Real Madrid - Panathinaikos 85-78 Real Madrid accounted for the first win in EuroLeague regular season. The Spanish powerhouse prevailed against Panathinaikos behind 23 points from Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85). It was never an easy game for Real. They eked out a narrow 22:20 lead after ten minutes. However Pedoulakis team adjusted defensively and surged ahead in the second frame. The Hellenes limited Real to 13 points in the quarter to take a 44:35 halftime lead. Real needed some strong words from Pablo Laso in the dressing room to change the complexion of the game in the second half. They fired 24 points in the third quarter to regain the advantage. The hosts entered the fourth term trailing by a single point 59:60. Real erased the deficit and surged ahead in the fourth quarter. The hosts stayed confident in the dying minutes to secure the opening win in the EuroLeague season. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) delivered 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Sergio Llull contributed 15 points for Real Madrid. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) answered with 23 points for Panathinaikos. Dimitris Diamantidis chipped in 13 points and issued 6 assists in the loss.
Cantu - Union Olimpija 71-84 Pallacanestro Cantu faced the harsh reality of Euroleague regular season tonight. The Qualifying round winners were upset by Union Olimpija at the PalaDesio. Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) nailed 17 points to lead the Slovenian team to a comfortable victory. Union Olimpija gained control early in the game. The Ljubljana team recorded a 20:17 advantage after ten minutes. Cantu cut the deficit in the second period. The hosts got within a single point at the interval 40:41. However Union Olimpija limited the hosts to just 13 points in the third term and boosted the lead to 6 points heading into the fourth frame. Union Olimpija unleashed 25 points in the final stanza to seal the initial win in the new Euroleague season. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) had 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Sasu Salin added 15 points for the visitors. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) answered with 16 points for Cantu. Manuchar Markoishvili had 13 points in the loss.
Fener.Ulker - Khimky 92-80 Fenerbahce entertained the home crowd with the first Euroleague victory this season. The Turkish team overcame Khimky in Istanbul tonight to improve at 1-0 record in Group A. Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 20 points to lead the hosts. The game was decided mostly in the second frame. The teams stayed close throughout the opening ten minutes. The scoreboard read 25:25 after the starting quarter. However Fenerbahce went on a 21:11 run in the second term to pile up a 10-point lead. Khimky tried to turn things around in the third term. They stiffened defensively and narrowed the gap at 8-point mark at the final break. But Fenerbahce fired 30 points in the fourth term and cruised to the victory at the end. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) provided 17 points, while Omer Onan added 15 points for Fenerbahce. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) answered with 17 points for Khimky. K.C. Rivers had 14 points in the loss.
Montepaschi SI - ALBA 82-92 Alba Berlin surprise Montepaschi Siena in Italy in their start of EuroLeague 2012/2013 season. The German side led in the majority of the game and reached 92:82 win. Alba started well and led in the first period 22:14. Montepaschi Siena however managed to close the quarter at 25:25 and led 34:29 after Matt Janning's shot. Later on Alba dominated the court. They won the half 42:39 and then DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) increased to 66:53. Alba led 10 points at the end of the third period and managed to keep the necessary advantage. Zach Morley made two free throws at the end of the game for the final result. DaShaun Wood stepped up with 15 points for the winners and Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) as well as Vule Avdalovic posted 14 each. Yassin Idbihi followed them with 13 points in a win. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) poured in 17 points in defeat, while Kristjan Kangur delivered 13. Bobby Brown posted 10 and Benjamin Eze notched 7.
Unicaja - Maccabi T-A 80-85 Maccabi Tel-Aviv clinched the first win at the Euroleague season. The Israeli powerhouse prevailed against Unicaja in Malaga tonight Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 16 points to topscore for the visitors. Maccabi Tel-Aviv dominated in the first half. They prevailed in nearly every facet of the game in the first part of the clash. Maccabi posted a 25:20 lead ten minutes into the game. The visitors boosted the margin to 11 points at the interval 47:36. But Unicaja were not about to surrender. The hosts dropped 27 points in the third term to cut the distance to just two points with one quarter remaining. It was a tough battle in the fourth frame as Maccabi came out winners registering a valuable road win. David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) netted 14 points, while Lior Eliyahu finished with 13 points for the Tel-Aviv team. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) answered with game-high 25 points for Unicaja. Krunoslav Simon netted 19 points in the loss.
Chalon - Asseco Prokom 81-74 Elan Chalon registered their first win in Euroleague regular season. Elan Chalon enjoyed a winning debut beating Asseco Prokom in France. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) and Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) posted 17 points each to lead the hosts. The teams started the game slowly. They teamed up for 23 points in the first period as Asseco Prokom grabbed a 12:11 lead. Elan Chalon increased the tempo in the second frame. The French outfit posted 22 points in the quarter to ensure a 33:28 halftime advantage. Elan Chalon maintained the lead throughout the third term. The home side secured a 9-point advantage before the fourth quarter. Asseco Prokom fired 26 points in the fourth frame but had to surrender at the end. Steed Tchicamboud delivered 16 points and 9 assists for the winners. Mateusz Ponitka answered with 13 points for Asseco Prokom. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) topscored with 14 points for the Polish team.
EA7 Armani - Anadolu Efes 80-75 Emporio Armani recorded the first win in Euroleague regular season. The Italian team held off Anadolu Efes at the Mediolanum Forum tonight. Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83, agency: FCM) scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Emporio Armani set the tone early in the encounter. The hosts grabbed an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Emporio Armani maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They posted a 40:34 halftime advantage. The Italian team boosted the margin in the third quarter. Emporio Armani ensured a 64:50 advantage heading into the fourth frame. Anadolu Efes were not done just yet. The Turkish team exploded with 25 points but stopped just few steps away from victory. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) produced 16 points, while Malik Hairston added 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) answered with 19 points for Anadolu Efes. Dusko Savanovic contributed 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
Olympiacos - Caja Laboral 85-81 Olympiakos victoriously opened Euroleague regular season campaign. They overcame Caja Laboral in Piraeus tonight. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) scored 17 points to lead the effort. Caja Laboral silenced the Reds fans in the first quarter. The Vitoria team gained a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. But Olympiakos quickly recovered. The Hellenes exploded with 30 points in the second frame to ensure a 48:37 halftime lead. Caja Laboral lived up to the challenge and regained control in the third term. The Spanish team erupted for 29 points in the frame to spur ahead for a 66:65 advantage at the final intermission. However Olympiakos took the lead back in the decisive moments and hung on to clinch the victory. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) provided 16 points, while Stratos Perperoglou added 14 points for the hosts. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) answered with 18 points for Caja Laboral. Brad Oleson netted 13 points in the loss.
Zalgiris - Cedevita 90-62 Zalgiris clinched the first win in Euroleague regular season. The Kaunas team shot down visiting Cedevita in the opener. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) posted 20 points to lead the winners. Zalgiris started the game strong. They fired 27 points in the first frame to take a 7-point lead. Zalgiris stayed on fire in the second frame. The hosts piled up a 55:38 halftime buffer. The Kaunas team held their opponents to 15 points in the third term to boost the gap at 26-point mark. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) notched 17 points, while Marko Popovic added 15 points in the victory. Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 16 points for Cedevita. Bracey Wright had 15 points in the loss.
Besiktas - Partizan 81-65 Besiktas JK Istanbul silence Partizan mt:s Belgrade for the initial victory in EuroLeague. The Turkish side grabbed 81:65 win in their opener. Besiktas JK Istanbul started with 19-14 and looked better in the first half. The hosts added 20-16 in the second frame and had 39:30 halftime advantage. Partizan mt:s Belgrade made everything they could to stay tough in the second half against the Turkish representative. The Serbian side won the third period 23-22 but failed in the last quarter. Muratcan Guler brought 77:61, while Patrick Christopher (196-G-88, college: California) scored for 79:61. Djordje Gagic drove a lay-up for 79:63, whilst Dragan Milosavljevic reduced to 81:65. Patrick Christopher top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) nailed 15. Serhat Cetin brought 8, while Cevher Ozer posted 7. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 18 points in the losing effort, while TERMANN LEO added 12. Drew Gordon and Dragan Milosavljevic ended up with 9 points each in defeat.
FCB Regal - Brose Baskets 72-60 FC Barcelona Regal successfully starts 2012/2013 season as they beat Brose Baskets. The Spanish outfit overcame the German representative 72:60 in the first game on Friday. FC Barcelona Regal easily took the lead and grabbed 26:9 advantage at the end of the first period. Both teams nailed 17 points each in the second frame as the board showed 43:26 when the teams disappeared in the lockers. FC Barcelona Regal won the third period 21-18 and enjoyed 20-point advantage entering the last stanza. Brose Baskets replied with 16-8 in the last stanza to reduce to 12 final points. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) and Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) top-scored for the winners with 12 points each. Lorbek Erazem nailed 11, while Wallace Judson posted 10. Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80) finished the game with 20 points in defeat and Williams Latavious as well as Zirbes Maik had 8 each. Jacobsen Casey followed them with 7 points in a loss.
CSKA - Lietuvos rytas 75-73 CSKA opened the Euroleague regular season with victory. They held off pesky Lietuvos Rytas in a tough home game. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) scored crucial points late in regulation to propel CSKA to a come-from-behind victory in Group D. He finished with 14 points for CSKA. Lietuvos Rytas bravely entered the game in Moscow. The Vilnius team grabbed a 23:20 lead after the starting quarter. CSKA rebounded in the second frame. The Russian team surged ahead for a 46:37 halftime advantage. Lietuvos Rytas limited CSKA to just 8 points in the third period and narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at the final intermission. Lietuvos Rytas pulled ahead for a 71:68 lead late in regulation. But Sonny Weems came up with crucial points late in regulation as CSKA surged ahead. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) had a chance to win the game for Lietuvos Rytas but missed a buzzer-beating three-pointer. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) delivered 12 points each for CSKA. Renaldas Seibutis answered with 19 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Mindaugas Katelynas posted 12 points in the loss.
Nikolajs Mazurs to join Unics' coaching staff - 18 hours 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 - 2 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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