Keravnos Strovolou - Petrolina AEK Larnakas 69-54 The team of Coach Yiannaras, Keravnos Strovolou for a second consecutive season will end up the regular season at the top seat of the league having the full advantage of Paris Papaellinas home court in Strovolos. In a very decisive game took place on the 5th of February, the team of Keravnos vanish the second seated team of AEK Larnakas after beating them with an easy 69-54 putting an end to all the scenarios which wanted the team of AEK Larnakas succeeding the road win to finally end up in either the second or the third position depending on the results of the last three weeks of the regular season.
About the game now, the two teams enter the game with totally different moods since the home team with Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston) (his best performance in the Cyprus league) and Crocker outscoring the team of AEK since the two Americans scored 18 points (of the 24 in total for Keravnos) while AEK's players were able to score just 16 points with Fisher and Panteli in a bad period and only Dion Dixon (190-G-89, college: Cincinnati) (8 points) being in a position to defend his team. In the second period things changed a bit since AEK took over and with the usual duet in the scoring, Fisher and Subotic cut the deficit to only four points 32-28, 1.08' before the end of the first half since Keravnos performed one of his usual (the last three years) black outs and scored just 8 points in 9 minutes. With the game being in an absolute balance 1.08' before the end, Vaughn and Cvetinovic scored on behalf of their teams to remain in the same deficit as the final 34-30 was proving that the derby between the top seated and the second in the league would have had a long way to go..
The nearly 500 fans in Paris Papaellinas arena (mostly Keravnos fans) saw their team in another one well known black out and were ready to "taste" the same kind of sourness since AEK LArnakas was not kidding at all and that was proved when some weeks ago the Strovolos team suffered its one and only home court loss (this season) when the fuming players of Coach Papadopoulos, visited Strovolos and beat the hell out of them. Never the less the first five minutes of the 3rd period found the home team to have an increased deficit of +7 (46-39) since Andre Owens and Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) kept the paste for Keravnos. Bobby Maze was warm and after many games (since he was practically off the team for more than 40 days due to some personal problems back in the States), and he proved it as together with Andre Owens gave a deficit of +15 points with one minute to go (56-39) with a straight 10-0. The score in the remaining minute simply became 56-41 with a drive by Panteli.
The fourth period was balanced since Keravnos was very careful not to lose the deficit and by playing 24 seconds offences kept the victory and the deficit of +15 at the end with Andre Owens being the man of the match and Bobby Mazeproving that he is back again... The final score was 69-54 and the top scorers were as follows: Keravnos: Andre Owens 20, Vaughn 13 and 8 rebounds, Crocker 13, Bobby Maze 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. AEK: Dion Dixon 15, Fisher 11
CytaVision APOEL - Proteas AEL 99-66 AEL's mission accomplished last week after beating Omonoia and is remaining officially in the First division, so after that and without the American Ruben Guillandeaux (198-G-88, college: La Salle) who left the team due to financial discrepancies faced like Orion Outerbridge (205-F-88, college: Rhode Island which will drive probably both the players to FIBA and will create some more issues to the Limassol team, AEL had no chance against the full team of APOEL and the 33 points is rather logical difference for the specific game since AEL played once more with Pesic, Aleksic and Kenny Gabriel (203-F-89, college: Auburn) in the roster and the other 9 players were mostly from the U19 team. The periods were: 20-14, 49-36, 74-51 and 99-66. Top scorers: APOEL: Isaac Wells (203-F-85, college: Arkansas St.) 19, Troupe 14, Kremen 12, Ewing 11 and Morrison 10 AEL: Kenny Gabriel 22, Aleksic 21 and Pesic 19 (the only other points scored by AEL were 2 points by Mantovani and two points by Loizidis)
Michelin Etha Engomis - Forex Time Apollon 96-83 Without its top scorer and bet performer of the league the visiting site of Coach Chougaz had no chance against the furious players of Etha, even though Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86, college: Idaho) performed his best game with Apollon jersey, his 27 points were not good for Apollon since Williams was also in a twilight zone and his 26 points together with the solid performance by Poole, Maras, Cup and Doweney showed no mercy towards the Limassol team which lost the chance to take something better this season than the 5th place of the regular season since APOEL now has a +2 and the remaining three games are obviously not enough for the Limassol team to succeed something better than the 5th place. The periods were: 26-13, 50-44, 71-68 and 96-83 Top scorers: Etha: Williams 26, Poole 22, Maras and Cup 15 per head, Downey 11 Apollon: Jefferson 27, Luke 14, Robert Krabbendam (213-C-86, college: Virginia Tech) 12 and Armin Avdibegovic (188-PG-84) 12
AEK Larnaca and Keravnos enter the Cup Final - 1 day ago
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AEK Larnaca and Keravnos enter the Cup Final in Cyprus. They overcame their opponents in the semifinals clashes last night. AEK Larnaca edged Apoel 80-65 mostly dominating the first half. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and La'Shard Anderson (185-G-89, college: Boise St.) followed him with 11. Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90, college: Colgate) answered with 19 points in the losing effort. Keravnos meanwhile smashed Enosis Neon Paralimni 75-47. Ronald Ro... [read more]
ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Baden Jaxen (190-82kg-90, college: N.Carolina). He started the season at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 15 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Jaxen played at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL Canada where in 43 games he averaged remarkable 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com... [read more]
ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Baden Jaxen (190-82kg-90, college: N.Carolina). He started the season at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 15 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Jaxen played at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL Canada where in 43 games he averaged remarkable 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 3rd Team. Jaxen attended University of North Carolina until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Abukar's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 5 days ago
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31-year old forward Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Keravnos and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20. He had a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Etha (#5, 4-16) 86-77. It allowed Keravnos to consolidate first place in the Cypriot league. Keravnos has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their re... [read more]
31-year old forward Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Keravnos and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20. He had a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Etha (#5, 4-16) 86-77. It allowed Keravnos to consolidate first place in the Cypriot league. Keravnos has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 18-2. Abukar turned to be Keravnos' top player in his first season with the team. San Diego State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Abukar is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.7ppg) and averages solid 57.8% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Baden Jaxen (190-G-90) of Etha. He is American guard in his first season at Etha. In the last game Jaxen recorded impressive 32 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Etha lost that game 77-86 to the higher-ranked Keravnos (#1, 18-2). Etha managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Etha managed to get this year. Jaxen is a newcomer at Etha and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.9ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.7rpg and 4.1apg.
Third place about best performers goes to Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90) of Apoel (#3). Burnatowski showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Apoel, leading his team to a 79-60 easy win against #4 ranked Enosis in a game of the week. Apoel needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 9 lost games. Burnatowski has a very solid season. In 20 games in Cyprus he scored 14.2ppg. He also has 5.7rpg and FGP: 62.0%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Vladimir Dasic (207-PF-88) of AEK - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Terell Parks (204-C/F-91) of Keravnos - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of AEK - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Torey Thomas (178-PG-85) of AEK - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists 8. Leron Barnes (196-G-93) of Etha - 19 points and 6 rebounds 9. Ronald Ross (188-PG-83) of Keravnos - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Tre Bussey (190-G-91) of Apoel - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 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)
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