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.
Nando De Colo claims Euroleague weekly honour - 7 hours 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 3. The 29-year old shooting guard had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and six assists for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to beat Anadolu Efes (#14, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 93-87. It allowed CSKA to jump to the first place in the Euroleague. They maintain a perfect r... [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 3. The 29-year old shooting guard had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and six assists for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to beat Anadolu Efes (#14, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 93-87. It allowed CSKA to jump to the first place in the Euroleague. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but CSKA already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game De Colo had a remarkable 58.3% 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 league's best scorer averaging so far 22.7ppg. De Colo is in league's top in and averages solid 53.1% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young shooting guard Marko Guduric (196-SG-95) of Crvena Zvezda. Guduric impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Crvena Zvezda cruised to a 76-65 relatively comfortable win over FC Barcelona (1-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Guduric is well-known by Crvena Zvezda fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.0ppg (#9). He also recorded 3.3 assists per game.
The third best performed player last round was Guinea-Bissau Colton Iverson (212-C-89, agency: Pensack Sports) of Maccabi T-A (#12). Iverson scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Maccabi T-A, leading his team to a 98-92 win against Galatasaray (#16, 0-3). With bigger assistance of his teammates, Iverson could try to bring Maccabi T-A's a little bit higher in the standings. Iverson has a very solid season. In 3 games in Euroleague he scored 11.0ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92) of Baskonia - 18 points and 11 rebounds 5. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of Unics - 17 points and 7 rebounds 6. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89) of Panathinaikos - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists 7. Justin Dentmon (183-PG-85) of Galatasaray - 22 points and 4 assists 8. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce - 14 points and 8 rebounds 9. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) of Maccabi T-A - 23 points and 5 rebounds 10. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) of Real Madrid - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 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)
Maccabi T-A - Galatasaray 98-92 Maccabi T-A used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Istanbul 98-92. Galatasaray was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 54-45 second half run of Maccabi T-A. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Galatasaray's 28 and made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Galatasaray helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an... [read more]
Maccabi T-A used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Istanbul 98-92. Galatasaray was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 54-45 second half run of Maccabi T-A. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Galatasaray's 28 and made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Galatasaray helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guinea-Bissau-American center Colton Iverson (212-89, college: Colorado St., agency: Pensack Sports) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Justin Dentmon (183-85, college: Washington) added 22 points and 4 assists respectively for Galatasaray in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Zalgiris (#13) in Kaunas. Galatasaray will play at home against Fenerbahce where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either. Top scorers: Galatasaray: J.Dentmon 22+1reb+4ast, V.Micov 18+6reb+3ast, S.Guler 15+3reb+3ast, D.Thompson 10+2reb+2ast, A.Tyus 7+4reb, B.Schilb 6+5reb+6ast Maccabi T-A: S.Weems 23+5reb+1ast, C.Iverson 17+5reb+1ast, D.Smith 17+3reb, A.Goudelock 12+2reb+3ast, M.Zirbes 10+2reb, D.Seeley 7+1reb+6ast
The game with biggest result difference took place in Istanbul. Local Fenerbahce (3-0) beat Lithuania Zalgiris (1-2) 82-68. The game without a history. Fenerbahce led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-22 charity shots (95.5 percent) during the game. Fenerbahce players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Zalgiris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a quality performance for Nigeria power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Greek guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90) accounted for 8 points and 11 assists for the winning side. French guard Leo Westermann (197-92, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 15 points and 4 assists and Australia power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St.) added 14 points respectively for Zalgiris in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fenerbahce's next round opponent will be Galatasaray (#16) in Istanbul which should be an easy win for them. Zalgiris will play at home against Maccabi T-A (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Zalgiris: L.Westermann 15+2reb+4ast, B.Motum 14+3reb, A.Milaknis 10+1reb, P.Jankunas 8+4reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 7+2reb+1ast, K.Pangos 5+2reb+2ast Fenerbahce: J.Vesely 14+3reb+1ast, E.Udoh 14+8reb+1ast, P.Antic 11+1reb, B.Bogdanovic 10+1reb+5ast, L.Datome 8+4reb+1ast, K.Sloukas 8+1reb+11ast
A very close game took place in Bamberg between Greek Panathinaikos and German Brose Baskets. Panathinaikos (2-1) got a very close victory on the road over Brose Baskets (1-2). Panathinaikos managed to escape with a 1-point win 84-83 on Wednesday evening. Brose Baskets were trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-20 charge of Panathinaikos, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. American-Guinea-Bissau guard K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson) helped adding 18 points. The best for the losing side was Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83) with 13 points and 6 assists and Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Panathinaikos will meet at home Crvena Zvezda (#7) in the next round. Brose Baskets will play against FC Barcelona and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Brose Bask.: N.Melli 17+2reb+1ast, J.Strelnieks 16+2reb, N.Zisis 13+4reb+6ast, D.Miller 12+3reb+2ast, F.Causeur 7+1reb+2ast, M.Lo 6+1reb Panathinaikos: K.Rivers 18+1reb+2ast, J.Feldeine 16+1reb+3ast, N.Calathes 13+11reb+9ast, J.Gist 10+5reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 9+3reb, C.Singleton 9+3reb+2ast
Crvena Zvezda used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Barcelona 76-65. It looked good early as FC Barcelona took a 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Crvena Zvezda had a 31-15 second period charge getting the lead and FC Barcelona was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-76. Crvena Zvezda forced 19 FC Barcelona turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Marko Guduric (196-95) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 assists. Forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Crvena Zvezda's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Victor Claver (206-88) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American-Spanish point guard Brad Oleson (190-83, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for FC Barcelona in the defeat. Crvena Zvezda's next round opponent will be Panathinaikos (#6) in Athens. FC Barcelona will play at home against Brose Baskets (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: FC Barcelona: B.Oleson 15+2reb+5ast, V.Claver 12+10reb+1ast, T.Rice 9+5ast, P.Ribas 9+1reb+1ast, A.Tomic 8+5reb+1ast, A.Vezenkov 4+6reb+3ast Crvena Zvezda: M.Guduric 21+4reb+5ast, M.Simonovic 13+5reb+1ast, M.Bjelica 12+3reb+4ast, B.Lazic 9+1reb+1ast, C.Jenkins 8+1reb+7ast, O.Kuzmic 6+5reb+2ast
Real Madrid (2-1) recorded a loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Baskonia (2-1) 91-87. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-19. But Real Madrid won second period 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for German center Johannes Voigtmann (210-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Slovenia guard Jaka Blazic (196-90) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American power forward Anthony Randolph (211-89, college: LSU) answered with 9 points and 13 rebounds and Slovenia point guard Luka Doncic (201-99) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Real Madrid. Five Baskonia and four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Baskonia will play against Olympiacos (#8) in Athens in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Real Madrid will play on the road against Armani Milano (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: Real Madrid: G.Ayon 16+2reb, L.Doncic 15+3reb+4ast, S.Llull 13+2reb+3ast, F.Reyes 11+3reb, J.Carroll 11+2reb, O.Hunter 9+4reb+1ast Baskonia: J.Blazic 21+4reb+2ast, J.Voigtmann 18+11reb+1ast, T.Shengelia 14+3reb, A.Hanga 12+4reb, S.Larkin 11+4reb+5ast, J.Akognon 5+2reb+2ast
Very expected game in Istanbul where Turkish Anadolu Efes (0-3) were defeated by Russia CSKA (3-0) 93-87. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Anadolu Efes won third quarter 26-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSKA made 26-of-29 charity shots (89.7 percent) during the game, while Anadolu Efes only scored three points from the stripe. CSKA players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Anadolu Efes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for French Nando De Colo (196-87) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 6 assists. Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) accounted for 15 points and 8 assists for the winning side. Four CSKA players scored in double figures. American forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) came up with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward DeShaun Thomas (201-91, college: Ohio St.) added 16 points respectively for Anadolu Efes in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. CSKA's next round opponent will be Unics Kazan (#15) at home which should be an easy win for them. Anadolu Efes' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Darussafaka. Top scorers: Anadolu Efes: D.Thomas 16+2reb, D.Brown 14+5reb+4ast, B.Cotton 12+3reb+2ast, B.Dunston 9+5reb+2ast, T.Heurtel 7+7ast, A.Omic 7+4reb CSKA: N.De Colo 26+4reb+6ast, M.Teodosic 15+3reb+8ast, C.Higgins 13+3reb, J.Ayres 10+4reb, A.Vorontsevich 8+2reb, V.Khryapa 6+4reb
Host Greek Olympiacos (2-1) beat Italian Armani Milano (2-1) 91-81 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Armani Milano managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympiacos made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Armani Milano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 16 points and 4 assists. Canadian center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds and Croatia swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) added 16 points respectively. Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Armani Milano will play next round against strong Real Madrid trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Olympiacos will try to continue on its current victory against Baskonia in Vitoria. Top scorers: EA7 Armani: K.Simon 16+1reb+2ast, M.Raduljica 14+8reb+1ast, Z.Dragic 13+2reb, A.Gentile 12+2reb+4ast, R.Sanders 8+4reb, R.Hickman 6+1reb+4ast Olympiacos: V.Spanoulis 16+1reb+4ast, E.Green 16+1reb+1ast, K.Birch 12+6reb, M.Lojeski 10+1reb+3ast, D.Hackett 10+3reb+1ast, G.Printezis 9+7reb
Very predictable result when Turkish Darussafaka (2-1) beat on the road Russia Unics Kazan (0-3) 94-87. Unics Kazan was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 48-40 second half run of Darussafaka. Strangely Unics Kazan outrebounded Darussafaka 34-19 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 7 assists. His fellow American import James Anderson (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) came up with 22 points and 4 assists and Spanish point guard Joaquin Colom (188-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Unics Kazan in the defeat. Four Darussafaka and five Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Darussafaka's next round opponent will be Anadolu Efes (#14) in Istanbul which should be an easy win for them. Unics Kazan will play on the road against CSKA in Moscow and hopes to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: Unics: K.Langford 22+4reb+4ast, A.Parakhouski 17+7reb, J.Colom 16+8reb+3ast, A.Ponkrashov 16+2reb+3ast, K.Kaimakoglou 11+6reb+3ast, L.Williams 2+2reb Darussafaka: B.Wanamaker 22+2reb+7ast, J.Anderson 18+6reb, S.Wilbekin 13+1ast, B.Batuk 12+1reb+2ast, O.Savas 10+1ast, M.Slaughter 8+4reb
The Final Four goes to Belgrade in 2018! - 1 day ago
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A basketball capital like few on the planet will soon seize the global spotlight in its favorite sport after Euroleague Basketball announced on Wednesday that the 2018 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four will take place at the Kombank Arena in Belgrade, Serbia! The decision marks the first time that Belgrade will host a Final Four to crown Europe's club champion in what will be the 30-year-history of the event. Kombank Arena is well known to fans far and wide as the venue that has attr... [read more]
A basketball capital like few on the planet will soon seize the global spotlight in its favorite sport after Euroleague Basketball announced on Wednesday that the 2018 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four will take place at the Kombank Arena in Belgrade, Serbia! The decision marks the first time that Belgrade will host a Final Four to crown Europe's club champion in what will be the 30-year-history of the event. Kombank Arena is well known to fans far and wide as the venue that has attracted to EuroLeague games over the last decade some of the biggest and liveliest crowds in basketball history. It is currently the home court of EuroLeague club Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. Kombank, which opened in 2004, seats 18,400 fans for basketball, making it one of the largest Final Four venues ever, too. Kombank previously hosted the 2005 EuroBasket championship for men's national teams, among other major basketball events. "Belgrade has given so much to our sport that the chance to see the 2018 Final Four there is sure to make the Serbian capital an instant destination for all true international basketball fans," Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball President and CEO, said. "The fans there live and breathe basketball with the same passion that flows through every Final Four, making Belgrade and this event a perfect match. Everybody who loves basketball will be looking forward with great anticipation to the 2018 Final Four." Belgrade is birthplace to many historic clubs, including Crvena Zvezda and the only continental champion from Serbia to date, Partizan. The city will witness European club basketball's main event for the first time since previously hosting a one-day continental final almost four decades ago, when Maccabi Tel Aviv won its first EuroLeague title there in 1977. As the breeding ground for countless great EuroLeague players and coaches over the years, Belgrade has a long basketball tradition that makes it a unique place to bring together generations of stars who have given Serbia an impact on modern world basketball well beyond what the country's size and population would indicate. The naming of Belgrade as the 2018 Final Four host follows the designation of Istanbul, Turkey in the same role for the culmination of the current 2016-17 season. Courtesy of: euroleague.net
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