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.
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) is close to sign 25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92) who currently plays forZenit Saint Petersburg in Russia. In 20 VTB games he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg this season. Great year indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game. The last season Timma played also at Zenit in Russian league where in 16 Eurocup games he averaged 12.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. He also played 36 games... [read more]
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) is close to sign 25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92) who currently plays for Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia. In 20 VTB games he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg this season. Great year indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game. The last season Timma played also at Zenit in Russian league where in 16 Eurocup games he averaged 12.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. He also played 36 games in VTB United League where he had 14.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg (in top 4). Timma helped them to make it to the semifinals. In 2013 he was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (60th overall). The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Timma won Latvian League championship title for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Forward of the Year in 2016. Timma has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012. Timma also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 66.7%. Timma has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Barons Riga, Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Keizarmezs and DU/Swedbank. The scouts decsribe him following way:
A very athletic forward with a strong body and quick legs. He's a great shooter, with a very quick release. He can create his own shot from off the dribble as well as shoot coming off screens. Defends very well even on bigger opponents thanks to his powerful body, needs to improve in continuity during each game.
Real Madrid regain lead over Darussafaka - 13 hours ago
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Darussafaka - Real Madrid 81:88 Real Madrid clinched the second victory in the quarterfinal series against Darussafaka. They snatched a tough road win in Turkey tonight. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83) stepped up with 21 points to pace the visitors. Real got to a quick start. They went on a 26:17 run in the starting period. The Madrid side stayed in charge throughout the second term. Real Madrid established a 46:33 halftime advantage. Darussafaka shifted the gear in the third term. They sank... [read more]
Darussafaka - Real Madrid 81:88
Real Madrid clinched the second victory in the quarterfinal series against Darussafaka. They snatched a tough road win in Turkey tonight. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83) stepped up with 21 points to pace the visitors. Real got to a quick start. They went on a 26:17 run in the starting period. The Madrid side stayed in charge throughout the second term. Real Madrid established a 46:33 halftime advantage. Darussafaka shifted the gear in the third term. They sank 25 points but Real managed to keep up as they entered the fourth period up by 12 points 70:58. Darussafaka tried hard to erase the deficit in the final term but could not succeed as Real rallied to an important road win. Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85, college: San Jose St.) provided 18 points and 9 boards, while Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) added 13 points for the winners. Ante Zizic (210-F/C-97, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 20 points for Darussafaka. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) tossed in 17 points and issued 9 assists in the loss.
Anadolu Efes topple Olympiacos in Istanbul - 15 hours ago
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Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 64:60 Anadolu Efes gained 2-1 lead in the quarterfinal series versus Olympiacos. The Turkish side outgunned their opponents in Istanbul tonight to inch closer to Final Four. Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) provided 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the hosts. Olympiacos snatched a narrow 17:14 lead after the opening frame. Anadolu Efes picked up defensive intensity in the second period. They held Olympiacos to just 10 points to take a 33:27 halftime lead. Anadolu Efes... [read more]
Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 64:60
Anadolu Efes gained 2-1 lead in the quarterfinal series versus Olympiacos. The Turkish side outgunned their opponents in Istanbul tonight to inch closer to Final Four. Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) provided 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the hosts. Olympiacos snatched a narrow 17:14 lead after the opening frame. Anadolu Efes picked up defensive intensity in the second period. They held Olympiacos to just 10 points to take a 33:27 halftime lead. Anadolu Efes maintained the lead throughout the third term. The home team entered the final quarter up by 14 points 51:37. But Olympiacos refused to give in. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) helped the Greek team pull within one late in regulation. Thomas Heurtel (189-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) and Tyler Honeycutt followed with three free throws for the Istanbul team to ice the victory. Thomas Heurtel delivered 13 points, while Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) added 12 points for the hosts. Vassilis Spanoulis responded with 15 points and 7 assists for Olympiacos. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe), Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90) and Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) had 8 points each in the loss.
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