A great surprise took place in APOEL's home court as the game which ended few hours ago, found a big winner not the home team but the visitor, AEL against all odds succeeded a great road win in APOEL's house after beating the team of Coach Konstantinidis 84-85 after two over-times and a 50 minutes game. The game was a derby from the very beginning with APOEL leading after the fist six minutes with 12-7 with Michael Mokongo's three pointer, and Wells 2 minutes after made the 16-7 before a three pointer by the MVP of the game Orion Outerbridge (205-F-88, college: Rhode Island) give an end to the first period (of 6 in total) with 17-12. APOEL was dominant in this first period while AEL was actually playing the game with 6 players only. The second period started with APOEL and Michael Mokongo again giving a new lead to his team with 21-16 with his 8th point before Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) and Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81) the two Serbs took over to get the initiatives and the leadership and drive their team to a solid 0-7 and the lead for the first time after the first 3-4 minutes, with 21-23. APOEL reacted and with Porter and Michael Mokongo in the leading roles developed a new deficit with 30-25, 2.16' before the end of the first half after running a 9-2. AEL didn't give it up and with Mihajlo Pesic balance the score to 30-30 before a three pointer by Kremen shape up the first half with 33-30. It was obvious though that APOEL who was the top favorite for this game had major issues from the 6 players of AEL and things would have been much more difficult that thought!!
The third period found the two teams at the absolute balance 6.22' before the end of the period with 37-37 before a 0-6 takes place by the Serbian duet of AEL (Milutin Aleksic and Mihajlo Pesic) to shape up the score to 37-43, 3.20' before the end of the period. APOEL reacted to cut the deficit to the single basket 42-44 with a 3pointer by Grant, but Guillandeaux gave a new interest in the game after scoring his 10th point to make the score 42-47, 42 seconds before the end of the period, which finally ended with 45-47 for AEL.
The 4th period (which was not the most dramatic), Well's 11th point gave a new draw in the game (53-53), 6.38'' before the end of the derby, with the adrenaline goes high up for both the teams. Morrison who was silent up to the specific point scored 4 personal points to take the score to 58-53, 4.50'' before the end of it and give some solid hopes to the home team. Orion Outerbridge and Simos Antoniou (198-G-94) with 2 great shots from behind the arc gave a new lead to AEL 60-61, with 3 minutes to the end and some new interest in the game. AEL had the psychology and he momentum when Orion Outerbridge and Milutin Aleksic gave a lead of 3 points, 1.38' before the end and that was the point where they started to believe in the victory.. APOEL reacted and with Michael Mokongo cut the deficit to its minimum before a new three pointer by Guillandeaux gives a +3 to the visiting site of AEL with 47 seconds to go. Then, a big three pointer came from Porter 25 seconds before the end of the game and the biggest phase of all took place in the remaining seconds as Milutin Aleksic nearly to become the fatal player since Kremen stole the ball from the experience Serb, but Orion Outerbridge wanted the game too much to leave his compatriot, Stiggers to win the game since he gave a great block-shot to the American guard, to reach his 3rd block shot in the game and to take the game to the overtime with a final result in the regular period 67-67.
The most dramatic period was the first overtime, (and fifth in total) since the two teams were heading basket to basket and 47 second before the end Morrison's 10th point gave a lead of +2 to the home team, with the same player blocking Milutin Aleksic in the very next second and AEL's time-out 27'' before the end was quite crucial, but Milutin Aleksic missed the shot to foul Michael Mokongo with 15 seconds to go, the African guard, was the fatal player of the game since he had the chance to give the victory to his team, with the 2 free throws earned by Milutin Aleksic with the momentum and Psychology being 100% to the team of APOEL, but... he missed the first one scoring the other and to do the score 78-75, AEL with Guillandeaux select the lay-up and not the 3p. to cut the deficit to its minimum with 6 seconds to go. Milutin Aleksic fouled Porter but the American missed the 2nd free throw and the man of the match, Orion Outerbridge dashed down the rebound and gave it to Guillandeaux, but he missed the shot and in a dead time, Orion Outerbridge was there and with an amazing and heroic offensive rebound grabbed the bal and scored to balance the game and to lead it to the second overtime. (79-79)
Orion Outerbridge was on fire and he proved it since at the beginning of the 6th period! He scored the first three pointers to give anew lead to his team with 79-82. Both teams players were exhausted, but especially the players of the visiting site since the 5 players were playing for more than 43 mintes each, with Milutin Aleksic finally playing all 50 minutes!!, in any case AEL's fabulous five, had the rhythm and the unbelievable passion to increase their lead by +4 in the 2nd overtime with Milutin Aleksic 1/2 free throws, 79-83,2.32' before the end, but Stiggers and Kremen had a different opinion and with a 5-0 took the lead 1 minute before the end with 85-84, the 3p by Kremen were the last points for APOEL in the game since the lay-up by Milutin Aleksic never answered back by APOEL with Michael Mokongo and Stiggers losing their last efforts..
Some interesting details aboutthe game: APOEL played with 8 players and AEL with 5, Allen and Outerbridge played for 46 minutes, Aleksic 50, Guillandeaux 45 and Pesic 44! Both teams dashed down 46 rebounds, while AEL's Aleksic had only 2/7 free throws and a total of 45% for all the team from the charity line while APOEL's Wells and Stiggers had 0/6 from the charity line and a total of 39% for the team
During the 6th week Keravnos Strovolou (who's currently in the first position of the league after six games with a 5-1 record) dominated at all edges and got a small revenge from Paralimni is the team of Coach Papadopoulos was the one and only to force the Strovolos team (during the first round) to suffer their only (until now) defeat in the competition. The final score 43-75 says it all!! Coach Livadiotis troops remembered very well what has happened in their home court a month ago and w... [read more]
During the 6th week Keravnos Strovolou (who's currently in the first position of the league after six games with a 5-1 record) dominated at all edges and got a small revenge from Paralimni is the team of Coach Papadopoulos was the one and only to force the Strovolos team (during the first round) to suffer their only (until now) defeat in the competition. The final score 43-75 says it all!! Coach Livadiotis troops remembered very well what has happened in their home court a month ago and were very focused from the first to the last minute of the game leaving no space for a second surprise to E.N. Paralimni. Obviously there is a long distance between the two teams and this shown from the early stage of the game as the first period ended with 8-20 for the host team followed by a new triple score at the end of the first half with 8-24 with Keravnos leading the game already with 16-44 giving an early end to the game. Coach Livadiotis had the chance to use players that didn't have sufficient time in the previous games while he used many youngsters and rookies such as Panagiotis Markou (189-G-96) who played 24 minutes having 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 turnover in all around performance from the talent from Limassol, while minutes were received by the youngster Orestis Andreou (188-F/G-98) (in 5 minutes he scored 3 points, 2 steals, 1 assist and 1 turnover) and another 3:30 minutes by another talented youngster, Pavlos Stavrinidis (202-G-99) (3 points and 1 rebound)
The third period was a simple routine for the players of both the teams for different reasons, E.N. Paralimni tried to minimize the loss but it was obvious that the psychological factor was not with them, the 11-17 of the period is once more showing that they had scoring issues as only Jarvis Ray was scoring being also the top scorer but the only player on double digits (17 points, 6 rebound, 2 assists, 4 steals and 2 turnovers) and none of his team-mates scored more than 7 points (Kevin Thomas). On the other hand, Keravnos Strovolou who played this game without two of its starters (Stylianou and Abukar remain on bench) played control basketball with Terell Parks (204-C/F-91, college: W.Illinois) being the MVP of the game and the top scorer in his top performing game with Keravnos jersey, The American power forward ended the game with 24 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1, steal, 1 block shot and 2 turnovers in a bit less than 25 minutes in action)
The fourth period where everything was ended E.N. Paralimni "beat" Keravnos youngsters with 16-14 and the final result became official. With another great organizational performance by Barker who ended the game with 12 assist (5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 turnovers in 25:25 active minutes) and the "soldier" O' Brien who remain on court for 27:38 minutes recording another double-double figure with 11 points, 10 rebounds, followed by Ross who recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 4 turnovers in nearly 34 minutes... E.N. Paralimni is recording now a 3-3 being in the 4th spot with a +2 from the last two teams on the board..
The other two games of the week were characterized by the "easy" victory of APOEL over the champion team of AEK Larnakas with 89-77. APOEL's MVP was Akeem Wright (200-F/G-84, college: Kansas St.) who ended the game with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 5 turnovers, followed by the very good Murphy Burnatowski with 15 points and 3 rebounds, while on the other hand, AEK for another game without its basic center Primoz Brezec was an easy task for APOEL, Coach Gavriel saw only Torey Thomas (178-PG-85, college: Holy Cross) trying for the best and nobody else stood with gatts on the derby, Thomas ended the game 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, followed by Harris's 12 points and Trisokkas 11 and that was it... APOEL balanced it's record with AEK but bypassed the Larnaka team since the +12 deficit it's giving to APOEL at this stage the second spot. Both teams have a 4-2 record.
On the third and final game of the sixth week, the history recorded the easy win of ETHA Engomis over the weird team of Apollon Limassol with 86-61 (Maxie Esho's another great performance with 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists, followed by Walket's same performance with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists) were the night's major factors, while from Apollon only Raines tried who ended with another double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Jermaine Marshall who ended the game with 15 points, were not enough to help their team to succeed something better than another easy loss with 25 points deficit... ETHA is currently on the sixth position recording the same with APollon Limassol as both the teams have an 1-5 record.
JDA Dijon Bourgogne (ProA) is close to sign 31-year old Cypriot international power forward Anthony King (206-110kg-85, college: Miami, FL) who played last time at Gaziantep Basketbol in Turkey. He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. In 32 BSL games he recorded 6.8ppg and 4.4rpg last season. King also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 7.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1bpg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Artland Dragons in German BBL. In 26 games he ha... [read more]
JDA Dijon Bourgogne (ProA) is close to sign 31-year old Cypriot international power forward Anthony King (206-110kg-85, college: Miami, FL) who played last time at Gaziantep Basketbol in Turkey. He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. In 32 BSL games he recorded 6.8ppg and 4.4rpg last season. King also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 7.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1bpg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Artland Dragons in German BBL. In 26 games he had 9.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg. King also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 12.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.2apg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Bundesliga Semifinals in 2012 and 2014. King was also voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 3rd Team in 2014. He represented Cyprus at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 42.9%, FT: 69.6%. King has played also professionally in Greece (Aris), Cyprus (Etha) and Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners). He attended University of Miami, Florida until 2008 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player. The scouts decsribe him following way:
Gives the team an additional scoring threat in the post as well as rebounding... physical performer who doesn't mind mixing it up down low... gives the team added toughness in the paint.
Received Cypriot passport in June 2012.
Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia (Division A) inked 26-year old American guard Baden Jaxen (190-82kg-90, college: N.Carolina), formally know as Dexter Strickland. He played most recently at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL. In 43 NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 3rd Team. He attended University of North Carolina until 2013 and it will be his fourth season in... [read more]
Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia (Division A) inked 26-year old American guard Baden Jaxen (190-82kg-90, college: N.Carolina), formally know as Dexter Strickland. He played most recently at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL. In 43 NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 3rd Team. He attended University of North Carolina until 2013 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball. Jaxen's game is described as:
More a combo guard that a PG now, but has an excellent playmaking ability that can grant him a bright future. Has great personality, with willingness to take clutch shots. Also, he is a tough player who can defend well.
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