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.
Baskonia - Galatasaray 69-62 No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Spanish Baskonia (6-4) beat 14th ranked Turkish Galatasaray (3-7) in Vitoria 69-62. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-9. But Galatasaray won second period 23-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. German center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92) fired 13 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard Shane... [read more]
No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Spanish Baskonia (6-4) beat 14th ranked Turkish Galatasaray (3-7) in Vitoria 69-62. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-9. But Galatasaray won second period 23-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. German center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92) fired 13 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 7 points and 9 assists. German center Tibor Pleiss (217-89) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and American-Czech swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Baskonia moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Olympiacos. Galatasaray at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Baskonia's next round opponent will be Darussafaka (#9) in Istanbul where they are favorite. Galatasaray will play on the road against Panathinaikos (#8) in Athens and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Baskonia: R.Beaubois 13+1reb+1ast, J.Voigtmann 13+5reb, A.Bargnani 9+2reb, J.Blazic 8+2reb+1ast, S.Larkin 7+2reb+9ast, I.Diop 7+7reb+1ast Galatasaray: T.Pleiss 16+11reb, B.Schilb 16+4reb+4ast, S.Guler 8+2reb+4ast, V.Micov 6+4reb+2ast, J.Dentmon 4+1ast, D.Thompson 4
There was a minor upset when higher ranked Greek Panathinaikos (5-5) lost on the road to tenth ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (5-5) 72-57. Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) fired 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Cypriot-Bulgarian Alexander Vezenkov (206-95) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and Dominican-American guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. FC Barcelona moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Panathinaikos. FC Barcelona's next round opponent will be Anadolu Efes (#7) in Istanbul. Top scorers: FC Barcelona: A.Tomic 16+6reb+2ast, A.Vezenkov 12+5reb, T.Rice 10+2reb+4ast, V.Claver 7+6reb, B.Oleson 6+1reb+1ast, S.Perperoglou 6+3reb Panathinaikos: N.Calathes 13+2reb+1ast, J.Feldeine 13+4ast, C.Singleton 12+5reb+3ast, K.Rivers 7+2reb, D.Nichols 6+7reb, N.Pappas 4+4reb+1ast
There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (4-6) won against 10th ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (4-6) in Beograd 88-79. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Zalgiris made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Zalgiris outrebounded Crvena Zvezda 35-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Zalgiris especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Crvena Zvezda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Arturas Milaknis (195-86) fired 19 points for the winners. Center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Montenegrin-Serbian power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, agency: BeoBasket) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Nate Wolters (193-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four Crvena Zvezda players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Lithuanian champion moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with EA7 Armani and Crvena Zvezda. Zalgiris' next round opponent will be higher ranked Real Madrid (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Top scorers: Zalgiris: A.Kavaliauskas 20+4reb+1ast, A.Milaknis 19+3reb+3ast, E.Ulanovas 14+3reb, B.Motum 9+2reb, L.Westermann 7+7reb+8ast, L.Lekavicius 6+1reb+4ast Crvena Zvezda: M.Bjelica 19+5reb+3ast, M.Simonovic 16+2reb+1ast, N.Dangubic 16+1reb, N.Wolters 15+4reb+5ast, C.Jenkins 5+2ast, S.Jovic 4+2reb+5ast
Euroleague round 10 most important game was a victory of Greek Olympiacos over 7th ranked Turkish Darussafaka77-71 on Friday night. 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. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Belgian guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Olympiacos players scored in double figures. Olympiacos' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Will Clyburn (201-90, college: Iowa St.) replied with 21 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Darussafaka. Defending Greek champion maintains fourth position with 6-4 record, which they share with Baskonia. Darussafaka lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Olympiacos is looking forward to face Unics Kazan (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Darussafaka will play against Baskonia (#5) in Vitoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Olympiacos: M.Lojeski 15+7reb, G.Printezis 15+2reb+2ast, V.Spanoulis 13+3reb+5ast, E.Green 10+1reb+1ast, E.Mantzaris 5+3reb+3ast, K.Birch 5+2reb Darussafaka: W.Clyburn 21+5reb, B.Wanamaker 11+5reb+4ast, F.Aldemir 10+6reb, S.Wilbekin 8+6ast, D.Bertans 8+1reb+1ast, J.Anderson 7+2reb+3ast
There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (5-5) lost to ninth ranked Turkish Anadolu Efes (5-5) in Tel-Aviv 77-86. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Anadolu Efes made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Maccabi T-A turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Maccabi T-A helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Tyler Honeycutt (203-90, college: UCLA) chipped in 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) produced 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Anadolu Efes moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Maccabi T-A. Anadolu Efes' next round opponent will be FC Barcelona (#6) at home. Top scorers: Anadolu Efes: D.Brown 22+12reb+3ast, T.Honeycutt 21+8reb+5ast, B.Dunston 14+5reb+2ast, C.Osman 11+4reb+1ast, T.Heurtel 11+6ast, D.Thomas 4 Maccabi T-A: M.Zirbes 13+5reb, D.Smith 13+6reb, D.Seeley 12+1reb+3ast, V.Rudd 11+2reb+3ast, A.Goudelock 10+5reb+7ast, Y.Ohayon 7+1reb+3ast
Sixteenth-ranked German Brose Baskets (2-8) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Russian CSKA (9-1) in Bamberg. The visitors from Moscow managed to secure only two-point victory 90-88. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Brose Baskets won third quarter 28-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSKA players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Brose Baskets were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) scored 31 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Andrey Vorontsevich (207-87) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) responded with 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. CSKA have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Russian champion maintains first position with 9-1 record. Brose Baskets lost fifth consecutive game. Defending German champion stay at the bottom place with eight games lost. CSKA will play against Armani Milano (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Brose Baskets will play against Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and hope to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: CSKA: M.Teodosic 31+1reb+8ast, A.Vorontsevich 15+5reb+3ast, V.Fridzon 9+2reb, K.Hines 9+4reb+3ast, C.Higgins 6+1reb+3ast, V.Khryapa 6+2reb Brose Bask.: N.Melli 26+5reb+2ast, D.Theis 19+9reb, F.Causeur 12+1reb+4ast, J.Strelnieks 11+4reb+4ast, N.Zisis 8+3reb+7ast, D.Miller 8+5reb+7ast
A very close game took place in Istanbul between Turkish Fenerbahce and Spanish Real Madrid. Third ranked Fenerbahce (7-3) got a very close home victory over their biggest opponent Real Madrid (7-3). Fenerbahce managed to escape with a 1-point win 78-77 in the fight for the second place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Real Madrid. Real Madrid was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Fenerbahce looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Nigerian power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and American forward James Nunnally (201-90, college: UCSB) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 14 points and 8 assists by Sergio Llull (190-87) did not help to save the game for Real Madrid. American power forward Anthony Randolph (211-89, college: LSU) added 16 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) for lost side. Five Fenerbahce and four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. Real Madrid's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fenerbahce have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Turkish champion moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Real Madrid. Fenerbahce will meet at home Crvena Zvezda (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Real Madrid will play against Zalgiris (#11) and hope to secure a win. Top scorers: Fenerbahce: J.Nunnally 18+5reb+2ast, E.Udoh 14+10reb+4ast, K.Sloukas 11+1reb+6ast, J.Vesely 11+3reb+2ast, B.Dixon 10+1reb+6ast, N.Kalinic 10+7reb+2ast Real Madrid: A.Randolph 16+4reb, S.Llull 14+3reb+8ast, G.Ayon 12+5reb+2ast, O.Hunter 12+7reb, J.Maciulis 10+2reb+1ast, R.Fernandez 6+1reb+9ast
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Italian Armani Milano (4-6) and Russian Unics Kazan (3-7), which took place in Kazan. Higher ranked Armani Milano was outleveled in a road game by fifteenth ranked Unics Kazan 100-79. The game was mostly controlled by Unics Kazan. Armani Milano was better in third quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Unics Kazan made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Unics Kazan outrebounded Armani Milano 36-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) fired 25 points and 4 assists for the winners. Spanish point guard Joaquin Colom (188-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 9 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists. American forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier, agency: BeoBasket) produced 16 points and American-Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Unics Kazan moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Galatasaray. Armani Milano lost third consecutive game. Defending Italian champion keeps the eleventh position with six games lost. Unics Kazan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Olympiacos (#4) in Athens and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Top scorers: Unics: K.Langford 25+4reb+4ast, V.Panin 18+5reb+1ast, A.Parakhouski 16+5reb, O.Johnson 14+4reb+2ast, J.Colom 9+6reb+12ast, P.Stoll 6+3reb+1ast EA7 Armani: J.McLean 16+3reb, R.Hickman 12+4reb+3ast, Z.Dragic 10+5reb+3ast, R.Sanders 10+2reb+2ast, K.Simon 9+2reb+3ast, M.Raduljica 8+1reb
Unics Kazan (VTB) agreed terms with 22-year old international center Artem Klimenko (214-110kg-94). He already started the season at Avtodor (VTB). Klimenko has played there for the last six years. In 6 VTB games he had 6.7ppg and 4.5rpg this season. Klimenko also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 9.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg. The last season he played also at Avtodor. In 14 Eurocup games he averaged 9.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.4apg. Klimenko also played 29 games in VT... [read more]
Unics Kazan (VTB) agreed terms with 22-year old international center Artem Klimenko (214-110kg-94). He already started the season at Avtodor (VTB). Klimenko has played there for the last six years. In 6 VTB games he had 6.7ppg and 4.5rpg this season. Klimenko also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 9.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg. The last season he played also at Avtodor. In 14 Eurocup games he averaged 9.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.4apg. Klimenko also played 29 games in VTB United League where he got 8.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg. Klimenko was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Young Player of the Year in 2016. His team made it to the U23 League Semifinals in 2015. He represented Russia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) last year. Klimenko's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 5.7ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 55.6%, FT: 70.0%.
FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) tabbed 30-year old Bosnian international point guard Alex Renfroe (191-80kg-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Renfroe already started the season at B.Muenchen in German BBL league. In 9 games he averaged 3.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.8apg this season. Renfroe also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.2apg. The last season Renfroe played also at Bayern Muenchen (also in BB... [read more]
FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) tabbed 30-year old Bosnian international point guard Alex Renfroe (191-80kg-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Renfroe already started the season at B.Muenchen in German BBL league. In 9 games he averaged 3.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.8apg this season. Renfroe also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.2apg. The last season Renfroe played also at Bayern Muenchen (also in BBL). The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 40 BBL games he recorded 9.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 5.5apg. Renfroe helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Renfroe also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 10.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 4.1apg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 14.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.7apg and 1.1spg. Renfroe contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Renfroe received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award in 2016. His team was regular season runner-up in German Bundesliga in 2015. He represented Bosnia at the European Championships last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 6.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.4apg, Steals-4 (1.6spg), FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 25.0%. Renfroe is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (KK Zagreb), Italy (Enel Brindisi), Latvia (VEF Riga), Russia (Enisey), Germany (ALBA Berlin and Brose Baskets) and Spain (Baskonia and Blancos de Rueda). Renfroe attended Belmont University until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
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