The second week of the first Division (mini) league has ended and in the two games of the day we had in the first game, an easy victory for Petrolina AEK Larnakas over Pizza Express Apollon Limassol in Kition, and in the second game in an old time classic derby between Keravnos Strovolou and CytaVision Apoel Nicosia a crucial home win for Keravnos in details for the Strovolos team (68-66), in a game which was a derby from the beginning until the end and with the two teams going hand to hand in the most of the game.
Starting from the game in Kition, the home team of Coach Papadopoulos passed by the negative result of the first week's games (suffered a home loss from Keravnos) and with the Cyprus international guard Iakovos Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85) in his debut this season with AEK being the man of the match faced no problems against the disappointing team of Apollon who suffered its second loss in two weeks and even though in the papers the team of Coach Akis Konstantinou was among the strongest teams in the league it seems that something is missing and the positive results are not viable. In the first period the visiting site of Apollon started more moody and with Pantouris in the leading position took a small lead of 5 points (8-13) 2 minutes before the end of the period, but AEK came back and with Iakovos Panteli and Dixon leading the Larnaka team end up the period with 15-13 since they succeed a 7-0 in the last 2 minutes. The second period was a battle between Iakovos Panteli and Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Oklahoma), the two players took their teams and tried for the best, the score was 33-30 with the 9th point by Jason Detrick in the last minute before the end of the half time but Dixon and Subotic gave a solid lead of 7 points and the first half ended with 39-32
The third period was the best for the home team as Iakovos Panteli found a companion from Harisson who was amazing in this period and gave a lead of as many as 15 points, 57-42, 3.41' before the end of the period with Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) scoring his last 6 points at the end and reaching the 12 in total. Apollon reacted and with Jason Detrick and MaJic Dorsey (185-PG-81, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Indiana) in the leading roles cut the deficit to ten by the end of the 3rd period to 61-51.
The 4th period was a real derby as Apollon players (once more with Jason Detrick in the leading role) tried to cut the deficit early in the game so as to risk it at the end and try for the best result, so only 2 minutes after the beginning of the period, Apollon with the newcomer Krabbendam cut the deficit to 5 63-58. AEK reacted and with the American duet of Harisson and Dixon increased the deficit in the next 3 minutes to 9 (69-60). Apollon tried his best and with MaJic Dorsey and Brandon tried to do the return but AEK's players were ready for this return so with the same duet as before, Dixon and Harisson kept their team in the leading role. The final result was 78-70
In the other game, the derby between Keravnos vs Apoel between two teams with rosters than obviously need more games to start playing some decent basketball, the home team of Keravnos won the game in the details since the fatal player for the visiting site of Coach Konstantinidis was Isaac Wells who missed in both the three pointers in the last 10 seconds of the game and his team simply lost. The game started with Keravnos being a bit better in the court and with Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) in the leading role (who else?) scoring nearly half of the points for his team, Keravnos took a lead of four by the end of the period 19-15.
The second period, Apoel return back and with an early 7-2 took the lead at the beginning but couldn't keep it so Keravnos with Vaughn and Kinnard at the end kept its +4 to go to the half time with this small deficit, 38-34 in a poor game on the offensive part from both the teams, in a period full of mistakes, false balls and not good quality basketball.
The 3rd period started as the previous two, with Apoel being more active and coming back to balance the game 3 minutes before the end with 48-48 and with Keravnos scoring just 10 points in nearly 8 minutes. From that point and on and for the next 12 minutes the game was a basket to basket game since right after the first draw of 48-48, we had a new one with 53-53, to end the period with 55-53.
The fourth period had an amazing suspend, since both teams were nervous, losing balls and missing free throws, in the specific period we had more than 3 minutes with no score from any team (between 8.07' to 4.59' the score stacked to 59-57 for Keravnos) before Apoel draw the game for fifth time to 59-59. A new draw to 61-61, with 2 minutes to the end of the game, and a new one to 63-63, 1.18' before the end of the game, Tony Crocker's both missed free throws gave the chance to Apoel with its fatal player Wells to take the lead for a fist time after 23 minutes to 63-65, before a new three pointer by Tony Crocker giving the final knock to Apoel 32 seconds before the end 66-65 since it was a psychological three pointer. At the end as mentioned at the beginning Wells couldn't score so Keravnos won this derby and is the only team at this stage which has a 2-0 record.
Division A Round 4 of Semi-Finals. AEK advance into Finals - 5 days ago
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Apoel - AEK 64-73 AEK outgunned Apoel on the road to seal Division A Finals appearance. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 9 points. AEK dominated on the defensive end, holding Apoel to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Torey Thomas (178-85, college: Holy Cross) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points,... [read more]
AEK outgunned Apoel on the road to seal Division A Finals appearance. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 9 points. AEK dominated on the defensive end, holding Apoel to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Torey Thomas (178-85, college: Holy Cross) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists and Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five AEK players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Vassilis Kounas (194-84) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Robert Brown (196-92, college: UAB) scored 16 points. Top scorers: Apoel: R.Brown 16+2reb, V.Kounas 13+5reb+1ast, T.Bussey 12+4reb+1ast, M.Best 8+5reb+1ast, G.Pantouris 8+1reb+3ast, B.Mobley 5+7reb AEK: P.Brezec 17+6reb, A.Sizopoulos 14+3reb+1ast, L.Anderson 14+4reb+4ast, T.Petrovic 11+4reb+2ast, T.Thomas 10+13reb+7ast, T.Biggs 5+1reb
Division A Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Keravnos advance into Finals - 11 days ago
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Keravnos - Enosis 107-47 Keravnos rallied past Enosis to sweep the semifinal series. The game without a history. Keravnos 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 Enosis' 28 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Keravnos forced 19 Enosis turnovers and outrebounded them 47-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds.... [read more]
Keravnos rallied past Enosis to sweep the semifinal series. The game without a history. Keravnos 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 Enosis' 28 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Keravnos forced 19 Enosis turnovers and outrebounded them 47-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Enosis' players. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Jake OBrien (206-89, college: Temple, agency: HMS) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Terell Parks (204-91, college: W.Illinois) helped adding 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five Keravnos players scored in double figures. Keravnos' coach Christoforos Livadiotis felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY, agency: HMS) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and guard Jarvis Ray (198-90, college: TCU) scored 19 points. Top scorers: Keravnos: J.O'Brien 15+8reb+3ast, T.Parks 15+9reb+1ast, N.Stylianou 14+5reb+5ast, K.Barker 14+5reb+3ast, M.Abukar 13+6reb+3ast, G.Theocharides 10+4reb+1ast Enosis: J.Ray 19+3reb, M.Pearson 15+11reb+1ast, P.Stratis 5+3reb+1ast, Z.Panagiotis 5+1ast, Z.Hanoun 2+2reb, N.Thoma 1+1reb+3ast
AEK held off Apoel to secure 2-1 lead in the series. AEK players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin Vladimir Dasic (207-88) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) accounted for 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. American forward Brandon Mobley (206-91, college: Seton Hall, agency: HMS) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Apoel in the defeat. Four AEK and five Apoel players scored in double figures. Top scorers: AEK: P.Brezec 24+7reb+4ast, T.Thomas 19+5reb+4ast, V.Dasic 17+13reb+5ast, T.Petrovic 15+6reb+4ast, L.Anderson 7+3reb+2ast, I.Panteli 3+1ast Apoel: B.Mobley 19+7reb+2ast, V.Kounas 14+2reb+5ast, R.Brown 13+2reb+3ast, T.Bussey 13+6reb+3ast, M.Burnatowski 10+7reb+3ast, M.Best 8+5reb
Alexander Vezenkov selected the top Cypriot playing abroad in last week's games - 12 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Cypriots who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is former U16 international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95). He led FC Barcelona to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Cypriots who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is former U16 international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to a 3-point victory over one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza (8-19) 91-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
Vezenkov was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes on the court.
FC Barcelona Lassa (18-8) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa.
This year Vezenkov averages: 9.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 69.2%(54-78), 3FGP: 41.3% and FT: 80.5% in 26 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian.
Vezenkov played for the Cypriot U16 national team seven years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former U16 international small forward Andreas Christodoulou (197-95, currently plays in Greece). He could not help AGOR (12-13) to beat Panathinaikos (24-1).
Christodoulou recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes.
AGOR was crushed 101-74 at home by the second-ranked Panathinaikos.
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Christodoulou's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 27.5% and FT: 66.7% in 25 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Cypriot and Greek.
Christodoulou played for the Cypriot U16 national team in 2011.
#3. The Cypriot player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Christopher Razis (194-89, currently plays in Greece) is a teammate of previously mentioned Andreas Christodoulou and both played together in the last Greek A1 game.
Razis. He was not able to help AGOR in their game against Panathinaikos (24-1).
Razis recorded 5 points.
AGOR was crushed 101-74 on their home court in Rethymno by the second-ranked Panathinaikos.
This season Razis averages only 1.5ppg, 2FGP: 34.6%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0%.
He has both Cypriot and German nationalities.
Ex-Keravnos Strovolou player is also a member of the Cypriot senior national team.
#4. Power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Koeln Rh.Stars (15-15) in their game against Mitteldeutscher BC (27-3) in the German ProA (second division).
He recorded 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
But Koeln Rh.Stars was badly defeated 84-66 on the road by the leading Mitteldeutscher BC.
King's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6bpg.
He is a naturalized American.
King is also Cypriot national team player.
He used to play for InterCollege Etha Engomis in Cypriot league.
The list of other players, who all have Cypriot passport but never been selected to any of Cypriot national teams:
#1.Angel Natskin (184-G-93, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Cherno More to a victory over the league outsider Levski (4-19) 84-80 in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday.
He was the best player in that game. Natskin recorded 20 points and added 4 assists.
Cherno More Ticha (6-16) is placed seventh in the NBL.
It was his team's first victory after six consecutive loses.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Natskin's fourth season with the team.
His overall stats this year are: 6.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.2apg.
Natskin has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian.
Despite his Cypriot passport, Natskin previously played for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cypriot team.
#2.Matthew Andronicos (208-C/F-91, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Sabres (1-2) 78-63 in the Australian State League (second division) last Friday.
Andronicos scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes.
Bendigo Braves (1-1) are placed second in SEABL-South group.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
It's Andronicos' first season with the team.
This year his total stats are: 10.0ppg and 10.0rpg in two games he played so far.
Andronicos is another player who holds two passports: Cypriot and Australian.
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