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.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) tabbed 24-year old American guard Bryce Cotton (183-75kg-92, college: Providence). He played most recently at Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA. But in three games he averaged just 1.3ppg last season. Cotton also played that season for Xinjiang Flying Tige in CBA where in 9 games he had very impressive stats: 21.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.7apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Cotton has played previously professionally in NBA (Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and San An... [read more]
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) tabbed 24-year old American guard Bryce Cotton (183-75kg-92, college: Providence). He played most recently at Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA. But in three games he averaged just 1.3ppg last season. Cotton also played that season for Xinjiang Flying Tige in CBA where in 9 games he had very impressive stats: 21.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.7apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Cotton has played previously professionally in NBA (Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs) and D-League (Austin Spurs). He attended Providence College until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
Zalgiris announce two-year deal with Antanas Kavaliauskas - 2 days ago
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B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old international center Antanas Kavaliauskas(208-C-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances). He has played for the last two years at Lietuvos rytas in the LKL. In 40 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.8apg last season. Kavaliauskas helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Center of the Year and voted to 1st T... [read more]
B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old international center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances). He has played for the last two years at Lietuvos rytas in the LKL. In 40 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.8apg last season. Kavaliauskas helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Domestic Players Team. Kavaliauskas also played 7 games in Eurocup where he averaged 10.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.4apg. Among other achievements Kavaliauskas won Latvian League championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). He received also Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Player of the Year award in 2015. Kavaliauskas has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2012 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2005. Kavaliauskas also represented Lithuania at the European Championships last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 3.2rpg. Kavaliauskas is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Panionios and Kavala), Italy (Juvecaserta and CZG Veroli), Spain (Dominion Bilbao Basket) and Latvia (VEF Riga). Kavaliauskas attended Texas A&M University until 2007 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
According to Israeli media. powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv shows strong interest in Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-F/C-1984). The Greek center is coming from a huge year with AEK Athens when he dominated Eurocup contest averaging 24.2 PTS (53.7% 2PT- 42.4% 3PT- 85.7% 1PT) 9.7 REB- 2.8 AST- 1.2 STL. He also had 13.9 PTS and 6.4 REB in Greek League. Mavrokefalidis is in Maccabi Tel Aviv radar the last two years and the yellows tried unsuccessfully to acquire him twice. [read more]
According to Israeli media. powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv shows strong interest in Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-F/C-1984). The Greek center is coming from a huge year with AEK Athens when he dominated Eurocup contest averaging 24.2 PTS (53.7% 2PT- 42.4% 3PT- 85.7% 1PT) 9.7 REB- 2.8 AST- 1.2 STL. He also had 13.9 PTS and 6.4 REB in Greek League. Mavrokefalidis is in Maccabi Tel Aviv radar the last two years and the yellows tried unsuccessfully to acquire him twice.
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