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.
CSKA roll over Guangdong in EuroLeague China Tour - 54 minutes ago
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Guangdong - CSKA 75:101 CSKA wrapped up their EuroLeague China Tour with victory. They drubbed Guangdong Southern Tigers return from China undefeated. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) scored 20 points to lead the EuroLeague champions. CSKA dropped 25 points in the first period to take a 4-point lead. CSKA extended the distance in the second frame. The visitors ensured a 53:34 halftime advantage. CSKA maintained the tempo in the third term. The Russian powerhouse established a 75:53 lead headin... [read more]
Guangdong - CSKA 75:101
CSKA wrapped up their EuroLeague China Tour with victory. They drubbed Guangdong Southern Tigers return from China undefeated. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) scored 20 points to lead the EuroLeague champions. CSKA dropped 25 points in the first period to take a 4-point lead. CSKA extended the distance in the second frame. The visitors ensured a 53:34 halftime advantage. CSKA maintained the tempo in the third term. The Russian powerhouse established a 75:53 lead heading into the fourth quarter. They drained 26 points in the fourth term and raced to a comfortable victory. Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) and Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) delivered 12 points each for CSKA. Sloan Donald (190-G-88, college: Texas A&M) responded with 15 points for the Southern Tigers. Zhao Rui (193-F-96) topscored with 19 points for Guangdong.
CSKA outgun Sichuan in EuroLeague China Tour opener - 2 days ago
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Sichuan - CSKA 49:92 CSKA Moscow victoriously opened the EuroLeague China Tour. The EuroLeague current champions fired past Sichuan in the opener. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) nailed 18 points to lead the visitors. CSKA rallied off to a 20:9 lead early in the game. The Moscow team secured a 29:19 lead after ten minutes. CSKA maintained the pressure throughout the second term. They recorded a 49:27 halftime advantage. The visitors rolled to a 68:42 advantage at the final intermission. CSKA... [read more]
Sichuan - CSKA 49:92
CSKA Moscow victoriously opened the EuroLeague China Tour. The EuroLeague current champions fired past Sichuan in the opener. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) nailed 18 points to lead the visitors. CSKA rallied off to a 20:9 lead early in the game. The Moscow team secured a 29:19 lead after ten minutes. CSKA maintained the pressure throughout the second term. They recorded a 49:27 halftime advantage. The visitors rolled to a 68:42 advantage at the final intermission. CSKA never looked back afterwards and cruised to the victory at the end. Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) accounted for 11 points each for the winners. Xu Tao (211-C-93, college: USF) answered with 14 points for Sichuan. Harris Mike (198-SF-83, college: Rice, agency: Stealth Sport) delivered 13 points in the loss.
2016-17 participants announced for Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament qualifiers! - 2 days ago
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Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that 32 clubs are set to mount a run for their own U18 continental title with the unveiling Wednesday of all the 2016-17 EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT qualifiers and participating teams. The current season marks the 15th anniversary of a competition that originally saw just eight teams compete in Barcelona, Spain in parallel with the 2003 EuroLeague Final Four. Now it spans four competitive qualifiers of eight teams each... [read more]
Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that 32 clubs are set to mount a run for their own U18 continental title with the unveiling Wednesday of all the 2016-17 EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT qualifiers and participating teams. The current season marks the 15th anniversary of a competition that originally saw just eight teams compete in Barcelona, Spain in parallel with the 2003 EuroLeague Final Four. Now it spans four competitive qualifiers of eight teams each held across Europe before the best of those teams battle to be crowned continental champion on the same floor as the EuroLeague champion. The four qualifiers will see teams playing four games over three days in each city to determine winners of the right to advance to the Final Tournament held during the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in Istanbul, Turkey from May 18 to 21, 2017. The 32 teams participating in the qualifiers, including nine from EuroLeague clubs and seven from 7DAYS EuroCup clubs, come from 15 countries. The first qualifier will take place in L'Hospitalet, Spain from January 6 to 8, 2017, with participants including reigning European champion FC Barcelona Lassa as well as ALBA Berlin, Cedevita Zagreb, Divina Seguros Joventut Badalona, Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas, Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens, Torrons Vicens L'Hopsitalet and Union Olimpija Ljubljana. This will be swiftly followed by the Kaunas qualifier from January 12 to 14, 2017, where the host club and two-time European champion Zalgiris Kaunas will be joined by Canarias Basketball Academy Las Palmas, CSKA Moscow, Fenerbahce Istanbul, Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt, INSEP Paris, Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius and VEF Riga. For the first time ever, Unicaja Malaga will be hosting a qualifier along the Costa del Sol in Coin, Spain from February 10 to 12, 2017. The teams travelling to Coin are Cibona Zagreb, Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul, Estudiantes Madrid, FC Bayern Munich, Real Betis Energia Plus Seville, Real Madrid and USK Future Stars Prague. The fourth and final qualifier will see former champion Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade act as hosts in the Serbian capital from February 24 to 26, 2017. Belgrade fans will get to see Get Better Academy Prague, Maccabi Teddy Tel Aviv, Mega Bemax Belgrade, Partizan NIS Belgrade, Porsche Basketball Academy Ludwigsburg, Spars Sarajevo and Stellazzurra Basketball Academy Rome in that qualifier. After 15 years, the alumni of the Euroleague Basketball U18 tournament features a who's who of EuroLeague stars including Thomas Heurtel (189-PG-89, agency: BeoBasket) (Anadolu Efes Istanbul), Jonas Maciulis (198-F/G-85) (Real Madrid), Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) (CSKA Moscow), Luigi Datome (203-F-87) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) (Fenerbahce Istanbul). Courtesy of: adidasngt.com
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