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.
Kaspars Berzins (ex BK Ogre) agreed terms with Lokomotiv - 1 day ago
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Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Latvian international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-104kg-85). He started the season at BK Ogre in Latvian LBL league. In two games he recorded 11.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5bpg this season. The most of last season Berzins spent at Zenit where in 26 VTB United League games he averaged 10.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Berzins also played earlier that season for BC Nizhny Novgo... [read more]
Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Latvian international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-104kg-85). He started the season at BK Ogre in Latvian LBL league. In two games he recorded 11.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5bpg this season. The most of last season Berzins spent at Zenit where in 26 VTB United League games he averaged 10.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Berzins also played earlier that season for BC Nizhny Novgorod. In 12 Eurocup games he had 9.6ppg and 5.5rpg. He also played 13 games in VTB United League where he got 10.2ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.4apg. Among other achievements Berzins won Latvian League championship title in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was selected to Latvian League All-Star Game back in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Berzins has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2005 and previously for U20 National Team between 2003 and 2005. Berzins also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 8.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 81.0%. Berzins is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy, Spain (Unicaja Malaga, Caceres Basket and Blusens Monbus) and Russia (Krasnie Krilya). The scouts decsribe him following way:
He is a very smooth athlete. He's one of those guys who seem to move from A to B with little or no effort required. He plays a slashing style on the offensive end, but also has range on the jumper at the three-point line.
The kind of European inside player, who knos how to came out and hit a shot from the distance, even behind the 3 pts arch; also a good rebounder and yat a solid post player, but his future is at 4 position.
FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) signed 27-year old German international center Maik Zirbes (208-115kg-90, agency: BeoBasket). He started the season at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. In 9 games he had 8.3ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.0spg this season. Zirbes helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 15 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.1ppg and 3.0rpg. The last season Zirbes played at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that... [read more]
FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) signed 27-year old German international center Maik Zirbes (208-115kg-90, agency: BeoBasket). He started the season at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. In 9 games he had 8.3ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.0spg this season. Zirbes helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 15 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.1ppg and 3.0rpg. The last season Zirbes played at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 12 KLS games he averaged 10.3ppg and 4.8rpg. Zirbes contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Bosman Player of the Year, Center of the Year and named to 1st Team. Zirbes also played 27 games in Euroleague where he got 12.4ppg and 6.1rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention. Zirbes also played 31 games in ABA League where he got 13.2ppg and 5.9rpg. He contributed to his team winning the ABA League championship (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League 2nd Team. Zirbes has been also a member of German international program for some years. He has regularly played for German senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010. Zirbes represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.2ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 65.6%, FT: 33.3%. Zirbes has played previously for five other Germany teams: Gladiators, Brose Baskets, Saar-Pfalz Braves, DJK MJC Trier and Trier Baskets.
Randle comes back to Hapoel Jerusalem - 3 days ago
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Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) inked 32-year old American forward Brian Randle (203-85). It is actually his comeback to Hapoel Jerusalem as he has played here before. Randle has played for the last three years at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in the Winner League. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 17 Winner League games he recorded 8.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg. Randle helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. He also played 8 games in Euroleague... [read more]
Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) inked 32-year old American forward Brian Randle (203-85). It is actually his comeback to Hapoel Jerusalem as he has played here before. Randle has played for the last three years at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in the Winner League. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 17 Winner League games he recorded 8.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg. Randle helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. He also played 8 games in Euroleague where he averaged 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0apg. And finally Randle contributed to 4 games in Eurocup where he had 6.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg. Among other achievements Randle received Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention award in 2015. He has played previously professionally also in Germany (ALBA Berlin) and Israel (Galil Gilboa, Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Maccabi Haifa).
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