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.
During the 6th week Keravnos Strovolou (who's currently in the first position of the league after six games with a 5-1 record) dominated at all edges and got a small revenge from Paralimni is the team of Coach Papadopoulos was the one and only to force the Strovolos team (during the first round) to suffer their only (until now) defeat in the competition. The final score 43-75 says it all!! Coach Livadiotis troops remembered very well what has happened in their home court a month ago and w... [read more]
During the 6th week Keravnos Strovolou (who's currently in the first position of the league after six games with a 5-1 record) dominated at all edges and got a small revenge from Paralimni is the team of Coach Papadopoulos was the one and only to force the Strovolos team (during the first round) to suffer their only (until now) defeat in the competition. The final score 43-75 says it all!! Coach Livadiotis troops remembered very well what has happened in their home court a month ago and were very focused from the first to the last minute of the game leaving no space for a second surprise to E.N. Paralimni. Obviously there is a long distance between the two teams and this shown from the early stage of the game as the first period ended with 8-20 for the host team followed by a new triple score at the end of the first half with 8-24 with Keravnos leading the game already with 16-44 giving an early end to the game. Coach Livadiotis had the chance to use players that didn't have sufficient time in the previous games while he used many youngsters and rookies such as Panagiotis Markou (189-G-96) who played 24 minutes having 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 turnover in all around performance from the talent from Limassol, while minutes were received by the youngster Orestis Andreou (188-F/G-98) (in 5 minutes he scored 3 points, 2 steals, 1 assist and 1 turnover) and another 3:30 minutes by another talented youngster, Pavlos Stavrinidis (202-G-99) (3 points and 1 rebound)
The third period was a simple routine for the players of both the teams for different reasons, E.N. Paralimni tried to minimize the loss but it was obvious that the psychological factor was not with them, the 11-17 of the period is once more showing that they had scoring issues as only Jarvis Ray was scoring being also the top scorer but the only player on double digits (17 points, 6 rebound, 2 assists, 4 steals and 2 turnovers) and none of his team-mates scored more than 7 points (Kevin Thomas). On the other hand, Keravnos Strovolou who played this game without two of its starters (Stylianou and Abukar remain on bench) played control basketball with Terell Parks (204-C/F-91, college: W.Illinois) being the MVP of the game and the top scorer in his top performing game with Keravnos jersey, The American power forward ended the game with 24 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1, steal, 1 block shot and 2 turnovers in a bit less than 25 minutes in action)
The fourth period where everything was ended E.N. Paralimni "beat" Keravnos youngsters with 16-14 and the final result became official. With another great organizational performance by Barker who ended the game with 12 assist (5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 turnovers in 25:25 active minutes) and the "soldier" O' Brien who remain on court for 27:38 minutes recording another double-double figure with 11 points, 10 rebounds, followed by Ross who recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 4 turnovers in nearly 34 minutes... E.N. Paralimni is recording now a 3-3 being in the 4th spot with a +2 from the last two teams on the board..
The other two games of the week were characterized by the "easy" victory of APOEL over the champion team of AEK Larnakas with 89-77. APOEL's MVP was Akeem Wright (200-F/G-84, college: Kansas St.) who ended the game with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 5 turnovers, followed by the very good Murphy Burnatowski with 15 points and 3 rebounds, while on the other hand, AEK for another game without its basic center Primoz Brezec was an easy task for APOEL, Coach Gavriel saw only Torey Thomas (178-PG-85, college: Holy Cross) trying for the best and nobody else stood with gatts on the derby, Thomas ended the game 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, followed by Harris's 12 points and Trisokkas 11 and that was it... APOEL balanced it's record with AEK but bypassed the Larnaka team since the +12 deficit it's giving to APOEL at this stage the second spot. Both teams have a 4-2 record.
On the third and final game of the sixth week, the history recorded the easy win of ETHA Engomis over the weird team of Apollon Limassol with 86-61 (Maxie Esho's another great performance with 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists, followed by Walket's same performance with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists) were the night's major factors, while from Apollon only Raines tried who ended with another double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Jermaine Marshall who ended the game with 15 points, were not enough to help their team to succeed something better than another easy loss with 25 points deficit... ETHA is currently on the sixth position recording the same with APollon Limassol as both the teams have an 1-5 record.
JDA Dijon Bourgogne (ProA) is close to sign 31-year old Cypriot international power forward Anthony King (206-110kg-85, college: Miami, FL) who played last time at Gaziantep Basketbol in Turkey. He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. In 32 BSL games he recorded 6.8ppg and 4.4rpg last season. King also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 7.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1bpg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Artland Dragons in German BBL. In 26 games he ha... [read more]
JDA Dijon Bourgogne (ProA) is close to sign 31-year old Cypriot international power forward Anthony King (206-110kg-85, college: Miami, FL) who played last time at Gaziantep Basketbol in Turkey. He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. In 32 BSL games he recorded 6.8ppg and 4.4rpg last season. King also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 7.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1bpg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Artland Dragons in German BBL. In 26 games he had 9.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg. King also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 12.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.2apg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Bundesliga Semifinals in 2012 and 2014. King was also voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 3rd Team in 2014. He represented Cyprus at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 42.9%, FT: 69.6%. King has played also professionally in Greece (Aris), Cyprus (Etha) and Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners). He attended University of Miami, Florida until 2008 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player. The scouts decsribe him following way:
Gives the team an additional scoring threat in the post as well as rebounding... physical performer who doesn't mind mixing it up down low... gives the team added toughness in the paint.
Received Cypriot passport in June 2012.
Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia (Division A) inked 26-year old American guard Baden Jaxen (190-82kg-90, college: N.Carolina), formally know as Dexter Strickland. He played most recently at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL. In 43 NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 3rd Team. He attended University of North Carolina until 2013 and it will be his fourth season in... [read more]
Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia (Division A) inked 26-year old American guard Baden Jaxen (190-82kg-90, college: N.Carolina), formally know as Dexter Strickland. He played most recently at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL. In 43 NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 3rd Team. He attended University of North Carolina until 2013 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball. Jaxen's game is described as:
More a combo guard that a PG now, but has an excellent playmaking ability that can grant him a bright future. Has great personality, with willingness to take clutch shots. Also, he is a tough player who can defend well.
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