Results and Stats from Regular Season Round 6 - Nov 16, 2012
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Panathinaikos - Real Madrid 79-68 Panathinaikos celebrated the third win in Euroleague Group A. They held off visiting Real in Athens tonight. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds to pace the hosts. Real Madrid enjoyed a 16:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Panathinaikos turned things around in the second quarter. The Athens team unloaded 30 points in the second frame and gained a 42:35 halftime advantage. Panathinaikos maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The hosts boosted the distance to 13 points with ten minutes remaining. Real got within 7 points midway through the fourth stanza but Panathinaikos stayed calm and executed the victory to perfection. Andy Panko (205-F-77, agency: Beo Basket, college: Lebanon Valley) had 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Jonas Maciulis added 12 points for the home side. Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) answered with 16 points for Real Madrid. Jaycee Carroll netted 9 points in the loss.
Khimky - Fener.Ulker 71-70 Khimky clinched a dramatic win over Fenerbahce in the opening game of EuroLeague Round 6. K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) tipped the ball in at the buzzer as Khimky snatched a tough home win over the Turkish team. The victory allowed the hosts to improve at 4-2 record in Group A. Fenerbahce slipped at 3-3 record. Fenerbahce enjoyed a narrow 18:17 lead after ten minutes of action. However Khimky went on a 22:11 run in the second frame to take a 39:29 halftime lead. Fenerbahce cut the deficit in the third frame. Baris Ermis put the visitors within 5 points at the final break 51:56. Omer Onan finally tied things up at 60 midway through the final term. Preldzic made it 61:60 for the Turkish team. The lead changed hands for several times before David Andersen (212-C-80) gave Fenerbahce a 70:69 advantage with 55 seconds remaining. Sergey Monya missed a triple but K.C. Rivers grabbed a rebound and tipped the ball in at the buzzer. The referees reviewed the play for some time before stating Khimky's victory. K.C. Rivers finished with 14 points to pace the hosts. Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) added 12 points for the winners. David Andersen responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Bojan Bogdanovic and Baris Ermis had 11 points each in the loss.
Union Olimpija - Cantu 81-79 Union Olimpija beat Mapooro Cantu to tie both records in EuroLeague Group A. The team from Slovenia won 81:79 as both teams are with 2-4 records. Mapooro Cantu started the game with 22-17 and Alex Tyus brought 27:23. Alen Omic tied the game at 29:29 and then the hosts managed to win the half 42:39. They game remained carousel as the teams again exchanged the led several times. At first Mapooro Cantu won the third period 23-17 and enjoyed 62:59 after Maarten Leunen's shot. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) tied the game at 79:79, while Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) made two free throws for the final result. Jaka Blazic erupted with 30 points and Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) posted 14. Klemen Prepelic and Aaron Baynes followed them with 13 points each. Pietro Aradori answered with 20 points in the losing case and Manuchar Markoishvili added 15. Maarten Leunen brought 11, whilst Alex Tyus tossed in 9.
ALBA - Montepaschi 73-75 Montepaschi Siena registered the third win in Euroleague regular season. They eked out a tough victory over ALBA in Berlin today. Montepaschi improved at 3-3 record, while ALBA fell at 2-4 in Group B. Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) sank a jumper with 14 seconds left in regulation to seal the victory for Montepaschi. Montepaschi started the game confidently. The Italian champions posted a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They accounted for a 39:34 halftime lead. Montepaschi extended their lead to 14 points midway through the third frame. But the hosts restored the intrigue. They cut the margin to 8 points at the final intermission 52:60. Djedovic and Idbihi put the hosts in front 61:60 midway through the final frame. The lead changed hands for several times before DeShaun Wood made it 73:70 for ALBA with just over two minutes remaining. But Thomas Ress tied things up at 73 from the penalty line. Daniel Hackett then came up with a jumper, while Zach Morley missed his attempts as Siena got away with victory. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) nailed 21 points and issued 6 assists for Siena. Kristjan Kangur added 13 points, while Daniel Hackett netted 12 points in the win. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) answered with 20 points and 8 boards for ALBA. Vule Avdalovic had 13 points in the loss.
Asseco Prok. - Chalon 70-76 Elan Chalon gained the second win in EuroLeague this season. The French side overcame Asseco Prokom Gdynia in the game of the bottom teams of the group. They needed 76:70 victory to climb up the ladder. The teams entered the game with 1-4 records and desired to improve their positions. The Polish side took 20-13 lead after the first period, but failed in the rest of the game. Elan Chalon needed first 21-17 surge in the second frame and then a final push in the last stanza. Jordan Aboudou tied the game at 58:58, while Ilian Evtimov scored for 69:64. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) brought the final point for the winning side from the free throw making the difference to 5 points. Brion Rush top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) notched 15. Ilian Evtimov delivered 13, while Steed Tchicamboud and Jordan Aboudou had 8 each. Adam Hrycaniuk (206-C-84, agency: Alti Sport, college: Cincinnati) ended up with 17 points in the losing case and Lukasz Koszarek scored 14. Jerel Blassingame brought 12, whilst Frank Robinson tossed in 11.
Maccabi T-A - Unicaja 62-64 Unicaja Malaga stole the show from Nokia Arena and 10000 local fans of Maccabi Electra. The Spanish team grabbed 64:62 win after Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut)'s late baskets in the game. Both teams share the top with 5-1 records now. Maccabi Electra entered the game undefeated but knew about the strength of the visiting team. The Israeli team won the first period 21-17, but lost the second frame 16-21. It was a real battle in the court in the third period as Kosta Perovic tied it all at 49:49 at the end of it. Krunoslav Simon gave the guests 61:60 lead and then Marcus Williams brought the final success at the end. Marcus Williams top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) nailed 10. James Gist added 9, while Luka Zoric posted 8. Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) finished the game with 14 points in defeat and Ricky Hickman notched 13. Malcolm Thomas ended up with 11 points, while Yogev Ohayon had 7.
Caja Laboral - Olympiacos 72-89 Olympiacos posted the fourth win in EuroLeague Group C. The Greek powerhouse toppled Caja Laboral in Vitoria tonight. Kyle Hines (198-F-86) came up with 18 points to lead the winners. Olympiacos surged ahead midway through the first frame and accumulated a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Peto Antic made it 35:25 for the visitors midway through the second term. Caja Laboral however managed to cut the deficit to 7 points at the interval 40:47. Olympiacos posted a 58:44 lead midway through the third quarter. The gap kept on growing as the Piraeus team headed into the fourth stanza up by 18 points 69:51. Olympiacos never looked back in the fourth stanza cruising to the victory at the end. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points and issued 8 assists, while Kostas Papanikolaou notched 13 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) answered with 13 points for Caja Laboral. Fernando San Emeterio and Andres Nocioni had 12 points each in the fifth loss for the hosts.
Anadolu Efes - EA7 Armani 77-71 Anadolu Efes overcame a slow start to clinch the home win over Emporio Armani in Euroleague Group C. Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) unloaded 29 points to lead the hosts to the victory. Emporio Armani fell at 2-4 record after the loss. Anadolu Efes eked out a narrow 20:18 lead after ten minutes. But the visitors took over in the second frame. Emporio Armani limited the hosts to just 7 points in the second frame. The Italian team ensured a 36:27 halftime lead. Anadolu Efes came back to life late in the third quarter. They capped the period on a 6:2 run to earn a 54:52 lead. Anadolu Efes used an 11:2 rally midway through the final frame to take a 67:56 lead. The hosts kept Emporio Armani at safe distance throughout the rest of the contest and celebrated an important victory at the end. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) and Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) netted 10 points apiece for the winners. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) answered with 15 points for Emporio Armani. Malik Hairston netted 14 points in the loss.
Cedevita - Zalgiris 108-106 2OT Cedevita and Zalgiris went through a double-overtime marathon to decide on the winner in EuroLeague Group C tonight. Cedevita eventually came out winners in Zagreb. Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) nailed 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to pace the hosts to the second win at the tournament. Zalgiris suffered their first defeat and slipped at 5-1 record. Zalgiris looked the dominant force in this one early in the game. The Kaunas team accumulated a 28:19 lead ten minutes into the game. But Cedevita turned things around in the next two periods. The hosts denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 63:60 lead at the third break. Zalgiris erased the distance and Darden put the visitors ahead 82:80 with 46 seconds remaining. Marko Popovic sank three free throws to ensure an 85:82 lead for the visitors with 9 seconds remaining. But Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) drilled a three-pointer and sent the game into overtime. Jankunas gave Zalgiris a 96:93 lead with 31 seconds to go in the first extra period. Darden followed with a free throw as Zalgiris seemed on the way to their victory 97:93. However Bracey Wright nailed two free throws and then Ilievski dropped a three-point bomb following free throws from Kaukenas to put Cedevita within one 98:99. Marko Popovic hit just one free throw and Mickael Gelabale dunked for a 100:100 tie game at the end of the first overtime. Zalgiris jumped ahead once again early in the second extra period. Bracey Wright and Ilievski gave a decisive lead for Cedevita and the hosts then kept Zalgiris scoreless for more then three minutes to win the battle. Bracey Wright sank 20 points, while Predrag Suput fired 18 points for the hosts. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) answered with 24 points for Zalgiris. Marko Popovic had 19 points in the loss.
Partizan - Besiktas 87-72 Partizan had little problems en route to the home win over Besiktas in the sixth round of Euroleague regular season. Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) nailed 16 points to lead Partizan to the first win in Group D. Partizan rallied to a 24:19 lead at the first break. Partizan mounted the pressure in the second quarter. The hosts erupted for 27 points in the second stanza and accumulated a 51:43 halftime advantage. Besiktas stopped the rot in the third term. The Turkish team trimmed the gap at 5-point mark at the final break. But Partizan went on a 17:7 surge in the fourth stanza to clinch a comfortable win at the end. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) and Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points each for the home side. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) answered with 20 points for Besiktas. Damir Markota netted 16 points in defeat.
Lietuvos rytas - CSKA 62-71 CSKA Moscow eke out Lietuvos Rytas at Siemens Arena in the start of the Round 6 in EuroLegaue. The Russian team improved to 5-1 record after 72:61 victory. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius meanwhile feel at 1-5 record in Group D. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius started with 16-14 and also scored 16 points in the second frame. It was not however enough to seal the win in the first half as the guests replied with 19 points and led 1 point at the halftime. Moreover the second half belonged to the Russian Champion. CSKA won the third period 20-14 and finished the game with 18-16. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) stepped up with 19 points and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) delivered 13. Sasha Kaun poured in 11, while Viktor Khryapa added 7. Leon Radosevic (206-C-90) ended up with 17 points and Mindaugas Katelynas brought 13. Renaldas Seibutis notched 11, whilst Steponas Babrauskas tossed in 8.
Brose Baskets - FCB Regal 66-86 FC Barcelona Regal keep the perfect record in Group D improving to 6-0 record. The Spanish titan overcame Brose Baskets 86:66. The German team dropped at 2-4 in the group. FC Barcelona Regal took narrow 23-22 lead after the first period and had difficulties playing in front of almost 7000 fans in Germany. The guests managed to add 24-20 surge in the second frame for 5-point advantage at the halftime. The hosts side tied the game at 49:49 when Teddy Gipson nailed a three-pointer. FC Barcelona Regal however won the third period 17-11 and led 64:53 after three quarters. Another 22-13 in the last stanza gave them a total 20-point victory success. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) nailed 14. Juan Carlos Navarro poured in 13, while Judson Wallace and Marcelinho Huertas added 7 apiece. Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Teddy Gipson scored 12. Anton Gavel delivered 11 and Latavious Williams notched 9.
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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