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
Al Rayyan inks Brandon Bowman, ex AEK - 9 hours ago
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Al Rayyan Doha (D1) agreed terms with 32-year old American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown). He played last season at Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot Division A. In 20 games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. Bowman helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Power Forward of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Rookie of the Ye... [read more]
Al Rayyan Doha (D1) agreed terms with 32-year old American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown). He played last season at Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot Division A. In 20 games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. Bowman helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Power Forward of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Rookie of the Year and named to 1st Team. Bowman also played 8 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 11.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. The previous (2015) summer Bowman played at Manati in BSN. In 5 games he averaged 13.6ppg and 5.4rpg in 2015 season. In 2006 Bowman was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in third round (30th overall). He attended Georgetown University and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. Bowman is quite experienced player. He has played in ten different countries on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). Bowman has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), France (Le Mans), Germany (BBC Bayreuth and SC Rasta Vechta), Israel (Galil Gilboa and Maccabi Rishon), Italy, Korea (Samsung Thunders and Dongbu Promy), New Zealand (Saints), Puerto Rico, Serbia (Crvena Zvezda) and Turkey (Tofas). He could be described:
A very versatile player who can spend time in either forward slot. Good shooter and quick runner, can score in traffic or create his shot from the dribble. Goes well to the offensive rebounds, has a great leaping ability. Above all, he' s a very good defender on every kind of opponent, with a relentless mentality that makes him a very good player for the European leagues.
Apoel adds Burnatowski to their roster - 1 day ago
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Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) added to their roster 26-year old Canadian ex-international small forward Murphy Burnatowski (200-104kg-90, college: Colgate). He played last season at Starwings in Swiss LNA league. In 30 games he was third best scorer with impressive 20.5ppg and had 7.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Bosman Player of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team and voted to 2nd Team. The most... [read more]
Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) added to their roster 26-year old Canadian ex-international small forward Murphy Burnatowski (200-104kg-90, college: Colgate). He played last season at Starwings in Swiss LNA league. In 30 games he was third best scorer with impressive 20.5ppg and had 7.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Bosman Player of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team and voted to 2nd Team. The most of previous (2014-15) season Burnatowski spent at BK Usti nad Labem in NBL where in 21 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. Burnatowski also played that season for Slask in TBL. But in 12 games he averaged just 1.2ppg and 1.4rpg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final. Burnatowski was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He played for Canadian Senior National Team back in 2011 and previously for University National Team in 2013. Burnatowski represented Canada at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) three years ago. He graduated from Colgate University in 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player.
Akeem Wright (ex London L.) signs at Apoel - 1 day ago
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Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) landed 32-year old American swingman Akeem Wright (200-98kg-84, college: Kansas State). He played most recently at London Lightning in Canadian NBL. In 48 NBL Canada games he averaged 14.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg last season. Wright helped them to win the NBL Central Division title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Honorable Mention. Wright also played that season for Tampereen Pyrin... [read more]
Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) landed 32-year old American swingman Akeem Wright (200-98kg-84, college: Kansas State). He played most recently at London Lightning in Canadian NBL. In 48 NBL Canada games he averaged 14.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg last season. Wright helped them to win the NBL Central Division title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Honorable Mention. Wright also played that season for Tampereen Pyrinto in Korisliiga where in 14 games he had 14.1ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.4apg. Wright is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in nine different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American, Australian and of course North American leagues. Wright has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Argentino), Israel (Maccabi Kiryat Gat and Elitzur Ramla), Jordan, New Zealand (Pistons and Nuggets), Saudi Arabia, Spain (Blancos de Rueda), Sweden (Sundsvall Dragons) and Ukraine (DniproAzot). He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball. Wright attended Kansas State until 2007 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
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