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
Euroleague round 23 best performance: Nando De Colo - 18 hours ago
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French Shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked CSKA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23. The 29-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maccabi T-A (#13, 8-15) 93-81. CSKA maintains the 2nd position in Euroleague . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CSKA will need... [read more]
French Shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked CSKA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23. The 29-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maccabi T-A (#13, 8-15) 93-81. CSKA maintains the 2nd position in Euroleague . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CSKA will need more victories to improve their 17-6 record. In the team's last game De Colo had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at CSKA, through which he has constantly improved. Nando De Colo averages this season 20.1ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) of Anadolu Efes. Dunston had a very good evening with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Anadolu Efes cruised to a 96-85 relatively comfortable win over Baskonia (12-11). This victory allowed Anadolu Efes to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dunston is well-known at Anadolu Efes and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.
Third on the list of top players last round was guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-PG-94) of Zalgiris (#10). Lekavicius scored 29 points. He was a key player of Zalgiris, leading his team to a 91-86 win against slightly lower-ranked Brose Bask. (#12, 8-15). The chances of Zalgiris ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lekavicius could help Zalgiris to bring them higher in the standings. Lekavicius has a very solid season. In 23 games in Euroleague he scored 8.9ppg. He also has 3.4apg and FGP: 52.8%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists 5. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84) of Zalgiris - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) of Fenerbahce - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists 8. Adam Hanga (199-SF-89) of Baskonia - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Thomas Heurtel (189-G-89) of Anadolu Efes - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists 10. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of FC Barcelona - 19 points and 9 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)
Real Madrid - Darussafaka 101-83 Euroleague top team - Spanish Real Madrid (18-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat ninth ranked Turkish Darussafaka (11-12) 101-83. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. Darussafaka was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense d... [read more]
Euroleague top team - Spanish Real Madrid (18-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat ninth ranked Turkish Darussafaka (11-12) 101-83. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. Darussafaka was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. It was a quality performance for Sergio Llull (190-87) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 8 assists. Liberian-American power forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee Services) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) came up with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Croatian power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Darussafaka in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Real Madrid have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending Spanish champion maintains first place with 18-5 record. Darussafaka at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Real Madrid will play against bottom-ranked Galatasaray (#16) in Istanbul in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Darussafaka will play at home against Panathinaikos (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: Real Madrid: S.Llull 26+2reb+8ast, O.Hunter 14+5reb+1ast, T.Thompkins 14+2reb, A.Randolph 13+5reb, J.Maciulis 9+1reb, J.Carroll 8+3reb+3ast Darussafaka: J.Anderson 18+1reb+1ast, B.Wanamaker 15+5reb+4ast, A.Zizic 11+10reb+2ast, S.Wilbekin 9+2reb+2ast, A.Moerman 9+4reb, D.Bertans 9+6ast
Fourteenth-ranked Russian Unics Kazan (7-16) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Greek Panathinaikos (14-9) in Athens. Panathinaikos managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Unics Kazan was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 31-21 charge of Panathinaikos, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) saved the victory by scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. Center Ioannis Bourousis (214-83) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) answered with 21 points and 7 assists and the other American import Latavius Williams (203-91, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Unics Kazan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Panathinaikos. They maintain fifth place with 14-9 record. Unics Kazan lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Panathinaikos' next round opponent will be Darussafaka (#9) in Istanbul. Unics Kazan will play at home against Anadolu Efes (#7) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Panathinaikos: I.Bourousis 15+6reb+1ast, C.Singleton 14+8reb+1ast, K.Rivers 13+1reb+2ast, A.Gentile 10+3reb, K.Gabriel 10+4reb, M.James 8+3ast Unics: K.Langford 21+4reb+7ast, J.Colom 17+3reb+3ast, L.Williams 13+9reb+3ast, P.Antipov 11+4reb, D.Andjusic 8+1reb, C.Clarke 6+4reb+1ast
Rather expected game in Bamberg where 12th ranked German Brose Baskets (8-15) were defeated by tenth ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (10-13) 91-86 on Friday. Brose Baskets were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-18 charge of Zalgiris, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Brose Baskets were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for point guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Paulius Jankunas (205-84) helped adding 24 points and 6 rebounds. Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains tenth place with 10-13 record. Defending German champion Brose Baskets keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Zalgiris will face higher ranked Fenerbahce (#4) in Istanbul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Brose Baskets will play on the road against Crvena Zvezda (#6) in Beograd and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Zalgiris: L.Lekavicius 29+3reb+3ast, P.Jankunas 24+6reb+2ast, E.Ulanovas 11+5reb+1ast, K.Pangos 8+1reb+5ast, A.Kavaliauskas 6+1reb+1ast, B.Motum 6+3reb+1ast Brose Bask.: N.Melli 17+6reb+1ast, D.Theis 17+6reb+2ast, D.Miller 15+2reb+3ast, L.Radosevic 10+7reb+1ast, A.Nikolic 9+2ast, N.Zisis 5+3reb+5ast
The game in Istanbul was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Spanish Baskonia (12-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Turkish Anadolu Efes (12-11). Anadolu Efes defeated Baskonia 96-85 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Anadolu Efes. Baskonia managed to win fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Anadolu Efes looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 assists. American-Armenian center Bryant Dunston (203-86) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 20 points and German center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92) added 10 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Anadolu Efes and four Baskonia players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Anadolu Efes. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Baskonia. Baskonia lost their third game in a row. Anadolu Efes will meet Unics Kazan (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Baskonia will play against Armani Milano (#14) and hope to secure a win. Top scorers: Anadolu Efes: T.Heurtel 21+2reb+11ast, T.Honeycutt 16+5reb+1ast, B.Dunston 15+7reb+2ast, B.Paul 14+2reb+1ast, D.Brown 12+5reb+4ast, D.Thomas 9+1ast Baskonia: R.Beaubois 23+2reb, A.Hanga 20+4reb+3ast, K.Tillie 15+4reb+1ast, J.Voigtmann 10+13reb+3ast, S.Larkin 7+4reb+6ast, C.Budinger 4+1ast
Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (9-14) defeated on the road 15th ranked Italian Armani Milano (7-16) 83-78 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 24-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds. Cypriot-Bulgarian Alexander Vezenkov (206-95) helped adding 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Andrea Cinciarini (193-86) responded with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Lithuanian point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Players Group) scored 10 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. FC Barcelona moved-up to eleventh place. Defending Italian champion Armani Milano dropped to the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. FC Barcelona will face league's second-placed CSKA in Moscow in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Armani Milano will play on the road against Baskonia (#8) in Vitoria and hope to win that game. Top scorers: FC Barcelona: A.Tomic 19+9reb+1ast, P.Koponen 16+2reb, A.Vezenkov 13+5reb+5ast, T.Rice 10+6ast, V.Faverani 9+1reb, A.Renfroe 7+3reb+4ast EA7 Armani: A.Abass 14+4reb, A.Cinciarini 11+5reb+4ast, M.Macvan 10+4reb+1ast, M.Kalnietis 10+3reb+6ast, J.McLean 8+3reb+1ast, S.Fontecchio 6+1reb+3ast
The most exciting game of round 23 in the Euroleague took place in Istanbul. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Greek Olympiacos (16-7) to fourth ranked Turkish Fenerbahce (15-8) 67-64 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Olympiacos. Olympiacos were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 9-point lead after three quarters before a 20-8 charge of Fenerbahce, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Serbian swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 4 assists. Italian forward Luigi Datome (203-87) helped adding 17 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Erick Green (190-91, college: Virginia Tech) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Turkish champion maintains fourth place with 15-8 record. Defending Greek champion Olympiacos keep the third position with seven games lost. Fenerbahce are looking forward to face Zalgiris (#10) in Kaunas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Olympiacos will play on the road against Maccabi T-A (#13) in Tel-Aviv and are hoping to win this game. Top scorers: Fenerbahce: B.Bogdanovic 27+3reb+4ast, L.Datome 17+6reb, B.Dixon 8+7reb+3ast, E.Udoh 6+6reb, J.Vesely 5+5reb+1ast, N.Kalinic 4+3reb+2ast Olympiacos: E.Green 17+1reb+1ast, K.Papanikolaou 13+8reb, G.Printezis 10+7reb, E.Mantzaris 6+2reb+6ast, K.Birch 5+1reb+1ast, M.Lojeski 4+3reb+3ast
Sixth ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (13-10) crushed at home 16th ranked Turkish Galatasaray (7-16) by 19 points 77-58, which is the biggest margin this round on Thursday night. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. Galatasaray was better in fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda forced 21 Galatasaray turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of Bosnian-Serbian center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Branko Lazic (195-89, agency: BeoBasket) helped adding 17 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Five Crvena Zvezda players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 11 points and American forward Austin Daye (211-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) scored 8 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Serbian champion maintains sixth place with 13-10 record. Loser Galatasaray stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Crvena Zvezda will face Brose Baskets (#12) in Bamberg in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Galatasaray will play at home against the league's leader Real Madrid (#1) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Crvena Zvezda: B.Lazic 17+2reb+1ast, O.Kuzmic 16+8reb+3ast, M.Simonovic 12+5reb+1ast, C.Jenkins 11+3reb+3ast, D.Thompson 10+6reb+1ast, S.Jovic 6+1reb+8ast Galatasaray: V.Micov 11+2reb+1ast, B.Fitipaldo 8+2ast, S.Guler 8+1reb+2ast, A.Daye 8+3reb+2ast, G.Koksal 5, C.Korkmaz 5+1ast
Not a big story in a game in Moscow where 13th ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (8-15) was defeated by second ranked Russian CSKA (17-6) 93-81 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA. Maccabi T-A was better in second period 34-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. CSKA looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Maccabi T-A was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for French Nando De-Colo (196-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). American power forward Kyle Hines (198-86, agency: BeoBasket) helped adding 14 points and 10 rebounds. CSKA's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Israeli swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) responded with 19 points and American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Russian champion maintains second place with 17-6 record behind leader Real Madrid. Loser Maccabi T-A dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. CSKA will face FC Barcelona (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi T-A will play against Olympiacos and hope to win that game. Top scorers: CSKA: N.De Colo 29+1reb+3ast, K.Hines 14+10reb, M.Teodosic 11+4reb+8ast, N.Kurbanov 10+4reb+1ast, J.Augustine 9+7reb, V.Fridzon 7+5reb+1ast Maccabi T-A: S.Landesberg 19+2ast, V.Rudd 14+5reb+1ast, C.Iverson 12+4reb+1ast, D.Smith 11+9reb, I.Segev 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Ohayon 8+4reb+5ast
Jerel McNeal stays in Bamberg until the end of the season - 2 days ago
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Jerel McNeal(191-G-87, college: Marquette) will remain until the end of the season in Germany for Brose Bamberg as the club announced. It's not a surprise, considering the injury woes of the team. McNeal was signed in December and Brose Bamberg picked up the option to keep him until the end of the season. The players has so far been used in five German BBL and seven EuroLeague games for Bamberg. In the domestic league he scores 8.8 points on average, grabs 2.4 rebounds and distributes 2.2... [read more]
Jerel McNeal (191-G-87, college: Marquette) will remain until the end of the season in Germany for Brose Bamberg as the club announced. It's not a surprise, considering the injury woes of the team. McNeal was signed in December and Brose Bamberg picked up the option to keep him until the end of the season. The players has so far been used in five German BBL and seven EuroLeague games for Bamberg. In the domestic league he scores 8.8 points on average, grabs 2.4 rebounds and distributes 2.2 assists. In the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, he has 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.
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