Fenerbahce Ulker couldn't realize the miracle that was needed to make it to the final 8 in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. In Milan, EA7 Emporio Armani beat Ulker with clear figures: 85-72. Ulker dropped to a 2-4 record, finished last in Group G and can now focus completetly on the Turkish national league. Emir Preldzic scored 15 points for Fener, Bojan Bogdanovic 14, James Gist and Oko Ukic both added 12.
Emporio took a 4-0 lead in the first period before Ukic answered for Fenerbahce. A Bogdanovic triple gave Ulker the lead after three minutes, 7-8. Vidmar and Gist kept Fenerbahce rolling, and Bogdanovic stretched the lead to 9-14. After that, the hosts trimmed the lead to 15-16, but Ulker closed ranks and finished the quarter with 20-21 superiority.
Gentile put Milan back on top in the second period with a basket-plus-foul, and the hosts continued to take a 30-27 advantage after 13 minutes. Boganovic recaptured the lead for Fenerbahce after 14 minutes, 30-31, but the Ulker attack stalled after that. Milan improved to 36-32 before Ukic answered for Fener ended a three-and-a-half scoring drought. After mutual baskets and free throws Malik Hairston, who scored 27 points in the game, made Armani go to the locker room with a 46-40 lead.
Oguz Savas got the score going for Fenerbahce in the third period, but lead by Hairston Emporio raced to a 10-point advantage little over halfway through the third quarter: 54-44 after 26 minutes of playing time. Fenerbahce managed to keep up the pace after that, but finished the quarter 66-55 behind.
In the first minute of the final quarter Emporio improved to a 14-point lead: 70-56. Three consecutive baskets by Gist and Preldzic gave Fenerbahce hope, 70-62, but Hairston made it a 10-point game again. Preldzic scored from downtown to make it 74-67 midway through the fourth quarter, but Hairston remained hot and kept Milan rolling. Omar Cook increased the gap to 10 points again, and with less than three minutes on the clock shattered all Fenerbahce hopes: 83-69. A couple of free throws finished Ulker's Euroleague season: the Turkish champion lost 85-72 and will now have to catch up in the Turkish national league to make it to next year's Euroleague.
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 [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.
EuroLeague: Darussafaka victorious in Kazan - 1 day ago
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Unics - Darussafaka 87:94 Darussafaka claimed the second victory in EuroLeague regular season. They topped Unics in Kazan for 2-1 record tonight. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) scored 22 points and issued 7 assists to lead the visitors. The teams got to a flying start. They teamed up for 57 points in the opening quarter as Unics eked out a 29:28 lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term. Unics secured a 47:46 halftime lead. Darussafaka improved defensivel... [read more]
Unics - Darussafaka 87:94
Darussafaka claimed the second victory in EuroLeague regular season. They topped Unics in Kazan for 2-1 record tonight. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) scored 22 points and issued 7 assists to lead the visitors. The teams got to a flying start. They teamed up for 57 points in the opening quarter as Unics eked out a 29:28 lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term. Unics secured a 47:46 halftime lead. Darussafaka improved defensively in the second half. They held Unics to 12 points in the third term to take a 65:59 lead at the final break. The Turkish team unloaded 29 points in the fourth term and rallied to the valuable road win. James Anderson (198-SG-89, college: Oklahoma St.) produced 18 points, while Scottie Wilbekin (188-G-93, college: Florida) added 13 points in the victory. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Unics. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) topscored with 22 points in the defeat.
Theodore number one in Turkey for round 3 - 1 day ago
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American Point guard Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Banvit BK, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. The 27-year old player was the main contributor (34 points, three rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Galatasaray (#8, 2-1) 83-74. Banvit BK is placed at 2nd position in Turkish BSL. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season... [read more]
American Point guard Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Banvit BK, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. The 27-year old player was the main contributor (34 points, three rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Galatasaray (#8, 2-1) 83-74. Banvit BK is placed at 2nd position in Turkish BSL. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Banvit BK already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Theodore had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Banvit BK's top player in his first season with the team. Former Seton Hall University star has very solid stats this year. Theodore is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.0ppg. Theodore is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 9.0apg) and averages impressive 64.9% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Serbian Vladimir Stimac (210-C-87, agency: Interperformances) of Besiktas. Stimac had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Besiktas cruised to a 84-73 relatively comfortable win over Istanbul BBSK (0-3). A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Stimac is a newcomer at Besiktas, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.7ppg (#9). He also registered 12.3 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Shaquielle McKissic (196-F-90) of Usak (#5). McKissic showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Usak, leading his team to a 103-64 easy win against TED Kolejliler (#15, 0-3). Usak needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost game. McKissic has a great season in Turkey. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (5th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Darryl Monroe (201-C/F-86) of Usak - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Josh Owens (206-F/C-88) of Pinar Karsiyaka - 16 points and 10 rebounds 6. Berkay Candan (205-F-93) of Usak - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F/C-86) of Tofas - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists 8. Thomas Heurtel (189-G-89) of Anadolu Efes - 18 points and 12 assists 9. Kevin Dillard (183-PG-89) of Pinar Karsiyaka - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists 10. DaJuan Summers (203-F-88) of Pinar Karsiyaka - 18 points and 7 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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