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Basketball Champions League Play-offs draw - Jan 30, 2017


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Dee Bost
The draw for the playoffs for the inaugural FIBA Basketball Champions League has been made, and has certainly thrown up some tantalising match-ups.

Of the twenty-four teams remaining in the competition out of the original forty, France's AS Monaco seem to be favourites most basketball betting sites, despite having to face the winners of the first playoff round game between Juventus and AEK Athens. Of that pairing, AEK Athens must be considered overwhelming favourites for that tie after finishing second in Group E as Juventus just scraped into the playoffs with an 8-6 record. An AEK win would set up a thrilling game with AS Monaco, with Monaco's Dee Bost (188-PG-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) coming up against fellow American Michael Dixon.

Should Monaco slip up in their tie with either AEK or Juventus, then of the chasing pack perhaps Turkey's Besiktas would be best placed to march to the title. They too have a bye into the second round of the playoffs, where they will meet the winners of the tie between Germany's Fraport and Pinar Karsiyaka, also of Turkey. Fraport of Frankfurt who are the rank outsiders left in the competition, a juicy all-Turkish tie is surely on the cards.

The leading scorer in the qualifying rounds (even though he did not play all fourteen games) was powerful US-born forward Nicolas Minnerath of Russia's Avtodor Saratov. Despite having Minnerath in their ranks Saratov are not thought likely to challenge for the Champions League title, and have to negotiate a tricky tie with EWE Baskets of Germany if they want to progress. Saratov could only manage a 7-7 record in qualifying, whereas EWE Baskets ended up 10-4 to finish third in Group C. The winners of this tie will face Banvit of Turkey in the next round. Banvit finished second in Group A behind Monaco.

Group B winners Le Mans Sarthe of France will have to await the outcome of the tie between Dinamo Sassari of Italy and CEZ Nymburk from the Czech basketball league before they know who they will be facing. This preliminary tie is one of the closest to call, although Sassari might be considered the slight favourites, even though Nymburk finished the season with the better record. Either way, Le Mans must be considered the most likely team of the three to reach the final eight.

Of the remaining ties, Greece's Aris will play SIG Strasbourg of France for the right to meet ASVEL, also of France, in the round of sixteen. PAOK of Greece will meet Serbia's Partizan in the hope of progressing to the next round where fancied Ibnerostar Tenerife of Spain await. Maccabi RAND Media of Israel will play MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg of Germany, with the winner of that tie going on to play Neptunas of Lithuanuia, while Latvia's Ventspils will take on Italy's Umana Reyer Venezia to progress to play Avellino, also of Italy.
All ties will take place over two rounds on the 7th or 8th and the 21st or 22nd of February, 2017.
  




Aaron Craft
Aaron Craft (ex Dolomiti En. TR) agreed terms with Monaco - 1 day ago
AS Monaco Basket (ProA) inked 26-year old American guard Aaron Craft (188-88kg-91, college: Ohio State). He played most recently at Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italian Serie A. In 44 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.8apg and 2.3spg (leader !!!) last season. Craft helped them to make it to the final. The previous (14-15) season he played at another team Warriors in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen where in 57 games he averaged 9.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.1apg and 2.5spg (in top 2). A very good seas...   [read more]

Elmedin
Kikanovic
Monaco to bring in Elmedin Kikanovic - 1 day ago
AS Monaco Basket (ProA) reportedly agreed terms with 29-year old Bosnian international center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-105kg-88, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last two seasons at ALBA Berlin in German BBL league. In 36 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg last season. Kikanovic helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Bosmans Team and to the All-Star G...   [read more]

Jon Diebler
Besiktas add Diebler to their roster - 2 days ago
Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 29-year old American shooting guard Jon Diebler (198-93kg-88, college: Ohio State, agency: BeoBasket). He is not a newcomer in Turkish League as he played last season at Galatasaray (BSL). In 22 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg. Diebler helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. He also played 29 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg. The previous (15-16) season Diebler played at Anad...   [read more]


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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 
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. Baron, Neptunas14.9 
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: 7.5
 1. Theodore, Banvit BK7.5 
 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. Mirkovic, Oradea5.4 
 8. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.5.4 
 9. Diggs, Juventus5.4 
 10. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .5.3 
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. Wright, Monaco2.2 
 6. Akoon-P., Bakken2.2 
 7. Harrison, Usak2.1 
 8. Kramer, EWE B.1.9 
 9. Chappell, Banvit BK1.9 
 10. Green, Pinar K.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. Simpson, CEZ N.1.5 
 5. Kulig, Banvit BK1.4 
 6. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.4 
 7. Cusin, Scandone AV1.3 
 8. Denison, Oradea1.3 
 9. Niang, Iberosta.1.2 
 10. Kaba, Mega Leks1.2 
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