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Round 10 (Regular Season)

Group A
N.Novgorod Dec.14 Cedevita 53%
Gran Canaria 97% Dec.14 MZT Skopje
Group B
Khimky 67% Dec.14 RETAbet BB
Fuenlabrada Dec.14 Lietuvos ryt 57%
Group C
Zenit 67% Dec.14 Unicaja
B.Muenchen 95% Dec.14 Buducnost
Group D
Hapoel J-M 56% Dec.14 Ratiopharm
Valencia 82% Dec.14 Lokomotiv
Interview: Nick Calathes, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar - Jan 16, 2013


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Nick
Calathes
Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida), is the leader of Lokomotiv Kuban. He joined Lokomotiv this summer after three years with Panathinaikos to which he helped to win the Euroleague title in 2011 and he targets now to conquer Eurocup with his new team. The Greek international player spoke to the official site of Eurocup Basketball, about the season he is having in Russia and about his team.

Lokomotiv won its regular season group and grabbed a big road win in St Petersburg, but has it been as easy as it looked?

"No, not at all and I think we didn't play well in the beginning but got new players that came to help us. We had some big wins and a tough loss against Galatasaray. We are playing well in the Eurocup and we want to keep the momentum going after the win against Spartak. We have to play in the VTB League, too. The Eurocup is the most important competition for us. It is our goal this season - to win the competition and go to the Euroleague. We have to keep playing well and I think we can do that - play better and better. This team has never been to the Euroleague and want to do this. It is one of the reasons I came to this team - to help Lokomotiv to reach that goal, and hopefully we can achieve it."

Your next game is against Stelmet Zielona Gora. Their best player, Walter Hodge, was your college teammate at Florida for two years. Are you looking forward to seeing him and playing against him?

"Walter is playing very well! He is leading a very tough team. We have to protect our home court but playing against him will be exciting. We know that every game from the Last 16 until the end of the season will be really tough. It will be great to see Walter - we haven't seen each other since we were in college. We will probably have dinner together and stuff like this. Hopefully I will be able to see his family and kids in Poland."

You are seeing more playing time than ever in your professional career. Did you need any kind of adjustment to that?

"No, not at all, I am used to it. I have played this kind of playing time for the best part of my life. I know coming in that I would have a much bigger role in this team. Panathinaikos is one of the best teams in Europe and I was playing behind Dimitris Diamantidis. I am excited to have a bigger role even when I would never take anything out of the years I had with Panathinaikos. This is a new beginning, a new start for me. I had a solid year so far and hopefully I can keep helping this team."

Not a lot of people in Europe know about Lokomotiv and the city of Krasnodar. What can you tell us about it?

"The city is not Athens, but there are things to do. It it just a different city. I have great teammates, which is great. That's always the best part - playing with great teammates. The gym is very nice, I think it holds around 7,000 people. The fans are more calm than in Athens. Overall, it is a different atmosphere than in Panathinaikos, some in a good way. We have good friends, a great organization and a great place. The president wants us to win and that is always interesting. He is doing everything he can to make it happen. It is all you can ask for a club."

Not many players have won the Euroleague and the Eurocup. What would it mean for you to join that list and lead Lokomotiv to the Eurocup title?

"It would be huge - that is our main goal. It would be great for the organization and hopefully we can do it. We can win the Eurocup, go to the Euroleague and play the best competition. We have the team to challenge for the title even when we have to keep getting better and build on each win. We have the players and the coach to do it."
  




Rashaun
Broadus
Broadus leaves Lietuvos rytas - 9 hours ago

32-year old Albanian international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-87kg-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe) left Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. In 10 LKL games he averaged 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.2apg this season. Broadus also played 7 games in Eurocup where he had 3.4ppg and 2.1apg. The last season Broadus played at MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Polish TBL. In 31 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg...   [read more]

Elmedin
Kikanovic
Kikanovic number one in EuroCup for round 9 - 1 day ago

Bosnia and Herzegovina Center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked ALBA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 28-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, three rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lietuvos rytas (#3, 3-4) 99-97. ALBA is placed at 2nd position in their group in EuroCup group B. ALBA is a typical solid league team placed somewhere...   [read more]

Owen Klassen
Owen Klassen new Buducnost VOLI center - 1 day ago

KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica has officially announced the cooperation with Canadian center Owen Klassen(208-C/F-91, college: Acadia), who used to play in the ABA League courts before, as a member of KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom. The cooperation between KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica and Klassen has been agreed until the end of the season. 208 cm tall player is coming to Podgorica from German side Phoenix Hagen. He used to attend the college Arkadia. His first club in Europe was KK MZT Skopje Aerod...   [read more]


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Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1 Gran Canaria 6-1 
 2 Cedevita 5-2 
 3 N.Novgorod 4-3 
 4 Lietkabelis 3-5 
 5 MZT Skopje 0-7 
Group B
 1 Khimky 5-2 
 2 ALBA 4-4 
 3 Lietuvos rytas 3-4 
 4 RETAbet BB 3-4 
 5 Fuenlabrada 3-4 
Group C
 1 Zenit 5-2 
 2 B.Muenchen 5-2 
 3 Unicaja 4-3 
 4 UCAM Murcia 4-4 
 5 Buducnost 0-7 
Group D
 1 Valencia 6-1 
 2 Ratiopharm 4-3 
 3 Hapoel J-M 4-3 
 4 Lokomotiv 3-4 
 5 Un.Olimpija 1-7 
Full Standings
Points Per Game
 Ryan TOOLSON
  
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Toolson, Zenit25.7 
 2. Kikanovic, ALBA22.3 
 3. Shved, Khimky19.8 
 4. Logan, Lietuvos.19.1 
 5. Kuric, Gran Canaria18.3 
 6. Strebkov, N.Nov.17.0 
 7. Fogg, Unicaja16.9 
 8. Thames, MZT Skopje16.8 
 9. Jerrells, Hapoel J.16.7 
 10. Kane, N.Novgorod16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Drew GORDON
  
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 11
 1. Gordon, Lietuvos.11.0 
 2. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.8.4 
 3. Kane, N.Novgorod8.3 
 4. Kleber, B.Muenchen7.0 
 5. Rojas, UCAM M.7.0 
 6. Scott, MZT Skopje7.0 
 7. Landry, Zenit6.9 
 8. Bilan, Cedevita6.7 
 9. Jankovic, Un.Olimp.6.7 
 10. Collins, Lokomotiv6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Stefan MARKOVIC
  
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Markovic, Zenit10.3 
 2. Campazzo, UCAM M.7.3 
 3. Oliver, Gran Canar.7.0 
 4. Logan, Lietuvos.6.7 
 5. McCalebb, Gran C.5.7 
 6. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 7. Strebkov, N.Nov.5.1 
 8. Williams, Buducnost5.1 
 9. Collins, Lokomotiv4.7 
 10. Hobbs, Ratiopharm4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  
  (181-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Campazzo, UCAM M.2.6 
 2. Rowland, Khimky2.0 
 3. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.9 
 4. Diabate, MZT S.1.8 
 5. Rojas, UCAM M.1.8 
 6. Johnson, ALBA1.7 
 7. McCalebb, Gran C.1.6 
 8. Mekic, MZT Skopje1.6 
 9. Gordon, Lietuvos.1.6 
 10. Williams, Lietkab.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  
  (211-C/F-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.2.0 
 2. Kravtsov, Valencia1.8 
 3. Begic, Cedevita1.4 
 4. Stoudemire, Hapoel1.3 
 5. Gaffney, ALBA1.2 
 6. Pushkov, Zenit1.2 
 7. Eric, RE.1.1 
 8. Diagne, Fuenlabrada1.0 
 9. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.0 
 10. Musli, Unicaja1.0 
Player of the week

 Elmedin Kikanovic
  ALBA
  (211-C-105)
  
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