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.
Murphy Burnatowski claims Cypriot Division A weekly honour - 2 days ago
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Canadian Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Apoel and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. The 26-year old had the game-high 18 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Apoel in his team's victory, helping them to beat Etha (#6, 2-8) 71-62. Apoel maintains the 3rd position in Cypriot Division A. Apoel is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the stan... [read more]
Canadian Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Apoel and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. The 26-year old had the game-high 18 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Apoel in his team's victory, helping them to beat Etha (#6, 2-8) 71-62. Apoel maintains the 3rd position in Cypriot Division A. Apoel is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-5 record. In the team's last game Burnatowski had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Apoel's top player in his first season with the team. Murphy Burnatowski averages this season 12.4ppg and 5.6rpg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 37-year old Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of second-ranked AEK. Brezec impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as AEK lost that game 63-79 to slightly higher-ranked Keravnos (#1, 9-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. AEK still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 7-3 record is not bad at all. Brezec is well-known by AEK fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was American Jermaine Marshall (193-G-90) of Apollon (#5). Marshall scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Apollon, leading his team to a 67-63 win against slightly higher-ranked Enosis (#4, 4-6). The chances of Apollon not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Marshall could try to bring Apollon's a little bit higher in the standings. Marshall has individually a great season in Cyprus. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.1ppg (5th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Maxie Esho (206-F-91) of Etha - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Iraklis Pittakas (192-G-84) of Apollon - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Eric Washington (178-PG-93) of Enosis - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists 7. Daiquan Walker (188-PG-93) of Etha - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88) of Keravnos - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Kenny Barker (191-G-86) of Keravnos - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists 10. Tre Bussey (190-G-91) of Apoel - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
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)
Alexander Vezenkov selected the top Cypriot playing abroad in last week's games - 6 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Cypriot players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is former U16 international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95). Heto an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Cypriot players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is former U16 international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus (4-10) crushing them 100-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
Vezenkov recorded 13 points in 20 minutes on the court.
FC Barcelona Lassa (12-3) is placed first in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This year Vezenkov averages: 9.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 68.8%(33-48), 3FGP: 38.6% and FT: 76.9% in 15 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian.
Vezenkov played for the Cypriot U16 national team seven years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former U16 international small forward Andreas Christodoulou (197-95, currently plays in Greece). He could not help AGOR (6-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Christodoulou's good performance AGOR was defeated 86-80 at home by the league outsider Doxa Lefkadas (#14).
He recorded 13 points.
Christodoulou's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 76.2%.
He is another player who holds two passports: Cypriot and Greek.
Despite Christodoulou played previously for the Greek U20 national team, he played also for the Cypriot U16 national team in 2011.
#3. The Cypriot player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Christopher Razis (194-89, currently plays in Greece) is a teammate of previously mentioned Andreas Christodoulou and both played together in the last Greek A1 game.
Razis. He was not able to help AGOR in their game against Doxa Lefkadas (3-10). It was not Razis' best game last Saturday.
He recorded only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court.
AGOR lost 80-86 on their home court in Rethymno to the league outsider (#14) Doxa Lefkadas.
This year Razis averages just 2.1ppg, 2FGP: 38.5%, 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 75.0% in nine games.
He has both Cypriot and German nationalities.
Ex-Keravnos Strovolou player is also a member of the Cypriot senior national team.
#4. Forward Roberto Mantovani (203-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Robert Morris University in a victory against the St.Francis College (NY) (1-1) 62-58 in the NCAA last Saturday.
He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 18 minutes.
The Robert Morris University has 1-1 conference record this season.
It's Mantovani's first year with the team.
This year Mantovani's overall stats are: 1.9ppg and 2.9rpg in 17 games.
He also holds two passports: Finnish and Cypriot.
Mantovani used to play for the Cypriot U20 national team
back in 2014.
#5. International power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Koeln Rh.Stars' victory against the 14th-ranked Baunach (4-12) 75-70 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game.
He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes.
Rhein Stars Koeln (8-9) is placed ninth in the ProA.
This year King's total stats are: 5.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5bpg in two games.
He is a naturalized American.
King plays currently for the Cypriot national team.
He used to play for InterCollege Etha Engomis in Cypriot league.
#6. Forward Rafail Eleftheriou (201-94, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Fresno Pacific University (1-3) in their game against the Point Loma Nazarene College (2-2) in the NCAA2.
Eleftheriou scored only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
his team was defeated 79-74 on the road by the Point Loma Nazarene College.
Eleftheriou has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg.
He is a former international player as he played for the Cypriot senior team five years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Cypriot passport but never been selected to any of Cypriot national teams:
#1.Angel Natskin (184-G-93, currently plays in Bulgaria). Natskin could not help Cherno More (4-8) to beat Academik Plovdiv (7-4). His contribution was not very remarkable in Sunday's game.
Natskin recorded only 2 points and added 3 assists.
Cherno More was edged 90-89 on the road by the higher-ranked Academik Plovdiv (#3).
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Natskin's fourth season with the team.
His overall stats this year are: 3.2ppg and 1.6rpg.
Natskin has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian.
#2.Victor Ieronymides (198-F, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the St.Martin's University in their game against the Western Oregon University (2-2) in the NCAA2. He did not beat the league record on Saturday evening.
Ieronymides scored only one point.
his team was defeated 80-67 in Monmouth, OR by the Western Oregon University.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Ieronymides' total stats this year are: 0.5ppg and 1.8rpg.
10th week featured three games. Etha 62 - Apoel 71 Apoel rolled to an important victory against Etha by 62-71 advancing to 3rd position on the board. Wright had 21 points and 8 rebs whereas Burnoutowski had 18 and grabbed 8 rebs. In the loosing squad, Esho had 21 and Walker had 16 points. Aek 63 - Keravnos 79 Keravnos, who holds the 1st position on the board, reached a crucial road win against Aek. Keravnos had Stylianou, Barker, Abukar and Parks with double digits whereas in the loo... [read more]
10th week featured three games.
Etha 62 - Apoel 71
Apoel rolled to an important victory against Etha by 62-71 advancing to 3rd position on the board. Wright had 21 points and 8 rebs whereas Burnoutowski had 18 and grabbed 8 rebs. In the loosing squad, Esho had 21 and Walker had 16 points.
Aek 63 - Keravnos 79
Keravnos, who holds the 1st position on the board, reached a crucial road win against Aek. Keravnos had Stylianou, Barker, Abukar and Parks with double digits whereas in the loosing squad Brezec had 21 pts and 15 rebs and was the only one who survived. Aek who was bad from the perimeter (had 9 in 30 three-pointers) has grabbed only 32 rebs compared to 44 of Keravnos plus it has committed 16 turnovers.
In the final game Apollon rolled to its 3rd victory against ENP with 67-63. The Cypriot Iraklis Pitakkas finished the game had 22 points (had 8 in 8 FT). In the loosing squad, Washington had 17 pts.
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