The Turks easily defeated Real Madrid 63:90 • Bayern Munich almost surprised Messina's team at home, but ex Gilboa / Galil set up 78:79 with the buzzer
After 34 regular-season rounds, the Euroleague playoffs opened tonight (Tuesday) with two of the four quarter-final series.
Anadolu Efes who finished the season in third place hosted Real Madrid from sixth place and defeated it 63:90.
Rodrigo Boboa led the Turks scoring 19 points, Shane Larkin assisted with 14 points and 5 assists.
On the other hand, Trey Tompkins scored 13 points and Eddie Tavares added 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Milan came back from a 17-point deficit at half-time and maintained a home-run advantage with 78:79 over Bayern Munich.
Trinkieri's side had already dreamed of a surprise in Milan after leading 27:44 at the end of the first half, but surrendered in the final quarter 26:14 and fell behind 1-0 in the series.
The locals trailed 44:27 at the end of the first half, but made a comeback and a minute before the end equalized to 74:74.
A big three by Sergio Rodriguez gave Milan the lead 74:77, but then Baldwin and Gist scored with 4 consecutive shots from the line and raised Bayern to 77:78.
The last word belonged to Zack Lydie, who set the score of the game with a huge basket of victory with the buzzer.
Tomorrow the quarter-finals will continue when CSKA will host Fenerbahce (20:00) and Barcelona Zenit (22:00) for the first game of the series between them.