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.
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 27-year old Argentinian international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90). He supposed to play at San Antonio Spurs in the NBA, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 16 games he recorded 3.7ppg and 1.8apg this season. The most of last season Laprovittola spent at Movistar Estudiantes where in 20 Liga Endesa games he averaged 13.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg (in top 3). He also played earlier that season for Lietuvos rytas in... [read more]
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 27-year old Argentinian international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90). He supposed to play at San Antonio Spurs in the NBA, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 16 games he recorded 3.7ppg and 1.8apg this season. The most of last season Laprovittola spent at Movistar Estudiantes where in 20 Liga Endesa games he averaged 13.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg (in top 3). He also played earlier that season for Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL. In 17 games he had 10.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg. Laprovittola also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 12.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.5apg and 1.6spg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League Import Player of the Year back in 2014. Laprovittola has been also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Argentinian senior team since 2011 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009. Laprovittola also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 80.0%. Laprovittola's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. Laprovittola has played previously professionally in Brazil (Flamengo) and Argentina (Lanus). On Laprovittola:
A very talented PG, has great shooting range and scoring ability. Has an high basketball IQ, personality and court vision. Can defend hard, and can yet quarterback senior teams with success. Huge upside, even at top level.
FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) cut experienced 34-year old American power forward Joey Dorsey (206-129kg-83, college: Memphis). In 16 Liga Endesa games he averaged 3.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg this season. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final. Dorsey played 17 games in Euroleague where he had 5.5ppg and 6.3rpg. The last season he played at Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul in Turkish BSL. In 17 games he recorded 7.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.1apg. He can count that season as a very successfu... [read more]
FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) cut experienced 34-year old American power forward Joey Dorsey (206-129kg-83, college: Memphis). In 16 Liga Endesa games he averaged 3.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg this season. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final. Dorsey played 17 games in Euroleague where he had 5.5ppg and 6.3rpg. The last season he played at Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul in Turkish BSL. In 17 games he recorded 7.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.1apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game and was invited to participate in the All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest. Dorsey played 15 games in Eurocup where he got 7.9ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.0spg. In 2008 Dorsey was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (33rd overall). The former University of Memphis standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Dorsey received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Center of the Year award back in 2013. He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2007. Dorsey is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Olympiacos), NBA (Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors), Turkey (Gaziantep) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers). Let's have closer look into Dorsey's outlook:
One of the nation''''s top rebounders and shot blockers … Game thrives on rebounding and creating offense off putbacks and offensive rebounds … A great passer out of the post … Solid defender in the post and on the perimeter.
Top class rebounder and shot blocker ..thrives on rebounding and creating offense off putbacks and offensive rebounds … A great passer out of the post … Solid defender in the post and on the perimeter. Does most of the offensive damage attacking the glass, finishing open lay-ups, and exploding off pick-and-rolls, but he also showed flashes of post moves, along with good body control and coordination on many of his finishes.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 26-year old American center Alex Kirk (211-114kg-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports). He supposed to play at Guangzhou Securities in Chinese CBA league, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9bpg this season. The last season Kirk played at The Flexx Pistoia in Italian Serie A where in 33 games he averaged remarkable 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3bpg. A very spectacula... [read more]
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 26-year old American center Alex Kirk (211-114kg-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports). He supposed to play at Guangzhou Securities in Chinese CBA league, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9bpg this season. The last season Kirk played at The Flexx Pistoia in Italian Serie A where in 33 games he averaged remarkable 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. He represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago. Kirk has played previously professionally in NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks) and D-League (Canton Charge). He attended University of New Mexico until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player. The scouts decsribe him following way:
For a big man, he is a very good passer and can make shots from 15-20 feet.
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