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.
Skucas' 22 points give him Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
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24-year old Zygimantas Skucas (201-SF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lietkabelis and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. He had the game-high 22 points adding three rebounds and two assists for Lietkabelis in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Cedevita (#5, 0-2) 80-76. Lietkabelis won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Skuc... [read more]
24-year old Zygimantas Skucas (201-SF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lietkabelis and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. He had the game-high 22 points adding three rebounds and two assists for Lietkabelis in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Cedevita (#5, 0-2) 80-76. Lietkabelis won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Skucas turned to be Lietkabelis' top player in his first season with the team.
Second best performed player last round was DeAndre Kane (193-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) of N.Novgorod. He is American guard in his first season at N.Novgorod. In the last game Kane recorded impressive 21 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as N.Novgorod lost that game 80-106 to Gran Canaria (2-0). The season 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 quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#2). He also recorded 8.0 assists per game.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) of UCAM Murcia. Campazzo scored 20 points and passed twelve assists (!!!). Despite Campazzo's great performance UCAM Murcia lost 84-92 to B.Muenchen. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing UCAM Murcia needs is to lose another game like this one. Campazzo has a great season in EuroCup. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 10.0apg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Moussa Diagne (210-C-94) of Fuenlabrada - 12 points and 9 rebounds 5. Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95) of Cedevita - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Eulis Baez (201-F-82) of Gran Canaria - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-C-79) of Lietkabelis - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Kyle Kuric (193-G/F-89) of Gran Canaria - 20 points and 3 rebounds 9. Dejan Musli (213-C-91) of Unicaja - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89) of B.Muenchen - 19 points and 3 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)
Defending champion KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) inked 28-year old British international power forward Daniel Clark (210-110kg-88). He played most recently at MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he averaged 7.0ppg and 2.8rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season Clark played at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (also in Liga Endesa) where in 34 games he had 8.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. Clark's... [read more]
Defending champion KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) inked 28-year old British international power forward Daniel Clark (210-110kg-88). He played most recently at MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he averaged 7.0ppg and 2.8rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season Clark played at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (also in Liga Endesa) where in 34 games he had 8.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. Clark's team made it to the Spanish ACB Supercup Final Four in 2014. He has been also a member of British international program for some years. Clark has regularly played for British senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007. He represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 13.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 48.1%, FT: 71.4%. Clark has played previously professionally also in Italy and Spain (Baskonia, Movil Estudiantes, Leche Rio Breogan, CAI Zaragoza and Movistar Estudiantes Madrid B). His game is described as:
A skilled inside player who grew up in Spain, adding to his game all the perimetral skills needed to play the 4 position very effectively. He can spend tim also at center, thanks to size and strength.
Results and Stats from Round 2 of Regular Season - 4 days ago
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Group A Cedevita - Lietkabelis 76-80 An interesting game for Lithuania Lietkabelis (2-0) which played road game in Zagreb against Croatia Cedevita (0-2). Lietkabelis managed to get a 4-point victory 80-76. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cedevita won third quarter 20-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Lietkabelis won last quarter 22-19. They looked well-organ... [read more]
An interesting game for Lithuania Lietkabelis (2-0) which played road game in Zagreb against Croatia Cedevita (0-2). Lietkabelis managed to get a 4-point victory 80-76. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cedevita won third quarter 20-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Lietkabelis won last quarter 22-19. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-79) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Zygimantas Skucas (201-92, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Power forward Karlo Zganec (206-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) replied with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and center Miro Bilan (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points in the effort for Cedevita. Cedevita's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Lietkabelis will face BC Nizhny Novgorod (#4) at home in the next round. Cedevita will play against MZT Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Lietkabelis: Z.Skucas 22+3reb+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 15+10reb+3ast, M.Lukauskis 15+4reb+4ast, B.Madgen 11+2reb+3ast, L.Williams 9+4reb+4ast, D.Tarolis 6+6reb+4ast Cedevita: M.Bilan 16+3reb+1ast, T.Katic 12+2reb+5ast, K.Zganec 11+9reb+4ast, F.Kruslin 9+3reb+1ast, M.Begic 6+3reb, M.Arapovic 6+4reb+2ast
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Russia BC Nizhny Novgorod (0-1) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were rolled over by Spanish Gran Canaria (2-0) 106-80. The game without a history. Gran Canaria led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.5 percent from the field and made 30-of-36 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Gran Canaria had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Gran Canaria looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by BC Nizhny Novgorod helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Dominican forward Eulis Baez (201-82, college: W.Illinois) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. American-Slovakian swingman Kyle Kuric (193-89, college: Louisville) contributed with 20 points and 4 steals for the winners. Five Gran Canaria players scored in double figures. American guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) replied with 21 points and 8 assists and Estonia Siim-Sander Vene (201-90) added 14 points in the effort for BC Nizhny Novgorod. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gran Canaria will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play on the road against Lietkabelis (#2) in Panevezys and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Gran Canaria: K.Kuric 20+3reb+1ast, E.Baez 19+2reb+3ast, R.O'Neale 12+4reb+4ast, R.Hendrix 11+2reb+2ast, P.Aguilar 11+7reb+1ast, B.McCalebb 11+1reb+5ast N.Novgorod: D.Kane 21+4reb+8ast, S.Vene 14+3reb, I.Strebkov 10+1reb+6ast, K.Boynton 8+3reb+3ast, P.Gubanov 7+3reb+3ast, N.Zverev 6
Very important is a road loss of Russia Khimky (1-1) against Spanish Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting Khimky was defeated by Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in a tough game in Madrid 85-89. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-14. But Khimky won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Baloncesto Fuenlabrada won last quarter 30-28. Khimky was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Croatia point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) scored 22 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and Senegalese-Spanish center Moussa Diagne (210-94, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Diagne is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Sergey Monya (202-83) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American-Bulgaria point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 15 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Khimky will play on the road against ALBA Berlin and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Fuenlabrada: M.Popovic 22+1reb+1ast, I.Paunic 15+2reb+2ast, M.Diagne 12+9reb, L.Hakanson 7+1ast, R.Smits 6+5reb+2ast, B.Sekulic 6+2reb Khimky: S.Monya 18+6reb+1ast, E.Rowland 15+1reb+5ast, S.Ilnitskiy 10+3reb+1ast, E.Vyaltsev 10+2reb+1ast, V.Likhodey 9+6reb, J.Pullen 9+1reb+2ast
No shocking result in a game when German ALBA Berlin (2-0) beat Spanish Dominion BB (0-1) in Bilbao 85-77 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 49-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ALBA Berlin shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. American Dominique Johnson (193-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. The other American import point guard Peyton Siva (184-90, college: Louisville) contributed with 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. Nigeria power forward Micheal Eric (210-88, college: Temple) replied with 15 points and 9 rebounds and American-Kosovan swingman Scott Bamforth (188-89, college: Weber St., agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Dominion BB. Five ALBA Berlin and four Dominion BB players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. ALBA Berlin will face Khimky (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dominion BB will play against Lietuvos rytas and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: ALBA: D.Johnson 21+4reb+2ast, E.Kikanovic 15+4reb+1ast, P.Siva 14+1reb+7ast, D.Milosavljevic 12+4reb+1ast, T.Gaffney 11+6reb+2ast, E.Atsur 6+1reb+1ast Dominion BB: M.Eric 15+9reb+1ast, D.Todorovic 12+3reb+2ast, S.Bamforth 11+4reb+4ast, A.Mumbru 11+1reb+3ast, J.Tabu 8+2reb+3ast, A.Hervelle 6+5reb
Very important is a road loss of Spanish UCAM Murcia (1-1) against German Bayern Muenchen (1-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting UCAM Murcia was defeated by Bayern Muenchen in a tough game in Muenchen 84-92. UCAM Murcia trailed by 22 points after 3 quarters before a 31-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 84-92 at the end of the game. Bayern Muenchen shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Serbian Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: BeoBasket) notched 19 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) to lead the effort and Maximilian Kleber (207-92) supported him with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 20 points and 12 assists by Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) did not help to save the game for UCAM Murcia. Power forward Jose Angel Antelo (206-87) added 18 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Four UCAM Murcia players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen will meet Unicaja Malaga on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UCAM Murcia will play against Zenit in Saint Petersburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: B.Muenchen: V.Lucic 19+3reb+1ast, M.Kleber 12+5reb+3ast, D.Booker 11+3reb, D.Barthel 9+3reb+2ast, B.Taylor 9+1reb+2ast, R.Redding 8+5reb+7ast UCAM Murcia: F.Campazzo 20+1reb+12ast, J.Angel Antelo 18+5reb, O.Soko 15+1reb, S.Rojas 11+7reb, N.Radovic 7+1reb+1ast, V.Faverani 5+2reb
The game between closely ranked teams ended with Montenegrin Buducnost's (0-2) home loss to Spanish Unicaja Malaga (1-0) in Podgorica 62-86 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Unicaja Malaga. Buducnost was better in fourth quarter 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Buducnost 38-25 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Unicaja Malaga especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Serbian center Dejan Musli (213-91, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Serbian-Montenegrin forward Boris Savovic (208-87, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 12 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) added 13 points in the effort for Buducnost. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Unicaja Malaga will face Bayern Muenchen (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Top scorers: Unicaja: J.Smith 19+3reb+1ast, D.Musli 16+3reb+2ast, D.Diez 12+4reb, H.N'diaye 10+3reb, A.Waczynski 10+1reb+2ast, K.Fogg 8+5reb+6ast Buducnost: M.Williams 13+1reb+1ast, B.Savovic 12+5reb, P.Popovic 11+3reb+1ast, J.Reynolds 7+1reb+2ast, B.Subotic 7+5reb, S.Sehovic 5+4reb+3ast
Very important is a home loss of Spanish Valencia Basket (1-1) against Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem (1-0) on Wednesday night. Host Valencia Basket was defeated by Hapoel Jerusalem in a tough game in Valencia 77-81. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Valencia Basket won third quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Valencia Basket 39-28 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor, agency: Stealth Sport) chipped in 18 points. Guard Rafael Martinez (190-82) produced 22 points and Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Valencia Basket's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Jerusalem's next round opponent will be Un.Olimpija (#5) in Ljubljana. Top scorers: Hapoel J-M: C.Jerrells 18+2reb+2ast, J.Dyson 17+7reb+2ast, A.Stoudemire 10+10reb, T.Kinsey 9+4reb+1ast, B.Timor 9+3reb+6ast, L.Eliyahu 8+1reb+1ast Valencia: R.Martinez 22+1ast, B.Dubljevic 15+5reb, F.San Emeterio 10+3reb+1ast, R.Sato 5+5reb, A.Diot 5+1ast, G.Vives 5+1reb+3ast
ratiopharm Ulm used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Ljubljana 87-82 on Wednesday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Un.Olimpija won fourth quarter 26-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ratiopharm Ulm made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Un.Olimpija turnovers. Strangely Un.Olimpija outrebounded ratiopharm Ulm 38-26 including 30 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American players dominated the game. Power forward Raymar Morgan (202-88, college: Michigan St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. Taylor Braun (201-91, college: N.Dakota St.) contributed with 11 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. ratiopharm Ulm's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Point guard Brandon Jefferson (175-91, college: Metro St.) replied with 28 points and Devin Oliver (204-92, college: Dayton) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Un.Olimpija. Five ratiopharm Ulm and four Un.Olimpija players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm will face Lokomotiv in Kuban in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Un.Olimpija will play at home against Hapoel Jerusalem and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 15+3reb+3ast, B.Hobbs 12+4reb+1ast, C.Babb 12+3reb+2ast, T.Braun 11+3reb+5ast, D.Butler 11+3reb+2ast, T.Ohlbrecht 9+3reb+1ast Un.Olimpija: B.Jefferson 28+4reb+2ast, D.Oliver 15+8reb+2ast, N.Jankovic 10+9reb+1ast, M.Mulalic 10+6reb+2ast, D.Bubnic 9+2reb+1ast, G.Hrovat 6+2reb+3ast
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