Sizzling Fenerbahce sink Partizan, Barca down CSKA

Fri Nov 8, 2013 7:00pm EST
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By Zoran Milsovaljevic

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Fenerbahce Istanbul stretched their perfect Euroleague start to four wins after Croatian forward Bojan Bogdanovic led a second-half comeback in a thrilling 88-78 win at Partizan Belgrade on Friday.

Barcelona's strong third quarter drove them to a 79-70 home win over CSKA Moscow, holders Olympiakos Piraeus celebrated a 70-62 victory at Montepaschi Siena and last season's finalists Real Madrid breezed to an 85-66 away rout of Strasbourg.

Partizan, carved out an eight-point lead in the first half backed by 8,000 noisy fans in their packed Pionir Arena before tempers flared early in the third quarter when their coach Dusko Vujosevic was ejected for continuously protesting.

Bogdanovic took full advantage and buried 13 of his game-high 26 points in the third period as Fenerbahce swung the tie their way and reaffirmed their commanding position in Group A.

Lester Bo McCalebb added 14 points and their Serbia forward Nemanja Bjelica chipped in with 12 to delight trophy-laden coach Zeljko Obradovic, who guided Partizan to their only Euroleague title in 1992 and received a standing ovation from the crowd.

"It's never easy playing against my former club but that's the nature of this business and I can only congratulate my players for winning a difficult road game," Obradovic told reporters.

"Partizan keep punching above their weight thanks to these incredible fans and I must thank them for a fantastic reception," said the 53-year old Serb, who has won eight titles in Europe's premier club competition with four different clubs.

Bogdanovic told Reuters: "Everyone knows what kind of coach Obradovic is and we got going in the third quarter after he drew several set plays on the blackboard at halftime to create open shots for me.   Continued...