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.
Skucas' 22 points give him Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
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24-year old Zygimantas Skucas (201-SF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lietkabelis and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. He had the game-high 22 points adding three rebounds and two assists for Lietkabelis in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Cedevita (#5, 0-2) 80-76. Lietkabelis won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Skuc... [read more]
24-year old Zygimantas Skucas (201-SF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lietkabelis and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. He had the game-high 22 points adding three rebounds and two assists for Lietkabelis in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Cedevita (#5, 0-2) 80-76. Lietkabelis won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Skucas turned to be Lietkabelis' top player in his first season with the team.
Second best performed player last round was DeAndre Kane (193-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) of N.Novgorod. He is American guard in his first season at N.Novgorod. In the last game Kane recorded impressive 21 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as N.Novgorod lost that game 80-106 to Gran Canaria (2-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Kane is a newcomer at N.Novgorod and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#2). He also recorded 8.0 assists per game.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) of UCAM Murcia. Campazzo scored 20 points and passed twelve assists (!!!). Despite Campazzo's great performance UCAM Murcia lost 84-92 to B.Muenchen. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing UCAM Murcia needs is to lose another game like this one. Campazzo has a great season in EuroCup. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 10.0apg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Moussa Diagne (210-C-94) of Fuenlabrada - 12 points and 9 rebounds 5. Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95) of Cedevita - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Eulis Baez (201-F-82) of Gran Canaria - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-C-79) of Lietkabelis - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Kyle Kuric (193-G/F-89) of Gran Canaria - 20 points and 3 rebounds 9. Dejan Musli (213-C-91) of Unicaja - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89) of B.Muenchen - 19 points and 3 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Defending champion KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) inked 28-year old British international power forward Daniel Clark (210-110kg-88). He played most recently at MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he averaged 7.0ppg and 2.8rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season Clark played at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (also in Liga Endesa) where in 34 games he had 8.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. Clark's... [read more]
Defending champion KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) inked 28-year old British international power forward Daniel Clark (210-110kg-88). He played most recently at MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he averaged 7.0ppg and 2.8rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season Clark played at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (also in Liga Endesa) where in 34 games he had 8.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. Clark's team made it to the Spanish ACB Supercup Final Four in 2014. He has been also a member of British international program for some years. Clark has regularly played for British senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007. He represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 13.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 48.1%, FT: 71.4%. Clark has played previously professionally also in Italy and Spain (Baskonia, Movil Estudiantes, Leche Rio Breogan, CAI Zaragoza and Movistar Estudiantes Madrid B). His game is described as:
A skilled inside player who grew up in Spain, adding to his game all the perimetral skills needed to play the 4 position very effectively. He can spend tim also at center, thanks to size and strength.
Results and Stats from Round 2 of Regular Season - 4 days ago
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Group A Cedevita - Lietkabelis 76-80 An interesting game for Lithuania Lietkabelis (2-0) which played road game in Zagreb against Croatia Cedevita (0-2). Lietkabelis managed to get a 4-point victory 80-76. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cedevita won third quarter 20-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Lietkabelis won last quarter 22-19. They looked well-organ... [read more]
An interesting game for Lithuania Lietkabelis (2-0) which played road game in Zagreb against Croatia Cedevita (0-2). Lietkabelis managed to get a 4-point victory 80-76. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cedevita won third quarter 20-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Lietkabelis won last quarter 22-19. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-79) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Zygimantas Skucas (201-92, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Power forward Karlo Zganec (206-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) replied with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and center Miro Bilan (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points in the effort for Cedevita. Cedevita's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Lietkabelis will face BC Nizhny Novgorod (#4) at home in the next round. Cedevita will play against MZT Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Lietkabelis: Z.Skucas 22+3reb+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 15+10reb+3ast, M.Lukauskis 15+4reb+4ast, B.Madgen 11+2reb+3ast, L.Williams 9+4reb+4ast, D.Tarolis 6+6reb+4ast Cedevita: M.Bilan 16+3reb+1ast, T.Katic 12+2reb+5ast, K.Zganec 11+9reb+4ast, F.Kruslin 9+3reb+1ast, M.Begic 6+3reb, M.Arapovic 6+4reb+2ast
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Russia BC Nizhny Novgorod (0-1) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were rolled over by Spanish Gran Canaria (2-0) 106-80. The game without a history. Gran Canaria led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.5 percent from the field and made 30-of-36 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Gran Canaria had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Gran Canaria looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by BC Nizhny Novgorod helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Dominican forward Eulis Baez (201-82, college: W.Illinois) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. American-Slovakian swingman Kyle Kuric (193-89, college: Louisville) contributed with 20 points and 4 steals for the winners. Five Gran Canaria players scored in double figures. American guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) replied with 21 points and 8 assists and Estonia Siim-Sander Vene (201-90) added 14 points in the effort for BC Nizhny Novgorod. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gran Canaria will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play on the road against Lietkabelis (#2) in Panevezys and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Gran Canaria: K.Kuric 20+3reb+1ast, E.Baez 19+2reb+3ast, R.O'Neale 12+4reb+4ast, R.Hendrix 11+2reb+2ast, P.Aguilar 11+7reb+1ast, B.McCalebb 11+1reb+5ast N.Novgorod: D.Kane 21+4reb+8ast, S.Vene 14+3reb, I.Strebkov 10+1reb+6ast, K.Boynton 8+3reb+3ast, P.Gubanov 7+3reb+3ast, N.Zverev 6
Very important is a road loss of Russia Khimky (1-1) against Spanish Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting Khimky was defeated by Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in a tough game in Madrid 85-89. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-14. But Khimky won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Baloncesto Fuenlabrada won last quarter 30-28. Khimky was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Croatia point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) scored 22 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and Senegalese-Spanish center Moussa Diagne (210-94, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Diagne is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Sergey Monya (202-83) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American-Bulgaria point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 15 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Khimky will play on the road against ALBA Berlin and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Fuenlabrada: M.Popovic 22+1reb+1ast, I.Paunic 15+2reb+2ast, M.Diagne 12+9reb, L.Hakanson 7+1ast, R.Smits 6+5reb+2ast, B.Sekulic 6+2reb Khimky: S.Monya 18+6reb+1ast, E.Rowland 15+1reb+5ast, S.Ilnitskiy 10+3reb+1ast, E.Vyaltsev 10+2reb+1ast, V.Likhodey 9+6reb, J.Pullen 9+1reb+2ast
No shocking result in a game when German ALBA Berlin (2-0) beat Spanish Dominion BB (0-1) in Bilbao 85-77 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 49-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ALBA Berlin shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. American Dominique Johnson (193-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. The other American import point guard Peyton Siva (184-90, college: Louisville) contributed with 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. Nigeria power forward Micheal Eric (210-88, college: Temple) replied with 15 points and 9 rebounds and American-Kosovan swingman Scott Bamforth (188-89, college: Weber St., agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Dominion BB. Five ALBA Berlin and four Dominion BB players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. ALBA Berlin will face Khimky (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dominion BB will play against Lietuvos rytas and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: ALBA: D.Johnson 21+4reb+2ast, E.Kikanovic 15+4reb+1ast, P.Siva 14+1reb+7ast, D.Milosavljevic 12+4reb+1ast, T.Gaffney 11+6reb+2ast, E.Atsur 6+1reb+1ast Dominion BB: M.Eric 15+9reb+1ast, D.Todorovic 12+3reb+2ast, S.Bamforth 11+4reb+4ast, A.Mumbru 11+1reb+3ast, J.Tabu 8+2reb+3ast, A.Hervelle 6+5reb
Very important is a road loss of Spanish UCAM Murcia (1-1) against German Bayern Muenchen (1-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting UCAM Murcia was defeated by Bayern Muenchen in a tough game in Muenchen 84-92. UCAM Murcia trailed by 22 points after 3 quarters before a 31-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 84-92 at the end of the game. Bayern Muenchen shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Serbian Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: BeoBasket) notched 19 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) to lead the effort and Maximilian Kleber (207-92) supported him with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 20 points and 12 assists by Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) did not help to save the game for UCAM Murcia. Power forward Jose Angel Antelo (206-87) added 18 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Four UCAM Murcia players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen will meet Unicaja Malaga on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UCAM Murcia will play against Zenit in Saint Petersburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: B.Muenchen: V.Lucic 19+3reb+1ast, M.Kleber 12+5reb+3ast, D.Booker 11+3reb, D.Barthel 9+3reb+2ast, B.Taylor 9+1reb+2ast, R.Redding 8+5reb+7ast UCAM Murcia: F.Campazzo 20+1reb+12ast, J.Angel Antelo 18+5reb, O.Soko 15+1reb, S.Rojas 11+7reb, N.Radovic 7+1reb+1ast, V.Faverani 5+2reb
The game between closely ranked teams ended with Montenegrin Buducnost's (0-2) home loss to Spanish Unicaja Malaga (1-0) in Podgorica 62-86 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Unicaja Malaga. Buducnost was better in fourth quarter 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Buducnost 38-25 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Unicaja Malaga especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Serbian center Dejan Musli (213-91, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Serbian-Montenegrin forward Boris Savovic (208-87, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 12 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) added 13 points in the effort for Buducnost. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Unicaja Malaga will face Bayern Muenchen (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Top scorers: Unicaja: J.Smith 19+3reb+1ast, D.Musli 16+3reb+2ast, D.Diez 12+4reb, H.N'diaye 10+3reb, A.Waczynski 10+1reb+2ast, K.Fogg 8+5reb+6ast Buducnost: M.Williams 13+1reb+1ast, B.Savovic 12+5reb, P.Popovic 11+3reb+1ast, J.Reynolds 7+1reb+2ast, B.Subotic 7+5reb, S.Sehovic 5+4reb+3ast
Very important is a home loss of Spanish Valencia Basket (1-1) against Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem (1-0) on Wednesday night. Host Valencia Basket was defeated by Hapoel Jerusalem in a tough game in Valencia 77-81. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Valencia Basket won third quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Valencia Basket 39-28 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor, agency: Stealth Sport) chipped in 18 points. Guard Rafael Martinez (190-82) produced 22 points and Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Valencia Basket's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Jerusalem's next round opponent will be Un.Olimpija (#5) in Ljubljana. Top scorers: Hapoel J-M: C.Jerrells 18+2reb+2ast, J.Dyson 17+7reb+2ast, A.Stoudemire 10+10reb, T.Kinsey 9+4reb+1ast, B.Timor 9+3reb+6ast, L.Eliyahu 8+1reb+1ast Valencia: R.Martinez 22+1ast, B.Dubljevic 15+5reb, F.San Emeterio 10+3reb+1ast, R.Sato 5+5reb, A.Diot 5+1ast, G.Vives 5+1reb+3ast
ratiopharm Ulm used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Ljubljana 87-82 on Wednesday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Un.Olimpija won fourth quarter 26-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ratiopharm Ulm made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Un.Olimpija turnovers. Strangely Un.Olimpija outrebounded ratiopharm Ulm 38-26 including 30 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American players dominated the game. Power forward Raymar Morgan (202-88, college: Michigan St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. Taylor Braun (201-91, college: N.Dakota St.) contributed with 11 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. ratiopharm Ulm's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Point guard Brandon Jefferson (175-91, college: Metro St.) replied with 28 points and Devin Oliver (204-92, college: Dayton) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Un.Olimpija. Five ratiopharm Ulm and four Un.Olimpija players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm will face Lokomotiv in Kuban in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Un.Olimpija will play at home against Hapoel Jerusalem and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 15+3reb+3ast, B.Hobbs 12+4reb+1ast, C.Babb 12+3reb+2ast, T.Braun 11+3reb+5ast, D.Butler 11+3reb+2ast, T.Ohlbrecht 9+3reb+1ast Un.Olimpija: B.Jefferson 28+4reb+2ast, D.Oliver 15+8reb+2ast, N.Jankovic 10+9reb+1ast, M.Mulalic 10+6reb+2ast, D.Bubnic 9+2reb+1ast, G.Hrovat 6+2reb+3ast
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