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December 26, 2011 - bwin MVP for December: Nikola Mirotic, Real Madrid

nikola miroticDecember 2011 may go down in history as the month that Nikola Mirotic completed his upgrade from prominent role player to a bonafide ace. The Real Madrid forward has long been seen as a promising talent, hence his choice as the 2011 Rising Star Trophy winner. But in four games in December, Mirotic dominated like never before in leading his team to a perfect record with wins over three other Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 teams to clinch first place in Group C and a No. 1 seed in the Top 16 Draw. For his outstanding performances in leading his team to outstanding results, Mirotic has become Euroleague Basketball's choice as bwin MVP for December. Read more here.

December 23, 2011 - Week 10 bwin MVP: Pietro Aradori, Montepaschi Siena

pietro aradoriFor the second week in a row, Montepaschi Siena guard Pietro Aradori took advantage of an opportunity to play extended minutes and proceeded to improve his Euroleague career highs in every major statistical category in leading the Italian champions to victory. What’s more, Aradori’s performance against Asseco Prokom on Wednesday earned him Week 10 bwin MVP honors. Aradori is only two weeks past his 23rd birthday and now showing signs of stardom predicted when he was a Euroleague rookie five seasons ago. After leading the team to a come-from-behind victory over previously undefeated FC Barcelona Regal in Week 9, Aradori shined even brighter on the road in Poland with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals – all career bests – en route to a performance index rating of 33, which was the best seen in the Euroleague on the final games of the 2011-12 regular season. Read more here.

December 22, 2011 - Week 10

Belgacom Spirou 69 - 86 Maccabi Electra

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv soundly defeated Belgacom Spirou on the road Thursday night 69-86 at the SpirouDome in Charleroi, Belgium led by Keith Langford’s season-high 20 points. Maccabi enters the Top 16 Draw as a No. 2 seed after finishing Group B with a 7-3 record, while Spirou, which was already eliminated, closed the season at 2-8. The hosts, looking for a morale-building finale before their home fans, stayed close until the third quarter when Maccabi took off on a 15-point surge that put the game out of reach. David Blu contributed 13 points and 3 steals for the winners, Guy Pninin put in 11 points and Devin Smith and Theodoros Papaloukas added 9 apiece. Caleb Green led the Belgian champs with 16 points, including 3 of 5 from deep, Demond Mallet netted 13 and Chris Hill added 10. Read more here.

Partizan mt:s 66 - 72 EA7 Emporio Armani

dragan milosavljevicA classic showdown on Thursday night in Pionir Arena took place for a Top 16 spot, and when the dust settled EA7 Emporio Armani Milan had topped hosting Partizan mt:s by 66-72 in the Game of the Week. Milano needed at least a 4-point win to make the Top 16 and it happened in the last minutes. Partizan was leading by 11 points, 42-41 in the third period, but a huge zone defense by Milano allowed them to come back and complete the upset to deprive Partizan of a Top 16 spot for the first time in six seasons. As such, Group C finishes with Milano and Partizan tied for fourth place at 4-5, but the tiebreakers give Milano the edge. Malik Hairston led the winners with his 18 points, Omar Cook added 17 and Ioannis Bourousis chipped in with 13. Read more here.

Gescrap BB 77 - 72 Caja Laboral

janis blumsGescrap BB made club history on Thursday with a 77-72 victory over rival Caja Laboral at Bilbao Arena to advance to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 for the first time ever. The result created a three-way tie between Gescrap, Bennet Cantu and Caja Laboral with 5-5 records, but after the tiebreaker, Bilbao was left in fourth place and Caja Laboral in fifth, meaning it would miss the Top 16. Marko Banic shined for Gescrap with 18 points, Janis Blums added 11 and Alex Mumbru 10. Milko Bjelica led Caja Laboral with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Pablo Prigioni scored 13, but Mirza Teletovic, who finished the regular season as the Euroleague’s top scorer with 21.7 points per game, was held to a season-low 12 points. Read more here.

Bennet Cantu 76 - 83 Fenerbahce Ulker

bojan bogdanovicFenerbahce Ulker scored a monumental win to not only reach the Top 16, but to climb to first place in Group A with a tough 76-83 victory at Bennet Cantu. Oguz Savas scored a season-high 21 points to pace the Turkish champs, who improved to 6-4 in handing Cantu its first loss of the season. Cantu dropped to 5-5, but also heads to the next stage from third place in the group. Bojan Bogdanovic added 19 with two crucial three-pointers for FB Ulker and Roko Ukic added 17 - 14 of which came in the second half. Giorgi Shermadini and Maarten Leunen scored 13 apiece for Cantu and veteran Denis Marconato added 10. Read more here.

SLUC Nancy 74 - 79 Olympiacos

janal shulerOlympiacos BC Pireaus finished second in regular season Group A by edging SLUC Nancy 74-79 at the Palais des Sports Jean Weille in France on Thursday. Olympiacos finished this group with a 6-4 second and was second due to its tie-break disadvantage with Fenerbahce Ulker. As such, the Reds avoided Montepaschi Siena, Panathinaikos BC Athens and Maccabi Electra in the upcoming Top 16 draw, which takes place next Wednesday. Nancy was sixth in Group A with a 3-7 record. Pero Antic led the winners with 20 points. Georgios Printezis added 18 while Kyle Hines pulled down 12 boards for Olympiacos. Jamal Shuler led Nancy with 18 points. Adrien Moerman added 11 while Victor Samnick had 10 for the hosts. Read more here.

Anadolu Efes 66 - 75 Real Madrid

sinan gulerReal Madrid dominated the second half to down Anadolu Efes 66-75 and record its sixth straight win on Thursday at the site of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. The hosts dominated early and led by 17 in the second quarter, but the Whites closed the gap to 43-36 by halftime and outscored Efes by 8 in each of the last two quarters to register the win and improve to 8-2. Nikola Mirotic paced the winners with 16 points and Jaycee Carroll, Sergio Llull and Kyle Singler added 12 apiece. Dusko Savanovic posted 15 points and 11 rebounds for the home team, which finished the regular season third in Group C with a 5-5 record. Read more here.

December 21, 2011

Asseco Prokom 53 - 79 Montepaschi Siena

Montepaschi Siena finished the regular season with another strong defensive showing by crushing host Asseco Prokom 53-79 in Gdynia, Poland, on the final day of the regular season in Group D. It was the fourth straight victory for the depleted by injuries Italian champions, who already secured second place in Group D even before the game, and finished the regular season with an 8-2 record. Siena used its defense for 2-15 run during the last eight minutes of the first half to open up a double-digit lead, and then had a huge fourth quarter that broke the game open. Pietro Aradori led Siena with 23 points and 7 rebounds, both career-highs. Igor Rakocevic added 9, and David Andersen had 6 points and 7 rebounds as all 11 visiting players scored. Read more here.

FC Barcelona Regal 79 - 50 GS Medical Park

jaka lakovic galatasarayFC Barcelona Regal bounced back from its first loss in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague by blowing out Galatasaray Medical Park 79-50 to finish Group D action with a victory. Barcelona proved that it did not need all-time leading scorer Juan Carlos Navarro – out with plantar fasciitis – in easing to a 9-1 record. Boniface Ndong led the way with 16 points – 11 of those in the third quarter – 6 rebounds and 4 blocks while Erazem Lorbek tallied 13 points. Victor Sada chipped in 6 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Marcelinho Huertas had 9 points. Galatasaray, which had already booked a Top 16 spot by securing fourth place regardless of the result, dropped to 4-6 in the group. Cevher Ozer led Galatasaray with 11 points. Read more here.

Union Olimpija 63 - 76 Unics

Unics finished the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season in style by downing Union Olimpija 63-76 in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Wednesday night. Unics finished third in Group D with a 7-3 record right behind FC Barcelona Regal and Montepaschi. Union Olimpija dropped to 1-9 and tied for fifth place at the end of this round. Henry Domercant led the winners with 16 points. Terrell Lyday and Aleksey Savrasenko each added 14, Kelly McCarty had 13 while Lynn Greer got 12 for Unics. Jaka Blazic led Olimpija with 13 points. Sasu Salin and Jan Mocnik each added 11 while Deon Thompson had 10 for the hosts. Lyday led an 0-8 opening run that allowed Unics to get the lead for good. Unics boosted its margin to 9-25 late in the first quarter and kept a solid 29-41 margin at halftime. Read more here.

Zalgiris Kaunas 87 - 76 KK Zagreb

sonny weems zalgirisZalgiris Kaunas routed KK Zagreb 87-76 to claim its third victory in four games and complete an improbable comeback to reach the Top 16. The Lithuanian champs improved to 4-6 and secured fourth place in Group B at the end of the regular season. Zagreb got off to a fast start, but came undone when leading scorer Krunoslav Simon limped off with an injury. Then Sonny Weems scored 8 in a 20-3 Zalgiris charge as the hosts took take control. A 13-2 blitz to start the second quarter made it 41-20 and Zalgiris never looked back. Zagreb did get as close at 7 in the final minutes, but Marko Popovic drilled a clutch triple to ice the win and start the celebrations. Read more here.

Unicaja 83 - 91 CSKA Moscow

CSKA Moscow put the finishing touches on just the third perfect regular season in the Euroleague this century by beating host Unicaja 83-91 on the road in Malaga, Spain on Wednesday. CSKA, which had already qualified for the Top 16 and clinched first place in Group B, added a bit of history by finishing 10-0. Only two other teams - CSKA at 14-0 in 2004-05 and Barcelona at 10-0 in 2009-10 - finished a regular season undefeated. CSKA made sure this time with relentless creativity from Milos Teodosic, who registered a double-double of 18 points and 10 assists. Nenad Krstic followed with 14 points, Anton Ponkrashov 13 and Alexey Shved 12 for the winners. Unicaja, which is also going to the Top 16, finishes with a 4-6 record in third place. Read more here.

Panathinaikos 71 - 66 Brose Baskets

Panathinaikos BC Athens finished the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season with a 7-3 record by downing Brose Baskets 71-66 in Athens, Greece on Wednesday night. Panathinaikos was second in Group B while Brose dropped to 3-7 to be fifth and therefore out of the Top 16. Brose needed to win and expect KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje to down Zalgiris in Kaunas, Lithuania, but none of that happened. Dimitris Diamantidis led the winners with 14 points. Ian Vougioukas added 12 while Kostas Kaimakoglou had 11 for Panathinaikos. Predrag Suput and Brian Roberts each had 11 points for Brose while PJ Tucker added 10. Panathinaikos was limited to just 2-of-16 two-pointers in the first quarter. Meanwhile, a three-pointer by Predrag Suput sparked a 0-10 run that allowed Brose to get a double-digit margin, 12-22, after 10 minutes. Read more here.

December 21, 2011 - Game Center, RS Week 10: Four last Top 16 berths decided this week!

The 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season finishes this week and with four spots still available in thre groups, everything can happen. When the dust settles on Thursday night, 16 teams will keep fighting for Euroleague glory, others will leave the competition and everything will be ready for the Top 16 Draw, which takes place in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday, December 28. Action starts with six games on Wednesday and an unified scheduled per group. At 20:00 CET, all Group B teams take center stage, as Unicaja (4-5) hosts CSKA (9-0), Panathinaikos (6-3) welcomes Brose Baskets (3-6) and KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje (2-7) visits Zalgiris (3-6). Read more here.

December 16, 2011 - Week 9 bwin MVP: Nenad Krstic, CSKA Moscow

nenad krstic cska moscowOne week after he was formally awarded his bwin MVP for November 2011 trophy, CSKA Moscow center Nenad Krstic was back at it. The big man was a force inside in racking his second double-double in as many games against defending champion Panathinaikos to lead CSKA to a convincing 91-75 victory. The result not only secured CSKA first place in Group B and a No. 1 seed in the upcoming Top 16 Draw, but also lifted the Russian champs to 9-0 the only team in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague this season with a perfect record through nine games. Krstic was a model of efficiency with 17 points on just 9 shots attempted. He was 9 for 10 from the free-throw line, grabbed 12 rebounds, blocked 1 shot and drew 8 fouls to finish with a performance index rating of 31, which was the best among all the players that took the court in Week 9. Read more here.

December 15, 2011 - Week 9

Montepaschi Siena 77 - 74 FC Barcelona Regal

erazem lorbekMontepaschi Siena staged a dramatic come-from-behind Group D victory at home on Thursday night to hand FC Regal Barcelona its first loss of the season, 77-74. The win gave Siena a 7-2 record versus 8-1 for Barcelona, which still secured its status as group champion because of a greater margin of victory against the Italian champs last month. But for injury-ridden Siena, it was a victory to relish after falling behind 47-62 early in the fourth quarter. With scrappy defense and clutch shooting by Igor Rakocevic, who led the team with 21 points, and Pietro Aradori, who added 20, Siena outscored seemingly unbeatable Barcelona 30-12 in the final nine minutes. Read more here.

Brose Baskets 68 - 82 Zalgiris Kaunas

mantas kalnietis zalgiris kaunasZalgiris Kaunas went to Bamberg and recorded a crucial 68-82 win against Brose Baskets in Group B to take control of its own destiny in the final game of the regular season. Both teams now hold a 3-6 record, but the Lithuanian champions hold a tiebreaker and all they need is a victory at home over KK Zagreb next week to clinch a Top 16 spot. Zalgiris led from start to finish as it went in front early and never allowed the home team to even tie the game. Zalgiris broke the game open with a huge run in the second quarter that got them to 18-point advantage. Sonny Weems and Mantas Kalnietis scored 14 points each, Marko Popovic added 13 and Paulius Jankunas had a big game with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Read more here.

Maccabi Electra 96 - 57 Anadolu Efes

david blu maccabi electraMaccabi Electra had a resounding home win on Thursday night against Anadolu Efes, 96-57, in the battle for second place in Group C. The game was a close story during the first half as both teams went back and forth. However, in the third quarter, powerful inside play and a single man, David Blu, later allowedMaccabi to pull away for good. Now, Maccabi has sole possession of the second place in Group C with a 6-3 record while Efes drops to 5-4. Both teams had already advanced to the Top 16 prior to this game. Blu led the winners with his 18 points including 4 of 6 threes. Read more here.

Olympiacos 86 - 61 Bennet Cantu

georgios printezisOlympiacos improved its chances to make it to the Top 16 in difficult Group A by thrashing already qualified Bennet Cantu 86-61 in the Pireaus, Greece on Thursday. Olympiacos and Cantu joined Caja Laboral and Fenerbahce Ulker in a four-way tie for first place, each with a 5-4 record. Olympiacos will get to the Top 16 if it beats already eliminated Nancy on the road but could also got through with loss depending on other results. Cantu can rank anywhere from first to fourth in regular season Group 10. Vassilis Spanoulis led the winners with 22 points. Georgios Printezis added 16, Kyle Hines had 12 while Lazaros Papadopoulos got 10 for Olympiacos. Read more here.

Fenerbahce Ulker 70 - 80 Gescrap BB

aaron jackson gescrap bbGescrap BB boosted its Top 16 chances with a 70-80 road win over Fenerbahce Ulker at Sinan Erdem Arena on Thursday night. D’Or Fischer dominated with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks to lead the men in black as they improved to 4-5 in tough Group A. Roger Grimau added 13 points, Aaron Jackson tallied 11 points and 6 assists and Marko Banic scored 10 for the winners. Bilbao was determined from the start as it raced to a 6-15 opening and kept the pressure on. It was 33-44 at halftime and then Gescrap scored the first 8 points of the second half. Fenerbahce made small runs to get back led by Emir Preldzic, but never got close enough to seriously threaten the outcome. Read more here.

Unics 68 - 41 Asseco Prokom

terrell lydayTop 16 qualifier Unics didn't have any problems to blast Asseco Prokom at home on Thursday afternoon by 68-41. The defense of the hosts beat a record in the process as it kept Prokom to 11 points in the first half. The win allows already-qualified Unics to improve its record to 6-3 in Group D while Asseco Prokom who was eliminated before this game, drops to 1-8. Henry Domercant led the way for the winners with 18 points, Terrell Lyday added 12 and Kelly McCarty posted 10. For Prokom, only Jerel Blassingame scored in double digits with his 10 points. Read more here.

December 14, 2011

KK Zagreb 67 - 82 Unicaja

luka zoric unicajaUnicaja secured a spot in the Euroelague Top 16 for the seventh season in a row after downing KK Zagreb 67-82 in Zagreb Arena on Wednesday. Carried by big men Luka Zoric and Joel Freeland, and with some timely fourth quarter three-pointers by Berni Rodriguez, Unicaja moved to 4-5 in Group B with one game to go in the regular season. Zagreb, on the other hand, dropped to 2-7 in its first Euroleague campaign and will need a win in Kaunas and a lot of help from other teams to sneak into the next round. Freeland led all scorers with 17 points along with 8 rebounds. Zoric scored 16 and collected 8 rebounds, while Rodriguez scored 11 with all 3 of his three-point shoots coming in the final quarter. Read more here.

Caja Laboral 90 - 55 SLUC Nancy

mirza teletovic caja laboralCaja Laboral took an important step forward in its race to make the Top 16 by crushing SLUC Nancy 90-55 in a one-sided rout on Wednesday night. Mirza Teletovic dominated with 22 first-half points – outscoring the opposition himself in that period as Laboral took a 42-21 lead at the break. Then the hosts dominated the third quarter to go up by more than 40 before easing up down the stretch. The win lifted Laboral to 5-4 and edged the club closer to the Top 16. Nancy dropped to 3-6. Brad Olseon added 14 points for the winners, Fernando San Emeterio scored 13, Thomas Huertel 11 and Milko Bjelica 10 in a Laboral attack that shot 15 for 31 from downtown. Read more here.

EA7 Armani 88 - 53 Belgacom Spirou

malik hairstonLike a man dying of thirst who finds water, EA7-Emporio Armani Milan overran visiting Belgacom Spirou by 88-53 on Wednesday - the hosts' biggest Euroleague margin of victory this century - to stay in the race for the Top 16 from Group C. Milan ended a four-game losing streak and raised its record to 3-6, good for fifth place in the group. With fourth-place Partizan losing at Real Madrid to fall to 4-5, Milan will go to Belgrade in Week 10 for a winner-take-all showdown for the Group C's last remaining Top 16 berth. Since Partizan won their first game 65-69, Milan must win by 4 points or more next week to avoid its season being ended. Read more here.

Real Madrid 101 - 83 Partizan mt:s

Real Madrid got closer to become the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season Group C champion by thrashing Partizan mt:s 101-83 in the Spanish capital on Wednesday. Madrid improved to 7-2, registered its fifth consecutive win and will became the Group C champion if Maccabi Electra beats Anadolu Efes in Tel Aviv, Israel, tomorrow. Partizan dropped to 4-5 and will advance to the Top 16 if it beats EA7 Emporio Armani or loses by up to 3 points. Jaycee Carroll led the winners with 22 points. Nikola Mirotic added 20 while Felipe Reyes had 15 for Madrid. Milan Macvan led Partizan with 16 points. Vladimir Lucic added 13, Rasko Katic had 12 while Acie Law got 11 for the guests. Madrid missed just two shots in the entire first quarter, as Mirotic, Sergio Rodriguez and Sergio Llull helped the hosts to get a 27-15 margin after 10 minutes. Read more here.

GS Medical Park 80 - 59 Union Olimpija

luksa andric galatasaray medical parkGalatasaray Medical Park celebrated a spot in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 in its debut season in the competition after blasting visiting Union Olimpija 80-59 on Wednesday at Abdi Ipecki Arena in Istanbul. Galatasaray improved to 4-5 to grab the final Top 16 berth from Group D, thus eliminating Olimpija along the way. The undermanned visitors showed plenty of spirit and hung close for the first half, which ended 39-35. After Deon Thompson cut the lead to 2 early in the third quarter, Darius Songaila and Luksa Andric each scored twice in a 10-0 lead as the hosts took control for good. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 91 - 75 Panathinaikos

alexey shved cska moscowIn arguably one of the best games so far in the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague, CSKA Moscow became the regular season Group B champion by downing archrivals Panathinaikos 91-75 in the Russian capital on Wednesday. CSKA improved to 9-0 in Group B to clinch first place and Panathinaikos dropped to 6-3 and will rank second at the end of this round. Nenad Krstic led the winners with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Viktor Khryapa and Aleksey Shved each added 16 points, Jamont Gordon had 12, Ramunas Siskauskas got 10 while Milos Teodosic dished 10 assists for CSKA. Ian Vougioukas had 17 points for Panathinaikos while Steven Smith added 11 for the Greens. Read more here.

December 12, 2011 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 Draw set for December 28 in Barcelona

The Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 Draw to determine the groups that make up the second phase of competition will take place on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, at Mediapro Auditorium in Barcelona, Spain. The Top 16 Draw is scheduled to begin at 13:00 CET and will be broadcast by live streaming video on Euroleague Basketball’s official website, Euroleague.net. The draw marks the next step for the 16 hopeful teams on the road to the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul. Representatives from all of the Top 16 qualifiers will attend the draw, which will determine the path their teams must take to reach the Final Four in May. The games of the Top 16 round will be played on Wednesdays and Thursdays between January 18 and March 1. Read more here.

December 9, 2011 - Week 8 bwin MVP: Nikola Mirotic, Real Madrid

nikola miroticWith the bright lights upon him in a primetime Game of the Week showdown for first place in Group C, reigning Euroleague Rising Star Award winner Nikola Mirotic shined brighter than ever in leading Real Madrid to a convincing 88-64 victory over Maccabi Electra at Caja Magica on Thursday night. In doing so, Mirotic poured in a career-high 26 points and picked up Week 8 bwin MVP honors. Mirotic staked the Whites to early leads with 12 first-quarter points and had 10 more in the second quarter. His dunk early in the third quarter gave Madrid a double-digit lead as the rest of the team joined in and put Maccabi away for good. Read more here.

December 8, 2011 - Week 8

Olympiacos 84 - 82 Caja Laboral

brad olesonOlympiacos survived a valiant effort to hold on for an 84-82 victory over Caja Laboral to remain alive in Group A of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Vassilis Spanoulis poured in 21 points and had 5 assists to lead Olympiacos, which improved to 4-4 in the very balanced group. Kostas Papanikolaou added 12 points off the bench, while Georgios Printezis and Kyle Hines each scored 11 points as Olympiacos remained perfect at home this season. Mirza Teletovic poured in a career-high 32 points for Caja Laboral, which slipped to 4-4. Fernando San Emeterio scored 14 points and Pablo Prigioni collected 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in the loss. Read more here.

Belgacom Spirou 84 - 79 Partizan mt:s

jiri welsch belgacom spirouBelgacom Spirou foiled plans by Partizan mt:s to enter the Top 16 with an 84-79 win at the SpirouDome in Charleroi, Belgium, on Thursday night. The victory – Spirou’s first at home this season – lifted the team’s record to 2-6, however it was not enough to keep the Belgian champs’ hopes of reaching the Top 16 alive. Partizan dropped to 4-4, but will advance to the next stage with a win in either of its remaining games. looked outmatched until the middle of the second quarter, when it used an 18-8 run to finish the half within 37-38, and then outscored Partizan 47-41 in the second half to claim the win. Read more here.

Real Madrid 88 - 64 Maccabi Electra

nikola miroticReal Madrid became the exclusive leader atop the Group C standings by downing Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 88-64 in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Madrid improved to 6-3 to climb to first place and became the top candidate to win Group C. Maccabi dropped to 5-3 and now ties for second place with its next opponent, Anadolu Efes. Nikola Mirotic paced the winners with 26 points - a new Euroleague career-best. Jaycee Carroll added 17 while Marty Pocius had 12 for Madrid. Keith Langford led Maccabi with 17 points. Lior Eliyahu added 11 while Richard Hendrix had 10 for the guests. Mirotic had 12 points in the first quarter to give Madrid a 22-15 lead after 10 minutes. Read more here.

FC Barcelona Regal 63 - 50 Unics

FC Barcelona Regal remained undefeated one more week in Group D thanks to a convincing 63-50 home win over visiting Unics Kazan. The guests managed to stay close throughout the first three quarters, and never surrendered despite trailing all the time. However, a starting 12-0 in the last period broke the game open for good. Barca improved its record to 8-0 while Unics drops to 5-3, even though both teams had already qualified for the Top 16. Juan Carlos Navarro led the way for the winners with 13 points, Erazem Lorbek added 11 and Pete Mickeal had 10. For Unics, Terrell Lyday posted 12 points and Lynn Greer had 10. Read more here.

GS Medical Park 63 - 67 Montepaschi Siena

Montepaschi Siena kept its chances to win Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season Group D by edging Galatasaray Medical Park 63-67 in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday. Montepaschi improved to 6-2 and will be at least third at the end of this round. Galatasaray dropped to 3-5 but has good chances to go to the next round. In fact, Galatasaray will advance next week if it beats Union Olimpija at home. David Andersen led the winners with 18 points. Igor Rakocevic added 17 for Montepaschi. Jaka Lakovic led Galatasaray with 15 points. Luksa Andric added 14 while Jamon Gordon had 10 for the hosts. Rakocevic shined early to give Montepaschi a 18-19 edge after 10 minutes. Read more here.

Unicaja 79 - 90 Brose Baskets

julius jenkinsBrose Baskets took revenge on Unicaja and managed to pull a valuable road win on Thursday night in Malaga, Spain by 79-90. The win allows Brose Baskets to stay very much alive for the Top 16 race in Group B with a 3-5 record, the same as Unicaja, but also with the point differential in favor of the German team. Brose Baskets managed to build a 17-point lead, 25-42, thanks to a 2-20 run in the second quarter and a huge Julius Jenkins. In the third quarter, Joel Freeland appeared for Unicaja to cut the deficit down, but Casey Jacobsen and his three threes in the last period helped the guests maintain a safe lead for good. Jenkins led the winners with his 23 points, Marcus Slaughter added 14, Anton Gavel had 12, Jacobsen chipped in with 11 and PJ Tucker had a double-double of 11 points and 13 boards. Read more here.

December 7, 2011

Asseco Prokom 67 - 52 Union Olimpija

Asseco Prokom registered its first win of the season by thrashing Union Olimpija Ljubljana 67-52 on Wednesday night in Group D, in Gdynia, Poland. A 23-3 third quarter made the difference for the home team after the guests led 27-30 at halftime. Fourteen baskets from downtown by Prokom proved too much for the visitors to overcome. Lukasz Seweryn, Przemyslaw Frasunkiewickz and Jerel Blassingame scored 12 points apiece for the Polish champs, while Donatas Motiejunas nailed 11 and added an all-time Euroleague single-game record of 18 defensive rebounds. Boris Rothbart amassed 16 points and 11 boards for Olimpija, Deon Thompson and Aleksandar Capin drained 11 apiece and Sasu Salin had 10. Read more here.

SLUC Nancy 53 - 73 Fenerbahce Ulker

curtis jerrells fenerbahce ulkerFenerbahce Ulker got much closer to clinch a Top 16 spot in Group A by downing Sluc Nancy 53-73 at Palais des Sports Jean Weille, France on Wednesday. Fenerbahce moved up to 5-3 and will make it to the Top 16 with another win - even when it could also go through it loses its two remaining games. Nancy dropped to 3-5 and will probably need to win its two remaining games in other to advance. James Gist led the winners with 16 points. Bojan Bogdanovic and Curtis Jerrells each added 14 for Fenerbahce. Jamal Shuler had 17 points for Nancy while Akin Akingbala added 11. Bogdanovic shined in the first quarter to give Fenerbahce a 15-22 margin after 10 minutes. Read more here.

Gescrap BB 64 - 67 Bennet Cantu

gianluca basile bennet cantuBennet Cantu took a huge step towards a Top 16 spot as Ginaluca Basile’s buzzer-beating three-pointer gave his team a 64-67 win over Gescrap BB in a packed Bilbao Arena. It was the fifth victory for Cantu in balanced Group A. Cantu hit 10 three pointers and led for the great majority of the game, often holding a double-digit lead, but it looked as the high-drama would extend into overtime when Kostas Vasiliadis tied the game with 2.9 seconds to go. But Basile, who finished the game with 7 points on 2-for-8 shooting, made a long and awkward three that gave his team an important victory. Vladimir Micov scored all of his 13 points in the first half to lead Cantu, Giorgi Shermadini added 11 points and 5 rebounds and Maarten Leunen scored 10 and grabbed 5 rebounds. Read more here.

Zalgiris Kaunas 59 - 94 Panathinaikos

sonny weems zalgiris kaunasPanathinaikos locked at least second place in Group B and kept its chances to finish first by downing Zalgiris 59-94 in Kaunas, Lithuania on Wednesday. Panathinaikos improved to 6-2 in Group B and visits undefeated leader CSKA Moscow next week in a high-profile showdown. Zalgiris dropped to 2-6 and faces a critical game against Brose Baskets in Bamberg, Germany next week. Steven Smith and Nick Calathes paced the winners with 17 points apiece. Mike Batiste added 13 for Panathinaikos. Sonny Weems led Zalgiris with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Marko Popovic added 14 points for the hosts. Zalgiris led for the best part of the first quarter but a layup by Ian Vougioukas gave Panathinaikos a 14-15 lead after 10 minutes. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 87 - 74 KK Zagreb

jamont gordon cska moscowCSKA Moscow remained undefeated through eight games after downing visiting KK Zagreb 87-74 in the Russian capital on Wednesday, but the game was a lot closer than the final score would indicate. Zagreb rallied from a double-digit third quarter deficit to take a brief lead late in that quarter and CSKA only led 60-58 through 30 minutes after a Ramunas Siskauskas triple. Zagreb toed it early in the fourth and was still within 5 within six minutes to play, but Nenad Krstic played his best down the stretch and helped CSKA pull away for the win. Jamont Gordon paced the Russian champs with a season-high 18 points, Krstic posted 14 points and 9 rebounds, Sammy Mejia scored 13, Siskauskas 11 and Andrey Vorontsevich netted 10. Read more here.

Anadolu Efes 84 - 70 EA7 Emporio Armani

sasha vujacicAnadolu Efes recorded its third straight victory on Wednesday night at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul by beating EA7 Emporio Armani 84-70 to clinch a Top 16 berth. Efes dominated from start to finish in improving to 5-3 and ensuring a share of second place in Group C at the end of Thursday’s games. Efes started the game with 8 straight points, added a 13-0 run that bridged the first and second quarters and reeled off 11 more unanswered later in the second quarter in building a 45-27 halftime lead. And Armani never got within single figures the rest of the way. Sinan Guler led Efes with 14 points, Sasha Vujacic and Cenk Akyol netted 12 apiece and Esteban Batista scored 10 as part of a well-balanced team effort. Read more here.

December 2, 2011 - Week 7 bwin co-MVPs: Erazem Lorbek, FC Barcelona Regal and Milan Macvan, Partizan mt:s

milan macvan partizanFor the first time this season the Euroleague’s weekly MVP honor is shared by two players. And it couldn’t be more fitting. Two-time All-Euroleague selection Erazem Lorbek of FC Barcelona Regal and Milan Macvan of Partizan mt:s are two of the best big man in the game and both starred in important wins for their respective teams en route to sharing Week 7 bwin MVP honors. Lorbek needed just 25 minutes to produce 15 points with just 2 missed shots plus 8 rebounds, 2 assists and a block in posting a performance index rating of 25 as Barcelona remained undefeated with a 45-76 road win at Asseco Prokom Gdynia. Read more here.

December 1, 2011 - Week 7

Partizan mt:s 74 - 71 Maccabi Electra

milan macvan partizanPartizan mt:s took a big step towards the Top 16 with a 74-71 win over Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv on Thursday at Pionir Arena in Belgrade. The Serbian champions used their home-court advantage to snap Maccabi’s five-game winning streak in Group C. Partizan was led by Milan Macvan, on-loan from Maccabi, who hit two clutch three pointers in the fourth quarter on his way to a game-high 22 points and 8 rebounds. Nikola Pekovic scored 17 for Partizan, which was without injured point guard Acie Law, but got a huge lift from young forward Vladimir Lucic who finished with 15 points. Maccabi missed its first chance to secure a Top 16 as it dropped to 5-2 and into a tie with Real Madrid for first place. Read more here.

Bennet Cantu 71 - 68 Caja Laboral

In a dramatic game of improbable swings, Bennet Cantu squeaked past Caja Laboral 71-68 at the Pala Desio in Cantu, Italy, on Thursday night. The victory created a three-way tie at 4-3 atop Group A between Cantu, Caja Laboral and Fenerbahce Ulker, while three other teams are right behind at 3-4 – the tightest race after seven games in the history of the Turkish Euroleague Regular Season. The visitors looked unbeatable after they grabbed a 12-21 in the first quarter, but Cantu outscored its opponent 40-15 in the middle two quarters, then built further on that lead to take a seemingly unbeatable 64-43 lead with five minutes to go. But Caja Laboral outscored the hosts 7-25 from then on, a rally that ended in the final seconds with a steal by Andrea Cinciarini. Read more here.

EA7 Emporio Armani 65 - 72 Real Madrid

Real Madrid advanced to the Top 16 in difficult Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season Group C by edging EA7 Emporio Armani 65-72 in Milano, Italy on Thursday night. Madrid improved to 5-2 and mathematically made it to the next round due to its 2-0 record against Armani and Belgacom Spirou. Milano dropped to 2-5 and needs to bounce back right away to keep its Top 16 options alive. Sergio Rodriguez paced the winners with 19 points. Rudy Fernandez added 13 while Nikola Mirotic had 11 and 10 rebounds for Madrid. Danilo Gallinari led Armani with 13 points. Stefano Mancinelli added 12, Drew Nicholas had 11 while Ioannis Bourousis got 10 for the hosts. Fernandez led a 0-9 opening run that allowed Madrid to keep a 15-20 margin after 10 minutes. Read more here.

Asseco Prokom 45 - 76 FC Barcelona Regal

jerel blassingameFC Barcelona Regal kept its perfect record on Thursday night thanks to a clear 45-76 road win at Asseco Prokom. The guests led by 10 at the break but a 2-12 run to start the third period broke the game open for good. Barca stands at the top of Group D with a 7-0 record and already a berth in the Top 16. On the other hand, Prokom remains the only winless team in the competition at 0-7 and is out of the race for the Top 16. Victor Sada led the way for the winners with his best Euroleague scoring performance ever for 17 points, including 3 of 3 triples, Erazem Lorbek added 15 points and 8 boards and Kosta Perovic chipped in with 10. Read more here.

Union Olimpija 57 - 63 Montepaschi Siena

david andersenMontepaschi Siena advanced to the Top 16 on Thursday evening thanks to a thrilling win over hosting Union Olimpija by 57-63. Despite a starting 0-10 for the guests, Olimpija regrouped and thanks to smothering defense, even managed to jump ahead. However, a final 2 of 19 from the arc was too much for the hosts to bear and Montepaschi sealed the win with free throws. The win allows Montepaschi to improve to 5-2 in Group D and advances to the Top 16. This win also allows Unics, an earlier winner over Galatasaray, advance to the Toop 16 as well with a 5-1 record in its debut season. Union Olimpija is now 1-6 and has little options to advance now. Read more here.

Unics 72 - 61 Galatasaray Medical Park

preston shumpertUnics got closer to the Top 16 in its first Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by downing Galatasaray Medical Park 72-61 in Kazan, Russia on Thursday. Unics improved to 5-2 in regular season Group D and will seal its ticket to the next round if Montepaschi Siena beats Union Olimpija in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in a game later Thursday. Galatasaray dropped to 3-4, but keeps good chances to stay alive in the competition. Terrell Lyday paced the winners with 17 points. Henry Domercant added 13 - all in the second half, Lynn Greer had 12 and Vladimir Vereemenko tallied 11 points and 7 rebounds for Unics. Read more here.

Fenerbahce Ulker 86 - 70 Olympiacos

Fenerbahce Ulker picked up an important and impressive victory in tightly-wound Group A by downing Olympiacos Piraeus 86-70 on Thursday night. Cutis Jerrells came off the bench for 17 points and 5 assists and Roko Ukic added 16 points as the Turkish champs improved to 4-3. The game was tied late in the second quarter and after FB Ulker moved ahead 42-36 at the break, the Reds closed to within 2 early in the third quarter. But Gasper Vidmar scored half the points in an 8-0 run and the hosts never looked back. Olympiacos did get back within 5 in the fourth quarter, but Jerrells and Ukic took care of business and lifted Fener forward to the win and a the potential tiebreaker over Olympiacos, which won their previous meeting by 7. Read more here.

November 30, 2011

Gescrap BB 97 - 75 SLUC Nancy

Gescrap Bilbao rejoined the Top 16 race in Group A by downing Sluc Nancy 97-75 at home on Wednesday. Both teams are now tied in Group A with a 3-4 record, but Gescrap managed to overcome its 14-point loss in Nancy to get the tie-break advantage if both teams remain tied at the end of the regular season. Alex Mumbru led 6 Gescrap players in double digits with 15 points. Janis Blums and Marko Banic each added 12, Raul Lopez and Aaron Jackson had 11 while Kostas Vasileadis got 10 for Gescrap. Jamal Shuler had 19 points to lead Nancy while Adrien Moerman added 16. A three-pointer by Roger Grimau tied the game, 22-22, after 10 minutes and a fast break layup by Pape-Philippe Amagou brought Nancy within 40-39 at halftime. Read more here.

Panathinaikos 94 - 76 KK Zagreb

mike batiste panathinaikosAfter 25 minutes of very even scoreboards, defending champions Panathinaikos locked down its defense and pulled away to a solid 94-76 victory over upstart KK Zagreb on Wednesday at OAKA arena in Athens, Greece. The Greens raised their record to 5-2 and remain alone in second place in Group D, while Zagreb's two-game win streak was halted, leaving the visitors to share in a three-way tie for fourth place at 2-5 with Brose Baskets and Zalgiris Kaunas. After sharing leads all game, Zagreb was up 55-58 midway through the third quarter, which is when the Panathinaikos defense went into overdrive. The result was a 24-4 run over almost 10 minutes that made the victory look easier than it was. Read more here.

Brose Baskets 78 - 81 CSKA Moscow

milos teodosic cska moscowCSKA Moscow continued its unbeaten run through Group B by downing Brose Baskets Bamberg 78-81 on former MVP Milos Teodosic’s buzzer-beating three-pointer. It was a thrilling game that saw the lead swing back and forth throughout the 40 minutes and featured four lead changes in the last five minutes. After freshly crowned November MVP Nenad Krstic tied the game at 78-78 with 51 seconds left, Casey Jacobsen missed a triple for the hosts and despite P.J. Tucker’s offensive rebound, Viktor Khryapa stole the ball and Teodosic did not hesitate when given a chance to win the game. Krstic paced CSKA with 20 points, Khryapa tallied 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, Alexey Shved netted 14 and Teodosic finished with 12 points and 5 assists. Read more here.

Belgacom Spirou 62 - 66 Anadolu Efes

dusko savanovic anadolu efesAnadolu Efes gave its Top 16 chances a serious boost with a 62-66 victory over Belgacom Spirou at the SpirouDome in Charleroi, Belgium, on Wednesday night. All-Euroleague forward Dusko Savanovic scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Efes won for the second week in a row and improved to 4-3 in Group C. The visitors jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Efes was up by 17 early in the third quarter. Demond Mallet scored 12 third-quarter points to keep the hosts’ hopes alive and Spirou rallied in the final minute, but never came within a shot of even tying the score. Stanko Barac added 12 points and 3 blocks for the winners and Sasha Vujacic scored 10. Read more here.

Zalgiris Kaunas 67 - 65 Unicaja

sonny weems zalgirisZalgiris registered its second win in Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season Group B by downing Unicaja 67-65 in Kaunas, Lithuania on Wednesday night. Zalgiris improved to 2-5 and rejoined the Top 16 race in this group while Unicaja dropped to 3-4 but plays 2 of its 3 remaining games in front of their fans. Sonny Weems led the winners with 18 points and 11 rebounds, including the go-ahead dunk in the final minute. Marko Popovic added 11 points while Ty Lawson had 10 for Zalgiris. Gerald Fitch led Unicaja with 15 points. Kristaps Valters and Joel Freeland each added 12 while Luka Zoric had 11 for the guests. Read more here.

November 28, 2011 - bwin MVP for November: Nenad Krstic, CSKA Moscow

nenad krstic cska moscow mvp novemberFor the first time in its eight-year history, the Euroleague Basketball's award for the best player each month will go to the same team twice in a row as Nenad Krstic of CSKA Moscow has been chosen bwin MVP for November. CSKA is one of just two Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams undefeated through six games, and Krstic has had everything to do with preserving that perfection in November. The 28-year-old center, playing his first season for CSKA, got more and more efficient as the month progressed. CSKA followed a pair of road victories, over KK Zagreb and Panathinaikos Athens, with a pair of home wins against Unicaja and Zalgiris Kaunas. Krstic had a key role in all four games, but was biggest when it counted most. Read more here.

November 25, 2011 - Week 6 bwin MVP: Fernando San Emeterio, Caja Laboral

fernando san emeterioAll-Euroleague small forward Fernando San Emeterio erupted for one of the best games of his career Thursday to lead Caja Laboral to a crucial overtime victory over Fenerbahce Ulker and in the process earned Week 6 bwin MVP honors. San Emeterio scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed a season-high 8 rebounds to pace Laboral in the 90-85 win. With the pressure on and players tired after a grueling 40 minutes of regulation, San Emeterio rose to the occasion with a three-pointer and a floater in the lane early in the extra session that helped set the sides apart. When the final buzzer sounded, San Emeterio had made 5 of 8 two-pointers, 3 of 4 threes and remained perfect from the line for the season with 6 successful free throws. Read more here.

November 25, 2011 - Navarro becomes Euroleague's all-time leading scorer

juan carlos navarroF.C. Barcelona Regal superstar Juan Carlos Navarro on Thursday night became the all-time leading scorer since the Euroleague was founded in 2000! Navarro’s left-handed layup off a Chuck Eidson steal at 5:30 of the third quarter of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague game against Union Olimpija at Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona gave him the record of 2,716 career points, previously held by recently-retired Marcus Brown. And with plenty of time left in this game and the season, he will keep adding to the record every time he takes the court. Navarro, 31, has played his entire 11-season Euroleague career with his hometown club, F.C. Barcelona. Read more here.

November 24, 2011 - Week 6

SLUC Nancy 76 - 75 Bennet Cantu

SLUC Nancy outlasted Bennet Cantu in a game that went down to the wire 76-75. Cantu had the last shot down 3 points, but came up with just 2 in the last second allowing Nancy to celebrate a tough win. Pape Philippe Amagou drained 18 points and Jamal Shuler added 12 for the winners. The victory turned group A into a feast of possibilities, as Nancy joined three other teams in second place with 3-3 records, including Cantu, with four games to go. Nancy managed to pull out the win despite committing 16 turnovers – double Cantu’s total – and getting only 4 points from star Nicolas Batum as Amagou came up big and the team outshot the visitors across the board. Cantu was led by Maarten Leunen’s 18 points and Vladimir Micov’s 14. Read more here.

Unicaja 76 - 77 Panathinaikos

steven smith panathinaikosReigning champion Panathinaikos blew a 17-point lead, but came back from a 4-point deficit with 15 seconds left to beat Unicaja Malaga 76-77 in a crucial road victory in Group B. Reigning Euroleague MVP Dimitris Diamantidis nailed 2 of his 7 three-pointers in the final 15 seconds to bring his team back from an apparent defeat with 23 points. Steven Smith and Romain Sato each scored 13 points as Panathinaikos improved to 4-2 in the group and avoided losing a third straight game. Luka Zoric helped Unicaja come back from a big hole with 21 points while Tremmell Darden scored 13 points and Kristaps Valters added 11 points. Read more here.

KK Zagreb 86 - 74 Brose Baskets

mario kasun kk zagrebKK Zagreb CO continued its run of good form and stayed in contention for a spot in the Top 16 with 86-74 victory over Brose Basket in Zagreb Arena. The Ants rode the hot hand of Josh Heytvelt, who scored 5 of his career-high 7 three-pointers in a span of three minutes in the third quarter that sparked a 17-4 run, and then scored 7 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to take his team to a 71-62 lead. Heytvelt finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds, both career-highs. Team captain Krunoslav Simon added 16 points and 12 rebounds, Mario Kasun had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Damir Mulaomerovic scored 13, and T.J. Ford - in his Euroleague debut – dished out 10 assists in only 13 minutes on the floor. Read more here.

Caja Laboral 90 - 85 Fenerbahce Ulker

brad oleson caja laboralIn one of the most intense games so far in this 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season, Caja Laboral improved its chances to reach the Top 16 and got in a better situation to win Group A by downing Fenerbahce Ulker 90-85 in overtime in Vitoria, Spain on Thursday. Laboral improved to 4-2 and now has a 2-0 record against Fener, that dropped to 3-3. Fernando San Emeterio paced the winners with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Milko Bjelica added 16 points, Brad Oleson had 13, Mirza Teletovic got 12 while Pablo Prigioni contributed 11 for Laboral. Bojan Bogdanovic led Fener with 19 points. Oguz Savas added 14 while Curtis Jerrells and Thabo Sefolosha each had 13 for the guests. Read more here.

FC Barcelona Regal 72 - 46 Union Olimpija

juan carlos navarroIn a night that will be remembered in Barcelona for a long time, the hosts FC Barcelona Regal thrashed Union Olimpija on Thursday night by 72-46. It was a night for the ages because it was then that star Juan Carlos Navarro became the new Euroleague all-time top scorer, surpassing Marcus Brown. With 5:30 to go in the third quarter, Chuck Eidson stole the ball and fed Navarro for an easy layup that marked his 2716th point in his Euroleague career since 2000. A record that will probably last for a long time since Navarro has just extended his contract for two more years with Barca. The win also allowed Barcelona to advance to the Top 16 keeping a perfect 6-0 record in Group D, while Olimpija drops to 1-5. Read more here.

Maccabi Electra 85 - 76 EA7 Armani

sofoklis schortsanitisMaccabi Electra roared for its fifth straight Group C win behind a brilliant performance from All-Euroleague center Sofoklis Schortsanitis in an 85-76 victory over EA7 Emporio Armani Milano at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv on Thursday. Big Sofo scored a career-high 28 points as Maccabi improved to 5-1 and remained alone atop the group standings. Schortsanitis dominated the proceedings early as Maccabi took a double-digit lead in the opening quarter. His 22nd points at the halftime buzzer made it 52-38 at the break. Armani battled back led by Danilo Gallinari to get within 3 in the third quarter, but Jordan Farmar scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to steer Maccabi to the win. Read more here.

GS Medical Park 78 - 76 Asseco Prokom

tutku acik galatasarayGalatasaray Medical Park survived Asseco Prokom in a home game Thursday night that ended 78-76 after overtime. Prokom was dominating the game, but an 11-1 by the hosts in the last minutes of the last period allowed them to force overtime and then won in the extra period as Oliver Lafayette missed the winning three. The win allows Galatasaray to improve to 3-3 while Prokom stays as the only winless team in the competition, 0-6. Zaza Pachulia led the winners with 19 points and 10 boards, Preston Shumpert added 13, Jamon Lucas 12 and Darius Songaila 10. For Prokom, Donatas Motiejunas had 22 points and 10 boards while Przemyslaw Zamojski added 15. Read more here.

Real Madrid 93 - 89 Belgacom Spirou

martynas pociusReal Madrid improved to 4-2 in difficult Group C and got closer to seal a Top 16 spot by downing Belgacom Spirou Basket 93-89 in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Madrid stayed undefeated at home while Spirou dropped to 1-5 and has slim chances to get to the next round. Marty Pocius led the winners with 20 points, including the game-sealing free throws with 5 secodns left. Jaycee Carroll added 16 while Nikola Mirotic and Serge Ibaka each had 12 for Madrid. Ibaka added 5 blocks and helped Madrid to outrebound Spirou by 35-24. Chris Hill led Spirou with 18 points. Caleb Green added 17, Demond Mallet had 15, Justin Hamilton got 13 while Toko Shengeila contributed 11 for the guests. Read more here.

November 23, 2011

Montepaschi Siena 73 - 79 Unics

henry domercant unicsUnics Kazan scored a major road win by upsetting Montepaschi Siena 73-79 on Wednesday night behind monster games from Henry Domercant and Vladimir Veremeenko. With the win Unics tied Montepaschi for second place in Group D at 4-2, though the Italian champs hold a tiebreak advantage should they remain tied at the end of the regular season. Montepaschi led by 6 late in the third quarter, but Unics dominated the fourth quarter by surging ahead early and then limiting Siena to 12 fourth-quarter points. Domercant finished with 24 points and Veremeenko tallied 21 points and 10 rebounds in playing all 40 minutes for the winners. Read more here.

Anadolu Efes 67 - 58 Partizan mt:s

sasha vujacic anadolu efesAnadolu Efes improved its chances to clinch a Top 16 spot in difficult regular season Group C by downing Partizan mt:s 67-58 at Sinan Erden Arena in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday. Both teams are now tied a 3-3 but Efes has a 2-0 record against Efes, in what would be a decisive factor if both teams remain tied at the end of the regular season. Sasha Vujacic paced the winners with 19 points. Dusko Savanovic added 16 while Stanko Barac had 10 for Efes. Milan Macvan led Partizan 15 points. Danilo Andjusic and Acie Law each added 10 for the guests. Efes opened the game with an 9-2 run but an outstanding Macvan and a big basket by Law allowed Partizan to get a 15-17 lead after 10 minutes. Read more here.

Olympiacos 88 - 81 Gescrap BB

vassilis spanoulisVassilis Spanoulis scored 18 of his Euroleague career-high 29 points to lead Olympiacos to a crucial 88-81 victory over Gescrap BB on Wednesday at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus, Greece. Spanoulis scored the go-ahead basket, assisted on the bucket that put the Reds up 9 and helped seal the win with 4 free throws in the final minute as Olympiacos survived to improve to 3-3 in tightly wound Group A. The loss dropped Gescrap to 2-4. Olympiacos jumped ahead to a 19-9 start, but Bilbao came back to within 45-42 by halftime and led for much of the third quarter. Alas Spanoulis turned up at his best in the fourth quarter to steer Olympiacos to victory. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 95 - 82 Zalgiris Kaunas

nenad krstic cska moscowCSKA became the first team to seal a ticket to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 by downing Zalgiris 95-82 in Moscow, Russia in Group B on Wednesday. CSKA stayed undefeated and improved to 6-0 to keep first place. Zalgiris dropped to 1-5 and needs to start winning right away in order to keep its Top 16 options alive. Nenad Krstic paced the winners with 21 points. Alexey Shved added 16, Andrey Vorontsevich and Milos Teodosic each had 14 while Nikita Kurbanov got 10 for CSKA. Sonny Weems led Zalgiris with 22 points. Marko Popovic and Tomas Delininkaitis each added 12 while Milovan Rakovic had 10 for the guests. Krstic helped CSKA to get an early 12-8 lead but Weems and Rakovic made Zalgiris regain the lead, 24-25, after 10 minutes. Read more here.

November 18, 2011 - Week 5 bwin MVP: Andrei Kirilenko, CSKA Moscow

andrei kirilenko cska moscowWith a brilliant team-oriented performance that set a new standard for efficiency, CSKA Moscow forward Andrei Kirilenko made sure to keep his team undefeated while garnering Week 5 bwin MVP honors. Though Kirilenko, who was also the opening week MVP as well as the winner of the October MVP title, only recorded 3 shot attempts during his 35 minutes on the floor of CSKA’s 77-66 victory, he managed to score, rebound and play defense to the fullest. Kirilenko finished the night with 17 points on near perfect shooting – 1 of 2 two-pointers, 1 for 1 from behind the arc and 12 of 13 on free throws – plus 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 6 steals, 3 blocked shots and 7 fouls drawn to amass the highest performance index rating in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague yet this season: 39. Read more here.

November 17, 2011 - Week 5

EA7 Emporio Armani 65 - 69 Partizan mt:s

nikola pekovic partizanPartizan mt:s overcame a 21-point third-quarter deficit and stunned EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 65-69 in Mediolanum Forum in Milano for an important victory. It was Partizan’s third straight in Group C of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and carried the Serbian champs into a tie for second place in the group at 3-2. The home side wasted a great defensive effort in the first half when they allowed only 19 points and left Partizan scoreless for the final seven minutes of the second quarter. Milano finished the first half with 15 unanswered points to build a double-digit lead, but Partizan finished the game in a remarkable fashion. Head coach Vlade Jovanovic’s resilient team was down by 15 point with six minutes to go but then used a huge 1-20 run to turn the game around and record their first away victory of the season. Read more here.

Real Madrid 104 - 84 Anadolu Efes

nikola mirotic real madridReal Madrid dominated Anadolu Efes 104-84 at home to hang onto a tie for second place in Group C. The win stopped a two-game slide for the Whites and improved their record to 3-2. Jaycee Carroll paved the way with 19 points, including 5 of 8 from beyond the arc., while Sergio Rodriguez racked up a game-leading 10 assists. Madrid outshot Efes in all categories, especially free throws, hitting 73% compared to 53% from the foul line. Efes cut a deficit of 21 points early in the fourth quarter to just 7 with under five minutes to go, but Rudy Fernandez scored 8 of his 14 in the final few minutes to help Madrid close out the game comfortably. Nikola Mirotic added 17 points and Carlos Suarez had 15 for the winners. Read more here.

Brose Baskets 79 - 76 Panathinaikos

dimitris diamantidisBrose Baskets pulled off a shock in Group B of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague by defending its home court with a 79-76 victory over Panathinaikos. Predrag Suput led the way with 19 points while Julius Jenkins had 13 points and Casey Jacobsen chipped in 10 in improving Brose’s record to 2-3. Panathinaikos dropped to 3-2 despite 16 points from Dimitris Diamantidis and 13 from Kostas Kaimakoglou. Nick Calathes and Romain Sato both chipped in with 11 points. Neither team could score in their first couple of possessions in the first two minutes until Brian Roberts’ layup after a steal to put Bamberg ahead 2-0. Diamantidis answered at the other end to make it 2-2. PJ Tucker was very aggressive in the early going and drove hard to the basket for a layup and Jacobsen’s triple from the left corner gave Brose a 7-2 advantage. Read more here.

Maccabi Electra 69 - 59 Belgacom Spirou

demond malletDespite controlling the game in the first quarter, it was a much fought home win for Maccabi Electra on Thursday night as it defeated Belgacom Spirou by 69-59. The hosts led 22-11 after 10 minutes, but Demond Mallet led the guests into a solid comeback that had them ahead by 50-54 after 30 minutes. However, a starting 10-0 to the last quarter was good enough for Maccabi to pull the final win. With the win, Maccabi improves to 4-1 to keep leading Group C while Spirou drops to 1-4 and will finish the first leg of the regular season in last place. Read more here.

Montepaschi Siena 84 - 73 Asseco Prokom

rimantas kaukenasMontepaschi improved to 4-1 in Group D and took another step forwards to advance to the Top 16 by downing Asseco Prokom Gdynia 84-73 in Siena, Italy on Thursday. Rimantas Kaukenas led the winners with 15 points - all in the second half. Bo McCalebb added 14, David Moss had 11 while David Andersen got 10 for Montepaschi. Donatas Motiejunas led Prokom with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Oliver Lafayette added 19 points while Przemyslaw Zamojski had 11 - all in the fourth quarter - for Prokom, that dropped to 0-5. Ksistof Lavrinovic and McCalebb allowed Montepaschi to get a 16-15 edge after 10 minutes. Read more here.

GS Medical Park 66 - 70 FC Barcelona Regal

marcelinho huertas fc barcelona regalFC Barcelona Regal remained unbeaten after surviving a fourth -quarter comeback from Galatasaray Medical Park to record a 66-70 road win on Thursday night. Barca reached the midway point of the regular season with a perfect record in Group D thanks to a 14-point effort from Erazem Lorbek. Former MVP Juan Carlos Navarro added 12 in his quest to become the all-time leading scorer in the competition. He now needs 14 points to achieve that distinction. The visitors dominated in the second quarter to lead 29-44 at halftime and increased the advantage to 20 in the third quarter. But Galatasaray roared in the fourth quarter as Barca missed shot after shot and eventually the hosts clawed their way back within 2 with 10 seconds left. Read more here.

Unics 81 - 51 Union Olimpija

terrell lydayThanks to a roaring comeback after the halftime break, Unics made sure Union Olimpija didn't survive in Kazan on Thursday night and took its first home win of the season by 81-51. With a 39-34 after 20 minutes, the hosts stormed with a rain of threes that broke the game open and soon earned a 20-point lead for Unics, who never looked back. The third period ended with a 22-5 for Unics. The win allows the Kazan team to improve to 3-2 in Group D to finish the first leg of the regular season, while Union Olimpija dropped to 1-4. Terrell Lyday led all scorers with 22 points, his highest of the season, including 7 of 8 two-point shots. Mike Wilkinson joined him with 21 points behind 4 of 5 threes and 13 points in the third quarter. Read more here.

November 16, 2011

Olympiacos 91 - 78 SLUC Nancy

lazaros papadopoulos olympiacosOlympiacos survived a critical test in Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season Group A by downing Sluc Nancy 91-78 in the Pireaus, Greece on Wednesday. Olympiacos and Nancy join Gescrap Bizkaia in a three-way tie for fourth place in Group A, all at 2-3 and just one win away from the leaders - Caja Laboral, Fenerbahce Ulker and Bennet Cantu. Vassilis Spanoulis paced the winners with 26 points and 6 assists. Michalis Pelekanos added 11 points while Andreas Glyniadakis had 10 for Olympiacos. Pelekanos lived up to his defensive reputation by limiting Nancy superstar Nicolas Batum to just 9 points. Adrien Moerman led Nancy with 20 points, John Linehan added 17 and Jamal Shuler 15. Read more here.

KK Zagreb 80 - 78 Zalgiris Kaunas

paulius jankunasKK Zagreb recorded its first ever Euroleague victory on Wednesday by outlasting Zalgiris Kaunas 80-78 in a thriller in the Croatian capital. Krunoslav Simon scored 22 points and Josh Heytvelt added 17 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Zagreb dominated early and led by 15 in the second quarter, but Zalgiris came all the way back to set up a very exciting fourth quarter, which featured 11 lead changes and four ties. Paulius Jankunas tied the game at 78-78 with 27 seconds to go. Zagreb kept the visitors in the game by making 2 of 4 free throws the rest of the way, but Zalgiris committed a costly turnover and Mantas Kalnietis missed at the buzzer, which allowed Zagreb to celebrate. Read more here.

Caja Laboral 84 - 89 Gescrap BB

kostas vasiliadisA local derby played for the first time on the international stage saw Gescrap BB rally for a huge 84-89 victory over archrival Caja Laboral before a shocked home crowd in Vitoria, Spain on Wednesday. Gescrap raised its Group A record to 2-3 and will be tied for fourth place. Caja Laboral lost its second straight and will share a mutliple tie for first place at 3-2. Except for a pair of third-quarter possessions, Gescrap had led the whole game until Caja Laboral surged ahead 81-76 with 3 minutes left. That's when Gescrap reacted with a 0-11 run ingited by Alex Mumbru from downtown. Kostas Vasiliadis sealed the victory at the foul line, sending Gescrap just 60 kilometers up the road to Bilbao with something to celebrate. Read more here.

Fenerbahce Ulker 85 - 83 Bennet Cantu

bojan bogdanovic fenerbahce ulkerIn an exciting battle that went down to the wire, Fenerbahce Ulker grabbed its third consecutive win in Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season Group A by edging Bennet Cantu 85-83 in overtime in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday. Both teams are tied at 3-2 in the upper standing of this group's standings. Omer Onan led the winners with 18 points. Thabo Sefolosha added 14, Oguz Savas had 13, Bojan Bogdanovic and Roko Ukic each got 12 while Gasper Vidmar contributed 10 for Fenerbahce. Gianluca Basile and Nicolas Mazzarino led Cantu with 12 points apiece. Maarten Leunen and Denis Marconato had 11 apiece for the guests. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 77 - 66 Unicaja

milos teodosic cska moscowCSKA became the first team to 5 wins in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague this season by downing visiting Unicaja 77-66 on Wednesday evening in Group B. Former Euroleague MVP Milos Teodosic scored 6 in an 8-0 charge late in the second quarter that helped the hosts lead 34-29 at halftime. Teodosic, Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved provided third-quarter highlights as the Russian champs ran away with the game by taking the lead past 20 points. Unicaja did mount a serious fourth quarter charge through Berni Rodriguez and Tremmell Darden and eventually closed to within 6 with a minute to play, but a Teodosic triple slammed the door on that comeback and ensured the CSKA victory. Read more here.

November 11, 2011 - Week 4 bwin MVP: Nicolas Batum, SLUC Nancy

nicolas batum sluc nancy week 4 mvpSLUC Nancy forward Nicolas Batum was at his best against on Thursday with a brilliant all-around performance to lead the French champs to a 90-85 win over previously unbeaten Caja Laboral. The victory made Nancy 2-0 at home this season and just like in their previous win in front of French fans, Batum was the star of the show and subsequently earned Week 4 bwin MVP honors. Batum amassed an impressive stat line of 21 points with just 3 missed shots in addition to 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a block en route to a performance index rating of 35. Beyond the numbers, Batum was also crucial to the Nancy effort in that he played all 40 minutes – his average 39:26 minutes per game is most in the league – and was clutch down the stretch with and 7 points in the game's last 5 minutes. Read more here.

November 10, 2011 - Week 4

Belgacom Spirou 76 - 81 EA7 Emporio Armani

ioannis bourousisAfter a neck-and-neck battle throughout the game, EA7 Emporio Armani Milan pulled out a thrilling 76-81 win in the final minute against Belgacom Spirou. The game featured numerous lead changes, but Milano prevailed in the end, thanks to steady play from Antonis Fotsis, who led the team with 19 points, and Danilo Gallinari, who added 17. Both players also hit timely foul shots with the game on the line. Ioannis Bourousis was also a factor for the visitors, establishing an effective low-post game, especially in the final quarter. Spirou was led by Demond Mallet’s 21 points, while Andre Riddick added 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both Group C teams needed the win to stay in the upper half of the standings, but it was Milan that lifted its record to 2-2, while Spirou slipped to 1-3. Read more here.

Partizan mt:s 80 - 79 Real Madrid

acie law partizanPartizan m:ts recorded another huge victory in front of its loyal fans at Pionir Arena by downing Real Madrid 80-79 in a dramatic fashion. Partizan survived despite only 2-of-14 three-point shooting and beat Real Madrid for only the second time in club history. Both teams now have 2-2 records in Group C. Acie Law made what turned out to be 2 crucial free throws with 17.3 seconds to go while Sergio Llull in the remaining time missed one of two free throws as well as the potentially game-wining triple at the buzzer. Nikola Pekovic was hosts’ top scorer with 21 points, and Milan Macvan scored 16 along with 12 rebounds. Read more here.

SLUC Nancy 90 - 85 Caja Laboral

mirza teletovic caja laboralSLUC Nancy picked up its second victory of the season and handed Caja Laboral its first loss with a 90-85 decision in a thrilling back-and-forth Group A encounter. Akin Akingbala scored 26 points to lead Nancy in scoring while Nicolas Batum collected 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists as Nancy improved to 2-2. Pape Philippe Amagou added 16 points and Adrien Moerman chipped in 13 points for the winners. Caja Laboral, who were facing Nancy for the first time since 1997, dropped to 3-1 despite 24 points from Mirza Teletovic, 19 points by Fernando San Emeterio and 12 from Kevin Seraphin. Read more here.

Panathinaikos 76 - 78 CSKA Moscow

nick calathes panathinaikosCSKA Moscow survived an overtime thriller to remain undefeated by beating Panathinaikos 76-78 in the latest classic showdown between the Euroleague powerhouses. CSKA took sole possession of first place in Group B with the come-from-behind win. It was an all-around effort for the Russian champs, who got the job done at both ends of the intense contest. Former Euroleague MVP Ramunas Siskauskas scored 14 to lead CSKA against his former team. Nenad Krstic posted 13 points and 11 rebounds, Viktor Khryapa posted 11 points, 4 assists and 3 blocks, Alexey Shved netted 10 and Andrei Kirilenko tallied 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 rejections. Read more here.

FC Barcelona Regal 92 - 75 Montepaschi

chuck eidson fc barcelona regalThe duel of Group D undefeated teams on Thursday night fell in favor of hosting FC Barcelona Regal, who defeated Montepaschi Siena by 92-75. An early run for 19-4 allowed the hosts to face the game calmly, while Siena had to make up for big deficits from early on, and it never had a chance to succeed. The win lifts Barcelona's record to a perfect 4-0 to lead the group while Siena drops to 1-3. Chuck Eidson had his best night since his arrival to Barcelona to lead his team with 22 points. Erazem Lorbek, going through a sweet moment, helped with 17, and Boni Ndong had 15. For Siena, Bo McCalebb led the way with 20 points, Ksistof Lavrinovic had 13, David Andersen 12, Igor Rakocevic 11 and Rimas Kaukenas 10.

Anadolu Efes 72 - 79 Maccabi Electra

sasha vujacic anadolu efesMaccabi Electra took the battle atop the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season Group C standings by edging Anadolu Efes 72-79 in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday night. Maccabi became the first team to win a Euroleague game in Sinan Erdem Arena - home of the 2012 Final Four - this season and improved to 3-1 in Group C. Efes dropped to 2-2 and registered its second home loss in this group. Jordan Farmar paced the winners with 18 points. David Blu added 15 while Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Lior Eliyahu each had 12 for Maccabi. Sasha Vujacic led Efes with 21 points while Stanko Barac added 17. A 0-6 run that Shawn James capped with a dunk allowed Maccabi to get a 13-14 lead after 10 minutes. Read more here.

Zalgiris Kaunas 81 - 70 Brose Baskets

marko popovic zalgirisIn a back and forth game at the Zalgirio Arena on Thursday, Zalgiris Kaunas managed to pull its first win of the season thanks to a 81-70 thrilling win over Brose Baskets. The guests dominated the first minutes but a stellar Sonny Weems put the hosts back in the game and then ahead for good. However, Brose Baskets never surrendered and even had the chance to tie the game again with 5 minutes left, but after that, Zalgiris recovered and never looked back again to the delight of its fans on the stands. Zalgiris therefore improves to 1-3 in Group B while Brose drops to also 1-3. Weems was a beast in offense as he led all scorers with 22 points, Marko Popovic added 13 for Zalgiris and Milovan Rakovic had 12 points and 6 rebounds. Read more here.

November 9, 2011

Asseco Prokom 68 - 72 Unics

adam lapeta asseco prokomUnics came from behind in the fourth quarter of an intense seesaw battle against Asseco Prokom to pull out its second road win of the season 68-72. Henry Domercant came up big again with 15 fourth-quarter points, including a clutch three-pointer with 36 seconds on the clock to lead the winners. Unics improved its record to 2-2 in its first Turkish Airlines Euroleague season. Prokom, despite leading by 5 midway through the fourth quarter, fell to 0-4. Domercant led all scorers with 23 points. Kelly McCarty added 13 and Aleksey Savrasenko had 10 for Kazan. Donatas Motiejunas paced Prokom with 19 points, while Michael Kuebler knocked down 15 and Oliver Lafayette 14. Read more here.

Bennet Cantu 64 - 63 Olympiacos

marko keselj olympiacosAnother party atmosphere in Desio, Italy ended in joy for the home fans again as Bennet Cantu outlasted visiting Olympiacos 64-63 on a free throw with 7.8 seconds left by Giorgi Shermadini. Cantu, in its return to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague after a 17-year absence, raised its record to 3-1, with all victories at home. With one game left to play in the group, Nancy vs. Caja Laboral on Thursday, Cantu will either be alone in second place or tied with both for the group lead at the end of the week. Olympiacos, meanwhile, has dropped to 1-3, with its last two defeats on the road by a combined 3 points, and shares a fifth-place tie with Bizkaia Bilbao Basket. Read more here.

Bizkaia Bilbao 70 - 73 Fenerbahce Ulker

bojan bogdanovic fenerbahce ulkerFenerbahce Ulker grabbed its second consecutive win in Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season Group A by edging Bizkaia Bilbao Basket 70-73 on the road on Wednesday. Fenerbahce moved up to 2-2 in Group A and improved its chances to go to the Top 16. Bilbao went down to 1-3, registered its third consecutive loss and needs to bounce back right away, starting with its game against regional rivals Caja Laboral next week. Bojan Bogdanovic led the winners with 19 points in just 22 minutes. Curtis Jerrells added 15 while James Gist had 10 for Fenerbahce. Marko Banic had 17 points for Bilbao while Kostas Vasileadis added 15. Bogdanovic had 9 points late in the first quarter to give Fenerbahce a 21-26 lead after 10 minutes. Bilbao improved its defense and Banic allowed his team to get a 36-32 margin at the break. Read more here.

Unicaja 99 - 85 KK Zagreb

jorge garbajosa unicajaUnicaja will move into a tie for second place in Group B after a 99-85 win over KK Zagreb CO on Wednesday at Martin Carpena Arena in Malaga, Spain. Unicaja improved to 3-1 and will join the loser of Thursday’s Panathinaikos vs. CSKA duel in second place, one win behind the winner and group leader. The visitors got off to a 0-9 start and led throughout the first quarter, but Jorge Garbajosa and EJ Rowland keyed a 16-0 blitz as the hosts took control midway through the second quarter, led 49-41 at the half and never looked back. The lead reached 21 in the fourth quarter as Unicaja cruised to the win. Luka Zoric paced six Unicaja scorers in double figures with 14 against his former team, Joel Freeland added 13, Garbajosa and Rowland scored 12 each, Berni Rodriguez 11 and Saul Blanco 10. Read more here.

Union Olimpija 70 - 79 Galatasaray Medical Park

jaka blazic union olimpijaGalatasaray Medical Park took a critical step forwards towards reaching the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 in Group D by beating Union Olimpija 70-79 in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Wednesday night. Galatasaray moved up to 2-2 and will at least tie for third place at the end of this round. Olimpija dropped to 1-3 and plays 4 of its next 5 games on the road. In his first-ever Euroleague start at age 20, Furkan Aldemir paced the winners with 18 points on 7-of-9 two-pointers and 11 rebounds. Josh Shipp added 17 points, Preston Shumpert got 11 while Darius Songaila had 10 for Galatasaray. Aleksandar Capin led Olimpija with 15 points. Ratko Varda added 14 while Deon Thompson had 11 for the hosts. Read more here.

November 5, 2011 - Week 3 bwin MVP: Jordan Farmar, Maccabi Electra

jordan farmarJordan Farmar delivered his finest performance to date since joining Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv over the summer to lead the Israeli champs to an 88-82 victory over Real Madrid and earn Week 3 bwin MVP honors. Farmar, a Euroleague rookie, had big shoes to fill this season when he took the spot in the starting lineup of All-Euroleague point guard Jeremy Pargo, who led the Israeli champs to the Euroleague title game last season. But in a highly-anticipated showdown against the team Macccabi bested in the semifinals at last season’s Final Four in Barcelona, Farmar came through using his speed, shot making ability and ball handling skills to post big numbers. Read more here.

November 4, 2011 - Week 3

Panathinaikos 92 - 75 Zalgiris Kaunas

milovan rakovicPanathinaikos remained undefeated in Group B with a strong second half to beat Zalgiris Kaunas 92-75 at OAKA on Friday night in the last game of Week 3. Reigning Euroleague MVP Dimitris Diamantidis scored 16 points to pace the winners. The visitors, who played their first game under new head coach Aleksandar Trifunovic, played well early and led 38-42 at halftime. But Diamantidis opened the second half with a pair of three-pointers and later Kostas Kaimakoglou nailed a triple to make it 64-55 at the end of the third quarter. Steven Smith starred in a 10-0 fourth-quarter run that wrapped up the game. Read more here.

November 4, 2011 - Euroleague Basketball Announce 2012 Nike International Junior Classification Tournaments

nike international junior tournamentThe Euroleague Basketball Nike International Junior Tournament, which crowns the best youth team of the continent each spring, will mark its 10th anniversary at the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul, Turkey on the second weekend in May. Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that four preliminary classification tournaments will be held across Europe during the winter – in Rome, L'Hospitalet, Belgrade and, for the first time ever, Kaunas, Lithuania – to determine qualifiers for the finals in Istanbul. The winners in each of those cities will reserve the right to play on the biggest stage of all, in parallel with the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. The winning team in Istanbul will become the undisputed European Junior Club Champion and will represent Europe in the 2012 Nike Global Challenge. Read more here.

November 4, 2011 - SLUC Nancy's Linehan sets Euroleague assist mark

SLUC Nancy playmaker John Linehan set a new Euroleague record with 15 assists on Thursday night in Istanbul. The previous record of 14 assists in a game came twice. Linehan broke the record with a pass to Nicolas Batum for a three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining. Despite his performance, host Fenerbahce Ulker won the game 90-86. Linehan, 33, is a Turkish Airlines Euroleague rookie accomplishing this feat in just his third Euroleague game. He totaled 7 assists in his first two appearances. Read more here.

November 3, 2011

Partizan mt:s 91 - 81 Belgacom Spirou

nikola pekovicPartizan mt:s downed Belgian champion Belgacom Spirou Charleroi 91-81 in front of a loud and faithful home crowd at Pionir Arena for its first victory in this Turkish Airlines Euroleague season. Partizan led for the great majority of this fast-paced Group C encounter, but could not break the game open until the final three minutes of the fourth quarter when Acie Law scored crucial points to secure the home team’s win. Law ended up being the top scorer in the game with 26 points and he dished out 7 assist as well. Nikola Pekovic scored 21 on 9-of-13 shooting, while Milan Macvan had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Dragan Milosavljevic also finished the game in double figures with 14 points. Read more here.

Bennet Cantu 78 - 69 Bizkaia Bilbao Basket

giorgi shermadiniBennet Cantu outdueled Bizkaia Bilbao Basket 78-69 to secure sole possession of second place in Group A. Giorgi Shermadini was the hero with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting and 6 rebounds for the winners. Cantu won its second straight home game and now boasts a 2-1 record. Maarten Leunen added 14 points, Manuchar Markoishvili scored 12 and Andrea Cinciarini produced 12 points and 6 assists for head coach Andrea Trinchieri. Cantu led 42-31 at the half, but Bilbao battled back and cut the lead to 5 in the fourth. Cantu, however, always answered by finding an open shot through its good ball movement. The hosts also won the battle of the offensive boards, 9-4. Read more here.

EA7 Emporio Armani 54 - 62 Anadolu Efes

Anadolu Efes led from start to finish as it clinched a very important road win on Thursday by beating EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 54-62. Stako Barac scored 16 and Tarence Kinsey posted 13 for Efes, which improved to 2-1 and moved into a three-way tie for first place in Group C. Efes started strong and led by 15 early in the second quarter and 21-33 at halftime. Omar Cook and Danilo Gallinari rallied Armani within 2, but Kinsey and Sasha Vujacic shut the door on that comeback. The hosts rallied again in the fourth only to see Barac and Vujacic take charge and carry Efes to victory. Vujacic added 12 for the winners. Gallinari scored 12 for Milano, but was ejected late in the fourth quarter. Bourousis added 11 plus 10 rebounds for the hosts, who suffered from a miserable three-point shooting night (2 for 18). Read more here.

Brose Baskets 78 - 79 Unicaja

berni rodriguezThe beautiful city of Bamberg, Germany was witness to a complete Turkish Airlines Euroleague thriller as Unicaja managed to pull the road win over Brose Baskets by 78-79. Despite some double-digit leads, the game was close throughout and the final minutes were heartstopping to say the least. With 78-77 and 13 seconds to go after a Brian Roberts three, Kristaps Valters missed his shot but a providential offensive rebound and jumper by Berni Rodriguez put Unicaja ahead by one point again, 78-79. In the next play, Roberts looked for the basket again but the ball didn't go in and Unicaja managed to escepe from Freak City with the win. Now, Unicaja improves its Group B record to 2-1 while Brose drops to 1-2. Read more here.

Maccabi Electra 88 - 82 Real Madrid

yogev ohayonMaccabi Electra sent a message that echoed all around the Turkish Airlines Euroleague by downing previously undefeated Real Madrid 88-82 in front of a sellout crowd at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel in Group C on Wednesday night. Maccabi and Madrid join Anadolu Efes in a three-way tie atop this group's standings, each with a 2-1 record. Jordan Farmar led the winners with 27 points on 9-of-11 two-pointers. David Blu and Sofoklis Schortsanitis each added 16 while Devin Smith had 15 for Maccabi. Jaycee Carroll led Madrid with 18 points. Felipe Reyes added 15 while Rudy Fernandez had 13 for the guests. Richard Hendrix and Farmar allowed Maccabi to get a 19-13 margin late in the first quarter. Read more here.

Fenerbahce Ulker 90 - 86 SLUC Nancy

thabo sefoloshaA convenient 11-0 run at the start of the second period was all that Fenerbahce Ulker needed to take its first win of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season at home against SLUC Nancy, 90-86. The guests started well in the game, but Fenerbahce managed to shut Nico Batum down and got Thabo Sefolosha and Bojan Bogdanovic on fire. However, in the second half Nancy regrouped and by the last minutes of the last quarter it even had solid chances to cmplete a 23-point comeback, but in the end a free throw by Omer Onan sealed the deal. Now, Fener is 1-2 in Group A, while Nancy also drops to 1-2 to tie with the Turksih team. Sefolosha led the winners with 19 points, Onan, James Gist and Oguz Savas posted 13 apiece Bogdanovic had 11 and Kaya Peker nailed 10. Read more here.

Unics 65 - 93 FC Barcelona Regal

erazem lorbekFC Barcelona Regal stayed undefeated in difficult Group D by thrashing reigning Eurocup champion Unics 65-93 in Kazan, Russia on Thursday. FCB Regal ties with Montepaschi Siena atop this group's standings, each with a 3-0 record. Unics dropped to 1-2 and registered its second consecutive loss. Erazem Lorbek paced the winners with 24 points on 9-of-11 two-pointers and 2-of-2 triples. Juan Carlos Navarro added 19, Pete Mickeal had 16 while Marcelinho Huertas got 10 and 8 assists for Barcelona. Terrell Lyday led Unics with 14 points. Vladimir Veremeenko added 11 while Kelly McCarty had 10 for the hosts. Lorbek downed back-to-back three-pointers in a 0-11 run that allowed his team to get a 9-19 lead late in the first quarter. Read more here.

November 3, 2011 - NBA TV brings more Euroleague broadcasts to North America

Longtime Euroleague Basketball broadcasting partner NBA TV will continue bringing Europe’s premier basketball to North America thanks to a new agreement for the current season. The new deal means that NBA TV will broadcast one game per week to North American viewers, with a choice between the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Game of the Week or exclusive North American rights to a different game. Read more here.

November 2, 2011

Union Olimpija 70 - 62 Asseco Prokom

saso filipovskiUnion Olimpija Ljubljana used some overdue outside shooting to beat visiting Asseco Prokom Gdynia of Poland 70-62 at home in Stozice Arena on Wednesday. It was Olimpija's first victory in Group D, good for a 1-2 record, while Prokom dropped to 0-3 and needs a win soon to keep up its Top 16 hopes. Olimpija, which made just 4 of 33 three-point tries in its first two games, saw five different players make 11 of 27 to keep ahead of Prokom all night. Danny Green was the big gun for Olimpija, with 23 points that included 5-for-7 shooting from downtown. No more Olimpija scorers reached double digits, but Robert Rothbart came off the bench for 9 and 8 rebounds, while Dino Muric and Aleksandar Capin scored 8 each. Read more here.

KK Zagreb 47 - 89 CSKA Moscow

mario kasunCSKA Moscow stayed undefeated in regular season Group B by simply overwhelming KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje 47-89 in Croatia on Wednesday. CSKA improved to 3-0 and got close to sealing an early Top 16 spot, while Zagreb dropped to 0-3. Nenad Krstic led the winners with 15 points. Andrei Kirilenko added 14, Andrey Vorontsevich had 12 and Sammy Mejia 10 for CSKA. Krunoslav Simon scored 15 points for Zagreb, which was without big man Sean May. Mario Kasun added 14 for the hosts. In two of the biggest keys to this game, CSKA downed 11 of 20 three-pointers (55%) and committed just 8 turnovers. Kirilenko led CSKA to a 13-22 margin after 10 minutes. Read more here.

Montepaschi Siena 103 - 77 Galatasaray Medical Park

rimantas kaukenasMontepaschi Siena led from start to finish as it whipped Galatasaray Medical Park 103-77 on Wednesday to take its Group D record to 3-0. Rimantas Kaukenas completed a near-perfect shooting night with 24 points and BoMcCalebb added 19 and 4 assists to lead Montepaschi, which made 10 of 18 three-pointers (55.6%). The hosts raced out to a 14-3 start. Galatasaray came back and got within 7 in the second half before Kaukenas, Pietro Aradori and McCalebb put the Italian champs up 50-37 at the half. And any hope of a Galatasaray comeback was dashed by David Moss, who drilled back-to-back triples early in the second half to take the lead into the 20+ point range. Read more here.

Caja Laboral 81 - 79 Olympiacos

martynas geceviciusIn arguably one of the best Turkish Airlines Euroleague games so far this season, Caja Laboral stayed undefeated in Group A by edging Olympiacos 81-79 in Vitoria, Spain on Wednesday night. Pablo Prigioni won the game for Laboral with the go-ahead jumper with just 1.7 seconds to go. Laboral went up to 3-0 in Group A while Olympiacos dropped to 1-2. Mirza Teletovic paced the winners with 20 points. Kevin Seraphin and Fernando San Emeterio each added 15 for Laboral, but Prigioni stole the show and set the crowd on fire with his game-winning shot. Vassilis Spanoulis led Olympiacos with 19 points. Pero Antic and Kyle Hines each added 14 while Marko Keselj had 10 for the Reds. Read more here.

October 31, 2011 - bwin MVP for October: Andrei Kirilenko, CSKA Moscow

andrei kirilenko october mvpOn the heels of a disappointing 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season, it took CSKA Moscow just two games to prove to everyone that the team is back on track to fight for its seventh continental title already this season. After two regular season games, CSKA leads the competition in assists, is second in scoring and performance index rating and has registered two clear wins over Zalgiris and Brose Baskets. One man who has everything to do with CSKA's early-season resurgence is power forward Andrei Kirilenko, who is Euroleague Basketball's choice as bwin MVP for October. Kirilenko returned to CSKA this season after a decade abroad and has made sure nobody has forgotten about his talent or intensity. Read more here.

October 28, 2011 - Week 2 bwin MVP: Nicolas Batum, SLUC Nancy

nicolas batumWith one spectacular play after another, supertalent Nicolas Batum made the first home game of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season one to remember for the home fans in Nancy as the hosts pulled away to their first victory, 87-73 over Bizkaia Bilbao Basket on Thursday. Batum not only played nearly the entire game and flirted with a triple-double, but took over with 11 points in a 15-0 run in the final three minutes. The final boxscore showed the mercurial small forward to have a Euroleague career high 26 points – including making 11 of 12 free throws – plus 7 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals and 11 fouls drawn. That impressive performance left Batum with a performance index rating of 36, which was the most of any player in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague this week and earned Batum the bwin MVP honor for Week 2 of the regular season. Read more here.

October 27, 2011 - Week 2

Maccabi Electra 70 - 66 Partizan mt:s

theo papaloukasMaccabi Electra Tel Aviv recorded its first win in Group C by beating Partizan mt:s 70-66 at a packed Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. Maccabi was led by the point guard duo of Theo Papaloukas and Jordan Farmar as they trailed only once in entire game and had 19-point lead before Partizan closed out the game with 5-16 run. Papaloukas finished with 13 points and Farmar had 11 along with 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Lior Eliyahu and Guy Pnini also ended up 10 points each. Dragan Milosavljevic and former Maccabi player Milan Macvan scored 14 each in losing effort. Macvan also grabbed 5 rebounds. Acie Law finished with 12 points, and Nikola Pekovic had 11 with 8 rebounds for the Serbian champs, who dropped to 0-2. Read more here.

FC Barcelona Regal 88 - 61 Asseco Prokom

juan carlos navarroFC Barcelona Regal cruised to an 88-61 victory over Asseco Prokom on Thursday night in its home opener at Palau Blaugrana. Erazem Lorbek scored 20 points, Juan Carlos Navarro had 14 and Marcelinho Huertas 11 – with the latter two dishing 5 assists each – to lead the Spanish champs. Prokom played tough early and led 30-33 midway through the second quarter, but the hosts roared back behind Navarro to lead 47-36 at the break and were never in trouble again. Barcelona was greatly aided by its strong team defense, which forced 17 turnovers, and by the presence of Kosta Perovic inside, who turned it 4 blocked shots. Read more here.

Real Madrid 85 - 78 Emporio Armani

rudy fernandezReal Madrid took the showdown between undefeated teams in Group C by downing EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 85-78 in front of a sellout crowd of almost 11,000 fans at the Caja Magica in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Madrid became the only defeated team atop the Group C standings at 2-0 while Milano dropped to 2-2. Jaycee Carroll led the winners with 21 points on 4-of-4 triples. Rudy Fernandez added 17, Segrio Llull had 13 while Marty Pocius got 11 for Madrid. Drew Nicholas led Milano with 24 points. Malik Hairston added 14 while Danilo Gallinari had 12 for the guests. Milano led for the best part of the game, getting a 14-18 edge after 10 minutes and keeping a 36-39 margin at halftime. Read more here.

Galatasaray Medical Park 64 - 68 Unics

henry domercantThe Group D showdown between two Turkish Airlines Euroleague newcomers on Thursday was solved in favor of Unics Kazan, who beat Galatasaray Medical Park on the road by 64-68 after trailing for almost 38 minutes. Galatasaray dominated the score thanks to Darius Songaila first and Josh Shipp later. Unics was struggling but when Aleksey Savrasenko and Lynn Greer were together on court, things started ticking. It wasn't until the last quarter when Henry Domercant also woke up and Unics got closer. Two straight threes by Mike Wilkinson and Terrell Lyday with 2:20 to go put theguests ahead for the first time and for good. Read more here.

October 27, 2011 - ESPN UK expands Turkish Airlines Euroleague broadcast schedule

euroleague espnMore basketball fans than ever before in the United Kingdom will be able to enjoy the Turkish Airlines Euroleague during the 2011-12 season thanks to a new agreement between Euroleague Basketball and ESPN UK. The agreement is the latest and most expansive of a series in which ESPN UK has procured exclusive rights to broadcast Euroleague games across the United Kingdom. ESPN UK started broadcasting Euroleague games with the 2010 Final Four. Last season, its coverage expanded to include the Top 16 and the Playoffs. Now, ESPN UK will offer UK basketball fans weekly coverage of the Euroleague for the first time by showing every Game of the Week all season long, up through and including the 2012 Turkish Airlines Final Four in Istanbul next May. Read more here.

October 26, 2011

Anadolu Efes 79 - 80 Belgacom Spirou

kerem tunceri anadolu efesBelgacom Spirou worked hard to edge Anadolu Efes 79-80 in a Group C nail-biter at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall in Istanbul on Wednesday as clutch shooting by Justin Hamilton in the final seconds made the difference. Both teams now have 1-1 records. Efes needed to play catch up after falling behind 10-24 in the first quarter. Caleb Green led the winners with 18 points, including 4-of-6 shooting from downtown, while Demond Mallet added 14, Christophe Beghin 13 and Hamilton came through with 12 points and 7 assists. Hamilton rescued the game with a clutch jumper under pressure with 11 seconds to go, followed by 2 crucial free throws that sealed the result. Read more here.

Caja Laboral 81 - 69 Bennet Cantu

mirza teletovic caja laboralCaja Laboral stayed unbeaten in Group A by downing Bennet Cantu 81-69 in Vitoria, Spain on Wednesday. Laboral moved up to 2-0 to take sole possession of first place - even when Bizkaia Bilbao Basket can join it if it beats Sluc Nancy tomorrow. Cantu dropped to 1-1 but its chances to go to the Top 16 are still intact. Mirza Teletovic had 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. He had all points in an 8-0 run that allowed Laboral to get full control of for good. Milko Bjelica added 17, Thomas Huertel had 11 while Kevin Seraphin had 10 for the winners. Vladimir Micov led Cantu with 14 points. Read more here.

KK Zagreb 62 - 81 Panathinaikos

nick calathes panathinaikosReigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Panathinaikos put on a defensive display as it routed KK Zagreb 62-81 in the latter’s first ever Euroleague home game. The Greens started strong and never let up in bringing their record to 2-0 in Group B. Panathinaikos head coach Zeljko Obradovic was able to split the minutes among his charges as all 12 players in uniform played a minimum of 10 minutes and all but one of them scored. Romain Sato led the way with 13 points, Nick Calathes and Steven Smith tallied 12 apiece, Mike Batiste scored 10 and Euroleague MVP Dimitris Diamantidis quarterbacked them with 8 assists. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 94 - 74 Brose Baskets

nenad krstic cska moscowCSKA Moscow took the big showdown between undefeated teams in Group B by downing Brose Baskets 94-74 in the Russian capital on Wednesday. CSKA went up to 2-0 before playing back-to-back road games in this group. Brose dropped to 1-1 and faces a critical showdown against Unicaja next week. Nenad Krstic paced the winners with 19 points on 9-of-9 two-pointers. Andrey Vorontsevich added 13 while Andrei Kirilenko had 12 and 6 assists for CSKA. Tibor Pleiss led Brose with 17 points. Julius Jenkins added 15 while PJ Tucker had 10 for the guests. An outstanding Kirilenko and a three-pointer by Vorontsevich helped CSKA to get a 24-14 lead after 10 minutes. Read more here.

October 26, 2011 - Bertomeu confirms significant changes in Euroleague format

jordi bertomeuDuring his visit to Athens earlier in the day, Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu has confirmed some key changes to Euroleague, starting next season. Changes include the day of games, the number of games during the season and the number of teams in the qualifying phase. Euroleague's Top16 phase will be played with two groups, each consisting of eight clubs. Thus, each club will play eight extra games, fourteen instead of six before. A Final Four club could potentially play up to 31 games. Second most significant change is the days during which Euroleague games will be played. Instead of current Wednesday and Thursday gamedays, Euroleague will keep Thursday and introduce Friday as the main gameday. Read more here.

October 25, 2011 - Euroleague Basketball, bwin partnership presented in Athens

euroleague basketball bwin deal presentationThe dynamic new partnership between Euroleague Basketball and bwin.party digital entertainment was the subject of a presentation ceremony in Athens on Wednesday with representatives of Greece's most emblematic Turkish Airlines Euroleague clubs, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos, and Eurocup club PAOK, joining in the fun. Euroleague Basketball and bwin this year recently announced to a three-year marketing and media rights agreement for Euroleague events that will run through June of 2014. Wednesday's ceremony featured comments from Jordi Bertomeu, President and CEO of Euroleague Basketball, as well as those of Mr. Thomas Tzokas, the bwin.party Director for Eastern Europe. Read more here.

October 25, 2011

Unicaja 85 - 78 Zalgiris Kaunas

marko popovicUnicaja came from behind to force overtime and then rode the hot hand of Kristaps Valters and the dominance inside of Joel Freeland for an 85-78 victory over Zalgiris Kaunas on Tuesday night at Martin Carpena Arena in Malaga, Spain. Freeland, who led Unicaja with 21 points and 12 rebounds, scored 7 points in the extra session and Valters, who finished with 20, nailed 2 clutch three-pointers in overtime to help steer Unicaja to its first Group B win in its second game. Tremmell Darden added 10 points for the winners and Berni Rodriguez was also strong at both ends of the floor, including hitting 2 free throws in the final minute of regulation time that evened the score at 67-67. Read more here.

October 22, 2011 - Week 1 bwin MVP: Andrei Kirilenko, CSKA Moscow

andrei kirilenkoOne player's return to his former club to start the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season couldn't have gone better if he had scripted it himself. Forward Andrei Kirilenko was simply unstoppable as CSKA Moscow defeated Zalgiris Kaunas 74-87 in Monday's opening game of the season. Kirilenko's performance index rating of 37 would prove the highest among all Euroleague players, earning him the bwin MVP honor for regular season Week 1! Kirilenko played inspired basketball from the opening tip in Kaunas, en route to an amazing performance that included 17 points on 6 of 10 two-point shots, 1 of 2 threes and 2 of 4 free throws. Read more here.

October 21, 2011 - Week 1

Bizkaia Bilbao Basket 76 - 61 Olympiacos

marko banicOn a night to remember for the lucky fans who witnessed it live, Bizkaia Bilbao Basket handily defeated visiting Olympiacos 76-61 on Friday, leading from tipoff to buzzer in the city's first-ever game in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. An estimated 9,000 fans packed Bilbao Arena for the occasion, and they raised the roof as their team slowly but surely pulled away to a debut victory. After a 5-5 in the first quarter, Bilbao repeatedly pulled ahead by double-digits, calmly withstanding a couple runs that Olympiacos used to draw within 2 points before and after halftime. Marco Banic led the winners with 22 points on near-perfect shooting: 7 for 9 on two-pointers and 8 for 8 from the foul line. Read more here.

October 20, 2011

Belgacom Spirou 76 - 100 Real Madrid

rudy fernandezReal Madrid opened the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season in resounding fashion, cruising to a 76-100 victory against Belgacom Spirou on the road at the Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium. Madrid increased its domination with each quarter as the Belgian squad found itself outmanned inside, often leaving Madrid's shooters open with good looks outside. Madrid led by 8 points at halftime, 37-45, progressively widening the lead after that. Felipe Reyes and Rudy Fernandez shared the scoring honors for Madrid with 19 apiece. Reyes was a model of efficiency, shooting 77% from the field while leading the team with 9 rebounds. Read more here.

Brose Baskets 96 - 65 KK Zagreb

predrag suputBrose Baskets Bamberg opened their 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season in convincing fashion with a dominating 96-65 victory at home over KK Zagreb in Group B. P.J. Tucker led the way with 20 points while Casey Jacobsen and Marcus Slaughter each added 16 points for the two-time reigning German champion Brose Baskets, who caused 20 turnovers by Zagreb. Predrag Suput also had 15 points and Julius Jenkins chipped in 10 points for the host side. Zagreb was playing less than a week after replacing coach Ivica Buric on October 14 with Vlado Androic. Read more here.

Emporio Armani 89 - 82 Maccabi Electra

EA7 Emporio Armani opened the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague in style by downing difficult Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 89-82 in Milano, Italy in Group C on Thursday night. Milano survived a strong test and will battle for first place in Group C against Real Madrid next week. Malik Hairston paced the winners with 25 points. Danilo Gallinari added 23, Ioannis Bourousis had 13 and 10 rebounds while Mason Rocca got 10 points for Milano. Lior Eliyahu led Maccabi with 23 points. David Blu added 15 while Theo Papaloukas had 13 for the guests. Bourousis shined early to give Milano a 14-7 lead but a 0-14 run that Tal Burstein capped with a driving layup allowed Maccabi to get a 14-21 margin early in the second quarter. Read more here.

Panathinaikos 98 - 77 Unicaja

joel freelandTurkish Airlines Euroleague champion Panathinaikos looked none the worse for a rough training camp when it opened its title defense by thrashing Unicaja of Spain 98-77 at home in Athens on Thursday. The Greens, who were missing Stratos Perperoglou and Kostas Tsartsaris due to injury, showed that their offense is finely tuned and their defense can rise to any occasion. They turned a 52-49 halftime lead into a blowout by starting the third and fourth quarters with stifling defense. Reigning MVP Dimitris Diamantidis led seven Panathinaikos scorers in double figures with 17 points, 7 assists and 3 steals. Romain Sato followed with 16 points, Kostas Kaimakoglou and Steven Smith 13 each, Nick Calathes 12 and Sarunas Jasikevicius 10. Read more here.

Union Olimpija 64 - 86 FC Barcelona Regal

marcelinho huertasFC Barcelona Regal started the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague on the right foot, for the 11th time out of 12 occasions in season openers, with a convincing 64-86 road win at Union Olimpija on Thursday night. Union Olimpija managed to keep up in the first half thanks to rookie Danny Green's points, but in the second half, the combined effort of the guests led by Marcelinho Huertas broke the game open for good. Barca therefore startes its Group D journey with a 1-0 record while Olimpija will have to get to next week with a 0-1. Huertas led the winners with his 17 points, Pete Mickeal added 15 in his comeback sine November 2010, and Fran Vazquez posted 10. Read more here.

Partizan mt:s 73 - 84 Anadolu Efes

tarence kinseyAnadolu Efes started the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season in style by downing Partizan mt:s 73-84 in Belgrade, Serbia in Group C on Thursday. Efes overcame a strong basketball atmosphere at Pionir Arena to register its first road win and improve its chances to get to the Top 16 in difficult Group C. Tarence Kinsey led the winners with 18 points. Dusko Savanovic added 17, Sasha Vujacic had 14 while Ersan Ilyasova got 10 for Efes. Nikola Pekovic led Partizan with 21 points in less than 20 minutes. Milan Macvan added 14 while Dragan Milosavljevic had 10 for the hosts. An unstoppable Pekovic led Partizan to a 28-27 lead after 10 minutes. Back-to-back three-pointers by Milosavljevic soon boosted the hosts' lead to 40-33 late in the second quarter. Read more here.

October 19, 2011

Bennet Cantu 80 - 69 SLUC Nancy

andrea cinciariniBennet Cantu celebrated its long-awaited return to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague with an 80-69 victory over SLUC Nancy on Wednesday. Andrea Cinciarini led the winners with 15 points on near-perfect shooting, but it was Cantu’s defense that was the story of the game. The hosts jumped ahead by holding Nancy to just 8 third-quarter points. And when Nancy started to push to come back, the aggressive Cantu defense resulted in several knocked passes and steals that limited the visitors’ effectiveness. Clever passing and big shots down the stretch allowed Cantu to win its first game in Europe’s premier basketball competition since 1994. Vladimir Micov added 14 points and Marko Scekic came off the bench for 11 to help head coach Andrea Trinchieri’s side. Read more here.

Asseco Prokom 72 - 76 Galatasaray MP

oktay mahmutiGalatasaray Medical Park registered its first-ever Turkish Airlines Euroleague win by holding off a wild fourth-quarter rally to stop Asseco Prokom 72-76 in Gydnia, Poland in Group D on Wednesday night. Jaka Lakovic led the winners with 21 points on 6-of-7 triples and 4 assists. Preston Shumpert added 12 points while Luksa Andric had 11 for Galatasaray. Adam Hrycaniuk and Donatas Motiejunas led Prokom with 15 points apiece. Oliver Lafayette added 12 while Alonzo Gee had 10 and 9 rebounds for the hosts, that used a 10-0 run which bridged between the opening two quarters to get a 23-21 lead. An outstanding Motiejunas helped Prokom to extend its margin to 37-32 at halftime. Read more here.

Fenerbahce Ulker 66 - 69 Caja Laboral

pablo prigioni omer onanCaja Laboral picked up a crucial 66-69 opening night road win over Fenerbahce Ulker at Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul as Mirza Teletovic scored 23 and Pablo Prigioni controlled the backcourt with 7 assists and 6 steals. It was a thrilling finish as both teams held slim leads in the closing minutes and the hosts had the last possession with a chance to tie, but Omer Onan missed from downtown. Teletovic featured a few slams and 3 triples in his arsenal to lead the winners. Milko Bjelica added 12 points for Laboral and Kevin Seraphin netted 10 plus 6 rebounds in 15 minutes in his Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut. Onan finished with 16 to pace FB Ulker and Roko Ukic and James Gist added 10 apiece. Read more here.

Unics 71 - 79 Montepaschi Siena

bo mccalebbMontepaschi Siena had a strong start in Turkish Airlines Euroleague's Group D by rallying from a double-digit deficit to top Unics 71-79 in Kazan, Russia on Wednesday night. Montepaschi grabbed its first road win right away and Unics could not please its fans with a win in their team's Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut. Bo McCalebb paced the winners with 17 points. Rimantas Kaukenas added 14 while David Andersen had 13 for Montepaschi. Henry Domercant led Unics with a Euroleague career-high 30 points. Nathan Jawai added 11 for the hosts. Kelly McCarty, Domercant and free throws by Terrell Lyday allowed Unics to get a 24-20 lead after 10 minutes. Read more here.

October 18, 2011 - Germany's SPORT1 expands Turkish Airlines Euroleague broadcasts

Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce a new agreement that will bring Turkish Airlines Euroleague games to more basketball fans in Germany during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons than ever before. The agreement reinforces Euroleague Basketball's efforts to expand the visibility of the competition in existing markets as well as new ones. "We have already had a great relationship with Sport1 in Germany and we are confident that this new agreement will only enhance the viewing experience for fans in that market, creating an even bigger audience there," said Andrea Bassani, Euroleague Basketball's Chief of Television and New Media Rights Officer. Read more here.

October 17, 2011 - Zalgiris Kaunas 74 - 87 CSKA Moscow

milos teodosic cska beat zalgirisCSKA Moscow never trailed as it unveiled its new roster and shined bright en route to an impressive 74-87 victory over Zalgiris Kaunas in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Opening Game Monday at Zalgirio Arena. In his first Euroleague action in a decade, Andrei Kirilenko teamed with former Euroleague MVP Milos Teodosic to pepper the opening game record book, while Alexey Shved came through with a Euroleague career-high 19 points. Kirilenko finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks to set a new standard for performance index rating in the opening game with 37. He also now has the second most rebounds and blocks in opening game history. Read more here.

October 17, 2011 - Opening game press conference

marcus brown press conferenceA sense of history and tradition were present at a press conference on Monday prior to the opening game of the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season in Kaunas, Lithuania. As the press and basketball While Zalgiris and CSKA warmed up for the first tipoff of the new season, the dignitaries on hand met the press for an event that also saluted a competition legend and gave him the chance to say goodbye. Marcus Brown, who retired last week as the Euroleague's all-time top scorer, joined Euroleague Basketball President & CEO Jordi Bertomeu, Zalgiris president and basketball legend Arvydas Sabonis, Zalgiris owner Vladimir Romanov and Mayor of Kaunas Rimantas Mikaitis to open a new Euroleague season and to celebrate the career of one of the best American players in European basketball history. Read more here.

October 17, 2011 - Four nights of opening-week action!

The 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season tips off with its fullest week of action ever, 12 games spanning the continent over four nights between Monday and Friday. The 10-game regular season starts with the traditional opening game, in which age-old rivals Zalgiris welcomes CSKA Moscow at the state-of-the-art Zalgirio Arena in Group B on Monday. The opening game will mark a return of CSKA head coach Jonas Kazlauskas to face the team he led to the 1999 Euroleague title. It will also be an occasion to honor legendary shooting guard Marcus Brown, who played for both teams and retired last week as the Euroleague’s all-time leading scorer with 2,715 points. Read more here.

October 17, 2011 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague starts today!!!

euroleague devotionZalgiris and CSKA will play opening game of 2011/2012 Euroleague season. The most of fans, coaches and people from Basketball world expects that this season will be the most interesting until now. One of the reasons is definitely that many players from NBA came to Europe and they will stay here and play as long as Lock-out lasts. In many media sources around the world they call this competition "European NBA".

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