Cantu - Khimky 67-54 Mapooro Cantu - BC Khimki MR 67:54 Mapooro Cantu pip BC Khimki MR in Italy for its first win in Group A of the Euroleague. The Italian team improved to 1-2 record after 67:54 win. The Russian Powerhouse meanwhile fell also at 1-2 record. The Russian team started better and grabbed 21-14 after the first period. They however lost the other three periods and the game itself. Mapooro Cantu needed 21-11 in the second period and took 3-point lead at the halftime. Moreover the hosts posted 20-11 in the third quarter and finished the game with 12-11 in the last stanza. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) paced all the winners with 13 points and Smith Jerry netted 10. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) scored 9, while Scekic Marko had 8. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) and Fridzon Vitaliy finished the game with 10 points each. James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) and Loncar Kresimir notched 8 points apiece in defeat.
Fener.Ulker - Real Madrid 75-83 Real Madrid stopped Fenerbahce Ulker winning run in Euroleague handing those an 8-point loss in Istanbul tonight. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) nailed 21 points and issued 5 assists to lead the winners as they caught up with Fenerbahce in Group A ladder. Real Madrid did not waste too much time posting a 21:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Real kept Fenerbahce at distance throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 40:29 lead before the hosts pulled within six at halftime 36:42. Rudy Fernandez and Mirotic gave the Madrid team a comfortable 56:41 lead midway through the third quarter. Fenerbahce tried to stay in the game as they narrowed the deficit at 9-point mark 57:66 with ten minutes to go. Fenerbahce opened the fourth period with 7 points in a row to cut the distance. Real however did not panic and eased back to a 9-point lead. They stayed in full control in the dying stages of the game and raced to the victory. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) provided 15 points, while Mirza Begic (217-C-85) added 14 points for Real. Omer Onan (194-G-78) answered with 14 points, while David Andersen provided 13 points for Fenerbahce.
Union Olimpija - Panathinaikos 67-85 Panathinaikos Athens beat Olimpija in Group A of EuroLeague. The Greek side won 85:67 away from home for 2-1 record. The Slovenian side dropped at 1-2 record. Panathinaikos Athens did not waste time and grabbed 23-19 in the first period. They added massive 27-19 in the second frame and enjoyed 50:38 halftime advantage. Panathinaikos Athens produced 19-12 in the third quarter and led 17 points after 30 minutes. Union Olimpija managed to respond with 17-16 in the last stanza for the final result. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) notched 14. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) delivered 13, while Haralampos Giannopoulos posted 12. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort and Klemen Prepelic scored 11. Dominic Waters brought 10, while Dylan Page added 9.
Chalon - Maccabi T-A 61-90 Maccabi T-A keep the perfect record in Group B of the EuroLeague. The Israeli team remained undefeated after an easy 90:61 win over Chalon. The French side fell at 1-2 record. Maccabi T-A did not waste time and started with 24-12 in the first period. They erupted with 29-16 in the second frame and led 53:28 at the halftime. Chalon played better in the second half but lost also two quarters. The visitors needed 24-21 and 13-12 respectively in the third and the last stanzas to seal the victory. Logan David top-scored for the winners with 17 points and James Shawn delivered 15. Lior Eliyahu (204-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) notched 14, while Smith Devin and Pnini Guy nailed 11 each. Rush Brion and Shelden Williams (206-F-83, college: Duke) finished the game with 12 points in the losing effort. Lang Nicolas delivered 9 and Evtimov Ilian added 8.
Unicaja - Montepaschi 91-89 Unicaja Malaga needed overtime to beat Montepaschi Siena in the last game of the third Round in Euroleague. The Spanish outfit kept the Italian team winless after 91:89 win. Unicaja Malaga took 20-16 after the first period, but trailed 1 point at the halftime. Montepaschi Siena bounced back with 27-22 and grabbed 43:42 at the halftime. Moreover the guests needed 25-15 in the third quarter for 11-point deficit with 10 minutes to go. Unicaja Malaga erupted with 23-12 in the fourth period to tie the game at the regulation time and then needed 11-9 in overtime to seal the victory. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) and Williams Marcus stepped up with 15 points for the winners, while Gist James delivered 13. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) followed them with 11 points in a win. Brown Bobby answered with 22 points in defeat and Marcelus Kemp (195-SG-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) had 16. Moss David scored 15 and Ress Tomas added 11.
Asseco Prok. - ALBA 77-66 Asseco Prokom celebrated the first Euroleague victory this season. They knocked down ALBA in Gdynia tonight. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) was pivotal with 16 points and 10 assists for the hosts. ALBA fell at 2-1 record after the defeat. ALBA surged ahead early in the encounter. The German team accounted for an 18:14 lead at the first break. Asseco Prokom slowed the visitors down in the second period. The Polish side limited their opponents to 11 points to take a 32:29 halftime advantage. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. The hosts managed to secure a single-point lead entering in the fourth period. Asseco Prokom unloaded 26 points in the final stanza and escaped with an important win at the end. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) and Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) provided 12 points each for the winners. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) answered with 18 points for ALBA. Zach Morley had 13 points in the loss.
EA7 Armani - Caja Laboral 85-95 Caja Laboral down EA7 Armani in Milan in Day 3 of the EuroLeague. The Spanish side grabbed 95:85 win for the initial success. The Italian team suffered their first lost and dropped at 2-1 record. EA7 Armani won the first period 19-18 and also led 1 point at the halftime. Both teams scored another 22 points in the third quarter as the hosts remained 1-point advantage after 30 minutes. The last stanza however belonged to the visitors that looked way too better in the court. Due to 30-19 Caja Laboral managed to post the initial victory so far in the group. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and San Emeterio Fernando notched 18. Lampe Maciej as well as Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) had 12 each, whilst Cabezas Carlos had 11. Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83, agency: FCM) finished the game with 22 points and 11 boards in defeat and Hairston Malik nailed 19. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) ended up with 13 points and Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) posted 10.
Anadolu Efes - Cedevita 85-66 Anadolu Efes Istanbul beat Cedevita Zagreb in Turkey for 2-1 record in Group C of EuroLeague. The hosts needed 85:66 win to start Friday campaign. The Croatian team remains winless in the debut season. Anadolu Efes Istanbul started the game with 23-14 and added 21-14 in the second period. Moreover the Turkish side won the third period 22-19 for 19-point advantage after 30 minutes. Both teams scored 19 points in the final quarter for the final result. Vujacic Sasha top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Gordon Jamon Lukas nailed 16. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) posted 14, while Savanovic Dusko added 10. Marques Green (167-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure) and Wright Bracey delivered 14 points each in the losing effort, whilst Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) brought 9.
Olympiacos - Zalgiris 61-79 Zalgiris celebrated the third straight win in EuroLeague Group C. The Lithuanian powerhouse stunned Olympiakos at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus tonight. Marko Popovic nailed 16 points to lead the visitors. Olympiakos fell at 1-2 record after the defeat. Olympiakos showed their ambitions early in the game. They gave a warm welcome to the Kaunas team and ensured a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. Olympiakos maintained the lead throughout the second frame. The hosts piled up a 39:33 halftime advantage. But Zalgiris turned things around in the third term. The visitors went on a stunning 26:10 run in the quarter to leave the Reds bedazzled. Zalgiris entered the fourth frame up by 10 points and never looked back en route to a comprehensive victory. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) nailed 10 points, while Ibrahim Jaaber and Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) added 9 points each for the winners. Kyle Hines (198-F-86) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Olympiakos. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) had 12 points in the loss.
Lietuvos rytas - Partizan 69-61 Lietuvos Rytas edge visiting Partizan in the start of Day 3 in Euroleague. The Lithuanian team improved to 1-2 record. The Serbian side meanwhile dropped at 0-3 record in Group D. Lietuvos Rytas won the first period 23-20 and added 17-11 in the second frame. The board showed 40:31 at the end of the half when the teams disappeared in the lockers. Partizan won the third quarter 17-15 but could not win the game. The home side needed a 14-13 surge in the last stanza to seal the victory. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) and Samardziski Predrag top-scored for the winners with 14 points each. Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) netted 10, while Nedovic Nemanja posted 9. Lucic Vladimir ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) scored 12. Gordon Drew and Musli Dejan posted 8 points each in defeat.
FCB Regal - Besiktas 72-60 FC Barcelona Regal wins the top game in Group D against Besiktas. The Spanish team improved to 3-0 record after a 72:60 win and handed the Turkish side their first loss. Besiktas fell at 2-1 record on the third place. The home side grabbed 20-18 in the first period and led 2 points at the halftime. They managed to win the third period 17-12 and led 53:46 at the end of 30 minutes. Moreover FC Barcelona Regal posted important 19-14 surge in the last quarter to seal the victory. Jawai Nathan top-scored for the winners with 14 points. Mickeal Pete, Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) and Tomic Ante nailed 11 points each. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) finished the game with 18 points in defeat, while Markota Damir had 10. Christopher Patrick scored 9, while Vidmar Gasper notched 8.
CSKA - Brose Baskets 76-67 CSKA Moscow claimed the third straight win in Euroleague Group D. The Russian champions fired past Brose Baskets in Moscow. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) scored 17 points to lead the hosts. Bamberg fell at 0-3 record after the defeat. CSKA exploded with 25 points in the first term to gain a 5-point lead. Brose Baskets however responded with an aggressive defence in the second quarter. They narrowed the gap at a single point at halftime 36:35. The German team surged ahead in the third quarter. Brose Baskets piled up a 53:51 lead with ten minutes remaining in regulation. The visitors were still up 63:61 midway through the final frame. However CSKA triggered a 13:0 run late in regulation and escaped with a hard-fought win at the end. Vladimir Micov and Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) contributed 13 points each for CSKA. Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80) responded with 21 points for Bamberg. Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Arkansas) had 16 points in the loss.
Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) is about to agree terms with 24-year old American forward Okaro White (206-93kg-92, college: Florida State) who played last time at Aris Thessaloniki. In 36 A1 games he had 13.9ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg last season. He helped them to make it to the Greek Cup Semifinals. The previous (14-15) season White played at Virtus Obiettivo Lavoro Bologna (Serie A) in Italian league. In 33 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg in 2014-15 season. Quit... [read more]
Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) is about to agree terms with 24-year old American forward Okaro White (206-93kg-92, college: Florida State) who played last time at Aris Thessaloniki. In 36 A1 games he had 13.9ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg last season. He helped them to make it to the Greek Cup Semifinals. The previous (14-15) season White played at Virtus Obiettivo Lavoro Bologna (Serie A) in Italian league. In 33 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg in 2014-15 season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. He won NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando championship title in 2015. White graduated from Florida State in 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player. On White:
A not so techical skilled but very athletic PF, who should improve his perimetral skills and ball handling to make a succesful transition to the 3 position. Has great running abilities and leaping skills, can play almost everytime above the rim offensively, can make his job done defensively.
Yesterday night (30.05.2016) was one of the worst nights for the European basketball as one of the top players of the last decade, decided to retire. Dimitris Diamantidis or else 3D or else triple D, the most altruist player in the European courts EVER, the player who won three Euroleague titles, nine Greek league and ten Greek cup titles, two Euroleague final four MVP Awards, four all-Euroleague first team selections, as well as a record of six Euroleague Best Defender Awards and being t... [read more]
Yesterday night (30.05.2016) was one of the worst nights for the European basketball as one of the top players of the last decade, decided to retire. Dimitris Diamantidis or else 3D or else triple D, the most altruist player in the European courts EVER, the player who won three Euroleague titles, nine Greek league and ten Greek cup titles, two Euroleague final four MVP Awards, four all-Euroleague first team selections, as well as a record of six Euroleague Best Defender Awards and being the only player to have earned all four pre-mentioned Euroleague end of season distinctions, even more so in a single year (2006-20017) will no longer wear his uniform as a player.. The 36 years old ex international guard decided to retire and without him European basketball will not be the same..
For 12 consecutive seasons worn the green jersey of Panathinaikos , being the epitome of how the game is suppose to be played. Diamantidis has won several individual trophies since joining Panathinaikos, such as the Euroleague Best Defender six times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011), the Greek League MVP six times (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014), and the Euroleague Final Four MVP twice (2007, 2011). Diamantidis was also named the 2007 Mister Europa, the 2007 Greek Athlete of the Year, and the MVP of the Greek Cup in 2009 and 2016. He was named the Euroleague MVP in 2011.
3D was born on the 6th of May, 1980 in Kastoria. At the age of fourteen, Diamantidis started his youth career with his home team in Kastoria, where he remains until the summer of 1999, at the age of 19, Diamantidis began his professional career when he transferred to Iraklis Thessaloniki (where his talent and his basketball IQ were obviously much higher than the average), he became a starting player at his second season in the team and he helped to bring Iraklis back to the top teams in the Greek league, and by 2003, he had emerged as an all-around star in the Greek League winning the Greek League MVP award in the same season.. The Giannakopoulos family saw that and they didn't lose time as in the summer of 2004 3D became a member of Panathinaikos. He immediately became the leader of the team, even though the all mighty Alvertis Fragiskos was a member of the team, 3D was not the absolute scorer like Alvertis, but he was the one to do all the jobs in the court, something that was not usual up until the time he appeared in the Greek basketball scenery.
Left-handed 3D was playing with the same ease, in three positions (point guard, small forward and shooting guard) and won 22 titles in total while he has best statistical record in Euroleague in most of the statistical divisions, being the top performer in the European courts in the 21st century! He has the all-time Euroleague leading position in total assists, steals, and performance index rating with some of them being very difficult to reach in the years to come. Diamantidis had with Coach Obradovi one of the most successful collaborations between a player and his coach in the history of European basketball. As a member of the Greek national team, 3D won a EuroBasket title in 2005; anchoring a defense that allowed 59.7 points per game and scoring a buzzer beater three-pointer that sealed the fate of the semifinal against France, he was voted as a member of the All-EuroBasket Team. In 2006, he played a pivotal role in a FIBA World Cup silver medal campaign, with Greece stunning Team USA in the semifinal and Diamantidis leading the tournament in steals. He was a key factor in Greece's historic 101-95 victory against Team USA in the semifinals, stunning the likes of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. The defeat suffered by the United States team is the only one during Mike Krzyzewski's era (2005-), as the latter has an undefeated record since then, in all major international competitions. On the basis of his myriad achievements, his leading role in the success of Panathinaikos and the Greek national team, he was named Mister Europa Player of the Year by Italian sports magazine Superbasket in 2007.
He has a fun club which comes all over the globe and is among the most known figures in the European Basketball, a person who's totally different in and out of the court as his superior and legendary performances in the court has nothing to do with the man, the citizen Dimitris Diamantidis, a low profile young family man On the 1st of April, 2016 he has received the Euroleague Basketball Legend award being the second Greek player after Theo Papaloukas back in 2013. As demonstrated by numerous game-changing actions in crucial situations, Diamantidis is considered to be one of the biggest decision makers and clutch players in European basketball history.
3D is the idol and the symbol of many players allover the globe, many players that want to look alike him, play like him and have the same passion and skills like him, his is and will be a total legend of the European Basketball.
The global basketball is losing in the same season two of its few legends as after Kobe Bryant, Dimitris Diamantidis has been added (as of yesterday) in the retired player's list!!
CSKA to sign Viktor Khryapa to contract extension - May 30, 2016
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CSKA and Viktor Khryapa(203-F-82, agency: Alti Sport) will extend their cooperation. The Moscow powerhouse will reportedly use their option to extend the deal with the player for one more season. Viktor Khryapa has been playing for CSKA since 2002. He averaged 6.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in EuroLeague. In VTB League his stats read 5.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per appearance. [read more]
CSKA and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82, agency: Alti Sport) will extend their cooperation. The Moscow powerhouse will reportedly use their option to extend the deal with the player for one more season. Viktor Khryapa has been playing for CSKA since 2002. He averaged 6.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in EuroLeague. In VTB League his stats read 5.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per appearance.
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