Budivelnyk - Triumph 88-77 Budivelnyk went on a decisive run in the third quarter to pull from behind in the key clash with Triumph in EuroCup Top 16 Group I. Budivelnyk held on to the gained lead throughout the fourth quarter and posted a crucial victory to finish on top of the ladder. Budivelnyk will now face Spartak Saint Petersburg in the playoffs. Triumph slipped at 2-4 record and finished at the bottom of the standings. The teams went neck and neck throughout the first quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 at the first intermission. The Russian team pulled ahead in the second frame. Triumph opened the period with 7 points in a row to spur ahead. They held on to the advantage to establish a 43:37 halftime advantage. Kyle Landry gave the visitors a 45:37 advantage early in the third term. However Budivelnyk capped the period on a 15:2 rally to head into the fourth frame up by 5 points 58:53. Sergey Karasev put Triumph within three early in the fourth frame but it was as close as the visitors could get. Budivelnyk stayed calm and raced to the victory at the end. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) netted 26 points and distributed 7 assists to lead the hosts. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) added 16 points for the winners. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) answered with 17 points for Triumph. Sergey Karasev provided 15 points in the loss.
Buducnost - Banvit BK 66-50 Buducnost claimed a necessary victory over Banvit to secure the EuroCup quarterfinal appearance. The Montenegrin champions had to win by at least nine points to advance. They made sure no extra counting would be needed thumping the Turkish team in front of 2700 fans in Podgorica. Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.) scored 16 points to pace the hosts but it was stifling defence that made difference in this one. Buducnost ensured a 17:14 lead ten minutes into the game. They held Banvit to 7 points in the second quarter to boost the gap. Buducnost enjoyed a 36:21 halftime lead. The hosts kept Banvit at bay in the third quarter. The visitors managed just 14 points to trail by 16 points at the final intermission. The margin grew at 20-point mark and Buducnost eased to the necessary victory at the end. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Milan Milosevic provided 11 points each for the home team. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) answered with 12 points for Banvit. Charles Davis chipped in 8 points in the loss.
Gescrap BB - VEF Riga 76-65 Uxue Bilbao held off VEF Riga in the decisive game in EuroCup Top 16 Group J. The Spaniards clinched the top spot in the ladder after the victory. VEF Riga were left outside the next round of action with the loss. VEF Riga had to win in this one and they stormed into the game. The Latvian powerhouse enjoyed a 22:13 lead after ten minutes of action. But the Basque team reacted quickly. They organized a 24:14 run in the second frame to take a 37:36 halftime lead. VEF Riga stopped the rot in the third period. They ignited a 7:0 run and eventually entered the fourth frame up by two points 53:51. The teams were tied at 60 midway through the final period. But Bilbao capped the regulation on a 10:0 run to seal the crucial win. Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) and Raul Lopez (183-PG-80) scored 15 points apiece to pace Bilbao. Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) added 14 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds for VEF Riga. Kaspars Berzins had 11 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
Valencia - CEZ Nymburk 104-55 Valencia capped their EuroCup Top 16 campaign with victory. They knocked down Nymburk at home court in Group J. Valencia awaits now for the result of Bilbao versus VEF Riga game to know from which place in the pool they qualified. Pau Ribas (193-PG-87) nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Valencia dropped 29 points in the starting quarter to take a 7-point lead. Valencia thumped their opponents with a 26:10 run in the second frame. The Spaniards piled up a 23-point halftime lead. Valencia continued their onslaught with a 24:10 rally in the third period. Nymburk never recovered afterwards as Valencia coasted to the victory at the end. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) netted 16 points, while Rafael Martinez added 12 points for the winning side. Michael Efevberha (197-G-84, college: CS Northridge) answered with 12 points for Nymburk. Tweety Carter chipped in 11 points in the loss.
Stelmet ZG - Lokomotiv 94-88 Stelmet Zielona Gora sweetened their overall unsuccessful EuroCup Top 16 campaign with victory in the last round. The Polish team held off visiting Lokomotiv Kuban behind game-high 29 points and 10 assists from Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida). Stelmet occupied the third position in Group K behind Lokomotiv and Spartak SP. Lokomotiv finished at 5-1 record on top of the standings and would now take on Buducnost in playoffs. Lokomotiv fired 27 points in the starting quarter to build a 6-point lead. The visitors stayed on fire in the second frame to pile up a 48:38 advantage at halftime. Stelmet Zielona Gora narrowed the gap at 4-point mark at the final break 64:68. Cesnauskis put the hosts in front 69:68 early in the fourth period. Stelmet Zielona Gora opened an 88:83 lead late in the regulation and hung on to seal the win at the end. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) notched 23 points and 12 boards, while Marcin Sroka added 13 points for the winners. Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama) answered with 20 points and 10 boards for Lokomotiv. Derrick Brown chipped in 19 points and grabbed 7 boards for the visitors.
Cajasol - Spartak SP 68-66 Cajasol finished their EuroCup Top 16 campaign on a high note. They held off Spartak Saint Petersburg in Seville. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) scored 23 points to lead the winners as they finished in the fourth position in Group K. Spartak occupied the second position despite the loss and would face Budivelnyk in the quarterfinals. Spartak Saint Petersburg jumped to an early lead. The Russian team enjoyed a 17:9 advantage after the opening quarter. The margin grew in the second frame. Spartak accounted for a 35:21 halftime advantage. But Cajasol refused to surrender. The hosts ignited a 25:13 run in the third period to narrow the deficit at just 2-point mark with ten minutes remaining 46:48. Cajasol eventually surged ahead for a 66:64 lead. Kurbanov dunked for a 66:66 tie. Ondrej Balvin missed his attempt but Satorasnky tipped the ball in to seal the victory for Cajasol. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) nailed 11 points, while Ondrej Balvin and Joan Sastre Morro had 9 points apiece for the winners. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) answered with 19 points for Spartak. Vladimir Dragicevic chipped in 14 points in the defeat.
Ratiopharm - Unics 77-79 Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) nailed two late free throws to give Unics a road win over Ratiopharm Ulm in the final round of action at EuroCup Top 16. The victory meant the Kazan team clinched the top position in Group L. They will now take on Valencia in the quarterfinal series. Ulm finished second in the standings and would take on Uxue Bilbao in the next round. Ulm led by three points after the starting quarter 22:19. Unics slowed the hosts down in the second frame. The Russian team got within just two points at the interval 35:37. Ratiopharm Ulm limited their opponents to 14 points in the third term and opened a 7-point advantage with ten minutes to go. The hosts still led by seven points midway through the fourth frame but Unics ignited a 7:0 run to deny the deficit. The visitors eventually pulled ahead 77:75 within the final minute. Schwethelm however was able to sink two free throws with just two seconds remaining to make it 77:77. Unics handed the ball to Chuck Eidson for a buzzer-beater attempt but he got fouled in the process and calmly hit two from the line to seal the victory for Unics. Eidson finished with 24 points to lead the winners. Terrell Lyday (191-G-79, college: BYU) added 20 points for the visitors. Lance Jeter (190-G-88, college: Nebraska) responded with 18 points for Ratiopharm Ulm. Allan Ray notched 16 points in the loss.
Galatasaray - Crvena Zvezda 85-84 Galatasaray and Crvena Zvezda came up with quite an interesting battle in Istanbul tonight. Both team had to chances of qualifying to the next stage of the competition heading into the clash but performed well in front of supportive Turkish fans. Galatasaray managed to run away with a narrow victory at the end. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) and Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) delivered 17 points each to pace the winners. Galatasaray jumped to quick start. The hosts dropped 27 points in the opening stanza to take a 7-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame as Galatasaray remained in charge. The hosts ensured a 49:42 halftime advantage. Crvena Zvezda refused to surrender and put up a comeback rally in the third term. The Serbian side erased the deficit and put their noses in front for a 65:67 lead with ten minutes remaining. Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) gave Crvena Zvezda a 7-point lead early in the fourth frame. But the hosts answered with six points in a row to stay close. Ender Arslan finally tied things up at 80 with under three minutes remaining. Jamont Gordon put the hosts in front with a three-pointer moments later. DeMarcus Nelson and Sertac Sanli (212-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) exchanged baskets and then Vuk Radivojevic nailed a jumper to put the visitors within one 84:85. But Boris Savovic and Vuk Radivojevic missed their attempts late in regulation and Galatasaray got away with a narrow win at the end. Sertac Sanli netted 16 points, while Jamont Gordon added 12 points for the winners. Boris Savovic answered with 20 points and 13 boards for Crvena Zvezda. Vuk Radivojevic chipped in 17 points and issued 8 assists in the loss.
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Group A MZT Skopje - N.Novgorod 82-97 Rather expected game when bottom-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (0-7) was defeated at home by third ranked Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (4-3) 97-82 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Nizhny Novgorod. MZT Skopje was better in third quarter 29-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Nizhny Novgorod shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. American guard D... [read more]
Rather expected game when bottom-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (0-7) was defeated at home by third ranked Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (4-3) 97-82 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Nizhny Novgorod. MZT Skopje was better in third quarter 29-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Nizhny Novgorod shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. American guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and Croatian power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90) chipped in 12 points. BC Nizhny Novgorod's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-86) scored 23 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Five BC Nizhny Novgorod and four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. BC Nizhny Novgorod maintains third place in Group A with 4-3 record having just two points less than leader Gran Canaria. MZT Skopje lost their seventh game in a row. Defending FYR Macedonian champion still closes the standings with seven games lost. BC Nizhny Novgorod will face league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. MZT Skopje will play on the road against the league's leader Gran Canaria in Las Palmas and looks forward to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: N.Novgorod: D.Kane 22+5reb+6ast, T.Zubcic 12+3reb+3ast, K.Boynton 12+4reb+1ast, P.Gubanov 11+2reb, I.Popov 10+3reb+1ast, I.Strebkov 10+2reb+5ast MZT Skopje: J.Lalic 23+3reb+1ast, C.Kloof 15+6reb+9ast, D.Clark 14+2ast, A.Mekic 14+4reb+3ast, J.Scott 6+3reb+2ast, S.Gjuroski 4+6reb
Rather predictable result in Panevezys where first ranked Spanish Gran Canaria (6-1) smashed 4th placed Lithuanian Lietkabelis (3-5) 92-73 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Gran Canaria. Lietkabelis was better in second period 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gran Canaria shot 60.3 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American-Slovakian swingman Kyle Kuric (193-89, college: Louisville) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and American Royce O'Neale (198-93, college: Baylor) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Gran Canaria players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-79) with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Gran Canaria maintains first place in Group A with 6-1 record. Loser Lietkabelis keep the fourth position with five games lost. Gran Canaria will face bottom-ranked MZT Skopje (#5) at home in the next round. Top scorers: Gran Canaria: K.Kuric 20+4reb, R.O'Neale 13+7reb+2ast, D.Planinic 12+1ast, S.Salin 10+1reb+1ast, R.Hendrix 8+2reb+1ast, O.Pauli 8+4reb Lietkabelis: K.Lavrinovic 20+5reb+1ast, B.Madgen 14+1reb+4ast, Z.Janavicius 11+5reb+2ast, D.Tarolis 7+2reb+2ast, Z.Skucas 5+4reb+2ast, S.Galdikas 5
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (3-4) against fifth ranked RETAbet BB (3-4) on Wednesday night. Visiting Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated by RETAbet BB in Bilbao 97-83. The game was mostly controlled by RETAbet BB. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was better in fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. RETAbet BB made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Nigerian power forward Micheal Eric (210-88, college: Temple) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Croatian power forward Ivan Buva (208-91) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four RETAbet BB players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Alex Llorca (192-89) with 16 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) and Latvian power forward Rolands Smits (207-95) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. RETAbet BB moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with Lietuvos rytas and Fuenlabrada. RETAbet BB will face league's leader Khimky on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play against Lietuvos rytas (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: RETAbet BB: M.Eric 16+10reb, I.Buva 16+6reb, S.Bamforth 13+4reb+1ast, A.Mumbru 13+2reb+6ast, D.Todorovic 11+3reb, J.Tabu 8+2reb+5ast Fuenlabrada: A.Llorca 16+4reb+3ast, F.Cruz 14+1ast, R.Smits 14+6reb+3ast, X.Rey 8+5reb+3ast, D.Wear 8+2reb+1ast, L.Rupnik 6+5ast
Important game to mention about took place in Vilnius. Fourth ranked German ALBA Berlin (4-4) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging second-best Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (3-4) 99-97 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lietuvos rytas. It was a key game for the second position in Group B. Lietuvos rytas were ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 32-25 charge of ALBA Berlin, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for ALBA Berlin especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 29 points for the winning side and Serbian swingman Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) accounted for 19 points and 5 assists. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and Rokas Giedraitis (198-92) added 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for Lietuvos rytas in the defeat. Four ALBA Berlin and five Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. ALBA Berlin moved-up to second place in Group B. Lietuvos rytas at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with RETAbet BB and Fuenlabrada. ALBA Berlin will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lietuvos rytas will play on the road against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Madrid and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: ALBA: E.Kikanovic 29+3reb+2ast, D.Milosavljevic 19+5ast, M.Miller 15+3reb+1ast, P.Siva 12+3reb+2ast, T.Gaffney 8+9reb+1ast, A.Vargas 6+1reb+1ast Lietuvos rytas: R.Giedraitis 16+3reb+1ast, D.Logan 16+1reb+2ast, D.Gailius 14+2reb+1ast, D.Gordon 12+10reb+2ast, J.Akognon 12+1ast, A.Gudaitis 10+5reb+1ast
A very interesting game took place in Malaga. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed UCAM Murcia (4-4) to fourth ranked Unicaja Malaga (4-3) 89-86 in the fight for the third place. Unicaja Malaga made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game, while UCAM Murcia only scored one point from the stripe. Unicaja Malaga forced 19 UCAM Murcia turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by UCAM Murcia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-90, college: Arizona) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91) answered with 16 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and Brazilian center Vitor Faverani (212-88) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for UCAM Murcia. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Unicaja Malaga moved-up to third place in Group C. UCAM Murcia lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Unicaja Malaga's next round opponent will be league's leader Zenit in Saint Petersburg and it will be for sure the game of the week. Top scorers: Unicaja: J.Smith 18+1ast, A.Waczynski 17+2reb, K.Fogg 16+5reb+2ast, D.Musli 8+2reb+5ast, C.Suarez 8+8reb+3ast, H.N'diaye 6 UCAM Murcia: F.Campazzo 16+3reb+7ast, B.Baron 12+3ast, S.Rojas 11+5reb, V.Faverani 8+6reb+5ast, N.Radovic 8+4reb+1ast, J.Angel Antelo 8+6reb+1ast
Fifth-ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (0-7) gave a tough game to second ranked Russian Zenit (5-2) in Podgorica on Wednesday. The visitors from Saint Petersburg managed to secure only two-point victory 97-95. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 52-49 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Ryan Toolson (193-85, college: Utah Valley) who scored 32 points and 4 assists. Canadian power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 assists and Bosnian-Montenegrin swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89) added 12 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Zenit. They keep a position of Group C leader, which they share with B.Muenchen. Buducnost lost their seventh game in a row. Defending Montenegrin champion still closes the standings with seven games lost. Zenit will meet at home Unicaja Malaga (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Buducnost will play against the league's second-placed Bayern Muenchen and hopes to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: Zenit: R.Toolson 32+4reb+4ast, K.Landry 15+6reb+4ast, S.Markovic 12+5reb+6ast, J.Timma 11+5reb+1ast, P.Sergeev 10+1reb+1ast, A.White 6+6reb+1ast Buducnost: P.Popovic 12+1reb, S.Sehovic 12+4reb, B.Subotic 11+3reb, S.James 11+4reb+1ast, S.Sehovic 11+2reb+1ast, M.Williams 10+1reb+10ast
There was a minor upset in Kuban where second-best Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem (4-3) was rolled over by fourth ranked Russian Lokomotiv (3-4) 88-68 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Lokomotiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Jerusalem's 30. They outrebounded Hapoel Jerusalem 35-19 including 22 on the defensive glass. Lokomotiv looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Hapoel Jerusalem's players. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Matt Janning (196-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 assists for the winners and forward Kevin Jones (206-89, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was Amare Stoudemire (208-82) with 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor, agency: Stealth Sport) scored 17 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lokomotiv maintains fourth place in Group D with 3-4 record. Loser Hapoel Jerusalem keeps the second position with three games lost. Lokomotiv will face league's leader Valencia Basket on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against the league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Lokomotiv: K.Jones 22+5reb, M.Janning 20+1reb+6ast, I.Vougioukas 14+2reb+1ast, M.Collins 7+8reb+3ast, R.Broekhoff 6+12reb, A.Zubkov 5 Hapoel J-M: C.Jerrells 17+3ast, A.Stoudemire 16+5reb+1ast, T.Kinsey 13, J.Dyson 8+2reb+2ast, B.Timor 6+1ast, T.Peterson 4+1reb
Fifth-ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (1-7) gave a tough game to first ranked Spanish Valencia Basket (6-1) in Ljubljana on Wednesday. The visitors from Valencia managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected much easier game. Un.Olimpija trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 20-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-75 at the end of the game. American-Georgian Will Thomas (203-86, agency: Two Points) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and power forward Pierre Oriola (206-92) chipped in 20 points. The best for the losing side was swingman Gregor Hrovat (196-94) with 18 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 10 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Valencia Basket have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group D with 6-1 record. Un.Olimpija at the other side stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Valencia Basket are looking forward to face Lokomotiv (#4) in Kuban in the next round. Un.Olimpija will have a break next round. Top scorers: Valencia: P.Oriola 20+2reb+1ast, W.Thomas 11+11reb+1ast, V.Kravtsov 8+6reb, L.Sikma 8+2reb+1ast, A.Diot 7+1reb+2ast, F.San Emeterio 7+3reb+4ast Un.Olimpija: G.Hrovat 18+3reb, D.Oliver 12+2reb+2ast, S.Milosevic 10+4reb+2ast, B.Mesicek 8+3reb+2ast, M.Mulalic 6+1ast, D.Bubnic 6+1reb+1ast
Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 32-year old American international center Ryan Hollins (213-102kg-84, college: UCLA). He played last season at Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA, but released. In 31 games he had 3.7ppg and 2.8rpg. Hollins also played that season for the Wizards in NBA. But in 5 games he recorded just 1.6ppg and 2.2rpg. In 2006 he was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (50th overall). The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles staris in his el... [read more]
Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 32-year old American international center Ryan Hollins (213-102kg-84, college: UCLA). He played last season at Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA, but released. In 31 games he had 3.7ppg and 2.8rpg. Hollins also played that season for the Wizards in NBA. But in 5 games he recorded just 1.6ppg and 2.2rpg. In 2006 he was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (50th overall). The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles staris in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. He also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) last year. Hollins' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 3.4ppg, 2.2rpg. Hollins has played previously professionally in NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, LA Clippers and Sacramento Kings) and D-League (Ft.Worth F.). On Hollins:
(by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Extremely explosive, loves to dunk ... Has a huge wingspan ... Runs the floor well ... His length and athleticism gives him an advantage inside ... An excellent shot blocker especially weak side ... Cleans the glass well with his length and leaping ability ...
Does not enjoy contact and struggles against stronger post players ... Struggles to hold position in the paint ...
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.
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