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.
Coach Rimas Kurtinaitis (ex AV Cantu) signs at Lietuvos rytas - 13 days ago
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57-year old Lithuanian coach Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Alti Sport). He worked at AV Cantu in Italian Serie A. The last season Kurtinaitis coached at BC Khimky Moscow Region (VTB) in Russian league. Among other achievements he coached in the final of VTB United League in 2015. Kurtinaitis received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Coach of the Year award back in 2014. He was coaching Lithuanian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2008 and... [read more]
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) landed experienced 57-year old Lithuanian coach Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Alti Sport). He worked at AV Cantu in Italian Serie A. The last season Kurtinaitis coached at BC Khimky Moscow Region (VTB) in Russian league. Among other achievements he coached in the final of VTB United League in 2015. Kurtinaitis received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Coach of the Year award back in 2014. He was coaching Lithuanian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2008 and coached also U20 National Team in 2006. Kurtinaitis is a very experienced player. He has coached also professionally in Australia, Azerbaijan (Gala-Atena), France, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Spain.
O'Neale's 19 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - 14 days ago
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23-year old Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Gran Canaria and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16). He had the game-high 19 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Gran Canaria in his team's victory, helping them to crush Fuenlabrada (#3, 2-4) with 24-point margin 100-76. In the team's last game O'Neale had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usua... [read more]
23-year old Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Gran Canaria and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16). He had the game-high 19 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Gran Canaria in his team's victory, helping them to crush Fuenlabrada (#3, 2-4) with 24-point margin 100-76. In the team's last game O'Neale had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Royce O'Neale averages this season 10.6ppg and 5.4rpg.
Second best performed player last round was David Logan (185-G-82) of Lietuvos rytas. He is American-Polish guard in his first season at Lietuvos rytas. In the last game Logan recorded impressive 28 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. It was enough for Lietuvos rytas to edge slightly higher-ranked Zenit (3-3) by 2 points 86-84. Logan is a newcomer at Lietuvos rytas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.1ppg (#4). He also recorded 5.8 assists per game.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) of league's second-best Khimky. Shved got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. Despite Shved's great performance Khimky lost 74-96 to #1 ranked B.Muenchen. Shved has a great season in EuroCup. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.5ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 58.4% and 3PT: 41.2%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Maximilian Kleber (207-PF-92) of B.Muenchen - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Amare Stoudemire (208-F/C-82) of Hapoel J-M - 19 points and 9 rebounds 6. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) of Valencia - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Dejan Musli (213-C-91) of Unicaja - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85) of Hapoel J-M - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Sergey Karasev (201-SG-93) of Zenit - 24 points and 6 rebounds 10. DeAndre Kane (193-G-89) of N.Novgorod - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American guard Jimmy Baron (191-89kg-86, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Neptunas (LKL). In 22 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg this season. Baron also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 14.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg. The last season he played at Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 2.9rpg an... [read more]
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American guard Jimmy Baron (191-89kg-86, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Neptunas (LKL). In 22 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg this season. Baron also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 14.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg. The last season he played at Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.6apg. Baron helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Baron also played 9 games in Eurocup where he got 14.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.7apg. Baron has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention award back in 2012. Baron is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Roma Virtus), Russia (Lokomotiv), Turkey (Banvit and Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi) and Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and Gipuzkoa). Baron attended Rhode Island University until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
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