The Assist: Aggregated News and Notes – Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Because covering 18 ACB teams by myself is really hard

Graphic by Niklaas Dumroese (@niklaasdumroese)

Jaycee Carroll conducted a shooting clinic in Euroleague action Thursday night, connecting on 7-of-9 three-pointers in Real Madrid’s 112-83 victory over Russian side Nizhny Novgorod.

Carroll’s three-pointer in the opening minute foreshadowed the night’s events, as the former Utah State guard would go on to score a career-high 32 points, including 25 in the first half. His performance led Real (4-0 ACB, 3-0 Euroleague) to the highest Euroleague point total in nearly seven years.

Carroll’s display included a surreal stretch during the second quarter in which he hit five consecutive three-point attempts, prompting me to tweet the following:

It will be interesting to see if Carroll can mimic his performance in Real’s fifth ACB game of the season. He has hit just 4-of-12 (33%) of his three-point attempts in the Spanish domestic league this year.

Perhaps feeding off Carroll’s hot hand, the rest of Real Madrid was excellent as well on Thursday. The club set a new Euroleague record with 33 assists, breaking the old mark of 31. You can see the highlights below, courtesy of the Euroleague’s official YouTube page.

Valencia, Real’s upcoming opponent in ACB action on Sunday, did not fare as well. The Spanish squad shot a frigid 3-of-23 from beyond the arc as they fell 76-63 to Red Star Belgrade.

Valencia is now 0-3 in Euroleague play. They are the only team in Group D without a victory.

As the report from Reuters, courtesy of Yahoo Eurosport UK, states below, former UConn star and NBA point guard Marcus Williams led the charge for Belgrade.

Playmaker Marcus Williams and towering centre Boban Marjanovic were the Serbian side’s dynamic duo, the former racking up 14 points and eight assists while the latter netted 16 to go with nine rebounds.

Stunned by the noise, Valencia were on the back foot from the start and livewire Williams acknowledged it was a telling factor.

“We are getting fantastic support from our fans and it’s like having an extra man on the court,” the 28-year old American said.

The other three ACB teams participating in the Euroleague will play on Friday night.

Laboral Kutxa Baskonia (1-3 ACB, 1-1 Euroleague) starts the action at 20:30 CET (3:30 p.m ET) against Istanbul’s Galatasaray.

Fifteen minutes later, Unicaja Málaga (4-0 ACB, 2-0 Euroleague) will take on Limoges CSP, and defending ACB champions FC Barcelona (4-0 ACB, 2-0 Euroleague) will face winless PGE Turow Zgorzelec.

You can stream all games live online at LiveBasketball.tv. 

To close out the second edition of The Assist, I leave you with this terrifying photo from Laboral Kutxa Baskonia’s official Twitter feed. We can only hope Fabien Causeur and Fernando San Emeterio keep the face paint for Friday’s game.

Happy Halloween!

Austin Green runs LosCrossovers.com from Madrid, Spain with the occasional help of his friends and colleagues. He will be reporting on the ACB and the people connected to it throughout the next few years. 

@LosCrossovers

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