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.
Olympiacos silence Anadolu Efes in Istanbul, force decider - 1 hour ago
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Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 62:74 Olympiacos stayed alive in the EuroLeague Final Four chase. They overcame Anadolu Efes in Istanbul to even the quarterfinal series at 2-2. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) recorded 18 points to pace the Piraeus team. Anadolu Efes secured the strong start to the game. The hosts built a 21:14 lead after the first ten minutes. Olympiacos picked up the tempo in the second term. The visitors poured in 21 points to pull within three points 35:3... [read more]
Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 62:74
Olympiacos stayed alive in the EuroLeague Final Four chase. They overcame Anadolu Efes in Istanbul to even the quarterfinal series at 2-2. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) recorded 18 points to pace the Piraeus team. Anadolu Efes secured the strong start to the game. The hosts built a 21:14 lead after the first ten minutes. Olympiacos picked up the tempo in the second term. The visitors poured in 21 points to pull within three points 35:38. Olympiacos eventually erased the deficit in the third term. The Piraeus side eked out a 55:54 lead heading into the fourth stanza. Olympiacos limited the hosts to only 8 points in the final quarter and raced to a vital victory. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 11 points, while Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) added 10 points for the hosts. Jayson Granger (189-G-89) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Anadolu Efes. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) had 9 points in the loss.
Real Madrid claim second straight win in Istanbul, enter Final Four - 3 hours ago
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Darussafaka - Real Madrid 78:89 Real Madrid entered EuroLeague Final Four. They celebrated the second consecutive victory over Darussafaka in Istanbul to win the quarterfinal series 3-1. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) produced 17 points to pace the visitors. Real jumped to an early lead. The Madrid team ensured a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Real stayed in front throughout the second frame. The Spanish team ensured a 45:38 halftime advantage. Real stayed red hot offensively in the third quar... [read more]
Darussafaka - Real Madrid 78:89
Real Madrid entered EuroLeague Final Four. They celebrated the second consecutive victory over Darussafaka in Istanbul to win the quarterfinal series 3-1. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) produced 17 points to pace the visitors. Real jumped to an early lead. The Madrid team ensured a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Real stayed in front throughout the second frame. The Spanish team ensured a 45:38 halftime advantage. Real stayed red hot offensively in the third quarter. The Madrid side exploded with 27 points in the period to grab a comfortable 14-point lead before the fourth term. Darussafaka could not overcome the deficit in the final quarter as Real marched to a key victory. Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89, college: LSU) and Trey Thompkins (208-F-90, college: Georgia) produced 15 points each for the winners. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 25 points for Darussafaka. Scottie Wilbekin (188-G-93, college: Florida) chipped in 14 points in the loss.
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) is close to sign 25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92) who currently plays forZenit Saint Petersburg in Russia. In 20 VTB games he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg this season. Great year indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game. The last season Timma played also at Zenit in Russian league where in 16 Eurocup games he averaged 12.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. He also played 36 games... [read more]
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) is close to sign 25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92) who currently plays for Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia. In 20 VTB games he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg this season. Great year indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game. The last season Timma played also at Zenit in Russian league where in 16 Eurocup games he averaged 12.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. He also played 36 games in VTB United League where he had 14.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg (in top 4). Timma helped them to make it to the semifinals. In 2013 he was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (60th overall). The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Timma won Latvian League championship title for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Forward of the Year in 2016. Timma has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012. Timma also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 66.7%. Timma has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Barons Riga, Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Keizarmezs and DU/Swedbank. The scouts decsribe him following way:
A very athletic forward with a strong body and quick legs. He's a great shooter, with a very quick release. He can create his own shot from off the dribble as well as shoot coming off screens. Defends very well even on bigger opponents thanks to his powerful body, needs to improve in continuity during each game.
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