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.
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).
Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, and interpretation of data. Even though it cannot and should not constitute an objective measurement of the performance of a player, statistics provide tools for prediction and forecasting using data and statistical models. Statistics is applicable to a wide variety of academic disciplines, including natural and social sciences, government, and business but also in basketball. Statistical consultants are available to provi... [read more]
Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, and interpretation of data. Even though it cannot and should not constitute an objective measurement of the performance of a player, statistics provide tools for prediction and forecasting using data and statistical models. Statistics is applicable to a wide variety of academic disciplines, including natural and social sciences, government, and business but also in basketball. Statistical consultants are available to provide help for teams. Teams in the NBA and many teams in Europe have their own statistical consultant, a person who provides statistical advice and guidance to teams interested in making decisions through the analysis or collection of data.
In Cyprus no team has a statistical consultant to do such a job.
Below we are providing a scenario as to how important is for a team to have a 10% better Field Goal Percentage compared to its opponent.
Supposedly Team A has 80% 2FGP This means it scores 8 out of 10 attempts This means it gives the ball 2 times to its opponent This means it gives away 8 possible points (4 that it fails to score and 4 that it accepts)
Supposedly Team B has 70% 2FGP This means it scores 7 out of 10 attempts This means it gives the ball 3 times to its opponent This means it gives away 12 possible points (6 that it fails to score and 6 that it accepts)
This equals to 4 pts deficit for Team B.
If this takes place in all 4 quarters of a game, OTHER THINGS CONSTANT, Team A will win the game by 16 pts.
This is how important is to outscore your opponent in FGP. Even a 10% better FGP can give a team a huge victory.
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