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.
Nando De Colo claims Euroleague weekly honour - 1 day ago
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French Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader CSKA and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18. The 29-year old shooting guard had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and five assists for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to crush Brose Bask. (#12, 7-11) with 21-point margin 85-64. It allowed CSKA to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. They would have been even better i... [read more]
French Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader CSKA and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18. The 29-year old shooting guard had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and five assists for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to crush Brose Bask. (#12, 7-11) with 21-point margin 85-64. It allowed CSKA to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CSKA has a very solid 14-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game De Colo had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at CSKA, through which he has constantly improved. De Colo has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.9ppg) and averages solid 53.7% FGP and 46.2% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American point guard Mike James (185-PG-90) of Panathinaikos. James impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 2 assists. Bad luck as Panathinaikos lost that game 63-84 to slightly higher-ranked Fenerbahce (#5, 11-7). This loss caused Panathinaikos to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. James is a newcomer at Panathinaikos and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was Brazilian Vitor Faverani (212-C-88) of FC Barcelona (#9). Faverani scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of FC Barcelona, leading his team to a 89-78 win against Anadolu Efes (8-10). The chances of FC Barcelona ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Faverani could help FC Barcelona to bring them higher in the standings. The season just started for Faverani as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of Unics - 13 points and 8 rebounds 5. Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85) of Real Madrid - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88) of Maccabi T-A - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) of Darussafaka - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Sinan Guler (192-SG-83) of Galatasaray - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) of EA7 Armani - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) of Brose Bask. - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
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)
Olympiacos - Baskonia 92-62 An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Athens. Third ranked Greek Olympiacos faced 4th ranked Spanish Baskonia. Host Olympiacos (13-5) smashed guests from Vitoria (11-7) 92-62. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Baskonia managed to win fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 12 points and 7 a... [read more]
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Athens. Third ranked Greek Olympiacos faced 4th ranked Spanish Baskonia. Host Olympiacos (13-5) smashed guests from Vitoria (11-7) 92-62. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Baskonia managed to win fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 12 points and 7 assists. Forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Olympiacos players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) who recorded 11 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) added 12 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olympiacos have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Greek champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Real Madrid. Baskonia at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Fenerbahce. Olympiacos is looking forward to face Armani Milano (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Baskonia will play against Crvena Zvezda (#8) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win. Top scorers: Olympiacos: K.Papanikolaou 12+7reb+2ast, G.Printezis 12+3reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 12+2reb+7ast, E.Green 11+4reb, E.Mantzaris 10+2reb+1ast, K.Birch 9+7reb Baskonia: S.Larkin 12+2reb+2ast, A.Hanga 11+8reb+1ast, R.Beaubois 9+2ast, C.Budinger 8+4reb+1ast, K.Tillie 7+2reb+2ast, R.Freire Luz 5+3reb+1ast
There was no surprise in Kaunas where 13th ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (6-12) were defeated by second ranked Spanish Real Madrid (13-5) 74-59. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Real Madrid dominated on the defensive end, holding Zalgiris to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Liberian-American power forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee Services) notched 14 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Sergio Llull (190-87) supported him with 8 points and 8 assists. Even 11 points and 7 rebounds by Paulius Jankunas (205-84) did not help to save the game for Zalgiris. Brazilian center Augusto Lima (207-91) added 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Real Madrid have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Spanish champion maintains second position with 13-5 record behind leader CSKA, which they share with Olympiacos. Zalgiris lost third consecutive game. Defending Lithuanian champion keep the thirteenth place with 12 games lost. Real Madrid's next round opponent will be Brose Baskets (#12) in Bamberg and are hoping to win another game. Zalgiris will play at home against the league's leader CSKA and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Real Madrid: O.Hunter 14+6reb+1ast, T.Thompkins 12+3reb, J.Carroll 11+1reb+2ast, G.Ayon 11+2reb+4ast, S.Llull 8+3reb+8ast, F.Reyes 8+3reb Zalgiris: A.Lima 13+6reb, L.Lekavicius 11+1reb+4ast, P.Jankunas 11+7reb+2ast, L.Westermann 6+1reb+7ast, E.Ulanovas 4+5reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 4+2reb
No shocking result in a game in Istanbul where eighth ranked Turkish Darussafaka (10-8) defeated 11th ranked Russian Unics Kazan (7-11) 71-64. Unics Kazan was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 20-12 charge of Darussafaka, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Unics Kazan's 28. American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) notched 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and French Adrien Moerman (202-88) supported him with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Darussafaka players scored in double figures. Darussafaka's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 13 points and 8 rebounds by Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) did not help to save the game for Unics Kazan. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) added 16 points. Darussafaka moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Panathinaikos and Crvena Zvezda. Unics Kazan at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Darussafaka's next round opponent will be Anadolu Efes (#10) in Istanbul. Unics Kazan will play at home against Fenerbahce and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Darussafaka: A.Moerman 17+7reb+1ast, B.Wanamaker 16+7reb+5ast, A.Zizic 13+5reb, J.Anderson 10+7reb+2ast, W.Clyburn 7+5reb+1ast, S.Wilbekin 6+1reb+1ast Unics: K.Langford 16+2reb+2ast, A.Parakhouski 13+8reb, P.Antipov 13+3reb, O.Johnson 10+1reb+2ast, L.Williams 6+8reb, P.Stoll 3+5reb+8ast
We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 9th ranked Turkish Anadolu Efes (8-10) were defeated on the road by tenth ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (8-10) 89-78. Anadolu Efes were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 56-44 second half run of FC Barcelona. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. FC Barcelona players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Brazilian center Vitor Faverani (212-88) notched 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) supported him with 20 points and 4 assists. Even 25 points by American guard Brandon Paul (193-91, college: Illinois, agency: Pensack Sports) did not help to save the game for Anadolu Efes. French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) added 18 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. FC Barcelona moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Anadolu Efes. FC Barcelona's next round opponent will be higher ranked Panathinaikos (#6) in Athens and it may be quite challenging game. Top scorers: FC Barcelona: P.Koponen 20+4ast, V.Faverani 18+8reb+1ast, V.Claver 15+5reb+2ast, J.Carlos Navarro 9+2reb+1ast, J.Doellman 9+6reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 7+3reb Anadolu Efes: B.Paul 25+1ast, T.Heurtel 18+1ast, T.Honeycutt 11+7reb, D.Thomas 8, J.Granger 6+6reb+3ast, B.Dunston 5+8reb+1ast
Bottom-ranked Italian Armani Milano managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the ten-game losing streak. This time defending Italian champion won against fifteenth-ranked Turkish Galatasaray92-87. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-21 Galatasaray's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 92-87 at the end of the game. Armani Milano players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for Croatian swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 assists. Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Armani Milano's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Sinan Guler (192-83, college: Carroll, MT, agency: 1x1 Sports) replied with 17 points and 6 assists and Uruguayan point guard Bruno Fitipaldo (183-91, agency: Pro Sports) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Galatasaray. Four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. Defending Italian champion (5-13) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with defeated Galatasaray. Armani Milano will play against higher ranked Olympiacos (#3) in Athens in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Galatasaray will play at home against Maccabi T-A (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: EA7 Armani: K.Simon 19+3reb+5ast, M.Raduljica 13+4reb+2ast, M.Kalnietis 12+2reb+4ast, R.Hickman 10+2reb+2ast, M.Macvan 8+6reb+2ast, A.Cinciarini 8+4reb+3ast Galatasaray: B.Fitipaldo 17+2reb+4ast, S.Guler 17+4reb+6ast, A.Daye 14+2reb, T.Pleiss 10+5reb, A.Tyus 8+5reb, V.Micov 7+3reb+2ast
Very predictable result in Tel-Aviv where eighth ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (10-8) beat 13th ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (6-12) 71-67. Maccabi T-A was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 23-13 charge of Crvena Zvezda, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Stefan Jovic (198-90) notched 14 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and Bosnian-Serbian center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90) supported him with 8 points and 9 rebounds. Even 19 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) did not help to save the game for Maccabi T-A. His fellow American import forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) added 11 points. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Crvena Zvezda have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Panathinaikos and Darussafaka. Maccabi T-A at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Crvena Zvezda's next round opponent will be higher ranked Baskonia (#4) in Vitoria and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi T-A will play on the road against Galatasaray (#16) in Istanbul and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Crvena Zvezda: S.Jovic 14+3reb+7ast, D.Thompson 10+1reb+1ast, O.Kuzmic 8+9reb+2ast, B.Lazic 8+3reb, L.Mitrovic 7+4reb+1ast, M.Simonovic 6+1reb Maccabi T-A: A.Goudelock 19+5reb+2ast, C.Iverson 13+5reb, S.Weems 12+1reb, V.Rudd 11+4reb+3ast, Y.Ohayon 7+2reb+5ast, G.Mekel 3+3ast
The game in Istanbul supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Greek Panathinaikos (10-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Turkish Fenerbahce (11-7). Fenerbahce smashed Panathinaikos 84-63. The game was mostly controlled by Fenerbahce. Panathinaikos was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Italian forward Luigi Datome (203-87) notched 16 points to lead the effort and Czech power forward Jan Vesely (213-90) supported him with 13 points. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. Even 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) by American point guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) did not help to save the game for Panathinaikos. His fellow American import forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) added 13 points. Panathinaikos' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending Turkish champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Baskonia. Panathinaikos at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Fenerbahce's next round opponent will be Unics Kazan (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Panathinaikos will play against FC Barcelona (#9) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Fenerbahce: L.Datome 16+4reb+3ast, A.Duverioglu 13+4reb+1ast, J.Vesely 13+4reb+3ast, K.Sloukas 12+4reb+3ast, J.Nunnally 10+2reb+1ast, B.Bogdanovic 7+3reb+5ast Panathinaikos: M.James 25+1reb+2ast, C.Singleton 13+2reb, K.Rivers 11+1reb+2ast, J.Feldeine 4+1reb+3ast, K.Gabriel 3+7reb+1ast, N.Calathes 2+1reb+4ast
Russian leader CSKA delivered the fourteenth victory on Thursday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked German Brose Baskets (7-11) 85-64 in Moscow. The game without a history. CSKA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.4 percent from the field and made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. CSKA outrebounded Brose Baskets 28-16 including a 21-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. French Nando De Colo (196-87) scored 26 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Nikita Kurbanov (202-86) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Russian champion maintains first position with 14-4 record. Defending German champion Brose Baskets dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Unics. CSKA will meet Zalgiris (#14) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Brose Baskets will play against the league's second-placed Real Madrid and hope to secure a win. Top scorers: CSKA: N.De Colo 26+4reb+5ast, K.Hines 13+3reb, N.Kurbanov 10+5reb+3ast, V.Fridzon 10+2reb+1ast, A.Jackson 9+2reb+6ast, V.Khryapa 5+3reb+6ast Brose Bask.: D.Theis 16+5reb, N.Melli 15+5reb+3ast, D.Miller 8+1ast, M.Lo 8+3ast, L.Staiger 6+1reb, J.Strelnieks 5+1reb+2ast
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 27-year old Argentinian international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90). He supposed to play at San Antonio Spurs in the NBA, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 16 games he recorded 3.7ppg and 1.8apg this season. The most of last season Laprovittola spent at Movistar Estudiantes where in 20 Liga Endesa games he averaged 13.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg (in top 3). He also played earlier that season for Lietuvos rytas in... [read more]
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 27-year old Argentinian international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90). He supposed to play at San Antonio Spurs in the NBA, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 16 games he recorded 3.7ppg and 1.8apg this season. The most of last season Laprovittola spent at Movistar Estudiantes where in 20 Liga Endesa games he averaged 13.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg (in top 3). He also played earlier that season for Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL. In 17 games he had 10.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg. Laprovittola also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 12.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.5apg and 1.6spg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League Import Player of the Year back in 2014. Laprovittola has been also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Argentinian senior team since 2011 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009. Laprovittola also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 80.0%. Laprovittola's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. Laprovittola has played previously professionally in Brazil (Flamengo) and Argentina (Lanus). On Laprovittola:
A very talented PG, has great shooting range and scoring ability. Has an high basketball IQ, personality and court vision. Can defend hard, and can yet quarterback senior teams with success. Huge upside, even at top level.
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