Anadolu Efes clinched the second win in EuroLeague Top 16. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) and Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) produced 15 points each to pace the winners. ALBA kept the intrigue alive throughout the entire 40 minutes but Anadolu Efes survived the challenge to claim the win. ALBA set the tone early in the encounter. The German team gained the lead and rattled off a 19:16 advantage after ten minutes. Anadolu Efes adjusted defensively in the second frame. The Turkish team held the Berliners to 11 points and eked out a 35:30 halftime lead. Anadolu Efes kept ALBA at distance throughout the third term. The hosts piled up a 52:44 advantage heading into the fourth frame. ALBA narrowed the gap at 4-point mark midway through the final term 54:58. However Dusko Dusko Savanovic answered with a triple and then followed with two free throws to make it 63:54 lead. Dashaun Wood and Deon Thomspon dragged the visitors within three points 62:65 with 58 seconds remaining. Jamon Lukas Gordon then sank four points in a row and sealed the win for the hosts. Kerem Tunceri (191-PG-79) nailed 11 points for Anadolu Efes. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) answered with 15 points and 11 boards for ALBA. Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 11 points in defeat.
Many players can be lucky to play into their thirties, but the basketball life for a player can always end no matter how old one is. Robin Smeulders (208-PF-87, college: Portland, agency: Court Side) made that experience as he decided to hang up his sneakers at age 29. The 208cm forward stated personal reasons and a back that got in the way. Smeulders who has the Dutch/German citizenship played 6 very successful seasons with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and won the 2015 cup. "My back gives m... [read more]
Many players can be lucky to play into their thirties, but the basketball life for a player can always end no matter how old one is. Robin Smeulders (208-PF-87, college: Portland, agency: Court Side) made that experience as he decided to hang up his sneakers at age 29. The 208cm forward stated personal reasons and a back that got in the way. Smeulders who has the Dutch/German citizenship played 6 very successful seasons with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and won the 2015 cup. "My back gives me no problems in daily life. But The daily intensive burden of a professional basketball player could bring a big risk for the future that something bad could happen. I can't and don't want to take this risk", stated Robin Smeulders (208-PF-87, college: Portland, agency: Court Side). Last season he played 30 games averaging 6.5ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 64.0%; Eurocup: 18 games: 5.6ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.4%
Smeulders started his basketball career with EBBC Hertogenbosch and came to Germany in 2004 where he played two seasons for SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (Germany-2.Bundesliga). He then went to the States and played three years with Portland (NCAA) playing a total of 95 NCAA games and as a senior palyed 32 games averaging 12.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg,
FGP: 50.7%, FT: 73.3%. He was able to improve his scoring and
rebounding each season. He then came to the EWE Baskets Oldenburg in
2010 and after paying his dues for two years, got more of a role in the
2012-2013 season and had his best season in 2013 playing 46 games: 6.6ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 74.3%; EuroChallenge: 16 games: 8.4ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.4%. IN the 2013-2014 season he played Eurocup: 5 games: 8.4ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 53.8%, FT: 68.8%; German League: 37 games: 6.5ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 46.7%, FT: 79.6%. "We don't only lose our co-captain, but an important building block in our team. He could paly two positions. I will never forget the glowing face of Robin after winning the cup in 2015 where he said now I ahve won a title. I thank Robin with all my heart for the time here", stated head coach Mladen Drijencic. "Robin made himself to an important part of the team in his six years here. He was a big part of the success with his fighting attitude. His decision to retire is a big loss for us. We wish him an dhis family all the best", stated Srdjan Klaric.
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Dutch U18 National Team -05, European Championships U18 Div.B in Ruzomberok -05: 7 games: 2pts Dutch U20 National Team -06-07, European Championships U20 Division B in Lisbon (Portugal) -06: 6 games: 6.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 48.6%, FT: 62.5%, European Championships U20 Division B in Warsaw (Poland) -07: 6 games: 11.7ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 37%, 3FGP: 35.3%, FT: 54.5%, WCC Tournament Semifinals -09, 10, All-WCC Honorable Mention -09, All-WCC 1st Team -10, NABC Division I All-District 9 2nd Team -10, Dutch National Team -10-13, 15, Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 -10: 3 games: 8.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0apg