The non-stop action continues in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague.
Game Center: Zalgiris gets back on track; Baskonia is Friday's lone road winner
Friday, November 17
It came down to the final shot, but Zalgiris Kaunas ultimately outlasted a feisty FC Bayern Munich for a 74-73 victory in Round 9 of the 2023-24 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season. As Bayern did earlier this week, Zalgiris ended a four-game losing streak to break their tie in the standings and move to 4-5.
Markus Howard scored 35 points, making 8-of-13 triples, to lead Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz from 16 points down to an 81-88 road win over LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne on Friday night. This is the fourth straight win for Baskonia, which remains undefeated under head coach Dusko Ivanovic and improved to a 5-4 record, while ASVEL dropped to 2-7 on the season.
Panathinaikos Athens used a strong fourth quarter to take control of a tough fight against Virtus Segafredo Bologna and book a 90-76 victory at home in Round 9 of the 2023-24 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season.
FC Barcelona got back to winning ways by beating Valencia Basket at Palau Blaugrana in Round 9 of the 2023-24 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague campaign. The hosts improved to a 7-2 record, while Valencia dropped to 5-4.
Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade bounced back from a midweek defeat at FC Bayern Munich with an 89-74 home win over ALBA Berlin in Round 9 of the 2023-24 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season. As a result of this victory, Partizan improved its record to 4-5 while the visitors dropped to 1-8 and remain rock bottom of the 18-team competition.
Thursday, November 16
Maccabi struggled offensively and trailed for the majority of the first three quarters, but dominated the boards and eventually found a way to come back and beat Fenerbahce 78-73 at Aleksandar Nikolic Hall in Belgrade, Serbia on Thursday night. With the win, Maccabi improved to 5-3 on the season, while Fenerbahce dropped to 5-4, registering its third consecutive loss in the Serbian capital. Lorenzo Brown scored 18 points, while Bonzie Colson amassed 13 points and a career-high tying 14 rebounds, including 7 on the offensive end. Tarik Biberovic scored a career-high 18 points for Fenerbahce.
Olympiacos closed out the second two-game week of the regular season with its second win in a row. The Reds enjoyed a 15-point margin midway through the last quarter that helped them withstand a late Zvezda rally. Olympiacos, which improved to 5-4, was led by Alec Peters, who scored a career-high 28 points, and Moustapha Fall posted a big double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. Nemanja Nedovic was the game's top scorer with 26 points for Zvezda, which slipped to 3-6.
Milan showed glimpses of why many believe the team can fight for the Final Four with a strong 92-76 home victory over Anadolu Efes. Milan saw five scorers in double figures topped by Shavon Shields’s 18 points while Devon Hall had 15 points. The victory improved Milan’s record to 3-6 including two wins in the last three games. Efes saw its two-game winning streak end for a 4-5 record despite Will Clyburn scoring 18 points to go with 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
Reigning champion Real Madrid breezed past Monaco to remain the only unbeaten team in this season's EuroLeague with an 8-0 record, while the visitors dropped to 5-4 after a second successive defeat. Real built an overwhelming 30-point lead in the opening three quarters before taking its foot off the gas in the fourth. Dzanan Musa stood out for the home team with 21 points and 5 assists, while Sergio Llull netted 14. At the other end, Donatas Moteijunas paced Monaco with 14 points and Mike James added 13.