Panathinaikos - Zalgiris 67-66 Panathinaikos Athens closed Top 16 Round 1 with a thrilling win in front of 16000 fans in Arena O.A.K.A. The Greek side grabbed a 67:66 win in their opener. Panathinaikos Athens won the first two quarters and led 10 points at the halftime. Zalgiris Kaunas however did not give up and looked better in the second half although they could not win the game. Mindaugas Kuzminskas tied the game at 56:56, while Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) gave the guests 62:58 lead with 4 minutes. Marcus Banks later tied it all at 66:66 and Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) gave Panathinaikos 1-point lead with less than a minute to play. Darjus Lavrinovic had a chance to upset 16000local fans in Greece but missed a Two Pointer with the buzzer. Jason Kapono (201-F-81, college: UCLA) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Michael Bramos delivered 15. Stephane Lasme poured in 14, while Marcus Banks added 8. Ksistof Lavrinovic answered with 13 points in defeat, while Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) scored 12. Paulius Jankunas added 9 and Ibrahim Jaaber notched 8.
ALBA - Real Madrid 63-77 Real Madrid celebrated the opening win at the EuroLeague Top 16 stage. The Spanish powerhouse tamed Alba in Berlin tonight to improve at 1-0 record in Group E. Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) came up with 15 points to pace the Madrid outfit. Real Madrid jumped to an early lead. The visitors unloaded 26 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. Alba cut the deficit in the second frame. Sasa Obradovic team got within four points at the interval 34:38. But Real maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. The Spaniards entered the fourth term up by 6 points 60:54. Alba could not challenge the margin in the final period. The hosts scored just 9 points in the fourth term and surrendered at the end. Rudy Fernandez, Nikola Mirotic and Jaycee Carroll netted 13 points each for the winners. Albert Miralles (208-C-82, agency: Interperformances) answered with 14 points for Real Madrid. Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, college: Ohio St.) had 10 points in the loss.
Unicaja - Brose Bask. 85-82 Unicaja survived a tough test against Brose Baskets to ensure the opening win at EuroLeague Top 16 stage. The Malaga outfit came from behind to edge Bamberg by three points in Group E. Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) was pivotal with 19 points for the hosts. Brose Basket marked their ambitions early in the game. They went on a 19:15 run in the first term. Bamberg withheld all comeback efforts from the hosts in the second term. Brose Baskets ensured a 45:39 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout high-flying third term. The tension grew high as the teams entered the fourth frame with the visitors still up by 6 points. But Unicaja quickly denied the deficit. Marcus Williams put the hosts in front 76:74. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with three free throws to regain the lead for Brose Baskets but not for long. Urtasun connected from beyond the arc to put Unicaja in charge. Sharrod Ford tied things up at 80 with a triple but Vazquez dunked the ball and then Andy Panko and Marcus Williams followed with three free throws to seal the victory for the home team. Andy Panko provided 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Luka Zoric had 9 points for the Spanish team. Sharrod Ford answered with 16 points for Brose Baskets. Anton Gavel had 15 points in the loss.
CSKA - Anadolu Efes 90-71 CSKA opened their EuroLeague Top 16 campaign with home win tonight. The Russian champions outscored Anadolu Efes in Moscow. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) and Sonny Weems stepped up with 22 points each to pace the winners. CSKA led by just a single point after ten minutes 25:24. Anadolu Efes denied the deficit in the second frame. The Turkish team levelled things up at 42 after twenty minutes of action. CSKA managed to pull ahead in the third term. The Russian side accumulated a 5-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Sonny Weems and Nenad Krstic teamed up for 22 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the hosts. Milos Teodosic, Dionte Christmas and Viktor Khryapa produced 11 points each for the winners. Jordan Farmar answered with 24 points and 6 assists for Anadolu Efes. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) and Kerem Gonlum had 9 points each in the loss.
FCB Regal - Fener.Ulker 100-78 FC Barcelona Regal handles Fenerbahce Ulker in Spain. The hosts posted a 3-digit number victory and celebrated a 100-78 win in front of almost 5000 local fans. FC Barcelona Regal played poor in ABC league, but needed to prove the fans that the team continues their winning streak in EuroLeague. They started with 24-13 in the first period and never looked behind after. The Spanish side added a 30-22 rally and enjoyed a 54:35 lead at the halftime. Both teams nailed 25 points in the third period as Barcelona led 19 points after 30 minutes. They posted a 21-18 in the last stanza as Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) brought 100th point with 30 seconds to go. Marcelinho Huertas and Juan Carlos Navarro top-scored for the winners with 14 points each. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.), Pete Mickeal and Ante Tomic delivered 12 points each in a win. Bojan Bogdanovic delivered 19, while Romain Sato had 15 points in defeat. Mike Batiste brought 13 and Baris Ermis added 9.
Caja Laboral - Olympiacos 82-74 Caja Laboral made sure they open EuroLeague Top 16 with victory. The Basque team shot down visiting Olympiacos in Group F opener for both sides. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) delivered 25 points to pace Zan Tabak team. Olympiacos looked better in the opening minutes. The Reds gained a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. Caja Laboral however managed to slow their opponents down in the second term. The hosts cut the margin at 4-point mark at the interval 40:44. Caja Laboral went off the dressing room firing from all guns. They dominated in the third term completing a 27:11 rally and taking a 12-point lead into the fourth stanza. Olympiacos stopped the bleeding but could not overcome a deep deficit losing the game at the end. Brad Oleson provided 15 points, while Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) added 13 points and 7 assists for Caja Laboral. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points for Olympiacos. Pero Antic had 13 points in the loss.
Montepaschi - Maccabi T-A 79-69 Montepaschi Siena clinched the first win in EuroLeague Top 16 round. They knocked down Maccabi Tel-Aviv at home court in Group F. Tomas Ress was responsible for 18 points in the victory. Montepaschi Siena led by five points after ten minutes of action 20:15. The hosts stretched the lead to 9 points at the interval 44:35. Things got just worse for the visitors in the third term. Montepaschi controlled the tempo and kept the Israeli champions at distance. Siena entered the fourth term up by 10 points. The gap grew at 14-point mark before Maccabi went on a 7:0 run to narrow the gap. However Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) went perfect from the charity stripe and then Carraretto drilled a three-pointer to seal the victory for the hosts. Bobby Brown produced 16 points and 7 assists, while David Moss added 13 points for the winners. Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) answered with 18 points for Maccabi. Lior Eliyahu had 13 points and 7 boards in the loss.
Besiktas - Khimky 75-80 Khimky victoriously opened their EuroLeague Top 16 campaign. They knocked down Besiktas in Istanbul. Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) knocked down 20 points, grabbed 5 boards and made 5 steals to pace the winners. Besiktas ensured a confident start to the game. The Turkish team dominated in the opening frame and posted a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the game. But Khimky turned on offensively in the second period. The visitors dropped impressive 31 points in the quarter to spur ahead for a 45:39 halftime lead. Khimky kept Besiktas at bay throughout the third term. The Russian team entered the fourth period up by 10 points 67:57. Besiktas got as close as three points midway through the final frame but Khimky connected on several three-pointers and cleared off for good in this one. Paul Davis delivered 17 points, while Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) added 13 points and 9 assists for the winning team. Patrick Christopher responded with 20 points for Besiktas. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) netted 15 points in the loss.
ANGT Belgrade: Crvena Zvezda top Mega Leks to celebrate title - 23 hours ago
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Crvena Zvezda U18 - Mega Leks U18 74:61 Crvena Zvezda earned the Adidas Next Generation Tournament Belgrade stage title. They overcame their Serbian rivals Mega Leks in the Final. Vuk Djordjevic (201-F-99) scored 21 points to pace the winners. Crvena Zvezda grabbed a 28:8 lead after the opening quarter. They kept Mega Leks at bay throughout the second frame. Crvena Zvezda ensured a 45:25 halftime lead. Mega Leks narrowed the deficit in the third term. They pulled within 12 points at the... [read more]
Crvena Zvezda U18 - Mega Leks U18 74:61
Crvena Zvezda earned the Adidas Next Generation Tournament Belgrade stage title. They overcame their Serbian rivals Mega Leks in the Final. Vuk Djordjevic (201-F-99) scored 21 points to pace the winners. Crvena Zvezda grabbed a 28:8 lead after the opening quarter. They kept Mega Leks at bay throughout the second frame. Crvena Zvezda ensured a 45:25 halftime lead. Mega Leks narrowed the deficit in the third term. They pulled within 12 points at the final intermission. But Crvena Zvezda held their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to the win. Aleksa Uskokovic (191-G-99, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 20 points, while Zoran Paunovic (190-G-00) added 15 points in the victory. Goga Bitadze (210-C/F-99) replied with 21 points and 18 boards for Mega Leks. Nikola Miskovic (204-G/F-99) and Igor Drobnjak (189-G-00) tossed in 11 points each in the loss.
Source: www.doubledouble.rs/en/ Crvena Zvezda reached 7th consecutive title at Belgrade ANGT 2017 with easy win vs. Mega Bemax 74-61. Red shirted guys got their job done in 1st quarter with 28-8 scoring run. Basketball presented at Belgrade ANGT 2017 was not at some impressive level, despite my expectations before the tournament. Many teams here have shown only bit above average qualities, while Mega Bemax and Crvena Zvezda were far ahead of all the opponents. Top names breakdown Al... [read more]
Crvena Zvezda reached 7th consecutive title at Belgrade ANGT 2017 with easy win vs. Mega Bemax 74-61. Red shirted guys got their job done in 1st quarter with 28-8 scoring run.
Basketball presented at Belgrade ANGT 2017 was not at some impressive level, despite my expectations before the tournament. Many teams here have shown only bit above average qualities, while Mega Bemax and Crvena Zvezda were far ahead of all the opponents.
Top names breakdown
Aleksa Uskokovic (guard, 1999.) is prolific leader of this Crvena Zvezda generation. He is already way better than Belgrade ANGT level, but his road to successful senior player is quite a long one. Uskokovic contributes in every phase of the game (AVG: 16.8 points, 5.3 assists), but his game has not improved much in ball control, passing, anticipation of defense, as well as shot selection. Aleksa used this tournament in great manner, especially after some weaker shows in NT jersey. Crvena Zvezda will mostly look at his abilities at final tournament in Istanbul.
Another prospect from Crvena Zvezda who has shined at this tournament is Zoran Paunovic (born 2000.). He is very successful in 2pt shooting, very strong around the rim and he has great body for future 2/3 position. Paunovic is active on the rebound as well, but he needs to work hard at outside shooting stroke, aggressiveness in game-play and better penetration. Zoran ended the tournament with following averages 11.5 points and 6 rebounds.
Vuk Djordjevic (1999.) has impressed at this tournament as well. He used his minutes in right manner contributing with 14.3 pts and 4.5 rebounds. His body has changed a lot in comparison with some earlier tournaments and he has improved his chances of becoming respectful player in senior competition. Vuk was deadly at outside shooting (45%), while his conversion for 2 was more than solid one (50%).
Honorable mentions from Crvena Zvezda squad are Arijan Lakic (2000.) and Stefan Momirov (1999.)
Mega Bemax young studs at this tournament were Goga Bitadze and Nikola Miskovic, while honorable mentions should be given to Jovicic, Islamovic and Drobnjak.
Goga Bitadze (211 cm, 1999.) has shown a lot of abilities at this tournament, while he was completely dominant. His averages of 16.5 ppg and 12 rpg, with more than solid 54.5% for 2 speaks alone about his role at this ANGT. Despite the positives, Bitadze has shown some serious cons like running, movement and lacks of concentration in some situations. Goga already plays at senior level in Serbian first league, which is a fact to be taken in account as well. Bitadze has elite size, very soft touch and if he continues to develop this fast as for now, he would shine at better level soon.
Nikola Miskovic (1999.) has shown great versatility and fluidity. His movement was more than solid, shooting touch around the rim as well, while his outside shooting needs big improvements. Miskovic is definitely capable to shoot behind the arc, but he has not shown any range at this tournament. His size (207 cm) is great for small forward in the future, but I am pretty sure that Miskovic would be fluid type of player capable of playing at 3 and 4 without a problem.
Stella Azzura Roma was not brilliant at this tournament, but some of the names there emerged as serious potentials. Serbian guys Lazar Nikolic and Djordje Pazin were noticed as big potentials, while Stella got dunk contest winner in Paul Eboua.
Lazar Nikolic (1999.) has averaged 11.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 6.5 apg, while his problems were in outside shooting (12% for 3) and big number of turnovers (5.3 per game). Personally, I expected better tournament from Nikolic, but he has established himself as clear leader of this Stella team. Nikolic can be compared with Uskokovic, about the situation of their potential role in senior basketball. Both of them have long road of adjustments ahead of them, but both of them have a lot to offer in the future.
Djordje Pazin (2001.) had solid tournament, but I am sure that he was capable of even better. No matter he is younger than others, he has vast range of qualities to offer. In my opinion, of all 2001. born guys at this tournament Pazin, Biberovic and Karapandzic were far the best. Pazin has true basketball moves, he is very polished, but he needs to work hard on aggressiveness, anticipation and passing. Next tournaments will show all the great moves which Pazin holds in the trunk.
Amit Ebo (180 cm, 1999.) was named in top 5 of the tournament. He led his Maccabi during this tournament, but the Israelis were not ready to compete at highest level. Ebo is physically limited PG, but with great scoring instincts and capability to find open spots for his teammates and himself. In front of Ebo is serious work for right hand development, as well as some adjustments towards his role in senior basketball as way non athletic and short. Ebo has ended the tournament with 22.8 ppg, 4.3 apg and 4 turnovers per game.
Honorable mention from Maccabi goes to Tomer Porat (201 cm, 1999.) who had great tournament with 15.5 ppg and 7.8 rpg.
Mateo Seric (203 cm, 1999.) has led Ludwigsburg to 3rd place at Belgrade ANGT. Germans presented us great team play with Seric as leader with 17.3 ppg and 7 rpg. Mateo is showing constant development and he is player to watch at some others competitions. If he continues to groom his all round game and improve passing ability he can be solid option for German teams in the future.
From Prague team at this ANGT two names emerged as some potentials. Marek Welsch (180 cm, 1999.) with similar problems as his colleague at PG Amit Ebo and second is Maros Zeliznak (208 cm, 1999.) who can be next solid center from Czech republic. His main problem are stiff hands and if he resolves that he can be interesting prospect to watch in the future.
To end the story with Partizan guys Mateja Jovanovic, Tadija Tadic and Stevan Karapandzic, as well as Spars leader Tarik Biberovic.
Mateja Jovanovic (2000.) has shown some upgrades in comparison to last year, but his problems remained in shot selection, percentages and conversion around the rim. He uses board with great sensitiveness, he is capable of drawing big number of fouls and he finishes easily from FT line.
Tadija Tadic (1999.) looked stacked at solid level for more than a year, but his problems remained the same as before. His AST/TO ratio is not the perfect one, while Tadija remained between SG and PG position. At this tournament Tadic averaged 13.5 points per game, contributing in rebounds (5 per game) and assists (6.3). Tadija is capable of 1 on 1 play, has great dribbling skills, but his anticipation of opponent moves is not at highest level. Tadic will have long road to becoming senior player with significant role.
Finally, Stevan Karapandzic (184 cm, 2001.) presented some great abilities at game vs. Ludwigsburg. Stevan shoots well, moves perfectly in offense, while he is capable of great 1 on 1 defense. He should work hard on his passing and positional defense, both were 'black holes' for him at this tournament.
At last, Tarik Biberovic (2001.) bought all the scouts in Belgrade with his games for Spars Sarajevo. Tarik averaged 17.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg, while he was true joy to watch in some cases. His shooting touch has improved since the last year and his running remained at very high level. Tarik is capable to play top defense with his 201 cm body, and he would be top prospect to watch in the future
Euroleague round 23 best performance: Nando De Colo - 2 days ago
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French Shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked CSKA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23. The 29-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maccabi T-A (#13, 8-15) 93-81. CSKA maintains the 2nd position in Euroleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CSKA will need... [read more]
French Shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked CSKA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23. The 29-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maccabi T-A (#13, 8-15) 93-81. CSKA maintains the 2nd position in Euroleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CSKA will need more victories to improve their 17-6 record. In the team's last game De Colo had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at CSKA, through which he has constantly improved. Nando De Colo averages this season 20.1ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) of Anadolu Efes. Dunston had a very good evening with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Anadolu Efes cruised to a 96-85 relatively comfortable win over Baskonia (12-11). This victory allowed Anadolu Efes to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dunston is well-known at Anadolu Efes and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.
Third on the list of top players last round was guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-PG-94) of Zalgiris (#10). Lekavicius scored 29 points. He was a key player of Zalgiris, leading his team to a 91-86 win against slightly lower-ranked Brose Bask. (#12, 8-15). The chances of Zalgiris ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lekavicius could help Zalgiris to bring them higher in the standings. Lekavicius has a very solid season. In 23 games in Euroleague he scored 8.9ppg. He also has 3.4apg and FGP: 52.8%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists 5. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84) of Zalgiris - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) of Fenerbahce - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists 8. Adam Hanga (199-SF-89) of Baskonia - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Thomas Heurtel (189-G-89) of Anadolu Efes - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists 10. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of FC Barcelona - 19 points and 9 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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