Keravnos Strovolou and Omonoia Nicosia were the great winners of the 15th week of the third round Mini Cyprus league. Keravnos Strovolou beat Apoel in another thrilling game between the two teams with 75-74 while Omonoia Nicosia repeated the first round result and beat Apollon Limassol with 78-75. The other two games ended up as expected as AEK Larnakas (currently second in the table) thrashed the team of AEL Limassol with nearly 50 points difference (85-38) while Michelin Etha Engomis (3rd in the table) beat easily the team of ENAD with 63-51.
In the thrilling derby which took place in Paris Papaellinas court in Strovolos, the hoem team succeed to grab the victory at the very last seconds since Owens scored in both his free throws at the remaining six seconds while the ex player of Keravnos Chan, missed the last jump shot in the last 2 seconds to finish the game for the home team. MVP of the game was Anthony Crocker with his 23 points and 6 rebounds and 7 fouls for in 32 minutes in the court. The game was an old time classic derby as all the games between the specific couple and begun rather aggressive for Keravnos Strovolou with the home team being more accurate in its offensive duties to end up with 24-18 with Ewing who replaced Laser earlier on last week doing his debut with Apoel's jersey. APOEL balanced the game in the second period and by the end of the first half the game had a difference in the single basket, 40-38.
The third period belonged to Keravnos since the top performers for the home team, usual suspect Anthony Crocker, Giannis Demertzis (194-PG-83) and Julian Vaughn were magnificent. The score by the end of the third period went to the +7 points for the home team, 56-49. The fourth and most dramatic period was the best for APOEL and especially the last five minutes. The was was 67-55, 6.24' before the end and with Mokongo and Chan in a good shape at the end APOEL over scored Keravnos with 6-19 in the last six minutes, shape up the score only 24'' before the end to the 73-74. Mokongo's foul on Owens six seconds before the end developed the final score with 75-74. It is worth mentioned that the Greek guard Giannis Demertzis made his top presentation since he joined forces with Keravnos last summer. Top scorers: Keravnos: Crocker 23, Vaughn 14, Giannis Demertzis 14, Bjulian 10 and 8 rebounds Apoel: Isaac Wells (203-F-85, college: Arkansas St.) 13, Kremen and Morrison 11 per head and Troupe 10
Omonoia with the two Serbs in its roster is more solid and is giving more space to act to the four Americans, so with Vukosavljevic dominating in the rebounding area and Tasic helping in all other areas, Allen and Diggs mainly in a great scoring night beat the team of Head Coach Chougaz with 78-75 and it seems that the Nicosia team will not surrender and it will fight for the survival in these last six games of the league in order to bypass the team of ENAD and finally remain to the division since their in-between deficit is now only into one win plus the disadvantage of the two negative results for the Nicosia team over the Agios Dometios team.
The game started with both teams targeting their defensive part so the productivity of the first period was quite low since the 14-13 for the home team says so. The second period though the overall scenery changed since botht he teams played more offensively with the American trio of Omonia dominating in both edges and the half time end up with 37-32.
The third period belonged totally to the visitors since the top gunner of the league Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: CS San Bernar.) woke up and with a personal offensive crescent brought his team to the amazing 11-22 to give to Apollon a +6 deficit by the end of the period, 48-54. The thrilling fourth period though belonged to Lamar and his team-mates since with a solid 30-21 and with Warren missing the last three pointers, Omonoia succeeded the crucial win which gives her some hopes for the survival. Top scorers: Omonoia: Jeremy Allen (193-G-88, college: FIU) 20, Diggs 16, Harris 14 and Baker 11. Apollon: Brandon Brown 27 and 10 rebounds, Warren 15, Luke 10
The other two games end up with easy victories for AEK and Etha. AEK Larnakas with Cvedinovic in his best game with the Larnakas jersey ending up to the 18 points and 7 rebounds, followed by Tutt 17 points and 6 rebounds and Fisher 12 and 10 rebounds, thrashed the team of AEL which was able to score 38 points with Pesic scoring the 13 of them.
Michelin Etha Engomis beat ENAD with 63-51 in a very low performance game. Top scorer for the home team was Williams with 18 points followed by Downey and Cup who scored 10 points per
Division A Round 1 of Finals. Keravnos claim opening victory - 13 hours 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 - 8 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 - 14 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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