Khimky - Panathinaikos 78-77 BC Khimki edge Panathinaikos Athens, both head to Top 16 of the EuroLeague. The Russian team started strong but managed to escape with a 78:77 victory. The hosts of the game erupted with a 21-14 surge and dominated the first half. They led 46:39 after Zoran Planinic (198-G-82)'s two free throw at the end of the game. Panathinaikos Athens looked better in the second half and posted two narrow victories in the third and the last quarters. The Greek side reduced to 2 points at the end of the third period when they posted 20-15 in the third quarter. Moreover they won the last stanza 18-17 that was not however enough for the total win. Zoran Planinic top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) tossed in 13 each. K.C. Rivers followed them with 12 points in a win. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) finished the game with 19 points in defeat, whilst Marcus Banks and Jonas Maciulis added 15 apiece. Dimitris Diamantidis ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.
Fener.Ulker - Cantu 77-69 Fenerbahce Ulker open Round 10 successfully in Turkey as they beat Mapooro Cantu in front of almost 10000 people. The Turkish side celebrated a 77:69 win after a slow start and improved to 5-5 record. Mapooro Cantu started better and grabbed 22-18 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Fenerbahce Ulker however won the second period 25-16 and won the first half by 5 points. The difference remained the same after 30 minutes as both sides posted 17 points each in the third period. They won the last stanza 17-14 and won their fifth game. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) stepped up with 19 points and Oguz Savas (212-C-87) as well as Omer Onan (194-G-78) posted 12 points each. Bojan Bogdanovic and Emir Preldzic added 10 points apiece. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) finished the game with 20 points in the losing effort, whilst Marco Cusin had 16. Pietro Aradori delivered 12 and Jonathan Tabu scored 7.
Real Madrid - Un.Olimpija 91-60 Real Madrid destroy Union Olimpija to win Group A of EuroLeague. The Spanish team did not leave any chances for the team from Slovenia and won 91:60. Union Olimpija Ljubljana could not make it to Top 16 as they finished on the fifth place with 3-7 record. Real Madrid needed just a victory to grab the top position in Group A. The Spanish side however decided to finish he Regular Season on a high note. They started with 22-15 and added 26-12 in the second frame. Moreover the second half also belonged to the favorites. Real posted 20-19 in the third frame and finished with 23-14 in the last quarter. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) added 14. Mirza Begic and Nikola Mirotic delivered 11 points each in a win. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) posted 13 points in the losing effort and Dino Muric scored 11. Jaka Blazic and Alen Omic tossed in 9 points apiece.
Montepaschi - Asseco Prok. 88-95 OT Asseco Prokom capped their Euroleague campaign with an impressive road win over Montepaschi. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) fired 26 points to pace the Polish powerhouse to just the second win at the tournament. Montepaschi slipped at 5-5 record in Group B. The game seemed in control of the hosts in the opening quarter. Siena grabbed a 26:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew to as many as 23 points at halftime 51:28. However Asseco Prokom refused to give up. The Polish team turned things around in the third quarter. The visitors triggered a 24:12 run to get within 11 points. Asseco Prokom denied the deficit and Ponitka put them in front 76:73 with under two minutes left in regulation. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) answered with a triple of his own and sent the game into overtime. Jerel Blassingame put Asseco Prokom in front early in the extra period. Soon the visitors opened a 6-point lead. The hosts got within two however Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) and Richards sealed the victory from the penalty line. Lukasz Koszarek nailed 20 points, while Rasid Mahalbasic added 18 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Bobby Brown netted 23 points for Montepaschi Siena. Matt Janning chipped in 11 points in defeat.
Unicaja - Chalon 86-62 Unicaja jumped at 8-2 record in EuroLeague Group B. They finished the regular season with a comfortable home win over Chalon. James Gist (205-F-86) scored 11 points and grabbed 6 boards to pace well-balanced effort from the Spanish team. Unicaja easily cleared off in the opening quarter. The hosts accounted for a 24:11 lead after ten minutes. Unicaja went on a 22:12 rally in the second quarter to build a 46:23 halftime lead. The hosts kept Chalon at bay throughout the third term. They registered a 67:43 lead into the fourth stanza. Unicaja and Chalon exchanged baskets throughout the fourth frame as Unicaja cruised to the victory. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) and Sergi Vidal (198-F/G-81) netted 10 points each for the winning side. Cedrick Banks (190-G-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago) answered with 13 points for Chalon. Clint N'Dumba-Capela chipped in 12 points and collected 12 rebounds in defeat.
Maccabi T-A - ALBA 78-62 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv wins Group B with 8-2 record. The Israeli team overcame Alba Berlin 78:62 in their last game of the Regular Season and advanced to Top 16 from the first place in the group. The German team took the last ticket from the group with 4-6 record from the fourth position. More than 11000 fans came to support the top team from the group in Tel Aviv. The hosts started with 23-13 and added massive 25-11 in the second period. Alba Berlin was too far to give up and erupted with 25-12 in the third period. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv however needed a final 18-13 push to seal the victory. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) paced all the winners with 17 points and David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) added 15. Yogev Ohayon delivered 14, whilst Sylven Landesberg notched 13. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) finished the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds in defeat and Nihad Djedovic had 13. Derrick Byars posted 12, whilst Heiko Schaffartzik tossed in 10.
Caja Laboral - Cedevita 97-70 Caja Laboral Vitoria clinched Top 16 appearance of EuroLeague. The team finished with 4-6 record on the fourth place in Group B after 97:70 win. Cedevita Zagreb finished the campaign with 2-8 record on the last spot. The Croatian side surprised the hosts and almost 15000 fans with 17-15 lead in the first period, but was smashed away in the second frame. Caja Laboral Vitoria erupted with 34-13 in it and never looked behind. The hosts added 20-19 in the third period for 20-point lead after 30 minutes. Moreover they won the last stanza 28-21 and will head to Top 16 of the tournament. Fabien Causeur (193-SG-87) stepped up with 23 points and Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) netted 22. Andres Nocioni delivered 11, while Maciej Lampe tossed in 10. Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) and Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St.) finished the game with 12 points each, whilst Bracey Wright brought 11. Luksa Andric scored 10 points in defeat.
Olympiacos - EA7 Armani 82-81 Olympiakos capped EuroLeague regular season with a tough home win over Emporio Armani. The victory propelled the Piraeus team at 8-2 record in the second position in Group C. Emporio Armani fell at 3-7 record in the fifth place in the ladder. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 18 points to lead the winners. Emporio Armani enjoyed a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the game. But Olympiakos speeded things up in the second term. The hosts erupted for 29 points in the quarter to take a 45:38 halftime lead. Emporio Armani however erased the deficit as Alessandro Gentile and Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) made it 62:62 heading into the fourth period. Kyle Hines (198-F-86) ensured a 72:66 lead for the hosts midway through the fourth stanza. Keith Langford returned the advantage to the Italian team soon. Emporio Armani surged ahead for a 75:74 lead with just over two minutes to go. The lead then changed hands for several times before Papanikolaou sank a three-pointer to make it 81:79. Malik Hairston and Acie Law dropped one free throw each as Olympiakos remained in front with 19 seconds remaining. Keith Langford also split free throws to put Emporio Armani within one. He had a chance to win it for the visitors but missed a jumper at the buzzer. Kyle Hines notched 16 points, while Acie Law added 14 points for the hosts. Keith Langford answered with 21 points for Emporio Armani. Ioannis Bourousis and Alessandro Gentile netted 13 points each in the loss.
Zalgiris - Anadolu Efes 71-53 Zalgiris Kaunas overpower Anadolu Efes to win Group C of EuroLeague. The Lithuanian team needed a comfortable 71:53 win for 8-2 record on top and advanced to Top 16 stage from the first place. Anadolu Efes Istanbul finished third with 5-5 record and will also head to the next stage. Zalgiris Kaunas started the game with 20-15 lead and allowed the guests to score another 15 points in the second period. For the Turkish side it was enough however to tie the result in the quarter as they trailed 5 points at the halftime. The third frame became decisive in the game as Zalgiris erupted with 23-7 for 21-point advantage. Anadolu Efes Istanbul managed to reduce to 18 points after 16-13 in the last stanza. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) top-scored for the home side with 18 points and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) as well as Mario Delas added 10 apiece. Ksistof Lavrinovic delivered 7 points in the winning effort. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) ended up with 13 points in defeat, while Semih Erden added 11. Jordan Farmar and Joshua Shipp produced 7 points each in a loss.
Besiktas - Lietuvos rytas 66-65 Besiktas eked out a tough home win over Lietuvos Rytas at the end of the EuroLeague regular season. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) nailed 14 points for the winners. Curtis Jerrells converted a layup late in regulation to win the game for the hosts. Besiktas improved at 5-5 record in the third spot in Group D. Lietuvos Rytas fell at 2-8 record. The visitors gained a 19:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Lietuvos Rytas extended their lead in the second term. They established a 39:33 halftime advantage. Besiktas used a 9:2 run in the third period to get within 2 points 48:50. Lietuvos Rytas entered the fourth frame up by three points 54:51. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the final frame. Leon Radosevic gave the visitors a narrow 65:64 lead with under two minutes to go. But Curtis Jerrells answered with a layup as Besiktas spurred ahead. The teams went scoreless in the last minutes of regulation and Besiktas celebrated a tough win. Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) delivered 12 points for the home team. Gasper Vidmar, Curtis Jerrells and Patrick Christopher added 10 points each in the victory. Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 16 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Leon Radosevic provided 11 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
FCB Regal - CSKA 75-78 CSKA finished EuroLeague regular season on a high. They avenged the loss to Barcelona in Moscow and upset the Spaniards on the road tonight. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) scored 15 points to pace CSKA. The visitors improved at 9-1 record but still finished in the second position in Group D. Barcelona clinched the first position. CSKA led by 5 points after ten minutes 24:19. Barcelona took over in the second quarter. The hosts exploded with 28 points to gain a 47:41 halftime lead. CSKA stiffened their defence in the third term. The visitors capitalized limiting Barcelona to 11 points in the period and cutting the deficit to 3 points. Khryapa and Milos Teodosic scored five points in a row midway through the final term as CSKA got a 74:71 lead. Aaron Jackson and Nenad Krstic sank four free throws in a row to make it 78:72 for CSKA with five seconds remaining. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) drained a three-pointer at the buzzer but obviously could not save the game. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) netted 14 points, while Milos Teodosic added 13 points for the winners. Juan Carlos Navarro delivered 17 points for Barcelona. Ante Tomic had 12 points in the loss.
Brose Bask. - Partizan 92-90 OT Brose Baskets survived overtime thriller against Partizan to clinch the final Top 16 ticket from Group D. Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80) finished with 23 points to pace the German side. It was do-or-die battle for both teams as the winner gained Top 16 qualification. Bamberg rallied off to an 8:2 start to the game. They dominated in the opening quarter to take a 25:13 lead. Brose Baskets kept Partizan at bay throughout the second term. The hosts accumulated a 47:35 halftime advantage. Drew Gordon pulled the Serbian team within 4 points in the third term 59:63. However Brose Baskets slowed the visitors down and posted a 68:62 lead into the fourth stanza. The stakes grew higher with every passing second in the fourth quarter. Partizan erased the deficit and knotted things up at 77. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) put the visitors in front 78:77. Jacobsen answered with a free throw and Sharrod Ford tipped the ball in for an 80:78 Bamberg lead. Milosavljevic got fouled and missed the first free throw. He then missed the second one on purpose just for Drew Gordon to pull down an offensive rebound and dunk the ball forcing overtime. Partizan jumped to an 89:88 lead midway through the extra period. However Sharrod Ford and Goldsberry put the hosts in charge 92:89. Misolavljevic sank just one free throw and almost repeated the trick of the regulation but could not convert after his own offensive rebound. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) finished with 16 points, while Sharrod Ford added 12 points in the victory. Vladimir Lucic answered with 19 points for Partizan. Leo Westermann chipped in 16 points in the losing effort.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) tabbed 24-year old American guard Bryce Cotton (183-75kg-92, college: Providence). He played most recently at Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA. But in three games he averaged just 1.3ppg last season. Cotton also played that season for Xinjiang Flying Tige in CBA where in 9 games he had very impressive stats: 21.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.7apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Cotton has played previously professionally in NBA (Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and San An... [read more]
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) tabbed 24-year old American guard Bryce Cotton (183-75kg-92, college: Providence). He played most recently at Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA. But in three games he averaged just 1.3ppg last season. Cotton also played that season for Xinjiang Flying Tige in CBA where in 9 games he had very impressive stats: 21.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.7apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Cotton has played previously professionally in NBA (Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs) and D-League (Austin Spurs). He attended Providence College until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
Zalgiris announce two-year deal with Antanas Kavaliauskas - 1 day ago
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B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old international center Antanas Kavaliauskas(208-C-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances). He has played for the last two years at Lietuvos rytas in the LKL. In 40 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.8apg last season. Kavaliauskas helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Center of the Year and voted to 1st T... [read more]
B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old international center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances). He has played for the last two years at Lietuvos rytas in the LKL. In 40 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.8apg last season. Kavaliauskas helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Domestic Players Team. Kavaliauskas also played 7 games in Eurocup where he averaged 10.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.4apg. Among other achievements Kavaliauskas won Latvian League championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). He received also Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Player of the Year award in 2015. Kavaliauskas has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2012 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2005. Kavaliauskas also represented Lithuania at the European Championships last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 3.2rpg. Kavaliauskas is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Panionios and Kavala), Italy (Juvecaserta and CZG Veroli), Spain (Dominion Bilbao Basket) and Latvia (VEF Riga). Kavaliauskas attended Texas A&M University until 2007 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
According to Israeli media. powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv shows strong interest in Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-F/C-1984). The Greek center is coming from a huge year with AEK Athens when he dominated Eurocup contest averaging 24.2 PTS (53.7% 2PT- 42.4% 3PT- 85.7% 1PT) 9.7 REB- 2.8 AST- 1.2 STL. He also had 13.9 PTS and 6.4 REB in Greek League. Mavrokefalidis is in Maccabi Tel Aviv radar the last two years and the yellows tried unsuccessfully to acquire him twice. [read more]
According to Israeli media. powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv shows strong interest in Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-F/C-1984). The Greek center is coming from a huge year with AEK Athens when he dominated Eurocup contest averaging 24.2 PTS (53.7% 2PT- 42.4% 3PT- 85.7% 1PT) 9.7 REB- 2.8 AST- 1.2 STL. He also had 13.9 PTS and 6.4 REB in Greek League. Mavrokefalidis is in Maccabi Tel Aviv radar the last two years and the yellows tried unsuccessfully to acquire him twice.
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