Keravnos lost a game of its own as in the game ended just some seconds ago showed the same characteristics with the team of the previous two seasons as in the last part of the game and upon leading the score with as many as five points (65-70, 1.47' before the end) the visiting site of Coach Yiannaras blacked out and the home team with a solid 7-0 at the end won a game with 72-70, a game which was actually lost for them finally won with Williams scoring his last four points (of 11 in total) at the very end and after Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma), Demertzis, Owens, and Maze lost their shots in the last four offences of Keravnos Strovolou.
The game was a derby from the beginning since Etha took the lead with Donte Poole (190-G-89, college: Murray St.) being the top man of the quarter (and of the game) and took an early lead with a +6 (26-20) at the end of the period, while Keravnos was getting the points mainly by Tony Crocker (11 points) The second period was balanced for both teams with Maze being the main man for Keravnos who balance the game but both teams were very bad in their offensive skills so the period ended with the score being 15-16 for Keravnos while the half time ended with 41-36 for the home team.
The third period was the comeback for Keravnos with Maze in the leading role as it balance totally the game and took a lead with 52-54 at the end of the period before Donte Poole scores for break even the score to 54-54 at the end of the third period.
The fourth dramatic period the two teams were heading basket to basket and the score 6.09' to the end was in total balance as Donte Pooles 19th point gave a new draw in the game to 59-59, from then and on Keravnos took a serious lead first with Vaughn for the 59-64 and some minutes after with Trisokkas for the 63-68, 3.33' before the end of the game, Maze's traveling 2.27' before the end of the game was actually the stepping stone in the most crucial offense for Keravnos since the visitors lost the chance to win the game in both psychology and deficit as the possible +7 for Keravnos became +3 and at the end nobody could score from Keravnos as mentioned before, the last points on behalf of Keravnos was a lay-up by Demertzis 2 minutes before the end of the game... The rest is history..... and Etha is becoming the "terror" for Keravnos after last season's finals.. Top scorers for the two teams were: Etha: Donte Poole 21 points and 4 steals!, Downey 13, Williams 11 Keravnos: Tony Crocker 17 and 6 rebounds, Maze 14 and Trisokkas 11 (Vaughn and Kinnard scored 4 and 5 points respectively)
In the other game which was the opener of this 7th week, Apollon added its third victory after thrasing the weakest team of all, ENAD with 58-84 in a game which doesn't need a many explanations since the domination of the Limassol team as a visitor was undoubtable in all the edges of the court. Only in the first hald there was some game as Wilson and Sims were trying for the best for their team but they were outnumbered since Apollon and Coach Chougaz had better and tougher roster than the home team, The quarters were: 16-17, 35-39, 48-60 and the final 58-84 Top scorers: ENAD: Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, college: New Orleans) 16 and Wilson 12 Apollon: MaJic Dorsey (185-PG-81, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Indiana) 15, Kapelan 14, Brown 13, Walker 14, Noel 11
AEK Larnaca and Keravnos enter the Cup Final - 1 day ago
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AEK Larnaca and Keravnos enter the Cup Final in Cyprus. They overcame their opponents in the semifinals clashes last night. AEK Larnaca edged Apoel 80-65 mostly dominating the first half. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and La'Shard Anderson (185-G-89, college: Boise St.) followed him with 11. Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90, college: Colgate) answered with 19 points in the losing effort. Keravnos meanwhile smashed Enosis Neon Paralimni 75-47. Ronald Ro... [read more]
ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Baden Jaxen (190-82kg-90, college: N.Carolina). He started the season at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 15 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Jaxen played at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL Canada where in 43 games he averaged remarkable 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com... [read more]
ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Baden Jaxen (190-82kg-90, college: N.Carolina). He started the season at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 15 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Jaxen played at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL Canada where in 43 games he averaged remarkable 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 3rd Team. Jaxen attended University of North Carolina until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Abukar's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 5 days ago
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31-year old forward Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Keravnos and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20. He had a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Etha (#5, 4-16) 86-77. It allowed Keravnos to consolidate first place in the Cypriot league. Keravnos has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their re... [read more]
31-year old forward Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Keravnos and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20. He had a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Etha (#5, 4-16) 86-77. It allowed Keravnos to consolidate first place in the Cypriot league. Keravnos has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 18-2. Abukar turned to be Keravnos' top player in his first season with the team. San Diego State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Abukar is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.7ppg) and averages solid 57.8% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Baden Jaxen (190-G-90) of Etha. He is American guard in his first season at Etha. In the last game Jaxen recorded impressive 32 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Etha lost that game 77-86 to the higher-ranked Keravnos (#1, 18-2). Etha managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Etha managed to get this year. Jaxen is a newcomer at Etha and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.9ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.7rpg and 4.1apg.
Third place about best performers goes to Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90) of Apoel (#3). Burnatowski showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Apoel, leading his team to a 79-60 easy win against #4 ranked Enosis in a game of the week. Apoel needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 9 lost games. Burnatowski has a very solid season. In 20 games in Cyprus he scored 14.2ppg. He also has 5.7rpg and FGP: 62.0%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Vladimir Dasic (207-PF-88) of AEK - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Terell Parks (204-C/F-91) of Keravnos - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of AEK - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Torey Thomas (178-PG-85) of AEK - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists 8. Leron Barnes (196-G-93) of Etha - 19 points and 6 rebounds 9. Ronald Ross (188-PG-83) of Keravnos - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Tre Bussey (190-G-91) of Apoel - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
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)
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