Rudupis - Hapoel J-M 85-72 Rudupis clinched the first EuroCup victory. The Lithuanian team overcame Jerusalem at home court. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) notched 26 points to lead the winners. It was a tough battle in the first half. The teams were tied at 16 after ten minutes. Rudupis eked out a narrow lead in the second frame. They posted a 35:33 halftime advantage. Rudupis started to get away in the third quarter. The hosts fired 26 points in the third quarter and piled up a 7-point advantage at the final intermission. Rudupis poured in 24 points in the fourth stanza and did give a single chance for the visitors. Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) nailed 14 points, while Arminas Urbutis added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Craig Smith (201-F-83, college: Boston Coll.) replied with 15 points for Jerusalem. Jacob Pullen delivered 13 points in the loss.
Nymburk - Budivelnyk 91-78
Gescrap BB - Buducnost 85-78 OT Gescrap Bilbao had to survive overtime drama to open win count in EuroCup season. The Spanish team withheld a severe opposition from Buducnost to seal the victory in regular season opener. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) chipped in 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Basque team to an overtime victory. Buducnost tipped off the game strong. The Montenegrin powerhouse secured a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. Bilbao trailed by as many as 9 points at the interval 31:40. Buducnost succeeded in the third term building a 56:43 lead at the third break. However Bilbao used a 17:2 run midway through the fourth stanza to level things up at 64. Buducnost arrived at the final seconds up by three points. However Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) was put to the penalty line. He sank first free throw and missed the second on purpose. The forward grabbed the key rebound and converted a jumper to tie things up at 71 forcing overtime. Kostas Vasiliadis connected from behind the arc early in the extra period to give the hosts necessary boost. They went on to win the game by 7 points. Nikolaos Zisis provided 14 points, while Kostas Vasiliadis finished with 17 points in the victory. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) answered with 17 points for Buducnost. Nikola Ivanovic netted 12 points in defeat.
Lukoil Academik - Spirou 93:75
Le Mans - Triumph 71-76 Triumph brought victory from France in the first game of EuroCup season. The Russian team shot down Le Mans on the road in Group C opener. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) was pivotal with 27 points and 6 rebounds for the visitors. Triumph silenced the hosts in the first frame. The Russian team went on a deadly 27:10 run in the opening quarter. Triumph kept a steady grip on the lead in the second term. They limited the hosts at 21 points in the first half to take a 40:21 lead. Le Mans finally shook off sloppiness in the third term. They erupted for 28 points in the quarter to cut the distance at 7-point mark 49:56. Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) drained three triples midway through the fourth period to give Triumph a 70:57 lead. Le Mans narrowed the gap but had no chance to save the day. Yuval Naimy finished with 17 points, while Tywain McKee netted 16 points for the winning side. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, college: Connecticut) answered with 19 points for Le Mans. Cuthbert Victor provided 14 points in the loss.
Art.Dragons - VEF Riga 72-82 VEF Riga confirmed their highest EuroCup ambitions this season clinching an impressive road win against Artland Dragons in the opener tonight. Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) and Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) posted 18 points each to lead the Latvian champions. VEF Riga started the game aggressively. They secured a 22:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Artland cut the deficit in the second stanza. The hosts clipped the margin at 5-point mark 32:37. However VEF Riga shifted the gear in the third term. The Latvian side unleashed 26 points and ensured a 12-point lead at the final intermission. Artland Dragons fought hard to rescue the battle but VEF Riga breezed to the victory at the end. Kristaps Janicenoks netted 15 points for the visitors. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) nailed 16 points for Artland Dragons. Dennis Horner had 13 points in the losing case.
Valencia - Banvit BK 88-78 Valencia clinched the first win in EuroCup regular season. They fired past visiting Banvit for 1-0 record in Group D. Pau Ribas (193-PG-87) delivered 23 points to pace the hosts. Valencia led by just two points at the first intermission 23:21. The hosts stretched the lead in the second frame. The Spaniards ensured a 47:43 halftime advantage. Valencia opened the second half with a 12:0 run to clear off. Banvit however stopped the rot late in the period and narrowed the deficit at 9-point mark 64:73 at the final break. Banvit narrowed the deficit in the fourth period. The Turkish team got within three points 76:79. However Serhiy Lishchuk and Markovic connected from behind the arc and Valencia ran away with the victory. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) delivered 16 points, while Serhiy Lishchuk netted 14 points in the win. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) answered with 16 points for Banvit. Sammy Mejia produced 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.
s.Oliver Baskets - Azovmash 81-77 s.Oliver Baskets celebrated the first EuroCup win. They held off Azovmash in Group D opener. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, college: Villanova) finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace the German side. Azovmash opened the game confidently. The Ukrainian team stayed aggressive defensively and secured a 7-point lead at the first break 16:9. But s.Oliver Baskets gradually picked up the tempo. They capped the first half with eight straight points to take a 34:33 lead. The visitors opened a 9-point advantage early in the second half 51:42. Azovmash maintained the lead and ensured a 61:57 advantage at the final intermission. Stuckey helped s.Oliver Baskets to pull in front early in the fourth stanza. The hosts kept Azovmash at bay in the final minutes and raced to the victory. LaMont McIntosh (190-G-82, college: Georgia St.) nailed 13 points, while John Little produced 10 points in the win. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) responded with 20 points for Azovmash. Lynn Greer topscored with 25 points in the loss.
Trefl Sopot - Galatasaray 65-94 Galatasaray had little problems in their EuroCup opener. The Turkish team breezed past Trefl Sopot in Poland. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) led well-balanced effort with 14 points. Galatasaray sent the strong message to the hosts in the fist ten minutes. The visitors won them 23:8. Trefl Sopot seemed to be on the way to recovery in the second term. They unleashed 28 points and cut the deficit at 11 points. But Galatasaray felt at home in the second half. The Turkish team built a comfortable 17-point advantage at the final break 68:51. They fired 26 points in the final stanza to celebrate victory. Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) chipped in 13 points, while Jamont Gordon had 12 points for the winning side. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) replied with 14 points for Trefl Sopot. Adam Waczynski had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts.
BC Donetsk - Lokomotiv 75-78 Lokomotiv Kuban opened win count in EuroCup regular season. The Russian powerhouse shot down BC Donetsk on the road tonight. Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) netted 17 points and distributed 8 assists to lead the visitors. Lokomotiv stormed into the game. They accounted for a 12:2 lead early in the encounter. The Russian team accumulated a 25:17 advantage after ten minutes. BC Donetsk adjusted their game in the second stanza. They slowed down the visitors and got within 4 points at halftime 36:40. BC Donetsk got closer in the third frame. The hosts narrowed the deficit to just two points at the final intermission. Lokomotiv used a 7:0 run midway through the final stanza to clear off. BC Donetsk did not surrender and Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) brought the hosts within one point 75:76 however Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) sank two free throws as Lokomotiv clinched the victory. Jimmy Baron provided 14 points, while Simas Jasaitis added 13 points for the winners. Ramel Curry responded with game-high 23 points for Donetsk. Vojdan Stojanovski netted 13 points in defeat.
Stelmet ZG - Unics 67-74 Unics registered the first win in EuroCup regular season. The Kazan team upset Stelmet Zielona Gora in Poland today. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) stepped up with 19 points for the visitors. The teams opened the game in a high tempo. The sides traded baskets as Unics snatched a 22:20 lead ten minutes into the game. Unics extended their advantage in the second quarter. The visitors accounted for a 42:35 halftime advantage. Unics held the hosts to just 12 points in the third stanza. The margin grew at 11-point mark at the final break 58:47. Stelmet Zielona Gora kept fighting till the final buzzer. They cut the deficit but Unics stayed well in control and stole a tough win. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) fired 17 points, while Ian Vougioukas netted 10 points for the winners. Walter Hodge responded with 16 points for Zielona Gora. Quinton Hosley added 13 points in the loss.
Cholet - Ratiopharm 71-93 Ratiopharm Ulm secured a confident start to their EuroCup campaign. They stunned Cholet Basket in France. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) netted 25 points for the German team. Ratiopharm Ulm surprised Cholet in the starting quarter. The German team went on a blistering 32:21 run to surge ahead. Ulm maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The visitors piled up a 51:36 halftime advantage. Ratiopharm Ulm did not give a single chance for Cholet after the big break. The Germans went on a 22:12 rally in the third quarter to boost the gap at 25-point mark. The hosts fired 23 points in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the loss. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) provided 16 points and 12 boards, while Daniel Theis had 12 points for the winners. Cholet answered with 14 points from Terrell Everett (193-G-84, college: Oklahoma). Marcus Goree delivered 12 points in the loss.
Cibona - Spartak SP 56-64 Spartak Saint Petersburg clinched the opening win in EuroCup season. The Russian team upset Cibona in Zagreb. Zack Wright (195-G-85, college: Central Mo.) and Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) nailed 13 points each for the winners. Spartak SP limited Cibona to just 13 points in the first quarter and posted a 4-point lead. Cibona narrowed the gap and trailed by just three points at the interval 30:33. The hosts continued to mount the pressure in the third term. Cibona got within a single point at the final intermission 49:50. But Spartak turned things their way in the fourth frame. They stiffened defence and held the home side to just 7 points in the final period claiming a confident win at the end. Loukas Mavrokefalidis provided 11 points for the winners. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) responded with 13 points for Cibona. Ante Masic had 12 points in the loss.
Banco di Sard. - Cajasol 87-84 Banco di Sardegna Sassari survived a tough challenge from Cajasol to post the win on the opening day of EuroCup regular season. The Italian side got 26 points from Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) to claim the victory. Sassari dominated in the opening quarter. They fired 25 points to take a 4-point lead. Cajasol slowed their opponents down in the second term. The Spaniards narrowed the gap at 3-point mark at halftime 42:45. The visitors drained 28 points in the third term to surge ahead. Cajasol posted a 70:66 lead at the final break. Sassari quickly restored lead in the final stanza. The hosts posted a 6-point advantage and though Cajasol cut the distance to 3 points the Spanish team ran out of time at the end. Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) finished with 16 points, while Travis Diener netted 12 points and issued 8 assists for the home side. Brian Asbury (200-SF-86, college: Miami, FL) responded with 19 points for Cajasol. John Holland netted 16 points in the loss.
Crvena Zvezda - Orleans 93-73 Crvena Zvezda entertained the home crowd with a comfortable win in EuroCup opener. The Belgrade team fired past Orleans at home court. Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) delivered 22 points and 7 rebounds for the Serbian side. Crvena Zvezda dominated from the starting minutes. The hosts ensured a 21:13 lead at the first break. Orleans stopped the rot in the second frame. The French team got within 6 points at halftime 43:37. But Crvena Zvezda quickly restored control in the game. They poured in 29 points in the third stanza for a 72:60 lead with ten minutes to go. Crvena Zvezda did not allow Orleans any closer in the fourth period and marched to the victory. Boris Savovic notched 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) had 19 points for the hosts. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) answered with 17 points for Orleans. Jahmar Young chipped in 14 points in the loss.
Coach Rimas Kurtinaitis (ex AV Cantu) signs at Lietuvos rytas - 9 days ago
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57-year old Lithuanian coach Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Alti Sport). He worked at AV Cantu in Italian Serie A. The last season Kurtinaitis coached at BC Khimky Moscow Region (VTB) in Russian league. Among other achievements he coached in the final of VTB United League in 2015. Kurtinaitis received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Coach of the Year award back in 2014. He was coaching Lithuanian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2008 and... [read more]
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) landed experienced 57-year old Lithuanian coach Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Alti Sport). He worked at AV Cantu in Italian Serie A. The last season Kurtinaitis coached at BC Khimky Moscow Region (VTB) in Russian league. Among other achievements he coached in the final of VTB United League in 2015. Kurtinaitis received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Coach of the Year award back in 2014. He was coaching Lithuanian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2008 and coached also U20 National Team in 2006. Kurtinaitis is a very experienced player. He has coached also professionally in Australia, Azerbaijan (Gala-Atena), France, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Spain.
O'Neale's 19 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - 10 days ago
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23-year old Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Gran Canaria and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16). He had the game-high 19 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Gran Canaria in his team's victory, helping them to crush Fuenlabrada (#3, 2-4) with 24-point margin 100-76. In the team's last game O'Neale had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usua... [read more]
23-year old Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Gran Canaria and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16). He had the game-high 19 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Gran Canaria in his team's victory, helping them to crush Fuenlabrada (#3, 2-4) with 24-point margin 100-76. In the team's last game O'Neale had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Royce O'Neale averages this season 10.6ppg and 5.4rpg.
Second best performed player last round was David Logan (185-G-82) of Lietuvos rytas. He is American-Polish guard in his first season at Lietuvos rytas. In the last game Logan recorded impressive 28 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. It was enough for Lietuvos rytas to edge slightly higher-ranked Zenit (3-3) by 2 points 86-84. Logan is a newcomer at Lietuvos rytas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.1ppg (#4). He also recorded 5.8 assists per game.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) of league's second-best Khimky. Shved got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. Despite Shved's great performance Khimky lost 74-96 to #1 ranked B.Muenchen. Shved has a great season in EuroCup. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.5ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 58.4% and 3PT: 41.2%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Maximilian Kleber (207-PF-92) of B.Muenchen - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Amare Stoudemire (208-F/C-82) of Hapoel J-M - 19 points and 9 rebounds 6. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) of Valencia - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Dejan Musli (213-C-91) of Unicaja - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85) of Hapoel J-M - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Sergey Karasev (201-SG-93) of Zenit - 24 points and 6 rebounds 10. DeAndre Kane (193-G-89) of N.Novgorod - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
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)
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American guard Jimmy Baron (191-89kg-86, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Neptunas (LKL). In 22 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg this season. Baron also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 14.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg. The last season he played at Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 2.9rpg an... [read more]
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American guard Jimmy Baron (191-89kg-86, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Neptunas (LKL). In 22 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg this season. Baron also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 14.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg. The last season he played at Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.6apg. Baron helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Baron also played 9 games in Eurocup where he got 14.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.7apg. Baron has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention award back in 2012. Baron is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Roma Virtus), Russia (Lokomotiv), Turkey (Banvit and Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi) and Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and Gipuzkoa). Baron attended Rhode Island University until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
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