Baskonia makes wild comeback over Zenit Saint Petersburg to maintain EuroLeague playoff push
Baskonia made one of the biggest comebacks in EuroLeague history and survived a late thriller over Zenit Saint Petersburg, remaining alive in the playoff race.
The Basques were down by 13 points at halftime (45-32) and trailed by 14 (72-58) midway through the fourth quarter, coming close to a painful defeat.
However, they turned things around and went on an impressive 0-19 run to take the lead and secure the victory (75-79).
This was one of the wildest comebacks in competition history for Baskonia, which improved to 16-14 in the EuroLeague standings.
On the other hand, Zenit dropped to 16-13, but still holds the final EuroLeague playoff spot.
Olympiacos extended its winning streak to three games, but their playoff place remains in jeopardy, with four rounds to go.
The “Reds” endured the comeback of ALBA Berlin and earned the victory (80-84), behind a career-high 31 points from Sasha Vezenkov.
Olympiacos used a 5-16 run early in the fourth quarter to take control of the game and seal the deal, improving to 14-16.
On the contrary, ALBA attempted to make a wild comeback, but came up short and dropped to 11-19. The Germans have already been eliminated from the EuroLeague playoffs.
Fenerbahce continued its unstoppable run in the EuroLeague and decimated Zalgiris Kaunas at home (84-61).
The Turks led by 19 at halftime (45-26) and never looked back, as the Lithuanians couldn’t recover from the double-digit deficit.
Fenerbahce now is at 18-12, having lost only twice in the last 15 EuroLeague games. On the other hand, Zalgiris dropped to 15-15, but maintained its playoff chances in the EuroLeague.
CSKA Moscow returned to the winning track in the EuroLeague, thanks to its 89-96 victory over CSKA Moscow at Wizink Center.
The Muscovites led by 14 (41-55) and 20 points (43-63), respectively, claiming the win, despite the “Whites” late comeback.
Real couldn’t come closer than five points (85-90) and lost for the fifth time in the last seven EuroLeague games.
The hosts now are seventh in the EuroLeague standings, at 17-13. Meanwhile, CSKA improved to 19-10, tied with Armani Milano and Anadolu Efes for second on the table.
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