Red Star parcel up shock win over Maccabi, CSKA rally

Thu Mar 5, 2015 5:28pm EST
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By Zoran Milosavljevic

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Red Star Belgrade produced their best Euroleague display of the season by beating holders Maccabi Tel Aviv 89-76 on Thursday while six-times winners CSKA Moscow ground out an 81-74 victory at Laboral Kutxa Vitoria.

Barcelona triumphed 81-77 at Panathinaikos and Fenerbahce Istanbul steamrolled to a 92-79 home win over Russians Nizhny Novgorod after all 12 players scored for the Turkish side.

Having netted just one three-pointer from 33 attempts in their previous two games, Red Star nailed 13 from 29 against Maccabi as American playmaker Marcus Williams and guard Charles Jenkins finally found their range.

Maccabi seemed to have turned the tide after a 22-7 run gave them a 65-57 lead early in the fourth quarter but Red Star came storming back to win the final period 35-17.

Livewire Williams claimed 17 points and Jenkins added 16 while towering center Boban Marjanovic again led the Serbian side with 19 points and 17 rebounds.

"I have to congratulate Red Star for an impressive fourth quarter and a deserved win in a great atmosphere generated by the home fans," Maccabi coach Guy Goodes told a news conference.

BELGRADE ARENA   Continued...