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.
Euroleague round 11 best performance: Nicolo Melli - 8 hours ago
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Italian Power forward Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Brose Bask., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11. The 25-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Maccabi T-A (#10, 5-6) 85-70. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Brose Bask. is placed at 14th position in Euroleague. Too late to improve their position as the... [read more]
Italian Power forward Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Brose Bask., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11. The 25-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Maccabi T-A (#10, 5-6) 85-70. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Brose Bask. is placed at 14th position in Euroleague. Too late to improve their position as they are currently ranked such low. They already lost 8 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Melli had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's his second year at Brose Bask. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Nicolo Melli has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 13.8ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 8.3rpg) and averages impressive 62.2% from behind 3-point line.
The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Nigerian Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of league's second-best Fenerbahce. Udoh had a very good evening with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he led Fenerbahce to another comfortable win 87-72 over the lower-ranked Crvena Zvezda (#12, 4-7) being unquestionably team leader. Fenerbahce's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 8-3 record is not bad at all. Udoh is well-known at Fenerbahce and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.
Third on the list of top players last round was Mexican Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85) of Real Madrid (#3). Ayon scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Real Madrid, leading his team to a 96-91 win against the lower-ranked Zalgiris (#11, 4-7). Real Madrid needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Ayon has a very solid season. In 11 games in Euroleague he scored 8.7ppg. He also has 4.9rpg and FGP: 64.2%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Chris Singleton (206-F-89) of Panathinaikos - 13 points and 7 rebounds 5. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) of Real Madrid - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of Olympiacos - 15 points and 6 rebounds 7. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88) of Maccabi T-A - 20 points and 2 assists 8. Erick Green (190-PG-91) of Olympiacos - 15 points and 5 rebounds 9. Jan Vesely (213-C/F-90) of Fenerbahce - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Aaron Jackson (190-G-86) of CSKA - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 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)
Recap of Round 11 of Regular Season - 22 hours ago
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Baskonia - Darussafaka 73-52 Rather expected game in Vitoria where 8th ranked Turkish Darussafaka (5-6) was crushed by fifth ranked Spanish Baskonia (7-4) 73-52. The game was mostly controlled by Baskonia. Darussafaka was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baskonia dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Darussafaka's 22. They outrebounded Darussafaka 47-28 including a 37-19 adv... [read more]
Rather expected game in Vitoria where 8th ranked Turkish Darussafaka (5-6) was crushed by fifth ranked Spanish Baskonia (7-4) 73-52. The game was mostly controlled by Baskonia. Darussafaka was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baskonia dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Darussafaka's 22. They outrebounded Darussafaka 47-28 including a 37-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Baskonia brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 5 assists. German center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Baskonia players scored in double figures. French Adrien Moerman (202-88) answered with 7 points and 9 rebounds and American James Anderson (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) added 11 points in the effort for Darussafaka. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Baskonia moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Olympiacos. Darussafaka lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with six games lost. Baskonia's next round opponent will be Unics Kazan (#15) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Darussafaka will play against Real Madrid (#3) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Baskonia: S.Larkin 14+3reb+5ast, R.Beaubois 12+4reb, T.Shengelia 11+5reb, J.Voigtmann 10+9reb+2ast, A.Hanga 9+8reb+1ast, K.Tillie 5+9reb+1ast Darussafaka: J.Anderson 11+1reb+2ast, S.Wilbekin 8+2reb+3ast, A.Moerman 7+9reb, L.Harangody 5+6reb, S.Erden 5+1reb, W.Clyburn 4+4reb+1ast
Fourth ranked Greek Olympiacos (7-4) crushed at home 14th ranked Russian Unics Kazan (3-8) by 29 points 88-59, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Olympiacos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Olympiacos forced 20 Unics Kazan turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Unics Kazan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Belgian guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Erick Green (190-91, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Olympiacos players scored in double figures. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) answered with 25 points and Spanish point guard Joaquin Colom (188-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) added 4 points and 6 assists in the effort for Unics Kazan. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Greek champion maintains fourth place with 7-4 record, which they share with Baskonia. Unics Kazan at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Olympiacos' next round opponent will be Zalgiris (#11) in Kaunas and are hoping to win another game. Unics Kazan will play at home against Baskonia and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Olympiacos: M.Lojeski 15+6reb+1ast, E.Green 15+5reb+1ast, K.Papanikolaou 12+5reb, G.Printezis 11+3reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 10+2reb+4ast, P.Young 5+1reb Unics: K.Langford 25+3reb, L.Williams 9+1reb, K.Kaimakoglou 6+5reb, J.Colom 4+3reb+6ast, A.Parakhouski 4+3reb, A.Klimenko 3+1reb
Very predictable result in Athens where seventh ranked Greek Panathinaikos (6-5) smashed bottom-ranked Turkish Galatasaray (3-8) 85-58. The game without a history. Panathinaikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Panathinaikos had a 34-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. American-Czech swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL) answered with 15 points and American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) added 6 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Galatasaray. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Panathinaikos moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Anadolu Efes. Galatasaray at the other side dropped to the bottom position with eight games lost. Panathinaikos' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Fenerbahce in Istanbul and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Galatasaray will play at home against Armani Milano (#13) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Panathinaikos: K.Gabriel 14+5reb, N.Calathes 14+4reb+4ast, K.Rivers 14+2reb+2ast, M.James 13+2reb+3ast, C.Singleton 13+7reb+1ast, D.Nichols 9+5reb Galatasaray: B.Schilb 15+1reb+1ast, R.Smith 9+2reb+1ast, S.Guler 8+4reb+2ast, A.Tyus 6+2reb, V.Micov 6+4reb, D.Thompson 6+8reb
The game in Istanbul was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (5-6) played at the court of seventh ranked Turkish Anadolu Efes (6-5). Anadolu Efes managed to secure a 4-point victory 72-68 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But FC Barcelona won fourth quarter 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (189-89) who scored 16 points and 5 assists. French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 14 points. Granger is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American-Montenegrin point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll.) produced 22 points and 7 assists and American-Bosnian point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket) added 8 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. FC Barcelona's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Anadolu Efes have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Panathinaikos. Loser FC Barcelona dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with Maccabi T-A and Darussafaka. Anadolu Efes will meet Brose Baskets (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. FC Barcelona will play against the league's leader CSKA (#1) in Moscow and hope to secure a win. Top scorers: Anadolu Efes: J.Granger 16+2reb+5ast, T.Heurtel 14+3ast, B.Dunston 9+3reb+1ast, C.Osman 9+5reb+1ast, D.Brown 7+6reb+3ast, A.Omic 6+1reb FC Barcelona: T.Rice 22+3reb+7ast, J.Doellman 8+3reb+1ast, A.Tomic 8+2reb+4ast, A.Renfroe 8+3reb+4ast, B.Oleson 7+2reb, P.Koponen 6+2reb+3ast
Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (4-7) were defeated on the road by third ranked Spanish Real Madrid (8-3) 96-91. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Zalgiris were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Real Madrid made 32-of-40 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Zalgiris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Slovenian point guard Luka Doncic (201-99) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 4 assists. Mexican power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St.) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Canadian-Slovenian point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and Australian power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St.) added 17 points in the effort for Zalgiris. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Spanish champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Fenerbahce. Defending Lithuanian champion Zalgiris keep the eleventh position with seven games lost. Real Madrid's next round opponent will be Darussafaka (#9) in Istanbul and are hoping to win another game. Zalgiris will play at home against Olympiacos and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Real Madrid: L.Doncic 17+4reb+4ast, G.Ayon 14+7reb+3ast, F.Reyes 12+6reb+2ast, A.Randolph 11+3reb, J.Maciulis 10+2reb, O.Hunter 10+2reb+1ast Zalgiris: K.Pangos 19+4reb+4ast, B.Motum 17+3reb, P.Jankunas 13+2reb, E.Ulanovas 12+6reb+1ast, A.Milaknis 11+3reb+2ast, L.Westermann 6+6reb+4ast
Euroleague top team - Russian CSKA (10-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Italian Armani Milano (4-7) 79-64. Armani Milano was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 43-26 second half run of CSKA. It was a quality performance for American guard Aaron Jackson (190-86, college: Duquesne) who led the winners and scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Dmitrii Kulagin (197-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. American-Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) came up with 10 points and American forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier, agency: BeoBasket) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Armani Milano in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. CSKA have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending Russian champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. Armani Milano lost fourth consecutive game. Defending Italian champion dropped to the eleventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Zalgiris and Crvena Zvezda. CSKA will play against FC Barcelona (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Armani Milano will play against Galatasaray in Istanbul and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: CSKA: D.Kulagin 14+5reb+2ast, A.Jackson 14+5reb+5ast, C.Higgins 11+5reb+1ast, V.Fridzon 9+3reb+3ast, K.Hines 8+3reb, S.Antonov 6+1ast EA7 Armani: M.Raduljica 11+3reb+2ast, R.Hickman 10+4reb+2ast, J.McLean 10+6reb, Z.Dragic 7+6reb, K.Simon 7+4reb+4ast, M.Kalnietis 7+1reb+2ast
Everything went according to plan in Istanbul where second ranked Turkish Fenerbahce (8-3) beat 12th ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (4-7) 87-72. The game was mostly controlled by Fenerbahce. Crvena Zvezda was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fenerbahce shot 62.7 percent from the field and made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Fenerbahce outrebounded Crvena Zvezda 35-23 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Nigerian power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks. Greek guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90) contributed with 10 points and 9 assists for the winners. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. Bosnian-Serbian center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90) answered with 8 points and 10 rebounds and forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Crvena Zvezda. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fenerbahce have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending Turkish champion maintains second place with 8-3 record having just two points less than leader CSKA, which they share with Real Madrid. Crvena Zvezda lost third consecutive game. Defending Serbian champion dropped to the eleventh position with seven games lost. Fenerbahce's next round opponent will be Panathinaikos (#7) in Athens which should be theoretically an easy game. Crvena Zvezda will play at home against Maccabi T-A (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Fenerbahce: E.Udoh 15+9reb+5ast, J.Vesely 14+5reb+3ast, P.Antic 13+3reb+1ast, B.Dixon 11+2reb+3ast, K.Sloukas 10+3reb+9ast, L.Datome 9+3reb Crvena Zvezda: M.Simonovic 14+6reb, C.Jenkins 12+1ast, M.Bjelica 11+3reb+1ast, O.Dobric 10+1reb+1ast, O.Kuzmic 8+10reb+3ast, N.Wolters 8+1reb+4ast
Bottom-ranked German Brose Baskets managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of five consecutive losses on Wednesday night. This time defending German champion won against tenth-ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv 85-70. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 15-point difference suggests that Brose Baskets is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. Maccabi T-A managed to win third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brose Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. French Fabien Causeur (195-87) helped adding 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) responded with 20 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and the other American import swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending German champion (3-8) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Galatasaray and Unics. Maccabi T-A at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with FC Barcelona and Darussafaka. Brose Baskets is looking forward to face higher ranked Anadolu Efes (#6) in Istanbul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi T-A will play on the road against Crvena Zvezda in Beograd and is hoping to win this game. Top scorers: Brose Bask.: N.Melli 27+14reb+1ast, D.Miller 12, L.Radosevic 11+2reb, D.Theis 9+2reb+3ast, F.Causeur 7+6reb+4ast, J.Strelnieks 7+1reb+4ast Maccabi T-A: A.Goudelock 20+2ast, S.Weems 16+3reb+3ast, C.Iverson 10+6reb+1ast, D.Smith 8+5reb+1ast, V.Rudd 7+4reb+2ast, Y.Ohayon 5+5reb+3ast
The CSKA Moscow's Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) has been named European Player of the Month by Eurobasket.com for games played in November 2016. Serbian pointguard helped the Army Men to a 8-1 month (4-0 in VTB and 4-1 in Euroleague), averaging 16.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 6.1apg in 32.9 minutes on the court. On Nov.25, he led his team to a victory over Baskonia finishing the game with a career-high 34 points plus 10 assists. His rating of 43 was the highest in the Euroleague this season. Moreover,... [read more]
The CSKA Moscow's Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) has been named European Player of the Month by Eurobasket.com for games played in November 2016.
Serbian pointguard helped the Army Men to a 8-1 month (4-0 in VTB and 4-1 in Euroleague), averaging 16.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 6.1apg in 32.9 minutes on the court. On Nov.25, he led his team to a victory over Baskonia finishing the game with a career-high 34 points plus 10 assists. His rating of 43 was the highest in the Euroleague this season. Moreover, he registered assist no. 1000 in his Euroleague career.
Second best performer of November was Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid. Llull was their key player in Spanish Liga Endesa (4-1, losing derby against Barcelona) and Euroleague (also 4-1 as they lost to CSKA in a thriller on Nov.11). His stats from these 9 games were 17.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 5.7 apg combined with impressive 42.1% from 3pt line. His best performance was on Nov.16 in a win against Panathinaikos when Sergio scored 30 points (4 threes) and added 4 assists.
Third best performer of the month was Kyle Fogg (190-PG-90, college: Arizona) of Unicaja. He was a leader of Spanish team averaging 20.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.3 apg in 7 games (4-3). Fogg played his best game on Nov.27 when Unijaca defeated Barcelona 95-89 in Liga Endesa. American guard poured in 29 points.
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