After the 13th win of Olympiacos in the A1 Greek championship, against Apollon Patras, both the coaches of the two teams, as well as some players stated about the game, and not only that. The coach of Reds, Giorgos Bartzokas stated that "the game and the atmosphere reminded me of old times for Greek basketball and everyone at the gym enjoyed themselves. Apollon is making a great effort and they deserve to be congratulated. It's very pleasant to have fans of both teams in the tribunes. The most difficult thing in Greece is exactly that. Fascism resides in the gyms and in the universities and you don't have the right to have a different opinion when there. I hadn't expected for Apollon to play this zone for 35 - 37 minutes in the game, but it was a good opportunity for us. Coach Vetoulas chose to let us take open shots and you saw the percentages we achieved. Our assists show that we played as a team and the difference in the rebounds show the effort we made. We ended the first round undefeated, which is very important for us. We have continuous trips, we go to Tel Aviv after here and then we go to play against PAOK at Thessaloniki, but it's important that the guys have been working hard. There is nothing wrong with our roster. I'm very content with the effort of my players. We did not have Josh Powell (206-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) with us tonight, due to his injury, and Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89), who had to take care of his athletic visa, but that's it". Finally, concerning the game against Siena, Giorgos Bartzokas commented: "a basketball game lasts 40 minutes, but the one against Siena lasted 40.03 minutes; the last basket was out of time and the only fair thing is for the game to be repeated".
Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90): "Congratulations to Apollon for the effort they have been putting in and to the fans for filling up the gym. I wish it was the same everywhere. It was a tough game for us as we knew it would be. We began well, run, pressed and gained a lead which we did not manage to keep to the end. We had some bad periods in the second half as well, but we controlled the game. I think it was very positive to have fans of both teams sitting side by side tonight. People love basketball and the gyms have started once again to fill up". Regarding the game against Siena, the Greek playmaker stated: "I don't know what's going to happen with the objection, our job is to play and focus on the game against Maccabi and up to the cup final".
For Apollon Patras, it's coach, Nikos Vetoulas said: "Olympiacos has many more solutions and it was expected that we wouldn't be able to resist for long into the second half. We tried to protect the post and gave open shots to Olympiacos, but the difference in rebounds was also great. I think we made more than a descent effort and whether we lost by 10 or by 20 it would be the same. Our focus is on the game against Ikaros".
Ivan Krolo (217-C-83): "Congratulations to Olympiacos but also to Apollon for putting in a huge effort. We tried to play hard, but Olympiacos gained a big lead in the second half and it was hard to cover for it. However, I'm sure we did not disappoint our fans with our tonight's performance".
Janis Strelnieks may agree terms with EA7 Armani - May 26, 2016
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EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) is in talks with 27-year old Latvian international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89kg-89) who currently plays atBrose Baskets Bamberg in Germany. In 35 BBL games he averaged 11.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.3apg this season. He helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. The last season Strelnieks played also at Brose Baskets (BBL) in German league. In 42 games he had 10.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.6apg. He contributed to his team winning the league... [read more]
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) is in talks with 27-year old Latvian international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89kg-89) who currently plays at Brose Baskets Bamberg in Germany. In 35 BBL games he averaged 11.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.3apg this season. He helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. The last season Strelnieks played also at Brose Baskets (BBL) in German league. In 42 games he had 10.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.6apg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and they also made it to the cup final. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Bosmans Team. Strelnieks also played 18 games in Eurocup where he had 12.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.4apg. Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Imports Team award in 2014. Strelnieks has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009. Strelnieks also represented Latvia at the European Championships last year. His stats at that event were 9 games: 9.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.4apg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 80.0%. Strelnieks has played also professionally in Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), Ukraine (Budivelnyk) and Latvia (Ventspils and Ventspils Augstskola). His game is described as:
A good PG, yet very experienced, who plays very well the pick and roll situations. Sees well the court and passes the ball at the right time, can change the tempo of the game and score if needed.
Big man Stefan Nastic (211-C-92, college: Stanford) is no longer a member of Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd. He and the ABA League champions have agreed to terminate their cooperation on mutual consent. The player arrived to Belgrade before the beginning of the season from the NCAA. Previously he was a member of Stanford University. This season he did not get a major role in the red and white team. In the ABA League he only appeared in 7 games. He averaged 3.3 points and 2 rebounds per c... [read more]
The player arrived to Belgrade before the beginning of the season from the NCAA. Previously he was a member of Stanford University.
This season he did not get a major role in the red and white team. In the ABA League he only appeared in 7 games. He averaged 3.3 points and 2 rebounds per contest in the regional competition. The player has already left Belgrade and moved to the USA.
Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Awards 2016 - May 16, 2016
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Finals MVP: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA; Player of the Year: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA; Guard of the Year: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA; Forward of the Year: Jan Vesely (213-C/F-90) of Fener.Ulker; Center of the Year: Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83) of Laboral Kutxa; Alphonso Ford Trophy: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA; European Player of the Year: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA; Import of the Year: Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89) of Lokomotiv; [read more]
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