A clutch bucket from Nikola Mirotic gave Real Madrid an 81-80 success over fellow ACB side Unicaja Malaga.



Kristaps Valters thought he’d given Unicaja the lead for good after his go-ahead lay-up with 9.8 second left gave Malaga an 80-79 advantage, but Mirotic snatched it with just 0.5 seconds left.

It was equally as heartbraking for the hosts, who were missing Joel Freeland due to injury. Luka Zoric was their only player to reach double-digits, as he posted 32 points to lead all scorers.

Real Madrid were led by former Duke standout Kyle Singler, who had 13 points. Mirotic posted 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks.

Regal FC Barcelona had to grind out a 65-60 victory over an impressive Bennet Cantu side.

Still without Juan Carlos Navarro, Barcelona were not at the best and were made to work by a very defensive-minded Italian outfit.

Chuck Eidson paced the victors with 15 points with Erazem Lorbek supporting with 13.

Vladimir Micov and Gianluca Basile each had 13 for Bennet Cantu.

“We came back due to our hard work,” Barca coach Xavi Pascual said afterwards. “We did not shoot well, especially in the first half. In the end we got the win and moved up to 1-0. It is very important to win and be solid at home.”

Elsewhere, Maccabi held Zalgiris’ dangerman Sonny Weems to just two points as they defeated the Lithuanian side in Kaunas 84-76. Demond Mallet led the victors with 15.

Sasha Vujacic hit 17 points as Anadolu Efes won an intense match-up with rivals Galatasrary 68-62. Despite a dull last ten minutes, Anadolu Efes posted a 29-19 first period, which was the platform for their victory.

Panathinaikos sent out a message with a convincing 78-57 win away at Emporio Armani Milano.

Jumping to a 24-10 first quarter lead, the Greeks’ lead ballooned to 20 at half-time (43-23) and it was easy going from there.

David Logan led with 12 points, while Antonis Fotis was the only player to hit double-digits with 10 for the hosts.

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