Euroleague 2nd fixture – Zvezda takes down Fenerbahce!

Crvena Zvezda 68-56 Fenerbahce (15-16,20-14,16-13,17-13)
A raucous crowd of 16,879 at Stark Arena fueled Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade to a 68-56 victory over Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul on Thursday evening. The Serbian champs played sterling defense and outrebounded their opponents 40-30 for just their second win against Fenerbahce in nine tries. Lorenzo Brown paced the Zvezda attack with 13 points and 6 assists, James Gist posted 11 points and 8 rebounds – including 8 on the offensive end, and Stratos Perperoglou also scored 11 for the victors. Nando De Colo led Fenerbahce with 19 points and Ali Muhammed added 13. Reigning EuroLeague MVP Jan Vesely returned to the lineup after missing much of the preseason and Round 1 through injury.

Cska Moscow 79-68 Bayern Munich (22-18,25-22,13-10,19-10)
CSKA Moscow remained undefeated in the 2019-20 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season after downing FC Bayern Munich 79-68 in the Russian capital on Thursday. CSKA improved to 2-0 in the standings while Bayern dropped to 1-1. Will Clyburn led the winners with 15 points and Johannes Voigtmann and Joel Bolomboy each scored 10 for CSKA. Voigtmann added 12 rebounds for a double-double. Greg Monroe paced Bayern with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Nihad Dedovic added 12 points and Danilo Barthel 10.

Real Madrid 86-85 Maccabi Tel Aviv (22-22,28-22,15-21,21-20)

In a thriller that literally came down to the final second, Real Madrid registered its second win in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season by edging Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 86-85 at WiZink Center in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Real improved to 2-0 in the standings while Maccabi dropped to 0-2. Jaycee Carroll became Real’s hero by hitting the game-winning three-pointer with 2.4 seconds remaining. Jordan Mickey led the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Carroll added 14 points, Anthony Randolph 11 and Facundo Campazzo 10. Scottie Wilbekin led Maccabi with 22 points and John DiBartolomeo and Elijah Bryant each added 15 apiece for the guests.

Asvel 79-78 Panathinaikos (22-22,18-24,10-17,29-15)
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne rallied from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to edge visiting Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 79-78 on Thursday night. ASVEL improved to 2-0 in its first EuroLeague season in a decade, while Panathinaikos dropped to 1-1. The Greens led for the majority of the night with the lead reaching as many as 13 points on several occasions, including 50-63 after three quarters. But David Lighty sparked ASVEL’s comeback and Charles Kahudi finished it. Jordan Taylor hit the game-winning free throw and ASVEL made one last defensive stand to prompt huge celebrations at the Astroballe. Lighty finished with 18 points, while Tonye Jekiri amassed 15 points plus 12 rebounds. Charles Kahudi netted 10 points in the victory. DeShaun Thomas had 22 points and 6 rebounds for Panathinaikos, Jimmer Fredette netted 18 and Nick Calathes had 13 points and 8 assists.

Zenit 63-87 Barcelona (20-19,20-24,16-16,7-28)
FC Barcelona stayed perfect by gaining its second consecutive road win with an initially hard-fought but eventually comprehensive 63-87 victory at Zenit St Petersburg. The game was closely contested for the majority of the contest until Barca’s defense took over in the latter stages, allowing just 7 fourth quarter points and leaving Joan Plaza’s team still looking for its first victory of the season. Former Zenit star Kyle Kuric was the game’s standout performer, netting 24 points on perfect 4-of-4 three-point shooting, while Nikola Mirotic was a powerful presence inside with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Victor Claver scored 12 points and Brandon Davies added 10 points and a career-high 6 assists. Evgeny Voronov paced Zenit with 10 points, and Colton Iverson came close to a double-double with 9 points and 8 rebounds.

Khimki 79-76 Baskonia (27-17,16-22,19-16,17-21)
Khimki Moscow Region stayed undefeated by downing KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 79-76 at home on Friday. Khimki improved to 2-0 in the standings while Baskonia dropped to 1-1. Alexey Shved led the winners with 21 points and 8 assists. Janis Timma added 18 points, Jeremy Evans had 17 while Devin Booker got 14 for Khimki. Tornike Shengelia paced Baskonia with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Pierria Henry added 16 points while Luca Vildoza had 10 for the guests. Booker and Timma combined for 9 points in an 11-0 run which allowed Khimki to get a 27-17 margin at the end of the first quarter. Khimki soon boosted its margin to 39-23 midway through the second period but Vildoza and Tornike Shengelia fueled a 0-12 run that brought Baskonia back to life, 43-39, at halftime. Shengelia brought Baskonia within 49-48 right after the break but Shved and an unstoppable Evans restored a 62-55 Khimki margin after 30 minutes. Khimki managed to keep a safe lead throughout the fourth quarter and Booker made the difference in the final 2 minutes.

Anadolu Efes 106-105 AET (27-25,16-15,26-32,26-23,11-10)
After neither team led by more than 7 points through 45 minutes, Anadolu Efes Istanbul registered its first win of the new season with an exciting 106-105 overtime decision against visiting ALBA Berlin on Friday at Sinan Erdem Dome. Both teams now hold 1-1 records. The teams treaded leads throughout the game, with ALBA hitting a club-record 14 three-point shots, but the backcourt duo of Shane Larkin and Vasilije Micic guided Efes to victory. Larkin finished with 26 points on 5-for-9 three-point shooting along with 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Micic had 23 points and career highs of 13 assists and 4 steals. Bryant Dunston scored 18 points, Tibor Pleiss had 16, and Alec Peters scored 14 in victory. For ALBA, Rokas Giedraitis netted 21 points, Luke Sikma had 15 plus 8 rebounds, and Tyler Cavanaugh collected 14 points and 8 rebounds. Niels Giffey added 13 points, Landry Nnoko and Peyton Siva 10 apiece. Martin Hermannsson dished 11 assist before exiting the game with an injury in the third quarter.

Olympiakos 89-63 Valencia (31-22,23-8,18-14,17-19)
Olympiacos Piraeus bounced back in a big way from a disappointing opening night to run away with a 89-63 home victory over Valencia Basket. Olympiacos tallied 54 points in the first half alone in Kestutis Kemzura’s first game as interim head coach following the departure of David Blatt. Nikola Milutinov led the way with 17 points while Vassilis Spanoulis added 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. A total of six home players scored in double figures as Georgios Printezis and Mindaugas Kuzminskas both netted 13 points, Kostas Papanikolaou had 12 and Kevin Punter chipped in with 11 points in helping Olympiacos move to 1-1. Valencia dropped to 0-2 despite Jordan Loyd scoring 12 points and Brock Motum picking up 11.

Armani 85-81 Zalgiris (23-7,20-29,21-23,21-22)
AX Armani Exchange Milan registered its first win of the season by edging Zalgiris Kaunas 85-81 at home on Friday. Milan improved to 1-1 in the standings while Zalgiris dropped to 0-2. Sergio Rodriguez led the winners with 17 points. Jeff Brooks added 14, Vladimir Micov 13 and Luis Scola 11 for Milan. Thomas Walkup led Zalgiris with 19 points off the bench. Marius Grigonis added 13 and Jock Landale had 10 for the guests. Brooks, Scola and Micov shined early to give Milan a 23-7 lead after 10 minutes. A 0-10 run that Lukas Lekavicius capped with a three-pointer brought Zalgiris to within 23-17 early in the second quarter. Zalgiris kept pushing, scoring 29 points in the second quarter, but Rodriguez and Scola kept Milan ahead, 43-36, at the break. Walkup and Paulius Jankunas helped Zalgiris get a bit closer, 64-59, at the end of the third quarter. Zalgiris managed to get within 81-79 in the game’s final minute, before free throws by Micov and Rodriguez sealed the outcome.