JSF Nanterre pulled off one the Euroleague’s great shocks by beating Barcelona 71-67 at the Palau Blaugrana.
Leading 25-15 after the first quarter and then 60-51 after the third, many thought that Barcelona were comfortable against the French outsiders. An incredible 20-7 fourth quarter burst was the key to Nanterre’s stunning success as they become the first team from France to win in the Palau Blaugrana since October 16, 1996.
“This is a really historic win for us,” said a beaming Nanterre coach Pascal Donnadieu. “We didn’t expect it at all, but gave all we had to win the game. It has been unbelievable and we must treasure this win together. We didn’t play bad against CSKA and had a complicated game against Partizan, but did all we could, and a small team like Nanterre has been able to beat Barcelona on the road.”
Dashaun Thomas led the winners with 14 points off the bench, helped along by Sergii Gladyr, who amassed 12 points.
Alejandro Abrines led Barcelona with 15 points as both teams go to 1-2 in Group A.
Elsewhere in Group A, Fenerbahce sent a strong signal of intent by thumping CSKA Moscow 86-60 in Istanbul to remain unbeaten at 3-0.
It was meant to be a close game on paper, but the Turkish side demonstrated that the game isn’t played on paper. They led from the opening tip, leaving the Russian giants with no hope.
“They did a great job and they played a great game,” Fenerbahce coach Zeljko Obradovic said about his players.
“I want to thank our fans, they made an excellent atmosphere, and that is very important for my team. This win is very important for the confidence of my players, last week against Barcelona and now against CSKA, we played two really good games, and now we understand we have quality to fight against everybody.”
Bojan Bogdanovic led Fenerbahce with 23 points while Vladimir Micov led the CSKA charge with 20.
Group A’s other game saw Budivielnik Kiev secure their first ever win the Euroleague by beating Partizan 74-69 in the Ukrainian capital.
Darjus Lavrinovic led Kiev with 22 points as they move to 1-2.
Reigning Euroleague champions Olympiacos remain unbeaten in Group C by topping previously undefeated Bayern Munich 88-83.
Bryant Dunston led the winners with 19 points and eight rebounds as a 12-0 proved to be the game-changer for the Greeks.
Malcolm Delaney led all scorers with 20 points for Bayern.
Unicaja Malaga thumped Galatasaray 84-57 in Group C’s other contest.
Nik Caner-Medley led Malaga with 16 points. Debutant Pops Mensah-Bonsu secured a double-double for the Turkish side with 10 points and 11 rebounds in vain.
In a game that was played on Wednesday night, Laboral Kutxa were comfortable 85-64 winners at Lietuvos Rytas.
The Liga Endesa side to 2-1 while the Vilnius-based team drop to 1-2. Andres Nocioni led the Spaniards with 20 points.
Zalgiris picked up its first win of the Euroleague campaign with an 88-64 win over Strasbourg.
Martynas Pocius was in fine form for Zalgiris, hitting 23 points off 7-for-9 shooting from three-point land.