CEZ Nymburk - Hapoel J-M 74-82 Hapoel Jerusalem wrapped up their EuroCup campaign with the road win in Czech Republic. They knocked down Nymburk but failed to advance because of points differential. Nymburk made it into the next round thanks to an 86:69 win over Hapoel in Jerusalem. Nymburk led by a single point ten minutes into the game at home 22:21. The hosts accounted for a 45:43 lead at the interval. But Hapoel turned things upside down in the third quarter. The Israeli side went on a 22:10 rally to ensure a 65:55 cushion at the final intermission. Jerusalem led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter. But Nymburk relied on buckets from Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Rancik to narrow the deficit at the end. Raviv Limonad (191-SG-84) netted 20 points for Hapoel. Josh Duncan added 17 points for the winning side. Miljan Pavkovic answered with 19 points for Nymburk. Petr Benda had 12 points in the loss.
Rudupis - Budivelnyk 73-84 Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) scored 16 points to pace Budivelnyk to a road win over BC Prienai in the 6th round of EuroCup regular season. The victory allowed the Ukrainian team clinch the top position in the pool. BC Prienai fell at 2-4 record at the bottom of the ladder. Budivelnyk started strong. The Ukrainian team rallied to a 26:14 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Budivelnyk arrived at halftime up by 16 points 51:35. However BC Prienai revived the intrigue after the long break. The hosts responded with a 23:14 run in the third quarter to narrow the deficit at 7-point mark 58:65. Budivelnyk slowed down BC Prienai just in time to secure stress-free dying minutes in this one. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) accounted for 14 points, while Artur Drozdov added 12 points for the winners. Gintaras Kadziulis (192-G-80) reacted with 18 points for BC Prienai. Arturas Valeika netted 17 points in the loss.
Gescrap BB - Spirou 85-84 Gescrap Bilbao claimed the sixth consecutive win in EuroCup regular season. They ended up their Group B campaign with a hard-fought home success over Spirou. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) provided 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Spirou suffered the sixth straight loss. Bilbao Basket led by two points ten minutes into the game 16:14. However Spirou turned things around in the second frame. The Belgian team struck right back to gain a 35:33 halftime advantage. Bilbao regained the lead in the third term. The Spaniards fired 27 points and entered the fourth stanza up by 4 points 60:56. It was a high-flying affair in the fourth period. Jason Fontenet knotted things up at 83 with 11 seconds remaining. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) put Bilbao in front with a pair of three throws, while Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) sank just one and the home team celebrated victory. Nikolaos Zisis chipped in 15 points and issued 5 assists for Bilbao. Roger Grimau and Alex Mumbru netted 9 points each for the winners. Matt Walsh answered with 27 points, 14 boards and 6 assists for Spirou. Jason Fontenet delivered 21 points in the loss.
Lukoil Academik - Buducnost 55-74 Buducnost made it look easy as they paved their way into EuroCup Last 16 stage. The Montenegrin powerhouse breezed past Lukoil in Bulgaria to seal their next round appearance. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners. Buducnost and Lukoil entered the game cautiously. The scoreboard read 15:15 after the starting quarter. Lukoil pulled ahead in the second frame. The hosts held the Montenegrin team to 13 points in the second frame and built a 33:28 halftime advantage. Buducnost however turned the tables in the third quarter. The Montenegrin side went on a 26:14 rally and sealed a 54:47 lead at the final intermission. Buducnost ignited a 20:8 run in the fourth stanza to claim a well-deserved win at the end. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) netted 12 points, while Vladimir Mihailovic added 10 points for the winners. Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Lukoil. Veselin Veselinov and Todor Stoykov had 8 points each in the loss.
Art.Dragons - Triumph 94-95 OT Triumph registered the sixth straight win in EuroCup season. The Russian team fired past Artland Dragons on the road to win Group C with a perfect 6-0 record. Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) scored 26 points to pace the winners. Artland Dragons enjoyed an 18:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Triumph grabbed the initiative in the second term. The Russian team surged ahead for a 38:35 halftime advantage. Triumph kept Artland at bay throughout the third term. They entered the fourth frame up by 7 points. But Artland Dragons recovered in the fourth frame. The hosts erupted for 32 points capped by a three-pointer from Andrew Drevo that sent the game into overtime. Kulagin, Searcy and Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: LSU) put Triumph up by 5 points with just over a minute remaining in the extra period and the visitors hung on to win the game. Tasmin Mitchell provided 24 points, while Artem Vikhrov added 15 points in the win. Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington) answered with 13 points for Artland Dragons. Ryan Gomes had 15 points in the loss.
Le Mans - VEF Riga 67-69 Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) converted a layup with 4 seconds to go in regulation to seal a crucial win for VEF Riga in EuroCup regular season Group C. The Latvian champions managed to punch the ticket to EuroCup Last 16 stage with the road success over Le Mans. Both teams needed victory to advance. It was a tough battle with the outcome decided in the final seconds. VEF Riga and Le Mans were tied at 17 ten minutes into the game. The French team pulled their noses in front for a 36:34 halftime lead. The lead changed hands throughout the third term. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, college: Connecticut) capped the period with a three-pointer to give Le Mans a 50:47 advantage. VEF Riga erased the deficit and surged ahead midway through the fourth frame. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) made it 65:60 for the visitors with under three minutes remaining. Khalid El-Amin responded with a triple and then followed two free throws from Cuthbert with a layup to put Le Mans in front 67:65. Kristaps Janicenoks tied things up at 67 with a layup and then Dairis Bertans came up with his key bucket. Khalid El-Amin tried to win the game at the buzzer for the hosts but missed the target. Kristaps Janicenoks provided 18 points to pace VEF Riga. Dairis Bertans and Earl Rowland added 12 points each for the visitors. Khalid El-Amin answered with 24 points and 8 assists for Le Mans. Joao Paulo Batista finished with 16 points in the loss.
s.Oliver Baskets - Banvit BK 62-81 Banvit will play at the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They knocked down s.Oliver Baskets in Germany tonight to secure the second position in Group D. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) provided 22 points to pace the Turkish team. It was a do-or-die battle for both teams. Banvit shocked Wuerzburg with a 27:16 start to the game. Banvit capitalized in the second quarter and stretched the gap to as many as 19 points at halftime 45:26. Wuerzburg tried to put together a comeback in the second half. The hosts cut the deficit at 15-point mark with ten minutes remaining. However Banvit stayed concentrated and sealed the victory with a 19:15 fourth period. Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) nailed 17 points, while Kalin Lucas delivered 15 points for the winners. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, college: Villanova) had 14 points for s.Oliver Baskets. Oliver Clay and Alex King chipped in 9 points each in the loss.
Valencia - Azovmash 93-68 Valencia capped their EuroCup regular season in style. The Spanish team cruised past Azovmash to win Group D. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 26 points and 8 rebounds to pace the hosts. Azovmash suffered the sixth straight loss at the tournament. Valencia left their opponents far behind in the starting quarter. The hosts piled up a 30:15 lead after ten minutes. Valencia boosted the margin in the second quarter. The hosts accumulated a 25-point lead heading into the second half 57:32. Azovmash slowed down the home team a bit in the third term. The Ukrainian side cut the deficit but Valencia nevertheless stayed comfortably in front and coasted to the victory at the end. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) chipped in 19 points, while Thomas Kelati had 13 points for the winners. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) answered with 14 points for Azovmash. Pecherov had 13 points in the losing case.
Trefl Sopot - Lokomotiv 70-87 Lokomotiv Kuban made sure they had finished on top of EuroCup Group E. The Russian team frustrated Trefl Sopot in Poland tonight to advance into Last 16 stage from the top spot in the pool. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) notched 34 points to pace the visitors. Lokomotiv fired 26 points in the starting quarter to gain a 10-point lead. The visitors added impressive 30 points in the next ten minutes to ensure a 56:34 halftime advantage. Trefl Sopot however capitalized on somewhat a relaxed attitude from the visitors in the third term to cut the deficit. The hosts went on a 27:10 run to get within five points. But Lokomotiv reacted with a 21:9 rally in the final quarter to seal the winning outcome. Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) delivered 14 points, while Nick Calathes finished with 12 points, 14 assists and 8 rebounds for Lokomotiv. Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83, agency: Court Side) and Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) netted 14 points each for Trefl Sopot.
Stelmet ZG - Panionios 84-85 Panionios wrapped up their EuroCup campaign this season on a high. They stole a narrow road win over Stelmet Zielona Gora in Poland tonight. Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM) provided 21 points to lead the Greek team as they finished at 2-4 record in Group F. Stelmet ZG advanced into the next round despite falling at 3-3 record. Panionios eked out a narrow 26:24 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second term. The visitors secured a 46:44 halftime advantage. Panionios however got away in the third quarter. The Hellenes erupted for 31 points in the frame and established an 11-point lead at the final break. The hosts held Panionios to just 8 points in the fourth term and cut the deficit to a single point with over a minute remaining. However the teams went scoreless in the final 56 seconds of regulation as Panionios got away with the victory. Christopher Booker (208-C/F-81, college: Purdue) knocked down 20 points, while Vasileios Kavvadas and Marios Batis added 8 points each for the winning side. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) reacted with 24 points for Stelmet ZG. Quinton Hosley delivered 14 points in the loss.
Oostende - Unics 67-74 Unics claimed the fifth win in EuroCup regular season. The Kazan outfit upset Oostende in Belgium to win Group F. Oostende fell at 2-4 record and stayed away from the Last 16 stage. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) netted 18 points to lead the effort for Unics. Unics jumped to a 15:11 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The visitors built a 36:26 halftime advantage. Unics kept the hosts at bay throughout the third term. The visitors clinched a comfortable 60:44 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Oostende went on a 23:14 rally in the final period but came up short of victory at the end. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) had 16 points, while Chuck Eidson delivered 14 points, 6 boards and 5 steals for the winning team. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) answered with 14 points for Unics. Dusan Katnic had 11 points in the loss.
Cibona - Ratiopharm 81-86 Ratiopharm Ulm will play in the EuroCup Last 16. They knocked down Cibona in Zagreb and capitalized on the loss of Cholet against Spartak SP to reach the next stage of the tournament. Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Ohio) chipped in 15 points to pace the winners. Cibona exploded with 27 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. The Croatian team accounted for a 4-point lead at the first break. Cibona kept Ulm at bay throughout the second term. The hosts arrived at the big break up by 11 points 48:37. Cibona stayed in charge throughout the third stanza. The Croats piled up a 14-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. But Ratiopharm Ulm did not surrender. The German side went on a massive 29:10 surge in the final quarter to seal a crucial win at the end. John Bryant, Lance Jeter and Allan Ray provided 12 points each for the winners. Tomislav Zubcic (208-C/F-90, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 21 points for Cibona. Davor Kus had 20 points in defeat.
Cholet - Spartak SP 68-76 Spartak Saint Petersburg registered the sixth straight win in EuroCup regular season. The Russian powerhouse fired past Cholet Basket on the road to finish on top of Group G. Cholet Basket needed victory to advance into Last 16 stage however failed to deliver. Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M), Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) and Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) chipped in 15 points each to lead the charge. Spartak SP fired 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 7-point lead. Cholet Basket managed to adjust their defence and narrowed the gap at 4-point mark 38:42. The hosts pulled ahead in the third term. Cholet arrived at the final intermission up by 2 points 57:55. However Spartak turned things around in the final frame. They opened the fourth term with 11 straight points to spur ahead. The margin grew at 11-point mark midway through the fourth stanza and Spartak cruised to the victory at the end. Zach Wright provided 11 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds in the win. Cholet answered with 19 points from Derrick Obasohan (198-F-81, college: Texas Arlington). Karim Souchu had 13 points in the loss.
Banco di Sard. - Orleans 71-95 Orleans exploded with a convincing victory in Italy tonight. The French team fired past Sassari on the road in EuroCup Group H. The victory however did not allow Orleans to advance into Last 16. Cajasol claimed a road win in another Group H game and clinched the second position in the pool. Sassari needed victory in this one. They started aggressively but Orleans easily matched the effort. The visitors fired 26 points and eked out a single point lead after the starting quarter. Orleans limited the hosts to 9 points in the second frame and grabbed a 42:34 halftime lead. The visitors poured in 27 points in the third stanza to clear off to a 14-point lead at the final intermission. Orleans finished off Sassari with a 26:16 run in the final quarter. Brian Greene (204-F-81, college: Colorado St.) delivered 23 points to lead the visitors. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) added 15 points, while Jahmar Young chipped in 14 points in the win. Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) responded with game-high 27 points for Sassari. Travis Diener had 21 points in defeat.
Crvena Zvezda - Cajasol 70-76 Cajasol sealed EuroCup Last 16 appearance. The Spanish team overcame Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade behind 16 points from Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket). The victory allowed Cajasol clinch 3-3 record in the second position in Group H. Cajasol stormed into this one. They exploded with a 25:12 rally to take a 13-point lead. Crvena Zvezda picked up the tempo in the second stanza. The hosts fired 24 points to cut the margin at 10-point mark 36:46. Crvena Zvezda kept the pressure growing in the third term. The home team narrowed the deficit at 9 points with ten minutes remaining. Mike Scott put the Serbian team within four points 66:70 with just over two minutes remaining. However John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) and Luka Bogdanovic sank five free throws late in the regulation to seal the win for Cajasol. John Holland netted 14 points, while Juan Triguero added 11 points for the winners. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 12 points for Crvena Zvezda. Mike Scott chipped in 10 points in the loss.
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Group A MZT Skopje - N.Novgorod 82-97 Rather expected game when bottom-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (0-7) was defeated at home by third ranked Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (4-3) 97-82 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Nizhny Novgorod. MZT Skopje was better in third quarter 29-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Nizhny Novgorod shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. American guard D... [read more]
Rather expected game when bottom-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (0-7) was defeated at home by third ranked Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (4-3) 97-82 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Nizhny Novgorod. MZT Skopje was better in third quarter 29-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Nizhny Novgorod shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. American guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and Croatian power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90) chipped in 12 points. BC Nizhny Novgorod's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-86) scored 23 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Five BC Nizhny Novgorod and four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. BC Nizhny Novgorod maintains third place in Group A with 4-3 record having just two points less than leader Gran Canaria. MZT Skopje lost their seventh game in a row. Defending FYR Macedonian champion still closes the standings with seven games lost. BC Nizhny Novgorod will face league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. MZT Skopje will play on the road against the league's leader Gran Canaria in Las Palmas and looks forward to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: N.Novgorod: D.Kane 22+5reb+6ast, T.Zubcic 12+3reb+3ast, K.Boynton 12+4reb+1ast, P.Gubanov 11+2reb, I.Popov 10+3reb+1ast, I.Strebkov 10+2reb+5ast MZT Skopje: J.Lalic 23+3reb+1ast, C.Kloof 15+6reb+9ast, D.Clark 14+2ast, A.Mekic 14+4reb+3ast, J.Scott 6+3reb+2ast, S.Gjuroski 4+6reb
Rather predictable result in Panevezys where first ranked Spanish Gran Canaria (6-1) smashed 4th placed Lithuanian Lietkabelis (3-5) 92-73 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Gran Canaria. Lietkabelis was better in second period 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gran Canaria shot 60.3 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American-Slovakian swingman Kyle Kuric (193-89, college: Louisville) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and American Royce O'Neale (198-93, college: Baylor) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Gran Canaria players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-79) with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Gran Canaria maintains first place in Group A with 6-1 record. Loser Lietkabelis keep the fourth position with five games lost. Gran Canaria will face bottom-ranked MZT Skopje (#5) at home in the next round. Top scorers: Gran Canaria: K.Kuric 20+4reb, R.O'Neale 13+7reb+2ast, D.Planinic 12+1ast, S.Salin 10+1reb+1ast, R.Hendrix 8+2reb+1ast, O.Pauli 8+4reb Lietkabelis: K.Lavrinovic 20+5reb+1ast, B.Madgen 14+1reb+4ast, Z.Janavicius 11+5reb+2ast, D.Tarolis 7+2reb+2ast, Z.Skucas 5+4reb+2ast, S.Galdikas 5
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (3-4) against fifth ranked RETAbet BB (3-4) on Wednesday night. Visiting Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated by RETAbet BB in Bilbao 97-83. The game was mostly controlled by RETAbet BB. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was better in fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. RETAbet BB made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Nigerian power forward Micheal Eric (210-88, college: Temple) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Croatian power forward Ivan Buva (208-91) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four RETAbet BB players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Alex Llorca (192-89) with 16 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) and Latvian power forward Rolands Smits (207-95) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. RETAbet BB moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with Lietuvos rytas and Fuenlabrada. RETAbet BB will face league's leader Khimky on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play against Lietuvos rytas (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: RETAbet BB: M.Eric 16+10reb, I.Buva 16+6reb, S.Bamforth 13+4reb+1ast, A.Mumbru 13+2reb+6ast, D.Todorovic 11+3reb, J.Tabu 8+2reb+5ast Fuenlabrada: A.Llorca 16+4reb+3ast, F.Cruz 14+1ast, R.Smits 14+6reb+3ast, X.Rey 8+5reb+3ast, D.Wear 8+2reb+1ast, L.Rupnik 6+5ast
Important game to mention about took place in Vilnius. Fourth ranked German ALBA Berlin (4-4) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging second-best Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (3-4) 99-97 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lietuvos rytas. It was a key game for the second position in Group B. Lietuvos rytas were ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 32-25 charge of ALBA Berlin, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for ALBA Berlin especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 29 points for the winning side and Serbian swingman Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) accounted for 19 points and 5 assists. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and Rokas Giedraitis (198-92) added 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for Lietuvos rytas in the defeat. Four ALBA Berlin and five Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. ALBA Berlin moved-up to second place in Group B. Lietuvos rytas at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with RETAbet BB and Fuenlabrada. ALBA Berlin will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lietuvos rytas will play on the road against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Madrid and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: ALBA: E.Kikanovic 29+3reb+2ast, D.Milosavljevic 19+5ast, M.Miller 15+3reb+1ast, P.Siva 12+3reb+2ast, T.Gaffney 8+9reb+1ast, A.Vargas 6+1reb+1ast Lietuvos rytas: R.Giedraitis 16+3reb+1ast, D.Logan 16+1reb+2ast, D.Gailius 14+2reb+1ast, D.Gordon 12+10reb+2ast, J.Akognon 12+1ast, A.Gudaitis 10+5reb+1ast
A very interesting game took place in Malaga. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed UCAM Murcia (4-4) to fourth ranked Unicaja Malaga (4-3) 89-86 in the fight for the third place. Unicaja Malaga made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game, while UCAM Murcia only scored one point from the stripe. Unicaja Malaga forced 19 UCAM Murcia turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by UCAM Murcia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-90, college: Arizona) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91) answered with 16 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and Brazilian center Vitor Faverani (212-88) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for UCAM Murcia. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Unicaja Malaga moved-up to third place in Group C. UCAM Murcia lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Unicaja Malaga's next round opponent will be league's leader Zenit in Saint Petersburg and it will be for sure the game of the week. Top scorers: Unicaja: J.Smith 18+1ast, A.Waczynski 17+2reb, K.Fogg 16+5reb+2ast, D.Musli 8+2reb+5ast, C.Suarez 8+8reb+3ast, H.N'diaye 6 UCAM Murcia: F.Campazzo 16+3reb+7ast, B.Baron 12+3ast, S.Rojas 11+5reb, V.Faverani 8+6reb+5ast, N.Radovic 8+4reb+1ast, J.Angel Antelo 8+6reb+1ast
Fifth-ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (0-7) gave a tough game to second ranked Russian Zenit (5-2) in Podgorica on Wednesday. The visitors from Saint Petersburg managed to secure only two-point victory 97-95. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 52-49 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Ryan Toolson (193-85, college: Utah Valley) who scored 32 points and 4 assists. Canadian power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 assists and Bosnian-Montenegrin swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89) added 12 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Zenit. They keep a position of Group C leader, which they share with B.Muenchen. Buducnost lost their seventh game in a row. Defending Montenegrin champion still closes the standings with seven games lost. Zenit will meet at home Unicaja Malaga (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Buducnost will play against the league's second-placed Bayern Muenchen and hopes to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: Zenit: R.Toolson 32+4reb+4ast, K.Landry 15+6reb+4ast, S.Markovic 12+5reb+6ast, J.Timma 11+5reb+1ast, P.Sergeev 10+1reb+1ast, A.White 6+6reb+1ast Buducnost: P.Popovic 12+1reb, S.Sehovic 12+4reb, B.Subotic 11+3reb, S.James 11+4reb+1ast, S.Sehovic 11+2reb+1ast, M.Williams 10+1reb+10ast
There was a minor upset in Kuban where second-best Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem (4-3) was rolled over by fourth ranked Russian Lokomotiv (3-4) 88-68 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Lokomotiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Jerusalem's 30. They outrebounded Hapoel Jerusalem 35-19 including 22 on the defensive glass. Lokomotiv looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Hapoel Jerusalem's players. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Matt Janning (196-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 assists for the winners and forward Kevin Jones (206-89, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was Amare Stoudemire (208-82) with 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor, agency: Stealth Sport) scored 17 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lokomotiv maintains fourth place in Group D with 3-4 record. Loser Hapoel Jerusalem keeps the second position with three games lost. Lokomotiv will face league's leader Valencia Basket on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against the league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Lokomotiv: K.Jones 22+5reb, M.Janning 20+1reb+6ast, I.Vougioukas 14+2reb+1ast, M.Collins 7+8reb+3ast, R.Broekhoff 6+12reb, A.Zubkov 5 Hapoel J-M: C.Jerrells 17+3ast, A.Stoudemire 16+5reb+1ast, T.Kinsey 13, J.Dyson 8+2reb+2ast, B.Timor 6+1ast, T.Peterson 4+1reb
Fifth-ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (1-7) gave a tough game to first ranked Spanish Valencia Basket (6-1) in Ljubljana on Wednesday. The visitors from Valencia managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected much easier game. Un.Olimpija trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 20-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-75 at the end of the game. American-Georgian Will Thomas (203-86, agency: Two Points) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and power forward Pierre Oriola (206-92) chipped in 20 points. The best for the losing side was swingman Gregor Hrovat (196-94) with 18 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 10 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Valencia Basket have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group D with 6-1 record. Un.Olimpija at the other side stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Valencia Basket are looking forward to face Lokomotiv (#4) in Kuban in the next round. Un.Olimpija will have a break next round. Top scorers: Valencia: P.Oriola 20+2reb+1ast, W.Thomas 11+11reb+1ast, V.Kravtsov 8+6reb, L.Sikma 8+2reb+1ast, A.Diot 7+1reb+2ast, F.San Emeterio 7+3reb+4ast Un.Olimpija: G.Hrovat 18+3reb, D.Oliver 12+2reb+2ast, S.Milosevic 10+4reb+2ast, B.Mesicek 8+3reb+2ast, M.Mulalic 6+1ast, D.Bubnic 6+1reb+1ast
Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 32-year old American international center Ryan Hollins (213-102kg-84, college: UCLA). He played last season at Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA, but released. In 31 games he had 3.7ppg and 2.8rpg. Hollins also played that season for the Wizards in NBA. But in 5 games he recorded just 1.6ppg and 2.2rpg. In 2006 he was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (50th overall). The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles staris in his el... [read more]
Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 32-year old American international center Ryan Hollins (213-102kg-84, college: UCLA). He played last season at Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA, but released. In 31 games he had 3.7ppg and 2.8rpg. Hollins also played that season for the Wizards in NBA. But in 5 games he recorded just 1.6ppg and 2.2rpg. In 2006 he was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (50th overall). The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles staris in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. He also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) last year. Hollins' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 3.4ppg, 2.2rpg. Hollins has played previously professionally in NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, LA Clippers and Sacramento Kings) and D-League (Ft.Worth F.). On Hollins:
(by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Extremely explosive, loves to dunk ... Has a huge wingspan ... Runs the floor well ... His length and athleticism gives him an advantage inside ... An excellent shot blocker especially weak side ... Cleans the glass well with his length and leaping ability ...
Does not enjoy contact and struggles against stronger post players ... Struggles to hold position in the paint ...
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.
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