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.
Kikanovic number one in EuroCup for round 9 - 23 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 - 2 days 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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