Krasnye Krylia Keravnos Strovolou 79-74 The best feasible result for the team from Strovolos took place in Russia (Krasnie Krylia's home court in Samara) since the home team won at the end with the poor +5 the Cyprus site. The Russian power house got some serious trouble from the Americans of Keravnos Strovolou but finally due to the great performance of Chester Simmons and Nikita Balashov in the scoring part and Aaron Miles in the organizational part gave the victory to the home team. Chester Simmons has scored 24 points for Krasnye Krylia who claimed a 79-74 win over their Cypriot guests, Keravnos, in their opening EuroChallenge Group B fixture on Wednesday evening. Simmons starred for the home side, pulling his team out of ruts at decisive moments. Trailing by six points late in the opening half, Simmons hit a three-pointer, before adding the first five points of the second half to hand the home team the momentum. When Simmons again hit from outside early in the final quarter, the lead for the Russians was out to 14 points (68-54), but thereafter they went cold from the floor, allowing Keravnos to fight back to be within four points, 74-70, on a Julian Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88, college: Georgetown) and-one play, with the clock showing 3:19 remaining in the contest. Julian Vaughn shared top scoring honors for the guests with 16 points alongside Antonio Crocker. He also picked up 12 boards whilst Crocker had eight. However, with Simmons making one from the charity stripe before following it up with a jump-shot soon after, the buffer was back out to seven points and the home team would not be threatened again On six-for-eight shooting from the field, youngster Nikita Balashov provided the main scoring support for Simmons, ending the game with 15 points and six rebounds. Aaron Miles had 11 assists and six points. Keravnos head coach Panagiotis Yiannaras stated the following: "First of all, congratulations to Krasnye Krylia. Each time we try to win, we prepared well for this game, watched videos to see the strongest points of Krylia. We played bad in the third period, two players got three fouls, another one was badly injured, and also Damjanovic could not come because of visa problems. We missed some open shots at the end of the game - and we lost it."
KRKA Michelin Etha Engomis 100-73 In the Group A game, 2011 EuroChallenge champions KRKA made easy work of their season opener in Novo Mesto defeating Cypriot side Michelin Etha Engomis with 27 points difference and a final score being 100-73. Edo Muric led all scorers with 20 points and Domen Lorbek had 19 for the Slovenians, while for the Cyprus site top scorer was the British international point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye who ended the game with 16 points. Four players scored in double figures as the 2011 EuroChallenge winners KRKA Novo Mesto won their Group A opener 100-73 in an easy night out since the Cyprus champions of Michelin ETHA are far behind in quality and techniques. Edo Muric led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds; Domen Lorbek had 19 points; Jakov Vladovic collected 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists; whilst Jure Lucic had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Slovenian hosts. Ogooluwa Adegboye paced the guests from Cyprus with 16 points while Akida Mc Lain added 12 points and six rebounds in the loss. KRKA opened an early 10-2 lead and it grew to 10 points (14-4) before ETHA trimmed the gap to 15-11. But the hosts were ahead 24-13 after one quarter. The Slovenia side was clearly in control and did not let ETHA into the game with Lorbek draining a three for a 15-point cushion and later back-to-back baskets to make it 42-28. Taron Downey ended the first half with two consecutive long balls to cut the deficit to 46-37 at the break. Novo Mesto used an 18-6 run in the third quarter to open a 64-45 lead to regain the dominance. The advantage was 71-53 after three quarters. The guests would only get to within 17 points in the fourth quarter while the lead grew to 27 points. Taron Downey scored 11 points and 5 assists, while Akida McLain added 12 points and 6 rebounds as no other player from the Cyprus site reached the double digits The Cyprus clubs Head Coach Kyriakos Adamou stated that "Participation in this competition is very important for us. We have a young team this season, for most of the players this is their first appearance on such a level. We don't have a lot of time to practice. Although we're not happy with the score, because difference was very big, this game was important for us. We'll try to be better in the future."
Pizza Express Apollon Sluc Nancy 65-81 SLUC Nancy used a 14-0 run over nearly six minutes in the fourth quarter to pick up a strong 81-65 road victory over Pizza Express Apollon in Group G play of the EuroChallenge. Bingo Merriex paced the French guests with 17 points and 8 rebounds while John Linehan scored 13 points and Mouloukou Diabate scored 11 points and 6 assists. Apollon led by 13 points in the second quarter but could not hold on despite 25 points and 8 rebounds from Brandon Brown. Brown scored 10 points as the Cypriot hosts jumped ahead 15-6. The home side still led 19-15 after one quarter. Apollon appeared in control of the game with a 9-0 run to start the second period for a 28-15 lead. But Merriex scored seven points and Linehan and Marcellus Sommerville each nailed three-pointers in a 20-9 Nancy run and the Apollon lead was only 37-35 at halftime. The hosts had regained a 44-37 advantage but a 12-2 Nancy run gave the guests the lead 49-46. And Linehan nailed another triple before Abdel Sylla's dunk just before the third quarter buzzer for a 57-52 Nancy cushion. Apollon were within 60-58 with 8:36 remaining but the French defense shut down the hosts until the 2:39 mark and Nancy decided the game with a 14-0 - thanks to five points from Nicholas Pope. Brandon Brown was the top scorer of the game with 24 points and dashed down 8 rebounds but these were not enough for the Cyprus site. Marvin Jefferson followed from a long distance with 11 points while no other player from Apollon scored double digits. Apollon Head Coach Akis Konstantinou stated the following: "The game was decided in the last quarter due to the fact that our players got quite tired. During the last six minutes we lost our concentration and made a lot of mistakes. As a result an opponent of Nancy's level took the advantage and went ahead to win the game."
Near East University (North League) agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Desmond Lee (193-91kg-90, college: North Carolina State). He played most recently at Surrey Scorchers in British BBL league, but left the team in Dec.'15. In two games he had 11.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5apg last season. The previous (2015) summer Lee was tested by GIE Maile Matrix in U.S. semi-pro league UBA. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Quite im... [read more]
Near East University (North League) agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Desmond Lee (193-91kg-90, college: North Carolina State). He played most recently at Surrey Scorchers in British BBL league, but left the team in Dec.'15. In two games he had 11.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5apg last season. The previous (2015) summer Lee was tested by GIE Maile Matrix in U.S. semi-pro league UBA. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Quite impressive season as he was named to UBA All-Star Game. Lee was voted NJCAA D1 All-America 2nd Team back in 2013 at his college time. Lee graduated from North Carolina State in 2015 and actually missed last season. It is his second season as a professional player.
A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (A1) agreed terms with 27-year old Cypriot ex-international point guard Christopher Razis (194-89). He is a dual citizen owning also German passport. Razis played last season at BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProA. In 37 games he had 5.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.3apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Razis played at OF Irakleio (C) where in 9 games he recorded 8.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.1apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to... [read more]
A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (A1) agreed terms with 27-year old Cypriot ex-international point guard Christopher Razis (194-89). He is a dual citizen owning also German passport. Razis played last season at BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProA. In 37 games he had 5.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.3apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Razis played at OF Irakleio (C) where in 9 games he recorded 8.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.1apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 3rd Team. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won German Regionalliga (North Group) championship title in 2012. Razis was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Newcomer of the Year in 2014. He was also a member of Cypriot international program for some years. Razis played for Cypriot Senior National Team between 2008 and 2013 and previously for U16 National Team back in 2005. He represented Cyprus at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.9apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 50.0%. Razis has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios and Keravnos). On Razis:
Christopher is a combo guard who can do many jobs in the court. He is a point guard who can play at the off guard as well. Nice ball handler with good Point guard abilities. He has very high level Basketball IQ, he can always find the open man in offence. He can hit the 3-pointer as well as the two pointer from any given spot in the court. Christopher has excellent attitude on and off the floor. He is very coach able and basketball lover he can work out many hours per day as he really targets the sport and he sees him self seriously into the court, in the short term future. He is persistence and always optimist in and out of the court. He is perfectionist and tries always to get the maximum out of his ability. He needs to improve his defence, especially on the man-to-man.
Near East University (North League) signed experienced 34-year old Serbian swingman Vukasin Mandic (200-82). He has played for the last three seasons at KK Kumanovo 2009 in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Mandic has played there for the last three years. In 36 Prva Liga games he had 10.1ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.0apg last season. Mandic also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded just 2.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.0apg. He played in the final of Macedonian League for two years in a row (2015 and 20... [read more]
Near East University (North League) signed experienced 34-year old Serbian swingman Vukasin Mandic (200-82). He has played for the last three seasons at KK Kumanovo 2009 in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Mandic has played there for the last three years. In 36 Prva Liga games he had 10.1ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.0apg last season. Mandic also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded just 2.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.0apg. He played in the final of Macedonian League for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Mandic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention in 2016. He is quite experienced player. Mandic has played also professionally in Greece (AEK Athens and Ermis Lagkada), Israel (Galil Gilboa), Romania (Ploiesti), Slovenia (Zlatorog), Sweden (Solna Vikings), Cyprus (Apoel and Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios) and Serbia (Borac).
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