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Turkish Airlines Euroleague TOP 16 - news, articles, results.

December 27, 2010 - Sportingbet December MVP: Dimitris Diamantidis, Panathinaikos

Over the past several seasons, Panathinaikos playmaker Dimitris Diamantidis has certainly established himself as one of the elite point guards in basketball with his play on both sides of the ball. His personal trophy case is packed with individual and team awards from domestic, European and world competitions. Despite his rich history, the 30-year-old Diamantidis is in the midst of what may be his best season yet and after leading an injury-stricken Panathinaikos to first place in Turkish Airlines Euroleague Group D, he was selected as Euroleague Basketball's choice as Sportingbet MVP for December. In six previous seasons with the Greens, Diamantidis was never known for his numbers. Read more here.

December 24, 2010 - Sportingbet Week 10 MVP: Keith Langford, BC Khimki Moscow Region

Keith Langford led BC Khimki Moscow Region to a dramatic 93-89 overtime victory over Zalgiris in his final Turkish Airlines Euroleague game of the season to earn the Sportingbet MVP honor for Week 10. Not only did he send the game to overtime with a buzzer-beating three-pointer, but Langford also racked up the best individual performance in the Euroleague this season with career highs of 35 points, 8 rebounds and a 42 performance index rating. Langford made 7 of 15 two-pointers, 4 of 7 triples and 9 of 15 free throws, adding 4 assists, 2 steals and 15 fouls drawn. He played over 43 minutes – another career best – and carried Khimki at times with 9 fourth-quarter points and 6 in overtime. Read more here.

December 23, 2010 - Caja Laboral dominated in the Game of the Week

With a commanding performance in the last regular season game, Caja Laboral stormed into second place in Group A by overwhelming Partizan mt:s Belgrade 87-71 at home in Vitoria, Spain on Thursday. Its third consecutive victory let Caja Laboral finish with a 5-5 record, tied for second place with Partizan and Zalgiris Kaunas, which had lost earlier on Thursday. Those teams were all tied 2-2 in games against each other, but Caja Laboral owned the better overall points difference to take second place, while Partizan dropped to fourth. With the help of just-signed big man Pape Sow, Caja Laboral broke open a close game just before halftime and continued adding to the lead the rest of the way. Read more here.

December 22, 2010 - Valencia downed Olimpija 78-77

Power Electronics Valencia celebrated reaching the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 by beating Union Olimpija 78-77 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Dusko Savanovic. The finish was a true delight for the fans at Fuente de San Luis, with the lead changing hands five times in the final few minutes and three times in the last 38 seconds. It seemed destined for Olimpija after Kevinn Pinkney rejected Savanovic in the final seconds and Kenny Gregory went to the line up 1 with 1.3 seconds left. Read more here.

December 17, 2010 - Sportingbet Week 9 MVP: Bo McCalebb, Montepaschi Siena

Bo McCalebb added to his growing legacy this week with a career-best performance in his team’s biggest game of the season to lead Montepaschi Siena to a major victory over a rival, clinching first place in Group C and earning Sportingbet Week 9 MVP honors in the process. With the spotlight on in the Game of the Week, McCalebb produced 22 points on superb shooting – 7 for 10 from the field and 8 for 8 from the line – in addition to 7 assists and 4 steals for a performance index rating of 34, the best of his Euroleague career. Read more here.

December 17, 2010 - Maccabi eliminated Khimki

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv completed the Top 16 picture from Group A by hanging on to beat BC Khimki Moscow region 80-76, a result that eliminated Khimki from Top 16 contention and promoted Partizan m:ts and Caja Laboral to the next stage. Jeremy Pargo scored 18 and dished 4 assists as Maccabi extended its league-best winning streak to eight games. Khimki led by double figures in the third quarter, but Maccabi fought back and was calm down the stretch to pick up the win. Guy Pnini added 15 points, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, who was questionable coming in, added 13 and Doron Perkins scored 10 for Maccabi, whose 8-1 record is tied for the best in the Euroleague. Read more here.

December 15, 2010 - Partizan, a 61-59 winner over Prokom

A huge thriller went down on Wednesday night in Belgrade as Partizan mt:s survived Asseco Prokom by a single basket, 61-59, in a Group A duel. After many lead changes during the game and leads that were never larger than seven points, it all came down to the last play as James Gist, who had shot for 3 of 14 from the field at that point, lifted a winning layup that would send the Grobari fans into a frenzy. The win allows Partizan to improve to a 5-4 record in Group A and gets closer to the Top 16, while Asseco Prokom drops to 2-7 and is mathematically out of the Top 16 race. Read more here.

December 13, 2010 - 2011 TURKISH AIRLINES FINAL FOUR BARCELONA tickets on sale!

euroleague ticketsEuroleague Basketball has announced that tickets for the 2011 TURKISH AIRLINES FINAL FOUR BARCELONA will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, December 15 at 12:00 noon CET. All tickets will be available through the competition's official website, www.euroleague.net, to be sold by Koobin, the official ticketing partner for the event. A certain amount of VIP packages will also be made available through THG, while it will also be possible through T2F to secure the ticket options in case your team eventually qualifies for the Final Four. Any other party selling tickets for the event is considered illegal, and therefore, fans holding tickets from illegal sellers will not be allowed to enter the arena. Read more here.

December 10, 2010 - Countdown begins to 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four!

The six-month countdown to the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four began on Friday with a press conference in the host city, Barcelona, to announce the imminent start of tickets sales for the event. Euroleague Basketball CEO Jordi Bertomeu joined Barcelona's mayor, Jordi Hereu to promise the best Final Four yet in a city that has proven itself a world leader time and again at hosting major international sporting events. Read more here.

December 10, 2010 - Sportingbet Week 8 MVP: Ratko Varda, Asseco Prokom

Asseco Prokom’s veteran center Ratko Varda was at his best on Thursday night, scoring a career-high 25 points in a crucial contest against a former team. Unfortunately for Varda, his performance was not enough to lead Prokom to victory. Zalgiris edged Prokom 69-72 in a game that went to the closing seconds, but as a consolation prize, Varda can take pride in winning Sportingbet Week 8 MVP honors. Varda tallied his 25 points on 10-of-12 two-point shooting in addition to 8 rebounds, 2 steals and a block, numbers that equaled a 31 performance index rating, the best in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague for Week 8 of the regular season. Read more here.

December 9, 2010 - Maccabi downed Partizan 76-62

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv became the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Group A champion by thrashing Partizan mt:s 76-62 in Israel on Thursday. Maccabi improved to 7-1 and clinched first place before anyone else in the entire competition, earning a well-deserved top-seeded status in the upcoming Top 16 Draw in January. Meanwhile, Partizan dropped to 4-4 but could mathematically make it to the next round if it beats Asseco Prokom in Belgrade, Serbia next week. Lior Eliyahu led the winners with 16 points on 8-of-8 two-pointers. Jeremy Pargo added 14, Chuck Eidson had 13 and 9 rebounds while Sofoklis Schortsianitis got 10 for Maccabi. Read more here.

December 8, 2010 - Milano beat Efes 84-70

Armani Jeans Milano made a major move in the Group D standings as it shut down visiting Efes Pilsen for an 84-70 home victory on Wednesday that was impressive in its completeness. Both teams are now 4-4, but Milano takes over third place for having won by more points than it lost by to Efes in their first game in Istanbul. In a game of runs on Wednesday, Efes made a 0-10 move on either side of halftime to take over the scoreboard, but Milano responded with a 12-0 blast and never looked back on the way to victory.Read more here.

December 6, 2010 - Mastermind Coaching unites Zeljko Obradovic, Ettore Messina, Aito Garcia Reneses and Xavi Pascual

mastermind coachingAs part of Euroleague Basketball's ongoing strategy of developing professionals in the sporting business, we decided to provide top of the class specialists as lecturers from all segments of our sport in different avenues. An educational e-learning platform was chosen to offer coaches around the world the opportunity to be a part of our program. Besides the internationalisation of our program via e-learning our goal was to offer a complementary study for professionals besides their daily obligations within their jobs. Read more here.

December 3, 2010 - Sportingbet Week 7 MVP: Darius Washington, Lottomatica Roma

darius washingtonDarius Washington’s great performance in Lottomatica Roma’s come-from-behind victory over Spirou Charleroi will surely go down as a night to remember. Not only did he lead a 20-2 fourth-quarter charge that took his team to an important 95-83 victory, but when all was said and done, Washington finished the game with career highs of 27 points and a 31 performance index rating to earn Sportingbet Week 7 MVP honors. Washington made 6 of 7 two-point shots, 2 of 5 triples, drew 10 fouls, converted all 9 of his free throws and grabbed 4 rebounds and a steal in the winning effort. Read more here.

December 2, 2010 - Union Olimpija scored an 82-75 win over Armani Jeans Milano

Union Olimpija survived to laugh last on Thursday with a thrilling 82-75 victory over Armani Jeans Milano in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Game of the Week in front of a packed house at Stozice Arena. The hosts seemed to have the game under control after a 14-0 first quarter run and a double-digit halftime lead. Armani Jeans stormed back with a 0-13 third-quarter charge and led by as many as 9 in the fourth. However Olimpija battled back with 10 unanswered points, tying the game at 71-71 on Damir Markota triple and going ahead for good on a Goran Jagodnik three. Milano stayed close, but came p short in the final minute when Jagodnik and Vlado Ilievsko iced the game from the line. Read more here.

December 1, 2010 - Khimki blasting Partizan 92-65

BC Khimki Moscow Region improved to 3-4 in Turkish Airlines Euroleague Group A by downing Partizan mt:s 92-65 in Russia on Wednesday. Khimki kept all of its Top 16 options alive and is one win away from Partizan, that dropped to 4-3. Keith Langford paced the winners with 22 points on 9-of-12 two-pointers. Zoran Planinic added 16, Vitaly Fridzon had 11 while Raul Lopez got 10 for Khimki. James Gist led Partizan with 18 points. Nathan Jawai added 16, Curtis Jerrells had 13 in his Euroleague debut while Dusan Kecman got 10 for the guests. Both teams played really physical in the first quarter, combining for 15 fouls and 23 free throw attempts. Read more here.

November 29, 2010 - Sportingbet November MVP: Chuck Eidson, Maccabi Electra

chuck eidsonConsidering how unpredictable the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season has been so far, perhaps it's no surprise that only one team survived the first full month of the season undefeated. That team, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, enjoyed a list of strong contributors, but none more influential than forward Chuck Eidson, who is Euroleague Basketball's choice as Sportingbet MVP for November. Eidson, 30, is playing his third Euroleague season, the second in a row with Maccabi, and although his numbers have always been good, his impact has never been greater. Read more here.

November 26, 2010 - Sportingbet Week 6 MVP: Ksistof Lavrinovic, Montepaschi Siena

ksistof lavrinovicQuietly off to another standout season as one of basketball’s great sixth men, Ksistof Lavrinovic of Montepaschi Siena stood out with his best game of the season so far on Wednesday to lead his team to an important road win and to secure Sportingbet Week 6 MVP honors. Lavrinovic had his highest-scoring game since opening night of last season with 23 points plus 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 10 fouls drawn for a career-high performance index rating of 36. His superlative effort helped Siena beat Cholet Basket 61-70 on the road to remain tied for the best record, 5-1, in Group C. His index rating also tied Sportingbet Week 4 MVP Berni Rodriguez of Unicaja for the best of any player this season. Read more here.

November 25, 2010 - Partizan m:ts topped Zalgiris 68-62

partizanPartizan mt:s Belgrade climbed into a tie for second place by beating Zalgiris Kaunas 68-62 on Thursday night at Pionir Arena in the Serbian capital. Partizan matched Zalgiris at 4-2 and remained just one victory behind the Turkish Airlines Group A leader, Maccabi Electra. Dragan Milosavljevic was the star of the game for Partizan, scoring a season-high 19 points. The Serbian champs, who face BC Khimki next week, got 12 points from Oliver Lafayette, while James Gist, Jan Vesely and Nathan Jawai each added 9. Partizan jumped out with a 12-4 run at the end of the first quarter and Zalgiris could not find its way back despite Mirza Begic’s 19 points and DeJuan Collins’s 12 points, as the visiting shooters never found their touch against the host’s tight defense. Zalgiris will try to rebound next week at home against Maccabi. Read more here.

November 25, 2010 - AJ Milano defeated CSKA 70-65

armani jeansArmani Jeans Milano took a critical step forwards to reach the Top 16 in Turkish Airlines Euroleague Group D by edging CSKA Moscow 71-65 at home on Wednesday. Milano improved to 3-3 in Group D and registered its second win against CSKA, that dropped to 1-5 and needs a major turnaround to make it to the Top 16. Ibby Jaaber paced the winners with 18 points, including the go-ahead triple with 10.7 seconds left. Stefano Mancinelli added 15 while Marco Mordente had 11 for Milano. Jamont Gordon led CSKA with 16 points. Read more here.

November 19, 2010 - Sportingbet Week 5 MVP: Sammy Mejia, Cholet Basket

sammy meijaA star turn in a historic performance for his club has earned Cholet Basket scorer Sammy Mejia the Sportingbet MVP honor for Week 5 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season. Mejia scored 29 points – the most in the Euroleague this season and the most ever by a Cholet player in Europe’s premier competition – to lead his team to an 82-78 win over previously unbeaten Fenerbahce Ulker. The victory marked the first time Cholet has ever won three straight games in the Euroleague. Mejia made 9 of 12 two-pointers – many of them on silky-smooth mid-range pull-up jumpers – sank 8 of 10 free throws and added 5 rebounds and 3 assists en route to a performance index rating of 35. His was the second-best single-game index rating this season, behind the previous week’s Sportingbet MVP, Berni Rodriguez of Unicaja. Week 5’s second-best performances came from Lietuvos Rytas rising star Jonas Valanciunas and Maccabi Electra swingman Chuck Eidson. Read more here.

November 18, 2010 - Spirou Basket routed Real Madrid 67-49

spirou basketSpirou Charleroi registered its first win in Turkish Airlines Euroleague Group B by thrashing Real Madrid 67-49 at the Spiroudome in Belgium on Wednesday. Spirou grabbed its first Euroleague win since its last appearance in the competition in February 2002. Meanwhile, Madrid dropped to 3-2 and hosts mighty Olympiacos next week. The guests had a bitter return to the Spiroudome, where it lifted the ULEB Cup trophy in 2007. Brian Greene paced the winners with 14 points. Demond Mallet and Brent Wright each added 11 while Andre Riddick had 10 and 4 blocks for Spirou. Mallet added 8 assists for the hosts. Felipe Reyes led Madrid with 12 points. Riddick was Spirou's dominant force at both ends with easy baskets and huge blocks, allowing the hosts to get a 28-14 margin midway through the second quarter. Read more here.

November 17, 2010 - Partizan has rallied past Caja Laboral 74-71

partizanThe magic of Hala Pionir in Belgrade returned on Wednesday as host Partizan Belgrade rallied from 8 points behind with 5 minutes left to defeat mighty Caja Laboral 74-71 and move ahead of the visitors in the Group A. Partizan is now 3-2 and could be tied for first place before the week ends, while Laboral fell to 2-3. It looked like the opposite would happen as Partizan went more than 6 minutes without a basket and trailed 58-69 with under 5 to play. Then Kecman hit a triple to begin his 8 unanswered points in a row to spark a rally to the finish for the victory. James Gist hit late insurance free throws to finish with 14 points, 11 rebounds for Partizan. Nathan Jawai added 13 points, Kecman 12 - or which 10 came in the last 5 minutes - and Jan Vesely 10. Caja Laboral was led with 17 points by Stanko Barac, but the game changed when he fouled out midway through the final quarter. Read more here.

November 12, 2010 - Sportingbet Week 4 MVP: Berni Rodriguez, Unicaja

berni rodriguezUnicaja team captain Berni Rodriguez surely won’t forget his performance on Wednesday anytime soon. The veteran guard posted career highs with 24 points and 10 assists and was the main catalyst as his team routed Virtus Roma 104-83. And when the week ended, he had also earned the Sportingbet MVP honor for Week 4. Rordriguez, who is marking his 10th Euroleague season with his hometown club, shot 6 for 9 from downtown and also grabbed 5 rebounds and 3 steals en route to a 36 performance index rating. That was not only the best index of his Euroleague career, but also the best in the Euroleague so far this season. Following in second place this week, Cibona Zagreb big man Leon Radosevic also had a career-best game despite his team’s 71-84 loss against Cholet Basket. Read more here.

November 11, 2010 - Panathinaikos routed Efes Pilsen

Panathinaikos bounced back from last week's loss in Turkish Airlines Euroleague Group D by downing Efes Pilsen 84-61 in Athens, Greece on Thursday night. Panathinaikos ties with Union Olimpija for first place at 3-1, with Efes and AJ Milano right behind at 2-2. Mike Batiste led the winners with 17 points. Stratos Perperoglou added 12 while Romain Sato and Nick Calathes each added 11 for Panathinaikos. Bostjan Nachbar led Efes with 13 points. Andrew Wisniewski added 12, Igor Rakocevic had 11 while Kerem Gonlum and Ender Arslan each got 10 for the guests. An 8-0 run that Perperoglou capped with a three-pointer gave the Greens the lead for good, 15-12, after 10 minutes. Read more here.

November 11, 2010 - Only FB Ulker undefeated after Wednesday!

fb ulkerTo the delight of 15,000 fans at sold-out Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul on Wednesday, the distinction of being the Turkish Airlines Euroleague's last undefeated team went to Fenerbahce Ulker with a commanding 81-68 home win against Montepaschi Siena, which suffered its first defeat. The victory left FB Ulker with a 4-0 record, its best start ever in the Euroleague, while Siena dropped to 3-1. The Euroleague's top rebounder ever, Mirsad Turkcan, led the winners with a double-double of 13 points and 10 boards, but he had help everywhere as eight different FB Ulker players scored 7 or more points. Read more here.

November 10, 2010 - Partizan topped Prokom 62-69

james gistPartizan mt:s registered its first road win in Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season Group A by edging Asseco Prokom Gdynia 62-69 in Poland on Wednesday. Partizan improved to 2-2 in Group A and bounced back from last week's home loss against Maccabi Electra. Meanwhile, Prokom dropped to 0-4 and needs to change things right away to keep its Top 16 options alive. James Gist paced the winners with 16 points on 3-of-3 three-pointers. Nathan Jawai added 15 while Rasko Katic added 10 for Partizan. Bobby Brown led Prokom with 16 points. Read more here.

November 10, 2010 - Zalgiris shocked Caja Laboral

mirza begicZalgiris escaped with an 88-92 road victory over Caja Laboral to take a share of first place in Turkish Airlines Group A. The visitors dominated the glass for a 43-21 rebounding edge led by the duo of Mirza Begic and Paulius Jankunas inside. Begic shined for 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks for a 28 performance index rating, while Jankunas tallied 12 points and 13 boards. Marty Pocius finished with 14 points, including some clutch fourth-quarter free throws, Mantas Kalnietis also scored 14 and Travis Watson 11. Zalgiris improved to 3-1 and will share the top spot with the winner of the Thursday showdown between BC Khimki and Maccabi Electra. Read more here.

November 5, 2010 - Sportingbet Week 3 MVP: Dimitris Diamantidis, Panathinaikos

dimitris diamantidisDimitris Diamantidis of Panathinaikos chalked up one of the best games of his career on Thursday to claim the Sportingbet Week 3 MVP honors. Unfortunately for the star point guard, his effort came in a losing cause as Union Olimpija topped the Greens 85-84 in overtime at a sold-out Stozice Arena. The incredible atmosphere of 13,000 roaring fans seemed to bring out some Diamantidis’s best basketball, until the very end, when his made just the first 2 of 3 free throws, the last of which stood to send the game to a second overtime. Diamantidis tallied 20 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 9 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 31 – best in the Euroleague this season. It was also the second-best index and the tied for the third-best scoring effort in Diamantidis’s 127-game Euroleague career. Read more here.

November 4, 2010 - Union Olimpija overcame Panathinaikos 85-84

dimitris diamantidisUnion Olimpija strengthened its hold of Group D in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season with an impressive 85-84 overtime win Thursday night over Panathinaikos. The game came down to the closing seconds when Panathinaikos guard Dimitrios Diamantidis on the line with a chance to tie the game with 2.8 seconds remaining. But he made only the first 2 of his 3 awarded free throws and when the third bounced out, the sold-out crowd of 13,000 at Stozice Arena in the Slovenian capital erupted in joy. Kevinn Pinkney led the winners with 16 points, Kenny Gregory added 13 and Vlado Ilievski 11, including a buzzer-beating jumper at the end of regulation that forced overtime. Read more here.

November 4, 2010 - FB Ulker knocking off Barcelona 61-69

jaka lakovicWhen the duel of undefeated teams in Group C came to an end, Fenerbahce Ulker emerged victorious by handing defending champ Regal FC Barcelona the first loss of the season of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season by 61-69 in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday night. It was a tight game throughout with constant lead changes in the final quarter, but the great defense of Fenerbahce allowed the guests to control the tempo of the game and keeping their cool at the end, managed to escape with a valuable win. The victory leaves Fenerbahce atop of Group C with a 3-0 tied with Montepaschi Siena, while Barca drops to 2-1. Roko Ukic led the winners with his 13 points and Marko Tomas added 12. For Barcelona, Pete Mickeal had 17 points, Juan Carlos Navarro 12, Jaka Lakovic 11 and Erazem Lorbek 10. Read more here.

November 4, 2010 - Maccabi Electra routed Partizan mt:s 54-67

maccabi electraMaccabi Electra led from start to finish en route to a convincing 54-67 road win over Partizan mt:s at Pionir Arena in the Serbian capital on Thursday. Maccabi started the game with a 2-18 charge and the hosts never seriously threatened the rest of the way. It was a much different story than Maccabi’s last visit to Belgrade, when Partizan beat the team from Tel Aviv twice to win last season’s Quarterfinal Playoffs series 3-1 and advance to the 2010 Euroleague Final Four. Maccabi improved to 2-1 and joined a four-way tie for first place in Group A. Next week Maccabi visits another of the co-leaders, BC Khimki Moscow Region. Jeremy Pargo had his best game yet in the Euroleague with 17 points to lead the winners. Read more here.

November 3, 2010 - Siena topped Cibona 80-57

montepaschi sienaMontepaschi Siena remained undefeated after three games in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season thanks to another win, this time at home, againt Cibona by 80-57 in a Group C game played Wednesday. The hosts dominated the first quarter, but in the second, Cibona came back to cut the deficit down to three points, 38-35. However, Montepaschi woke up in the third period and in the last quarter, the hosts stormed with a 16-2 late run that broke the game open. The win allows Montepaschi to stay atop Group C with a 3-0 record while Cibona drops to 0-3 and will need to rebound soon in order to retain options to make the Top 16. Read more here.

November 3, 2010 - Valencia walloped CSKA 82-57

Power Electronics Valencia registered its first Turkish Airlines Euroleague win in more than six years and sent a message that echoed all around Group D by downing Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow 82-57 at home on Wednesday. Valencia moved up to 1-2 and improved its chances to make it to the Top 16. CSKA dropped to 0-3 and needs to bounce back right away to rejoin the Top 16 race. Valencia handed CSKA its biggest Euroleague loss since the competition started in 2000. It is also CSKA's worst loss in European competitions since January 9, 1997, when it registered a 82-51 road defeat against Olympiacos. Read more here.

November 1, 2010 - Sportingbet MVP for October: Goran Jagodnik, Union Olimpija

goran jagodnikIt has been seven years since Union Olimpija started a Euroleague season with two victories and the same amount of time since the pride of Ljubljana reached the Top 16. Basketball fever never left the Slovenian capital, but this week it will reach some of its highest temperatures ever, with the new 13,000-seat Stozice Arena sold out a week in advance of Olimpija's showdown Thursday with Panathinaikos for first place in Group D of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season. One man who has everything to do with Olimpija's early-season resurgence is Goran Jagodnik, who is Euroleague Basketball's choice as Sportingbet MVP for October. Read more here.

October 29, 2010 - Sportingbet Week 2 MVP: Bootsy Thornton, Efes Pilsen

bootsy thorntonEfes Pilsen guard Marvis 'Bootsy' Thornton added another first to his long list of accomplishments in an impressive Euroleague Basketball career by earning Sportingbet Week 2 MVP honors with a performance index rating of 29 in his team's 79-63 home victory over Power Electronics Valencia on Wednesday. Thornton tallied 19 points on near-perfect shooting, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in a splendid all-around effort. He scored 6 points in the first quarter, 6 in the second and 7 in the third, leading the way as Efes stormed back from an early double-digit deficit to register its first win of the season. Read more here.

October 29, 2010 - Fenerbahce Ulker downed Cibona 68-73

leon radosevicFenerbahce Ulker held off a late Cibona Zagreb charge to record a valuable 68-73 road win at the Drazen Petrovic Basketball Center in the Croatian capital on Thursday evening. Tarence Kinsey scored 17 points and Croatian national team star Roko Ukic netted 14 for the winners, who improved to 2-0 in Turkish Airlines Euroleague Group C, but visit Euroleague champion Regal FC Barcelona next week. Cibona dropped to 0-2 and visits Montepaschi Siena in Week 3. The game was close throughout and the visitors held just a 2-point edge at halftimes. FB Ulker stretched it to 9 in the third quarter, however Cibona, led by Leon Radosevic and Rok Stipcevic, came within 1 in the closing minutes. Read more here.

October 29, 2010 - Union Olimpija overcame Armani Jeans 72-76

saso ozboltUnion Olimpija jumped to a 2-0 start in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season on Thursday night when it defeated Armani Jeans Milano 72-76 at the Mediolanum Forum and joined Panathinaikos for first place in Group D. Goran Jagodnik and Saso Ozbolt scored 19 points apiece for the visitors, who relied heavily on their outside shooting touch, going 14 of 29 from beyond the arc. Vlado Ilievski added 12 points and Kenny Gregory 11 for Olimpija, which hosts Panathinaikos next week in a showdown for the top spot in the group. It was an even game throughout featuring 10 lead changes. Read more here.

October 28, 2010 - Brose Baskets surprised Olympiacos 73-61

brose basketsThe Turkish Airlines Euroleague season had one of its biggest upsets yet as Brose Baskets downed visiting Olympiacos Piraeus by 73-61 on Wednesday in Bamberg, Germany. Both teams now have 1-1 records in Group B. Brose withstood a 0-10 takeover run by Olympiacos right after halftime to come back and win going away thanks to its own 16-4 run bridging the final two quarters. Point guard Brian Roberts inspired the winners with 23 points, including 3 of 5 three-point shooting, to go with 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Kyle Hines followed with 14 points, while Gavel Anton had 11 and Casey Jacobsen 10. Read more here.

October 28, 2010 - Partizan mt:s defeated BC Khimki 72 - 68

nathan jawaiPartizan mt:s found its first win in Turkish Airlines Euroleague Group A by edging BC Khimki Moscow Region 72-68 in front of an outstanding basketball atmosphere at a sellout Pionir Arena in Belgrade, Serbia on Wednesday. Both teams are now tied in Group A, each with a 1-1 record. Nathan Jawai led the winners with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Oliver Lafayette added 13 points while Dusan Kecman had 12 for Partizan. Keith Langford led Khimki with 19 points. Zoran Planinic added 16 while Kresimir Loncar had 13 and 9 rebounds for the guests, that led for the best part of the game and managed to get a 36-42 edge after the break. Read more here.

October 22, 2010 - Sportingbet Week 1 MVP: Chuck Eidson, Maccabi Electra

chuck eidsonOpening week of the 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season was full of outstanding individual performance, but nobody shined brighter than forward Chuck Eidson of Maccabi Electra, who became the Sportingbet MVP for Week 1 with a performance index rating of 30. Eidson was all over the place in Maccabi's road loss against Caja Laboral, picking up14 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals and 6 fouls drawn. His assists and steals totals represented career highs for Eidson in the Euroleague. Read more here.

October 21, 2010 - Zalgiris downed Partizan 73 - 62

Zalgiris registered its first 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague win in Group A by downing Partizan mt:s 73-62 in Kaunas, Lithuania on Thursday night. Zalgiris won its second consecutive Euroleague opener. Meanwhile, Partizan registered its third straight Game 1 loss. Marty Pocius led the winners with 17 points. Arturas Milaknis added 12 for Zalgiris. Dusan Kecman had 13 points for Partizan, that stayed in the game throughout the first quarter. Read more here.

October 21, 2010 - CSKA Moscow 73 - 88 Armani Jeans Milano

The first upset of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season in Group D arrived in the opener as AJ Milano managed to pull out a 73-88 road win at CSKA Moscow on Thursday. An amazing first half by the visitors saw them hit 9 of 13 from downtown and force CSKA into 11 turnovers with no steals at all for the hosts. Armani Jeans held a 29-52 lead at halftime and although CSKA reacted in the second half, Milano managed its lead in a smart way to escape Moscow with the win. Read more here.

October 21, 2010 - Holden first to play in 200 Euroleague games!

All-Decade guard J.R. Holden of CSKA Moscow added another accolade to his already-full list on Thursday when he became the first player to take part in 200 Euroleague Basketball games. Holden came off the bench in the first quarter of CSKA's season-opening Turkish Airlines Euroleague game on Thursday against visiting Armani Jeans Milano. Before the game, at midcourt, CSKA presented Holden with a commemorative jersey with the number 200 on the back. The achievement resonated even more with the home fans in Moscow who knew that Holden had missed much of the preseason due to medical concerns that were eventually discounted. Read more here.

October 21, 2010 - Olimpija outlasted Efes 95-90

Union Olimpija opened the 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season in style by edging Efes Pilsen 95-90 in double overtime in front of 8,700 fans at Stozice Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia in Group D on Wednesday night. It was the third-ever double-overtime game in competition history. Olimpija started the Euroleague season with a win for the first time since 2003-04. Kevinn Pinkney paced the winners with 23 points. Goran Jagodnik added 21 off the bench, Vlado Ilievksi and Kenny Gregory each had 16 while Giorgi Shermadini got 11 for Olimpija. Igor Rakocevic led Efes with 23 points. Read more here.

October 21, 2010 - Khimki survived 82-76 against Prokom

Two rivals from a year ago took each other's measure again to start the new Turkish Airlines Season, and when the dust settled in Russia on Wednesday night, host Khimki Moscow Region had outlasted never-say-die Asseco Prokom Gdynia 82-76 thanks to some much-needed last-minute concentration. Khimki goes 1-0 in Group A, but played with fire all night, letting Prokom come back from double-digit deficits repeatedly. The last of those came on Jan Jagla's three-pointer, which made it a 79-76 score going into the final minute. Read more here.

October 21, 2010 - Euroleague Gameday 1 Roundup: Wednesday's games

The 2010/11 season of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague was launched on Monday as Olympiacos hosted Real Madrid as a repeat of a season opener ten years ago. Ettore Messina was once again forced to leave the game with his head down after his team lost the game 66-82 against the Reds. Read more here.

October 18, 2010 - Opening game press conference

History was in the air at a press conference on Monday held prior to the opening game of the 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season in Piraeus, Greece. While out on the court, host Olympiacos and Real Madrid warmed up for the first tipoff of the new season, two players from the same historic matchup 10 years ago, Milan Tomic and Alberto Herreros, joined Euroleague Basketball CEO Jordi Bertomeu in commemorating the one-decade anniversary. Read more here.

October 18, 2010 - Olympiacos topped Real Madrid 82-66

Olympiacos BC became the first team to register a win in the 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague by downing Real Madrid 82-66 in the competition's Opening Game at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Pireaus, Greece in Group B on Monday. Olympiacos proved right away that it is a top candidate to go far in the Euroleague this season, but Madrid showed great character and stayed in the game for the opening three quarters. Ioannis Bourousis paced the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds in less than 23 minutes. Vassilis Spanoulis had 16 points, reigning Euroleague MVP Milos Teodosic added 15 and Rasho Nesterovic netted 12 for Olympiacos. Teodosic and Spanoulis each dished 7 assists, one shy of the Euroleague Opening Game record that still belongs to Theo Papaloukas. Sergio Llull led Madrid with 18 points. Carlos Suarez added 12 and Ante Tomic scored 10 for the guests. Felipe Reyes led a 0-9 run that allowed Madrid to take its biggest lead, 19-28, early in the second quarter. Read more here.

October 18, 2010 - Game 1 schedule

BC Khimki vs. Asseco Prokom          October 20, 2010   
Zalgiris vs. Partizan mt:s Belgrade     October 21, 2010  
Caja Laboral vs. Maccabi Electra       October 21, 2010 

Olympiacos vs. Real Madrid          October 18, 2010  
Virtus Roma vs. Brose Baskets     October 20, 2010  
Unicaja vs. Spirou Charleroi           October 21, 2010   

Fenerbahce Ulker vs. Lietuvos Rytas        October 20, 2010   
Regal FC Barcelona vs. Cibona Zagreb     October 21, 2010   
Montepaschi Siena vs. Cholet Basket       October 21, 2010  

Union Olimpija vs. Efes Pilsen                    October 20, 2010   
CSKA Moscow vs. Armani Jeans Milano     October 21, 2010 
Power Elec. Valencia vs. Panathinaikos       October 21, 2010   

October 18, 2010 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague season 2010-11 starts tonight!!!

The 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season starts with a very special showdown, as Olympiacos hosts Real Madrid on Monday at 20:45 CET. Both teams faced each other at the Euroleague Opening Game on October 16, 2000. Madrid beat Olympiacos 75-73 back then and 10 years later, both teams are serious about opening another decade with a victory. Madrid and Olympiacos also faced in the 1995 European Cup final and last met in the 2008-09 Quarterfinal Playoffs, in which the Reds sealed a Final Four ticket for the first time in a decade with a road win at Madrid, which is waiting longer for its Final Four return. Read more here.

October 6, 2010 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague logo unveiled

euroleagueThe new logo for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague was unveiled on Tuesday in Barcelona during a special presentation ceremony attended by representatives of Turkish Airlines, Euroleague Basketball, clubs, leagues and media. The Turkish Airlines Euroleague logo is a fusion of the already existing Euroleague Basketball logo and that of Turkish Airlines, Europe's fourth-largest carrier of air passengers. The logo seeks to merge both companies' graphic identities and conserve their values and recognition by all fans across Europe, which is one of the biggest markets for Turkish Airlines, with more than 70 destinations. Read more here.

July 08, 2010 - Euroleague Draw 2010-11

The first stops on the road to the 2011 Euroleague Final Four are now clear after the regular season and qualifying rounds draws for the 2010-11 Euroleague season took place Thursday in Barcelona, Spain. 2010 Euroleague champion Regal FC Barcelona, runner-up Olympiacos Piraeus, 2008 champ CSKA Moscow and reigning Spanish champion Caja Laboral headline the regular season groups in which 22 teams were drawn. Sixteen more clubs will contest the qualifying rounds to round out the four groups of six teams. Qualifying begins on September 21 and last through October 8, setting the stage for the new season. The regular season tips off with the traditional opening game, held this year on Monday, October 18, with the remaining 11 opening week games taking place later that week. Read more here.

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