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.
Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 32-year old American international center Ryan Hollins (213-102kg-84, college: UCLA). He played last season at Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA, but released. In 31 games he had 3.7ppg and 2.8rpg. Hollins also played that season for the Wizards in NBA. But in 5 games he recorded just 1.6ppg and 2.2rpg. In 2006 he was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (50th overall). The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles staris in his el... [read more]
Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 32-year old American international center Ryan Hollins (213-102kg-84, college: UCLA). He played last season at Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA, but released. In 31 games he had 3.7ppg and 2.8rpg. Hollins also played that season for the Wizards in NBA. But in 5 games he recorded just 1.6ppg and 2.2rpg. In 2006 he was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (50th overall). The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles staris in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. He also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) last year. Hollins' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 3.4ppg, 2.2rpg. Hollins has played previously professionally in NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, LA Clippers and Sacramento Kings) and D-League (Ft.Worth F.). On Hollins:
(by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Extremely explosive, loves to dunk ... Has a huge wingspan ... Runs the floor well ... His length and athleticism gives him an advantage inside ... An excellent shot blocker especially weak side ... Cleans the glass well with his length and leaping ability ...
Does not enjoy contact and struggles against stronger post players ... Struggles to hold position in the paint ...
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 - 6 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)
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