CSKA stays perfect and Milan downs Fenerbahce
Round 4 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season saw CSKA Moscow and FC Barcelona stay perfect with 100% records at the top of the standings. On Friday, reigning champ CSKA Moscow overcame a slow start to breeze past ALBA Berlin and stay perfect, but lost Will Clyburn to an injury which could be serious. AX Armani Exchange Milan gained a confident home win over Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, while KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz overcame Olympiacos Piraeus and Zalgiris Kaunas downed LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne. On Thursday, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens and Khimki Moscow Region gained their first road wins of the season. FC Barcelona also triumphed on the road in becoming the first team to 4-0 this season, while Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv and Anadolu Efes Istanbul won at home.
Zenit St Petersburg 79-89 Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos registered its first road win of the season by holding off Zenit 79-89 on Thursday night. Panathinaikos improved to a 2-2 record on the season, while Zenit dropped to 1-3. The Greens led for much of the night, by as much as 49-63 in the third quarter, behind Nick Calathes and Jimmer Fredette. Mateusz Ponitka led Zenit’s charge, and the hosts got to within 76-79, but Panathinaikos held on. Fredette finished with 22 points and Calathes dished 15 assists for the winners. Ponitka collected 16 points and 6 rebounds for Zenit.
Anadolu Efes 76-60 Real Madrid
Efes blasted past Real to take a comprehensive 76-60 victory at Sinan Erdem Dome on Thursday night. Efes recovered from a slow start with an 18-2 run to take control and although Real battled back before halftime, the hosts repeatedly surged ahead in the third quarter and would not be denied its first win over Real in eight attempts. Bryant Dunston powered his team throughout, contributing 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Krunoslav Simon inspired Efes’s second-half surge to finish with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Sergio Llull scored 14 points for Real. The game broke the tie between the teams for a share of second place, lifting Efes to 3-1 while Real dropped to 2-2.
Maccabi FOX 76-63 Valencia Basket
Maccabi overpowered Valencia 76-63 on Thursday at Menora Mivtachim Arena to remain undefeated at home this season. The Israeli champs never trailed after the opening minutes and saw their lead reach as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter. The result lifted Maccabi to 2-2, while Valencia will stay at the bottom of the standings at 0-4. Scottie Wilbekin led Maccabi scorers with 14 points on 4-of-9 three-point shooting and Othello Hunter posted 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Jordan Loyd paced Valencia with 17 points.
Bayern Munchen 74-87 Khimki Moscow
Khimki recorded its first road win of the season by downing Bayern 74-87 at Audi Dome on Thursday. Khimki improved to 3-1 in the standings while Bayern dropped to 2-2. Alexey Shved led the winners with 19 points and Anthony Gill added 17. Greg Monroe paced Bayern with 18 points. Monroe led a 10-0 run which allowed Bayern to shake off a slow start and get a 19-17 lead after 10 minutes, however, Janis Timma, Gill and Devin Booker combined for all the points in a 0-20 run that gave Khimki a 37-56 lead early in the third quarter and after that the visitors didn’t have much trouble cruising the rest of the way.
Crvena Zvezda 65-73 FC Barcelona
Depleted Barcelona rallied from a 13-point first-half deficit to defeat Crvena Zvezda 65-73 at the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall in the Serbian capital on Thursday to stay perfect on the season. Barcelona improved to 4-0, while Zvezda dropped to 1-3 record. The hosts used high energy and stiff defense to open a 33-20 lead in the second quarter, but Barcelona melted the deficit before halftime and then used a 1-14 charge bridging the third and fourth quarters to pull away and never look back. Nikola Mirotic led Barcelona with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Kyle Kuric netted 15 points. James Gist paced the hosts with 10 points.
Zalgiris Kaunas 70-56 LDLC ASVEL
Zalgiris Kaunas recorded its second consecutive win by topping LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 70-56 in front of almost 15,000 fans at Zalgirio Arena on Friday. Both teams now have a 2-2 record in the regular season standings. Zach LeDay led the winners with 13 points. Thomas Walkup added 12, Marius Grigonis 11 and Arturas Milaknis 10. Tonye Jekiri led ASVEL with 10 points. Three-pointers by Antoine Diot, Charles Kahudi and David Lighty helped ASVEL get a 14-20 lead after 10 minutes. But Walkup and Milaknis fueled a 14-0 run that put Zalgiris ahead, 28-20, midway through the second quarter. Zalgiris kept a 38-30 margin at halftime and extended it to 55-45 at the end of the third quarter. Nothing changed after that, as the hosts kept a safe margin until the final buzzer.
ALBA Berlin 66-82 CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow shook off a rare case of ineffectiveness and still ran away with a 66-82 victory at ALBA Berlin to remain perfect. After a slow start, CSKA took control of the game with a 1-15 run in the third quarter as the reigning champions improved to 4-0. Mike James led the way with 22 points and Darrun Hilliard added 21 points, with Joel Bolomboy chipping in 12 points. ALBA, which was out-scored 8-22 in the third quarter, was paced by Luke Sikma, Niels Giffey and Tim Schneider all with 11 points, while and Peyton Siva picked up 7 points and 11 assists for the home side, which dropped to 1-3. ALBA fell to 0-5 all-time in the EuroLeague against CSKA, also losing twice in the 2013 Top 16 and both games in the 2014 Regular Season.
Baskonia Vitoria 82-66 Olympiacos
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz opened its home campaign on a positive note by downing Olympiacos Piraeus 82-66 on Friday. Baskonia, which had played on the road in the opening three rounds, improved to 2-2 in the standings while Olympiacos dropped to 1-3. Toko Shengelia led the winners with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Pierria Henry added 12 points, Nik Stauskas had 11, Luca Vildoza got 10 and Youssoupha Fall pulled down 16 rebounds for Baskonia. Brandon Paul led Olympiacos with 15 points. Vassilis Spanoulis, Will Cherry and Augustine Rubit each had 10 for the guests. Stauskas and Shengelia shined early to give Baskonia a 23-21 lead after 10 minutes. Patricio Garino and an outstanding Fall allowed Baskonia to get a 36-25 margin, which Olympiacos cut to 41-36 at halftime. Shengelia took over after the break, getting gelp from Vildoza and Stauskas to boost the hosts’ lead to 58-49 at the end of the third quarter. Rubit and Paul brought Olympiacos within 69-61 midway through the fourth but Baskonia pulled away near the end.