Things were not looking good for Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv late in the third quarter when Coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos sent team captain John DiBartolomeo into the game. Before the ball was even put into play, free throws gave Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul a 14-point lead and that's how it looked to stay with the final seconds of the quarter ticking off the clock. However, when DiBartolomeo pulled up from behind the arc to beat the buzzer with a triple that made it 62-51, he not only sparked what would be a memorable Maccabi comeback for a 71-73 victory, but a trend in games for the rest of the week.
At that time, FC Barcelona Lassa big man Pierre Oriola saved a 46-46 tied with a blocked shot of Buducnost VOLI Podgorica guard Edwin Jackson in the dying seconds of the third quarter...
Elsewhere, Nate Wolters was also making third-quarter buzzer magic with a steal and layup that lifted Zalgiris Kaunas to a 60-59 edge over Olympiacos Piraeus through 30 minutes.
Thursday opened with three games at 19:00 CET and all three of them featured key plays to end the third quarter, literally within moments of one another! In the end, the plays by DiBartolomeo and Wolters led their respective teams to victory, while Oriola's was not enough to lift Barcelona, while succumbed to Buducnost's late rally. Later Thursday, AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan's Mike James also struck from downtown on the third-quarter buzzer and on Friday Vasilije Micic of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Matt Janning of KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gastiez and Malcolm Thomas of Khimki Moscow Region all scored in the dying seconds of the third quarter. The end of the third quarter was a magical time in Round 11.