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.
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.
Andrew Goudelock out for a month with thigh injury - 4 days ago
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Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv guard Andrew Goudelock(190-G-88, college: Charleston) will miss 4 weeks of action after being diagnosed with a thigh injury. Goudelock left the preseason game against AEK Athens in the first quarter after sustaining the injury and didn't play against Panathinaikos and Barcelona. On Monday, he went through an MRI exam that revealed a partial muscle tear. Goudelock will be treated with Physiotherapy. Courtesy of: maccabi.co.il [read more]
Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv guard Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88, college: Charleston) will miss 4 weeks of action after being diagnosed with a thigh injury. Goudelock left the preseason game against AEK Athens in the first quarter after sustaining the injury and didn't play against Panathinaikos and Barcelona. On Monday, he went through an MRI exam that revealed a partial muscle tear. Goudelock will be treated with Physiotherapy. Courtesy of: maccabi.co.il
Hellenic Lotteries, an OPAP Group company, and Olympiacos BC presented on Wednesday 14 September 2016, the renewal of the sponsorship cooperation for the 2016-2018 seasons. The major sponsor of Olympiacos BC will be SCRATCH and its logo will feature on all the official jerseys of the club. The sponsorship agreement between OPAP, the leading group in the Greek games of chance industry, and Olympiacos BC has run for five years already and is one of the longer lasting partnerships in Greek s... [read more]
Hellenic Lotteries, an OPAP Group company, and Olympiacos BC presented on Wednesday 14 September 2016, the renewal of the sponsorship cooperation for the 2016-2018 seasons. The major sponsor of Olympiacos BC will be SCRATCH and its logo will feature on all the official jerseys of the club. The sponsorship agreement between OPAP, the leading group in the Greek games of chance industry, and Olympiacos BC has run for five years already and is one of the longer lasting partnerships in Greek sport. OPAP CEO and President & CEO of Hellenic Lotteries, Damian Cope, said during the presentation that took place at the new, company-owned OPAP Headquarters: 'With Olympiacos BC, one of the top European basketball teams, we have a strong long tern relationship based on the important principle of trust and mutual cooperation. Among the strategic goals of OPAP Group is the investment in Greek sport and society. Our excellent cooperation with Olympiacos BC over many years undoubtedly proves that methodical and consistent planning are necessary for the development and promotion of sport. We wish Olympiacos every success and we will be here to support its effort and continue this very successful and creative relationship'. The General Manager of Olympiacos BC, Christos Stavropoulos, stressed 'It is a special honor to continue our partnership with OPAP. Even more so since the last five years were marked by great sporting success. This cooperation with OPAP and SCRATCH has not only given us 'luck in an instant' but also support during all of this success. Our great effort and luck that is always necessary in sport led us to the top, where we plan to stay. We will continue to be as strong as we have been with OPAP. Because OPAP is not just a top betting company cooperating with the best team in European basketball in the last 8 years'. Closing his speech, Mr. Stavropoulos acknowledged OPAP's significant support to Greek society and its actions in the areas of health, sport and employment. He also noted the great contribution of OPAP Group to the programs of Olympiacos BC, the basketball team aside, as a large part of the sponsorship is used to cover the goals of the club's social program. Team coach, Giannis Sfairopoulos , referred to the team's philosophy and the effort it put in, noting that this is met with the support of the top companies in Greece and abroad. 'We hope this cooperation continues in the years to come with the same success and effort. What we can guarantee is to make the impossible, possible inside the court to realize all of our goals again, continue to be champions in Greece and challenge for the Final Four, the European championship and the Greek cup, so that all of our sponsors and partners to be proud of their cooperation and connection to us'. On his part, club captain, Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket), thanked OPAP for the cooperation on behalf of all the players. 'This great, lasting relationship our club has with OPAP shows the way the management of the two organizations think and operate. Commitment and respect are characteristics that run throughout our team and for this reason we consider all our sponsors and partners to be part of our effort; an effort we make to be at the top in Greece and Europe. It is very important in order to succeed that in this course of ours we have OPAP by our side'.
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