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
Near East University (North League) agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Desmond Lee (193-91kg-90, college: North Carolina State). He played most recently at Surrey Scorchers in British BBL league, but left the team in Dec.'15. In two games he had 11.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5apg last season. The previous (2015) summer Lee was tested by GIE Maile Matrix in U.S. semi-pro league UBA. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Quite im... [read more]
Near East University (North League) agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Desmond Lee (193-91kg-90, college: North Carolina State). He played most recently at Surrey Scorchers in British BBL league, but left the team in Dec.'15. In two games he had 11.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5apg last season. The previous (2015) summer Lee was tested by GIE Maile Matrix in U.S. semi-pro league UBA. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Quite impressive season as he was named to UBA All-Star Game. Lee was voted NJCAA D1 All-America 2nd Team back in 2013 at his college time. Lee graduated from North Carolina State in 2015 and actually missed last season. It is his second season as a professional player.
A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (A1) agreed terms with 27-year old Cypriot ex-international point guard Christopher Razis (194-89). He is a dual citizen owning also German passport. Razis played last season at BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProA. In 37 games he had 5.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.3apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Razis played at OF Irakleio (C) where in 9 games he recorded 8.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.1apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to... [read more]
A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (A1) agreed terms with 27-year old Cypriot ex-international point guard Christopher Razis (194-89). He is a dual citizen owning also German passport. Razis played last season at BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProA. In 37 games he had 5.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.3apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Razis played at OF Irakleio (C) where in 9 games he recorded 8.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.1apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 3rd Team. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won German Regionalliga (North Group) championship title in 2012. Razis was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Newcomer of the Year in 2014. He was also a member of Cypriot international program for some years. Razis played for Cypriot Senior National Team between 2008 and 2013 and previously for U16 National Team back in 2005. He represented Cyprus at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.9apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 50.0%. Razis has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios and Keravnos). On Razis:
Christopher is a combo guard who can do many jobs in the court. He is a point guard who can play at the off guard as well. Nice ball handler with good Point guard abilities. He has very high level Basketball IQ, he can always find the open man in offence. He can hit the 3-pointer as well as the two pointer from any given spot in the court. Christopher has excellent attitude on and off the floor. He is very coach able and basketball lover he can work out many hours per day as he really targets the sport and he sees him self seriously into the court, in the short term future. He is persistence and always optimist in and out of the court. He is perfectionist and tries always to get the maximum out of his ability. He needs to improve his defence, especially on the man-to-man.
Near East University (North League) signed experienced 34-year old Serbian swingman Vukasin Mandic (200-82). He has played for the last three seasons at KK Kumanovo 2009 in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Mandic has played there for the last three years. In 36 Prva Liga games he had 10.1ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.0apg last season. Mandic also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded just 2.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.0apg. He played in the final of Macedonian League for two years in a row (2015 and 20... [read more]
Near East University (North League) signed experienced 34-year old Serbian swingman Vukasin Mandic (200-82). He has played for the last three seasons at KK Kumanovo 2009 in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Mandic has played there for the last three years. In 36 Prva Liga games he had 10.1ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.0apg last season. Mandic also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded just 2.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.0apg. He played in the final of Macedonian League for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Mandic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention in 2016. He is quite experienced player. Mandic has played also professionally in Greece (AEK Athens and Ermis Lagkada), Israel (Galil Gilboa), Romania (Ploiesti), Slovenia (Zlatorog), Sweden (Solna Vikings), Cyprus (Apoel and Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios) and Serbia (Borac).
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