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.
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34-year old guard David Logan (185-G-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Lietuvos rytas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage). He had the game-high 30 points adding three rebounds and six assists for Lietuvos rytas in his team's victory, helping them to outclass N.Novgorod (1-2) with 34-point margin 97-63. Each game in Second Stage is important. but the teams lost the distance to top of the standings. Lietuvos rytas is... [read more]
34-year old guard David Logan (185-G-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Lietuvos rytas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage). He had the game-high 30 points adding three rebounds and six assists for Lietuvos rytas in his team's victory, helping them to outclass N.Novgorod (1-2) with 34-point margin 97-63. Each game in Second Stage is important. but the teams lost the distance to top of the standings. Lietuvos rytas is placed at 11th position in EuroCup. Lietuvos rytas is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 3 games. In the team's last game Logan had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Lietuvos rytas' top player in his first season with the team. University of Indianapolis graduate has very impressive stats this year. Logan is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.3ppg), assists (5th best: 5.8apg) and averages solid 56.9% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Peyton Siva (183-PG-90) of ALBA. He is American guard in his first season at ALBA. In the last game Siva recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 10 assists. Of course he led ALBA to another comfortable win 93-76 over Cedevita (0-3) being unquestionably team leader. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Siva is a newcomer at ALBA and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Ryan Toolson (193-G-85) of Zenit (#9). Toolson scored 28 points. He was a key player of Zenit, leading his team to a 101-81 easy win against Hapoel J-M (2-1). Zenit needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost game. Toolson has a great season in EuroCup. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.8ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 50.6% and 3PT: 43.8%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Luka Babic (201-SF-91) of Cedevita - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Amare Stoudemire (208-PF-82) of Hapoel J-M - 22 points and 5 rebounds 6. Matt Janning (196-G-88) of Lokomotiv - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Tarence Kinsey (202-G/F-84) of Hapoel J-M - 17 points and 5 rebounds 8. Alexey Shved (198-G-88) of Khimky - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Kyle Kuric (193-G/F-89) of Gran Canaria - 18 points and 2 rebounds 10. Petr Gubanov (206-PF-87) of N.Novgorod - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 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)
Group E Lokomotiv - Fuenlabrada 86-61 An interesting game for Russian Lokomotiv (3-0) which hosted in Kuban Spanish Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-2). Lokomotiv had an easy win 86-61. The game was mostly controlled by Lokomotiv. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lokomotiv made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Lokomotiv outrebounded Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 33-19 including a 23-10... [read more]
An interesting game for Russian Lokomotiv (3-0) which hosted in Kuban Spanish Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-2). Lokomotiv had an easy win 86-61. The game was mostly controlled by Lokomotiv. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lokomotiv made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Lokomotiv outrebounded Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 33-19 including a 23-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Matt Janning (196-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who scored 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Kevin Jones (206-89, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Lokomotiv's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Irish forward Ian O'Leary (201-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) who recorded 11 points and Mexican guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming) added 13 points respectively. Lokomotiv's next round opponent will be again Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#4) in Madrid. Top scorers: Lokomotiv: M.Janning 25+2reb+2ast, R.Broekhoff 13+3reb, K.Jones 10+6reb+1ast, T.Rochestie 9+4reb+2ast, V.Ivlev 8+5reb+1ast, A.Zubkov 5+5reb+2ast Fuenlabrada: F.Cruz 13+1reb, I.O'Leary 11+3reb+1ast, R.Smits 7+3reb+1ast, B.Sekulic 6+2reb+1ast, L.Hakanson 6+2ast, I.Paunic 6
Very important is a road loss of UCAM Murcia (1-2) against Gran Canaria (1-2) on Tuesday night. Visiting UCAM Murcia was defeated by Gran Canaria in a tough game in Las Palmas 85-94. UCAM Murcia trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 17-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-94 at the end of the game. Gran Canaria made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American-FYR Macedonian power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, college: Alabama, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. American-Slovakian swingman Kyle Kuric (193-89, college: Louisville) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. Power forward Jose Angel Antelo (206-87) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91) added 11 points and 8 assists respectively for UCAM Murcia in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Gran Canaria will again meet UCAM Murcia on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UCAM Murcia will have a break next round. Top scorers: Gran Canaria: K.Kuric 18+2reb+1ast, R.Hendrix 13+8reb+2ast, R.O'Neale 11+5reb+4ast, B.McCalebb 10+2reb+6ast, E.Baez 10+1ast, A.Pasecniks 9+2reb UCAM Murcia: J.Angel Antelo 19+6reb, B.Baron 12+2ast, N.Radovic 11+5reb+2ast, F.Campazzo 11+3reb+8ast, V.Benite 10+1reb+1ast, S.Rojas 8+6reb
An interesting game for Russian Khimky (2-1) which played road game in Ulm against German ratiopharm Ulm (0-3). Khimky managed to get a 5-point victory 95-90. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory with 28 points. Montenegrin forward Marko Todorovic (209-92) contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Khimky players scored in double figures. American power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) answered with 22 points and the other American import forward Da'Sean Butler (201-88, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) added 20 points in the effort for ratiopharm Ulm. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Khimky will have a break next round. ratiopharm Ulm will play again on the road against Khimky (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: Khimky: A.Shved 28+4reb+3ast, E.Rowland 16+1reb+2ast, S.Monya 11+4reb+2ast, M.Todorovic 10+7reb+4ast, D.Sokolov 9+5reb, N.Boungou-Colo 7+2reb Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 22+3reb, D.Butler 20+3reb+2ast, T.Braun 15+3reb+3ast, B.Hobbs 9+4reb+4ast, A.Rubit 9+3reb+1ast, C.Babb 8+4reb
No shocking result in a game when German Bayern Muenchen (3-0) beat at home Lithuanian Lietkabelis (1-2) 85-69 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. Lietkabelis was better in fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayern Muenchen dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Lietkabelis' 18. It was a great shooting night for Bayern Muenchen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. It was a good game for American guard Nick Johnson (191-92, college: Arizona) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import center Devin Booker (205-91, college: Clemson) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) answered with 17 points and Zygimantas Skucas (201-92, agency: Octagon Europe) added 7 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lietkabelis. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen will face again Lietkabelis (#3) in Panevezys in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Top scorers: B.Muenchen: N.Johnson 17+4reb+4ast, N.Djedovic 14+3reb+1ast, D.Booker 11+7reb+1ast, R.Redding 9+4reb+4ast, B.Taylor 7+3reb+3ast, M.Kleber 7+5reb Lietkabelis: B.Madgen 17+4reb, K.Lavrinovic 11+2reb+1ast, L.Williams 9+2reb+3ast, Z.Skucas 7+5reb+3ast, T.Rinkunas 6, G.Leonavicius 5+2reb+1ast
Russian Zenit smashed Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem in Saint Petersburg 101-81. The game was mostly controlled by Zenit. Hapoel Jerusalem managed to win second period 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zenit shot 67.8 percent from the field. Zenit outrebounded Hapoel Jerusalem 31-16 including a 23-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Hapoel Jerusalem's players. It was a good game for American guard Ryan Toolson (193-85, college: Utah Valley) who led his team to a victory with 28 points. Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (196-88) contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Zenit players scored in double figures. American Amare Stoudemire (208-82) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import swingman Tarence Kinsey (202-84, college: S.Carolina) added 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Hapoel Jerusalem. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Jerusalem will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Zenit will try to continue on its current victory against Hapoel Jerusalem on the road. Top scorers: Zenit: R.Toolson 28+4reb+3ast, K.Landry 17+2reb+1ast, S.Markovic 16+1reb+6ast, J.Timma 13+4reb+3ast, P.Sergeev 8+4ast, S.Karasev 7+5reb+3ast Hapoel J-M: A.Stoudemire 22+5reb, T.Kinsey 17+5reb+1ast, J.Dyson 13+2reb+4ast, Y.Halperin 9+5ast, C.Jerrells 7+1reb+2ast, T.Peterson 7
There was a minor upset when Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-2) was smashed at home by Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (1-2) 97-63 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Lietuvos rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a good game for American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 6 assists. Rokas Giedraitis (198-92) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Petr Gubanov (206-87, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds and American guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for BC Nizhny Novgorod. Five BC Nizhny Novgorod players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietuvos rytas will have a break next round. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play again on the road against Lietuvos rytas (#3) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Lietuvos rytas: D.Logan 30+3reb+6ast, R.Giedraitis 16+2reb+1ast, C.Fisher 11+1reb+4ast, C.Hannah 8+4reb+5ast, D.Gordon 7+5reb, A.Jomantas 7+5reb+3ast N.Novgorod: P.Gubanov 13+9reb+3ast, T.Zubcic 12+3reb+1ast, I.Strebkov 11+4reb+5ast, D.Kane 10+7reb+4ast, K.Boynton 10+2ast, I.Popov 3+1reb+3ast
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Unicaja Malaga (2-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Valencia Basket (3-0) 78-70. Unicaja Malaga was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 27-9 third quarter run of Valencia Basket. It was a great evening for Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Georgian Will Thomas (203-86, agency: Two Points) helped adding 15 points. The best for the losing side was American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) with 17 points and the other American import forward Jeffrey Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Valencia Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Unicaja Malaga will play again on the road against Valencia Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Valencia: W.Thomas 15+4reb, J.Sastre Morro 13+2reb+2ast, R.Sato 11+1reb, B.Dubljevic 9+10reb+4ast, A.Diot 9+7ast, S.Van Rossom 7+1reb+2ast Unicaja: J.Smith 17+1reb+1ast, A.Waczynski 12+1ast, N.Nedovic 11+1reb+2ast, D.Musli 8+1reb+1ast, J.Brooks 7+8reb+1ast, A.Diaz 5+1reb+4ast
ALBA Berlin used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Zagreb 93-76 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-76. ALBA Berlin looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Cedevita's players. It was a good game for American point guard Peyton Siva (183-90, college: Louisville) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Luka Babic (201-91, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 22 points and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and power forward Karlo Zganec (206-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Cedevita. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. ALBA Berlin will face again Cedevita (#4) in Zagreb in the next round. Top scorers: ALBA: E.Kikanovic 19+5reb+1ast, D.Milosavljevic 16+3reb+5ast, P.Siva 16+7reb+10ast, N.Giffey 11+2reb+1ast, E.Atsur 8+2reb+4ast, T.Gaffney 8+6reb+3ast Cedevita: L.Babic 22+2reb+5ast, R.Boatright 15+2reb+1ast, R.James 11+3reb, K.Zganec 10+9reb+2ast, M.Bilan 7+6reb+2ast, M.Arapovic 4+5reb
BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-88kg-83, college: UCLA). It is actually his comeback to BC Nizhny Novgorod as he has played here before. Thompson just played at Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In 6 Winner League games he had 5.2ppg and 2.8rpg. Thompson also played earlier that season for Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot league where in two Win... [read more]
BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-88kg-83, college: UCLA). It is actually his comeback to BC Nizhny Novgorod as he has played here before. Thompson just played at Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In 6 Winner League games he had 5.2ppg and 2.8rpg. Thompson also played earlier that season for Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot league where in two Winner League games he recorded 6.5ppg and 4.5rpg. He also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg. In 2005 Thompson was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in second round (54th overall). The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles standoutis in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. Thompson's team won Cyprus Supercup. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 1st Team back in 2014. Thompson is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Thompson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket), Germany (ALBA Berlin), Ukraine (Azovmash), NBA (Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), D-League (N.Mexico T.) and Vietnam (Saigon Heat). On Thompson:
A versatile performer, he can play both forward and guard.
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