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 has landed a huge victory for the Europe Cup against BC Siauliai 84-75. Apoel was a head of the score most of the time with the quarters being 16-22, 38-38, 51-61, 75-84. We need to highlight that this is only the 6th week of training for Apoel which has a long way to go to reach the normal levels of physical condition and readiness, especially compared to its main competitors. BC Siauliai (Vaidas Pauliuknas) Patterson 7, West Jr 5, Lekunas 3 (1), Gvezdauskas 8, Sabeckis 10 (1), A... [read more]
Apoel has landed a huge victory for the Europe Cup against BC Siauliai 84-75. Apoel was a head of the score most of the time with the quarters being 16-22, 38-38, 51-61, 75-84. We need to highlight that this is only the 6th week of training for Apoel which has a long way to go to reach the normal levels of physical condition and readiness, especially compared to its main competitors.
BC Siauliai (Vaidas Pauliuknas) Patterson 7, West Jr 5, Lekunas 3 (1), Gvezdauskas 8, Sabeckis 10 (1), Ampim 7, Pipiras 7, Echodas 25, Bowman 3 (1).
Regarding the Super Cup against Aek, it was mentioned in another post that the game was easy for Aek. This is completely false. As a matter of fact during the second quarter the score went to 40-32 for Apoel with the half closing 43-40 again for Apoel. At 32' the score was 67-63 for Apoel and from there on Apoel ran out of strength against a very high budgeted team and a team that is well ahead in terms of physical condition.
The first official game of the season found the champions to add another trophy in their series, as the team of Coach Linos Gavriel beat quite easy APOEL of the Greek Coach Jimmy Koustenis with 92-75 proving from the early beginning that things may stay the same for another one season. AEK Larnakas with the most expensive roster of the league having in its roster an amazing duet, Torey Thomas and Alex Harris (196-G-86) show no mercy and especially after the 21st minute they took the lead... [read more]
The first official game of the season found the champions to add another trophy in their series, as the team of Coach Linos Gavriel beat quite easy APOEL of the Greek Coach Jimmy Koustenis with 92-75 proving from the early beginning that things may stay the same for another one season. AEK Larnakas with the most expensive roster of the league having in its roster an amazing duet, Torey Thomas and Alex Harris (196-G-86) show no mercy and especially after the 21st minute they took the lead and never watch back. The score in the second time was 52-30!! APOEL begun the game very well but somewhere in the middle of the game the strength and passion from Koustenis players was not enough to compete the furious champions who had three players in double digits and another three very close to the double digits, while Coach Gavriel use his 11 out of 12 players (only the veteran Garcia remain at bench) splitting the time quite balanced while he saw Alex Harris (the MVP of the game) being in an amazing shape scoring 20 points with nearly perfect stats, dashing down 4 rebounds, sharing 2 assists and gaining three fouls remaining in the court the longest than all his team-mates, followed by Torey Thomas, with the amazing American point guard scoring another 20 points in 26 minutes, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block shot!! while the Cyprus Captain of the team, Iacovos Panteli added 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists..
On behalf of APOEL now, Coach Koustenis use 9 players out of his 12, with Bussey remaining 34 minutes in the court, followed by Brown who played for 32 minutes and Mobley who played for 31 minutes while close to the 30 minutes was also Wright (he played eventually 28 minutes) something which shows initially that the roster of AEK is much more solid, while Coach Koustenis tried to do his bet with the players he had. Top scorer for APOEL was Robert Brown (196-G-92, college: UAB) who scores 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal with 1 Block shot followed by Brandon Mobley (206-F-91, college: Seton Hall, agency: HMS) who scored 12 points and 6 rebounds, and Tre Bussey who added 11 points.
The periods were 19-21, 21-22, 27-16, and 25-16 while AEK had the amazing 55.2% in the three pointers with 16 out of 29!! with Thomas, Panteli and Harris scoring 13 three pointers with an average of 64%!!!!
AEK was much more ready team than APOEL since Gavriel's players allready played 3 official European games and they came together at least a month before APOEL'w players, at the same time though the depth of the roster of the two teams has nothing to compare as AEK with the addition of Sizopoulos has 5 active international players (Panteli, Sizopoulos, Palalas, Koumis and Trisokkas), 7 Americans (Thomas, Thompson, Goodwin, Harris, Biggs and Garcia with the two of them having a Cyprus passport) and the Slovenian seven footer Primoz Berec, so this roster is amazing and it seems to be "untouchable" at this stage. Of course the season just begun and the "race" will be long, so let the league begin!!
Correcaminos ink Ryan McCoy, ex Apollon - 7 days ago
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Correcaminos UAT Victoria (LNBP) agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-79kg-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports). He played last season at Apollon in Cypriot Division A. In three games he had 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 4 [read more]
Correcaminos UAT Victoria (LNBP) agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-79kg-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports). He played last season at Apollon in Cypriot Division A. In three games he had 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.0spg. The previous (2015) summer McCoy was tested by Gaiteros in Venezuela LPB where in 5 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 3.8apg in 2015 season. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Dominican Rep. LNB Semifinals in 2014. McCoy was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB 1st Team in 2014. He is quite experienced player. McCoy has played also professionally in Uruguay (Olimpia), Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo), NEBA (Houston Xperience), Mexico (Gansos) and ABA (Sugar Land L.). He attended University Louisiana at Lafayette until 2010 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player. On McCoy:
True point guard with great upside. Excellent ball handler with great court vision. Looks to pass first, but can knock down the deep ball. Plays solid perimeter defense. Excellent speed. Doesn't shy away from crashing the boards. Strong work ethic.
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