Results and Stats from Regular Season Round 8 - Nov 30, 2012
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Real Madrid - Fener.Ulker 77-61 Real struck late and defeated Fenerbahce in the 8th round of Euroleague regular season. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) posted 18 points and 6 boards to pace the hosts as they climbed at 6-2 record on top of Group A ladder. Fenerbahce slipped at 4-4 record in the standings. Real got to slow start. The visitors pulled ahead in the opening quarter. Fenerhabce recorded a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) and Andersen gave the visitors a 24:16 lead early in the second quarter. Fenerbahce stayed in front though Real were able to get within 3 points at halftime 36:39. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) capped the period with a dunk to give the hosts a narrow 54:52 lead. Real opened the fourth frame with 10 unanswered points and never looked back en route to the victory. Marcus Slaughter chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds for Real. Jaycee Carroll and Felipe Reyes netted 10 points apiece in the win. Bojan Bogdanovic answered with 18 points for Fenerbahce. Bo McCalebb and Emir Preldzic contributed 10 points each in the loss.
Panathinaikos - Un.Olimpija 80-72 Panathinaikos Athens overcame Union Olimpija in Greece in Round 8 of EuroLeague. The Greek side grabbed 5-3 record in Group A after an 80:72 victory. The Slovenian team fell at 2-6 record. Panathinaikos Athens was happy to go on 17-11 lead in front of 5000 local fans in O.A.K.A. Arena. Union Olimpija bounced back with 22-18 in the second frame and reduced to 2 points at the halftime. The third period became decisive in the game as the hosts erupted with 27-16 surge and never looked behind after. Union Olimpija won the last period 23-18 but managed to reduce to final 8 points. Roko-Leni Ukic and Marcus Banks (188-G-81, college: UNLV) stepped up with 14 points each, while Stephane Lasme nailed 13. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) tossed in 11, whilst Jonas Maciulis had 10. Jaka Blazic finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort and Dino Muric (200-F-90) posted 16. Klemen Prepelic had 11, whilst Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) accounted for 7.
Khimky - Cantu 77-53 Khimky made a big step towards EuroLeague Last 16 stage. They knocked down visiting Mapooro Cantu to improve at 5-3 record in Group A. Zoran Planinic and Paul Davis accounted for 14 points each to pace the hosts. Cantu fell at 2-6 record after the loss. Cantu started strong with Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) orchestrating the show. The Georgian player fired 12 points in the opening quarter as Cantu gained a 24:23 lead. Khimky tipped off the second term with 7 points in a row to surge ahead. They later took control with a 10:1 run and posted a 44:31 halftime lead. Sergey Monya and Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) made it 52:33 for the hosts early in the third term. Khimky did not slow down and recorded a 62:43 advantage into the final stanza. Khimky never looked back afterwards coasting to the win. Vitaliy Fridzon and Sergey Monya finished with 11 points each for the hosts. Manuchar Markoishvili answered with 16 points for Cantu. Maarten Leunen had 11 points in the loss.
Montepaschi - Unicaja 91-72 Montepaschi Siena outgun Unicaja Malaga in Italy in one of the last games of Round 8 in EuroLeague. The Italian team improved to 5-3 record in Group B. Montepaschi Siena continues their dominance at the International Arena and won the fifth game already. They started the game with 30-20 surge and never looked behind after. The Italian side added 26-20 in the second quarter and led 56:40 at the halftime. Unicaja Malaga managed to win the third period 19-18 and reduced to 15-points entering the last stanza. Montepaschi Siena however produced a 17-13 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) tossed in 12. Kristjan Kangur contributed 11, while Aleksandar Rasic (195-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Viktor Sanikidze added 10 each. Luka Zoric answered with 29 points in defeat, while Krunoslav Simon notched 16.
Maccabi T-A - Chalon 78-73 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv improved to 6-2 record in Group B after a home victory over Elan Chalon. The Israeli Champion grabbed 78:73 victory in front of more than 11000 local fans. Elan Chalon surprised the crowd with 26-24 in the first period and added 17-14 in the second frame. The French representative also scored 17 points in the third quarter but it was not enough for the victory in the frame. Maccabi needed a 20-17 rally in the third period and finished the game with 20-13 in the last stanza. David Logan scored the last point for the winning team. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) stepped up with 19 points for the winners and David Logan tossed in 17. Shawn James delivered 10, while Ricky Hickman and Lior Eliyahu added 8 apiece. Brion Rush posted 17 points for the visiting side, while Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) had 12. Steed Tchicamboud and Shelden Williams (206-F-83, college: Duke) scored 10 points each in the losing effort.
ALBA - Asseco Prok. 67-64 Alba Berlin escape the late scare from Asseco Prokom Gdynia to take 4-4 record in Group B. The German team needed a 67:64 win in Round 8 of EuroLeague. The Polish team fell at 1-7 record at the bottom of the group. Alba Berlin won the first period 15-13 and added 21-15 in the second frame. They also looked better in the third quarter and produced 16-13 rally for 52:41 at the end of 30 minutes. Asseco Prokom Gdynia however erupted with an 8-0 run early in the last period and reduced to 56:53 after Jerel Blassingame shot. Pamula cut it to 63:62 with less than 20 seconds to go, but DaShaun Wood and Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) were perfect from the free throw line. DaShaun Wood top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Zach Morley notched 13. Deon Thompson delivered 11, while Yassin Idbihi added 10. Rasid Mahalbasic answered with 12 points in the losing effort and Lukasz Koszarek posted 10. Jerel Blassingame and Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) followed them with 8 points apiece.
Zalgiris - Olympiacos 63-77 Olympiacos Piraeus stole the show from 15000 Arena in Kaunas in EuroLegaue Group C. The Greek side needed a 77:63 to tie both records at 6-2 on top of the group. It was the top game of the group and brought lots of interest even before the start. Olympiacos Piraeus grabbed 21-18 lead after the first 10 minutes and added defensive 10-9 in the second quarter. Zalgiris Kaunas woke up with 23-17 in the third period and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) closed the frame from the three-point line for 50:48. Olympiacos Piraeus meanwhile erupted with 29-13 in the last stanza and sealed the victory. Vassilis Spanoulis stepped up with 16 points and Kostas Papanikolaou netted 13. Josh Powell delivered 10, while Acie Law added 7. Rimantas Kaukenas totaled 17 points in the losing effort, while Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) contributed 11. Tremmell Darden and Marko Popovic scored 7 points each in a loss.
Caja Laboral - EA7 Armani 64-62 Caja Laboral celebrated the second win in EuroLeague season. The Vitoria outfit held off visiting Emporio Armani to gain 2-6 record in Group C. The Italian team slipped at 3-5 record after the defeat. Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) scored 17 points to pace the hosts. Emporio Armani started strong. The visitors pulled ahead early in the game and posted a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Emporio Armani went on a 14:0 run midway through the second quarter to build a 35:19 advantage. The visitors enjoyed a 42:28 halftime lead. Caja Laboral turned things around in the third term. They adjusted defensively and held their opponents to 11 points to narrow the margin at 8-point mark. Caja Laboral used a 6:0 spurt midway through the fourth frame to knot things up at 59. Omar-Sharif Cook (188-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) put Emporio Armani back in charge with a three-pointer but Fernando San Emeterio responded with his own triple to keep teams drawn. Thomas Huertel followed with a layup as Caja Laboral surged in front with 5 seconds remaining. Basile had a chance to save the game for Emporio Armani but missed a three-pointer. Maciej Lampe provided 14 points and 12 boards, while Thomas Heurtel added 11 points in the win. Keith Langford answered with 16 points for Emporio Armani. Omar-Sharif Cook netted 14 points in defeat.
Cedevita - Anadolu Efes 73-81 Anadolu Efes Istanbul upset Cedevita in Zagreb in the start of Round 8 in EuroLeague. The Turkish side grabbed 81:73 for 5-3 record in Group C. Cedevita meanwhile fell at 2-6 record. Cedevita Zagreb started the game with 24-21 in the first period, but failed later in the game. The guests replied with 23-11 in the second frame and took 44:35 at the halftime. Cedevita Zagreb tied their best to recover in the game and posted 20-15 in the third period to trail 4 points after 30 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul meanwhile needed a 22-18 surge to post the important win. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Sasha Vujacic notched 17. Kerem Gonlum delivered 11, while Semih Erden had 10. Bracey Wright ended up with 24 points in the losing effort and Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) posted 18. Luksa Andric tossed in 12, while Vlado Ilievski delivered 7.
Besiktas - FCB Regal 48-78 FC Barcelona Regal claimed the eighth straight win in Euroleague season. The Spanish powerhouse stunned Besiktas in Istanbul tonight. Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) nailed 22 points to keep Barcelona undefeated. Besiktas fell at 4-4 record after the loss. Barcelona capped the first frame with three free throws to take an 18:14 lead. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland) drilled two three-pointers to organize a 13:0 run from the visitors early in the second quarter. The Spanish team accumulated a 31:14 lead. They finished the first half up by 15 points 39:24. Joe Ingles delivered 7 points in the third term as the visitors gained a comfortable 62:38 advantage at the final intermission. Barcelona stayed in charge throughout the fourth quarter and marched to the victory at the end. Ante Tomic posted 9 points, while Sarunas Jasikevicius delivered 8 points for the winners. Gasper Vidmar answered with 18 points and 6 boards for Besiktas. Fikret Can Akin (190-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) netted 9 points in the defeat.
Partizan - Lietuvos rytas 75-74 Drew Gordon (205-F-90, college: N.Mexico) dunked late in regulation to clinch victory for Partizan against Lietuvos Rytas in Belgrade. The win carried the hosts at 2-6 record in Group D. Davis Davis Bertans nailed 14 points to pace the hosts. Partizan led comfortably 18:11 after ten minutes. Lietuvos Rytas found the right rhythm in the second term. The visitors cut the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 39:33. Partizan took over again in the third quarter. The margin grew at 12-point mark on Drew Gordon lay-up. However Janis Blums dragged the visitors with 8 points at the final break 51:59. Leon Radosevic (206-C-90) scored 6 points in an 11:0 run from the Lithuanian team to open the fourth quarter. The teams went neck and neck then. Seibutis made it 74:73 for Lietuvos Rytas with under two minutes remaining. But Drew Gordon dunked for a narrow Partizan lead with 90 seconds remaining. Seibutis missed two attempts in the remaining seconds as Partizan snatched a tough win at the end. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) posted 13 points, while Dejan Musli contributed 12 points in the victory. Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 16 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Leon Radosevic provided 15 points in defeat.
Brose Bask. - CSKA 89-97 CSKA brought victory from EuroLeague trip to Germany. The Moscow powerhouse overcame Brose Baskets in Bambert to clinch 7-1 record in Group D. Dionte Christmas (196-G-86, college: Temple) nailed 21 points to lead the winners. CSKA erupted for 29 points in the opening frame to grab the lead. They entered the second quarter up by five points. CSKA extended the gap in the second term. The visitors secured a 50:39 halftime buffer. Bamberg started to pick up the tempo in the third term. They opened the period with six points in a row. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) capped the term with a free throw as Brose Baskets trailed by just three points before the final frame 64:67. But CSKA did not allow the hosts to pull ahead. Sonny Weems and Dionte Christmas made it 89:80 for CSKA late in regulation and the visitors ran away with victory. Milos Teodosic provided 19 points and 9 assists for CSKA. Sonny Weems added 16 points in the victory. Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) responded with 18 points for Brose Baskets. Anton Gavel had 16 points in the loss.
Historic season to culminate with 2017 Final Four in Istanbul! - 1 day ago
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A world-class city that witnessed two of pro basketball's most spectacular season-ending shots ever will have the same opportunity again next spring when the 2017 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four returns to Istanbul, Turkey, Euroleague Basketball announced on Tuesday. Istanbul will host the best four EuroLeague teams from May 19 to 21 in what is sure to be a thrilling finish to a ground-breaking season, the first in European basketball history in which all the teams in the continent... [read more]
A world-class city that witnessed two of pro basketball's most spectacular season-ending shots ever will have the same opportunity again next spring when the 2017 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four returns to Istanbul, Turkey, Euroleague Basketball announced on Tuesday. Istanbul will host the best four EuroLeague teams from May 19 to 21 in what is sure to be a thrilling finish to a ground-breaking season, the first in European basketball history in which all the teams in the continent's premier competition are guaranteed to play each other. The 2017 Final Four will take place for the second time at the Sinan Erdem Dome, which officially opened its doors on April 16, 2010 and two years later played host to a memorable Final Four that was one of the most successful in EuroLeague history. "Basketball has seen outstanding growth in Turkey in recent years, while Istanbul already has a Final Four tradition that's second to none, so we are excited to be crowning the EuroLeague champion there next May," Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball President and CEO, said. "We will return to the Sinan Erdem Dome, one of the finest arenas anywhere in which to watch basketball and the perfect venue to culminate a season in which fans will see all the stars in their own cities for the first time in history. With the way Turkish fans continue embracing the EuroLeague more and more each year, it will be great to have them with us for the very biggest games at the Final Four." The event will feature an expansion of a strong relationship begun at the start of this decade between Euroleague Basketbal and Turkish Airlines, which had a pivotal role in bringing the Final Four back to Turkey and will host the event, as well. As title sponsor of the competition, Turkish Airlines heads a family of Euroleague Basketball partners in Turkey to which a new member was recently added, Odeabank. The season's crowning weekend also will mark the first Final Four to be held under the 10-year joint venture between Euroleague Basketball and IMG. 'We highly treasure our partnership with Euroleague Basketball because it has allowed us for many years to be part of a great sport - commented Mr lker Ayci - This year we are even more proud to be the title sponsor of this championship, since the Final Four will actually take place in our city of birth and global hub, Istanbul. We are sure that the international atmosphere and innovative traits of our city will add an extra touch of innovation and thrill to such an amazing event. Furthermore, every year we commit to ideating, together with Euroleague Basketball, new and exciting ways to deliver a sporting experience that truly goes beyond expectations to all basketball fans and travellers'. Istanbul has been the unforgettable scene of an unmatched history of memorable Final Four moments. The 1992 Final Four ended with legend Aleksandar Djordjevic making a three-point shot with time running out as Partizan Belgrade won its only continental title in an upset at Abdi Ipekci Arena. Two decades later, Olympiacos Piraeus rallied from 19 points behind with 11 minutes to play at Sinan Erdem to defeat CSKA Moscow on the season's final shot, by Georgios Printezis. The Sinan Erdem Dome has a capacity for 16,000 spectators for basketball and, in addition to the 2012 Final Four, has hosted such prestigious basketball events as the 2010 world championships. The upcoming 2016-17 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season that ends in Istanbul will be the first in which there is no possibility that two opponents can meet for the first time at the Final Four. The new competition system features 30 regular season games among the competition's 16 teams, each playing the other 15 both home and away before four playoff series decide the semifinalists who will compete for the title in Istanbul. As such, the champion who wears the crown in Istanbul next May will always be remembered as the first who had to go through every single one of the very best clubs in Europe in order to survive. The new champion must play a minimum of 35 games, as well, making it also the longest season ever to survive in order to become Europe's elite club competition champion. The 2016-17 EuroLeague season opens on October 12 in the Spanish capital of Madrid with the replay of the first game of the modern EuroLeague on the same date in 2001, Real Madrid vs. Olympiacos Piraeus. Courtesy of: euroleague.net
Melih Mahmutoglu extends contract with Fenerbahce - 17 hours ago
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193-G-90) and Fenerbahce have agreed on terms of a new contract. The guard has penned a new three-year deal with the Istanbul powerhouse. Melih Mahmutoglu has been playing for Fenerbahce since 2013. Last season the guard notched 6.0 points and 1.0 boards per game in BSL. In EuroLeague his stats read 4.0 points per appearance. He has been the member of the Turkish National Team since 2013. [read more]
Melih Mahmutoglu (193-G-90) and Fenerbahce have agreed on terms of a new contract. The guard has penned a new three-year deal with the Istanbul powerhouse. Melih Mahmutoglu has been playing for Fenerbahce since 2013. Last season the guard notched 6.0 points and 1.0 boards per game in BSL. In EuroLeague his stats read 4.0 points per appearance. He has been the member of the Turkish National Team since 2013.
Defending champion CSKA Moscow (VTB) tabbed 29-year old American forward Jeff Ayres (206-109kg-87, college: Arizona State). He played most recently at LA Clippers in the NBA. But in 19 games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 1.2rpg last season. Ayres also played that season for another team D-Fenders in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in two games he had very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 13.0rpg and 1.5apg. In 2009 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (31st overall). The f... [read more]
Defending champion CSKA Moscow (VTB) tabbed 29-year old American forward Jeff Ayres (206-109kg-87, college: Arizona State). He played most recently at LA Clippers in the NBA. But in 19 games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 1.2rpg last season. Ayres also played that season for another team D-Fenders in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in two games he had very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 13.0rpg and 1.5apg. In 2009 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (31st overall). The former Arizona State staris in his eighth season in pro basketball. Ayres was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016. He won NBA championship title in 2014. He has played previously professionally in NBA (Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers) and D-League (Salt Lake City Stars and Iowa Energy). Let's have closer look into Ayres' outlook:
(by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a competitor, battles at all times to establish post position and is very active His motor is excellent and he shows it by running the floor as well as anyone in the country Around the basket he is very active and he knows how to move without the ball to get to open spaces Has been the beneficiary of some great passes, but a lot of it has to do with his ability to read the action as well as being able to catch pretty much any pass that is thrown his way.
His repertoire in the post is limited, as a result he does not demand much attention from defenses Struggles getting his shot of against bigger defenders.
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