After the Limassol derby among Apollon and AEL ( the winner was Apollon as already uploaded in the page) another two games took place yesterday where the teams of Keravnos Strovolou and Petrolina AEK Larnakas won their road games even though AEK needed the overtime and the solid defense by Morrison with his five block to finally reach the victory over the doomed team of Omonoia Nicosia with 77-81. In more analysis the games were as follows:
Pappa Johns Omonoia Nicosia - Petrolina AEK 77-81 Quarters: 12-18, 18-11,15-24, 21-13 and 11-15 The visiting site of Coach Papadopoulos, AEK Larnakas begun the game more decisive and with Dion Dixon (190-G-89, college: Cincinnati) in the leading role took an early lead of +4 (7-11) in the first five minutes of the game. The deficit went to +6 one minute before the end of the period (12-18) and remain like this since Diggs, Dion Dixon and Harris missed the chance for their team to improve the score at the end. The second period the roles have swiped of since the home team took over and with Diggs and Jeremy Allen (193-G-88, college: FIU) in the leading roles cut the deficit five minutes before the end of the first half to 20-24 to continue in the next two minutes without any score since both teams missed three and more offences, before Tasic cut the deficit even more with a goal-foul from the free throw awarded by Fisher to reshape the score to 23-24. Vukosavlievic was the player to balance the game while Baker with two successful shots from the charity line was the player who gave the lead to his team 1.53' before the end of the game while Vukosavlievic missed the chance to increase the deficit even more since he missed the one of two free throws with JoJo Garcia and Harrison scoring the last points for their team to cut the deficit to the point by the end of the first half, 30-29 since Baker's lay-up couldn't remain unanswered by the visitors.
The third period was the best for the visitors and the most productive one too, since Tutt and Fisher gave a lead within the first five minutes with a +6 (34-40) as AEK run a successful series of 4-11. To increase it a bit more to +8, 4.15' before the end with Dion Dixon's new jump shot (the American reached the 12 points at that stage and was the leading figure for his team). Fisher's five concecutive points (a 3p and a 2p) made the result 36-47 to give to the visitors a new series of a 2-7 with 2.44' to the end of the third period. Jeremy Allen's 4 points and Vukosavlievic 3 points cut the deficit to four points 1.26' before the end with the home team succeeding an amazing 7-0 in just 1 minute and 18 seconds!! The score was 43-47 in this derby with Omonoia fighting to remain in the division and AEK to keep the second place of the regular season. Subotic first four points and Tutt's 2 free throws brought AEK to +8 once more 45-53 and by the end of the period nothing changed.
The 4th period was exactly the opposite since Omonoia took over and performed great basketball to outscore AEK and bring at the end the game to the over time. Initilaly, Jeremy Allen's 5 unanswered points cut the deficit to 50-53 but Subotic and Harrison once more brought the score to +8, 50-58 and later on Panteli's three points gave a +9 to the visitiors (52-61) 5.50 before the end of the game and everybody was expecting another easy win for AEK and another "down the hands" defeat for Omonoia, but they were wrong... Since Omonoia with Diggs and Jeremy Allen mainly cut the deficit at the beggining to 59-61, 3.11' before the end a minute after with Digg's 13th point gave teh lead for a first time after quite a long time to 63-62. From then and on the game became a thriller since the two teams were walking site by site and basket to basket to reach the 66-66 and Subotic and Diggs missing the chance to become the heroes for their teams since they missed their final shots in zero time.
The overtime was a fact and AEK was redier than Omonoia so in the first two minutes, the home team remains pointless while AEK did a crucial 0-6 with Dion Dixon, Subotic and Panteli. Omonoia's reaction never came since the time-out called by Omonoia's coach, AEK increase the deficit even more with Panteli's one free throw to 66-73, 2.57' before the end. Omonoia's first points in the over-time was the three pointer by Diggs, 2.44' before the end of teh game to bring the game to -4 for his team, but Dion Dixon answered back in the same way with a shot from behind the arc, in the three pointer which killed the psychology of the home team, since Diggs missed his free throw but Tutt's turnover gave the chance to Jeremy Allen with another three pointer from down town to cut the deficit to -3, 73-76 with 1.45' to the end. While a new three pointer by the amazing American brought the score to the basket, 76-78, 1.22' to the end. Fisher missed the one of 2 free throws but Tasic was blocked by Morrison (5th block) and somewhere there the game was over once and for all for AEK with Omonoia missing a great chance to gain its hopes for avoiding the relegation. Top scorers: Omonoia: Jeremy Allen 23 and 10 rebounds, Vukosavlievic 20, 13 rebounds and 6 assists, Diggs 17 and Tasic 10 (Eugene Harris played for 37 minutes and scored 1 point with 0/5 in 2's and 0/3 in 3's) AEK: Dion Dixon 17, Fisher 15, Subotic 14, Tutt 11.
Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD - Keravnos Strovolou 80-92 The typical game between the last and the top seated took place in ENAD's home court with Keravnos playing offensively from the beginning to gain a double score with 14-29 in the first 10 minutes and from then and on the visitors played with the clock to finally reach to a typical win. The Periods were: 14-29, 19-22, 21-18, and 26-23 Top scorers: ENAD: Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, college: New Orleans) 27 and 6 rebounds, Razis 16, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, Mandic 13, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
Keravnos: Crocker 21, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88, college: Georgetown) 23 and 7 rebounds, Maze 19, Bjulian 12, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
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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