Real Madrid - ALBA 77-72 Real Madrid overcame rather a sloppy performance to hold off visiting Alba in Madrid tonight. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Real started quite confidently. The hosts piled up a 20:14 lead after ten minutes. But Alba picked up the tempo in the second frame. The German powerhouse trimmed the deficit to just a single point 34:33 at halftime. The visitors silenced the home fans in the third term. Alba erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 50:48 advantage with one quarter remaining. But Real improved their performance in the dying minutes of the game and sealed the victory at the end. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) had 14 points, while Nikola Mirotic had 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winning team. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Alba. DaShaun Wood and Yassin Idbihi accounted for 11 points each in the loss.
Anadolu Efes - CSKA 63-60 Anadolu Efes came up strong in the fourth quarter to tame CSKA in Istanbul for the seventh straight EuroLeague victory. The Turkish team climbed at 7-1 record atop of Group E. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) nailed 15 points to lead the winners. CSKA quickly jumped in front in this one and stayed comfortably ahead throughout the opening quarter. The visitors ensured a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Aaron Jackson gave CSKA a double-digit lead early in the second frame. The visitors maintained it to secure a 34:26 halftime advantage. However Anadolu Efes tipped off the third quarter with six straight points to narrow the gap. CSKA did not allow the hosts to pull ahead securing a 46:41 advantage at the final break. Semih Erden and Guler dragged the hosts within one 47:48 early in the fourth frame. Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) scored five points in a row as Anadolu Efes jumped ahead 53:51 for the first time in the game with under five minutes to go. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) immediately answered with a three-pointer to put CSKA back in charge but not for long. The lead changed hands for several times before Jordan Farmar made it 61:58 with 17 seconds to go. Milos Teodosic sank both free throws to cut the deficit but Jordan Farmar went perfect from the line to keep Anadolu Efes in front 63:60. Zoran Ercig and Milod Teodosic had two three-point attempts in the dying seconds to force overtime but missed them both as the hosts got away with the win. Jamon Lukas Gordon delivered 14 points and 11 boards, while Semih Erden added 10 points for the hosts. Milos Teodosic answered with 26 points for CSKA. Sasha Kaun had 12 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Brose Bask. - Unicaja 65-68 Unicaja Malaga escaped with the narrow win in Bamberg for 4-4 record in Group E. The Spanish team led for the whole game but managed to save only 68:65 victory. Brose Baskets remained winless and fell at 0-8 record. Unicaja Malaga scored the first 6 points in the game and dominated the first period. They allowed the German team to score 14 points in the opening and the second frame, while taking 38:28 halftime advantage. Moreover Unicaja Malaga won the third period 17-13 and led 15 points in the game. Brose Baskets meanwhile looked better at the very end and narrowly missed the win. The host reduced to 2 points, but allowed the guests to score some final points from the free throw line. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) netted 15. Sergi Vidal delivered 12, whilst Earl Calloway brought 5. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort and Sharrod Ford scored 13. Anton Gavel posted 10 and Jeremiah Massey added 6.
Zalgiris - Panathinaikos 73-78 Panathinaikos Athens sent Zalgiris down the ladder in Group E. The Greek side grabbed 5-3 record after a thrilling 78:73 victory. The Lithuanian team suffered their fifth loss and dropped at 3-5 record. It was a real thriller in the court. The teams often traded leads, and no team had a lead bigger than 6 points throughout the entire game. Zalgiris started with 22-19 and led 3 points at the halftime. The hosts went up 61-56 in the fourth quarter, but Michael Bramos and Diamantidis tied the game before Ukic made his run that secured victory for Panathinaikos. The latter needed a 22-15 surge to take the final win for 5-3 record. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) collected 13 points and 10 assists. Gist James notched 12, while Lasme Stephane added 9. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) produced 15 points in the losing effort and Lavrinovic Ksistof netted 11. Popovic Marko scored 10, while Darden Tremmell had 9 in a loss.
Khimky - Besiktas 87-56 Khimky earned the 5th win in EuroLeague Top 16. They dismantled visiting Besiktas to climb at 5-3 record in Group F. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) knocked down 18 points and grabbed 6 boards to pace the hosts. Besiktas fell at 0-8 record at the bottom of the ladder. Khimky held their opponents at 11 points in the opening quarter. They built a 5-point lead at the first break. Khimky cleared off in the second frame. They increased the tempo to ensure a 38:27 halftime lead. Paul Davis and K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) helped the Russian team to a 20-point lead in the third quarter. Soon K.C. Rivers made it 57:35 for the hosts. Besiktas sweetened the pill cutting the deficit at 17-point mark with one quarter remaining. But Khimky controlled the tempo and eased to the victory in the fourth frame. K.C. Rivers finished with 14 points, while Kresimir Loncar and Alexey Zhukanenko added 10 points each for the hosts. Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) and Cemal Nalga (213-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 10 points each for Besiktas.
Olympiacos - Caja Laboral 82-74 Olympiacos clinched the fifth win in EuroLeague Top 16 Group F. They held off visiting Caja Laboral for 5-3 record. The Spanish team slipped at 4-4 record after the loss. Olympiacos made it look easy in the first quarter. The Reds limited Caja to just 11 points in the first ten minutes to gain a 7-point lead. Olympiacos maintained the pressure throughout the second frame. The Hellenes cleared off to a 14-point lead at the interval. Caja Laboral tried to change the complexion of the game in the third term. The visitors tuned in offensively firing 23 points in the third period. They narrowed the gap to 12 points with ten minutes remaining. But Olympiacos quickly cleared off to an 18-point lead and never looked back en route to the win. Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 18 points to pace the hosts. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) added 11 points for the winners. Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) answered with 16 points for Caja Laboral. Fabien Causeur delivered 15 points in the losing effort.
Maccabi T-A - Montepaschi 92-61 Maccabi Electra thumb Montepaschi Siena in front of 10500 fans in EuroLeague. The team improved to 3-5 record after a comfortable 92:61 win. The Italian side fell at 6-2 record on the second place. Both teams scored 22 points in the first period, while the hosts pushed the tempo before the halftime. They erupted with a 24-12 burst and led 12 points after 20 minutes in the court. The second half also belonged to Maccabi Electra that scored 23 points in the third as well as the last period. Montepaschi Siena posted 19 points in the third frame and scored only 8 points in the last stanza. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) and Yogev Ohayon (187-PG-87) top-scored for the winners with 19 points each, while Guy Pnini (200-SF-83) added 15. David Logan and Shawn James followed them with 14 points each. Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) and Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) ended up with 13 points each in the losing effort. Benjamin Eze scored 9, whilst Matt Janning and Daniel Hackett brought 7.
Fener.Ulker - FCB Regal 60-99 Barcelona Regal destroy Fenerbahce in Istanbul to open Round 8 of EuroLeague. The Spanish titans won 99:60 and took 7-1 record in Group F. Barcelona Regal did not waste time and started the game as the favorite. They won the first period 23-13 and never looked behind after. Moreover the guests erupted with 27-6 surge in the second frame and enjoyed a 50:19 lead at the halftime. Barcelona continued their dominance in the second half as well and posted two victories. They had 26-21 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with 23-20 in the last stanza. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Ante Tomic (217-C-87) as well as Marcelinho Huertas posted 14 each. Joe Ingles and Juan Carlos Navarro followed them with 13 points apiece. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) replied with 18 points in the losing effort and Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) scored 17. Kaya Peker brought 9, whilst Ilkan Karaman notched 7.
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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