Panathinaikos - Fener.Ulker 69-55 Panathinaikos entertained the home crowd with the sixth Euroleague win this season. They held off visiting Fenerbahce for 6-3 record in Group A. Andy Panko (205-F-77, agency: Beo Basket, college: Lebanon Valley) nailed 15 points to lead well-balanced effort from the Athens Team. Fenerbahce slipped at 4-5 record and would try to seal Top 16 ticket next week. Fenerbahce led by two points after the starting quarter 14:12. But Panathinaikos turned on their trademark defence and held the Turkish team to 9 points in the second quarter. The hosts pulled ahead for a 29:23 halftime advantage. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Panathinaikos secured a 6-point lead before the fourth frame. The tempo increased in the final term as the home team unloaded 26 points and sealed the victory. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) dropped 11 points, while Dimitris Diamantidis and Marcus Banks added 9 points each for the winners. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Fenerbahce. David Andersen posted 8 points in the loss.
Un.Olimpija - Khimky 74-72 Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) put on a show in the last 15 seconds draining back-to-back triples to propel Union Olimpija to a hard-fought home win over Khimky. The Slovenian powerhouse improved at 3-6 record in Group A but has no chance to advance into Top 16. Khimky fell at 5-4 record after the defeat. Khimky started strong as they accumulated a 19:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Union Olimpija stopped the rot and pleased the home fans with a 21:12 run. The hosts accumulated a 34:31 halftime lead. Khimky used a 6:0 run midway through the third term to level things up at 48. The teams entered the final quarter tied at 50. Union Olimpija jumped to a 59:53 lead early in the fourth stanza after a three-pointer from Klemen Prepelic. Dino Muric made it 61:53 but Khimky answered with six points in a row to narrow the deficit. K.C. River and Zhukanenko made it 69:65 for the visitors with 48 seconds remaining. James Augustine followed with a free throw as the game seemed to slip away from the home team. But Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) hit from beyond the arc and then Klemen Prepelic followed two free throws from Vitaliy Fridzon with two huge bombs to seal the victory for Union Olimpija. Prepelic finished with 16 points for the home team. Jaka Blazic added 13 points for the winners. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) answered with 20 points for Khimky. Vitaliy Fridzon chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Cantu - Real Madrid 76-70 Mapooro Cantu upset Real Madrid in Italy to leave the last spot in Group A of EuroLeague. The Italian team grabbed a 76:70 win for 3-6 record. Real meanwhile dropped at 6-3 record and could be caught up by Fener or Khimky tomorrow. Mapooro Cantu opened the game with 20-18 and continued their push in the whole half. They won the second frame 22-17 and reached 7-oint advantage at the halftime. Real seemed to be awake in the third quarter and replied with 21-13 in it for 56:55 lead after Felipe Reyes's shot. Mapooro Cantu however needed a 21-14 surge to win the last quarter and the game. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Jonathan Tabu (184-SG-85) delivered 14. Maarten Leunen brought 11 and Marco Cusin poured in 10. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) ended up with 24 points in the losing case, whilst Sergio Llull netted 17. Felipe Reyes tossed in 11 and Sergio Rodriguez had 6.
Chalon - Montepaschi 108-103 OT Chalon celebrated the third victory in EuroLeague Group B. They shot down visiting Montepaschi in overtime drama. Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) came up with 28 points and 7 rebounds to pace the home side. Siena fell at 5-4 record after the loss. Chalon dropped 27 points in the first ten minutes to take a 3-point lead. Montepaschi cut the distance to a single point after a high-flying first half 48:49. The Italian champions jumped ahead in the third quarter. The visitors ensured a 75:70 lead with ten minutes left in regulation. David Moss and Kristjan Kangur made sure Siena led by two points 93:91 with 28 seconds remaining in the normal time. But Tchicamboud converted a layup to send the clash into overtime. Blake Schilb and Cedric Banks dropped five straight points midway through the extra period to give Chalon a 101:97 lead. Tomas Ress and Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) kept Siena in the game but free throws from Evtimov and Tchicamboud helped the hosts seal the win. Adolphe Michel Jean-Baptiste (205-C-79) delivered 20 points, while Shelden Williams added 15 points for the home team. Bobby Brown answered with 26 points for Montepaschi. Tomas Ress had 13 points in the loss.
ALBA - Unicaja 63-74 Unicaja Malaga stole the show from O2 World in Berlin and improved to 7-2 record. The Spanish side overcame local Alba 74:63 in Round 9 of EuroLeague. Alba Berlin opened the game with 18-14, but allowed the guests to taste the lead at the halftime. Krunoslav Simon closed the half with a lay-up for 36:35 lead. Unicaja Malaga however needed more than two minutes in the start of the third period to score another points. They trailed 38:44 midway through the period but needed a final push for 59:51 after 30 minutes. Moreover the guests added 15-12 in the last stanza for the final success. Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) topped all scorers with 16 points and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) added 11. James Gist notched 9, while Krunoslav Simon posted 8. Sven Schultze (208-C-78) finished the game with 12 points for the hosts and Derrick Byars notched 11. Yassin Idbihi ended up with 11 points, whilst Nihad Djedovic notched 8.
Asseco Prok. - Maccabi T-A 73-89 Maccabi Electra erupts in the last period in Gdynia of EuroLeague Round 9. The Israeli team needed a strong 29-8 finish to beat Asseco Prokom 89:73. Asseco Prokom Gdynia looked outstanding for three quarters and felt the support of almost 5000 local fans. They started with 19-15 in the first period and added 23-20 in the second frame. Maccabi Electra woke up with 25-23 in the third period and reduced to 65:60 after three quarters. Lior Eliyahu (206-SF-85) closed an 11-0 run early in the last period and then Maccabi led the game to a 16-point victory. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) paced all the winners with 20 points and Lior Eliyahu notched 16. Yogev Ohayon delivered 14, while David Logan had 12. Rasid Mahalbasic (211-C-90) finished the game with 14 points in defeat and Jerel Blassingame as well as Mateusz Ponitka tossed in 13 apiece. Lukasz Koszarek and Ryan Richards brought 10 points apiece in a loss.
EA7 Armani - Zalgiris 65-67 Zalgiris stayed on top of EuroLeague Group C following a tough road win over Emporio Armani. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) scored 16 points to pace the Lithuanian team. Emporio Armani fell at 3-6 record after the defeat and endangered their Top 16 aspirations. It was a close affair from start to finish. Zalgiris led by two points after ten minutes 18:16. Emporio Armani pulled ahead in the second term. The Italian team spurred in front for a 37:32 halftime advantage. Zalgiris narrowed the deficit in the third term. The visitors came back from an 8-point deficit to sneak to a 51:50 lead. Stipcevic capped the third term with a three-pointer to give Emporio Armani a 53:51 lead. The lead changed hands several times in the fourth frame before Jaaber made it 67:64 for Zalgiris with 18 seconds remaining. Cook answered with one free throw and then Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) missed a layup as Zalgiris got away with victory. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) and Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) provided 14 points apiece for Zalgiris. Keith Langford answered with 20 points for Emporio Armani. Ioannis Bourousis chipped in 13 points in the loss.
Anadolu Efes - Caja Laboral 76-91 Caja Laboral stayed alive in the race for Euroleague Top 16. They knocked down Anadolu Efes in Istanbul to improve at 3-6 record in Group C. Anadolu Efes slipped at 5-4 record after the defeat. Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) fired 22 points to lead the winners. Caja Laboral snatched a narrow 21:19 lead ten minutes into the game. The Spaniards maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Caja Laboral established a 38:34 halftime advantage. The Vitoria team erupted for 27 points in the third term to keep Anadolu Efes at bay. The visitors entered the fourth stanza up by 6 points. Thomas Heurtel fired 13 points in the fourth term to carry Caja Laboral to an important win at the end. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) notched 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Nemanja Bjelica added 9 points for the winners. Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) answered with 21 points for Anadolu Efes. Semih Erden had 17 points and 7 rebounds for the home team.
Cedevita - Olympiacos 62-84 Olympiacos Piraeus takes 7-2 record in Group C of EuroLeague. The Greek side overcame Cedevita Zagreb 84:62 away from home in the start of Round 9. The Croatian side fell at 2-7 record. Olympiacos Piraeus started the game with 21-18 rally and won the first half by three points. The third quarter became decisive in the game and brought 24-11 surge for the visiting team. Moreover the Greek side added 20-14 in the last stanza for the final result. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84) added 12. Georgios Printezis notched 11, whilst Kyle Hines scored 10. Vlado Ilievski (190-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 14 points in the losing effort and Bracey Wright tossed in 11. Predrag Suput brought 9 points in the losing effort.
CSKA - Besiktas 87-72 CSKA picked up the tempo late in the game and outlasted Besiktas in Moscow tonight. The victory propelled the Russian powerhouse at 8-1 record in Euroleague Group D. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) scored 20 points to lead the winners. Besiktas stormed into the game going for 28 points in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 4-point lead. The Turkish team maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They established a 51:46 halftime lead. But CSKA turned things around in the third term. The hosts capped the period on an 11:0 run to take a 67:61 lead. CSKA opened the fourth term with an 8:2 rally to clear off for good. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) accounted for 19 points, while Nenad Krstic added 15 points in the victory. Patrick Christopher (196-G-88, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: California) responded with 14 points for Besiktas. Damir Markota had 12 points and 6 boards in the loss.
Lietuvos rytas - Brose Bask. 67-62 Lietuvos Rytas clinched a vital win in the Euroleague Group D. They held off Brose Baskets to improve at 2-7 record for a three-team tie in the fourth position in the ladder. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the Vilnius team. Lietuvos Rytas and Bamberg exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 15:15 after ten minutes. Lietuvos Rytas surged ahead in the second term. They established a 35:28 halftime advantage. Brose Baskets slowed the hosts down in the third term. The German team got within 5 points midway through the quarter. Renaldas Seibutis and Samardziski stretched the margin to 7 points at the final break 50:43. Lietuvos Rytas stayed calm throughout the fourth frame. They kept Brose Baskets at bay and rallied to the victory at the end. Leon Radosevic (206-C-90) provided 11 points and 9 rebounds, while Janis Blums and Simas Buterlevicius added 8 points each for the winners. Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80) and Maik Zirbes (208-C-90) responded with 12 points each for Brose Baskets.
Partizan - FCB Regal 67-68 Barcelona Regal needed overtime thriller in Belgrade to remain unbeaten in EuroLeague. The Spanish titan grabbed 68:67 in the last seconds of the game and did not allow Dejan Musli to upset them with the last shot. It was a slow start and brought 14:13 lead for the home side after the first 10 minutes. More than 7500 in Pionir center saw another push with 16-12 in the second period for 5-point lead at the halftime. Barcelona Regal however was lucky in the second half and then posted a narrow win in overtime to seal the 9th victory. They won the third period 18-14 and then tied the game after 15-14 in the fourth quarter. Due to 10-9 in overtime they managed to keep their winning streak. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) paced all the winners with 10 points and Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) notched 9. Nathan Jawai and Pete Mickeal brought 8 points apiece in the winning effort. Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) finished the game with 14 points in defeat, whilst Djordje Gagic and Dejan Musli had 12 apiece. Vladimir Lucic followed them with 10 points in a loss.
Olympiacos silence Anadolu Efes in Istanbul, force decider - 2 days ago
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Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 62:74 Olympiacos stayed alive in the EuroLeague Final Four chase. They overcame Anadolu Efes in Istanbul to even the quarterfinal series at 2-2. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) recorded 18 points to pace the Piraeus team. Anadolu Efes secured the strong start to the game. The hosts built a 21:14 lead after the first ten minutes. Olympiacos picked up the tempo in the second term. The visitors poured in 21 points to pull within three points 35:3... [read more]
Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 62:74
Olympiacos stayed alive in the EuroLeague Final Four chase. They overcame Anadolu Efes in Istanbul to even the quarterfinal series at 2-2. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) recorded 18 points to pace the Piraeus team. Anadolu Efes secured the strong start to the game. The hosts built a 21:14 lead after the first ten minutes. Olympiacos picked up the tempo in the second term. The visitors poured in 21 points to pull within three points 35:38. Olympiacos eventually erased the deficit in the third term. The Piraeus side eked out a 55:54 lead heading into the fourth stanza. Olympiacos limited the hosts to only 8 points in the final quarter and raced to a vital victory. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 11 points, while Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) added 10 points for the hosts. Jayson Granger (189-G-89) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Anadolu Efes. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) had 9 points in the loss.
Real Madrid claim second straight win in Istanbul, enter Final Four - 2 days ago
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Darussafaka - Real Madrid 78:89 Real Madrid entered EuroLeague Final Four. They celebrated the second consecutive victory over Darussafaka in Istanbul to win the quarterfinal series 3-1. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) produced 17 points to pace the visitors. Real jumped to an early lead. The Madrid team ensured a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Real stayed in front throughout the second frame. The Spanish team ensured a 45:38 halftime advantage. Real stayed red hot offensively in the third quar... [read more]
Darussafaka - Real Madrid 78:89
Real Madrid entered EuroLeague Final Four. They celebrated the second consecutive victory over Darussafaka in Istanbul to win the quarterfinal series 3-1. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) produced 17 points to pace the visitors. Real jumped to an early lead. The Madrid team ensured a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Real stayed in front throughout the second frame. The Spanish team ensured a 45:38 halftime advantage. Real stayed red hot offensively in the third quarter. The Madrid side exploded with 27 points in the period to grab a comfortable 14-point lead before the fourth term. Darussafaka could not overcome the deficit in the final quarter as Real marched to a key victory. Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89, college: LSU) and Trey Thompkins (208-F-90, college: Georgia) produced 15 points each for the winners. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 25 points for Darussafaka. Scottie Wilbekin (188-G-93, college: Florida) chipped in 14 points in the loss.
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) is close to sign 25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92) who currently plays forZenit Saint Petersburg in Russia. In 20 VTB games he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg this season. Great year indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game. The last season Timma played also at Zenit in Russian league where in 16 Eurocup games he averaged 12.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. He also played 36 games... [read more]
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) is close to sign 25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92) who currently plays for Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia. In 20 VTB games he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg this season. Great year indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game. The last season Timma played also at Zenit in Russian league where in 16 Eurocup games he averaged 12.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. He also played 36 games in VTB United League where he had 14.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg (in top 4). Timma helped them to make it to the semifinals. In 2013 he was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (60th overall). The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Timma won Latvian League championship title for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Forward of the Year in 2016. Timma has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012. Timma also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 66.7%. Timma has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Barons Riga, Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Keizarmezs and DU/Swedbank. The scouts decsribe him following way:
A very athletic forward with a strong body and quick legs. He's a great shooter, with a very quick release. He can create his own shot from off the dribble as well as shoot coming off screens. Defends very well even on bigger opponents thanks to his powerful body, needs to improve in continuity during each game.
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