Buducnost - Budivelnyk 75-77 Budivelnyk climbed on top of EuroCup Last 16 Group I. They surprised Buducnost in Podgorice to jump at 3-1 record on top of the ladder. The Kyiv team avenged the home loss a week ago. Buducnost seemed to cruise leading by 16 points midway through the third term. But Budivelnyk capitalized on several mistakes from the hosts to get back into the game and finished off in style. Buducnost started the game strong. They posted a 22:11 lead midway through the opening quarter. They finished the period up by 12 points 28:16. Buducnost kept their opponents at bay throughout the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 49:37 halftime lead. Dusko Bunic made it 65:49 for the home team midway through the third term. However Budivelnyk capped the period with six points in a row to narrow the deficit at 10-point mark 55:65. The Ukrainian team opened the fourth frame with five points in a row to cut the deficit to 5 points. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) and Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) then put the Kyiv outfit within one 66:67. Leo Lyons tied things up at 70 with just over two minutes remaining. Bost drained a three-pointer but Georgi Tsintsadze and Malcolm Delaney responded with four points as Budivelnyk surged ahead 74:73. Bost came up for the home team once again hitting a jumper but Leo Lyons converted a layup and Salenga sank a free throw to seal the victory for the visitors. Leo Lyons provided 17 points, while Artur Drozdov added 16 points and 8 boards for the winning team. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Dusko Bunic had 14 points in the loss.
Triumph - Banvit BK 93-89 Triumph finally clinched the victory in EuroCup Last 16. They held off visiting Banvit for 1-3 record in Group I. Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) nailed 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to pace the winners. Triumph jumped in front early in the opening frame. The hosts exploded with 28 points in the first term to take a 9-point lead. Triumph kept the Turkish team at bay throughout the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 52:38 halftime advantage. Banvit slowly took over after the big break. The Turkish team slowed Triumph down and cut the deficit heading into the fourth frame trailing by 10 points. Banvit cut the deficit to just four points with under three minutes remaining in regulation 80:84. Kalin Lucas and Sammy Mejia put Banvit within two 89:91 with 9 seconds remaining. But McKee sank two free throws to seal the victory for Triumph. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) posted 19 points, while Yuval Naimy added 16 points for the winners. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) answered with 21 points for Banvit. Kalin Lucas and Vladimir Stimac had 14 points each in the loss.
Valencia - Gescrap BB 60-61 Bilbao Basket celebrated the second straight win over Valencia in the EuroCup Top 16. This time the Basque team clinched the road win. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) notched 14 points to pace the winners. Bilbao Basket snatched a narrow 20:18 lead after ten minutes of action. Valencia opened the second frame with eight points in a row to take a 26:20 lead. Valencia stayed in charge throughout the reminder of the first half to record a 37:29 halftime lead. Bilbao stayed within reach of their opponents in the third term. The visitors trailed by just five points heading into the fourth frame 45:50. Bilbao went on a 13:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to ensure a 58:52 lead. Valencia bounced back with eight consecutive points to make it 60:58 with 44 seconds remaining. But Kostas Vasiliadis drained a late three-pointer to seal the victory for the Basque team. Lamont Hamilton delivered 12 points, while Adrien Moerman chipped in 9 points in the win. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket), Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) and Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) had 14 points each for the hosts.
VEF Riga - CEZ Nymburk 81-59 VEF Riga clinched the third victory in EuroCup Last 16. They stormed past Nymburk in the Latvian capital improving at 3-1 record on top of Group J. Nymburk in the meantime slipped at 1-3. Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) stepped up with 17 points and 9 rebounds to pace the hosts. VEF Riga opened the game with 9 points in a row. Nymburk bounced back pretty quickly levelling things up at 13 but VEF Riga regained the lead. They finished the first period up by six points 24:18. VEF opened the second period on a 6:2 run to open a double-digit lead. They recorded a 44:31 halftime advantage. The hosts knocked down five consecutive points at the start of the second half to boost the gap at 18-point mark. VEF Riga recorded a 65:48 advantage at the final intermission. They held Nymburk at 11 points in the fourth frame and rallied to the victory at the end. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) delivered 15 points, while Kristaps Janicenoks added 14 points for the winners. Pavel Houska answered with 14 points for Nymburk. Vojtech Hruban had 11 points and 6 assists in defeat.
Spartak SP - Stelmet ZG 81-54 Spartak Saint Petersburg coasted past Stelmet Zielona Gora for the third win in EuroCup Last 16 tonight. Zack Wright (195-G-85, college: Central Mo.) stepped up with 17 points, 8 assists and 4 steals to pace well-balanced effort from the hosts. Spartak and Stelmet stayed close throughout the starting quarter. The hosts eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Spartak increased the tempo in the second term. The hosts fired 22 points and limited their opponents to just 7 to gain a 40:24 halftime lead. Spartak Saint Petersburg dropped 25 points in the third quarter to stretch the lead. They accumulated a comfortable 23-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter. Spartak held Stelmet ZG to only 12 points in the final period and sealed a comprehensive win at the end. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) provided 14 points, while Josh Carter chipped in 13 points for the winners. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for Stelmet ZG. Oliver Stevic netted 10 points in defeat.
Lokomotiv - Cajasol 83-72 Lokomotiv came up strong in the third quarter and eventually edged Cajasol in the fourth round of EuroCup Last 16. The Krasnodar team improved at 4-0 record on top of Group K, while dropping Cajasol at 0-4. Cajasol opened the game confidently. The Spaniards outscored sloppy hosts 23:15 in the first ten minutes. Lokomotiv tuned in after the break. They held Cajasol to 16 points in the second term but still trailed by 4 points at halftime 35:39. But the third term belonged to the hosts. Lokomotiv exploded with 28 points to take an 11-point lead heading into the fourth frame. The margin grew at 13-point mark in the final period before Cajasol struck back to cut it to 7. However Aleks Maric came up with timely six points in a row and Lokomotiv cruised from there on. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) finished with 20 points, while Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 15 points for Cajasol. Tomas Satoransky netted 14 points in defeat.
Ratiopharm - Galatasaray 91-70 Ratiopharm Ulm celebrated a confident win over Galatasaray in the fourth round of EuroCup Last 16. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) stepped up with 20 points and 17 rebounds to pace the hosts to the second win in Group L. They caught up with Galatasaray in the standings. Ratiopharm Ulm did not waste too much time taking the lead in this one. The hosts jumped to a 12:2 advantage early in the game. They marched to a 25:17 lead after ten minutes. Ulm ensured a 29:17 advantage early in the second period. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the quarter. They established a 39:33 buffer at halftime. But Galatasaray opened the second half with six points in a row to level things up at 39. Ulm quickly regained the advantage and led by three points at the final break 56:53. Ulm tipped off the fourth quarter on a staggering 17:2 rally to leave their opponents behind. Galatasaray never recovered as Ratiopharm Ulm coasted the victory afterwards. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) notched 18 points, while Sebastian Betz had 13 points for the winning side. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) answered with 23 points for Galatasaray. Ersin Dagli and Milan Macvan had 10 points each in the loss.
Crvena Zvezda - Unics 81-73 Crvena Zvezda claimed the second win in a super competitive EuroCup Last Group L. They held off visiting Unics to share four-team tie on top of the standings at 2-2 record. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Unics dominated at the early stages. The Kazan team dropped 26 points in the first quarter to take a 6-point lead. Crvena Zvezda slowed their opponents down in the second period. The Serbian team narrowed the gap at just two points at halftime 41:43. The hosts went on a crucial rally in the third term. Crvena Zvezda exploded with a 22:7 run to secure a comfortable 13-point advantage. Unics fired 23 points in the final period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 12 points, while Mike Scott added 11 points for the hosts. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) responded with 18 points for Unics. Chuck Eidson had 14 points in the loss.
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 - 4 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)
Results and Stats from Round 8 of Regular Season - 5 days ago
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Group A Cedevita - MZT Skopje 95-61 No shocking result in a game when second ranked Croatian Cedevita (5-2) crushed bottom-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (0-6) in Zagreb 95-61 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. MZT Skopje was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded MZT Skopje 43-24 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college:... [read more]
No shocking result in a game when second ranked Croatian Cedevita (5-2) crushed bottom-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (0-6) in Zagreb 95-61 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. MZT Skopje was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded MZT Skopje 43-24 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college: Connecticut) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Center Miro Bilan (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Stefan Sinovec (195-88, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 10 points and Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-86) added 14 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for MZT Skopje. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cedevita have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Croatian champion maintains second position in Group A with 5-2 record having just one point less than leader Gran Canaria. Defending FYR Macedonian champion MZT Skopje still closes the standings with six games lost. Cedevita will have a break next round. MZT Skopje will play at home against BC Nizhny Novgorod (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: Cedevita: R.Boatright 20+2reb+3ast, R.James 15+5reb, M.Bilan 14+6reb+2ast, T.Katic 10+1reb+2ast, K.Zganec 9+6reb+1ast, D.Musa 8+4reb MZT Skopje: J.Lalic 14+2reb, S.Sinovec 10+4reb+3ast, M.Simonovski 9+1reb+1ast, D.Drenovac 8+3reb+4ast, C.Kloof 5+2reb+5ast, L.Mladenovski 4+1reb+1ast
Important game to mention about took place in Nizhny Novgorod. Fourth ranked Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (3-3) saved a 2-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Lithuanian Lietkabelis (3-4) 91-89 in the fight for the third place. The game without a history. BC Nizhny Novgorod led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely Lietkabelis outrebounded BC Nizhny Novgorod 33-20 including 20 on the defensive glass. Lietkabelis were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Ivan Strebkov (192-91) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and American guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) who added 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four BC Nizhny Novgorod players scored in double figures. Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Simas Galdikas (204-87) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. BC Nizhny Novgorod moved-up to third place in Group A. Lietkabelis at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play against bottom-ranked MZT Skopje (#5) on the road in the next round. Lietkabelis will play against the league's leader Gran Canaria and hope to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: N.Novgorod: I.Strebkov 31+2reb+4ast, S.Vene 16+6reb+2ast, D.Kane 16+9reb+3ast, P.Gubanov 13+1reb+2ast, K.Boynton 9+1reb+3ast, K.Bristol 2 Lietkabelis: B.Madgen 20+6reb+3ast, S.Galdikas 20+8reb, L.Williams 12+4reb+2ast, Z.Skucas 9+3reb+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 8+3reb+2ast, Z.Janavicius 6+2ast
Everything could happen in Vilnius at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas and one of their biggest challengers Spanish RETAbet BB had identical 2-3 record. This time Lietuvos rytas used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Bilbao 83-71 on Wednesday night. It was a key game for the second position in Group B. The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos rytas. RETAbet BB was better in second period 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded RETAbet BB 39-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 assists. Power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. American-Kosovan swingman Scott Bamforth (188-89, college: Weber St., agency: BeoBasket) replied with 16 points and 5 assists and Nigerian power forward Micheal Eric (210-88, college: Temple) added 13 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for RETAbet BB. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietuvos rytas have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with Fuenlabrada. Loser RETAbet BB dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. Lietuvos rytas will face ALBA Berlin (#4) at home in the next round. RETAbet BB will play against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Lietuvos rytas: D.Logan 23+1reb+6ast, C.Fisher 15+1reb+1ast, A.Gudaitis 11+16reb+1ast, D.Gailius 9+1reb+2ast, D.Gordon 8+10reb+2ast, R.Giedraitis 8+1reb RETAbet BB: S.Bamforth 16+2reb+5ast, M.Eric 13+7reb, A.Hervelle 10+2reb+5ast, I.Buva 10+2reb, D.Todorovic 7+7reb+1ast, T.Borg 6+1reb+7ast
An interesting game for Russian Khimky (5-2) which hosted in Khimky 3rd ranked German ALBA Berlin (3-4). First ranked Khimky managed to get a 11-point victory 88-77. ALBA Berlin was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Khimky made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 ALBA Berlin turnovers and outrebounded them 34-16 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Khimky players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by ALBA Berlin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-94, agency: Alti Sport) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Markel Brown (191-92, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 19 points. Four Khimky players scored in double figures. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and American Dominique Johnson (192-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimky maintains first position in Group B with 5-2 record. ALBA Berlin lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Khimky will have a break next round. ALBA Berlin will play on the road against the league's second-placed Lietuvos rytas (#2) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Khimky: M.Brown 19+2reb+2ast, N.Boungou-Colo 18+5reb, J.Pullen 13+2reb+3ast, S.Ilnitskiy 10+10reb+4ast, V.Zaytsev 9+5reb+3ast, E.Vyaltsev 8+2reb+2ast ALBA: E.Kikanovic 22+5reb+3ast, D.Johnson 18+2reb+5ast, D.Milosavljevic 12+2reb+7ast, A.Vargas 7+1reb+3ast, I.Akpinar 5+1reb+2ast, M.Miller 5+1reb
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked German Bayern Muenchen as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group C. Bayern Muenchen edged 4th ranked Spanish Unicaja Malaga at home 72-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Unicaja Malaga. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 37-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Nick Johnson (191-92, college: Arizona) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Danilo Barthel (208-91) contributed with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-90, college: Arizona) replied with 12 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) added 13 points in the effort for Unicaja Malaga. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Unicaja Malaga at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Just two games before the end of Regular Season and it may be the most important game of the season next round when Unicaja Malaga faces strong UCAM Murcia trying to get back on the winning streak. Bayern Muenchen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Top scorers: B.Muenchen: N.Johnson 20+2reb+2ast, B.Taylor 10, M.Kleber 9+6reb+1ast, D.Barthel 8+8reb+4ast, N.Djedovic 7+1reb, V.Lucic 5+2reb+1ast Unicaja: J.Smith 13+3reb+2ast, K.Fogg 12+4reb+5ast, H.N'diaye 9+1reb, D.Musli 9+5reb+2ast, J.Brooks 7+5reb+2ast, D.Diez 6+3reb
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Spanish UCAM Murcia (4-3) against fourth ranked Russian Zenit (4-2) on Wednesday night. Host UCAM Murcia was defeated by Zenit in Murcia 90-77. It was a key game for the second position in Group C. The game was mostly controlled by Zenit. UCAM Murcia managed to win third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American guard Ryan Toolson (193-85, college: Utah Valley) who scored that evening 22 points and 4 assists and Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (196-88) supported him with 14 points and 11 assists. Four Zenit players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 4 assists by Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91) did not help to save the game for UCAM Murcia. American point guard Billy Baron (187-90, college: Canisius) added 12 points for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zenit moved-up to second place in Group C. Loser UCAM Murcia dropped to the third position with three games lost. Zenit will meet bottom-ranked Buducnost (#5) in the next round. UCAM Murcia will play against Unicaja Malaga and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Zenit: R.Toolson 22+2reb+4ast, J.Timma 16+3reb+3ast, S.Markovic 14+2reb+11ast, K.Landry 11+10reb, E.Valiev 7+2reb, A.White 6+11reb UCAM Murcia: F.Campazzo 17+3reb+4ast, V.Faverani 12+3reb+1ast, B.Baron 12+4reb+3ast, M.Pocius 9+2reb+2ast, N.Radovic 9+5reb, P.Llompart 6+2reb+1ast
An interesting game for German ratiopharm Ulm (4-3) which hosted in Ulm one of their biggest challengers Russian Lokomotiv (2-4). Third ranked ratiopharm Ulm managed to get a 4-point victory 105-101. ratiopharm Ulm made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Lokomotiv was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Da'Sean Butler (201-88, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. ratiopharm Ulm's coach used entire bench in such tough game. Guard Mardy Collins (198-84, college: Temple) replied with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and guard Matt Janning (196-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 20 points in the effort for Lokomotiv. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm maintains third position in Group D with 4-3 record behind leader Gran Canaria. Loser Lokomotiv keeps the fourth place with four games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will have a break next round. Lokomotiv will play at home against the league's second-placed Hapoel Jerusalem (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Ratiopharm: C.Babb 30+5reb+3ast, T.Ohlbrecht 20, D.Butler 16+6reb+2ast, A.Rubit 12+4reb+2ast, R.Morgan 12+4reb+1ast, B.Hobbs 6+2reb+10ast Lokomotiv: M.Collins 26+6reb+6ast, M.Janning 20+2reb+3ast, K.Jones 15+4reb, D.Khvostov 11+3reb+4ast, E.Baburin 10+1ast, R.Broekhoff 7+7reb+3ast
Rather predictable result when second ranked Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem (4-2) won against at home bottom-ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (1-6) 81-69 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Jerusalem. Un.Olimpija was better in fourth quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Un.Olimpija was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) contributed with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American Devin Oliver (204-92, college: Dayton) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian Nikola Jankovic (207-94, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Un.Olimpija. Four Un.Olimpija players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Jerusalem maintains second position in Group D with 4-2 record behind leader Gran Canaria. Loser Un.Olimpija stay at the bottom place with six games lost. Hapoel Jerusalem will face Lokomotiv (#4) in Kuban in the next round. Un.Olimpija will play at home against the league's leader Valencia Basket and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Hapoel J-M: B.Timor 12+2ast, Y.Halperin 12+5ast, A.Stoudemire 11+6reb, J.Dyson 9+7reb+3ast, C.Jerrells 9+3reb+2ast, T.Peterson 7+3reb+1ast Un.Olimpija: D.Oliver 18+11reb+3ast, N.Jankovic 11+10reb+1ast, B.Mesicek 10, M.Mulalic 10+2reb+1ast, J.Pelko 6+3ast, D.Bubnic 5+2reb+1ast
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