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.
BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) landed 26-year old Croatian international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90). He already started the season at Avtodor in the VTB. In 6 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg this season. Zubcic also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg. The last season he played at another team OKC Blue in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. In 37 games he recorded 7.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4apg. In 2012 Zubcic was drafted... [read more]
BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) landed 26-year old Croatian international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90). He already started the season at Avtodor in the VTB. In 6 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg this season. Zubcic also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg. The last season he played at another team OKC Blue in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. In 37 games he recorded 7.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4apg. In 2012 Zubcic was drafted by Drafted by Toronto Raptors (NBA) in second round (56th overall). Among other achievements he won Croatian A1 League championship title in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Zubcic was selected to Croatian League All-Star Game back in 2010. He has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Zubcic has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2009 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009. He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia six years ago. Zubcic's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.3ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 73.3%. Zubcic has played previously professionally in Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas) and Croatia (Cibona, KK Zadar, Cedevita and Rudes). Let's have closer look into His outlook:
A very talented frontcourt player who seems not ready to bang inside, due to skinny frame and poor fighting mentality. Has great mid-range shooting and passing skills, his future could be at the 4 position.
Strebkov's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
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25-year old point guard Ivan Strebkov (192-PG-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for N.Novgorod and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. He had the game-high 31 points adding two rebounds and four assists for N.Novgorod in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lietkabelis (#4, 3-4) 91-89. N.Novgorod is placed at 3rd position in their group in EuroCup group A. N.Novgorod is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle o... [read more]
25-year old point guard Ivan Strebkov (192-PG-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for N.Novgorod and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. He had the game-high 31 points adding two rebounds and four assists for N.Novgorod in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lietkabelis (#4, 3-4) 91-89. N.Novgorod is placed at 3rd position in their group in EuroCup group A. N.Novgorod is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-3 record. In the team's last game Strebkov had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at N.Novgorod and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Strebkov has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.2ppg), assists (7th best: 5.2apg) and averages solid 60.0% FGP and 40.5% from behind 3-point line.
Second best performed player last round was Chris Babb (196-G-90) of Ratiopharm. He is American guard in his 2nd season at Ratiopharm. In the last game Babb recorded impressive 30 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Ratiopharm to edge slightly lower-ranked Lokomotiv (#4, 2-4) by 4 points 105-101. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group D. Ratiopharm consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. Babb is well-known at Ratiopharm and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.
Third place about best performers goes to another N.Novgorod's star - guard DeAndre Kane (193-G-89, agency: BeoBasket). Kane scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of N.Novgorod, helping his team with a 91-89 win against #4 ranked Lietkabelis. N.Novgorod needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group A. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Kane has a great season in EuroCup. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Mardy Collins (198-G-84) of Lokomotiv - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists 5. Simas Galdikas (204-F/C-87) of Lietkabelis - 20 points and 8 rebounds 6. Stefan Markovic (196-G-88) of Zenit - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists 7. Devin Oliver (204-SF-92) of Un.Olimpija - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-F-88) of Khimky - 18 points and 5 rebounds 9. Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85) of Lietkabelis - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Arturas Gudaitis (211-C/F-93) of Lietuvos rytas - 11 points and 16 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Results and Stats from Round 8 of Regular Season - 4 days ago
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Group A Cedevita - MZT Skopje 95-61 No shocking result in a game when second ranked Croatian Cedevita (5-2) crushed bottom-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (0-6) in Zagreb 95-61 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. MZT Skopje was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded MZT Skopje 43-24 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college:... [read more]
No shocking result in a game when second ranked Croatian Cedevita (5-2) crushed bottom-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (0-6) in Zagreb 95-61 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. MZT Skopje was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded MZT Skopje 43-24 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college: Connecticut) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Center Miro Bilan (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Stefan Sinovec (195-88, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 10 points and Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-86) added 14 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for MZT Skopje. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cedevita have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Croatian champion maintains second position in Group A with 5-2 record having just one point less than leader Gran Canaria. Defending FYR Macedonian champion MZT Skopje still closes the standings with six games lost. Cedevita will have a break next round. MZT Skopje will play at home against BC Nizhny Novgorod (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: Cedevita: R.Boatright 20+2reb+3ast, R.James 15+5reb, M.Bilan 14+6reb+2ast, T.Katic 10+1reb+2ast, K.Zganec 9+6reb+1ast, D.Musa 8+4reb MZT Skopje: J.Lalic 14+2reb, S.Sinovec 10+4reb+3ast, M.Simonovski 9+1reb+1ast, D.Drenovac 8+3reb+4ast, C.Kloof 5+2reb+5ast, L.Mladenovski 4+1reb+1ast
Important game to mention about took place in Nizhny Novgorod. Fourth ranked Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (3-3) saved a 2-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Lithuanian Lietkabelis (3-4) 91-89 in the fight for the third place. The game without a history. BC Nizhny Novgorod led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely Lietkabelis outrebounded BC Nizhny Novgorod 33-20 including 20 on the defensive glass. Lietkabelis were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Ivan Strebkov (192-91) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and American guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) who added 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four BC Nizhny Novgorod players scored in double figures. Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Simas Galdikas (204-87) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. BC Nizhny Novgorod moved-up to third place in Group A. Lietkabelis at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play against bottom-ranked MZT Skopje (#5) on the road in the next round. Lietkabelis will play against the league's leader Gran Canaria and hope to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: N.Novgorod: I.Strebkov 31+2reb+4ast, S.Vene 16+6reb+2ast, D.Kane 16+9reb+3ast, P.Gubanov 13+1reb+2ast, K.Boynton 9+1reb+3ast, K.Bristol 2 Lietkabelis: B.Madgen 20+6reb+3ast, S.Galdikas 20+8reb, L.Williams 12+4reb+2ast, Z.Skucas 9+3reb+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 8+3reb+2ast, Z.Janavicius 6+2ast
Everything could happen in Vilnius at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas and one of their biggest challengers Spanish RETAbet BB had identical 2-3 record. This time Lietuvos rytas used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Bilbao 83-71 on Wednesday night. It was a key game for the second position in Group B. The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos rytas. RETAbet BB was better in second period 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded RETAbet BB 39-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 assists. Power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. American-Kosovan swingman Scott Bamforth (188-89, college: Weber St., agency: BeoBasket) replied with 16 points and 5 assists and Nigerian power forward Micheal Eric (210-88, college: Temple) added 13 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for RETAbet BB. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietuvos rytas have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with Fuenlabrada. Loser RETAbet BB dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. Lietuvos rytas will face ALBA Berlin (#4) at home in the next round. RETAbet BB will play against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Lietuvos rytas: D.Logan 23+1reb+6ast, C.Fisher 15+1reb+1ast, A.Gudaitis 11+16reb+1ast, D.Gailius 9+1reb+2ast, D.Gordon 8+10reb+2ast, R.Giedraitis 8+1reb RETAbet BB: S.Bamforth 16+2reb+5ast, M.Eric 13+7reb, A.Hervelle 10+2reb+5ast, I.Buva 10+2reb, D.Todorovic 7+7reb+1ast, T.Borg 6+1reb+7ast
An interesting game for Russian Khimky (5-2) which hosted in Khimky 3rd ranked German ALBA Berlin (3-4). First ranked Khimky managed to get a 11-point victory 88-77. ALBA Berlin was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Khimky made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 ALBA Berlin turnovers and outrebounded them 34-16 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Khimky players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by ALBA Berlin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-94, agency: Alti Sport) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Markel Brown (191-92, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 19 points. Four Khimky players scored in double figures. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and American Dominique Johnson (192-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimky maintains first position in Group B with 5-2 record. ALBA Berlin lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Khimky will have a break next round. ALBA Berlin will play on the road against the league's second-placed Lietuvos rytas (#2) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Khimky: M.Brown 19+2reb+2ast, N.Boungou-Colo 18+5reb, J.Pullen 13+2reb+3ast, S.Ilnitskiy 10+10reb+4ast, V.Zaytsev 9+5reb+3ast, E.Vyaltsev 8+2reb+2ast ALBA: E.Kikanovic 22+5reb+3ast, D.Johnson 18+2reb+5ast, D.Milosavljevic 12+2reb+7ast, A.Vargas 7+1reb+3ast, I.Akpinar 5+1reb+2ast, M.Miller 5+1reb
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked German Bayern Muenchen as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group C. Bayern Muenchen edged 4th ranked Spanish Unicaja Malaga at home 72-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Unicaja Malaga. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 37-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Nick Johnson (191-92, college: Arizona) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Danilo Barthel (208-91) contributed with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-90, college: Arizona) replied with 12 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) added 13 points in the effort for Unicaja Malaga. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Unicaja Malaga at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Just two games before the end of Regular Season and it may be the most important game of the season next round when Unicaja Malaga faces strong UCAM Murcia trying to get back on the winning streak. Bayern Muenchen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Top scorers: B.Muenchen: N.Johnson 20+2reb+2ast, B.Taylor 10, M.Kleber 9+6reb+1ast, D.Barthel 8+8reb+4ast, N.Djedovic 7+1reb, V.Lucic 5+2reb+1ast Unicaja: J.Smith 13+3reb+2ast, K.Fogg 12+4reb+5ast, H.N'diaye 9+1reb, D.Musli 9+5reb+2ast, J.Brooks 7+5reb+2ast, D.Diez 6+3reb
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Spanish UCAM Murcia (4-3) against fourth ranked Russian Zenit (4-2) on Wednesday night. Host UCAM Murcia was defeated by Zenit in Murcia 90-77. It was a key game for the second position in Group C. The game was mostly controlled by Zenit. UCAM Murcia managed to win third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American guard Ryan Toolson (193-85, college: Utah Valley) who scored that evening 22 points and 4 assists and Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (196-88) supported him with 14 points and 11 assists. Four Zenit players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 4 assists by Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91) did not help to save the game for UCAM Murcia. American point guard Billy Baron (187-90, college: Canisius) added 12 points for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zenit moved-up to second place in Group C. Loser UCAM Murcia dropped to the third position with three games lost. Zenit will meet bottom-ranked Buducnost (#5) in the next round. UCAM Murcia will play against Unicaja Malaga and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Zenit: R.Toolson 22+2reb+4ast, J.Timma 16+3reb+3ast, S.Markovic 14+2reb+11ast, K.Landry 11+10reb, E.Valiev 7+2reb, A.White 6+11reb UCAM Murcia: F.Campazzo 17+3reb+4ast, V.Faverani 12+3reb+1ast, B.Baron 12+4reb+3ast, M.Pocius 9+2reb+2ast, N.Radovic 9+5reb, P.Llompart 6+2reb+1ast
An interesting game for German ratiopharm Ulm (4-3) which hosted in Ulm one of their biggest challengers Russian Lokomotiv (2-4). Third ranked ratiopharm Ulm managed to get a 4-point victory 105-101. ratiopharm Ulm made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Lokomotiv was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Da'Sean Butler (201-88, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. ratiopharm Ulm's coach used entire bench in such tough game. Guard Mardy Collins (198-84, college: Temple) replied with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and guard Matt Janning (196-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 20 points in the effort for Lokomotiv. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm maintains third position in Group D with 4-3 record behind leader Gran Canaria. Loser Lokomotiv keeps the fourth place with four games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will have a break next round. Lokomotiv will play at home against the league's second-placed Hapoel Jerusalem (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Ratiopharm: C.Babb 30+5reb+3ast, T.Ohlbrecht 20, D.Butler 16+6reb+2ast, A.Rubit 12+4reb+2ast, R.Morgan 12+4reb+1ast, B.Hobbs 6+2reb+10ast Lokomotiv: M.Collins 26+6reb+6ast, M.Janning 20+2reb+3ast, K.Jones 15+4reb, D.Khvostov 11+3reb+4ast, E.Baburin 10+1ast, R.Broekhoff 7+7reb+3ast
Rather predictable result when second ranked Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem (4-2) won against at home bottom-ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (1-6) 81-69 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Jerusalem. Un.Olimpija was better in fourth quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Un.Olimpija was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) contributed with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American Devin Oliver (204-92, college: Dayton) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian Nikola Jankovic (207-94, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Un.Olimpija. Four Un.Olimpija players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Jerusalem maintains second position in Group D with 4-2 record behind leader Gran Canaria. Loser Un.Olimpija stay at the bottom place with six games lost. Hapoel Jerusalem will face Lokomotiv (#4) in Kuban in the next round. Un.Olimpija will play at home against the league's leader Valencia Basket and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Hapoel J-M: B.Timor 12+2ast, Y.Halperin 12+5ast, A.Stoudemire 11+6reb, J.Dyson 9+7reb+3ast, C.Jerrells 9+3reb+2ast, T.Peterson 7+3reb+1ast Un.Olimpija: D.Oliver 18+11reb+3ast, N.Jankovic 11+10reb+1ast, B.Mesicek 10, M.Mulalic 10+2reb+1ast, J.Pelko 6+3ast, D.Bubnic 5+2reb+1ast
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