Valencia have halted Real Madrid’s unbeaten run in the Liga Endesa this season by beating them 110-105 in the Spanish capital.
Seven Valencia players reached double figures in the scoring department as they become the first team to conquer Madrid domestically this season. And with Real Madrid’s hectic schedule of three games in seven days, second-placed Valencia’s win could not have come at a better time.
Romain Sato led a very balanced Valencia attack with 17 points. Justin Doellman added 15 for the winners.
Barcelona stayed in third after beating Fuenlabrada 81-63 as the Catalan side pulled away in the second quarter and never looked back.
Jacob Pullen led Barca with 14 points in the win – while Fuenlabrada languish near the bottom of the table – and away from the playoff picture. Andy Panko led their scoring with 19.
Unicaja Malaga enjoyed an 80-71 success over Rio Monbus as they remain hot on Barcelona’s heels in fourth.
Monbus though were competitive in the opening two quarters, but Malaga had enough quality to keep them at bay throughout and eventually got a double-digit lead with just over a minute left to secure a vital win.
Carlos Suarez and Zoran Dragic each paced Unicaja with 11 points.
Gran Canaria secured an impressive 84-78 away win against Joventut Badalona as they strengthen their hopes of a finish in the top half for this season.
Albert Oliver led the visitors with 19 points in a professional display where they led 19-11 after quarter number and steadied the ship from there.
Down the bottom of the table Estudiantes distanced themselves further from the bottom two with an 82-71 road win against Cajasol Seville. They move level with Bruixa d’Or who lost 90-79 away at Murcia.
Laboral Kutxa maintained their playoff place with a 76-70 win at home to Bilbao, who continues to have a nightmare season as they linger near the bottom of the Liga Endesa, well outside the playoff spots.
Fernando San Emeterio led Vitoria with 20 points as they came from behind to storm clear in the third quarter, en route to victory.
Gipuzkoa were victorious over playoff side Zaragoza as the home supporters were treated to a 73-62 victory. And in the Monday night game, Tenerife secured a road win at basement side Valladolid 103-91.
Notes: Before each game, a minute of silence was observed in memory of ex-Barcelona football coach Tito Villanova, who lost his battle with throat cancer. He was 45-years-old … Actor Antonio Banderas was honoured and presented with a Unicaja Malaga jersey at half-time in their game against Rio Monbus.