The 8th week was disastrous for the up until last week unbeaten team of Coach Yiannaras since its counting since then a negative record of 0-4 in the last four games, the two negative results in the European courts which blocked once and for all the Strovolos team way to the next round in the Eurochallenge Cup since Keravnos ended with a record of 2-4 and the third position, as with just two wins Keravnos was not able to qualify in the next round, while the two catastrophic games against Etha last week and Apoel this week, brought the team of Coach Yiannaras in the second position of the league while the loss against APOEL had two faces since not only the Nicosia team cover up the two points of the first round loss but also proved that Keravnos has the same syndrom as all the previous seasons, a team without the needed stamina in crucial parts of the game. The final score 64-51 is proving once more that Keravnos has serious problems in the offensive part since his 69 points on an average (in the first 8 games) is the third worst offence in the league while if we deduct the game against Apollon (91 points) and ENAD (83 points) the average of the Strovolos team is dropping down to the 62 points per game. Never the less, the match against APOEL was a derby for 32 minutes since after that, the team of Keravnos black out and APOEL with a fantastic Stiggers in his best game with APOEL's jersey together with the solid games by Isaac Wells and Morrison, succeeded an amazing 23-11 at the 4th period and gave an end to the game, since Keravnos couldn't cope at the end. Having said that, APOEL is also proving to be an unstable team since the one week is losing in its home court against the 5 players of AEL and the next is beating at the end quite easy the team of Keravnos.
The game in Etha's court was also very interesting since the last seated team of ENAD gave a hard time to the top seated and champion team of ETHA since the game was a derby from the beginning to the end and the 75-71 final score could have been different if Sims was a bit more careful at his decisions at the end. The experience forward together with Vernon Hamilton (183-PG-84, college: Clemson) and Bolden (he did a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds) were magnificent and if the Agios Dometios team had a bit more depth at his bench then for sure the result would have been different for the team of Coach Stylianidis. Etha on the other hand found some good scoring from Dejan Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) and McLain while Adegboye is keeping his paste very solid.
The game in Limassol, between Apollon Limassol and AEK Larnakas found the Greek Head Coach Chougaz to finally adding another victory with 79-73 with the newcomer Warren showing his abilities from the very first game since his productivity helped the Limassol team to win finally the game. Brown is most definitely the top performer of the league and his 24 points is proving that in another one game. On the other hand AEK's usual suspect Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81) was once more the top man of the game with his 18 points followed by Fisher and Tut while the veteran Garcia was once more among the stand outs of his team
Lastly, the game between AEL and Omonoia found the winning site to be the Limassol team with Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) being the attraction of the game with his nearly triple-double figure with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists while the American duet Allen (21 points and 4 rebounds) and Outerbridge 17 points and 15 rebounds were the main reasons for the victory of their teams over Omonoia who lost the excitement after the first three games and since then Coach Tsngaridis is counting 5 straight losses!! With Lee, Lamar and Melvin Baker (200-F-89, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Austin Peay St.) scoring from all over but with the rest of the team not being able to score more than 15-17 points the team of Omonoia will most definitely compete against ENAD for the last position of the competition since AEL is showing that with only 5 foreigners can pass by these two teams if not more....
Proteas AEL Limassol - Papa Johns Pizza Omonoia 83-78 Periods: 20-24, 41-39, 64-62 and 83-78 Top Scorers: AEL: Allen 21, Outerbridge 17, Pesic 16, Milutin Aleksic 15, Palalas 12 Omonoia: Lee 25, Lamar 19, Melvin Baker 17
Michelin Etha Engomis - Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD 75-71 Periods : 21-19, 39-33, 53-48 and 75-71 Top Scorer : Etha : Dejan Cup 15, Adegboye and McLain 15 per head, Williams 12 ENAD: Vernon Hamilton 21, Sims 19, Bolden 14
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 - 6 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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