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.
Nikolajs Mazurs to join Unics' coaching staff - 10 hours ago
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Nikolajs Mazurs is joining Unics Kazan. The Latvian specialist will work in head coach's Evgeny Pashutin team. Nikolajs Mazurs started the season at helm of Avtodor Saratov. He left though shortly. Previously he worked with Dynamo Moscow, Vita Tbilisi, VEF Riga, VEF Riga Kadeti. He also guided Latvian U18 and U20 National Teams. [read more]
Nikolajs Mazurs is joining Unics Kazan. The Latvian specialist will work in head coach's Evgeny Pashutin team. Nikolajs Mazurs started the season at helm of Avtodor Saratov. He left though shortly. Previously he worked with Dynamo Moscow, Vita Tbilisi, VEF Riga, VEF Riga Kadeti. He also guided Latvian U18 and U20 National Teams.
Randolph's 21 points give him Player of the Week award - 2 days ago
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27-year old power forward Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Real Madrid and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28. He had the game-high 21 points adding five rebounds for Real Madrid in his team's victory, helping them to beat Olympiacos (#3, 19-9) 79-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Real Madrid to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. They would h... [read more]
27-year old power forward Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Real Madrid and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28. He had the game-high 21 points adding five rebounds for Real Madrid in his team's victory, helping them to beat Olympiacos (#3, 19-9) 79-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Real Madrid to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Real Madrid has a very solid 21-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Randolph had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Anthony Randolph averages this season 10.7ppg and 5.3rpg.
Second best performed player last round was Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of league's second-best CSKA. He is French guard in his 3rd season at CSKA. In the last game De Colo recorded impressive 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course CSKA cruised to a 85-74 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Unics (#16, 7-21). CSKA's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 21-7 record is not bad at all. De Colo is one of the most experienced players at CSKA and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to center Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) of EA7 Armani (#15). Raduljica scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Raduljica's great performance EA7 Armani lost 76-84 to the higher-ranked Brose Bask. (#12, 10-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. EA7 Armani can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-21 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Raduljica he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Raduljica has a very solid season. In 27 games in Euroleague he scored 8.4ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) of Olympiacos - 18 points and 4 rebounds 5. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Fenerbahce - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) of Darussafaka - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid - 21 points and 5 assists 8. Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87) of Unics - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Fabien Causeur (195-SG-87) of Brose Bask. - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Chris Singleton (206-F-89) of Panathinaikos - 18 points and 8 rebounds
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)
FC Barcelona - Crvena Zvezda 67-54 Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Serbian Crvena Zvezda (15-13) and Spanish FC Barcelona (11-17), which took place in Barcelona. 8th ranked Crvena Zvezda lost to eleventh ranked FC Barcelona in a road game 54-67. It looked good early as Crvena Zvezda took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then FC Barcelona had a 15-11 second period charge getting the lead and Crvena Zvezda was not able to take back game control losin... [read more]
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Serbian Crvena Zvezda (15-13) and Spanish FC Barcelona (11-17), which took place in Barcelona. 8th ranked Crvena Zvezda lost to eleventh ranked FC Barcelona in a road game 54-67. It looked good early as Crvena Zvezda took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then FC Barcelona had a 15-11 second period charge getting the lead and Crvena Zvezda was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-67. Greek Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) chipped in 13 points. Forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) produced 7 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Nate Wolters (193-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) added 8 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. FC Barcelona maintains eleventh position with 11-17 record. Defending Serbian champion Crvena Zvezda keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. FC Barcelona's next round opponent will be Maccabi T-A (#14) in Tel-Aviv. Top scorers: Crvena Zvezda: L.Mitrovic 8+3reb, C.Jenkins 8+2ast, N.Wolters 8+4reb+2ast, B.Lazic 7+4reb, M.Simonovic 7+8reb+3ast, M.Guduric 5+1reb+1ast FC Barcelona: S.Perperoglou 17+5reb+3ast, P.Koponen 13+4reb+2ast, A.Vezenkov 8+1reb, B.Oleson 7+1reb+1ast, V.Claver 5+10reb+1ast, T.Rice 5+2ast
No shocking result in a game when second ranked CSKA (21-7) beat on the road bottom-ranked Unics Kazan (7-21) 85-74 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA. Unics Kazan was better in fourth quarter 17-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. CSKA looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Unics Kazan was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for French Nando De-Colo (196-87) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 assists for the winners. Guard Anton Ponkrashov (200-86, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 16 points and 7 assists and Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Unics Kazan. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Russian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Real Madrid. Unics Kazan lost eleventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 21 games lost. CSKA will face Panathinaikos (#5) in Athens in the next round. Unics Kazan will play on the road against Crvena Zvezda (#8) in Beograd and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Unics: K.Langford 17+1reb+4ast, A.Ponkrashov 16+3reb+7ast, A.Parakhouski 14+8reb+2ast, P.Antipov 9+3reb+1ast, D.Andjusic 7+3reb+1ast, M.Banic 4+1reb+1ast CSKA: N.De Colo 22+5reb+4ast, M.Teodosic 12+2reb+12ast, N.Kurbanov 9+7reb+2ast, A.Vorontsevich 9+3reb+1ast, A.Jackson 7+1reb+2ast, J.Freeland 6+2reb
An interesting game for Spanish Real Madrid (21-7) which played road game in Athens against 3rd ranked Greek Olympiacos (19-9). First ranked Real Madrid managed to get a 6-point victory 79-73. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The winners were led by American power forward Anthony Randolph (211-89, college: LSU) who scored that evening 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Sergio Llull (190-87) supported him with 21 points and 5 assists. Even 18 points by Serbian center Nikola Milutinov (212-94) did not help to save the game for Olympiacos. Forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) added 11 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Spanish champion maintains first position with 21-7 record, which they share with CSKA. Defending Greek champion Olympiacos keep the third place with nine games lost. Real Madrid will meet at home Fenerbahce (#4) in the next round. Olympiacos will play against Anadolu Efes in Istanbul and hope to secure a win. Top scorers: Olympiacos: N.Milutinov 18+4reb, K.Papanikolaou 11+6reb+2ast, D.Agravanis 10+3reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 9+4reb+3ast, E.Green 7+2reb+1ast, E.Mantzaris 5+3reb+3ast Real Madrid: A.Randolph 21+5reb+1ast, S.Llull 21+1reb+5ast, O.Hunter 10+2reb, J.Maciulis 7+4reb+2ast, J.Taylor 5+2reb, L.Doncic 4+3reb+3ast
Rather expected game when 11th ranked Galatasaray (10-18) lost to ninth ranked Darussafaka (14-14) in Istanbul 67-73 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 24-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import forward Will Clyburn (201-90, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and German center Tibor Pleiss (217-89) added 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Galatasaray. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Darussafaka maintains ninth position with 14-14 record. Loser Galatasaray dropped to the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Darussafaka will face Brose Baskets (#12) in Bamberg in the next round. Galatasaray will play at home against Baskonia and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Galatasaray: V.Micov 17+5reb+1ast, A.Daye 11+1reb, C.Korkmaz 9, T.Pleiss 8+9reb+1ast, J.Diebler 5+1reb+3ast, S.Guler 5+1reb+5ast Darussafaka: B.Wanamaker 22+6reb+2ast, W.Clyburn 15+9reb+3ast, S.Wilbekin 13+1reb+3ast, J.Anderson 8+7reb+3ast, B.Batuk 6+3reb+1ast, A.Moerman 3
Round 28 most important game was a victory of Greek Panathinaikos over 6th ranked Spanish Baskonia72-63 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Baskonia. Baskonia trailed by 16 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 26-18 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 63-72 at the end of the game. Panathinaikos dominated on the defensive end, holding Baskonia to just 6 points in first quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) contributed with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. German center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds and Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Baskonia. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panathinaikos have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fenerbahce. Baskonia at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Anadolu Efes. Panathinaikos is looking forward to face league's second-placed CSKA in Moscow in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Baskonia will play on the road against Galatasaray (#13) in Istanbul and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident. Top scorers: Baskonia: A.Hanga 13+5reb+3ast, J.Voigtmann 12+7reb+3ast, C.Budinger 11+3reb+3ast, S.Larkin 7+3reb+2ast, I.Diop 7+4reb+2ast, T.Shengelia 6+2reb+1ast Panathinaikos: C.Singleton 18+8reb, M.James 11+1reb+3ast, J.Gist 11+5reb+1ast, J.Feldeine 8+1reb+3ast, N.Calathes 8+6reb+8ast, K.Gabriel 6+3reb
The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourteenth ranked German Brose Baskets' (10-18) road victory over 15th ranked Italian Armani Milano (7-21) 84-76 on Thursday. Armani Milano trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 24-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-84 at the end of the game. Brose Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for French Fabien Causeur (195-87) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Brose Baskets' coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American-Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Armani Milano. Defending German champion moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Maccabi T-A and Galatasaray. Armani Milano lost seventh consecutive game. Defending Italian champion keeps the fifteenth position with 21 games lost. Brose Baskets will face higher ranked Darussafaka (#9) in Istanbul in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Armani Milano will play on the road against Zalgiris (#10) in Kaunas and hope to win that game. Top scorers: EA7 Armani: R.Hickman 20+4reb+4ast, M.Raduljica 19+9reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 9+3reb+3ast, M.Kalnietis 8+3reb+4ast, J.McLean 8+3reb+1ast, D.Pascolo 7+2reb+2ast Brose Bask.: F.Causeur 17+8reb+2ast, J.McNeal 12+3reb+1ast, L.Radosevic 9+2reb+3ast, N.Melli 9+8reb+1ast, D.Theis 8+1reb, D.Miller 7+2reb+3ast
The game between 13th ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (10-18) and tenth ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (13-15) in Tel-Aviv on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Kaunas beat Maccabi T-A 93-77. The game without a history. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi T-A's 28. Zalgiris looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a very good performance for Paulius Jankunas (205-84) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Edgaras Ulanovas (197-92) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) replied with 16 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) added 10 points and 5 assists in the effort for Maccabi T-A. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains tenth position with 13-15 record. Loser Maccabi T-A dropped to the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Zalgiris will face Armani Milano (#15) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Maccabi T-A will play against FC Barcelona and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Maccabi T-A: V.Rudd 16+3reb+4ast, S.Landesberg 11, D.Smith 10+1reb+5ast, D.Simpson 10+2reb+2ast, J.Alexander 9+3reb+1ast, G.Pnini 8+3reb+1ast Zalgiris: E.Ulanovas 20+1reb+1ast, K.Pangos 15+2reb+3ast, A.Kavaliauskas 14+7reb, P.Jankunas 12+7reb+5ast, B.Motum 10+2reb, A.Milaknis 6
Important game to mention about took place in Istanbul. Seventh ranked Anadolu Efes (16-12) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 4th ranked Fenerbahce (17-11) 80-77 on Thursday evening. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-15 Fenerbahce's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-77 at the end of the game. Anadolu Efes dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Fenerbahce's 30. Fenerbahce was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (189-89) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 5 assists and American-Armenian center Bryant Dunston (203-86) who added 14 points during the contest. Granger is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Anadolu Efes' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American-Turkish point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and Serbian swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. Anadolu Efes have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Baskonia. Defending Turkish champion Fenerbahce keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Panathinaikos. Anadolu Efes will play against higher ranked Olympiacos (#3) in Athens in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fenerbahce will play on the road against the league's leader Real Madrid and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: Fenerbahce: B.Dixon 19+8reb+3ast, B.Bogdanovic 16+2reb+4ast, N.Kalinic 12, M.Mahmutoglu 10+2ast, E.Udoh 8+10reb+2ast, J.Vesely 7+4reb Anadolu Efes: B.Dunston 14+4reb+1ast, J.Granger 13+4reb+5ast, B.Paul 10+1reb+1ast, D.Brown 10+3reb+3ast, T.Honeycutt 9+3reb, D.Balbay 8+4reb+2ast
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