Results and Stats from Regular Season Round 7 - Nov 23, 2012
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Real Madrid - Khimky 104-81 Real Madrid takes top position in Group A after the home win over Khimky in Spain. The hosts needed a 104:81 victory for 5-2 record on top. The Russian side meanwhile fell at 4-3 record. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Khimky. It was a key game for the top position in Group A. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 104:81. Real Madrid forced 20 Khimky turnovers. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) fired 23 points for the winners. Nikola Mirotic chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Five Real Madrid players scored in double figures. Sergey Monya (202-PF-83) produced 19 points and 4 assists and Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) added 15 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Khimky will play next round against Cantu trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Real Madrid will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul.
Cantu - Panathinaikos 69-71 Panathinaikos eked out a tough road win over Cantu in Euroleague Group A. The Hellenes improved at 4-3 record, while Cantu fell at 2-5 in the ladder. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) came up with 21 points and 9 rebounds to pace the visitors. Panathinaikos ensured a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. Cantu however erased the deficit in the second quarter. The Italian team ensured a 34:34 tie game at the interval. The Hellenes pulled in front once again in the third term. Panathinaikos posted a 54:50 lead at the final intermission. Cantu opened the fourth frame on a 9:0 run to take a 5-point lead. Markoishvili made it 66:60 for Cantu with just over three minutes to go. Michael Bramos and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) answered with back-to-back three-pointers to knot things up at 66. Lasme and Alex Tyus (205-C-88, college: Florida) exchanged points as the teams stayed tied. Michael Bramos then followed with a three-pointer to give the visitors a 71:68 lead. Cantu could not recover in the late seconds as Jonathan Tabu missed a triple. Dimitris Diamantidis provided 15 points, 7 assists and 4 boards for the winners. Alex Tyus answered with 18 points for Cantu. Jonathan Tabu had 17 points and 8 assists in the loss.
Fener.Ulker - Un.Olimpija 85-68 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul edge Union Olimpija Ljubljana in the start of Round 7 in EuroLeague. The Turkish side had a strong first half to seal a 85:68 win. Fenerbahce improved to 4-3 record, while the Slovenian side fell at 2-5 record. Fenerbahce Ulker went on a 22-12 lead after the first period and never looked behind after. The hosts added 21-14 in the second frame as Omer Onan and Dylan Page scored for 43:26. The latter also reduced to 43:30 early in the third period, while Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) increased the lead back to 18. Ilkan Karaman closed the third period at 64:48, while another 21-20 in the last stanza brought them the final 17-point victory. Bojan Bogdanovic top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Bo McCalebb added 13. Omer Onan notched 12, while Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 11. Dylan Page replied with 23 points in the losing effort and Alen Omic tossed in 13. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) scored 10, while Klemen Prepelic added 6.
Montepaschi - Maccabi T-A 89-87 Montepaschi Siena closed the round with the win over Maccabi Electra on Friday night. The Italian team grabbed valuable 89:87 victory. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 6-point deficit before their 30-22 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 6 assists. Daniel Hackett accounted for 13 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots) and Lior Eliyahu (206-SF-85) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Maccabi T-A in the defeat. Four Montepaschi Siena and five Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Montepaschi Siena. Defending Italian champion maintains third place in Group B with 4-3 record behind leader Real Madrid. Defending Israeli champion Maccabi T-A keeps the second position with two games lost. Montepaschi Siena's next round opponent will be Unicaja Malaga at home. Maccabi T-A will play against Chalon/Saor.
Unicaja - Asseco Prok. 63-48 Kosta Perovic scored 12 points and Unicajas defence went like clockwork as the Spanish team knocked down Asseco Prokom for the sixth win in Group B of Euroleague. The teams got to rather slow start. They stayed close and entered the second frame tied at 13. Unicaja broke free in the second quarter. The hosts ignited a 21:10 run to establish an 11-point halftime lead. Unicaja limited their opponents to just 8 points in the third term. The gap grew at 16-point mark with ten minutes remaining. Asseco Prokom kept struggling offensively in the final frame as Unicaja easily secured the winning outcome at the end. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) delivered 11 points, while Luka Zoric (211-C-84) added 8 points for the winners. Adam Hrycaniuk (206-C-84, agency: Alti Sport, college: Cincinnati) answered with 10 points for Asseco Prokom. Alex Acker and Rasid Mahalbasic (211-C-90) delivered 9 points each in the loss.
Chalon - ALBA 82-87 Alba Berlin surprise Elan Chalon in France in Euroleague Round 7. The German team needed an 87:82 win for 3-4 record in Group B. The French side meanwhile, dropped at 2-5 record. It was the game for the third victory in the group as both teams had 2-4 records before the appearance. Elan Chalon started with 20-15, bit trailed 2 points at the halftime. After 20-18, the host managed to tie the game at the end of the third period at 63:63 when Blake Schilb closed the period. Alba dominated the last period and led for the whole time in it. Brion Rush however managed to reduce to 80:82 with 17 seconds to go. Vule Avdalovic and Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) meanwhile managed to bring the victory from the free throw line. Yassin Idbihi led the way with 16 points and Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) delivered 13. Vule Avdalovic, Zach Morley and DaShaun Wood all scored 11. Blake Schilb and Brion Rush scored 21 points in the losing effort. Ilian Evtimov tossed in 13, while Shelden Williams (206-F-83, college: Duke) had 8.
EA7 Armani - Cedevita 75-60 Emporio Armani clinched the third Euroleague win this season. They prevailed against Cedevita in Milan. Antonis Fotsis (209-F-81) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds for the Italian team. Emporio Armani eked out a 20:18 lead after ten minutes of action. Cedevita surged ahead in the second term. They snatched a 37:36 halftime lead. But the third term turned disastrous for the visitors. Emporio Armani changed the complexion of the game. The hosts went on a massive 25:9 run to pile up a 15-point lead before the final period. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the final frame as Emporio Armani kept Cedevita at safe distance. Ioannis Bourousis and Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) delivered 11 points each for the winners. Miro Bilan (215-C-89) answered with 15 points for Cedevita. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) and Predrag Suput had 9 points each in the losing case.
Zalgiris - Caja Laboral 82-45 Zalgiris recorded the sixth win in Euroleague Group C. They knocked down Caja Laboral to improve at 6-1 record on top of the ladder. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) scored 19 points to pace the hosts. Zalgiris led from start to finish. The Lithuanian powerhouse jumped to a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. The hosts stretched the lead in the second term. Zalgiris piled up a 43:24 halftime advantage. Caja Laboral scored just 9 points in the third term to trail by as many as 26 points heading into the final stanza. Zalgiris did not slow down in the fourth quarter and coasted to the victory. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) and Mindaugas Kuzminskas netted 13 points each for the winners. Fabien Causeur and Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) answered with 10 points each for Caja Laboral.
Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes 75-53 Olympiacos clinched the fifth win in Euroleague Group C. They brushed by Anadolu Efes in Piraeus. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) came up with 17 points and 6 boards to lead the effort. Olympiacos fired 23 points in the first term to gain a 3-point lead. The Hellenes limited their opponents to just 6 points in the second quarter. The hosts extended the margin to 9 points at the interval 35:26. Olympiacos used the third term to aggravate the damage. The home team stayed aggressive at both end of the floor and piled up a 17-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Anadolu Efes scored just 11 points in the fourth stanza and suffered the third loss at the tournament. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points, while Acie Law delivered 10 points in the win. Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) answered with 15 points for Anadolu Efes. Semih Erden provided 8 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Besiktas - Brose Bask. 83-72 Besiktas clinched the fourth EuroLeague victory this season. They toppled visiting Brose Baskets at home court to take 4-3 record in Group D. Patrick Christopher (196-G-88, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: California) dropped 20 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to pace the hosts. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Besiktas and Brose Baskets entered the second term tied at 18. Bamberg surged ahead in the second frame. The German side accumulated a 42:36 halftime lead. But Besiktas turned the tables in the third quarter. They went on a 26:12 rally to ensure an 8-point lead at the final break. Besiktas maintained the advantage throughout the final stanza. They did not allow Brose Baskets within striking distance and clinched the victory at the end. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) netted 17 points, while Damir Markota added 13 points in the win. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 21 points for Brose Baskets. Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) delivered 14 points in defeat.
CSKA - Partizan 78-61 CSKA Moscow open Round 7 with the win over Partizan mt:s Belgrade. The Russian side overcame the Serbian representative 78:61 in the first game of the day. CSKA Moscow grabbed 23:22 lead after the first period and pushed the tempo later in the half. They reached 12-point halftime advantage after 25-14 in the second period. Moreover CSKA won the third and the last quarters. They were stronger with 13-12 in the third quarter and finished the game with 17-13 in the last stanza. Andrey Vorontsevich (207-C-87) brought 78:54 on the board, while Partizan mt:s Belgrade managed to reduce to 17 points closing the game with a 7-0 run. Sonny Weems top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Dionte Christmas notched 13. Andrey Vorontsevich delivered 12, while Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne) and Viktor Khryapa had 11 each. Vladimir Lucic and Dragan Milosavljevic replied with 12 points each in the losing effort. Drew Gordon scored 11, while Dejan Musl added 9.
FCB Regal - Lietuvos rytas 90-66 FC Barcelona Regal survive Lietuvos Rytas challenge in EuroLeague Group D. The Spanish titan remained the only undefeated team in the campaign and moved up to 7-0 record after 90:66 win. Although FC Barcelona Regal started with 27-18 in the first period, they lost the lead later in the game. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius erupted with 27-15 in the second frame and took 45:42 at the halftime. Nemanja Nedovic gave the guests 54:51, but it was their last one in the game. Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) scored four points in a row for 63:57 and then Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) closed the frame at 68:60. FC Barcelona Regal added massive 22-6 surge in the last stanza for the final success. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) stepped up with 24 points for the winners and Ante Tomic netted 17. Pete Mickeal delivered 15, while Erazem Lorbek had 11. Leon Radosevic answered with 14 points in the losing effort and Nemanja Nedovic scored 12. Dejan Ivanov added 11 and Predrag Samardziski notched 10.
FC Barcelona - Brose Bask. 78-74 Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Spanish FC Barcelona and 12th ranked German Brose Baskets had identical 1-2 record. This time FC Barcelona used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Bamberg 78-74 on Friday night. It was a very good performance for American-Montenegrin point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 assists. Greek Strat... [read more]
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Spanish FC Barcelona and 12th ranked German Brose Baskets had identical 1-2 record. This time FC Barcelona used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Bamberg 78-74 on Friday night. It was a very good performance for American-Montenegrin point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 assists. Greek Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) contributed with 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four FC Barcelona players scored in double figures. French Fabien Causeur (194-87) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) added 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Brose Baskets. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. FC Barcelona (2-2) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Defending German champion Brose Baskets keep the twelfth position with three games lost. FC Barcelona will face Maccabi T-A (#10) in Tel-Aviv in the next round. Brose Baskets will play at home against Armani Milano and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Brose Bask.: F.Causeur 19+5reb+1ast, D.Theis 19+5reb, D.Miller 7+1reb, J.Strelnieks 7+2reb+3ast, N.Melli 6+6reb+1ast, M.Lo 5 FC Barcelona: T.Rice 18+1reb+6ast, V.Claver 13+4reb+3ast, A.Tomic 11+1reb+2ast, S.Perperoglou 11+4reb+6ast, A.Vezenkov 9+2reb, J.Dorsey 8+9reb
Panathinaikos used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Beograd 70-59 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Panathinaikos. Crvena Zvezda was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Panathinaikos made 7 blocks. It was a very good performance for American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American James Gist (206-86) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. Bosnian-Serbian center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Montenegrin-Serbian power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, agency: BeoBasket) added 12 points in the effort for Crvena Zvezda. Crvena Zvezda's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Panathinaikos (3-1) moved-up to third place, which they share with Real Madrid and Olympiacos. Defending Serbian champion Crvena Zvezda keeps the sixth position with two games lost. Panathinaikos will face Anadolu Efes (#14) in Istanbul in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Crvena Zvezda will play at home against Baskonia (#9) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Crvena Zvezda: O.Kuzmic 15+15reb, M.Bjelica 12+2reb, N.Wolters 8+2reb+3ast, C.Jenkins 8+1reb, M.Simonovic 4+3reb, L.Mitrovic 4+1reb+1ast Panathinaikos: J.Gist 17+3reb, N.Calathes 16+6reb+5ast, I.Bourousis 12+8reb, K.Rivers 12+1reb, J.Feldeine 7+5reb+3ast, D.Nichols 6+2reb+2ast
Everything could happen in Kaunas at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A and 13th ranked Lithuania Zalgiris had identical 1-2 record. But Zalgiris were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Tel-Aviv 87-74 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Zalgiris was better in third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game, while Zalgiris only scored one point from the stripe. Zalgiris were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) who helped to win the game recording 17 points. The other American import guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Five Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Point guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-94) replied with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and French guard Leo Westermann (197-92, agency: BeoBasket) added 9 points and 7 assists in the effort for Zalgiris. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi T-A (2-2) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Defending Lithuania champion Zalgiris dropped to the twelfth position with three games lost. Maccabi T-A will face FC Barcelona (#11) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Zalgiris will play against Darussafaka and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Zalgiris: L.Lekavicius 16+8reb+6ast, K.Pangos 11+3reb+1ast, L.Westermann 9+2reb+7ast, B.Motum 9+7reb, E.Ulanovas 9+4reb+3ast, A.Milaknis 6+1reb+3ast Maccabi T-A: A.Goudelock 18+1reb+2ast, D.Smith 17+4reb+2ast, S.Weems 16+2reb+2ast, D.Seeley 11+3reb+2ast, C.Iverson 10+5reb, M.Zirbes 8+4reb
Bottom-ranked Galatasaray is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to top-ranked Fenerbahce (4-0) 103-87 on Friday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Fenerbahce. Galatasaray was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Galatasaray 37-25 including 17 on the offensive glass. Fenerbahce shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Galatasaray was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for Nigeria power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Greek guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90) contributed with 24 points and 7 assists for the winners. American point guard Russ Smith (183-91, college: Louisville) replied with 15 points and Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points in the effort for Galatasaray. Five Fenerbahce and four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. Galatasaray's coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Fenerbahce have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Turkish champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with CSKA. Loser Galatasaray still closes the standings with four games lost. Fenerbahce will face Unics Kazan (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Galatasaray will play against Real Madrid and looks forward to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: Galatasaray: A.Daye 16+1reb+1ast, R.Smith 15+1reb+3ast, J.Dentmon 14+3reb+1ast, V.Micov 13+2reb+3ast, S.Guler 10+2reb+4ast, A.Tyus 8+8reb Fenerbahce: K.Sloukas 24+1reb+7ast, B.Dixon 22+2reb+1ast, E.Udoh 21+13reb+2ast, L.Datome 13+4reb+2ast, J.Vesely 12+6reb+4ast, N.Kalinic 5+4reb+2ast
Round 4 most important game was a victory of Greek Olympiacos over 7th ranked Spanish Baskonia95-90 on Thursday night. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Olympiacos made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Baskonia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Guard Evangelos Mantzaris (196-90) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Olympiacos players scored in double figures. American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 assists and Georgia forward Tornike Shengelia (205-91) added 20 points in the effort for Baskonia. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Olympiacos have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Greek champion (3-1) moved-up to third place, which they share with Real Madrid and Panathinaikos. Baskonia at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with 5 other teams. Olympiacos is looking forward to face Crvena Zvezda (#6) in Beograd in the next round. Baskonia will play on the road against Crvena Zvezda in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Baskonia: T.Shengelia 20+4reb+2ast, A.Hanga 15+6reb+3ast, S.Larkin 14+2reb+11ast, I.Diop 9+2reb, J.Blazic 9+3reb, J.Voigtmann 7+8reb+1ast Olympiacos: E.Mantzaris 17+3reb+1ast, K.Papanikolaou 15+3reb, V.Spanoulis 15+15ast, E.Green 13+2reb, M.Lojeski 9+1reb+2ast, K.Birch 8+8reb
Another interesting game for Spanish Real Madrid (3-1) which played on the court of Italian Armani Milano (2-2). Third ranked Real Madrid had an easy win 101-90. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. Armani Milano was better in third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Armani Milano was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Anthony Randolph (211-89, college: LSU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and Sergio Llull (190-87) who added 18 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side American-Georgia guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) responded with 19 points and 5 assists and American swingman Rakim Sanders (193-89, college: Fairfield) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Five Real Madrid and four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Spanish champion maintains third position with 3-1 record behind leader CSKA, which they share with Panathinaikos and Olympiacos. Defending Italian champion Armani Milano dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Real Madrid will play against bottom-ranked Galatasaray (#16) in Istanbul in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Armani Milano will play on the road against Brose Baskets (#13) in Bamberg and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: EA7 Armani: R.Hickman 19+4reb+5ast, R.Sanders 16+6reb+2ast, K.Simon 13+2reb+6ast, J.McLean 11+4reb, M.Macvan 7+4reb, Z.Dragic 7+2reb Real Madrid: A.Randolph 20+14reb+1ast, S.Llull 18+1reb+6ast, O.Hunter 18+5reb+1ast, R.Fernandez 13+5reb+3ast, J.Carroll 11+4reb+1ast, J.Maciulis 7+4reb+3ast
Anadolu Efes' fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Darussafaka (2-2) on the road game in Istanbul 84-79 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 26-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) who scored that evening 15 points and 9 assists and American forward Tyler Honeycutt (203-90, college: UCLA) supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Even 13 points and 4 assists by American guard Scottie Wilbekin (188-93, college: Florida) did not help to save the game for Darussafaka. His fellow American import guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) added 11 points and 6 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Anadolu Efes (1-3) left bottom position moving up to twelfth place, which they share with Brose Bask. and Zalgiris. Loser Darussafaka dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with 5 other teams. Anadolu Efes will meet at home higher ranked Panathinaikos (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Darussafaka will play against Zalgiris in Kaunas and hope to secure a win. Top scorers: Darussafaka: S.Wilbekin 13+3reb+4ast, B.Wanamaker 11+2reb+6ast, M.Slaughter 10+6reb+2ast, J.Anderson 10+5ast, B.Batuk 7+3reb+1ast, A.Moerman 7+9reb+1ast Anadolu Efes: D.Thomas 17+4reb, T.Heurtel 15+1reb+9ast, B.Cotton 12+1reb+2ast, T.Honeycutt 12+9reb+2ast, D.Brown 10+3reb, B.Dunston 7+4reb+2ast
Euroleague top team - CSKA (4-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Unics Kazan (0-4) in Moscow 98-80. The game without a history. CSKA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. CSKA outrebounded Unics Kazan 36-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. CSKA players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 assists for the winners. American guard Cory Higgins (195-89, college: Colorado) chipped in 14 points. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) produced 36 points (!!!) and Spanish point guard Joaquin Colom (188-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. CSKA have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Russia champion maintains first position with 4-0 record, which they share with Fenerbahce. Unics Kazan at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. CSKA will have a break next round. Unics Kazan will play on the road against the league's second-placed Fenerbahce (#2) in Istanbul and hopes to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: Unics: K.Langford 36+4reb+2ast, J.Colom 12+2reb+5ast, A.Parakhouski 8+5reb+2ast, V.Panin 8+3reb+1ast, M.Banic 8+2reb, K.Kaimakoglou 3+3reb CSKA: M.Teodosic 16+1reb+10ast, C.Higgins 14+4reb, N.De Colo 11+3reb+3ast, K.Hines 10+3reb, A.Vorontsevich 9+7reb+1ast, A.Jackson 9+2ast
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 28-year old American small forward Chase Budinger (201-100kg-88, college: Arizona). He was with Brooklyn Nets in presason but was released 10 days ago. The last season Budinger played at the Suns in NBA where in 17 games he had 3.2ppg and 1.7rpg. He also played earlier that season for the Pacers in NBA. In 49 games he recorded 4.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0apg. Budinger also spent pre-season at the Timberwolves earlier that year. In 2009 he... [read more]
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 28-year old American small forward Chase Budinger (201-100kg-88, college: Arizona). He was with Brooklyn Nets in presason but was released 10 days ago. The last season Budinger played at the Suns in NBA where in 17 games he had 3.2ppg and 1.7rpg. He also played earlier that season for the Pacers in NBA. In 49 games he recorded 4.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0apg. Budinger also spent pre-season at the Timberwolves earlier that year. In 2009 he was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in second round (44th overall). The former University of Arizona standoutis in his eighth season in pro basketball. Budinger was voted Pac-10 1st Team back in 2009 at his college time. Budinger has played also professionally for other NBA teams like Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Nando De Colo claims Euroleague weekly honour - 1 day ago
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French Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader CSKA and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. The 29-year old shooting guard had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and six assists for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to beat Anadolu Efes (#14, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 93-87. It allowed CSKA to jump to the first place in the Euroleague. They maintain a perfect r... [read more]
French Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader CSKA and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. The 29-year old shooting guard had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and six assists for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to beat Anadolu Efes (#14, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 93-87. It allowed CSKA to jump to the first place in the Euroleague. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but CSKA already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game De Colo had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at CSKA, through which he has constantly improved. De Colo has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.7ppg. De Colo is in league's top in and averages solid 53.1% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young shooting guard Marko Guduric (196-SG-95) of Crvena Zvezda. Guduric impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Crvena Zvezda cruised to a 76-65 relatively comfortable win over FC Barcelona (1-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Guduric is well-known by Crvena Zvezda fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.0ppg (#9). He also recorded 3.3 assists per game.
The third best performed player last round was Guinea-Bissau Colton Iverson (212-C-89, agency: Pensack Sports) of Maccabi T-A (#12). Iverson scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Maccabi T-A, leading his team to a 98-92 win against Galatasaray (#16, 0-3). With bigger assistance of his teammates, Iverson could try to bring Maccabi T-A's a little bit higher in the standings. Iverson has a very solid season. In 3 games in Euroleague he scored 11.0ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92) of Baskonia - 18 points and 11 rebounds 5. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of Unics - 17 points and 7 rebounds 6. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89) of Panathinaikos - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists 7. Justin Dentmon (183-PG-85) of Galatasaray - 22 points and 4 assists 8. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce - 14 points and 8 rebounds 9. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) of Maccabi T-A - 23 points and 5 rebounds 10. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) of Real Madrid - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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