Unics - Panathinaikos 63-68 Panathinaikos celebrated 63-68 victory in Kazan on Wednesday night to win Group G of the Euroleague Top 16. The reigning champion ended with 4-2 record and advanced to Playoffs. Unics also reached the next stage thanks to Fenerbahce Ulker's loss in Milano. Unics ended as No.2 in this pool with 3-3 record. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) stepped up for PAO with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) had 10 points and 5 assists, while Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) helped with 9 points and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) responded with 19 points. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) had 11 points and 6 rebs, while Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) (7 rebs) and Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) stopped to 10 pts each. PAO had 55-63 lead at the halfway of the last period, but Henry Domercant drained a triple for Unics after that and layup-plus-foul by Greer brought hosts as close as 61-63 with 3 minutes left. Unics committed 2 key turnovers and Greer missed a go-ahead shot from downtown. At the other side, Kaimakoglu made a crucial triple for PAO and Jasikevicius sealed victory from the free throw line. Quarters: 21-22, 17-18, 10-12, 15-16. PAO will meet Maccabi Electra in the Quarterfinals. Unics will play against Regal Barca.
Armani Milano - Fenerbahce Ulker 85-72 Fenerbahce Ulker was not able to win in Milano on Wednesday night. It was a do-or-die game for the Turkish champion, but they didn't make it. Emporio Armani celebrated 85-72 victory in this meeting to end Euroleague Top 16 as No.3 of Group G with 3-3 record. FB Ulker is the last ranked team in this pool with 2-4. Both teams failed to reach the Playoffs. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) shined for the winners with 27 points. Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) had 12 points and Omar-Sharif Cook (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) added 10 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds. Ernest Bremer (194-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) also scored 10 pts for the hosts. In FB Ulker, Emir Preldzic (205-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 15 points and 5 assists, and Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) netted 14 points. James Gist (205-F-86) (9 rebs) and Roko-Leni Ukic (196-G-84) posted 12 points apiece. Milano had 14-point lead at the beginning of the last period and everything what FB Ulker was able to do after that was minus 7 midway through the quarter. Malik Hairston, Cook and Roca immediately replied and lifted their team to 80-69 lead with less than three minutes remaining and Fener was on the knees. Quarters: 20-21, 26-19, 20-15, 19-17.
Zalgiris - Bennet Cantu 71-77 Bennet Cantu said goodbye to 2011/12 Euroleague edition with 71-77 victory in Kaunas. The Italian squad finished as third ranked team of Group H with 3-3 record and their 15-point loss in Tel Aviv was crucial. At the other side, Zalgiris finished Euroleague Top 16 winless (0-6). Manuchar Markoishvili (196-G-86) exploded Cantu in this meeting. He drained 32 points and reached valuation 35. Markoishvili made 5 triples and was perfect from the line (9/9). Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) had 16 points and 8 rebounds, and Nicolas Mazzarino (181-PG-75, agency: Players Group) netted 9 points. For the hosts, Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) collected 15 points and 5 assists. Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) followed him with 14 points and 7 rebs, while Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) stopped to 12 points. The hosts led 62-59 after Marko Popovic free throws midway through the fourth quarter. But Markoishvili knotted the score with a triple and then Giorgi Shermadini scored the games next 5 points as Cantu pulled away to record the victory. Quarters: 23-18, 12-21, 15-11, 21-27. Both teams will focus on domestic championships now.
FCB Regal - Maccabi T-A 70-67 Regal Barca managed to stay untouchable in Group H. The reigning Spanish champion was better than Maccabi Electra 70-67 on Wednesday night to end Euroleague Top 16 with perfect 6-0 record. Maccabi is the second ranked team in this pool with 3-3 score and both teams advanced to the Quarterfinals. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) led Barca with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) had 10 and Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) added 9 points, plus 8 rebounds. Visitors got 24 points and 10 boards from Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86, college: Alabama). Their second scorer was Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) with 15 points (6 rebs), while Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87) and Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) had 9 points each. Barca had 64-62 lead with something more than 2 minutes to go, after that Huertas and Hendrix traded triples. Wallace missed from downtown, but he grabbed offensive rebound and drew a foul. Wallace split foul the shots and Ohayon scored in the paint for a 68-67 score with 6.3 left. Maccabi fouled Mickeal, who calmly made free throws. Visitors had a chance to tie the game, but Pnini missed from downtown at the buzzer. Quarters: 19-21, 15-12, 17-11, 19-23. Barcelona will meet Unics in the Quarterfinals. Maccabi will play against the defending champion Panathinaikos.
Defending champion CSKA Moscow (VTB) tabbed 29-year old American forward Jeff Ayres (206-109kg-87, college: Arizona State). He played most recently at LA Clippers in the NBA. But in 19 games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 1.2rpg last season. Ayres also played that season for another team D-Fenders in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in two games he had very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 13.0rpg and 1.5apg. In 2009 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (31st overall). The f... [read more]
Defending champion CSKA Moscow (VTB) tabbed 29-year old American forward Jeff Ayres (206-109kg-87, college: Arizona State). He played most recently at LA Clippers in the NBA. But in 19 games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 1.2rpg last season. Ayres also played that season for another team D-Fenders in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in two games he had very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 13.0rpg and 1.5apg. In 2009 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (31st overall). The former Arizona State staris in his eighth season in pro basketball. Ayres was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016. He won NBA championship title in 2014. He has played previously professionally in NBA (Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers) and D-League (Salt Lake City Stars and Iowa Energy). Let's have closer look into Ayres' outlook:
(by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a competitor, battles at all times to establish post position and is very active His motor is excellent and he shows it by running the floor as well as anyone in the country Around the basket he is very active and he knows how to move without the ball to get to open spaces Has been the beneficiary of some great passes, but a lot of it has to do with his ability to read the action as well as being able to catch pretty much any pass that is thrown his way.
His repertoire in the post is limited, as a result he does not demand much attention from defenses Struggles getting his shot of against bigger defenders.
Andrew Goudelock out for a month with thigh injury - 3 days ago
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Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv guard Andrew Goudelock(190-G-88, college: Charleston) will miss 4 weeks of action after being diagnosed with a thigh injury. Goudelock left the preseason game against AEK Athens in the first quarter after sustaining the injury and didn't play against Panathinaikos and Barcelona. On Monday, he went through an MRI exam that revealed a partial muscle tear. Goudelock will be treated with Physiotherapy. Courtesy of: maccabi.co.il [read more]
Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv guard Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88, college: Charleston) will miss 4 weeks of action after being diagnosed with a thigh injury. Goudelock left the preseason game against AEK Athens in the first quarter after sustaining the injury and didn't play against Panathinaikos and Barcelona. On Monday, he went through an MRI exam that revealed a partial muscle tear. Goudelock will be treated with Physiotherapy. Courtesy of: maccabi.co.il
Hellenic Lotteries, an OPAP Group company, and Olympiacos BC presented on Wednesday 14 September 2016, the renewal of the sponsorship cooperation for the 2016-2018 seasons. The major sponsor of Olympiacos BC will be SCRATCH and its logo will feature on all the official jerseys of the club. The sponsorship agreement between OPAP, the leading group in the Greek games of chance industry, and Olympiacos BC has run for five years already and is one of the longer lasting partnerships in Greek s... [read more]
Hellenic Lotteries, an OPAP Group company, and Olympiacos BC presented on Wednesday 14 September 2016, the renewal of the sponsorship cooperation for the 2016-2018 seasons. The major sponsor of Olympiacos BC will be SCRATCH and its logo will feature on all the official jerseys of the club. The sponsorship agreement between OPAP, the leading group in the Greek games of chance industry, and Olympiacos BC has run for five years already and is one of the longer lasting partnerships in Greek sport. OPAP CEO and President & CEO of Hellenic Lotteries, Damian Cope, said during the presentation that took place at the new, company-owned OPAP Headquarters: 'With Olympiacos BC, one of the top European basketball teams, we have a strong long tern relationship based on the important principle of trust and mutual cooperation. Among the strategic goals of OPAP Group is the investment in Greek sport and society. Our excellent cooperation with Olympiacos BC over many years undoubtedly proves that methodical and consistent planning are necessary for the development and promotion of sport. We wish Olympiacos every success and we will be here to support its effort and continue this very successful and creative relationship'. The General Manager of Olympiacos BC, Christos Stavropoulos, stressed 'It is a special honor to continue our partnership with OPAP. Even more so since the last five years were marked by great sporting success. This cooperation with OPAP and SCRATCH has not only given us 'luck in an instant' but also support during all of this success. Our great effort and luck that is always necessary in sport led us to the top, where we plan to stay. We will continue to be as strong as we have been with OPAP. Because OPAP is not just a top betting company cooperating with the best team in European basketball in the last 8 years'. Closing his speech, Mr. Stavropoulos acknowledged OPAP's significant support to Greek society and its actions in the areas of health, sport and employment. He also noted the great contribution of OPAP Group to the programs of Olympiacos BC, the basketball team aside, as a large part of the sponsorship is used to cover the goals of the club's social program. Team coach, Giannis Sfairopoulos , referred to the team's philosophy and the effort it put in, noting that this is met with the support of the top companies in Greece and abroad. 'We hope this cooperation continues in the years to come with the same success and effort. What we can guarantee is to make the impossible, possible inside the court to realize all of our goals again, continue to be champions in Greece and challenge for the Final Four, the European championship and the Greek cup, so that all of our sponsors and partners to be proud of their cooperation and connection to us'. On his part, club captain, Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket), thanked OPAP for the cooperation on behalf of all the players. 'This great, lasting relationship our club has with OPAP shows the way the management of the two organizations think and operate. Commitment and respect are characteristics that run throughout our team and for this reason we consider all our sponsors and partners to be part of our effort; an effort we make to be at the top in Greece and Europe. It is very important in order to succeed that in this course of ours we have OPAP by our side'.
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