Unicaja - Real Madrid 64-72 Real Madrid sneaked past Unicaja in Malaga tonight. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) fired 15 points to pace well-balanced effort from the visitors. Real exploded with 29 points in the fourth frame to come from behind for the win. Real opened the game with six points in a row to gain control. Unicaja soon cut the deficit but Real stayed in front throughout the first term. They arrived at the first intermission up by three points 19:16. Unicaja tipped off the second term with six straight points to spur ahead. Soon Andy Panko made it 34:25 for the hosts. Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) dragged the visitors within six points at the big break 30:36. Unicaja used a 7:1 run at the start of the second half to accumulate a 43:31 advantage. They kept Real at bay throughout the period posting a 50:43 buffer into the fourth quarter. Real answered with a 10:0 rally to open the final period. The Madrid outfit extended the margin to as many as 7 points 59:66 with under three minutes remaining. Sergio Rodriguez and Jaycee Carroll made it 70:63 with just over a minute remaining in regulation and Real hung on to clinch win at the end. Sergio Rodriguez netted 14 points in the victory. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 16 points for Unicaja. Fran Vazquez chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Brose Bask. - Anadolu Efes 76-94 Anadolu Efes keep Brose Baskets Bamberg undefeated in Top 16. The Turkish side sent the German team to 0-4 record after 94:76 win away from home. Anadolu Efes meanwhile improved to 3-1 record. Brose Baskets Bamberg started the game with 27-23 but could not win any other period. The guests replied with 24-19 in the second frame and took 1-point advantage at the halftime. The second half fully belonged to the Turkish team that posted two victories in the third and the last quarters. They needed 18-13 rally in the third frame and erupted with 29-17 surge in the last stanza. Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Jordan Farmar netted 15. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 14, while Lucas scored 13. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort and Teddy Gipson notched 16. Maik Zirbes scored 15, whilst Casey Jacobsen brought 8.
ALBA - Panathinaikos 73-79 Panathinaikos clinched the third win in EuroLeague Top 16 stage. They upset ALBA in Berlin for 3-1 record in Group E. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) exploded with 28 points for the winners. ALBA and Panathinaikos stayed on level terms throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 23:23 at the end of the first quarter. The Hellenes pulled ahead in the second frame. The Athens team held ALBA to 16 points and raced to a 45:39 halftime advantage. Panathinaikos kept ALBA at bay throughout the third term. The Greek team extended the margin to as many as 9 points at the final break. ALBA tried to put together a comeback rally. Foster and Morley dragged the hosts within four points with 31 seconds to go. But Banks went deadly from the penalty stripe and Panathinaikos eventually ran away with victory. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) had 14 points, while James Gist provided 10 points for Panathinaikos. Nihad Djedovic answered with 21 points for ALBA. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) posted 16 points in the loss.
Zalgiris - CSKA 73-87 CSKA made it look easy as they cruised past Zalgiris in Kaunas tonight. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) exploded with 24 points to lead the Moscow powerhouse to the fourth straight win in Top 16. It was an intense start for both teams. CSKA got to a slightly better start as they grabbed a 9:2 lead. But Zalgiris slowly cut the deficit and got within one at the first break 15:16. Lafayette and Popovic put the Lithuanian team in front early in the second term. The lead changed hands numerous times throughout the quarter. However CSKA capped the half with seven straight points to take a 38:31 lead. Vladimir Micov and Milos Teodosic teamed up for 16 points in the third term as CSKA opened a comfortable 65:51 lead at the final intermission. The visitors opened the fourth term with four points in a row to gain an 18-point lead. Zalgiris were able to cut the margin to 10 points with just over three minutes remaining. However Kaun and Vladimir Micov connected for important points and CSKA rolled to the victory in the final minutes. Vladimir Micov knocked down 20 points, while Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) added 15 points for the winning team. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) delivered 16 points for Zalgiris. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) netted 12 points in the loss.
Olympiacos - Montepaschi 72-74 Montepaschi Siena needed a 7-0 finish to silence Olympiacos in Greece. The Italian team trailed 5 points with 40 seconds to go, but managed to seal the victory. Bobby Brown scored the last 5 points and brought the important win for the Italian side. Olympiacos Piraeus won the opening quarter 25-20, but lost the half by two points. The guests posted 18-11 in the second frame and took 48:46 advantage at the halftime. Olympiacos Piraeus reduced to 1 point at the end of the third period and dominated the last stanza increasing to 5 points in the last minute. Bobby Brown became the real star of the game and sealed the fourth straight win in Top 16 for his side. Bobby Brown top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Daniel Hackett added 11. Tomas Ress (209-C-80, college: Texas A&M) notched 10, whilst Viktor Sanikidze and David Moss posted 9 apiece. Kyle Hines and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 13 points each in defeat. Stratos Perperoglou and Giorgi Shermadini had 9 each in a loss.
Besiktas - FCB Regal 59-73 Barcelona Regal survive Turkish challenge in Round 4 of Top 16 in EuroLeague. The Spanish team overcame Besiktas JK Istanbul 73:59 for 3-1 record in Group E. The hosts remained winless and dropped at 0-4 record. Besiktas JK Istanbul had nothing to lose in the game and showed a great first half in the court. Although they lost the first period 10-15 they managed to reply with 22-19 in the second frame. Barcelona Regal managed to grab 3-point lead entering the last stanza and proved their ambitions only in it. They erupted with 22-11 burst for the final 14-point win. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) led the way with 15 points, whilst Erazem Lorbek notched 11. Sarunas Jasikevicius and Pete Mickeal followed them winners with 9 points each. Curtis Jerrells top-scored for the hosts with 17 points and Gasper Vidmar netted 14. Damir Markota (209-F-85) delivered 13, while Daniel Ewing had 9.
Fener.Ulker - Caja Laboral 75-97 Caja Laboral down Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul in the last but one game of the Top 16 Round 4. The Spanish team improved to 4-0 record after a 97:75 win. Fenerbahce Ulker remained winless in the group. Caja Laboral came to Turkey as the favorite and did not mind 6500 local support. They won the first period 20-19 and added massive 28-13 burst in the second period. Moreover the Spanish team did not slow down and continued their dominance in the second half. They posted 23-19 in the third quarter and finished the game with 26-24 in the last stanza. Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Nemanja Bjelica added 16. Fernando San Emeterio and Maciej Lampe delivered 13 points each. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) and Emir Preldzic answered with 16 points each in defeat. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) poured in 15 and Oguz Savas scored 11.
Khimky - Maccabi T-A 88-67 Khimky proved their highest ambitions in the EuroLeague season. Having overcome the concerns of financial stability the Russian powerhouse showed first-class basketball tonight to slam visiting Maccabi. K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) nailed 20 points to pace the winners. Maccabi Tel-Aviv got to a flying start. Devin Smith scored 7 points in the opening quarter as the visitors gained a 25:19 lead. Khimky used a 16:0 run midway through the second term to take a 40:29 lead. The hosts ensured a 46:34 halftime advantage. The margin grew throughout the third term as Khimky piled up a comfortable 20-point advantage at the final break. Khimky never looked back en route to a convincing victory at the end. Paul Davis posted 16 points, while Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) netted 15 points for the winning team. Lior Eliyahu (206-SF-85) answered with 17 points for Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Shawn James chipped in 14 points in the losing case.
Darussafaka keeps Wilbekin until 2019 - 10 minutes ago
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Darussafaka Dogus announced the signing of a new two-season contract with Scottie Wilbekin(188-G-93, college: Florida), so the player will stay in the Turkish team until the end of the 2018-19 season. Joining the team last season, Wilbekin became one of the team's key players in a short time. He has played 42 Euroleague games in two seasons, with an average of 10.3 points per game. Here is what he commented on the contract extension: 'I am very happy to extend my contract with Darueafaka.... [read more]
Darussafaka Dogus announced the signing of a new two-season contract with Scottie Wilbekin (188-G-93, college: Florida), so the player will stay in the Turkish team until the end of the 2018-19 season. Joining the team last season, Wilbekin became one of the team's key players in a short time. He has played 42 Euroleague games in two seasons, with an average of 10.3 points per game. Here is what he commented on the contract extension: 'I am very happy to extend my contract with Darueafaka. I am very happy to be in Dacha and to live in Istanbul. I am already excited for the upcoming seasons. My goals are already clear: to be better as a team every season and win championships. ' Courtesy of: eurohoops.net
Nikolajs Mazurs to join Unics' coaching staff - 1 day ago
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Nikolajs Mazurs is joining Unics Kazan. The Latvian specialist will work in head coach's Evgeny Pashutin team. Nikolajs Mazurs started the season at helm of Avtodor Saratov. He left though shortly. Previously he worked with Dynamo Moscow, Vita Tbilisi, VEF Riga, VEF Riga Kadeti. He also guided Latvian U18 and U20 National Teams. [read more]
Nikolajs Mazurs is joining Unics Kazan. The Latvian specialist will work in head coach's Evgeny Pashutin team. Nikolajs Mazurs started the season at helm of Avtodor Saratov. He left though shortly. Previously he worked with Dynamo Moscow, Vita Tbilisi, VEF Riga, VEF Riga Kadeti. He also guided Latvian U18 and U20 National Teams.
Randolph's 21 points give him Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
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27-year old power forward Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Real Madrid and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28. He had the game-high 21 points adding five rebounds for Real Madrid in his team's victory, helping them to beat Olympiacos (#3, 19-9) 79-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Real Madrid to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. They would h... [read more]
27-year old power forward Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Real Madrid and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28. He had the game-high 21 points adding five rebounds for Real Madrid in his team's victory, helping them to beat Olympiacos (#3, 19-9) 79-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Real Madrid to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Real Madrid has a very solid 21-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Randolph had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Anthony Randolph averages this season 10.7ppg and 5.3rpg.
Second best performed player last round was Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of league's second-best CSKA. He is French guard in his 3rd season at CSKA. In the last game De Colo recorded impressive 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course CSKA cruised to a 85-74 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Unics (#16, 7-21). CSKA's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 21-7 record is not bad at all. De Colo is one of the most experienced players at CSKA and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to center Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) of EA7 Armani (#15). Raduljica scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Raduljica's great performance EA7 Armani lost 76-84 to the higher-ranked Brose Bask. (#12, 10-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. EA7 Armani can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-21 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Raduljica he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Raduljica has a very solid season. In 27 games in Euroleague he scored 8.4ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) of Olympiacos - 18 points and 4 rebounds 5. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Fenerbahce - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) of Darussafaka - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid - 21 points and 5 assists 8. Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87) of Unics - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Fabien Causeur (195-SG-87) of Brose Bask. - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Chris Singleton (206-F-89) of Panathinaikos - 18 points and 8 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)
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