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.
Coach Rimas Kurtinaitis (ex AV Cantu) signs at Lietuvos rytas - 15 days ago
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57-year old Lithuanian coach Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Alti Sport). He worked at AV Cantu in Italian Serie A. The last season Kurtinaitis coached at BC Khimky Moscow Region (VTB) in Russian league. Among other achievements he coached in the final of VTB United League in 2015. Kurtinaitis received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Coach of the Year award back in 2014. He was coaching Lithuanian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2008 and... [read more]
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) landed experienced 57-year old Lithuanian coach Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Alti Sport). He worked at AV Cantu in Italian Serie A. The last season Kurtinaitis coached at BC Khimky Moscow Region (VTB) in Russian league. Among other achievements he coached in the final of VTB United League in 2015. Kurtinaitis received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Coach of the Year award back in 2014. He was coaching Lithuanian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2008 and coached also U20 National Team in 2006. Kurtinaitis is a very experienced player. He has coached also professionally in Australia, Azerbaijan (Gala-Atena), France, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Spain.
O'Neale's 19 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - 16 days ago
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23-year old Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Gran Canaria and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16). He had the game-high 19 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Gran Canaria in his team's victory, helping them to crush Fuenlabrada (#3, 2-4) with 24-point margin 100-76. In the team's last game O'Neale had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usua... [read more]
23-year old Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Gran Canaria and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16). He had the game-high 19 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Gran Canaria in his team's victory, helping them to crush Fuenlabrada (#3, 2-4) with 24-point margin 100-76. In the team's last game O'Neale had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Royce O'Neale averages this season 10.6ppg and 5.4rpg.
Second best performed player last round was David Logan (185-G-82) of Lietuvos rytas. He is American-Polish guard in his first season at Lietuvos rytas. In the last game Logan recorded impressive 28 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. It was enough for Lietuvos rytas to edge slightly higher-ranked Zenit (3-3) by 2 points 86-84. Logan is a newcomer at Lietuvos rytas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.1ppg (#4). He also recorded 5.8 assists per game.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) of league's second-best Khimky. Shved got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. Despite Shved's great performance Khimky lost 74-96 to #1 ranked B.Muenchen. Shved has a great season in EuroCup. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.5ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 58.4% and 3PT: 41.2%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Maximilian Kleber (207-PF-92) of B.Muenchen - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Amare Stoudemire (208-F/C-82) of Hapoel J-M - 19 points and 9 rebounds 6. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) of Valencia - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Dejan Musli (213-C-91) of Unicaja - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85) of Hapoel J-M - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Sergey Karasev (201-SG-93) of Zenit - 24 points and 6 rebounds 10. DeAndre Kane (193-G-89) of N.Novgorod - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 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)
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American guard Jimmy Baron (191-89kg-86, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Neptunas (LKL). In 22 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg this season. Baron also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 14.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg. The last season he played at Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 2.9rpg an... [read more]
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American guard Jimmy Baron (191-89kg-86, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Neptunas (LKL). In 22 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg this season. Baron also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 14.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg. The last season he played at Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.6apg. Baron helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Baron also played 9 games in Eurocup where he got 14.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.7apg. Baron has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention award back in 2012. Baron is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Roma Virtus), Russia (Lokomotiv), Turkey (Banvit and Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi) and Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and Gipuzkoa). Baron attended Rhode Island University until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
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