Malaga triumph in Germany, Euroleague round-up

Unicaja Malaga scraped past Brose Baskets 79-78 last night as Berni Rodriguez scored the decisive bucket to break the hearts of the 6,800 fans in Bamberg.

Both teams traded leads frequently, but with Malaga up 77-75 in the last 25 seconds, Brian Roberts drained a triple for Brose to give them a at 78-77 lead, but with 13 ticks remaining, Rodriguez scored off a Kristaps Valters miss to seal the win.

Great Britain international Joel Freeland led all scorers with 18 points for Unicaja with Luka Zoric providing the back-up with 13. Roberts and Marcus Slaughter both hit 16 points for Brose.

Jordan Farmar went for 27 points and five assists as Maccabi Electra got the better of Real Madrid 88-82 in Tel-Aviv.

Farmar, who is under contract with the New Jersey Nets and expected to return when the NBA lockout ends was unstoppable as Maccabi went into the final quarter up by double-digits and never looked back.

“Jordan deserves all the credit for his performance tonight. It had nothing to do with me. Our fans gave us a great push as always,” Maccabi coach David Blatt said.

Nancy’s John Linehan set a Euroleague record as he dished out 15 assists in 33 minutes on the court, but his side fell just short as they lost away to Fenerbahce 90-86.

Thabo Sefolosha led the victors with 19 points; Victor Samnick led Nancy with 24 points.

Elsewhere, Barcelona made short work of EuroCup holders Unics Kazan with a 93-65 win in Russia. Erazem Lorbek led all scorers with 24 points, supported by Juan Carlos Navarro’s 19 for Barca.

Bennet Cantu defeated Bilbao 78-69 behind 16 points from Giorgi Shermadini. There were also wins for Partizan, as they defeated Spirou 91-81 and Anadolu Efes won in Milan, as they beat Emporio Armani Milano 62-54.