Michelin Etha Engomis beat Keravnos in the finals and won another title, adding its third cup in the last four years playing in the finals. On the other hand, Keravnos lost its successful winning series in the cup finals and for another one season (like most of the season's the last decade) in a crucial game the key players of the team were not able to play some decent game. Having a catastrophically third period where the Strovolos team scored all and all six points and with the three of four Americans being in a dramatic afternoon since the really broke the baskets as they couldn't score at all, with newcomer Stokes having 1 of 6 shots, Maze 3 of 8 and Crocker 2 of 13!!, Ivan Maras (207-PF-86) and Donte Poole (190-G-89, college: Murray St.) were much more ready to add a title in their menu! The game was a derby from the early beginning with Etha being more aggressive and showing from the beginning that Coach Adamou's players wanted much more this title than the "supposed" to be favorite of the game team of Keravnos. So with Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-PG-87, college: St.Bonaventure) and Donte Poole in a great shooting start they took a lead of 0-5 and 3-9 and with Maras dominating in both edges the deficit went to a double digit with 8-18 with Crocker either missing his shots or falling in mistakes and false balls. Coach Yiannaras time-out was not enough to act as an awaking for Keravnos and Etha reached the double score when Cup's three pointers made the score 12-23, 2.56 to the end of the period. The end of the first period found Etha to adding its first small step towards the title since the 17-26 was giving to the Engomis players a small advantage, mainly on the psychological factor and momentum.
In the second period, Keravnos was more relaxed and with Maze (first three pointers in the game) Demertzis and Vaughn cut the deficit to 26-30 6.14' to the end of the first half. Ogooluwa Adegboye and Cup were there and with a small 4-0 gave to Etha a deficit of +8 26-34, 4.38'' before the end of the period. The next two minutes the teams were not able to score but Vaughn broke this silence for Keravnos to make the score 31-35, less than 2 minutes to go. Cup, Johnson and Williams lost three concecutive offenses for Keravnos and the Strovolos team with the veteran Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) cut the deficit even more to 33-35, 1.12' before the end. Etha continue the bad momentum and lost another two offenses with Downey and Donte Poole to give the chance to Demertzis first to balance the game to 35-35 and some seconds after the new missing three pointer by Cup to give the chance to Aleksandar Damjanovic to give the lead to Keravnos for the first time since the beginning of the game with 37-35, which was the score of the first half since Dejan Cup missed both his free throws at a zero time and lost the chance to balance the game once more.
The catastrophic third period for Keravnos begun all of a sudden with a basket by Aleksandar Damjanovic to reach the Strovolos team maximum deficit in the game for the first and last time to 39-35, this basket was scored just nine seconds after the beginning of the third period and from 9.51 to 1.42 which means nearly 8 minutes Etha did the amazing 0-18!! to actually winning (in psychology) the Cyprus Cup. Never the less, in these 8 minutes Keravnos missed 4 offenses with Crocker, 3 offenses with Stokes, 2 offenses with Owens, 3 offenses with Aleksandar Damjanovic (2 of them were turnovers) and one turnover by Maze and Trisokkas which means in pure numbers that Keravnos lost 14 offenses and did 4 turnovers!! It could be a world record!! Never the less, the game continued and in the remaining 1.42 ' to the end of the third period, Keravnos scored 4 points with Crocker to cut the deficit to 43-53 since Maze did another turnover at the end.
the 4th period started with Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) scoring both his throws from the charity line, while Trisokkas scored his first basket with a tip in after a missed shot by Crocker. Maze and Trisokas took over for Keravnos and with personal points (6 per head) balanced the game to 55-55, 6.06' to the end.. Maras was there and when the mode was changing the experienced power forward / center scored 5 consecutive points to give a crucial +5, 57-62 with 1.42' to the end of the game, In the in between time Crocker and Maze did another pair of turnovers. The time out of Coach Yiannaras helped a bit Keravnos since Zvonko Buljan scored the three pointers to the 60-62 to make the game once more a derby. Williams and Aleksandar Damjanovic scored a pair of Baskets with less than a minute to go, and the score became 62-64. Zvonko Buljan's fifth foul was a great loss for Keravnos since the Croat was the major thread for Etha. Downney scored olt the one of two shots from the charity line but Crocker's three pointer to balance the game was once more unsuccessful and with 25 seconds to go, Keravnos delayed to do the foul so in the 17 seconds Crocker did the foul to Donte Poole, the American missed the one of the two free throws to reshape the score to 62-66, Demertzis scored both his free throws in the 13 seconds to the end to make the grant finale even more tragic for his team, since the 64-66 remain exactly the same after the two missing shots by Wyatt but Keravnos without Zvonko Buljan in its roster missed the fatal defensive foul as Donte Poole jumped higher to dash down the most important rebound for his team with 8 seconds to go, Downned who earned the foul from Owens missed the one of the two free throws, for the 64-67 but the veteran Aleksandar Damjanovic missed both the free throws at the end and in the 5 seconds to finally have a winner since Ivan Maras simply scored the one of two free throws at a dead time to give the title to his team!!
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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