Euroleague aftermath

Fenerbahce 89-76 Khimki (28-24,16-25,21-6,24-21)
Fenerbahce recorded its second consecutive win by downing Khimki 89-76 at home on Thursday. Fenerbahce improved to 4-7 in the standings and dropped Khimki to 6-5. Luigi Datome led the winners with 20 points, Melih Mahmutoglou and Kostas Sloukas each added 19, Derrick Williams scored 12 and Ahmet Duverioglu had 10 for Fenerbahce. Janis Timma paced Khimki with 26 points, Anthony Gill scored 18 and Jonas Jerebko 10 for the visitors. Khimki led 44-49 at halftime, but Fenerbahce improved its defense after the break and held Khimki to just 6 third-quarter points. Sloukas, Duverioglu and an unstoppable Williams boosted the hosts’ margin to double figures after 30 minutes and little changed after that as Fenerbahce kept a safe margin until the final buzzer.

Crvena Zvezda 76-73 Valencia (17-19,20-22,23-10,16-22)
Crvena Zvezda picked up its second consecutive victory by edging Valencia 76-73 on Thursday night at Aleksandar Nikolic Hall in the Serbian capital on the strength of Lorenzo Brown’s game-winning buzzer-beating three-pointer. Lorenzo Brown starred even before that and finished with 19 points and 6 assists in leading Zvezda to victory in new head coach Dragan Sakota’s first game back on the job. Branko Lazic added 14 points in helping Zvezda lift its record to 4-7. The result also ended Valencia’s three-game winning streak and dropped its record to 4-7. Bojan Dubljevic matched his career-high with 22 points for Valencia, Belgrade native Vanja Marinkovic added 11 points and Alberto Abalde scored 10.

Alba 69-62 Zalgiris (15-7,17-19,15-20,22-16)
ALBA pulled away in the final quarter to defeat visiting Zalgiris 69-62 on Thursday night in the German capital. ALBA improved to 4-7 on the season, while Zalgiris dropped to 3-8 with its fifth consecutive loss. Zalgiris struggled offensively in the first half, but used a 0-14 third-quarter run to go in front. However, ALBA responded, restored its lead late in the third, then pulled away in the fourth quarter. Niels Giffey paced the hosts with 13 points. Martin Hermannsson scored 11 and Marcus Eriksson and Landry Nnoko scored 10 apiece. Zalgiris big man Zach LeDay was the top scorer in this low-scoring affair with 15 points, while Lukas Lekavicius scored 12 in a losing effort.

Panathinaikos 100-68 Baskonia (20-17,26-19,26-15,28-17)
Panathinaikos recorded its third consecutive win in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague by downing Baskonia 100-68 in the Greek capital on Thursday. Panathinaikos improved to 7-4 in the standings, while Baskonia dropped to 5-6. Jimmer Fredette led the winners with 21 points, DeShaun Thomas added 15, Tyrese Rice and Nick Calathes each had 12 and Ioannis Papapetrou got 11 for Panathinaikos. Calathes also dished 9 assists for the Greens. Youssoupha Fall and Nik Stauskas led Baskonia with 12 points apiece and Toko Shengelia added 11. Papapetrou and Fredette stepped up for the hosts in the second quarter and a layup by Wesley Johnson made it a double-digit game, 46-36, at halftime. Fredette took over after the break, burying back-to-back three-pointers to break the game open at 72-51 after 30 minutes. Baskonia kept trying but Panathinaikos won on its way to a well-deserved win.

Maccabi 93-62 Asvel (20-17,23-17,24-13,26-15)
Maccabi maintained its 100% home record by crushing ASVEL on Thursday night, playing hard from the first minute until the last to gain a comprehensive 93-62 victory. The early exchanges were closely contested, but Maccabi moved ahead towards the end of the first quarter and steadily extended the margin to 20 points by the end of the third, putting the outcome beyond doubt. Scottie Wilbekin led his team’s offense with 16 points on 7-of-8 field goal shooting, and Jake Cohen contributed a career-high 16 points with 14 of those coming in the final quarter. Nate Wolters added 13 points and Yovel Zoosman netted 3 three-pointers in his total of 11 points. Rihards Lomasz and Theo Maledon led ASVEL with 10 points apiece. Maccabi improved to 7-4 to keep its position in the playoff zone, while ASVEL dropped to 5-6.

Zenit 71-86 Real (19-22,18-22,19-22,15-20)
Real recorded its sixth consecutive win of the regular season by downing host Zenit 71-86 at Sibur Arena on Friday. Real improved to 8-3 in the standings while Zenit dropped to 2-9 and is now on a six-game losing streak. Facundo Campazzo led the winners with 19 points. Gabriel Deck added 15, Rudy Fernandez and Fabien Causeur each had 11 while Edy Tavares pulled down 12 rebounds for Real. Gustavo Ayon led Zenit with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Evgeny Voronov added 17 points, Will Thomas 13 and Mateusz Ponitka 10 for the hosts. Campazzo scored Real’s first 8 points. He got help from Causeur and Tavares to keep Real ahead 19-22 after 10 minutes. Zenit found a go-to guy in Ayon, who allowed the hosts to get a 33-31 lead late in the first half. A rain of three-pointers, mainly from Jaycee Carroll, and an outstanding Jordan Mickey allowed Real to take a 37-44 margin at halftime. A layup by Deck made it a 20-point game, 37-57, soon after that, but Thomas, Voronov and Ayon pulled Zenit to within 64-69 midway through the fourth quarter. Deck and Fernandez stepped up in crunch time, allowing Real to seal the outcome.

Efes 104-75 Bayern (30-22,27-18,19-18,28-17)
Shane Larkin made history and Efes clicked on all cylinders as it destroyed Bayern 104-75 on Friday night at home at Sinan Erdem Dome. Larkin shattered the EuroLeague’s all-time single-game scoring record with 49 points and tied the mark for three-pointers by making 10 to lead Efes to its fifth consecutive win and a league-best 9-2 record. Efes was ahead from the opening tipoff, had a 17-point lead at halftime, and kept a double-digit lead for most of the second half before closing the game strong for a 29-point win. Larkin needed just 31 minutes on the floor to net 49 points, making 5 of 7 two-pointers, 10 of 12 three-pointers and 9 of 10 free throws. He also dished 5 assists for a performance index rating of 53, which ranks fifth all-time. Big man Sertac Sanli had a career-high 17 points, while Tibor Pleiss and Chris Singleton scored 10 apiece for Efes. Vladimir Lucic paced the visitors with 20 points and Danilo Barthel scored 11 for Bayern, whose record dropped to 4-7.

Olympiacos 91-70 Armani (15-19,25-18,31-16,20-17)
Olympiacos used a big third quarter to run away with a 91-70 victory over visiting Armani on Friday and win back-to-back games for the first time this season. Kostas Papanikolaou led the way with 17 points for Olympiacos, which took the third quarter 31-16 for its third victory in the last four games to improve to 5-6. Vassilis Spanoulis made Turkish Airlines EuroLeague history as he collected 14 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists, while Nikola Milutinov posted 13 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals for a performance index rating of 30. Sergio Rodriguez collected 14 points and 3 assists for Milan, which fell to 7-4 with its third defeat in the last four contests. Nemanja Nedovic added 12 points and Vladimir Micov chipped in 11 in his 200th EuroLeague game.

Barcelona 67-96 CSKA (20-18,18-33,12-25,17-20)

CSKA bounced back from recent losses by thrashing host Barcelona 67-96 at Palau Blaugrana on Friday. CSKA improved to 7-4 in the standings while Barcelona dropped to 8-3. Mike James led the winners with 14 points. Darrun Hilliard added 13, Nikita Kurbanov and Kyle Hines each had 12, while Janis Strelnieks and Johannes Voigtmann got 10 apiece for CSKA. Brandon Davies and Nikola Mirotic led Barcelona with 19 points each and Adam Hanga had 10 for the hosts. Voigtmann stepped up early to give CSKA a 6-10 lead but Mirotic and Pierre Oriola fueled a 7-0 run that allowed Barcelona to get a 20-18 lead after 10 minutes. Joel Bolomboy and Strelnieks rescued CSKA, then an outstanding Kurbanov allowed CSKA to get a 38-51 margin at halftime. CSKA kept excelling on defense after the break and found new go-to guys in Daniel Hackett, Andrey Voronstevich and Hilliard to seal the outcome, 50-76, at the end of the third quarter. Barcelona kept trying but CSKA had cruised to a well-deserved road win.