Gaz Metan - Ural Ekaterinb. 67-69 Ural Ekaterinburg win the road game at the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. The Russian team upset Gaz Metan 69:67 in Romania. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 19-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ural Ekaterinburg made 18-of-23 free shots during the game. Dmitriy Arteshin drew a foul and made one of two free-throws for the two-point win. Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: G.Washington) stepped up with 23 points for the winners and McGhee Aaron posted 19. Anton Glazunov (182-G-86) delivered 9 and Baranov Oleg scored 7. American forward Deven Mitchell (197-F-84, agency: Interperformances) answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic 12 points in the effort for Gaz Metan. Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) notched 10, while St.John Mike scored 9. The second leg will be played next week in Russia.
Kataja - Aliaga 82-70 Kataja recorded the first win in the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round series versus Aliaga Petkim. The Finnish team posted a 12-point win at home court. Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) scored 17 points to lead the hosts. It all went Aliga Petkim way in the first half. The Turkish team gained control in the starting quarter and posted a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. The Turkish team boosted the margin in the second frame. Aliaga ensured a 42:30 halftime advantage. But the Finnish team refused to give up. Petri Virtanen drained back-to-back triples to ignite a 12:2 run from the hosts as they got within 7 points 47:54. Aliaga managed to enter the fourth quarter up by 9 points 60:51. But Kataja quickly denied the deficit as Nenonen drew things level at 64. Soon Kataja went on a 16:0 rally to establish an 80:68 lead. They maintained it till the final buzzer. Jerald Fields provided 13 points, while Jonte Flowers added 10 points in the victory. Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) answered with 26 points and 12 rebounds for Aliaga Petkim. Branislav Ratkovica (192-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points in the loss.
Tarvas - Tofas 76-106 Tofas have almost secured their EuroChallenge regular season appearance. They bruised Rakvere Tarvas in Estonia tonight to enjoy a massive 30-point lead heading into the home leg of the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round series. Joshua Heytvelt (210-F/C-86, college: Gonzaga) came up with 28 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Turkish team. Tofas started the game aggressively. They fired 33 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. Tofas maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 56:47 halftime advantage. Tofas boosted the gap in the third term. The visitors ensured a 15-point lead at the final intermission. Tofas finished off Tarvas with a 30:15 run in the fourth frame. Steven Burtt delivered 20 points, while Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M) added 14 points for Tofas. Clarence Jackson (193-G-89, college: Siena) answered with 17 points for Rakvere. Reimo Tamm netted 13 points in the loss.
Klosterneub. - Apollon 70-78 Apollon beat Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg in the opening game of the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round tie. The team from Cyprus grabbed 78:70 victory before the next appearance at home. Xion Dukes started better and won the first period 18-13. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime. Moreover Apollon posted two narrow wins in the second half to win the game. American forward Brandon Brown (201-F-85, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: CS San Bernar.) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard MaJic Dorsey accounted for 12 points and 10 assists. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Apollon players scored in double figures. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic came up with 22 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Christoph Nagler (196-G/F-84) added 14 points respectively for Xion Dukes in the defeat.
Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Awards 2013 - May 10, 2013
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Finals MVP: Chester Simmons (196-G-82) of Krasnie Krilya; Player of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois; Guard of the Year: Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Karsiyaka; Forward of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois; Center of the Year: Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok; European Player of the Year: Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) of Paris-Levallois; Import of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois; Defensive Player of the Year: Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Kataja; Coach [read more]
Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team 2013
Finals MVP: Chester Simmons (196-G-82) of Krasnie Krilya Player of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois Guard of the Year: Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Karsiyaka Forward of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois Center of the Year: Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok European Player of the Year: Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) of Paris-Levallois Import of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois Defensive Player of the Year: Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Kataja Coach of the Year: Sergey Bazarevich of Krasnie Krilya
Krasnye Kylia steal the trophy from Izmir - Apr 28, 2013
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Karsiyaka - Krasnie Krilya 76-77
Krasnye Kylia steal the trophy from Izmir. The Russian side grabbed a 77:76 victory over Pinar Karsiyaka in the EuroChallenge 2012/2013 Final. Pinar Karsiyaka took 20-17 lead after the first period and then pushed the tempo until the end of the first half. The hosts needed a 26-17 surge to enjoy 12-point deficit at the halftime. It was not however enough against the favorite of the tournament [read more]
Karsiyaka - Krasnie Krilya 76-77 Krasnye Kylia steal the trophy from Izmir. The Russian side grabbed a 77:76 victory over Pinar Karsiyaka in the EuroChallenge 2012/2013 Final. Pinar Karsiyaka took 20-17 lead after the first period and then pushed the tempo until the end of the first half. The hosts needed a 26-17 surge to enjoy 12-point deficit at the halftime. It was not however enough against the favorite of the tournament. Krasnye Kylia erupted with a 20-9 burst in the third quarter and reduced to 55:54 after DeJuan Collins closed the period with a three. He later nailed another three for 76:73 on the board, while Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) leveled the game with less than a minute to go. Wilson however scored one free throw to bring the guests 1-point lead. Diebler could bring the victory for his side, but missed a final shot. Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) and DeJuan Collins paced all the winners with 18 points each. Andre Smith notched 14, while Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) added 9. Bobby Dixon replied with 23 points in the losing effort and Can Mutaf (190-G-91) scored 16. Alade Aminu nailed 12, whilst Thomas Williams brought 10.
Gravelines - EWE Baskets 76-84 EWE Baskets stepped onto the EuroChallenge pedestal. They outgunned Gravelines in the consolation final in Izmir tonight to clinch Bronze medals. Julius Jenkins fired 21 points to lead the German team. EWE Baskets opened the game on a 10:2 rally. However Gravelines answered with an 18:6 run to ensure a 20:16 lead late in the first frame. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) and Joyce capped the quarter with five straight points to give Oldenburg a 23:20 advantage. EWE Baskets maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the second term but Johnson and Camara teamed up late in the half to make it 38:36 for the French team after 20 minutes. Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) stretched the lead to as many as 7 points midway through the third term 52:45. However EWE Baskets capped the period with 10 straight points to enter the final frame up by three points 57:54. Kramer and Smeulders made it 64:58 for Oldenburg early in the fourth term. Dwight Buycks dragged Gravelines within two 67:69 with just over five minutes to go. Julius Jenkins stepped up once again for EWE Baskets opening a double-digit lead for them and Oldenburg never looked back en route to the victory. Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 14 points, while Adam Chubb added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ludovic Vaty answered with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Gravelines. Dwight Buycks had 13 points in the loss.
Former Washington shooting guard Tre Simmons, 30, was announced Most Valuable Player of the EuroChallenge Final Four in Izmir, Turkey, following a stellar pair of showings for Russian Samara, averaging 17 points per game behind a noteworthy 50 percent shooting from distance [read more]
Former Washington shooting guard Tre Simmons, 30, was announced Most Valuable Player of the EuroChallenge Final Four in Izmir, Turkey, following a stellar pair of showings for Russian Samara, averaging 17 points per game behind a noteworthy 50 percent shooting from distance.
With his team trailing Turkish Karsiyaka by 17 points midway through the third quarter, Simmons, cousin of former eight-year NBA veteran small forward Donny Marshall, knocked down back-to-back triples, rallying back Russia's state-cup champions, in what was a thrilling come-from-behind 77-76 dogfight victory.
In his first-ever EuroChallenge finals appearance, Simmons netted 18 points, collected three boards, stole the ball twice and turned it over five times to keep Samara's magical EuroChallenge 17-game win-streak alive. In fact, the Russian side hadn't dropped a Euro-comp game since 2011, when losing to Triumph Liberty.
Once a Euroleague scorer for Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv, the Seattle-born shooter, "the best guard the NBA has missed out on," according to the Los Angeles Clippers' shake-and-bake phenom Jamal Crawford, Simmons, Samara's No. 1 scorer with 15.6 points per game, who also leads his team in points in VTB competition with 17 per, has recaptured the eyes of top European organizations.
"The EuroChallenge competition is not an indication of (Simmons') talents," a prominent Euroleague scout told Eurobasket earlier today.
"Simmons is a dangerous one-on-one player, particularly in isolation plays, because he has the complete package. He is tall, athletic, he can shoot, he can drive, he can step back, and at times -- he looks like an NBA player out there," said Michael Koch, head coach of Trukese Telekom Baskets Bonn, on Simmons after playing Samara during the EuroChallenge playoff series.
Adding today's hardwood to his trophy collection, Simmons picks up his eighth European title after winning trophies in Israel (two championships, and one state-cup), Czech Republic (two championships, and one state-cup), and Russia (state-cup).
"Tre (Simmons) is one of
the greatest compliments to a European playmaker outside the NBA. His
defense may not sync with starting for a Euroleague team, but on
offense, he's one of a handful of guys that can come in for 15-20
minutes and easily produce 10-12 points," added the scout.
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