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Brock Motum's tough return to Lithuania
Anadolu Efes Istanbul traveled to Lithuania where Brock Motum faced his old side Zalgiris Kaunas in round 9 of EuroLeague action.
The 6'10 Motum was one of five Efes players to score in double figures, however the home side however his former club were able to defend their home court, securing a narrow 83-91 victory. The visitors opened strongly, taking a 4 point lead at the first break, yet Zalgiris could quickly extinguish the lead to take control, eventually holding on to win [video highlights].
Motum added 11 points including a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line with 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. Efes is now 2-7 on the season and firmly entrenched at the bottom of the EuroLeague standings. Next week they have a chance to improve on their record when they take on Milan who sit just 1 game ahead of them on the ladder.
In a battle between two of Europe's traditional superpowers, Maccabi Tel Aviv had an off night as Barcelona ran out easy winners 89-67 at home. Nothing went right for the visitors in the first half, as Barcelona restricted Tel Aviv to just 24 first half points and take a commanding 20 point lead into half time. In front of their raucous home fans, Barcelona would never be challenged as they cruised to a 22 point victory [video highlights].
Jonah Bolden was one of the few shining lights for Tel Aviv, adding 10 points with 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block. His side is now 5-4 and will look to regroup against Zalgiris next week.