In the only official league takign place in the Republic of Cyprus under the Cyprus Basketball Federation, and for the 17th week of the the first Division league the top seated Keravnos beat Etha Engomis once more after a thrilling game with 67-65. The game was a derby and the home team started much better and more offensive than its opponent and with Maze and Trisokkas in the leading roles took a small deficit of three points by the end of the first period with 19-16, on behalf of the visiting site of Etha, the usual suspect was Dejan Cup (as most of the first periods this season). The second period was more alike the first period since Keravnos continue being better than his opponent and with Trisokkas being in a great night took a lead with as many as nine points a minute before the end but Cup and Wyatt cut the deficit at the end to the final score of the first half, 38-32. The third period was the best for the visitors, with Poole in an amazing crescent and Maras following on a close distance the game became a absolutely dangerous for Keravnos when Poole scored his 17th point in the game to give a solid lead to his team 1.48'' before the end of the period with 47-51 having in 8 minutes an outscoring of 9-19. Keravnos reacted and with two three pointers by Demertzis and Maze got the lead with 51-50 at the end of the period. The fourth and final period was the most thrilling since even though Keravnos had the lead most of the game by 4-7 points but a stupid technical foul by the veteran Damjanovic nearly changes the home advantage but Etha was terrible from the charity line since Wyatt and Downey missed their 3 of 4 free shots so the score remained 63-59. The two teams remain pointless for the next 1.20'' minutes before Downey breaks this silence with two free throws made to bring the score 63-61and the game started all over from the beginning. The crucial last minute though the American center of Keravnos, Vaughn was there, and with an amazing dunk after Demertzis assist and one of two free throws in the scene after increase the deficit to +5, 66-61 Adegboye scored the last four points for Etha but it was too late for the visitors even though they had their chance to win the game since Hampton missed his free throw in the 10 seconds before the end but Wyatt missed the three pointer to give the victory to Keravnos. Top scorers: Keravnos: Maze 16, Trisokkas 13, Vaughn 10 Etha: Poole 22, Cup 10
Proteas AEL - Omonoia Nicosia 89-75 The most crucial win for AEL took place in the 17th week as with the victory over Omonoia the Limassol team is mathematically out of the Delegation for this season and next season will be still playing in the First division league. With an amazing game b Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) with his 5th triple double figure in his Cyprus career all these years (The Serbian forward ended the game with 35 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists) being unstoppable since nobody from Omonoias players could stopped the Serbilutin was in the zone!! . The home team took an early lead in the game and by the end of the first period the defenseless game was already 29-19. The second period though the visitors with Allen in the leading role and Diggs following, not only balance the game but from -10 took a lead by the end of the period with a +3 as AEL scored only 10 points in the period and the half time found the visitors leading the game with 39-42. The third period reminded a lot the first period since with Pesic and Milutin Aleksic in the leading roles and Gabriel following on a close distance, AEL over scored its opponents with more than double score (24-11) and took a serious lead for the crucial victory with the third period ending up with 63-53. The fourth and final period was typical since Omonoia's players were not able to "fight back" and AEL took the important victory with +14 points difference at the end. Top scorers: AEL: Milutin Aleksic 35, Pesic 25 and Gabriel15 Omonoia: Allen 23, Harris 12, Diggs 17
CytaVision Apoel - Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD 70-52 Apoel had no problem against the one of two teams which will be playing at the second division next season, with Troupe in the leading role and Stiggers following, took an early lead by the end of the first period with 20-11. ENAD with Kounnas in an excellent night tried to react but APOEL was too strong for Agio Dhometios team so the first half ended with 39-26. The third period was more like the second period with APOEL increasing the deficit and Coach Konstantinidis using the 11 of 12 players since only the young Vuksevic remain at the bench. The third period ended with 16-10 and the overall score went up to 55-36. The fourth and typical period was the only period that ENAD overcome its opponent by one point (15-16) to simply keeping the deficit less than 20 points. Top scorers: Apoel: Troupe 17, Stiggers and Ewing 9 per head ENAD: Kounnas 21 (no other player with double digits)
Petrolina AEK - Forex Time Apollon 100-93 Waoo ! What a game in Kition, a game which reminded a gunners night since 10 players ended with double digits (five players per team) with Top scorer and MVP being Dixon with his 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists being the man to lead his team and the game in general and also the key factor for the great victory for AEK to let Coach Papadopoulos hopes for the top seat of the regular season still alive and kicking.. The first period begun with the visiting site having in a great night the top scorer of the league, as the American power forward Brandon Brown was already in double digits by the end of the period, as he scored 10 points and lead his team, 24-26. On the other hand, AEK had JoJo Garcia, Panteli and Harrison with 5 points each. In the second period we had a small Cyprus fight since the two point guard of the Larnaka's and Limassol's team. Iakovos Panteli and Grigoris Pantouris in a rear personal fight among Cypriots lead their teams and for at least 5-6 minutes their personal fight reminded some good old classic days when the local players were the heroes for their teams... In any case Fisher and Tatt on behalf of the home team gave a solid difference to AEK with 56-45 by the end of the first half since Apollon receiving no real scoring in the period other than Pantouris and Brown. In the third period though the game got "silent" in the scoring and AEK simply kept its deficit with the period ending to 14-12 with both teams showing that the rhythm of the game was beyond their powers... The fourth and final period, and with the score being 70-57 for AEK, the defenses were invisible and both the teams after realizing who was the final winner of the game, played a free "street basketball" and the final 30-36 of this period is giving totally the picture of the game which pleased the 250 fans in the court as these games do bring basketball fans in the courts...100-93 was the final score of the game. Top scorers: AEK: Dixon 28, Panteli 17, Harrison 15, Fisher 14 and Subotic 10 Apollon: Brown 18, Warren and Luke 16 per head, Pantouris 15, and Kapelan 12
PS. (Nore from the author) - Dear Readers forgive the unamed person that mentions the "north league" in its articles, as there is not such a league, the illegal games played in the occupied by Turks (since 1974) north geographical part of the Republic of Cyprus are not recognizable by anyone. The games played in the specific area are not official so anything related to articles on the specific area have not the any absolute ground.
Daiquan Walker (ex Etha) signs at Nevezis - 2 days ago
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Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) landed 24-year old American point guard Daiquan Walker (188-84kg-93, college: Cent.Florida). He started the season at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 14 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.0apg this season. The previous (12-13) season Walker played at another team Golden Knights in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 31 games he had 4.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg. He graduated from University of Central Florida in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball. B... [read more]
Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) landed 24-year old American point guard Daiquan Walker (188-84kg-93, college: Cent.Florida). He started the season at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 14 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.0apg this season. The previous (12-13) season Walker played at another team Golden Knights in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 31 games he had 4.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg. He graduated from University of Central Florida in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
16th week featured three games. ENP 79 - Etha 59 ENP rolled to an important victory against Etha by 79-59 securing the 4th position on the board. Thomas had 20 points and 17 rebs whereas Washington had 19 and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Jaxen had 24 pts. Aek 69 - Keravnos 49 Aek reached an easy victory against Keravnos. Aek had Petrovic, Brezec and Thomas with a double digit whereas in the loosing squad only Abukar survived with 13. Keravnos holds the 1st position on the board a... [read more]
16th week featured three games.
ENP 79 - Etha 59
ENP rolled to an important victory against Etha by 79-59 securing the 4th position on the board. Thomas had 20 points and 17 rebs whereas Washington had 19 and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Jaxen had 24 pts.
Aek 69 - Keravnos 49
Aek reached an easy victory against Keravnos. Aek had Petrovic, Brezec and Thomas with a double digit whereas in the loosing squad only Abukar survived with 13. Keravnos holds the 1st position on the board and Aek holds the 2nd.
In the final game Apoel rolled to an easy victory against Apollon with 106-56. We need to mention that Apollon plays without foreign plays in the roster.
Murphy Burnatowski claims Cypriot Division A weekly honour - 9 days ago
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Canadian Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Apoel and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 26-year old had the game-high 24 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Apoel in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Apollon (#5, 3-13) with 50-point margin 106-56. Apoel maintains the 3rd position in Cypriot Division A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier th... [read more]
Canadian Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Apoel and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16. The 26-year old had the game-high 24 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Apoel in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Apollon (#5, 3-13) with 50-point margin 106-56. Apoel maintains the 3rd position in Cypriot Division A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Apoel will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. Burnatowski turned to be Apoel's top player in his first season with the team. Colgate University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Burnatowski is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 6.0rpg) and averages solid 59.4% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old Canadian forward Kevin Thomas (203-F-92) of Enosis. Thomas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 17 rebounds. Of course he led Enosis to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Etha (#6, 3-13) 79-59. Enosis' 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Thomas is a newcomer at Enosis and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often. Troy University alumni Thomas played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
The third best performed player last round was another Apoel's star - American Brandon Mobley (206-F-91, agency: HMS). Mobley scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of Apoel, helping his team with a 106-56 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Apollon (#5, 3-13). Apoel needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 7 lost games. Mobley has a great season in Cyprus. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.2rpg (4th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 52.4%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of AEK - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Iraklis Pittakas (192-G-84) of Apollon - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) of Apoel - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists 7. Tre Bussey (190-G-91) of Apoel - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists 8. Tomislav Petrovic (202-F-85) of AEK - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Akeem Wright (200-F/G-84) of Apoel - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Terell Parks (204-C/F-91) of Keravnos - 10 points and 4 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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