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 6. Avtodor 20-10 
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 10. Enisey 11-19 
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 12. Tsmoki-Minsk 9-21 
 13. Bisons Loimaa 8-22 
 14. Kalev/Cramo 8-22 
 15. Astana 7-23 
 16. Vita Tbilisi 1-29 
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 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Langford, Unics21.4 
 2. Jefferson, Arecibo18.4 
 3. Caner-Medley, Ast.18.2 
 4. Toolson, Zenit17.5 
 5. Ibekwe, Sagesse17.4 
 6. Hayes, Unicaja17.1 
 7. Shved, Khimky17.0 
 8. Randolph, Lokom.16.8 
 9. De Colo, CS.16.7 
 10. Rice, Khimky16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Kalev/Cramo
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. King, Kalev/Cramo12.8 
 2. Ibekwe, Sagesse8.8 
 3. Jefferson, Arecibo8.6 
 4. Boone, Khimky8.3 
 5. Calathes, Astana8.2 
 6. Maras, Tsmoki-M.8.1 
 7. Caner-Medley, Ast.7.9 
 8. Harrellson, VEF R.7.8 
 9. Peterson, Valencia7.6 
 10. Stutz, Al Wasl7.0 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Monaco
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Cooper, Monaco10.9 
 2. Stoll, Avtodor7.6 
 3. Johnson, Astana6.5 
 4. Colom, Unics6.4 
 5. Rice, Khimky6.3 
 6. Henry, Ratiopharm6.2 
 7. Khvostov, N.Nov.6.1 
 8. Dowdell, Zenit5.7 
 9. Teodosic, CSKA5.6 
 10. Hakanson, Sevilla5.4 
Steals Per Game
 Pierria HENRY
  Ratiopharm
  (193-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Henry, Ratiopharm2.8 
 2. Stoll, Avtodor2.4 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.1 
 4. Wright, Avtodor1.6 
 5. Timma, Zenit1.5 
 6. Zaytsev, Krasny O.1.5 
 7. Mirkovic, Tsmoki-M.1.5 
 8. De Colo, CS.1.4 
 9. Dixon, CEZ Nymburk1.4 
 10. Dowdell, Zenit1.4 
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 JaJuan JOHNSON
  AV Cantu
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Johnson, AV Cantu1.8 
 2. Ibekwe, Sagesse1.4 
 3. King, Kalev/Cramo1.4 
 4. Harrellson, VEF R.1.2 
 5. Zabelin, Avtodor1.1 
 6. Anikenko, Vita T.1.1 
 7. Antonov, N.Novgor.1.0 
 8. Boone, Khimky1.0 
 9. Randolph, Lokom.1.0 
 10. Yakovenko, Enisey1.0 
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Day 10: Zalgiris keep a leadership position - Jan 7, 2013


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There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Zalgiris defeated 3rd ranked Russian Lokomotiv in Kaunas 89-81. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lokomotiv won third quarter 29-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Lokomotiv turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Alti Sport) fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Zalgiris' coach Joan Plaza used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) produced 20 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists for lost side. Zalgiris (9-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with CSKA. Lokomotiv at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Lokomotiv will play next round against CEZ Nymburk trying to get back on the winning streak. Zalgiris will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Triumph Lyubertsy in Lubertsy.
Another exciting game was between sixth ranked Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod and 8th ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk where BC Nizhny Novgorod (5-5) beat CEZ Nymburk (4-6) on the road 81-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of CEZ Nymburk. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds. Obie Trotter contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) replied with 21 points for CEZ Nymburk. CEZ Nymburk's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Nizhny Novgorod moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lietuvos rytas and Enisey. Defending Czech champion CEZ Nymburk dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Triumph and BC Donetsk. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play against Tsmoki-Minsk (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. CEZ Nymburk will play against Lokomotiv in Kuban and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Lubertsy between Latvian VEF Riga and Russian Triumph Lyubertsy. Fourth ranked VEF Riga (7-3) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (4-6). VEF Riga managed to escape with a 2-point win 80-78 on Sunday evening. Earl Rowland scored 22 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Kyle Landry responded with 29 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Latvian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Krasnie Krilya and Khimky. Loser Triumph Lyubertsy dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with CEZ Nymburk and BC Donetsk. VEF Riga will meet at home Neptunas (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Triumph Lyubertsy will play against the league's leader Zalgiris in Kaunas and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Russian Khimky (7-3) against sixth ranked Kazakhstan BC Astana (5-4) on Monday night. Visiting Khimky was defeated by BC Astana in Astana 92-77. Brion Rush notched 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) to lead the effort. Khimky's coach Rimas Kurtinaitis tested eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Kazakhstan champion moved-up to fifth place. Khimky at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. BC Astana's next round opponent will be Azovmash (#8) in Mariupol.
Bottom-ranked Belarusian Tsmoki-Minsk (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 77-74 loss to seventh ranked Russian Enisey Krasnoyarsk (5-5) in Krasnoyarsk on Sunday evening. Zabian Dowdell fired 20 points and 6 assists for the winners. Enisey Krasnoyarsk's coach Vladislav Konovalov used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Enisey Krasnoyarsk moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lietuvos rytas and N.Novgorod. Defending Belarusian champion Tsmoki-Minsk still closes the standings with ten games lost. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will face league's second-placed CSKA Moscow at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tsmoki-Minsk will play against BC Nizhny Novgorod (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Rest of the games of round 10 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
PGE Turow was defeated by Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn 72-68. Krasnie Krilya beat Azovmash at home 72-62. Unics won against BC Donetsk on the opponent's court 74-63. Lietuvos rytas was outscored by Spartak SP in a home game 63-83. Neptunas were rolled over CSKA on the road 79-57. Enisey lost to Lithuanian defending champion Zalgiris on its own court 64-99.
The best stats of 10th round was 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists by Zack Wright of Spartak SP.



BC Astana - Khimky 92-77

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Russian Khimky (7-3) against sixth ranked Kazakhstan BC Astana (5-4) on Monday night. Visiting Khimky was defeated by BC Astana in Astana 92-77. It looked good early as Khimky took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Astana took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 15 points. They made 29-of-37 charity shots (78.4 percent) during the game. BC Astana outrebounded Khimky 34-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Khimky helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Montenegrin guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Beo Basket) notched 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) to lead the effort and Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Even 20 points by guard Vitaliy Fridzon (195-85, agency: Alti Sport) did not help to save the game for Khimky. Croatian-Bosnian guard Zoran Planinic (198-82) added 8 points for lost side. Khimky's coach Rimas Kurtinaitis tested eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Kazakhstan champion moved-up to fifth place. Khimky at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. BC Astana's next round opponent will be Azovmash (#8) in Mariupol.
Top scorers:
Khimky: V.Fridzon 20+1reb+1ast, P.Davis 12+1reb+1ast, P.Koponen 11+2reb, Z.Planinic 8+3reb+3ast, K.Loncar 8+2reb+1ast, J.Augustine 6+3reb+2ast
BC Astana: B.Cvetkovic 22+7reb+2ast, B.Rush 22+6reb+6ast, D.Simon 19+4reb, A.Ponomaryov 9+6reb, R.Marshall 8+4reb+5ast, M.Voyeykov 7+1reb
gschID: 217603


Kalev/Cramo - PGE Turow 72-68

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Tallinn where 9th ranked Polish PGE Turow (2-8) was defeated by tenth ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (2-8) 72-68 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 18-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Swingman Gregor Arbet (195-83) fired 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian guard Djordje Micic (195-83) produced 24 points and French-Polish forward Aaron Cel (203-87) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Defending Estonian champion moved-up to eighth place, which they share with PGE Turow and Azovmash. PGE Turow lost third consecutive game. Kalev/Cramo will face again PGE Turow (#10) in Zgorzelec in the next round.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: D.Micic 24+2reb+1ast, D.Kulig 10+3reb+1ast, A.Cel 8+8reb+1ast, L.Wichniarz 8+5reb, I.Zigeranovic 5+5reb, V.Aleksic 5+2reb+5ast
Kalev/Cramo: G.Arbet 18+5reb+1ast, B.Fall 15+8reb, K.McLeod 9+6reb+5ast, G.Dorbek 8+3reb+2ast, G.Wilkinson 7+7reb+1ast, T.Abbott 6
gschID: 217602


Krasnie Krilya - Azovmash 72-62

No shocking result in a game in Samara where fourth ranked Russian Krasnie Krilya (7-3) defeated 8th ranked Ukrainian Azovmash (2-8) 72-62 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Krasnie Krilya. Azovmash was better in third quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Krasnie Krilya dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Azovmash's 28. American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Nikita Balashov (207-91) chipped in 18 points. Krasnie Krilya's coach Sergey Bazarevich used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: Beo Basket) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Manny Harris (196-89, college: Michigan) added 8 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Krasnie Krilya have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with VEF Riga and Khimky. Azovmash lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. Krasnie Krilya will face Lietuvos rytas (#6) in Vilnius in the next round. Azovmash will play at home against BC Astana.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: T.Dragicevic 16+9reb+1ast, S.Serapinas 9+2reb, M.Raduljica 8+6reb+1ast, M.Harris 8+4reb+4ast, O.Kolchenko 7+1reb, A.Slipenchuk 6+1reb+3ast
Krasnie Krilya: N.Balashov 18+2reb+1ast, A.Smith 13+10reb, D.Kulagin 12+2reb+4ast, Y.Vasiliev 6+3reb, O.Thomas 5+5reb+3ast, A.Miles 5+6reb+10ast
gschID: 217604


CEZ Nymburk - N.Novgorod 73-81

Another exciting game was between sixth ranked Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod and 8th ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk where BC Nizhny Novgorod (5-5) beat CEZ Nymburk (4-6) on the road 81-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of CEZ Nymburk. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-16. But CEZ Nymburk won second period 26-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for BC Nizhny Novgorod especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. CEZ Nymburk was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds. American-Hungarian point guard Obie Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four BC Nizhny Novgorod players scored in double figures. Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) replied with 21 points and American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for CEZ Nymburk. CEZ Nymburk's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Nizhny Novgorod moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lietuvos rytas and Enisey. Defending Czech champion CEZ Nymburk dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Triumph and BC Donetsk. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play against Tsmoki-Minsk (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. CEZ Nymburk will play against Lokomotiv in Kuban and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: R.Rancik 21+3reb, T.Carter 12+5reb+4ast, L.Palyza 8+1reb, P.Benda 8+9reb, M.Taylor 5+3reb, M.Pavkovic 5+2ast
N.Novgorod: P.Brezec 22+7reb, O.Trotter 12+6reb+4ast, A.Yakovenko 12+9reb+1ast, D.Thompson 12+4reb+1ast, D.Golovin 9+4reb+2ast, P.Korobkov 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 217598


Zalgiris - Lokomotiv 89-81

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Zalgiris defeated 3rd ranked Russian Lokomotiv in Kaunas 89-81. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lokomotiv won third quarter 29-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Lokomotiv turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Alti Sport) fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Zalgiris' coach Joan Plaza used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) produced 20 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) added 17 points and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Four Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. Zalgiris (9-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with CSKA. Lokomotiv at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Lokomotiv will play next round against CEZ Nymburk trying to get back on the winning streak. Zalgiris will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Triumph Lyubertsy in Lubertsy.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: D.Brown 20+8reb+9ast, N.Calathes 17+3reb+9ast, A.Maric 13+7reb+1ast, J.Baron 11+2reb, M.Kalnietis 10+2reb+2ast, S.Jasaitis 7+7reb
Zalgiris: K.Lavrinovic 16+4reb, M.Popovic 15+1reb+5ast, P.Jankunas 14+8reb+2ast, T.Darden 10, R.Kaukenas 8+3ast, A.Juskevicius 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 217599


Triumph - VEF Riga 78-80

A very close game took place in Lubertsy between Latvian VEF Riga and Russian Triumph Lyubertsy. Fourth ranked VEF Riga (7-3) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (4-6). VEF Riga managed to escape with a 2-point win 80-78 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 20-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. VEF Riga dominated on the defensive end, holding Triumph Lyubertsy to just 6 points in fourth quarter. VEF Riga forced 19 Triumph Lyubertsy turnovers. American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 22 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Latvian Kaspars Berzins (213-85) chipped in 12 points during the contest. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. At the losing side Canadian power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona) responded with 29 points and 5 rebounds and Sergey Karasev (202-93) scored 18 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Latvian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Krasnie Krilya and Khimky. Loser Triumph Lyubertsy dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with CEZ Nymburk and BC Donetsk. VEF Riga will meet at home Neptunas (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Triumph Lyubertsy will play against the league's leader Zalgiris in Kaunas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Triumph: K.Landry 29+5reb, S.Karasev 18+3reb, M.Kulagin 11+3reb+1ast, Y.Naimy 7+3reb+5ast, E.Valiev 4+3reb+3ast, T.Mitchell 4+2reb
VEF Riga: E.Rowland 22+3reb+5ast, K.Berzins 12+2reb+1ast, D.Bertans 11+3reb+1ast, D.Zavackas 10+1reb, W.Daniels 9+3reb, K.Janicenoks 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 217600


BC Donetsk - Unics 63-74

Very expected game when 7th ranked Ukrainian BC Donetsk (4-6) was defeated at home by second ranked Russian Unics Kazan (8-2) 74-63 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Unics Kazan. BC Donetsk was better in second period 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Greek power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83) fired 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Chuck Eidson (203-80, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. Lithuanian power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and American-Trinidad and Tobago center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. BC Donetsk's coach Josep Berrocal let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Unics Kazan have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Defending Ukrainian champion BC Donetsk keeps the seventh place with six games lost. Unics Kazan will face league's second-placed Spartak St.Petersburg on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Donetsk will play against Kalev/Cramo (#9) in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: D.Songaila 15+11reb, R.Curry 15+2reb+3ast, D.Fischer 10+8reb+6ast, C.Millage 6+6reb+3ast, O.Lypovyy 6+2reb+1ast, V.Stojanovski 5+1ast
Unics: T.Lyday 20+1reb+1ast, K.Kaimakoglou 15+7reb+2ast, C.Eidson 13+6reb+3ast, I.Vougioukas 12+4reb+2ast, V.Veremeenko 5+3reb+1ast, M.Chatman 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 217596


Lietuvos rytas - Spartak SP 63-83

Rather predictable result in Vilnius where third ranked Russian Spartak St.Petersburg (7-2) outscored 5th ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (5-5) 83-63 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 40-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Spartak St.Petersburg dominated on the defensive end, holding Lietuvos rytas to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Lietuvos rytas' 34. American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo.) fired 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five Spartak St.Petersburg players scored in double figures. Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) produced 11 points and 9 rebounds and Latvian Janis Blums (191-82) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Spartak St.Petersburg moved-up to second place. Loser Lietuvos rytas keep the fifth position with five games lost. Spartak St.Petersburg will face league's leader Unics Kazan at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lietuvos rytas will play against Krasnie Krilya (#3) in Samara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: J.Blums 15+2reb+3ast, L.Radosevic 13+5reb+1ast, D.Ivanov 11+9reb+1ast, M.Katelynas 6+2reb, S.Buterlevicius 5, R.Seibutis 4+2reb+2ast
Spartak SP: Z.Wright 23+7reb+7ast, J.Strelnieks 16+1reb+1ast, L.Mavrokefalidis 15+6reb+3ast, V.Dragicevic 12+7reb, J.Carter 10+4reb, Y.Korolev 4
gschID: 217601


Enisey - Tsmoki-Minsk 77-74

Bottom-ranked Belarusian Tsmoki-Minsk (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 77-74 loss to seventh ranked Russian Enisey Krasnoyarsk (5-5) in Krasnoyarsk on Sunday evening. Tsmoki-Minsk trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 21-8 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 74-77 at the end of the game. Tsmoki-Minsk was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Zabian Dowdell (191-84, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) fired 20 points and 6 assists for the winners (made all of his seven free throws). The other American import forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Enisey Krasnoyarsk players scored in double figures. Enisey Krasnoyarsk's coach Vladislav Konovalov used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-80) produced 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Enisey Krasnoyarsk moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lietuvos rytas and N.Novgorod. Defending Belarusian champion Tsmoki-Minsk still closes the standings with ten games lost. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will face league's second-placed CSKA Moscow at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tsmoki-Minsk will play against BC Nizhny Novgorod (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Tsmoki-Minsk: A.Kudrautsau 22+5reb+5ast, P.Ulyanko 16+3reb, A.Pustahvar 11+6reb+2ast, A.Fomin 9+5reb+1ast, A.Majok 8+2ast, A.Lashkevich 6+4reb+1ast
Enisey: Z.Dowdell 20+3reb+6ast, D.Jefferson 15+5reb+3ast, I.Smygin 13+2reb+1ast, E.Kikanovic 12+4reb, A.Komarovskiy 6+3reb+5ast, A.Kotishevskiy 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 217597


CSKA - Neptunas 79-57

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Lithuanian Neptunas (1-9) were outplayed on the road by second ranked Russian CSKA Moscow (9-1) 79-57 on Sunday. CSKA Moscow dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Neptunas' 30. They outrebounded Neptunas 44-28 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. CSKA Moscow looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Aaron Jackson (190-86, college: Duquesne) fired 15 points for the winners. Serbian center Nenad Krstic (212-83) chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. Four CSKA Moscow players scored in double figures. Forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) produced 10 points (made all of his seven free throws) and forward Deividas Gailius (200-88) added 10 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CSKA Moscow have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending Russian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Zalgiris. Neptunas lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with nine games lost. CSKA Moscow will face Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Neptunas will play against VEF Riga.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: D.Gailius 10+3reb+2ast, V.Vasylius 10+4reb+2ast, M.Runkauskas 7+2reb+1ast, R.Danys 6+2reb, R.Broadus 6+2ast, M.Mazeika 4+4reb+2ast
CSKA: A.Jackson 15+3reb+3ast, V.Micov 15+1reb+1ast, D.Sokolov 14+6reb, S.Kaun 10+4reb, D.Christmas 8+2reb+3ast, N.Krstic 8+10reb+3ast
gschID: 217595


Enisey - Zalgiris 64-99

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (9-1) outleveled on the road 7th ranked Russian Enisey Krasnoyarsk (5-5) 99-64 on Thursday. The game without a history. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Enisey Krasnoyarsk's 28 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Enisey Krasnoyarsk 36-13 including a 24-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Zalgiris especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Croatian power forward Mario Delas (207-90) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (197-89) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. Forward Andrei Komarovskiy (196-85) produced 13 points and 5 assists and American point guard Zabian Dowdell (191-84, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 13 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zalgiris have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Lithuanian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with CSKA. Loser Enisey Krasnoyarsk dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. Zalgiris will face Triumph Lyubertsy (#7) in Lubertsy in the next round where they are favorite. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play at home against the league's second-placed CSKA Moscow.
Top scorers:
Enisey: Z.Dowdell 13+2reb+3ast, A.Komarovskiy 13+5ast, E.Kikanovic 9+2reb, I.Smygin 9+1ast, P.Gubanov 5+2reb, A.Kotishevskiy 5+1reb+3ast
Zalgiris: M.Delas 19+6reb, V.Lipkevicius 15+5reb+2ast, M.Popovic 15+1reb+4ast, T.Darden 12+4reb+2ast, M.Kuzminskas 10+1ast, J.Foote 9+6reb
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