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.
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 - 4 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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