Keravnos Strovolou - Krasnye Krylia 51-82 The Russians of of Krasnye proved to be to strong for the Cypriots and beat them for a second time (actually thrashing them) locking once and for all their top seat in the Group B of the Eurochallenge and now the Cyprus site of Coach Yiannaras needs at least one victory in the remaining two road games so as to have some chances to qualify as the second team in the group as currently with the 2-2 record is at the second position of the group together with the Finnish Joensuun Kataja after their road win over the Romanians of Ploiesti with 80-67 to leave the Romanians winless in the group. So the most crucial game for the team of Keravnos Strovolou will take place in Finland.
So, about the game now, a catastrophic third period where the Russians of Samara with the quartet of Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP), Nikita Balashov (207-F-91), Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) and Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) in a great performance, Keravnos Strovolou was not able to defend its homw court and lost very easily since the Russians scored 24 points in the specific period while Keravnos was able to score only 11! Not only that, but the players of Keravnos got very nervous due to the very good defence by the Russians so the unsportsmanlike foul by the captain of Keravnos at the end of the 3rd period gave the chance to the Russians to end the quarter with +18 points (40-58) and actually give an early end to the game. It is worth mentioning that Keravnos scored only 8 points in the second period while another 11 were added in the third period, so in a total of 20 minutes Keravnos scored 18 points in compare to the 22 points scored in the first period where the home team outscored Russians with 22-17, after that first period the troups of Yiannaras collapsed in total.
Crocker's very low productivity game (he had 0/5 three pointers in the first three periods and 1/7 in total) together with the very bad game by Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston), he ended the game with 1/4 in 2's and 1/4 in 3's and a total of 6 points and Lawrence Kinnard (202-F-86, college: UAB)'s 3/8 three pointers were gave the chance to the Russians by playing simple basketball to score nearly from all edges and their stats proved so, as Coach Yiannaras couldn't stop Nikita Balashov who was scoring with every single way. The very low performance by Trisokkas (1 point with 0/4 two pointers and 1/2 free throws), the low productivity by Maze (3/7 in 2's and 1/2 in 3's) let the Russians to develop this +31 points deficit since in the last 2 minutes the Russians succeed a 10-0 to give to the game a celebrating close. Top scorers: Keravnos: Lawrence Kinnard 11 and Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88, college: Georgetown) 10 Krasnye: Balashov 18, Thomas 16, Simmons 10 and Miles 10.
Michelin Etha Engomis - KRKA Novo Mesto 59-74 KRKA Novo Mesto ended the last 16 hopes of Michelin Etha Engomi in the EuroChallenge as they kept their own very much alive with a 74-59 road win. KRKA was much stronger thant the visiting site who most probably will end up their European tour with a 0-6 record in the six games played in Europe this season. Edo Muric led the way with 19 points while Smiljan Pavic collected 16 and 10 rebounds in a contest that was as good as over by the end of the first quarter. Etha have struggled offensively all season and after they slipped into a 25-11 hole as early as the ninth minute of the contest, there never seemed like there would be a way back. It was a three-pointer from Pajic that gave KRKA that 14-point advantage, and it only continued to grow as the game went on. The lead reached 19 early in the third quarter when a three-pointer from Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) put the visitors up 53-34. Uros Lucic added 11 points for KRKA. Donte Poole (190-G-89, college: Murray St.) led Etha with 13 points while Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) had 12 and Taron Downey (186-G-82, college: Wake Forest) added 11.
Nancy Sluc - Pizza Express Apollon 87-69 A total revenge for the French over the team of the newcomer Chris Chougaz took place in Nancy and in a packed stadium of 5.000 French fans crowding for their team. The hosts used a huge first-half performance to take complete control of the game and won it at a canter. Although Apollon scored the opening five points of the game, that would be their only lead of the contest, Nancy coming to life with an 11-2 run capped by Shawn King's dunk, the first of two in quick succession from the big center. That early deficit was a distant memory by the time they ended the first quarter up 25-15, and it only got worse for the visitors with back-to-back threes from Kenny Grant making it 34-15 two minutes into the second period. When Grant split a pair of free throws to end the first half, the lead was 50-27. Nancy could afford to ease off thereafter as Apollon made minor inroads to the lead, with an 8-0 spurt cutting it to 52-40 on Brandon Brown's free throws before threes from Bingo Merriex and Nicholas Pope carried Nancy clear once more. Grant led Nancy with 16 points while Merriex had 15, Marcellus Sommerville 12 and Souleymane Diabate 11. Gerald Robinson (202-PF-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tenn-Martin) had 18 points for Apollon with Brown collecting 17, Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86, college: Idaho) and Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) 10 each
Dragan Raca in Dallas Maverics Camp - May 18, 2013
The Serbian/Cypriot Head coach Raca Dragan got an invitation for Dallas Maverics veteran camp and he will participate, in October 2013. Dallas Maverics is known for having international ties with international coaches and players . Raca Dragan is a recognised head coach not only in Europe but also in China where he is contining his career the last four years, currently being in Chongqing Fly Dragon and was a National team coach for Cyprus and Lebanon [read more]
The Serbian/Cypriot Head coach Raca Dragan got an invitation for Dallas Maverics veteran camp and he will participate, in October 2013. Dallas Maverics is known for having international ties with international coaches and players . Raca Dragan is a recognised head coach not only in Europe but also in China where he is contining his career the last four years, currently being in Chongqing Fly Dragon and was a National team coach for Cyprus and Lebanon.
Raca is the only Serbian/Cypriot Head Coach next season to coach in CBA (Chinese Basketball Association). During successful career Raca Dragan wan on the bench of Cypriot and Greek teams like AEL Limassol, Iraklis Thessaloniki, Deltalcon APOEL Nicosia, AEP Olimpias Patron, in Beirut Al Hekmeh and now in China.
Excelsior signs rookie Brandon Ubel - May 17, 2013
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Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels (Division II) inked 22-year old American forward Brandon Ubel (208-106kg-91). He just graduated from Nebraska (NCAA). In 31 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6apg this season. The last season Ubel also at the University of Nebraska in Big Ten Conference in the NCAA. In 30 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball [read more]
Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels (Division II) inked 22-year old American forward Brandon Ubel (208-106kg-91). He just graduated from Nebraska (NCAA). In 31 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6apg this season. The last season Ubel also at the University of Nebraska in Big Ten Conference in the NCAA. In 30 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball. Ubel received Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team award in 2011 at his college time.
Surely when Linos Gavriel took his decision to join Etoile du Sahel this season, few people believed that the Cypriot coach would have such a great season.
But looking at his past there were few years that Linos Gavriel didnt succeed anything during the year [read more]
Surely when Linos Gavriel took his decision to join Etoile du Sahel this season, few people believed that the Cypriot coach would have such a great season. But looking at his past there were few years that Linos Gavriel didnt succeed anything during the year. And of course if you take a quick look at his achievements then you realize why he succeeded
2001-2007 Assistant coach in Cytavision APOEL, he won a championship (2002) and a cup (2003), parallel he was technical manager of the team and coach of the youth team during this years. He manages to celebrate 3 championships (2005, 2006, and 2007) and 3 cups (2003, 2005, and 2006) and a special cup in 2005. As you can see one double (2006) and a triple (2005) are among the achievements.
2008-2010 in K V Imperial AEL, were he celebrate every year the double (2008, 2009, and 2010). Also lead his team in quarterfinals of Eurocup.
In 2010-11 he was in Proteas EKA AEL and although he was moved away in March 2011 (after the loss in cup final) his ex-team also was in the championship final.
From 2007-2011 he was as assistant coach in Cyprus NT achieving a gold medal in 2009 in AMKE Also in 2005 as head coach of the Cyprus military NT took 6th position in the world cup in Russia.
This year the Cypriot coach went a step further. He is the only Cypriot coach who won a double abroad by taking a risky decision to join Etoile du Sahel and it seems that people there would not let him go so easily after this season.
Linos with his work proved that everything can happen if you believe to it. And Linos believe that he can succeed. So simple so easy to understand it!
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