CEZ Nymburk - Rudupis 90-66 Nymburk used the strong second quarter to power past visiting Rudupis. The victory propelled the Czech champions at 3-1 record in Group A. Petr Benda (203-C-82, agency: Court Side) and Vojtech Hruban (202-G/F-89) nailed 20 points apiece to lead the hosts. BC Prienai led by four points after ten minutes of action. But Nymburk responded with a 32-point rally in the second quarter to surge in front. They established a 46:42 halftime lead. The hosts left the Lithuanian team behind in the third term. Nymburk fired 24 points and secured a 14-point advantage before the final stanza. Rudupis accounted for just 10 points in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Miljan Pavkovic netted 15 points, while Rancik added 11 points for the winning side. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) and Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) reacted with 13 points each for BC Prienai.
Budivelnyk - Hapoel J-M 84-77 Budivelnyk clinched the second win in EuroCup Group A. The Kyiv team held off Hapoel Jerusalem at home court. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) knocked down 22 points to pace the hosts. Jerusalem fell at 1-3 record after the loss. The Israeli team enjoyed a 26:24 lead after ten minutes. Budivelnyk slowed the visitors down in the second frame. The hosts pulled ahead for a 46:44 halftime advantage. The Kyiv team stiffened defensively in the third term. They limited Jerusalem at 14 points in the quarter and accumulated a 62:58 lead at the final intermission. Hapoel tipped off the fourth frame with 7 points in a row to surge ahead. The Israeli team entered the final minute of the clash up by one point 77:76. However Tsintsadze sank three consecutive free throws and then Malcolm Delaney added a three-pointer to give Budivelnyk an 82:77 lead. Tsintsadze followed with two more free throws to seal the victory. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) accounted for 20 points and 8 rebounds, while Artur Drozdov added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Jacob Pullen (185-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) answered with 22 points for Hapoel. Courtney Fells had 19 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Gescrap BB - Lukoil Academik 82-60 Gescrap Bilbao extended their unbeaten run in EuroCup regular season. They prevailed against Lukoil Academik at home court to earn 4-0 record on top of Group B. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) scored 20 points to pace the Basque team. Lukoil surprised the hosts with a brave start to the game. The Bulgarian team led by three points after the opening quarter 20:17. But Bilbao quickly turned things around. The hosts went on a 23:9 run in the second stanza and accumulated a 40:29 halftime lead. The gap grew deeper in the third quarter. Gescrap Bilbao extended the margin to 17 points with one period to go 64:47. Lukoil nailed just 13 points in the fourth frame and lost the clash. Roger Grimau (196-G-79, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) netted 13 points, while Milovan Rakovic added 10 points and 8 caroms for Bilbao. Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Lukoil. Mohammed Abukar chipped in 16 points in the loss.
Buducnost - Spirou 59-55 Buducnost enjoyed the third victory in EuroCup season. They held off visiting Spirou to improve at 3-1 record in Group B. Spirou remained winless at 0-4. Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.) nailed 16 points to pace the Montenegrin champions. Buducnost found themselves trailing by 3 points after the starting quarter 20:23. Buducnost adjusted defensively and erased the deficit in the second term. The hosts spurred ahead for a 35:34 halftime advantage. The Montenegrin team limited Spirou to just 7 points in the third term to extend the lead. Buducnost arrived at the final break up by 10 points 51:41. Spirou narrowed the deficit to a single point with 20 seconds remaining 55:56. But Vitkovac sank three free throws late in regulation to seal the victory for Buducnost. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Milan Milosevic added 8 points in the win. Jason Fontenet answered with 19 points for Spirou. Nikola Jankovic had 10 points in the losing case.
Le Mans - Art.Dragons 88-51 Le Mans celebrated a convincing home win over Artland Dragons in the fourth round of EuroCup regular season. Cam Long (193-G-88, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: George Mason) scored 15 points to lead six players in double digits for the hosts. Le Mans jumped to a 2-2 record in Group C. The Dragons slipped at 1-3. Le Mans built a 24:17 lead ten minutes into the game. They dominated in the second quarter building a 43:28 halftime lead. Le Mans kept Artland Dragons at bay throughout the third quarter. The hosts ensured a 22-point lead with ten minutes remaining 65:43. Le Mans went on a 23:8 rally in the final period to finish off the visitors. Cuthbert Victor (197-F-83, college: Murray St.) netted 14 points, while Charles Kahudi added 13 points for the hosts. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) answered with 12 points for Artland Dragons. Bryce Taylor had 11 points in the losing effort.
Triumph - VEF Riga 82-77 Triumph accounted for the fourth straight win in EuroCup season. They overcame visiting VEF Riga in Lyubertsy. The hosts remained on top of Group C with 4-0 record. VEF Riga slipped at 1-3 record. Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: LSU) posted 21 points to pace the winners. VEF Riga enjoyed a 22:18 lead ten minutes into the game. But the hosts turned things around in the second quarter. Triumph denied the deficit and pulled ahead. The home team accounted for a 41:34 halftime lead. The hosts led by 11 points midway through the third term but VEF Riga cut the margin. They went on a 7:2 run to narrow the deficit. The Latvian team trailed by just 4 points heading into the fourth term 55:59. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) put VEF Riga in front early in the fourth period. But Triumph used an 8:0 run to regain the lead. They maintained the advantage and protected till the final buzzer. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) and Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) delivered 15 points each for the winning side. Earl Rowland answered with 17 points and 6 assists for VEF Riga. Kristaps Janicenoks provided 13 points in the loss.
s.Oliver Baskets - Valencia 89-82 s.Oliver Baskets delivered the second victory in EuroCup regular season. They outlasted visiting Valencia behind 21 points from Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, college: Missouri). Valencia suffered the first loss in Group D. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 20:20 at the end of the first quarter. Valencia managed to sneak in front in the second term. The Spaniards accounted for a 41:38 halftime advantage. s.Oliver Baskets went on a 19:5 run late in the third quarter to pull ahead. They led by four points at the final intermission 62:58. Valencia erased the deficit and knotted things up at 75 with under four minutes to go. But Wuerzburg responded with an 8:0 rally to clear off for good in this one. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, college: Villanova) delivered 17 points, while Oliver Clay had 11 points in the win. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) answered with 20 points for Valencia. Justin Doellman netted 17 points in the loss.
Azovmash - Banvit BK 88-95 OT Banvit stole a tough overtime road win over Azovmash in Mariupol tonight. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds to pace the Turkish team to the third win in Group D. Azovmash remained winless at 0-4 record. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 19:19 after ten minutes. Azovmash pulled ahead in the second frame. The Ukrainian team ensured a 43:39 halftime advantage. The hosts boosted the lead in the third term. Simonas Simonas Serapinas gave Azovmash a 63:54 lead late in the period. Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) made it 71:60 game early in the fourth term. Banvit responded with a 16:4 rally to surge ahead. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) gave Banvit an 82:80 advantage with 39 seconds remaining. Lynn Greer responded with a jumper to level things up and sent the game into overtime. Charles Davis stepped up with 6 points in the extra period to make sure Banvit get away with victory at the end. Kalin Lucas and Vladimir Stimac (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) posted 20 points each for the winners. Lynn Greer topscored for Azovmash with 28 points and 10 assists. Simonas Serapinas netted 15 points in the loss.
Galatasaray - Lokomotiv 76-52 Galatasaray earned the third victory in EuroCup Group E. They handed Lokomotiv Kuban the first loss in the regular season and caught up with their opponents in the ladder. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) led well-balanced offensive effort from the hosts with 14 points. Galatasaray left Lokomotiv behind in the first half. The Turkish team accounted for a 21:12 lead after the opening quarter. Galatasaray stretched the margin at 17-point mark at the interval 42:25. The hosts stayed in charge throughout the third term. They accumulated a 62:40 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Lokomotiv never recovered scoring just 12 points in the final frame and losing the game. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) nailed 12 points for the winners. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) answered with 19 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for Lokomotiv. Andrey Zubkov banked 10 points in defeat.
Trefl Sopot - BC Donetsk 77-67 Trefl Sopot stayed alive in the EuroCup fight with a well earned home victory over BC Donetsk. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) posted 20 points to pace the Polish team to the initial win in Group E. Both teams are now tied at 1-3 record. It was never an easy affair for the hosts. Trefl Sopot led by three points at the end of the first quarter 20:17. But BC Donetsk bounced back in the second term. They erupted for 28 points to secure a 45:34 halftime advantage. Trefl Sopot had to regroup defensively in the second half. They made necessary adjustments and limited the Ukrainian team to 13 points in the third term. Trefl Sopot cut the deficit at 5 points 53:58 into the fourth frame. Trefl Sopot opened the fourth quarter on a 15:2 run to take a 68:60 lead. BC Donetsk could not recover from the blow as the hosts rallied to the victory. Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83, agency: Court Side) accounted for 11 points, while Frank Turner and Marcin Stefanski added 10 points each in the win. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) answered with 15 points for BC Donetsk. Darius Songaila had 14 points in the losing case.
Stelmet ZG - Oostende 85-61 Stelmet Zielona Gora routed Oostende for the second win in EuroCup Group F. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) stepped up with 22 points and 6 assists to pace the hosts. Zielona Gora caught up with Oostende at 2-2 record in the standings. Stelmet Zieloa Gora made it look easy from the start. The hosts fired past Oostende for a 25:15 lead at the first break. The Polish team extended the margin in the second quarter. Zielona Gora accounted for a 50:27 halftime lead. Oostende tried to revive the intrigue in the third term. The Belgian team narrowed the gap at 21-point mark at the final break. But it was too little too late. Zielona Gora limited the visitors at 14 points in the fourth stanza and celebrated an important home win at the end. Rob Jones (196-F-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) finished with 18 points, while Oliver Stevic added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) answered with 16 points for Oostende. Matt Lojeski chipped in 12 points in defeat.
Unics - Panionios 82-73 Unics registered the fourth consecutive win in the EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Panionios to climb at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) delivered 17 points, 10 boards and 7 assists to pace the Kazan outfit. Unics snatched a narrow 22:21 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Kazan team arrived at halftime up by 7 points 43:36. Unics cleared off in the third term. The hosts fired 26 points to pile up a 17-point lead into the fourth quarter. Panionios fought until the final buzzer. They capped the regulation on a 9:2 run to narrow the deficit at the end. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) finished with 15 points, while Kostas Kaimakoglou added 14 points for the winners. Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM) answered with 34 points and 6 steals for Panionios. Christopher Booker had 12 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
Cholet - Cibona 79-59 Cholet coasted past Cibona for the second EuroCup win this season. Derrick Obasohan (198-F-81, college: Texas Arlington) nailed 19 points and collected 7 rebounds as the French team improved at 2-2 record in Group G. Cibona fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Cholet started strong as they built a 26:15 lead after the opening quarter. Cibona slowed the home team in the second term. The Croatian side held their opponents to 12 points and narrowed the gap at 10-point mark 28:38. But Cholet killed the intrigue in the third term. The home team went on a massive 29:10 surge to secure an insurmountable 29-point lead at the final break. Cibona could not recover and had to yield at the end. Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) provided 11 points, while Rudy Jomby and Travon Bryant added 10 points each for Cholet. Justin Hamilton (210-C-90, college: Iowa St.) knocked down 12 points for Cibona. Hrvoje Kovacevic netted 11 points in the losing effort.
Ratiopharm - Spartak SP 74-77 Spartak Saint Petersburg snatched a tough road win over Ratiopharm Ulm. The victory allowed the Russian team improve at 4-0 record on top of EuroCup Group G. Ulm fell at 2-2 record. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) netted 19 points to lead the winners. It was a tough clash from start to finish. Ratiopharm Ulm eked out a 16:15 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second period. The hosts secured a slim 32:31 lead at the interval. Spartak SP put their noses in front in the third term. Zach Wright gave the visitors a 50:49 lead into the fourth quarter. Spartak soon surged ahead and later Loukas Mavrokefalidis gave them a 72:67 advantage. Esterkamp and Guenther kept Ratiopharm Ulm within striking distance. But Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) and Loukas Mavrokefalidis accounted for five points to secure a narrow win for Spartak. Josh Carter finished with 17 points, while Patrick Beverley added 15 points in the victory. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) answered with 15 points for Ratiopharm Ulm. John Bryant had 12 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Banco di Sard. - Crvena Zvezda 94-97 Crvena Zvezda maintained their perfect record in EuroCup regular season. They nipped Sassari on the road to improve at 4-0 record in Group H. Sassari slipped at 1-3 record and appeared on the verge of elimination. DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Crvena Zvezda fired 31 points in the opening quarter to clear off. They posted an 11-point buffer before the second stanza. Sassari stopped the rot in the next period. The hosts cut the margin at 10 points 43:53 at halftime. Sassari got closer in the third term. They trailed by 9 points with one quarter remaining 69:78. Sassari used a 10:1 run late in regulation to knot thing up at 90. Boris Savovic and Easley traded buckets before DeMarcus Nelson put the Serbian team in front 94:92 with 12 seconds remaining. Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) sank two free throws to level things up but Boris Savovic answered with a buzzer-beating triple to win the game for Crvena Zvezda. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) provided 16 points, while Boris Savovic added 15 points in the victory. Travis Diener responded with 21 points and 7 assists for Sassari. Drake Diener had 16 points in the loss.
Cajasol - Orleans 84-78 Cajasol celebrated the second EuroCup win this season. The Spaniards overcame Orleans at home court to gain 2-2 record in Group H. Brian Asbury (200-SF-86, college: Miami, FL) accounted for 27 points to pace the Seville outfit. Cajasol opened the game with seven straight points and then recorded a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. Orleans however bounced back in the second frame. Jahmar Young helped the French team to a 33:30 lead. They secured a 35:33 halftime advantage. Cajasol used a 7:0 run midway through the third term to take a 53:47 lead. They arrived at the final intermission up by 4 points 59:55. The hosts boosted the margin to 9 points early in the final stanza 64:55. Orleans quickly responded with a 7:0 run of their own to cut the deficit. But Cajasol hung on to the lead and escaped with a tough victory at the end. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) and Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) provided 11 points each for the home team. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) answered with 21 points for Orleans. Jahmar Young netted 18 points in the loss.
Skucas' 22 points give him Player of the Week award - 2 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 - 3 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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