Anadolu Efes - ALBA 71-62 Anadolu Efes clinched the second win in EuroLeague Top 16. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) and Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) produced 15 points each to pace the winners. ALBA kept the intrigue alive throughout the entire 40 minutes but Anadolu Efes survived the challenge to claim the win. ALBA set the tone early in the encounter. The German team gained the lead and rattled off a 19:16 advantage after ten minutes. Anadolu Efes adjusted defensively in the second frame. The Turkish team held the Berliners to 11 points and eked out a 35:30 halftime lead. Anadolu Efes kept ALBA at distance throughout the third term. The hosts piled up a 52:44 advantage heading into the fourth frame. ALBA narrowed the gap at 4-point mark midway through the final term 54:58. However Dusko Savanovic answered with a triple and then followed with two free throws to make it 63:54 lead. Dashaun Wood and Deon Thomspon dragged the visitors within three points 62:65 with 58 seconds remaining. Jamon Lukas Gordon then sank four points in a row and sealed the win for the hosts. Kerem Tunceri nailed 11 points for Anadolu Efes. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) answered with 15 points and 11 boards for ALBA. Je'Kel Foster chipped in 11 points in defeat.
Real Madrid - Zalgiris 75-74 Real Madrid eked out an exhausting and emotional victory over visiting Zalgiris in EuroLeague Top 16 Round 3 tonight. Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) drained a late three-pointer as Real snatched home win to stay perfect in Group E. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) finished with 17 points for the home team. It was a close battle from start to finish. Zalgiris got to the better start as they enjoyed a 20:11 lead midway through the opening quarter. But Real finished the period strong and got within 5 points at the first break 18:23. The hosts denied the deficit in the second stanza. Sergio Rodriguez converted a layup to put the hosts in front 29:28. The lead changed hands for several times before Nikola Mirotic made it 40:40 at halftime. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Hettscheimer capped the period with a jumper as Real snatched a 54:52 lead with ten minutes remaining. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Real took a 72:70 lead with 64 seconds remaining in regulation. However Sergio Rodriguez committed a turnover and Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) was given a foul that allowed Ksistof Lavrinovic to put Zalgiris on level terms with Real 72:72. Oliver Lafayette then followed with two free throws that gave the Lithuanian team a 74:72 advantage with 8 seconds remaining. But it was just enough for Rudy Fernandez to find Sergio Rodriguez in the corner and the guard drained a crucial three-pointer to seal the win for the hosts. Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Llull accounted for 10 points each for Real. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) fired 21 points on 5/9 shooting from beyond the arc. Oliver Lafayette contributed 13 points in the loss.
Panathinaikos - Unicaja 78-73 Panathinaikos Athens edge Unicaja Malaga in front of 11000 fans in Greece. The hosts won 78:73 and improved to 2-1 record in Group E. The Spanish side fell at 1-2 record. Panathinaikos Athens won the first period 23-19 and led only 2 points at the halftime. Moreover Unicaja Malaga posted a 21-17 surge in the third period and grabbed 2-point advantage entering the last stanza. Panathinaikos Athens looked better in the last quarter as James Gist (205-F-86) scored for 73:64 but the victory was not so easy. Krunoslav Simon reduced to 73:71 and then he missed an important three-pointer to tie the game. Michael Bramos made two free throws for 76:71 and Marcus Banks (188-G-81, college: UNLV) scored two free throws for the final success. James Gist paced all the winners with 17 points and Marcus Banks as well as Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) had 14 each. Jason Kapono and Stephane Lasme followed them with 7 points each. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) finished the game with 14 points in defeat, while Andy Panko, Krunoslav Simon and Luka Zoric notched 11 each.
CSKA - Brose Bask. 90-83 CSKA successfully opens Round 3 of Top 16 in EuroLeague. The Russian Champions improved to 3-0 record in Group E after 90:83 win over Brose Basket. The German side meanwhile fell at 0-3 record. It was not a good start for the hosts of the game that trailed 2 points after the first period. CSKA won the second frame 23-22 but was behind 45:46 at the halftime. In the third quarter the Russian team managed to take an advantage and could take 67:64 lead entering the last stanza. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) scored important threes at the end of the game for the final success. Viktor Khryapa top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Milos Teodosic and Dionte Christmas (196-G-86, college: Temple) posted 17 each. Krstic Nenad scored 14, while Kaun Sasha delivered 10. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) erupted with 35 points in the losing effort and Gipson Teddy as well as Zirbes Maik brought 12 apiece. Goldsberry John followed them with 9 points.
Montepaschi - Khimky 82-76 Montepaschi Siena claimed the third consecutive victory in EuroLeague Top 16 round. They outgunned visiting Khimky tonight to remain on top of Group F. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) topscored for the Italian champions with 20 points. Khimky led throughout the bigger part of the game. They grabbed a 27:20 advantage ten minutes into the encounter. Montepaschi stressed their defence in the second quarter. The Siena team narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at halftime 39:41. Montepaschi eventually denied the deficit in the third quarter. The teams entered the fourth frame tied at 60. But the hosts made necessary arrangement and put on a decisive rally in the dying stages to snatch a tough victory at the end. Tomas Ress (209-C-80, college: Texas A&M) delivered 16 points, while Matt Janning contributed 12 points for the hosts. K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) answered with 13 points for Khimky. Kresimir Loncar totalled 12 points in the loss.
FCB Regal - Olympiacos 76-68 Barcelona secured the second win in EuroLeague Top 16 round. They held off visiting Olympiacos for 2-1 record in Group F. The Reds fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) paced the hosts with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Barcelona grabbed the lead early on. They held Olympiacos at 13 points in the first term to accumulate a 5-point lead. The Catalan team gained a 41:32 halftime lead. Olympiacos managed to slow their opponents down in the third term. The Greek side got within 8 points heading into the fourth stanza. However Ante Tomic helped the hosts to an 11-point lead at 68:57 and Barcelona never looked back en route to the victory afterwards. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) delivered 12 points, while Victor Sada, Marcelinho Huertas and Sarunas Jasikevicius had 10 points each in the win. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) responded with 14 points for the visitors. Pero Antic and Vassilis Spanoulis finished with 9 points apiece for Olympiacos.
Caja Laboral - Besiktas 77-51 Caja Laboral stayed on the winning track in EuroLeague Top 16. They fired past Besiktas in Vitoria to claim the third win in a row in Group F. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) led balanced effort with 13 points. Besiktas dropped the third straight game in Top 16. Caja Laboral shocked the visitors with a 25:2 run at the start of the game. The hosts piled up a 27:7 lead at the first intermission. Besiktas managed to narrow the gap at 15-point mark midway through the second term. Nemanja Bjelica capped the first half with a three-pointer as Caja Laboral enjoyed a 45:24 lead. The hosts opened the third term with five points in a row and practically never looked back en route to a resounding victory. Maciej Lampe, Tibor Pleiss and Nemanja Bjelica delivered 12 points each for the home team. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) answered with 12 points for Besiktas. Curtis Jerrells had 10 points in the loss.
Maccabi T-A - Fener.Ulker 91-73 Maccabi Electra outgun Fenerbahce Ulker in Israel in front of 11000 fans. The Israeli team recovered after two losses and posted a 91:73 for 1-2 record in Group F. The Turkish team remained without victories in the Top 16. Both teams entered the game winless and desired to start the winning account in Top 16. Maccabi Electra started with 23-21 lead but could not win the first half. Fenerbahce Ulker replied with 15-13 and tied the game at the halftime. The second half however belonged only to one team, Maccabi. The latter won the third quarter 17-12 and erupted with 38-25 in the last stanza. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) added 22. Devin Smith brought 11, while Sylven Landesberg had 8. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89), Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) and Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) each scored 15 apiece, while Mike Batiste netted 10.
Nando De Colo claims Euroleague weekly honour - 7 hours ago
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French Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader CSKA and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. The 29-year old shooting guard had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and six assists for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to beat Anadolu Efes (#14, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 93-87. It allowed CSKA to jump to the first place in the Euroleague. They maintain a perfect r... [read more]
French Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader CSKA and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. The 29-year old shooting guard had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and six assists for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to beat Anadolu Efes (#14, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 93-87. It allowed CSKA to jump to the first place in the Euroleague. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but CSKA already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game De Colo had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at CSKA, through which he has constantly improved. De Colo has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.7ppg. De Colo is in league's top in and averages solid 53.1% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young shooting guard Marko Guduric (196-SG-95) of Crvena Zvezda. Guduric impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Crvena Zvezda cruised to a 76-65 relatively comfortable win over FC Barcelona (1-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Guduric is well-known by Crvena Zvezda fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.0ppg (#9). He also recorded 3.3 assists per game.
The third best performed player last round was Guinea-Bissau Colton Iverson (212-C-89, agency: Pensack Sports) of Maccabi T-A (#12). Iverson scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Maccabi T-A, leading his team to a 98-92 win against Galatasaray (#16, 0-3). With bigger assistance of his teammates, Iverson could try to bring Maccabi T-A's a little bit higher in the standings. Iverson has a very solid season. In 3 games in Euroleague he scored 11.0ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92) of Baskonia - 18 points and 11 rebounds 5. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of Unics - 17 points and 7 rebounds 6. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89) of Panathinaikos - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists 7. Justin Dentmon (183-PG-85) of Galatasaray - 22 points and 4 assists 8. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce - 14 points and 8 rebounds 9. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) of Maccabi T-A - 23 points and 5 rebounds 10. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) of Real Madrid - 15 points, 3 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)
Maccabi T-A - Galatasaray 98-92 Maccabi T-A used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Istanbul 98-92. Galatasaray was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 54-45 second half run of Maccabi T-A. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Galatasaray's 28 and made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Galatasaray helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an... [read more]
Maccabi T-A used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Istanbul 98-92. Galatasaray was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 54-45 second half run of Maccabi T-A. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Galatasaray's 28 and made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Galatasaray helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guinea-Bissau-American center Colton Iverson (212-89, college: Colorado St., agency: Pensack Sports) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Justin Dentmon (183-85, college: Washington) added 22 points and 4 assists respectively for Galatasaray in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Zalgiris (#13) in Kaunas. Galatasaray will play at home against Fenerbahce where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either. Top scorers: Galatasaray: J.Dentmon 22+1reb+4ast, V.Micov 18+6reb+3ast, S.Guler 15+3reb+3ast, D.Thompson 10+2reb+2ast, A.Tyus 7+4reb, B.Schilb 6+5reb+6ast Maccabi T-A: S.Weems 23+5reb+1ast, C.Iverson 17+5reb+1ast, D.Smith 17+3reb, A.Goudelock 12+2reb+3ast, M.Zirbes 10+2reb, D.Seeley 7+1reb+6ast
The game with biggest result difference took place in Istanbul. Local Fenerbahce (3-0) beat Lithuania Zalgiris (1-2) 82-68. The game without a history. Fenerbahce led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-22 charity shots (95.5 percent) during the game. Fenerbahce players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Zalgiris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a quality performance for Nigeria power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Greek guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90) accounted for 8 points and 11 assists for the winning side. French guard Leo Westermann (197-92, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 15 points and 4 assists and Australia power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St.) added 14 points respectively for Zalgiris in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fenerbahce's next round opponent will be Galatasaray (#16) in Istanbul which should be an easy win for them. Zalgiris will play at home against Maccabi T-A (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Zalgiris: L.Westermann 15+2reb+4ast, B.Motum 14+3reb, A.Milaknis 10+1reb, P.Jankunas 8+4reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 7+2reb+1ast, K.Pangos 5+2reb+2ast Fenerbahce: J.Vesely 14+3reb+1ast, E.Udoh 14+8reb+1ast, P.Antic 11+1reb, B.Bogdanovic 10+1reb+5ast, L.Datome 8+4reb+1ast, K.Sloukas 8+1reb+11ast
A very close game took place in Bamberg between Greek Panathinaikos and German Brose Baskets. Panathinaikos (2-1) got a very close victory on the road over Brose Baskets (1-2). Panathinaikos managed to escape with a 1-point win 84-83 on Wednesday evening. Brose Baskets were trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-20 charge of Panathinaikos, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. American-Guinea-Bissau guard K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson) helped adding 18 points. The best for the losing side was Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83) with 13 points and 6 assists and Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Panathinaikos will meet at home Crvena Zvezda (#7) in the next round. Brose Baskets will play against FC Barcelona and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Brose Bask.: N.Melli 17+2reb+1ast, J.Strelnieks 16+2reb, N.Zisis 13+4reb+6ast, D.Miller 12+3reb+2ast, F.Causeur 7+1reb+2ast, M.Lo 6+1reb Panathinaikos: K.Rivers 18+1reb+2ast, J.Feldeine 16+1reb+3ast, N.Calathes 13+11reb+9ast, J.Gist 10+5reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 9+3reb, C.Singleton 9+3reb+2ast
Crvena Zvezda used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Barcelona 76-65. It looked good early as FC Barcelona took a 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Crvena Zvezda had a 31-15 second period charge getting the lead and FC Barcelona was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-76. Crvena Zvezda forced 19 FC Barcelona turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Marko Guduric (196-95) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 assists. Forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Crvena Zvezda's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Victor Claver (206-88) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American-Spanish point guard Brad Oleson (190-83, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for FC Barcelona in the defeat. Crvena Zvezda's next round opponent will be Panathinaikos (#6) in Athens. FC Barcelona will play at home against Brose Baskets (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: FC Barcelona: B.Oleson 15+2reb+5ast, V.Claver 12+10reb+1ast, T.Rice 9+5ast, P.Ribas 9+1reb+1ast, A.Tomic 8+5reb+1ast, A.Vezenkov 4+6reb+3ast Crvena Zvezda: M.Guduric 21+4reb+5ast, M.Simonovic 13+5reb+1ast, M.Bjelica 12+3reb+4ast, B.Lazic 9+1reb+1ast, C.Jenkins 8+1reb+7ast, O.Kuzmic 6+5reb+2ast
Real Madrid (2-1) recorded a loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Baskonia (2-1) 91-87. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-19. But Real Madrid won second period 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for German center Johannes Voigtmann (210-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Slovenia guard Jaka Blazic (196-90) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American power forward Anthony Randolph (211-89, college: LSU) answered with 9 points and 13 rebounds and Slovenia point guard Luka Doncic (201-99) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Real Madrid. Five Baskonia and four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Baskonia will play against Olympiacos (#8) in Athens in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Real Madrid will play on the road against Armani Milano (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: Real Madrid: G.Ayon 16+2reb, L.Doncic 15+3reb+4ast, S.Llull 13+2reb+3ast, F.Reyes 11+3reb, J.Carroll 11+2reb, O.Hunter 9+4reb+1ast Baskonia: J.Blazic 21+4reb+2ast, J.Voigtmann 18+11reb+1ast, T.Shengelia 14+3reb, A.Hanga 12+4reb, S.Larkin 11+4reb+5ast, J.Akognon 5+2reb+2ast
Very expected game in Istanbul where Turkish Anadolu Efes (0-3) were defeated by Russia CSKA (3-0) 93-87. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Anadolu Efes won third quarter 26-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSKA made 26-of-29 charity shots (89.7 percent) during the game, while Anadolu Efes only scored three points from the stripe. CSKA players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Anadolu Efes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for French Nando De Colo (196-87) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 6 assists. Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) accounted for 15 points and 8 assists for the winning side. Four CSKA players scored in double figures. American forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) came up with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward DeShaun Thomas (201-91, college: Ohio St.) added 16 points respectively for Anadolu Efes in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. CSKA's next round opponent will be Unics Kazan (#15) at home which should be an easy win for them. Anadolu Efes' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Darussafaka. Top scorers: Anadolu Efes: D.Thomas 16+2reb, D.Brown 14+5reb+4ast, B.Cotton 12+3reb+2ast, B.Dunston 9+5reb+2ast, T.Heurtel 7+7ast, A.Omic 7+4reb CSKA: N.De Colo 26+4reb+6ast, M.Teodosic 15+3reb+8ast, C.Higgins 13+3reb, J.Ayres 10+4reb, A.Vorontsevich 8+2reb, V.Khryapa 6+4reb
Host Greek Olympiacos (2-1) beat Italian Armani Milano (2-1) 91-81 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Armani Milano managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympiacos made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Armani Milano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 16 points and 4 assists. Canadian center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds and Croatia swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) added 16 points respectively. Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Armani Milano will play next round against strong Real Madrid trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Olympiacos will try to continue on its current victory against Baskonia in Vitoria. Top scorers: EA7 Armani: K.Simon 16+1reb+2ast, M.Raduljica 14+8reb+1ast, Z.Dragic 13+2reb, A.Gentile 12+2reb+4ast, R.Sanders 8+4reb, R.Hickman 6+1reb+4ast Olympiacos: V.Spanoulis 16+1reb+4ast, E.Green 16+1reb+1ast, K.Birch 12+6reb, M.Lojeski 10+1reb+3ast, D.Hackett 10+3reb+1ast, G.Printezis 9+7reb
Very predictable result when Turkish Darussafaka (2-1) beat on the road Russia Unics Kazan (0-3) 94-87. Unics Kazan was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 48-40 second half run of Darussafaka. Strangely Unics Kazan outrebounded Darussafaka 34-19 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 7 assists. His fellow American import James Anderson (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) came up with 22 points and 4 assists and Spanish point guard Joaquin Colom (188-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Unics Kazan in the defeat. Four Darussafaka and five Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Darussafaka's next round opponent will be Anadolu Efes (#14) in Istanbul which should be an easy win for them. Unics Kazan will play on the road against CSKA in Moscow and hopes to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: Unics: K.Langford 22+4reb+4ast, A.Parakhouski 17+7reb, J.Colom 16+8reb+3ast, A.Ponkrashov 16+2reb+3ast, K.Kaimakoglou 11+6reb+3ast, L.Williams 2+2reb Darussafaka: B.Wanamaker 22+2reb+7ast, J.Anderson 18+6reb, S.Wilbekin 13+1ast, B.Batuk 12+1reb+2ast, O.Savas 10+1ast, M.Slaughter 8+4reb
The Final Four goes to Belgrade in 2018! - 1 day ago
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A basketball capital like few on the planet will soon seize the global spotlight in its favorite sport after Euroleague Basketball announced on Wednesday that the 2018 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four will take place at the Kombank Arena in Belgrade, Serbia! The decision marks the first time that Belgrade will host a Final Four to crown Europe's club champion in what will be the 30-year-history of the event. Kombank Arena is well known to fans far and wide as the venue that has attr... [read more]
A basketball capital like few on the planet will soon seize the global spotlight in its favorite sport after Euroleague Basketball announced on Wednesday that the 2018 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four will take place at the Kombank Arena in Belgrade, Serbia! The decision marks the first time that Belgrade will host a Final Four to crown Europe's club champion in what will be the 30-year-history of the event. Kombank Arena is well known to fans far and wide as the venue that has attracted to EuroLeague games over the last decade some of the biggest and liveliest crowds in basketball history. It is currently the home court of EuroLeague club Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. Kombank, which opened in 2004, seats 18,400 fans for basketball, making it one of the largest Final Four venues ever, too. Kombank previously hosted the 2005 EuroBasket championship for men's national teams, among other major basketball events. "Belgrade has given so much to our sport that the chance to see the 2018 Final Four there is sure to make the Serbian capital an instant destination for all true international basketball fans," Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball President and CEO, said. "The fans there live and breathe basketball with the same passion that flows through every Final Four, making Belgrade and this event a perfect match. Everybody who loves basketball will be looking forward with great anticipation to the 2018 Final Four." Belgrade is birthplace to many historic clubs, including Crvena Zvezda and the only continental champion from Serbia to date, Partizan. The city will witness European club basketball's main event for the first time since previously hosting a one-day continental final almost four decades ago, when Maccabi Tel Aviv won its first EuroLeague title there in 1977. As the breeding ground for countless great EuroLeague players and coaches over the years, Belgrade has a long basketball tradition that makes it a unique place to bring together generations of stars who have given Serbia an impact on modern world basketball well beyond what the country's size and population would indicate. The naming of Belgrade as the 2018 Final Four host follows the designation of Istanbul, Turkey in the same role for the culmination of the current 2016-17 season. Courtesy of: euroleague.net
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