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.
Skucas' 22 points give him Player of the Week award - 4 days ago
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24-year old Zygimantas Skucas (201-SF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lietkabelis and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. He had the game-high 22 points adding three rebounds and two assists for Lietkabelis in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Cedevita (#5, 0-2) 80-76. Lietkabelis won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Skuc... [read more]
24-year old Zygimantas Skucas (201-SF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lietkabelis and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. He had the game-high 22 points adding three rebounds and two assists for Lietkabelis in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Cedevita (#5, 0-2) 80-76. Lietkabelis won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Skucas turned to be Lietkabelis' top player in his first season with the team.
Second best performed player last round was DeAndre Kane (193-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) of N.Novgorod. He is American guard in his first season at N.Novgorod. In the last game Kane recorded impressive 21 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as N.Novgorod lost that game 80-106 to Gran Canaria (2-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Kane is a newcomer at N.Novgorod and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#2). He also recorded 8.0 assists per game.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) of UCAM Murcia. Campazzo scored 20 points and passed twelve assists (!!!). Despite Campazzo's great performance UCAM Murcia lost 84-92 to B.Muenchen. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing UCAM Murcia needs is to lose another game like this one. Campazzo has a great season in EuroCup. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 10.0apg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Moussa Diagne (210-C-94) of Fuenlabrada - 12 points and 9 rebounds 5. Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95) of Cedevita - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Eulis Baez (201-F-82) of Gran Canaria - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-C-79) of Lietkabelis - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Kyle Kuric (193-G/F-89) of Gran Canaria - 20 points and 3 rebounds 9. Dejan Musli (213-C-91) of Unicaja - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89) of B.Muenchen - 19 points and 3 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)
Defending champion KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) inked 28-year old British international power forward Daniel Clark (210-110kg-88). He played most recently at MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he averaged 7.0ppg and 2.8rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season Clark played at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (also in Liga Endesa) where in 34 games he had 8.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. Clark's... [read more]
Defending champion KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) inked 28-year old British international power forward Daniel Clark (210-110kg-88). He played most recently at MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he averaged 7.0ppg and 2.8rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season Clark played at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (also in Liga Endesa) where in 34 games he had 8.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. Clark's team made it to the Spanish ACB Supercup Final Four in 2014. He has been also a member of British international program for some years. Clark has regularly played for British senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007. He represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 13.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 48.1%, FT: 71.4%. Clark has played previously professionally also in Italy and Spain (Baskonia, Movil Estudiantes, Leche Rio Breogan, CAI Zaragoza and Movistar Estudiantes Madrid B). His game is described as:
A skilled inside player who grew up in Spain, adding to his game all the perimetral skills needed to play the 4 position very effectively. He can spend tim also at center, thanks to size and strength.
Results and Stats from Round 2 of Regular Season - 5 days ago
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Group A Cedevita - Lietkabelis 76-80 An interesting game for Lithuania Lietkabelis (2-0) which played road game in Zagreb against Croatia Cedevita (0-2). Lietkabelis managed to get a 4-point victory 80-76. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cedevita won third quarter 20-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Lietkabelis won last quarter 22-19. They looked well-organ... [read more]
An interesting game for Lithuania Lietkabelis (2-0) which played road game in Zagreb against Croatia Cedevita (0-2). Lietkabelis managed to get a 4-point victory 80-76. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cedevita won third quarter 20-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Lietkabelis won last quarter 22-19. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-79) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Zygimantas Skucas (201-92, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Power forward Karlo Zganec (206-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) replied with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and center Miro Bilan (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points in the effort for Cedevita. Cedevita's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Lietkabelis will face BC Nizhny Novgorod (#4) at home in the next round. Cedevita will play against MZT Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Lietkabelis: Z.Skucas 22+3reb+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 15+10reb+3ast, M.Lukauskis 15+4reb+4ast, B.Madgen 11+2reb+3ast, L.Williams 9+4reb+4ast, D.Tarolis 6+6reb+4ast Cedevita: M.Bilan 16+3reb+1ast, T.Katic 12+2reb+5ast, K.Zganec 11+9reb+4ast, F.Kruslin 9+3reb+1ast, M.Begic 6+3reb, M.Arapovic 6+4reb+2ast
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Russia BC Nizhny Novgorod (0-1) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were rolled over by Spanish Gran Canaria (2-0) 106-80. The game without a history. Gran Canaria led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.5 percent from the field and made 30-of-36 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Gran Canaria had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Gran Canaria looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by BC Nizhny Novgorod helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Dominican forward Eulis Baez (201-82, college: W.Illinois) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. American-Slovakian swingman Kyle Kuric (193-89, college: Louisville) contributed with 20 points and 4 steals for the winners. Five Gran Canaria players scored in double figures. American guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) replied with 21 points and 8 assists and Estonia Siim-Sander Vene (201-90) added 14 points in the effort for BC Nizhny Novgorod. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gran Canaria will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play on the road against Lietkabelis (#2) in Panevezys and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Gran Canaria: K.Kuric 20+3reb+1ast, E.Baez 19+2reb+3ast, R.O'Neale 12+4reb+4ast, R.Hendrix 11+2reb+2ast, P.Aguilar 11+7reb+1ast, B.McCalebb 11+1reb+5ast N.Novgorod: D.Kane 21+4reb+8ast, S.Vene 14+3reb, I.Strebkov 10+1reb+6ast, K.Boynton 8+3reb+3ast, P.Gubanov 7+3reb+3ast, N.Zverev 6
Very important is a road loss of Russia Khimky (1-1) against Spanish Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting Khimky was defeated by Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in a tough game in Madrid 85-89. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-14. But Khimky won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Baloncesto Fuenlabrada won last quarter 30-28. Khimky was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Croatia point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) scored 22 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and Senegalese-Spanish center Moussa Diagne (210-94, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Diagne is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Sergey Monya (202-83) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American-Bulgaria point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 15 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Khimky will play on the road against ALBA Berlin and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Fuenlabrada: M.Popovic 22+1reb+1ast, I.Paunic 15+2reb+2ast, M.Diagne 12+9reb, L.Hakanson 7+1ast, R.Smits 6+5reb+2ast, B.Sekulic 6+2reb Khimky: S.Monya 18+6reb+1ast, E.Rowland 15+1reb+5ast, S.Ilnitskiy 10+3reb+1ast, E.Vyaltsev 10+2reb+1ast, V.Likhodey 9+6reb, J.Pullen 9+1reb+2ast
No shocking result in a game when German ALBA Berlin (2-0) beat Spanish Dominion BB (0-1) in Bilbao 85-77 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 49-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ALBA Berlin shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. American Dominique Johnson (193-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. The other American import point guard Peyton Siva (184-90, college: Louisville) contributed with 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. Nigeria power forward Micheal Eric (210-88, college: Temple) replied with 15 points and 9 rebounds and American-Kosovan swingman Scott Bamforth (188-89, college: Weber St., agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Dominion BB. Five ALBA Berlin and four Dominion BB players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. ALBA Berlin will face Khimky (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dominion BB will play against Lietuvos rytas and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: ALBA: D.Johnson 21+4reb+2ast, E.Kikanovic 15+4reb+1ast, P.Siva 14+1reb+7ast, D.Milosavljevic 12+4reb+1ast, T.Gaffney 11+6reb+2ast, E.Atsur 6+1reb+1ast Dominion BB: M.Eric 15+9reb+1ast, D.Todorovic 12+3reb+2ast, S.Bamforth 11+4reb+4ast, A.Mumbru 11+1reb+3ast, J.Tabu 8+2reb+3ast, A.Hervelle 6+5reb
Very important is a road loss of Spanish UCAM Murcia (1-1) against German Bayern Muenchen (1-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting UCAM Murcia was defeated by Bayern Muenchen in a tough game in Muenchen 84-92. UCAM Murcia trailed by 22 points after 3 quarters before a 31-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 84-92 at the end of the game. Bayern Muenchen shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Serbian Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: BeoBasket) notched 19 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) to lead the effort and Maximilian Kleber (207-92) supported him with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 20 points and 12 assists by Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) did not help to save the game for UCAM Murcia. Power forward Jose Angel Antelo (206-87) added 18 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Four UCAM Murcia players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen will meet Unicaja Malaga on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UCAM Murcia will play against Zenit in Saint Petersburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: B.Muenchen: V.Lucic 19+3reb+1ast, M.Kleber 12+5reb+3ast, D.Booker 11+3reb, D.Barthel 9+3reb+2ast, B.Taylor 9+1reb+2ast, R.Redding 8+5reb+7ast UCAM Murcia: F.Campazzo 20+1reb+12ast, J.Angel Antelo 18+5reb, O.Soko 15+1reb, S.Rojas 11+7reb, N.Radovic 7+1reb+1ast, V.Faverani 5+2reb
The game between closely ranked teams ended with Montenegrin Buducnost's (0-2) home loss to Spanish Unicaja Malaga (1-0) in Podgorica 62-86 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Unicaja Malaga. Buducnost was better in fourth quarter 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Buducnost 38-25 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Unicaja Malaga especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Serbian center Dejan Musli (213-91, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Serbian-Montenegrin forward Boris Savovic (208-87, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 12 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) added 13 points in the effort for Buducnost. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Unicaja Malaga will face Bayern Muenchen (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Top scorers: Unicaja: J.Smith 19+3reb+1ast, D.Musli 16+3reb+2ast, D.Diez 12+4reb, H.N'diaye 10+3reb, A.Waczynski 10+1reb+2ast, K.Fogg 8+5reb+6ast Buducnost: M.Williams 13+1reb+1ast, B.Savovic 12+5reb, P.Popovic 11+3reb+1ast, J.Reynolds 7+1reb+2ast, B.Subotic 7+5reb, S.Sehovic 5+4reb+3ast
Very important is a home loss of Spanish Valencia Basket (1-1) against Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem (1-0) on Wednesday night. Host Valencia Basket was defeated by Hapoel Jerusalem in a tough game in Valencia 77-81. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Valencia Basket won third quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Valencia Basket 39-28 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor, agency: Stealth Sport) chipped in 18 points. Guard Rafael Martinez (190-82) produced 22 points and Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Valencia Basket's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Jerusalem's next round opponent will be Un.Olimpija (#5) in Ljubljana. Top scorers: Hapoel J-M: C.Jerrells 18+2reb+2ast, J.Dyson 17+7reb+2ast, A.Stoudemire 10+10reb, T.Kinsey 9+4reb+1ast, B.Timor 9+3reb+6ast, L.Eliyahu 8+1reb+1ast Valencia: R.Martinez 22+1ast, B.Dubljevic 15+5reb, F.San Emeterio 10+3reb+1ast, R.Sato 5+5reb, A.Diot 5+1ast, G.Vives 5+1reb+3ast
ratiopharm Ulm used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Ljubljana 87-82 on Wednesday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Un.Olimpija won fourth quarter 26-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ratiopharm Ulm made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Un.Olimpija turnovers. Strangely Un.Olimpija outrebounded ratiopharm Ulm 38-26 including 30 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American players dominated the game. Power forward Raymar Morgan (202-88, college: Michigan St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. Taylor Braun (201-91, college: N.Dakota St.) contributed with 11 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. ratiopharm Ulm's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Point guard Brandon Jefferson (175-91, college: Metro St.) replied with 28 points and Devin Oliver (204-92, college: Dayton) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Un.Olimpija. Five ratiopharm Ulm and four Un.Olimpija players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm will face Lokomotiv in Kuban in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Un.Olimpija will play at home against Hapoel Jerusalem and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 15+3reb+3ast, B.Hobbs 12+4reb+1ast, C.Babb 12+3reb+2ast, T.Braun 11+3reb+5ast, D.Butler 11+3reb+2ast, T.Ohlbrecht 9+3reb+1ast Un.Olimpija: B.Jefferson 28+4reb+2ast, D.Oliver 15+8reb+2ast, N.Jankovic 10+9reb+1ast, M.Mulalic 10+6reb+2ast, D.Bubnic 9+2reb+1ast, G.Hrovat 6+2reb+3ast
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