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Group E
Fuenlabrada Jan.25 Lokomotiv 84%
UCAM Murcia Jan.25 Gran Canaria 55%
Group F
Khimky 95% Jan.25 Ratiopharm
Lietkabelis Jan.25 B.Muenchen 86%
Group G
Hapoel J-M 58% Jan.25 Zenit
Lietuvos ryt 71% Jan.25 N.Novgorod
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Cedevita Jan.25 ALBA 87%
Valencia 76% Jan.25 Unicaja
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.   




Kevin Tumba
Kevin Tumba (ex Spirou) is a newcomer at UCAM Murcia - 1 day ago
Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Belgian international power forward Kevin Tumba (205-103kg-91). He has a double citizenship as he also holds DR Congolese passport. Tumba started the season at Spirou in Belgian Euromillions League. In four games he recorded 4.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.5bpg this season. Tumba also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 5.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3bpg. The last season Tumba pl...   [read more]

David Logan
Logan's 30-point game gives him (Top 16) Player of the Week award - 2 days ago
34-year old guard David Logan (185-G-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Lietuvos rytas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Top 16). He had the game-high 30 points adding three rebounds and six assists for Lietuvos rytas in his team's victory, helping them to outclass N.Novgorod (1-2) with 34-point margin 97-63. Each game in Second Stage is important. but the teams lost the distance to top of the standings. Lietuvos rytas is placed...   [read more]

Ryan Toolson
Recap of Round 3 of Top 16 - 3 days ago
Group E Lokomotiv - Fuenlabrada 86-61 An interesting game for Russian Lokomotiv (3-0) which hosted in Kuban Spanish Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-2). Lokomotiv had an easy win 86-61. The game was mostly controlled by Lokomotiv. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lokomotiv made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Lokomotiv outrebounded Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 33-19 including a 23-10...   [read more]


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Eurocup Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Lokomotiv 3-0 
 2. UCAM Murcia 1-2 
 3. Gran Canaria 1-2 
 4. Fuenlabrada 1-2 
Group F
 1. B.Muenchen 3-0 
 2. Khimky 2-1 
 3. Lietkabelis 1-2 
 4. Ratiopharm 0-3 
Group G
 1. Zenit 2-1 
 2. Hapoel J-M 2-1 
 3. Lietuvos rytas 1-2 
 4. N.Novgorod 1-2 
Group H
 1. Valencia 3-0 
 2. Unicaja 2-1 
 3. ALBA 1-2 
 4. Cedevita 0-3 
Stage One Standings
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ryan TOOLSON
  Zenit
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Toolson, Zenit21.8 
 2. Kikanovic, ALBA20.9 
 3. Boatright, Cedevita20.4 
 4. Shved, Khimky20.3 
 5. Logan, Lietuvos.18.3 
 6. Jerrells, Hapoel J.17.4 
 7. Timma, Zenit17.3 
 8. Kuric, Gran Canaria17.1 
 9. Kane, N.Novgorod17.0 
 10. Strebkov, N.Nov.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Drew GORDON
  Lietuvos.
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Gordon, Lietuvos.9.5 
 2. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.8.3 
 3. Kane, N.Novgorod7.7 
 4. Rojas, UCAM M.7.0 
 5. Scott, MZT Skopje7.0 
 6. Kleber, B.Muenchen6.9 
 7. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija6.7 
 8. Booker, B.Muenchen6.5 
 9. White, Zenit6.3 
 10. Bilan, Cedevita6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Stefan MARKOVIC
  Zenit
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Markovic, Zenit9.1 
 2. Campazzo, UCAM M.7.2 
 3. Siva, ALBA6.1 
 4. Oliver, Gran Canaria5.9 
 5. Logan, Lietuvos.5.8 
 6. McCalebb, Gran C.5.4 
 7. Strebkov, N.Nov.5.4 
 8. Williams, Buducnost5.1 
 9. Hobbs, Ratiopharm4.9 
 10. Boatright, Cedevita4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  UCAM M.
  (181-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, UCAM M.2.4 
 2. Siva, ALBA2.1 
 3. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.9 
 4. Johnson, ALBA1.7 
 5. Dubljevic, Valencia1.6 
 6. Mbakwe, Zenit1.6 
 7. Logan, Lietuvos.1.5 
 8. Kane, N.Novgorod1.5 
 9. Rowland, Khimky1.5 
 10. Jerrells, Hapoel J.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Lietuvos.
  (211-C/F-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.2.0 
 2. Kravtsov, Valencia1.4 
 3. Begic, Cedevita1.4 
 4. Gaffney, ALBA1.3 
 5. Diagne, Fuenlabrada1.2 
 6. N'diaye, Unicaja1.2 
 7. Todorovic, Khimky1.1 
 8. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.1 
 9. Eric, RE.1.1 
 10. Pushkov, Zenit1.0 
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  Zenit
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