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.
Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) added to their roster 33-year old American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-88kg-83, college: UCLA). He played most recently at Hapoel Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. In 12 games he had 8.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.7apg and 2.0spg in 2014-15 season. Thompson also played at Saigon Heat in Vietnamese league that season. In two ASEAN League games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.5apg and 2.5spg in 2014-15 season.
The previous (13-14) season he pl... [read more]
Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) added to their roster 33-year old American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-88kg-83, college: UCLA). He played most recently at Hapoel Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. In 12 games he had 8.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.7apg and 2.0spg in 2014-15 season. Thompson also played at Saigon Heat in Vietnamese league that season. In two ASEAN League games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.5apg and 2.5spg in 2014-15 season. The previous (13-14) season he played at BC Nizhny Novgorod in Russian league. In 15 Eurocup games he recorded 13.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg in 2013-14 season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Thompson also played 21 games in VTB United League where he recorded 10.5ppg, 5.9rpg (#5 in the league), 2.1apg and 1.4spg in 2013-14 season. He contributed to his team making it to the final. In 2005 Thompson was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in second round (54th overall). He attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Thompson was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 1st Team in 2014. He is quite experienced player. Thompson has played also professionally in France (ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket), Germany (ALBA Berlin), Ukraine (Azovmash), NBA (Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg) and D-League (N.Mexico T.). On Thompson:
A versatile performer, he can play both forward and guard.
PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) will probably strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American guard Thaddus McFadden (188-80kg-87, college: Fairmont State, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He has played for the last two years at Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot Division A. In 25 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.6apg and 2.0spg last season. He helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the cup final. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eu... [read more]
PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) will probably strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American guard Thaddus McFadden (188-80kg-87, college: Fairmont State, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He has played for the last two years at Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot Division A. In 25 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.6apg and 2.0spg last season. He helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the cup final. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. McFadden also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged remarkable 17.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg and 2.2spg (in top 2). A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention. Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic League Player of the Year award back in 2012. McFadden has played also professionally in Germany (Braunschweig) and Czech Republic (BK Usti nad Labem). He attended Fairmont State until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. The scouts decsribe him following way:
An underrated player his entire career. A 6'2" sleek combo guard who is fast, quick and deceptive. Scores in bunches and in a variety of ways. An energetic defender who can play passing lanes well and get many steals. A player who is able to play at the highest level of international basketball. At point guard he is very difficult to defend because he is cautious, athletic and is extremely efficient at shooting the long ball.
Among the best Cypriot players ever played the game and one of Cyprus most charismatic players, in the twilight of a brilliant career, the 'Captain' Giorgos Anastasiadis has decided to retire! Where he started George has started his career in Agios Dometions and in Enad when he first joined the men's team in the age of 16. In his early stages he was distinguished for his great ability to score, especially from the perimeter, something that has kept until today. George has also been dist... [read more]
Among the best Cypriot players ever played the game and one of Cyprus most charismatic players, in the twilight of a brilliant career, the 'Captain' Giorgos Anastasiadis has decided to retire!
Where he started
George has started his career in Agios Dometions and in Enad when he first joined the men's team in the age of 16. In his early stages he was distinguished for his great ability to score, especially from the perimeter, something that has kept until today. George has also been distinguished for his great defensive skills. In the years that followed many of his coaches had trusted him many defensive missions which he executed successfully.
The last few years and due to his experience, George has become more matured and has developed great leadership qualities with which has injected Etha a couple of years back. With Etha, George had amazing moments which will never forget. He has won two championships, two cups and a super-cup. In the year 2010-2011, after winning both the cup and the champ, experts in the field had awarded him the title of 'Domestic Player' of the year.
'this guy is amazing' Masamba stated about George just after the final against Keravnos, probably meaning that indeed George has pushed the team with his experience.
A lot was written and said as to whether titles follow him around. Truth be told - none of it is coincidental. He is retiring with 5 cups, 7 championships and 3 super-cups. History will remember that George has won 5 championships in a row with 3 different teams, a record quite impossible to beat.
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