Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar improved its frontcourt for its Eurocup return next season by inking center Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college:Nebraska), the club announced Friday. Maric (2.11 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Panathinaikos Athens.
Last season, he averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 21 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games and he helped the Greens to win the Greek Cup title and reach the Final Four, while In 2010-11, he allowed Panathinaikos to lift the Greek League trophy and win its sixth Euroleague title and In 2009-10 - He had a breakout season with Partizan mt:s Belgrade, averaging 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds in 18 Euroleague games as the team reached Final Four for the first time since 1998. They also won the Adriatic League, Serbian League and Serbian Cup titles together.
Maric was voted to the All-Euroleague first team and was chosen December MVP in just his first season in the competition. He also earned weekly MVP awards for regular season weeks 7 and 8. Unknown to most fans before that season, Maric made a splash by recording a 49 index rating - tying the best single-game performance in the entire 2009-10 season - with his brilliant 34-point, 16-rebound performance against Efes Pilsen in regular season Week 7.
Kikanovic number one in EuroCup for round 9 - 7 hours ago
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked ALBA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 28-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, three rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lietuvos rytas (#3, 3-4) 99-97. ALBA is placed at 2nd position in their group in EuroCup group B. ALBA is a typical solid league team placed somewhere... [read more]
Bosnia and Herzegovina Center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked ALBA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 28-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, three rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lietuvos rytas (#3, 3-4) 99-97. ALBA is placed at 2nd position in their group in EuroCup group B. ALBA is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. It's Kikanovic's second year at ALBA and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Elmedin Kikanovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.3ppg) and averages impressive 60.3% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American DeAndre Kane (193-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) of N.Novgorod. Kane had a very good evening with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led N.Novgorod to another comfortable win 97-82 over MZT Skopje (#5, 0-7) being unquestionably team leader. N.Novgorod's 3rd position in group A has not changed. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. Kane is a newcomer at N.Novgorod, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-C-79) of Lietkabelis (#4). Lavrinovic scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Lavrinovic's great performance Lietkabelis lost 73-92 to #1 ranked Gran Canaria. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Lietkabelis not to end season at such low position in group A, however are less than slim as they have already lost 5 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lavrinovic could try to bring Lietkabelis' a little bit higher in the standings. Lavrinovic has a very solid season. In 8 games in EuroCup he scored 13.6ppg. He also has 5.6rpg and and 3PT: 60.0%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Ryan Toolson (193-G-85) of Zenit - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Charlon Kloof (190-G-90) of MZT Skopje - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists 6. Alex Llorca (192-G-89) of Fuenlabrada - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Kevin Jones (206-F-89) of Lokomotiv - 22 points and 5 rebounds 8. Jure Lalic (211-C-86) of MZT Skopje - 23 points and 3 rebounds 9. Micheal Eric (210-F/C-88) of RETAbet BB - 16 points and 10 rebounds 10. Will Thomas (203-PF-86) of Valencia - 11 points and 11 rebounds
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)
KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica has officially announced the cooperation with Canadian center Owen Klassen(208-C/F-91, college: Acadia), who used to play in the ABA League courts before, as a member of KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom. The cooperation between KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica and Klassen has been agreed until the end of the season. 208 cm tall player is coming to Podgorica from German side Phoenix Hagen. He used to attend the college Arkadia. His first club in Europe was KK MZT Skopje Aerod... [read more]
Results and Stats from Round 9 of Regular Season - 20 hours ago
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Group A MZT Skopje - N.Novgorod 82-97 Rather expected game when bottom-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (0-7) was defeated at home by third ranked Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (4-3) 97-82 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Nizhny Novgorod. MZT Skopje was better in third quarter 29-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Nizhny Novgorod shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. American guard D... [read more]
Rather expected game when bottom-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (0-7) was defeated at home by third ranked Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (4-3) 97-82 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Nizhny Novgorod. MZT Skopje was better in third quarter 29-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Nizhny Novgorod shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. American guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and Croatian power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90) chipped in 12 points. BC Nizhny Novgorod's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-86) scored 23 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Five BC Nizhny Novgorod and four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. BC Nizhny Novgorod maintains third place in Group A with 4-3 record having just two points less than leader Gran Canaria. MZT Skopje lost their seventh game in a row. Defending FYR Macedonian champion still closes the standings with seven games lost. BC Nizhny Novgorod will face league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. MZT Skopje will play on the road against the league's leader Gran Canaria in Las Palmas and looks forward to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: N.Novgorod: D.Kane 22+5reb+6ast, T.Zubcic 12+3reb+3ast, K.Boynton 12+4reb+1ast, P.Gubanov 11+2reb, I.Popov 10+3reb+1ast, I.Strebkov 10+2reb+5ast MZT Skopje: J.Lalic 23+3reb+1ast, C.Kloof 15+6reb+9ast, D.Clark 14+2ast, A.Mekic 14+4reb+3ast, J.Scott 6+3reb+2ast, S.Gjuroski 4+6reb
Rather predictable result in Panevezys where first ranked Spanish Gran Canaria (6-1) smashed 4th placed Lithuanian Lietkabelis (3-5) 92-73 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Gran Canaria. Lietkabelis was better in second period 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gran Canaria shot 60.3 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American-Slovakian swingman Kyle Kuric (193-89, college: Louisville) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and American Royce O'Neale (198-93, college: Baylor) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Gran Canaria players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-79) with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Gran Canaria maintains first place in Group A with 6-1 record. Loser Lietkabelis keep the fourth position with five games lost. Gran Canaria will face bottom-ranked MZT Skopje (#5) at home in the next round. Top scorers: Gran Canaria: K.Kuric 20+4reb, R.O'Neale 13+7reb+2ast, D.Planinic 12+1ast, S.Salin 10+1reb+1ast, R.Hendrix 8+2reb+1ast, O.Pauli 8+4reb Lietkabelis: K.Lavrinovic 20+5reb+1ast, B.Madgen 14+1reb+4ast, Z.Janavicius 11+5reb+2ast, D.Tarolis 7+2reb+2ast, Z.Skucas 5+4reb+2ast, S.Galdikas 5
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (3-4) against fifth ranked RETAbet BB (3-4) on Wednesday night. Visiting Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated by RETAbet BB in Bilbao 97-83. The game was mostly controlled by RETAbet BB. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was better in fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. RETAbet BB made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Nigerian power forward Micheal Eric (210-88, college: Temple) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Croatian power forward Ivan Buva (208-91) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four RETAbet BB players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Alex Llorca (192-89) with 16 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) and Latvian power forward Rolands Smits (207-95) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. RETAbet BB moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with Lietuvos rytas and Fuenlabrada. RETAbet BB will face league's leader Khimky on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play against Lietuvos rytas (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: RETAbet BB: M.Eric 16+10reb, I.Buva 16+6reb, S.Bamforth 13+4reb+1ast, A.Mumbru 13+2reb+6ast, D.Todorovic 11+3reb, J.Tabu 8+2reb+5ast Fuenlabrada: A.Llorca 16+4reb+3ast, F.Cruz 14+1ast, R.Smits 14+6reb+3ast, X.Rey 8+5reb+3ast, D.Wear 8+2reb+1ast, L.Rupnik 6+5ast
Important game to mention about took place in Vilnius. Fourth ranked German ALBA Berlin (4-4) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging second-best Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (3-4) 99-97 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lietuvos rytas. It was a key game for the second position in Group B. Lietuvos rytas were ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 32-25 charge of ALBA Berlin, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for ALBA Berlin especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 29 points for the winning side and Serbian swingman Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) accounted for 19 points and 5 assists. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and Rokas Giedraitis (198-92) added 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for Lietuvos rytas in the defeat. Four ALBA Berlin and five Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. ALBA Berlin moved-up to second place in Group B. Lietuvos rytas at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with RETAbet BB and Fuenlabrada. ALBA Berlin will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lietuvos rytas will play on the road against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Madrid and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: ALBA: E.Kikanovic 29+3reb+2ast, D.Milosavljevic 19+5ast, M.Miller 15+3reb+1ast, P.Siva 12+3reb+2ast, T.Gaffney 8+9reb+1ast, A.Vargas 6+1reb+1ast Lietuvos rytas: R.Giedraitis 16+3reb+1ast, D.Logan 16+1reb+2ast, D.Gailius 14+2reb+1ast, D.Gordon 12+10reb+2ast, J.Akognon 12+1ast, A.Gudaitis 10+5reb+1ast
A very interesting game took place in Malaga. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed UCAM Murcia (4-4) to fourth ranked Unicaja Malaga (4-3) 89-86 in the fight for the third place. Unicaja Malaga made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game, while UCAM Murcia only scored one point from the stripe. Unicaja Malaga forced 19 UCAM Murcia turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by UCAM Murcia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-90, college: Arizona) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91) answered with 16 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and Brazilian center Vitor Faverani (212-88) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for UCAM Murcia. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Unicaja Malaga moved-up to third place in Group C. UCAM Murcia lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Unicaja Malaga's next round opponent will be league's leader Zenit in Saint Petersburg and it will be for sure the game of the week. Top scorers: Unicaja: J.Smith 18+1ast, A.Waczynski 17+2reb, K.Fogg 16+5reb+2ast, D.Musli 8+2reb+5ast, C.Suarez 8+8reb+3ast, H.N'diaye 6 UCAM Murcia: F.Campazzo 16+3reb+7ast, B.Baron 12+3ast, S.Rojas 11+5reb, V.Faverani 8+6reb+5ast, N.Radovic 8+4reb+1ast, J.Angel Antelo 8+6reb+1ast
Fifth-ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (0-7) gave a tough game to second ranked Russian Zenit (5-2) in Podgorica on Wednesday. The visitors from Saint Petersburg managed to secure only two-point victory 97-95. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 52-49 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Ryan Toolson (193-85, college: Utah Valley) who scored 32 points and 4 assists. Canadian power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 assists and Bosnian-Montenegrin swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89) added 12 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Zenit. They keep a position of Group C leader, which they share with B.Muenchen. Buducnost lost their seventh game in a row. Defending Montenegrin champion still closes the standings with seven games lost. Zenit will meet at home Unicaja Malaga (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Buducnost will play against the league's second-placed Bayern Muenchen and hopes to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: Zenit: R.Toolson 32+4reb+4ast, K.Landry 15+6reb+4ast, S.Markovic 12+5reb+6ast, J.Timma 11+5reb+1ast, P.Sergeev 10+1reb+1ast, A.White 6+6reb+1ast Buducnost: P.Popovic 12+1reb, S.Sehovic 12+4reb, B.Subotic 11+3reb, S.James 11+4reb+1ast, S.Sehovic 11+2reb+1ast, M.Williams 10+1reb+10ast
There was a minor upset in Kuban where second-best Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem (4-3) was rolled over by fourth ranked Russian Lokomotiv (3-4) 88-68 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Lokomotiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Jerusalem's 30. They outrebounded Hapoel Jerusalem 35-19 including 22 on the defensive glass. Lokomotiv looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Hapoel Jerusalem's players. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Matt Janning (196-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 assists for the winners and forward Kevin Jones (206-89, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was Amare Stoudemire (208-82) with 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor, agency: Stealth Sport) scored 17 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lokomotiv maintains fourth place in Group D with 3-4 record. Loser Hapoel Jerusalem keeps the second position with three games lost. Lokomotiv will face league's leader Valencia Basket on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against the league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Lokomotiv: K.Jones 22+5reb, M.Janning 20+1reb+6ast, I.Vougioukas 14+2reb+1ast, M.Collins 7+8reb+3ast, R.Broekhoff 6+12reb, A.Zubkov 5 Hapoel J-M: C.Jerrells 17+3ast, A.Stoudemire 16+5reb+1ast, T.Kinsey 13, J.Dyson 8+2reb+2ast, B.Timor 6+1ast, T.Peterson 4+1reb
Fifth-ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (1-7) gave a tough game to first ranked Spanish Valencia Basket (6-1) in Ljubljana on Wednesday. The visitors from Valencia managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected much easier game. Un.Olimpija trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 20-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-75 at the end of the game. American-Georgian Will Thomas (203-86, agency: Two Points) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and power forward Pierre Oriola (206-92) chipped in 20 points. The best for the losing side was swingman Gregor Hrovat (196-94) with 18 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 10 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Valencia Basket have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group D with 6-1 record. Un.Olimpija at the other side stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Valencia Basket are looking forward to face Lokomotiv (#4) in Kuban in the next round. Un.Olimpija will have a break next round. Top scorers: Valencia: P.Oriola 20+2reb+1ast, W.Thomas 11+11reb+1ast, V.Kravtsov 8+6reb, L.Sikma 8+2reb+1ast, A.Diot 7+1reb+2ast, F.San Emeterio 7+3reb+4ast Un.Olimpija: G.Hrovat 18+3reb, D.Oliver 12+2reb+2ast, S.Milosevic 10+4reb+2ast, B.Mesicek 8+3reb+2ast, M.Mulalic 6+1ast, D.Bubnic 6+1reb+1ast
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