Usual Suspects: Regular Season, Round 26

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Aris Barkas

19/Mar/17 20:41

It can’t get more cruel than this. Four well-known faces were permitted to walk free after the usual five arrests made this week, despite reports of mayhem and distraction. It’s almost a joke from this point on.

By Aris Barkas/

The crimes are well known and publicized over the biggest news outlets in Europe and still there’s not even one conviction yet. The plot thickens and it seems that something bigger is going on behind closed doors. Something that probably involves the missing Turkish Airlines EuroLeague trophy.

Jason Granger: He is mover and a shaker who makes things happen. That was the case against Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, which continues falling from grace. The Israelis fought for their pride, but the charming hustler from Uruguay was in the right place the right time. He collected 22 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals, by which time every piece has fallen into place and Anadolu Efes Istanbul once more prevailed.

Chris Singleton: The Green thug of Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens is playing for keeps. And he proved it against the “Whites” of Real Madrid. It’s a well-documented fact that in the Greek capital, the Greens call the shots and he made sure of it with 21 points and 7 rebounds. He can hit from everywhere, and he did it when everything was on the line and Panathinaikos emerged victorious once more.

Tornike Shengeila: It seems strange but this criminal from Georgia was never arrested during the last two years. Still, he has a long criminal record that extends even to the other side of the Atlantic. Now he’s working for the same Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz crew that managed to shock the mighty CSKA Moscow and by tooth and claw remains in the upper echelon of the underworld. He was almost perfect among equally talented perpetrators, not missing a single shot for 9 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 block. He did it all and got away with it.

Vladimir Micov: This is the second arrest of the Serbian sniper, who helped execute Olympiacos Piraeus in Greece. It was more than unexpected, since Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul is not considered that dangerous any more, which certainly seemed to be the case for 20 minutes. Then the tables were turned with Micov stealing the show and the win thanks to 18 points (13 of them during last period), 5 rebounds, 5 assists and – yes – 4 steals.

Bobby Dixon: It seems that the nickname “Munich strangler” is not a coincidence. Last year it was Bayern Munich and this time he was ferocious against Brose Bamberg in Germany. He did it all almost by himself for Fenerbahce Istanbul, leaving everyone in shock. When the dust settled, he was the last man standing thanks to 26 points. And of course he is already back in Istanbul, walking free.

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