Round 10 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague got underway on Thursday with four contests, with the week’s action to be concluded tomorrow. On the night, Olympiacos stayed top of the standings with a win over Valencia, while Khimki got back on track with a success of Brose Bamberg. Elsewhere, Anadolu Efes grabbed a massive win over Milan, and Fenerbahce cruised against Baskonia.
Khimki Moscow Region vs. Brose Bamberg, 82-73
Khimki emerged from an indifferent run of form with a big home win to more to 6-4, while Bamberg has a split 5-5 record. A close first half saw the teams trading the lead, but through the splits the hosts had the lead, with the score at 42-40 through halftime. A 20-16 third act gave Khimki some daylight and the home teams shut the game out in the deciding frame.
Alexey Shved soared with a game-high 26 points in the win, while Anthony Gill added 14 points.
Ricky Hickman paced the German champs with 21 points, followed by Bryce Taylor with 14 points.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Milan, 73-68
This was a huge game between two struggling clubs. Anadolu Efes collected a rare Turkish Airlines EuroLeague win this season to match Milan’s 3-7 record through 10 rounds. The hosts opened a 23-16 lead after 10 minutes, but Milan hit back in Q2 to make it 33-30 through the long break. This was the nervy game we expected, but Efes just edged the contest by edging the fourth act.
Vladimir Stimac managed a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Vladimir Micov and Jordan Theodore dropped 15 points apiece in the losing effort.
Baskonia Vitoria vs. Fenerbahce Istanbul, 69-83
Reigning Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champs Fenerbahce passed another test in its title defence with a win over Baskonia on the road. The win moves the champs to 7-3, while Baskonia slips to 5-5. Baskonia showed its offensive abilities with a 25-15 first act, but Fener hit right back with a 12-26 second for a 37-41 advantage at halftime. From there, the visitors controlled the game, including a 14-25 run in the third. 51 points through the middle quarters did the damage for Fenerbahce.
James Nunnally secured 16 points in the win, followed by Kostas Sloukas with 14 points.
Tornhike Shengalia dropped 13 points in the loss.
Valencia Basket vs. Olympiacos 64-72
Olympiacos holds sole possession of top spot at least until CSKA Moscow plays tomorrow after downing Spanish champs Valencia on the road. The win moves Olympiacos to 8-2, while Valencia continues to toil this season with a 3-7 record. The visitors looked solid throughout and led 3-35 through the long break. Valencia stayed in touch in the second half, but Olympiacos controlled the game well to victory.