CEZ Nymburk - VEF Riga 80-84 OT VEF Riga gained a crucial win in EuroCup Last 16 stage. They defeated Nymburk on the road to climb at 3-2 record in Group I. Nymburk in the meantime were left at 2-3 record and with little chances of reaching the next stage. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) fired 21 points to lead the visitors. Nymburk seemed to stay in control in the first half. The Czech champions recorded a 25:23 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap to three points at halftime 39:36. But the third term turned things upside down for the hosts. VEF Riga ignited a 19:9 run to take a 7-point lead before the fourth frame. Nymburk showed character erasing the deficit in a nail-biting regulation finale. But VEF Riga was determined to bring victory from Czech Republic. The Latvian powerhouse knocked down 16 points in overtime and rolled to the victory at the end. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) delivered 16 points, while Gatis Jahovics had 13 points in the win. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) answered with 22 points for Nymburk. Chester Simmons nailed 19 points in the loss.
Valencia - Gravelines 79-61 Valencia posted the fifth straight win in EuroCup Last 16 Group I. They held off visiting Gravelines to stay on top of the standings undefeated. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) posted 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the home team. Valencia and Gravelines went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 19:19 after ten minutes. Valencia pulled ahead in the second quarter. The Spaniards eked out a 41:36 halftime advantage. Valencia stressed defence after the big break. The hosts held Gravelines to 9 points in the third term to take a 9-point advantage at the final intermission. Valencia poured in 25 points in the fourth quarter to coast to the win. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) finished with 12 points, while Victor Claver added 11 points in the victory. Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) answered with 18 points for Gravelines. Ludovic Vaty provided 12 points in the loss.
BC Donetsk - ASVEL 93-87 BC Donetsk registered the fourth win in EuroCup Last 16. They held off visiting Asvel to book the spot in the next round of the tournament. Darnell Jackson (203-F-85, college: Kansas) scored 20 points to lead the hosts. Asvel fell at 1-4 record and remained at the bottom of the ladder. The French team entered the game with their backs against the wall. They began aggressively posting a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. Asvel maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The visitors stayed hopeful at halftime leading by 8 points 40:32. BC Donetsk however turned things around in the second half. The offence of the team shifted the gear and Asvel failed to slow the hosts down. BC Donetsk dropped 26 points in the third period to cut the deficit to 5 points. They then unloaded 35 points in the final period to pull ahead and to clinch victory. Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 15 points, while Ramel Curry added 16 points in the winning case. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) answered with 19 points for Asvel. Dijon Thompson delivered 17 points in the loss.
Khimky - Aris 88-72 Khimky earned the fourth win in EuroCup Last 16 Group J. They defeated visiting Aris to remain on top of the ladder. Aris fell at 1-4 record after the loss. Five Khimky players scored in double figures. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) topscored with 14 points for the winners. The teams stayed on level terms in the starting quarter. Khimky and Aris were tied at 22 after ten minutes. Khimky pulled in front in the second frame. The hosts erupted for 26 points to ensure a 10-point lead at halftime 48:38. Aris started to lag behind in the third period. Khimky took over and rallied to a 70:54 lead at the final pause. Khimky wisely kept Aris at bay in the fourth quarter and cruised to the win at the end. Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) and Sergey Monya (203-F-83) accounted for 13 points each for the winners. Dimitris Verginis (193-G-87, agency: FCM) responded with 19 points for Aris. Christos Tapoutos had 15 points in the loss.
Spartak SP - Buducnost 70-64 Spartak earned another EuroCup win. They defeated Buducnost in Saint Petersburg to improve at 5-0 record in Group K. Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) knocked down 19 points to lead the hosts. Buducnost fell at 2-3 record after the loss. Buducnost stunned the hosts in the opening quarter. The Montenegrin champions outgunned Spartak 24:19. But the hosts adjusted their defence in the second term. Spartak limited the visitors to just 12 points to level things up at 36. Buducnost pulled ahead in the third term again. Spartak managed just 13 points in the period allowing Buducnost to take a 54:49 advantage with ten minutes remaining. But Spartak showed their class in the final frame. The hosts went on a 21:10 run to leave Buducnost without a single chance for success. Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) fired 15 points, while Loukas Mavrokefalidis added 14 points for Spartak. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) answered with 11 points for Buducnost. Hasan Rizvic provided 10 points in the loss.
Krka - Banvit BK 78-73 Krka draw first blood at EuroCup Last 16 round. They defeated Banvit in Slovenia to improve at 1-4 record in Group K. Jure Balazic (204-F-80) fired 23 points and collected 6 rebounds to lead the winners. Krka and Banvit stayed on level terms in the starting frame. The teams exchanged baskets to stay tied at 21 after the opening quarter. The situation hardly changed in the second term. Krka managed to pull ahead for a narrow 42:40 lead at halftime. But Banvit reacted after the big break. The Turkish team limited the hosts to 11 points in the third quarter and earned a 57:53 advantage before the fourth term. Krka however stayed determined and erupted for 25 points in the final stanza to escape with a difficult win at the end. Afik Nissim (180-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points, while Jure Lalic finished with 11 points for the winners. Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) and Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson) chipped in 14 points each in the loss.
Lietuvos rytas - Lokomotiv 78-82 Lokomotiv Kuban edged Lietuvos Rytas in EuroCup Group L in Vilnius tonight. The victory allowed the Russian team to catch up with their opponents at 3-2 record in the ladder. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) posted 18 points to lead the charge. The teams started the game aggressively. They traded baskets as Lietuvos Rytas snatched a narrow 21:20 lead. The hosts stretched the margin in the second period. They established a 42:36 halftime buffer. But Lokomotiv easily surpassed it in the third frame. The visitors unloaded 25 points in the quarter to ensure a 61:58 lead with one quarter remaining. Lokomotiv managed to stay in front throughout the tense fourth quarter and stole a valuable win at the end. Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) accounted for 15 points, while Jeremiah Massey finished with 13 points in the victory. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) delivered 17 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Renaldas Seibutis had 12 points in the defeat.
ALBA - Benetton TV 83-74 ALBA claimed the first win at EuroCup Last 16 stage. They knocked down Benetton Treviso to climb at 1-4 record in Group L. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) posted 22 points and 9 assists to lead the winners. Benetton fell at 3-2 record and share the top spot in the Group with Lokomotiv and Lietuvos Rytas. ALBA stormed into the game. They fired 26 points to establish a 10-point lead at the first break. Benetton came back to life in the second frame. The Treviso outfit narrowed the gap to 7 points at the interval 34:41. Benetton took over in the third quarter. The Italian team held ALBA to only 6 points in the third frame to establish a 56:47 lead with one quart remaining. But it was not enough for Benetton. ALBA smashed the visitors in the fourth period. The hosts unleashed 36 points in the final term and rallied to a comfortable win. Kyle Weaver provided 13 points, while Torin Francis and Bryce Taylor contributed 12 points each in the victory. Sani Becirovic (196-G-81) answered with 17 points for Benetton. Jeffrey Viggiano and Marcus Goree had 13 points apiece in the loss.
KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica head coach Ilias Zouros has announced at the press conference that Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) is no longer a member of the team. 'Marcus Williams is no longer a member of our team. This is a decision that we have reached all together, the entire team. With his attitude on the court during the games, as well as practices, Marcus failed to show enough respect towards the club, the jersey, player towards all,' Zouros told. Marcus Williams p... [read more]
'Marcus Williams is no longer a member of our team. This is a decision that we have reached all together, the entire team. With his attitude on the court during the games, as well as practices, Marcus failed to show enough respect towards the club, the jersey, player towards all,' Zouros told.
Marcus Williams played 27 games in the ABA League this season. His stats average was 10.3 points, 6.1 assists and 2.5 rebounds per contest.
The decision came two days before the second game of the semi-final series of the ABA League season against Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd, with home court clash awaiting the Podgorica side.
Valencia join Unicaja in championship series - 4 days ago
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Valencia - Hapoel J-M 90-75 Valencia entered EuroCup Finals. They rallied past Hapoel Jerusalem in the decisive third game to join Unicaja in the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Valencia Basket. Hapoel Jerusalem managed to win fourth quarter 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. Guar... [read more]
Valencia entered EuroCup Finals. They rallied past Hapoel Jerusalem in the decisive third game to join Unicaja in the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Valencia Basket. Hapoel Jerusalem managed to win fourth quarter 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Rafael Martinez (190-82) helped adding 11 points and 4 assists. Five Valencia Basket players scored in double figures. Valencia Basket's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor, agency: Stealth Sport) with 19 points and the other American import power forward Amare Stoudemire (208-82) scored 17 points. Top scorers: Valencia: F.San Emeterio 15+4ast, B.Dubljevic 14+7reb, L.Sikma 12+4reb+3ast, R.Sato 12+2reb, R.Martinez 11+4reb+4ast, P.Oriola 10+3reb+1ast Hapoel J-M: C.Jerrells 19+1reb+1ast, A.Stoudemire 17+3reb, B.Timor 9+2ast, Y.Halperin 8+3reb+3ast, L.Eliyahu 8+5reb+3ast, S.Jones 6+3reb
Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Unicaja are the first finalists - 9 days ago
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Unicaja - Lokomotiv 74-63 Unicaja overcame Lokomotiv at home court to sweep the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Unicaja Malaga. Lokomotiv managed to win second period 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Lokomotiv helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: BeoBasket) scored 21 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners a... [read more]
Unicaja overcame Lokomotiv at home court to sweep the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Unicaja Malaga. Lokomotiv managed to win second period 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Lokomotiv helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: BeoBasket) scored 21 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-90, college: Arizona) chipped in 16 points during the contest. American forward Kevin Jones (206-89, college: W.Virginia) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Evgenii Baburin (190-87) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Unicaja: N.Nedovic 21+1reb+4ast, K.Fogg 16+3reb+2ast, A.Omic 10+6reb, D.Diez 9+3reb, J.Brooks 7+6reb, C.Suarez 6+6reb+1ast Lokomotiv: K.Jones 17+10reb, E.Baburin 12+2reb+1ast, M.Janning 9+2ast, T.Rochestie 7+1reb+5ast, I.Vougioukas 6+8reb, M.Collins 5+3reb+5ast
Hapoel Jerusalem outgunned Valencia to force the decisive third game in the series. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 26-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Jerusalem made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Hapoel Jerusalem especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor, agency: Stealth Sport) notched 17 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and the other American import swingman Tarence Kinsey (202-84, college: S.Carolina) supported him with 18 points. Even 22 points and 5 rebounds by guard Rafael Martinez (190-82) did not help to save the game for Valencia Basket. Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) added 5 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Valencia Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Hapoel J-M: T.Kinsey 18+2reb+2ast, C.Jerrells 17+4reb+5ast, Y.Halperin 11+3reb+3ast, A.Stoudemire 9+8reb, B.Timor 8+2reb, T.Peterson 7+4reb+3ast Valencia: R.Martinez 22+5reb+1ast, P.Oriola 12+2reb+1ast, W.Thomas 10+3reb, F.San Emeterio 7+3reb+1ast, B.Dubljevic 5+9reb+1ast, L.Sikma 4+3reb+2ast
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