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
APOEL and Greek Head Coach Tzimis Koustenis split ways and the new Head Coach is officially the ex Coach of the Greek A1 A.G.O Rethymno Aegean, Antonis Konstantinides . Coach Konstnatinidies was the Head Coach of APOEL for two season three years ago with quite impressive results. APOEL during the days of the Cyprus Head Coach in the post had awesome results and is not a coincidence that since then the Nicosia team was not able to repeat any of these triumphs. The Cyprus Head consider to... [read more]
APOEL and Greek Head Coach Tzimis Koustenis split ways and the new Head Coach is officially the ex Coach of the Greek A1 A.G.O Rethymno Aegean, Antonis Konstantinides . Coach Konstnatinidies was the Head Coach of APOEL for two season three years ago with quite impressive results. APOEL during the days of the Cyprus Head Coach in the post had awesome results and is not a coincidence that since then the Nicosia team was not able to repeat any of these triumphs.
The Cyprus Head consider to be the most successful Head Coach in the last decade as he earn titles with all the teams he was coaching, whereas due to these successes he became the first ever Cyprus origin Head Coach to be able to coach even for a very small period) in one of the best leagues in Europe. APOEL is expected to get some strength with this addition as it is most certain that the experienced Head Coach will definitely proceed to at least one change in the current roster which means that he will be able to change a bit the overall situation of the team especially at this very difficult time of play-offs and semi fianls playing against the cup holder team of AEK Larnakas
Apoel has agreed terms with Antonis Konstantinides to take over the team for the rest of the season plus for next year. Tonis, as we call him, is taking over Apoel in a difficult point as the team battles against Aek next Friday for the playoffs. The 38 year-old coach reached the pinnacle of his career in June 2012 when he was appointed as the Men's Basketball National Team head coach. Tonis is distinguished for his hard work, very good pre-season preparation and discipline. Between t... [read more]
Apoel has agreed terms with Antonis Konstantinides to take over the team for the rest of the season plus for next year. Tonis, as we call him, is taking over Apoel in a difficult point as the team battles against Aek next Friday for the playoffs.
The 38 year-old coach reached the pinnacle of his career in June 2012 when he was appointed as the Men's Basketball National Team head coach. Tonis is distinguished for his hard work, very good pre-season preparation and discipline.
Between the years 2008-2012 he had been Etha's head coach which he led to historical titles. Specifically he has won 2 championships, 1 cup and 1 super cup.
In the year 2013-2014 he has also won the championship as Apoel's coach, while reaching the Cup-final.
Besides this, he led Etha in the Eurochallenge, disqualifying the all-mighty Artland Dragons, leading Etha in the Eurocup. In the Eurocup Etha had amazing appearances against many teams, like the Spartak-Saint Petersburg.
Taking a closer look at his record, coach Antonis Konstantinides is a terrific talent. He has successfully coached quite a few teams so far, including: 1996-1998: Coach of the Academies A.S Sourmena, Greece 1998-2000: Coach of the Academies PAEEK Kyrineias,Cyprus 2000-2003: Head Coach of the 2nd Team of Omonoia Nicosia 2003-2006: Head Coach of Omonoia Nicosia (Senior team) 2006-2008: Head Coach of PHILIPS College (Senior team) 2008-2012: Head Coach of Intercollege ETHA (Senior team) 2012-2014: Head Coach of B.C. APOEL Nicosia (Senior Team) 2014-2015: CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Romania-Liga Nationala) 2015-2016: CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Romania-Liga Nationala), in Jan.'16 signed at Sigal Prishtina (Kosovo-SuperLeague) 2016-2017: A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (Greece-A1)
National Team: 2008: Ass, Coach of U16 National Team Cyprus 2008-2011: Head Coach of Women National Team Cyprus. 2012-2013: Head Coach of Men's National Team Cyprus.
Besides his success as Etha's head coach, in his career he has great achievements that are worth mentioning. These include:
Among the few Cypriot coaches who have won all 3 titles in the same year (championship, cup, super-cup). Has won 2 consecutive championships, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. Has led his team 5 consecutive times at the semi-finals (3 with Etha and 2 with Apoel) Has reached the final 4 consecutive times (2 with Etha and 2 with Apoel) Has a record in 'breaking' the home court disadvantage. In Cyprus, at least so far, breaking the home court disadvantage at the playoffs has been a significant achievement. oFirst, as Etha's head coach in 2010-2011 he won Apoel away at the semi-finals, reached the finals and won the championship. oIn 2011-2012, again as Etha's head coach, he won Apollon away at the semifinals and then he broke Keravnos's home court advantage at game 1 and won the championship. oIn 2012-2013 as Apoel's coach, he broke Keravnos's home court advantage twice at the semi-finals and reached the finals. oIn 2013-2014 as Apoel's coach, he turned a 0-2 disadvantage to a 3-2 advantage, breaking at the same time Keravnos's home court and reached the finals where he won the title. Has succeeded important Eurochallenge victories against Triumph in Russia and against Olin in Turkey. Has been awarded as the 'Coach of the year' in 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2013-2014. Coach Assistant: Romanian League All-Star Game -15 Romanian Supercup Finalist -15 EuroChallenge Semifinals -15 Romanian League Semifinals -15 Kosovo Cup Winner -16 Balkan League Champion -16 Kosovo League Regular Season Runner-Up -16 Kosovo League Champion -16 Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Coach of the Year -16 Head Coach: Albanian National Team -16
AEK Larnaca overcame Keravnos 62:58 in the Final of the Cyprus Cup to lift up the trophy. AEK needed the final push at the end of the game to seal the victory. They opened the game with a 20-10 lead, but the opponents replied with a massive 22-9 surge in the second frame. AEK reduced the gap with a 15-13 rally in the third quarter and won the game due to 18-13 run in the last stanza. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) stepped up with 19 points to pace all the winners. Vladimir Dasic (207-PF-88)... [read more]
AEK Larnaca overcame Keravnos 62:58 in the Final of the Cyprus Cup to lift up the trophy. AEK needed the final push at the end of the game to seal the victory. They opened the game with a 20-10 lead, but the opponents replied with a massive 22-9 surge in the second frame. AEK reduced the gap with a 15-13 rally in the third quarter and won the game due to 18-13 run in the last stanza. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) stepped up with 19 points to pace all the winners. Vladimir Dasic (207-PF-88) netted 11 and Tomislav Petrovic (202-F-85) scored 8. Ronald Ross (188-PG-83, college: Texas Tech) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort and Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) added 13.
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