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.
Correcaminos ink Ryan McCoy, ex Apollon - 22 hours ago
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Correcaminos UAT Victoria (LNBP) agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-79kg-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports). He played last season at Apollon in Cypriot Division A. In three games he had 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 4 [read more]
Correcaminos UAT Victoria (LNBP) agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-79kg-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports). He played last season at Apollon in Cypriot Division A. In three games he had 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.0spg. The previous (2015) summer McCoy was tested by Gaiteros in Venezuela LPB where in 5 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 3.8apg in 2015 season. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Dominican Rep. LNB Semifinals in 2014. McCoy was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB 1st Team in 2014. He is quite experienced player. McCoy has played also professionally in Uruguay (Olimpia), Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo), NEBA (Houston Xperience), Mexico (Gansos) and ABA (Sugar Land L.). He attended University Louisiana at Lafayette until 2010 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player. On McCoy:
True point guard with great upside. Excellent ball handler with great court vision. Looks to pass first, but can knock down the deep ball. Plays solid perimeter defense. Excellent speed. Doesn't shy away from crashing the boards. Strong work ethic.
Keravnos Strovolou (Division A) confirmed in their roster 27-year old American forward Jake O'Brien (206-100kg-89, college: Temple, agency: HMS). He played there last season. In 20 Division A games he had 11.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.0apg. O'Brien helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Cyprus League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. The previous (14-15) season he played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German B... [read more]
Keravnos Strovolou (Division A) confirmed in their roster 27-year old American forward Jake O'Brien (206-100kg-89, college: Temple, agency: HMS). He played there last season. In 20 Division A games he had 11.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.0apg. O'Brien helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Cyprus League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. The previous (14-15) season he played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL where in 23 games he recorded 7.0ppg and 3.1rpg. O'Brien's college team won AEC Tournament in 2011. He has played previously professionally in Ukraine (Zaporizhya) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns). O'Brien attended Temple University until 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
Enosis Neon Paralimni (Division A) signed 26-year old American forward Tyler Hines (198-104kg-90, college: Md-E Shore). He played most recently at RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf in German ProB. Hines managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 14 ProB games he had 12.9ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.5apg in 2014-15 season. He also played that season for KK Kumanovo 2009 in FYR Macedonia Prva Liga where in 6 games he recorded 4.7ppg and 3.3rpg. Hines also played 4 games in Balkan League wh... [read more]
Enosis Neon Paralimni (Division A) signed 26-year old American forward Tyler Hines (198-104kg-90, college: Md-E Shore). He played most recently at RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf in German ProB. Hines managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 14 ProB games he had 12.9ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.5apg in 2014-15 season. He also played that season for KK Kumanovo 2009 in FYR Macedonia Prva Liga where in 6 games he recorded 4.7ppg and 3.3rpg. Hines also played 4 games in Balkan League where he averaged just 2.0ppg and 4.3rpg. He played at the MEAC Tournament Semifinals in 2010. Hines has played also professionally in Greece (Peristeri GS Athens). He attended Univ. of Maryland Eastern Shore until 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
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