Othello Hunter, Maccabi Tel-Aviv stun Fenerbahce – EuroLeague Round 24 Roundup

Othello Hunter Maccabi Tel-Aviv Fenerbahce
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Othello Hunter hit the game-winning two-pointer and Maccabi Tel-Aviv stunned Fenerbahce in Istanbul (77-78).

It was a late thriller at the Ulker Sports Arena, where no team led by more than eight points. Hunter scored the go-ahead bucket for the Israelis, with 2.6 seconds to go (77-78).

Derrick Williams had the chance to win the game for the Turks, but missed the three-pointer at the buzzer.

The victory lifted Maccabi’s record to 16-8 for a share of all-important fourth place in the standings with CSKA Moscow. Fenerbahce dropped to 11-13. 

In Moscow, Khimki defeated Crvena Zvezda (78-72) and put an end to a three-game losing streak. On the other hand, Zvezda could not earn its second straight win in the EuroLeague.

Both teams now have identical records (10-14).

Playing excellent defensively, Valencia edged Bayern Munich on the road (59-66) and maintained a playoff push in the competition.

The Spaniards improved to 12-12 and climbed to the seventh place. On the other hand, the Bavarians fell to 7-17 and remained on the bottom of the standings.

Panathinaikos outscored Zenit Saint Petersburg 50-41 in the second half and claimed a much-needed home victory (96-81).

Following a perfect start (30-11), the “Greens” saw the Russians come back and cut the deficit to six at halftime (46-40), thanks to a 16-29 run. The Greeks took over in the final part of the game and sealed the deal, playing very well offensively.

Panathinaikos snapped a two-game losing streak and now are at 14-10. For their part, Zenit dropped to 7-17 and are on the bottom of the standings.

Malcolm Delaney was unstoppable with 26 points and nine assists, leading Barcelona to the 84-80 victory over Armani Milano at home.

The Catalans were down by nine at halftime (36-45), but went on a 48-35 run in the second half and earned the win.

Barcelona is tied with Real Madrid for second in the standings with an 18-6 record. On the contrary, the Italians dropped to 11-13 and are tied with Fenerbahce for the eighth place.