Real Madrid - CSKA 86-78 OT Real Madrid earned the sixth straight win in EuroLeague Top 16. They held off CSKA in overtime drama in Madrid to remain on top of Group E at a perfect 6-0 record. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) fired 31 points nailing 6/8 three-pointers to lead all scorers. It was a tough battle from start to finish. CSKA enjoyed a 15:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Real stiffened defensively in the second term. The hosts held CSKA to 12 points in the period and surged ahead for a 33:27 halftime lead. CSKA opened the second half with five points in a row to narrow the deficit. Soon Kaun tied things up at 34. Zoran Zoran Erceg (210-PF-85) capped the period with two free throws as the Moscow team eked out a 44:43 lead at the third break. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the fourth quarter. Nikola Mirotic gave Real a 65:62 lead with 93 seconds left in regulation. Sonny Weems answered with four points in a row as CSKA surged ahead 66:65. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) sank a free throw to level things up at 66. Jaycee Carroll and Milos Teodosic exchanged misses from beyond the arc as the teams headed into overtime. Rudy Fernandez opened the extra period with a triple to set the tone. However CSKA quickly erased the deficit as Milos Milos Teodosic knotted things up at 71. Khryapa put the visitors ahead 74:73 with under three minutes to go. Jaycee Carroll immediately answered with a treble to make it 76:74. Kaun put CSKA on level terms at 76 but Rudy Fernandez nailed a free throw for a 77:76 Real lead. Sergio Llull added two free throws to make it 79:76 with 26 seconds remaining. Zoran Erceg missed a crucial three-pointer for CSKA and Jaycee Carroll followed with 7 consecutive points to seal the victory for the hosts. Rudy Fernandez came up with 20 points and 13 boards, while Nikola Mirotic and Sergio Llull had 10 points each for the winners. Zoran Erceg and Milos Teodosic answered with 13 points each for CSKA.
Panathinaikos - Brose Bask. 76-73 Panathinaikos left it late but eventually eked out a narrow home win over Brose Baskets tonight. The win helped the Athens team improve at 4-2 record in Group E. Brose Baskets remained winless at 0-6. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) accounted for 16 points to lead the home side. The teams stayed on level terms throughout the starting quarter. The scoreboard read 19:19 after ten minutes. Panathinakos managed to pull ahead in the second frame. The hosts ensured a narrow 36:33 halftime lead. Marcus Banks and Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) gave the hosts a 5-point advantage midway through the third term. Later the Athens team gained a 9-point lead but Bamberg stayed in the game. Sharrod Ford capped the period with a dunk to put Brose Baskets within two 49:51. Gipson and Zirbes gave Brose Baskets a 59:57 advantage midway through the fourth period. Michael Bramos, Marcus Banks and Diamantidis put the home team back in charge. Panathinaikos accounted for a 69:63 lead with 83 seconds remaining in regulation. Goldsberry drained a triple to keep Bamberg hopeful. Sharrod Ford put the visitors within three 70:73 with 11 seconds to go. Marcus Banks nailed just one free throw, while Gipson dropped another long bomb as Brose Baskets got within one 73:74. But Maciulis went deadly from the stripe to make it 76:73. Gipson got fouled and missed both his attempts as Panathinaikos secured a tough home win. Stephane Lasme had 15 points, while Marcus Banks added 13 points for the winning side. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) responded with 16 points for Brose Baskets. Sharrod Ford added 15 points and 14 boards in the loss.
Unicaja - Anadolu Efes 73-78 Anadolu Efes led throughout the bigger part of the game to clinch a road win in Malaga tonight. The victory propelled the Turkish team at 5-1 record in the second place in Group E. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) nailed 15 points and issued 5 assists to lead the visitors. Unicaja could not carry the momentum after a terrific in Moscow into this one. Anadolu Efes started strong and rallied to a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 10-point mark in the second frame. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) capped the half with a layup to make it 38:28 for the visitors. The gap grew at 16-point mark midway through the third term. Unicaja answered with an 11:1 run to narrow the margin at 6-point mark. The hosts got even closer as they trailed by a single point heading into the fourth period 54:55. Earl Calloway put the hosts in front 56:55 at the start of the final period. The lead changed hands for several times before Jordan Farmar nailed crucial four points in a row to give the visitors a 74:69 lead with 49 seconds remaining. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) answered with two free throws to narrow the gap. Shipp turned the ball over but Txemi Urtasun answered with a turnover at the end other end and Vujacic punished Unicaja with a dunk. Kerem Gonlum followed with two free throws and Anadolu Efes got away with a comfortable win at the end. Kerem Gonlum provided 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Semih Erden added 11 points for the winners. Luka Zoric answered with 20 points for Unicaja. Earl Calloway and Marcus Williams netted 15 points each in the loss.
Zalgiris - ALBA 92-56 Zalgiris stun ALBA in Top 16 Round 6 opener. The Lithuanian team recovered from last losses and won 92:56. Zalgiris opened the game with 26-21 and continued their dominance later in the game. The hosts added 18-16 rally in the second frame for 7-point lead at the halftime. The third period was a nightmare for the German side that lost the frame 9-26. Zalgiris managed to added 22-10 in the last stanza for an easy success. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Darden Tremmell nailed 17. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) delivered 14, while Delas Mario and Lavrinovic Ksistof had 8 each. Yassin Idbihi (209-C-83, college: Buffalo) answered with 12 points in the losing case and Byars Derrick netted 10. Thompson Deon and Foster Je'Kel finished the game with 8 points each in a loss.
FCB Regal - Montepaschi 85-66 Barcelona Regal pummels Montepaschi Siena in Spain for 5-1 record. The Spanish team handed the Italian side their first 85:66 loss and tied both records at 5-1. Barcelona Regal started with 20-13 and never looked behind in the game. They added massive 28-16 in the second frame and enjoyed a 48:29 halftime advantage. Moreover the hosts posted a 20-18 rally in the third quarter and reached 68:47 after three quarters. Montepaschi Siena managed to win the last period 19-17 and reduced to final 19 points. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) paced all the winners with 20 points and Xavier Rabaseda (198-G/F-89) notched 16. Nathan Jawai delivered 11, while Marcelinho Huertas had 10. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Daniel Hackett scored 14. Benjamin Eze notched 12, whilst Aleksandar Rasic brought 6.
Olympiacos - Fener.Ulker 82-71 Olympiacos Piraeus outgun Fenerbahce Ulker 82:71 in EuroLeague Top 16 Round 6. The Greek side improved to 3-3 record and sent the Turkish team to 1-5 record. Fenerbahce Ulker had nothing to lose in this game and started with 24-23 lead. The Turkish team tried hard to win also the first half, but failed in the second quarter. Olympiacos Piraeus needed 20-13 in it for 43:37 halftime advantage. Moreover the Greek titan won the third period 25-12 and enjoyed the bigger lead after three quarters. Although Fenerbahce Ulker won the last stanza 22-14 they could only reduce to 11 final points. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) had 13. Acie Law added 12, while Kyle Hines delivered 10. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) and Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) answered with 20 points each, while David Andersen had 18. Uros Tripkovic followed them with 5 points in a loss.
Caja Laboral - Khimky 71-83 Khimky completed a successful trip to Vitoria tonight. They edged Caja Laboral for the fourth win in EuroLeague Top 16 Group F. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) nailed 20 points to pace the visitors. Caja Laboral in the meantime suffered the second straight home loss at the tournament and fell at 4-2 record in the standings. Caja Laboral led throughout the main part of the opening quarter. But Khimky pulled closer late in the period and Kopenen finally made it 19:18 heading into the second quarter. Caja Laboral quickly regained the lead in the second frame. The hosts went on an 11:2 run to take a 29:21 lead. Caja Laboral stayed in front though Khimky were able to narrow the gap at 2-point mark at halftime 43:45. K.C. Rivers quickly gave the Russian team a lead at the start of the second half. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the quarter however Khimky were able to pull out a 62:56 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Paul Davis, Monya and K.C. Rivers made it 70:58 for the visitors early in the final frame. Bjelica and Fabien Causeur (193-SG-87) put Caja Laboral within five points from the visitors 69:74 with just 90 seconds remaining. But Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) scored five points in the dying moments to win the game for Khimky. K.C. Rivers accounted for 16 points, while Zoran Planinic added 13 points for the winning team. Fabien Causeur responded with 15 points for Caja Laboral. Maciej Lampe had 13 points in defeat.
Besiktas - Maccabi T-A 55-77 Maccabi T-A keep Besiktas winless in Euroleague Top 16 Group F. The Israeli team won 77:55 away from home and sent the hosts to 0-6 record. The winners meanwhile improved to 2-4 record. Maccabi T-A did not waste time and started the game with 21-12 in the first period. The Israeli team added 22-10 in the second frame and solved their task already at the end of the first half. Besiktas started to play better in the second half but was too far to come closer. Maccabi T-A won the third period 14-13 and led 57:35 after 30 minutes. Both sides scored 20 points in the last stanza for the final result in the game. Lior Eliyahu (206-SF-85) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Maryland) notched 12. Logan David netted 10, while Hickman Ricky scored 9. Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) answered with 13 points in the losing effort and Christopher Patrick notched 12. Vidmar Gasper delivered 11 and Markota Damir added 5.
Euroleague round 23 best performance: Nando De Colo - 5 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 - 18 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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