Sanli's El Clásico block party
Going against Walter Tavares, the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague's all-time leading shot blocker, can be intimidating. However, it wasn't that way for FC Barcelona center Sertac Sanli, despite his team's 91-86 overtime loss on Real Madrid's floor. Sanli posted a career-high 5 blocks, tying Barcelona's club record, while Tavares had 2. What's more, Sanli blocked the 2.20-meter Tavares twice. Interestingly, Tavares had never had his shot blocked 2 times in any single game during his 162-appearance EuroLeague career before this season. Back in Round 14, it happened for the first time at the hands of Zalgiris Kaunas players Kevarrius Hayes and Rolands Smits. But as of Thursday, the 2.12-meter Sanli has become the only player ever to block Tavares twice in one EuroLeague game.