Budivelnyk - Banvit BK 76-69 Budivelnyk came from behind in the second half to outscore Banvit at the Sports Palace in Kyiv. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Budivelnyk to the opening win at Last 16 stage. Banvit enjoyed a strong start to the game. The Turkish team led by three points after the opening quarter 15:12. The visitors stretched the lead in the second term. Banvit accumulated an 8-point advantage at halftime. But Budivelnyk turned things around in the third term. The hosts used an 8:3 run to level things up at 47. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) capped the period with a three-pointer to give the hosts a 57:54 advantage. Budivelnyk quickly boosted the lead to 7 points in the fourth frame. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) and Sammy Mejia dragged the Turkish side within two points 69:71 with just over a minute left in regulation. But Georgi Tsintsadze drained a triple and then Delaney followed with a jumper to seal the win for the hosts. Dainius Salenga finished with 14 points, while Georgi Tsintsadze added 12 points in the winning effort. Charles Davis answered with 21 points for Banvit. Sammy Mejia netted 13 points in the loss.
Buducnost - Triumph 90-69 Buducnost made a decisive run in the third frame and cruised to the victory afterwards in the opening game of EuroCup Last 16 round. The Montenegrin champions toppled visiting Triumph in front of the home crowd in Podgorica. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 24 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Buducnost accounted for a 24:20 lead after ten minutes of action. Triumph stepped on the gas in the second frame. The visitors exploded with 24 points and narrowed the gap at 3-point mark 47:44 at halftime. But the third term belonged to Buducnost. The Montenegrin turned on aggressive defence. Triumph offence suffocated going for just 9 points in ten minutes. Buducnost capitalized boosting the margin to 9 points 62:53. The hosts went on a 13:2 run early in the final period to accumulate a 77:58 lead. Buducnost never looked back afterwards cruising to the win at the end. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) provided 17 points, while Gerald Lee contributed 13 points in the win. Triumph answered with 20 points from Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: LSU). Tywain McKee had 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the Russian team.
Valencia - VEF Riga 86-82 Valencia overcame the injury of Rodrigo San Miguel and the furious challenge from VEF Riga to post the opening win at EuroCup Last 16. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) dropped 27 points to lead the Spaniards to the opening win in Group J. Valencia jumped to a 4:0 lead at the start of the game. They stayed in front to post a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew at 7-point mark midway through the second quarter. However VEF Riga answered with a 14:0 run to take a 35:28 lead. They secured a 45:39 halftime lead as Valencia also lost Rodrigo San Miguel to an injury. Janicenoks and Donatas Zavackas stretched the lead to 10 points at the start of the third quarter. Valencia though went on a 20:1 run late in the quarter to ensure a 67:55 advantage. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) stopped the rot with a three-pointer to drag the Latvian champions within 9 points 58:67. VEF Riga narrowed the gap at 4-point mark midway through the fourth frame. Bertans put the visitors within 3 with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. Stefan Markovic seemed to seal it for Valencia with a three-pointer to make 84:78. But Janicenoks drained a triple and was fouled in progress to complete a four-point play 82:84. Rafael Martinez was sent to the penalty line and sank two free throws then to seal the win for Valencia. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 14 points each for the winning side. Earl Rowland answered with 21 points and 9 assists for VEF Riga. Donatas Zavackas provided 18 points in defeat.
Gescrap BB - CEZ Nymburk 83-85 Nymburk came up with the biggest upset of the opening day of EuroCup Last 16 round. The Czech champions knocked down Bilbao in Spain for the first win in Group J. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) came up with 30 points and 7 rebounds to pace the visitors. Nymburk set the tone early. The visitors eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes of action. Bilbao reacted quickly stiffing defensively in the second frame. The hosts erased the deficit as the teams went into the locker rooms tied at 36. But Nymburk made a run in the third term. The visitors poured in 27 points in the quarter and ensured a 10-point lead at the final intermission. Bilbao used a 6:2 rally to narrow the gap at 6-point mark midway through the fourth term. Raul Lopez and Lamotn Hamilton finally tied things up at 78 with just over a minute to go. Vasiliadis put the hosts in front 80:79 however Radoslav Rancik drained a triple to make it 82:80 for Nymburk. Andrew Naymick (209-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International) and Radoslav Rancik extended the lead to 4 points 85:81 and Bilbao could not recover in the time left. Andrew Naymick posted 20 points, while Jiri Welsch had 12 points for the winners. Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) notched 13 points for Bilbao. Lamont Hamilton chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Stelmet ZG - Cajasol 76-67 Zastal Zielona Gora claimed the opening win at the EuroCup Last 16 round. They held off visiting Cajasol in Group K opener. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) nailed 27 points and issued 6 assists to lead the hosts. Zastal found themselves trailing by two points after the opening quarter 15:17. Cajasol stretched the margin in the second frame. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) completed his first-half 8-point tally to give the visitors a 39:30 lead. Zastal however came off the dressing room firing from all guns. They ignited an 8:0 run to narrow the deficit. Oliver Stevic pulled Zastal in front 49:48 midway through the period. Joan Sastre Morro and Latavious Williams regained the lead for Cajasol but Oliver Stevic capped the period with a jumper to level things up at 57. The lead changed hands for several times before Walter Hodge and Quinton Hosley drained back-to-back triples making it 71:64 for the home team. Luka Bogdanovic answered from downtown but Walter Hodge followed with five points in a row to seal the win for the hosts. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) notched 16 points, while Oliver Stevic added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the home team. John Holland answered with 17 points for Cajasol. Joan Sastre Morro chipped in 15 points in the loss.
Spartak SP - Lokomotiv 70-84 Lokomotiv led from start to finish to upset Spartak SP at the start of Last 16 campaign for both teams. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) scored 21 points to lead the Krasnodar team. Lokomotiv silenced their opponents in the opening quarter. The visitors went on a 26:10 run to take a comfortable lead. Spartak slowly adjusted their game in the second frame. The Russian side fired 23 points to cut the deficit to 11 points heading into the second half. Spartak tried to erase the deficit in the third term but Lokomotiv hung on tight. The visitors secured a 62:52 lead into the fourth period. Lokomotiv dropped 22 points in the final stanza and sealed a confident win at the end. Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) delivered 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Aleks Maric added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Lokomotiv. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Spartak SP. Zack Wright chipped in 16 points in the loss.
Ratiopharm - Crvena Zvezda 95-100 Crvena Zvezda clinched the opening win at EuroCup Last 16 round. They upset Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany tonight. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) exploded with 32 points to lead the Serbian powerhouse. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Crvena Zvezda were able to eke out a 23:22 lead ten minutes into the game. The Serbian side cleared off in the second quarter. Vuk Radivojevic drained three triples in a row to give the visitors a 32:27 lead. Soon Igor Rakocevic made it a double-digit lead 42:32. Crvena Zvezda arrived at halftime up by 9 points 48:39. The third term brought little relief for Ulm. They lagged behind throughout the period as Crvena Zvezda accumulated a 69:58 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The hosts erupted for 37 points in the final period but Crvena Zvezda hung on tight to their lead and snatched an important road win at the end. Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 17 points, while Elton Brown added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) stepped up with 20 points and 12 boards for Ratiopharm Ulm. Allan Ray banked 19 points in defeat.
Galatasaray - Unics 74-80 Unics opened their EuroCup Last 16 campaign in style. They bettered Galatasaray in Istanbul to improve at 1-0 record in Group L. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) stepped up with 23 points to pace the visitors. It seemed to be going Galatasaray way in the opening frame. The Turkish team gained control and raced to a 20:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Cenk Akyol stretched the gap to 5 points midway through the second term. However Unics finished the half strong and cut the deficit at one-point mark 35:36. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. Galatasaray secured a slim one-point lead heading into the final stanza 55:54. The hosts were still up by three 67:64 with just over three minutes to go in regulation. However Chuck Eidson and Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) triggered a 6:0 run from the visitors as they posted a 70:67 lead. Chuck Eidson made it 75:69 with one minute remaining in regulation. David Hawkins kept the hosts hopeful with a three-pointer but Samoylenko and Mire Chatman seal the win for Unics in the dying seconds. Ian Vougioukas provided 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Michael Wilkinson added 14 points for Unics. David Hawkins answered with 20 points for Galatasaray. Jamont Gordon had 18 points in defeat.
BC Khimky Moscow Region (VTB) inked 24-year old American point guard Markel Brown (191-86kg-92, college: Oklahoma State). He was about to sign at Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA. The last season Brown played at the Nets in NBA where in 61 games he averaged 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg. Two years ago he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (44th overall). Brown attended Oklahoma State until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. Among other achievements... [read more]
BC Khimky Moscow Region (VTB) inked 24-year old American point guard Markel Brown (191-86kg-92, college: Oklahoma State). He was about to sign at Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA. The last season Brown played at the Nets in NBA where in 61 games he averaged 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg. Two years ago he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (44th overall). Brown attended Oklahoma State until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. Among other achievements his team made it to the Big 12 Tournament Semifinals in 2013. Brown received also All-Big 12 2nd Team award in 2013 and 2014 at his college time. Brown has played also professionally in D-League (Maine Red Claws).
Skucas' 22 points give him Player of the Week award - 5 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.
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