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.
During the 6th week Keravnos Strovolou (who's currently in the first position of the league after six games with a 5-1 record) dominated at all edges and got a small revenge from Paralimni is the team of Coach Papadopoulos was the one and only to force the Strovolos team (during the first round) to suffer their only (until now) defeat in the competition. The final score 43-75 says it all!! Coach Livadiotis troops remembered very well what has happened in their home court a month ago and w... [read more]
During the 6th week Keravnos Strovolou (who's currently in the first position of the league after six games with a 5-1 record) dominated at all edges and got a small revenge from Paralimni is the team of Coach Papadopoulos was the one and only to force the Strovolos team (during the first round) to suffer their only (until now) defeat in the competition. The final score 43-75 says it all!! Coach Livadiotis troops remembered very well what has happened in their home court a month ago and were very focused from the first to the last minute of the game leaving no space for a second surprise to E.N. Paralimni. Obviously there is a long distance between the two teams and this shown from the early stage of the game as the first period ended with 8-20 for the host team followed by a new triple score at the end of the first half with 8-24 with Keravnos leading the game already with 16-44 giving an early end to the game. Coach Livadiotis had the chance to use players that didn't have sufficient time in the previous games while he used many youngsters and rookies such as Panagiotis Markou (189-G-96) who played 24 minutes having 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 turnover in all around performance from the talent from Limassol, while minutes were received by the youngster Orestis Andreou (188-F/G-98) (in 5 minutes he scored 3 points, 2 steals, 1 assist and 1 turnover) and another 3:30 minutes by another talented youngster, Pavlos Stavrinidis (202-G-99) (3 points and 1 rebound)
The third period was a simple routine for the players of both the teams for different reasons, E.N. Paralimni tried to minimize the loss but it was obvious that the psychological factor was not with them, the 11-17 of the period is once more showing that they had scoring issues as only Jarvis Ray was scoring being also the top scorer but the only player on double digits (17 points, 6 rebound, 2 assists, 4 steals and 2 turnovers) and none of his team-mates scored more than 7 points (Kevin Thomas). On the other hand, Keravnos Strovolou who played this game without two of its starters (Stylianou and Abukar remain on bench) played control basketball with Terell Parks (204-C/F-91, college: W.Illinois) being the MVP of the game and the top scorer in his top performing game with Keravnos jersey, The American power forward ended the game with 24 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1, steal, 1 block shot and 2 turnovers in a bit less than 25 minutes in action)
The fourth period where everything was ended E.N. Paralimni "beat" Keravnos youngsters with 16-14 and the final result became official. With another great organizational performance by Barker who ended the game with 12 assist (5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 turnovers in 25:25 active minutes) and the "soldier" O' Brien who remain on court for 27:38 minutes recording another double-double figure with 11 points, 10 rebounds, followed by Ross who recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 4 turnovers in nearly 34 minutes... E.N. Paralimni is recording now a 3-3 being in the 4th spot with a +2 from the last two teams on the board..
The other two games of the week were characterized by the "easy" victory of APOEL over the champion team of AEK Larnakas with 89-77. APOEL's MVP was Akeem Wright (200-F/G-84, college: Kansas St.) who ended the game with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 5 turnovers, followed by the very good Murphy Burnatowski with 15 points and 3 rebounds, while on the other hand, AEK for another game without its basic center Primoz Brezec was an easy task for APOEL, Coach Gavriel saw only Torey Thomas (178-PG-85, college: Holy Cross) trying for the best and nobody else stood with gatts on the derby, Thomas ended the game 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, followed by Harris's 12 points and Trisokkas 11 and that was it... APOEL balanced it's record with AEK but bypassed the Larnaka team since the +12 deficit it's giving to APOEL at this stage the second spot. Both teams have a 4-2 record.
On the third and final game of the sixth week, the history recorded the easy win of ETHA Engomis over the weird team of Apollon Limassol with 86-61 (Maxie Esho's another great performance with 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists, followed by Walket's same performance with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists) were the night's major factors, while from Apollon only Raines tried who ended with another double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Jermaine Marshall who ended the game with 15 points, were not enough to help their team to succeed something better than another easy loss with 25 points deficit... ETHA is currently on the sixth position recording the same with APollon Limassol as both the teams have an 1-5 record.
JDA Dijon Bourgogne (ProA) is close to sign 31-year old Cypriot international power forward Anthony King (206-110kg-85, college: Miami, FL) who played last time at Gaziantep Basketbol in Turkey. He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. In 32 BSL games he recorded 6.8ppg and 4.4rpg last season. King also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 7.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1bpg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Artland Dragons in German BBL. In 26 games he ha... [read more]
JDA Dijon Bourgogne (ProA) is close to sign 31-year old Cypriot international power forward Anthony King (206-110kg-85, college: Miami, FL) who played last time at Gaziantep Basketbol in Turkey. He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. In 32 BSL games he recorded 6.8ppg and 4.4rpg last season. King also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 7.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1bpg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Artland Dragons in German BBL. In 26 games he had 9.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg. King also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 12.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.2apg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Bundesliga Semifinals in 2012 and 2014. King was also voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 3rd Team in 2014. He represented Cyprus at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 42.9%, FT: 69.6%. King has played also professionally in Greece (Aris), Cyprus (Etha) and Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners). He attended University of Miami, Florida until 2008 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player. The scouts decsribe him following way:
Gives the team an additional scoring threat in the post as well as rebounding... physical performer who doesn't mind mixing it up down low... gives the team added toughness in the paint.
Received Cypriot passport in June 2012.
Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia (Division A) inked 26-year old American guard Baden Jaxen (190-82kg-90, college: N.Carolina), formally know as Dexter Strickland. He played most recently at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL. In 43 NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 3rd Team. He attended University of North Carolina until 2013 and it will be his fourth season in... [read more]
Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia (Division A) inked 26-year old American guard Baden Jaxen (190-82kg-90, college: N.Carolina), formally know as Dexter Strickland. He played most recently at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL. In 43 NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 3rd Team. He attended University of North Carolina until 2013 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball. Jaxen's game is described as:
More a combo guard that a PG now, but has an excellent playmaking ability that can grant him a bright future. Has great personality, with willingness to take clutch shots. Also, he is a tough player who can defend well.
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