Regular Season, Round 1: Thrills fill opening night all over Europe!
You couldn't ask for much more on the first night of the Eurocup regular season. Record-setters, buzzer-beaters and road wins in bunches made sure that Week 1's 16 opening games won't be forgotten soon. In the very first of them, Unics Kazan set shooting records with an amazing 20 three-pointers, 9 of them by Marko Popovic. Later, as Galatasaray rolled to victory, Rado Rancik tied the competition's 40-minute scoring mark with 39 points. In between, there were no less than eight road winners: Power Electronics Valencia and Triumph in comeback fashion, Brose Baskets in a blowout, Nancy in a nail-biter, Aris in a tough gym, former competition champ Joventut, last year's semifinalist Bilbao, and storied Benetton on a triple at the buzzer by Davor Kus. Home winners had their last-shot victory, too, as Dragan Dojcin let Albaescape before a crowd of 11,000 in Berlin to join the celebratory fans of Crvena Zvezda, Hapoel, Panellinios and a pair of competition newcomers, Spartak and Biella in the win column. And if old friends like Popovic and Rancik dominated the attention with their records, Week 1 also gave the competition some great individual debuts. Samuel Mejia poured in 29 points for Cholet, Devin Smith 25 for Panellinios, Nando De Colo 20 points for Valencia, the same as Bryce Taylor for Broze Baskets and Derrick Low for Siauliai. All in all, it was a great openeing night for the 2009-10 Eurocup, fun but far from easy, as six games were decided by three points or less!