The 2009-2010 Euroleague tipped off for good yesterday, and in what a fashion! Record-setting defenses, blow-outs and buzzer-beating wins, we saw everything.
Montepaschi Siena set a defensive record against hosts Cibona, as they allowed no more than 40 points, which is the lowest score from a home team. At the same time Siena scored 85 for a 45-point margin.
Asvel was no match to Zalgiris, who took an early lead and was never threatened after in the game, as the Lithuanians were dominating in the paint.
Barcelona proved to be in excellent condition against Fenerbahce in Turkey behind 26 points of Pete Mickeal and 9 assists (21 for the team) by Ricky Rubio. The team's first scorer in the ACB, Juan Carlos Navarro, was not even needed as he scored just 5 points.
Olympiacos spread minutes over all their 12 players at an easy victory against newcomers Entente Orleanaise. Linas Kleiza came up strong for the Reds as he had 23 points and 9 boards in 23 minutes.
Earlier in the day, Maroussi showed teeth against CSKA, being up by two with 1.4 seconds to go, but the Russians were saved by the buzzer-beating threepointer of Viktor Khryapa .
23 points and 14 rebounds by Qyntel Woods were not enough for Prokom against the newcomer German Champs, Oldenburg, who outlasted the Poles thanks to an amazing, under-pressure threepointer by Ricky Paulding that put them up by four with 18 seconds to go.