Real Madrid - Cantu 80-66 Real Madrid earned the third EuroLeague victory. They overcame visiting Cantu to gain 3-1 record on top of Group A. Mirza Begic (217-C-85) delivered 17 points and 10 rebounds to pace the hosts. Cantu fell at 1-3 record after the loss. Real Madrid started the game aggressively. They ran away for an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. Real dominated throughout the second quarter. The Madrid outfit ensured a 41:26 halftime advantage. Things hardly changed in the second half. Real stayed in control in the third term. They accumulated a 63:48 lead with ten minutes remaining. Cantu cut the margin to 13 points in the fourth frame but never got close enough to threaten the hosts. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) and Nikola Mirotic provided 14 points each for Real Madrid. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) answered with 18 points for Cantu. Maarten Leunen and Jeff Brooks netted 13 points apiece in the loss.
Fener.Ulker - Panathinaikos 73-64 Fenerbahce registered the third win in EuroLeague Group A. They toppled visiting Panathinaikos tonight. Panathinaikos fell at 2-2 record after the defeat. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) and Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) provided 13 points each to lead the winners. Fenerbahce eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts cleared off in the second quarter. The Turkish team went on a 23:12 run to take a 13-point lead at the intermission. The hosts kept defensive pressure on the Greek team after the big break. Fenerbahce limited the Greens to 12 points in the period to take a 17-point advantage into the fourth stanza. Panathinaikos erupted for 23 points in the final stanza but could not rescue the game losing it at the end. Ilkan Karaman notched 12 points and 7 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Panathinaikos. Dimitris Diamantidis produced 12 points in the loss.
Khimky - Union Olimpija 75-65 Khimki overcame Union Olimpija in Friday opener at EuroLeague. The Russian team grabbed 75:65 victory for 2-2 record. The Slovenian side meanwhile fell at 1-3 record in Group A. The guests won the opening period 19-18 but could not match the opponents in the second frame. Khimki MR needed a 25-14 surge to take 43:33 halftime advantage. It was again Union Olimpija to start better the second half as they on the third quarter 15-13. Khimki MR ensured however the victory due to 19-17 in the last stanza. Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and K.C. Rivers notched 16. Sergey Monya posted 10, whilst Kresimir Loncar and Zoran Planinic had 8 each. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) responded with 27 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Dylan Page and Sasu Salin added 10 apiece.
Unicaja - ALBA 67-62 Unicaja nailed a home win over ALBA in the fourth round of EuroLeague. The Spaniards improved thus at 3-1 record in Group B. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) finished with 14 points to lead the home side. Unicaja dropped 22 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. ALBA reacted with more aggressive defence in the second quarter. The German team limited the hosts to 7 points in the period to secure a 34:29 halftime lead. Unicaja used a 6:0 run midway through the third term to regain the lead. They entered the fourth quarter up by 4 points 47:43. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) and Schaffartik gave ALBA a 51:50 lead midway through the final stanza. However Unicaja immediately spurred in front and rolled to the victory. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) netted 12 points, while Augusto Cesar Lima had 9 points in the victory. Deon Thompson answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for ALBA. Heiko Schaffartzik netted 14 points in the loss.
Maccabi T-A - Asseco Prok. 93-62 Maccabi Electra extend the winning streak to 4 games after the win over Asseco Prokom. The Israeli team conquers Group B after 93:62 win. The Polish side meanwhile fell at 1-3 record. Maccabi Electra was the favorite of the game and did not waste the time to prove their ambitions. They erupted with 27-13 in the first period and added 23-17 in the second frame. Moreover the second half also belonged to the hosts that were supported by more than 11500 local fans. Maccabi won the third period 22-17 and finished the game with 21-15. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) nailed 13. Giorgi Shermadini delivered 11 points, while three other teammates posted 8 apiece. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, while Piotr Szczotka brought 12. Mateusz Ponitka finished the game with 11 points and Adam Hrycaniuk added 10.
Montepaschi - Chalon 93-90 Montepaschi Siena claimed a tough home win over Chalon. The victory propelled the Italian champions at 1-3 record in Group B. Chalon suffered the third loss. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) carried Siena to the victory with 34 points and 5 assists. Chalon surprised the hosts with a storming start. The French team posted a 30:23 lead ten minutes into the game. Montepaschi adjusted their offence in the second term. The Italian side cut the deficit at 5-point mark 50:55. Bobby Brown tied the score at 73 late in the third quarter. However Lauvergne gave Chalon a 75:73 lead at the final intermission. Montepaschi started the final period with a 10:2 run to surge ahead. Shelden Williams (206-F-83, college: Duke) returned the lead to Chalon however Ress and Bobby Brown made it 88:84 for the hosts with under two minutes remaining. Carraretto and Bobby Brown sank three free throws in the dying seconds to ensure the victory for Siena. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) had 12 points, while Mario Kasun added 10 points for the winners. Shelden Williams responded with 28 points and 13 boards for Chalon. Blake Schilb netted 17 points in the loss.
Caja Laboral - Anadolu Efes 64-76 Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) nailed 18 points to make sure Anadolu Efes come out as winners from EuroLeague battle versus Caja Laboral. It became the third victory for the Istanbul team in Group C. Caja Laboral looked the better side in the opening frame. The hosts posted a 19:15 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The Vitoria outfit cleared off in the second stanza. Caja Laboral accumulated a comfortable 48:30 halftime advantage. But Anadolu Efes refused to give up. The Turkish team went on a massive 22:7 run in the third term to cut the deficit at 3-point mark. Anadolu Efes opened the final stanza with 11 straight points to pull in front. Caja Laboral seemed stunned as Anadolu Efes soon opened a double-digit advantage. The hosts never recovered as Anadolu Efes cruised to the victory. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) netted 10 points, while Semih Erden and Esteban Batista had 9 points each for the winners. Carlos Cabezas (186-PG-80) responded with 12 points for Caja Laboral. Andres Nocioni had 11 points in defeat.
Zalgiris - EA7 Armani 92-87 Zalgiris Kaunas edge EA7 Emporio Armani in front of 15000 fans for the perfect 4-0 record. The Lithuanian team continued their winning streak after 92:87 win. It was not sweet in the start of the game for the hosts that lost the first period 20-27. The Italian team increased to 10 points, but the hosts cut it to 51:47 at the halftime. Zalgiris Kaunas added 25-14 in the third quarter and enjoyed 7-point deficit after three quarters. Marko Popovic scored for 89:84 and then Keith Langford made two free throws to reduce to just three points. Omar-Sharif Cook made just one for 89:87 and Ksistof Lavrinovic scored one free throw for 90:87 with 21 seconds to go. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) went on the free throw line with 3 seconds remaining and increased the victory to 5 points. Oliver Lafayette paced all the winners with 17 points and Ibrahim Jaaber (187-PG-84, college: Pennsylvania) notched 11. Ksistof Lavrinovic scored 10, while Marko Popovic, Tremmell Darden and Darjus Lavrinovic had 9 apiece. Keith Langford replied with 24 points in the losing effort and Malik Hairston added 21. Antonis Fotsis and Alessandro Gentile had 11 points each in defeat.
Olympiacos - Cedevita 79-77 Olympiacos clinched the second win in EuroLeague Group C. They held off visiting Cedevita. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) notched 21 points and issued 7 assists to lead the hosts. Olympiacos ensured a slim 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Cedevita surprised the hosts with a 15:3 run in the second quarter. However Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) and Vassilis Spanoulis gave the lead back to the home side as they clinched a 42:35 halftime advantage. The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter. Olympiacos arrived at the final intermission up by 3 points 56:53. The Croatian team started the final quarter strong. They surged ahead for a 7-point lead. The hosts denied the deficit and it all came down to the final seconds in this one. Suton missed one of two free throws, while Sloukas sank two free throw attempts to seal the victory for Olympiacos. Kostas Papanikolaou recorded 14 points, while Georgios Printezis added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the winning case. Miro Bilan (215-C-89) responded with 16 points for Cedevita. Luksa Andric netted 15 points in defeat.
FCB Regal - Partizan 85-82 FC Barcelona Regal ease past Partizan mt:s 85:82. The Spanish side dominated the game but had some difficulties in the last quarter. After 15 points lead, they allowed the guests to reduce to 2, but grabbed the important win. Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) scored for 78:63 but Partizan was too far to give up. They erupted with a 9-0 run and reduced to 78:74 when Dejan Musli made two free throws. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) broke the silence for his side at 80:74 also from the free throw line. Leo Westermann replied with a three-pointer for 83:80 with less than a minute to go. Juan Carlos Navarro, made only one free throw for 84:80, while Vladimir Lucic made the same at 84:82. Nathan Jawai made only one free throw for 85:82 and his points were the last in the game. Marcelinho Huertas paced all the winners with 24 points and Nathan Jawai nailed 16. Juan Carlos Navarro followed them with 15 points in a win. Davis Bertans (203-SF-92) answered with 17 points in defeat and Dejan Musli scored 14. Leo Westermann notched 13, while Vladimir Lucic had 9.
Besiktas - CSKA 58-85 CSKA celebrated the fourth straight win in EuroLeague Group D. The Russian champions shot down Besiktas in Istanbul. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) and Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) provided 18 points each for the winners. Besiktas fell at 2-2 record after the defeat. CSKA set the tone early in the encounter. The visitors gained a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. CSKA maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They registered a 44:32 halftime advantage. CSKA cleared off in the third quarter. The Russian team went on a 24:9 run to open a 27-point lead at the final intermission. CSKA never looked back en route to the victory. Andrey Vorontsevich nailed 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winners. Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) replied with 12 points for Besiktas. Gasper Vidmar, Damir Markota and Curtis Jerrells had 8 points each in the loss.
Brose Baskets - Lietuvos rytas 84-78 Brose Baskets celebrated the initial win in EuroLeague season. They overcame Lietuvos Rytas at home court to catch up with their opponents at 1-3 record. Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80) and Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) dropped 22 points each for the winners. Lietuvos Rytas snatched a 21:20 lead after the opening quarter. Bamberg exploded with 25 points in the second frame to ensure a 45:35. Lietuvos Rytas however denied the deficit in the third term. Nemanja Nedovic stepped up with 9 points as the visitors pulled ahead for a 64:62 lead. Brose Baskets triggered a 15:0 run in the final period to gain a crucial advantage. Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) and Teddy Gipson had 9 points apiece for the hosts. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) responded with 24 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Nemanja Nedovic netted 15 points in the loss.
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.
FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) cut experienced 34-year old American power forward Joey Dorsey (206-129kg-83, college: Memphis). In 16 Liga Endesa games he averaged 3.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg this season. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final. Dorsey played 17 games in Euroleague where he had 5.5ppg and 6.3rpg. The last season he played at Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul in Turkish BSL. In 17 games he recorded 7.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.1apg. He can count that season as a very successfu... [read more]
FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) cut experienced 34-year old American power forward Joey Dorsey (206-129kg-83, college: Memphis). In 16 Liga Endesa games he averaged 3.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg this season. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final. Dorsey played 17 games in Euroleague where he had 5.5ppg and 6.3rpg. The last season he played at Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul in Turkish BSL. In 17 games he recorded 7.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.1apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game and was invited to participate in the All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest. Dorsey played 15 games in Eurocup where he got 7.9ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.0spg. In 2008 Dorsey was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (33rd overall). The former University of Memphis standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Dorsey received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Center of the Year award back in 2013. He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2007. Dorsey is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Olympiacos), NBA (Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors), Turkey (Gaziantep) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers). Let's have closer look into Dorsey's outlook:
One of the nation''''s top rebounders and shot blockers … Game thrives on rebounding and creating offense off putbacks and offensive rebounds … A great passer out of the post … Solid defender in the post and on the perimeter.
Top class rebounder and shot blocker ..thrives on rebounding and creating offense off putbacks and offensive rebounds … A great passer out of the post … Solid defender in the post and on the perimeter. Does most of the offensive damage attacking the glass, finishing open lay-ups, and exploding off pick-and-rolls, but he also showed flashes of post moves, along with good body control and coordination on many of his finishes.
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.
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