Results and Stats from Regular Season Round 5 - Nov 9, 2012
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Cantu - Fener.Ulker 82-58 Mapooro Cantu raced to the second win in Euroleague Group A. The Italian team breezed past Fenerbahce at home court. Beye Tabu-Eboma (184-SG-85) scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the hosts. Fenerbahce fell at 3-2 record after the loss. Cantu stunned the visitors early in the encounter. The hosts strongly started the game posting a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. Cantu dominated in the second period. They established a 41:27 halftime advantage. Cantu kept Fenerbahce at safe distance throughout the third term. The home side built a 16-point lead before the final frame. Cantu unleashed 25 points in the final period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Marco Cusin (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Jeff Brooks netted 15 points each for the winners. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) answered with 10 points for Fenerbahce. Bojan Bogdanovic and David Andersen had 8 points each in the loss.
Union Olimpija - Real Madrid 76-89 Real Madrid accounted for the fourth EuroLeague win this season. They knocked down Union Olimpija in the Slovenian capital. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) orchestrated the victory with 18 points. Real Madrid surged ahead early in the encounter. The visitors accumulated a 21:18 lead at the first break. Real mounted the pressure in the second quarter. They secured a 46:35 halftime advantage. Real kept Union Olimpija at safe distance throughout the third term. The visitors entered the fourth stanza up by 11 points. Real outscored the hosts in the final ten minutes and posted a comfortable win at the end. Felipe Reyes netted 16 points, while Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) dropped 14 points for the winners. Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) answered with game-high 22 points for Union Olimpija. Jaka Blazic had 14 points in defeat.
Panathinaikos - Khimky 67-79 Khimky gained the third win in EuroLeague Group A. They surprised Panathinaikos in Athens. Khimky improved at 3-2 record leaving Panathinaikos at 2-3. Zoran Planinic stepped up with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Panathinaikos led by six points 23:17 at the first break. But Khimky gradually adjusted their tempo. The Russian side narrowed the gap at 3-point mark at the interval 41:38. Khimky denied the deficit in the third term. The teams entered the fourth stanza tied at 58. Khimky held the hosts at just 9 points in the final term and marched to the victory. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) added 13 points in the winning case. Roko-Leni Ukic topscored with 13 points for Panathinaikos. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) provided 12 points in the loss.
ALBA - Maccabi T-A 76-78 Maccabi snatched a narrow victory over ALBA in Berlin. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) accounted for 20 points as the Israeli champions improved at 5-0 record in Group B. ALBA slipped at 2-3 record after the loss. Maccabi held the hosts to 10 points in the first quarter to pull ahead. The Israeli powerhouse ensured a 6-point lead at the first pause. ALBA drilled 25 points in the second quarter to recover. The hosts narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) and Albert Miralles put ALBA in front 43:40 early in the third quarter. However Maccabi spurred back in charge and Guy Pnini (200-SF-83) made it 56:52 for the visitors heading into the fourth frame. ALBA got within two points 74:76 with just over a minute remaining. Devin Smith and Vule Avdalovic exchanged baskets but Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) missed a late three-pointer as Maccabi got away with victory. Guy Pnini netted 11 points, while Malcolm Thomas accounted for 9 points in the win. Nihad Djedovic paced ALBA with 17 points. Deon Thompson delivered 14 points in the loss.
Asseco Prok. - Montepaschi 66-101 Montepaschi Siena registered the second victory in EuroLeague Group B. They fired past Asseco Prokom in Gdynia tonight. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) notched 27 points and 7 assists to lead the visitors. It never looked like a rout in the opening quarter. Asseco Prokom stayed in charge posting a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. But Montepaschi took over in the second period. The Siena team spurred ahead and posted a 42:35 halftime lead. The visitors silenced Asseco Prokom in the third term. They erupted for 37 points in the quarter and cleared off at 32-point distance with one period remaining. Montepaschi Siena kept the hosts at bay throughout the final frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) and David Moss netted 16 points apiece for the winners. Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) netted 15 points for Asseco Prokom. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) chipped in 13 points in the loss.
Chalon - Unicaja 78-88 Unicaja Malaga beat Elan Chalon for 4-1 record in Group B of EuroLeague. The Spanish side grabbed an 88:78 road win in front of 5000 fans. Unicaja Malaga took 24-21 and added 20-11 in the second frame. Elan Chalon was too far to give up and surprised the guests with 29-24 in the third period. Joffrey Lauvergne, reduced to 65:70 later in the fourth period, but that was all the hosts managed to do. Unicaja Malaga brought back 10-point advantage and managed to seal the victory with the same difference. Krunoslav Simon top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Luka Zoric notched 15. James Gist (205-F-86) delivered 13, while Marcus Williams posted 12. Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) ended up with 24 points in the losing effort, whilst Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) tossed in 12. Joffrey Lauvergne scored 10, while Ilian Evtimov and Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) had 9 apiece.
Anadolu Efes - Zalgiris 64-77 Zalgiris kept their EuroLeague record spotless. They knocked down Anadolu Efes in Istanbul to improve at 5-0 record on top of Group C. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) nailed 21 points to lead the winners. Anadolu Efes slipped at 3-2 record after the loss. Zalgiris drained 25 points in the opening frame to surge ahead. The Kaunas team gained a 25:23 lead after ten minutes. Anadolu Efes tuned in defensively in the second quarter. The Turkish side erased the deficit and knotted things up at 37. But the third term belonged to Zalgiris. The visitors went on a decisive 23:14 run to take a 9-point advantage. Zalgiris limited Anadolu Efes to just 13 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory. Tremmell Darden nailed 16 points, while Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) added 15 points for the winners. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) answered with 20 points for Anadolu Efes. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) had 13 points in the loss.
Cedevita - Caja Laboral 76-69 Cedevita registered the first EuroLeague victory in the season. The Croatian team held off Caja Laboral at home court. Miro Bilan (215-C-89) provided 16 points to lead the winners. Caja Laboral fell at 1-4 record after the defeat. The teams were tied at 24 after ten minutes of action. Cedevita however pulled ahead in the second term. The hosts held the Spaniards to just 10 points in the period to take a 39:34 halftime lead. The Zagreb team extended the margin in the third quarter. Cedevita stayed aggressive defensively and it paid off. The home team accumulated a 12-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Caja Laboral did not surrender as they cut the deficit in the fourth period. Cedevita kept Caja Laboral at safe distance throughout the final period and clinched a well-deserved win. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) scored 14 points, while Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points for the winners. Fernando San Emeterio responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Caja Laboral. Andres Nocioni netted 12 points in the loss.
EA7 Armani - Olympiacos 71-84 Olympiacos are coming back with victory from Italy. The Piraeus team overcame Emporio Armani to improve at 3-2 record in Euroleague Group C. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) provided 23 points and 9 assists to lead the visitors. Olympiacos set the tone early in the game. The Greek side grabbed a 24:17 lead after the starting period. Emporio Armani cut the deficit in the second quarter. The Italian team came back to life and narrowed the deficit at 5-point mark at the interval. But Olympiacos were back in control in the third term. The Hellenes extended their lead to 9 points at the final break 59:50. Olympiacos dropped 25 points in the fourth stanza and celebrated well-deserved win at the end. Kostas Papanikolaou provided 17 points, while Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85, agency: FCM) added 13 points for Olympiacos. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) netted 17 points for the hosts. Ioannis Bourousis chipped in 16 points and pulled down 9 rebounds against his former team.
Partizan - Brose Baskets 72-77 Brose Baskets upset Partizan in Belgrade in the last game of Round 5 in EuroLeague. The German side overcame Partizan mt:s 77:72 in front of 7500 local fans. The Serbian side fell at 0-5 record. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the first period and then the hosts grabbed the lead at the halftime. They managed to erupt with 25-17 in the second frame for 8-point advantage at the end of the second frame. Brose Baskets replied with 22-21 in the third period but then shocked the hosts in the final stanza. They needed a massive 22-10 surge to win the game by 5 points. Bostjan Nachbar top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) posted 18. Teddy Gipson nailed 13, whilst Anton Gavel delivered 9. Vladimir Lucic and Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) answered with 17 points each in the losing effort. Drew Gordon (205-F-90, college: N.Mexico) brought 10 and Dejan Musli tossed in 8.
Lietuvos rytas - Besiktas 67-73 Besiktas JK stole the game in Siemens Arena as they beat Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in the second game of Round 4. The Turkish side celebrated a 73:67 win for 3-2 record in Group D. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius opened the game with 20-17 but could not win the half. The guests replied with 16-13 and tied the game at the halftime. Moreover Besiktas JK dominated the second half. They won the third period 16-15 and finished the game with 24-19. Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) made two free throws for the last points of the winning side, while Mindaugas Katelynas made the final result in the game. Curtis Jerrells tossed in 25 points to lead all the winners, while Damir Markota notched 13. Vladimir Dasic scored 10, while Serhat Cetin added 8. Steponas Babrauskas ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Nemanja Nedovic had 11. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) posted 9, while Mindaugas Katelynas added 8.
CSKA - FCB Regal 60-81 FC Barcelona Regal upset CSKA in Moscow in the opener of the EuroLeague Round 5. The Spanish side beat the Russian Champion 81:60 and took perfect 5-0 record in Group D. CSKA meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 4-1 record. It was the top game of the Group as well as the top game of the Round in EuroLeague. CSKA Moscow managed to win the first period 19-17 but failed in the rest of the game. FC Barcelona Regal dominated the rest of the game and posted three victories in the last three quarters. They bounced back with 21-16 in the second frame and won the third period 25-13. Moreover they added 18-12 in the last stanza to seal the 5th consecutive victory. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Erazem Lorbek nailed 15. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) delivered 12, while Nathan Jawai added 10. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) scored 18 points for the home side and Milos Teodosic tossed in 12. Anton Ponkrashov added 9, while Viktor Khryapa poured in 6.
Olympiacos - Baskonia 92-62 An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Athens. Third ranked Greek Olympiacos faced 4th ranked Spanish Baskonia. Host Olympiacos (13-5) smashed guests from Vitoria (11-7) 92-62. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Baskonia managed to win fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 12 points and 7 a... [read more]
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Athens. Third ranked Greek Olympiacos faced 4th ranked Spanish Baskonia. Host Olympiacos (13-5) smashed guests from Vitoria (11-7) 92-62. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Baskonia managed to win fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 12 points and 7 assists. Forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Olympiacos players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) who recorded 11 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) added 12 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olympiacos have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Greek champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Real Madrid. Baskonia at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Fenerbahce. Olympiacos is looking forward to face Armani Milano (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Baskonia will play against Crvena Zvezda (#8) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win. Top scorers: Olympiacos: K.Papanikolaou 12+7reb+2ast, G.Printezis 12+3reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 12+2reb+7ast, E.Green 11+4reb, E.Mantzaris 10+2reb+1ast, K.Birch 9+7reb Baskonia: S.Larkin 12+2reb+2ast, A.Hanga 11+8reb+1ast, R.Beaubois 9+2ast, C.Budinger 8+4reb+1ast, K.Tillie 7+2reb+2ast, R.Freire Luz 5+3reb+1ast
There was no surprise in Kaunas where 13th ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (6-12) were defeated by second ranked Spanish Real Madrid (13-5) 74-59. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Real Madrid dominated on the defensive end, holding Zalgiris to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Liberian-American power forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee Services) notched 14 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Sergio Llull (190-87) supported him with 8 points and 8 assists. Even 11 points and 7 rebounds by Paulius Jankunas (205-84) did not help to save the game for Zalgiris. Brazilian center Augusto Lima (207-91) added 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Real Madrid have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Spanish champion maintains second position with 13-5 record behind leader CSKA, which they share with Olympiacos. Zalgiris lost third consecutive game. Defending Lithuanian champion keep the thirteenth place with 12 games lost. Real Madrid's next round opponent will be Brose Baskets (#12) in Bamberg and are hoping to win another game. Zalgiris will play at home against the league's leader CSKA and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Real Madrid: O.Hunter 14+6reb+1ast, T.Thompkins 12+3reb, J.Carroll 11+1reb+2ast, G.Ayon 11+2reb+4ast, S.Llull 8+3reb+8ast, F.Reyes 8+3reb Zalgiris: A.Lima 13+6reb, L.Lekavicius 11+1reb+4ast, P.Jankunas 11+7reb+2ast, L.Westermann 6+1reb+7ast, E.Ulanovas 4+5reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 4+2reb
No shocking result in a game in Istanbul where eighth ranked Turkish Darussafaka (10-8) defeated 11th ranked Russian Unics Kazan (7-11) 71-64. Unics Kazan was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 20-12 charge of Darussafaka, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Unics Kazan's 28. American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) notched 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and French Adrien Moerman (202-88) supported him with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Darussafaka players scored in double figures. Darussafaka's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 13 points and 8 rebounds by Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) did not help to save the game for Unics Kazan. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) added 16 points. Darussafaka moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Panathinaikos and Crvena Zvezda. Unics Kazan at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Darussafaka's next round opponent will be Anadolu Efes (#10) in Istanbul. Unics Kazan will play at home against Fenerbahce and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Darussafaka: A.Moerman 17+7reb+1ast, B.Wanamaker 16+7reb+5ast, A.Zizic 13+5reb, J.Anderson 10+7reb+2ast, W.Clyburn 7+5reb+1ast, S.Wilbekin 6+1reb+1ast Unics: K.Langford 16+2reb+2ast, A.Parakhouski 13+8reb, P.Antipov 13+3reb, O.Johnson 10+1reb+2ast, L.Williams 6+8reb, P.Stoll 3+5reb+8ast
We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 9th ranked Turkish Anadolu Efes (8-10) were defeated on the road by tenth ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (8-10) 89-78. Anadolu Efes were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 56-44 second half run of FC Barcelona. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. FC Barcelona players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Brazilian center Vitor Faverani (212-88) notched 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) supported him with 20 points and 4 assists. Even 25 points by American guard Brandon Paul (193-91, college: Illinois, agency: Pensack Sports) did not help to save the game for Anadolu Efes. French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) added 18 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. FC Barcelona moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Anadolu Efes. FC Barcelona's next round opponent will be higher ranked Panathinaikos (#6) in Athens and it may be quite challenging game. Top scorers: FC Barcelona: P.Koponen 20+4ast, V.Faverani 18+8reb+1ast, V.Claver 15+5reb+2ast, J.Carlos Navarro 9+2reb+1ast, J.Doellman 9+6reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 7+3reb Anadolu Efes: B.Paul 25+1ast, T.Heurtel 18+1ast, T.Honeycutt 11+7reb, D.Thomas 8, J.Granger 6+6reb+3ast, B.Dunston 5+8reb+1ast
Bottom-ranked Italian Armani Milano managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the ten-game losing streak. This time defending Italian champion won against fifteenth-ranked Turkish Galatasaray92-87. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-21 Galatasaray's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 92-87 at the end of the game. Armani Milano players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for Croatian swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 assists. Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Armani Milano's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Sinan Guler (192-83, college: Carroll, MT, agency: 1x1 Sports) replied with 17 points and 6 assists and Uruguayan point guard Bruno Fitipaldo (183-91, agency: Pro Sports) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Galatasaray. Four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. Defending Italian champion (5-13) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with defeated Galatasaray. Armani Milano will play against higher ranked Olympiacos (#3) in Athens in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Galatasaray will play at home against Maccabi T-A (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: EA7 Armani: K.Simon 19+3reb+5ast, M.Raduljica 13+4reb+2ast, M.Kalnietis 12+2reb+4ast, R.Hickman 10+2reb+2ast, M.Macvan 8+6reb+2ast, A.Cinciarini 8+4reb+3ast Galatasaray: B.Fitipaldo 17+2reb+4ast, S.Guler 17+4reb+6ast, A.Daye 14+2reb, T.Pleiss 10+5reb, A.Tyus 8+5reb, V.Micov 7+3reb+2ast
Very predictable result in Tel-Aviv where eighth ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (10-8) beat 13th ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (6-12) 71-67. Maccabi T-A was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 23-13 charge of Crvena Zvezda, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Stefan Jovic (198-90) notched 14 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and Bosnian-Serbian center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90) supported him with 8 points and 9 rebounds. Even 19 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) did not help to save the game for Maccabi T-A. His fellow American import forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) added 11 points. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Crvena Zvezda have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Panathinaikos and Darussafaka. Maccabi T-A at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Crvena Zvezda's next round opponent will be higher ranked Baskonia (#4) in Vitoria and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi T-A will play on the road against Galatasaray (#16) in Istanbul and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Crvena Zvezda: S.Jovic 14+3reb+7ast, D.Thompson 10+1reb+1ast, O.Kuzmic 8+9reb+2ast, B.Lazic 8+3reb, L.Mitrovic 7+4reb+1ast, M.Simonovic 6+1reb Maccabi T-A: A.Goudelock 19+5reb+2ast, C.Iverson 13+5reb, S.Weems 12+1reb, V.Rudd 11+4reb+3ast, Y.Ohayon 7+2reb+5ast, G.Mekel 3+3ast
The game in Istanbul supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Greek Panathinaikos (10-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Turkish Fenerbahce (11-7). Fenerbahce smashed Panathinaikos 84-63. The game was mostly controlled by Fenerbahce. Panathinaikos was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Italian forward Luigi Datome (203-87) notched 16 points to lead the effort and Czech power forward Jan Vesely (213-90) supported him with 13 points. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. Even 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) by American point guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) did not help to save the game for Panathinaikos. His fellow American import forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) added 13 points. Panathinaikos' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending Turkish champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Baskonia. Panathinaikos at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Fenerbahce's next round opponent will be Unics Kazan (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Panathinaikos will play against FC Barcelona (#9) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Fenerbahce: L.Datome 16+4reb+3ast, A.Duverioglu 13+4reb+1ast, J.Vesely 13+4reb+3ast, K.Sloukas 12+4reb+3ast, J.Nunnally 10+2reb+1ast, B.Bogdanovic 7+3reb+5ast Panathinaikos: M.James 25+1reb+2ast, C.Singleton 13+2reb, K.Rivers 11+1reb+2ast, J.Feldeine 4+1reb+3ast, K.Gabriel 3+7reb+1ast, N.Calathes 2+1reb+4ast
Russian leader CSKA delivered the fourteenth victory on Thursday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked German Brose Baskets (7-11) 85-64 in Moscow. The game without a history. CSKA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.4 percent from the field and made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. CSKA outrebounded Brose Baskets 28-16 including a 21-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. French Nando De Colo (196-87) scored 26 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Nikita Kurbanov (202-86) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Russian champion maintains first position with 14-4 record. Defending German champion Brose Baskets dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Unics. CSKA will meet Zalgiris (#14) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Brose Baskets will play against the league's second-placed Real Madrid and hope to secure a win. Top scorers: CSKA: N.De Colo 26+4reb+5ast, K.Hines 13+3reb, N.Kurbanov 10+5reb+3ast, V.Fridzon 10+2reb+1ast, A.Jackson 9+2reb+6ast, V.Khryapa 5+3reb+6ast Brose Bask.: D.Theis 16+5reb, N.Melli 15+5reb+3ast, D.Miller 8+1ast, M.Lo 8+3ast, L.Staiger 6+1reb, J.Strelnieks 5+1reb+2ast
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.
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