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.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 26-year old American center Alex Kirk (211-114kg-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports). He supposed to play at Guangzhou Securities in Chinese CBA league, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9bpg this season. The last season Kirk played at The Flexx Pistoia in Italian Serie A where in 33 games he averaged remarkable 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3bpg. A very spectacula... [read more]
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 26-year old American center Alex Kirk (211-114kg-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports). He supposed to play at Guangzhou Securities in Chinese CBA league, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9bpg this season. The last season Kirk played at The Flexx Pistoia in Italian Serie A where in 33 games he averaged remarkable 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. He represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago. Kirk has played previously professionally in NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks) and D-League (Canton Charge). He attended University of New Mexico until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player. The scouts decsribe him following way:
For a big man, he is a very good passer and can make shots from 15-20 feet.
Euroleague round 17 best performance: Dairis Bertans - 3 days ago
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Latvian Shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Darussafaka, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17. The 27-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Baskonia (#4, 11-6) 98-89. Darussafaka is placed at 7th position in Euroleague. Darussafaka is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They... [read more]
Latvian Shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Darussafaka, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17. The 27-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Baskonia (#4, 11-6) 98-89. Darussafaka is placed at 7th position in Euroleague. Darussafaka is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-8 record. In the team's last game Bertans had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Dairis Bertans averages this season 6.4ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Serbian Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) of EA7 Armani. Macvan had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as EA7 Armani lost that game 64-101 to the higher-ranked CSKA (#1, 13-4). This loss caused EA7 Armani to slide to the very bottom (16) position in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories EA7 Armani managed to get this year. Macvan is well-known at EA7 Armani and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.
Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics (#11). Langford showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Unics, leading his team to a 63-58 win against Brose Bask. (7-10). The chances of Unics ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Langford could help Unics to bring them higher in the standings. Langford has a great season in Euroleague. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (best scorer).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) of Real Madrid - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists 5. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA - 22 points and 3 assists 6. Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) of Crvena Zvezda - 21 points and 8 rebounds 7. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) of Brose Bask. - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Victor Rudd (205-F-91) of Maccabi T-A - 18 points and 9 rebounds 10. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) of Darussafaka - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
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)
ANGT Kaunas: Zalgiris beat CFBB Paris for the trophy - 3 days ago
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Zalgiris U18 - CFBB Paris U18 62:57 Zalgiris earned the title at the Kaunas stage of the Adidas Next Generation Tournament. They edged CFBB Paris in the title game tonight. Rokas Jokubaitis (187-PG-00) scored 18 points and 6 assists to lead the winners. Zalgiris jumped to a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. CFBB Paris cut the deficit at 3-point mark 32:35 at halftime. Zalgiris stretched the lead in the third term. The Kaunas team accumulated a 53:40 advantage heading into the fourth frame.... [read more]
Zalgiris U18 - CFBB Paris U18 62:57
Zalgiris earned the title at the Kaunas stage of the Adidas Next Generation Tournament. They edged CFBB Paris in the title game tonight. Rokas Jokubaitis (187-PG-00) scored 18 points and 6 assists to lead the winners. Zalgiris jumped to a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. CFBB Paris cut the deficit at 3-point mark 32:35 at halftime. Zalgiris stretched the lead in the third term. The Kaunas team accumulated a 53:40 advantage heading into the fourth frame. CFBB Paris pulled within striking distance in the fourth quarter but Zalgiris held on to snatch a tough win at the end. Lukas Uleckas (197-G/F-99) chipped in 10 points, while Grantas Vasiliauskas (204-PF-99) added 8 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Joel Ayayi (193-PG-00) responded with 19 points for CFBB Paris. Ivan Fevrier (203-F-99) posted 13 points and 9 boards in the loss.
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