In an Istanbul thriller, Fenerbahce Ulker won it's first Euroleague Top 16 game by edging BC Khimki Moscow Region with 85-82. After a strong third quarter Ulker defended the lead succesfully in a high scoring final quarter. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) was Fener's top scorer with 26 points, David Andersen (212-C-80) added a season-high 18 and Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) 16.
Khimki opened the score in the first quarter, McCalebb answered from the free throw line. After five minutes, Fenerbahce took the lead for the first time, but the Russian guests replied instantly: 10-10. At 14-14, Khimki scored two in a row for a 4-point small gap, and the period ended with a 17-19 advantage for Moscow.
Kaya Peker evened the score again in the beginning of the second period, followed by a lay-up and threepointer by Bogdanovic: 24-19. Khimki came back strong with a 0-10 after that, ended by a dunk a Bogdanovic: 26-29 after 15 minutes of playing time. Moscow scored 5 points after that, making it a 2-15 run, but Bogdanovic and Karaman closed the gap to 32-34 after 18 minutes. Free throws by Khimki in the daying seconds of the period sent Fenerbahce to the locker room with a 36-40 disadvantage.
Petteri Koponen extended Khimkil's lead in the third period to 36-43, Ulker closed the gap to two points, but the guests once again answered strong: 41-48 after 24 minutes. Andersen and Bogdanovic turned things around for Fenerbahce, tying the game at 48-48. Mutual baskets took the score to 54-54, and free throws by gave the hosts a 56-54 lead after three quarters.
Bogdanovic scored the first basket in the fourth period, but Khimki once again managed to tie: 58-58. In the 34th minute free throws and a basket by Anderson gave Fener a 66-62 lead. Moscow refused to surrender and tied again in the 37th (70-70) and 38th (72-72). A lay-up and a free throw by Anderson followed by a basket by Peker gave Fenerbahce some breathing space: 77-72 with two minutes left. After that, it was all about free throws. At 79-75, a triple by Planinic made it 79-78 with 26 seconds left, but Bogdanovic stayed calm and sank two free throws to keep his team ahead. Another set of free throws brought the guests back to 81-80, but Uros Tripkovic scored four from the line to make it 85-80. Planinic missed a triple after that, and at the final buzzer Fenerbahce finally celebrated the first Top 16 victory: 85-82.
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 - 2 days 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 - 2 days 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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