The Croatian sharp shooter helped KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje have a good year in their first ever Euroleague experience and chipped in 6.1ppg mostly from beyond the arc to make things easier for quality big men such as Kasun, Markota, May and Heytvelt. Damir Rancic (199-G-83) has things to say regarding his basketball career and future plans.
You had a stint in the Euroleague with Cibona earlier and last year got back to the competition with KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje. Would you call it a successful season for Zagreb side?
Like you said my first experience with Euroleague was in Cibona 2006 and it was a success last year. It was a debut in Euroleauge for KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje and I think the season was ok. We started group with a couple of big losses but in the second part of the group we started to play better and until the last game we had a chance to go into Top 16 but we lost the last game against Zalgiris and said goodbye to Euroleauge.
Compare to your previous Euroleague experience what do you think of the last year?
The Euroleague is obviously getting bigger and tougher every year. Yes i think that euroleauge is getting better and tougher every year.. Its getting more physical and stronger day by day. In terms of organization Euroleague is one of the best sports events ever done.
Croatian basketball is producing a lot of talent everyday but it seems like people are expecting better success from the national team that you have been a part of as well?
That is true... We have so much young talents and gold medals in youth categories but nobody knows what the problem is with the senior team.. We lost 3 or 4 times in a row in quarter finals starting from Belgrade 2005 where I also participated in.
Mostly youre listed as a guard but do you think you are more of a shooting guard or else a small forward and on the floor positions matter as much as many believe?
My natural position is the shooting guard butIi can also play at small forward because I am 1.99 cm tall, but my trademark is getting out of the screens and shooting with a high percentage..
People know you as a true shooter. Your 3 point percentage has always been high and its said shooting is an instinct?
Yes that is my best thing and people know me through that... I think it is an instinct but also reqiures lots of hard work.
Like many other free agents you seem to be waiting for the right offer since you didnt agree terms with any club yet. Any progress going on with your negotiations?
Everybody knows the situation and the market is bad this year. Many teams lowered the budgets and also have problem with paying on time so I decided to wait for the right offer because I want to be on a team where I can give my best. So far in this season I havent found what Im looking for but I know it will be coming soon..
How does it feel to be professional athlete whos always at the practice or on the road for the games? Do you manage to save enough time for yourself and what do you do on your spare time?
Many players start to practice regularly in a very young age and that kind of life is in their blood... I like basketball and that kind of living so I don't have any problem with having no time for other things. I usually read books or play video games or go fishing in summer time just to get rid of the stress of basketball life.
Nikolajs Mazurs to join Unics' coaching staff - 1 day ago
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Nikolajs Mazurs is joining Unics Kazan. The Latvian specialist will work in head coach's Evgeny Pashutin team. Nikolajs Mazurs started the season at helm of Avtodor Saratov. He left though shortly. Previously he worked with Dynamo Moscow, Vita Tbilisi, VEF Riga, VEF Riga Kadeti. He also guided Latvian U18 and U20 National Teams. [read more]
Nikolajs Mazurs is joining Unics Kazan. The Latvian specialist will work in head coach's Evgeny Pashutin team. Nikolajs Mazurs started the season at helm of Avtodor Saratov. He left though shortly. Previously he worked with Dynamo Moscow, Vita Tbilisi, VEF Riga, VEF Riga Kadeti. He also guided Latvian U18 and U20 National Teams.
Randolph's 21 points give him Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
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27-year old power forward Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Real Madrid and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28. He had the game-high 21 points adding five rebounds for Real Madrid in his team's victory, helping them to beat Olympiacos (#3, 19-9) 79-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Real Madrid to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. They would h... [read more]
27-year old power forward Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Real Madrid and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28. He had the game-high 21 points adding five rebounds for Real Madrid in his team's victory, helping them to beat Olympiacos (#3, 19-9) 79-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Real Madrid to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Real Madrid has a very solid 21-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Randolph had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Anthony Randolph averages this season 10.7ppg and 5.3rpg.
Second best performed player last round was Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of league's second-best CSKA. He is French guard in his 3rd season at CSKA. In the last game De Colo recorded impressive 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course CSKA cruised to a 85-74 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Unics (#16, 7-21). CSKA's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 21-7 record is not bad at all. De Colo is one of the most experienced players at CSKA and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to center Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) of EA7 Armani (#15). Raduljica scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Raduljica's great performance EA7 Armani lost 76-84 to the higher-ranked Brose Bask. (#12, 10-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. EA7 Armani can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-21 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Raduljica he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Raduljica has a very solid season. In 27 games in Euroleague he scored 8.4ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) of Olympiacos - 18 points and 4 rebounds 5. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Fenerbahce - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) of Darussafaka - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid - 21 points and 5 assists 8. Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87) of Unics - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Fabien Causeur (195-SG-87) of Brose Bask. - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Chris Singleton (206-F-89) of Panathinaikos - 18 points and 8 rebounds
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)
FC Barcelona - Crvena Zvezda 67-54 Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Serbian Crvena Zvezda (15-13) and Spanish FC Barcelona (11-17), which took place in Barcelona. 8th ranked Crvena Zvezda lost to eleventh ranked FC Barcelona in a road game 54-67. It looked good early as Crvena Zvezda took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then FC Barcelona had a 15-11 second period charge getting the lead and Crvena Zvezda was not able to take back game control losin... [read more]
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Serbian Crvena Zvezda (15-13) and Spanish FC Barcelona (11-17), which took place in Barcelona. 8th ranked Crvena Zvezda lost to eleventh ranked FC Barcelona in a road game 54-67. It looked good early as Crvena Zvezda took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then FC Barcelona had a 15-11 second period charge getting the lead and Crvena Zvezda was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-67. Greek Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) chipped in 13 points. Forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) produced 7 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Nate Wolters (193-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) added 8 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. FC Barcelona maintains eleventh position with 11-17 record. Defending Serbian champion Crvena Zvezda keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. FC Barcelona's next round opponent will be Maccabi T-A (#14) in Tel-Aviv. Top scorers: Crvena Zvezda: L.Mitrovic 8+3reb, C.Jenkins 8+2ast, N.Wolters 8+4reb+2ast, B.Lazic 7+4reb, M.Simonovic 7+8reb+3ast, M.Guduric 5+1reb+1ast FC Barcelona: S.Perperoglou 17+5reb+3ast, P.Koponen 13+4reb+2ast, A.Vezenkov 8+1reb, B.Oleson 7+1reb+1ast, V.Claver 5+10reb+1ast, T.Rice 5+2ast
No shocking result in a game when second ranked CSKA (21-7) beat on the road bottom-ranked Unics Kazan (7-21) 85-74 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA. Unics Kazan was better in fourth quarter 17-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. CSKA looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Unics Kazan was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for French Nando De-Colo (196-87) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 assists for the winners. Guard Anton Ponkrashov (200-86, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 16 points and 7 assists and Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Unics Kazan. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Russian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Real Madrid. Unics Kazan lost eleventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 21 games lost. CSKA will face Panathinaikos (#5) in Athens in the next round. Unics Kazan will play on the road against Crvena Zvezda (#8) in Beograd and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Unics: K.Langford 17+1reb+4ast, A.Ponkrashov 16+3reb+7ast, A.Parakhouski 14+8reb+2ast, P.Antipov 9+3reb+1ast, D.Andjusic 7+3reb+1ast, M.Banic 4+1reb+1ast CSKA: N.De Colo 22+5reb+4ast, M.Teodosic 12+2reb+12ast, N.Kurbanov 9+7reb+2ast, A.Vorontsevich 9+3reb+1ast, A.Jackson 7+1reb+2ast, J.Freeland 6+2reb
An interesting game for Spanish Real Madrid (21-7) which played road game in Athens against 3rd ranked Greek Olympiacos (19-9). First ranked Real Madrid managed to get a 6-point victory 79-73. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The winners were led by American power forward Anthony Randolph (211-89, college: LSU) who scored that evening 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Sergio Llull (190-87) supported him with 21 points and 5 assists. Even 18 points by Serbian center Nikola Milutinov (212-94) did not help to save the game for Olympiacos. Forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) added 11 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Spanish champion maintains first position with 21-7 record, which they share with CSKA. Defending Greek champion Olympiacos keep the third place with nine games lost. Real Madrid will meet at home Fenerbahce (#4) in the next round. Olympiacos will play against Anadolu Efes in Istanbul and hope to secure a win. Top scorers: Olympiacos: N.Milutinov 18+4reb, K.Papanikolaou 11+6reb+2ast, D.Agravanis 10+3reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 9+4reb+3ast, E.Green 7+2reb+1ast, E.Mantzaris 5+3reb+3ast Real Madrid: A.Randolph 21+5reb+1ast, S.Llull 21+1reb+5ast, O.Hunter 10+2reb, J.Maciulis 7+4reb+2ast, J.Taylor 5+2reb, L.Doncic 4+3reb+3ast
Rather expected game when 11th ranked Galatasaray (10-18) lost to ninth ranked Darussafaka (14-14) in Istanbul 67-73 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 24-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import forward Will Clyburn (201-90, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and German center Tibor Pleiss (217-89) added 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Galatasaray. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Darussafaka maintains ninth position with 14-14 record. Loser Galatasaray dropped to the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Darussafaka will face Brose Baskets (#12) in Bamberg in the next round. Galatasaray will play at home against Baskonia and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Galatasaray: V.Micov 17+5reb+1ast, A.Daye 11+1reb, C.Korkmaz 9, T.Pleiss 8+9reb+1ast, J.Diebler 5+1reb+3ast, S.Guler 5+1reb+5ast Darussafaka: B.Wanamaker 22+6reb+2ast, W.Clyburn 15+9reb+3ast, S.Wilbekin 13+1reb+3ast, J.Anderson 8+7reb+3ast, B.Batuk 6+3reb+1ast, A.Moerman 3
Round 28 most important game was a victory of Greek Panathinaikos over 6th ranked Spanish Baskonia72-63 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Baskonia. Baskonia trailed by 16 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 26-18 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 63-72 at the end of the game. Panathinaikos dominated on the defensive end, holding Baskonia to just 6 points in first quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) contributed with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. German center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds and Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Baskonia. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panathinaikos have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fenerbahce. Baskonia at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Anadolu Efes. Panathinaikos is looking forward to face league's second-placed CSKA in Moscow in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Baskonia will play on the road against Galatasaray (#13) in Istanbul and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident. Top scorers: Baskonia: A.Hanga 13+5reb+3ast, J.Voigtmann 12+7reb+3ast, C.Budinger 11+3reb+3ast, S.Larkin 7+3reb+2ast, I.Diop 7+4reb+2ast, T.Shengelia 6+2reb+1ast Panathinaikos: C.Singleton 18+8reb, M.James 11+1reb+3ast, J.Gist 11+5reb+1ast, J.Feldeine 8+1reb+3ast, N.Calathes 8+6reb+8ast, K.Gabriel 6+3reb
The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourteenth ranked German Brose Baskets' (10-18) road victory over 15th ranked Italian Armani Milano (7-21) 84-76 on Thursday. Armani Milano trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 24-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-84 at the end of the game. Brose Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for French Fabien Causeur (195-87) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Brose Baskets' coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American-Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Armani Milano. Defending German champion moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Maccabi T-A and Galatasaray. Armani Milano lost seventh consecutive game. Defending Italian champion keeps the fifteenth position with 21 games lost. Brose Baskets will face higher ranked Darussafaka (#9) in Istanbul in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Armani Milano will play on the road against Zalgiris (#10) in Kaunas and hope to win that game. Top scorers: EA7 Armani: R.Hickman 20+4reb+4ast, M.Raduljica 19+9reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 9+3reb+3ast, M.Kalnietis 8+3reb+4ast, J.McLean 8+3reb+1ast, D.Pascolo 7+2reb+2ast Brose Bask.: F.Causeur 17+8reb+2ast, J.McNeal 12+3reb+1ast, L.Radosevic 9+2reb+3ast, N.Melli 9+8reb+1ast, D.Theis 8+1reb, D.Miller 7+2reb+3ast
The game between 13th ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (10-18) and tenth ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (13-15) in Tel-Aviv on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Kaunas beat Maccabi T-A 93-77. The game without a history. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi T-A's 28. Zalgiris looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a very good performance for Paulius Jankunas (205-84) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Edgaras Ulanovas (197-92) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) replied with 16 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) added 10 points and 5 assists in the effort for Maccabi T-A. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains tenth position with 13-15 record. Loser Maccabi T-A dropped to the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Zalgiris will face Armani Milano (#15) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Maccabi T-A will play against FC Barcelona and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Maccabi T-A: V.Rudd 16+3reb+4ast, S.Landesberg 11, D.Smith 10+1reb+5ast, D.Simpson 10+2reb+2ast, J.Alexander 9+3reb+1ast, G.Pnini 8+3reb+1ast Zalgiris: E.Ulanovas 20+1reb+1ast, K.Pangos 15+2reb+3ast, A.Kavaliauskas 14+7reb, P.Jankunas 12+7reb+5ast, B.Motum 10+2reb, A.Milaknis 6
Important game to mention about took place in Istanbul. Seventh ranked Anadolu Efes (16-12) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 4th ranked Fenerbahce (17-11) 80-77 on Thursday evening. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-15 Fenerbahce's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-77 at the end of the game. Anadolu Efes dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Fenerbahce's 30. Fenerbahce was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (189-89) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 5 assists and American-Armenian center Bryant Dunston (203-86) who added 14 points during the contest. Granger is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Anadolu Efes' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American-Turkish point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and Serbian swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. Anadolu Efes have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Baskonia. Defending Turkish champion Fenerbahce keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Panathinaikos. Anadolu Efes will play against higher ranked Olympiacos (#3) in Athens in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fenerbahce will play on the road against the league's leader Real Madrid and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: Fenerbahce: B.Dixon 19+8reb+3ast, B.Bogdanovic 16+2reb+4ast, N.Kalinic 12, M.Mahmutoglu 10+2ast, E.Udoh 8+10reb+2ast, J.Vesely 7+4reb Anadolu Efes: B.Dunston 14+4reb+1ast, J.Granger 13+4reb+5ast, B.Paul 10+1reb+1ast, D.Brown 10+3reb+3ast, T.Honeycutt 9+3reb, D.Balbay 8+4reb+2ast
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