2008-09Regular SeasonRound 4
Sani Becirovic, Lottomatica Roma

Regular Season, Round 4: From four unbeaten teams to one in two thrilling nights!

And then there was one. After just four weeks of regular season play, there was but a single undefeated team left in the Euroleague, and it was none other than CSKA Moscow. And not only did CSKA make it through Week 4 alive - while three previously undefeated teams crashed - but last season's champs did so with a spectacular record: 18-for-25 shooting in a massive 90-68 home win over Efes Pilsen. Trajan Langdon, Terence Morris and Ramunas Siskauskas combined for 14-for-18 accuracy from long-range, making CSKA's the best performance at three-point distance all decade. But while CSKA looked unbeatable at 4-0 atop Group D, things got really competitive everywhere else in the league. Week 4 served up the closest games possible, with eight decisions coming by 5 or fewer points. And when the dust settled, eight teams were tied for first place in the other three groups, all with 3-1 records. In Group A, that was the result of Unicaja ending Cibona's undefeated status with a 77-67 home win in which Boniface Ndong scored 18 points despite being doubtful due to injury until game-time. Olympiacos took advantage by swamping Maccabi Electra 84-65 to tie Cibona in first place. In Group B, it was Panathinaikos winning 81-76 to give Montepaschi its first loss in continental or domestic play thanks to great team rebounding, a 37-23 advantage with 8 players pulling at least 3 boards. Those two are tied now with Regal F.C. Barcelona, a home winner over Prokom as Juan Carlos Navarro scored 21. In Group C, the big gun wasLottomatica Roma, taking down mighty Tau Ceramica 90-93 on the road with a show of leadership by Sani Becirovic, whose 23 points meant the first time since 2000-01 that he has scored 20 points or more in consecutive games. Tau and Roma have as a first-place buddyFenerbahce Ulker, whose 89-87 double-OT home win against Union Olimpija featured Emir Preldzic scoring 18 points. Elsewhere, history was made as SLUC Nancy won its first-ever Euroleague game, while Avellino and Panionios each made it two in a row to get back in their group races, while Real Madrid recovered from a two-loss slide and Alba Berlin took over fourth place with its second victory. With the next week marking the halfway point of a shorter, 10-game regular season, the close results in Week 4 might well prove memorable for many teams - both good and bad memories.

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