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.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 26-year old American center Alex Kirk (211-114kg-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports). He supposed to play at Guangzhou Securities in Chinese CBA league, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9bpg this season. The last season Kirk played at The Flexx Pistoia in Italian Serie A where in 33 games he averaged remarkable 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3bpg. A very spectacula... [read more]
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 26-year old American center Alex Kirk (211-114kg-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports). He supposed to play at Guangzhou Securities in Chinese CBA league, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9bpg this season. The last season Kirk played at The Flexx Pistoia in Italian Serie A where in 33 games he averaged remarkable 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. He represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago. Kirk has played previously professionally in NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks) and D-League (Canton Charge). He attended University of New Mexico until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player. The scouts decsribe him following way:
For a big man, he is a very good passer and can make shots from 15-20 feet.
Euroleague round 17 best performance: Dairis Bertans - 3 days ago
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Latvian Shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Darussafaka, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17. The 27-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Baskonia (#4, 11-6) 98-89. Darussafaka is placed at 7th position in Euroleague. Darussafaka is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They... [read more]
Latvian Shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Darussafaka, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17. The 27-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Baskonia (#4, 11-6) 98-89. Darussafaka is placed at 7th position in Euroleague. Darussafaka is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-8 record. In the team's last game Bertans had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Dairis Bertans averages this season 6.4ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Serbian Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) of EA7 Armani. Macvan had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as EA7 Armani lost that game 64-101 to the higher-ranked CSKA (#1, 13-4). This loss caused EA7 Armani to slide to the very bottom (16) position in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories EA7 Armani managed to get this year. Macvan is well-known at EA7 Armani and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.
Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics (#11). Langford showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Unics, leading his team to a 63-58 win against Brose Bask. (7-10). The chances of Unics ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Langford could help Unics to bring them higher in the standings. Langford has a great season in Euroleague. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (best scorer).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) of Real Madrid - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists 5. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA - 22 points and 3 assists 6. Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) of Crvena Zvezda - 21 points and 8 rebounds 7. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) of Brose Bask. - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Victor Rudd (205-F-91) of Maccabi T-A - 18 points and 9 rebounds 10. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) of Darussafaka - 21 points, 2 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)
ANGT Kaunas: Zalgiris beat CFBB Paris for the trophy - 3 days ago
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Zalgiris U18 - CFBB Paris U18 62:57 Zalgiris earned the title at the Kaunas stage of the Adidas Next Generation Tournament. They edged CFBB Paris in the title game tonight. Rokas Jokubaitis (187-PG-00) scored 18 points and 6 assists to lead the winners. Zalgiris jumped to a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. CFBB Paris cut the deficit at 3-point mark 32:35 at halftime. Zalgiris stretched the lead in the third term. The Kaunas team accumulated a 53:40 advantage heading into the fourth frame.... [read more]
Zalgiris U18 - CFBB Paris U18 62:57
Zalgiris earned the title at the Kaunas stage of the Adidas Next Generation Tournament. They edged CFBB Paris in the title game tonight. Rokas Jokubaitis (187-PG-00) scored 18 points and 6 assists to lead the winners. Zalgiris jumped to a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. CFBB Paris cut the deficit at 3-point mark 32:35 at halftime. Zalgiris stretched the lead in the third term. The Kaunas team accumulated a 53:40 advantage heading into the fourth frame. CFBB Paris pulled within striking distance in the fourth quarter but Zalgiris held on to snatch a tough win at the end. Lukas Uleckas (197-G/F-99) chipped in 10 points, while Grantas Vasiliauskas (204-PF-99) added 8 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Joel Ayayi (193-PG-00) responded with 19 points for CFBB Paris. Ivan Fevrier (203-F-99) posted 13 points and 9 boards in the loss.
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