Hapoel J-M - Budivelnyk 81-67 Hapoel Jerusalem registered the first win in EuroCup season. They knocked down visiting Budivelnyk tonight. Craig Smith (201-F-83, college: Boston Coll.) accounted for 18 points to lead the winners. Hapoel ensured a strong start to the game. The hosts established a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. The Israeli team extended the margin in the second quarter. Hapoel erupted for 27 points in the second term to gain a 49:33 halftime lead. Budivelnyk stopped the rot in the third quarter. The Kyiv team adjusted their defence and cut the margin to just 8 points at the final intermission. But Hapoel picked up the tempo in the fourth term and marched to the victory at the end. Josh Duncan (203-PF-86) netted 17 points, while Raviv Limonad added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) replied with 18 points and 8 boards for Budivelnyk. Artur Drozdov had 12 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the loss.
Rudupis - CEZ Nymburk 84-66 Rudupis earned the second win in EuroCup regular season Group A. They shot down Nymburk at home court to improve at 2-1 record. Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 16 points to pace well-balanced effort from the home team. Prienai went on a 9:0 run early in the game to set the tone. Nymburk however cut the deficit at 4-point mark at the first break 17:21. However Prienai ignited an 8:0 run in the second term to accumulate a 51:34 halftime advantage. Nymburk cut the deficit in the third stanza. The Czech champions entered the fourth stanza trailing by 11 points 53:64. Prienai dropped 20 points in the final stanza and cruised to the victory at the end. Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) and Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) accounted for 15 points each for the home team. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Nymburk. Jiri Welsch chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Lukoil Academik - Gescrap BB 64-85 Gescrap Bilbao accounted for the third straight win at the EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Lukoil Academik in Bulgaria to remain on top of Group B. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) posted 19 points and 8 rebounds for the visitors. Lukoil started the game strongly. The home team dropped 25 points to take a 2-point lead. But the Basque team erased the deficit in the second frame. Bilbao pulled ahead for a slim 43:42 halftime lead. The breakthrough for the Spanish team happened in the third quarter. Bilbao proved their dominance with a 21:9 run to ensure a 13-point advantage. Bilbao stayed in charge throughout the fourth stanza. They did not give the hosts a single chance cruising to the victory. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) netted 15 points, while Alex Mumbru posted 13 points and 8 assists for the winners. Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) answered with 13 points and 11 boards for Lukoil. Mohammed Abukar had 11 points in the loss.
Spirou - Buducnost 53-66 Buducnost raced to the second win in EuroCup regular season. The Montenegrin team overcame Beglacom Spirou away from home to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Spirou suffered the third loss in a row at the tournament. Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.) came up with 13 points to lead well-balanced effort from the visitors. Buducnost and Spirou stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The teams entered the second frame tied at 14. The visitors pulled ahead in the second quarter. Buducnost accounted for a 33:25 halftime advantage. Spirou failed to threaten the margin in the third quarter. The visitors arrived at the final intermission up by 9 points 52:43. Buducnost limited Spirou at just 10 points in the fourth stanza and escaped with victory at the end. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points, while Gerald Lee and Cedomir Vitkovac added 10 points each in the win. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Spirou. Justin Hamilton netted 10 points and collected 7 rebounds in the loss.
Art.Dragons - Le Mans 76-71 Artland Dragons enjoyed the first victory in EuroCup Group C. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the Dragons past Le Mans. Le Mans eked out a 17:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts snatched a narrow lead at halftime 38:37. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Le Mans and Artland Dragons entered the fourth period tied at 55. But the hosts proved the difference late in regulation. Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington) and Anthony King delivered late in the game as the home team escaped with an important victory at the end. Marquez Haynes and Johannes Strasser notched 14 points each for the hosts. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) answered with 24 points for Le Mans. Pape Sy netted 20 points in the loss.
VEF Riga - Triumph 84-91 Triumph clinched a road win in Riga in the third round of EuroCup regular season tonight. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) tallied impressive 32 points, 6 boards, 6 assists and 4 steals to pace the Russian team. Triumph dominated in the opening stanza. The visitors posted a 20:11 advantage ten minutes into the encounter. Triumph dropped 28 points in the second period as the margin grew at 14-point mark. But VEF Riga refused to give up. The hosts unloaded 25 points in the third stanza and narrowed the deficit at 4-point mark 59:63 with ten minutes to go. Triumph however poured in 28 points in the fourth quarter and left VEF Riga behind. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) netted 19 points, while Kyle Landry accounted for 17 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) topscored with 23 points for VEF Riga. Earl Rowland netted 14 points in the loss.
Banvit BK - Azovmash 97-81 Banvit made it look easy as they coasted past Azovmash in the third round of EuroCup regular season. Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) stepped up with 28 points to pace the hosts. Banvit improved at 2-1 record, while Azovmash fell at 0-3 in Group D. It was all over for the Ukrainian team in the first half. Banvit burst out with 31 points in the first period to post a 10-point lead. Banvit stayed red hot offensively in the second quarter. They unleashed 27 points and accumulated a 58:42 halftime lead. Azovmash woke up in the third term. The visitors outscored Banvit to trail by 12 points before the fourth frame. But Banvit quickly picked up the slack and finished off Azovmash in the final minutes. Vladimir Stimac and Charles Davis delivered 22 points each for the hosts. Manny Harris (196-G-89, college: Michigan) answered with 20 points for Azovmash. Pecherov and Tadija Dragicevic had 14 points each in the loss.
Valencia - s.Oliver Baskets 97-64 Valencia registered the third straight win at the start of EuroCup season. They knocked down s.Oliver Baskets at home court to keep the leading position in Group D. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) exploded with 31 points to lead the winners. Valencia and s.Oliver Baskets stayed pretty close throughout the first half. The hosts eked out a 20:18 lead ten minutes into the game. The Spanish side extended the lead in the second quarter. Valencia managed to clear off to a 6-point advantage at the interval. The hosts stepped on the gas in the third term. Valencia boosted the margin to 17 points with one quarter remaining. Valencia unleashed 28 points in the fourth term and never looked back en route to a convincing victory. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) netted 18 points, while Marko Keselj added 14 points for the winning side. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, college: Villanova) answered with 13 points for Wuerzburg. Jason Boone netted 12 points in the loss.
Lokomotiv - Galatasaray 91-66 Lokomotiv Kuban secured the third consecutive win in EuroCup regular season. They overcame Galatasaray in Group E to clear off on top of the ladder. Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) notched 23 points to pace the winners. Galatasaray suffered the first defeat to slip at 2-1 record. Lokomotiv pulled away in the opening quarter to ensure a 21:17 lead. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. Moreover the home team accumulated a 46:36 halftime advantage. Lokomotiv extended the lead in the third quarter. The Russian powerhouse built a comfortable 24-point lead at the final intermission 72:48. Lokomotiv kept the Turkish team at bay throughout the fourth term and celebrated another win at the tournament. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) delivered 20 points and 10 rebounds for Lokomotiv. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) answered with 12 points for Galatasaray. Milan Macvan had 11 points in the loss.
BC Donetsk - Trefl Sopot 92-87 OT BC Donetsk overcame Trefl Sopot in overtime to climb at 1-2 record in EuroCup Group E. Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) notched 24 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals to pace the Ukrainian champions. BC Donetsk faced a 6-point deficit after ten minutes of action. But the hosts recovered pretty quickly. BC Donetsk went on a 20:10 rally in the second term to surge ahead. Trefl Sopot however turned things their way in the third term. The Polish powerhouse eked out a 57:56 lead into the fourth period. BC Donetsk spurred ahead and enjoyed a 74:70 lead with under 30 seconds remaining. But Filip Dylewicz nailed a jumper and then followed a free throw from Ramel Curry with a three-pointer to send the game into overtime. The teams went neck and neck throughout the extra period before Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) drained a triple and Doron Perkins then sealed the victory from the charity stripe. Vojdan Stojanovski netted 18 points, while D'or Fischer had 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Frank Turner (178-PG-88, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) delivered 23 points for Trefl Sopot. Filip Dylewicz had 19 points in the loss.
Oostende - Stelmet ZG 80-74 Oostende clinched the second win in EuroCup Group F. They held off Stelmet Zielona Gora at home court. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Oostende led by just two points after the opening frame. Zielona Gora denied the deficit in the second quarter. The Polish team surged ahead for a 37:36 halftime advantage. The third term proved decisive. The hosts burst out with a stunning 28:15 run to accumulate a 12-point lead at the final break. Zielono Gora went on a rescue rally in the final term but came up short of win at the end. Brent Wright posted 10 points, while Djordjevic added 9 points in the win. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) answered with 24 points for Zielona Gora. Stevic chipped in 21 points, collected 15 boards and distributed 4 assists for the Polish team.
Panionios - Unics 72-92 Unics clinched the third consecutive win in EuroCup Group F. They stunned Panionios in Greece tonight. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) accounted for 22 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for the winning side. Panionios fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Unics dropped 26 points in the starting frame to take a 6-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Unics remained in charge as they arrived at halftime up by six points 49:43. The Russian team boosted the gap in the third quarter. The visitors eased to a 14-point lead at the final intermission 71:57. Unics did not slow down in the fourth period and cruised to the victory. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) netted 17 points, while Ian Vougioukas and Mire Chatman added 13 points apiece for the winners. Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM) answered with 24 points for Panionios. Landon Milbourne and Vlantimir Giankovits had 12 points each in the loss.
Spartak SP - Ratiopharm 89-71 Spartak Saint Petersburg kept their EuroCup regular season record spotless. They knocked down visiting Ratiopharm Ulm today to improve at 3-0 record in Group G. Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) fired 24 points to lead the hosts. Spartak dropped 26 points in the first term to take a 3-point lead. Spartak maintained the lead in the second quarter. The hosts arrived at halftime up by 7 points 48:41. The home team cleared off in the third term. Spartak unloaded 24 points to ensure a 14-point lead into the fourth period. The hosts limited Ulm to just 13 points in the final stanza and sealed a comfortable victory. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) netted 17 points, while Loukas Mavrokefalidis had 14 points, 5 assists and 4 boards for the winning side. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) and Dane Watts answered with 14 points apiece for the visitors.
Cibona - Cholet 90-95 Cholet clinched the opening win in EuroCup season. The French team stole a narrow victory over Cibona in Zagreb. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) delivered 20 points and 7 boards to pace the winners. Cholet Basket claimed a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. The French stayed dominant in the second quarter. They accumulated a 47:36 halftime lead. Cibona however tuned in after the big break. The hosts poured in 28 points in the third term to trim the deficit at 5-point mark. Cibona and Cholet exchanged baskets throughout the final frame. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) put the hosts within three with 38 seconds remaining. But Marcs Goree sank two free throws, while A.J. Slaughter and Obasohan added two more as Cholet escaped with victory at the end. Travon Bryant (206-F-83, college: Missouri) notched 19 points and 7 rebounds, while A.J. Slaughter had 18 points and 6 assists in the win. Andrija Zizic answered with 24 points for Cibona. Davor Kus had 24 points in the loss.
Crvena Zvezda - Banco di Sard. 116-104 Crvena Zvezda remain undefeated in EuroCup Group H. The Serbian team knocked down visiting Sassari to take 3-0 record on top of the standings. Banco di Sardegna fell at 1-2 record after the defeat. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) dropped 28 points and issued 7 assists to lead the hosts. Sassari and Crvena Zvezda got to a flying start to the game. They teamed up for 64 points in the first quarter. Sassari eked out a 33:31 lead. Crvena Zvezda took over in the second frame. They slowed down the visitors and pulled ahead for a 57:54 halftime lead. Crvena Zvezda unleashed 33 points in the third term to accumulate a 12-point advantage 90:78. The teams traded baskets throughout the final period as Crvena Zvezda stayed in charge marching to the win. Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia) chipped in 22 points, while Rasko Katic and Bojan Subotic added 11 points each for the hosts. Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) answered with 33 points for Sassari. Michal Ignerski delivered 17 points for the winning team.
Orleans - Cajasol 56-70 Cajasol posted the first EuroCup win this season. They upset Orleans Basket on the road tonight. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) was responsible for 20 points to pace Cajasol. The Spaniards shocked Orleans in the first quarter. Cajasol cleared off to a 21:10 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Cajasol secured a 41:30 halftime lead. Orleans limited the visitors to just 9 points in the third quarter to cut the deficit at 5-point mark. Cajasol responded with a 20:11 run in the final stanza to seal the winning outcome. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) delivered 14 points, while Robert Dozier contributed 11 points for the visitors. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) netted 12 points for Orleans. Jahmar Young had 11 points in the loss.
BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-88kg-83, college: UCLA). It is actually his comeback to BC Nizhny Novgorod as he has played here before. Thompson just played at Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In 6 Winner League games he had 5.2ppg and 2.8rpg. Thompson also played earlier that season for Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot league where in two Win... [read more]
BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-88kg-83, college: UCLA). It is actually his comeback to BC Nizhny Novgorod as he has played here before. Thompson just played at Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In 6 Winner League games he had 5.2ppg and 2.8rpg. Thompson also played earlier that season for Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot league where in two Winner League games he recorded 6.5ppg and 4.5rpg. He also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg. In 2005 Thompson was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in second round (54th overall). The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles standoutis in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. Thompson's team won Cyprus Supercup. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 1st Team back in 2014. Thompson is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Thompson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket), Germany (ALBA Berlin), Ukraine (Azovmash), NBA (Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), D-League (N.Mexico T.) and Vietnam (Saigon Heat). On Thompson:
A versatile performer, he can play both forward and guard.
Shawn Jones gets MVP of the Week award for EuroCup (Top 16) - 6 days ago
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American Shawn Jones (203-F-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hapoel J-M and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Top 16). The 24-year old forward had the game-high 21 points adding nine rebounds for Hapoel J-M in his team's victory, helping them to crush N.Novgorod (1-1) with 22-point margin 98-76. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Hapoel J-M was forced-out from th... [read more]
American Shawn Jones (203-F-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hapoel J-M and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Top 16). The 24-year old forward had the game-high 21 points adding nine rebounds for Hapoel J-M in his team's victory, helping them to crush N.Novgorod (1-1) with 22-point margin 98-76. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Hapoel J-M was forced-out from the top positions in EuroCup. But it's just the very beginning of the Second Stage and Hapoel J-M won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It was one of impressive evenings for Jones as usually he does not deliver so high stats.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard DeAndre Kane (193-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) of N.Novgorod. Kane impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as N.Novgorod lost that game 76-98 to Hapoel J-M (2-0). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Kane is a newcomer at N.Novgorod and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.6ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 7.8rpg and 4.0apg.
The third best performed player last round was Latvian Janis Timma (201-SF-92) of Zenit. Timma scored 27 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Zenit, leading his team to a 88-79 win against Lietuvos rytas (0-2). Zenit needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Timma has a very solid season. In 7 games in EuroCup he scored 16.6ppg. He also has 4.7rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 72.4% and 3PT: 40.7%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-C-79) of Lietkabelis - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88) of Ratiopharm - 27 points and 3 rebounds 6. Drew Gordon (205-F-90) of Lietuvos rytas - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91) of Valencia - 15 points and 8 rebounds 8. Curtis Jerrells (185-PG-87) of Hapoel J-M - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85) of Hapoel J-M - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Kevin Jones (206-F-89) of Lokomotiv - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Group E Lokomotiv - UCAM Murcia 70-60 The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Spanish UCAM Murcia (1-1) in Kuban. Visitors were defeated by Russian Lokomotiv (2-0) 70-60. UCAM Murcia was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 24-8 third quarter run of Lokomotiv. They dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to UCAM Murcia's 10. UCAM Murcia was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Kevin Jones (206-89, c... [read more]
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Spanish UCAM Murcia (1-1) in Kuban. Visitors were defeated by Russian Lokomotiv (2-0) 70-60. UCAM Murcia was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 24-8 third quarter run of Lokomotiv. They dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to UCAM Murcia's 10. UCAM Murcia was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Kevin Jones (206-89, college: W.Virginia) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import guard Matt Janning (196-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with 7 points and 5 assists for the winners. Power forward Jose Angel Antelo (206-87) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for UCAM Murcia. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lokomotiv will play against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Madrid in the next round, which may be the game of the day. UCAM Murcia will play on the road against Gran Canaria in Las Palmas and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Lokomotiv: K.Jones 15+9reb+4ast, A.Zubkov 9+2reb+2ast, V.Ivlev 7+3reb+1ast, I.Vougioukas 7+7reb+2ast, D.Khvostov 7+1reb, M.Janning 7+4reb+5ast UCAM Murcia: J.Angel Antelo 16+8reb, F.Campazzo 14+4reb+4ast, B.Baron 9+1reb+3ast, N.Radovic 8+2reb+1ast, V.Faverani 6+1reb, V.Benite 4+2reb+1ast
An exciting game was played in Madrid. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada faced Gran Canaria. Host Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-1) defeated guests from Las Palmas (0-2) 85-75. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 36-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Mexican guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming) who scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Latvian power forward Rolands Smits (207-95) chipped in 15 points. Five Baloncesto Fuenlabrada players scored in double figures. American-Slovakian swingman Kyle Kuric (193-89, college: Louisville) produced 21 points and FYR Macedonian-American point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Gran Canaria's coach let to play twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will face Lokomotiv in Kuban in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gran Canaria will play at home against UCAM Murcia and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Fuenlabrada: L.Hakanson 16+2reb, F.Cruz 16+5reb+6ast, R.Smits 15+4reb, I.O'Leary 14+3reb, I.Paunic 13+3reb+1ast, B.Sekulic 6+7reb+2ast Gran Canaria: K.Kuric 21+2reb, B.McCalebb 11+4reb+5ast, R.O'Neale 9+4reb+1ast, S.Salin 8+1reb, A.Pasecniks 5+2reb, A.Oliver 4+3reb+4ast
The biggest surprise of round 2 in Eurocup took place in Muenchen where host German Bayern Muenchen (2-0) beat Russian Khimky (1-1) 90-74 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 52-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bayern Muenchen made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Bayern Muenchen outrebounded Khimky 40-27 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American center Devin Booker (205-91, college: Clemson) who scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import Bryce Taylor (194-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 15 points. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport) produced 16 points and American-Georgian point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St.) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Khimky will play next round against strong ratiopharm Ulm trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Bayern Muenchen will try to continue on its current victory against Lietkabelis in Panevezys. Top scorers: B.Muenchen: B.Taylor 15+4reb+1ast, D.Booker 14+7reb+3ast, V.Lucic 14+1reb, R.Redding 13+2reb+3ast, D.Barthel 10+6reb+2ast, M.Kleber 9+7reb+3ast Khimky: J.Pullen 17+3ast, A.Shved 16+2reb+3ast, E.Rowland 9+1reb+1ast, M.Todorovic 9+5reb, R.Hummel 9+6reb, S.Ilnitskiy 7+8reb+1ast
A very close game took place in Panevezys between Lithuanian Lietkabelis and German ratiopharm Ulm. Lietkabelis (1-1) got a very close home victory over ratiopharm Ulm (0-2). Lietkabelis managed to escape with a 2-point win 86-84 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 26-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lietkabelis made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-79) chipped in 19 points during the contest. American power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) responded with 27 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import forward Augustine Rubit (201-89, college: S.Alabama) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Four Lietkabelis and five ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Lietkabelis will meet Bayern Muenchen on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Khimky and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Lietkabelis: M.Lukauskis 21+2reb+3ast, K.Lavrinovic 19+4reb+2ast, B.Madgen 12+5reb+2ast, G.Leonavicius 11+3reb+1ast, L.Williams 8+7ast, Z.Skucas 6+4reb+4ast Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 27+3reb, A.Rubit 18+9reb, B.Hobbs 13+1reb+7ast, T.Braun 11+6reb+2ast, C.Babb 10+4reb+6ast, B.Rohwer 5+2reb
Hapoel Jerusalem used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Nizhny Novgorod 98-76 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-76. Hapoel Jerusalem dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to BC Nizhny Novgorod's 32. They outrebounded BC Nizhny Novgorod 43-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. Hapoel Jerusalem looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Shawn Jones (203-92, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). American guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) produced 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Estonian Siim-Sander Vene (201-90) added 18 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Jerusalem will face Zenit in Saint Petersburg in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play at home against Lietuvos rytas and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Hapoel J-M: C.Jerrells 21+4reb+5ast, S.Jones 21+9reb, L.Eliyahu 19+7reb+4ast, A.Stoudemire 8+5reb, J.Dyson 7+2reb+3ast, T.Kinsey 7+4reb N.Novgorod: D.Kane 19+8reb+4ast, S.Vene 18+4reb+3ast, K.Boynton 12+1reb+5ast, S.Marikhin 7+2reb+1ast, I.Popov 6+3reb+1ast, M.Grigoryev 5+1reb
Very important is a road loss of Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (0-2) against Russian Zenit (1-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting Lietuvos rytas were defeated by Zenit in a tough game in Saint Petersburg 79-88. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-16. But Lietuvos rytas won second period 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zenit players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Latvian Janis Timma (201-92) notched 27 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (196-88) supported him with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Even a double-double of 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) did not help to save the game for Lietuvos rytas. American-Georgian point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova) added 15 points and 5 assists for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zenit's next round opponent will be Hapoel Jerusalem at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lietuvos rytas will play against BC Nizhny Novgorod and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Zenit: J.Timma 27+6reb+3ast, P.Sergeev 14+2ast, K.Landry 13+6reb+2ast, S.Markovic 9+7reb+8ast, S.Karasev 9+2reb+1ast, R.Toolson 8+1reb+2ast Lietuvos rytas: D.Gordon 16+11reb+4ast, C.Fisher 15+2reb+5ast, R.Giedraitis 10+1reb, J.Jucikas 9+1reb, D.Logan 7+2reb+1ast, D.Gailius 6+6reb+3ast
The game between closely ranked teams ended with Spanish Valencia Basket's (2-0) home victory over German ALBA Berlin (0-2) 85-80 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-20. But ALBA Berlin won second period 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded ALBA Berlin 31-20 including 20 on the defensive glass. ALBA Berlin was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Rafael Martinez (190-82) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Four Valencia Basket players scored in double figures. Valencia Basket's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Turkish-German guard Engin Atsur (190-84, college: N.Carolina St., agency: BeoBasket) produced 12 points and 4 assists and Serbian swingman Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Valencia Basket will face Unicaja Malaga on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ALBA Berlin will play against Cedevita and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Valencia: B.Dubljevic 15+8reb, F.San Emeterio 13+4reb+1ast, R.Martinez 12+2reb+4ast, J.Sastre Morro 10+1reb+2ast, G.Vives 10+3reb+3ast, P.Oriola 9+1reb ALBA: E.Atsur 12+2reb+4ast, C.English 12+4reb, E.Kikanovic 12+2reb, I.Akpinar 11+1reb, T.Gaffney 8+2reb, D.Milosavljevic 8+5reb+5ast
Rather expected game when Croatian Cedevita (0-2) was defeated on the road by Spanish Unicaja Malaga (2-0) 73-59 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-59. Unicaja Malaga forced 19 Cedevita turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 12 points and 7 assists. American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-90, college: Arizona) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college: Connecticut) produced 19 points and his fellow American import guard Ra'shad James (188-90, college: Kaiser) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Unicaja Malaga will face Valencia Basket at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cedevita will play against ALBA Berlin and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Unicaja: A.Waczynski 17+2reb+1ast, N.Nedovic 12+2reb+7ast, K.Fogg 11+6reb+3ast, D.Musli 8+4reb+1ast, C.Suarez 6+4reb+4ast, J.Brooks 5+3reb+1ast Cedevita: R.Boatright 19+3reb+2ast, R.James 18+3reb+3ast, T.Katic 7+3reb+2ast, L.Babic 4+2reb+1ast, J.Shurna 4+3reb, M.Arapovic 2+3reb+1ast
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