Hapoel J-M - CEZ Nymburk 69-86 Nymburk completed a successful trip to the Israel tonight. The Czech champions shot down Hapoel Jerusalem on the road to celebrate the second straight EuroCup victory. Vojtech Hruban (202-G/F-89) stepped up with 19 points for the visitors. Nymburk made sure they enjoyed a 16:13 lead after ten minutes. Jerusalem cut the deficit in the second term. The hosts got within two points at halftime 35:37. Nymburk stepped on the gas in the third term. The Czech side exploded with 25 points to open a 7-point lead with ten minutes to go. Nymburk stayed in control throughout the final period. The visitors nailed 24 points and cruised to the victory. Petr Benda (203-C-82, agency: Court Side) notched 16 points, while Lukas Palyza and Radoslav Rancik added 12 points each for the winners. Craig Smith (201-F-83, college: Boston Coll.) answered with 23 points for Jerusalem. Jacob Pullen netted 14 points in the loss.
Budivelnyk - Rudupis 84-57 Budivelnyk opened win count in EuroCup season. The Ukrainian team overcame Rudupis at home court to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) and Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) provided 16 points for the winners. Rudupis ensured a strong start to the clash. The Lithuanian team pulled ahead to establish a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. But Budivelnyk made necessary arrangements in the first break and stiffened their defence. The hosts limited Prienai to just 20 points in the next two quarters to surge ahead. Budivelnyk secured a 55:42 lead with one quarter to go. Budivelnyk erupted for 29 points in the final ten minutes to clinch an important home win. Malcolm Delaney finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Arturas Valeika (207-F-85, college: Midland CC) answered with 15 points for Prienai. Gintaras Kadziulis netted 12 points in the loss.
Spirou - Gescrap BB 69-85 Gescrap Bilbao posted the second win in EuroCup regular season. The Spanish team surprised Belgacom Spirou in Belgium today. The Basque team improved at 2-0 record on top of Group B. Spirou fell at 0-2 record. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) scored 17 points to lead the winners. Gescrap Bilbao enjoyed a 23:17 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. The Spaniards arrived at halftime up by 7 points 41:34. The third term became disastrous for the hosts. Spirou conceded a 12:27 rally from the visitors to trail by as many as 22 points at the final intermission. Spirou cut the deficit in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss at the end. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) and Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) posted 14 points each for Gescrap Bilbao. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) answered with 26 points for Spirou. Derrick Allen chipped in 17 points in the loss.
Buducnost - Lukoil Academik 75-72 Buducnost opened win count in EuroCup regular season. The Montenegrin champions toppled Lukoil in Podgorica for 1-1 record in Group B. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) was responsible for 16 points in the victory. Buducnost led by four points 23:19 after ten minutes. Lukoil however erased the deficit in the second frame. The Bulgarian team tied the score at 43 at halftime. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Buducnost and Lukoil entered the fourth frame tied at 60. But Buducnost capitalized on some late errors from Lukoil to surge ahead. The hosts hung on to win the battle. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) provided 15 points, while Dusko Bunic added 14 points for Buducnost. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points, college: San Diego St.) responded with 15 points for Lukoil. Darryl Watkins finished with 14 points in the loss.
VEF Riga - Le Mans 80-89 Le Mans opened EuroCup win count. The French team overcame VEF Riga in the Latvian capital tonight. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record in Group C. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) paced Le Mans with 22 points. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 22:22 after ten minutes. The situation hardly changed in the second quarter. The teams exchanged baskets arriving at halftime tied at 42. Le Mans put their noses in front in the third term. The visitors knocked down 24 points in the third quarter to gain a 4-point lead at the final intermission. Le Mans exploded with 23 points in the final frame and hung on to clinch the victory. Pape Sy (201-G/F-88) and Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, college: Connecticut) provided 13 points each for the winners. Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds for VEF Riga. Kristaps Janicenoks chipped in 14 points in the loss.
Triumph - Art.Dragons 84-79 OT Triumph registered the second victory in EuroCup Group C. They overcame Artland Dragons in overtime. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) stepped up with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge. The Dragons suffered the second loss in a row. Triumph enjoyed a 21:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Artland cut the deficit in the second frame. The German team got within 4 points at the interval 38:34. The Dragons took over in the third quarter. The visitors ignited a 20:9 rally to ensure a 7-point lead before the final term. But Triumph refused to surrender. The Russian team exploded with 25 points in the fourth term and forced the game into overtime. Triumph carried the momentum into the extra period and sealed the victory in overtime. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) netted 15 points, while Artem Kuzyakin added 14 points for the hosts. Petar Popovic (211-C-79) and Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) had 19 points each for the Dragons. Bryce Taylor chipped in 18 points and collected 9 rebounds in the loss.
Banvit BK - s.Oliver Baskets 101-82 Banvit overcame a slow start to knock down s.Oliver Baskets for the opening win in EuroCup season. The Turkish team was paced by 23 points from Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul). Wuerzburg slipped at 1-1 record after the loss. The visitors started the game aggressively. The German team accounted for a 32:22 lead at the first intermission. Banvit lived up to the challenge and answered with a 32-point haul in the second term. The hosts denied the deficit and posted a 54:50 lead into the second half. Banvit stayed in charge throughout the third term. The Turkish ensured a 76:71 lead at the final intermission. Banvit kept s.Oliver Baskets at bay in the fourth quarter and breezed to the victory. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) netted 18 points and pulled down 8 rebounds, while Kalin Lucas added 14 points in the winning case. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, college: Villanova) responded with 20 points for s.Oliver Baskets. Jimmy McKinney netted 13 points in the loss.
Azovmash - Valencia 70-76 Valencia clinched the second straight win at EuroCup regular season. The Spanish team overcame Azovmash in Mariupol to stay on top of Group D. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) posted 14 points each to lead the visitors. Azovmash are now at 0-2 record in the ladder. Azovmash looked confident from the starting moments. The hosts piled up a 23:13 lead after the opening quarter. But Valencia stopped the rot in the second quarter. The Spanish team cut the deficit and eventually tied things up at 40 at the interval. Valencia surged ahead in the third quarter. The visitors unloaded 24 points and accumulated a 10-point lead at the final intermission. Azovmash managed to get within 4 points 70:74 late in the regulation before Quinn sealed the victory for Valencia with a bucket. Florent Pietrus accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Pecherov answered with 18 points for Azovmash. Ivan Paunic (194-SG-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points in the loss.
Galatasaray - BC Donetsk 72-68 Galatasaray clinched the second EuroCup win. They held off visiting BC Donetsk to stay undefeated in Group E. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) accounted for 22 points to lead the winners. BC Donetsk are now at 0-2 record. BC Donetsk looked the better side in the first term. The Ukrainian team posted an 18:14 lead after the opening frame. Galatasaray however responded with a 25:15 run in the second quarter. The hosts surged ahead for a 6-point halftime advantage. Galatasaray stayed in charge throughout the third term. The Turkish team arrived at the final break up by 9 points 56:47. BC Donetsk cut the margin in the final minutes but Galatasaray survived the challenge and got away as winners. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) posted 13 points, while Ersin Dagli had 12 points for Galatasaray. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) answered with 17 points for BC Donetsk. Vojdan Stojanovski chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Lokomotiv - Trefl Sopot 99-79 Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) scored 29 points as Lokomotiv rallied to the second straight win in EuroCup season. The Krasnodar team overcame visiting Trefl Sopot for 2-0 record in Group F. Trefl Sopot suffered the second straight defeat. Lokomotiv unloaded 27 points in the first ten minutes to accumulate a 5-point lead. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Lokomotiv ensured a 49:39 halftime advantage. Trefl Sopot cut the margin in the third term. The visitors got within 9 points at the final intermission. But Lokomotiv quickly picked up the tempo and went on to score 34 points in the final period clinching the victory. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) finished with 16 points, while Maxim Grigoryev added 14 points for Lokomotiv. Frank Turner (178-PG-88, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) answered with 15 points for Trefl Sopot. Filip Dylewicz netted 13 points in the loss.
Panionios - Stelmet ZG 70-76 Stelmet Zielona Gora claimed the first EuroCup win this season. They knocked down Panionios on the road to improve at 1-1 record in Group F. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) came up with 19 points to pace the visitors. Zielona Gora went on a 12:0 run in the opening quarter to clear off. The Polish team posted a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 20-point mark in the second quarter. Panionios faced a 23:42 halftime deficit. Panionios improved their performance in the second half. The Greek team cut the deficit at 13-point mark with one quarter to go. The Hellenes trimmed the distance at 5 points with three minutes remaining. However Walter Hodge and Quinton Hosley knocked down crucial baskets late in regulation to seal the victory for the visitors. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Quinton Hosley chipped in 14 points, collected 6 boards and issued 5 assists for Zielona Gora. Vlantimir Giankovits (202-F-90) answered with 16 points for Panionios. Christopher Booker produced 14 points in the losing case.
Unics - Oostende 83-72 Unics registered the second straight win at the start of EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Oostende in Kazan tonight. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) stepped up with 20 points to lead the hosts. Oostende fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Unics stormed into the game. They accounted for a 27:15 lead after ten minutes. the hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Unics accumulated a 48:34 halftime advantage. The Kazan team kept Oostende at bay throughout the third quarter. The Russian powerhouse entered the final period up by 18 points 70:52. Oostende narrowed the deficit in the final term but could not challenge the deficit. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) delivered 18 points, Vladimir Veremeenko added 14 points for Unics. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) answered with 15 points for Oostende. Dusan Katnic and Dusan Djordjevic netted 11 points each in the loss.
Spartak SP - Cholet 69-60 Spartak Saint Petersburg clinched the second consecutive EuroCup win. They shot down visiting Cholet behind 21 points from Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas). Spartak improved at 2-0 record, while dropping Cholet at 0-2 in Group G. Cholet got to a slightly better start. The French team surged ahead for a 13:8 lead after ten minutes. Spartak adjusted their offensive schemes and cut the margin at single point 31:32 at halftime. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Cholet however managed to ensure a one-point lead at the final intermission. But the fourth term belonged fully to Spartak. The hosts went on a 22:12 run and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) and Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) posted 11 points apiece for the winners. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) answered with 15 points for Cholet. Terrell Everett netted 14 points in the defeat.
Ratiopharm - Cibona 83-68 Ratiopharm Ulm entertained the home crowd with a comfortable EuroCup win tonight. They rallied past Cibona to improve at 2-0 record in Group G. Cibona are now at 0-2 record at the bottom of the standings. Philipp Schwethelm (201-SF-89, agency: Pro One Sports) posted 22 points to lead the winners. Ratiopharm Ulm exploded with 28 points in the first quarter to clear off. Ulm added 22 points in the second term to accumulate a 50:34 halftime advantage. Cibona slowed the home team down in the third quarter. The Croatian team trimmed the margin to 14 points at the final intermission. But Ratiopharm Ulm did not give a single chance for the visitors in the fourth period and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) had 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Daniel Theis and Keaton Nankivil netted 13 points each in the win. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) had 18 points for Cibona. Davor Kus netted 14 points in the loss.
Orleans - Banco di Sard. 88-75 Orleans celebrated the opening win at EuroCup regular season. The French team shot down Banco di Sardegna Sassari at home court. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record in Group H. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) orchestrated the victory scoring 23 points and pulling down 8 rebounds for Orleans. The Italian team grabbed a 25:22 lead at the end of the first quarter. But Orleans quickly responded and denied the deficit in the second term. The hosts secured a 46:41 lead at the interval. Pellin and Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86, college: Maryland) opened a 10-point lead 62:52 for the home side. Sassari refused to give in. The visitors cut the deficit at just three points 70:73 midway through the final term. But Orleans ignited a 10:0 run and cleared off for good. Bambale Osby delivered 15 points, while Fernando Raposo Laurencio contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds for Orleans. Tony Easley (206-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Murray St.) answered with 20 points and 13 boards for Sassari. Marvis Thornton had 16 points in the loss.
Cajasol - Crvena Zvezda 93-95 OT Crvena Zvezda improved at 2-0 record in EuroCup Group H. The Serbian powerhouse upset Cajasol in Seville today. The teams went an extra mile before figuring out winner. Crvena Zvezda snatched a narrow victory in overtime. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) unloaded 25 points to lead the winners. Cajasol enjoyed a 20:17 lead at the first break. But Crvena Zvezda surged ahead in the second term to secure a 33:30 halftime advantage. The Serbian team cleared off in the third quarter. They seemed en route to the victory posting a 59:45 advantage into the fourth period. But Cajasol dropped impressive 38 points in the quarter and forced overtime. Subotic and Igor Rakocevic scored from the penalty line in the crucial seconds to bring Crvena Zvezda to the victory. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) netted 16 points, while DeMarcus Nelson added 15 points for the visitors. Brian Asbury (200-SF-86, college: Miami, FL) topscored with 26 points for Cajasol. Tomas Satoransky netted 21 points in the loss.
BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) landed 26-year old Croatian international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90). He already started the season at Avtodor in the VTB. In 6 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg this season. Zubcic also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg. The last season he played at another team OKC Blue in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. In 37 games he recorded 7.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4apg. In 2012 Zubcic was drafted... [read more]
BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) landed 26-year old Croatian international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90). He already started the season at Avtodor in the VTB. In 6 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg this season. Zubcic also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg. The last season he played at another team OKC Blue in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. In 37 games he recorded 7.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4apg. In 2012 Zubcic was drafted by Drafted by Toronto Raptors (NBA) in second round (56th overall). Among other achievements he won Croatian A1 League championship title in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Zubcic was selected to Croatian League All-Star Game back in 2010. He has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Zubcic has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2009 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009. He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia six years ago. Zubcic's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.3ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 73.3%. Zubcic has played previously professionally in Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas) and Croatia (Cibona, KK Zadar, Cedevita and Rudes). Let's have closer look into His outlook:
A very talented frontcourt player who seems not ready to bang inside, due to skinny frame and poor fighting mentality. Has great mid-range shooting and passing skills, his future could be at the 4 position.
Strebkov's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - 2 days ago
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25-year old point guard Ivan Strebkov (192-PG-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for N.Novgorod and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. He had the game-high 31 points adding two rebounds and four assists for N.Novgorod in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lietkabelis (#4, 3-4) 91-89. N.Novgorod is placed at 3rd position in their group in EuroCup group A. N.Novgorod is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle o... [read more]
25-year old point guard Ivan Strebkov (192-PG-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for N.Novgorod and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. He had the game-high 31 points adding two rebounds and four assists for N.Novgorod in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lietkabelis (#4, 3-4) 91-89. N.Novgorod is placed at 3rd position in their group in EuroCup group A. N.Novgorod 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 3-3 record. In the team's last game Strebkov had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at N.Novgorod and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Strebkov has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.2ppg), assists (7th best: 5.2apg) and averages solid 60.0% FGP and 40.5% from behind 3-point line.
Second best performed player last round was Chris Babb (196-G-90) of Ratiopharm. He is American guard in his 2nd season at Ratiopharm. In the last game Babb recorded impressive 30 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Ratiopharm to edge slightly lower-ranked Lokomotiv (#4, 2-4) by 4 points 105-101. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group D. Ratiopharm consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. Babb is well-known at Ratiopharm and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.
Third place about best performers goes to another N.Novgorod's star - guard DeAndre Kane (193-G-89, agency: BeoBasket). Kane scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of N.Novgorod, helping his team with a 91-89 win against #4 ranked Lietkabelis. N.Novgorod needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group A. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Kane has a great season in EuroCup. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Mardy Collins (198-G-84) of Lokomotiv - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists 5. Simas Galdikas (204-F/C-87) of Lietkabelis - 20 points and 8 rebounds 6. Stefan Markovic (196-G-88) of Zenit - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists 7. Devin Oliver (204-SF-92) of Un.Olimpija - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-F-88) of Khimky - 18 points and 5 rebounds 9. Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85) of Lietkabelis - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Arturas Gudaitis (211-C/F-93) of Lietuvos rytas - 11 points and 16 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)
Results and Stats from Round 8 of Regular Season - 3 days ago
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Group A Cedevita - MZT Skopje 95-61 No shocking result in a game when second ranked Croatian Cedevita (5-2) crushed bottom-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (0-6) in Zagreb 95-61 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. MZT Skopje was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded MZT Skopje 43-24 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college:... [read more]
No shocking result in a game when second ranked Croatian Cedevita (5-2) crushed bottom-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (0-6) in Zagreb 95-61 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. MZT Skopje was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded MZT Skopje 43-24 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college: Connecticut) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Center Miro Bilan (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Stefan Sinovec (195-88, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 10 points and Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-86) added 14 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for MZT Skopje. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cedevita have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Croatian champion maintains second position in Group A with 5-2 record having just one point less than leader Gran Canaria. Defending FYR Macedonian champion MZT Skopje still closes the standings with six games lost. Cedevita will have a break next round. MZT Skopje will play at home against BC Nizhny Novgorod (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: Cedevita: R.Boatright 20+2reb+3ast, R.James 15+5reb, M.Bilan 14+6reb+2ast, T.Katic 10+1reb+2ast, K.Zganec 9+6reb+1ast, D.Musa 8+4reb MZT Skopje: J.Lalic 14+2reb, S.Sinovec 10+4reb+3ast, M.Simonovski 9+1reb+1ast, D.Drenovac 8+3reb+4ast, C.Kloof 5+2reb+5ast, L.Mladenovski 4+1reb+1ast
Important game to mention about took place in Nizhny Novgorod. Fourth ranked Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (3-3) saved a 2-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Lithuanian Lietkabelis (3-4) 91-89 in the fight for the third place. The game without a history. BC Nizhny Novgorod led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely Lietkabelis outrebounded BC Nizhny Novgorod 33-20 including 20 on the defensive glass. Lietkabelis were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Ivan Strebkov (192-91) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and American guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) who added 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four BC Nizhny Novgorod players scored in double figures. Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Simas Galdikas (204-87) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. BC Nizhny Novgorod moved-up to third place in Group A. Lietkabelis at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play against bottom-ranked MZT Skopje (#5) on the road in the next round. Lietkabelis will play against the league's leader Gran Canaria and hope to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: N.Novgorod: I.Strebkov 31+2reb+4ast, S.Vene 16+6reb+2ast, D.Kane 16+9reb+3ast, P.Gubanov 13+1reb+2ast, K.Boynton 9+1reb+3ast, K.Bristol 2 Lietkabelis: B.Madgen 20+6reb+3ast, S.Galdikas 20+8reb, L.Williams 12+4reb+2ast, Z.Skucas 9+3reb+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 8+3reb+2ast, Z.Janavicius 6+2ast
Everything could happen in Vilnius at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas and one of their biggest challengers Spanish RETAbet BB had identical 2-3 record. This time Lietuvos rytas used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Bilbao 83-71 on Wednesday night. It was a key game for the second position in Group B. The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos rytas. RETAbet BB was better in second period 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded RETAbet BB 39-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 assists. Power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. American-Kosovan swingman Scott Bamforth (188-89, college: Weber St., agency: BeoBasket) replied with 16 points and 5 assists and Nigerian power forward Micheal Eric (210-88, college: Temple) added 13 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for RETAbet BB. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietuvos rytas have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with Fuenlabrada. Loser RETAbet BB dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. Lietuvos rytas will face ALBA Berlin (#4) at home in the next round. RETAbet BB will play against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Lietuvos rytas: D.Logan 23+1reb+6ast, C.Fisher 15+1reb+1ast, A.Gudaitis 11+16reb+1ast, D.Gailius 9+1reb+2ast, D.Gordon 8+10reb+2ast, R.Giedraitis 8+1reb RETAbet BB: S.Bamforth 16+2reb+5ast, M.Eric 13+7reb, A.Hervelle 10+2reb+5ast, I.Buva 10+2reb, D.Todorovic 7+7reb+1ast, T.Borg 6+1reb+7ast
An interesting game for Russian Khimky (5-2) which hosted in Khimky 3rd ranked German ALBA Berlin (3-4). First ranked Khimky managed to get a 11-point victory 88-77. ALBA Berlin was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Khimky made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 ALBA Berlin turnovers and outrebounded them 34-16 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Khimky players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by ALBA Berlin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-94, agency: Alti Sport) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Markel Brown (191-92, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 19 points. Four Khimky players scored in double figures. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and American Dominique Johnson (192-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimky maintains first position in Group B with 5-2 record. ALBA Berlin lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Khimky will have a break next round. ALBA Berlin will play on the road against the league's second-placed Lietuvos rytas (#2) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Khimky: M.Brown 19+2reb+2ast, N.Boungou-Colo 18+5reb, J.Pullen 13+2reb+3ast, S.Ilnitskiy 10+10reb+4ast, V.Zaytsev 9+5reb+3ast, E.Vyaltsev 8+2reb+2ast ALBA: E.Kikanovic 22+5reb+3ast, D.Johnson 18+2reb+5ast, D.Milosavljevic 12+2reb+7ast, A.Vargas 7+1reb+3ast, I.Akpinar 5+1reb+2ast, M.Miller 5+1reb
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked German Bayern Muenchen as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group C. Bayern Muenchen edged 4th ranked Spanish Unicaja Malaga at home 72-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Unicaja Malaga. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 37-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Nick Johnson (191-92, college: Arizona) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Danilo Barthel (208-91) contributed with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-90, college: Arizona) replied with 12 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) added 13 points in the effort for Unicaja Malaga. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Unicaja Malaga at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Just two games before the end of Regular Season and it may be the most important game of the season next round when Unicaja Malaga faces strong UCAM Murcia trying to get back on the winning streak. Bayern Muenchen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Top scorers: B.Muenchen: N.Johnson 20+2reb+2ast, B.Taylor 10, M.Kleber 9+6reb+1ast, D.Barthel 8+8reb+4ast, N.Djedovic 7+1reb, V.Lucic 5+2reb+1ast Unicaja: J.Smith 13+3reb+2ast, K.Fogg 12+4reb+5ast, H.N'diaye 9+1reb, D.Musli 9+5reb+2ast, J.Brooks 7+5reb+2ast, D.Diez 6+3reb
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Spanish UCAM Murcia (4-3) against fourth ranked Russian Zenit (4-2) on Wednesday night. Host UCAM Murcia was defeated by Zenit in Murcia 90-77. It was a key game for the second position in Group C. The game was mostly controlled by Zenit. UCAM Murcia managed to win third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American guard Ryan Toolson (193-85, college: Utah Valley) who scored that evening 22 points and 4 assists and Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (196-88) supported him with 14 points and 11 assists. Four Zenit players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 4 assists by Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91) did not help to save the game for UCAM Murcia. American point guard Billy Baron (187-90, college: Canisius) added 12 points for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zenit moved-up to second place in Group C. Loser UCAM Murcia dropped to the third position with three games lost. Zenit will meet bottom-ranked Buducnost (#5) in the next round. UCAM Murcia will play against Unicaja Malaga and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Zenit: R.Toolson 22+2reb+4ast, J.Timma 16+3reb+3ast, S.Markovic 14+2reb+11ast, K.Landry 11+10reb, E.Valiev 7+2reb, A.White 6+11reb UCAM Murcia: F.Campazzo 17+3reb+4ast, V.Faverani 12+3reb+1ast, B.Baron 12+4reb+3ast, M.Pocius 9+2reb+2ast, N.Radovic 9+5reb, P.Llompart 6+2reb+1ast
An interesting game for German ratiopharm Ulm (4-3) which hosted in Ulm one of their biggest challengers Russian Lokomotiv (2-4). Third ranked ratiopharm Ulm managed to get a 4-point victory 105-101. ratiopharm Ulm made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Lokomotiv was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Da'Sean Butler (201-88, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. ratiopharm Ulm's coach used entire bench in such tough game. Guard Mardy Collins (198-84, college: Temple) replied with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and guard Matt Janning (196-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 20 points in the effort for Lokomotiv. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm maintains third position in Group D with 4-3 record behind leader Gran Canaria. Loser Lokomotiv keeps the fourth place with four games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will have a break next round. Lokomotiv will play at home against the league's second-placed Hapoel Jerusalem (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Ratiopharm: C.Babb 30+5reb+3ast, T.Ohlbrecht 20, D.Butler 16+6reb+2ast, A.Rubit 12+4reb+2ast, R.Morgan 12+4reb+1ast, B.Hobbs 6+2reb+10ast Lokomotiv: M.Collins 26+6reb+6ast, M.Janning 20+2reb+3ast, K.Jones 15+4reb, D.Khvostov 11+3reb+4ast, E.Baburin 10+1ast, R.Broekhoff 7+7reb+3ast
Rather predictable result when second ranked Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem (4-2) won against at home bottom-ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (1-6) 81-69 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Jerusalem. Un.Olimpija was better in fourth quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Un.Olimpija was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) contributed with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American Devin Oliver (204-92, college: Dayton) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian Nikola Jankovic (207-94, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Un.Olimpija. Four Un.Olimpija players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Jerusalem maintains second position in Group D with 4-2 record behind leader Gran Canaria. Loser Un.Olimpija stay at the bottom place with six games lost. Hapoel Jerusalem will face Lokomotiv (#4) in Kuban in the next round. Un.Olimpija will play at home against the league's leader Valencia Basket and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Hapoel J-M: B.Timor 12+2ast, Y.Halperin 12+5ast, A.Stoudemire 11+6reb, J.Dyson 9+7reb+3ast, C.Jerrells 9+3reb+2ast, T.Peterson 7+3reb+1ast Un.Olimpija: D.Oliver 18+11reb+3ast, N.Jankovic 11+10reb+1ast, B.Mesicek 10, M.Mulalic 10+2reb+1ast, J.Pelko 6+3ast, D.Bubnic 5+2reb+1ast
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