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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CSKA Escapes Barcelona in Overtime




CSKA Moscow came from behind to steal a win from Barcelona 81-79 in overtime of the Euroleague playoffs' first round at the CSKA Sports Arena.


CSKA's Dmitry Domany made two free throws with 10 seconds left Tuesday to break a 79-79 tie, and then Barcelona's Marcelo Nicola missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer.


"We almost had the victory in our pockets, but let it slip away in the final minutes," Barcelona coach Juan Montes said. "But I must give credit to our opponents for their performance tonight. They played extremely well when they needed it most."


The Russians trailed by as many as nine points in the second half in front of a capacity crowd of 5,000, but were able to fight back behind the sharp shooting of Valery Daineko and Domany.


CSKA captain Valery Tikhonenko had a chance to win the game in regulation for the home team, but he missed an open jump shot with two seconds left and the score tied at 70.


Barcelona was paced by center Jerrod Mustaf, a former NBA player, and the Argentine forward Nicola, who both scored game-high 17 points. CSKA held Yugoslav Aleksandar Djordjevic -- Barcelona's top player -- to only 13 points, just four in the second half.


Daineko led the Russians with 16 while Domany added 14.


CSKA will now try to close out the three-game series and move into the quarterfinals with a victory in Barcelona on Thursday. Game 3, if necessary, will be in Moscow on March 12.


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Partizan Belgrade upset champion Olympiakos 78-74 in Athens, Greece, on Tuesday and is now one step away from the European Cup quarterfinals.


The Yugoslavs kept the upper hand with a narrow lead throughout, capitalizing on Olympiakos' lack of power under the boards as their two main forwards, European MVP Arturas Karnisovas and Dragan Tarlac, were out with leg injuries.


Olympiakos, which reached last year's final four by beating Partizan in the playoffs, must now win the return leg in Belgrade on Thursday and then a third match next week in order to advance. If Partizan wins at home, the Greeks will be out of the quarterfinals for the first time in four years.


The Yugoslavs led at halftime and remained in control throughout the second half with the combined fire power of forwards Predrag Drobniak, who scored 16 points, and Deyan Tomasevic, who added 15.


Olympiakos veterans Milan Tomic and Panayotis Fasoulas combined for 37 points, but Tomic fouled out with three minutes remaining.


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In Rome, Teamsystem Bologna needed overtime to beat Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv 96-93.


Bologna built a 43-35 halftime behind captain Carlton Myers, who led all scorers with 33 points. But after the break, Doron Sheffer and Oded Katash led the Israelis back to tie the game at 79 at the end of regulation. Sheffer finished with 31 points, one more than Katash.


With 1:25 left in overtime, Myers gave Bologna the lead with a 3-pointer. The American-born guard then hit another one with 41 seconds on the clock to give Bologna breathing space.