Round 7 action tipped off in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague on Thursday and the four games served up did not disappoint basketball fans. Defending champions, Real Madrid were able to fend off a worthy opponent in Khimki Moscow Region to keep their pristine record intact. Jaycee Carroll came through for hosts in the final period and delivered 15 points to help propel them to the 79-74 home defense. They were fortunate that Khimki was without their top-scorer Alexey Shved who missed this game due to illness.
Arguably the most exciting game of the round thus far was between two well-known European Powerhouses. Olympiacos Piraeus suffered their fourth loss of the season via a bitter 72-73 loss at home to Fenerbahce Istanbul. The Greek crowd was abruptly silenced when their team failed to score in the final possession of the fourth quarter, which allowed their guests to claim the win and improve to a 6-1 record. Olympiacos is not used to being a middle-of-the-pack team and will have some adjustments to make in order to get back on a winning track.
It was a big night for Montenegro’s top team as Buducnost Podgorica secured their first win in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague in 16 years. They downed Spanish club KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 99-84. Edwin Jackson busted out with a new career-high 24 points to lead the winners in this game.
It was a classic shootout between Darussafaka Istanbul and AX Armani Exchange. The Italians came to Turkey locked and loaded and rained down 18 3-pointers to lift them to this win. Armani currently sits at fourth place in the standings with a 5-2 record. Mike James continued on his stellar season with a 21-point game to pace Armani in this one.