The top seated Keravnos Strovolou added another victory in its resume and is still leading the competition after succeeding a dramatic win in Limassol against the last seated (together with ENAD) team of Proteas AEL Limassol in Melford Arena with 62-66. The game became unexpectedly a derby since AEL with two additions in compare to the first four games of the competition, since Palalas came back from his injury while another addition took place as Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) is officially the second basman player for AEL (after Aleskic) changed the dynamics for the team. The game begun with Keravnos being more concetrated and more focused to its target to take an early lead of 8 by the end of the period (12-20) with Kinnard being the man of the period with his 7 points and 4 rebounds.
The second period though was much different since the experienced forward Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) together with the newcomer Pesic dominated in both edges and with a solid comeback of 5.56' to the end of the first half the game was in total draw 21-21 after an amazing 9-1 by the home team. Four minutes later the home team took the lead with 30-27 with Outerbridge free throw missed. Keravnos with the veteran Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) 4 personal points, it took the lead again and by the end of the first half the game was once more a derby with 30-31.
In the third period Keravnos remembered his good characteristics and with Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88, college: Georgetown) and Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) but also the bad temper of Palalas who actually "helped" the opponents to take the biggest lead just two minutes after the beggining of the third period since he lost the ball and was caled for an unsportsmanlike foul over Bobby Maze to change the deficit from six to twelve points (32-44). Aleksic was "fighting all alone and cut the deficit to 6 points for the 44-50 after scoring his 19th point on another lay-up.
The last and final period was quite dramatic since Pesic took the initiatives and with a domiant game in both edges (he scored 6 points and dashed down 6 rebounds in this last quarter) together with the assistance of Outerbridge who took over from the tired Aleksic, gave a new lead to their team with a +4 points 58-54 with 3.53' to the end. Keravnos showed character and in the last 1.57 and upon the thread of its first defeat, did a solid 1-8 with Julian Vaughn and Bobby Maze to finally win the game with 62-66 Top scorers: AEL: Milutin Aleksic 21 and 9 rebounds, Jerel Allen (193-G/F-85, college: Florida St.) 12 points, 3 steals, Pesic 11 points and 8 rebounds Keravnos: Julian Vaughn 15 and 11 rebounds, Crocker 12, Bobby Maze 14 and Kinnard 13
The game between APOEL and AEK Larnakas was a derby from the beginning until the end in a very poor game which ended with both teams scoring all and all 110 points!! (56-54 was the final score! Both teams entered the court with more care in their defense than their offence and that lead them to a number of false balls, turnovers and bad shooting percentages. The first period ended with 17-17 even though AEK needed nearly two minutes at the beginning of the game to score. APOEL had Kremen in the leading role with 6 points while on the other hand, JoJo Garcia (206-C-75, agency: Interperformances, college: UTEP) did his best game the last three years!! The American- Cypriot center was the top man of this period (and of the game) as he scored his first 9 points against his old team and was the man to keep fixing the false balls of his team-mates either with an offensive rebound or with a lot of hard work in the paint.
The second period started with Hart and JoJo Garciagiving an early lead to their team with +7 (19-26) and after a while Fisher increased this difference with two successful free throws to 19-28. APOEL with Wells and Morrison and the bad game by AEK's players balance the game and 3.03 before the end of the first half took the lead with a solid 10-0 (29-28) to finally end this period with 31-30 for APOEL.
The third period was probably one of the worst periods ever for the two teams, by scoring 25 points (both of them) APOEL was a bit better and with Porter and Morrison took an early lead and kept it until the end of the period since AEK's player with only stand out being the 37 years of JoJo Garcia couldn't score not even from the charity line. The period ended with 46-40.
The final period started with both the teams not being able to score for more than 2 minutes as the first basket of the period was succeeded by JoJo Garcia 7.31' before the end of the game to do the score 47-42 as APOEL received its first point from the charity line a bit before JoJo Garcia's lay-up by Neophytou. Two minutes after that!! the two teams were able to score again as Mokongo succeeded in his jump shot to give a breath to his team as 5.24' before the end the home team was leading the game by 7, (49-42) to add another basket by Dante Stiggers (188-PG-82, college: S.Mississippi) 1.30' afterwards to give a deficit of +9, 51-42 to APOEL with less than four minutes to go. AEK had serious scoring problems and Panteli 2 free throws followed by Hart's two free throws and 2 minutes before the end the score became 51-46. Wells lost the ball and Panteli scored his first and last three pointers to bring the game to the basket with 51-47 and 1.52' to go. APOEL took at the end the victory as Dante Stiggers was solid from the charity line. Top scorers: APOEL: Morrison 11 and 5 rebounds, Dante Stiggers 10 AEK:JoJo Garcia 17 and 7 rebounds - No other player had double digits.
It is worth mentioned the % on the free throws for AEK as the 57% and the actual 15 of 26 in compare to the 82% for
APOEL and Greek Head Coach Tzimis Koustenis split ways and the new Head Coach is officially the ex Coach of the Greek A1 A.G.O Rethymno Aegean, Antonis Konstantinides . Coach Konstnatinidies was the Head Coach of APOEL for two season three years ago with quite impressive results. APOEL during the days of the Cyprus Head Coach in the post had awesome results and is not a coincidence that since then the Nicosia team was not able to repeat any of these triumphs. The Cyprus Head consider to... [read more]
APOEL and Greek Head Coach Tzimis Koustenis split ways and the new Head Coach is officially the ex Coach of the Greek A1 A.G.O Rethymno Aegean, Antonis Konstantinides . Coach Konstnatinidies was the Head Coach of APOEL for two season three years ago with quite impressive results. APOEL during the days of the Cyprus Head Coach in the post had awesome results and is not a coincidence that since then the Nicosia team was not able to repeat any of these triumphs.
The Cyprus Head consider to be the most successful Head Coach in the last decade as he earn titles with all the teams he was coaching, whereas due to these successes he became the first ever Cyprus origin Head Coach to be able to coach even for a very small period) in one of the best leagues in Europe. APOEL is expected to get some strength with this addition as it is most certain that the experienced Head Coach will definitely proceed to at least one change in the current roster which means that he will be able to change a bit the overall situation of the team especially at this very difficult time of play-offs and semi fianls playing against the cup holder team of AEK Larnakas
Apoel has agreed terms with Antonis Konstantinides to take over the team for the rest of the season plus for next year. Tonis, as we call him, is taking over Apoel in a difficult point as the team battles against Aek next Friday for the playoffs. The 38 year-old coach reached the pinnacle of his career in June 2012 when he was appointed as the Men's Basketball National Team head coach. Tonis is distinguished for his hard work, very good pre-season preparation and discipline. Between t... [read more]
Apoel has agreed terms with Antonis Konstantinides to take over the team for the rest of the season plus for next year. Tonis, as we call him, is taking over Apoel in a difficult point as the team battles against Aek next Friday for the playoffs.
The 38 year-old coach reached the pinnacle of his career in June 2012 when he was appointed as the Men's Basketball National Team head coach. Tonis is distinguished for his hard work, very good pre-season preparation and discipline.
Between the years 2008-2012 he had been Etha's head coach which he led to historical titles. Specifically he has won 2 championships, 1 cup and 1 super cup.
In the year 2013-2014 he has also won the championship as Apoel's coach, while reaching the Cup-final.
Besides this, he led Etha in the Eurochallenge, disqualifying the all-mighty Artland Dragons, leading Etha in the Eurocup. In the Eurocup Etha had amazing appearances against many teams, like the Spartak-Saint Petersburg.
Taking a closer look at his record, coach Antonis Konstantinides is a terrific talent. He has successfully coached quite a few teams so far, including: 1996-1998: Coach of the Academies A.S Sourmena, Greece 1998-2000: Coach of the Academies PAEEK Kyrineias,Cyprus 2000-2003: Head Coach of the 2nd Team of Omonoia Nicosia 2003-2006: Head Coach of Omonoia Nicosia (Senior team) 2006-2008: Head Coach of PHILIPS College (Senior team) 2008-2012: Head Coach of Intercollege ETHA (Senior team) 2012-2014: Head Coach of B.C. APOEL Nicosia (Senior Team) 2014-2015: CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Romania-Liga Nationala) 2015-2016: CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Romania-Liga Nationala), in Jan.'16 signed at Sigal Prishtina (Kosovo-SuperLeague) 2016-2017: A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (Greece-A1)
National Team: 2008: Ass, Coach of U16 National Team Cyprus 2008-2011: Head Coach of Women National Team Cyprus. 2012-2013: Head Coach of Men's National Team Cyprus.
Besides his success as Etha's head coach, in his career he has great achievements that are worth mentioning. These include:
Among the few Cypriot coaches who have won all 3 titles in the same year (championship, cup, super-cup). Has won 2 consecutive championships, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. Has led his team 5 consecutive times at the semi-finals (3 with Etha and 2 with Apoel) Has reached the final 4 consecutive times (2 with Etha and 2 with Apoel) Has a record in 'breaking' the home court disadvantage. In Cyprus, at least so far, breaking the home court disadvantage at the playoffs has been a significant achievement. oFirst, as Etha's head coach in 2010-2011 he won Apoel away at the semi-finals, reached the finals and won the championship. oIn 2011-2012, again as Etha's head coach, he won Apollon away at the semifinals and then he broke Keravnos's home court advantage at game 1 and won the championship. oIn 2012-2013 as Apoel's coach, he broke Keravnos's home court advantage twice at the semi-finals and reached the finals. oIn 2013-2014 as Apoel's coach, he turned a 0-2 disadvantage to a 3-2 advantage, breaking at the same time Keravnos's home court and reached the finals where he won the title. Has succeeded important Eurochallenge victories against Triumph in Russia and against Olin in Turkey. Has been awarded as the 'Coach of the year' in 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2013-2014. Coach Assistant: Romanian League All-Star Game -15 Romanian Supercup Finalist -15 EuroChallenge Semifinals -15 Romanian League Semifinals -15 Kosovo Cup Winner -16 Balkan League Champion -16 Kosovo League Regular Season Runner-Up -16 Kosovo League Champion -16 Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Coach of the Year -16 Head Coach: Albanian National Team -16
AEK Larnaca overcame Keravnos 62:58 in the Final of the Cyprus Cup to lift up the trophy. AEK needed the final push at the end of the game to seal the victory. They opened the game with a 20-10 lead, but the opponents replied with a massive 22-9 surge in the second frame. AEK reduced the gap with a 15-13 rally in the third quarter and won the game due to 18-13 run in the last stanza. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) stepped up with 19 points to pace all the winners. Vladimir Dasic (207-PF-88)... [read more]
AEK Larnaca overcame Keravnos 62:58 in the Final of the Cyprus Cup to lift up the trophy. AEK needed the final push at the end of the game to seal the victory. They opened the game with a 20-10 lead, but the opponents replied with a massive 22-9 surge in the second frame. AEK reduced the gap with a 15-13 rally in the third quarter and won the game due to 18-13 run in the last stanza. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) stepped up with 19 points to pace all the winners. Vladimir Dasic (207-PF-88) netted 11 and Tomislav Petrovic (202-F-85) scored 8. Ronald Ross (188-PG-83, college: Texas Tech) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort and Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) added 13.
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