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 Shawn KING
  Gravelines
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 D.J. COOPER
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 Pierria HENRY
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  (193-PG-93)
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Day 13: Krasnie Krilya is a new leader - Feb 5, 2013


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The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Russian Krasnie Krilya as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Krasnie Krilya defeated 9th ranked Polish PGE Turow in Samara 81-77. PGE Turow trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 24-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-81 at the end of the game. Krasnie Krilya forced 20 PGE Turow turnovers. American guard Chester Simmons (196-82, college: Washington) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import point guard Aaron Miles (186-83, college: Kansas) chipped in 13 points, 10 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Damian Kulig (206-87) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Krasnie Krilya (10-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Khimky. PGE Turow at the other side keeps the ninth place with 11 games lost. PGE Turow will play next round against BC Astana trying to get back on the winning streak. Krasnie Krilya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Russian CSKA Moscow (11-2) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Lithuanian Zalgiris (12-1) 74-68. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of CSKA Moscow. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 11-1 record before this meeting. Worth to mention a great performance of Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 4 assists. Darjus Lavrinovic contributed with 12 points for the winners. Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) answered with 13 points for CSKA Moscow. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Zalgiris. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains first place with 12-1 record. Defending Russian champion CSKA Moscow dropped to the second position with two games lost. Zalgiris will play against VEF Riga (#4) at home in the next round. CSKA Moscow will have a break next round.
Sixth-ranked Russian Triumph Lyubertsy (6-7) made lots of trouble for first ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (12-1) in Lubertsy on Tuesday. The visitors from Kaunas managed to secure only one-point victory 70-69. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Triumph Lyubertsy. Paulius Jankunas stepped up and scored 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Sergey Karasev responded with 23 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Zalgiris. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains first place with 12-1 record. Loser Triumph Lyubertsy keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Zalgiris will meet at home VEF Riga (#4) in the next round. Triumph Lyubertsy will play against BC Nizhny Novgorod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Kuban. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (7-6) to third ranked Lokomotiv (9-4) 75-74 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BC Nizhny Novgorod. Nick Calathes nailed 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Lokomotiv's coach Evgeny Pashutin used entire bench in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Lokomotiv. They maintain third place with 9-4 record behind leader Zalgiris, which they share with Unics and VEF Riga. BC Nizhny Novgorod at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Lokomotiv's next round opponent will be Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#7) on the road. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play against Triumph Lyubertsy in Lubertsy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of the most interesting games of round 13 was a derby match between two teams from Russia. The game took place in Khimki where third ranked Khimky won against visiting Spartak St.Petersburg (9-3) 72-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Spartak St.Petersburg. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Vitaliy Fridzon fired 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Khimky. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Krasnie Krilya. Loser Spartak St.Petersburg dropped to the third place with three games lost. Khimky will face Unics Kazan (#4) on the road in the next round. Spartak St.Petersburg will play against Azovmash in Mariupol.

Other games of round 13 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Enisey was defeated by VEF Riga in a road game 85-69. Lietuvos rytas smashed BC Astana at home 93-60. Azovmash lost to BC Donetsk on the opponent's court 66-83. Kalev/Cramo unfortunately lost to Unics in a home game 52-70. Winless Tsmoki-Minsk recorded a loss to Triumph on the road 66-80. Neptunas defeated CEZ Nymburk on its own court 96-86. PGE Turow was smashed by BC Astana in a road game 81-61.
The best stats of 13th round was 21 points and 12 rebounds by Radoslav Rancik of CEZ Nymburk.



Triumph - Zalgiris 69-70

Sixth-ranked Russian Triumph Lyubertsy (6-7) made lots of trouble for first ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (12-1) in Lubertsy on Tuesday. The visitors from Kaunas managed to secure only one-point victory 70-69. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Triumph Lyubertsy. Triumph Lyubertsy was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Zalgiris made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up and scored 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American guard Oliver Lafayette (188-84, college: Houston) chipped in 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side Sergey Karasev (202-93) responded with 23 points and Canadian power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Zalgiris. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains first place with 12-1 record. Loser Triumph Lyubertsy keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Zalgiris will meet at home VEF Riga (#4) in the next round. Triumph Lyubertsy will play against BC Nizhny Novgorod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: P.Jankunas 13+6reb+1ast, M.Popovic 12+4ast, O.Lafayette 7+6reb+4ast, M.Delas 7+3reb+1ast, D.Lavrinovic 7+5reb+3ast, T.Darden 6+5reb+2ast
Triumph: S.Karasev 23+4reb+2ast, K.Landry 12+10reb+1ast, Y.Naimy 8+4reb+6ast, T.McKee 7+3reb+5ast, E.Valiev 7+2reb+1ast, T.Mitchell 6+1ast
gschID: 231455


Khimky - Spartak SP 72-60

One of the most interesting games of round 13 was a derby match between two teams from Russia. The game took place in Khimki where third ranked Khimky won against visiting Spartak St.Petersburg (9-3) 72-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Spartak St.Petersburg. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Khimky. Spartak St.Petersburg was better in fourth quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Spartak St.Petersburg to just 5 points in first quarter. Khimky made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Spartak St.Petersburg turnovers and outrebounded them 32-21 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Vitaliy Fridzon (195-85, agency: Alti Sport) fired 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American center Paul Davis (211-84, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo.) produced 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Vasili Zavoruev (196-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Khimky. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Krasnie Krilya. Loser Spartak St.Petersburg dropped to the third place with three games lost. Khimky will face Unics Kazan (#4) on the road in the next round. Spartak St.Petersburg will play against Azovmash in Mariupol.
Top scorers:
Khimky: V.Fridzon 25+4reb+1ast, P.Davis 11+6reb, S.Monya 8+4reb+3ast, Z.Planinic 6+2reb+4ast, K.Rivers 6+1reb, A.Zhukanenko 6+3reb+3ast
Spartak SP: Z.Wright 17+5reb+4ast, V.Zavoruev 11+2reb+2ast, J.Strelnieks 7+2ast, L.Mavrokefalidis 7+1reb+1ast, Y.Korolev 5+2reb, F.Dmitriev 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 217633


VEF Riga - Enisey 85-69

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Russian Enisey Krasnoyarsk (5-8) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Latvian VEF Riga (9-4) 85-69 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Enisey Krasnoyarsk was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for VEF Riga especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Enisey Krasnoyarsk's players. American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) fired 10 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Jason Rich (191-86) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Latvian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Unics and Lokomotiv. Enisey Krasnoyarsk lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. VEF Riga will face league's leader Zalgiris in Kaunas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play at home against Lokomotiv (#3) in Kuban.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: D.Zavackas 17+6reb, W.Daniels 13+2reb, D.Bertans 13+1reb+4ast, E.Rowland 10+7reb+9ast, A.Kavaliauskas 8+4reb, K.Berzins 8+6reb+2ast
Enisey: D.Jefferson 16+5reb, J.Rich 12+3reb+3ast, Z.Dowdell 11+1ast, H.Rizvic 7+4reb, V.Zaytsev 7, P.Gromyko 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 217626


Lietuvos rytas - BC Astana 93-60

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Vilnius where sixth ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (7-6) smashed 5th ranked Kazakhstan BC Astana (7-6) 93-60 on Sunday. The game without a history. Lietuvos rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 60.7 percentage. Latvian Janis Blums (191-82) fired 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Croatian power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points. Five Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: Beo Basket) produced 9 points and American center David Simon (208-82, college: IPFW) added 11 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. Lietuvos rytas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with N.Novgorod and BC Astana. Lietuvos rytas will face Kalev/Cramo (#8) in Tallinn in the next round. BC Astana will play on the road against PGE Turow in Zgorzelec.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: J.Blums 19+3reb+5ast, E.Bendzius 16+2reb, S.Babrauskas 15+3reb, T.Zubcic 14+1reb+3ast, R.Seibutis 11+3ast, D.Ivanov 10+7reb+1ast
BC Astana: D.Simon 11+2reb, B.Cvetkovic 9+2reb+3ast, J.Johnson 9+2reb, R.Marshall 8+1reb+1ast, R.Yargaliev 8+4reb, A.Glyniadakis 7+3reb
gschID: 217631


Krasnie Krilya - PGE Turow 81-77

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Russian Krasnie Krilya as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Krasnie Krilya defeated 9th ranked Polish PGE Turow in Samara 81-77. PGE Turow trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 24-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-81 at the end of the game. Krasnie Krilya forced 20 PGE Turow turnovers. American guard Chester Simmons (196-82, college: Washington) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import point guard Aaron Miles (186-83, college: Kansas) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Damian Kulig (206-87) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and American guard David Jackson (193-86, college: W.Illinois) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Krasnie Krilya (10-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Khimky. PGE Turow at the other side keeps the ninth place with 11 games lost. PGE Turow will play next round against BC Astana trying to get back on the winning streak. Krasnie Krilya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Krasnie Krilya: C.Simmons 14+10reb+2ast, A.Miles 13+1reb+10ast, A.Smith 11+6reb+3ast, O.Thomas 11+3reb, D.Kulagin 9+1reb+1ast, E.Kolesnikov 8+1reb+2ast
PGE Turow: D.Kulig 16+6reb+3ast, D.Jackson 11+3reb+3ast, P.Stelmach 10+2reb, M.Chylinski 10+1reb+2ast, I.Opacak 10+3reb+2ast, I.Zigeranovic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 217632


Lokomotiv - N.Novgorod 75-74

A very interesting game took place in Kuban. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (7-6) to third ranked Lokomotiv (9-4) 75-74 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BC Nizhny Novgorod. BC Nizhny Novgorod was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 24-14 third quarter run of Lokomotiv. They outrebounded BC Nizhny Novgorod 38-26 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by BC Nizhny Novgorod helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) nailed 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Australian center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska) accounted for 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. Lokomotiv's coach Evgeny Pashutin used entire bench in such tough game. American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-83, college: UCLA) came up with 17 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Artem Yakovenko (205-88) added 20 points respectively for BC Nizhny Novgorod in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Lokomotiv. They maintain third place with 9-4 record behind leader Zalgiris, which they share with Unics and VEF Riga. BC Nizhny Novgorod at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Lokomotiv's next round opponent will be Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#7) on the road. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play against Triumph Lyubertsy in Lubertsy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: N.Calathes 22+9reb+2ast, M.Kalnietis 12+1reb+5ast, S.Bykov 10+2reb+6ast, A.Maric 10+10reb, R.Hendrix 8+8reb+1ast, D.Brown 7+6reb
N.Novgorod: A.Yakovenko 20+1reb, D.Thompson 17+9reb+1ast, O.Trotter 14+2reb+2ast, D.Golovin 8+3reb+3ast, S.Antonov 6+3reb+1ast, P.Korobkov 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 217630


BC Donetsk - Azovmash 83-66

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Azovmash (2-11) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked BC Donetsk (5-8) 83-66 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-66. BC Donetsk dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Azovmash's 28. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American-Trinidad and Tobago center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) fired 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Ramel Curry (192-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) chipped in 17 points and 7 assists. Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American point guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) added 13 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Ukrainian champion maintains seventh place with 5-8 record, which they share with Enisey. Azovmash lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. BC Donetsk will have a break next round. Azovmash will play on the road against Spartak St.Petersburg (#3).
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: D.Fischer 22+8reb+1ast, R.Curry 17+4reb+7ast, D.Songaila 15+4reb+2ast, I.Radenovic 7+3reb, V.Stojanovski 6+2reb+3ast, D.Gliebov 4+4reb+2ast
Azovmash: M.Raduljica 17+11reb+1ast, L.Greer 13+3reb+8ast, T.Dragicevic 12+4reb+2ast, O.Kolchenko 9+1reb+1ast, A.Slipenchuk 4, S.Serapinas 3+1reb
gschID: 217625


Kalev/Cramo - Unics 52-70

Rather predictable result in Tallinn where fourth ranked Russian Unics Kazan (9-4) beat 8th ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (3-10) 70-52 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Unics Kazan. Kalev/Cramo was better in fourth quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kalev/Cramo to just 7 points in third quarter. Greek power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83) fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Terrell Lyday (191-79, college: BYU) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Four Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. Latvian guard Armands Skele (192-83) produced 8 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Gary Wilkinson (205-82, college: Utah St.) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Unics Kazan moved-up to third place, which they share with Lokomotiv and VEF Riga. Defending Estonian champion Kalev/Cramo keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Unics Kazan will face league's second-placed Khimky in Khimki in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kalev/Cramo will play on the road against Lietuvos rytas (#5) in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Unics: K.Kaimakoglou 16+7reb+2ast, I.Vougioukas 14+3reb+2ast, T.Lyday 12+4reb+4ast, V.Veremeenko 11+8reb, C.Eidson 8+7reb+4ast, N.Shabalkin 5+3reb+1ast
Kalev/Cramo: G.Wilkinson 13+4reb, A.Skele 8+6reb+3ast, B.Fall 6+7reb, F.Elegar 6+9reb+1ast, T.Abbott 6+4ast, K.Mangelsoo 5
gschID: 217634


CSKA - Zalgiris 68-74

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Russian CSKA Moscow (11-2) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Lithuanian Zalgiris (12-1) 74-68. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of CSKA Moscow. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 11-1 record before this meeting. CSKA Moscow was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 22-14 charge of Zalgiris, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to CSKA Moscow's 30. Zalgiris players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 4 assists. Center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) answered with 13 points and American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) added 12 points in the effort for CSKA Moscow. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Zalgiris. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains first place with 12-1 record. Defending Russian champion CSKA Moscow dropped to the second position with two games lost. Zalgiris will play against VEF Riga (#4) at home in the next round. CSKA Moscow will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: M.Kuzminskas 12+2reb, D.Lavrinovic 12+3reb+1ast, M.Popovic 11+2reb, P.Jankunas 11+4reb+4ast, K.Lavrinovic 9+2reb+2ast, V.Lipkevicius 8+1reb+3ast
CSKA: M.Teodosic 13+4reb+3ast, S.Weems 12+2reb+3ast, N.Krstic 12+2reb+1ast, V.Micov 8+4reb, Z.Erceg 6+2reb+1ast, V.Khryapa 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 217627


Triumph - Tsmoki-Minsk 80-66

Not a big story in a game in Lubertsy where bottom-ranked Belarusian Tsmoki-Minsk (0-13) was defeated by sixth ranked Russian Triumph Lyubertsy (6-7) 80-66 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 50-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Triumph Lyubertsy dominated on the defensive end, holding Tsmoki-Minsk to just 7 points in third quarter. Triumph Lyubertsy forced 19 Tsmoki-Minsk turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Sergey Karasev (202-93) fired 18 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. American point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. Four Triumph Lyubertsy players scored in double figures. Triumph Lyubertsy's coach Vasiliy Karasev used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-80) produced 22 points and Australian forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) added 12 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) respectively for lost side. Triumph Lyubertsy maintains sixth place with 6-7 record. Tsmoki-Minsk lost their thirteenth game in a row. Defending Belarusian champion still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Triumph Lyubertsy will face higher ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tsmoki-Minsk will play against Neptunas (#9) in Klaipeda and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Triumph: S.Karasev 18+6reb+3ast, T.Mitchell 14+1reb, K.Landry 12+9reb, T.McKee 12+6reb+9ast, E.Valiev 9+2reb+2ast, A.Vikhrov 4+3reb+5ast
Tsmoki-Minsk: A.Kudrautsau 22+3reb+2ast, A.Majok 12+8reb+2ast, D.Korshuk 9+4reb+1ast, A.Pustahvar 7+2reb+2ast, V.Ginevicius 6+2ast, P.Ulyanko 4+1reb
gschID: 217629


Neptunas - CEZ Nymburk 96-86

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Klaipeda where ninth ranked Lithuanian Neptunas (2-11) won against 8th ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk (4-9) 96-86 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Neptunas. CEZ Nymburk was better in fourth quarter 29-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CEZ Nymburk was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Marius Runkauskas (189-86) fired 21 points for the winners. Forward Deividas Gailius (200-88) chipped in 22 points. Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) added 23 points and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Neptunas maintains ninth place with 2-11 record, which they share with Azovmash. CEZ Nymburk lost their fourth game in a row. Defending Czech champion keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Neptunas will face Tsmoki-Minsk (#10) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: D.Gailius 22+1reb, M.Runkauskas 21+1reb+2ast, L.Mikalauskas 11+7reb, V.Vasylius 9+4reb+3ast, E.Dainys 8+3reb+4ast, V.Sarakauskas 8+7reb+2ast
CEZ Nymburk: T.Carter 23+4reb+6ast, R.Rancik 21+12reb+1ast, V.Hruban 11+1ast, P.Houska 10+4reb+1ast, J.Welsch 9+2reb+3ast, T.Pomikalek 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 217628


BC Astana - PGE Turow 81-61

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Polish PGE Turow (3-11) was crushed on the road by fifth ranked Kazakhstan BC Astana (7-6) 81-61 on Thursday. BC Astana made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Power forward Anton Ponomaryov (210-88, agency: Beo Basket) fired 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American-Guyanese Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Five BC Astana players scored in double figures. American guard David Jackson (193-86, college: W.Illinois) produced 10 points and guard Michal Chylinski (190-86, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Kazakhstan champion maintains fifth place with 7-6 record, which they share with Lietuvos rytas and N.Novgorod. Loser PGE Turow keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. BC Astana will face again PGE Turow (#9) in Zgorzelec in the next round.
Top scorers:
BC Astana: A.Ponomaryov 22+5reb+1ast, A.Glyniadakis 11+6reb+2ast, R.Marshall 11+7reb+5ast, B.Cvetkovic 10+4reb+3ast, A.Bose 10+4reb+1ast, M.Voyeykov 7+1reb+3ast
PGE Turow: I.Opacak 12+3reb, M.Chylinski 12+3ast, D.Jackson 10+3reb+2ast, A.Cel 7+5reb, I.Zigeranovic 7+1reb+1ast, P.Stelmach 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 232786


  




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