Brandon Brown's (201-F-85, college: CS San Bernar.)'s great performance gave a great victory for Apollon Limassol over Michelin Etha Engomis with 102-99 in a game which just ended some hours ago, in the opener of the 11th week in a great derby. Pizza Express Apollon succeeded a great win over Michelin Etha after a great game by Brandon Brown who ended the game with 42 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 2 block shots in his one man show against the top seated team of Etha. A great second period was enough for the home team to grab the victory and throw the team of Michelin Etha to the third place since AEK Larnakas beat APOEL and knock the Nicosia team to the 4th place. The first period started with both teams forgetting the defense part of the game and scoring from the arc with Brandon scoring finally 9 points against the pair of five points by poole and Cup while the first three pointer of the game came from the newcomer rookie Luke Loucks (196-G-90, college: Florida St.) . The score for this first period was 29-25.
The second period was amazing for the home team since with Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St.) and Brandon in the leading roles outscored the visitors with nearly a double score 28-15 and put an early end to the game since the half time found the team of Coach Chougaz leading by +18 57-39. With Brandon Brown already reaching the 23 and Loucks obviously showing a better relation with the baskets than Dorsey, since his 10 points and his overall performance in his opener in the European leagues is showing at least the spirit, of the young rookie player. On the other hand, the players of Etha were not able to defend their team and they remain in shallow waters.
The 3rd period though change the momentum since the visitors with a great Ivan Maras (207-PF-86) and also a solid defense over Brandon who scored only 10 points in this period, cut the deficit to just 6 points and the game restarted. Brandon had already 32 points and the 4th period was expected to be a real derby as Etha fought back and reshaped the score to 79-71 in a game with no real defenses..
The 4th and final game was really amazing with the visitors closing the gap to 5 points with 3.22'' before the end of the game with Ivan Maras 25th point made the score 90-85. Apollon reacted and even though the deficit went even to the three pointers 94-91, 1.35'' before the end of the game, Brandon was there to give an end to the anxiety of his team-mates. Top scorers: Apollon: Brandon Brown 42, Diego Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St.) 14, Loucks 13, Warren 12 Etha: Ivan Maras 26, Adegboye 17, Williams and Poole 16 per head, Downey 11 and Cup 10
Petrolina AEK Larnakas - CytaVision Apoel 73-67 in the overtime (61-61)
In the second game of the day, the team of Coach Papadopoulos, AEK Larnakas beat the team of Coach Konstnatinidis, Apoel Nicosia with 73-67 in the extra time and knock her from the 3rd to 4th position of the league the Nicosia Team. The game was a derby with the visitors being better at the beginning and with Tyler Laser (185-PG-88, college: E.Illinois) being the man of the period, for APOEL while the home team had obvious scoring problems. The score for this period was 11-16. The 2nd period was much better for AEK with Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81) in a great mood and Panteli with Dixon and Garcia following, the home team over scored APOEL with 21-6 to go the the half time with 32-18.
APOEL reacted in the 3rd period and with Tyler Laser and Wells in the leading roles cut the deficit to as little as 32-28 after a 0-10 but Etha took over and with team-basketball took the lead once more to increase the deficit at the end of the 3rd period with 46-40.
APOEL changed the momentum of the game and with good defense and points coming randomly from Porter, Mokongo and Tyler Laser, took the lead for the first time after the 15th minute with 48-50 with Mokongo's fast break basket. The game in the last five minutes was dramatic with the two teams going basket to basket. APOEL though took a serious lead of +3 points after two free throws by Chan with 47 seconds to the end of the game. Dixon and Vujadin Subotic though brought th game to the extra time since Wells turnover and personal foul never let the team of APOEL to succeed at least another one offense. The game was 61-61 and the teams played the extra five minutes.
In the overtime, the score was 63-63 2.33' before the end but Tyler Laser's traveling and Porter's personal foul, gave the chance to Morrison and Dixon to succeed their 2 of 4 points from the charity line but the offensive rebound won by the 2nd missed free throw by Panteli, gave the chance to the Cyprus International to score an easy lay-up to give a +4 to his team, 38 '' before the end. APOEL scored 2 free throws to cut the deficit to 67-65 and the rest is history since Panteli and Tutt scored all 6 free throws to finally win the game.
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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