This week saw Ryan Broekhoff and Lokomotiv Kuban light it up from downtown, Ben Madgen return from injury in the EuroCup, and Jonah Bolden's Maccabi Tel Aviv earn a thrilling win against the reigning Spanish champions in EuroLeague.
Hosting Spanish champions Valencia to open round 11, Maccabi Tel Aviv started strongly to open up a 4 point lead at the first break. The visitors fought back admirably to then tie it up at half time. A Jonah Bolden triple in the third saw Tel Aviv open up their largest lead of the game at 9 points. Not much separated either side down the stretch, but it was the hosts who held on to record a memorable 94-91 win to improve their record to 7-4 [video highlights].
Bolden started and played 18 minutes for 5 points on 2-2 shooting with 4 rebounds and 1 steal. The 6'10 forward has been good for 6.5 points and 5.1 rebounds across 11 games in his debut EuroLeague season.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul slumped to a 100-81 loss at the hands of a red-hot Crvena Zvezda Belgrade. Australian Boomer Brock Motum did not take to the court, as his side fell to a 3-8 overall record.
Lokomotiv Kuban maintained their unblemished record in EuroCup following a narrow 84-89 win over ALBA Berlin [video highlights]. Lokomotiv put on a three-point shooting clinic, draining a club-record 15 treys to improve their record to 7-0. Leading the way was Australian sharpshooter Ryan Broekhoff, with the 6'7 forward connected on 5-6 from downtown in registering a EuroCup career-high 20 points with 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Broekhoff exploded for 15 second quarter points as he rained four three-pointers alongside a traditional three-point play to ensure Lokomotiv led by 5 points at half time. Things came right down to the wire, as the home side would not allow Lokomotiv to get away. Broekhoff pulled down a big offensive rebound in the final seconds, drawing an unsportsmanlike foul and sealing the win from the line
Ben Madgen made his EuroCup return from injury in Lietuvos Rytas' 93-75 win against Partizan Belgrade. The dynamic guard came off the bench to add 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 24 minutes in what was an encouraging performance [video highlights]. The victory saw Rytas improve their record to 4-3, and when Limoges defeated Bilbao, they formally secured a spot in the Top 16.
Partizan was no match for Rytas, with a 17-4 run in the second period setting the home side on course for the win. When Madgen drained his first three-pointer of the competition in the third term, he restored his side's 10 point lead and from their they were never challenged.