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March 5, 2012 - bwin February MVP: Vassilis Spanoulis, Olympiacos Piraeus

vassilis spanoulisWhen February started, Olympiacos had a 0-2 record in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 and its streak of six consecutive playoff appearances was in danger. In fact, the Reds were still in rebuilding mode, having just added two more players to a roster that has seen 12 newcomers since last season. There was one rock in the middle of that roster, however, on whom all the Reds could rely. Four weeks later, having won every game needed by the point difference necessary, Olympiacos is headed for the playoffs and veteran guard Vassilis Spanoulis is Euroleague Basketball's choice as bwin MVP for February. Read more here.

March 2, 2012 - Top 16, Week 6 bwin MVP: Manuchar Markoishvili, Bennet Cantu

manuchar markoishviliBennet Cantu and Manuchar Markoishvili completed magical return seasons in the Euroleague this week. In their last games of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season, Cantu beat Zalgiris on the road 71-77 and Markoishvili set career highs in performance index rating and points en route to Top 16, Week 6 bwin MVP honors. The swingman, who burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old rising star with Benetton Treviso, but had not played in Europe’s premier competition in the past four seasons, produced the finest game of his career Wednesday with 32 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals. He made 5 of 10 three-pointers and was perfect from the foul line in 9 attempts in racking up an index rating of 35, which was not only the best of the week, but the third best of the Top 16 and tied for the eighth best this season. Read more here.

March 1, 2012 - Week 6

Olympiacos 88 - 81 Galatasaray Medical Park

georgios printezisOlympiacos Piraeus advanced to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs with an 88-81 victory over Galatasaray Medical Park on Thursday. Vassilis Spanoulis dominated to the tune of 20 points, 8 assists and 4 steals to lead the Reds to victory. The Reds improved to 3-3 and finished in second place in the group over Galatasaray on a tiebreaker. Next Olympiacos faces Italian champion Montepaschi Siena in the best-of-five playoffs for the second year in a row. Olympiacos led from start to finish after opening the game with a 7-0 run. It was 24-14 after 10 minutes and 43-35 at halftime. The hosts went ahead 11 early in the third quarter. Read more here.

Unicaja 55 - 59 Gescrap BB

raul lopezGescrap BB reached the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs in its debut season in the continent’s premier competition by edging past Unicaja 55-59 in in Malaga, Spain, on Thursday. Bilbao finished the Top 16 with a 4-2 record in Group F, which placed it second behind Montepaschi Siena on a tiebreaker. The men in black will next face CSKA Moscow in the best-of-five playoffs. For the second straight week, Raul Lopez hit the key shots down the stretch – a three-pointer to put Gescrap ahead 51-53 and the foul shots to keep it there. Marko Banic and Aaron Jackson led the winners with 10 points apiece, Lopez finished with 9 and Dimitrios Mavroeidis added 8 points, while Axel Hervelle grabbed 10 rebounds. Read more here.

Montepaschi Siena 90 - 102 Real Madrid

kyle singlerIn a decisive Group F duel in Siena on Thursday night, Real Madrid managed to pull a prestige road win by 90-102, but was eliminated from the playoffs race due to the earlier Gescrap BB win at Unicaja, which forced the Whites to win by 23 points if they wanted to advance. As such, Group F is sealed with a three-way 4-2 tie in which Montepaschi Siena emerges as first, Gescrap BB second and Real Madrid third due to point-difference. Unicaja stayed winless in the Top 16 with a 0-6. A huge Tomas Ress pushed Siena ahead with his threes but in the second half, Nikola Mirotic, Mirza Begic and Felipe Reyes put the guests ahead for good, but in the end it was not enough to advance. Read more here.

Anadolu Efes 65 - 82 CSKA Moscow

alexey shvedCSKA Moscow rounded the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 in style by downing Anadolu Efes 65-82 in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday. CSKA won Top 16 Group E with a 5-1 record and will have the home court advantage in the upcoming playoffs. Anadolu Efes was mathematically out before the game and was fourth in Group E at 1-5. Therefore, it was also the last Euroleague game to be played at Sinan Erdem Arena before the 2012 Final Four. Andrei Kirilenko led the winners with 15 points. Jamont Gordon added 14, Nenad Krstic had 13 while Alexey Shved got 11 for CSKA. Sasha Vujacic led Efes with 17 points. Dusko Savanovic added 16 while Esteban Batista had 10 for the hosts. Read more here.

February 29, 2012

FC Barcelona Regal 70 - 67 Maccabi Electra

pete mickealFC Barcelona Regal became the only team to finish the Top 16 with a perfect record by downing Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 70-67 in a battle of playoffs-bound teams at Palau Blaugrana on Wednesday night. Barcelona won its seventh straight game and improved to 15-1 overall. Its next challenge will be Unics Kazan in the playoffs. Maccabi dropped to 3-3, but still finished second place in Group H. The Israeli champs will face Group G winner Panathinaikos in the playoffs in a rematch of last season’s Euroleague title game. Richard Hendrix dominated early and finished the first half with 21 points to keep Maccabi within 34-33 at the break. Read more here.

Zalgiris Kaunas 71 - 77 Bennet Cantu

manuchar markoishviliBennet Cantu finished an impressive Turkish Airlines Euroleague season with a 71-77 road win over Zalgiris Kaunas at Zalgirio Arena on Wednesday. Manu Markoishvili scored a career-high 32 points to pace the winners, who improved to 3-3 in Top 16 Group H. Though both teams had been mathematically eliminated from the playoff race the week before, the game was close throughout. The hosts led 62-59 after Marko Popovic free throws midway through the fourth quarter. But Markoishvili knotted the score with a triple and then Giorgi Shermadini scored the game’s next 5 points as Cantu pulled away to record the victory. Read more here.

EA7 Emporio Armani 85 - 72 Fenerbahce Ulker

roko ukicEA7 Emporio Armani Milan effectively ended Fenerbahce Ulker’s Turkish Airlines Euroleague season with an 85-72 victory on Wednesday at Mediolanum Forum in the fashion capital. Malik Hairston poured in a career-high 27 points to lead Armani, which finished its Turkish Airlines Euroleague season on a high note with three straight wins and third place in Group G with a 3-3 record. The Turkish champs would have advanced to the playoffs from second place in the group with a win, but the loss sent Unics Kazan to the playoffs instead. After a close first quarter, Armani took a modest lead in the second and surged ahead in the third. Read more here.

Unics 63 - 68 Panathinaikos

romain satoPanathinaikos BC became the Top 16 Group G champion by downing Unics 63-68 in Kazan, Russia on Wednesday night. Panathinaikos was first in Group G with a 4-2 record and will have the home court advantage against Maccabi Electra in the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs. Unics finished Group G with a 3-3 record and made it to the playoffs due to its tie-break advantage against EA7 Emporio Armani Milano. Unics now faces a best-of-five playoff series against Group H champion FC Barcelona Regal. Mike Batiste paced the winners with 12 points. Sarunas Jasikevicius added 10 for Panathinaikos. Read more here.

February 29, 2012 - Top 16, Week 6: it's crunch time!

igor rakocevicThe 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 - the last with a six-game round robin format - comes to an end this week with several decisive games all around the competition. Two teams - CSKA Moscow in Group E and FC Barcelona Regal in Group H - are already Top 16 group champions and earned the right to get the home court advantage in the upcoming Playoffs. Maccabi Electra will be second in Group H and Panathinaikos has also qualified to the Playoffs. Four other spots are up for grabs and 7 teams are ready to fight to get to the next round. Action starts in Group G, as its both games are scheduled on Wednesday at 18:30 CET. Don't miss the action. Read more here.

TOP 16, Week 6: February 29 - March 1, 2012

Anadolu Efes vs. CSKA Moscow 65:82
Olympiacos vs. Galatasaray Medical Park 88:81
Unicaja vs. Gescrap BB 55:59
Montepaschi Siena vs. Real Madrid 90:102
Unics vs. Panathinaikos 63:68    
EA7 Emporio Armani vs. Fenerbahce Ulker 85:72
Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Bennet Cantu 71:77
FC Barcelona Regal vs. Maccabi Electra 70:67

February 24, 2012 - Top 16, Week 5 bwin MVP: Omar Cook, EA7 Emporio Armani

omar cookWith his team’s season on the line, Omar Cook stepped up with his finest game of the season in leading EA7 Emporio Armani Milan to a 58-67 road win over defending champion Panathinaikos in Athens. Unfortunately for Cook and co., the result was not enough to keep Milan in the playoffs hunt. However the veteran playmaker can take comfort in two achievements along the way. Cook not only set a club Euroleague record with 12 assists, but his performance index rating of 22 also helped him snatch Top 16, Week 5 bwin MVP honors. Cook did most of his scoring early with a pair of first-quarter three pointers that helped Milan take a small lead. Read more here.

February 23, 2012 - Week 5

Bennet Cantu 62 - 63 FC Barcelona Regal

juan carlos navarroBennet Cantu 62-63 FC Barcelona Regal. FC Barcelona  advanced to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs by winning a tough battle at Bennet Cantu 62-63 to remain undefeated at 5-0 in the Top 16 Group H and eliminate Cantu. Barcelona came back from a 6-point fourth quarter deficit for the win, which also carried Maccabi Electra into the last eight. Boniface Ndong scored 13 points and all-time leading scorer Juan Carlos Navarro hit for 12 points, including the game-winning free throws with 26 seconds remaining for Barcelona. Read more here.

Panathinaikos 58 - 67 EA7 Emporio Armani

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan outplayed Panathinaikos to grab a 58-67 victory at OAKA, but despite the result Panathinaikos advanced to the playoffs and Milan was eliminated. That comes as a result of the 21-point win the Greens recorded over Armani in the fashion capital last month. Panathinaikos dropped to 3-2, but can still win first place in the group and home-court advantage for the playoffs with a road win at Unics Kazan next week. Other than an early lead, the hosts found themselves trailing the entire game. Panathinaikos pulled to within 1 point in the second and third quarters, but never turned the corner.

Real Madrid 86 - 65 Unicaja

sergio llullReal Madrid managed to stay alive in the Top 16 thanks to a 86-65 home win over Unicaja on Thursday night. Unicaja started like a hurricane with a 3-14 burst, but little by little, the hosts managed to climb back from the well and prevail at the end. With the win, Real Madrid improves to 3-2 and ties for second place with Gescrap BB. The two Playoff berths from this group will be decided in the final week as the three teams still have options to advance. Unicaja, winless with a 0-5, is out of the race. Nikola Mirotic led the winners with his 18 points including 4 of 9 threes, Sergio llull added 15 and Jaycee Carroll posted 13. Read more here.

Maccabi Electra 70 - 66 Zalgiris Kaunas

richard hendrixMaccabi Electra Tel Aviv rallied back from a 17-point second-quarter deficit to beat Zalgiris Kaunas 70-66 in a thriller at Nokia Arena on Thursday night. Keith Langford scored 17 points, including a clutch layup with 24 seconds remaining and Richard Hendrix totaled 11 points – including a free throw to ice the game with 7 seconds left – plus 9 rebounds and 2 blocks as Maccabi swept the season series from the Lithuanian champs. Zalgiris rolled from the start. A 0-8 start to the game grew to an 11-25 lead after 10 minutes thanks to a red-hot Sonny Weems and a 17-point gap early in the second quarter. Theo Papaloukas sparked a 12-0 run to bring Maccabi back to 33-37 by halftime. Read more here.

Fenerbahce Ulker 94 - 87 Unics

roko ukicIn arguably one of the most exciting games in Top 16 history, Fenerbahce Ulker rallied from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to edge Unics 94-87 in overtime in front of almost 12,000 fans at Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul, Turkey in Group G on Thursday. FB Ulker needed to win by 6 points or more to stay alive, regardless of other results. Bojan Bogdanovic paced the winners with 20 points but Roko Ukic became the game hero with a buzzer-beating floating jumper to send the game to overtime. Ukic added 18 points, Emir Preldzic had 13, Gasper Vidmar got 10 while Mirsad Turkcan pulled down 13 rebounds for FB Ulker. Read more here.

February 22, 2012

GS Medical Park 64 - 56 Anadolu Efes

luksa nadricGalatasaray Medical Park knocked out rival Anadolu Efes with a 64-56 victory on Wednesday in Turkish Airlines Euroleague Group E. The victory lifted Galatasaray to 3-2 in the standings, but head coach Oktay Mahmuti’s men must win next week at Olympiacos to reach the playoffs. Efes dropped to 1-4 and saw its dream of playing in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four on its home court disappear. It was a bruising, hard-fourth game throughout, though the hosts raced out to an 8-2 start and never trailed again. Efes had the ball down 6 a number of times in the closing minutes, but was denied every time. Luksa Andric paced the hosts with 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Jaka Lakovic, Josh Shipp and Jamon Lucas added 9 each. Read more here.

Gescrap BB 60 - 59 Montepaschi Siena

raul lopezGescrap BB improved its chances to reach the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs by edging Montepaschi Siena 60-59 in Top 16 Group F in Bilbao, Spain on Wednesday. Montepaschi dropped to 4-1 but is all but mathematically into the Playoffs. Gescrap improved to 3-2 in Group F and will clinch a Playoffs spot with another win or if Real Madrid loses any of its remaining Top 16 games. Raul Lopez became the man of the night with the game-winning jumper right at the buzzer. Marko Banic paced the winners with 16 points. Lopez added 15 while Alex Mumbru got 10 for Gescrap. Igor Rakocevic led Montepaschi with 14 points. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 96 - 64 Olympiacos

milos teodosicCSKA Moscow thoroughly dominated Olympiacos Piraeus 96-64 on Wednesday in the Russian capital to become the first team to reach the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs this season and clinching first place in Group E in the process. The victory marked CSKA’s 10th straight at home as it bounced back from its first loss of the season in convincing style. All 12 players score for CSKA, which simply dominated from the tipoff. Andrey Vorontsevich scored 5 during a 10-0 start and he had three three-pointers as the hosts made their first 10 shots from downtown in building a 47-20 lead midway through the second quarter. The scoreboard showed 54-26 at halftime and the lead peaked at 86-52 midway through the fourth quarter as CSKA cruised to victory. Read more here.

February 22, 2012 - Top 16, Week 5: The best drama in basketball!

marko tomasWeek 5 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 promises to have finality for many of the teams competing for the eight playoffs tickets. Entering the week, all 16 teams are still alive, but as many as seven – or in theory none at all – could secure playoffs berths this week. However one way or another, by the end of the action there will be several teams whose fats have been sealed – either playoff-bound or homebound. The week begins in the Russian capital where CSKA Moscow (3-1) hosts Olympiacos (2-2) Wednesday at 17:15 CET. CSKA, which suffered its first loss of the season in its last outing, will clinch a ticket to the playoffs and first place in Group E if it beats Olympiacos. Read more here.

TOP 16, Week 5
CSKA Moscow vs. Olympiacos 96:64
Gescrap BB vs. Montepaschi Siena 60:59
GS Medical Park vs. Anadolu Efes 64:56
Fenerbahce Ulker vs. Unics 94:87
Maccabi Electra vs. Zalgiris Kaunas 70:66
Real Madrid vs. Unicaja 86:65
Bennet Cantu vs. Barcelona Regal 62:63
Panathinaikos vs. EA7 Armani 58:67

February 10, 2012 - Top 16, Week 4 bwin MVP: Aaron Jackson, Gescrap BB

aaron jacksonIn a week full of surprises, Aaron Jackson of Gescrap BB was at the center of one of the biggest. Just one week after his team was battered by 16 points in a loss at Real Madrid, the men in black turned the tables en route to a 93-69 victory. And no man was more responsible for the turnaround than Jackson, the Top 16, Week 4 bwin MVP. The point guard, who had 2 points and a 0 performance index rating in Madrid, collected 5 points and 4 assists in the first quarter alone as Gescrap raced out to a 34-14 start and never looked back. He finished the impressive outing with season-highs of 15 points and 10 assists. Read more here.

February 9, 2012 - Week 4

Panathinaikos 72 - 62 Fenerbahce Ulker

mike batistePanathinaikos took a big step towards the playoffs by dominating Fenerbahce Ulker 72-62 at OAKA Arena in Athens. The Greens are now tied for first place in Group G with a 3-1 record. Panathinaikos led from start to finish, using tough defense to hold the visitors to 27 points in the first half and force many of Fenerbahce’s 21 turnovers. Despite spotty play, the visitors never gave up and managed to cut the lead to 9 points in the fourth quarter. Veteran Kostas Tsartsaris, starting for the injured Steve Smith, paced the winners with 21 points, while Mike Batiste knocked down 11 and grabbed 6 rebounds, and Ian Vougioukas and Romain Sato each contributed 9. Read more here.

Maccabi Electra 75 - 60 Bennet Cantu

keith langfordMaccabi Electra boosted its playoffs chances significantly by beating Bennet Cantu 75-60 at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena on Thursday. The result not only lifted Maccabi to a 2-2 record in Group H, but gave the Israeli champs the potential tiebreaker over Cantu, which also sports a 2-2 record. Hot shooting from Gianluca Basile gave Cantu a 39-41 edge at halftime, but the hosts locked up the Cantu attack in the third quarter as the visitors failed to score a basket, Maccabi went on a 13-1 run at one point and pulled away to a 17-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Cantu never quit, but was unable to close the gap to 8 – its winning margin from last week – the rest of the way. Read more here.

GS Medical Park 68 - 64 CSKA Moscow

joshua shippGalatasaray Medical Park sent a message that echoed all around the continent by downing previously undefeated CSKA Moscow 68-64 in Top 16 Group E in front of an unbelievable sellout crowd of 11,300 fans in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday. Galatasaray improved to 2-2 and tied with Olympiacos BC Pireaus for second place in Group E. CSKA dropped to 3-1 and still leads Group E but saw its 14-0 Turkish Airlines Euroleague winning streak come to an end. Josh Shipp led the winners with 22 points. Luksa Andric added 16 for Galatasaray. Sasha Kaun and Alexey Shved led CSKA with 11 points apiece. Andrei Kirilenko added 10 for the guests, that used an 0-11 run in which Ramunas Siskauskas struck twice from downtown to get a 20-26 lead midway through the second quarter. Read more here.

Zalgiris Kaunas 58 - 67 FC Barcelona Regal

juan carlos navarroZalgiris started the game really strong at home on Thursday night, but once FC Barcelona Regal regrouped and managed to gain its first lead in the second quarter, the guests never looked back and took an almost decisive 58-67 road in in Kaunas, Lithuania. The win keeps Barca undefeated atop Group H with a 4-0 record and practically a Playoffs ticket. In fact, if Bennet Cantu defeats Maccabi Electra, the Spanish and the Italian teams will already advance tonight. Meanwhile, Zalgiris drops to 0-4 and is practically out of the race for the next phase. Zalgiris stayed in the game thanks to Tomas Delininkaitis, but three fatal minutes in the last period with no points and some turnovers allowed the guests to build the definitive margin through Chuck Eidson and Juan Carlos Navarro. Read more here.

February 8, 2012

Montepaschi Siena 84 - 69 Unicaja

bo mccalebbMontepaschi Siena remained undefeated in the Top 16 by beating Unicaja 84-69 in Group F action, but missed a chance to advance to the Playoffs already this week when Bilbao Basket blasted past Real Madrid. Montepaschi used a 12-1 run in the fourth quarter to take control of the game and allowed just one basket in the final period to improve to 4-0 in the group. A victory in either of its remaining games or a loss for either Real Madrid or Gescrap BB will send Siena through to the next stage. Five players scored in double digits for Montepaschi, led by Bo McCalebb’s 18 points. Ksistof Lavrinovic hit for 13 points while David Moss and Igor Rakocevic both had 11 points and David Andersen chipped in 10 points for Siena, which forced 19 Unicaja turnovers. Read more here.

EA7 Emporio Armani 63 - 58 Unics

mason roccaEA7 Emporio Armani Milan registered its first Top 16 victory and handed Unics Kazan its first Top 16 loss with a 63-58 result in the fashion capital on Wednesday. The hosts enjoyed great efforts from several players to register the win. Antonis Fotsis made 4 of 5 three-pointers for 16 points, J.R. Bremer led the way early and finished with 13 points in his first Euroleague game in many years, Leon Radosevic started in place of the injured Ioannis Bourousis and responded with 11 points and Omar Cook ran the offense effectively and dished 7 assists. The result improved Armani to 1-3, but it will still need to win both its remaining games and to get some help to have a chance of reaching the Playoffs. Read more here.

Gescrap BB 93 - 69 Real Madrid

gescrap bbGescrap BB sent a message that echoed all around the Turkish Airlines Euroleague by downing Real Madrid 93-69 in front of a sellout crowd of over 9,000 fans in Bilbao, Spain on Wednesday. Gescrap and Madrid tie for second place in Top 16 Group F each with a 2-2 record. Gescrap, however, got the tie-break advantage if both teams remain tied at the end of the Top 16. Gescrap will advance to the Top 16 if it beats Montepaschi at home and Unicaja downs Madrid in the Spanish capital. Kostas Vasileadis paced the winners with 19 points. Alex Mumbru added 16, Aaron Jackson had 15, D'or Fischer got 11 while Axel Hervelle got 10 for Gescrap. Jackson added 10 assists for a double-double. Nikola Mirotic led Madrid with 18 points. Read more here.

Anadolu Efes 65 - 67 Olympiacos

acie lawOlympiacos Piraeus took charge of all-important second place in Group E with a dramatic 65-67 victory over Anadolu Efes on Wednesday at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, pushing that city's dream of a Turkish team on the same floor at the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four this spring somewhat further away. A furious Efes rally erased all of an 11-point deficit with 2:30 to play as Sasha Vujacic buried a game-tying triple at 65-65 with 16 seconds left. Efes put Kostas Sloukas on the foul line, but he buried both his free throws before a game-winning three-point try by Efes guard Oliver Lafayette missed as time ran out. Olympiacos broke their tie for second place and now has a 2-2 record, with Efes falling to 1-3 with just two Top 16 games to play. Read more here.

February 8, 2012 - Top 16, Week 4: First playoffs tickets up for grabs!

The 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 enters a truly pivotal week in which as many as seven teams can access the playoffs. Only one of them - CSKA Moscow - fully depends on its own game to clinch a playoff spot. Three pairs of teams in Groups F, G and H can advance to the next round if - and only if - both squads win their respective games. Action starts with four games on Wednesday. Read more here.

Anadolu Efes vs. Olympiacos 65:67 
Galatasaray Medical Park vs. CSKA Moscow 68:64
Montepaschi Siena vs. Unicaja 84:69
Gescrap BB vs. Real Madrid 93:69
EA7 Emporio Armani vs. Unics 63:58
Panathinaikos vs. Fenerbahce Ulker 72:62
Zalgiris Kaunas vs. FC Barcelona Regal 58:67
Maccabi Electra vs. Bennet Cantu 75:60

February 3, 2012 - Top 16, Week 3 bwin MVP: Nenad Krstic, CSKA Moscow

nenad krsticOne of the central figures in what is shaping up to be a season for the record books for CSKA Moscow is center Nenad Krstic. The big man added to his stellar campaign this week by picking up Top 16, Week 3 bwin MVP honors and thus joining teammate Andrei Kirilenko among only three players to claim that title twice this season. Krstic was worth maximum production in minimum time in Thursday’s 85-70 home win over GS Medical Park. He came off the bench for 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting and added 9 rebounds, an assist and a steal en route to a performance index rating of 31, which ironically was the same index rating he achieved when he was previously named bwin MVP after Week 9. Read more here.

February 2, 2012 - Week 3

Unicaja 68 - 91 Montepaschi Siena

david mossMontepaschi Siena notched its second consecutive road victory by overwhelming Unicaja 68-91 to take a 3-0 record and sole possession of first place in Group F. Unicaja’s record fell to 0-3. Montepaschi could potentially qualify to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs as soon as next week if it beats Unicaja in Siena. David Moss paced the winners with 20 points on 4-of-6 shooting from downtown plus 7 rebounds. Ksistof Lavrinovic added 18 points, David Andersen 15 and Bo McCalebb and Bootsy Thornton each scored 13 for the winners. Joel Freeland led the hosts with 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Tremmell Darden contributed 13 and Luka Zoric and Earl Rowland added 11 apiece. Read more here.

FC Barcelona Regal 94 - 80 Zalgiris Kaunas

erazem lorbekDespite having serious problems in the second and third quarters, FC Barcelona Regal stepped up and got its third Top 16 win on Thursday night at home against Zalgiris Kaunas, 94-80. The hosts started controlling the game, but after leading 28-18, the guests came back strong and even managed to forge a 36-41 lead. However, in the last period, Barca stormed on the court and jumped ahead for good. The win allows Barca to claim full control of Group H with a 3-0 record, while Zalgiris drops to 0-3 and cannot afford more false steps in the next games. Erazem Lorbek led the winners with his 19 points, Juan Carlos Navarro added 16 and Marcelinho Huertas added 14. Read more here.

Bennet Cantu 82 - 74 Maccabi Electra

Bennet Cantu protected its home court with an 82-74 victory over Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv on Thursday at Pala Desio that sets the stage for huge rematch next week in Israel. Vladimir Micov shined with 17 points and 9 assists and Ginaluca Basile buried 4 big three-pointers en route to 14 points for the hosts, who could potentially advance to the playoffs with a win next week. Cantu led practically all night – Maccabi’s only lead lasted a matter of seconds in the second quarter. Maccabi kept it close much of the game and was within 1 late in the third quarter before Giorgi Shermadini helped Cantu push ahead 70-60 early in the fourth. Maccabi rallied again and Demond Mallet’s three-point attempt that went in and out would have made it 72-71. Read more here.

Fenerbahce Ulker 56 - 77 Panathinaikos

mike batistePanathinaikos BC Athens took a pivotal showdown in Top 16 Group G by downing Fenerbahce Ulker 56-77 in front of almost 12,000 fans in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday. Panathinaikos improved to 2-1 and will qualify to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs if it beats FB Ulker next week and Unics downed EA7 Emporio Armani Milano. FB Ulker dropped to 1-2 and may need a road win against the Greens to stay in the playoffs race. Kostas Kaimakoglou paced the winners with 19 points - a new Top 16 career high. Mike Batiste added 15 while Romain Sato had 12 for Panathinaikos. Curtis Jerrells led FB Ulker with 12 points. Roko Ukic added 11 while Kaya Peker had 10 for the hosts. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 85 - 70 GS Medical Park

viktor khryapaCSKA Moscow stayed undefeated in the Top 16 - and in the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season - by downing Galatasaray Medical Park 85-70 in the Russian capital in Group E on Thursday. CSKA leads Group E with a 3-0 record and had the chance to clinch a Playoffs spot if it beats Galatasaray in Istanbul, Turkey next week. Galatasaray dropped to 1-2 but keeps chances to make it to the playoffs. Nenad Krstic led the winners with 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Milos Teodosic added 12, Ramunas Siskauskas and Viktor Khryapa each added 11 while Alexey Shved got 10 for CSKA. Jamon Lucas led Galatasaray with 15 points. Read more here.

February 1, 2012

Real Madrid 89 - 73 Gescrap BB

sergio rodriguezReal Madrid bounced back from its first home loss in this Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by downing Gescrap BB 89-73 in Top 16 Group F in the Spanish capital on Wednesday. Madrid improved to 2-1 in Group F while Gescrap dropped to 1-2. Both teams meet again in Bilbao next week. Sergio Rodriguez led the winners with 20 points on 6-of-6 shooting and 7 assists. Ante Tomic added 15 points, Mirza Begic had 12, Jaycee Carroll got 11 while Kyle Singler contributed 10 for Madrid. Marko Banic led Gescrap with 18 points. Alex Mumbru had 17 while Kostas Vasileadis had 13 for the guests. Rodriguez and Singler shined early to lead Madrid to a 26-16 margin. Read more here.

Olympiacos 83 - 65 Anadolu Efes

sasha vujacicOlympiacos dominated the fourth quarter en route to a convincing 83-65 victory over Anadolu Efes on Wednesday at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus, Greece. The result gives the Reds their first win of the Top 16 and tied them with Efes at 1-2 with a possibility of being tied for second place in Group E depending on Thursday’s game. The score was tied at 53-53 through three quarters, but Kostas Sloukas led the way as the hosts started the quarter 24-5 and put the game away. A big difference in the game was three-point shooting as Olympiacos made 9 of 19 (47.4%) compared to 1-of-8 shooting (12.5%) for Efes. Read more here.

Unics 59 - 44 EA7 Emporio Armani

henry domercantUnics Kazan dominated on the defensive end and got strong efforts from its trio of guards in slamming EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 59-44 on Wednesday to stay atop Group G with a 3-0 record. Henry Domercant paced the winners with 16 points, Petr Samoylenko scored 12 and Terrell Lyday 10 for the winners. Vladimir Veremeenko grabbed 11 rebounds as the host outrebounded Milan 46-31. The end result was the fewest points Milan has scored in a Turkish Airlines Euroleague game. Domercant got off to a red-hot start as the hosts took a double-digit lead in the first quarter. A 12-0 charge led by Lyday to start the second quarter put Unics ahead 32-12 and Milan never got closer than 10 the rest of the way. Nicolo Melli paced Armani with a career-high 17 points. Read more here.

February 1, 2012 - Top 16, Week 3: High hopes heading into halfway point!

dusko savanovicThe Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 is about to reach its halfway mark with four undefeated teams eyeing early qualification to the playoffs, another four - one per group - looking first victories and eight teams with 1-1 records aiming for second place or higher. Action starts with three games on Wednesday. At 17:00 CET, Unics (2-0) takes EA7 Emporio Armani Milan (0-2) in Group G in Kazan, Russia. Unics has won eight of its last nine Euroleague games and its superstar Henry Domercant was chosen the bwin MVP for January. Milan won two regular season games on the road and needs another now to rejoin the playoff race. Read more here.

Olympiacos vs. Anadolu Efes 83:65       
CSKA Moscow vs. Galatasaray Medical Park 85:70
Real Madrid vs. Gescrap BB 89:73       
Unicaja vs. Montepaschi Siena 68:91
Unics vs. EA7 Emporio Armani 59:44         
Fenerbahce Ulker vs. Panathinaikos 56:77
Bennet Cantu vs. Maccabi Electra 82:74         
FC Barcelona Regal vs. Zalgiris Kaunas 94:80

January 30, 2012 - January MVP: Henry Domercant, Unics Kazan

henry domercantIf one team is a surprise to be seen standing alone with a 2-0 record atop its Top 16 group, it is Unics Kazan of Russia, a rookie in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. And if there is one player who has everything to do with that startling success, it is veteran guard Henry Domercant, who is Euroleague Basketballs choice as bwin MVP for January. In the first month of the new year and its first Top 16 games ever, Unics not only became the only team so far to defeat two group opponents that were seeded higher at the recent Top 16 Draw. It also became the first Euroleague newcomer since 2003 to win its first two Top 16 games. Read more here.

January 27, 2012 - Top 16, Week 2 bwin MVP: Bo McCalebb, Montepaschi Siena

bo mccalebbThe brilliance of Bo McCalebb could be seen time and time again on Wednesday night. The Montepaschi Siena playmaker powered his team to an impressive 69-88 victory over Real Madrid at the Community of Madrid Sports Palace with one of his finest performances in an already brilliant Euroleague career. McCalebb established career highs with 25 points and a performance index rating of 36, which netted him Top 16, Week 2 bwin MVP honors. McCalebb scored 10 points and dished 2 assists in the first quarter alone as the visitors jumped out to an 18-point lead and never looked back. By the time the game was over, he had made 9 of 10 two-point shots, 1 of 2 three-pointers and all 4 free throws he attempted. Read more here.

January 26, 2012 - Week 2

Maccabi Electra 57 - 71 FC Barcelona Regal

fran vazquezFC Barcelona Regal pulled away late to crush Maccabi Electra 57-71 in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Game of the Week on Thursday at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. The win was Barcelona’s fifth in a row over Maccabi and put it in pole position in Top 16 Group H with a 2-0 record. Erazem Lorbek starred for the winners with 18 points – 9 of which came in the final 5:12 of the game. Maccabi started strong and led by 7 after 10 minutes, but Barcelona came back quickly and the game remained close through the end of the half, 29-29. Maccabi took a 51-49 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Barcelona dominated the rest of the way. Read more here.

GS Medical Park 78 - 77 Olympiacos

jamon lucasIn one of the most exciting games so far in this 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season, Galatasaray Medical Park registered its first-ever Top 16 win by downing Olympiacos BC Pireaus 78-77 in overtime in front of a sellout crowd at Abdi Ipecki Sports Hall in Istanbul, Turkey in Group E on Thursday. Galatasaray improved to 1-1 in Group E while Olympiacos dropped to 0-2. Jamon Gordon led the winners with 17 points, including the go-ahead shot, against his former team. Jaka Lakovic added 16 while Luksa Andric and Cehver Ozer each had 10 for Galatasaray. Vassilis Spanoulis led Olympiacos with 24 points. Georgios Printezis added 14, Kyle Hines had 11 while Kostas Sloukas got 10 for the Reds, that trailed 57-43 late in the third quarter. Read more here.

January 25, 2012

Bennet Cantu 79 - 78 Zalgiris Kaunas

gianluca basileBennet Cantu came back from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Zalgiris Kaunas at home 79-78 in a Top 16 thriller in Group H of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. The game went to the wire and was decided when Georgi Shermadini went to the line with 3.2 seconds left and the score tied. He made the first, missed the second intentionally and Zalgiris’s desperation heave at the buzzer missed. Gianluca Basile paced the hosts with 15 points, Shermadini had 12 points and five other Cantu players had at least 7 points as the host team improved to 1-1 in the group. Read more here.

Fenerbahce Ulker 65 - 63 EA7 Emporio Armani

Fenerbahce Ulker took a narrow lead into the fourth quarter and held on to beat EA7 Emporio Milan 65-63 in the opening game of Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul on Wednesday. The hosts earned a critical first victory in Group G, while Milan dropped to 0-2. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 17 points for the winners, while Roko Ukic returned from injury to score 16 and Marko Tomas added 8. Kaya Peker contributed 6 points, along with 10 rebounds and 2 steals. Antonis Fotsis and Mason Rocca paced Armani with 16 points apiece, while Stefano Mancinelli added 13 and Drew Nicholas 9. Omar Cook dished out 8 assists. Read more here.

Panathinaikos 83 - 89 Unics

Unics Kazan put its name among the contenders to reach the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs by taking down defending champion Panathinaikos 83-89 on the road in Athens on Wednesday to seize first place in Group G of the Top 16. Unics won its fifth road game out of six this season and its eighth game overall out of the last nine to go 2-1 in the group, while Panathinaikos dropped into a 1-1 tie for second place with Fenerbahce Ulker. A 4-15 run that ended with a Henry Domercant triple early in the final quarter gave Unics the game's first double-digit lead, which held at 76-87 with 48 seconds left before Panathinaikos trimmed points down the stretch. Read more here.

Real Madrid 69 - 88 Montepaschi Siena

bo mccalebbMontepaschi Siena sent a message that echoed all around the Turkish Airlines Euroleague by downing Real Madrid 69-88 in the Spanish capital in Top 16 Group F on Wednesday. Montepaschi improved to 2-0 and became the only undefeated team in Group F, handing Madrid its first Euroleague home loss this season. Bo McCalebb paced the winners with 25 points, a new Euroleague career-high, on 9-of-10 two-pointers and 6 assists. Ksistof Lavrinovic added 16 points, David Andersen had 11 while David Moss got 10 for Montepaschi. Felipe Reyes led Madrid with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Jaycee Carroll added 12 points for the hosts. A three-pointer by Carroll gave Madrid its last lead, 8-6. Moss and McCalebb fueled a 0-14 run that put Montepaschi ahead for good, 8-20. Read more here.

Gescrap BB 85 - 70 Unicaja

aaron jacksonGescrap BB registered its first ever Turkish Airlines Top 16 victory by pulling away to beat Unicaja 85-70 at Bilbao Arena. The result lifted Gescrap into a tie for second place in Group F with Real Madrid. Those teams meet next week in the Spanish capital. The game was close for three quarters. Unicaja led 49-50 late in the third quarter, but Bilbao’s outside shooters heated up during a 27-6 charge that extended into the middle of the fourth and decided the game. Kostas Vasiliadis paced the men in black with 19 points, Alex Mumbru added 18, Aaron Jackson scored 14 and Dimitrios Mavroeidis tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds. Joel Freeland, who was not expected to play due to injury, came off the bench to score 18 for Unicaja. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 96 - 68 Anadolu Efes

milos teodosicCSKA Moscow extended its unbeaten Turkish Airlines Euroleague run by overpowering Anadolu Efes 96-68 in the Russian capital on Wednesday. Efes kept it close for one quarter before Nenad Krstic dominated in an18-2 second-quarter run that made it 48-36 at halftime and then Milos Teodosic and Viktor Khryapa took charge in a 16-2 blitz to open the third quarter as CSKA marched to its eighth straight Euroleague home victory. Andrei Kirilenko shined brighter than the rest with 15 points and just 1 missed shot plus 8 rebounds. Krstic finished with 14 points, Teodosic had 13 and Khryapa tallied 11 points and 8 assists. Sasha Vujacic paced Efes with 21 points and Stanko Barac added 15 as the visitors dropped to 1-1 in Group E. Read more here.

January 25, 2012 - Top 16 Week 2: Four clashes will produce four 2-0 group leaders!

Turkish Airlines Euroleague fans know that anything can happen in the Top 16 to always expect the unexpected. Top 16, Game 2 comes with an extraordinary circumstance - all eight winners in Game 1 face each other in four outstanding showdowns. At the same time, all eight losers in Game 1 go against each other to avoid falling to 0-2. Action resumes on a busy Wednesday that features six games in all Top 16 groups. It all starts at 17:15 CET, when CSKA Moscow hosts Anadolu Efes. CSKA is the only undefeated team left in the competition, but Efes has stolen three road wins until now. Efes, however, has not beaten CSKA in Moscow since 1999. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow vs. Anadolu Efes 96:68       
Galatasaray Medical Park vs. Olympiacos 78:77
Real Madrid vs. Montepaschi Siena 69:88         
Gescrap BB vs. Unicaja 85:70
Fenerbahce Ulker vs. EA7 Emporio Armani 65:63          
Panathinaikos vs. Unics 83:89
Bennet Cantu vs. Zalgiris Kaunas 79:78          
Maccabi Electra vs. FC Barcelona Regal 57:71

January 20, 2012 - Top 16, Week 1 bwin MVP: Vladimir Veremeenko, Unics Kazan

vladimir veremeenkoIn what is already a groundbreaking season for Unics Kazan, Vladimir Veremeenko helped the club to another monumental moment in Top 16, Week 1. The debut season in Europe’s premier basketball competition has been quite successful for both player and club. On Wednesday, the big man had his best game in the Euroleague yet to help Unics start the Top 16 with a tough 76-71 home win over Fenerbahce Ulker. His performance in doing so earned him Top 16, Week 1 bwin MVP honors and also made him the first Unics player to ever claim the Euroleague player of the week distinction. Veremeenko produced 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting in addition to 11 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks and 11 fouls drawn in amassing a performance index rating of 32, which was the best among all players on winning teams in the first set of Top 16 games. Read more here.

January 19, 2012 - Week 1

EA7 Emporio Armani 57 - 78 Panathinaikos

Panathinaikos Athens blew away EA7 Emporio Armani Milan on the road 57-78 in the teams’ Top 16 Group G opening game. With solid execution on both ends of the court, the visitors never let Milan get a foothold in the game. David Logan led all scorers with 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting from two-point range, all of them coming in the second half, while Romain Sato had 11 and Mike Batiste added 10 for the winners. Four other players had at least 5 points. Antonis Fotsis knocked down 10 points for Milan against his former team. Alessandro Gentile added 7 points, but also committed 5 of Milan’s 24 turnovers as Panathinaikos smothered Milan defensively. Read more here.

Unicaja 80 - 81 Real Madrid

kyle singlerNikola Mirotic dropped in a frantic shot with 0.5 seconds remaining to give Real Madrid a thrilling 80-81 victory over fellow Spanish league club Unicaja in the teams’ Top 16 Group F opener on Thursday at Martin Carpena Arena. The last two minutes saw two ties and three lead changes in a true nail-biter that wasn’t settled until Berni Rodriguez’s desperation heave at the buzzer missed. It was a back-and-forth game all night that featured plenty of highlights and unending drama. Mirotic, the Euroleague’s December MVP, finished with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Kyle Singler paced los Blancos with 13 points, Ante Tomic tallied 12 points and 7 boards, Sergio Rodriguez registered 11 points and 9 assists and Felipe Reyes added 10 for the winners. Read more here.

Anadolu Efes 68 - 62 GS Medical Park

tarence kinseyAnadolu Efes had a strong start in the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 by downing Galatasaray Medical Park 68-62 in Istanbul, Turkey in Group E on Thursday. Efes joined CSKA Moscow atop the standings, with Galatasaray and Olympiacos just one win away. Sasha Vujacic paced the winners with 17 points. Dusko Savanovic added 16 - all in the first quarter - and a Euroleague career-high 17 rebounds while Stanko Barac had 12 points for Efes. Luksa Andric led Galatasaray with 14 points. Jaka Lakovic added 13 while Jamon Gordon had 10 for the guests. Savanovic took over in the first quarter, downing four three-pointers to make Efes get a 29-19 margin after 10 minutes. Read more here.

Zalgiris Kaunas 76 - 84 Maccabi Electra

demond malletMaccabi Electra scored an important 76-84 road win over Zalgiris Kaunas on Thursday at Zalgirio Arena on Thursday to open Group H. The visitors got a pair of triples from new signing Demond Mallet to take the lead in the first quarter and never trailed. The Israeli champs led by as many as 15 in the second quarter and seemed poised to run away with the game. But a strong Milovan Rakovic helped the hosts creep back and in the fourth quarter the deficit got down to 2 points. However whenever Zalgiris had the chance to tie the game or even take the lead, Maccabi stood tall – particularly Richard Hendrix who had 2 of his 3 blocks in the closing minutes to help seal the victory. Mallet finished with 15 in his first Macccabi Euroleague game. Read more here.

FC Barcelona Regal 65 - 60 Bennet Cantu

FC Barcelona Regal registered its first win in Top 16 Group H by edging Bennet Cantu 65-60 at home on Thursday. Barcelona and Maccabi tie for first place in Group H, with Zalgiris and Cantu right behind them. Chuck Eidson led the winners with 18 points. Erazem Lorbek added 13 and 9 rebounds while Marcelinho Huertas had 11 for Barcelona. Vladimir Micov and Gianluca Basile led Cantu with 13 points apiece. Basile, who played for Barcelona for six consecutive seasons from 2005 to 2011, was honored in a pre-game ceremony and fans sang his name before, during and after the game. Cantu led 15-18 after 10 minutes and kept a 28-30 edge at halftime. A jumper by Manuchar Markoishvili gave Cantu its last lead, 50-51, early in the fourth quarter. Read more here.

January 18, 2012

Montepaschi Siena 81 - 67 Gescrap BB

bo mccalebbMontepaschi Siena pieced together a 17-0 run that bridged the second and third quarters to crawl out of an early hole and march to an 81-67 home win over Gescrap BB in the teams’ Top 16 Group F game opener. David Andersen and Bo McCalebb scored 18 points apiece to pace the winners. Gescrap started strong and led by 10 midway through the second quarter. Tomas Ress evened the score at 32-32 with a triple in the final minute of the first half and McCalebb and Marco Carraretto took charge in the third as Siena took control. Bilbao never quit and after trailing by 12 late in the third, rallied behind Kostas Vasiliadis to within 6 in the fourth, but Siena finished strong to notch its fifth straight Euroleague win. Read more here.

Olympiacos 78 - 86 CSKA Moscow

andrei kirilenkoCSKA Moscow had a solid start in the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 by edging Olympiacos 78-86 in the Pireaus, Greece in Group E on Wednesday. CSKA became the first team to register a win in this group and remained the only undefeated team in the Euroleague this season. Nenad Krstic paced the winners with 18 points on 10-of-12 free throws. Viktor Khryapa added 16 on 8-of-8 free throws, Ramunas Siskauskas had 12, Andrei Kirilenko got 11 while Jamont Gordon contributed 10 for CSKA. Martynas Gecevicius led Olympiacos with 14 points. Kyle Hines and Pero Antic each added 13 while Vassilis Spanoulis had 11 for the Reds. Read more here.

Unics 76 - 71 Fenerbahce Ulker

petr samoylenkoA dominant second half from Unics Kazan saw the hosts storm back from 17 points down to top Fenerbahce Ulker 76-71 71 in the team’s Top 16 Group G opener on Wednesday. Petr Samoylenko starred with career highs of 18 points and 9 assists and Vladimir Veremeenko delivered 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks for the winners. It looked to be the Turkish champs’ night early, especially after Bojan Bogdanovic reeled off 13 unanswered points in the second quarter that helped stake FB ulcer to a 24-41 halftime lead. But Kazan, which scored just 9 second-quarter points, came alive after the break and Samoylenko and Terrell Lyday combined to bring the hosts within 1. Then Henry Domercant took over early in the fourth quarter to give Kazan the lead and more en route to an impressive victory. Read more here.

Turkish Airlines Euroleague top 16 2012

With three games today, Wednesday, January 18, and five games tomorrow, Thursday, January 19, Turkish Airlines Euroleague top 16 phase will start. For all Basketball fans around the world, and especially in Europe, it is a big day, day that they were waiting. Even I am sad that my team, Partizan mt:s Belgrade will not compete in this phase I am glad that I will be able to watch the best Basketball in Europe. Expectations are big. Only 4 teams will qualify for Final four and fight for Turkish Airlines Euroleague title. A lot of money is invested and many clubs expect to qualify at Final four at least. Read more here.

January 17, 2012 - Top 16 Week 1: Stage is set for Top 16 thrills!

The 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season returns with the Top 16, which will feature a six-game, round-robin competition for the last time. The Top 16 Draw divided all 16 surviving teams into 4 groups. As always, only the best two squads in each group will advance to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs. Every game counts and most showdowns will go down to the wire, so expect even more drama, action and thrillers all around the competition. Action starts with three games on Wednesday. The Top 16’s first game tips off at 17:00 CET in Group G, as reigning Eurocup champion Unics hosts Fenerbahce Ulker as these teams meet for the first time since 2004. Unics has won its last three Euroleague games but FB Ulker grabbed that many road wins in the regular season. The other two Wednesday showdowns are scheduled at 20:45 CET. In Group F, Montepaschi Siena welcomes Gescrap BB. Read more here.

Top 16 Week 1 schedule:

Olympiacos Piraeus vs. CSKA Moscow 78:86        
Anadolu Efes vs. Galatasaray Medical Park 68:62
Montepaschi Siena vs. Gescrap BB 81:67         
Unicaja vs. Real Madrid 80:81
Unics vs. Fenerbahce Ulker 76:71
EA7 Emporio Armani vs. Panathinaikos 57:78
Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Maccabi Electra 76:84          
FC Barcelona Regal vs. Bennet Cantu 65:60

January 6, 2012 - Euroleague Top 16 profiles, Group H

group hTwo weeks away from the start of the Top 16, Euroleague.net looks at four players from each group that are expected to be crucial names in their teams. Finishing with Group H, let's take a look at Pete Mickeal FCB Regal, Keith Langford of Maccabi Electra, Vladimir Micov of Bennet Cantu and Mantas Kalnietis of Zalgiris. For a natural-born winner, getting the sweet taste of winning the Euroleague is reason enough to be extremely motivated to try to lift the trophy again. If you add that Pete Mickeal comes off an injury-plagued season in which some even doubted that he would ever play again at this level, the challenge – and the opportunity - is even bigger. Read more here.

January 5, 2012 - Euroleague Top 16 profiles: Group G

group gTwo weeks away from the start of the Top 16, Euroleague.net looks at four players from each group that are expected to be crucial names in their teams. Starting with Group G, let's take a look at Curtis Jerrells of FB Ulker, Nick Calathes of Panathinaikos, Vladimir Veremeenko of Unics and Stefano Mancinelli of EA7 Emporio Armani. There is no denying the tremendous impact Curtis Jerrells has had on Fenerbahce Ulker’s season thus far. As the team’s sixth man, his spark helped carry the Turkish champs through Group A from first place and into the Top 16. But now the road gets tougher. Especially with the news that starting point guard Roko Ukic has broken a finger and will miss the start of the Top 16. Read more here.

January 4, 2012 - Euroleague Top 16 profiles: Group F

group f profilesTwo weeks away from the start of the Top 16, Euroleague.net looks at four players from each group that are expected to be crucial names in their teams. Starting with Group F, let's take a look at Sergio Rodriguez of Real Madrid, Pietro Aradori of Montepaschi, Luka Zoric of Unicaja and D'Or Fischer of Gescrap BB. Real Madrid was the been the highest-scoring team in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season and one of the main reasons for that has been starting point guard Sergio Rodriguez, whose court vision and dynamism helped the Whites win Group C in style. In his second season with the club, Rodriguez is much more confident and comfortable with head coach Pablo Laso's run-and-gun style, where he fits right in. Read more here.

January 3, 2012 - Euroleague Top 16 profiles: Group E

group e top 16Two weeks away from the start of the Top 16, Euroleague.net looks at four players from each group that are expected to be crucial names in their teams. Starting with Group E, let's take a look at Alexey Shved of CSKA, Georgios Printezis of Olympiacos, Dusko Savanovic of Anadolu Efes and Luksa Andric of GS Medical Park. Always seen as an up-and-coming talent, Alexey Shved has fulfilled his potential this season and confirmed his status as one of the best young combo guards in Europe. Despite making his Euroleague debut with CSKA back in the 2007-08 season, Shved did not see solid minutes until Jonas Kazlauskas joined the team last season. Now Shved is making the most of this opportunity, becoming not only one of CSKA's pillars this season, but also one of the most exciting players to watch in the competition. Read more here.

December 28, 2011 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 Draw results

The 16 teams still alive in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague learned what the road they must travel to fight for European basketball’s ultimate prize looks like on Wednesday at the Top 16 Draw in Barcelona, Spain. Representatives for the teams that survived the grueling regular season watched as their clubs were drawn into four groups of four teams that were headed by the regular season group winners: Fenerbahce Ulker, CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid and regal FC Barcelona. And they all have the same goal; Arriving in Istanbul in May with the chance to win two more games and enter the history books as European champions! Every group will feature six games per team in a round-robin setup from January 16 through March 1. Read more here.

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December 28, 2011 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four 2012 Istanbul logo unveiled

top 16 2011 2012 euroleague logoThe Top 16 Draw on Wednesday featured the unveiling of the logo for the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul, the city where a champion will be crowned in five short months. The logo is inspired by the geographic location of the city, its graphic identity, and the art and culture of the country. The design focuses on two special concepts, the water and the undulating shapes of two of the most important buildings in Istanbul, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, merged with basketball. Read more here.

December 28, 2011 - CEO and President Jordi Bertomeu Top 16 Draw speech

jordi bertomeuGood afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to all the members of the clubs, leagues and a special welcome to the president of the Turkish Basketball Federation, Mr. Turgay Demirel. Thank you very much for being here today for this Top 16 Draw. We have reached this point after two and a half months of competition. Two and a half months in which we have enjoyed great basketball. As in previous seasons, we have also had drama until the very last minute to know the teams that will be here today at this draw. I would like to take advantage of this opportunity to remind all that we are doing this Top 16 draw for the last time. Next season we will have a different format in this phase. Our fans tell us that they want more Turkish Airlines Euroleague games and the figures confirm that because the in-arena attendance grows every year. Read more here.

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