The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague playoffs are underway and we were treated to two quarterfinal games on Tuesday night. Both games ended up being blowout victories for the home teams.
Fenerbahce Istanbul 76-43 B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas
This was a game about Fenerbahce flexing their muscles on the defensive end, almost completely shutting down Zalgiris the playoff opener. The 32-point stomp is a club record for the Turkish club in EuroLeague playoffs history.
The game was pretty straight forward. After securing an early 6-0 advantage, Fenerbahce did not let up and simply smothered their opponents into submission. Nikola Kalinic paced the victors with 16 points, while Marius Grigonis was the lone Zalgiris player to score in double figures with 10.
CSKA Moscow 93-68 Kirolbet Baskonia Vitoria
What would an impressive CSKA Moscow playoff win be without the touch of the maestro himself, Sergio Rodriguez? The future Hall-of-
Shavon Shields was the top performer on the side of Baskonia, delivering 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field on the night. His efforts will need to be better complemented by his other teammates if they want to secure a win in Game 2 for a chance to advance to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague semifinals.