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 79-81
Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul 88-81
Fenerbahce Istanbul vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 92-85
CSKA Moscow vs. Khimki Moscow 88-74

December 8, 2018 - Round 11 MVP: Gustavo Ayon, Real Madrid

gustavo ayonGustavo Ayon delivered a magnificent all-round performance to lead Real Madrid to a comeback victory over Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Friday night. Ayon scored 20 points on 10-of-11 two-point shooting, including 8 points in the fourth quarter as Madrid overturned a 15-point deficit to win 82-84. He completed a double-double with 11 rebounds, and also added 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots for a PIR of 34, earning the MVP of the Round award. Coming a close second was Ayon’s direct opponent Adrien Moerman, who amassed a PIR of 33 after scoring 18 points for Efes on 5-of-6 two-point shooting and 3-of-4 three-pointers, as well as 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist and 1 blocked shot. Another losing player registered the third best performance of the week, with AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan big man Arturas Gudaitis claiming a huge double-double with 16 points and 17 rebounds – including 10 offensive boards – for a performance index rating of 32 in his team’s home defeat to Herbalife Gran Canaria. Read more here.

December 6, 2018 - Round 11

The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season has reached the third-way point and the standings are taking shape, but several teams will be looking to make moves into better positions this week. Starting where the action will finish, Round 11 comes to a close with a cracker on Friday night in the Greek capital with Panathinaikos OPAP Athens seeking to maintain its strong home form against a formidable opponent in the shape of Fenerbahce Istanbul, which has climbed to a share of first place in the standings with a run of six consecutive victories. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Round 11:

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens vs. Fenerbahce Istanbul 69-81
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz vs. CSKA Moscow 76-73
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Real Madrid 82-84
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria 86-94
FC Bayern Munich vs. Khimki Moscow Region 72-65
Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 83-75
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica vs. FC Barcelona Lassa 67-64
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 71-73

December 4, 2018 - MVP of November: Vasilije Micic, Anadolu Efes Istanbul

vasilije micicHe had come off the bench in more than 80% of his 67 previous Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games. But when Vasilije Micic was called on to start throughout November for Anadolu Efes Istanbul, he rose to the occasion, leading his fourth EuroLeague club on a five-game winning streak. For his pivotal role in catapulting Efes, last season's worst team, into a share of third place after 10 rounds of this one, Micic is Euroleague Basketball's choice as MVP of November. The 24-year-old guard led his team in scoring, assists or both in all six November games, of which Efes won five and lost the other by a single point on the road. Micic would finish the month with 35 assists, more than all but two other EuroLeague players, and a performance index rating of 107, which ranked him fifth in the competition over those six games. Read more here.

December 2, 2018 - Round 10 MVP: Zach LeDay, Olympiacos Piraeus

zach ledayA stunning individual performance helped Olympiacos Piraeus beat visiting Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 92-70 on Friday and marched forward Zach Leday to the Round 10 MVP honor. LeDay piled up 28 points and 8 rebounds while shooting 7-for-8 inside the arc, 2-for-3 from three-point range and 8-for-9 from the free throw line. He also had 2 steals and 1 assist while drawing 8 fouls in just 21 minutes and 16 seconds on the court. His performance index rating of 42 was a club record for Olympiacos this century and matched the EuroLeague's best in the last two years. Until LeDay did it, no EuroLeague player had ever posted a PIR of 42 or higher in fewer than 26 minutes. The second-best performance of Round 10 belonged to Brandon Davies, who led Zalgiris to its first home win, 83-78 over AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan. Davies had career highs of 27 points, 11 two-pointers made and 4 assists. He also pulled down 10 rebounds. Read more here.

November 29, 2018 - Round 10

Round 10 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season is headlined by a high-powered battle between two high flyers in a repeat of last season's semifinal. Until the end of last week, Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow were both sitting pretty with unbeaten records at the top of the standings; by the end of this week, one of them will have lost two in a row. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Round 10:

FC Barcelona Lassa vs. Fenerbahce Istanbul 65-84
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 96-85
Khimki Moscow Region vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 76-68
Real Madrid vs. CSKA Moscow 88-93
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv vs. FC Bayern Munich 95-71
Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 92-70
Zalgiris Kaunas vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 83-78
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria 71-75

November 25, 2018 - Round 9 MVP: Alexey Shved, Khimki Moscow Region

alexey shvedAlexey Shved of Khimki Moscow Region proved to be the player with the highest performance index rating on a winning team in Round 9 the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season, earning him the MVP of the Round honor for the second time in 48 hours. Shved led Khimki to a 83-84 road win against Zalgiris Kaunas with a PIR of 32. He finished the game with 25 points on 5-for-8 two-point, 3-for-10 three-point and 6-for-7 free-throw shooting. He added 10 assists, 4 steals – matching his career high – 2 rebounds, 1 block and 7 fouls drawn. Having also won the award in Round 8, Shved is the first player to earn back-to-back MVP of the Round honors this season. Brandon Davies of Zalgiris had the highest PIR in Round 9 but could not lead his team to victory. Davies had 23 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 12 fouls drawn against Khimki for a PIR of 39 in a losing effort. Keith Langford of Panathinaikos OPAP Athens had a PIR of 35, but his team lost at KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. Read more here.

November 22, 2018 - Round 9

Here is the schedule for Round 9:

FC Barcelona Lassa vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 90-80
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica vs. CSKA Moscow 93-92
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 86-77
Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Khimki Moscow Region 83-84
Herbalife Gran Canaria vs. FC Bayern Munich 74-89
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv vs. Fenerbahce Istanbul 70-74
Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Real Madrid 88-83
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul 88-93

November 22, 2018 - Round 8 MVP: Alexey Shved, Khimki Moscow Region

alexey shvedWith his team in early must-win mode, Alexey Shved returned from illness to lead Khimki Moscow Region to an 85-69 win over Buducnost VOLI Podgorica and, in the process, earn the MVP honor for Round 8 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season. Shved netted 22 points spurred by 4-for-9 three-point shooting and dished 7 assists. Shved shattered his personal best with 7 rebounds, and also had a steal and 5 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 30. It is Shved's first MVP honor this season and the fifth of his career. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz center Vincent Poirier had the same index rating of 30, but in a losing effort against AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan. Poirier collected 18 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. Two CSKA Moscow teammates, Will Clyburn and Sergio Rodriguez, had PIRs of 27 in an overtime win against Zalgiris Kaunas. Read more here.

November 20, 2018 - Round 8

The second double-round week of the season will see two newly appointed coaches looking to make an immediate impact and much more…check out five storylines to follow this week in Rounds 8 and 9 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season. One team with a particularly pressing need for a pair of positive games this week is Olympiacos Piraeus, which has lost its last three games and four of its last five to drop to a 3-4 record. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Round 8:

AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 93-90
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens vs. FC Barcelona Lassa 76-70
CSKA Moscow vs. Zalgiris Kaunas 99-97
Khimki Moscow Region vs. Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 85-69
Real Madrid vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria 89-76
FC Bayern Munich vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 62-72
Fenerbahce Istanbul vs. Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul 100-79
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 90-77

November 18, 2018 - Round 7 MVP: Eulis Baez, Herbalife Gran Canaria

eulis baezA 36-year-old Turkish Airlines EuroLeague rookie became the competition's oldest MVP of the Round honoree in more than 14 years when Eulis Baez led Herbalife Gran Canaria to 84-78 victory over visiting Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv on Friday. Baez scored 13 of his 16 points after halftime, making 4 of 6 two-point shots and 8 of 9 free throws. He also had a club EuroLeague record 10 rebounds, along with 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block and 7 fouls drawn. His performance index rating of 32, the most by a Gran Canaria player yet, was also the highest of all EuroLeague players in Round 7. Baez is the oldest player to earn the honor since Arvydas Sabonis, who did so at age 39 in 2004. Two players behind Baez set new career highs with index ratings of 31 in Round 7: Edwin Jackson of Buducnost VOLI Podgorica and Aaron White of Zalgiris Kaunas. Read more here.

November 15, 2018 - Round 7

Round 7 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season started with four exciting games on Thursday, of which three came down to the final minute and one was decided in the closing seconds! The action saw a pair of road winners, including Fenerbahce Istanbul over Olympiacos Piraeus in a rematch of the 2017 championship game, while Buducnost VOLI Podgorica set a EuroLeague record for three-pointers in collecting its first win of the season. Four more games bring more thrills on Friday. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Round 7:

Herbalife Gran Canaria vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 84-78
Zalgiris Kaunas vs. FC Barcelona Lassa 85-88
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 78-62
Real Madrid vs. Khimki Moscow Region 79-74
FC Bayern Munich vs. CSKA Moscow 79-93
Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Fenerbahce Istanbul 72-73
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 99-84
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 92-98

November 10, 2018 - Round 6 MVP: Cory Higgins, CSKA Moscow

cory higginsCSKA Moscow remained one of two undefeated teams on the season, and Cory Higgins was instrumental as the team rallied in the second half and picked up a 85-90 road win at AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan on Thursday night, in the process earning Higgins the MVP of the Round 6 honor. Higgins scored 10 of his season-high 23 points in the fourth quarter. He made 6-of-8 two-pointers, 1-of-3 three-pointers and all 8 free throws, while adding 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 7 drawn fouls to his tally. His performance index rating of 28 was the highest of players on winning teams in Round 6. The highest PIR this week, 34, belonged to Georgios Printezis of Olympiacos Piraeus. In a loss at the hands of arch-rival Panathinaikos OPAP Athens, Printezis scored 26 points, had 4 rebounds, 3 assists and drew 6 fouls. Alexey Shved of Khimki Moscow Region had a PIR of 28, like Higgins, but Khimki lost at home against FC Barcelona Lassa. Read more here.

November 8, 2018 - Round 6

Two teams remain unbeaten in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, but CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid both face tough tests on the road in a Round 6 schedule that also contains the always-exciting derby of Athens. Let's look forward to the best of the action. A big battle at the top of the standings will take place on Thursday evening in Italy, where AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan (4-1) will look for a fourth successive victory when it takes on undefeated CSKA Moscow. Milan has certainly been giving its fans plenty of excitement this season, winning its last two games in the dying seconds by identical scorelines (81-80) thanks to heroic interventions from Mike James, who has now scored last-gasp winning baskets in four of his last eight regular season games. Victories like those breed a huge amount of confidence, and Milan will fancy its chances of ending CSKA's perfect record this week.

Here is the schedule for Round 6:

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz vs. Fenerbahce Istanbul 72-74
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 93-80
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica vs. Zalgiris Kaunas 60-72
Khimki Moscow Region vs. FC Barcelona Lassa 80-87
Herbalife Gran Canaria vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul 90-94
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan vs. CSKA Moscow 85-90
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv vs. Real Madrid 66-87
FC Bayern Munich vs. Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbu 116-70

November 4, 2018 - Round 5 MVP: Gustavo Ayon, Real Madrid

gustavo ayonReal Madrid needed to come back from a double-digit deficit in a tough road venue on Friday night, and its big man Gustavo Ayon had a big all-around performance to help the reigning champs do just that. Madrid remained perfect on the season with a come-from-behind 79-90 road win over Zalgiris Kaunas and in the process Ayon earned the MVP honor for Round 5. He scored 13 points on 4-for-5 two-pointers and 5-of-8 from a free throw line. He also pulled down 10 rebounds, dished 4 assists, had 3 steals and a block, while drawing 8 fouls and accumulating a performance index rating of 30. It is Ayon’s highest PIR since Round 1 of last season, and the fifth MVP of the Round award of his EuroLeague career. Will Clyburn of CSKA Moscow had an index rating of 29, second best in this round. In a win over Olympiacos Piraeus, Clyburn had 17 points, 9 rebounds, a career-high 4 steals, 1 assists, 1 block and 7 fouls drawn. Read more here.

November 1, 2018 - Round 5

November roars into action with another set of fantastic games in Round 5 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, including the competition’s only two unbeaten teams facing severe challenges. Here are five big things to watch for in Round 5. There could not be a more exciting start to the week as two heavyweights go into battle: CSKA Moscow (4-0) against Olympiacos Piraeus (3-1) in the Russian capital. There have, of course, been plenty of memorable encounters between the two teams in recent years, although CSKA would prefer not to remember its quartet of Final Four losses to the Reds, including a last-second loss in the 2012 championship game. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Round 5:

AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul 81-80
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz vs. Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul 82-56
Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Real Madrid 79-90
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 67-72
Khimki Moscow Region vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria 87-72
FC Barcelona Lassa vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 74-58
Fenerbahce Istanbul vs. FC Bayern Munich 88-84
CSKA Moscow vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 69-65

October 30, 2018 - MVP for October: Walter Tavares, Real Madrid

walter tavaresOn a team known for its prolific offense, a defensive ace stood tallest in the first month of the season, which is why Walter "Edy" Tavares of Real Madrid is Euroleague Basketball's choice as MVP for October in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. The 2.20-meter center was Madrid's anchor throughout a perfect 4-0 run in October, when the team's 386 points were the most ever collected in the season's first month. Tavares scored his fair share, averaging 10.3 points by making 72.7% of his two-pointers and 77.8% of his free throws. But it was his defense that shined as he ripped 9.5 rebounds and made 3.0 blocks per game, both of which rank him first among all EuroLeague players. Added up, his numbers gave Tavares a 19.5 performance index rating, sixth-best in the competition, while on a per-minute basis, he was third with a prorated PIR of 35.4 over 40 minutes. Read more here.

October 27, 2018 - Round 4 MVP: Nando De Colo, CSKA Moscow

nando de coloThere were many outstanding individual performances in Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 4 but the best on a winning effort belonged to Nando De Colo of CSKA Moscow, who led his team to a 91-106 road win against Herbalife Gran Canaria with a PIR of 27. De Colo finished the game with 22 points on 5-of-6 two-point shots, 2-of-6 three-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws. He added 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals – tying his career-high – and 4 fouls drawn for a PIR of 27. The best individual performance belonged to Jan Vesely but his team, Fenerbahce Istanbul, lost against Anadolu Efes Istanbul, 89-83. Vesely had 24 points on 10-of-12 two-point shots, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for a PIR of 36, matching his career-high. Jordan Mickey of Khimki Moscow Region had a PIR of 32 in a losing effort against AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan. Read more here.

October 26, 2018 - Round 4

Round 4 opened with five games on Thursday and will conclude with three more Friday contests. All the games on Thursday went to the home team. Anadolu Efes won the first Istanbul derby of the season and handed Fenerbahce its first loss. Olympiacos Piraeus bounced back from a home loss as Coach David Blatt bested the team he won the 2014 EuroLeague with. The closest game was in the fashion capital, where AX Armani Exchange Emporio Milan needed Mike James's 3 free throws with 3.3 seconds remaining to edge Khimki Moscow Region. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Round 4:

Herbalife Gran Canaria vs. CSKA Moscow 91-106
FC Bayern Munich vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 77-71
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens vs. Zalgiris Kaunas 83-87
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul vs. FC Barcelona Lassa 71-79
Real Madrid vs. Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 89-55
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan vs. Khimki Moscow Region 81-80
Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 88-80
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Fenerbahce Istanbul 89-83

October 20, 2018 - Round 3 co-MVPs: Scottie Wilbekin, Maccabi and Rodrigue Beaubois, Efes

scottie wilbekinTwo talented guards on new teams, Scottie Wilbekin of Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv and Rodrigue Beaubois of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, sparked key road wins to earn themselves a share of the MVP honor for Round 3. Wilbekin excelled in Maccabi's 68-78 win at Buducnost VOLI Podgorica on Thursday, scoring a career-high 28 points on 4-of-5 two-point shooting and 6-of-11 from long range. He also dished 4 assists and collected 5 rebounds for a PIR of 30, another personal best. Beaubois poured in 26 points and had 4 assists, including the last one for a game-winning buzzer-beater, as Efes topped host Khimki Moscow Region by 84-85 on Friday. His 10-for-12 free throw shooting helped him to the same 30 PIR, his best in 76 career games. Read more here.

October 18, 2018 - Round 3

The action continued on Thursday with the third of four consecutive days with four Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games on then slate. After Tuesday and Wednesday brought the games of Round 2, Thursday featured the first four in Round 3. On Thursday, CSKA Moscow became the first team to three wins, while FC Barcelona Lassa and Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv collected their first victories of the season and Panathinaikos OPAP Athens had its best scoring night in more than a decade. Friday brings four more games, including a clash between Final Four teams Zalgis Kaunas and Fenerbahce Istanbul. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Round 3:

Real Madrid vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 97-79
Olympiacos Piraeus vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 75-99
Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Fenerbahce Istanbul 75-82
Khimki Moscow Region vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul 84-85
FC Barcelona Lassa vs. FC Bayern Munich 83-73
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria 102-87
CSKA Moscow vs. Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul 79-75
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 68-78

October 18, 2018 - Round 2 co-MVPs: Nikola Milutinov, Olympiacos and Anthony Randolph, Madrid

nikola milutinovA pair of dominant performances by big men on the road earned co-MVP honors for Round 2 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season for Olympiacos Piraeus center Nikola Milutinov and Real Madrid forward Anthony Randolph. Milutinov led the Reds to an 80-85 road win at KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz with career-highs of 23 points and a performance index rating of 33. He made 9 of 13 two-pointers and 5 of 6 free throws to go with 11 rebounds and 2 steals. Randolph produced 25 and 11 boards as Los Blancos took out AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 85-91 in comeback fashion. Randolph made 5 of 8 two-point shots and 3 of 4 three-pointers to match Milutinov with a 33 index rating. Both edged CSKA Moscow star Nando De Colo and Madrid playmaker Facu Campazzo, who had PIRs of 32 each in Round 2. Read more here.

October 16, 2018 - Round 2

The new Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season has only just begun, but now it's time for the intensity to step up another few levels with the first double week of the season, featuring Round 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday and immediately followed by Round 3 on Thursday and Friday. A lot will happen over the course of the week, with 16 games that could end up making all the difference in playoffs races and home-court advantage by the end of the season. In the blink of an eye, some teams will be celebrating a 3-0 start to the season and feeling great about themselves, while others could be staring at a 0-3 record and teetering on the brink of crisis.

Here is the schedule for Round 2:

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 80-85
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan vs. Real Madrid 85-91
Fenerbahce Istanbul vs. Khimki Moscow Region 93-85
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Zalgiris Kaunas 79-93
Herbalife Gran Canaria vs. FC Barcelona Lassa 87-86
FC Bayern Munich vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 80-79
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv vs. CSKA Moscow 86-89
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul vs. Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 71-63

October 13, 2018 - Round 1 MVP: Jan Vesely, Fenerbahce Istanbul

jan veselyAfter earning All-EuroLeague first team honors for the second time last season, Jan Vesely of Fenerbahce Istanbul has started the 2018-19 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season in style, taking the Regular Season Round 1 MVP award with a PIR of 34. Vesely recorded a double-double as Fenerbahce spoiled Herbalife Gran Canaria's EuroLeague debut, 97-72. He had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists in under 22 minutes on a near-perfect shooting performance. He made 7 of 8 two-point shots and 5 of 5 free throws. His 34 PIR was his second-best in 175 EuroLeague games. Read more here.

October 11, 2018 - Round 1

The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague is back! With fans all over the continent looking forward to everything that the next few months have in store, let's take a look at five of the biggest stories ahead of Regular Season Round 1. One of the highlights of the opening week comes with a now-traditional meeting of champions, with last season's EuroLeague and EuroCup winners going head to head. Although the expectation might be for EuroLeague champ Real Madrid to triumph at home against Darussafaka Tefken Istanbul, history suggests the Spanish giants might not have it quite so easy: last season saw Unicaja Malaga upset the odds by overcoming Fenerbahce Istanbul in a 68-67 thriller, while the previous year saw Galatasaray push CSKA Moscow hard before a big fourth quarter allowed the Russian team to pull clear. And in 2015, Madrid suffered at the hands of that year's EuroCup winners Khimki Moscow Region, losing 84-70 in Russia.

Here is the schedule for Round 1:

FC Bayern Munich vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul 71-90
Fenerbahce Istanbul vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria 97-72
Zalgiris Kaunas vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 79-87
Khimki Moscow Region vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 66-87
Real Madrid vs. Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul 109-93
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 89-84
CSKA Moscow vs. FC Barcelona Lassa 95-75
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 71-82

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