CSKA made it look easy as they cruised past Zalgiris in Kaunas tonight. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) exploded with 24 points to lead the Moscow powerhouse to the fourth straight win in Top 16. It was an intense start for both teams. CSKA got to a slightly better start as they grabbed a 9:2 lead. But Zalgiris slowly cut the deficit and got within one at the first break 15:16. Lafayette and Popovic put the Lithuanian team in front early in the second term. The lead changed hands numerous times throughout the quarter. However CSKA capped the half with seven straight points to take a 38:31 lead. Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Milos Teodosic teamed up for 16 points in the third term as CSKA opened a comfortable 65:51 lead at the final intermission. The visitors opened the fourth term with four points in a row to gain an 18-point lead. Zalgiris were able to cut the margin to 10 points with just over three minutes remaining. However Kaun and Vladimir Micov connected for important points and CSKA rolled to the victory in the final minutes. Vladimir Micov knocked down 20 points, while Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) added 15 points for the winning team. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) delivered 16 points for Zalgiris. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) netted 12 points in the loss.
VTB League: Khimky steal victory in Krasnodar - 1 day ago
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Lokomotiv-Kuban - Khimky 84:89 Khimky celebrated the 14th victory in VTB League regular season. They rallied past Lokomotiv-Kuban in Krasnodar. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) came up with another stellar performance for Khimky as he tallied 29 points and 8 rebounds to pace the visitors. Lokomotiv drained 28 points in the opening frame to take an 11-point lead. But Khimky lived up to the challenge. They answered with a 33:15 rally in the second term to take a 50:43 halftime... [read more]
Lokomotiv-Kuban - Khimky 84:89
Khimky celebrated the 14th victory in VTB League regular season. They rallied past Lokomotiv-Kuban in Krasnodar. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) came up with another stellar performance for Khimky as he tallied 29 points and 8 rebounds to pace the visitors. Lokomotiv drained 28 points in the opening frame to take an 11-point lead. But Khimky lived up to the challenge. They answered with a 33:15 rally in the second term to take a 50:43 halftime lead. Lokomotiv pulled within 4 points at the final intermission. But Khimky drained 23 points in the fourth frame and sealed the victory. Earl Rowland (188-PG-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) delivered 18 points, while Robbie Hummel (203-F-89, college: Purdue) added 11 points for the visitors. Mardy Collins (198-G-84, college: Temple) and Kevin Jones (206-F-89, college: W.Virginia) responded with 16 points each for Lokomotiv.
Nikita Balashov selected the top Russian playing abroad in last week's games - 1 day ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Russians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. Marsel Ovsepyan (200-C-90) could not help Vitebsk (15-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Vitebsk was crushed 90-69 at home by the leading Grodno-93.
We bring you last week's top performances from Russians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an international forward Nikita Balashov (207-91, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Baltic League). Balashov contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked BK Ogre (6-6) crushing them 97-64 in the Baltic League in Wednesday night's game.
He scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (11-1) is placed first in group B.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Balashov's first season with the team.
Balashov has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 62.1%(36-58), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 58.8%.
He is currently a member of the Russian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former U18 international forward Stanislav Dikiy (201-88, currently plays in Ukraine). Dikiy could not help VolinBasket (4-20) to beat Zaporizhya (10-13).
He was the second best scorer with 8 points.
VolinBasket was crushed 82-54 on the road by the higher-ranked Zaporizhya (#6).
It was VolinBasket's third consecutive loss in a row.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This season Dikiy averages: 7.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 88.2%.
He played for the Russian U18 national team in 2006.
#3. The Russian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international guard Alex Dubovitskiy (198-94, currently plays college basketball in the States). Dubovitskiy was not able to help the Chicago St. in their game against the Grand Canyon State University (4-5) in the NCAA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones.
Dubovitskiy recorded only 3 points in 21 minutes.
The Chicago St. was crushed 82-59 at home by the Grand Canyon State University.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
This year Dubovitskiy averages just 0.8ppg, 2FGP: 25.0%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 25.0% in 19 games he played so far.
He played for the Russian U20 national team three years ago.
#4. Center Nikolay Rogozhkin (221-93, also represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for UCAM Murcia II (11-7) in their game against Myrtia (15-2) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Rogozhkin cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 3 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
The third-placed UCAM Murcia II (11-7) was defeated 73-62 in a derby game by the leading Myrtia in the Group E.
It was UCAM Murcia II's third consecutive loss in a row.
The Regular Season already ended.
Rogozhkin's overall stats this season are: 4.1ppg and 3.5rpg.
He used to play for the Russian U20 national team
back in 2013.
The list of other players, who all have Russian passport but never been selected to any of Russian national teams:
#1.Marsel Ovsepyan (200-C-90, currently plays in Belarus) could not help Vitebsk (15-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Vitebsk was crushed 90-69 at home by the leading Grodno-93.
Ovsepyan was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 31 minutes.
It was Vitebsk's first loss after three consecutive victories.
It's Ovsepyan's first season with the team.
This year Ovsepyan averages: 8.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg in 17 games he played so far.
#2.Egor Koulechov (196-G/F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Rice to a 1-point victory against the University of Southern Mississippi (8-5) 72-71 in the NCAA last Thursday.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 11 rebounds.
The Rice University has 7-5 conference record this season.
There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Koulechov has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.7ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.9apg.
Koulechov has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli.
#3.Albert Kuppe (200-F-88, currently plays in Germany) led MLP Academics Heidelberg to a victory over the 13th-ranked Nuernberg (8-15) crushing them 101-71 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night.
He was MVP of the game. Kuppe scored 29 points (!!!), had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 24 minutes.
MLP Academics Heidelberg (16-1) is placed first in the ProA.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Kuppe averages: 9.1ppg and 3.0rpg in 23 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Russian and German.
Despite Kuppe's Russian nationality, he previously played for the German U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Russian team.
#4. Experienced Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Brose Baskets in their game against Zalgiris (10-13) in the Euroleague.
Veremeenko scored only 4 points in 3 minutes on the court.
The 12th-placed Brose Baskets (8-15) lost 86-91 on the road to the higher-ranked (#10) Zalgiris in the group A of Euroleague.
This year Veremeenko averages: 2.1ppg and 1.3rpg in 18 games.
He has both Belarusian and Russian nationalities.
#5.Anton Kazarnovski (206-F/C-85, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in a BG Karlsruhe's victory against the leader Karlsruhe PS (14-6) 79-75 in a derby game in the German ProB (third division) on Saturday night.
Kazarnovski was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points, grabbed 7 boards, handed out 7 passes and blocked 2 shots.
BG Karlsruhe (11-9) is placed sixth in South group.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
This season Kazarnovski has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 7.2rpg and 2.1apg.
Kazarnovski also holds two passports: Russian and Israeli.
Despite his Russian nationality, Kazarnovski previously played for the Israeli university national team and probably cannot be called to the Russian team.
#6.Alexey Chubrevich (212-C-86, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Hapoel Holon in their game against Hapoel Eilat in the Israeli Winner League. He cannot count it as his best performance.
Chubrevich recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes.
His team lost 66-81.
This year Chubrevich averages: 5.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1bpg in 18 games.
He has dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli.
#7.Igor Simin (199-SF-84, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hasharon (10-10) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Simin's very good performance Hasharon was defeated 94-90 in Raanana by the higher-ranked Maccabi (#5).
He scored 16 points.
This season Simin averages: 8.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.6apg.
Similarly like Chubrevich and Kazarnovski above He holds both Russian and Israeli passports.
Despite Simin's Russian nationality, he previously played for the Israeli U21 national team.
#8.Pavel Micheev (201-F-83, currently plays in Kazakhstan) was the major contributor in a Barsy Atyrau's victory against the league outsider Kaspiy Aktau crushing them 83-60 in the Kazakhstan National League on Wednesday night.
Micheev recorded 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes.
This year Micheev averages: 9.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in 12 games.
He has Russian and Kazakhstan nationalities.
#9.Alexei Ekimov (210-F/C-81, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help JyWe (4-17) in their last game. Despite Ekimov's good performance the 13th-placed JyWe was crushed 103-72 in Turun by the leading TuNMKY in the Division B.
He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds in 24 minutes.
This year Ekimov has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4bpg in 19 games.
#10.Dmitriy Flis (204-F/C-84, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Ourense's victory against one of league's weakest teams Marin 86-78 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Saturday night.
He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
This season Flis has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.3spg.
He has Russian and Spanish nationalities.
Krivosheev's double-double lands him Superleague 1 Player of the Week award - 1 day ago
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28-year old power forward Maxim Krivosheev (207-F/C-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Spartak-Prim. and receives a Eurobasket.com Superleague 1 Player of the Week award for round 23. He had a double-double of 16 points and 18 rebounds, while his team beat Kupol-Rodniki (#7, 9-9) 75-66. Spartak-Prim. is placed at 5th position in Russian Superleague 1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Spartak-Prim. will need mo... [read more]
28-year old power forward Maxim Krivosheev (207-F/C-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Spartak-Prim. and receives a Eurobasket.com Superleague 1 Player of the Week award for round 23. He had a double-double of 16 points and 18 rebounds, while his team beat Kupol-Rodniki (#7, 9-9) 75-66. Spartak-Prim. is placed at 5th position in Russian Superleague 1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Spartak-Prim. will need more victories to improve their 12-7 record. Krivosheev turned to be Spartak-Prim.'s top player in his first season with the team. Krivosheev has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 15.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 58.4% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Ivan Rusetskiy (198-SF-93) of Ryazan. He is international in his first season at Ryazan. In the last game Rusetskiy recorded impressive 24 points. It was enough for Ryazan to edge slightly higher-ranked MBA Moscow (#10, 6-11) by 5 points 85-80. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Ryazan keeps 11th position. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Ryazan managed to get this year. Rusetskiy is a newcomer at Ryazan and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Artem Chevarenkov (184-PG-96) of league's second-best Samara-SGEU. Chevarenkov scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Samara-SGEU, leading his team to a 89-63 easy win against #3 ranked Univ.Surgut in a game of the week. Samara-SGEU needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 6 lost games. Chevarenkov has a very solid season. In 15 games in Russia he scored 2.3ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Aleksey Fedorchuk (208-C-86) of Univ.Surgut - 12 points and 9 rebounds 5. Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-G-90) of Spartak-Prim. - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Stanislav Zinchenko (203-F-87) of Khimky-Podmos. - 17 points and 3 rebounds 7. Kirill Gornaev (203-F/C-96) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Maxim Tkachenko (185-PG-92) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Evgeny Karpeko (204-F-89) of Ryazan - 12 points and 11 rebounds 10. Alexei Kuznetsov (205-F/C-84) of MBA Moscow - 17 points and 4 rebounds
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)
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