Panathinaikos is still allive!! Traveling to Cantu without three of his players (Schortsianitis, Skordilis and Panko who were injured) and with the newcomer Marcus Banks (188-G-81, college: UNLV) with just a week in the team, Panathinaikos with an excellent Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) in his top career game (sank 7 three-pointers, including three in the final four minutes) in the Euroleague courts "escaped" from Pala-Desio with a dramatic 69-71 victory and is now with a 4-3 record closer to the Top 16. The game was a derby from the early begining with Panathinaikos leading the first period with the poor 15-19. With Michael Bramos scoring his first three pointer to give the +4 at the end. The second period the home team and more precise Alex Tyus (205-C-88, college: Florida) tied the game from inside the paint. On the other end, Michael Bramos and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) sank back-to-back triples and the visitors took a 21-25 advantage. After a timeout, Jonathan Tabu (184-SG-85) responded with a triple to make sure the hosts stayed within a single possession. Alex Tyus started to get hot as he twice traded layups with Marcus Banks, then had a fastbreak slam-dunk and finally got a lucky bounce on a hook shot to put Cantu up 32-30. Alex Tyus was also a significant defensive presence in the paint, causing a couple of turnovers and blocking 2 shots, which electrified the crowd. Panathinaikos still managed to get back in front due to a savvy steal from Banks and a layup from Ukic, while in the final seconds a layup from Jeff Brooks sent teams into halftime tied at 34-34.
Michael Bramos opened the third quarter with a triple, but Jonathan Tabu hit back-to-back shots from downtown on the way to 8 consecutive points for a 42-37 advantage. Panathinaikos wasted no time in responding and retaking the lead as Kostas Tsartsaris made a goal-foul and Ukic made a three-pointer. The seesaw battle continued with a long jumper from Brooks and a fastbreak layup from Aradori for 47-45. After Dimitris Diamantidis and Banks were perfect from the charity line, Aradori nailed a triple. Stephan Lasme scored inside and Michael Bramos beat the buzzer with a three-pointer to give Panathinaikos 50-54 lead going into the final 10 minutes.
The fourth and final period found Aradori cuting the Green lead with a floater as Cantu held the visitors scoreless for more than five minutes, including forcing turnovers on Panathinaikos's first four possessions in the quarter. Jonathan Tabu tied the game with a fastbreak layup, Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) sank a triple and Alex Tyus capped a 9-0 Cantu run with a monster dunk. Banks ended the visitors' drought with a put-back-plus-foul and Michael Bramos sank a triple that cut the deficit to 61-60. With less than four minutes remaining, Alex Tyus made a jump-hook and Manuchar Markoishvili scored from downtown to make it a 6-point margin, but Michael Bramos and Dimitris Diamantidis answered with back-to-back triples to tie the score at 66-66. Dimitris Diamantidis then found Lasme for an uncontested dunk and a 2-point lead. Alex Tyus made a pair of free throws for anther tie. However, Michael Bramos hit his seventh three-pointer for 68-71, and it turned out to be the decisive basket. In the remaining 50 seconds, Jonathan Tabu split a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to 2, and after Cantu successfully defended the next Panathinaikos possession, Jonathan Tabu missed a potential game-tying jumper as time expired
Top scorers: Cantu: Jonathan Tabu 22 with 8 assists, Alex Tyus 17, Maarten Leunen 14 Panathinaikos: Michael Bramos 21 points and 9 rebounds, Dimitris Diamantidis 15 with 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 1 steal, Marcus Banks 9 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
Interesting details of the game:
Panathinaikos without a real center dashed down 39 rebounds against just 22 for Cantu while and at the same time the Greens forced to 22 turnovers against only 9 of Cantu players
Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) added to their roster American (has also Greek passport) forward Zach Auguste (208-110kg, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports). He was about to sign at LA Lakers in the NBA. He was voted All-ACC 3rd Team in 2016 at his college time. The previous (12-13) season Auguste played at another team Fighting Irish in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 25 games he had 3.7ppg and 2.7rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Auguste just graduat... [read more]
Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) added to their roster American (has also Greek passport) forward Zach Auguste (208-110kg, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports). He was about to sign at LA Lakers in the NBA. He was voted All-ACC 3rd Team in 2016 at his college time. The previous (12-13) season Auguste played at another team Fighting Irish in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 25 games he had 3.7ppg and 2.7rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Auguste just graduated from University of Notre Dame and it is his first season as a pro. On Auguste: by Chris Mammides (August 2014)
The Greek-American a talented and skilled individual, an all around frontcourt player is improving day by day focusing mainly in his talent and hard work joining an amazing good basketball program in Notre Dame coming as one of the top men in the New Hampton (N.H.) School , Zachary is expected to lead his college in both points and rebounds in his junior season and of course to keep on the same paste on his sophomore, at the same time due to his above average Basketball IQ he is very useful in many edges in the court. He is great in his extra curricula and also he is quite active in the various community services (awarded in the bronze level), and he is active as a member of the St. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church. He is working very hard every summer and that is the reason why his numbers are totally amazing season by season. A versatile player who is at his best playing above the rim with great defensive skills and timing in the air. Solid physical player with natural power can defend against much bigger guys with great results. During his last evolvements he focused on slowing down the pace of his game and working on his consistency of play at both ends of the floor and has great results so far. Gets up and down floor well ... can step away from the basket and shoot a jump shot away from the basket ... good ball handler ... has scored in double figures 10 times during his career. In his first two years with the the Notre Dam, Auguste often was in a hurry with about every aspect of the game. He played fast on the court; he talked quickly off it. He so wanted to play a key role that it left him all wound up and running in circles, not sure where he fit. As a freshman, preseason sprains twice to the same ankle derailed any idea that Auguste could crack a veteran rotation. Then-senior Jack Cooley had locked down all the low-post minutes. Generally, Auguste is of great material, he will pursue a professional career as he has all the elements to become a great player either in NBA or in the European courts. He will eventually be among the top men of the Greek NT.
Lithuania Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-PF-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Iraklis and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 3. The 24-year old power forward had a double-double of 13 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat GS Larissas (#10, 1-2) 80-72. Iraklis maintains the 4th position in Greek A2. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Irakli... [read more]
Lithuania Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-PF-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Iraklis and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 3. The 24-year old power forward had a double-double of 13 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat GS Larissas (#10, 1-2) 80-72. Iraklis maintains the 4th position in Greek A2. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Iraklis already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Rutkauskas turned to be Iraklis' top player in his first season with the team. Rutkauskas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.3rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 65.0% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old power forward Anastasios Antonakis (205-F/C-92) of Ethnikos. Antonakis impressed basketball fans with 21 points and 7 rebounds. It was enough for Ethnikos to edge Pagrati (1-2) by 1 point 81-80. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Antonakis is a newcomer at Ethnikos and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was Savvas Tsougarakis (207-C-86) of Arkadikos (#13). Tsougarakis scored 18 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Tsougarakis' great performance Arkadikos lost 56-90 to AE Larissas (#1, 3-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Arkadikos can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 3 games. Tsougarakis has individually a great season in Greece. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.0rpg (6th best).
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
EuroLeague: Olympiacos beat Emporio Armani - 1 day ago
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Olympiacos - Emporio Armani 91:81 Olympiacos clinched the second victory in EuroLeague regular season. They overcame Emporio Armani for 2-1 record. Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 16 points each to pace the hosts. Olympiacos posted a 25:19 lead ten minutes into the game. Emporio Armani cut the deficit in the second term. The Italian side pulled within 5 points at halftime 41:46. Olympiacos however remained in c... [read more]
Olympiacos - Emporio Armani 91:81
Olympiacos clinched the second victory in EuroLeague regular season. They overcame Emporio Armani for 2-1 record. Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 16 points each to pace the hosts. Olympiacos posted a 25:19 lead ten minutes into the game. Emporio Armani cut the deficit in the second term. The Italian side pulled within 5 points at halftime 41:46. Olympiacos however remained in charge in the third quarter. The Piraeus side arrived at the final intermission up by 9 points 70:61. The hosts sank 21 points in the fourth term and cruised to the win. Khem Birch (208-C-92, college: UNLV) delivered 12 points and 6 boards in the victory. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) responded with 16 points for Emporio Armani. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) had 14 points and 8 caroms in the loss.
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