Turkish basketball teams Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray both suffered defeats on Thursday in their Euroleague regular season match-ups. Fenerbahçe lost 74-79 at home to Spanish squad Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz at Istanbul's Ülker Sports Arena. The loss dropped Fenerbahçe to 16-9 for the season but the team managed to retain fourth place in the standings.
Baskonia improved to 14-11 and remains in the playoff race after Round 25. A 19-point output by Shane Larking helped spark Baskonia's victory. Bogdan Bogdanovic's 26 points and 8 assists was not enough for Fenerbahçe who was hampered by the absence of center Ekpe Udoh. The defeat snaps Fenerbahçe five-game home winning streak. In other play, Galatasaray Odeabank was no match for regular season leaders CSKA Moscow as the Russian team won handily 85-69.
Nando de Colo was in top form, scoring 22 points for CSKA while Vladimir Micov's netted 18 points for Galatasaray. CSKA improved to 19-6 for season and Galatasaray dropped to 8-17, falling another step behind in the playoff hunt. In other games on Thursday, Zalgiris Kaunas topped Panathinaikos Superfoods 64-58; Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv beat EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 92-82 and Barcelona Lassa handled UNICS Kazan 70-62.