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
A.O. Agriniou (B) re-signed the veteran player Christos Stavropouloswho will be the new Assistant Coach of the team an acting part of Christos Miriounis Coaching team. He has played for the club for the last six seasons. A.O. Agriniou roster for 2016-2017: Theodosis Govas Grekas Giorgos Bereris Christos Tassopoulos Christos Barouhas Dimitris Mitsou Giorgos Karakonstantakaki Zaharias Pournaras Stavropoulos Petros Argyros Christos Stamoulis Fotis Tassos Georgios Kokkios Coach: Christos... [read more]
AEK Athens is considering to sign Roko-Leni Ukic - 10 hours ago
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AEK Athens (A1) is close to sign 32-year old Croatian international point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who played last time at Acqua Vitasnella Cantu in Italy. In 14 Serie A games he had 10.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.9apg last season. He also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 11.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 4.3apg. The other team Ukic played that season for was Openjobmetis VA (also in Serie A) in Italian. In 9 games he averaged 12.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.6apg. He... [read more]
AEK Athens (A1) is close to sign 32-year old Croatian international point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who played last time at Acqua Vitasnella Cantu in Italy. In 14 Serie A games he had 10.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.9apg last season. He also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 11.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 4.3apg. The other team Ukic played that season for was Openjobmetis VA (also in Serie A) in Italian. In 9 games he averaged 12.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.6apg. He also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 11.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 5.8apg. Ukic also spent pre-season at KK Split in Croatian league that year. In 2005 he was drafted by Toronto Raptors (NBA) in second round (41st overall). Ukic has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2002 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2002. Ukic represented Croatia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) this year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 5.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 50.0%. Ukic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Spain (FC Barcelona and Laboral Kutxa), Turkey (Fenerbahce), NBA (Milwaukee Bucks), Greece (Panathinaikos) and Croatia (Cedevita). Ukic could be described:
very quick point guard, with good court vision and a rare ability to penetrate; needs to add size and a reliable shot, and to mature in defense.
World Championships U18 '03 comments (by Yarone Arbel):
The star of the Croatian team. Led the senior team of Split to an historical championship in the last season. There is so much talent in the hands of Roko-Leni, that can fulfill his dream and make it to the NBA if he keeps developing.
Not another scorer that can lead the ball. Ukic is a true PG that can control the tempo of the game, with the ability to score on his own. Great penetration, his court vision and passing ability is very high, hit the 3 pointer, even under pressure, a clutch player that know how, want and can take the game on himself in the last minutes. Maybe too much sometimes, but in time experience will fix that too. Hard worker on defense and a great stealer, but not a huge defensive player. Still way too weak but talent is just oozing out of him. One big pleasure. Led all players in steals+assists+blocks-turnovers ratio, 4th in points, 5th in assists and 3rd in steals. What more can you ask for?.
19-year old forward Efstratios Kalogerias (203-97). He has played for the last two years at the junior team of Olympiacos in the A1. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Kalogerias was selected to U17 National Team in 2014. AE Nea Kifisia Dimoulas Athens roster for 2016-2017: Guards: Filippos Moschovitis Ektoras Oikonomopoulos Forwards: Efstratios Kalogerias Konstantinos Kefalas Ioannis Chatzinikolas Centers: P... [read more]
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