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Play-Off Qualifiers. Opening Leg - Feb 8, 2017


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Banco di Srd - CEZ Nymburk 94-72

Dinamo Sassari cruised past CEZ Nymburk in the opener. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-72. It was a very good performance for Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 assists. American guard Trevor Lacey (190-91, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) answered with 15 points and 4 assists and American forward Diamon Simpson (204-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for CEZ Nymburk. 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.
Top scorers:
Banco di Srd: R.Stipcevic 20+3reb+5ast, T.Lacey 18+6reb+2ast, D.Bell 16+5reb+3ast, G.Lawal 11+3reb+1ast, D.Savanovic 9+4reb+4ast, T.Lydeka 9+5reb
CEZ Nymburk: H.Sant-Roos 15+4reb+4ast, B.Allen 14+3reb, D.Simpson 13+9reb, J.Welsch 12+2reb+2ast, E.Lawrence 9+3reb+6ast, V.Hruban 5+4reb
gschID: 534370


Maccabi Rishon - Ludwigsburg 66-83

Ludwigsburg made a huge step towards playoffs as they rallied past Maccabi Rishon in Israel. The game was mostly controlled by EnBW Ludwigsburg. Maccabi Rishon managed to win second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. EnBW Ludwigsburg made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Maccabi Rishon turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Rishon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 rebounds. American-German swingman Chad Toppert (199-85, college: N.Mexico) contributed with 20 points (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for the winners. Four EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. American swingman Patrick Richard (196-90, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) answered with 14 points and point guard Avi Ben-Chimol (194-85) added 9 points and 7 assists in the effort for Maccabi Rishon. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ludwigsburg: C.Toppert 20+1reb, J.Cooley 16+9reb+2ast, K.Martin 12+4reb, J.Thiemann 11+4reb+1ast, D.Crawford 8+4reb+1ast, C.Hammonds 5+2reb+7ast
Maccabi Rishon: P.Richard 14+4reb+2ast, J.McCrea 10+6reb, C.Thomas 10+4reb+1ast, A.Ben-Chimol 9+1reb+7ast, E.Kadir 6+3reb+1ast, I.Zalmanson 5+2reb
gschID: 534368


PAOK - Partizan 74-76

Partizan snatched a narrow road win over PAOK in Thessaloniki. The guests were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 23-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH) stepped up and scored 27 points and 4 assists for the winners and power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Thaddus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 20 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard Jordan Sibert (193-92, college: Dayton) scored 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Partizan: W.Hatcher 27+4reb+4ast, V.Marinkovic 10+1reb, B.Ratkovica 10+3ast, S.Bircevic 10+6reb+2ast, M.Andric 8+2reb+1ast, U.Lukovic 5+6reb+1ast
PAOK: T.McFadden 20+2reb+4ast, J.Sibert 18+4reb, L.Chrysikopoulos 8+2reb, V.Margaritis 7+4reb, Z.Peiners 7+4reb+1ast, N.Miljenovic 5+2reb
gschID: 534367


Fraport SKY - Pinar Karsiyaka 90-80

Fraport SKY topped Pinar Karsiyaka in the opening leg. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 54-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners outrebounded Pinar Karsiyaka 33-22 including 22 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American players dominated the game. Quite impressive performance for forward Mike Morrison (206-89, college: George Mason, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (on 15-of-17 shooting from the field). Guard Kwame Vaughn (190-90, college: CS Fullerton) contributed with 18 points and 6 assists for the winners. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Point guard J'Covan Brown (188-90, college: Texas) answered with 29 points and 5 assists and power forward Josh Owens (206-88, college: Stanford) added 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Pinar Karsiyaka. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: M.Morrison 35+7reb+3ast, K.Vaughn 18+4reb+6ast, S.Shields 14+7reb+6ast, A.English 10+4reb+6ast, Q.Robertson 7+7reb+4ast, M.Merz 4+1ast
Pinar Karsiyaka: J.Brown 29+2reb+5ast, J.Owens 15+7reb+1ast, M.Baygul 12+3reb+3ast, D.Summers 10+3reb+2ast, M.Green 9+5reb+4ast, G.Erdi Gulaslan 3
gschID: 534369


Juventus - AEK Athens 77-78

AEK Athens nipped Juventus in Lithuania to step closer to the playoffs. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American-Georgian guard Michael Dixon (186-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports) nailed 15 points for the winning side and Serbian-Greek Dusan Sakota (210-86, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 13 points and 4 assists. American point guard Jamar Diggs (188-88, college: Wofford, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Vytautas Sulskis (200-88, college: Youngstown St., agency: Octagon Europe) added 17 points respectively for Juventus in the defeat. Four Juventus players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
AEK Athens: M.Dixon 15+4reb+2ast, D.McGrath 14+3reb+2ast, D.Sakota 13+4reb+4ast, R.Ukic 9+2reb+3ast, J.Williams 8+5reb+1ast, D.Mavroeidis 7+6reb+3ast
Juventus: J.Diggs 18+7reb+8ast, V.Sulskis 17+4reb+1ast, G.Sirutavicius 11+4reb, D.Salenga 11+4reb+1ast, V.Cepukaitis 6+6reb, O.Galdikas 6+2reb
gschID: 534366


Avtodor - EWE Baskets 87-84

Avtodor opened the playoff qualifiers with a narrow home victory against EWE Baskets. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But EWE Baskets won fourth quarter 30-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Avtodor made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American guard Branden Frazier (190-92, college: Fordham) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists for the winners. Guard Evgeny Kolesnikov (195-85, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) produced 22 points and the other American import guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. EWE Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Avtodor: E.Kolesnikov 20+6reb+2ast, B.Frazier 18+4reb+10ast, V.Hunter 17+3reb+1ast, N.Minnerath 15+2reb, M.Carrera 8+2reb+1ast, J.Adams 7+5reb+1ast
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 22+1reb+2ast, B.Qvale 12+4reb+1ast, C.Kramer 11+7reb+6ast, V.Mihailovic 11+4reb+2ast, P.Schwethelm 10+3reb+1ast, M.De Zeeuw 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 534365


Ventspils - Umana VE 74-67

Ventspils topped Umana Reyer to take a 7-point lead into the return leg. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Quite impressive performance for power forward Rolandas Zakis (206-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Five Ventspils players scored in double figures. Canadian-Nigerian forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St.) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American-Georgian point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Umana Venezia. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: W.Deane 16+3reb+3ast, M.Gulbis 12+7reb, F.Campbell 10+3reb+2ast, R.Zakis 10+12reb+1ast, K.Janicenoks 10+1reb+2ast, A.Ate 8
Umana VE: M.Ejim 15+6reb+2ast, M.Bramos 11+1reb+2ast, J.Viggiano 8+2reb+2ast, M.Haynes 8+5reb+4ast, H.Peric 7+5reb+3ast, J.Hagins 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 534364


Aris - Strasbourg 71-52

Aris cruised past Strasbourg in Athens. The game was mostly controlled by Aris. Strasbourg IG was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aris forced 26 Strasbourg IG turnovers. Quite impressive performance for American guard Will Cummings (188-92, college: Temple) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import power forward Justin Jackson (204-90, college: Cincinnati) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Paul Lacombe (195-90, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 16 points and American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) added 7 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Strasbourg IG. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Aris: W.Cummings 21+3reb+5ast, V.Jankovic 13+2reb, M.Jenkins 9+2reb+2ast, J.Jackson 9+8reb, V.Kavvadas 5+5reb, M.Tsairelis 5+4reb
Strasbourg: P.Lacombe 16+1reb+1ast, R.Travis 7+5reb+2ast, A.Slaughter 6+3reb+1ast, E.Walker 6+1reb, E.Murphy 6+3reb, F.Ntilikina 5+3reb
gschID: 534363


  




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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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