Union Olimpija - Fener.Ulker 75-81 Fenerbahce Ulker secured the second win in EuroLeague Group A. They outscored Union Olimpija in Ljubljana today. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) posted 17 points to lead the visitors at 2-0 record on top of the standings. Union Olimpija fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Fenerbahce claimed a 25:20 lead after ten minutes. Union Olimpija picked up the slack and went on a run in the second quarter. The hosts snatched a 46:43 halftime lead. But Fenerbahce took the initiative in the third term. The Turkish team held the hosts to 15 points in the period to ensure a 2-point lead at the final intermission 63:61. Union Olimpja were held to 14 points in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) accounted for 14 points, while Omer Onan and Mike Batiste provided 13 points apiece in the victory. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) responded with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Slovenian team. Klemen Prepelic netted 13 points in the loss.
Khimky - Real Madrid 86-85 Khimky survived a tough challenge from Real Madrid to nip the Spanish team at home court. The victory allowed Khimky gain 1-1 record in Group A as they caught up with Real in the ladder. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) posted 16 points to lead the charge. Khimky started the game strong. They secured a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Khimky secured a 42:35 halftime advantage. Khimky increased the tempo in the third period. The Russian side accumulated a massive 14-point advantage at the final intermission 69:55. Real went on a 16:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to surge ahead 72:71. Kresimir Loncar and Augustine made it 82:75 for Khimky late in the fourth stanza. Slaughter and Rudy Fernandez dragged Real within 2 points with under 40 seconds to go. Vitaliy Fridzon sank four straight free throws but Dontaye Draper answered with a three-pointer to put Real within one 85:86 with 8 seconds left. Monya committed a turnover but Rudy Fernandez could not convert a layup and Khimky secured the victory at the end. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) had 15 points, while Zoran Planinic and Vitaliy Fridzon added 12 points each in the winning case. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 14 points for Real Madrid. Felipe Reyes and Rudy Fernandez had 15 points apiece in the loss.
Panathinaikos - Cantu 78-76 Panathinaikos celebrated the opening win in EuroLeague season. They overcame Cantu in Athens tonight to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) delivered 19 points to lead the hosts to the win. Cantu fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Panathinaikos grabbed a 23:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Cantu lived up to the challenge and answered straight back in the second frame. The Italian team silenced the crowd in Athens with a 26-point tally in the period to narrow the gap to a single point 44:43. Panathinaikos stressed defence in the third term. The Greek team limited Cantu to just 12 points in the quarter to take a 6-point lead into the fourth frame. Cantu managed to cut the distance to just two points late in regulation. Leunen had a chance to win the game for Cantu but missed a late three-pointer as Panathinaikos escaped with a tough win at the end. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) provided 12 points, while Andy Panko added 11 points for the winners. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) and Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) answered with 17 points each for Cantu.
Asseco Prok. - Unicaja 75-77 Unicaja Malaga opens Round 2 with the win over Asseco Prokom Gdynia. The Spanish outfit stole a 77:75 victory for 1-1 record in Group B. The hosts meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. It was the only game that was played on Wednesday. Unicaja Malaga started with 28-22 in the first period and managed to keep 6-point lead at the halftime. Asseco Prokom Gdynia meanwhile won the third and the last quarters but it was not enough to win the game. The Polish team needed a 20-18 surge in the third quarter to reduce to 4 points entering the last stanza. Prokom also won the fourth period 16-14 but could not win the game. Earl Calloway made two free throws for the winning side to bring 77:72, while Jerel Blassingame made the final result in the game. Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) nailed 14. Zoran Dragic followed them with 10 points in a win. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) answered with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Frank Robinson posted 14. Adam Hrycaniuk delivered 11 and Robert Witka (205-F-81) notched 9.
ALBA - Chalon 74-71 Alba Berlin needs a strong finish to beat Chalon in EuroLeague Game 2. The German side erupted with 23-12 in the last stanza to take a 74:71 win at home. Elan Chalon-Sur-Saone looked better in the first half and managed to post two narrow victories in the first two quarters. The French side won the first period 25-24 and added 15-12 in the second quarter. Moreover Elan Chalon-Sur-Saone delivered 19-15 in the third frame and led 8 points after 30 minutes. Alba Berlin however made everything to stay tough in the game. Heiko Schaffartzik and Brian Randle (203-F-85) reduced to 60:66 early in the last stanza. Schaffartzik HEIKO cut it to 64:66, but Shelden Williams increased the lead for the French team to 4 points. RANDLE, BRIAN tied the game at 68:68 with 3 minutes to go as Alba Berlin dominated the court at that time. Schaffartzik HEIKO and DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) scored for 74:68, while SCHILB, BLAKE reduced to the final result in the game. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) paced all the winners with 24 points and DaShaun Wood notched 19. Heiko Schaffartzik followed them with 13 points. Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) answered with 20 points in the losing effort, while Shelden Williams and Blake Schilb nailed 14 apiece.
Maccabi T-A - Montepaschi 70-68 Maccabi Tel-Aviv posted the second straight win at the start of Euroleague regular season. They held off Montepaschi Siena in Israel tonight. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) nailed 19 points for the hosts. Siena fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Montepaschi Siena strongly started the game. The Italian champions raced to a 20:14 lead at the first break. Maccabi stiffened defensively in the second quarter. The hosts held their opponents to 13 points in the second term to cut the margin to just 2 points at the interval 31:33. Maccabi erased the deficit in the third stanza. The home side snatched a 53:52 lead at the final intermission. Siena pulled back in front in the fourth frame. Ress made it 66:62 for the Italian team midway through the period. But Ricky Hickman came up with decisive points late in regulation. He sank four points to give Maccabi a 70:68 advantage with 4 seconds remaining. Marcelus Kemp (195-SG-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) had a chance to send the game into overtime but missed a buzzer-beating jumper. Malcolm Thomas (206-C-88, college: San Diego St.) posted 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Lior Eliyahu added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Marcelus Kemp answered with 16 points for Montepaschi. Bobby Brown netted 11 points in defeat.
Caja Laboral - Zalgiris 71-77 Zalgiris Kaunas stole the win from Caja Laboral Vitoria in Day 2 of EuroLeague. The Lithuanian team grabbed 2-0 record in Group C after 77:71 road victory. The Spanish outfit meanwhile dropped at 0-2 record. Caja Laboral Vitoria won the first period, but could not win the game. The guests replied with 17-10 in the second frame and took 5-point lead at the halftime. Moreover Zalgiris Kaunas added 17-16 in the third period as Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Fernando San Emeterio closed the period at 57:51. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) increased the lead to 10 points, but then the Spanish team managed to cut the deficit. Fernando San Emeterio cut it to 71:73, but Paulius Jankunas and Oliver Lafayette, made the final result in the game. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Rimantas Kaukenas nailed 15. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) finished the game with 13 points each for the hosts. Maciej Lampe nailed 12 and Fernando San Emeterio scored 9.
Cedevita - EA7 Armani 71-83 EA7 Emporio Armani registered the second straight win at the start of EuroLeague season. The Italian team fired past Cedevita in Zagreb tonight. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) came up with 17 points to pace the winners. Cedevita fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Emporio Armani grabbed a 19:16 lead at the first break. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame. Cedevita still trailed by three points at the interval 40:37. Things hardly changed in the third term. The intensive period saw EA7 Armani secure a three-point lead at the final intermission 56:53. The visitors poured in 27 points in the fourth frame. Cedevita could not match the effort and had to surrender at the end. Omar-Sharif Cook (188-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) nailed 15 points, while Antonis Fotsis contributed 13 points in the win. Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 20 points for Cedevita. Bracey Wright chipped in 14 points in the defeat.
Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 98-72 Anadolu Efes celebrated the first win in EuroLeague regular season. The Turkish team overpowered visiting Olympiakos in Istanbul tonight. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) nailed 25 points, issued 9 assists and grabbed 8 rebounds to orchestrate victory. It was all over for Olympiakos after the starting quarter. Anadolu Efes silenced the visitors with a 30:13 outburst in the first ten minutes. The hosts did not slow down in the second frame. They stretched the margin to as many as 22 points at the interval 54:32. Olympiakos showed character in the third quarter. The Piraeus team fired 25 points to cut the deficit. But Anadolu Efes picked up the tempo in the final frame and cruised to the victory. Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) nailed 15 points, while Dusko Savanovic and Semih Erden netted 13 points apiece in the victory. Kyle Hines answered with 13 points for Olympiakos. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 14 points in the loss.
Brose Baskets - Besiktas 71-86 Besiktas JK Istanbul roll over Brose Baskets in Bamberg at the start of Day 2 in EuroLeague. The Turkish side did not have any difficulties reaching 86:71 win for 2-0 record in Group D. The German side fell at 0-2 record. Besiktas JK Istanbul immediately took the lead and won the first period 24-19. They continued their dominance and added 23-12 in the second quarter. Moreover the Turkish team needed 20-11 in the third quarter for a comfortable lead. Brose Baskets Bamberg only managed to win the last period 29-19 and reduced to final 15 points. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) paced all the winners with 27 points and Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 14. Damir Markota delivered 11, whilst Serhat Cetin and Patrick Christopher posted 9 each. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Bostjan Nachbar had 11. Maik Zirbes and Teddy Gipson followed them with 10 points apiece.
Lietuvos rytas - FCB Regal 49-67 FC Barcelona Regal wins the defensive battle at Siemens Arena. The Spanish outfit overcame Lietuvos Rytas 67:49. FC Barcelona Regal trailed 1-4 in the opening tip but managed to take 7:6 later in the first period. Pete Mickeal closed the first period for 13:8 and Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) increased to 19:12 midway through the second frame. Lietuvos Rytas was too far to give up and replied with 17-14 in the period to reduce to 27:25 at the halftime. Moreover Renaldas Seibutis gave Rytas 30:29 and Predrag Samardziski brought 32:31. FC Barcelona Regal pushed the tempo at the end of the quarter and Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) closed the period at 47:36. The guests won the last stanza 20-13 and clinched the comfortable win. Juan Carlos Navarro top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) nailed 11. Erazem Lorbek delivered 9, while Nathan Jawai and Pete Mickeal had 8 each. Leon Radosevic (206-C-90) finished the game with 11 points in defeat, while Renaldas Seibutis scored 8. Nemanja Nedovic and Deividas Dulkys scored 7 points each in defeat.
Partizan - CSKA 71-76 OT Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) leads CSKA to overtime win in Belgrade. He scored 30 points to help the Russian Champions beat Partizan mt:s Belgrade 76:71. CSKA Moscow started better and grabbed 14:13 lead at the end of the first period. The Russian champion won the second frame 25-18 and led 8 points at the halftime. Viktor Khryapa scored for 47:39, but the hosts managed to reduce to 3 points after three quarters. Dejan Musli and Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) scored four points for 46:49 after 30 minutes. Moreover Leo Westermann cut it to 50:51, while Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) brought the lead back to three points. Dejan Musli and Leo Westermann gave the hosts 55:53 lead, but Sonny Weems scored four points in a row for 57:55 CSKA advantage. Davis Bertans and Milos Teodosic exchanged the three-pointers for 60:60 with less than 2 minutes to go. Bogdan Bogdanovic made two free throws at the end of the fourth period for 62:62 and sent both teams to overtime. He gave his side 67:63 later in extra time, but Sonny Weems made two free throws for 67:65. Milos Teodosic and again Sonny Weems gave the Russian team 71:69. Milos Teodosic made two free throws for 74:69, while Sonny Weems made the same for 76:71. Milos Teodosic scored 12 points and Nenad Krstic notched 9. Bogdan Bogdanovic answered with 16 points in the losing effort and Leo Westermann had 15. Davis Bertans posted 11 points in defeat.
Olympiacos silence Anadolu Efes in Istanbul, force decider - 19 hours ago
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Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 62:74 Olympiacos stayed alive in the EuroLeague Final Four chase. They overcame Anadolu Efes in Istanbul to even the quarterfinal series at 2-2. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) recorded 18 points to pace the Piraeus team. Anadolu Efes secured the strong start to the game. The hosts built a 21:14 lead after the first ten minutes. Olympiacos picked up the tempo in the second term. The visitors poured in 21 points to pull within three points 35:3... [read more]
Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 62:74
Olympiacos stayed alive in the EuroLeague Final Four chase. They overcame Anadolu Efes in Istanbul to even the quarterfinal series at 2-2. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) recorded 18 points to pace the Piraeus team. Anadolu Efes secured the strong start to the game. The hosts built a 21:14 lead after the first ten minutes. Olympiacos picked up the tempo in the second term. The visitors poured in 21 points to pull within three points 35:38. Olympiacos eventually erased the deficit in the third term. The Piraeus side eked out a 55:54 lead heading into the fourth stanza. Olympiacos limited the hosts to only 8 points in the final quarter and raced to a vital victory. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 11 points, while Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) added 10 points for the hosts. Jayson Granger (189-G-89) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Anadolu Efes. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) had 9 points in the loss.
Real Madrid claim second straight win in Istanbul, enter Final Four - 21 hours ago
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Darussafaka - Real Madrid 78:89 Real Madrid entered EuroLeague Final Four. They celebrated the second consecutive victory over Darussafaka in Istanbul to win the quarterfinal series 3-1. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) produced 17 points to pace the visitors. Real jumped to an early lead. The Madrid team ensured a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Real stayed in front throughout the second frame. The Spanish team ensured a 45:38 halftime advantage. Real stayed red hot offensively in the third quar... [read more]
Darussafaka - Real Madrid 78:89
Real Madrid entered EuroLeague Final Four. They celebrated the second consecutive victory over Darussafaka in Istanbul to win the quarterfinal series 3-1. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) produced 17 points to pace the visitors. Real jumped to an early lead. The Madrid team ensured a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Real stayed in front throughout the second frame. The Spanish team ensured a 45:38 halftime advantage. Real stayed red hot offensively in the third quarter. The Madrid side exploded with 27 points in the period to grab a comfortable 14-point lead before the fourth term. Darussafaka could not overcome the deficit in the final quarter as Real marched to a key victory. Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89, college: LSU) and Trey Thompkins (208-F-90, college: Georgia) produced 15 points each for the winners. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 25 points for Darussafaka. Scottie Wilbekin (188-G-93, college: Florida) chipped in 14 points in the loss.
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) is close to sign 25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92) who currently plays forZenit Saint Petersburg in Russia. In 20 VTB games he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg this season. Great year indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game. The last season Timma played also at Zenit in Russian league where in 16 Eurocup games he averaged 12.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. He also played 36 games... [read more]
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) is close to sign 25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92) who currently plays for Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia. In 20 VTB games he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg this season. Great year indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game. The last season Timma played also at Zenit in Russian league where in 16 Eurocup games he averaged 12.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. He also played 36 games in VTB United League where he had 14.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg (in top 4). Timma helped them to make it to the semifinals. In 2013 he was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (60th overall). The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Timma won Latvian League championship title for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Forward of the Year in 2016. Timma has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012. Timma also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 66.7%. Timma has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Barons Riga, Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Keizarmezs and DU/Swedbank. The scouts decsribe him following way:
A very athletic forward with a strong body and quick legs. He's a great shooter, with a very quick release. He can create his own shot from off the dribble as well as shoot coming off screens. Defends very well even on bigger opponents thanks to his powerful body, needs to improve in continuity during each game.
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