Zalgiris - Unicaja 75-63 Zalgiris claimed the first win at the Euroleague Top 16 round. They overcame Unicaja in Kaunas tonight. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record in Group E. Zalgiris led by four points after ten minutes 21:17. The teams stayed close throughout the second quarter. Zalgiris managed to secure a 34:30 halftime lead. Unicaja denied the deficit in the third term. Krunoslav Simon put the visitors in front 42:41 with a three-pointer. Kizminskas and Kaukenas returned the lead to Zalgiris as the Lithuanian team entered the fourth quarter up by one point 52:51. Zalgiris quickly cleared off to a safe distance in the fourth frame. They held the Malaga team to just 12 points in the final period and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Mindaugas Kuzminskas provided 14 points to pace the home team. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) added 12 points, while Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) contributed 11 points for the hosts. Earl Calloway and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) answered with 11 points each for Unicaja.
ALBA - CSKA 57-75 CSKA outclass ALBA in Berlin in front of almost 10000 fans. The Russian Champion needed a 75:57 win for a 2-0 record in Group E. The German team fell at 0-2 record. CSKA grabbed 24-13 lead at the first period and never looked behind. The guests added 16-15 in the second frame and led 40:28 at the halftime. Alba replied with 19-17 rally in the third quarter, but could not come closer to the favorites. The team from Moscow finished the game with 18-10 burst in the last stanza for the final success. Teodosic Milos top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) added 15. Khryapa Viktor collected 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne) had 9. DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) finished the game with 14 points in defeat and Byars Derrick scored 11.
Anadolu Efes - Panathinaikos 78-64 Anadolu Efes clinched the first win in EuroLeague Top 16 round. They held off Panathinaikos at home arena to improve at 1-1 record in Group E. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) led well-balanced effort with 13 points. Anadolu Efes did not waste too much time in taking the lead. They grabbed control early in the game to post a 24:17 lead ten minutes into it. Anadolu Efes extended the margin in the second quarter. The Turkish side accumulated a 45:32 halftime advantage. The hosts kept Panathinaikos at bay throughout the third quarter. The Hellenes faced a massive 21-point deficit heading into the fourth frame. The Athens team got within 12 points after buckets from Maciulis and Kapono but Vujacic capped the regulation with a jumper to seal 14-point win for the hosts. Lucas had 12 points, while Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points in the victory. Michael Bramos answered with 16 points for Panathinaikos. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) netted 15 points in the loss.
Brose Bask. - Real Madrid 67-82 Real Madrid cruised to the second straight win in Top 16 Euroleague round. They fired past Brose Baskets on the road tonight. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Real Madrid scored 26 points in the starting quarter to set the tone. The visitors accumulated a 4-point lead after ten minutes. Real maintained the pressure throughout the second quarter. They enjoyed a 47:38 halftime lead. Brose Baskets tried to get back into the game in the third quarter. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) put the hosts within four with a triple midway through the frame 49:53. Real hung on to establish a 63:57 lead at the final intermission. The visitors tipped off the final frame with an 8:2 run to ensure a 71:59 lead and never looked back en route to the win. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) had 13 points, while Sergio Rodriguez added 11 points and 6 assists for Real. Bostjan Nachbar answered with 19 points for Bamberg. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) finished with 17 points in defeat.
Olympiacos - Besiktas 77-64 Olympiacos Piraeus leave no chance for Besiktas in the last game of the second round in Top 16. The Greek side won all the quarters of the game for the final 77:64 win. Olympiacos Piraeus started with 20-13 surge and continued their dominance in the whole game. The Greek side posted a 17-14 rally for 10-point halftime advantage. Moreover Olympiacos scored 20 points in the third and the last quarters that was also enough to win the frames. They won the third period 20-19 and finished the game with 20-18. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) led the way with 18 points and Georgios Printezis posted 14. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) delivered 9, while Kyle Hines and Acie Law brought 8 apiece. Daniel Ewing ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Damir Markota (209-F-85) notched 14. Curtis Jerrells produced 13 points in the losing case.
Fener.Ulker - Montepaschi 92-98 Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) erupts with 41 points against Fenerbahce in Istanbul as his Montepaschi Siena stole an important win. The Italian side grabbed 98:92 victory for 2-0 record in Group E. The Turkish side meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Both teams scored 26 points in the first period and then the hosts pushed the tempo for good until the end of the first half. Fenerbahce took 51:45 lead at the halftime but could not match the opponents in the second half. The team from Siena needed a 24-22 rally to reduce to 73:69 after three quarters. Montepaschi Siena won the last period 29-19 and sealed a 6-point win. Viktor Sanikidze (203-SF-86) brought 19 points for the winners and Hackett Daniel scored 9. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) delivered 7 points in a win. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) answered with 31 points in the losing effort and McCalebb Bo notched 17. Preldzic Emir posted 15, while Sato Romain had 11.
Maccabi T-A - Caja Laboral 70-71 Caja Laboral shock Maccabi in front of 11000 fans in EuroLeague Top 16 Round 2. The Spanish team survived a 71:70 win after 12-point halftime advantage. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv won the first period 23-20, but failed in the second frame. The Spanish team erupted with 24-9 surge and grabbed a 44:32 deficit. The Israeli team erupted with a massive run in the third period and after 24-6 in it took the lead. They led 58:50 early in the last stanza but could not win the game. Brad Oleson closed a 10-0 run for 60:58 lead and then he brought 69:67 advantage. Nemanja Bjelica top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Brad Oleson posted 10. Milko Bjelica (205-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 8, while Andres Nocioni and Fernando San Emeterio scored 7 each. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) answered with 18 points in defeat, while Darko Planinic added 11. Devin Smith and Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) delivered 10 points apiece in a loss. Fernando San Emeterio scored the last shot for the winning side, while Yogev Ohayon (187-PG-87) missed the chance to bring the win for the hosts.
Khimky - FCB Regal 78-65 Khimky gained the second straight win at the EuroLeague Top 16 stage. They held off visiting Barcelona tonight to improve at 2-0 record in Group F. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) provided 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Khimky dominated from start to finish in this one. Barcelona faced a three-point deficit after ten minutes 18:21. Khimky fired 25 points in the second frame to extend the lead. The hosts ensured a 46:41 advantage at the interval. Barcelona continued to struggle offensively in the absence of Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) in the second half. The Spanish powerhouse accounted for just 14 points in the third period as Khimky stretched the lead to 7 points at the final intermission. The home team opened the fourth frame with 8 points in a row to gain a 15-point lead. Barcelona never got closer than 13 points in the reminder of the contest as Khimky raced to the victory. Vitaliy Fridzon produced 13 points, while Alexey Zhukanenko (210-F-86, agency: Alti Sport) and Paul Davis chipped in 10 points each in the win. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) answered with 16 points for Barcelona. Pete Mickeal had 14 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv fire coach Erez Edelstein - 19 hours ago
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55-year old coach Erez Edelstein. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Edelstein was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Coach of the Year back in 2012. He has been coaching Israeli Senior National Team between 2014 and 2016, and coached also University National Team between 2007 and 2009. Edelstein has coached previously three other teams: Galil Gilboa, Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Ironi Ramat Gan. By Eurobasket D... [read more]
Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) fired 55-year old coach Erez Edelstein. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Edelstein was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Coach of the Year back in 2012. He has been coaching Israeli Senior National Team between 2014 and 2016, and coached also University National Team between 2007 and 2009. Edelstein has coached previously three other teams: Galil Gilboa, Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Ironi Ramat Gan.
Euroleague round 2 best performance: Vassilis Spanoulis - 2 days ago
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Shooting guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) put on an amazing game in the last round for Olympiacos, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 34-year old player was the main contributor (17 points, three rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Anadolu Efes (#14, 0-2) with 24-point margin 90-66. Olympiacos is placed at 7th position in Euroleague. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. Spanoulis... [read more]
Shooting guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) put on an amazing game in the last round for Olympiacos, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 34-year old player was the main contributor (17 points, three rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Anadolu Efes (#14, 0-2) with 24-point margin 90-66. Olympiacos is placed at 7th position in Euroleague. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. Spanoulis has many years of experience at Olympiacos, through which he has constantly improved. Vassilis Spanoulis has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (6th best: 7.0apg) and averages impressive 44.4% from behind 3-point line.
The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Alex Tyus (203-C-88) of Galatasaray. Tyus had a very good evening with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Galatasaray was edged by Crvena Zvezda (1-1) 85-83. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Tyus is a newcomer at Galatasaray, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#9). He also registered 5.0 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was another Galatasaray's star - American forward Austin Daye (211-F-88, agency: Alti Sport). Daye scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Daye's great performance Galatasaray lost 83-85 to Crvena Zvezda (#11, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Daye has individually a great season in Euroleague. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics - 24 points and 4 assists 5. Cedi Osman (204-F-95) of Anadolu Efes - 22 points and 6 rebounds 6. Leo Westermann (197-G-92) of Zalgiris - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Coty Clarke (201-F-92) of Unics - 20 points and 7 rebounds 8. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) of Brose Bask. - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) of Brose Bask. - 16 points and 12 assists 10. Marko Simonovic (201-F-86) of Crvena Zvezda - 23 points and 4 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)
Crvena Zvezda is close to land Nate Wolters - 2 days ago
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Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (KLS) is close to sign 25-year old American point guard Nate Wolters (193-88kg-91, college: South Dakota State, agency: Pensack Sports) who currently played forDenver Nuggets in NBA. The last season Wolters played at Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul in Turkish BSL where in 21 games he had 11.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 5.4apg (top 5). He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 5.3apg and 1.5spg. Three years ago Wolters was draf... [read more]
Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (KLS) is close to sign 25-year old American point guard Nate Wolters (193-88kg-91, college: South Dakota State, agency: Pensack Sports) who currently played for Denver Nuggets in NBA. The last season Wolters played at Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul in Turkish BSL where in 21 games he had 11.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 5.4apg (top 5). He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 5.3apg and 1.5spg. Three years ago Wolters was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in second round (38th overall). He attended South Dakota State until 2013 and it may be his fourth season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wolters' college team won Summit League Tournament for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). He was also voted All-Summit League Player of the Year and USBWA All-District VI 1st Team back in 2013. Wolters has played previously professionally in NBA (New Orleans Pelicans and Milwaukee Bucks) and D-League (Grand Rapids Drive).
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