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."
APOEL - Keravnos 59-86 This season might be different for Keravnos Strovolou as tonight in a supposed to be derby between the two most historic teams of Nicosia, Keravnos succeeded the greatest road win (over APOEL) ever after thrashing the Nicosia team with 59-86 with the 27 points difference it the biggest difference for the Strovolos team since the beginning of the Cyprus Basketball federation competition back in 1965-1996. Coach Christoforos Livadiotis troops were magnificent and sho... [read more]
APOEL - Keravnos 59-86
This season might be different for Keravnos Strovolou as tonight in a supposed to be derby between the two most historic teams of Nicosia, Keravnos succeeded the greatest road win (over APOEL) ever after thrashing the Nicosia team with 59-86 with the 27 points difference it the biggest difference for the Strovolos team since the beginning of the Cyprus Basketball federation competition back in 1965-1996.
Coach Christoforos Livadiotis troops were magnificent and show no mercy against their rivals, even though they had their top performer (in the previous games) in a very bad night (Abukar remain in shallow waters with 5 points in 32 minutes and 2 out of 12 two pointers!! 3 turnovers, 4 assist and 3 rebounds in his worst performance with Keravnos jersey, while the Cyprus international forward Stylianoy was at the bench due to his injury). On the other hand, the Greek Coach Tzimis Koustenis saw his players committing 20 turnovers, and being very poor from the parameter while their rebounding activities were much lower than expected (27 over 38 by Keravnos Players).
The game was a continuous monologue for the visitors who got into the court with quite "wild" mood taking the full control of the game after the first eight minutes (the only time that the home team was competitive in the game) with the score being 13-16, 2.39' before the end of the first period, the visitors with Ross and Michael (the happy surprise from Keravnos) succeeded an awesome 9-25 in the next eight minutes and before even the end of the first period the game was practically over, with the visitors dominating allover. The score in the first half ended with (nearly) a double score 26-51, with APOEL's players actually quitting the game..
Ross and Michael were the leading figures and from a very close distance O' Brien and Parks who was the absolute dominant on the rebounding area. The third and forth period were simply without any interest as the players of the two teams (for obvious different reasons) were just wanted the game to finish, the remaining two periods ended with 33-35 for the final 59-86. MVP of the game was Kenny Barker (191-G-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) with his 19 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and 1 steal.
Keravnos is now at the top spot with a record of 7-1 and APOEL has now a record of 4-4.
Top scorers: APOEL: Kounnas 13 points, Brown and Wright 10 points per head Keravnos: Kenny Barker 19, Ross 16, O' Brien 15, Parks 14 and 10 rebounds, Michael 10 and 7 rebounds.
On the other games of the week the results and the scorers were as follows: Petrolina AEK - Apollon Limassol 55-60 A great derby took place in Limassol with both the teams being very close to the victory but with AEK Larnakas at the end being more accurate and with better bench beat the home team with 55-60. Torey Thomas (178-PG-85, college: Holy Cross) was the MVP of the game with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists followed by the Cyprus veteran power forward Trisokkas who added another 11 points. On behalf of the improved team of Apollon Limassol, top scorer was Jermaine Marshall (193-G-90, college: Arizona St.) with 16 points, followed by Franklin and Koronidis with 13 and 12 points respectively. AEK larnakas is at the second spot of the league with a record of 6-2 while Apollon has now a record of 2-6.
On the third game of the week, in an amazing and offensive game, ETHA beat E.N. Paralimni with 92-83 and moved to the 5th place of the board. The game was an absolute derby all the way round with the final score being a bit of unfair (the deficit of the game) for Paralimni as most of the game the deficit was quite difference and 1.52' for the end of the game ETHA was leading by 4 (83-79). In general terms the home team was controlling lightly the game and never let go, with Paralimni being always fro ma closed distance. Top scorer for ETHA and MVP was Ortiz who ended the game with 22 points and 8 rebounds, followed by the always solid Maxie Esho (206-F-91, college: Massachusetts) who ended the game with 21 points 8 rebounds and 5 turnovers, while Baden Jaxen (190-G-90, college: N.Carolina) scored 16. From the visitors who now fell to a record of 3-5, top scorer was Ray who scored 21 points, followed by Blakes with 20 and Thomas with 15.
Cadarian Raines claims Cypriot Division A weekly honour - 2 days ago
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American Cadarian Raines (206-F-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Apollon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7. The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 17 points and twelve rebounds, while his team edged out Apoel (#3, 4-3) 70-66. Apollon maintains the 5th position in Cypriot Division A. The season is still in it's early stage, so the team may have a chance to improve their current position in the standings. They lost 5 game... [read more]
American Cadarian Raines (206-F-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Apollon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7. The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 17 points and twelve rebounds, while his team edged out Apoel (#3, 4-3) 70-66. Apollon maintains the 5th position in Cypriot Division A. The season is still in it's early stage, so the team may have a chance to improve their current position in the standings. They lost 5 games and had just two victories. In the team's last game Raines had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Apollon's top player in his first season with the team. Virginia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. Raines is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.4ppg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 56.0% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Canadian Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90) of Apoel. Burnatowski impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Apoel was edged by slightly lower-ranked Apollon (#5, 2-5) 70-66. Apoel managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. Burnatowski is a newcomer at Apoel and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.0ppg (#8). He also registered 5.9 boards per game.
The third best performed player last round was another Apollon's star - American Travis Franklin (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances). Franklin scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Apollon, helping his team with a 70-66 win against slightly higher-ranked Apoel (#3, 4-3). Apollon can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Franklin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Franklin has individually a great season in Cyprus. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 6.0rpg (9th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Terell Parks (204-C/F-91) of Keravnos - 15 points and 9 rebounds 5. Kenny Barker (191-G-86) of Keravnos - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists 6. Alex Harris (196-G-86) of AEK - 21 points and 2 rebounds 7. Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85) of Keravnos - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Eric Washington (178-PG-93) of Enosis - 19 points and 6 rebounds 9. Maxie Esho (206-F-91) of Etha - 22 points and 6 rebounds 10. Panagiotis Trisokkas (207-PF-80) of AEK - 10 points and 8 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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.
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