Perolina AEK Larnakas and Michelin Etha added crucial road wins as they both beat Keravnos Strovolou and CytaVision Apoel in their home courts and they added more suspence in the mini Cyprus League games of the regular season. Sharon Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) was amazing and unstoppable against Keravnos Strovolou in Papaellinas court and beat quite easily the team of Coach Yiannaras which seems to be totally different without its top performer point guard Bobby Maze. AEK larnakas dominated in all edges in Strovolos court and is obviously figuring among the stand outs of the competition (as it was doing so from the early beginning since is the only team in the league with the same more or less roster as last season). Keravnos Strovolou with Tony Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) and Zvonko Bjulian in one of their worst nights in Strovolos (the American ended the game with 9 turnovers! while the Croat with 4 points and 2/9) and with Pilavas remaining in the absolute zero (0/5) Keravnos couldn't resist against the magnificent Sharon Charron Fisher who ended the game with 33 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals in is very best game since he arrived in Cyprus (in three different seasons)
In the first period the game was quite calm but at the same time Charron Fisher showed his attentions to lead his team in an easy 15-20 to increase its deficit at the end of the first half (30-36) with last season's (probably) best basketball duet (Charron Fisher and Subotic) leading their team and the game in general, to what seem to be a derby before its beginning as the third seated AEK was playing against the top seated Keravnos Strovolou and with a possible win the home team would have locked the top seat in the regular season with the full home advantage in all the games.. But, the home team couldn't combete the visitors who came with one and only target to beat the top seated.
The 3rd period was the best for Keravnos but was not enough since the very poor 15-13 was not enough for Keravnos to change the fake of the game since the last period came with another 8 points by Charron Fisher and 10 points by Subotic to simply give an even greater deficit to the Larnakas team to finally edge Keravnos with 67-75 Top scorers: Keravnos: Tony Crocker 16 and Owens 15 AEK: Charron Fisher 33 and Subotic 15
In the other road win which took place in Nicosia, the team of Michelin Etha knoced down Apoel and let it to the 5th place after the thrilling victory with 70-71 with a buzzer beeper by Ivan Maras's from the one basket to the other in the last remaining 2 seconds. A great game and a great victory from the reigning champions who proved to be too hard to die against Apoel even though the Nicosia team was playing a do or die game to enter the top four teams of the competition. The game begun with Etha being more active and dominating both edges to get a quick lead of +5 by the end of the period with 13-18 The second period though, Apoel reacted and mainly with Mike Morrison (205-F-89, college: George Mason) cut the deficit to end the first half with 31-34. The 3rd period was even better for the visiting site of Etha as the deficit went up to 12 points to end the period with 52-56. Etha and Coach Adamou saw Williams playing his best game since he joined forces with the Engomis team and being a team of his own, while on the other hand, Coach Konstantinidis couldn't believe in his eyes the performance of his 'key players' since Laser end up the game with 4 points, followed by Stiggers's 6 points and Kremen's only one basket The 4th period was a bit better for Apoel who nearly bet the game since 2.8 seconds before the end was close to a victory but Maras' bomb from down town put a tombstone to Apoel's dreams. Top scorers: Apoel: Mike Morrison 20, Troupe 12, Wells 10 Etha: Williams 30, Poole 12
In the supposed to be easy night for Apollon in Nicosia against the last seated and most probably top favorite team to be relegated, Omonoia, the home team of Coach Chugaz needed a small miracle to finally escape from Omonoia's teeth and succeed the road with with 82-83 since the fatal player Diggs missed the last winning shot for Omonoia in a zero time. Brandon Brown was once more the man of the match since he ended the game with 22 points most of which were scored in the second half. The first period was quite balanced between the two teams even though at the beginning Omonoia was much better and in the first 7 minutes build a double figure deficit with 16-8 with Baker being the leading figure and Harris being a great organizer. Warren, Robinson and Kapelan's three pointers gave at the end a small lead with 20-22 for Apollon. The 2nd period Omonoia balanced the game and took the lead just before the end of the half time with 40-38 to increase it even more in the first 2 minutes of the 3rd period (45-38) with the newcomer Marjan Tasic (205-C-81) for Omonoia giving his own small recital with 5 consecutive points and 2 assists. Apollon reacted and with Kapelan's 8 unanswered points, and 4 by Brown cut the deficit to just one points (48-47) before a new 3p. by Marjan Tasic give a new challenge in the game. Avdibegovic's awaking and Brown's offensive crescents though were enough for Apollon to get the 57-60 at the end of the 3rd period. The 4th period was thrilling and forbidden for kids since Apollon took a double digit lead with 60-70, 7 minutes before the end of the game, but Omonoia reacted and with Harris and Jeremy Allen (193-G-88, college: FIU) at the beginning and Diggs at the end lost the great chance to finally win the game. Final score 82-83 Top scorers: Omonoia: Jeremy Allen 24, Diggs 18, Harris 15, Marjan Tasic 14 and Baker 11 Apollon: Brown 22, Kapelan 14 and Warren 10
In the 4th game of the 14th week, ENAD succeeded a crucial victory over AEL and will remain in the division probably as now Omonoia needs at least 2 wins more than ENAD in the remaining 4 games The final score against AEL was 68-54 with AEL reminding nothing from the team which beat Apoel three days ago. The newcomer in the Limassol team, Kenneth Gabriel in his debut with the yellow jersey of AEL, scored 7 points and dashed down 7 rebounds in 32 minutes whie Outerbridge and Jeremy Allen are probably history as they were both off the court . Top scorers: ENAD: Sims 11, Vukasin Mandic (200-F/G-82) 16, Bolden 11 AEL: Pesic and Ruben Guillandeaux (198-G-88, college: La Salle) 15 per head and Aleksic 11
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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