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.
Coach Rimas Kurtinaitis (ex AV Cantu) signs at Lietuvos rytas - 12 days ago
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57-year old Lithuanian coach Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Alti Sport). He worked at AV Cantu in Italian Serie A. The last season Kurtinaitis coached at BC Khimky Moscow Region (VTB) in Russian league. Among other achievements he coached in the final of VTB United League in 2015. Kurtinaitis received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Coach of the Year award back in 2014. He was coaching Lithuanian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2008 and... [read more]
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) landed experienced 57-year old Lithuanian coach Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Alti Sport). He worked at AV Cantu in Italian Serie A. The last season Kurtinaitis coached at BC Khimky Moscow Region (VTB) in Russian league. Among other achievements he coached in the final of VTB United League in 2015. Kurtinaitis received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Coach of the Year award back in 2014. He was coaching Lithuanian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2008 and coached also U20 National Team in 2006. Kurtinaitis is a very experienced player. He has coached also professionally in Australia, Azerbaijan (Gala-Atena), France, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Spain.
O'Neale's 19 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - 13 days ago
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23-year old Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Gran Canaria and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16). He had the game-high 19 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Gran Canaria in his team's victory, helping them to crush Fuenlabrada (#3, 2-4) with 24-point margin 100-76. In the team's last game O'Neale had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usua... [read more]
23-year old Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Gran Canaria and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16). He had the game-high 19 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Gran Canaria in his team's victory, helping them to crush Fuenlabrada (#3, 2-4) with 24-point margin 100-76. In the team's last game O'Neale had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Royce O'Neale averages this season 10.6ppg and 5.4rpg.
Second best performed player last round was David Logan (185-G-82) of Lietuvos rytas. He is American-Polish guard in his first season at Lietuvos rytas. In the last game Logan recorded impressive 28 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. It was enough for Lietuvos rytas to edge slightly higher-ranked Zenit (3-3) by 2 points 86-84. Logan is a newcomer at Lietuvos rytas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.1ppg (#4). He also recorded 5.8 assists per game.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) of league's second-best Khimky. Shved got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. Despite Shved's great performance Khimky lost 74-96 to #1 ranked B.Muenchen. Shved has a great season in EuroCup. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.5ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 58.4% and 3PT: 41.2%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Maximilian Kleber (207-PF-92) of B.Muenchen - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Amare Stoudemire (208-F/C-82) of Hapoel J-M - 19 points and 9 rebounds 6. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) of Valencia - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Dejan Musli (213-C-91) of Unicaja - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85) of Hapoel J-M - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Sergey Karasev (201-SG-93) of Zenit - 24 points and 6 rebounds 10. DeAndre Kane (193-G-89) of N.Novgorod - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 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)
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American guard Jimmy Baron (191-89kg-86, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Neptunas (LKL). In 22 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg this season. Baron also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 14.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg. The last season he played at Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 2.9rpg an... [read more]
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American guard Jimmy Baron (191-89kg-86, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Neptunas (LKL). In 22 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg this season. Baron also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 14.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg. The last season he played at Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.6apg. Baron helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Baron also played 9 games in Eurocup where he got 14.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.7apg. Baron has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention award back in 2012. Baron is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Roma Virtus), Russia (Lokomotiv), Turkey (Banvit and Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi) and Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and Gipuzkoa). Baron attended Rhode Island University until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
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