Spartak SP - Budivelnyk 83-72 Spartak Saint Petersburg clinched an 11-point victory against Budivelnyk in the opening leg of the EuroCup quarterfinal series. They will now have to defend it in one weeks time in the Ukrainian capital to reach the semis. Zack Wright (195-G-85, college: Central Mo.) knocked down 18 points and issued 7 assists to lead the winners. Spartak got to the aggressive start. They piled up a 23:19 lead ten minutes into the game. The Russian team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They piled up a 43:36 halftime advantage. Budivelnyk used a 10:2 run midway through the third quarter to surge ahead 54:53. Spartak regained the lead to enter the fourth stanza up by three points 63:60. Zack Wright opened a double-digit lead for Spartak midway through the fourth quarter 75:65. Janis Strelnieks and Josh Carter drained back-to-back triples to give Spartak an 83:70 lead with just one second remaining. However Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) managed to answer with a layup to finalize the score. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) delivered 17 points, while Josh Carter produced 15 points for the winning team. Leo Lyons answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Budivelnyk. Artur Drozdov had 16 points in the loss.
Buducnost - Lokomotiv 54-72 Lokomotiv Kuban made a huge step towards EuroCup semifinals. They defeated Buducnost in Podgorica to head to the return leg in Krasnodar with a comfortable cushion. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) posted 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Russian team. Buducnost looked confident in the opening stanza. The hosts built a 15:8 lead at the first break. But Lokomotiv took over in the next period. The visitors straighten defensively and held Buducnost to 13 points in the second frame. Lokomotiv narrowed the gap at 3-point mark 25:28. The third quarter became decisive in this one. Lokomotiv turned it into a disaster for the home side. The visitors went on a 26:8 rally to secure a 51:36 lead into the fourth frame. Lokomotiv kept stunned the hosts at distance throughout the final period clinching a key victory at the end. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) accounted for 15 points, while Andrey Zubkov and Mantas Kalnietis added 10 points each in the win. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for Buducnost. Dusko Bunic had 9 points in the losing effort.
Ratiopharm - Gescrap BB 85-81 Ratiopharm Ulm opened the EuroCup quarterfinal series versus Bilbao with victory. The German team gained a 4-point advantage prior to the return leg in Spain next week. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) was unstoppable for Ulm with 30 points and 7 rebounds. Bilbao silenced a sell-out crowd of 5500 fans in Ulm in the starting quarter. The Spaniards went on a 30:18 rally to tip off the game. But Ulm reacted with balanced and determined effort in the second quarter. The hosts picked up the defensive aggressiveness to narrow the gap at 3-point mark at halftime 42:45. Ratiopharm Ulm continued to dominate defensively in the third term. It paid off the home side pulled ahead for a 60:58 lead at the final intermission. The margin grew at 12-point mark midway through the fourth frame. However Lamont Hamilton and Axel Hervelle pulled Bilbao within five and then Zisis hit a free throw to finalize the score. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) notched 13 points, while Per Guenther and Keaton Nankivil had 10 points each for the winners. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) answered with 21 points for Bilbao. Lamont Hamilton, Axel Hervelle and Alex Mumbru chipped in 13 points each in the loss.
Valencia - Unics 80-70 Valencia heading to Kazan having built a 10-point buffer after the opening round of EuroCup Quarterfinal series. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 19 points to lead the hosts to the victory. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Valencia eked out a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The hosts stepped on the gas in the second frame. Valencia dropped 24 points and cleared off to a 45:35 distance at halftime. The margin grew at 13-point mark midway through the third quarter. However Unics went on a 10:0 run to narrow the deficit. Valencia entered the fourth quarter up by six points 64:58. Pau Ribas, Bojan Dubljevic and Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) helped Valencia restore a 12-point lead with under four minutes remaining. Terrell Lyday (191-G-79, college: BYU) dragged the visitors within 8 points 70:78 with just over a minute remaining. However Justin Doellman dunked for the final result of the game 80:70. Justin Doellman accounted for 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, while Stefan Markovic added 10 points for the winners. Terrell Lyday answered with 28 points for Unics. Mire Chatman chipped in 13 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in the loss.
Michael Fusek (221-C-95, agency: Octagon Europe) has exploded in the Euromillions Basketball League. Recently becoming a MVP in the win against Basic Fit Brussels. Fusek made 11 points (4/5), 8 rebounds, 18 of evaluation in 21 min. Last Saturday, the Slovak center scored 13 points (5/7) and grabbed 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Michael Fusek took a giant step forward with Proximus Spirou Charleroi by making solid numbers. His great mobility for a player his size and very effective shots a... [read more]
Michael Fusek (221-C-95, agency: Octagon Europe) has exploded in the Euromillions Basketball League. Recently becoming a MVP in the win against Basic Fit Brussels. Fusek made 11 points (4/5), 8 rebounds, 18 of evaluation in 21 min.
Last Saturday, the Slovak center scored 13 points (5/7) and grabbed 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.
His great mobility for a player his size and very effective shots allowed him to dominate last games in Belgium. When he combines those skills with his quickness, good hands and patience, Fusek can become one of the hardest big men to stop.
Fusek is also a great shot blocker, ranks first with 4 blocks per 40 min, due to his incredible height and decent timing.
Fusek averages 15.5 points and 12.25 rebounds per 40 min in Belgium
Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Awards 2017 - 19 days ago
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Player of the Year:Alexey Shved(198-G-88) of Khimky Guard of the Year:Alexey Shved(198-G-88) of Khimky Forward of the Year:Dejan Musli(213-F/C-91) of Unicaja Center of the Year:Bojan Dubljevic(205-PF-91) of Valencia European Player of the Year:Alexey Shved(198-G-88) of Khimky Import of the Year:Mardy Collins(198-G-84) of Lokomotiv Rising Star Trophy:Rolands Smits(207-F/C-95) of Fuenlabrada Defensive Player of the Year:Facundo Campazzo(181-PG-91) of UCAM Murcia Coach of the Year:Pedro Mart... [read more]
Unicaja shock Valencia, capture title - 20 days ago
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Valencia - Unicaja 58-63 Unicaja are 2017 EuroCup champions! The Malaga team used a massive 18-0 run in the fourth quarter to shock hosting Valencia and celebrate first ever tournament title. Valencia stayed in charge in the first period. They grabbed a 22:18 lead ten minutes into the game. Unicaja pulled within 3 points at halftime 30:33. Valencia were back in full control in the third term. The hosts piled up a 54:43 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. But Unicaja turned the tab... [read more]
Unicaja are 2017 EuroCup champions! The Malaga team used a massive 18-0 run in the fourth quarter to shock hosting Valencia and celebrate first ever tournament title. Valencia stayed in charge in the first period. They grabbed a 22:18 lead ten minutes into the game. Unicaja pulled within 3 points at halftime 30:33. Valencia were back in full control in the third term. The hosts piled up a 54:43 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. But Unicaja turned the tables in the fourth period and raced to a historic success. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Unicaja Malaga made 8 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Valencia Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Jeffrey Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Alberto Diaz (188-94) helped adding 12 points. The best for the losing side was Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Belgian point guard Sam Van-Rossom (188-86) scored 6 points and 4 assists. Top scorers: Valencia: B.Dubljevic 16+6reb+1ast, J.Sastre Morro 8+1reb+2ast, F.San Emeterio 7+3reb, W.Thomas 6+1reb, S.Van Rossom 6+4reb+4ast, R.Sato 5+5reb Unicaja: A.Diaz 12+2ast, J.Smith 10+1reb+3ast, D.Diez 9+3reb, J.Brooks 9+5reb+1ast, A.Omic 8+3reb, N.Nedovic 6+2reb+4ast
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