Budivelnyk - CEZ Nymburk 72-62 Budivelnyk celebrated the third win in EuroCup season. The Kyiv team overcame visiting Nymburk to gain 3-2 record in Group A. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) stepped up with 28 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to pace the hosts. It was all about Budivelnyk in the first half. The hosts grabbed an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the game. The Kyiv outfit got away in the second quarter. They held Nymburk to just 9 points to accumulate a massive 43:24 halftime advantage. Nymburk started to show some signs of recovery in the second half. The Czech champions narrowed the deficit at 16-point mark before the final term. Nymburk went on an 8:0 run in the fourth period to get within 10 points. The visitors trailed by just 8 points but Malcolm Delaney went perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the victory for the hosts. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) posted 9 points, while Leo Lyons and Georgi Tsintsadze added 8 points each for the winners. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) answered with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Nymburk. Michael Taylor had 13 points in the loss.
Hapoel J-M - Rudupis 92-79 Hapoel Jerusalem stays in the fight for EuroCup Last 16 spot. They overcame Rudupis at home court tonight to improve at 2-3 record in highly-contestant Group A. Courtney Fells (198-SF-86, college: N.Carolina St.) fired 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace Hapoel. The Jerusalem team maintained a high pressure on their opponents from the starting minutes. The hosts grabbed a 25:21 lead ten minutes into the game. Hapoel stretched the lead in the second quarter. The hosts enjoyed a 51:39 halftime advantage. Prienai could not match the effort after the big break. Hapoel cleared off to a 16-point lead at the final intermission. Rudupis exploded with 23 points in the fourth frame but just cut the deficit at the end. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) netted 15 points, while Josh Duncan had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) reacted with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Prienai. Arturas Milaknis chipped in 14 points in defeat.
Buducnost - Gescrap BB 66-68 Gescrap Bilbao secured a narrow road win over Buducnost in the fifth round of EuroCup regular season. The Basque team now holds 5-0 record on top of Group B. Buducnost fell at 3-2 record after the loss. The hosts led by a single point with 13 seconds remaining in regulation when Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) converted a three-point play and brought victory to the visitors. Bilbao Basket led by one 24:23 after ten minutes. The visitors extended the lead in the second frame. The Basque team gained a 43:39 halftime advantage. However Buducnost turned things around in the third quarter. The Montenegrin team held their opponents at 9 points and surged ahead for a 57:52 lead. The lead changed hands throughout the fourth frame before Lamont Hamilton sealed the winning outcome for the visitors. Nikolaos Zisis and Lamont Hamilton posted 14 points each for Gescrap Bilbao. Alex Mumbru netted 12 points and collected 8 boards in the win. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) had 15 points for Buducnost. Dusko Bunic netted 14 points in defeat.
Spirou - Lukoil Academik 61-79 Lukoil Academik registered the second win in EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Belgacom Spirou in Belgium tonight to stay alive in the fight for Last 16 appearance. Lukoil improved at 2-3 record in Group B. Spirou fell at 0-5 record after the loss. Lukoil marked their ambitions in the opening quarter. They silenced the hosts with a massive 29:13 rally in the starting period. Lukoil kept Spirou at bay throughout the second term. The Bulgarian team accounted for a 47:28 halftime advantage. Belgacom Spirou narrowed the distance in the third term. The hosts held Lukoil at 13 points in the period to get within 11 points. But Lukoil answered with a 19:12 surge in the fourth term to seal the victory. Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) notched 22 points and 7 rebounds for Spirou. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points, college: San Diego St.) added 16 points for the winners. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) answered with 14 points for Spirou. Derrick Allen provided 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
VEF Riga - Art.Dragons 83-72 VEF Riga clinched a crucial victory to stay alive in the race for EuroBasket Last 16 race. They held off visiting Artland Dragons in Riga to improve at 2-3 record in Group C. Artland slipped at 1-4 record. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) delivered 19 points to pace the Latvian team. VEF Riga aggressively entered the game. They knocked down 27 points to account for an 8-point lead at the first break. VEF Riga stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. They established a 43:34 halftime lead. Artland Dragons tried to take over in the third quarter. The German team got as close as 7 points at the final break. The Dragons cut the deficit at 6-point mark in the fourth stanza however Kristaps Janicenoks made sure VEF Riga avoided nervous final seconds and seal the victory at the end. Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) and Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) provided 12 points each for VEF Riga. Demond Mallet answered with 15 points for Artland Dragons. Bryce Taylor netted 14 points in the loss.
Triumph - Le Mans 77-68 Triumph stayed on the winning track in the EuroCup regular season. The Russian team overcame Le Mans to improve at 5-0 record. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) delivered 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to pace the winners. Triumph gave little chance for the visitors in the starting period. The Russian side accounted for a 25:11 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Triumph piled up a 43:28 halftime advantage. Le Mans started to wake up in the third term. The French team held the hosts to 12 points to narrow the deficit at 9-point mark. But Triumph did not allow the visitors to challenge the margin. The hosts stayed calm and executed the victory to perfection in the fourth frame. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) netted 17 points, while Kyle Landry notched 10 points in the win. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) answered with 18 points for Le Mans. Charles Kahudi added 12 points in the loss.
Banvit BK - Valencia 70-84 Valencia are through to the EuroCup Last 16 stage. The Spanish powerhouse toppled Banvit on the road tonight to book their ticket into the next stage of the tournament. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) stepped up with 27 points to pace the visitors. Banvit holds nice chances of qualifying despite the loss. They slipped at 3-2 record and would have to win in Wuerzburg next week to advance. Valencia stole a 22:19 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. The visitors accounted for a 42:34 halftime advantage. Banvit took over late in the third term. The hosts surged ahead for a 61:57 lead after three quarters of action. Justin Justin Doellman stepped up with some key points midway through the fourth term as Valencia pulled in front 69:65. They completed a 17:2 run to a comfortable lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) finished with 18 points, while Rafael Martinez had 12 points and 6 assists for the visitors. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) responded with 16 points for Banvit. Vladimir Stimac had 14 points in the loss.
Azovmash - s.Oliver Baskets 71-82 s.Oliver Baskets gained the third victory in Group D of EuroCup regular season. They outlasted Azovmash in Mariupol to improve at 3-2 record. Alex King (200-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with 21 points and 6 boards to pace Wuerzburg. Azovmash remained winless at 0-5 record. The German side exploded with 27 points in the starting quarter to take a 4-point lead. s.Oliver Baskets kept Azovmash at distance in the second quarter. Wuerzburg recorded a 50:37 halftime advantage. The hosts picked up the tempo in the third term. They outgunned Wuerzburg to narrow the deficit at 6-point mark. But s.Oliver Basket were back in control in the fourth quarter. Wuerzburg held the hosts to 14 points and rallied to a key victory on the road. LaMont McIntosh (190-G-82, college: Georgia St.) provided 12 points, while Oliver Clay had 10 points for the winning side. Oleksandr Kolchenko (194-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points for Azovmash. Lynn Greer notched 15 points and 6 boards in the loss.
Galatasaray - Trefl Sopot 103-82 Galatasaray clinched the fourth win in EuroCup Group E. They held off Trefl Sopot in Istanbul to clinch the Last 16 stage birth. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) came up with 14 points to lead the hosts. Trefl Sopot slipped at 1-4 record and lost chances to qualify to the next round. Galatasaray dropped 25 points in the opening quarter to take a 4-point lead. The hosts went for a 31-point haul in the second term to ensure a 56:36 halftime advantage. Trefl Sopot stepped on the gas in the third quarter. The Polish team fired 26 points and cut the deficit at 14-point mark before the final stanza. But Galatasaray accounted for 27 points in the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Seven players scored in double digits for the hosts. Cenk Akyol (198-G/F-87) provided 13 points, while Jamont Gordon and Engin Atsur added 12 points each for the winners. Adam Waczynski (199-G/F-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) answered with 17 points for Trefl Sopot. Sime Spralja and Przemyslaw Zamojski had 11 points apiece in defeat.
Lokomotiv - BC Donetsk 64-71 BC Donetsk resurrected their EuroCup regular season campaign with a tough road win over Lokomotiv in Krasnodar tonight. Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest), D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) and Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) delivered 12 points each to pace the visitors. BC Donetsk improved at 2-3 record just one win away from Lokomotiv in the ladder now. BC Donetsk eked out a 14:12 lead ten minutes into the game. Lokomotiv took over in the second quarter. The hosts erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 33:27 halftime lead. But BC Donetsk stuck around. The visitors got within 4 points with ten minutes remaining 47:51. BC Donetsk exploded with a 24:13 run in the fourth quarter to silence the fans at the Krasnodar Basket-Hall. Radenovic and Stojanovski netted 10 points each for the winners. Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) answered with 18 points for Lokomotiv. Nick Calathes had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Unics - Stelmet ZG 76-91 Stelmet Zielona Gora celebrated the key victory in EuroCup Group F. They defeated Unics in Kazan to step closer to the Last 16 stage. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) was pivotal with 27 points and 7 assists for the Polish team. Unics suffered the first loss at the tournament and fell at 4-1 record. The visitors opened the game with a 10:2 run. Unics narrowed the deficit but still trailed by three points at the first intermission 18:21. Stelmet Zielona Gora stretched the margin to 4 points at halftime 45:41. The visitors stayed in charge throughout the third term. Stelmet Zielona Gora posted a 70:61 lead with ten minutes remaining. The Polish team unloaded 21 points in the fourth period and celebrated a well-deserved win. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) connected for 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Stelmet ZG. Oliver Stevic added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) responded with 21 points and 11 boards for Unics. Chuck Eidson had 15 points in the loss.
Panionios - Oostende 101-100 OT Vlantimir Giankovits drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer in overtime to propel Panionios to a hard-fought home win over Oostende. The hosts thus improved at 1-4 record in EuroCup Group F. The victory also meant Stelmet ZG booked their Last 16 appearance, while Oostende were left without EuroCup in the second part of the season. Oostende had to win this one and started aggressively. The Belgian side were up by five after the starting quarter. Panionios narrowed the gap and eventually surged ahead for a 41:40 halftime lead. The Hellenes boosted the gap in the third term. They led by six point before the fourth term. However Oostende fired 30 points in the final period and forced overtime. The visitors seemed en route to the victory after two free throws from Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket). But Giankovits drained an impressive buzzer-beater and sealed the win for the hosts. Landon Milbourne (201-F-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Maryland) delivered 26 points, while Christopher Booker (208-C/F-81, college: Purdue) contributed 16 points for Panionios. Dusan Djordjevic answered with 20 points and 8 assists for Oostende. Matt Lojeski chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
Spartak SP - Cibona 93-60 Spartak Saint Petersburg recorded yet another victory in the EuroCup regular season. They fired past Cibona for 5-0 record on top of Group G. Vasili Zavoruev (196-G-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 15 points to pace well-balanced effort from the Russian team. Cibona in the meantime suffered the fifth straight loss at the tournament. Spartak dropped 26 points in the opening quarter to spur ahead. They ensured a 12-point lead at the first break. The hosts mounted the pressure in the second quarter. Spartak went on a 25:9 run to establish a 51:23 halftime advantage. The Russian team stayed dominant after the big break. They rallied into the fourth stanza up by 33 points and never looked back en route to the win. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) produced 12 points, while Zack Wright and Vladimir Dragicevic added 11 points each for the winners. Ante Masic (200-F-85, agency: Interperformances), Justin Hamilton (210-C-90, college: Iowa St.) and Hrvoje Kovacevic (190-G-86) chipped in 10 points each in the loss.
Ratiopharm - Cholet 69-71 Cholet Basket made a huge step towards EuroCup Last 16 stage. They overcame Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany to climb at 3-2 record in Group G. Ulm are now at 2-3 record before the final round of regular season action. Ulm were up by a single point after two free throws from Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) with 1 second left in regulation. However Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) drained a buzzer-beating triple to seal a dramatic win for Cholet. Cholet Basket led by six points after ten minutes 21:15. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. The French team posted a 38:29 halftime advantage. But Ratiopharm Ulm went on a 22:12 rally in the third quarter to narrow the deficit to a single point. Ulm pulled ahead in the fourth frame and seemed to have the victory sealed after free throws from Allan Ray. But Rudy Jomby sank a last-second bomb and Cholet snatched a crucial road win. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) and Travon Bryant (206-F-83, college: Missouri) led the visitors with 12 points each. Rudy Jomby added 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. John Bryant answered with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Ulm. Allan Ray had 18 points in the loss.
Cajasol - Banco di Sard. 76-85 Sassari clinched a vital victory in the fifth round of EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Cajasol to stay alive in the race for Last 16 qualification. Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) posted 31 points and 9 rebounds for the Italian team. Sassari are now 2-3 record with Cajasol slipping at 3-2. Banco di Sardegna stunned Cajasol in the opening quarter. The visitors grabbed a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. Sassari extended the margin in the second term. The Italian side enjoyed a 47:31 halftime advantage. Cajasol started to claw their way back into this one after the big break. They cut the deficit at 13-point mark into the fourth frame. Cajasol fired 27 points in the fourth term but Sassari stayed calm and secured the winning outcome at the end. Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) provided 21 points for the visitors. Travis Diener contributed 11 points and 10 assists for Sassari. Latavious Williams (202-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 16 points and 12 rebounds for Cajasol. Tomas Satoransky had 13 points in the loss.
Orleans - Crvena Zvezda 75-85 Crvena Zvezda clinched the EuroCup Last 16 appearance with a road win over Orleans in Group H tonight. Bojan Subotic (203-F-90) nailed 24 points to pace the Serbian powerhouse. Orleans suffered the fourth defeat and remained at the bottom of the ladder. Crvena Zvezda enjoyed a 22:19 lead at the first break. Orleans picked up the tempo in the second stanza. The French outfit went on a brisk 24:15 run to take a 43:37 halftime lead. But the visitors struck right back. The Serbs answered with a massive 31:15 rally in the third term to gain a 10-point advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth frame as Crvena Zvezda coasted to the win. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) posted 16 points each for the winners. Savovic added 15 points for the visitors. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: N.Mexico St.) answered with 25 points for Orleans. Christopher Hill netted 17 points in the loss.
Aris starts today (18/05) the series against AEK in which the winner will take the third place of the league. The team of Thessaloniki has the home advantage for these games against the team of Athens. The big problem for Dimitris Priftis is that the starting center of Aris, Jamelle Hagins (206-F-90, college: Delaware) will not be available to play because he was seriously injured in the second game against Kifisia for the playoffs. However the greek coach can use Xanthopoulos and Zaras... [read more]
Aris starts today (18/05) the series against AEK in which the winner will take the third place of the league. The team of Thessaloniki has the home advantage for these games against the team of Athens.
The big problem for Dimitris Priftis is that the starting center of Aris, Jamelle Hagins (206-F-90, college: Delaware) will not be available to play because he was seriously injured in the second game against Kifisia for the playoffs.
However the greek coach can use Xanthopoulos and Zaras who missed games against Panathinaikos in the semi finals. The first because of his fever and the second because of an injury. In the semi finals AEK played three games against Olympiacos while Aris five against Panathinaikos. In these games for the third place, we may see if the players of Aris will be more tired than those of AEK or not and if this fact can play a role.
So far Aris n three games, two for the regular season in championship and one in the Greek cup has three wins against AEK. The two games took place in Thessaloniki and the other in Athens.
Aris will face today (11/05) Panathinaikos in the fourth game of the series. Panathinaikos has two wins in Athens while Aris one in Thessaloniki in the last game which took place last Monday (09/05). The coach of the home team, Dimitris Priftis will not have available three players. Jamelle Hagins who had a serious injury against Kfisia and will probably miss the rest of the Playoffs, Vasilis Xanthopoulos who has fever and Thodoris Zaras who is still injured. However Vassilis Symtsak an... [read more]
Aris will face today (11/05) Panathinaikos in the fourth game of the series. Panathinaikos has two wins in Athens while Aris one in Thessaloniki in the last game which took place last Monday (09/05).
The coach of the home team, Dimitris Priftis will not have available three players. Jamelle Hagins who had a serious injury against Kfisia and will probably miss the rest of the Playoffs, Vasilis Xanthopoulos who has fever and Thodoris Zaras who is still injured.
However Vassilis Symtsak and Slaven Cupkovic got over their injuries and will be ready for the game. Aris needs the win in order to play another one game in Athens while Panathinaikos if will take the win will qualify for the Greek finals.
Liga Endesa is entering into the final phase of regular season and this is time of year when we should draw some lines and comment player performances. The Liga Endesa is very competitive with a lot of true stars of basketball and loads of talent. Therefore, it was a lot of material for top 5 MIP players in season 2015/2016. The main criteria was the difference in general outlook on the court, statistics and general impression in comparing with the previous season. The other criteria was... [read more]
Liga Endesa is entering into the final phase of regular season and this is time of year when we should draw some lines and comment player performances. The Liga Endesa is very competitive with a lot of true stars of basketball and loads of talent. Therefore, it was a lot of material for top 5 MIP players in season 2015/2016. The main criteria was the difference in general outlook on the court, statistics and general impression in comparing with the previous season. The other criteria was age, still not very strict one. The main aspect concerning age was that player should not be veteran, or well established name.
TOP 5: 5. Adam Hanga (SF, Drafted 2011, Hungarian, 1989) Adam Hanga has become elite defender, even at Euroleague level. His good footwork, long hands and willingness to fight are some aspects which build him as top defensive wall. Still, Hanga looks great nowadays, but a year ago he was 10th man in Laboral rotation and he even spent nearly complete season on loan at Avellino. Big jump for this guy! 4. Ludvig Hakanson (PG, Swedish, 1996) This guy knows basketball! It is easily seen for everyone who watch Sevilla games for more than 5 minutes. Ludde has huge room for improvements, but his jump is immense, even in this season. Literally, he changed Sevilla season - from relegation candidate to play off one. In numbers jump is huge: 0.7 ppg to 10ppg , after injury! 3. Ondrej Balvin (C, Czech, not drafted, 1992) After great dancing moves last summer with Hernangomez and Porzingis, Balvin started to dance at basketball court. His movement is far better, his reading of defense far better, his faul proneness a lot better. Still huge space for numerous improvements! Statistics shows the same: 4.5ppg transcend to 9.5ppg, and 4 rebs to 7.4 rebs! Sevilla good season is huge plus as well! 2. Facundo Campazzo (PG, Argentinian, not drafted, 1991) "Small guy" but huge heart! Murcia hero is this temperament Argentinian. Facundo is still to passionate, but things on floor improved for him. The key of Murcia is given to him by good reputation coach Katsikaris and he is delivering enough. 3.1 ppg from Real Madrid transformed into 12ppg, plus 5 ast. per game. 1. Darius Adams (PG, American, not drafted, 1989) Euroleague king of the year is Laboral Kutxa playmaker Darius Adams. Guy has gone crazy a lot of times and he scored some impressive numbers versus the best teams in Europe. Equally efficient he is in Liga Endesa. European basketball fans will enjoy at Berlin F4 watching Adams!
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