The "renamed" team of Apollon (Forex time Apollon) succeeded a great road win over Apoel in Nicosia after two over-times in a thrilling game which ended in details for Head Coach Chugaz with final score 92-96. The game was a derby in all six periods! with the home team of Coach Konstnantinidis, Apoel starting much more offensive the game to succeed a deficit of +10 in the first 7 minutes (15-5) before the first period end up with 19-13 after some unanswered points by Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St.). The second period was initially the period for Tyler Laser (185-PG-88, college: E.Illinois) as the American swingman increase his personal record from 2 to 10 points in less than 3 minutes, with the score going to 27-19, after his successfull three pointer. Apollon with (mainly) Robinson (in his best gaem since he joined forses with Apollon) and Brandon Brown, cut the deficit to 36-30 by the end of the half time. The third period started with a balance game from the two teams and a bast to basket game, witht he home team geting a double digit difference in the first 5 minutes, (48-36) with Stiggers 8th assist! But Warren's crescent was amazing since he took over and with 7 personal points reaching his 14th point cut the deficit to the absolut minimum as the third period ended with 54-52 and the derby began once more.
The 4th period was amazing with the visiting site of Coach Ghugaz taking for the first time the lead 6.41' before the end of the game with 56-57 with Robinson's free throw. 1.11' before the end of the game, Tyler Laser who was quite silent up until that time, scored his 2nd three poitner to reach the 15 personal points and gave a +3 to the home team (70-67) but Apollon players were not kidding so they answered back in a 9 seconds offense with Robinson's 3p. to reach his 17 personal points. With 56 seconds to go both teams lost their next offense so the game went to the over-time.
Apollon started much more decisive the 1st overtime with Brown and Robinson giving a +7 to their team 70-74, 4.29' before the end. Porter and Diego Kapelan scored 2 three pointers for their teams and another pair of threes came from Mokongo and Porter in the next minutes to reach the 80-81 with 2 minutes to go. Brown called for a technical foul and Porter scored both his throws from the charity line to give the lead to his team with 82-81 in the thrilling game. The next 1.30' were dramatic since both team's players were tired so, Mike Morrison (205-F-89, college: George Mason), Kremen, Brown and Robinson were able to score just one free throw (by Robinson) to give another draw to the game with 82-82, 18 seconds before the end. The two free throws gained by the fatal player of Apoel Mokongo gave to he home team the upper hand as the time remaining (12 seconds) and the factt aht all the players were very tired was giving some hopes to the hoem team, Mokongo though missed both the free throws and Robinson missed teh last three pointer so the two teams went once more to their second overtime...
Luke's personal five points gave for Apollon the lead, 3.55' before the end with 84-87, while Robinson increased the deficit for Apollon to +6 with his two free throws made, while Apoel missed the chance twice to cut the defricit with Mike Mike Morrison and Porter missing their shots. Apollon seems to be more focused to the victory and the deficit went to +7 with Diego Kapelan's jump shot (84-91), 2.20' before the end. It was then over since Porter's three pointer had no continuation for the home team and Stiggers three pointer 10 seconds before the end just gave a short breath for the home team since Diego Kapelan scored the last shot to reach the 25 and give to his team a great victory..
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 and that the score at some point went to 52-30 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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