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.
BC Khimky Moscow Region (VTB) landed 27-year old American (has also Georgia passport) point guard Jacob Pullen (184-85kg-89, college: Kansas State, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played most recently at Cedevita in Croatia A1 league. Pullen managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 19 A1 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.8apg. He helped them to win the league title. Pullen also played 24 games in Euroleague where he had 13.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.8apg. It was a very successful... [read more]
BC Khimky Moscow Region (VTB) landed 27-year old American (has also Georgia passport) point guard Jacob Pullen (184-85kg-89, college: Kansas State, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played most recently at Cedevita in Croatia A1 league. Pullen managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 19 A1 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.8apg. He helped them to win the league title. Pullen also played 24 games in Euroleague where he had 13.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.8apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention. And finally Pullen contributed to 27 games in ABA League where he recorded 14.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com Adriatic League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. The previous (14-15) season Pullen played at Enel Brindisi in Serie A. In 29 games he got 14.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the Italian Cup Semifinals. Impressive indeed as was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game. Pullen also played 11 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 14.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.7apg. Pullen also spent pre-season at Betis Energia Plus Sevilla in Liga Endesa that year. In 5 games he got 10.2ppg and 1.8apg. He also played 3 games in Eurocup where he got 14.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.7apg and 1.0spg. Pullen was also tried-out by Liaoning Hunters (CBA) in Chinese league that season. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. Among other achievements Pullen received USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 3rd Team award back in 2011 at his college time. Pullen represented Georgia at the European Championships last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 31.8%. And here thanks to pro basketball Pullen experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Pullen has played previously professionally in Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem), Spain (FC Barcelona) and Italy (Angelico Biella and Virtus Bologna). He attended Kansas State until 2011 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball. Let's have closer look into Pullen's outlook:
An undersized guard with an immense offensive talent and personality. Size is an important limit at NBA level, but he could become soon an Euroleague top level player.
Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 29-year old Senegalese international center Hamady N'diaye (212-109kg-87, college: Rutgers). He is a dual citizen owning also Filipino passport. N'diaye played last season at Bnei Hertzeliyya in Israeli Winner League. In 35 games he recorded 6.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.4bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to Honorable Mention. He has tried to mak... [read more]
Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 29-year old Senegalese international center Hamady N'diaye (212-109kg-87, college: Rutgers). He is a dual citizen owning also Filipino passport. N'diaye played last season at Bnei Hertzeliyya in Israeli Winner League. In 35 games he recorded 6.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.4bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to Honorable Mention. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013. N'diaye won Chinese NBL championship title in 2014. He also represented Senegal at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) three years ago. N'diaye's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 5.3ppg, 3.7rpg, Blocks-2 (2.1bpg), FGP: 57.1%, FT: 71.4%. N'diaye is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Lebanon (Byblos), NBA (Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Sacramento Kings), China (TianJin Steel, Guangzhou Liu Sui and Guangxi), D-League (Iowa Energy, Reno Bighorns, Maine Red Claws and Delaware 87ers) and Philippines (Mahindra Enforces). N'diaye attended Rutgers, The State University until 2010 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
Un.Olimpija tabs Marko Mladjan, ex Monthey - 8 days ago
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Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Liga Nova KBM) inked 23-year old Swiss international forward Marko Mladjan (205-93). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Serbian passport. Mladjan played most recently at BBC Monthey in Swiss LNA league. In 32 games he averaged impressive 16.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg last season. He helped them to win the cup. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Domestic Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team an... [read more]
Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Liga Nova KBM) inked 23-year old Swiss international forward Marko Mladjan (205-93). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Serbian passport. Mladjan played most recently at BBC Monthey in Swiss LNA league. In 32 games he averaged impressive 16.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg last season. He helped them to win the cup. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Domestic Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Domestic Players Team. The most of previous (2014-15) season Mladjan spent at Fribourg Olympic (also in LNA) where in 34 games he had 13.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention. Mladjan also spent pre-season at Academie Fribourg (also in LNA) that year. Indeed an impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention. Among other achievements Mladjan won Swiss LNA championship title for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). He has been also a member of Swiss international program for some years. Mladjan has regularly played for Swiss senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013. He represented Switzerland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 13.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 64.0%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 42.9%. Mladjan has played also professionally for other Swiss teams like Lugano Tigers, Massagno and DDV Lugano.
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