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.
Logan's 30-point game gives him (Top 16) Player of the Week award - 9 hours ago
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34-year old guard David Logan (185-G-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Lietuvos rytas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Top 16). He had the game-high 30 points adding three rebounds and six assists for Lietuvos rytas in his team's victory, helping them to outclass N.Novgorod (1-2) with 34-point margin 97-63. Each game in Second Stage is important. but the teams lost the distance to top of the standings. Lietuvos rytas is placed... [read more]
34-year old guard David Logan (185-G-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Lietuvos rytas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Top 16). He had the game-high 30 points adding three rebounds and six assists for Lietuvos rytas in his team's victory, helping them to outclass N.Novgorod (1-2) with 34-point margin 97-63. Each game in Second Stage is important. but the teams lost the distance to top of the standings. Lietuvos rytas is placed at 11th position in EuroCup. Lietuvos rytas is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 3 games. In the team's last game Logan had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Lietuvos rytas' top player in his first season with the team. University of Indianapolis graduate has very impressive stats this year. Logan is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.3ppg), assists (5th best: 5.8apg) and averages solid 56.9% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Peyton Siva (183-PG-90) of ALBA. He is American guard in his first season at ALBA. In the last game Siva recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 10 assists. Of course he led ALBA to another comfortable win 93-76 over Cedevita (0-3) being unquestionably team leader. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Siva is a newcomer at ALBA and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Ryan Toolson (193-G-85) of Zenit. Toolson scored 28 points. He was a key player of Zenit, leading his team to a 101-81 easy win against Hapoel J-M (2-1). Zenit needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost game. Toolson has a great season in EuroCup. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.8ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 50.6% and 3PT: 43.8%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Luka Babic (201-SF-91) of Cedevita - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Amare Stoudemire (208-PF-82) of Hapoel J-M - 22 points and 5 rebounds 6. Matt Janning (196-G-88) of Lokomotiv - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Tarence Kinsey (202-G/F-84) of Hapoel J-M - 17 points and 5 rebounds 8. Alexey Shved (198-G-88) of Khimky - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Kyle Kuric (193-G/F-89) of Gran Canaria - 18 points and 2 rebounds 10. Petr Gubanov (206-PF-87) of N.Novgorod - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Group E Lokomotiv - Fuenlabrada 86-61 An interesting game for Russian Lokomotiv (3-0) which hosted in Kuban Spanish Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-2). Lokomotiv had an easy win 86-61. The game was mostly controlled by Lokomotiv. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lokomotiv made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Lokomotiv outrebounded Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 33-19 including a 23-10... [read more]
An interesting game for Russian Lokomotiv (3-0) which hosted in Kuban Spanish Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-2). Lokomotiv had an easy win 86-61. The game was mostly controlled by Lokomotiv. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lokomotiv made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Lokomotiv outrebounded Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 33-19 including a 23-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Matt Janning (196-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who scored 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Kevin Jones (206-89, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Lokomotiv's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Irish forward Ian O'Leary (201-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) who recorded 11 points and Mexican guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming) added 13 points respectively. Lokomotiv's next round opponent will be again Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#4) in Madrid. Top scorers: Lokomotiv: M.Janning 25+2reb+2ast, R.Broekhoff 13+3reb, K.Jones 10+6reb+1ast, T.Rochestie 9+4reb+2ast, V.Ivlev 8+5reb+1ast, A.Zubkov 5+5reb+2ast Fuenlabrada: F.Cruz 13+1reb, I.O'Leary 11+3reb+1ast, R.Smits 7+3reb+1ast, B.Sekulic 6+2reb+1ast, L.Hakanson 6+2ast, I.Paunic 6
Very important is a road loss of UCAM Murcia (1-2) against Gran Canaria (1-2) on Tuesday night. Visiting UCAM Murcia was defeated by Gran Canaria in a tough game in Las Palmas 85-94. UCAM Murcia trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 17-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-94 at the end of the game. Gran Canaria made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American-FYR Macedonian power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, college: Alabama, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. American-Slovakian swingman Kyle Kuric (193-89, college: Louisville) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. Power forward Jose Angel Antelo (206-87) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91) added 11 points and 8 assists respectively for UCAM Murcia in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Gran Canaria will again meet UCAM Murcia on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UCAM Murcia will have a break next round. Top scorers: Gran Canaria: K.Kuric 18+2reb+1ast, R.Hendrix 13+8reb+2ast, R.O'Neale 11+5reb+4ast, B.McCalebb 10+2reb+6ast, E.Baez 10+1ast, A.Pasecniks 9+2reb UCAM Murcia: J.Angel Antelo 19+6reb, B.Baron 12+2ast, N.Radovic 11+5reb+2ast, F.Campazzo 11+3reb+8ast, V.Benite 10+1reb+1ast, S.Rojas 8+6reb
An interesting game for Russian Khimky (2-1) which played road game in Ulm against German ratiopharm Ulm (0-3). Khimky managed to get a 5-point victory 95-90. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory with 28 points. Montenegrin forward Marko Todorovic (209-92) contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Khimky players scored in double figures. American power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) answered with 22 points and the other American import forward Da'Sean Butler (201-88, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) added 20 points in the effort for ratiopharm Ulm. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Khimky will have a break next round. ratiopharm Ulm will play again on the road against Khimky (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: Khimky: A.Shved 28+4reb+3ast, E.Rowland 16+1reb+2ast, S.Monya 11+4reb+2ast, M.Todorovic 10+7reb+4ast, D.Sokolov 9+5reb, N.Boungou-Colo 7+2reb Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 22+3reb, D.Butler 20+3reb+2ast, T.Braun 15+3reb+3ast, B.Hobbs 9+4reb+4ast, A.Rubit 9+3reb+1ast, C.Babb 8+4reb
No shocking result in a game when German Bayern Muenchen (3-0) beat at home Lithuanian Lietkabelis (1-2) 85-69 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. Lietkabelis was better in fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayern Muenchen dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Lietkabelis' 18. It was a great shooting night for Bayern Muenchen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. It was a good game for American guard Nick Johnson (191-92, college: Arizona) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import center Devin Booker (205-91, college: Clemson) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) answered with 17 points and Zygimantas Skucas (201-92, agency: Octagon Europe) added 7 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lietkabelis. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen will face again Lietkabelis (#3) in Panevezys in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Top scorers: B.Muenchen: N.Johnson 17+4reb+4ast, N.Djedovic 14+3reb+1ast, D.Booker 11+7reb+1ast, R.Redding 9+4reb+4ast, B.Taylor 7+3reb+3ast, M.Kleber 7+5reb Lietkabelis: B.Madgen 17+4reb, K.Lavrinovic 11+2reb+1ast, L.Williams 9+2reb+3ast, Z.Skucas 7+5reb+3ast, T.Rinkunas 6, G.Leonavicius 5+2reb+1ast
Russian Zenit smashed Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem in Saint Petersburg 101-81. The game was mostly controlled by Zenit. Hapoel Jerusalem managed to win second period 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zenit shot 67.8 percent from the field. Zenit outrebounded Hapoel Jerusalem 31-16 including a 23-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Hapoel Jerusalem's players. It was a good game for American guard Ryan Toolson (193-85, college: Utah Valley) who led his team to a victory with 28 points. Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (196-88) contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Zenit players scored in double figures. American Amare Stoudemire (208-82) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import swingman Tarence Kinsey (202-84, college: S.Carolina) added 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Hapoel Jerusalem. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Jerusalem will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Zenit will try to continue on its current victory against Hapoel Jerusalem on the road. Top scorers: Zenit: R.Toolson 28+4reb+3ast, K.Landry 17+2reb+1ast, S.Markovic 16+1reb+6ast, J.Timma 13+4reb+3ast, P.Sergeev 8+4ast, S.Karasev 7+5reb+3ast Hapoel J-M: A.Stoudemire 22+5reb, T.Kinsey 17+5reb+1ast, J.Dyson 13+2reb+4ast, Y.Halperin 9+5ast, C.Jerrells 7+1reb+2ast, T.Peterson 7
There was a minor upset when Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-2) was smashed at home by Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (1-2) 97-63 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Lietuvos rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a good game for American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 6 assists. Rokas Giedraitis (198-92) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Petr Gubanov (206-87, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds and American guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for BC Nizhny Novgorod. Five BC Nizhny Novgorod players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietuvos rytas will have a break next round. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play again on the road against Lietuvos rytas (#3) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Lietuvos rytas: D.Logan 30+3reb+6ast, R.Giedraitis 16+2reb+1ast, C.Fisher 11+1reb+4ast, C.Hannah 8+4reb+5ast, D.Gordon 7+5reb, A.Jomantas 7+5reb+3ast N.Novgorod: P.Gubanov 13+9reb+3ast, T.Zubcic 12+3reb+1ast, I.Strebkov 11+4reb+5ast, D.Kane 10+7reb+4ast, K.Boynton 10+2ast, I.Popov 3+1reb+3ast
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Unicaja Malaga (2-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Valencia Basket (3-0) 78-70. Unicaja Malaga was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 27-9 third quarter run of Valencia Basket. It was a great evening for Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Georgian Will Thomas (203-86, agency: Two Points) helped adding 15 points. The best for the losing side was American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) with 17 points and the other American import forward Jeffrey Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Valencia Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Unicaja Malaga will play again on the road against Valencia Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Valencia: W.Thomas 15+4reb, J.Sastre Morro 13+2reb+2ast, R.Sato 11+1reb, B.Dubljevic 9+10reb+4ast, A.Diot 9+7ast, S.Van Rossom 7+1reb+2ast Unicaja: J.Smith 17+1reb+1ast, A.Waczynski 12+1ast, N.Nedovic 11+1reb+2ast, D.Musli 8+1reb+1ast, J.Brooks 7+8reb+1ast, A.Diaz 5+1reb+4ast
ALBA Berlin used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Zagreb 93-76 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-76. ALBA Berlin looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Cedevita's players. It was a good game for American point guard Peyton Siva (183-90, college: Louisville) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Luka Babic (201-91, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 22 points and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and power forward Karlo Zganec (206-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Cedevita. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. ALBA Berlin will face again Cedevita (#4) in Zagreb in the next round. Top scorers: ALBA: E.Kikanovic 19+5reb+1ast, D.Milosavljevic 16+3reb+5ast, P.Siva 16+7reb+10ast, N.Giffey 11+2reb+1ast, E.Atsur 8+2reb+4ast, T.Gaffney 8+6reb+3ast Cedevita: L.Babic 22+2reb+5ast, R.Boatright 15+2reb+1ast, R.James 11+3reb, K.Zganec 10+9reb+2ast, M.Bilan 7+6reb+2ast, M.Arapovic 4+5reb
BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-88kg-83, college: UCLA). It is actually his comeback to BC Nizhny Novgorod as he has played here before. Thompson just played at Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In 6 Winner League games he had 5.2ppg and 2.8rpg. Thompson also played earlier that season for Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot league where in two Win... [read more]
BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-88kg-83, college: UCLA). It is actually his comeback to BC Nizhny Novgorod as he has played here before. Thompson just played at Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In 6 Winner League games he had 5.2ppg and 2.8rpg. Thompson also played earlier that season for Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot league where in two Winner League games he recorded 6.5ppg and 4.5rpg. He also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg. In 2005 Thompson was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in second round (54th overall). The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles standoutis in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. Thompson's team won Cyprus Supercup. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 1st Team back in 2014. Thompson is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Thompson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket), Germany (ALBA Berlin), Ukraine (Azovmash), NBA (Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), D-League (N.Mexico T.) and Vietnam (Saigon Heat). On Thompson:
A versatile performer, he can play both forward and guard.
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