Maccabi Tel Aviv and Real Madrid took to the floor in the second semi-final of EuroLeague Final Four 2011in Barcelona looking to join Panathinaikos in the Final. While the game may have been taking place on Spanish soil it was noticeable inside the Arena that Real fans were outnumbered by Maccabi fans by as many as ten to one. In a sea of yellow shirts, the game could have been being played in Tel Aviv itself. Ante Tomic opened the scoring in the game for Real and it was quickly followed by a nice jump shot by Felipe Reyes as Real started strongly. It was Guy Pnini who finally got Maccabi off and running with a big triple and by the time Jeremy Pargo also converted from downtown, he had tied the game up at 8-8 with just under three minutes to play in the opening period.
An unsportsmanlike foul on Richard Hendrix gave Real Madrid the opportunity to restore their advantage but Ante Tomic missed both resulting free-throws. Both teams were tied down offensively but another outside score, this time by Pnini again helped his team into a 14-10 lead with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter. He was then back in the thick of the action after he was called for an unsportsmanlike foul for a heavy foul uner the hoop on D'or Fischer who cut the gap to leave Maccabi Tel Aviv 14-12 in front after the first period.
David Blu continued the excellent work of Maccabi from range as he buried a three-pointer and that kept the small numbr of Real fans even quieter than they already were. Reyes went to work inside and got one to drop as Real looked to get some momentum. That was always going to be difficult with Pnini still having the hot hand from downtown with yet another triple and when Sofoklis Schortstanitis flushed one down it was time for a Madrid time-out and 22-14 behind with 6:30 to go until the midway point of the game.
Madrid needed a lift badly and it was provided in the form of a first three-pointer of the game. Pablo Prigioni took Real to one of seven from outside which was in stark contrast to Maccabi who were five of seven from the arc and that was the story of the game. Real were always going to compete inside with the class and warrior like play from Reyes and he brought the Spanish side to within one shot of Maccabi at 22-19 approaching the midway point of the second period. A nice reverse lay-up by Chuck Eidson kept Maccabi in front but Prigioni was beginning to warm up as another three ensured Madrid posted an 8-2 run. That was the extended further with another score as Madrid tied things up through Tomic at 24-24.
Maccabi then got their noses back in thefront sparked by a big dunk by Hendrix but Tomic was supporting Reyes well for Madrid to keep things tight as the teams left court with Maccabi 32-29 ahead at the half.
They extended their advantage during the early exchanges when the game resumed with Schortstanitis getting the job done inside and then one of the highlights of day one as Jeremy Pargo threw one down to send the Maccabi fans into absolute raptures and take his team out to a 40-32 lead. After a quiet first half, Sergio Llull finally came alive with a three-pointer for Real but Maccabi supporters were still singing when Pargo then finished inside after a great spin-move.
After being pretty much the sole threat from downtown during the first half for Madrid, Pablo Prigioni continued his good work after draning another from the corner and that brought the Spanish side to within four at 42-38 with five minutes of the penultimate quarter remaining. Carlos Suarez then drained a triple from the top with a hand right in his face and suddenly Real had the momentum and David Blatt was looking agitated in the sideline. It was also around the same time Felipe Reyes moved on to a double-double in the game.
However Maccabi had other ideas and Blatt looked a lot more comfortable when his team made a big push in the closing minutes of the quarter. With 90 seconds remaining they led 50-43 and in a pivotal moment of the game, D'Or Fischer threw the ball away from under his own basket on the in-bound and that gave a gleeful Chuck Eidson a three point play as they went into a double figure lead at 53-43. While Real scored two of the last thre baskets in the period, Maccabi still held a healthy lead at 55-47 heading into the last ten minutes.
Real needed a strong start but it didn't arrive and they found themselves 14 points behind at 63-49 after successive threes by Eidson and Pargo. Maccabi threatened to blow the game wide open and Madrid were not yet on the floor but certainly on the ropes and in need of some inspiration. Some might argue that with six minutes left when David Blu put Maccabi 17 ahead, Real needed divine intervention. You would think by this point the Spanish team might have learned their lesson and tightened up their perimeter defence but the shooting class from the arc continued as Eidson made another triple.
Maccabi had one foot in the Final already and only a collapse of spectacularly epic proportions would deny them. When Schortsanitis scored inside and took it out to a twenty point margin it was all over at 71-51. Real could make no impression whatsoever as the downtown party for Maccabi continued to the final buzzer as they ran out comfortable 82-63 winners to face Panathinaikos in the 2011 Final.
The win really came courtesy of a stupendous 12 triples in the game with Chuck Eidson finishing with 19 points including 3 of 4 from outside as well as 6 steals and 6 rebounds. Guy Pnini was 4 of 6 from the arc while for Real, Reyes had a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 26-year old American center Alex Kirk (211-114kg-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports). He supposed to play at Guangzhou Securities in Chinese CBA league, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9bpg this season. The last season Kirk played at The Flexx Pistoia in Italian Serie A where in 33 games he averaged remarkable 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3bpg. A very spectacula... [read more]
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 26-year old American center Alex Kirk (211-114kg-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports). He supposed to play at Guangzhou Securities in Chinese CBA league, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9bpg this season. The last season Kirk played at The Flexx Pistoia in Italian Serie A where in 33 games he averaged remarkable 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. He represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago. Kirk has played previously professionally in NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks) and D-League (Canton Charge). He attended University of New Mexico until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player. The scouts decsribe him following way:
For a big man, he is a very good passer and can make shots from 15-20 feet.
Euroleague round 17 best performance: Dairis Bertans - 3 days ago
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Latvian Shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Darussafaka, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17. The 27-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Baskonia (#4, 11-6) 98-89. Darussafaka is placed at 7th position in Euroleague. Darussafaka is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They... [read more]
Latvian Shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Darussafaka, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17. The 27-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Baskonia (#4, 11-6) 98-89. Darussafaka is placed at 7th position in Euroleague. Darussafaka 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 9-8 record. In the team's last game Bertans had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Dairis Bertans averages this season 6.4ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Serbian Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) of EA7 Armani. Macvan had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as EA7 Armani lost that game 64-101 to the higher-ranked CSKA (#1, 13-4). This loss caused EA7 Armani to slide to the very bottom (16) position in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories EA7 Armani managed to get this year. Macvan is well-known at EA7 Armani and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.
Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics (#11). Langford showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Unics, leading his team to a 63-58 win against Brose Bask. (7-10). The chances of Unics ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Langford could help Unics to bring them higher in the standings. Langford has a great season in Euroleague. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (best scorer).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) of Real Madrid - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists 5. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA - 22 points and 3 assists 6. Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) of Crvena Zvezda - 21 points and 8 rebounds 7. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) of Brose Bask. - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Victor Rudd (205-F-91) of Maccabi T-A - 18 points and 9 rebounds 10. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) of Darussafaka - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
ANGT Kaunas: Zalgiris beat CFBB Paris for the trophy - 3 days ago
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Zalgiris U18 - CFBB Paris U18 62:57 Zalgiris earned the title at the Kaunas stage of the Adidas Next Generation Tournament. They edged CFBB Paris in the title game tonight. Rokas Jokubaitis (187-PG-00) scored 18 points and 6 assists to lead the winners. Zalgiris jumped to a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. CFBB Paris cut the deficit at 3-point mark 32:35 at halftime. Zalgiris stretched the lead in the third term. The Kaunas team accumulated a 53:40 advantage heading into the fourth frame.... [read more]
Zalgiris U18 - CFBB Paris U18 62:57
Zalgiris earned the title at the Kaunas stage of the Adidas Next Generation Tournament. They edged CFBB Paris in the title game tonight. Rokas Jokubaitis (187-PG-00) scored 18 points and 6 assists to lead the winners. Zalgiris jumped to a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. CFBB Paris cut the deficit at 3-point mark 32:35 at halftime. Zalgiris stretched the lead in the third term. The Kaunas team accumulated a 53:40 advantage heading into the fourth frame. CFBB Paris pulled within striking distance in the fourth quarter but Zalgiris held on to snatch a tough win at the end. Lukas Uleckas (197-G/F-99) chipped in 10 points, while Grantas Vasiliauskas (204-PF-99) added 8 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Joel Ayayi (193-PG-00) responded with 19 points for CFBB Paris. Ivan Fevrier (203-F-99) posted 13 points and 9 boards in the loss.
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