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
The first official game of the season found the champions to add another trophy in their series, as the team of Coach Linos Gavriel beat quite easy APOEL of the Greek Coach Jimmy Koustenis with 92-75 proving from the early beginning that things may stay the same for another one season [read more]
The first official game of the season found the champions to add another trophy in their series, as the team of Coach Linos Gavriel beat quite easy APOEL of the Greek Coach Jimmy Koustenis with 92-75 proving from the early beginning that things may stay the same for another one season. AEK Larnakas with the most expensive roster of the league having in its roster an amazing duet, Tore Jamal Thomas and Alexis Harris show no mercy and especially after the 21st minute they took the lead and never watch back. The score in the second time was 52-30!! APOEL begun the game very well but somewhere in the middle of the game the strength and passion from Koustenis players was not enough to compete the furious champions who had three players in double digits and another three very close to the double digits, while Coach Gavriel use his 11 out of 12 players (only the veteran Garcia remain at bench) splitting the time quite balanced while he saw Alexis Harris being in an amazing shape scoring 20 points with nearly perfect stats, dashing down 4 rebounds, sharing 2 assists and gaining three fouls remaining in the court the longest than all his team-mates
Correcaminos ink Ryan McCoy, ex Apollon - 4 days ago
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Correcaminos UAT Victoria (LNBP) agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-79kg-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports). He played last season at Apollon in Cypriot Division A. In three games he had 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 4 [read more]
Correcaminos UAT Victoria (LNBP) agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-79kg-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports). He played last season at Apollon in Cypriot Division A. In three games he had 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.0spg. The previous (2015) summer McCoy was tested by Gaiteros in Venezuela LPB where in 5 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 3.8apg in 2015 season. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Dominican Rep. LNB Semifinals in 2014. McCoy was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB 1st Team in 2014. He is quite experienced player. McCoy has played also professionally in Uruguay (Olimpia), Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo), NEBA (Houston Xperience), Mexico (Gansos) and ABA (Sugar Land L.). He attended University Louisiana at Lafayette until 2010 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player. On McCoy:
True point guard with great upside. Excellent ball handler with great court vision. Looks to pass first, but can knock down the deep ball. Plays solid perimeter defense. Excellent speed. Doesn't shy away from crashing the boards. Strong work ethic.
Keravnos Strovolou (Division A) confirmed in their roster 27-year old American forward Jake O'Brien (206-100kg-89, college: Temple, agency: HMS). He played there last season. In 20 Division A games he had 11.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.0apg. O'Brien helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Cyprus League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. The previous (14-15) season he played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German B... [read more]
Keravnos Strovolou (Division A) confirmed in their roster 27-year old American forward Jake O'Brien (206-100kg-89, college: Temple, agency: HMS). He played there last season. In 20 Division A games he had 11.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.0apg. O'Brien helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Cyprus League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. The previous (14-15) season he played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL where in 23 games he recorded 7.0ppg and 3.1rpg. O'Brien's college team won AEC Tournament in 2011. He has played previously professionally in Ukraine (Zaporizhya) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns). O'Brien attended Temple University until 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
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