Panathinaikos - Real Madrid 54-58 Real Madrid claimed a tough road win at the OAKA Arena in Athens tonight. Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) scored 13 points to pace Real in this defensively minded battle. Real jumped at 5-0 record on top of Group E. Panathinaikos fell at 3-2 record after the defeat. Panathinaikos opened the game with their trademark stifling defence. The Hellenes limited Real to 11 points in the first ten minutes to take a 9-point lead. Panathinaikos maintained the lead throughout the intense second frame. The hosts piled up a 37:27 halftime lead. Real Madrid turned things around after the main break. They capped the period with six points in a row to cut the deficit at 5-point mark 44:49. Real then stunned Panathinaikos late in the regulation. The visitors kept the Athens outfit scoreless for almost four last minutes of the encounter going on a 12:0 run and celebrating victory at the end. Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) produced 11 points, while Rudy Fernandez added 8 points in the victory. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) answered with 11 points for Panathinaikos. Roko-Leni Ukic and Sofoklis Schortsanitis added 8 points apiece in the loss.
ALBA - Brose Bask. 82-63 Alba Berlin battled Brose Baskets Bamberg for the initial success in EuroLeague Top 16. Alba won 82:63 and improved to 1-4 record in Group E. Brose Baskets Bamberg remained winless at this stage. Alba Berlin opened the game with 26-14 at the Arena O2 WORLD. Brose Baskets Bamberg meanwhile looked better in the second frame and reduced to 36:34 at the halftime. The third quarter became decisive in the game and brought 28-13 burst for the home side. Alba Berlin added 18-16 in the last stanza for the final success. Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Yassin Idbihi netted 11. DaShaun Wood and Zach Morley followed them with 10 points each in a win. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) replied with 15 points in defeat, whilst Casey Jacobsen poured in 13. Philipp Neumann scored 8 and Maik Zirbes had 7.
CSKA - Unicaja 81-94 Unicaja Malaga scored 16 three-pointers to ease past CSKA in Moscow. The Spanish team improved to 2-3 record after a 94:81 win. Unicaja Malaga won the first period 27-17 and led 17 points in the first half. CSKA managed to reduce at the end of the half and it seemed that they would benefit from the game. Vladimir Micov gave his side 52:50 early in the third period, but Unicaja Malaga continued their long-shot attack. They ended up with 16 three-pointers as Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) scored 6 of them. Unicaja Malaga won the third period 23-18 and finished the game with 24-20. CSKA suffered their first loss in Top 16 and dropped at 4-1 record. Marcus Williams top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14. Luka Zoric delivered 12, while Sergi Vidal posted 11. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) finished the game with 23 points in defeat and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) had 17. Viktor Khryapa poured in 15, whilst Vladimir Micov added 13.
Anadolu Efes - Zalgiris 56-52 Anadolu Efes celebrates its fourth consecutive win in Group E of EuroLeague Top 16. The Turkish team won over Zalgiris 56:52 for 4-1 record. The Lithuanian team dropped to 1-4 record as they missed two close shots that could have sent the game to overtime. Zalgiris looked poor from the very beginning and failed with 0-7 run from the start. Anadolu Efes won the first period 15:8 and led 27:23 at the halftime. The hosts managed to post defensive 14-13 in the third quarter and grabbed 41:36 entering the last stanza. Zalgiris however made their push later in the frame and took 6-point lead. Savanovic Dusko and Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) tied the game at 49:49, while Zalgiris could not find the way to the basket. Lafayette and Darden missed around the basket in the last seconds and then Joshua Shipp brought the final victory for the hosts. Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Joshua Shipp netted 11. Savanovic Dusko and Gordon Jamon Lukas followed them with 10 points each. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) netted 10 points each in defeat. Lavrinovic Ksistof added 8, while Popovic Marko posted 7.
Maccabi T-A - Olympiacos 77-78 Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) hit a jumper with under a minute to go in regulation to put Olympiacos in front 78:77 against Maccabi in Tel-Aviv. The fans then witnessed two misses from Ohayon and one from Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) as the Reds got away with a dramatic road win. The victory propelled Olympiacos at 2-3 record in Group F. Maccabi continued with their downfall as they slipped at 1-4. Olympiacos opened the game with five points in a row and dominated throughout the first frame. They gained a 19:9 lead midway through the first quarter. Sloukas made it 30:16 for the visitors late in the term. Maccabi struggled to cut the deficit in the second term. The visitors stayed comfortably on top heading into the dressing room ahead by 11 points 44:33. Maccabi opened the second half with a 7:2 run to narrow the distance. The hosts quickly got within striking distance and shortly after Ohayon put Maccabi in front 56:55. The Israeli team posted a 62:57 lead at the third break. Vassilis Spanoulis and Sloukas opened the fourth frame with back-to-back three-pointers to turn things the Reds way. But not for long as Maccabi regained the lead 74:68 midway through the period. Maccabi entered the final two minutes of regulation up by three points 77:74. But Kyle Hines converted a layup and then Vassilis Spanoulis followed with a jumper to seal the victory for the Hellenes. Vassilis Spanoulis accounted for 24 points, while Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) added 16 points and 6 boards for the winning team. Devin Smith answered with 17 points for Maccabi Tel-Aviv. David Logan chipped in 15 points in the loss.
Fener.Ulker - Khimky 85-82 Fenerbahce recorded the initial victory in EuroLeague Top 16 round. They held off visiting Khimky for 1-4 record in Group F. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) delivered 26 points to pace the winners. Khimky enjoyed a slightly better start to the game. They led by two points after ten minutes of action 19:17. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Khimky posted a 40:36 halftime advantage. The margin grew at 7-point mark early in the third term. However Fenerbahce gradually turned things around. They capped the period with a 6:2 run to spur ahead 56:54. The teams went neck and neck for some time in the final quarter. However David Andersen (212-C-80) and Kaya Peker gave Fenerbahce a 77:72 lead with under two minutes remaining in regulation. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) and Bo McCalebb exchanged free throws but then Zoran Planinic followed with four points in a row to cut the deficit to a single point. However Uros Tripkovic went perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the initial win for the hosts at this stage of the tournament. David Andersen notched 18 points, while Bo McCalebb added 16 points for the winners. Zoran Planinic answered with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for Khimky. Paul Davis provided 12 points in the loss.
Montepaschi - Besiktas 63-57 Montepaschi Siena registered the fifth straight win in EuroLeague Top 16. They held off Besiktas at home court to stay undefeated in Group F. Viktor Sanikidze (203-SF-86) stepped up with 14 points to pace the hosts. Siena opened the game with a 9:3 rally but Besiktas hung on as they cut the deficit on several occasions in the first quarter. Siena pulled away late in the quarter to post a 22:13 lead. The margin grew at 14-point mark in the second quarter. Montepaschi ensured a 37:26 halftime advantage. However Besiktas opened the second half on an 11:0 run to tie things up. The Turkish team held their opponents at 6 points in the third term to take a 45:43 lead into the fourth frame. But Daniel Hacket came up with five points during a 7:0 run from the hosts as they recorded a 55:49 advantage midway through the fourth frame. Siena kept the visitors at safe distance throughout the final minutes and secured another victory at the end. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) delivered 13 points, while Matt Janning added 10 points for the winning team. Curtis Jerrells answered with 16 points for Besiktas. Gasper Vidmar chipped in 14 points and 6 boards in the loss.
Caja Laboral - FCB Regal 79-90 FC Barcelona Regal wins the Spanish clash at Fernando Buesa Arena in EuroLeague. Regal overcame Caja Laboral 90:79 and handed them their first loss in Top 16. Both teams are now with 4-1 records in Group F. Caja Laboral started the game better and led 15:8 early in the first period. FC Barcelona Regal scored some important baskets later in the frame and reduced to 28:27. In the second period the guests took control and finished the half with 3-point advantage. The third quarter was decisive in the game and allowed the guests to taste 13-point deficit. Caja Laboral cut it to 7 points, while Sarunas Jasikevicius closed the frame at 69:60. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) closed an 8-0 run for 69:68 early in the fourth period, but Barcelona later replied with a 7-0 run and never looked behind. Due to 21-19 in the period the guests reached an important 90:79 victory. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) netted 12. Ante Tomic and Juan Carlos Navarro delivered 11 points each. Maciej Lampe answered with 21 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while San Emeterio Fernando notched 14. Nemanja Bjelica scored 11 and Andres Nocioni added 9.
Defending champion CSKA Moscow (VTB) tabbed 29-year old American forward Jeff Ayres (206-109kg-87, college: Arizona State). He played most recently at LA Clippers in the NBA. But in 19 games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 1.2rpg last season. Ayres also played that season for another team D-Fenders in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in two games he had very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 13.0rpg and 1.5apg. In 2009 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (31st overall). The f... [read more]
Defending champion CSKA Moscow (VTB) tabbed 29-year old American forward Jeff Ayres (206-109kg-87, college: Arizona State). He played most recently at LA Clippers in the NBA. But in 19 games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 1.2rpg last season. Ayres also played that season for another team D-Fenders in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in two games he had very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 13.0rpg and 1.5apg. In 2009 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (31st overall). The former Arizona State staris in his eighth season in pro basketball. Ayres was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016. He won NBA championship title in 2014. He has played previously professionally in NBA (Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers) and D-League (Salt Lake City Stars and Iowa Energy). Let's have closer look into Ayres' outlook:
(by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a competitor, battles at all times to establish post position and is very active His motor is excellent and he shows it by running the floor as well as anyone in the country Around the basket he is very active and he knows how to move without the ball to get to open spaces Has been the beneficiary of some great passes, but a lot of it has to do with his ability to read the action as well as being able to catch pretty much any pass that is thrown his way.
His repertoire in the post is limited, as a result he does not demand much attention from defenses Struggles getting his shot of against bigger defenders.
Andrew Goudelock out for a month with thigh injury - 2 days ago
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Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv guard Andrew Goudelock(190-G-88, college: Charleston) will miss 4 weeks of action after being diagnosed with a thigh injury. Goudelock left the preseason game against AEK Athens in the first quarter after sustaining the injury and didn't play against Panathinaikos and Barcelona. On Monday, he went through an MRI exam that revealed a partial muscle tear. Goudelock will be treated with Physiotherapy. Courtesy of: maccabi.co.il [read more]
Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv guard Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88, college: Charleston) will miss 4 weeks of action after being diagnosed with a thigh injury. Goudelock left the preseason game against AEK Athens in the first quarter after sustaining the injury and didn't play against Panathinaikos and Barcelona. On Monday, he went through an MRI exam that revealed a partial muscle tear. Goudelock will be treated with Physiotherapy. Courtesy of: maccabi.co.il
Hellenic Lotteries, an OPAP Group company, and Olympiacos BC presented on Wednesday 14 September 2016, the renewal of the sponsorship cooperation for the 2016-2018 seasons. The major sponsor of Olympiacos BC will be SCRATCH and its logo will feature on all the official jerseys of the club. The sponsorship agreement between OPAP, the leading group in the Greek games of chance industry, and Olympiacos BC has run for five years already and is one of the longer lasting partnerships in Greek s... [read more]
Hellenic Lotteries, an OPAP Group company, and Olympiacos BC presented on Wednesday 14 September 2016, the renewal of the sponsorship cooperation for the 2016-2018 seasons. The major sponsor of Olympiacos BC will be SCRATCH and its logo will feature on all the official jerseys of the club. The sponsorship agreement between OPAP, the leading group in the Greek games of chance industry, and Olympiacos BC has run for five years already and is one of the longer lasting partnerships in Greek sport. OPAP CEO and President & CEO of Hellenic Lotteries, Damian Cope, said during the presentation that took place at the new, company-owned OPAP Headquarters: 'With Olympiacos BC, one of the top European basketball teams, we have a strong long tern relationship based on the important principle of trust and mutual cooperation. Among the strategic goals of OPAP Group is the investment in Greek sport and society. Our excellent cooperation with Olympiacos BC over many years undoubtedly proves that methodical and consistent planning are necessary for the development and promotion of sport. We wish Olympiacos every success and we will be here to support its effort and continue this very successful and creative relationship'. The General Manager of Olympiacos BC, Christos Stavropoulos, stressed 'It is a special honor to continue our partnership with OPAP. Even more so since the last five years were marked by great sporting success. This cooperation with OPAP and SCRATCH has not only given us 'luck in an instant' but also support during all of this success. Our great effort and luck that is always necessary in sport led us to the top, where we plan to stay. We will continue to be as strong as we have been with OPAP. Because OPAP is not just a top betting company cooperating with the best team in European basketball in the last 8 years'. Closing his speech, Mr. Stavropoulos acknowledged OPAP's significant support to Greek society and its actions in the areas of health, sport and employment. He also noted the great contribution of OPAP Group to the programs of Olympiacos BC, the basketball team aside, as a large part of the sponsorship is used to cover the goals of the club's social program. Team coach, Giannis Sfairopoulos , referred to the team's philosophy and the effort it put in, noting that this is met with the support of the top companies in Greece and abroad. 'We hope this cooperation continues in the years to come with the same success and effort. What we can guarantee is to make the impossible, possible inside the court to realize all of our goals again, continue to be champions in Greece and challenge for the Final Four, the European championship and the Greek cup, so that all of our sponsors and partners to be proud of their cooperation and connection to us'. On his part, club captain, Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket), thanked OPAP for the cooperation on behalf of all the players. 'This great, lasting relationship our club has with OPAP shows the way the management of the two organizations think and operate. Commitment and respect are characteristics that run throughout our team and for this reason we consider all our sponsors and partners to be part of our effort; an effort we make to be at the top in Greece and Europe. It is very important in order to succeed that in this course of ours we have OPAP by our side'.
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