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Round 3 (Regular Season)

Group A
Cedevita 58% Oct.25 Andorra
Paris-Levall Oct.25 Fiat TO 97%
Darussafaka 59% Oct.25 Unics
Group B
Buducnost 99% Oct.25 Galatasaray
Lietkabelis 56% Oct.25 Grissin Bon
Hapoel J-M Oct.25 B.Muenchen 97%
Group C
Limoges 59% Oct.25 ALBA
Lietuvos ryt Oct.25 Lokomotiv 76%
RETAbet BB 94% Oct.25 Partizan NI
Group D
Ratiopharm 54% Oct.25 Gran Canaria
Dolomiti En 56% Oct.25 Tofas
ASVEL 60% Oct.25 Zenit
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.   




Jalen
Reynolds
Jalen Reynolds gets MVP of the Week award for EuroCup - 3 days ago
American Jalen Reynolds (208-F-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Grissin Bon RE and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 23 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team edged out Galatasaray (#6, 0-2) 74-71. Grissin Bon RE need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. Reynolds turned to be Grissin Bon RE's top player in his first season with the team. Xavier University graduate has ver...   [read more]

Curtis
Jerrells
Curtis Jerrells left Hapoel Jerusalem - 3 days ago
30-year old American point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-88kg-87, college: Baylor) left Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League). In two games he had 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg this season. He also played 2 games in Eurocup where he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.0apg and 2.0spg. Jerrells played there also last season. In 39 Winner League games he averaged 13.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Quite imp...   [read more]

Scottie
Wilbekin
Results and Stats from Round 2 of Regular Season - 4 days ago
Group A Unics - Paris-Levallois 76-68 There was no surprise when French Paris-Levallois (0-2) were defeated on the road by Russian Unics Kazan (2-0) 76-68 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 42-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Unics Kazan dominated on the defensive end, holding Paris-Levallois to just 6 points in third quarter. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Unics Kazan looked well-orga...   [read more]


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Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1 Darussafaka 2-0 
 2 Fiat TO 2-0 
 3 Unics 2-0 
 4 Andorra 0-2 
 5 Cedevita 0-2 
 6 Paris-Levallois 0-2 
Group B
 1 B.Muenchen 2-0 
 2 Buducnost 2-0 
 3 Grissin Bon RE 1-1 
 4 Lietkabelis 1-1 
 5 Galatasaray 0-2 
 6 Hapoel J-M 0-2 
Group C
 1 Lokomotiv 2-0 
 2 Limoges 1-1 
 3 RETAbet BB 1-1 
 4 ALBA 1-1 
 5 Lietuvos rytas 1-1 
 6 Partizan NIS 0-2 
Group D
 1 ASVEL 1-1 
 2 Dolomiti En. TR 1-1 
 3 Gran Canaria 1-1 
 4 Ratiopharm 1-1 
 5 Tofas 1-1 
 6 Zenit 1-1 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Amedeo DELLA VALLE
  Grissin.
  (192-SG-93)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Della-Valle, Grissin.22.5 
 2. Prepelic, Paris-Le.20.5 
 3. Mavrokefalid., Lietuvos.20.5 
 4. Kadji, Tofas20.5 
 5. Miller, Partizan.19.5 
 6. Todorovic, RE.19.5 
 7. Ragland, Lokomotiv18.5 
 8. Hopson, Galatasaray18.5 
 9. Wilbekin, Darussafaka18.0 
 10. Mbakwe, Fiat TO17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Drew GORDON
  Zenit
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 11
 1. Gordon, Zenit11.0 
 2. Reynolds, Grissin .10.0 
 3. Aldemir, Darussaf.9.0 
 4. Diaw, Paris-Levallois8.5 
 5. Peterson, Lietuvos.8.0 
 6. Mbakwe, Fiat TO8.0 
 7. Christmas, Galatasa.7.5 
 8. Owens, Tofas7.0 
 9. Hendrix, Galatasa.6.5 
 10. Sikma, ALBA6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Baris ERMIS
  Tofas
  (194-PG-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Ermis, Tofas9.5 
 2. Kramer, Lietuvos.8.0 
 3. Albicy, Andorra8.0 
 4. Gordic, Buducnost7.5 
 5. Jovic, B.Muenchen7.0 
 6. Dyson, Hapoel J-M6.5 
 7. Williams, Lietkabelis6.5 
 8. Colom, Unics6.5 
 9. Mekel, Gran C.6.0 
 10. Akpinar, Ratio.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 DeMarcus NELSON
  AS.
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Nelson, AS.3.0 
 2. Ohayon, Hapoel J-M3.0 
 3. Hobbs, B.Muenchen2.5 
 4. Forray, Dolomiti.2.5 
 5. Smith, Unics2.5 
 6. Aguilar, Gran Canaria2.0 
 7. Ozdemiroglu, Darussaf.2.0 
 8. Elegar, Lokomotiv2.0 
 9. Ragland, Lokomotiv2.0 
 10. Jerrells, Hapoel J.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Unics
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lasme, Unics3.0 
 2. Sikma, ALBA2.0 
 3. Owens, Tofas2.0 
 4. Jaiteh, Limoges2.0 
 5. Hendrix, Galatasa.1.5 
 6. Elegar, Lokomotiv1.0 
 7. Lockett, Unics1.0 
 8. Madgen, Lietuvos.1.0 
 9. Balvin, Gran Canaria1.0 
 10. Marinkovic, Partizan.1.0 
Player of the Week

 Jalen Reynolds
  Grissin Bon RE
  ( 208-F-92 )
  
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