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.
Unics Kazan (VTB) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Coty Clarke (201-105kg-92, college: Arkansas). He played this summer at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league. Clarke managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 19 BSN games he was third best scorer with impressive 19.1ppg and averaged 6.3rpg and 4.4apg. He helped them to win the league title. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honora... [read more]
Unics Kazan (VTB) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Coty Clarke (201-105kg-92, college: Arkansas). He played this summer at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league. Clarke managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 19 BSN games he was third best scorer with impressive 19.1ppg and averaged 6.3rpg and 4.4apg. He helped them to win the league title. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention. The most of last season Clarke spent at Maine Red Claws in D-League where in 46 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team. Clarke also played for the Celtics in NBA that season. In two games he recorded 3.0ppg. Clarke has played also professionally in Israel (Hapoel Kazrin). He attended University of Arkansas until 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player.
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria (Liga Endesa) inked 28-year old French international point guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-83kg-88, agency: Comsport). Beaubois managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). He played most recently at Strasbourg IG in French ProA. In 44 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.1ppg and had 2.0rpg and 1.8apg. Beaubois helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was awarded E... [read more]
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria (Liga Endesa) inked 28-year old French international point guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-83kg-88, agency: Comsport). Beaubois managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). He played most recently at Strasbourg IG in French ProA. In 44 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.1ppg and had 2.0rpg and 1.8apg. Beaubois helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team and to the All-Star Game. Beaubois also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded 11.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg. He also played 14 games in Eurocup where Beaubois averaged 12.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Le Mans (also in ProA). In 34 games Beaubois averaged 14.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. In 2009 Beaubois was drafted by Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) in first round (25th overall). He won NBA Southwest Division championship title in 2010. Beaubois has been a member of French international program for some years. He has been regularly called to French senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008. Beaubois is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium, NBA (Dallas Mavericks) and D-League (Texas Legends). Beaubois' game is described as:
(by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Quite small with just over 6 feet and still very skinny, he compensates with very solid athleticism, quickness and foot speed ... Also has excellent general speed, long arms, a big and fast first step, added to okay passing and ball handling skills ... As a shooter hes already quite reliable, even from long range with a nice high release.
Defensively hes quite average due to a combination of factors. Even with his quick feet, he struggles to get through screens.
K.C. Rivers (ex Real Madrid) could sign at Panathinaikos - 1 day ago
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Panathinaikos Athens (A1) is about to tab 29-year old American (has also Bissau-Guinean passport) guard K.C. Rivers (196-98kg-87, college: Clemson) who played last time at Real Madrid in Spain. Rivers managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 10 Liga Endesa games he averaged 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to win Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) last season. Among other achievements Rivers won Spanish Liga Endesa championship title in 2015. He received also... [read more]
Panathinaikos Athens (A1) is about to tab 29-year old American (has also Bissau-Guinean passport) guard K.C. Rivers (196-98kg-87, college: Clemson) who played last time at Real Madrid in Spain. Rivers managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 10 Liga Endesa games he averaged 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to win Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) last season. Among other achievements Rivers won Spanish Liga Endesa championship title in 2015. He received also All-ACC Honorable Mention award back in 2009 at his college time. Rivers is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Chorale de Roanne), Germany, Italy (Benetton Treviso, Latina Basket and Virtus Obiettivo Lavoro Bologna), Russia (Khimky and Lokomotiv) and D-League (Reno Bighorns). Rivers attended Clemson University until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. Let's have closer look into His outlook:
One of the top all-around players on the team, he possesses a strong basketball IQ. Has shown to be a solid rebounder. Can score in lots of ways, he's also a good defender on both guards and forwards.
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