Aget Imola (0-1) recorded its first loss on the court of Trieste. Visitors were defeated by Trieste 74-64. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 21-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Jobey Thomas (194-80, college: Charlotte) nailed 21 points for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Brandon Brown (202-81, college: Tulane) accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds. Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard D.J. Gay (183-89, college: San Diego St.) came up with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international forward Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Aget Imola in the defeat. Trieste will play against Brescia on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aget Imola will play against Prima Veroli. Top scorers: Aget Imola: D.Gay 14+7reb+9ast, F.Foiera 11+2reb+1ast, S.Zagorac 11, R.Valenti 9+6reb, F.Zanelli 5+2reb, F.Masoni 5 Trieste: J.Thomas 21+4reb+3ast, B.Brown 14+10reb+3ast, A.Filloy 10+2reb+3ast, M.Ruzzier 9+7reb, M.Meshcharakou 9+2reb, M.Carra 4+1ast
Givova Scafati defeated Orlandina on the road 72-65. Orlandina was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 23-15 charge of Givova Scafati, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Orlandina turnovers. American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Brazilian swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU) chipped in 20 points. At the losing side forward Andrea Benevelli (202-85, agency: Two Points) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Talor Battle (183-88, college: Penn St.) scored 22 points and 5 assists. Orlandina will play next round against strong Bologna trying to get back on the winning streak. Givova Scafati will try to continue on its current victory against Trento at home. Top scorers: Orlandina: T.Battle 22+2reb+5ast, A.Young 17+6reb+1ast, A.Benevelli 16+12reb+1ast, O.George 5+6reb+1ast, R.Rullo 3+1reb+5ast, M.Poletti 2+6reb+1ast Givova Scafati: R.Slay 31+13reb+2ast, J.Tavernari 20+2reb+2ast, K.Mays 7+1reb+4ast, A.Ghiacci 6+6reb, F.Bushati 2+4reb, P.Baldassarre 2+4reb+1ast
Napoli beat the opponent from Verona 86-69 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-69. Napoli made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Tezenis VE was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Marco Allegretti (204-81) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Czech center Jiri Hubalek (209-82, college: Iowa St., agency: Two Points) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Four Napoli players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Richard McConnell (182-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Charlie Westbrook (193-89, college: S.Dakota) scored 16 points. Napoli will face Sigma Barcellona on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tezenis VE will play against Fileni BPA in Jesi and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Tezenis VE: C.Westbrook 16+4reb, R.McConnell 15+5reb+4ast, G.Boscagin 14+3reb+1ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 9+6reb+2ast, M.Da Ros 6+3reb, M.Chessa 5+1ast Napoli: M.Allegretti 27+10reb+1ast, J.Hubalek 21+7reb+2ast, A.Warren 14+6reb+4ast, D.Clemente 13+3reb+6ast, D.Loncarevic 4+7reb, M.Casini 4+2reb+2ast
Trento was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Barcellona 81-72 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 46-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners and naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side the former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) responded with 22 points and 4 steals and the former international forward Luigi Dordei (202-81) scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Sigma Barcellona will face Napoli at home in the next round. Trento will play against Givova Scafati. Top scorers: Trento: L.Garri 22+1reb+3ast, B.Elder 15+1reb+2ast, L.Dordei 10+7reb+4ast, A.Forray 6+3reb+2ast, D.Pascolo 6+7reb+1ast, M.Umeh 5+5reb+2ast Sigma Barcel.: A.Cittadini 19+4reb+1ast, T.Bell 19+4reb+3ast, C.Callahan 19+6reb, R.Bucci 9+2reb+1ast, M.Mocavero 5+1reb, M.Sanders 5+6reb+2ast
Tuscany Pistoia rolled over the opponent from Ferentino 86-66 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Tuscany Pistoia. Ferentino was better in third quarter 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tuscany Pistoia dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Ferentino's 34. Tuscany Pistoia forced 23 Ferentino turnovers and outrebounded them 37-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. American guard Antonio Graves (191-85, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Two Points) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) chipped in 21 points. Tuscany Pistoia's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American-British forward Laurence Ekperigin (201-88, college: Le Moyne) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) scored 10 points. Tuscany Pistoia will face LeGamberi Foods Forli in Forli in the next round. Ferentino will play at home against Monferrato in Casale. Top scorers: Ferentino: L.Ekperigin 24+13reb+1ast, G.Gurini 11+1reb, F.Guarino 10+1reb+3ast, D.James 6+4reb+4ast, A.Righetti 6+2reb, M.El El Amin 6 Pistoia: A.Graves 24+4reb, M.Hicks 21+3reb+2ast, R.Cortese 14+5reb, G.Galanda 9+6reb+2ast, F.Toppo 8+5reb+1ast, M.Alibegovic 7+3reb
Important game to mention about took place in Veroli. LeGamberi Foods Forli (1-0) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging bottom-ranked Prima Veroli (0-1) 77-74 on Sunday evening. Prima Veroli trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 29-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-77 at the end of the game. LeGamberi Foods Forli dominated on the defensive end, holding Prima Veroli to just 6 points in third quarter. American swingman Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Bo Spencer (187-89, college: Nebraska) chipped in 20 points and 5 steals. At the losing side American point guard Erving Walker (172-90, college: Florida) responded with 14 points and the former international forward Davide Bruttini (203-87) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Five LeGamberi Foods Forli and four Prima Veroli players scored in double figures. LeGamberi Foods Forli will face Tuscany Pistoia at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Prima Veroli will play against Aget Imola. Top scorers: Prima Veroli: J.Hunter 14+2reb+1ast, E.Walker 14+3reb+3ast, S.Berti 13+2reb+1ast, D.Bruttini 10+7reb, L.Infante 9+4reb, M.Jurevicus 8+4reb+3ast Forli: B.Spencer 20+2reb+3ast, T.Roderick 20+7reb, M.Todic 12+8reb, S.Simeoli 10+3reb, N.Natali 10+5reb+1ast, S.Borsato 3+1reb+1ast
The game in Jesi was also quite interesting. Brescia (0-1) played at the court of Fileni BPA (1-0). Fileni BPA defeated Brescia 73-58 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Fileni BPA dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Brescia's 26. Fileni BPA forced 21 Brescia turnovers. American forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) fired 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard J.R. Giddens (196-85, college: N.Mexico, agency: Priority Sports) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Fileni BPA will meet Tezenis VE in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Brescia will play against Trieste. Top scorers: Brescia: D.Brkic 15+3reb, M.Jenkins 12+8reb, J.Giddens 9+9reb, N.Barlos 7+4reb, E.Lombardi 6+4reb, J.Fernandez 4+2reb+2ast Fileni BPA: E.Griffin 24+5reb, M.Maggioli 16+7reb+3ast, J.Sanders 14+4reb+2ast, R.Hoover 9+3reb+4ast, M.Santiangeli 6+4reb, D.Dolic 4+1reb
A very interesting game took place in Casale. It ended with only one-point home defeat of Monferrato (0-1) to Bologna (1-0) 61-60 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Monferrato won third quarter 10-6. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Giovanni Pini (205-92, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Donato Cutolo (198-87, agency: Players Group) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Bologna players scored in double figures. American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-87, agency: Players Group) added 5 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Monferrato. Bologna's next round opponent will be Orlandina at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Monferrato will play against Ferentino. Top scorers: Monferrato: C.Ware 15+6reb+2ast, R.Green 11+3reb+1ast, G.Ferrero 9+4reb+1ast, S.Pierich 9+2reb, M.Malaventura 5+3reb, P.Butkevicius 5+11reb Bologna: R.Harris 15+1reb, D.Cutolo 11+5reb+2ast, D.Cournooh 11+3reb+3ast, G.Pini 10+9reb+1ast, A.Pecile 7+4reb+5ast, P.Verri 7+5reb
AV Cantu lands Fran Pilepic, ex Cedevita - 4 hours ago
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Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A) tabbed 27-year old Croatian international swingman Fran Pilepic (193-85kg-89). He has played for the last two years at Cedevita in Croatian A1 league. Pilepic managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 19 A1 games he averaged 9.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to win the league title. Pilepic also played 22 games in Euroleague where he had 6.4ppg and 1.3rpg. And finally he contributed to 26 games in ABA League where he recorded 6.6ppg and... [read more]
Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A) tabbed 27-year old Croatian international swingman Fran Pilepic (193-85kg-89). He has played for the last two years at Cedevita in Croatian A1 league. Pilepic managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 19 A1 games he averaged 9.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to win the league title. Pilepic also played 22 games in Euroleague where he had 6.4ppg and 1.3rpg. And finally he contributed to 26 games in ABA League where he recorded 6.6ppg and 1.0rpg. Pilepic contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 2nd Team award in 2015. Pilepic has been a member of Croatian international program for some years. He has been regularly called to Croatian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008. Pilepic has played also professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka), Spain (Dominion Bilbao Basket) and Croatia (Slavonski Brod, KK Crikvenica, KK Rijeka, Triglav Osiguranje II and Kvarner Resort Novi Rijeka). Let's have closer look into His outlook:
A talented forward, who plays with intensity on defense, and produces lots of points at the offensive side. A late bloomer kind of player who could now become a NT member.
19-year old Serbian swingman Stefan Nikolic (198-97). He signed a contract with Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Serie A), moving on loan to play with Napoli this season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Nikolic played at Stella Azzurra Roma where in 20 Serie B games he had 6.7ppg and 2.8rpg. He was a member of Serbian U18 National Team last year. Nikolic has played previously professionally al... [read more]
Cuore Napoli Basket (Serie B) signed on loan 19-year old Serbian swingman Stefan Nikolic (198-97). He signed a contract with Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Serie A), moving on loan to play with Napoli this season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Nikolic played at Stella Azzurra Roma where in 20 Serie B games he had 6.7ppg and 2.8rpg. He was a member of Serbian U18 National Team last year. Nikolic has played previously professionally also in Serbia (Crvena Zvezda).
AV Cantu to sign Zabian Dowdell, ex Zenit - 6 hours ago
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Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A) agreed terms with 32-year old American point guard Zabian Dowdell (191-88kg-84, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played last season at Zenit in Russian VTB league. In 18 Eurocup games he had 11.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 5.0apg and 1.4spg. Dowdell also played 38 games in VTB United League where he recorded 11.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 5.7apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Dowdell played at Spirou Charleroi... [read more]
Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A) agreed terms with 32-year old American point guard Zabian Dowdell (191-88kg-84, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played last season at Zenit in Russian VTB league. In 18 Eurocup games he had 11.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 5.0apg and 1.4spg. Dowdell also played 38 games in VTB United League where he recorded 11.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 5.7apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Dowdell played at Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 29 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.9spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. Dowdell also played 4 games in Eurocup where he got 10.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg. Dowdell has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won French ProA championship title in 2008. Dowdell was also voted NABC All-NCAA District 4 1st Team and All-ACC 1st Team back in 2007 at his college time. Dowdell is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Spain (Unicaja Malaga and Gran Canaria), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), NBA (Phoenix Suns), France (Sluc Nancy), Italy (Novipiu Casale) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue). Dowdell attended Virginia Tech until 2007 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player. He could be described:
The typical combo guard with playmaking skills ... Has good range as a shooter, but can easily score in penetration ... Sees the court well and does a good job of distributing the ball ... Not afraid to go inside to garb rebounds, defends well and has leadership.
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