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.
Nando De Colo claims Euroleague weekly honour - 21 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! - 2 days 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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