Le Mans - BC Donetsk 61-55 Le Mans advanced to the second stage of 2012/13 Euroleague Qualifying Round. Its rival will be Unics Kazan and game is scheduled for tomorrow at 20:45h. Donetsk will compete in EuroCup next season. Cam Long (193-G-88, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: George Mason) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, college: Connecticut) and Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points each. Pape Sy (201-G/F-88) followed them with 10 pts. In defeat, Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara) was much better than the others with double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) and Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) posted 11 and 10 pts respectively. It is important to mention that D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) scored only 2 points for almost 30 minutes on the court. Quarters: 13-19, 22-12, 13-16, 13-8. Eight teams participated at the first stage of the Qualifying Round. Four are already eliminated, while only one ticket for the regular season is available.
CEZ Nymburk - Oostende 83-65 Czech champion CEZ Basketball Nymburk advanced to the second stage of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds with a resounding 83-65 victory on the opening game of the eight-team event in Desio, Italy. Nymburk pieced together a 17-2 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to break open what had been a close game to that point. A.J. Abrams (180-G-86, agency: Two Points, college: Texas) scored 6 of his team-high 15 points during that stage to spark the winners. Nymburk also outshot Oostende from three-point range by making 12 of 26 (46.1%) and outrebounded the Belgian champs 37-32. Petr Benda (204-C-82, agency: Court Side) scored 14, Michael Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) 13, Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) 10 and Pavel Houska (204-F/C-84) added 9 points and 11 rebounds for Nymburk, which plays next on Thursday. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) paced Oostende with 16 points, Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) tallied 14 points and 9 rebounds and Dusan Katnic (193-G-89, agency: Beo Basket) also scored 14 in defeat. As a result of the loss, Oostende will play in the 2012-13 Eurocup. Courtesy of Euroleague
Pall. Cantu - Lukoil Academik 87-79 Pallacanestro Cantu advanced to the second stage of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds and now stands two wins away from realizing its dream of returning to elite competition after holding off Lukoil Academic Sofia 87-79 Tuesday in Desio, Italy. Newcomers Alex Tyus (205-C-88, college: Florida) scored 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting and Jerry Smith (188-PG-87, college: Louisville) shined with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals to lead the host team. Cantu used a 13-2 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to take the lead for good, but needed to work in the end after a pair of Brandon Heath three-pointers brought Sofia within 3. But a combined 3 free throws from Tyus and Smith in the final minute iced the win. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) added 15 points and Marco Cusin (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) netted 12 apiece for the winners. Cusin also blocked 4 shots. Heath scored 21 and dished 5 assists, while Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) posted 18 points and 15 rebounds and Bozhidar Avramov (196-PG-90, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points for Sofia, which will now compete in the 2012-13 Eurocup. Courtesy of Euroleague
Unics - Ratiopharm 91-73 Unics Kazan of Russia withstood a spirited challenge by Ratiopharm Ulm of Germany to win 91-73 in their Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds game on Wednesday in Desio, Italy. Unics stays in the tournament, to play either Le Mans Sarthe Basket of France or BC Donetsk of Ukraine on Thursday. Ulm is eliminated, but will make its Eurocup debut, instead, this season. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) blistered the nets by making 5 of his first 6 triples on the way to 21 points for the night to lead the winners. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) provided the inside scoring for Unics with 18 points, while Petr Samoylenko (185-PG-77), Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina), Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) and Lyday each had 4 or more assists. Ulm, which made first-half noise with a 0-15 run and tried to do it again with the first 7 points of the fourth quarter, couldn't keep up with Unics, which was a Euroleague quarterfinalist last season. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) and John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) scored 17 points each for Ulm. Courtesy of Euroleague
Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Awards 2013 - May 16, 2013
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Finals MVP: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos; Player of the Year: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos; Guard of the Year: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos; Forward of the Year: Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) of Real Madrid; Center of the Year: Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of CSKA; European Player of the Year: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos; Import of the Year: Shawn James (207-C-83) of Maccabi T-A; Defensive Player of the Year: Shawn James (207-C-83) of Maccabi [read more]
32-year old USA ex-international guard Marcus Banks (188-81, college: UNLV) left Panathinaikos Athens (A1). In 14 games he had 6.4ppg and 1.7rpg this season. He helped them to win the cup. Banks also played 21 games in Euroleague where he recorded 5.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The last season Banks was tested by Idaho Stampede in D-League. In 19 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.9ppg, 1 [read more]
32-year old USA ex-international guard Marcus Banks (188-81, college: UNLV) left Panathinaikos Athens (A1). In 14 games he had 6.4ppg and 1.7rpg this season. He helped them to win the cup. Banks also played 21 games in Euroleague where he recorded 5.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The last season Banks was tested by Idaho Stampede in D-League. In 19 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 5.0apg and 1.2spg.
He ended the previous (10-11) season at the Hornets in NBA. But the most of that year Banks spent at the Raptors in NBA. In three games he recorded just 2.0ppg and 1.0apg. In 2003 he was drafted by Adirondack Wildcats (USBL) in eighth round (73rd overall). The former University of Nevada - Las Vegas standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball. He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2001. Banks has played previously for five other NBA teams: Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves. On Banks:
Strong body and good scorer but inconsistent shooter and true height is a concern. Has tremendous speed and quickness, and good passing skills, but is too much up-and-down performing to earn a starting spot at NBA level. Needs also to learn to play a slow-tempo game.
It seems that the next months will be crucial for all players and Coaches in Greece as it is expected a great moove towards foreign lands for most of the players and coaches. So after the great transfer of the Greek international Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) to Regal FC Barcelona, some more transfers took place while the transfer of the Greek Coaches is begginign to become more often than ever [read more]
It seems that the next months will be crucial for all players and Coaches in Greece as it is expected a great moove towards foreign lands for most of the players and coaches. So after the great transfer of the Greek international Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) to Regal FC Barcelona, some more transfers took place while the transfer of the Greek Coaches is begginign to become more often than ever.
In regards to the Coaching positions we had Coach Vangelis Alexandris and Coach Ioannis Livanos to sign a contract with the Jordan National Team to lead the team to the Asian Games this summer. Their contract is for three months only but with the possibility to renew it if the results are there for the two Greek coaches.
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