In just the 11th double-overtime showdown in competition history, Anadolu Efes Istanbul battled for 50 minutes to defeat Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 91-83 at home on Friday.
Efes improved to 2-3, while Panathinaikos dropped to 3-2. Thomas Huertel led the winners with 17 points and DeShaun Thomas scored 13, while three of their teammates tallied double-doubles. Tyler Honeycutt had 15 points and 13 rebounds, Bryant Dunston got 12 and 11 and Derrick Brown posted 11 and 11. K.C. Rivers led Panathinaikos with 15 points, including a floater that forced the second overtime at 77-77. Nikos Pappas added 13, James Gist netted 12 points and 11 rebounds, Demetris Nichols had 11 points and Nick Calathes scored 10 and dished 12 assists for Panathinaikos, which buried 7-of-12 three-point shots (58.3%) to get a 35-42 lead at the break.
CSKA Moscow continued their impressive start to the new Euroleague season when they beat Olympiacos to become the only team in the competition with a perfect record.
The reigning champions led from the opening tip and never relinquished that lead all the way to the final buzzer.
The Russians enjoyed a ten-point lead or higher from the second quarter up until the final couple of minutes of the contest when their Greek opposition mounted a spirited comeback.
But Olympiacos couldn’t maintain the momentum enough to edge in front.
France international Nando De Colo, last season’s MVP, paced the winners with 23 points, nine rebounds and three assists while Aaron Jackson and Kyle Hines each added 13 points as CSKA ran out 81-75 victors.
CSKA have now won all five of their opening matches this campaign.