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.
Behind a strong double-double showing of 12 points and 10 rebounds, courtesy of 6-11 Australian center Aleks Maric, and thanks to a dominate Most Valuable Player performance by interim big man Richard Hendrix, who contributed 14 points and 9 boards, Russian Lokomotiv Kuban secured its first ever Eurocup title with a 75-64 triumph over Spanish Uxue Bilbao [read more]
Behind a strong double-double showing of 12 points and 10 rebounds, courtesy of 6-11 Australian center Aleks Maric, and thanks to a dominate Most Valuable Player performance by interim big man Richard Hendrix, who contributed 14 points and 9 boards, Russian Lokomotiv Kuban secured its first ever Eurocup title with a 75-64 triumph over Spanish Uxue Bilbao.
Both Maric (Panathinaikos) and Hendrix (EA7 Milan), shown the door by their recently respected Euroleague homes, have managed to come alive in Russia, upped their statistics, and resurrect their stardom, en route to returning to Euroleague action next season.
While Maric is locked in with Kuban for the upcoming 2013-14 season, Hendrix, who is on a loan from Milan, will get shipped back to Italy to honor the second year of his deal.
Kuban Coach Evgeny Pashutin utilized his massive inside presence to the maximum. Maric playing the center, and Hendrix at power-forward revealed to be a killer duo combining for 19 boards, five of them offensive, and five assists.
"Our strategy offensively was to go inside to Richard Hendrix and Aleks Maric," a victorious Pashutin said. "They both dominated and we were able to get a lead, go from there and have a good game," the 44-year-old Russian-born coach added.
Awkwardly enough, Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv, currently trailing Real Madrid 0-2 in the best-of-five Euroleague quarter-finals series, is getting demolished inside the paint by its Spanish rival.
Seeing that Maccabi sent 7-footer Giorgi Shermadini to Greece on December 2012, and waived high-flying 6-8 power-forward Malcolm Thomas, who is now hooping for the Chicago Bulls, Shawn James' outstanding performances remain no match against Madrid's inside firepower. Dating back to March 2013, Maccabi targeted and engaged in conversations with Maric, who eventually preferred the Russian currency. Upon joining Kuban on January 2013, David Blatt heavily pursued Hendrix, and urged Tel Aviv officials to re-sign the Alabama alumnus. Yet Maccabi executives eventually inked Croatian Euroleague-rook Darko Planinic to a multi-year deal.
Planinic is far from being the coaching staff favorite Hendrix was, or Maric could have been, registering just 3.5 points and 1.5 boards during 6.5 minutes per versus Madrid.
As Madrid outrebounds Tel Aviv 85-44 over the first pair of series contests, Maric, tailing a miserable four points in seven minutes for Panathinaikos under former coach Zeljko Obradovic last season, has jump-started his international career, revisiting his dominance from when playing in Serbia with Partizan Belgrade.
"Our target from the beginning was to win this cup. We are now going to the play in the Euroleague. We conquered our goal of taking Kuban to the next level. It is an amazing feeling," said Maric, completing his Eurocup debut season with double-digit scoring figures of 11 points and 7.3 rebounds nightly.
Hendrix's season upside has also been remarkable. The 264-pounder who took home Israel's Center of the Year honors, discovered unfamiliar territory earlier this season under Sergio Scariolo, barley logging double-digits in minutes, which by default, meant failing to adapt to the Italian system.
In Russia, Hendrix revived his brand, doubled his scoring averages, and tripled his European competition statistics. For Kuban's defensive anchor, winning the Eurocup title was simply the icing on the cake.
Lokomotiv Kuban crowned new champions! - Apr 13, 2013
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Gescrap BB - Lokomotiv 64-75
Lokomotiv Kuban are the new EuroCup champions. They knocked down Bilbao Basket in Charleroi tonight to clinch the trophy. Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) paced balanced effort from the Russian team finishing with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. Bilbao Basket eked out a narrow 17:16 lead after the starting quarter. But Lokomotiv took over in the second frame [read more]
Gescrap BB - Lokomotiv 64-75 Lokomotiv Kuban are the new EuroCup champions. They knocked down Bilbao Basket in Charleroi tonight to clinch the trophy. Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) paced balanced effort from the Russian team finishing with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. Bilbao Basket eked out a narrow 17:16 lead after the starting quarter. But Lokomotiv took over in the second frame. They used a 15:2 run to secure a 37:28 lead. Kostas Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) stopped the rot with a jumper but Lokomotiv entered the second half up by 8 points 38:30. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) and Calathes extended the lead to double digits early in the third term. Lokomotiv stayed in front throughout the third term. The Russian team entered the fourth quarter up by 9 points 54:45. Lokomotiv opened the fourth stanza with 11 straight points to shock Bilbao. The Basque team fought desperately till the final seconds and cut the deficit to 7 points but it was as close as they could get. Lokomotiv stayed calm and escaped with a triumphant victory at the end. Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama) finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Derrick Brown added 11 points for the winners. Kostas Vasiliadis answered with 11 points for Bilbao Basket. Milovan Rakovic had 11 points in the losing effort.
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