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.
Keravnos Strovolou (Division A) confirmed in their roster 31-year old domestic ex-international power forward George Theocharides (203-85). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 21 Division A games he had just 2.1ppg and 2.1rpg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Quite impressive season as he was named to Cyprus League All-Star Game. Theocharides' team won Cyprus Supercup in 2013. He also represented Cyprus at the Qualific... [read more]
Keravnos Strovolou (Division A) confirmed in their roster 31-year old domestic ex-international power forward George Theocharides (203-85). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 21 Division A games he had just 2.1ppg and 2.1rpg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Quite impressive season as he was named to Cyprus League All-Star Game. Theocharides' team won Cyprus Supercup in 2013. He also represented Cyprus at the Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 six years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.3rpg. Theocharides has played previously for another Cypriot team Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou.
Keravnos Strovolou manage to renew the contract of the top performer of the team last season, as the Cyprus international forward Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M) renewed his contract for another one year with Keravnos Strovolou. Stylianou at his first season in Cyprus after quite many years in the Greek league was awesome and the most solid player of the Strovolos team. The 28 years old experienced forward had some initial discussion with a couple of Greek clubs but th... [read more]
Keravnos Strovolou manage to renew the contract of the top performer of the team last season, as the Cyprus international forward Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M) renewed his contract for another one year with Keravnos Strovolou. Stylianou at his first season in Cyprus after quite many years in the Greek league was awesome and the most solid player of the Strovolos team. The 28 years old experienced forward had some initial discussion with a couple of Greek clubs but the discussions were quite slow and he decided to play for another season with the Strovolos jersey.
Coach Livadiotis after this transaction and having in mind that the team is nearly ready for the coming season keeping most of his players, he will have the time now in quite better terms to find the best feasible players in the remaining two positions as his target will most definitely be the PF and the C position.
Other than that, Keravnos renewed also the contracts of Theocharidis and Neofytou and it has basically ended the roster's design in the local player's aspect.
Keravnos and Coach Leivadiotis do work on a different level at this stage as the only other team which closed its roster is only the champion team of AEK Larnakas. These two teams seems to be ahead of all the other teams in the Cyprus basketball reality in terms of organisation and management.
Tony Weeden (183-SG-83, college: Chicago St.) former player of Keravnos Strovolou (Cyprus-Division A) gave an interview: Why you decided to be a pro player. I decided to become a basketball player because its the one thing that felt natural to me. The one thing that I enjoyed doing and the one thing that helped me get through any tough time in my life. Basketball is just my first love so I wanted to make a career out of it. Everybody says you should enjoy your work so thats just what Im... [read more]
Tony Weeden (183-SG-83, college: Chicago St.) former player of Keravnos Strovolou (Cyprus-Division A) gave an interview:
Why you decided to be a pro player.
I decided to become a basketball player because its the one thing that felt natural to me. The one thing that I enjoyed doing and the one thing that helped me get through any tough time in my life. Basketball is just my first love so I wanted to make a career out of it. Everybody says you should enjoy your work so thats just what Im doing.
There are many players without a job fighting for the same spots, how hard is to wait for your ideal offer and not take the first that comes up considering that the next one may not come soon.
With so many people fighting for the same jobs and guys taking less money, its hard for you to not jump at the first offer because you never really know whats coming next. On top of that you have to make sure the situation and style of play is right for you to be successful in and that makes it even harder. The offseason brings a lot of mixed emotions with the nervousness and excitement of where this games takes you next. I just feel like I know my worth and Im confident because of the time I put into the game and you usually get what you put in. But I live by faith so Im sure everything will turn out ok.
Which was the best game you had in your career so far?
Thats tough to say for me because I have a few that I feel like could be considered my personal best. But if I had to choose a recent one it would be the last game I played in the 2013-14 season in Cyprus. A 39pt 4ast 4reb game is one that you remember just because you feel like everything you imagine when your in the gym alone is happening. It just felt like all the decisions I made happened to be the right ones.
Tell us your strong point and your weakness in your game.
Im the type of player that is never satisfied so I would say I could work on my whole game overall. I feel like you can never stop getting better. My strong points are that Im a tough hard nose guard that applies pressure and can shoot the ball really well along with being shifty and being able to create.
Which player was the hardest opponent to play against?
If I had to pick a player that I stood out to me, it would be Brandon Heath. I say him because he was a player that was pretty much the main reason we lost in the finals in Bulgaria 2013-14 season. He just flat out got it done scoring and making his teammates better.
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