Budivelnyk - Buducnost 75-79 Buducnost snatched a tough road win in Kyiv tonight. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Montenegrin champions improved at 2-1 record in EuroCup Last 16 Group I. Three teams including Buducnost and Budivelnyk now share top position in the ladder with 2-1 record. Buducnost opened the game with a 9:2 run. Budivelnyk managed to gain the lead midway through the opening quarter 14:13 but Buducnost finished the starting quarter up by two points 20:18. The Montenegrin side opened the second term with eight points in a row to make it 28:18. The hosts answered with a 9:0 run late in the half to surge ahead for a 40:38 lead. Cedomir Vitkovac knocked down 6 points in a row as Buducnost secured a 44:40 halftime advantage. The Kyiv team opened the second half on a 10:2 rally to regain the lead. Artur Drozdov opened a double-digit lead for the hosts midway through the third period 63:51. Budivelnyk seemed to be in a comfortable position heading into the fourth frame 65:55. However Buducnost shocked the home team with 14 consecutive points to tip off the fourth term. Aleksa Popovic connected for key four points in the final two minutes of the encounter and Bunic followed with two free throws to seal the victory for the visitors. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) provided 14 points, while Bunic added 10 points for the winners. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) answered with 20 points, while Michailis Anisimovas chipped in 17 points in the loss.
Banvit BK - Triumph 86-79 Banvit registered the second win in EuroCup Last 16. They toppled Triumph at home court for 2-1 record in Group I. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) was a usual topscorer for the Turkish team with 26 points and 6 boards. Triumph suffered the third loss in a row at the tournament. Banvit made sure they started the game strong. The Turkish team went on a 22:11 run in the opening ten minutes. Banvit kept Triumph at bay throughout the second term. The Turkish team piled up a 48:34 halftime lead. But the intrigue was not done for the night in this one. Triumph resurrected in the third term. The visitors triggered a 28:14 rally to claw their way back into the contest. The teams entered the final term tied at 62. Banvit however quickly returned the lead. The home team picked up the tempo as they unloaded 24 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) posted 15 points, while Keith Simmons and Serkan Erdogan chipped in 12 points each in the winning case. Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: LSU) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Triumph. Yuval Naimy had 20 points in the loss.
CEZ Nymburk - VEF Riga 80-85 VEF Riga posted the second win in EuroCup Last 16. They upset Nymburk in Czech Republic to jump at 2-1 record in Group J. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) was responsible for 16 points in the victory. VEF Riga had to work their way back into the game as they trailed early on. Nymburk started the game aggressively. The hosts dropped 25 points in the opening quarter to ensure a 6-point lead. The hosts stretched the gap in the second term. Nymburk piled up a comfortable 42:34 halftime lead. The hosts stretched the lead to 15 points before VEF Riga started to cut the deficit. Antanas Kavaliauskas scored nine points in a row and Janicenoks added two more as VEF Riga all of a sudden found themselves within 6 points 47:53. They cut the deficit to 5 points heading into the fourth frame 54:59. Nymburk gained a 10-point lead midway through the final term 72:62. But VEF Riga answered with 11 straight points to surge ahead 73:72. Donatas Zavackas nailed six points to make it 79:75 for the visitors with 32 seconds to go. Kristaps Janicenoks and Earl Rowland went perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the win for the visitors then. Antanas Kavaliauskas chipped in 15 points, while Kaspars Berzins added 14 points in the win. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) answered with 18 points for Nymburk. Vojtech Hruban had 14 points in the loss.
Gescrap BB - Valencia 91-76 Bilbao Basket knocked down Valencia for the first win in EuroCup Last 16. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83), Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85), Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) and Raul Lopez (183-PG-80) scored 14 points each to pace well-balanced effort from the Basque team. Bilbao were coming off back-to-back EuroCup losses and desperately needed victory to stay in the title race. They started the game aggressively. Bilbao recorded a 23:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Valencia though responded with a high-flying second quarter. The visitors exploded with 28 points in the next ten minutes to secure a 44:41 halftime lead. Bilbao tipped off the second half with 9 points in a row to take a 50:44 lead. They completed a 13:2 run at the start of the quarter to make it 54:46. Bilbao raced to a 66:56 advantage before the fourth term. Valencia were able to narrow the gap at 6-point mark midway through the fourth term. But Bilbao quickly stretched the margin back to double digits and never looked back en route to the win. Vasiliadis notched 9 points for the winners. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) answered with 20 points for Valencia. Bojan Dubljevic chipped in 13 points in the loss.
Stelmet ZG - Spartak SP 69-89 Spartak Saint Petersburg celebrated a comfortable road success over Stelmet ZG in the third round of EuroCup Last 16 round. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) came up with 19 points to lead Spartak to the second win in Group K. Stelmet ZG fell at 1-2 record after the defeat. Spartak fired 24 points in the opening quarter to pull in front. They secured a 5-point lead after ten minutes. The visitors dominated in the second term. They held Stelmet Zielona Gora to 8 points in the period and registered a massive 48:27 halftime advantage. Stelmet ZG tried to revive the intrigue in this one after the big break. The hosts outscored Spartak but just cut the deficit by one point 47:67. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the final period as Spartak cruised to the victory at the end. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) delivered 16 points, while Zack Wright netted 13 points and issued 7 assists for the winners. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) provided 17 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Walter Hodge netted 13 points in the defeat.
Cajasol - Lokomotiv 80-87 Lokomotiv Kuban celebrated a come-from-behind road win over Cajasol in EuroCup Last 16. Derrick Brown stepped up with 28 points to pace the visitors to the third straight win in Group K. Cajasol slipped at 0-3 record after the loss. Cajasol led throughout the opening quarter. They clinched a 23:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts kept Lokomotiv at bay in the second frame. They registered a 41:34 halftime lead. But Lokomotiv turned things around in the third term. The Russian powerhouse went on a 26:16 run in the quarter to surge ahead. The visitors led by three points heading into the fourth term. The Krasnodar team unleashed 27 points in the final ten minutes and celebrated a tough road win at the end. Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) had 26 points and 9 rebounds for Lokomotiv. Mantas Kalnietis added 15 points for the winning team. Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points for Cajasol. Joan Sastre Morro netted 14 points in defeat.
Unics - Crvena Zvezda 78-59 Unics were back to winning ways in EuroCup Last 16 tonight. They toppled visiting Crvena Zvezda in Kazan to gain 2-1 record in Group L. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) knocked down 20 points to pace the home team. Crvena Zvezda dominated the opening stanza. The Serbian team held their opponents to 10 points in ten minutes and posted a 16:10 lead. But Unics adjusted their offence in the second frame. Shabalkin finally put the hosts in front 34:33 with a three-pointer. Unics hung on to eke out a 34:33 halftime lead. Unics gradually extended their lead in the third term. The Kazan outfit posted a 60:52 advantage at the final intermission. The hosts went on a 12:2 run in the fourth frame to clear off for good. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) delivered 16 points, while Kostas Kaimakoglou added 11 points for the home team. Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia) answered with 13 points for Crvena Zvezda. DeMarcus Nelson chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Galatasaray - Ratiopharm 82-66 Galatasaray claimed a comfortable home win over Ratiopharm Ulm in the third round of EuroCup Last 16. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) stepped up with 18 points as the hosts improved at 2-1 record in Group L. Ulm in the meantime slipped at 1-2 record in the ladder. Galatasaray tipped off the game with nine straight points to set the tone. They opened a 21:8 lead midway through the first term. But Ulm managed to narrow the deficit at 5-point mark at the first break 17:22. The visitors got within a single point in the second frame 33:34. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) finally put Ulm in front 37:36. However Jamont Gordon and Milan Macvan drained triples to make it 44:37 at halftime. The hosts went on a 10:0 run in the third quarter to ensure a 62:44 advantage. Galatasaray enjoyed a 66:53 lead heading into the fourth frame. The gap grew at 15-point mark midway through the quarter and the hosts never looked back en route to the win. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) delivered 15 points, while Milan Macvan added 14 points for the winners. John Bryant answered with 18 points for Ulm.
Aris starts today (18/05) the series against AEK in which the winner will take the third place of the league. The team of Thessaloniki has the home advantage for these games against the team of Athens. The big problem for Dimitris Priftis is that the starting center of Aris, Jamelle Hagins (206-F-90, college: Delaware) will not be available to play because he was seriously injured in the second game against Kifisia for the playoffs. However the greek coach can use Xanthopoulos and Zaras... [read more]
Aris starts today (18/05) the series against AEK in which the winner will take the third place of the league. The team of Thessaloniki has the home advantage for these games against the team of Athens.
The big problem for Dimitris Priftis is that the starting center of Aris, Jamelle Hagins (206-F-90, college: Delaware) will not be available to play because he was seriously injured in the second game against Kifisia for the playoffs.
However the greek coach can use Xanthopoulos and Zaras who missed games against Panathinaikos in the semi finals. The first because of his fever and the second because of an injury. In the semi finals AEK played three games against Olympiacos while Aris five against Panathinaikos. In these games for the third place, we may see if the players of Aris will be more tired than those of AEK or not and if this fact can play a role.
So far Aris n three games, two for the regular season in championship and one in the Greek cup has three wins against AEK. The two games took place in Thessaloniki and the other in Athens.
Aris will face today (11/05) Panathinaikos in the fourth game of the series. Panathinaikos has two wins in Athens while Aris one in Thessaloniki in the last game which took place last Monday (09/05). The coach of the home team, Dimitris Priftis will not have available three players. Jamelle Hagins who had a serious injury against Kfisia and will probably miss the rest of the Playoffs, Vasilis Xanthopoulos who has fever and Thodoris Zaras who is still injured. However Vassilis Symtsak an... [read more]
Aris will face today (11/05) Panathinaikos in the fourth game of the series. Panathinaikos has two wins in Athens while Aris one in Thessaloniki in the last game which took place last Monday (09/05).
The coach of the home team, Dimitris Priftis will not have available three players. Jamelle Hagins who had a serious injury against Kfisia and will probably miss the rest of the Playoffs, Vasilis Xanthopoulos who has fever and Thodoris Zaras who is still injured.
However Vassilis Symtsak and Slaven Cupkovic got over their injuries and will be ready for the game. Aris needs the win in order to play another one game in Athens while Panathinaikos if will take the win will qualify for the Greek finals.
Liga Endesa is entering into the final phase of regular season and this is time of year when we should draw some lines and comment player performances. The Liga Endesa is very competitive with a lot of true stars of basketball and loads of talent. Therefore, it was a lot of material for top 5 MIP players in season 2015/2016. The main criteria was the difference in general outlook on the court, statistics and general impression in comparing with the previous season. The other criteria was... [read more]
Liga Endesa is entering into the final phase of regular season and this is time of year when we should draw some lines and comment player performances. The Liga Endesa is very competitive with a lot of true stars of basketball and loads of talent. Therefore, it was a lot of material for top 5 MIP players in season 2015/2016. The main criteria was the difference in general outlook on the court, statistics and general impression in comparing with the previous season. The other criteria was age, still not very strict one. The main aspect concerning age was that player should not be veteran, or well established name.
TOP 5: 5. Adam Hanga (SF, Drafted 2011, Hungarian, 1989) Adam Hanga has become elite defender, even at Euroleague level. His good footwork, long hands and willingness to fight are some aspects which build him as top defensive wall. Still, Hanga looks great nowadays, but a year ago he was 10th man in Laboral rotation and he even spent nearly complete season on loan at Avellino. Big jump for this guy! 4. Ludvig Hakanson (PG, Swedish, 1996) This guy knows basketball! It is easily seen for everyone who watch Sevilla games for more than 5 minutes. Ludde has huge room for improvements, but his jump is immense, even in this season. Literally, he changed Sevilla season - from relegation candidate to play off one. In numbers jump is huge: 0.7 ppg to 10ppg , after injury! 3. Ondrej Balvin (C, Czech, not drafted, 1992) After great dancing moves last summer with Hernangomez and Porzingis, Balvin started to dance at basketball court. His movement is far better, his reading of defense far better, his faul proneness a lot better. Still huge space for numerous improvements! Statistics shows the same: 4.5ppg transcend to 9.5ppg, and 4 rebs to 7.4 rebs! Sevilla good season is huge plus as well! 2. Facundo Campazzo (PG, Argentinian, not drafted, 1991) "Small guy" but huge heart! Murcia hero is this temperament Argentinian. Facundo is still to passionate, but things on floor improved for him. The key of Murcia is given to him by good reputation coach Katsikaris and he is delivering enough. 3.1 ppg from Real Madrid transformed into 12ppg, plus 5 ast. per game. 1. Darius Adams (PG, American, not drafted, 1989) Euroleague king of the year is Laboral Kutxa playmaker Darius Adams. Guy has gone crazy a lot of times and he scored some impressive numbers versus the best teams in Europe. Equally efficient he is in Liga Endesa. European basketball fans will enjoy at Berlin F4 watching Adams!
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