After leading all the way in Regular Season until Round-20, defending champions CSKA Moscow lost the top spot to Real Madrid at the conclusion of Round-21 games. It happened after CSKA suffered a road loss in a rematch of their 2016 finals against Fenerbahce Istanbul and Real Madrid scored a road win over Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz. The Round-21 also intensified the play-off race with Anadolu Efes snapping Crvena Zvedza’s 7-game winning streak and a historic comeback by EA7 Emporio Armani Milan in beating Darussafaka Dogus.

In a notable road win for Olympiacos Piraeus, the Greek outfit defeated Unics Kazan 90-75 despite injury concern to Vassilis Spanoulis, Patric Young and Matt Lojeski. That improved their standings to 15-6 while Unics dropped to 7-14. For Olympiacos, Erick Green scored 25 points and Georgios Printezis added another 20. Keith Langford’s 25 points for Unics’ were of no avail.

2017 Euro-League Basketball Throws Up a New Leader after Regular Season Round-21

In two matches that brought CSKA Moscow to second spot, Fenerbahce Istanbul defeated the reigning champions 77-71 in a thriller in Istanbul while Real Madrid scored a 79-71 road victory over Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz. These results took Real Madrid to the top with a 16-5 record while CSKA’s defeat pegged them at 15-6. CSKA’s loss took Fenerbahce to 14-7. In Istanbul, the match-fit Ekpe Udoh posted 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks for Fenerbahce with Bogdan Bogdanovic added 12 with 8 assists. CSKA top star Nando De Colo scored 23 points in helping his team to take a 42-36 half-time lead but in the next 5 minutes, Fenerbahce reeled off 14 straight points to silence the visitors. Once more, Madrid’s win over Baskonia was engineered by 17 year-old Luka Doncic, whose 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists made the outcome decisive. Baskonia’s Roddy Beaubois scored 20 points but they still lost and slipped to 12-9.

Zalgiris Kaunas edged out FC Barcelona Lassa 89-85 and improved to 9-12, while Barcelona slipped to 8-13. The closely-contested match saw several lead changes but a couple of 4th quarter runs resulted in Zalgiris taking the lead for good. Zalgiris’ Lukas Lekavicius top-scored with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals, while Edgaras Ulanovas also added 17. However, the same 17 points scored by Juan Carlos Navarro couldn’t help Barcelona.

Brose Bamberg came out of their 4-game losing streak by beating Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 90-75 and improved to 8-13 in the standings, while Maccabi dropped to 7-14. Janis Strelnieks was the lead scorer for Bamberg with 25 points and Maccabi’s Andrew Goudelock scored 22 in defeat.

In an amazing comeback, EA7 Emporio Armani Milan wiped off a 25-point third quarter deficit to shock Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 89-87. Darussafaka looked a clean winner as they led Milan 68-43 in third quarter but Milan’s Davide Pascolo and Krunoslav Simon engineered the miracle in the last 15 minutes to inspire the home side. Milan thus improved to 7-14, while Darussafaka dropped to 10-11. For Milan, Pascolo and Simon both scored 15 points each, while Brad Wanamaker’s 20 points and 6 assists for Darussafaka were wasted.

Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens defeated Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul 79-84 and equaled the highest figure of 16 three-pointers by any team this season. Five Panathinaikos players reached double-digit scores, of whom Mike James topped with 18 points. The Greek Club improved to 12-9, while Galatasaray dropped to 6-15. Besides Mike, James Feldeine added another 15 and Nick Calathes 10.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul scored an 86-72 road victory over Crvena Zvezda MTS Belgrade. The result took Efes 10-11 in the standing while Zvezda dropped to 12-9 after their historic 7-game winning streak came to an end. Efes’ Derrick Brown top-scored with 20 points and 11 rebounds, DeShaun Thomas added 17, of which 15 came in the fourth quarter. Zvezda’s Marko Simonovic scored 17 points in defeat.