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FIBA EUROCUP 2006-2007

Play-Off bracket

Akasvayu Girona 2006-2007
Pedro Martinez
Pedro Martinez Martinez
Arriel McDonald
Antonio Granger
Jackson Vroman
Branko Cvetkovic
Predrag Drobnjak


McDonald Arriel 191 (6'3'') G 72 05 08 Dynamo M. (RUS)


Granger Antonio 198 (6'6'') G 76 07 08 Efes P. (TUR)


Vroman Jackson 208 (6'10'') C/F 81 07 08 G.Canaria


Cvetkovic Branko 200 (6'7'') G 84 07 08 FMP (SRB)


Drobnjak Predrag 212 (7'0'') F/C 75 07 08 Partizan (SRB)


San Emeterio F. 198 (6'6'') G/F 84 06 08 Grupo Capitol


Gasol Marc 212 (7'0'') C 85 06 08 Barcelona


centerton Darryl 203 (6'8'') F/C 66 06 08 Dyn.St.P. (RUS)


Bagaric Dalibor 217 (7'2'') C 80 06 08 Climamio (ITA)


Sada Victor 192 (6'4'') G 84 06 08 Barcelona


Keselj Marko 208 (6'10'') F 88 06 08 Mega Ishrana (SRB)

   FIBA Europe decided to evaluate EuroCup format - May. 17, 2007

The FIBA Europe Competitions' Commission met last Saturday in Girona, Spain to discuss the 2006/2007 season and upcoming plans for European club competitions.
One idea under consideration for the EuroCup is subsidizing participating teams in the competition.
“As demonstrated by web site statistics and attendance levels in EuroCup continues to increase in popularity each year,” said FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin.
“We will use all the means at our disposal to be sure that this trend continues and that as many basketball fans as possible have the opportunity to see the first-class players taking part in our competitions.
TThe Commission decided that the EuroCup Challenge will discontinue.

 &  Akasvayu Girona with the title - Apr. 15, 2007

Akasvayu Girona - Azovmash Mariupol 79-72 (17-15, 23-21, 19-19, 20-17)

The FIBA EuroCup has a new champion, and it is none other than Akasvayu of Spain! They triumphed 79-72 over Azovmash Mariupol on its own court in Girona in the EuroCup Final on Sunday and got their first ever piece of European silvereare.
Arriel McDonald (191-G-72) led the winners in another unforgottable performance: 25 points (5-of-7 behind the arc), 4 rebounds and two assits, enough to be voted by the media as Final Four MVP (american veteran finished with 46 points on 13/19 shooting in the semi-finals and final).

"This means a lot becouse I am 35 and it shows I still work hard," said McDonald. Gregor Fucka (214-C-71) added 12 points and 5 rebounds, Marc Gasol (212-C-85) became a main factor with 12 points off the bench. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79) topscored Azovmash with 16, while Bosnian forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Greek guard Panagiotis Liadelis (193-G-74) added 15 points apiece.
Arriel McDonald's jump shot allowed Girona to go into half time with a 40-36 lead. Spanish team took double-digits lead (54-41) after 9-0 run in third quarter. Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) and Liadelis were catalyst of the Azovmash's comeback to 67-67 tie with 4 minutes to go, but once again McDonald's free throw, three pointer and another consecutive 4 points of Gasol helped to got 75-67 lead which Spaniard never gave back.

Akasvayu: McDonald 25, Fucka 12, M.Gasol 12, Salenga 9, Marinovic 7, San Ementrio 7, Gabriel 3, Bagaric 2, Sada 2.
Azovmash: El-Amin 16, Bajramovic 15, Liadelis 15, Gulyas 12, Powell 6, Lishchuk 4, Loktionov 4.

   Virtus crush Estudiantes and take third place in EuroCup - Apr. 15, 2007 

Estudiantes Madrid - Virtus Bologna 62-80 (20-27, 17-20, 8-16, 17-17)
Virtus Bologna made up for some of the disappointment of Friday's EuroCup semi-final loos with a victory on Sunday against Estudiantes Madrid in the game for third place.
"I am happy that we showed resolve after losing in the semifinals. (...) We especially were strong on defense and that made the difference. It was also key for us that our young players came in and gave us solid minutes which allowed our veterans to rest," said Virtus Head Coach Zare Markowski .
Travis Best was the key man for the Italian club with 4-of-8 shooting and 3-of-3 from the free throw line. He also led Virtus' playmaking with 4 assits. Fabio Di Bella and Vlado Ilievski who came off the bench scored also 12 and 10 points respectively for the winners while Guilherme Giovannoni grabbed 8 rebounds. William McDonald was top-scorer of the game with 15 points. Sergio Sanchez added 13 points with 1-of-5 behind of arc. Spanish team committed 23 turnovers. They also struggled from long range and hit just 17.6% of their three-pointers.
Estudiantes: McDonald 15, Sanchez 13, Garnett 11, Mendiburu 7, Iturbe 5, Suarez 4, Clark 3, Torres 3, Sanikadze 1.
Virtus: Di Bella 12, Best 11, Ilievski 10, Drejer 9, Blizzard 6, Crosariol 6, Gugliotta 6, Michelori 6, Vukcevic 6, Evtimov 4, Giovannoni 4.

   Girona smashes Estudiantes to reach the Final - Apr. 14, 2007 

Girona-Estudiantes 89:58 (26:14, 15:16, 22:12, 26:16)

Girona celebrated an easy win over Estudiantes in the semifinal game of Eurocup. Supported by almost 5000 fans, the host team set a new EuroCup Final Four record. An 89:58 win sent Girona to the Final of Eurocup, where it will be a favorite with the Ukrainian Azovmash. The 58 points scored by Estudiantes will be written until new notice as the fewest points scored in a game. Both Mc Donalds top-scored for their teams. Arriel McDonald (191-G-72, college: Minnesota) led the winners with 21 points. San Emeterio chipped in 15, while Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) and Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) added 11 points each. William McDonald (207-C-79, college: S.Florida) nailed 11 points in defeat.
This game was seen twice as many spectators as the first one. The performance shown in another one was highly valued by the fans.
Girona easily won the opening tip and finished the first quarter with 26:14. Estudiantes somehow was stronger in the second quarter winning it 15:16. With lots of mistakes and turnovers the latter could not struggle in the second half at all. Girona advantaged with 10 points deficit in each quarter to win 89:58. The hosts of Final Four will play in the Final which is scheduled for tomorrow.

Girona: Arriel McDonald 21, San Emeterio 15, Dainius Salenga 11, Marko Marinovic 11, Gasol 9 + 6 rebs, Gregor Fucka (214-C-71, agency: Interperformances) 8 + 6 rebs
Estudiantes: William McDonald 11, Urgell 9 + 6 rbs + 5 ast

   Led by 18 points Azovmash luckily escaped with 74:73 win over Virtus - Apr. 14, 2007 

Virtus-Azovmash 73:74 (14:29, 21:21, 17:8, 21:16)

Ukrainian Azovmash triumphed in the semifinal game of Eurocup after a 74:73 win over Virtus. Azovmash held a 15-point lead after a huge first quarter, but in the following 10 minutes the future winners showed a different type of game. Panagiotis Liadelis (193-G-74) led the winners with 24 points. Ricardo Powell (201-F-83, college: S.Carolina) posted in 16, while Lischuck and Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 11 points each. Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech) was the best in the losing effort.
UUkrainian champions made six of their first eight shots from the field to jump out to a quick 12:3 lead. A 13-0 run by Azovmash helped them to advantage with 29:14 after the opening quarter.
The team from Mariupol played better the second quarter as well, however tied it at 21:21 that gave them 50:35 lead at the half. In the third quarter Virtus showed a tough defense and won that period 17:8.
With 3 minutes to play in the last quarter, Travis Best nailed a big three pointer to give Virtus a 71:70 lead. In the final minute of the game Kenan Bajramovic missed two free throws and another clutch shot that could have cost the game with 11 seconds on the clock, but he was also on the defensive rebound right after Virtus missed their last shot. A 74:73 win, that could be considered as a lucky one, however deserved, was reached by Azovmash.
Virtus: Travis Best 14, Andrea Michelori (202-F/C-78) 12+9 rebs, Brett Blizzard/A> (191-G-80, agency: Octagon, college: NC-Wilmington)) 11
Azovmash: Panagiotis Liadelis (193-G-74) 24, Ricardo Powell 16, Lischuck 11+11 rebs, Kenan Bajramovic 11

   Pavello Fontajau opens the doors for Final Four - Apr. 13, 2007 

Fiba Eurocup holds the Final Four of the tournament tonight. Akasvayu Girona and MMT Estudiantes Madrid will make up the Spanish semifinal, while VidiVici Bologna will face Azovmash Mariupol.
Eurobasket suggests to have a look at the road to Final Four of each team.
Let us start with the hosts. Akasvayu Girona did not lose any game in the Group D having a 6-0 record. The team repeated its record with 6-0 in the second round in Group L. Panionis from Greece could upset Girona for the first time in Quarterfinals, however lost two games in Spain. With this result, plus the support of the home fans, Akasvayu Girona has an advantage in the tournament.
MMT Estudiantes Madrid that will play with Girona in the first semifinal game finished Group A with 5-1 record. The Spanish team repeated the record in Group I with 5-1. Dynamo from Moscow region lost to MMT Estudiantes Madrid two times in a row that made the latter also favorite of Final Four.

Italian VidiVici Bologna won Group H with 5-1 record. It participated in Group L together with Akasvayu Girona, but finished second with 4-2. In the Quarterfinal series Italian team swept Turk Telekom to qualify to Final Four.

Ukrainian Azovmash Mariupol is the underdog in Final Four, however many specialists predict not to think so and put Ukrainian side on the top. With 4-2 record Azovmash Mariupol ended in Group C. Later on in Group J it increased to 5-1 leaving Dynamo MR, Kalev and Maroussi behind. The team from Mariupol overcame AEL in three games in Quarterfinals.

Pavello Fontajau, Girona


Azovmash Mariupol - VidiVici Bologna
Akasvayu Girona - MMT Estudiantes Madrid

   Eurobasket Monthly Scouting Report for March just released - Mar. 30, 2007 

Eurobasket released another issue of it's monthly scouting report (March edition is ...117 pages long). It's the most in-depth scouting report available in the World with focus on the top prospects from outside of the U.S.
In March edition: One of the last 2006-07 reviews of top young prospects in many countries (mostly European) around the World and continuation of international championships for U18 and U16 teams.
You can get a copy on

   FIBA All-Star Game 2007: It was magical! - Mar. 20, 2007  

It was all perfect! The 2007 FIBA All-Star Game is now only a magnificent memory. Limassol was once again the perfect stage for the event and the 7 thousand fans that packed the “Spyros Kyprianou” arena pushed players and entertainers to reach their limits and provide the fans with high class basketball.
For the third consecutive year DTL EKA AEL Limassol and Cyprus managed to host the event with success. The stadium was once again packed with excited fans, while the choice to bring popular singer Michalis Hatzigiannis proved very successful since it kept the spectators to their seats until the very end of the event with his after game concert being a major hit
Tuesday, 20th of March proved to be a thrilling day for us basketball enthusiasts and journalists.

Delightfully long day
A long night sleep wasn't enough for what we were to face in Cyprus' basketball capital. The interesting “How to create and maintain a Champion team” symposium meant that the departure from Nicosia was set at 7:30 in the morning. The “Four Seasons” hotel was the ideal place to kick-off the All-Star Day. Basketball journalists from the island and abroad, clubs and FIBA officials were there to listen to the excellent speakers.

Morning symposium
First up was Michael Loizides, the man who along with a team of partners created the DTL EKA AEL we see dominating today in Cypriot basketball. He presented the AEL case and the reasons why the Limassol team managed to come back from the decay of the 90's and become a new coming European powerhouse.
The All-Star Day organizer said that “it's harder to reach the top than to remain there and not the other way around”. He also presented the five steps of a basketball team with DTL EKA AEL starting as nobody and passed by the stages of contender and winner to become champions. The fifth step which is the dynasty stage is the next goal for the Limassol team.
Next to the podium was Sasa Volkov, the Ukrainian legend and chairman of Kiev B.C. His subject of how to build an Olympic Gold medalist team turned into a personal story of the Soviet Union's painful preparation for the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.
The last two speakers were Dr. Titos Christofidis, president of the Cyprus Sports Authority and Kostas Mpatis on behalf of the Greek General Secretary of Sports Stavros Douvis. Dr. Christofidis spoke of the role the government should have in sports and especially about the Cyprus case.

Lunch of surprises
A necessary relaxation in the hotels lounge after a rich feast was needed to charge the batteries for the rest of the day. The lunch was full of different interesting happenings. Amongst them was the meeting of Iraqi Freddy John-Paul, the Apollon Limassol football chairman (up until a few days ago when he resigned), and Canadian Nar Zanolin, FIBA Europe Executive Director, who had a long conversation before Michael Loizides joined them.
Keravnos coach Vassilis Fragias and former Keravnos coach Memos Ioannou shared the same table along with the well known Greek journalist Vassilis Skountis.

Arrival at the venue
The arrival at the stadium about two and a half hours before the event meant that we were from the first people there. We arrived the moment Michalis Hatzigiannis was on the stage doing his final preparations for his concert after the match. The television crew was already in place with more than 10 cameras covering the game, promising a great view for the millions that watched the event live.
The presence of the Chicago Bulls Matadors and Luvabulls and the Russian cheerleading group of Khimky gave a perfect opportunity for interviews and the necessary… photographs next to the girls. While talking to the Luvabulls, it was time for the Matadors to make their appearance in the stadium in preparation for the event. With red pointy hair, afro cuts, sun glasses that resembled Christmas lights but most important very huge waist lines, they brought many laughter before even getting out of the locker rooms.

The “Spyros Kyprianou” arena was already packed a few minutes before the jump-ball. It was time for the show. The lights went off and the event started. First up was Michalis Hatzigiannis who sang two of his popular songs to the excited crowd while next was Dave the Horn Guy who drove people crazy with the stuff he can do using just… horns!

Team presentation
The team presentations followed with the Chicago Luvabulls welcoming the Rest of the World and the Khimky cheerleaders the players of Europe. The most noise was recorded during the presentation of AEL members Milutin Aleksic of Europe, Jeron Roberts of Rest of the World and coach Igors Miglinieks of Europe. The two Turkish players Tutku Acik and Bekir Yarangume received applaud by the fans besides the tension between Cyprus and Turkey proving once again that sports unites.

Three-point competition
Between the first and second period the three-point competition took place with the local favorite Andreas Pilavas of ENAD Agios Dometios beating all odds and winning the competition. Pilavas shot last and managed to tie Arvydas Cepulis at 14 points and beat Laurent Sciarra who had 13. In the final Andreas once with amazing calm and with the support of the crowd managed to score 15 points and overcome his opponent.

Pilavas talked to Eurobasket Cyprus after the event and told us that he has been practicing since Saturday when he found out that he will take part in the competition. With the help of ENAD captain Marios Argyrou, Pilavas trained his shot at the ENAD stadium to be ready for the All-Star Game.
He said that he believed he could win despite others saying that he will have the same fate with the other Cypriots that took part in the 2005 and 2006 three-point competitions.

Dunking competition
At halftime it was time for the fans favorite, the dunking competition. Three players that compete in the Cyprus league, Isaac Burton of Achilleas Kaimakliou, Ryan Randle of AEL and Duke Tshomba of Omonia Nicosia, alongside with two members of the Slamnation group took part. It was a hard battle with many impressive dunks and Ryan Randle the winner although Duke Tshomba could win the "motivate the fans" award with his performance with the microphone! If he didn't miss the dunk then he could have won the competition.
We watched a dunk over four Matadors, a player kicking the ball while stuck between the hoop and the back-board. Two hands back dunks were also on the schedule.

All-Star Game!
The game itself stored many thrills to the spectators with the Rest of the World winning 105-95. Team Rest of the World managed to finish the first period with a big 15 point lead (19-34) and kept the lead until the end of the third period. At halftime Rest of the World were in front by 14 points (45-59) while at the end of the third quarter the margin dropped down to 12 (69-81).
In the last period Europe managed to come close and even tie the score at 94-94 a couple of minutes to go. But Rest of the World with Erwin Dudley in great form secured their win (105-95) giving the Rest of the World a 4-0 lead over Europe in the European All-Star Games since 2004.

Erwin Dudley of Turk Telekom was voted MVP after he scored 23 points and gathered 4 rebounds. Other five players had double digit points. Marque Perry, Kennedy Winston and Andre Hutson had 14 points each, Ariel McDonald made 13 and Khalid El-Amin scored 11 points.

For Team Europe, Ukrainian star Serhiy Lishchuk scored 15 points while Arvydas Cepulis followed with 12 points.

Periods: 19-34, 45-59, 69-81, 95-105
Europe (Svetislav Pesic): Sciarra 11 (3), Padius, Loncar 8, Aleksic 9, Drozdov 10 (2), Drejer 7, Valters 4, Acik 3 (1), Lishchuk 15, Yarangume 7 (1), Cepulis 12 (1), Gasol 9.
Rest of the World (Zare Markovski): Perry 14 (2), Millage 2, El-Amin 11 (3), Conlan, Lux 6, Roberts 2, McDonald 13 (1), Reed 4, Giovannoni 2, Dudley 23, Winston 14 (2), Hutson 14.

When the match was over it was time for the awards with Andreas Pilavas, Ryan Randle and Erwin Dudley accepting the honours from the hosts.
The end of the event had the Chicago Luvabulls and Matadors and the Khimky cheerleaders dancing Zorbas with the local folklore group of Dionysos along with the cheers of the 7 thousand fans in the evenings most emotional moment
A truly magical night with the hope that FIBA Europe will entrust Cyprus to host the 2008 FIBA All-Star Game.

   FIBA All-Star Game 2007: It's time! - Mar. 19, 2007  

It's only a few hours away! Cyprus is all ready to host the FIBA All-Star Day 2007 which is set to take place in the "Spyros Kyprianou" arena in Limassol on March 20th.
Everything is in place. Eurobasket Cyprus traveled to Limassol on Monday (19/3) to witness the preparations for the event. The arena is going under the last touch and everything is ready for the 8 thousand lucky fans that will watch the All-Star Game live.
The coaches and 24 players are already in Cyprus and so are the entertainment groups. The Chicago Bulls Luvabulls and Matadors were in a tight schedule with all the events on Monday while the Russian cheerleaders of Khimky found some time to pop over to the "Spyros Kyprianou" arena and prepare for Tuesday's showdown. Popular singer Michalis Hatzigiannis came from Greece and spent Monday at his home in Nicosia.
In the mean time Limassol is all ready for the event. Banners are hanging in the seafront avenue while the excitement is high for the European Basketball's celebration.

Press conference
In the press conference that took place on Monday (19/3) the organizing committee president Michael Loizides said that it's going to be a great event to witness and was sure that the arena will be sold out just like the previous two years the All-Star Game took place in Cyprus.

"Their's a lot of countries that want this event but it's not easy with low temperatures and bad weather conditions for something like this to be successful in all levels. Cyprus is a fun country! It's a welcoming place with welcoming people and everyone knows that they will have fun here. With the excellent team of my partners who have proven that they can organize such an event successfully, we provide the necessary and good conditions for the event to take place here", said Michael Loizides about why Cyprus is the right place for the All-Star Day.

It's the day!
Tuesday (20/3) is expected to be a long and beautiful day. Two interesting seminars will take place in the morning, the All-Star coaching seminar and the Convention of European Basketball. Eurobasket Cyprus will be at Limassol from early in the morning and bring all action to basketball enthusiasts

   Akasvayu reached EuroCup Final Four - Mar. 15, 2007

Akasvayu Girona - Panionios Forthnet Athens 83-49 (20-20, 15-2, 29-14, 19-13)

Akasvayu Girona became the last team to clinch a EuroCup Final Four berth by demolishing Panionios Athens 83-49 in front of crowd of 4100 in Pavello Fontajau in the third and last game of their quarterfinals play-off. Spanish team gained their advantage over Greek side in second quarter when they limited vistitors to just two points. In third quarter they delivered a knockout punch beating their rivals 29-14. Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) (3-for-7 behind the arc) and Fernando San Emetrio (6 rebounds) led a balanced Akasvayu scoring attack with 11 points. Gregor Fucka added 10 points. Akasvayu dominated also the boards, winning that battle 33-16. Damir Maljkovic and Andre Hutson had 10 ponts apiece for Panionios. Team from Athens must now focus all of their attention on reaching the Greek play-offs.

Girona: Marinovic 11, San Emetrio, 11, Fucka 10, Bagaric 9, Gabriel 8, Gasol 8, Mc Donald 8, Thornton 5, centerton 4, Salenga 4, Sada 3, Keselj 2.
Athens: Hutson 10, Miljkovic 10, Dragojlovic 9, Perperoglou 9, Winston 5, Angelopoulos 2, Kafkis 2, Subara 2.

   FIBA EuroCup: AEL lost in Ukraine and finished a very successful European campaign - Mar. 14, 2007

It was over before it even started. AEL's dream to qualify to the Final-4 of the FIBA EuroCup will have to wait one more year. The Cypriot champions suffered a heavy loss 97-69 by Azovmash in Mariupol and lost 2-1 the quarterfinal series against the Ukrainian side.
A very successful European season came to an end for AEL and now the Limassol team will focus on the domestic titles and the FIBA All-Star Game which they are organizing.
AEL traveled to Ukraine with the support of 100 fans and the hope that they can break Azovmash's home court following the win last Friday (9/3) in Limassol. But it was the home side that started the game in a great manner and took the lead 12-2 early on. AEL seemed to be lost in the court and the Ukrainians quickly built a big lead which they kept to the end. The first period finished with Azovmash in the lead 31-7 following a 12-0 run!
In the next three periods the two teams were pretty much equal. But the large margin of the first period put an early end to the game.
Khalid El-Amin was by far Azovmash's top player. The American guard scored 26 points, gathered 5 rebounds and gave 5 assists. Kenan Bajramovic scored 19 points, gathered 7 rebounds and gave 3 assists.
For AEL after the tragic first period, Mike King scored 13 points and gathered 6 rebounds. Urbonas scored 12 points all in the second half while Aleksic and Randle had 10 points each. But the bad first period didn't allow AEL to fight for the win.

Periods: 31-7, 49-24, 69-43, 97-69

Azovmash Mariupol: El-Amin 26 (3), Rayevskyy 8 (2), Liadellis 14, Botichev 3, Skutyelnik 2, Rimac 4, Gulyas 4, Loktionov, Lishchuk 3, Powell 14, Bajramovic 19 (3).
AEL Limassol: Urbonas 12, King 13 (3), Kounounis 4, Aleksic 10 (1), Randle 10, Roberts 7 (1), Palalas 6, Van de Hare 4, Spyrou 3 (1), Hlebowicki.

   FIBA All-Star Game 2007: Tickets on sale - Mar. 11, 2007 

The organizers of the FIBA EuroCup All-Star Day 2007 that will take place in Limassol, Cyprus on March 20th announced the pre-selling of the tickets for the event. The ticket sales will start on Monday (12/3) after 15:00.

The prices are:
VIP: 30 Cyprus Pounds (50 Euros)
Adults: 15 Cyprus Pounds (25 Euros)
Students: 10 Cyprus Pounds (17 Euros)
Children: 5 Cyprus Pounds (8 Euros).

The tickets will be sold around the island in chosen places.

In Nicosia:
1. Mad Music Store, City Plaza, Makareiou Ave. (tel.00357-22750505)
In Limassol:
1. Alambra kiosk, Gladstonos Str. (tel. 00357-25353221)
2. Valentinos kiosk, Christaki Kranou Str., Germasogeia (tel. 00357-25879992)
3. Ntinos kiosk, Omonia Ave. (tel. 00357-25560249)
4. Valentinos kiosk, Old harbour across dock, (tel. 00357-25355565)
5. In all Musical Paradise (tel. 00357-25392411 and 00357-25324025)
6. LTV-Nikos Solomonides arena

In Larnaka:
1. Michalis Theodotou kiosk, Municipal garden entrance (tel. 00357-24664546)

In Paphos:
1. Antros kiosk, opposite Paphos Fire department (tel. 00357-26953820).

   Dynamo Moscow Region said bye to Eurocup - Mar. 10, 2007 
Dynamo Moscow Region- Club Estudiantes 74-78 (30-15, 10-19, 14-26, 20-18)

Dynamo Moscow Region had to stop their participation in Eurocup. A pity 74:78 loss at home from Club Estudiantes qualified the latter to the semifinal of the Eurocup. Club Estudiantes won the first game at home as well 80:70. The series ended up without the third decisive game. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.)and Nikolai Padius (197-G-80) top-scored for Dynamo with 14 points. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) led the winners with 22 points.
Dynamo had one of the best openings in the Eurocup this season. It finished the first quarter with 30:15. Estudiantes however started the second quarter on an 18-3 run that tied the game up at 33:33. Dynamo luckily moved through the gears again and the hosts were 40:34 ahead at half-time.
Club Estudiantes had a better third quarter and won 14:26. In the end of the last Nikolai Padius made the score 72:70 with 1:09 on the clock. It was Marlon Garnett and Iker Iturbe (200-F/C-76, agency: Court Side, college: Clemson) who made the free throws to down Dynamo 78:74. Russian team was eliminated from Eurocup in the quarterfinal stage. The semifinals of Eurocup will be without Russian teams.
Dynamo Moscow Region: Roderick Blakney 14, Nikolai Padius 14, Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) 11
Club Estudiantes: Marlon Garnett 22, McDonald 12

   FIBA EuroCup: Inspirational Aleksic sends AEL back to Ukraine for the decisive match - Mar. 9, 2007 
AEL Limassol is right back on track after tying the quarterfinals series of the FIBA EuroCup to 1-1. The Cypriot side took a thrilling win against Azovmash and will return to Ukraine for a third all-decisive game on Wednesday (14/3).
In a packed LTV - Nikos Solomonides arena on Friday (9/3) AEL couldn't go wrong and didn't. The Limassol team took their season's biggest win (until the next one of course) and won the right to travel back to Mariupol to face Azovmash.

The game:
But the game in Limassol had Azovmash written al over it in the beginning. The visitors took the lead 0-5 and 9-14 while they finished the first period in front 18-22. In the second quarter Azovmash managed to brake away and take an eleven point lead (29-40) halfway through the period. But AEL came 5 points clear (39-44) at the buzzer.
The third period featured an AEL taken out of every Limassol's fans wildest dreams. The home side with an 11-5 run and the support of their magnificent fans took the lead 50-49 after a Van de Hare basket. From that point on and until the end of the game AEL took control over the Ukrainians. The “yellows” took their biggest lead (63-56, +7) and closed the period in front 65-61.

The final period was exciting. AEL took the lead 67-61 at the beginning but Azovmash with a 0-7 run regained the lead (67-68). Palalas with a three-pointer put AEL in front again (70-68). Another three-pointer by Hlebowicki tied the score at 73-73 while the last time Azovmash had the lead was at 3'57'' before the end (76-78).

A dunk by Randle tied the score 78-78 and Mike King with a jump shot put AEL in front 80-78 with 2'35'' remaining. Roberts gave a 5 point cushion to AEL (83-78) with 1'18'' remaining thanks to a basket-foul. The final 85-79 came with 42'' seconds to go thanks to free-throws by MVP Milutin Aleksic.

Milutin Aleksic was AEL's top man. The Serbian forward scored 21 points, gathered 7 rebounds and gave 5 assists in a splendid show. Jerome Roberts followed with 20 points while Ryan Randle made 13 and took 5 rebounds.

Turning points: AEL played great basketball in the third period and turned things around thanks to Aleksic and Roberts. In a close fought battle, it was AEL's slight better shooting that gave them the opportunity to edge their opponents.

Periods:18-22, 39-44, 65-61, 85-79
AEL Limassol: Urbonas 10, King 4, Kounounis, Aleksic 21 (3), Randle 13, Roberts 20 (4), Palalas 3 (1), Perentos, Van de Hare 5, Spyrou, Hlebowicki 9 (2). Azovmash Mariupol: El-Amin 5 (1), Rayevskyy 3 (1), Liadellis 6, Botichev 10, Skutyelnik 5 (1), Rimac 6, Gulyas, Lishchuk 11 (1), Powell 14 (2), Bajramovic 19 (1).

   Virtus booked their place in Final Four - Mar. 8, 2007 
Virtus Bologna - Turk Telekom Ankara 59-54 (15-11, 13-15, 12-15, 19-13)

Virtus reached FIBA EuroCup Final Four with an intense 59-54 low-scoring victory over Turk Telekom at home in Bologna, Italy on Thursday. Virtus swept the best-of-three quarterfinal series 2-0 and will face the winner of Akasvayu-Panionios series in the semifinals. Christian Drejer (206-F-82) paced home side with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Top scorer of Game 1 Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech)added 11 while Andrea Michelori (202-F/C-78) noted double-double with 12 points and 10 grabbed rebounds for the winners. German international Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, college: Penn St., agency: Priority Sports) poured in 13 points and Haluk Yildirim (200-F-72, agency: Interperformances) scored 10 points and had game-high 5 turnovers in loosing effort for visitors.
Panionios Forthnet Athens - Akasvayu Girona 82-69 (12-16, 21-23, 18-15, 31-15)
Panionios Forthnet survived its first do-or-die battle of the Quarterfinal Playoffs and retained hope for a Final Four by downing Akasvayu Girona 82-69 at home in Athens in Game 2 of their best-of-three series on Thursday. Greek side tied the series 1-1. The decisive third game will be played next Wednesday in Girona. Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) led the winners with 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting and 7 rebounds. Dragan Dojcin (204-F-76, agency: BeoBasket)added 18 points with three 3-pointers, Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan)scored 15 points while usually bench Damir Miljkovic (193-G-80) had 10 of his 14 for Panionios in final quarter. Bootsy Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) led the way for the Girona with 14 points, 6 rebounds and Darius Salenga (197-F-77, agency: ProTalent) added 11 points.

   Akasvayu Girona and Virtus Bologna might qualify to the Final Four of Eurocup tonight - Mar. 8, 2007  
Two games out of four are scheduled tonight in Eurocup. Panionios hosts Akasvayu Girona, while Virtus Bologna will play against Turk Telekom. Akasvayu Girona and Virtus Bologna having already one win can celebrate the semifinal qualification tonight.
Virtus Bologna was the only team that won the first game away. Italian team overcame Turk Telekom 95:87 in Turkey. Due to this Bologna has better chances to advance and might be the first team in the Final Four. In the first game Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech) led the winners with 24 points and 5 assists. Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) poured in 25 points in defeat. By the way Telekom led 67:61 after third quarter but Virtus came back from the six-point deficit thanks to 22 points combined by Travis Best and Brett Blizzard in the final quarter.
The undefeated Akasvayu Girona will also have better chances to step into Final Four than Panionios. Panionios was defeated 76:68 by Akasvayu in Girona in the first leg of their best-of-three series. Gregor Fucka (214-C-71, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) paced vistors with double-double 22 points and 10 rebounds. Spanish team will try to sweep Panionios in order to stay unbeaten.
Panionios - Akasvayu Girona
Virtus Bologna - Turk Telekom

   First Leg of Quarterfinals - Mar. 7, 2007 
Turk Telekom Ankara - Virtus Bologna 87-95 (26-20, 16-17, 25-24, 20-34)
Virtus Bologna took a big step forwards to reach the Final Four by beating Turk Telekom 87-95 on the road in overcrowded Ataturk Spor Salonuat Ankara. Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech) led the winners with 24 points and 5 assits, Vlado Ilievski added 18 points with 7 for 11 shooting while Christian Drejer had 16 points. 25 points of Top scorer of EuroCup Erwin Dudley wasn't enough for Turkish side, Tutku Acik added 11 points for the hosts. Telekom led 67-61 after third quarter but Virtus came back from the six-point deficit thanks to 22 points combined by Travis Best and Brett Blizzard in the final quarter.

Akasvayu Girona - Panionios Forthnet Athens 76-68 (23-19, 21-26, 15-14, 17-9)

With its five starters playing an average of 31 minutes each, Panionios was defeated 76-68 by Akasvayu in Girona on Tuesday in first leg of their best-of-three series. 7-0 run at the start of fourth quarter gave the led for Spanish side and the control of the game until the final buzzer. Only three Akasvayu's players finished the game with double digits in scoring. Gregor Fucka, Darius Salenga and German Gabriel scored 13, 11 and 10 points respectively, but they got great 35-points support (combined to 11-bench points of Panionios) from the bench. Andre Hutson paced vistors with double-double 22 points and 10 rebounds while Kennedy Winston added 16 but he was fouled out in 37 minute.
MMT Estudiantes Madrid - Dynamo Moscow Region 80-70 (19-21, 23-18, 19-16, 19-15)

Estudiantes Madrid hopes for EuroCup title took a key step forward with an 80-70 home win against Dynamo on Tuesday in the first game of their best-of-three Quarterfinal Playoffs series. The series moves now to Moscow Region on Thursday, where if Estudiantes wins, it will advance to the Final Four. Sergio Sanchez led Spanish side with 13 points including 3-for-4 behind the arc. Hernan Jasen and Gonzalo Martinez added 11 points apiece. Argentina international also pulled down 9 rebounds. Goran Nikolic who came off the bench popped in 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Nikita Morgunov poured in 20 points (4-for-5 three-pointers) in loosing effort for vistitors while Nikolai Padius scored 15 points.

   FIBA EuroCup: Second half tragedy for AEL in Ukraine - Mar. 6, 2007 
AEL Limassol suffered a heavy loss in the first game of the quarterfinal round of the FIBA EuroCup. The Cypriot team lost in Ukraine against Azovmash by 25, 88-63 and now trails the series 1-0. The visitors crumbled in the second half after an even first part which both teams were tied 34-34.

The second game will take part in Limassol on March 9th and AEL needs the win to tie the series and return to Ukraine for an all decisive third game. If the Cypriot champions play like they did in the first half then they have every right to hope for a win against Azovmash.

The game:
Both teams started the game evenly with AEL leading 2-6 at the beginning. Azovmash regained the lead at 13-12 and built a 8 point lead, 22-14 a few moments before the end of the period. AEL with a basket came six points behind 22-16 at the end of the first quarter.

The second period belonged to AEL mainly thanks to King and Randle. The visitors, who traveled to Ukraine with a support of 100 fans, tied the score halfway through the period (28-28) and remained near to the home side until the end of the half (34-34). The second part was predicted to be a thriller.

But no thriller occurred. Azovmash returned on the court decisive to regain a big margin and did exactly that. With a 14-2 run the Ukrainians shot their lead to a double figure and never looked back. The difference grew to 15 points (56-41) a minute before the end of the period. Liadellis and Bajramovic were impressive while El-Amin also helped a lot.

The rest of the game went by with the margin around 25 points and AEL unable to come close. So Azovmash took a well deserved victory and now aims to finish the series in Limassol. But AEL has proven this season that they are capable for anything and one thing is for sure, they won't give up.

Game analysis:
AEL lost the game thanks to their bad percentage and the lack of concentration at the beginning of the third period when Azovmash created some impressive runs.

2/19 three-pointers is an unacceptable stat for a leading team in Europe and the main reason they lost the game. 10 missed free-throws (17/27) are also a lot. Azovmash had 2 rebounds more (38-36) than AEL while assists and turnovers were also close for both teams. So it's obvious that the bad shooting was the main factor for the loss.

Three players for Azovmash finished the game with 15 points. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79) also gave 5 assists; Liadellis helped a lot in the organizing factor while Bajramovic dashed down 8 rebounds. Botichev's 9 rebounds and 3 assists were also positive for the Ukrainians.

For AEL, the second half was a tragedy they would want to forget as soon as possible. Randle and King were the top scorers with 18 and 14 points respectively. Periods: 22-16, 34-34, 56-43, 88-63

Azovmash Mariupol: El-Amin 15 (1), Rayevskyy 7, Liadellis 15, Botichev 3, Skutyelnik 5 (1), Rimac 8 (2), Gulyas 2, Loktionov, Lishchuk 8, Ivshyn 2, Powell 8, Bajramovic 15 (1).
AEL Limassol: Urbonas 7, King 14 (2), Kounounis, Aleksic 2, Randle 18, Roberts 3, Palalas 3, Christodoulou, Perentos, Van de Hare 6, Spyrou 3, Hlebowicki 7.

   Schedule for today - Mar. 6, 2007
Fiba Eurocup will hold the First Leg of Quarterfinals games today. In this round eight teams will figure out the four winners in the best of three series. Mariupol, Ankara, Madrid and Girona will host the first games of the tournament.
Azovmash Mariupol and DTL EKA AEL Limassol will start the Quarterfinal round of Eurocup. Azovmash Mariupol and DTL EKA AEL Limassol finished the last group round with 5-1 records. Having a home advantage Ukrainian team looks stronger in this derby, however AEL will struggle till the end. It is expected the series will have three games.
Turk Telekom Ankara and Virtus Bologna will start in Ankara. Honestly this is one of the most unpredictable games in this round. Turk Telekom Ankara finished the last round with 5-1. Virtus Bologna had a 4-2 record, however let unstoppable Akasvayu Girona to go on 6-0. If Virtus Bologna won the game they would definitely benefit at home.
MMT Estudiantes Madrid should not have difficulties in the home game against Dynamo Moscow Region. Finishing with 5-1 in the Group I MMT Estudiantes Madrid  looks better in comparison with the Russian team that could hardly qualify from the group. The Russian team however will have a better support at home.
Akasvayu Girona probably will stay undefeated in the first game against Panionios Forthnet Athens. Winning both rounds with 6-0, Spanish team will try to sweep the next opponent.
Mariupol, Ukriane
18.00 Azovmash Mariupol - DTL EKA AEL Limassol
Ankara, Turkey
19.15 Turk Telekom Ankara - Virtus Bologna
Madrid, Spain
20.30 MMT Estudiantes Madrid - Dynamo Moscow Region
Girona, Spain
20.45 Akasvayu Girona - Panionios Forthnet Athens

PIZZAEXPRESS Vs CSK-VVS SAMARA 77-75 ( 25-19, 19-21, 17-16, 16-19 )
match on 28.02.07
Short Stats:
PIZZAEXPRESS: Shelton III 15, Oden 14, Tomeljak 12, Damjanovic 20, Hadzija 3, Vukicevic 12, Kandic 1
CSK-VVS SAMARA: Gibbs 9, Shabalkin 34, Cook 40, Osipov 12, Baranov 1

About the game:
34 points from up-and-coming star Nikita Shabalkin were not enough for CSK-VVS Samara to defeat Pizza Express Apollon Limassol in game one of their EuroCup Challenge semi-final.
Instead it was home side Limassol who sneaked a 77-75 victory inside the final minute and will take a two-point lead into the second game in Samara on 8th March.
The 21-year old Shabalkin kept his side in contention almost single-handedly in the first half. He hit nine of his first 10 field goal attempts for 24 points as Limassol took a 44-40 lead into the break.
A 12-4 run saw Limassol take a double digit lead midway through the third quarter, but thanks to some strong inside play from center Taras Osipov (eight points in four minutes), Samara cut the lead to three points at the start of the final quarter (61-58).
An Evgeny Voronov dunk plus foul then tied the scores at 61-61.

It was then back to Limassol as the Cypriot side reeled off eight straight points to go back in front, 69-61.
After a lay-up from Kelvin Gibbs, Shabalkin got back on the scoresheet with a three-pointer. Omar Cook split a pair from the line and a lay-up from Shabalkin saw Samara pull to within one point, 70-69, with three minutes to play.

Both teams traded free throws before Shabalkin struck again, converting a lay-up plus foul and free throw to give Samara a 73-71 advantage.
Shabalkin turned from hero to villain on the next play when his turnover gifted Limassol two free throws, and Earnest Shelton duly tied the game.
A second turnover from Shabalkin gave Limassol another opportunity at the line and Johnathan Oden obliged with two free throws to give the home side a 75-73 lead.
With just 10 seconds to play, Gibbs missed a lay-up forcing Samara to foul. Sheldon took advantage once again and Limassol increase the lead to four points, 77-73.
Shabalkin, however, was not quite done and his dunk inside the last 10 seconds cut the deficit to just two points for the final score 77-75.
Aleksandar Damjanovic led Limassol with 20 points while Shabalkin finished with impressive 14/15 from the field for his 34 points.

   FIBA All-Star Game 2007: Rosters announced by FIBA Europe - Feb. 23, 2007  
FIBA Europe announced the rosters of the 2007 FIBA All-Star Game that will take place in Limassol, Cyprus on March 20th.
From hosts AEL, two players will participate while head coach Igor Miglinieks will pair up with Svetislav Pesic of Girona on the bench of Europe. Milutin Aleksic will compete for Team Europe while Jeron Roberts will play for the Rest of the World.

Marc Gasol (212-C-85)
Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83)
Bekir Yarangume (198-F-79)
Tutku Acik (193-G-80)
Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78)
Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82)
Artur Drozdov (198-G-80)
Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82)
Christian Drejer (206-F/G-82)
Laurent Sciarra (195-G-73)
Nikolai Padius (197-G-80)
Arvydas Cepulis<> (195-G-79)
Coaches: Svetislav Pesic and Igors Miglinieks

Rest of the World:
Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81)
Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80)
Andre Hutson (202-F-79)
Marque Perry (186-G-81)
Curtis Millage (186-G-81)
Travis Reed (203-C-79)
Hernan Jasen (198-G-78)
Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79)
Arriel McDonald (191-G-72)
Travis Conlan (194-G-75)
Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76)
T.J. Lux (207-F/C-77)
Coaches: Zare Markowski and Luka Pavicevic

    FIBA All-Star Game: It's back and it's bigger! - Feb. 23, 2007 
The organizers of the 2007 FIBA All-Star Game that will take place in Limassol, Cyprus on the 20th of March presented the event to press and fans during a press conference that took place in Nicosia on Friday (23/2). An event that Eurobasket will be present and give all basketball fans the latest from Cyprus' basketball capital!
With the 8000 tickets expected to sell out fast, the organizers DTL EKA AEL Limassol unveiled the program of the All-Star Game and the artists that will appear in Limassol during the event.
The biggest name that will take the stage at “Spyros Kyprianou” arena is Cypriot singer Michalis Hadjigiannis who will present seven well known songs to the fans. Hadjigiannis is very popular in Cyprus and Greece and has been awarded many times while his albums and CD's have high sales in the two countries.
What promises to be a magical night, many surprises and thrills are expected for the fans! Dave the Horn Guy promises to dazzle people away with the music he can create using… horns while beautiful cheerleaders, the Luvabulls of the Chicago Bulls and the girls from Khimky Russia, will entertain during halftime and time outs.
The fans favorites from the 2006 event, the Chicago Matadors will be back with their excessive… weight and are sure to create a lot of smiles to the spectators! Speaking of the fans, they will participate in this year's event with many contests inside and outside of the field!
In the main event, Team Europe will face Team Rest of the World promising an action packed match.
But the FIBA All-Star Day 2007 won't be only show but will feature many more.
The All-Star Day will start from Sunday, 18th of March and will last for three days with many events outside the court and around Limassol. Referee, Coaching and European basketball seminars will take place with the participation of some big names of basketball in the continent while the official grand opening of AEL's home arena, the LTV-Nikos Solomonides stadium, will also take place by the president of FIBA Europe Mr. Georgios Vasilakopoulos.
The entire program of the All-Star Day:

Day 1: Sunday 18th of March 2007
1. Referee Seminar
Miguel Betancor and Richard Stokes (FIBA Europe)

Day 2: Monday 19th of March 2007
1. Press conference (11:30)
Four Seasons hotel

2. Grand opening of the Athletic Center “LTV - Nikos Solomonides” (18:00)
- Speeches
- Placing of plaque by FIBA Europe president Mr. Vasilakopoulos
- Tour of the grounds
- Short game with kids from the academy and with the participation of AEL Limassol players

3. Gala Dinner (20:30)
- Four Seasons hotel
- Presenters: Kostas Troullouris and Ray Clay (Chicago Bulls)
- Entertainment (Music-show)

Day 3: Tuesday 20th of March
1. Convention of European Basketball (9:00-14:00)
“How to Build Up & Maintain A Champion Team”
- Simon Mizrahi, President Maccabi Tel Aviv
- Michael Loizides, President DTL EKA AEL Limassol B.C.
- Alexander Volkov, President of B.C. Kyiv Ukraine & Olympic Champion 1988
- Philippos Syrigos, Leading Greek Sports Journalist
- Stavros Douvis, Greek General Secretary of Sports
- Dr. Titos Christofidis, President of Cyprus Sports Organization.

2. All-Star Game Coaching Seminar
- Michael Schwartz, Zare Markoviski and Svetislav Pesic.

3. Main event: All-Star Game (19:00-22:00)
Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Center
Entertainment part:
- Three-point competition
- Slam Dunk competition (also with the participation of players from the Cyprus league)
- Cheerleaders (Luvabulls - Khimky)
- Chicago Matadors
- Robe Acrobats
- Fan intervention - Hocus Pocus
- Dave the Horn guy
- Presenters: Kostas Troullouris & Ray Clay (Chicago Bulls) / In English Richard Mahorn
- Michalis Hadjigiannis

4. Official Party
At Pebbles with DJ Mathew Charles.

    Round 2: Day 6 - Feb. 21, 2007 
Week 6, the last one the FIBA EuroCup 2nd Round, has given up the name of the last two qualifiers to the play-offs. Dynamo Moscow Region and Panionios Athens are the luckier which will continue their EuroCup's challenge. Tuesday evening also solved the problem of first and second places in all groups.

In Group I Estudiantes got 73-87 road win at Liege behind 21 points from William McDonald (207-C-79, college: S.Florida). 25 points for Belgian side got Stephane Pelle. AEL had beaten BC Siaulai at Limmasol 94-85 thanks to 25 points of Milutin Aleksic. Spanish finished with 5-1 record atop Group I because of a superior points differential in the two meetings with Cypriot side and both teams went to next round, while Liege and Siauliai dropped to 1-5.
In Gorup J fourth quarter come back (13-22) of Dynamo MR helped to defeat 73-76 Maroussi Athens. Azovmash Mariupol thrashed ASK 57-79 at Riga what cut all Latvian chances for play-offs. Ukrainian had won group with 5-1 record and advanced with Dynamo (4-2). ASK Riga finished season with 3 wins and 2 looses, while Maroussi had lost six straight games in second round.
In Group K Lokomotiv tried to find way to play-offs but they had lost 92-80 with Turk Telekom at Ankara. Top scorer of EuroCup Erwin Dudley paced Turk with 25 points. Panionios got important victory 80-68 over Charleroi which improved their record to 3-3 and helped advanced to elimination round. Turkish side stayed atop Group K with 5-1 record. Lokomotiv Rostov had 3-3 but they had lost twice against Panionios what placed them outside the play-offs.
BC Kalev stayed winless in Group K. Estonian side had lost with JDA Dijon 68-64 after fourth quarter come back (18-6) French side. Akasvayu Girona stayed only unbeaten team in EuroCup after 84-89 win over Virtus. Team from Bologna finished Second Round with 4-2 record and also advanced to play-offs.

   Analysis of Azovmash Mariupol, opponent of AEL Limassol in the last 8 - Feb. 20, 2007
Azovmash Mariupol of Ukraine ( is AEL Limassol's opponent in the quarterfinals of the FIBA EuroCup. Following the results of day 6 of the second group stage of the competition, AEL finished second in group I' and will face team ranked 1st in group J' which is the Ukrainian outfit.
For day six Azovmash beat ASK Riga in Latvia 57-79 and completed their 5-1 record in the stage. In this year's FIBA EuroCup Azovmash has 9 win and 3 losses (them by Lokomotiv Rostov, Banvit and Dynamo Region).

Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79) is the top scorer for Azovmash in this season's competition. The American guard has 14.5 ppg (12 games) while Bosnian International Kenan Bajramovic follows with 11.6 ppg.
Panagiotis Liadelis (193-G-74) and Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82) also have double digit point average in the competition. The Greek former international has 10.6 while the Ukrainian international follows with 10.4. The latest also has 103 rebounds in 12 games this season.
Newcomer Ricardo Powell (201-F-83) is another player on the team's roster which also features a third American Jermaine Jackson (195-G-76) with a long NBA career (Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Atlanka Hawks, NY Knicks, Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks). Slaven Rimac (195-G-74) from Croatia is also another well known player on Azovmash's roster.

Head coach:
Head coach of the team is Lithuanian Rimas Girskis (b. 1949) since December of 2004.

Home arena:
Home court of the team is the Azovmash Arena with a capacity of 1580 fans.

Trophy room:
The team has three Ukrainian Superleague titles (2003, 2004, 2006) and two Ukrainian Cups (2002, 2006).

   FIBA EuroCup: AEL beat BC Siauliai in a stylish matter! - Feb. 20, 2007 
AEL finished their group stage of the FIBA EuroCup in a stylish matter. The Limassol team beat Lithuanian side BC Siauliai 94-85 on Tuesday (20/2) evening in a fan packed, boiling LTV-Nikos Solomonides arena.
The win for the Cypriot champions came after a brake in the last seven minutes of the final period when the 68-68 score line was the last time both teams were in touch. Mike King and Milutin Aleksic were the standouts for the home side in the final period while Ryan Randle was also a key player for the Limassol victory.

Mike King entered the last period with 2 points but finished the game with 11, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
Milutin Aleksic was game MVP with 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a thumping 25 points with great percentage (7/9 free-throws, 9/11 two-pointers, 0/1 three-pointers).
Ryan Randle finished the game with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.

The game
AEL led 15-10 halfway through the first period but Siauliai finished the quarter in front 19-25. In the second period Siauliai with a 0-9 run took a 30-37 lead but AEL went to the lockers with a 2 point lead, 43-41, thanks to an Aleksic lay-up.

The Serbian forward finished the first half with only 5 points but in the second half he was amazing. He scored 11 points in the third period (and another 9 in the fourth) but both teams remained close by thanks to some good plays by Cepulis and Vaiciunas for the visitors.

The final period featured an improved Mike King and AEL followed foot. The last time the two teams were in touch was at 68-68. The Limassol side with a 20-5 run made the score 88-73 and put an end to the game. The final 94-85 came after an opened last two minutes of the match.

Periods: 19-25, 43-41, 62-61, 94-85

AEL Limassol: Urbonas 14 (1), King 11 (1), Aleksic 25, Randle 20, Roberts 11 (3), Palalas 4, Kounounis 2, Perentos, Van de Hare, Hlebowicki 7.

BC Siauliai: Prekevicius 8 (2), Mazutis 14 (2), Ruikis 5 (1), Masiulis, Vaiciunas 16, Klimavicius 6, Cepulis 21 (3), Kieza 15.

   Eurocup holds last round in the groups tonight - Feb. 20, 2007 
Today will be the last day for 8 teams in Eurocup. Eight other teams however will be luckier as they continue the struggle for the trophy in the quarterfinals.

In group I everything was clear even during the last games. It is for sure that Club Estudiantes and AEL qualified to the quarterfinals. The only question they will solve about the first and the second places.

Liege Basket - DTL EKA AEL Limassol 58-77 (10-17, 14-17, 22-14, 12-29)
Club Estudiantes - BC Siauliai 95-70 (26-15, 23-19, 20-18, 26-18)

Liege Basket-Club Estudiantes
DTL EKA AEL -BC Siauliai

Azovmash is 99% in the quarterfinal from Group J. The only miracle that leaves them out of it will be loss of more then 35 points to ASK Riga and the win of Dynamo over Maroussi Athens. So, mostly Dynamo and ASK Riga are finding out the situation for the second place.

Dynamo Moscow Region - Azovmash Mariupol 68-51 (25-11, 16-11, 15-16, 12-13)
Maroussi Athens - ASK Riga 68-70 (19-19, 19-12, 13-23, 17-16)

Maroussi Athens-Dynamo Moscow Region
ASK Riga -Azovmash

Turk Telekom feels safety with 4-1 in group K. Lokomotiv Rostov and Panionios BC have chances to advance to the quarterfinals and to join the Turkish team.

Turk Telekom - Panionios BC Athens 78-77 (21-22, 18-14, 22-24, 17-17)
Lokomotiv Rostov - Spirou Charleroi 75-66 (17-12, 16-14, 18-20, 24-20)

Turk Telekom -Lokomotiv Rostov
Panionios BC -Spirou Charleroi

In Group L Virtus will play against Akasvayu Girona in order to find out the leader of the group. Both teams qualified to the quarterfinals over the last games.

Akasvayu Girona - JDA Dijon 117-83 (30-15, 38-22, 20-25, 29-21)
BC Kalev - Virtus Bolognia 82-85 (26-17, 15-14, 20-24, 21-30)

JDA Dijon-BC Kalev
Virtus -Akasvayu Girona

   Round 2: Day 5 - Wednesday - Feb. 14, 2007 


Akasvayu Girona - JDA Dijon 117-83 (30-15, 38-22, 20-25, 29-21)
Akasvayu Girona registred an 117-83 blowout in a Pavello Fontajau. Spanish side showed intentions of getting ready for play-offs quarterfinals. Akasvayu stayed only unbeaten team in EuroCup's 2nd Phase, while Dijon is 1-4 with no chances for next round. Fernando San Emeterio scored season-high 39 points with 10-for-11 behind the arc. 23-years old Spanish swingman noted also 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Arriel McDonald (191-G-72, college: Minnesota) and Gabriel added 14 points (4 for 6 triples) and 13 points (3 for 5 three-pointers) for the winners. Maleye N'Doye with his season-high 31 points led the visitors, while Sciarra dished out 12 assits and steal 5 balls in loosing effort.

BC Kalev - Virtus Bolognia 82-85 (26-17, 15-14, 20-24, 21-30)
Virtus Bologna got important 82-85 away victory over Kalev which keep their chances for first place in GROUP L still alive. Visitors improved their record to 4-1 while Estonian joined Maroussi as only winnless team in 2nd Round. Blizzard led five double digits scorers of Bologna with 18 points, Evtimov and Ilievski poured in 17 and 16 points respectively. Danish forward Christian Drejer (206-F/G-82, college: Florida) noted 11 points while Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) added 10 points and 9 rebounds for Italian side. Burlacu paced home side with 23 points and EuroCup's top scorer Travis Reed (203-C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Long Beach St.) had double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

   Round 2: Day 5 - Feb. 14, 2007


Liege Basket - DTL EKA AEL Limassol 58-77 (10-17, 14-17, 22-14, 12-29)
AEL Limassol of Cyprus got a commanding 58-7 rad win that didn't leave the decision of who qualifies from Group I for final week of 2nd Round. AEL is now atop group standings at 4-1 , while Liege drops to 1-4. After Pelle jump shot at the start of fourth quarter was tie 48-48, but then 4-18 run of Cypriot side help to get full control of the game. Mike King (193-G-78, college: George Washington) scored 14 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 8 rebounds. Ryan Randle  (206-F-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Maryland) (8 rebounds) and Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming) also did a great job with 16 and 14 points apiece and 12 for 16 2P FG. Stephane Pelle (204-C/F-80, college: Colorado) scored game-high in EuroCup 25 points and added 13 rebounds while Xavier Collette (184-G-85) led the team playmaking with 9 assits in loosing effort.

Club Estudiantes - BC Siauliai 95-70 (26-15, 23-19, 20-18, 26-18)
The Mariano De Pablos era at Estudiantes began with a 25-points victiory over BC Siauliai. The convincing win improved Estu's record to 4-1, thus clinching a place in the quarter-finals. William McDonald  (207-C-79, college: S.Florida) led the winners with 17 points and 5 rebounds, while Silvera Torres added 16-of-43 bench points. Goran Nikolic (205-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) was also helpful with his 12 points. Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79, agency: Court Side) paced visitors with 15 points inluding three 3-pointers but the Lithuanian fell to 1-4 in Group I.

Dynamo Moscow Region - Azovmash Mariupol 68-51 (25-11, 16-11, 15-16, 12-13)
First quarter won 25-11 by Dynamo was key to 68-51 victory over Azovmash. Ukrainian side is now 4-1 while hosts improve their record to 3-2 and keep alove their chances of reaching the next stage of competition. What's more, Dynamo managed to erase all the 11 points of difference thet Azovmash had won by when the teams firts met in Ukraine. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) was Dynamo's high man on Tuesday, scoring 16 points (10 of 12 free throws) and he pulled down 5 rebounds to go with 3 steals. Igor Zamansky (202-F-77) and Nikita Morgunov (211-F-75, agency: Interperformances) who came of the bench had 13 and 10 points respectively. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) poured in 16 points for visitors and grabbed 7 rebounds. The only other double-figure scorer for the Ukraine side was Panagiotis Liadelis (193-G-74), who collected 12 points.

Maroussi Athens - ASK Riga 68-70 (19-19, 19-12, 13-23, 17-16)
Curtis Millage's (186-G-81, college: Arizona St.) jump shot with just one second remaining lifted ASK Riga to a 70-68 triumph againts Maroussi at Athens. Greek are still winnles in Group J, while Riga improved to a 3-2 record, the same as Dynamo who are in second place becouse of a superior points differential in the two meetings between the clubs. American point guard who got the victory for the visitors scored 18 points while Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) noted 11 points with only 2-for-12 shooting. Raitis Grafs (210-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Valparaiso) and Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) chipped in 10 points apiece. Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) nailed 12 points for the hosts.

Turk Telekom - Panionios BC Athens 78-77 (21-22, 18-14, 22-24, 17-17)
The dream season of Turkish league leaders continued 78-77 thriumph over Panionios. Telekom clinched a place in quarter-finals of EuroCup. Greek side with 2-3 record still has the chances for next round cause a superior points differential in the two meetings with Lokomotiv. They will play next week with Spirou at Athens. Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) led four Turk scorers in double figures with 18 points. Derrick Alston (208-C/F-72, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duquesne) added 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Tutku Acik (193-G-80) who dished out 5 assits and Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Penn St.) got 11 and 10 respectively. Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) popped in game high 20 points for visitors and Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) had 16.

Lokomotiv Rostov - Spirou Charleroi 75-66 (17-12, 16-14, 18-20, 24-20)
Spirou Charleroi stayed without option to advance to Quarterfinal Playoffs after Lokomotiv defeated Belgian side 75-66. They are now on the bottom of Group K with 1-4 record while Lokomotiv got second spot with 3-2. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) and Sergei Toporov (197-F-81) led the winners with 16 points each, they also pulled down 13 rebounds together. For guests, Kris Sergeant (193-G/F-78) led the way with 14 points including 4 for 4 triples.

   Club Estudiantes rolled over Siauliai 95:70 and advanced to the quarterfinals - Feb. 14, 2007
Club Estudiantes- Siauliai 95:70 (26-15, 23-19, 20-18, 26-18)

Siauliai lost the fourth game in Eurocup and eliminated from the tournament. The team will play one more game, however it will be only the prestigious game. In the fifth game Lithuanian team was upset in Spain by Club Estudiantes 70:95. Spanish team dominated in all four quarters and won truthfully. Will McDonald (196-F) led the way with 17 points. Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79, agency: Court Side) was the top-scorer for Lithuanians with 15 points.
Siauliai could qualify to the quarterfinals. The team had two tasks-to beat Spanish team and in the last game overcome AEL in Cyprus. That was impossible looking at the first result. Club Estudiantes started to play offensive basketball from the first minutes of the game. Lithuanians lost the first 15:26, however it was not time for them to give up. Darius Pakamanis and Marius Prekevicius hit back-to-back three-pointers as Siauliai trimmed Spanish lead to 28:23 with 7:53 to play in the first half. However Goran Nikolic (205-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) and McDonald scored their team's next six points as Estudiantes opened up a double-digit lead again and a 49:34 lead at half-time. Later on the Spanish team could control the game. They won the third 20:18 and advantaged in the last with 26:18.
Next game Siauliai will play in Cyprus against AEL on February 20th. Estudiantes meets Liege from Belgium.

Club Estudiantes: Will McDonald 17, Silveira Torres 16, Goran Nikolic 12

Siauliai: Arvydas Cepulis 15, Rolandas Vaiciunas (201-F-75) 13, Aurimas Kieza (204-F-82, college: Hofstra) 11

   Curtis Millage makes Latvian dreams come true scoring a jump shot with just one second remaining - Feb. 14, 2007
Maroussi Athens-ASK Riga 68:70 ( 19-19, 19-12, 13-23, 17-16 )

ASK Riga celebrated the third win in Eurocup last night. Latvian team had a tough road victory over Maroussi Athens 68:70. Due to the third quarter that they won 23:13 they could keep the score for good. Curtis Millage (186-G-81, college: Arizona St.) led the winners with 18 points. It was him who made a jump shot with just one second remaining. Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) top-scored for the hosts with 12 points.

ASK Riga shows two different strategies and the basketball itself in the tournaments they participate. ASK Riga is on the bottom of BBL, however struggles hard in Eurocup. Latvian team proved their opportunities to fight for the second place in Group J beating Greek team.

ASK had a promising start and scored the game's first seven points. Maroussi Athens tied the score in the end of the opening quarter and went ahead in the second. Before the second half the board showed 38:31 for the hosts. In the third quarter Latvians overwhelmed Greek team 23:13. It helped them to tie and to control the game for a while. In the end of the game Curtis Millage made Latvian dreams come true scoring a jump shot with just one second remaining. Riga won 70:68 and increased at 3-2 in the group.
With only one game remaining ASK Riga must win at home against Azovmash in their last game, and hope Maroussi do them a favour by winning at home over Dynamo.

Maroussi Athens: Renaldas Seibutis 12, Ele. Charalampidis 11
ASK Riga: Curtis Millage 18, Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 11, Babrauskas 10, Grafs 10

   FIBA EuroCup: AEL through to the quarterfinals after a 58-77 win in Belgium - Feb. 13, 2007 
AEL is through to the FIBA EuroCup quarterfinals after their emphatic 58-77 win against Liege in Belgium on Tuesday (13/2). The Cypriot champions had control of the game and showed character when the home side managed to tie the score in the beginning of the last period. With a great run in the last minutes AEL secured the win and claimed their advancement to the next round.

AEL had the lead at the end of the first period with 10-17 but Liege with an 8-0 run went ahead (18-17) for the last time in the match. At halftime the Cypriots were in front 24-34.

The third period belonged to the home side. Liege managed to come close thanks to Stephane Pelle who scored 10 points in the quarter and helped his team trail by just 2, 46-48 at the end of the third period.

The Cameroonian center with a jump-shot in the beginning of the fourth period tied the score at 48-48 which was the last time AEL and Liege had contact. From that point on the visitors from Cyprus re-took control and brushed aside their opponents.

A 0-8 run put AEL in front 48-56 with King, Urbonas, Randle and Roberts guiding their team to safety. A 12-29 score in the last period, with the final basket coming from a dunk by King, gave the win to the Limassol side and sent them to the quarterfinals.

Mike King (193-G-78) with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists, Ryan Randle with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Jerome Roberts with 14 points and 3 assists were the standouts for the winners. For Liege, Pelle's 25 points and 13 rebounds would have easily given him the MVP title if he wasn't on the loser's side.

Periods: 10-17, 24-34, 46-48, 58-77
Liege: Delva, Souchy 11 (1), Kabeya 2, Collette 4, Conlan 2, Huggins 4, Lhoest 10, Darmont, Pelle 25.
AEL Limassol: Urbonas 9, King 17 (3), Aleksic 8, Randle 16, Roberts 14 (1), Palalas 5, Kounounis, Van de Hare 8, Hlebowicki.

   FIBA EuroCup: AEL won in OT and continues to impress! - Jan. 31, 2007 
AEL Limassol continued to impress in this seasons FIBA EuroCup. The Cypriot champions forced another European powerhouse to leave Cyprus with a defeat in their packages. The new victims of the “yellows” are the Spanish side Club Estudiantes. The game on Tuesday (30/1) was as dramatic as a basketball game can get with the Cypriots winning 63-62 in OT thanks a buzzer block by Mike King (193-G-78) who stopped Sergio Cardenas' potential game winning lay-up.

The game was a tough contest with the visitors from Spain having a slight upper hand. Estudiantes led at halftime 29-38 but AEL, with a good run in the third period and with the support of 2500 fans that packed the arena, took the lead 42-41 with less than three minute remaining for the end of the third quarter.

The rest of the game had both teams near by. Estudiantes had a 57-59 lead, 42 seconds to go. Ryan Randle took a three-pointer but missed with Jeron Roberts rebounding and giving to King who scored a jump-shot, drawing the game. Iker Iturbe's three-pointer at the end didn't hit target so the game went to OT.

American Mike King scored a two-pointer and then a free-throw in the final moments turning the 60-62 lead of the Spaniards to a 63-62 score for the home side. The American completed a great game with the game determine block-shot at the end.

Mike King was obviously the game MVP, not only for his actions in the last seconds but for the 16 points and 5 rebounds he finished the game with. Milutin Aleksic scored 15 points, gathered 4 rebounds and gave 3 assists. Dutch center Van de Hare dashed down 10 rebounds.

AEL is now second the group, tied with Estudiantes at 3 wins and 1 loss. Liege and Siaulai have 1 win and 3 losses. The Cypriot team is very close to qualification since a win against the Lithuanians in Limassol may settle the matter.

Periods: 13-12, 29-38, 44-45, 59-59, 63-62
AEL Limassol: Urbonas 2, King 16, Ceranic, Aleksic 15, Randle 8, Roberts 8, Palalas 7 (1), Kounounis 3, Van de Hare 4, Spyrou, Hlebowicki.
Club Estudiantes: Martinez 2, Silveira 8, Sanchez 12, Nikolic 4, Sanikidze, McDonald 10, Mendiburu 2, Garnett 7 (1), Jasen 12 (1), Iturbe, Suarez 5 (1).

   Round 2 - Day 4 - Jan. 31, 2007 

BC Siauliai - Liege Basket t 87-82 (21-25, 21-20, 18-17, 27-20)
DTL EKA AEL Limassol - Club Estudiates Madrid 63-62OT (13-12, 16-26, 15-7, 15-14, 4-3)

Great performance of Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79, agency: Court Side) who scored 13 of his 30 points in fourth quarter gave 87-82 home victory for BC Siauliai over Liege Basket. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) noted 3rd straight double-double in 2nd round of EuroCup with with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Arturas Masiulis (210-C-80) noted 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners.
Travis Conlan (194-G-75, college: Michigan) led Belgian playmaking with 17 assists. Karim Souchu (198-F-79, college: Furman) and Roger Huggins (200-F-67, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hawaii-Pacific) topscored visitors with 23 and 22 points respectively.
AEL Limassol got ist 3rd win in Group I beating 63-62 Estudiantes. Mike King (193-G-78, college: George Washington) (15 points, 5 rebounds) had put Cypriot side in front with 22 seconds left when he split 2 free throws and blocked a potential game-winning lay-up by Sergio Sanchez (189-G-81) (12 points, 0-for-4 behind the arc) at the end of overtime.
Madrid and Limassol are atop group standings with 3-1 records while Liege Basket and BC Siauliai with 1-3 have only theoretical chances for play-offs.

Azovmash Mariupol - Maroussi Athens 78-72OT (16-16, 21-17, 13-15, 11-13, 17-11)
ASK Riga - Dynamo Moscow Region 68-63 (15-18, 13-16, 16-12, 24-17)

Azovmash need overtime, but finally beat Maroussi 78-72. Greek Kaimakoglu (14 points, 7 rebounds) with his jump shot made a 61-61 tie in the game, he also missed potential game-winning 3-pointer three seconds before end of regular time. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) led Azovmash with 20 points, he got a lot of help from Lishchuk who scored 11 points and grabbed game-high 11 rebounds. Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) and Danya Abrams (201-F-74, college: Boston Coll.) had 17 points each for visitors.
23 points with 9-for-17 from the field of Curtis Millage (186-G-81, college: Arizona St.) helped to get 68-63 victory over Dynamo. Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added 15 points for the winners. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) with his 15 points was only player with double digits in scoring for lossing side Moscow Region.
Azovmash improved its record to 4-0. On the other side of standings in Group J is Maroussi with 0-4. Riga's victory gave 2-2 record and keep the chances for next round still alive while Dynamo dropped to 2-2.

Panionios Athens - Lokomotiv Rostov 75-57 (16-20, 20-9, 19-13, 20-15)

Spirou Charleroi - Turk Telekom 73-77 (27-23, 18-19, 14-16, 14-19)
Panionios used a great second quarte to thrashed Lokomotiv 75-57. Russian side committed 19 turnovers, compared to just seven for the hosts. Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) and Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) who came back after injury led Greek side with 18 and 12 points respectively. American power forward added also nine rebounds. Omar Sneed (198-F-76, college: Memphis) paced Rostov with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Turk Telekom defeated Spirou Charleroi on the road in a breathtaking game and moved back to the first place in Group K after Panionios' victory over Lokomotiv Rostov. Despite Jan Hendrik Jagla's early foul trouble and Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma)'s big effort for the hosts Turk Telekom managed to outplay Spirou Charleroi front court in the decisive minutes thanks to Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama)&Derrick Alston duo and grabbed a cruical 77-73 victory. Erwin Dudley finished the game with 23 points, 6 boards and 7 turnovers as Tutku Acik (193-G-80) added 12 points, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 boards. Former Aris guard Corey Brewer notted a team high 20 points and dished out 6 assists for the hosts. (posted by Serdar Ortakuyu).
Telekom with 3-1 record took a leading in Group K after road victore. Panionios and Lokomotiv after Day4 of EuroCup are with 2-2, while Charleroi dropped to 1-3.

JDA Dijon - Virtus Bologna 78-94 (19-16, 22-27, 18-24, 19-27)
Virtus played with the pressure after consecutive defeats to Akasvayu and Varese in Lega A, but took a giant step towards EuroCup quarter-fianls by registring a superb 78-94 win over Dijon. Kris Lang (211-F/C-79, agency: SportsTalent, college: N.Carolina) noted game-high 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Bologna. Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech) and Dusan Vukcevic (201-F-75, agency: Interperformances) who came off the bench popped in 13 and 12 points respectively for the vinners. Abdoulaye M'Baye (187-G-88) and Vakhtang Natsvlishvili (203-F-76) poured in 19 points apiece in the loosing effort. Italian are now with 3-1 record while this lose dropped French to 1-3.

BC Kalev will play with Akasvayu Girona on 31.01.2007

   Dynamo MR takes a win over Maroussi in FIBA EuroCup - Jan. 24, 2007
Dynamo MR - Maroussi Athens 63 : 54 (17:18, 16:12, 14:10, 16:14)
Group J, Moscow Region (RUS)
Referees: Gianluca Mattioli(ITA), Mehmet Keseratar(TUR), Janusz Calik(POL)
Dynamo Moscow Region survived a furious fourth-quarter fightback to win 63-54 over Maroussi in Tuesday's EuroCup action.

The Russians prevailed for the second time in three Round II games and condemned the Greek outfit to their third defeat in Group J, leaving them needing to win three straight to have a chance of progressing to the next phase of the competition.

Roderick Blakney, facing his former team, made a lay-up with 6:12 remaining to lift the Moscow Region side into a 56-46 lead and the victory looked to be heading the way of the home team.

But Donya Abrams knocked down a three-pointer and a lay-up, and Christoforos Stefanidis then stepped up and buried a shot from the arc to trim the deficit to 56-54 with 2:41 remaining in the contest.

Veteran Russian international Nikita Morgunov steadied Dynamo's nerves with a jump shot, and after misses for both teams and a Maroussi turnover, Blakney's lay-up and a three-pointer by Nikolai Padius put the result beyond doubt.

Maroussi's biggest lead in the game came early on when a Renaldas Seibutis basket made it 9-1.

Dynamo Moscow Region stormed back and ended up taking the lead for good on Joshua Davis' three-ball two minutes and 17 seconds into the third quarter, although the game was close until the end.

Abrams led all scorers with 18 points, while Davis paced the Russian team with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Dynamo did enjoy a big advantage on the boards, out-rebounding Maroussi 34-22.

Short stats of the game:
DYNAMO MOSCOW REGION: Blakney 7, Giedraitis 6, Zamansky 15, Demeshkin 2, Morgunov 5, Davis 16, Khloponin 2, Padius, N. 7, Gustas 3
MAROUSSI ATHENS: Noeas 5, Kyritsis 4, Seibutis 10, Abrams 18, Stefanidis 11,Kaimakoglou 4, Giannoulakos 2

   Round 2 - Day 3 - Jan. 23, 2007 

BC Siauliai - DTL EKA AEL Limassol 79-85
AEL Limassol registered its second win in Group I by beating BC Siauliai 79-85. Cypriot side improved to 2-1, while Lithuanian dropped to 0-3 and will likely run out of chances to reach the next round if it loses any of its three remaining games. Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming) led four of AEL's double-digits scorers with 18 points. King added 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82) posted double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds while Ryan Randle (206-F-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Maryland) got 18 points and season-high 9 rebounds. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) noted his 4th double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds for home side.

Club Estudiates Madrid - Liege Basket 93-81
Top EuroCup's scoring performance this week of Karim Souchu (198-F-79, college: Furman) (29 points - 8 of 9 two pointers and 4 triples) wasn't enough to get victory and Liege had lost in Madrid 93-81. Estudiates made important step on its way to next round and is now with 3-0 record. William McDonald (207-C-79, college: S.Florida) paced hosts with 17 points, while Hernan Jasen (198-G-78) bagged in double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Azovmash Mariupol - ASK Riga 87-58
Azovmash stayed atop Group J standings with 3-0 record after thrashing ASK Riga 87-58 in Mariupol. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) came off the bench and poured in 21 points with 7-for-10 shooting and grabbed 8 rebounds for Ukrainin side. Panagiotis Liadelis (193-G-74) added 15 points with great 6-for-6 two-pointers, while Croatian veteran Slaven Rimac (195-G-74) noted 11 points. Arnis Vecvagars (200-F-74) led visitors with 12 points and only 1-for-7 behind the arc. A.J. Bramlett (208-C-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona) and Ugis Vilums (191-G-79) scored 11 points apiece in the loosing effort.

Dynamo Moscow Region - Maroussi Athens 63-54
Dynamo MR prevailed 63-54 for the second time in three Round 2 games and condemned the Greek outfit to their third defeat in Group J. Maroussi need to win three remaining games to keep its playoff chances alive. Josh Davis (203-C/F-80, college: Wyoming) led the winners with his first EuroCup's double-double (16 points, 11 rebounds). Igor Zamansky (202-F-77) popped in 15 on 6 of 8 two-pointers for Dynamo. Danya Abrams (201-F-74, college: Boston Coll.) scored 19 points for visitors.

Lokomotiv Rostov - Turk Telekom 83-72
Lokomotiv jumped back into Group K race for playoff by beating previously undefeated Turk Telekom 83-72 in Rostov. Both teams now have 2-1 record. Turk Telekom lost its first Round II game as Kresimir Loncar  and Asim Pars (212-C-76, agency: World Sport Agency) managed to slow Erwin Dudley for his second worst effort in EuroCup and Omar Sneed (198-F-76, college: Memphis) shined in the offensive end. American scored 18 points including 2-for-3 three-pointers and grabbed 8 rebounds. Sergei Vorotnikov (196-G-78) added 13 points and 3 triples, while Kresimir Loncar and Asim Pars scored 14 and 13 points respectively. Yildirim led the vistitors by scoring 15 points and game-high 6 assits Erwin Dudley  finished the game with 14 points.

Spirou Charleroi - BC Panionios Athens 71-64
Spirou Charleroi came back to playoff's race defeating 71-64 Panionios Athens. It was first win for Belgian side in Round II, while visitors noted its second lose and now both teams are with 2-1 record. The key to the victory was outrebounding the rivals 32-22. Greg Grays (185-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy) noted game-high 18 points. He got a lot of help from Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) who led Spirou's playmaking with 5 assits and added 15 points. Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) scored 14 for Panionios.

BC Kalev - JDA Dijon 74-75
JDA Dijon keep ist chances for next round alive after thrilling 74-75 victory over BC Kalev. French side improve its record to 1-2 while Estonian dropped to 0-3 in Group L standings. T.J. Lux (207-F/C-77, college: N.Illinois) nailed a pair of free throws with four seconds left and gave one-point advantage for visitors. American center finished the game with 17 points and 5 grabbed balls. Abdoulaye M'Baye (187-G-88) added 15 and Maleye N'Doye (203-F-80, college: Furman) scored 14 for the winners. Leader of all-EuroCup's scorers Travis Reed (203-C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Long Beach St.) paced Kalev with 18 points and 9 rebounds.

Akasvayu will play with Virtus Bologna tomorrow at Girona.

   Interview: Turk Telekom - Head Coach Ercument Sunter Irfan Yucesoy - Jan. 20, 2007
After a few years of silence Turk Telekom of Ankara is back to their winning days just like they did in the past when they were competing in Euroleague and making to finals in Turkey. Ankara giants finally got on track last year and had an impressive season. They are topping the TBL competition and having the best record in FIBA EuroCup this year and to find out the reasons check out interview.

Head coach h Ercument Sunter , a milestone in the history of Turk Telekom and Irfan Yucesoy , a former player of the Ankara side who is taking the general manager position at the club this year expressed their feelings and pointed at truth behind their success.

You have been with the Ankara side for years. Turk Telekom must be meaning “more than a club” to you…

EC: Exactly. I'm feeling like I was born in here because I have always been a part of this community during my career. Except serving for the national team and Ulker I have always worked with them and I belive it's something about respecting each other and doing well for each other. Our relationship has always been good and I have enjoyed every minute and tried to give my best over here since the 90s. It's an honour…

You came back to Turk Telekom last year and it seems like you're more motivated and more ambitious than ever.

EC: Not exactly like that though. I have always been the same and it's a little bit about the results. With the full support of our management and Ankara fans we're just back to those winning days although Turk Telekom did well in the near past too. Our current winning record and the success at European area are getting media's attention but like I said Turk Telekom is a team that made it to finals in Turkey and also took place in Euroleague in near past.

You've got many options on the roster. Which criterions were important in picking the right players and do you think they have competely adjusted to this up-tempo system ?

EC: Last year we didn't have many options but now it's different I can say. We were a club sending its stars - such as Alper Yilmaz - to other teams but last year we started to transfer the stars. The first shot was Haluk Yildirim who has a huge experience in every area. He joined us and others like Tutku Acik and Muratcan Guler followed him too. Our last addition has been Alper Yilmaz who had ben one of Telekom's symbols in 90s. In making a choice, we wanted to get the best players with our budget which is not huge but good enough to attract players at this calibre. They are all good people and decent players who can play the both sides of the game and also have the ability to pass because our up tempo game style is based on passes although people find it similiar to Phoenix Suns. We're playing transition and getting up-tempo but our main system is based on delivering the ball and finding the open man as you know. We're never in a hurry. The adjustment has not been so easy but we're playing the way I want now.

Haluk Yildirim and Alper Yilmaz, the veterans. They must be affecting the team in a good way.

EC: Yeah just like I said we started bringing the stars unlike our previous days. Signing Haluk fired the torch last year and people started to think we got on the right way. Haluk and Alper are both important to us because they are not just experienced, they are experienced and talented. They are both good shooters and defensive threats. Especially Haluk's passing ability is an important part of our game and he's been dishing out many assists for a forward and satisfying all of us.

Last year you also had a great record in regular season but during the playoffs u got knocked out by Banvit in a serie discussed because of the incidents happened in Game 4. Do you think it was unfair?

EC: I don't want to think like that. Banvit started the series 1-0 ahead because they were holding the regular season advantage and despite losing the first game in the “best of five” series we grabbed two games in a row and tied the series at two and then travelled to Bandirma for the decisive game and lost it. What happened there was not something nice though but I don't consider things that way. Our starting point guard Tutku Acik missed the entire series due to injury and his absence affected us. If he was healthy it would be no big problem to win that competetive series.

What do you think is the highest limit for this roster? How far do you think you can go?

EC: We are aware of the expectations. We have been doing fine and holding the best record in TBL, Turkish Cup and FIBA EuroCup. Our board is also expecting our best from us just like our fans who are filling the tribunes every game. It's all about meeting the expectations. We've done well so far and we'll try to keep it this way. Last year we didn't take place in any European competitions but this season we are always travelling due to our busy schedule. We're going to go as far as we can.

Turk Telekom organization has dissapointed its fans over the last years and the club management seemed like they gave up on the team untill the last season but now it's all different…

IY: I don't consider it like that because Turk Telekom has been a part of the league for 16 years and always aimed for the top. We have such a serious structure and unlike the public companies the entire organization got more dynamic after the privatasion of Turk Telekom company. They are considering this as an advertisement&public relations issue and making things work easier. It's about dynamism and experience. People perceived it differently.

How satisfying is the budget? What's the club's financial policiy?

IY: We don't have any problems with the budget and it's not based on the team's performance. We're not willing the increase the budget if we keep winning and fighting for a title. It's all about having a strong club structure, a good management and a good team chemistry. When they all get even better in time, everything will get better. Spending too much money will not guarantee you anything. What really matters is doing the right things with the an acceptable budget.

How supportive is the club board? Can you say the management and the technical staff are very well communicated and connected?

IY: There's a great harmony. Ersin Eroglu, institutional manager of the company is a member of the club board and things are working very well so we have the ability to make quick decisions and it's bringing the success. We're feeling confident and comfortable.

Can you exactly say the club management and the technical staff are aiming for the same goals? What's the main expectation?

IY: Definitely. Our record both in domestic and European competitions is proving it too. The expectations are high. It's simply playing for the title both in Turkey and Europe but it's not something that quickly happens. It just doesn't mean we are lowering the expectations this year. We're just willing to make every part of our organization including our structure and roster much stronger in time.

What do you think about the fans? Are you working on any events to attract the community?

IY: Exactly. We started it this year. Light shows and musical events… We're focusing on it more in FIBA EuroCup games. We're also working on some promotions and a few shows to get the fans involved. We're very happy with the audience. We're playing every game in a packed arena.

Any “off the court” events?

IY: We're working on it too but they are not our short term plans for now. When we're done with “on the court” events, we'll have the opportunity to get together with our fans off the court as well.

Everything about the senior team looks right. What about the youth teams?

IY: It's also related to senior team I can say. We're doing fine. Every year Turk Telekom presents its youth team players anyway. Mutlu Akpinar came off our junior team and right now he's an important member of our seniors. Umut Lafatan and Serhat Gunes are also from our youth teams. We're searching the country very carefuly and many good youngsters from our current cadet team are set to shine.

What do you think about the foreign player rules?

IY: Turkish clubs are allowed to sign 4 foreign players with no Bosman restrictions but in FIBA EuroCup we are only allowed to sign 2 Bosman and 2 Non-European players while there is no restrictions in ULEB Cup so it was tough to make a decision. We didn't want to play with different players in TBL and FIBA so we tried to pick the ones who can play in both competitions. They need to find a way a common way to solve this problem.

What else would you like to add?
IY: Our basketball team and Ankara community became one. There have been many speculations in basketball community but there's no such idea of moving to Istanbul in our short or long term plans. It's also something the company tells us. Turk Telekom will remain as Ankara's team. We are very happy with the fans. Istanbul teams are not able to fill the tribunes but we are playing in a packed arena every week. I, Our basketball branch president and our head coach are all graduates of Ankara College. Ercument Sunter coached me at junior and senior level when I was a player. In every way we have a very good relationship. All our players including the foreign ones have a great friendship too. That's one of the main reasons of our success. Our budget might be ¼ of what the two strongest ones in TBL have but we are the summit. Every department of our organization are working very well and we have one of the biggest companies of the country behind us. We are aware of its responsibility and confidence. It's also increasing the expectations but like I said when you have such a great company behind you, you will always feel comfortable and confident…

   FIBA Europe discuss All Star Game plans with Cypriot organisers - Jan. 19, 2007
FIBA Europe met with local organisers of the 2007 EuroCup All Star Game to discuss preparations for the event scheduled for March 20, 2007 in Cyprus at the Spyros Kyprianou arena in Limassol.

Along with the game itself, an array of events will be taking place, including a gala dinner, coaching clinic, referees clinic, European basketball conference and community relation activities.

A plethora of notable names are scheduled to take part in the various activities.
Panagiotis Yiannakis, head coach of the defending EuroBasket champion Greek team, is among those scheduled to take part in the basketball conference, which is titled "How To Build Up & Maintain A Championship Team".

Yiannakis is also scheduled to take part in the coaching clinic.

Back by popular demand, the Matadors, a group of overweight male cheerleaders who perform for the Chicago Bulls, will be returning to Cyprus to take part in the All Star Game entertainment.

A dunking show and three-point shootout are also on the slate.

"The All Star Game in Cyprus is getting bigger and bigger each year", said FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin.

"Last year's event was phenomenal and I am confident that as they have done each year, the Cypriot Basketball Federation together with DTL EKA AEL Limassol will build on previous successes and create an even better event".

The game will be transmitted on television to a targeted 50 countries and FIBA Europe is planning to stream the game live on

"We aim to promote the basketball game's values and ideals as well as enhance basketball internationally", added LOC President Michael Loizides. "We strive to do this by offering top-class basketball and entertainment".

This will mark the third consecutive year that Cyprus is hosting the FIBA All Star Game. The format for the game will once again be Europe vs. Rest of the World.

The starting five will be determined based on a vote from, while the remaining seven players from each team will be selected by FIBA Europe.

Past Results:
2006 - Limassol, Cyprus
Rest of the World - Europe 97-89
2005 - Nicosia, Cyprus
Rest of the World - Europe 106-102

2004 - Kiev, Ukraine
Rest of the World - Europe 91-84


   EuroCup - Round 2 - Day 1 - Jan. 10, 2007

Club Estudiantes - DTL EKA AEL 70-60 (20-18, 12-12, 22-20, 16-10)
Estudiantes passed ist first test of the 2nd Stage of FIBA EuroCup by staying few steps ahead of AEL Limassol all night until it had an 70-60 victory to begin Group I. Naturalized Spanish 20-years old Caio Silveira Torres (211-C-87) and William McDonald  (207-C-79, college: S.Florida) scored 14 and 13 points respectively for Estudiantes. Sergio Sanchez (189-G-81) added also 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Cypriot side got 14 points each from Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82) and Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming). Limassol suffered through a cold shooting night, making just 3 of 16 three-pointers.

Liege Basket - BC Siauliai 104-97 (22-21, 22-23, 25-24, 9-10, 10-10, 16-9)
Liege Basket started their EuroCup Round II campaign with a double overtime victory over BC Siauliai. Belgian side triumphed 104-97, thanks to French guard Karim Souchu (198-F-79, college: Furman), who poured on 34 points. Roger Huggins (200-F-67, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hawaii-Pacific) was also helpful with his 26 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Belgian Ronald Ellis (184-G) finished with his 2nd double-double in EuroCup (15 points, 13 rebounds). Travis Conlan (194-G-75, college: Michigan) led the hosts' playmaking with 14 of 38-team assists. For vistitors Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79, agency: Court Side) noted 22 points with 4-for-6 behind the arc and Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) also weighed in with 18 points and 8 rebounds.

Dynamo Moscow Region - ASK Riga 91-68 (18-17, 20-22, 30-12, 23-17)
Dynamo MR stepped strong into the Round II as it blew out visiting ASK Riga 91-68 at home. Latvians were in the game by two quoters but they had list 30-12 3rd part of the game. Josh Davis  (203-C/F-80, agency: Larry Fox Services, college: Wyoming) enjoyed the starring role of home team with game-high 24 points. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) followed him with 21 points while Nikolai Padius (197-G-80) added 17. For visitors Curtis Millage (186-G-81, college: Arizona St.) and usually bench player Ugis Vilums (191-G-79) were only two with double digits in scoring. They had 20 and 12 points respectively.

Maroussi Athens - Azovmash Mariupol 72-83 (25-21, 16-16, 14-26, 17-20)
Azovmash made an important step to start the play-off round by taking the first Group J road of the new phase, 72-83 over Maroussi in Athens. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) with 19 and Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) with 18 led the winners. They combined for 18 points in 3rd quarter when Mariupol had built their advantage. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82) added 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Top scorer of Maroussi was American center Danya Abrams (201-F-74, college: Boston Coll.) with season-high 16 points and 5-for-10 from the field.

Lokomotiv Rostov - Panionios BC 60-62 (10-9, 18-17, 12-18, 20-18)
Panionios won in Russia last night (60-62) against Lokomotic Rostov.
The game was a derby from the beginning, the players of Head Coach Luka Pavicevic were focused and with simply basketball got a small difference from the initial stages of the second half and just kept it with control basket and very good team work until the end, even though the Russians tried to answer back in the last stages of the game but they simply minimise their loss to 2 points. The Serbian players of Panionios, Milkovic and Vladislav Dragoljovic (206-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) gave a good performance and they were the top scorers together with Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama), as they score 16 and 9 and 10 points respectively with great defence and big passion when needed, Panionios players cover up the bad day of their top scorer Hudson (he finished the game with 6 points).
posted by Chris Mammides

Turk Telekom - Spirou Charleroi 81-71 (18-14, 21-17, 24-18, 18-22)
The first game of the Round II played in Ankara this season fell on Telekom's side, as it defeated Charleroi by 81-71 in Group K.
Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) bagged a powerful double-double of 28 points (12-for-14 FG), 12 boards and led Turkish side to victory. Haluk Yildirim (200-F-72, agency: Interperformances) and Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Penn St.) who came off the bench popped in 11 points apiece for hosts. For vistitors Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson St.) scored 21 points. He recived some support from Bosnian forward Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois) who paced Spirou with 16 points and 7 grabbed rebounds.

Virtus Bologna - JDA Dijon 95-77 (22-19, 20-16, 26-20, 27-22)
Virtus Bologna showed that it's ready for bigger challenges in the 2nd stage of EuroCup when it dominated visiting JDA Dijon 95-77 to open Group L for both teams on Tuesday. Andrea Michelori (202-F/C-78) led the home side with 18 points (7-for-9 from the field). Brett Blizzard (191-G-80, agency: Octagon, college: NC-Wilmington) added 17 while NBA-experienced playmaker Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech) scored 13 and had 6 assists. T.J. Lux (207-F/C-77, college: N.Illinois) had one of the best performance this week in EuroCup with double-double 26 points and 11 boards but it weren't enough for Italian side.

Akasvayu Girona - BC Kalev 107-82 (27-18, 33-16, 21-26, 26-22)

Akasvayu Girona bounced back from their shock loss in domestic competition last weekend with a convincing 107-82 success over Estonian outfit BC Kalev on Wednesday night. The home team turned a 17-16 advantage into a twenty point lead just before half-time to kill off any chances of a shock win for the visitors.
Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80) was the star man for Girona racking up 19 points and pulling down seven rebounds although all 12 players on the home roster managed to trouble the scorers at some stage of the contest.

   Josh Davis lighted up with 24 points for Dynamo  - Jan. 10, 2007
In Eurocup Russian Russian representatives brought one out of two wins. Even though that both of them played at home they could not celebrate the victories together. In Group K Lokomotiv Rostov lost only two points to Panionis 60:62. The top scorer for our team was Sergei Toporov (197-F-81) with 19 points. Damir Miljkovic (193-G-80) led the winners with 16 points. The hosts had led for much of the game, but the margin was never more than a handful of points.

In group J Dynamo had only some difficulties in the first half with ASK Riga. Later dynamo advantaged and won 91:68. Dynamo would go on to outscore their opponents 53-29 in the second half. The best player in Russian team Josh Davis (203-C/F-80, agency: Larry Fox Services, college: Wyoming), who had only six points to his name at half-time before finishing with 24, also added five rebounds and one assist in a fine display. Curtis Millage (186-G-81, college: Arizona St.) poured in 20 points for Latvians.

Next games will be played on the 16th of January. Dynamo Moscow Region will go to Mariupol to play with Azovmash, while Lokomotiv will play aginst Charleroi.

Group J
Dynamo Moscow Region-ASK Riga 91:68

Dynamo Moscow Region: Josh Davis 24 points, Blakney 21, Padius 17
ASK Riga: Curtis Millage 20 points, Vilums 12

Group K
Lokomotiv Rostov-Panionis 60:62
Lokomotiv Rostov: Sergei Toporov 19 points, Loncar 14+8 rebs
Panionis: Damir Miljkovic 16 points, Angelopoulos 10

   BC Siauliai lost the opening game in Eurocup Round 2 - Jan. 10, 2007
Liege Basket- BC Siauliai 104:97 2OT

BC Siauliai started the second round of Eurocup with a loss. Lithuanian team was defeated in a double overtime thriller by Liege Basket 104:97. Karim Souchu (198-F-79, college: Furman) was unstoppable for the winners with 34 points. Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79, agency: Court Side) topscored for Siauliai with 22 points.

An outstanding performance was shown by two teams in the first game of the second round. With a great offensive basketball, the teams finished in a tough defense. The first quarter was led by the hosts, however in the second the visitors tied the game. The teams went with 47:47 at the half. Scoring almost 25 points during each of the three quarters Belgians and Lithuanians were satisfied only with 9:10 in the last. First overtime they finished with 10:10 and in the second Liege Basket advanced with 16:9. Francois Lhoest dunked to make it 101:95, a deficit from which there was no way back for the Lithuanians. It gave hosts the first win in Eurocup Round II 104:97. In another game of the group Club Estudiantes overcame AEL 70:60.

Liege Basket: Karim Souchu 34 points, Roger Huggins (200-F-67, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hawaii-Pacific) 26 points+9 rebounds
BC Siauliai: Arvydas Cepulis 22 points, Klimavicius 18

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