Banvit BK - Buducnost 89-80 Banvit clinched the first win in EuroCup Last 16 round. They held off visiting Buducnost for 1-1 record in Group I. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) and Vladimir Stimac (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) finished with 17 points each to pace the Turkish team. Buducnost set ambitions high with a flying first quarter. The Montenegrin side dropped 22 points in the first ten minutes to take a 4-point lead. Banvit matched the tempo in the second quarter. The hosts poured in 30 points in the period to ensure a 48:42 halftime lead. Buducnost kept within striking distance throughout the third term. The visitors got as close as one point after a layup by Dusko Bunic. However Banvit were able to open a 69:65 lead heading into the fourth frame. The hosts opened the fourth frame on a 5:0 run to clear off. Buducnost trimmed the deficit to 4 points midway through the fourth term but Sammy Mejia and Charles Davis made it 88:78 with just over a minute remaining and Banvit never looked back en route to the win. Sammy Mejia and Serkan Erdogan delivered 14 points apiece for the winning side. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) answered with 16 points for Buducnost. Cedomir Vitkovac had 15 points in the losing case.
Triumph - Budivelnyk 84-85 Budivelnyk marched to the second straight win in the EuroCup Last 16 stage. The Kying team snatched a tough road win over Triumph tonight to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group I. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) scored 26 points including a game-winning jumper with just over a minute remaining in regulation to carry the visitors to the victory. Budivelnyk started the game strongly. They erupted for 26 points in the opening quarter to ensure a 3-point lead. The visitors stayed red-hot offensively in the second term. The Ukrainian team fired 27 points to establish a 53:47 halftime lead. Triumph however turned things around in the third term. The Russian side adjusted defensively to limit Budivelnyk to just 12 points in the third term. It paid off as the hosts surged ahead for a 74:65 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Budivelnyk refused to give up and eventually Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) put the visitors in front 81:80 with under three minutes remaining. Kyle Landry dunked the ball for a narrow Triumph lead but Leo Lyons answered straight back to keep the visitors in charge. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) converted a layup for another lead change however Leo Lyons stepped up again for the Kyiv outfit and sealed the victory Budivelnyk. Sergiy Gorbenko notched 14 points, while Malcolm Delaney finished with 16 points for the winners. Tywain McKee answered with 21 points and 7 assists for Triumph. Sergey Karasev had 17 points in the losing case.
VEF Riga - Gescrap BB 99-76 Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) put on a scoring show in Riga dropping 30 points and leading local VEF to a comfortable victory over Bilbao in the second round of EuroCup Last 16. VEF Riga improved at 1-1 record, while the Basque team slipped at 0-2 in Group J. VEF Riga set the tone early. The hosts stayed aggressive offensively throughout the opening quarter. VEF drained 25 points to take a 4-point lead. The gap grew at 9-point mark in the second term. But Bilbao stuck around. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) capped the half with a long three-pointer to put the visitors within 6 points 44:50. The Spaniards opened the second half on a 7:0 run to take the lead. VEF Riga stopped the rot midway through the quarter and answered with the run of their own. The hosts regained the lead and entered the fourth frame up by as many as 14 points 75:61. The home team dominated in the fourth term and capitalized on the collapse of Bilbaos defence to stretch the gap to 23-pointmark at the end. Gatis Jahovics finished with 16 points, while Donatas Zavackas added 11 points for VEF Riga. Kostas Vasiliadis answered with 20 points for Bilbao. Raul Lopez provided 15 points in the loss.
CEZ Nymburk - Valencia 77-82 Valencia rallied to the second win in a row at the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They knocked down Nymburk for 2-0 record in Group J. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) provided 19 points and 6 rebounds to pace the visitors. Valencia opened the game with five straight points and dominated throughout the first quarter. They recorded a 25:17 lead after ten minutes. Bojan Dubljevic opened a double-digit lead early in the second term. However Nymburk used a 12:3 run later in the quarter to gain a 37:34 lead. The hosts eventually finished the first half up by one point 40:39. However the third term turned disastrous for the home team. Valencia went on a stunning 28:11 run to leave the hosts far behind. The Spaniards seemed en route to an easy win when they led by 13 points with 7 minutes remaining however Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) nailed eight points in a row to drag Nymburk within 5 points 66:71. Later Lukas Palyza drained back-to-back three-pointers as Nymburk levelled things up at 76. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) came up with timely four points for Valencia to stop the rot. Thomas Kelati followed with two free throws and the visitors ran away with a tough win at the end. Justin Doellman netted 18 points, while Rodrigo San Miguel and Thomas Kelati added 14 points apiece for the winning side. Radoslav Rancik responded with 24 points for Nymburk. Lukas Palyza chipped in 18 points in the loss.
Lokomotiv - Stelmet ZG 96-87 Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances), Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) and Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) teamed up for 61 points to carry Lokomotiv past Stelmet ZG in EuroCup Last 16 round tonight. The Russian thus celebrated the second straight win in Group K. Stelmet ZG fell at 1-1 record after the defeat. It was never an easy affair for the hosts. Lokomotiv eked out a 23:19 lead ten minutes into the game. But Stelmet ZG exploded with 30 points in the second frame and gained a 49:47 halftime advantage. Lokomotiv picked up the tempo in the third quarter. The hosts went on a 24:11 rally to build a comfortable 71:60 advantage at the final intermission. Stelmet Zielona Gora fought bravely scoring 27 points in the fourth frame but Lokomotiv almost matched the effort and secured the winning outcome at the end. Simas Jasaitis provided 21 points, while Mantas Kalnietis and Nick Calathes added 20 points each for the hosts. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) answered with 22 points for Stelmet Zielona Gora. Oliver Stevic had 15 points in the loss.
Spartak SP - Cajasol 78-59 Spartak Saint Petersburg clinched a comfortable home over Cajasol in the second round of EuroCup Last 16 stage. Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) stepped up with 14 points to pace the Russian team to the first win in Group K. Cajasol fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. Spartak held the Spaniards to just 13 points in the opening quarter to take a 4-point lead. Spartak fired 24 points in the second quarter to boost the lead. They accumulated a 41:28 halftime advantage. Spartak stayed aggressive defensivly after the big break. Cajasol managed just 11 points in the third term to face a massive 15-point deficit heading into the fourth frame. Spartak unloaded 24 points in the final period to ensure the winning outcome at the end. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) notched 13 points, while Fedor Dmitriev added 11 points for Spartak. Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 14 points for Cajasol. Latavious Williams had 12 points and 13 boards in the loss.
Crvena Zvezda - Galatasaray 74-91 Galatasaray earned the second win at the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They knocked down Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade to gain 1-1 record in Group L. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) fired 22 points to pace the Turkish team. Galatasaray dropped 22 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They gained a 4-point lead after ten minutes of action. Galatasaray stayed aggressive offensively in the second term. The visitors unloaded 27 points in the period and ensured a 7-point lead at the interval 49:42. Crvena Zvezda struggled to get within striking distance throughout the third term. The hosts faced an 11-point deficit at the final break. Galatasaray posted 20 points in the fourth frame and gave no chance for the home team to recover. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) provided 19 points, while Boniface Ndong added 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) answered with 16 points for Crvena Zvezda. DeMarcus Nelson chipped in 13 points in the loss.
Unics - Ratiopharm 87-95 Ratiopharm Ulm opened win count in the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They shocked Unics in Kazan to catch up with their opponents at 1-1 record in Group L. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) stepped up with 20 points to pace the German side to an important victory. Ulm jumped to an early lead. The visitors gained a 24:21 advantage after ten minutes. Unics erased the deficit and surged ahead for a 42:39 lead in the second term. Ulm however managed to draw things level at 46 after twenty minutes. Ulm used a 12:0 run in the third term to take a 58:48 lead. Unics got closer but still faced a 4-point deficit heading into the final term 59:63. Theis and Per Guenther (185-PG-88) (185-PG-88) helped Ulm to an 82:71 lead with under two minutes remaining in regulation. John Bryant and Per Guenther went perfect from the stripe in the dying minutes to seal the win for the visitors. Per Guenther provided 19 points and 6 assists, while John Bryant added 15 points and 13 boards for the winners. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) answered with 31 points for Unics. Terrell Lyday had 10 points in defeat.
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.
Strebkov's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - 6 days ago
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25-year old point guard Ivan Strebkov (192-PG-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for N.Novgorod and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. He had the game-high 31 points adding two rebounds and four assists for N.Novgorod in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lietkabelis (#4, 3-4) 91-89. N.Novgorod is placed at 3rd position in their group in EuroCup group A. N.Novgorod is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle o... [read more]
25-year old point guard Ivan Strebkov (192-PG-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for N.Novgorod and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. He had the game-high 31 points adding two rebounds and four assists for N.Novgorod in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lietkabelis (#4, 3-4) 91-89. N.Novgorod is placed at 3rd position in their group in EuroCup group A. N.Novgorod is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-3 record. In the team's last game Strebkov had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at N.Novgorod and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Strebkov has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.2ppg), assists (7th best: 5.2apg) and averages solid 60.0% FGP and 40.5% from behind 3-point line.
Second best performed player last round was Chris Babb (196-G-90) of Ratiopharm. He is American guard in his 2nd season at Ratiopharm. In the last game Babb recorded impressive 30 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Ratiopharm to edge slightly lower-ranked Lokomotiv (#4, 2-4) by 4 points 105-101. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group D. Ratiopharm consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. Babb is well-known at Ratiopharm and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.
Third place about best performers goes to another N.Novgorod's star - guard DeAndre Kane (193-G-89, agency: BeoBasket). Kane scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of N.Novgorod, helping his team with a 91-89 win against #4 ranked Lietkabelis. N.Novgorod needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group A. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Kane has a great season in EuroCup. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Mardy Collins (198-G-84) of Lokomotiv - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists 5. Simas Galdikas (204-F/C-87) of Lietkabelis - 20 points and 8 rebounds 6. Stefan Markovic (196-G-88) of Zenit - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists 7. Devin Oliver (204-SF-92) of Un.Olimpija - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-F-88) of Khimky - 18 points and 5 rebounds 9. Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85) of Lietkabelis - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Arturas Gudaitis (211-C/F-93) of Lietuvos rytas - 11 points and 16 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)
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