Pierria Henry had a career night against Real Madrid and earned the MVP award for the opening round of the EuroLeague.
The guard of the Basques had a personal-best 32 PIR by hitting 5 of 7 two-pointers among a career-high 23 points.
Henry led Baskonia to a 14-4 run in the fourth quarter, which helped the team rally past the “Whites” (76-63).
“I feel like it was a team effort. Everybody is valuable, everybody is just as important, everybody just gave their all, playing strong, sticking together through adversity, sticking to the game plan, so I have to thank my teammates for trusting in me and coach for coming up with a good game strategy,” Henry told reporters afterwards.
This was the first MVP award for Henry in his EuroLeague career.
In Moscow, Panathinaikos started its campaign with a hard-fought 76-78 victory over Khimki.
Panathinaikos saw six players score in double figures, with Ioannis Papapetrou having 16.
Khimki came back from a double-digit deficit to take the lead, but ended up falling short.
Devin Booker scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the losing squad, while Dairis Bertans added 14.
Fenerbahce defeated Crvena Zvezda at home (77-63), handing head coach Igor Kokoskov an easy win in his EuroLeague head coaching debut.
Thanks to its strong defense, the Turkish team earned a double-digit lead before halftime and never looked back.
The Serbians, led for the first time by Sasa Obradovic, could not cut the deficit to single digits and suffered their first loss in the EuroLeague.
Lorenzo Brown was the top scorer with 17 points, on 8-of-12 field goal shooting, on his debut with Fenerbahce in the EuroLeague.
Jordan Loyd had 15 points for the losing squad, but were not enough to give Zvezda the win.
Shavon Shields hit a three-pointer with nine seconds to go and gave Armani Milano the 79-81 overtime win over Bayern in a late thriller in Munich.
Neither team led by more than five in the contest. Sergio Rodriguez forced an overtime for the Italians and Shields hit a tough game-winner with a hand in his face.
Malcolm Delaney led the winners with 17 points and eight assists, while Kyle Hines scored 16. Both players made their debut with Armani in the EuroLeague.
Wade Baldwin IV had 18 points for the Bavarians and Jalen Reynolds added 14 and 11 boards, including nine offensive ones.