Montepaschi attacked,robbed and sank the Spanis boats,taking the No1 seat in our Euroleague latest power rankings..
1. Montepaschi Siena (4-0):Pirates of the Iberian.. In the only group that the possibilities for the 1st place were split 50-50, Montepaschi runs a 4-0 record and +20.3 average difference with the Spaniards. Given it's toughness, Montepaschi is clearly the best defensive team in European basketball today.
2. CSSKA Moscow (3-1): Felt from No1 after the season start with the loss in Turkey. CSSKA remains the No1 favorite for the title for every decent bookmaker.. Usually a loss like this in Turkey may be more useful than a perfect record in the end of the road.
3. Regal Barcelona (4-0): Although the 4-0 record Barcelona has not convince us. Something is missing from its game. Huertas has slow down while Eidson will miss the next 3-4 weeks and this a serious problem. Many ups & downs through a 40 minute game. Pasqual has a lot of work to do cause ACB champs cant afford to show up so indolent in the post season.
4. Panathinaikos (3-1): Panathinaikos faces stability problems with some of his players but this is an every-year phenomenon. Obradovic is in a good shape and thats the most important parameter.
5. OSFP Piraeus (2-2): Olympiakos is now one of the most dangerous opponents for the 1st row favorites. Youth, Chemistry, defense. Joey Dorsey's presence changed many things. Give a credit to coach Ivkovic. He transformed the Reds from one man's team to everyone's team..
6. Gescrap BB (2-2): Glory days for BB. After two epic wins against Real Katsikariss team took a serious lead and waits a tired and full of celebrations (after the Coppa Italia) Montepaschi at Bilbao arena. BB is an organization on stable progress to the top.
7. GS Medical Park (2-2): The game against Csska change it's status and stimulate their belief before the big final at Piraeus. This is the game which determine this outstanding underdog's fate. Oktay Mahmuti is a serious contender for the coach of the year award.
8. Unics Kazan (3-1): They need to work their offense especially on Domercants cold-nights. Thats a must do on this high-level if they want to qualify. Well watch them on the last two critical games..
9. Maccabi Electra (2-2): Something is wrong with Maccabi. They won Cantu taking advantage an outbreak and the momentum, not by playing something specific. Blatt is working to solve his problems in the point guard position and the details of his new contract. This week match to Cantu and next weeks to Kazan can put Maccabi to heaven or hell..
10. Bennet Cantu (2-2): The fact that as it seems- it holds its future in its own hands makes them successful. Cantu is a real team. Goes for the big one against Barcelona with Perkins in the roster.
11. Real Madrid (2-2): Its from the moments you feel stupid, wasting an incredible first half of season in a week. The two losses from BB help Lasos team to concentrate, dig and win the Spanish Cup but lets be honest. Their future in the Euroleague depends on other peoples hands.
12. Anadolu Efes (1-3): Big investment in a pivotal year to be manage from an inexperienced coach. Efes totally disappointed in two games against the young and fresh Olympiakos team. The Turkish didnt really get on a rhythm through the season.
13. Fenerbahce Ulker (1-3): This years Fener is one of Spahijas most moderate works. Simply a confused team without clear orientation and benchmarks in their game.
14. EA7 EmporioArmani (1-3): EA7 has snuggle its game after Bremer addition. They have depth at guards, better ball movement and more quality in their offense. Maybe if Hairston was healthy from the start of top-16 Scariolo's team would have a better chance to qualify.
15. Zalgiris Kaunas (0-4): Something has to change in Zalgiris if they want to be competitive in a really high level. And I dont talk about the players or the coach..
16. Unicaja Malaga (0-4): I will say it for one more time. Brose Baskets was an overall better team..
Baskonia - Darussafaka 73-52 Rather expected game in Vitoria where 8th ranked Turkish Darussafaka (5-6) was crushed by fifth ranked Spanish Baskonia (7-4) 73-52. The game was mostly controlled by Baskonia. Darussafaka was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baskonia dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Darussafaka's 22. They outrebounded Darussafaka 47-28 including a 37-19 adv... [read more]
Rather expected game in Vitoria where 8th ranked Turkish Darussafaka (5-6) was crushed by fifth ranked Spanish Baskonia (7-4) 73-52. The game was mostly controlled by Baskonia. Darussafaka was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baskonia dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Darussafaka's 22. They outrebounded Darussafaka 47-28 including a 37-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Baskonia brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 5 assists. German center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Baskonia players scored in double figures. French Adrien Moerman (202-88) answered with 7 points and 9 rebounds and American James Anderson (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) added 11 points in the effort for Darussafaka. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Baskonia moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Olympiacos. Darussafaka lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with six games lost. Baskonia's next round opponent will be Unics Kazan (#15) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Darussafaka will play against Real Madrid (#3) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Baskonia: S.Larkin 14+3reb+5ast, R.Beaubois 12+4reb, T.Shengelia 11+5reb, J.Voigtmann 10+9reb+2ast, A.Hanga 9+8reb+1ast, K.Tillie 5+9reb+1ast Darussafaka: J.Anderson 11+1reb+2ast, S.Wilbekin 8+2reb+3ast, A.Moerman 7+9reb, L.Harangody 5+6reb, S.Erden 5+1reb, W.Clyburn 4+4reb+1ast
Fourth ranked Greek Olympiacos (7-4) crushed at home 14th ranked Russian Unics Kazan (3-8) by 29 points 88-59, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Olympiacos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Olympiacos forced 20 Unics Kazan turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Unics Kazan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Belgian guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Erick Green (190-91, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Olympiacos players scored in double figures. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) answered with 25 points and Spanish point guard Joaquin Colom (188-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) added 4 points and 6 assists in the effort for Unics Kazan. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Greek champion maintains fourth place with 7-4 record, which they share with Baskonia. Unics Kazan at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Olympiacos' next round opponent will be Zalgiris (#11) in Kaunas and are hoping to win another game. Unics Kazan will play at home against Baskonia and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Olympiacos: M.Lojeski 15+6reb+1ast, E.Green 15+5reb+1ast, K.Papanikolaou 12+5reb, G.Printezis 11+3reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 10+2reb+4ast, P.Young 5+1reb Unics: K.Langford 25+3reb, L.Williams 9+1reb, K.Kaimakoglou 6+5reb, J.Colom 4+3reb+6ast, A.Parakhouski 4+3reb, A.Klimenko 3+1reb
Very predictable result in Athens where seventh ranked Greek Panathinaikos (6-5) smashed bottom-ranked Turkish Galatasaray (3-8) 85-58. The game without a history. Panathinaikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Panathinaikos had a 34-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. American-Czech swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL) answered with 15 points and American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) added 6 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Galatasaray. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Panathinaikos moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Anadolu Efes. Galatasaray at the other side dropped to the bottom position with eight games lost. Panathinaikos' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Fenerbahce in Istanbul and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Galatasaray will play at home against Armani Milano (#13) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Panathinaikos: K.Gabriel 14+5reb, N.Calathes 14+4reb+4ast, K.Rivers 14+2reb+2ast, M.James 13+2reb+3ast, C.Singleton 13+7reb+1ast, D.Nichols 9+5reb Galatasaray: B.Schilb 15+1reb+1ast, R.Smith 9+2reb+1ast, S.Guler 8+4reb+2ast, A.Tyus 6+2reb, V.Micov 6+4reb, D.Thompson 6+8reb
The game in Istanbul was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (5-6) played at the court of seventh ranked Turkish Anadolu Efes (6-5). Anadolu Efes managed to secure a 4-point victory 72-68 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But FC Barcelona won fourth quarter 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (189-89) who scored 16 points and 5 assists. French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 14 points. Granger is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American-Montenegrin point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll.) produced 22 points and 7 assists and American-Bosnian point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket) added 8 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. FC Barcelona's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Anadolu Efes have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Panathinaikos. Loser FC Barcelona dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with Maccabi T-A and Darussafaka. Anadolu Efes will meet Brose Baskets (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. FC Barcelona will play against the league's leader CSKA (#1) in Moscow and hope to secure a win. Top scorers: Anadolu Efes: J.Granger 16+2reb+5ast, T.Heurtel 14+3ast, B.Dunston 9+3reb+1ast, C.Osman 9+5reb+1ast, D.Brown 7+6reb+3ast, A.Omic 6+1reb FC Barcelona: T.Rice 22+3reb+7ast, J.Doellman 8+3reb+1ast, A.Tomic 8+2reb+4ast, A.Renfroe 8+3reb+4ast, B.Oleson 7+2reb, P.Koponen 6+2reb+3ast
Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (4-7) were defeated on the road by third ranked Spanish Real Madrid (8-3) 96-91. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Zalgiris were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Real Madrid made 32-of-40 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Zalgiris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Slovenian point guard Luka Doncic (201-99) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 4 assists. Mexican power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St.) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Canadian-Slovenian point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and Australian power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St.) added 17 points in the effort for Zalgiris. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Spanish champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Fenerbahce. Defending Lithuanian champion Zalgiris keep the eleventh position with seven games lost. Real Madrid's next round opponent will be Darussafaka (#9) in Istanbul and are hoping to win another game. Zalgiris will play at home against Olympiacos and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Real Madrid: L.Doncic 17+4reb+4ast, G.Ayon 14+7reb+3ast, F.Reyes 12+6reb+2ast, A.Randolph 11+3reb, J.Maciulis 10+2reb, O.Hunter 10+2reb+1ast Zalgiris: K.Pangos 19+4reb+4ast, B.Motum 17+3reb, P.Jankunas 13+2reb, E.Ulanovas 12+6reb+1ast, A.Milaknis 11+3reb+2ast, L.Westermann 6+6reb+4ast
Euroleague top team - Russian CSKA (10-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Italian Armani Milano (4-7) 79-64. Armani Milano was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 43-26 second half run of CSKA. It was a quality performance for American guard Aaron Jackson (190-86, college: Duquesne) who led the winners and scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Dmitrii Kulagin (197-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. American-Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) came up with 10 points and American forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier, agency: BeoBasket) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Armani Milano in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. CSKA have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending Russian champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. Armani Milano lost fourth consecutive game. Defending Italian champion dropped to the eleventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Zalgiris and Crvena Zvezda. CSKA will play against FC Barcelona (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Armani Milano will play against Galatasaray in Istanbul and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: CSKA: D.Kulagin 14+5reb+2ast, A.Jackson 14+5reb+5ast, C.Higgins 11+5reb+1ast, V.Fridzon 9+3reb+3ast, K.Hines 8+3reb, S.Antonov 6+1ast EA7 Armani: M.Raduljica 11+3reb+2ast, R.Hickman 10+4reb+2ast, J.McLean 10+6reb, Z.Dragic 7+6reb, K.Simon 7+4reb+4ast, M.Kalnietis 7+1reb+2ast
Everything went according to plan in Istanbul where second ranked Turkish Fenerbahce (8-3) beat 12th ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (4-7) 87-72. The game was mostly controlled by Fenerbahce. Crvena Zvezda was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fenerbahce shot 62.7 percent from the field and made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Fenerbahce outrebounded Crvena Zvezda 35-23 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Nigerian power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks. Greek guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90) contributed with 10 points and 9 assists for the winners. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. Bosnian-Serbian center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90) answered with 8 points and 10 rebounds and forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Crvena Zvezda. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fenerbahce have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending Turkish champion maintains second place with 8-3 record having just two points less than leader CSKA, which they share with Real Madrid. Crvena Zvezda lost third consecutive game. Defending Serbian champion dropped to the eleventh position with seven games lost. Fenerbahce's next round opponent will be Panathinaikos (#7) in Athens which should be theoretically an easy game. Crvena Zvezda will play at home against Maccabi T-A (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Fenerbahce: E.Udoh 15+9reb+5ast, J.Vesely 14+5reb+3ast, P.Antic 13+3reb+1ast, B.Dixon 11+2reb+3ast, K.Sloukas 10+3reb+9ast, L.Datome 9+3reb Crvena Zvezda: M.Simonovic 14+6reb, C.Jenkins 12+1ast, M.Bjelica 11+3reb+1ast, O.Dobric 10+1reb+1ast, O.Kuzmic 8+10reb+3ast, N.Wolters 8+1reb+4ast
Bottom-ranked German Brose Baskets managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of five consecutive losses on Wednesday night. This time defending German champion won against tenth-ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv 85-70. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 15-point difference suggests that Brose Baskets is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. Maccabi T-A managed to win third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brose Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. French Fabien Causeur (195-87) helped adding 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) responded with 20 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and the other American import swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending German champion (3-8) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Galatasaray and Unics. Maccabi T-A at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with FC Barcelona and Darussafaka. Brose Baskets is looking forward to face higher ranked Anadolu Efes (#6) in Istanbul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi T-A will play on the road against Crvena Zvezda in Beograd and is hoping to win this game. Top scorers: Brose Bask.: N.Melli 27+14reb+1ast, D.Miller 12, L.Radosevic 11+2reb, D.Theis 9+2reb+3ast, F.Causeur 7+6reb+4ast, J.Strelnieks 7+1reb+4ast Maccabi T-A: A.Goudelock 20+2ast, S.Weems 16+3reb+3ast, C.Iverson 10+6reb+1ast, D.Smith 8+5reb+1ast, V.Rudd 7+4reb+2ast, Y.Ohayon 5+5reb+3ast
The CSKA Moscow's Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) has been named European Player of the Month by Eurobasket.com for games played in November 2016. Serbian pointguard helped the Army Men to a 8-1 month (4-0 in VTB and 4-1 in Euroleague), averaging 16.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 6.1apg in 32.9 minutes on the court. On Nov.25, he led his team to a victory over Baskonia finishing the game with a career-high 34 points plus 10 assists. His rating of 43 was the highest in the Euroleague this season. Moreover,... [read more]
The CSKA Moscow's Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) has been named European Player of the Month by Eurobasket.com for games played in November 2016.
Serbian pointguard helped the Army Men to a 8-1 month (4-0 in VTB and 4-1 in Euroleague), averaging 16.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 6.1apg in 32.9 minutes on the court. On Nov.25, he led his team to a victory over Baskonia finishing the game with a career-high 34 points plus 10 assists. His rating of 43 was the highest in the Euroleague this season. Moreover, he registered assist no. 1000 in his Euroleague career.
Second best performer of November was Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid. Llull was their key player in Spanish Liga Endesa (4-1, losing derby against Barcelona) and Euroleague (also 4-1 as they lost to CSKA in a thriller on Nov.11). His stats from these 9 games were 17.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 5.7 apg combined with impressive 42.1% from 3pt line. His best performance was on Nov.16 in a win against Panathinaikos when Sergio scored 30 points (4 threes) and added 4 assists.
Third best performer of the month was Kyle Fogg (190-PG-90, college: Arizona) of Unicaja. He was a leader of Spanish team averaging 20.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.3 apg in 7 games (4-3). Fogg played his best game on Nov.27 when Unijaca defeated Barcelona 95-89 in Liga Endesa. American guard poured in 29 points.
As of today, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano President, Livio Proli, and Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) mutually agreed on a solution that will allow the player to finish the remaining part of this season in a different club. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano thanks Alessandro for his great contribution and wishes him to find the right path for his expectations and potential. Alessandro Gentile desires to thank from the deep of his heart Mr. Giorgio Armani for giving him the opportunities received d... [read more]
As of today, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano President, Livio Proli, and Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) mutually agreed on a solution that will allow the player to finish the remaining part of this season in a different club.
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano thanks Alessandro for his great contribution and wishes him to find the right path for his expectations and potential.
Alessandro Gentile desires to thank from the deep of his heart Mr. Giorgio Armani for giving him the opportunities received during the years spent in his basketball project, the Olimpia organization for the time and the victories and finally all the Olimpia fans for the love they showed to him during his time in Milan.
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