1. ZALGIRIS KAUNAS (5-0): Plaza has change the DNA in a team which is the more traditional representatives of the European basketball school (Lietuva) with the most particular characteristics. Strong team-play from the American players. We will wait to see Zalgiris's character after the first bad results..
2. BARCELONA (5-0): Barcelona isn't super, but plays every night for 8/10. That is very important for this period..
3. REAL MADRID (4-1): Has the potential to be much better in a month, especially if they solve the problem in the 5 spot..
4. MACCABI TEL AVIV (5-0): David Blatt presents a modern competitive team with lower budget. Fresh legs, very good ball-movement the main features of Maccabis effective offense. However, the groups level helps a little bit..
- ANADOLU EFES (3-2): Mahmuti gave direction to Anadolu's game but the Turkish have to reduce their ups & downs in a 40-minute game. Farmar justifies his salary and puts a serious candidate for the season's MVP.
6. KHIMKI (3-2): Khimki has by far the best assists/turnovers ration in the league. Very important.. However, teams mentality is still questionable..
-FENERBAHCE (3-2): Fener has great potential but Pianigiani has to find chemistry in the frontcourt. Maybe with an add in the 4 spot.. (?)
8.BESIKTAS (3-2): Congratulations to Kunter.. Very militant team with defense intensity and many role players. Jerrels gets our vote in the MVP discussion so far..
9. CSKA MOSCOW (4-1): Messina has a lot of work. CSKA is very predictable with its halfcourt offense and several players showing adjusting problems in this style. Maybe the legendary coach has to start thinking about a faster tempo. Just look at the roster..
10. UNICAJA (4-1): Best rebounding team in the league.. Not bad. But, it will be a surprise if Unicaja continues like this..
11. OLYMPIAKOS (3-2): The champs bought time, winning in Milano, to work and put Powell in their game. Great performance from Kyle Hines.
-PANATHINAIKOS (2-3): Panathinaikos faces some problems at the moment. First of all, the Greens are the team with the most mistakes in the contest. There are first at 2pt % (targeting Schortsanitis in the paint) they receive many fouls but they are last in FT%.. Panathinaikos needs two players now and thats the reason they are on the market..
-CANTU (2-3): Trinchieri needs immediately a point guard. Cantu plays better in the last games. Great performance from Aradori..
14. EMPORIO ARMANI (2-3): EA7 is until now the Euroleague's underachiever.. Big investment, bad coaching.. The worst thing is that Scariolo has lost his players's trust..
15. ALBA BERLIN (2-3): Good work from Obradovic. Alba show declining odds the last couple of weeks but they are still in the game..
-MONTEPASCHI SIENA (2-3): They could be easily in 1-4 or 4-1.. Best offense in the league. Montepaschi needs a dominant undersized 5, since Ress gives his best but he is not a center. Brown puts huge numbers but is he the ideal point guard to run the teams offense..? Banchi's team wins and loses from the 3-pt line..
17. CAJA LAMBORAL (1-4): Huge & downs in the 40 minutes.. Simply you don't know what to expect..
18. LIETUVOS RITAS (1-4): They have serious offensive problem due to the absence of a true point guard in the roster.
- OLIMPIJA LJUBLJANA (1-4): The regulator of the group..
20.BROSE BASKETS (2-3): I still don't like Bambergs performance. Bad chemistry.
21.CEDEVITA (1-4): They have improved a lot reaching one step before a big win at SEF. Maybe the level of the group is too much for Cedevita, but lets wait..
22. CHALON (1-4): Chalon is little bit naive. Todays game in Poland can be crucial. They still have chances.
23. PARTIZAN (0-5): Practice at 7 o'clock in the morning.. Is it enough? Dule delate to replace Thomas.
24. PROKOM (1-4): 1-4 is a very good record compared to the teams performance..
FC Barcelona - Fenerbahce 72-73 The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Spanish FC Barcelona (1-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by Turkish Fenerbahce (2-0) 73-72. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But FC Barcelona won third quarter 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Fenerbahce especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 perc... [read more]
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Spanish FC Barcelona (1-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by Turkish Fenerbahce (2-0) 73-72. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But FC Barcelona won third quarter 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Fenerbahce especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Greek guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90) scored 15 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-Turkish point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. American-Montenegrin point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll.) responded with 19 points and 6 assists and Croatia center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Fenerbahce is looking forward to face Zalgiris (#10) in Kaunas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. FC Barcelona will play on the road against Crvena Zvezda (#11) in Beograd and is hoping to win this game. Top scorers: Fenerbahce: B.Dixon 15+1reb+3ast, K.Sloukas 15+1reb+4ast, B.Bogdanovic 12+2reb+4ast, E.Udoh 10+8reb, N.Kalinic 7+4reb+3ast, P.Antic 6+1reb FC Barcelona: T.Rice 19+2reb+6ast, S.Perperoglou 14+2reb+2ast, A.Tomic 12+8reb, A.Vezenkov 7+2reb+4ast, B.Oleson 7+2reb+6ast, J.Dorsey 7+5reb+1ast
There was a minor upset in Kaunas where Spanish Baskonia (1-1) was defeated by Lithuania Zalgiris (1-1) 78-73 on Friday. Baskonia was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Zalgiris made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. French guard Leo Westermann (197-92, agency: BeoBasket) scored 20 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Paulius Jankunas (205-84) chipped in 6 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 18 points and 4 assists and American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Baskonia players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Zalgiris will face Fenerbahce (#4) in Istanbul in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Baskonia will play on the road against Real Madrid and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Zalgiris: L.Westermann 20+4reb+4ast, B.Motum 12+3reb, A.Milaknis 9+1reb, E.Ulanovas 8+3reb+2ast, A.Kavaliauskas 7+4reb+2ast, L.Lekavicius 6+2reb+5ast Baskonia: A.Hanga 18+2reb+4ast, A.Bargnani 17+3reb, T.Shengelia 13+3reb+1ast, S.Larkin 11+5reb+6ast, J.Akognon 4+1ast, J.Voigtmann 4+1reb
Russian host CSKA (2-0) defeated Greek Panathinaikos (1-1) 81-77. Panathinaikos were trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-19 charge of CSKA, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was French Nando De Colo (196-87) who scored 20 points and 4 assists. Forward Andrey Vorontsevich (207-87) chipped in 20 points. American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) produced 10 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and American forward Demetris Nichols (202-84, college: Syracuse, agency: BeoBasket) added 20 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. CSKA will meet Anadolu Efes (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Panathinaikos will play against Brose Baskets (#9) in Bamberg and hope to win that game. Top scorers: CSKA: A.Vorontsevich 20+4reb+1ast, N.De Colo 20+1reb+4ast, A.Jackson 9+3reb+1ast, V.Fridzon 8+3reb, J.Augustine 8+7reb, M.Teodosic 6+2reb+9ast Panathinaikos: D.Nichols 20+4reb+2ast, K.Rivers 16+2reb, N.Calathes 10+9reb+8ast, C.Singleton 8+7reb+4ast, J.Gist 8+1ast, I.Bourousis 6+3reb+1ast
A very interesting game took place in Istanbul. It ended with only two-point home defeat of Turkish Galatasaray (0-2) to Serbian Crvena Zvezda (1-1) 85-83 on Friday evening. Galatasaray was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Crvena Zvezda made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Crvena Zvezda especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Guard Stefan Jovic (198-90) contributed with 14 points and 9 assists for the winners. Five Crvena Zvezda players scored in double figures. American forward Austin Daye (211-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 24 points and 8 rebounds and American-Israeli center Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) in the effort for Galatasaray. Galatasaray's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Crvena Zvezda's next round opponent will be FC Barcelona (#8) at home. Galatasaray will play against Maccabi T-A (#13) in Tel-Aviv and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Crvena Zvezda: M.Simonovic 23+4reb, S.Jovic 14+2reb+9ast, O.Kuzmic 11+7reb, M.Guduric 11+2reb+5ast, M.Bjelica 10+5reb, N.Dangubic 9+2reb Galatasaray: A.Daye 24+8reb+1ast, A.Tyus 19+5reb+2ast, J.Dentmon 12+1reb+4ast, G.Koksal 8+3reb+1ast, D.Thompson 4+2reb, R.Smith 4+2reb+1ast
Very significant was Italian Armani Milano's (#8) just 1-point road victory against Turkish Darussafaka81-80. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Darussafaka won third quarter 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Darussafaka 38-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. Serbian Milan Macvan (206-89) notched 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by French Adrien Moerman (202-88) did not help to save the game for Darussafaka. American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) added 16 points and 6 assists for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Armani Milano will play against Olympiacos (#7) in Athens in the next round where they are favorite. Darussafaka will play on the road against Unics Kazan to get more than just one victory in their record. Top scorers: EA7 Armani: M.Macvan 19+6reb+3ast, M.Kalnietis 11+2reb+3ast, J.McLean 11+8reb+1ast, A.Gentile 10+3reb+2ast, K.Simon 7+4reb+2ast, Z.Dragic 7+2reb+1ast Darussafaka: A.Moerman 20+5reb, B.Wanamaker 16+1reb+6ast, J.Anderson 14+2reb+2ast, S.Wilbekin 13+1reb+6ast, W.Clyburn 8+3reb, D.Bertans 3
Important game to mention about took place in Bamberg. German Brose Baskets (1-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Russia Unics Kazan (0-2) 89-86 on Thursday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 29-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Brose Baskets made 22-of-23 free shots (95.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. Brose Baskets' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) responded with 24 points and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and his fellow American import forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Brose Baskets will face Panathinaikos (#5) in Athens in the next round. Unics Kazan will play at home against Darussafaka (#6) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Brose Bask.: J.Strelnieks 17+1reb, N.Zisis 16+12ast, D.Miller 15+7reb+1ast, N.Melli 15+7reb+2ast, D.Theis 7+5reb, V.Veremeenko 6+2reb+1ast Unics: K.Langford 24+1reb+4ast, C.Clarke 20+7reb, J.Colom 15+1reb+2ast, A.Parakhouski 11+7reb, L.Williams 9+7reb, K.Kaimakoglou 3+3reb+1ast
Very predictable result in Tel-Aviv where Spanish Real Madrid (2-0) defeated Israeli Maccabi T-A (0-2) 89-82 on Thursday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Maccabi T-A won third quarter 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sergio Llull (190-87) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-Azerbaijani guard Jaycee Carroll (188-83) chipped in 18 points during the contest. American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) scored 16 points and 5 assists. Five Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Real Madrid will face Baskonia (#12) in Vitoria in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Maccabi T-A will play at home against Galatasaray and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Real Madrid: J.Carroll 18+3reb, R.Fernandez 16+1ast, S.Llull 14+2reb+11ast, A.Randolph 9+5reb, G.Ayon 9+8reb+3ast, O.Hunter 7+5reb Maccabi T-A: V.Rudd 18+7reb+1ast, A.Goudelock 16+3reb+5ast, S.Weems 15+4reb+5ast, D.Seeley 10+4reb+1ast, C.Iverson 10+6reb+1ast, M.Zirbes 6+2reb+1ast
Olympiacos used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Istanbul 90-66 on Thursday night. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Anadolu Efes was better in second period 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Anadolu Efes were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) scored 17 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Georgios Printezis (204-85, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Olympiacos players scored in double figures. FYR Macedonia-Turkish forward Cedi Osman (204-95) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. 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 will face Armani Milano at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Anadolu Efes will play against CSKA (#3) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Olympiacos: V.Spanoulis 17+3reb+9ast, G.Printezis 15+6reb+1ast, M.Lojeski 14+2reb, E.Green 11+1reb+1ast, K.Papanikolaou 8+3reb+1ast, N.Milutinov 8+7reb+1ast Anadolu Efes: C.Osman 22+6reb, D.Thomas 10+5reb+1ast, D.Brown 10+6reb+2ast, J.Granger 6+2reb+1ast, T.Honeycutt 6+9reb+2ast, B.Dunston 5+8reb
Mavrokefalidis may be back at Panathinaikos - 12 hours ago
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Panathinaikos Athens (A1) is close to sign 32-year old ex-international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-118kg-84) who currently played atAEK Athens. It is actually his comeback to Athens as he has played here before. In two A1 games he had just 2.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last season Mavrokefalidis played also at AEK Athens where in 32 A1 games he recorded 13.9ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was voted Eur... [read more]
Panathinaikos Athens (A1) is close to sign 32-year old ex-international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-118kg-84) who currently played at AEK Athens. It is actually his comeback to Athens as he has played here before. In two A1 games he had just 2.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last season Mavrokefalidis played also at AEK Athens where in 32 A1 games he recorded 13.9ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Domestic Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team. Mavrokefalidis also played 9 games in Eurocup where he was the best scorer with remarkable 24.2ppg and averaged 9.7rpg (#2 in the league), 2.8apg and 1.2spg. In 2006 Mavrokefalidis was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (57th overall). The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Greek Cup in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. Mavrokefalidis was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2011. He was also a member of Greek international program for some years. Mavrokefalidis played for Greek Senior National Team between 2010 and 2013 and previously for U21 National Team in 2005. He represented Greece at the European Championships in Slovenia three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 51.7%, FT: 50.0%. Mavrokefalidis is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Roma Virtus), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), Spain (FC Barcelona and Valencia Basket) and Greece (Olympiacos, PAOK Thessaloniki and Marousi). Mavrokefalidis could be described:
(by Vagelis Kotsifis for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Excellent feel for the center position ... A good rebounder and great moves around the basket ... Can play back to the rim or facing the basket with the same efficiency ...
Lacks great athletic ability ... Not a huge leaper or tremendous foot speed ...
Panathinaikos reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Xavier Pascual - 1 day ago
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Panathinaikos Athens (A1) is closing on the agreement with 44-year old Spaniard coach Xavier Pascual who coached last time at FC Barcelona Lassa in Spain. Pascual has coached there for the last eleven years. He helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pascual was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Coach of the Year back in 2012. He has coached also professionally in Spain Palma Air Europa II. By Eurobasket... [read more]
Panathinaikos Athens (A1) is closing on the agreement with 44-year old Spaniard coach Xavier Pascual who coached last time at FC Barcelona Lassa in Spain. Pascual has coached there for the last eleven years. He helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pascual was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Coach of the Year back in 2012. He has coached also professionally in Spain Palma Air Europa II.
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