Simultaneously with Maccabi Tel Aviv’s game against Villarban, three more games were played tonight (Thursday) in the fourth round of the Euroleague. In the first of them, Zenit St Petersburg defeated the collapsing Bayern Munich 71:79. Then a simply insane result was recorded, when Fenerbahce walked with 41:80 against Kazan. At the end of the evening, Yuval Sussman’s Alba Berlin and Tamir Blatt lost 80:76 to Basconia.
Fenerbahce – Onyx Kazan 41:80
8, 14, 5 and 14. This is the points distribution by quarters scored by one of the weakest teams this season in the Euroleague. Fener came after an unpleasant loss to Alba Berlin, and managed to recover at the expense of the bottom team with a light home trip without too many problems, on the way to a 2: 2 balance.
At the end of the first quarter the host’s advantage was 13 points, and the gap only swelled as the game progressed. Mariel Shayok excelled with 17 points, Devin Booker added 16 and Nando de Colo 13.
Alba Berlin – Basconia 80:76
There was almost a huge turnaround here, with the Spaniards leading by a record 27 points (at the beginning of the third quarter), and in the last quarter the crowd got a little thriller. However, in the end, the visitors achieved a second consecutive victory (2: 2 balance) while Alba suffered a third loss after the victory over Fenerbahce.
Yuval Sussman started in the top five and was one of the most prominent, especially in the number of minutes – 25. He scored 9 points in 3 of 8 from the field, when his points came from outside the arc only. He also added 3 rebounds and an assist. Tamir Blatt came off the bench in the third quarter and scored 6 points in 2 of 4 of the three, along with one rebound and 4 assists. Luke Sikma stood out with 19 for the Germans, Simona Ponticio scored 17 for the winner. By the way, during the confrontation Sussman suffered an elbow to the face, and following bleeding near the eyebrow was forced to go down for treatment.
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Sussman after the blow he received (getty)
Zenit St. Petersburg – Bayern Munich 71:79
The Russians recovered after yesterday’s loss to CSKA Moscow, and continued with their good season opener as they climbed to a 1: 3 balance. On the other hand, the Germans with a fourth loss in four games and collapsed at the bottom of the table.
The host started well with a 0:11 advantage, which grew even further to 10:27 and 14:31 towards the end of the first quarter. Over time the Bavarians managed to narrow the gap more and more, until they even turned in the third quarter and climbed to an 8-point lead. In the last quarter, however, the locals managed to recover, turn back and win in front of the home crowd (in their first home game of the season at the factory). Jordan Mickey scored 16 points in the first quarter and finished the game with 18. Jordan Lloyd helped him with 9 points and 11 assists. On the other side stood out Daron Hilliard (24) and Corey Walden (20).
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