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.
Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) agreed terms with 32-year old American guard Mardy Collins (198-100kg-84, college: Temple). It is actually his comeback to Kuban as he has played here before. Collins was about to sign at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. The last season he played at Strasbourg IG (ProA) in ProA. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Collins was exposed to basketball on different levels where in 41 ProA games he had 8.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 4.0apg. He helped the... [read more]
Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) agreed terms with 32-year old American guard Mardy Collins (198-100kg-84, college: Temple). It is actually his comeback to Kuban as he has played here before. Collins was about to sign at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. The last season he played at Strasbourg IG (ProA) in ProA. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Collins was exposed to basketball on different levels where in 41 ProA games he had 8.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 4.0apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com French ProA All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Collins also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.5apg. He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he recorded 13.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.1spg. In 2006 Collins was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in first round (29th overall). He attended Temple University and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. Collins won D-League West Conference championship title in 2012. He is quite experienced player. Collins' career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in nine different countries. Collins tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in China (Jiangsu Dragons), Israel (Maccabi Ashdod), Italy (Sutor Montegranaro), Poland (PGE Turow), Turkey (Bornova), Venezuela (Guaros), NBA (LA Clippers) and D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders and Iowa Energy). On Collins:
(by Mardy Collins for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Very smooth offensive abilities ... Plays a controlled game, doesn't try to be too flashy or make spectacular plays, keeps it simple and effective ... Excellent vision and passing ... Shooting mechanics and fundamentals are very good ... Good ball handler ... Long arms help out with closing passing lanes and getting to the rim ...
Lacks a very athletic body, especially on appearance ... Not a very physical player, should use his size advantage better offensively ...
Buducnost to sign Marcus Williams, ex Crvena Zvezda - 4 hours ago
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KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (Erste Liga) reportedly agreed on terms of contract with 31-year old American guard Marcus Williams (191-101kg-85, college: Connecticut). He played most recently at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS league, but was released by the team in Dec.'15. In three Euroleague games he had 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.3apg last season. Williams also played 3 games in ABA League where he recorded 3.3ppg and 2.7apg. In 2006 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (22nd o... [read more]
KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (Erste Liga) reportedly agreed on terms of contract with 31-year old American guard Marcus Williams (191-101kg-85, college: Connecticut). He played most recently at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS league, but was released by the team in Dec.'15. In three Euroleague games he had 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.3apg last season. Williams also played 3 games in ABA League where he recorded 3.3ppg and 2.7apg. In 2006 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (22nd overall). The former University of Connecticut staris in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. He won Serbian League championship title. Williams was voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention in 2015. He is quite experienced player. Williams has played in five different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in China (Jiangsu Dragons), Puerto Rico (Manati), Russia (Unics Kazan, Enisey and Lokomotiv), Spain (Unicaja Malaga) and NBA (Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies). Williams could be described:
(by David Duane for NBADraft.net in 2006)
He's a threat from the outside now which allows him to penetrate and dish or finish more often ... When big men challenge him in the paint, he uses a crafty floater/tear drop type of shot that he has really perfected ... He is practically unstoppable in the open court because his decision making is so quick and precise ...
Though he makes the right decision on the break, oftentimes he turns the ball over after drive in the lane while trying to feed teammates ... Actually needs to be more selfish at times, especially late in games when teammates are struggling ...
BC Khimky Moscow Region (VTB) retained 24-year old Montenegrin forward Marko Todorovic (209-111kg-92). It is actually his comeback to Khimky as he has played here before. Todorovic played last season at Dominion Bilbao Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa on loan. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 9 Liga Endesa games he had 6.8ppg and 4.6rpg. Todorovic also played for BC Khimky Moscow Region that season where in 16 Euroleague games he recorded 5.0ppg and 3.8rpg.... [read more]
BC Khimky Moscow Region (VTB) retained 24-year old Montenegrin forward Marko Todorovic (209-111kg-92). It is actually his comeback to Khimky as he has played here before. Todorovic played last season at Dominion Bilbao Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa on loan. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 9 Liga Endesa games he had 6.8ppg and 4.6rpg. Todorovic also played for BC Khimky Moscow Region that season where in 16 Euroleague games he recorded 5.0ppg and 3.8rpg. He also played 15 games in VTB United League where he recorded 8.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg. Three years ago Todorovic was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (45th overall). The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Spanish Cup (Cope del Rey) in 2014. Todorovic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Center of the Year in 2015. He was also a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. Todorovic played for Montenegrin Senior National Team between 2013 and 2014 and previously for U21 National Team in 2012. He also represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) five years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 8.6ppg, Reb-5 (7.9rpg), Steals-4 (1.4spg), 1.1bpg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT-3 (60.0%), FT: 69.6%. Todorovic has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Spain for FIATC Joventut FC Barcelona CB Prat.
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