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.
Euroleague round 23 best performance: Nando De Colo - 6 hours ago
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French Shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked CSKA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23. The 29-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maccabi T-A (#13, 8-15) 93-81. CSKA maintains the 2nd position in Euroleague . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CSKA will need... [read more]
French Shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked CSKA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23. The 29-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maccabi T-A (#13, 8-15) 93-81. CSKA maintains the 2nd position in Euroleague . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CSKA will need more victories to improve their 17-6 record. In the team's last game De Colo had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at CSKA, through which he has constantly improved. Nando De Colo averages this season 20.1ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) of Anadolu Efes. Dunston had a very good evening with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Anadolu Efes cruised to a 96-85 relatively comfortable win over Baskonia (12-11). This victory allowed Anadolu Efes to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dunston is well-known at Anadolu Efes and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.
Third on the list of top players last round was guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-PG-94) of Zalgiris (#10). Lekavicius scored 29 points. He was a key player of Zalgiris, leading his team to a 91-86 win against slightly lower-ranked Brose Bask. (#12, 8-15). The chances of Zalgiris ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lekavicius could help Zalgiris to bring them higher in the standings. Lekavicius has a very solid season. In 23 games in Euroleague he scored 8.9ppg. He also has 3.4apg and FGP: 52.8%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists 5. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84) of Zalgiris - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) of Fenerbahce - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists 8. Adam Hanga (199-SF-89) of Baskonia - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Thomas Heurtel (189-G-89) of Anadolu Efes - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists 10. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of FC Barcelona - 19 points and 9 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)
Recap of Round 23 of Regular Season - 19 hours ago
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Real Madrid - Darussafaka 101-83 Euroleague top team - Spanish Real Madrid (18-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat ninth ranked Turkish Darussafaka (11-12) 101-83. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. Darussafaka was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense d... [read more]
Euroleague top team - Spanish Real Madrid (18-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat ninth ranked Turkish Darussafaka (11-12) 101-83. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. Darussafaka was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. It was a quality performance for Sergio Llull (190-87) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 8 assists. Liberian-American power forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee Services) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) came up with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Croatian power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Darussafaka in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Real Madrid have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending Spanish champion maintains first place with 18-5 record. Darussafaka at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Real Madrid will play against bottom-ranked Galatasaray (#16) in Istanbul in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Darussafaka will play at home against Panathinaikos (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: Real Madrid: S.Llull 26+2reb+8ast, O.Hunter 14+5reb+1ast, T.Thompkins 14+2reb, A.Randolph 13+5reb, J.Maciulis 9+1reb, J.Carroll 8+3reb+3ast Darussafaka: J.Anderson 18+1reb+1ast, B.Wanamaker 15+5reb+4ast, A.Zizic 11+10reb+2ast, S.Wilbekin 9+2reb+2ast, A.Moerman 9+4reb, D.Bertans 9+6ast
Fourteenth-ranked Russian Unics Kazan (7-16) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Greek Panathinaikos (14-9) in Athens. Panathinaikos managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Unics Kazan was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 31-21 charge of Panathinaikos, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) saved the victory by scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. Center Ioannis Bourousis (214-83) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) answered with 21 points and 7 assists and the other American import Latavius Williams (203-91, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Unics Kazan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Panathinaikos. They maintain fifth place with 14-9 record. Unics Kazan lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Panathinaikos' next round opponent will be Darussafaka (#9) in Istanbul. Unics Kazan will play at home against Anadolu Efes (#7) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Panathinaikos: I.Bourousis 15+6reb+1ast, C.Singleton 14+8reb+1ast, K.Rivers 13+1reb+2ast, A.Gentile 10+3reb, K.Gabriel 10+4reb, M.James 8+3ast Unics: K.Langford 21+4reb+7ast, J.Colom 17+3reb+3ast, L.Williams 13+9reb+3ast, P.Antipov 11+4reb, D.Andjusic 8+1reb, C.Clarke 6+4reb+1ast
Rather expected game in Bamberg where 12th ranked German Brose Baskets (8-15) were defeated by tenth ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (10-13) 91-86 on Friday. Brose Baskets were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-18 charge of Zalgiris, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Brose Baskets were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for point guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Paulius Jankunas (205-84) helped adding 24 points and 6 rebounds. Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains tenth place with 10-13 record. Defending German champion Brose Baskets keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Zalgiris will face higher ranked Fenerbahce (#4) in Istanbul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Brose Baskets will play on the road against Crvena Zvezda (#6) in Beograd and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Zalgiris: L.Lekavicius 29+3reb+3ast, P.Jankunas 24+6reb+2ast, E.Ulanovas 11+5reb+1ast, K.Pangos 8+1reb+5ast, A.Kavaliauskas 6+1reb+1ast, B.Motum 6+3reb+1ast Brose Bask.: N.Melli 17+6reb+1ast, D.Theis 17+6reb+2ast, D.Miller 15+2reb+3ast, L.Radosevic 10+7reb+1ast, A.Nikolic 9+2ast, N.Zisis 5+3reb+5ast
The game in Istanbul was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Spanish Baskonia (12-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Turkish Anadolu Efes (12-11). Anadolu Efes defeated Baskonia 96-85 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Anadolu Efes. Baskonia managed to win fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Anadolu Efes looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 assists. American-Armenian center Bryant Dunston (203-86) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 20 points and German center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92) added 10 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Anadolu Efes and four Baskonia players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Anadolu Efes. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Baskonia. Baskonia lost their third game in a row. Anadolu Efes will meet Unics Kazan (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Baskonia will play against Armani Milano (#14) and hope to secure a win. Top scorers: Anadolu Efes: T.Heurtel 21+2reb+11ast, T.Honeycutt 16+5reb+1ast, B.Dunston 15+7reb+2ast, B.Paul 14+2reb+1ast, D.Brown 12+5reb+4ast, D.Thomas 9+1ast Baskonia: R.Beaubois 23+2reb, A.Hanga 20+4reb+3ast, K.Tillie 15+4reb+1ast, J.Voigtmann 10+13reb+3ast, S.Larkin 7+4reb+6ast, C.Budinger 4+1ast
Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (9-14) defeated on the road 15th ranked Italian Armani Milano (7-16) 83-78 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 24-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds. Cypriot-Bulgarian Alexander Vezenkov (206-95) helped adding 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Andrea Cinciarini (193-86) responded with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Lithuanian point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Players Group) scored 10 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. FC Barcelona moved-up to eleventh place. Defending Italian champion Armani Milano dropped to the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. FC Barcelona will face league's second-placed CSKA in Moscow in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Armani Milano will play on the road against Baskonia (#8) in Vitoria and hope to win that game. Top scorers: FC Barcelona: A.Tomic 19+9reb+1ast, P.Koponen 16+2reb, A.Vezenkov 13+5reb+5ast, T.Rice 10+6ast, V.Faverani 9+1reb, A.Renfroe 7+3reb+4ast EA7 Armani: A.Abass 14+4reb, A.Cinciarini 11+5reb+4ast, M.Macvan 10+4reb+1ast, M.Kalnietis 10+3reb+6ast, J.McLean 8+3reb+1ast, S.Fontecchio 6+1reb+3ast
The most exciting game of round 23 in the Euroleague took place in Istanbul. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Greek Olympiacos (16-7) to fourth ranked Turkish Fenerbahce (15-8) 67-64 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Olympiacos. Olympiacos were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 9-point lead after three quarters before a 20-8 charge of Fenerbahce, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Serbian swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 4 assists. Italian forward Luigi Datome (203-87) helped adding 17 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Erick Green (190-91, college: Virginia Tech) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Turkish champion maintains fourth place with 15-8 record. Defending Greek champion Olympiacos keep the third position with seven games lost. Fenerbahce are looking forward to face Zalgiris (#10) in Kaunas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Olympiacos will play on the road against Maccabi T-A (#13) in Tel-Aviv and are hoping to win this game. Top scorers: Fenerbahce: B.Bogdanovic 27+3reb+4ast, L.Datome 17+6reb, B.Dixon 8+7reb+3ast, E.Udoh 6+6reb, J.Vesely 5+5reb+1ast, N.Kalinic 4+3reb+2ast Olympiacos: E.Green 17+1reb+1ast, K.Papanikolaou 13+8reb, G.Printezis 10+7reb, E.Mantzaris 6+2reb+6ast, K.Birch 5+1reb+1ast, M.Lojeski 4+3reb+3ast
Sixth ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (13-10) crushed at home 16th ranked Turkish Galatasaray (7-16) by 19 points 77-58, which is the biggest margin this round on Thursday night. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. Galatasaray was better in fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda forced 21 Galatasaray turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of Bosnian-Serbian center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Branko Lazic (195-89, agency: BeoBasket) helped adding 17 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Five Crvena Zvezda players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 11 points and American forward Austin Daye (211-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) scored 8 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Serbian champion maintains sixth place with 13-10 record. Loser Galatasaray stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Crvena Zvezda will face Brose Baskets (#12) in Bamberg in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Galatasaray will play at home against the league's leader Real Madrid (#1) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Crvena Zvezda: B.Lazic 17+2reb+1ast, O.Kuzmic 16+8reb+3ast, M.Simonovic 12+5reb+1ast, C.Jenkins 11+3reb+3ast, D.Thompson 10+6reb+1ast, S.Jovic 6+1reb+8ast Galatasaray: V.Micov 11+2reb+1ast, B.Fitipaldo 8+2ast, S.Guler 8+1reb+2ast, A.Daye 8+3reb+2ast, G.Koksal 5, C.Korkmaz 5+1ast
Not a big story in a game in Moscow where 13th ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (8-15) was defeated by second ranked Russian CSKA (17-6) 93-81 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA. Maccabi T-A was better in second period 34-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. CSKA looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Maccabi T-A was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for French Nando De-Colo (196-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). American power forward Kyle Hines (198-86, agency: BeoBasket) helped adding 14 points and 10 rebounds. CSKA's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Israeli swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) responded with 19 points and American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Russian champion maintains second place with 17-6 record behind leader Real Madrid. Loser Maccabi T-A dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. CSKA will face FC Barcelona (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi T-A will play against Olympiacos and hope to win that game. Top scorers: CSKA: N.De Colo 29+1reb+3ast, K.Hines 14+10reb, M.Teodosic 11+4reb+8ast, N.Kurbanov 10+4reb+1ast, J.Augustine 9+7reb, V.Fridzon 7+5reb+1ast Maccabi T-A: S.Landesberg 19+2ast, V.Rudd 14+5reb+1ast, C.Iverson 12+4reb+1ast, D.Smith 11+9reb, I.Segev 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Ohayon 8+4reb+5ast
Jerel McNeal stays in Bamberg until the end of the season - 2 days ago
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Jerel McNeal(191-G-87, college: Marquette) will remain until the end of the season in Germany for Brose Bamberg as the club announced. It's not a surprise, considering the injury woes of the team. McNeal was signed in December and Brose Bamberg picked up the option to keep him until the end of the season. The players has so far been used in five German BBL and seven EuroLeague games for Bamberg. In the domestic league he scores 8.8 points on average, grabs 2.4 rebounds and distributes 2.2... [read more]
Jerel McNeal (191-G-87, college: Marquette) will remain until the end of the season in Germany for Brose Bamberg as the club announced. It's not a surprise, considering the injury woes of the team. McNeal was signed in December and Brose Bamberg picked up the option to keep him until the end of the season. The players has so far been used in five German BBL and seven EuroLeague games for Bamberg. In the domestic league he scores 8.8 points on average, grabs 2.4 rebounds and distributes 2.2 assists. In the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, he has 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.
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