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Game 1 (Finals)

3-4 Place
Monaco 61% Apr.30 Umana VE
FINAL
Banvit BK 59% Apr.30 Iberostar Te
Overview of Round 13 - Jan 19, 2017


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Group A
Aris - Fraport SKY 58-64

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Thessaloniki where 4th placed Greek Aris (8-5) were defeated by fifth ranked German Deutsche Bank Skyliners (6-7) 64-58 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 30-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners forced 21 Aris turnovers. Aris were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard A.J. English (192-92, college: Iona) stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Kwame Vaughn (190-90, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 19 points. At the losing side center Vasileios Kavvadas (204-91) responded with 11 points and 4 blocks and power forward Michalis Tsairelis (206-88) scored 13 points. Four Aris players scored in double figures. Aris' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains fifth place in Group A with 6-7 record. Loser Aris keep the fourth position with five games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will face Ironi Nahariya (#6) at home in the next round. Aris will play against the league's leader Monaco and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Aris: M.Tsairelis 13+1reb, W.Cummings 11+3reb, V.Kavvadas 11+3reb+2ast, V.Jankovic 10+2reb+1ast, T.Zaras 9+4reb, T.Dragicevic 2+5reb+3ast
Fraport SKY: A.English 19+5reb, K.Vaughn 19+1reb+3ast, N.Kiel 6+2reb, S.Huff 5+8reb+1ast, S.Shields 5+2reb+1ast, M.Morrison 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 510391


Ironi Nahariya - Bakken 101-62

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Israeli Ironi Nahariya (5-8) smashed at home bottom-ranked Danish Bakken (1-12) 101-62 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Ironi Nahariya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Bakken's 26. Ironi Nahariya forced 20 Bakken turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Bakken's players. American guard Nick Faust (198-93, college: Long Beach St.) stepped up and scored 30 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Ukrainian-Israeli power forward Igor Nesterenko (203-90) chipped in 16 points. At the losing side Estonian forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Nahariya maintains sixth place in Group A with 5-8 record. Bakken lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Ironi Nahariya will face higher ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#5) in Frankfurt in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bakken will play at home against the league's second-placed Banvit and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bakken: E.Palm 13+4reb+3ast, K.Kitsing 13+5reb+2ast, D.Akoon-Purcell 11+5reb+1ast, T.Laerke 10+3reb+1ast, C.Christoffersen 7+11reb, A.Darboe 5+5reb
Ironi Nahariya: N.Faust 30+6reb, I.Nesterenko 16+4reb+3ast, S.Douglass 12+7reb+2ast, J.Skjoldebrand 11+1reb+1ast, Y.Gates 11+3reb+1ast, G.Brown 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 510392


Banvit BK - Helios 74-56

Not a big story in a game in Balikesir where 7th ranked Slovenian Helios (2-11) were defeated by second ranked Turkish Banvit (10-3) 74-56 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 38-18 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Banvit dominated on the defensive end, holding Helios to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Helios' 22. They outrebounded Helios 37-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. Helios were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Jordan Theodore (182-89, college: Seton Hall) stepped up and scored 15 points and 9 assists for the winners and Polish power forward Damian Kulig (205-87, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Banvit players scored in double figures. Banvit's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American guard Brandyn Curry (187-91, college: Harvard) responded with 17 points and 6 assists and Czech Tomas Kyzlink (195-93) scored 13 points. Banvit maintains second place in Group A with 10-3 record behind leader Monaco. Defending Slovenian champion Helios keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Banvit will face bottom-ranked Bakken (#8) in Aarhus in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Helios will play at home against CEZ Nymburk and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Helios: B.Curry 17+3reb+6ast, T.Kyzlink 13+4reb+1ast, A.Bratec 11+1reb+1ast, S.Atanackovic 7+6reb+3ast, U.Gorjanc 6+2reb+1ast, C.Remekun 2+3reb
Banvit BK: J.Theodore 15+3reb+9ast, E.Muric 15+5reb, G.Vidmar 14+7reb+1ast, D.Kulig 13+9reb+1ast, T.Gecim 9+1reb+3ast, F.Korkmaz 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 510390


CEZ Nymburk - Monaco 76-66

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked French Monaco (11-2) on the court of third ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by CEZ Nymburk 76-66. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Monaco. The game was mostly controlled by CEZ Nymburk. Monaco managed to win third quarter 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when CEZ Nymburk won last quarter 24-16. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when CEZ Nymburk made 7 blocks. American point guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) stepped up and scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. At the losing side American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 16 points and Ghanian-French Billy Ouattara (191-92) scored 19 points. Monaco's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending Czech champion maintains third place in Group A with 9-4 record having just two points less than leader Monaco. Monaco at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. CEZ Nymburk are looking forward to face Helios (#7) in Domzale in the next round. Monaco will play at home against Aris (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Monaco: B.Ouattara 19+3reb, D.Bost 16+3reb+3ast, J.Shuler 8+2reb+2ast, B.Davies 7+5reb, B.Fofana 5+2reb, J.Aboudou 4+4reb
CEZ Nymburk: P.Benda 14+7reb, B.Allen 14+4reb, E.Lawrence 14+6reb+5ast, H.Sant-Roos 13+9reb+2ast, V.Hruban 10, D.Simpson 8+8reb+1ast
gschID: 510388


Group B
Oradea - Kataja Basket 101-91

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Romanian Oradea (6-7) beat at home 4th placed Finnish Joensuun Kataja (6-7) 101-91 on Wednesday. Oradea made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Joensuun Kataja turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. Oradea looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) stepped up and scored 42 points (!!!) and 4 assists for the winners and Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Oradea's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) responded with 23 points and 4 assists and point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80) scored 17 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Romanian champion moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Joensuun Kataja. Joensuun Kataja lost third consecutive game. Oradea will face higher ranked Umana Venezia (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Joensuun Kataja will play against the league's second-placed Pinar Karsiyaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kataja Basket: R.Brown 23+3reb+4ast, J.Bradley 21+4reb, T.Rannikko 17+4reb+8ast, J.King 16+2reb+2ast, K.Bristol 8+9reb+1ast, D.Mullings 4+3ast
Oradea: M.Zeno 42+3reb+4ast, B.Mirkovic 17+5reb+6ast, A.Mandache 14+3reb+3ast, S.Denison 11+11reb+4ast, M.Pasalic 8+2reb+7ast, B.Tibirna 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 510402


Maccabi Rishon - Le Mans 73-65

Very important is a road loss of first ranked French Le Mans (9-4) against sixth ranked Israeli Maccabi Rishon (6-7) on Wednesday night. Visiting Le Mans were defeated by Maccabi Rishon in a tough game in Rishon Le-Zion 65-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Le Mans. The hosts trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 41-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Defending Israeli champion moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Le Mans still keep top position with four games lost. Maccabi Rishon will face bottom-ranked Khimik (#8) in Yuzhny in the next round. Le Mans will play on the road against Avtodor (#4) in Saratov and hope to win that game.
gschID: 510398


Pinar Karsiyaka - Khimik 77-70

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Ukrainian Khimik (3-10) was defeated on the road by third ranked Turkish Pinar Karsiyaka (8-5) 77-70 on Wednesday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-13. But Khimik won second period 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pinar Karsiyaka made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Khimik outrebounded Pinar Karsiyaka 32-20 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward DaJuan Summers (203-88, college: Georgetown) stepped up and scored 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. Four Pinar Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. Pinar Karsiyaka's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side point guard Jaime Smith (190-89, college: Al.-Huntsville) responded with 25 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and center Jason Love (206-87, college: Xavier) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Pinar Karsiyaka moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with Umana VE. Defending Ukrainian champion Khimik stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Pinar Karsiyaka will face Joensuun Kataja (#6) on the road in the next round. Khimik will play against Maccabi Rishon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Khimik: J.Smith 25+3reb+3ast, J.Love 14+9reb+1ast, V.Koniev 10+6reb+1ast, V.Petrov 6+3reb+3ast, O.Antypov 6+5reb, I.Sidorov 5+1reb+2ast
Pinar Karsiyaka: D.Summers 17+5reb+1ast, A.Karahan 13+2reb+1ast, M.Baygul 12+3reb, M.Green 12+2reb+7ast, J.Owens 9+5reb, M.Ponitka 8+2ast
gschID: 510401


Avtodor - Umana VE 102-67

There was a small surprise in Saratov where fifth ranked Russian Avtodor (6-7) outleveled much higher ranked Italian Umana Venezia (8-5) 102-67 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Avtodor led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Umana Venezia's 40. They outrebounded Umana Venezia 42-27 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Avtodor looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. American Nick Minnerath (207-88, college: Detroit Mercy) stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import Vince Hunter (203-94, college: UTEP) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Avtodor players scored in double figures. At the losing side Canadian-Nigerian forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St.) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Avtodor moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Umana Venezia keeps the second position with five games lost. Avtodor will face league's leader Le Mans at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Umana Venezia will play against Oradea and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: M.Ejim 14+7reb+2ast, H.Peric 12+4reb+2ast, M.Bramos 11+3reb+1ast, T.McGee 8+4reb+2ast, B.Ortner 5+3reb, J.Viggiano 5+1reb+2ast
Avtodor: N.Minnerath 22+7reb+3ast, V.Hunter 18+9reb+2ast, S.Bykov 16+3reb+5ast, J.Adams 15+3reb+4ast, E.Kolesnikov 8+6reb+5ast, A.Makiev 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 510396


Group C
Openjobmetis V. - Usak 85-77

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Varese where 6th ranked Turkish Usak Sportlif (4-9) was defeated by seventh ranked Italian Openjobmetis VA (4-9) 85-77 on Wednesday. Usak Sportlif trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 21-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-85 at the end of the game. Openjobmetis VA made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Openjobmetis VA made 7 blocks. American Dominique Johnson (192-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Norvel Pelle (208-93, college: Iona) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks. At the losing side Greek-American center Zach Auguste (208-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and Latvian Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Five Usak Sportlif players scored in double figures. Usak Sportlif's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Openjobmetis VA moved-up to sixth place in Group C, which they share with Usak. Openjobmetis VA will face league's second-placed EWE Baskets in Oldenburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Usak: Z.Auguste 18+11reb+1ast, S.McKissic 14+1reb+1ast, S.Vasiliauskas 14+1reb+3ast, R.Freimanis 11+10reb, B.Candan 10+5reb, D.Harrison 5+5ast
Openjobmetis V.: D.Johnson 22+5reb+1ast, N.Pelle 17+7reb, E.Maynor 11+8ast, C.Eyenga 9+3reb+1ast, D.Cavaliero 8+2reb+4ast, A.Avramovic 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 510404


Neptunas - Ventspils 84-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Lithuanian Neptunas' (9-4) home victory over 4th placed Latvian Ventspils (7-6) 84-68 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Neptunas. Ventspils was better in third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ventspils 36-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. American point guard Larry Drew II (188-90, college: UCLA) stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 assists for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Neptunas players scored in double figures. At the losing side American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 18 points and 6 assists and forward Maris Gulbis (200-85, agency: Players Group) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Ventspils' coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Neptunas moved-up to second place in Group C, which they share with EWE Baskets. Loser Ventspils keep the fourth position with six games lost. Neptunas will face bottom-ranked Rosa (#8) in Radom in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ventspils will play at home against PAOK (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: W.Deane 18+4reb+6ast, M.Gulbis 13+6reb, E.Zelionis 12+4reb+1ast, R.Zakis 9+3reb+1ast, K.Janicenoks 6+3reb+1ast, M.Ziedins 4+1reb+1ast
Neptunas: L.Drew II 22+3reb+6ast, J.Grant 13+8reb+3ast, M.Girdziunas 10+3reb+3ast, M.Mazeika 10+4reb+1ast, M.Kacinas 8+6reb, O.Johnson 7+3reb
gschID: 510395


PAOK - EWE Baskets 79-82

A very close game took place in Thessaloniki between German EWE Baskets and Greek PAOK. Second ranked EWE Baskets (9-4) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked PAOK (6-7). EWE Baskets managed to escape with a 3-point win 82-79 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-79. American guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) fired 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Center Dirk Madrich (212-83) chipped in 15 points. American guard Jordan Sibert (193-92, college: Dayton) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Thaddus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. EWE Baskets have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group C with 9-4 record having just two points less than leader Monaco, which they share with Neptunas. Loser PAOK keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. EWE Baskets will meet at home Openjobmetis VA (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. PAOK will play against Ventspils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PAOK: Z.Peiners 16+2reb+2ast, J.Sibert 16+6reb, T.McFadden 16+5reb, K.Clanton 10+9reb+1ast, A.Koniaris 8+3reb+4ast, L.Chrysikopoulos 8+2reb
EWE Baskets: D.Madrich 15+3reb+2ast, R.Paulding 15+1reb+2ast, C.Kramer 13+8reb+4ast, V.Mihailovic 10+2reb, M.De Zeeuw 10+4reb+1ast, F.Massenat 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 510399


ASVEL - Rosa Radom 87-67

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Polish Rosa (3-10) was rolled over on the road by first ranked French ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-3) 87-67 on Tuesday. The game without a history. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Serbian-Montenegrin forward Nikola Dragovic (206-87, college: UCLA, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists. At the losing side American power forward Darnell Jackson (206-85, college: Kansas) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Michal Sokolowski (196-92) scored 14 points. Four Rosa players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending French champion maintains first place in Group C with 10-3 record. Rosa lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will face Usak Sportlif (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Rosa will play against Neptunas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: D.Jackson 16+7reb+2ast, M.Sokolowski 14+4reb+1ast, D.Szymkiewicz 13+2reb+2ast, J.Zyskowski 11+2reb+1ast, G.Bell 5+3ast, J.Callahan 3+2ast
ASVEL: N.Dragovic 16+3reb+1ast, B.Sy 12+4reb+2ast, W.Hodge 10+2reb+6ast, N.Lang 9+4reb+4ast, D.Nelson 9+4reb+5ast, D.Watkins 8+5reb
gschID: 510394


Group D
Strasbourg - Cibona 71-56

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked French Strasbourg IG's (8-5) home victory over 5th ranked Croatian Cibona (5-8) 71-56 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Strasbourg IG led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American-Polish point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 13 points for the winners and American point guard Erving Walker (173-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) responded with 15 points and forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: BeoBasket) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Strasbourg IG moved-up to third place in Group D, which they share with Juventus. Loser Cibona keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Strasbourg IG will face bottom-ranked Mornar Bar (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cibona will play against Oostende and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cibona: S.Reynolds 15+4reb+2ast, L.Zoric 12+3reb, Z.Sakic 11+6reb+1ast, M.Rozic 5+3reb+5ast, N.Joksimovic 5+3reb+1ast, P.Marinelli 4+1reb+2ast
Strasbourg: E.Murphy 13+3reb+2ast, A.Slaughter 13+4reb+2ast, M.Howard 11+2reb+1ast, E.Walker 11+3reb+4ast, P.Lacombe 7+4reb+6ast, P.Sy 7+5reb
gschID: 510405


Oostende - Mega Leks 82-74

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Belgian Oostende and 6th ranked Serbian Mega Leks had identical 4-8 record. This time Oostende used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Sremska Mitrovica 82-74 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-74. Oostende made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Oostende had a 34-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Mega Leks were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Bosnian-Serbian Marko Keselj (206-88, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Jovan Novak (188-94) responded with 14 points and 4 assists and swingman Rade Zagorac (205-95, agency: BeoBasket) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Belgian champion (5-8) moved-up to fifth place in Group D, which they share with Cibona. Loser Mega Leks dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Oostende will face Cibona (#6) in Zagreb in the next round. Mega Leks will play at home against the league's leader CB Canarias and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mega Leks: O.Jaramaz 15+4reb, J.Novak 14+3reb+4ast, R.Zagorac 13+5reb+2ast, A.Marelja 7+1ast, A.Kaba 7+9reb+1ast, K.Mushidi 6+4reb+1ast
Oostende: R.Katic 25+8reb, D.Djordjevic 15+1reb+4ast, M.Keselj 10+11reb+3ast, K.Boukichou 9+1reb, J.Salumu 8+10reb+4ast, C.Walden 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 510389


Iberostar Tener. - Scandone AV 66-78

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Tenerife where second ranked Italian Scandone AV (9-4) won against leader Spanish CB Canarias (10-3) 78-66 on Tuesday. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group D. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 12 points. American-Liberian point guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 assists for the winners and Ukrainian center Kyrylo Fesenko (216-86) chipped in 13 points and 14 rebounds. At the losing side Canadian-Dutch forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances) responded with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Lithuanian forward Marius Grigonis (198-94) scored 14 points. CB Canarias' coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Scandone AV maintains second place in Group D with 9-4 record having just two points less than leader Monaco. Loser CB Canarias still keep top position with three games lost. Scandone AV will face Juventus (#4) in Utena in the next round. CB Canarias will play on the road against Mega Leks in Sremska Mitrovica and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Iberostar Tener.: M.Grigonis 14+1reb+2ast, D.White 10+1reb+1ast, A.Doornekamp 9+6reb+7ast, G.Bogris 8+2reb+1ast, T.Abromaitis 6+4reb, R.San Miguel 5+2reb+2ast
Scandone AV: J.Ragland 19+4reb+5ast, A.Thomas 17+4reb, K.Fesenko 13+14reb, L.Randolph 6+2reb+3ast, A.Zerini 6+1reb, M.Green 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 510397


Juventus - Mornar Bar 82-74

Very expected game in Utena where 8th ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (3-10) was defeated by fourth ranked Lithuanian Juventus (8-5) 82-74 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-74. Juventus dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Mornar Bar's 32. They outrebounded Mornar Bar 37-23 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Juventus looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American point guard Jamar Diggs (188-88, college: Wofford, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 assists for the winners and Canadian guard Aaron Best (193-92, college: Ryerson) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Juventus players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Antabia Waller (191-88, college: Auburn) responded with 20 points and 5 assists and Marko Mugosa (200-93, agency: Interperformances) scored 24 points. Mornar Bar's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Juventus moved-up to third place in Group D, which they share with Strasbourg. Loser Mornar Bar stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Juventus will face league's second-placed Scandone AV in Avellino in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mornar Bar will play at home against Strasbourg IG (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mornar Bar: M.Mugosa 24+2reb, A.Waller 20+2reb+5ast, B.Radunovic 13+4reb+1ast, B.Bakic 8+3reb+2ast, L.Jones 7+1reb+6ast, O.Ellis 2+1reb
Juventus: A.Best 15+8reb, J.Diggs 13+3reb+12ast, V.Vasylius 11+8reb+3ast, O.Galdikas 10+4reb, D.Salenga 10+5reb+2ast, V.Cepukaitis 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 510386


Group E
Partizan - AEK Athens 65-69

There was a small surprise in Beograd where fourth ranked Greek AEK Athens (8-5) defeated much higher ranked Serbian Partizan (8-5) 69-65 on Wednesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Partizan won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when AEK Athens won last quarter 14-12. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AEK Athens made 8 blocks. Croatian point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency) stepped up and scored 13 points and 8 assists for the winners and Irish-American guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence, agency: Diamond Sports) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four AEK Athens players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Partizan's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. AEK Athens moved-up to second place in Group E, which they share with Ludwigsburg and Partizan. AEK Athens will face Stelmet (#7) in Zielona Gora in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Partizan will play on the road against Banco di Srd (#5) in Sassari and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Partizan: S.Bircevic 16+8reb, N.Velickovic 13+6reb+1ast, B.Ratkovica 8+5ast, W.Hatcher 8+4reb+3ast, M.Andric 6+2reb+2ast, A.Vrabac 5+1ast
AEK Athens: G.Larentzakis 14+4reb+1ast, R.Ukic 13+2reb+8ast, D.McGrath 11+5reb+4ast, G.Tsalmpouris 10+1reb+1ast, J.Williams 8+1ast, M.Dixon 7+1reb
gschID: 510403


Stelmet ZG - Spirou 82-83

Very significant was Belgian Spirou Charleroi's (#6) just 1-point road victory against 7th ranked Polish Stelmet in Group E 83-82. Spirou Charleroi players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Stelmet was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Canadian-Jamaican swingman Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) nailed 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and guard Alexandre Libert (194-90, agency: Promotex) accounted for 20 points and 6 assists. Spirou Charleroi's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American point guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Three Eye Sports) came up with 17 points and 6 assists and Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Stelmet in the defeat. Five Stelmet players scored in double figures. Spirou Charleroi maintains sixth place in Group E with 5-8 record. Stelmet lost fifth consecutive game. Defending Polish champion keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against bottom-ranked Szolnok (#8) in Szolnok in the next round. Stelmet will play on the road against the league's second-placed AEK Athens and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: J.Florence 17+3reb+6ast, K.Gruszecki 13+2reb+2ast, T.Kelati 11+2reb+5ast, V.Dragicevic 10+7reb+2ast, A.Moore 10+3reb+3ast, J.Vaughn 9+7reb
Spirou: A.Libert 20+2reb+6ast, J.Shepherd 19+8reb+4ast, I.Iarochevitch 18+3reb, D.Harris 9+4reb, K.Tumba 6+4reb+1ast, M.Gaudoux 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 510400


Ludwigsburg - Banco di Srd 75-78

A very interesting game took place in Ludwigsburg. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 3rd placed German EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-5) to fifth ranked Italian Banco di Srd (6-7) 78-75 on Tuesday evening. EnBW Ludwigsburg was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 25-9 third quarter run of Banco di Srd. They made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by EnBW Ludwigsburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 assists. American guard Trevor Lacey (190-91, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) answered with 16 points and 6 assists and Johannes Thiemann (204-94) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for EnBW Ludwigsburg. Four EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Banco di Srd maintains fifth place in Group E with 6-7 record. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. Banco di Srd's next round opponent will be higher ranked Partizan (#3) in Beograd and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play on the road against the league's leader Besiktas in Istanbul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ludwigsburg: C.Hammonds 16+3reb+6ast, J.Thiemann 13+6reb, B.Loesing 11+1reb, C.Toppert 10+2reb, J.Cooley 9+5reb+1ast, D.Crawford 8+1reb+1ast
Banco di Srd: R.Stipcevic 22+2reb+5ast, D.Savanovic 13+3reb+1ast, J.Carter 10+3reb+2ast, T.Lydeka 8+3reb+1ast, T.Lacey 8+9reb+3ast, D.Bell 7+5reb
gschID: 510393


Szolnok - Besiktas 91-96

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Hungarian Szolnok (2-11) was defeated at home by first ranked Turkish Besiktas (11-2) 96-91 on Tuesday. Besiktas looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Michael Thompson (177-89, college: Northwestern) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Besiktas' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Montenegrin Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88) responded with 17 points, 9 assists and 4 steals and Croatian center Luksa Andric (208-85, agency: BeoBasket) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Five Besiktas and four Szolnok players scored in double figures. They have a solid series of four victories in a row. Besiktas maintains first place in Group E with 11-2 record. Defending Hungarian champion Szolnok stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Besiktas will face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#4) at home in the next round. Szolnok will play against Spirou Charleroi (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: L.Andric 20+5reb+2ast, D.Vojvoda 18+2reb+1ast, N.Pavlicevic 17+3reb+9ast, M.Borisov 17+5reb+2ast, A.Toth 6+3reb+2ast, K.Wittmann 5+1reb+5ast
Besiktas: M.Thompson 21+4reb+4ast, V.Stimac 19+14reb+2ast, D.Strawberry 18+2reb+4ast, M.Roll 15+2reb+5ast, K.Weems 14+7reb+6ast, E.Clark 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 510387


  




Tim
Abromaitis
Iberostar Tenerife see off Umana Reyer, join Banvit in Final - 1 day ago
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Theodore
Banvit outscore Monaco, enter Final - 1 day ago
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Basketball Champions League Standings
Group A
 1. Monaco 12-2 
 2. Banvit BK 11-3 
 3. CEZ Nymburk 10-4 
 4. Aris 8-6 
 5. Fraport SKY 7-7 
 6. Ironi Nahariya 5-9 
 7. Helios 2-12 
 8. Bakken 1-13 
Group B
 1. Le Mans 9-5 
 2. Umana VE 9-5 
 3. Pinar Karsiyaka 9-5 
 4. Avtodor 7-7 
 5. Maccabi Rishon 7-7 
 6. Oradea 6-8 
 7. Kataja Basket 6-8 
 8. Khimik 3-11 
Group C
 1. ASVEL 10-4 
 2. Neptunas 10-4 
 3. EWE Baskets 10-4 
 4. PAOK 7-7 
 5. Ventspils 7-7 
 6. Usak 5-9 
 7. Openjobmetis V. 4-10 
 8. Rosa Radom 3-11 
Group D
 1. Iberostar Tener. 11-3 
 2. Scandone AV 10-4 
 3. Strasbourg 9-5 
 4. Juventus 8-6 
 5. Oostende 6-8 
 6. Cibona 5-9 
 7. Mega Leks 4-10 
 8. Mornar Bar 3-11 
Group E
 1. Besiktas 12-2 
 2. AEK Athens 9-5 
 3. Partizan 8-6 
 4. Ludwigsburg 8-6 
 5. Banco di Srd 7-7 
 6. Spirou 6-8 
 7. Stelmet ZG 4-10 
 8. Szolnok 2-12 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nick MINNERATH
  Avtodor
  (207-PF-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Minnerath, Avtodor20.3 
 2. Smith, Khimik17.6 
 3. Akoon-P., Bakken17.3 
 4. Theodore, Banvit BK16.2 
 5. Mullings, Kataja B.15.5 
 6. Brown, Pinar K.15.5 
 7. Allen, CEZ Nymburk15.4 
 8. Cummings, Aris15.2 
 9. Vojvoda, Szolnok15.1 
 10. Vaughn, Fraport SKY14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Clanton, PAOK10.7 
 2. Kaba, Mega Leks9.8 
 3. Stimac, Besiktas9.5 
 4. Auguste, Usak8.8 
 5. Anosike, Openjobm.8.5 
 6. Fesenko, Scandone.8.1 
 7. Ellis, Mornar Bar7.7 
 8. Petrov, Khimik7.4 
 9. McCrea, Maccabi .7.3 
 10. Mullings, Kataja B.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan THEODORE
  Banvit BK
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Theodore, Banvit BK7.7 
 2. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.9 
 3. Reynolds, Cibona6.8 
 4. Frazier, Avtodor6.5 
 5. Kramer, EWE B.6.2 
 6. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.6 
 7. Diggs, Juventus5.4 
 8. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.5.4 
 9. Mirkovic, Oradea5.4 
 10. Drew II, Neptunas5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.3.3 
 2. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.5 
 3. McKissic, Usak2.4 
 4. Robertson, Fraport .2.4 
 5. Akoon-P., Bakken2.2 
 6. Harrison, Usak2.1 
 7. Wright, Monaco2.1 
 8. Chappell, Banvit BK1.9 
 9. Green, Pinar K.1.9 
 10. Kramer, EWE B.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.7 
 2. Galdikas, Juventus2.3 
 3. Lukovic, Partizan1.8 
 4. Kavvadas, Aris1.6 
 5. Simpson, CEZ N.1.5 
 6. Kulig, Banvit BK1.5 
 7. Diouf, Bakken1.4 
 8. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.4 
 9. Cusin, Scandone AV1.3 
 10. Denison, Oradea1.3 
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