Brose Bask. - Zalgiris 87-88 OT Zalgiris clinched a last-second overtime victory in Bamberg tonight. They edged Brose Baskets when Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) sank three free throws at the buzzer. Brose Baskets seemed just whisker away from the victory after two free throws from Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) with 15 seconds to go in the extra period. But Anton Gavel committed a crucial mistake on the other end of the floor. He fouled Marko Popovic in the process of a three-point shot at the buzzer putting the Croat on the penalty line with no time remaining on the clock. Marko Popovic calmly sank three free throws and sealed the victory for Zalgiris. The win helped Zalgiris gain 3-4 record in Group E. Brose Baskets suffered the seventh loss in a row. Zalgiris enjoyed a 38:36 lead at halftime. They remained up by two points heading into the fourth frame. But Bamberg managed to level things up at the end of regulation. Anton Gavel converted four free throws following a technical foul by Darjus Lavrinovic to send the game into overtime. The visitors led by as many as 5 points midway through the extra frame but Sharrod Ford and Anton Gavel denied the deficit and put Brose Baskets in front. But the drama of the last seconds allowed Zalgiris came out as winners from this one. Marko Popovic produced 21 points for the visitors. Rimantas Kaukenas added 14 points for Zalgiris. Anton Gavel answered with 25 points for Brose Baskets. Sharrod Ford had 20 points in the loss.
Anadolu Efes - Real Madrid 74-72 Anadolu Efes down Real Madrid in Istanbul to hand them their first loss in EuroLeague Top 16. The Turkish side tied both records at 6-1 and grabbed the first place in Group E after a 74:72 win. Real looked miserable from the start of the game and had so many mistakes in defense. The Spanish team trailed 4 points after the first quarter and then lost the first half 36:46. Anadolu Efes slowed down a bit in the third period and allowed the guests to reduce to 5 points after 30 minutes. Real even took the lead early in the fourth, but could not win the game. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) scored 3 out of 4 last free throws and gave them 74:72 lead. Jaycee Carroll had a chance to bring the win, but missed a three-pointer. Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Dusko Savanovic added 13. Jordan Farmar delivered 10, while Sasha Vujacic posted 9. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Felipe Reyes as well as Jaycee Carroll posted 11 points apiece. Mirza Begic followed them with 10 points in a loss.
ALBA - Unicaja 65-67 Unicaja Malaga thump Alba Berlin in O2 World for 3-4 record in Group E. The Spanish outfit grabbed 67:65 win mostly due to the third period. The German side fell at 1-6 record. Unicaja Malaga won the first period 22:20, but could not win the half. The hosts erupted with 22-12 and grabbed 42:34 at the halftime. The third period however was decisive in the game as Unicaja Malaga needed a 21-9 rally to take the lead. Je'Kel Foster later tied the game at 57:57, while Deon Thompson gave the hosts 65:63 lead with less than 2 minutes to go. Marcus Williams meanwhile nailed a three-pointer for the guests for the final victory. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) added 11. Earl Calloway nailed 10, while Kosta Perovic delivered 9. Deon Thompson and Nihad Djedovic finished the game with 16 points each. Je'Kel Foster notched 8 and Zach Morley delivered 6.
CSKA - Panathinaikos 86-69 CSKA Moscow snapped two-game losing skid in EuroLeague and handled visiting Panathinaikos. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) scored 20 points and issued 7 assists to lead the winners. The Greens fell at 4-3 record after the defeat. CSKA started the game aggressively. They looked brisk in the first quarter to take a 25:15 lead after ten minutes. But Panathinaikos managed to slow the game down in the second quarter. The Hellenes opened the period with eight points in a row to narrow the gap. Panathinaikos stayed close throughout the period and trailed by just 4 points at the interval 35:31. But CSKA were back in the drivers seat in the third term. The hosts unloaded 31 points in the quarter to open a 16-point lead before the final frame. CSKA kept Panathinaikos at safe distance throughout the final frame and raced to the victory at the end. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) provided 19 points, while Sasha Kaun added 13 points in the win. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) answered with 15 points for Panathinaikos. Stephane Lasme and James Gist provided 12 points apiece in the loss.
Montepaschi - Caja Laboral 85-74 Montepaschi Siena closed Round 7 with the win over Caja Laboral. The Italian team needed an 85:74 win for 6-1 record. The Spanish outfit fell at 4-3 record and suffered their third loss in a row. Caja Laboral Vitoria opened the game with 23-22 lead, while the teams were tied at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game and brought the host a 26-13 surge as they never looked behind after. Both teams posted 24 points each in the last stanza for the final result. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Matt Janning as well as Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) had 16 each. Benjamin Eze delivered 10 points in a win. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort, while Nemanja Bjelica brought 15. Andres Nocioni ended up with 10 points in a loss and Fernando San Emeterio scored 9.
Maccabi T-A - FCB Regal 77-82 FC Barcelona Regal confirmed their impressive current form with a road win in Tel-Aviv tonight. The Spanish team fired past Maccabi to gain 6-1 record on top of Group F. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) scored 18 points and pulled down 6 boards to pace the winners. Maccabi stayed confident supported by the cheerful home crowd. The Israeli team eked out a 22:20 lead after ten minutes. But the Spanish powerhouse gradually took over in the second frame. The visitors accumulated a 41:39 halftime lead. Barcelona opened the second half with 9 points in a row to boost the gap. The visitors maintained the lead and piled up a 67:53 lead with one quarter remaining. The Spaniards led by as many as 13 points with just over two minutes remaining 80:67. However the hosts went on a 9:0 run to narrow the gap at 3-point mark with 15 seconds remaining. Ante Tomic went perfect from the stripe and Ohayon missed a three-pointer as Barcelona got away with victory. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland) provided 14 points each for the visitors. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) answered with 19 points for Maccabi. Shawn James had 16 points in the loss.
Khimky - Olympiacos 82-87 Olympiacos celebrated a tough road win in EuroLeague Top 16 tonight. The Reds upset Khimky on the road to climb at 4-3 record in Group F. Kyle Hines (198-F-86) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) produced 19 points each to pace the winners. Khimky gave a warm welcome to the visitors in the opening quarter. The hosts quickly grabbed the lead and posted a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) made it 43:33 for the home team late in the second frame. Pero Antic capped the regulation with a layup to drag Olympiacos within 8 35:43. Khimky tipped off the second half with four points in a row to gain 12-point lead. The hosts stayed in front however Olympiacos managed to narrow the deficit at 6-point mark at the final intermission 54:60. Pero Antic and Sloukas drained back-to-back three-pointers midway through the fourth frame to level things up at 68. Acie Law followed with another one to put the Reds in front 71:68. Vassilis Spanoulis and Sloukas kept the visitors in front as they entered the final 20 seconds of regulation with a 5-point lead. Perperoglou added a point from the stripe and the Hellenes never looked back en route to the victory. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) delivered 14 points in the winning effort. Paul Davis answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Khimky. Kresimir Loncar had 19 points as the hosts fell at 4-3 record.
Fener.Ulker - Besiktas 78-72 Fenerbahce Ulker needs a strong second half to beat Besiktas JK in Turkish derby. Fenerbahce Ulker improved to 2-5 record after a 78:72 win and kept the opponents winless in Group F. Fenerbahce Ulker started the game with 19-15, but allowed the guests to control the game at the end of the half. Besiktas JK erupted with 27-13 in the second frame and took 42:32 halftime advantage. Fenerbahce Ulker however managed to seal the victory in the game posting two wins in the last quarters. The host won the third period 16-13 and erupted with 30-17 surge at the end of the game. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and David Andersen (212-C-80) added 13. Oguz Savas delivered 12, whilst Bo McCalebb scored 10. Damir Markota (209-F-85) finished the game with 15 points in the losing effort and Curtis Jerrells nailed 14. Daniel Ewing brought 11, whilst Gasper Vidmar netted 10.
Defending champion CSKA Moscow (VTB) tabbed 29-year old American forward Jeff Ayres (206-109kg-87, college: Arizona State). He played most recently at LA Clippers in the NBA. But in 19 games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 1.2rpg last season. Ayres also played that season for another team D-Fenders in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in two games he had very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 13.0rpg and 1.5apg. In 2009 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (31st overall). The f... [read more]
Defending champion CSKA Moscow (VTB) tabbed 29-year old American forward Jeff Ayres (206-109kg-87, college: Arizona State). He played most recently at LA Clippers in the NBA. But in 19 games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 1.2rpg last season. Ayres also played that season for another team D-Fenders in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in two games he had very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 13.0rpg and 1.5apg. In 2009 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (31st overall). The former Arizona State staris in his eighth season in pro basketball. Ayres was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016. He won NBA championship title in 2014. He has played previously professionally in NBA (Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers) and D-League (Salt Lake City Stars and Iowa Energy). Let's have closer look into Ayres' outlook:
(by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a competitor, battles at all times to establish post position and is very active His motor is excellent and he shows it by running the floor as well as anyone in the country Around the basket he is very active and he knows how to move without the ball to get to open spaces Has been the beneficiary of some great passes, but a lot of it has to do with his ability to read the action as well as being able to catch pretty much any pass that is thrown his way.
His repertoire in the post is limited, as a result he does not demand much attention from defenses Struggles getting his shot of against bigger defenders.
Andrew Goudelock out for a month with thigh injury - 2 days ago
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Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv guard Andrew Goudelock(190-G-88, college: Charleston) will miss 4 weeks of action after being diagnosed with a thigh injury. Goudelock left the preseason game against AEK Athens in the first quarter after sustaining the injury and didn't play against Panathinaikos and Barcelona. On Monday, he went through an MRI exam that revealed a partial muscle tear. Goudelock will be treated with Physiotherapy. Courtesy of: maccabi.co.il [read more]
Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv guard Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88, college: Charleston) will miss 4 weeks of action after being diagnosed with a thigh injury. Goudelock left the preseason game against AEK Athens in the first quarter after sustaining the injury and didn't play against Panathinaikos and Barcelona. On Monday, he went through an MRI exam that revealed a partial muscle tear. Goudelock will be treated with Physiotherapy. Courtesy of: maccabi.co.il
Hellenic Lotteries, an OPAP Group company, and Olympiacos BC presented on Wednesday 14 September 2016, the renewal of the sponsorship cooperation for the 2016-2018 seasons. The major sponsor of Olympiacos BC will be SCRATCH and its logo will feature on all the official jerseys of the club. The sponsorship agreement between OPAP, the leading group in the Greek games of chance industry, and Olympiacos BC has run for five years already and is one of the longer lasting partnerships in Greek s... [read more]
Hellenic Lotteries, an OPAP Group company, and Olympiacos BC presented on Wednesday 14 September 2016, the renewal of the sponsorship cooperation for the 2016-2018 seasons. The major sponsor of Olympiacos BC will be SCRATCH and its logo will feature on all the official jerseys of the club. The sponsorship agreement between OPAP, the leading group in the Greek games of chance industry, and Olympiacos BC has run for five years already and is one of the longer lasting partnerships in Greek sport. OPAP CEO and President & CEO of Hellenic Lotteries, Damian Cope, said during the presentation that took place at the new, company-owned OPAP Headquarters: 'With Olympiacos BC, one of the top European basketball teams, we have a strong long tern relationship based on the important principle of trust and mutual cooperation. Among the strategic goals of OPAP Group is the investment in Greek sport and society. Our excellent cooperation with Olympiacos BC over many years undoubtedly proves that methodical and consistent planning are necessary for the development and promotion of sport. We wish Olympiacos every success and we will be here to support its effort and continue this very successful and creative relationship'. The General Manager of Olympiacos BC, Christos Stavropoulos, stressed 'It is a special honor to continue our partnership with OPAP. Even more so since the last five years were marked by great sporting success. This cooperation with OPAP and SCRATCH has not only given us 'luck in an instant' but also support during all of this success. Our great effort and luck that is always necessary in sport led us to the top, where we plan to stay. We will continue to be as strong as we have been with OPAP. Because OPAP is not just a top betting company cooperating with the best team in European basketball in the last 8 years'. Closing his speech, Mr. Stavropoulos acknowledged OPAP's significant support to Greek society and its actions in the areas of health, sport and employment. He also noted the great contribution of OPAP Group to the programs of Olympiacos BC, the basketball team aside, as a large part of the sponsorship is used to cover the goals of the club's social program. Team coach, Giannis Sfairopoulos , referred to the team's philosophy and the effort it put in, noting that this is met with the support of the top companies in Greece and abroad. 'We hope this cooperation continues in the years to come with the same success and effort. What we can guarantee is to make the impossible, possible inside the court to realize all of our goals again, continue to be champions in Greece and challenge for the Final Four, the European championship and the Greek cup, so that all of our sponsors and partners to be proud of their cooperation and connection to us'. On his part, club captain, Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket), thanked OPAP for the cooperation on behalf of all the players. 'This great, lasting relationship our club has with OPAP shows the way the management of the two organizations think and operate. Commitment and respect are characteristics that run throughout our team and for this reason we consider all our sponsors and partners to be part of our effort; an effort we make to be at the top in Greece and Europe. It is very important in order to succeed that in this course of ours we have OPAP by our side'.
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