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.
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.
Euroleague round 17 best performance: Dairis Bertans - 2 days ago
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Latvian Shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Darussafaka, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17. The 27-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Baskonia (#4, 11-6) 98-89. Darussafaka is placed at 7th position in Euroleague. Darussafaka is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They... [read more]
Latvian Shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Darussafaka, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17. The 27-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Baskonia (#4, 11-6) 98-89. Darussafaka is placed at 7th position in Euroleague. Darussafaka is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-8 record. In the team's last game Bertans had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Dairis Bertans averages this season 6.4ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Serbian Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) of EA7 Armani. Macvan had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as EA7 Armani lost that game 64-101 to the higher-ranked CSKA (#1, 13-4). This loss caused EA7 Armani to slide to the very bottom (16) position in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories EA7 Armani managed to get this year. Macvan is well-known at EA7 Armani and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.
Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics (#11). Langford showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Unics, leading his team to a 63-58 win against Brose Bask. (7-10). The chances of Unics ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Langford could help Unics to bring them higher in the standings. Langford has a great season in Euroleague. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (best scorer).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) of Real Madrid - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists 5. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA - 22 points and 3 assists 6. Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) of Crvena Zvezda - 21 points and 8 rebounds 7. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) of Brose Bask. - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Victor Rudd (205-F-91) of Maccabi T-A - 18 points and 9 rebounds 10. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) of Darussafaka - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
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)
ANGT Kaunas: Zalgiris beat CFBB Paris for the trophy - 2 days ago
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Zalgiris U18 - CFBB Paris U18 62:57 Zalgiris earned the title at the Kaunas stage of the Adidas Next Generation Tournament. They edged CFBB Paris in the title game tonight. Rokas Jokubaitis (187-PG-00) scored 18 points and 6 assists to lead the winners. Zalgiris jumped to a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. CFBB Paris cut the deficit at 3-point mark 32:35 at halftime. Zalgiris stretched the lead in the third term. The Kaunas team accumulated a 53:40 advantage heading into the fourth frame.... [read more]
Zalgiris U18 - CFBB Paris U18 62:57
Zalgiris earned the title at the Kaunas stage of the Adidas Next Generation Tournament. They edged CFBB Paris in the title game tonight. Rokas Jokubaitis (187-PG-00) scored 18 points and 6 assists to lead the winners. Zalgiris jumped to a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. CFBB Paris cut the deficit at 3-point mark 32:35 at halftime. Zalgiris stretched the lead in the third term. The Kaunas team accumulated a 53:40 advantage heading into the fourth frame. CFBB Paris pulled within striking distance in the fourth quarter but Zalgiris held on to snatch a tough win at the end. Lukas Uleckas (197-G/F-99) chipped in 10 points, while Grantas Vasiliauskas (204-PF-99) added 8 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Joel Ayayi (193-PG-00) responded with 19 points for CFBB Paris. Ivan Fevrier (203-F-99) posted 13 points and 9 boards in the loss.
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