Olympiacos came back to winning ways in EuroLeague Top 16. The Hellenes rebounded well after a tough home loss against Barcelona to upset Montepaschi in Siena tonight. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) and Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) delivered 11 points each for the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Siena enjoyed a narrow 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) gave Siena a 34:26 lead midway through the second frame. Antic and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) dragged the Reds within one 36:37 at halftime. David Moss and Bobby Brown made it 50:42 for the hosts in the third quarter. However Olympiacos stuck around. The visitors trimmed the distance at 5-point mark at the final intermission 49:54. Olympiacos opened the fourth frame with 7 points in a row to gain a 56:54 lead. Konstantinos Sloukas and Vassilis Spanoulis made it 68:61 for the visitors with under two minutes remaining. Matt Janning and David Moss drained back-to-back three-pointers to cut the deficit to just a single point but Olympiacos killed time and sealed the victory at the end. Vassilis Spanoulis and Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 10 points each for Olympiacos. Matt Janning and Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) chipped in 14 points apiece for Montepaschi.
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 - 6 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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