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Round 10 (Regular Season)

Group A
N.Novgorod Dec.14 Cedevita 53%
Gran Canaria 97% Dec.14 MZT Skopje
Group B
Khimky 67% Dec.14 RETAbet BB
Fuenlabrada Dec.14 Lietuvos ryt 57%
Group C
Zenit 67% Dec.14 Unicaja
B.Muenchen 95% Dec.14 Buducnost
Group D
Hapoel J-M 56% Dec.14 Ratiopharm
Valencia 82% Dec.14 Lokomotiv
Former Notre Dame star, European vet Chris Thomas retires from basketball - Oct 26, 2012


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Chris Thomas
After just seven seasons of playing professionally overseas, former McDonald's All-American point guard and Indiana's Mr. Basketball, Chris Thomas surprisingly threw in the towel.

"The love for the game and the passion for being number one simply weren't there for me anymore," he told Eurobasket from his home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The 30-year-old Notre Dame alumnus has played in five countries -- Italy, Greece, Poland, Spain and Israel, but is now building a career in the corporate business world as a financial representative at Milwaukee based Northwestern Mutual, a Life Insurance and Financial Services company. Thomas is also the assistant coach for Southport high school's basketball team.

Last season, Thomas helped lead Israel's Galil/Gilboa to the Balkan league championship, averaging 6.6 points and 4 assists in 24 minutes. In the Israeli league, Thomas upped his numbers to 8.8 points and 4.8 assists in 30 minutes of action as Galil/Gilboa finished the regular season in second place.

For Thomas, learning the nuances of the European game and positioning himself as one of the top point guards statistically in the prestigious Spanish ACB League was the simple part of his overseas grind: "I dealt with lawsuits and not seeing all my money abroad and the business side really took away a lot of the love and purity I had for the game," he said. "It was special for me to walk away with no regrets after winning the Balkan title with Galil/Gilboa.

Despite receiving multiple European offers throughout the summer, Thomas found himself juggling between a career as a basketball player and that of a family man. "Family is the most important thing to me and I had a son before coming to Israel. I battled with my priorities of being a humble father and fulfilling my ego of playing ball and being in the spotlight," Thomas added.

According to the Indianapolis native and ex-Pike high school two-time state champion (2000 and 2001), basketball was and always has been about being the best on the court: "Basketball is and always will be a big part of my life but it wasn't my whole life, so it was easy to step away. The passion of being number one wasn't there for me anymore and fortunately, I was able to play at a high level even though I wasn't exhorting a lot of energy. I enjoy the fact that I walked away from the game knowing it was my time. I retired on my own terms."

Thomas currently holds a number of Notre Dame school records. He is the only player in Notre Dame basketball history to score more than 1,700 points and dish out 600-plus assists. He is also ranked first in steals with 244. Thomas was assigned point guard to the First Team All Notre Dame team for the celebration game of 100 years of Notre Dame basketball.
  




Rashaun
Broadus
Broadus leaves Lietuvos rytas - 9 hours ago

32-year old Albanian international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-87kg-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe) left Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. In 10 LKL games he averaged 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.2apg this season. Broadus also played 7 games in Eurocup where he had 3.4ppg and 2.1apg. The last season Broadus played at MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Polish TBL. In 31 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg...   [read more]

Elmedin
Kikanovic
Kikanovic number one in EuroCup for round 9 - 1 day ago

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]

Owen Klassen
Owen Klassen new Buducnost VOLI center - 1 day ago

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]


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Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1 Gran Canaria 6-1 
 2 Cedevita 5-2 
 3 N.Novgorod 4-3 
 4 Lietkabelis 3-5 
 5 MZT Skopje 0-7 
Group B
 1 Khimky 5-2 
 2 ALBA 4-4 
 3 Lietuvos rytas 3-4 
 4 RETAbet BB 3-4 
 5 Fuenlabrada 3-4 
Group C
 1 Zenit 5-2 
 2 B.Muenchen 5-2 
 3 Unicaja 4-3 
 4 UCAM Murcia 4-4 
 5 Buducnost 0-7 
Group D
 1 Valencia 6-1 
 2 Ratiopharm 4-3 
 3 Hapoel J-M 4-3 
 4 Lokomotiv 3-4 
 5 Un.Olimpija 1-7 
Full Standings
Points Per Game
 Ryan TOOLSON
  
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Toolson, Zenit25.7 
 2. Kikanovic, ALBA22.3 
 3. Shved, Khimky19.8 
 4. Logan, Lietuvos.19.1 
 5. Kuric, Gran Canaria18.3 
 6. Strebkov, N.Nov.17.0 
 7. Fogg, Unicaja16.9 
 8. Thames, MZT Skopje16.8 
 9. Jerrells, Hapoel J.16.7 
 10. Kane, N.Novgorod16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Drew GORDON
  
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 11
 1. Gordon, Lietuvos.11.0 
 2. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.8.4 
 3. Kane, N.Novgorod8.3 
 4. Kleber, B.Muenchen7.0 
 5. Rojas, UCAM M.7.0 
 6. Scott, MZT Skopje7.0 
 7. Landry, Zenit6.9 
 8. Bilan, Cedevita6.7 
 9. Jankovic, Un.Olimp.6.7 
 10. Collins, Lokomotiv6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Stefan MARKOVIC
  
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Markovic, Zenit10.3 
 2. Campazzo, UCAM M.7.3 
 3. Oliver, Gran Canar.7.0 
 4. Logan, Lietuvos.6.7 
 5. McCalebb, Gran C.5.7 
 6. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 7. Strebkov, N.Nov.5.1 
 8. Williams, Buducnost5.1 
 9. Collins, Lokomotiv4.7 
 10. Hobbs, Ratiopharm4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  
  (181-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Campazzo, UCAM M.2.6 
 2. Rowland, Khimky2.0 
 3. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.9 
 4. Diabate, MZT S.1.8 
 5. Rojas, UCAM M.1.8 
 6. Johnson, ALBA1.7 
 7. McCalebb, Gran C.1.6 
 8. Mekic, MZT Skopje1.6 
 9. Gordon, Lietuvos.1.6 
 10. Williams, Lietkab.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  
  (211-C/F-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.2.0 
 2. Kravtsov, Valencia1.8 
 3. Begic, Cedevita1.4 
 4. Stoudemire, Hapoel1.3 
 5. Gaffney, ALBA1.2 
 6. Pushkov, Zenit1.2 
 7. Eric, RE.1.1 
 8. Diagne, Fuenlabrada1.0 
 9. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.0 
 10. Musli, Unicaja1.0 
Player of the week

 Elmedin Kikanovic
  ALBA
  (211-C-105)
  
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