Maccabi not going down without a fight, Euroleague hangover

Euroleague Basketball

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv convincingly disposed of Brose Baskets 85-65 to keep their Euroleague dreams alive in Group D.

The 2014 champions now move to 3-6 in the group as Maccabi drained a team-high 16 triples against the German side whose qualification had already been confirmed.

“I was just feeling it tonight,” said Maccabi’s Sylven Landesberg, who finished with 19 points.

“My teammates, they saw it and when I was in the game they found a way of getting me the ball. That helped with my confidence and kept it going. Tonight was a great team win, because we held a great team to 65 points. We really needed this one.”

Daniel Theis led Bamberg with 13 points, off the bench.

Unicaja Malaga remain on course to finish top of Group D after they saw off Dinamo Sassari 77-65 in Italy.

Jamar Smith led the way for Unicaja with 20 points and Richard Hendrix added 16 points and seven rebounds as Unicaja improved to 7-2, while Sassari remain winless at 0-9.

Zalgiris snapped a 14-game losing streak against Barcelona with a solid 92-88 win in Catalonia in Group C to improve to 5-4.

Paulius Jankunas led the winners with 17 points as they celebrated their first win over the Liga Endesa giants since 2004.

“For sure, after two bad road losses in Athens and Krasnodar, we had the goal to show another face and show that we can fight against good teams, one of the toughest in Europe,” Zalgiris coach Gintaras Krapikas said.

“I think we did a good job tonight. We played two really bad games on the road. We spoke before the game about being much more aggressive and much more active on the court. We showed that we can score way over our average if we are ready to do it 100 percent.

Barcelona, led by a superb 28-point haul by Ante Tomic are already through to the Top 16 are 6-3

Lokomotiv Kuban are top of Group C at 7-2 after they defeated Pinar Karisyaka Izmir 88-78.

Ryan Broekhoff paced the winners with 26 points, while Izmir, paced by Justin Carter’s 25 are 2-7 and out of the Euroleague.

Anadolu Efes were led by Thomas Heurtel’s fourth quarter heroics as they ousted Laboral Kutxa 95-86 in Istanbul.

Both teams are tied on 5-4 records in Group B as Heurtel fueled a 10-0 run in the final period to secure victory. The French international led Anadolu with 25 points and nine assists.

Olympiacos, still missing Vassilis Spanoulis were 76-67 victors over Limoges in the other Group B clash.

Georgios Printezis led Olympiacos with 13 points.