Pizza Express Apollon succeeded its very first win after three negative results after beating its "homie" team of Proteas Ael Limassol at the end with 75-74 in a dramatic game. Jefferson was the hero of the game and the man of the match since with his own offensive rebound after the missed shot from his team-mate Dorsey 1 second before the end of the game, took the foul made by Orion Outerbridge (205-F-88, college: Rhode Island) and scored the one for the two free throws to end the game once and for all. Jefferson scored 16 points in total and dashed down 8 rebounds but he only had 50% from the charity line with 8/16 free throws the last of which was the most crucial one for his team.
AEL started the game in more offensive mood and the first period end up with 19-23 with AEL finding solutions mainly from his three musketeers (Orion Outerbridge, Aleksic and Allen). Apollon reacted and in the second period succeeded an amazing 24-7 to lead the half way to 43-30. Upon everybody thought that Pizza Express Apollon would be gaining an easy victory as AEL was actually playing with four players scoring since all the other talented youngsters couldn't follow the mode, AEL reacted and at the end of the third period after over scoring their opponents with 14-22, cut the deficit to just five points 57-52. The visiting site of AEL continued its offensive crescent mainly with Aleksic and Orion Outerbridge, and at two minutes before the end the two teams were balanced to 69-69 and a minute after with another three pointer AEL took the lead with 3 (69-72) the last seconds were dramatic and Apollon finally won the game and his first victory is now a fact. Top scorers: Apollon: Jefferson 16, Brandon 15, Kapelan 13 and Dorsey 10 AEL: Orion Outerbridge and Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) 22 per head, Allen 17 and Guillandeaux 11 (the only other basket for AEL was scored by Loizidis)
Omonoia - Apoel 74-102
Omonoia lost its very first game this season and as of the 18th of November, 2012 Keravnos Strovolou is the only unbeaten team in the league. CytaVision Apoel thrashed the unbeaten team of Papa John's Pizza Omonoia 74-102 and sent her to the third place.
The team of Coach Konstantinidis with solid and simple game against the four American players of Omonoia lead the way from the first minute and by the end of the first period the difference was already to the +17 points as Omonoia scored just 12 points while Apoel with Porter and Grant mainly scored 29 points to gain a psychological advantage. Omonoia reacted and with Lee and Lamar mainly cut the deficit to 13 with the score ending at the end of the first half to 39-51. Apoel was not letting the chance to go so upon Omonoia's players set game with many missing shots from behind the arc was continuing, Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81) and Stiggers helped their team and together with Chan gave a new lead to their team by the end of teh third period to 52-71. It is worth mentioned the only 57% on ther free throws for Omonoia's players while the 23% from behind the arc was also a crucial point for the until yesterday unbeaten team of Coach Tsaggaridis. The fourth and final period was a typical case since Omonoia's players couldn't follow the crescent of Apoel's players and even though they had their fans push (more than 2.000 Omonoia Fans visited the court) Apoel with much more solutions in both edges succeeded a crucial road win and is currently at the second spot of the league behind the top seated team of Keravnos Strovolou. Top scorers: Omonoia: Lee 20, Lamar 16 and Jamar Diggs (187-G-88, college: Wofford) 13 Apoel: Porter 18, Grant 19, Michal Kremen 15 and 9 rebounds, Stiggers 13 and 5 assists, Chan 11, Morrisson 10 and 6 rebounds
A great derby took place in Larnaca where the home team lost another game in details and the AEK's fans are now very disappointed as their team started the season with more solid dreams than ever, correct programming, great roster and lots of experience but they are still at the lower parts of the table with many games lost in details. The game was a derby between more or less two balanced teams and the first period ended with 18-18 with the home team coming back from a -5 (13-18) in the last 2 minutes to the draw, with Dixon and Fisher leading their team while on behalf of the visitors Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) was the leading figure with his 9 points.
The second period continued in the same mode as the first with Subotic and Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85) assisting a lot their team in the offensive part as they were answering back all the points coming mainly from Johnson and Donte Poole (190-G-89, college: Murray St.). AEK took a lead of five points 50 seconds before the end (37-32) but couldn't keep it as Etha with Donte Poole's three pointer at the end cut the deficit to just one basket 37-35
The third period was the best for the home team since with Iakovos Panteli, Subotic and Cvetinovic took a double digit lead (51-41), 4.22' before the end of the period. While with Dixon's three pointer increase the deficit to +11 2 minutes before the end of the 3rd period 55-44. Adegboye's three pointers simply cut the deficit at the end of the period to the 7 points (57-50). Everybody thought that Etha couldn't have the necessary psychology to do the comeback, but they were wrong! With Donte Poole at the leading role at the beginning of the last period, the visitors balanced the game with a fast 7-0 to 61-61 right after the first two minutes passed in the period. From then and on the game was dramatic, Donte Poole and Williams (who woke up at that stage) gave a +4 to Etha 65-69 while AEK with Fisher, Dixon and Subotic brought their team closer to the victory since the score 33 seconds before the end became 73-71 with the momentum belonging to the homers... In the most crucial point of the game Adegboye was able to dashed down an amazing offensive rebound to the missed shot by Dejan Cup and that was the turning point of the game since Williams earn the foul from Papadopoulos and with two free throws balanced the game 13 seconds before the end of it to 73-73. Subotic was the fatal player for his team as in the most crucial moment for his team was called for travelling 9 seconds to go and in exactly the next phase of the game, Downey with 2 seconds to the end scored ona fast break the winning basket for Etha. Top scorers: AEK: Iakovos Panteli 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 turnovers, Dixon 15, Subotic 13, Fisher 11 Etha: Donte Poole 16, Downey 13, Cup 11, Williams 10
Keravnos Strovolou - Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD 83-58
Not many words needed for a 30 points game since the top seated team of Coach Yiannaras face no problem against the last seated team of Coach Stylianidis. By the beginning of the second period the difference was already to the +24 points fro the Strovolos team (34-10) while the difference never went down to 15 points from the beginning to the end. There is no relation between the two team's strength and the victory came normally to the unbeaten team of Keravnos Strovolou which is currently at the 4-0 series. It is worth mentioned that with ENAD the American center Maurice Bolden did his debut.
Top scorers: Keravnos: Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) 24 points and 6 rebounds, Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) 12 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists, Damjanovic and Vaughn 10 per head
Al Rayyan inks Brandon Bowman, ex AEK - 3 days ago
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Al Rayyan Doha (D1) agreed terms with 32-year old American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown). He played last season at Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot Division A. In 20 games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. Bowman helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Power Forward of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Rookie of the Ye... [read more]
Al Rayyan Doha (D1) agreed terms with 32-year old American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown). He played last season at Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot Division A. In 20 games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. Bowman helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Power Forward of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Rookie of the Year and named to 1st Team. Bowman also played 8 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 11.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. The previous (2015) summer Bowman played at Manati in BSN. In 5 games he averaged 13.6ppg and 5.4rpg in 2015 season. In 2006 Bowman was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in third round (30th overall). He attended Georgetown University and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. Bowman is quite experienced player. He has played in ten different countries on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). Bowman has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), France (Le Mans), Germany (BBC Bayreuth and SC Rasta Vechta), Israel (Galil Gilboa and Maccabi Rishon), Italy, Korea (Samsung Thunders and Dongbu Promy), New Zealand (Saints), Puerto Rico, Serbia (Crvena Zvezda) and Turkey (Tofas). He could be described:
A very versatile player who can spend time in either forward slot. Good shooter and quick runner, can score in traffic or create his shot from the dribble. Goes well to the offensive rebounds, has a great leaping ability. Above all, he' s a very good defender on every kind of opponent, with a relentless mentality that makes him a very good player for the European leagues.
Apoel adds Burnatowski to their roster - 4 days ago
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Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) added to their roster 26-year old Canadian ex-international small forward Murphy Burnatowski (200-104kg-90, college: Colgate). He played last season at Starwings in Swiss LNA league. In 30 games he was third best scorer with impressive 20.5ppg and had 7.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Bosman Player of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team and voted to 2nd Team. The most... [read more]
Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) added to their roster 26-year old Canadian ex-international small forward Murphy Burnatowski (200-104kg-90, college: Colgate). He played last season at Starwings in Swiss LNA league. In 30 games he was third best scorer with impressive 20.5ppg and had 7.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Bosman Player of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team and voted to 2nd Team. The most of previous (2014-15) season Burnatowski spent at BK Usti nad Labem in NBL where in 21 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. Burnatowski also played that season for Slask in TBL. But in 12 games he averaged just 1.2ppg and 1.4rpg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final. Burnatowski was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He played for Canadian Senior National Team back in 2011 and previously for University National Team in 2013. Burnatowski represented Canada at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) three years ago. He graduated from Colgate University in 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player.
Akeem Wright (ex London L.) signs at Apoel - 4 days ago
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Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) landed 32-year old American swingman Akeem Wright (200-98kg-84, college: Kansas State). He played most recently at London Lightning in Canadian NBL. In 48 NBL Canada games he averaged 14.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg last season. Wright helped them to win the NBL Central Division title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Honorable Mention. Wright also played that season for Tampereen Pyrin... [read more]
Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) landed 32-year old American swingman Akeem Wright (200-98kg-84, college: Kansas State). He played most recently at London Lightning in Canadian NBL. In 48 NBL Canada games he averaged 14.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg last season. Wright helped them to win the NBL Central Division title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Honorable Mention. Wright also played that season for Tampereen Pyrinto in Korisliiga where in 14 games he had 14.1ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.4apg. Wright is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in nine different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American, Australian and of course North American leagues. Wright has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Argentino), Israel (Maccabi Kiryat Gat and Elitzur Ramla), Jordan, New Zealand (Pistons and Nuggets), Saudi Arabia, Spain (Blancos de Rueda), Sweden (Sundsvall Dragons) and Ukraine (DniproAzot). He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball. Wright attended Kansas State until 2007 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
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