The three top performed teams in the last 3 weeks are no others than Keravnos Strovolou (top seated), Petrolina AEK Larnakas (2nd in the board) and Apollon Limassol (4th in the board). At the same time another surprise came from AEL since Coach Marcos Asonitis team beat for a second consecutive time the team of Coach Konstantinidis and throw him in the 4th place of the board, a position which might end up by the end of the regular season even though the management is officially announcing at least two to three player changes and new additions. The games for the 13th week of the Mini Cyprus league were as follows:
Forex Time Apollon Limassol - Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD 103-81 Another one show by the top scorer and top performer of the league Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: CS San Bernar.). The American forward ended the game with 30 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 block shots in just 28 minutes in the court!. Other than that, the home team enter the game with targeted offensive strategy by the Greek Head Coach, Chris Chugaz (by the way, eurobasket is giving its condoleses for the lost of her mother) and the first period ended with 29-20 in a game where the offenses had the main role and the defenses were forgotten. The same paste with the other periods too as the first half ended with 24-17 for the home team and a total of 53-37 in a game which ended earlier than thought.
The 3rd and 4th period were copy-paste since ENAD with the veteran Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, college: New Orleans) trying his best and Mandic following had no any chance against the solid game by Warren and Jefferson who followed Brandon Brown in the scoring. The final 103-81 is obviously giving the real picture of the game and the difference between the two teams. Top scorers: Apollon: Brandon Brown 30, Jefferson 16, Warren 19. ENAD: Lewis Sims 22, Mandic 16, McKiver 14 and Bolden 11 points and 10 rebounds
Another game where the offenses had the main role and the defenses were forgotten by the two teams, with the home team having in an excellent night the American forward Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) who ended the game with 33 points and 8 rebounds in 25 minutes, followed by Dion Dixon (in a career high game in the Cyprus league) with 26 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds while its worth mentioning the 13 rebounds by the Veteran American Cypriot JoJo Garcia.
The game needs no real detail as the 33 points deficit says it all. The home team face trouble only in the first 13 minutes and after that waived its opponent to achieve the maximum of its points this season (and of the league, since AEK recorded the biggest productivity this season). Top scorers: AEK: Charron Fisher 33, Dixon 26, Subotic 18, Iakovos Panteli 18 Omonoia: Lamar 26, Jamar Diggs (187-G-88, college: Wofford) 15, Harris 11 and Baker 10
Proteas AEL Limassol - CytaVision Apoel 67-64
The four players beat the 8 players in the specific game where the well known quartet (Aleksic 13, Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81) 26, Guillandeaux 14 and Palalas 7) were able not only to defend their home court against Apoel but to succeed their second victory over the Nicosia team and their 5th overall victory which is actually brings them to the 5th place of the league. It is probably a phenomenon that the team of Limassol is achieving these victories with players that remain in the court for not less than 36 minutes and still is able to win some crucial games.
The specific game started with the visiting site of Coach Konstantinidis showing its guts since with control basketball and solid defense was able to keep the home team in just 11 points after the first period (11-17) but in the second period with a recital by Mihajlo Pesic (mostly) the home team took the lead after outscoring Apoel with the amazing 23-14. Apoel receive no real assistance by players that used to be the key in previous games so Laser ended the game with just 2p. in 21 minutes in the court while his 1/12 was not exactly helpful for Apoel, on a close distance was also Troupe (a bit better though) since his 3/9 in total and his 9 points in nearly 38 minutes was also not very helpful for Apoel to end up the trio with Stiggers 2/7 and a total of 7 points in 39 minutes!! shows two vital points, the one is that the Head Coach consider both of these players unique and that there is no real replacement for these players even though Mokongo is a points guard (he played only 8 minutes), and Kremen is a small forward (he played only 12 minutes).
In any case, the third period was the more balance period of all since it ended with 17-17 but AEL had three major winning factors: The home court, 3.000 fans, and the momentum of his few players. So, at the 4th period, the home team with the heroic game by Mihajlo Pesic and Guillandeaux (he succeeded in the most crucial three pointer at the last 16 seconds to give the victory to his team) AEL kept the paste and ended the game with a victory since both Isaac Wells (203-F-85, college: Arkansas St.) and Troupe missed their three pointers in the last 15 seconds of the game. Top scorers: AEL: Mihajlo Pesic 26 points and 13 rebounds, Guillandeaux 14, Aleksic 13 and 7 rebounds Apoel: Isaac Wells 17 (The American was the only player with double digits)
Keravnos Strovolou - Michelin Etha Engomis 65-54
The supposed to be derby between the two top seated teams never took place since the home team of Coach Yiannaras even though started a bit late since at the beginning the visitors mainly with Dejan Cup and Adegboye took an early lead since the home team couldn't score at all, (only 3 points in the first 8 minutes) to end up the worst period this season, with a 9-15.
The second period was much different that the first period since the home team took the game seriously and with a solid 19-9 and Crocker, Trisokkas and Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) dominated both edges and not only balance the game but with correct offensive strategy took over and ended the half time 28-24.
The third period though once more the roles changed and the visitors with Downey and Williams being the leading figures for Etha, the game was balanced since the newcomer Hampton was in a low productivity. Etha balanced the game and ended it with 42-42.
The 4th and last period was the best for Keravnos since the Strovolos team with the veteran Aleksandar Damjanovic in the leading role followed by Crocker outscored the Engomis players with 23-12 to finally gain the crucial victory with 65-54
Division A Round 1 of Finals. Keravnos claim opening victory - 2 days ago
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Keravnos - AEK 80-79 Keravnos eked out a narrow home win over AEK to victoriously open Division A Finals. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But AEK won fourth quarter 26-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Keravnos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by AEK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Terell Parks (204-91, colleg... [read more]
Keravnos eked out a narrow home win over AEK to victoriously open Division A Finals. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But AEK won fourth quarter 26-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Keravnos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by AEK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Terell Parks (204-91, college: W.Illinois) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. At the losing side Croatian forward Tomislav Petrovic (202-85) responded with 16 points and American guard LaShard Anderson (185-89, college: Boise St.) scored 11 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Keravnos: T.Parks 20+13reb+2ast, K.Barker 20+6reb+8ast, J.O'Brien 13+5reb, N.Stylianou 11+2reb+1ast, M.Abukar 8+4reb+5ast, G.Theocharides 3 AEK: T.Petrovic 16+4reb+3ast, T.Thomas 14+3reb+2ast, L.Anderson 11+1reb+7ast, I.Panteli 10+4reb+2ast, P.Brezec 10+3reb, T.Biggs 9+7reb+2ast
Division A Round 4 of Semi-Finals. AEK advance into Finals - 9 days ago
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Apoel - AEK 64-73 AEK outgunned Apoel on the road to seal Division A Finals appearance. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 9 points. AEK dominated on the defensive end, holding Apoel to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Torey Thomas (178-85, college: Holy Cross) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points,... [read more]
AEK outgunned Apoel on the road to seal Division A Finals appearance. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 9 points. AEK dominated on the defensive end, holding Apoel to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Torey Thomas (178-85, college: Holy Cross) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists and Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five AEK players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Vassilis Kounas (194-84) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Robert Brown (196-92, college: UAB) scored 16 points. Top scorers: Apoel: R.Brown 16+2reb, V.Kounas 13+5reb+1ast, T.Bussey 12+4reb+1ast, M.Best 8+5reb+1ast, G.Pantouris 8+1reb+3ast, B.Mobley 5+7reb AEK: P.Brezec 17+6reb, A.Sizopoulos 14+3reb+1ast, L.Anderson 14+4reb+4ast, T.Petrovic 11+4reb+2ast, T.Thomas 10+13reb+7ast, T.Biggs 5+1reb
Division A Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Keravnos advance into Finals - 15 days ago
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Keravnos - Enosis 107-47 Keravnos rallied past Enosis to sweep the semifinal series. The game without a history. Keravnos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Enosis' 28 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Keravnos forced 19 Enosis turnovers and outrebounded them 47-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds.... [read more]
Keravnos rallied past Enosis to sweep the semifinal series. The game without a history. Keravnos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Enosis' 28 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Keravnos forced 19 Enosis turnovers and outrebounded them 47-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Enosis' players. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Jake OBrien (206-89, college: Temple, agency: HMS) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Terell Parks (204-91, college: W.Illinois) helped adding 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five Keravnos players scored in double figures. Keravnos' coach Christoforos Livadiotis felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY, agency: HMS) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and guard Jarvis Ray (198-90, college: TCU) scored 19 points. Top scorers: Keravnos: J.O'Brien 15+8reb+3ast, T.Parks 15+9reb+1ast, N.Stylianou 14+5reb+5ast, K.Barker 14+5reb+3ast, M.Abukar 13+6reb+3ast, G.Theocharides 10+4reb+1ast Enosis: J.Ray 19+3reb, M.Pearson 15+11reb+1ast, P.Stratis 5+3reb+1ast, Z.Panagiotis 5+1ast, Z.Hanoun 2+2reb, N.Thoma 1+1reb+3ast
AEK held off Apoel to secure 2-1 lead in the series. AEK players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin Vladimir Dasic (207-88) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) accounted for 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. American forward Brandon Mobley (206-91, college: Seton Hall, agency: HMS) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Apoel in the defeat. Four AEK and five Apoel players scored in double figures. Top scorers: AEK: P.Brezec 24+7reb+4ast, T.Thomas 19+5reb+4ast, V.Dasic 17+13reb+5ast, T.Petrovic 15+6reb+4ast, L.Anderson 7+3reb+2ast, I.Panteli 3+1ast Apoel: B.Mobley 19+7reb+2ast, V.Kounas 14+2reb+5ast, R.Brown 13+2reb+3ast, T.Bussey 13+6reb+3ast, M.Burnatowski 10+7reb+3ast, M.Best 8+5reb
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