Another fantastic week of action in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague is here!
Game Center: Monaco wins Le Classique; Barca, PAO also victorious
Friday, November 10
Panathinaikos Athens bounced back from its last road loss by pulling out a convincing 85-99 win against ALBA Berlin at Mercedes Benz Arena on Friday night. The Greens displayed an incredible offensive performance in the first half, scoring 60 points and opening a 13-point advantage that ALBA could not reduce to less than 6 points in the second half.
FC Barcelona improved to 6-1 in the 2023-24 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season after grinding out an 86-81 home win over Crvena Zvezda Meridianbet Belgrade in Round 7. The win thanks, in large part, to a superb performance from forward Jabari Parker, who paced the hosts with 20 points and 5 rebounds.
AS Monaco used a strong finish to the game to come back and down French League rival LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 80-70 in Le Classique on Friday night. It is Monaco's fifth straight win, which improved its record to 5-2, while ASVEL dropped to a 1-6 record.
Thursday, November 9
In a thriller that came down to the final second, Baskonia edged Olympiacos on a game-winning jumper by Codi Miller-McIntyre with 0.7 seconds left. Both teams now have 3-4 records in the standings. Chima Moneke paced the winners with 20 points off the bench and Tadas Sedekerskis added 12 points and 13 rebounds. Isaiah Canaan paced Olympiacos with 23 points.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul picked up a very important home victory in its fight to find its early season struggles, as it beat Zalgiris Kaunas 86-82 in overtime in Round 7 of the 2023-24 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season. Curiously, the overtime period only came about after Efes had thrown away an 18-point lead.
Maccabi started its temporary tenancy in Belgrade by holding off Bayern in a tight battle that went down to the last few possessions. Bayern led for most of the first half but Maccabi turned the game around just before the break, and Oded Kattash's team stayed ahead throughout the second half to improve to 4-2, while Bayern dropped to 2-5 after four straight losses. Bonzie Colson led the way with 19 points and 5 rebounds, while Lorenzo Brown tallied 13 points and 7 assists. Bayern was paced by Carsen Edwards with 17 points.
Partizan rescued a dramatic 85-84 home win over Fenerbahce after mounting a second-half comeback to a erase a 9-point deficit in front of a fervent crowd in Belgrade's Stark Arena. Frank Kaminsky paced Partizan with 15 points, having scored 9 of them in the fourth quarter. Partizan improved to 3-4 while Fenerbahce slipped to 5-2 after throwing away a 47-56 first-half lead. Nigel Hayes-Davis enjoyed a blistering first half when he scored 21 points to earn a PIR of 31, a joint 10th all time for a half. But the forward added only 2 points to his tally in the second half as Fenerbahce started to struggle on offense amid Partizan's aggressive half-court pressure.