Montepaschi Siena destroyed a woeful Real Madrid side in the Spanish capital 88-66 to improve to 2-0 in the Top 16.
The hosts found Bo McCalebb in devastating form for the Italian giants, as he led all scorers with 25 points on 9/10 shooting. The Macedonia international added six assists also in a game that was over in the first quarter as the visitors raced to a 31-15 lead and never looked back.
“It was a great win for us,” McCalebb said. “It’s important for our apsirations in this Top 16 group.
“I don’t care about my personal performance as long as the team wins. That’s the only important thing.”
Felipe Reyes led Real Madrid with 17 points, supported by 12 from Jaycee Carroll.
Another Italian side that came out victorious was Bennet Cantu, as they came from behind to record a thrilling 79-78 success over Zalgiris in Italy.
Down by ten points (59-49) to start the fourth, Cantu made a brave fightback and with the game tied with 3.8 seconds left, Georgi Shermadini went to the line, hitting his first, but intentionally missing the second, so Zalgiris couldn’t get a last second shot up.
Gianluca Basile paced Cantu with 15 points, as the hosts won the final period 30-19. DeJuan Collins led the Zalgiris charge with 15 of his own.
“We won this game thanks to our big heart,” Basile said afterwards. “We were unable to do anything for the first 33 minutes, and at that point you have just to put all your energy and heart on the court.”
Fenerbahce began life at their new Ulker Sports Arena with a 65-63 win over Emporio Armani Milano. But Fenerbahce were made to fight all the way though, as they grabbed their first win in the Top 16 in-front of over 12,000 fans. Milano drop to 0-2.
Bojan Bogdanovic led the hosts with 17 points, supported by Roko Ukic’s 16 points. Rocca Mason and Antonis Fotis scored 16 each for Milano.
The shock of the night saw Unics Kazan defeat reigning Euroleague champions Panathinaikos 89-83 at the OAKA.
Kazan opened up a 22-14 third quarter to lead 63-56 headed to the final ten minutes, and they matched the Greens in the deciding quarter to pull off a big upset. Veteran Henry Domercant had 21 points for the victors.
Unics’ Nathan Jawai didn’t play as he back home to Australia due to the death of his foster father.
CSKA Moscow stayed unbeaten following a crushing 96-68 win over Anadolu Efes in the Russian capital.
Andrei Kirilenko led CSKA’s scoring with 15, as his side bossed the remaining three quarters, following a tight opening.
Gescrap Bilbao defeated Unicaja Malaga 85-70, as Unicaja continue to struggle despite the unlikely return of Joel Freeland on the roster.
Kostas Vasiliadis led Bilbao’s scoring with 19 points, while Unicaja were led by Freeland with 18 points.
Results & Standings here.
CSKA – Efes highlights:
Fenerbahce – Milano highlights. Ulker Sports Arena Grand opening:
Real Madrid – Siena highlights:
Panathinaikos – Unics highlights:
Bilbao – Malaga highlights:
Cantu – Zalgiris highlights:
Nightly noteable: Terell Lyday: