Eurocup – Results and Stats from Round 2 of Regular Season

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Results and Stats from Round 2 of Regular Season Oct 9, 2019
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There were only 2 rounds played so far and it’s still very beginning of the Regular Season in Eurocup. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most important game of round 2 took place in Beograd of Group B where Serbian Partizan NIS beat Turkish Tofas (1-1) 93-80 on Tuesday night. Tofas were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Partizan NIS looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Swingman Rade Zagorac (204-95, agency: BeoBasket) scored 26 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Partizan NIS’s coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. British-American guard Tarik Phillip (190-93, college: WVU, agency: Two Points) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Tofas will play next round against Umana Venezia trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Partizan NIS will try to continue on its current victory against Rytas in Vilnius.
Turkish Darussafaka defeated French JSF Nanterre in Istanbul 72-65. Hungarian-American power forward Jarrod Jones (207-90, college: Ball St.) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Johnny Hamilton supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Darussafaka’s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points by American-Albanian guard Dallas Moore (185-94, college: N.Florida) did not help to save the game for JSF Nanterre. JSF Nanterre will play next round against Unics Kazan trying to get back on the winning streak. Darussafaka will try to continue on its current victory against Joventut at Badalona.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Greek Promitheas (1-1) in Patras on Wednesday night. Hosts were edged by French Monaco (2-0) 77-74. The best player for the winners was Dylan Ennis who scored 19 points. Octavius Ellis produced 17 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Monaco will meet Rishon (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Promitheas will play against ratiopharm Ulm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
And what about another game where Italian Trento (#4) beat Montenegrin Buducnost 77-68 on the road. Rashard Kelly orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. Trento’s next round opponent will be EWE Baskets (#6) in Oldenburg. Buducnost will play at home against Asseco Arka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Spanish Unicaja Malaga’s road win over Polish Asseco Arka 66-59 was very exciting. Deon Thompson scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners. Unicaja Malaga’s coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Unicaja Malaga will face Galatasaray in Istanbul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Asseco Arka will play on the road against Buducnost in Podgorica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2:
In Group A winless Rishon lost to undefeated Virtus BO on the opponent’s court 77-96. Bottom-ranked Andorra outscored Ratiopharm in a home game 97-78.
In Group B winless Venezia recorded a loss to Lokomotiv on the road 77-63. Limoges crushed Rytas on its own court 82-61.
In Group C Brescia were beaten by Joventut in Badalona 81-68. Unics won against Cedevita Olimpija at home 80-67.
In Group D winless EWE Baskets lost to undefeated Galatasaray on the opponent’s court 79-92.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Zach Auguste of Galatasaray.

Group A

Virtus BO – Rishon 96-77

Rather expected game in Bologna where Israeli Rishon (0-2) was crushed by Italian Virtus BO (2-0) 96-77 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Virtus BO. Rishon was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Virtus BO looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Rishon was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: PFW) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Giampaolo Ricci (201-91) chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. American guard Alex Hamilton (193-93, college: Louisiana Tech) responded with 18 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Darryl Monroe (201-86, college: GMU) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Virtus BO will face Andorra (#4) at home in the next round. Rishon will play against Monaco and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Virtus BO: F.Gaines 21+4reb+2ast, S.Markovic 15+3reb+4ast, M.Teodosic 11+3reb+4ast, G.Ricci 11+10reb+2ast, A.Pajola 10+4reb+2ast, F.Baldi Rossi 9+4reb+1ast
Rishon: A.Hamilton 18+4reb+4ast, J.Swing 17+5reb, D.Monroe 14+6reb+3ast, A.Ariel 12+5reb, J.Williams III 5+2reb+1ast, D.Saddler 3+4reb+1ast

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Andorra – Ratiopharm 97-78

Andorra used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Ulm 97-78 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-78. Andorra made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Andorra outrebounded ratiopharm Ulm 38-20 including a 31-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Bosnian-Serbian Dejan Todorovic (197-94) scored 15 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Nacho Llovet (202-91) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Andorra players scored in double figures. American forward Derek Willis (206-95, college: Kentucky) responded with 22 points and French Killian Hayes (196-1) scored 10 points and 7 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Andorra will face Virtus BO in Bologna in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ratiopharm Ulm will play at home against Promitheas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Andorra: D.Todorovic 15+3reb+5ast, D.Jelinek 12+2reb+3ast, N.Llovet 11+7reb, T.Perez 10+5reb+1ast, J.Senglin 10+4reb+4ast, D.Walker 10+2reb+3ast
Ratiopharm: D.Willis 22+3reb+1ast, T.Harvey 15+2reb, K.Hayes 10+4reb+7ast, G.Jerrett 8+3reb+3ast, Z.Dragic 7+3reb+4ast, A.Obst 4

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Promitheas – Monaco 74-77

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Greek Promitheas (1-1) in Patras on Wednesday night. Hosts were edged by French Monaco (2-0) 77-74. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Promitheas won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Canadian-Jamaican point guard Dylan Ennis (187-91, college: Oregon, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 19 points. American center Eric Buckner (208-90, college: Georgia St., agency: David Lee Services) chipped in 16 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). American center Octavius Ellis (208-93, college: Cincinnati) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and his fellow American import point guard Langston Hall (193-91, college: Mercer, agency: Octagon Europe) added 8 points and 8 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Monaco will meet Rishon (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Promitheas will play against ratiopharm Ulm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Monaco: D.Ennis 19+4reb+1ast, E.Buckner 16+4reb, A.Clemmons 13+4reb+3ast, D.Bost 9+2reb+3ast, W.Yeguete 6+4reb+1ast, J.O’Brien 5+2reb+3ast
Promitheas: O.Ellis 17+5reb+2ast, D.Agravanis 14+2reb+1ast, O.Lypovyy 10+3reb+1ast, L.Kaselakis 9+3reb+1ast, L.Hall 8+3reb+8ast, C.Babb 7+3reb+1ast

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Group B

Lokomotiv – Venezia 77-63

Lokomotiv used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Venezia 77-63 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Lokomotiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Lokomotiv outrebounded Umana Venezia 40-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American center Alan Williams (203-93, college: UCSB) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Dmitrii Kulagin (195-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) during the contest. Four Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. American forward Austin Daye (211-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American-Dominican forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) scored 11 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lokomotiv will face Limoges CSP Elite (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Umana Venezia will play against Tofas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: S.Dekker 15+3reb+3ast, D.Kulagin 14+7reb+4ast, W.Cummings 14+1reb+3ast, A.Williams 12+13reb+2ast, D.Apic 6+2reb+2ast, M.Kalnietis 6+1reb+1ast
Venezia: A.Daye 14+7reb+3ast, M.Watt 11+3reb, S.Tonut 10+1reb+1ast, G.Vidmar 9+2reb+1ast, M.Bramos 5+1reb+3ast, J.Chappell 4+3reb+4ast

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Limoges – Rytas 82-61

There was a small surprise when French Limoges CSP Elite (1-1) outscored at home Lithuanian Rytas (1-1) 82-61 on Wednesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Limoges CSP Elite’s pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-7 extending their advantage to 21 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rytas to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Limoges CSP Elite dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Rytas’ 18. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Semaj Christon (190-92, college: Xavier) scored 19 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Vincent Sanford (193-90, college: Dayton, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. American guard Tu Holloway (183-89, college: Xavier) responded with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Mexican guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Limoges CSP Elite will face Lokomotiv (#4) in Krasnodar in the next round. Rytas will play at home against Partizan NIS and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Limoges: S.Christon 19+2reb+8ast, V.Sanford 16+6reb+1ast, H.Invernizzi 14+2reb+1ast, B.Conklin 10+3reb, M.Ginyard 10+5reb+3ast, N.Lang 7+1reb
Rytas: F.Cruz 13+4reb+3ast, T.Holloway 10+6reb+4ast, A.Butkevicius 7+4reb+1ast, C.Bairstow 7+5reb+1ast, E.Kairys 7+5reb+1ast, D.Sirvydis 6+2reb

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Partizan NIS – Tofas 93-80

The most important game of round 2 took place in Beograd of Group B where Serbian Partizan NIS beat Turkish Tofas (1-1) 93-80 on Tuesday night. Tofas were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Partizan NIS looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Swingman Rade Zagorac (204-95, agency: BeoBasket) scored 26 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Partizan NIS’s coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. British-American guard Tarik Phillip (190-93, college: WVU, agency: Two Points) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and American center Devin Williams (206-94, college: WVU) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tofas will play next round against Umana Venezia trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Partizan NIS will try to continue on its current victory against Rytas in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Partizan NIS: R.Zagorac 26+5reb+2ast, N.Velickovic 15+7reb+4ast, N.Gordic 12+3reb+4ast, C.Walden 12+2reb+7ast, O.Jaramaz 8+1reb+4ast, A.Parakhouski 6+4reb
Tofas: D.Williams 18+5reb+2ast, T.Phillip 16+6reb+8ast, D.White 16, M.Lojeski 14+1ast, B.Ugurlu 7+3reb+6ast, B.Durmaz 5+3reb

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Group C

Joventut – Brescia 81-68

There was a minor upset in Badalona where Italian Brescia (1-1) was defeated by Spanish Joventut (1-1) 81-68 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 46-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Joventut made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Brescia was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) scored 24 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Slovenian center Alen Omic (216-92, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Joventut players scored in double figures. Awudu Abass (199-93, agency: Players Group) responded with 15 points and point guard Luca Vitali (201-86) scored 13 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Joventut will face Darussafaka in Istanbul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Brescia will play at home against Cedevita Olimpija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Joventut: K.Prepelic 24+4reb+5ast, N.Zisis 13+4reb+5ast, A.Omic 12+9reb+3ast, L.Harangody 11+7reb+2ast, C.Morgan 8+1reb+1ast, A.Ventura 5+3reb
Brescia: A.Abass 15+4reb+2ast, L.Vitali 13+1reb+1ast, T.Cain 9+4reb, T.Laquintana 8+1reb, D.Lansdowne 5+5reb+2ast, K.Horton 4+3reb+3ast

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Darussafaka – Nanterre 72-65

Turkish Darussafaka defeated French JSF Nanterre in Istanbul 72-65. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 18-13 JSF Nanterre’s run in the last quarter cut the lead to 72-65 at the end of the game. Darussafaka dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to JSF Nanterre’s 20. Hungarian-American power forward Jarrod Jones (207-90, college: Ball St.) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Trinidad and Tobago center Johnny Hamilton (213-94, college: UT Arlington) supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Darussafaka’s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points by American-Albanian guard Dallas Moore (185-94, college: N.Florida) did not help to save the game for JSF Nanterre. Canadian point guard Kenny Chery (180-92, college: Baylor) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. JSF Nanterre will play next round against Unics Kazan trying to get back on the winning streak. Darussafaka will try to continue on its current victory against Joventut at Badalona.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: J.Jones 16+9reb+2ast, J.Hamilton 15+7reb, D.Lamb 9+2reb+7ast, D.Ozdemiroglu 8+2reb+2ast, K.Ozmizrak 8+2ast, G.Browne 5+2reb
Nanterre: D.Moore 21+2reb+3ast, K.Chery 14+6reb+2ast, Y.Ndoye 8+2reb+1ast, J.Pansa 6+4reb, S.Butterfield 6+5reb+3ast, T.Smith 4+7reb+2ast

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Unics – Cedevita Olimpija 80-67

Unics Kazan used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Ljubljana 80-67 on Wednesday night. Cedevita Olimpija was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 25-7 charge of Unics Kazan, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Cedevita Olimpija to just 7 points in fourth quarter. American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) scored 21 points and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Greek forward Konstantinos Kaimakoglou (206-83) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Unics Kazan’s coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Serbian forward Marko Simonovic (203-86, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and Jaka Blazic (196-90) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Unics Kazan will face JSF Nanterre on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cedevita Olimpija will play against Brescia (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Unics: J.Smith 21+6ast, A.Tyus 13+6reb, E.McCollum 11+3reb+4ast, K.Kaimakoglou 9+9reb+3ast, E.Kolesnikov 9+5reb+1ast, P.Sergeev 7+2reb+1ast
Cedevita Olimpija: M.Simonovic 13+5reb+1ast, R.Boatright 11+2reb+3ast, F.Kruslin 9+1reb+1ast, J.Blazic 9+8reb+2ast, E.Muric 9+5reb, C.Miller-McIntyre 7+1reb+2ast

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Group D

Buducnost – Trento 68-77

And what about another game where Italian Trento (#4) beat Montenegrin Buducnost 77-68 on the road. The guests were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 21-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Trento dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Buducnost’s 24. They outrebounded Buducnost 35-22 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Rashard Kelly (203-95, college: Wichita St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import guard James Blackmon-Jr (193-95, college: Indiana) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) replied with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and center Danilo Nikolic (206-93, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points in the effort for Buducnost. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Trento’s next round opponent will be EWE Baskets (#6) in Oldenburg. Buducnost will play at home against Asseco Arka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trento: J.Blackmon Jr. 19+2reb+2ast, R.Kelly 15+9reb+1ast, G.King 15+4reb, J.Knox 11+5reb+1ast, A.Craft 7+5reb+9ast, A.Gentile 6+3reb+4ast
Buducnost: J.Cobbs 19+5reb+8ast, D.Nikolic 13+3reb+1ast, S.Bamforth 11+1reb+3ast, H.Martin 10+6reb, P.Popovic 7, S.Sehovic 3+1reb+1ast

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Asseco Arka – Unicaja 59-66

Spanish Unicaja Malaga’s road win over Polish Asseco Arka 66-59 was very exciting. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 38-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Unicaja Malaga dominated on the defensive end, holding Asseco Arka to just 6 points in first quarter. They made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Asseco Arka was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Ivorian forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: UNC, agency: BeoBasket) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and Polish Adam Waczynski (199-89) chipped in 8 points during the contest. Unicaja Malaga’s coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American point guard Phil Greene-IV (187-92, college: St.John’s, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 18 points and his fellow American import swingman Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Unicaja Malaga will face Galatasaray in Istanbul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Asseco Arka will play on the road against Buducnost in Podgorica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: D.Thompson 21+3reb+1ast, A.Waczynski 8+4reb+2ast, J.Fernandez 7+2reb+1ast, M.Ejim 6+6reb+2ast, A.Diaz 6+3reb+4ast, F.Elegar 4+7reb+1ast
Asseco Arka: P.Greene IV 18+4reb+1ast, D.Upson 11+7reb, J.Bostic 8+6reb+7ast, A.Hrycaniuk 8+5reb+1ast, L.Hammonds 6+4reb, K.Szubarga 4+3reb+4ast

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Galatasaray – EWE Baskets 92-79

Rather expected game in Istanbul where German EWE Baskets (0-2) were defeated by Turkish Galatasaray (2-0) 92-79 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-79. Galatasaray made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Greek-American center Zach Auguste (208-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American Aaron Harrison (198-94, college: Kentucky) chipped in 17 points and 8 assists during the contest. American swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) responded with 17 points and his fellow American import guard Braydon Hobbs (196-89, college: Bellarmine) scored 11 points and 7 assists. Five Galatasaray and four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Galatasaray will face Unicaja Malaga on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. EWE Baskets will play against Trento (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galatasaray: Z.Auguste 18+6reb+4ast, A.Harrison 17+3reb+8ast, B.Moore 13+5reb+1ast, L.Jones 13+3ast, Y.Arslan 11+7reb+3ast, G.Koksal 9+3reb+2ast
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 17+3reb+1ast, G.Blakes 16+1reb+2ast, R.Mahalbasic 16+2reb+2ast, B.Hobbs 11+2reb+7ast, P.Schwethelm 6+3reb+1ast, J.Sears 4+2reb

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youtube There were only 2 rounds played so far and it’s still very beginning of the Regular Season in Eurocup. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin. Here is the last round review presented by ESL. The most important game of round 2 took place in Beograd of Group B where Serbian Partizan NIS beat Turkish Tofas (1-1) 93-80 on Tuesday night. Tofas were tied after th…  
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it’s still very beginning of the Regular Season in Eurocup. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most important game of round 2 took place in Beograd of Group B where Serbian Partizan NIS beat Turkish Tofas (1-1) 93-80 on Tuesday night. Tofas were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Partizan NIS looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Swingman Rade Zagorac (204-95, agency: BeoBasket) scored 26 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Partizan NIS’s coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. British-American guard Tarik Phillip (190-93, college: WVU, agency: Two Points) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Tofas will play next round against Umana Venezia trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Partizan NIS will try to continue on its current victory against Rytas in Vilnius.
Turkish Darussafaka defeated French JSF Nanterre in Istanbul 72-65. Hungarian-American power forward Jarrod Jones (207-90, college: Ball St.) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Johnny Hamilton supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Darussafaka’s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points by American-Albanian guard Dallas Moore (185-94, college: N.Florida) did not help to save the game for JSF Nanterre. JSF Nanterre will play next round against Unics Kazan trying to get back on the winning streak. Darussafaka will try to continue on its current victory against Joventut at Badalona.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Greek Promitheas (1-1) in Patras on Wednesday night. Hosts were edged by French Monaco (2-0) 77-74. The best player for the winners was Dylan Ennis who scored 19 points. Octavius Ellis produced 17 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Monaco will meet Rishon (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Promitheas will play against ratiopharm Ulm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
And what about another game where Italian Trento (#4) beat Montenegrin Buducnost 77-68 on the road. Rashard Kelly orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. Trento’s next round opponent will be EWE Baskets (#6) in Oldenburg. Buducnost will play at home against Asseco Arka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Spanish Unicaja Malaga’s road win over Polish Asseco Arka 66-59 was very exciting. Deon Thompson scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners. Unicaja Malaga’s coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Unicaja Malaga will face Galatasaray in Istanbul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Asseco Arka will play on the road against Buducnost in Podgorica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2:
In Group A winless Rishon lost to undefeated Virtus BO on the opponent’s court 77-96. Bottom-ranked Andorra outscored Ratiopharm in a home game 97-78.
In Group B winless Venezia recorded a loss to Lokomotiv on the road 77-63. Limoges crushed Rytas on its own court 82-61.
In Group C Brescia were beaten by Joventut in Badalona 81-68. Unics won against Cedevita Olimpija at home 80-67.
In Group D winless EWE Baskets lost to undefeated Galatasaray on the opponent’s court 79-92.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Zach Auguste of Galatasaray.

Group A

Virtus BO – Rishon 96-77

Rather expected game in Bologna where Israeli Rishon (0-2) was crushed by Italian Virtus BO (2-0) 96-77 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Virtus BO. Rishon was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Virtus BO looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Rishon was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: PFW) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Giampaolo Ricci (201-91) chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. American guard Alex Hamilton (193-93, college: Louisiana Tech) responded with 18 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Darryl Monroe (201-86, college: GMU) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Virtus BO will face Andorra (#4) at home in the next round. Rishon will play against Monaco and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Virtus BO: F.Gaines 21+4reb+2ast, S.Markovic 15+3reb+4ast, M.Teodosic 11+3reb+4ast, G.Ricci 11+10reb+2ast, A.Pajola 10+4reb+2ast, F.Baldi Rossi 9+4reb+1ast
Rishon: A.Hamilton 18+4reb+4ast, J.Swing 17+5reb, D.Monroe 14+6reb+3ast, A.Ariel 12+5reb, J.Williams III 5+2reb+1ast, D.Saddler 3+4reb+1ast

gschID: 730688

Andorra – Ratiopharm 97-78

Andorra used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Ulm 97-78 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-78. Andorra made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Andorra outrebounded ratiopharm Ulm 38-20 including a 31-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Bosnian-Serbian Dejan Todorovic (197-94) scored 15 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Nacho Llovet (202-91) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Andorra players scored in double figures. American forward Derek Willis (206-95, college: Kentucky) responded with 22 points and French Killian Hayes (196-1) scored 10 points and 7 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Andorra will face Virtus BO in Bologna in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ratiopharm Ulm will play at home against Promitheas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Andorra: D.Todorovic 15+3reb+5ast, D.Jelinek 12+2reb+3ast, N.Llovet 11+7reb, T.Perez 10+5reb+1ast, J.Senglin 10+4reb+4ast, D.Walker 10+2reb+3ast
Ratiopharm: D.Willis 22+3reb+1ast, T.Harvey 15+2reb, K.Hayes 10+4reb+7ast, G.Jerrett 8+3reb+3ast, Z.Dragic 7+3reb+4ast, A.Obst 4

gschID: 730689

Promitheas – Monaco 74-77

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Greek Promitheas (1-1) in Patras on Wednesday night. Hosts were edged by French Monaco (2-0) 77-74. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Promitheas won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Canadian-Jamaican point guard Dylan Ennis (187-91, college: Oregon, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 19 points. American center Eric Buckner (208-90, college: Georgia St., agency: David Lee Services) chipped in 16 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). American center Octavius Ellis (208-93, college: Cincinnati) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and his fellow American import point guard Langston Hall (193-91, college: Mercer, agency: Octagon Europe) added 8 points and 8 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Monaco will meet Rishon (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Promitheas will play against ratiopharm Ulm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Monaco: D.Ennis 19+4reb+1ast, E.Buckner 16+4reb, A.Clemmons 13+4reb+3ast, D.Bost 9+2reb+3ast, W.Yeguete 6+4reb+1ast, J.O’Brien 5+2reb+3ast
Promitheas: O.Ellis 17+5reb+2ast, D.Agravanis 14+2reb+1ast, O.Lypovyy 10+3reb+1ast, L.Kaselakis 9+3reb+1ast, L.Hall 8+3reb+8ast, C.Babb 7+3reb+1ast

gschID: 730690

Group B

Lokomotiv – Venezia 77-63

Lokomotiv used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Venezia 77-63 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Lokomotiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Lokomotiv outrebounded Umana Venezia 40-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American center Alan Williams (203-93, college: UCSB) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Dmitrii Kulagin (195-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) during the contest. Four Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. American forward Austin Daye (211-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American-Dominican forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) scored 11 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lokomotiv will face Limoges CSP Elite (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Umana Venezia will play against Tofas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: S.Dekker 15+3reb+3ast, D.Kulagin 14+7reb+4ast, W.Cummings 14+1reb+3ast, A.Williams 12+13reb+2ast, D.Apic 6+2reb+2ast, M.Kalnietis 6+1reb+1ast
Venezia: A.Daye 14+7reb+3ast, M.Watt 11+3reb, S.Tonut 10+1reb+1ast, G.Vidmar 9+2reb+1ast, M.Bramos 5+1reb+3ast, J.Chappell 4+3reb+4ast

gschID: 730691

Limoges – Rytas 82-61

There was a small surprise when French Limoges CSP Elite (1-1) outscored at home Lithuanian Rytas (1-1) 82-61 on Wednesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Limoges CSP Elite’s pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-7 extending their advantage to 21 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rytas to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Limoges CSP Elite dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Rytas’ 18. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Semaj Christon (190-92, college: Xavier) scored 19 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Vincent Sanford (193-90, college: Dayton, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. American guard Tu Holloway (183-89, college: Xavier) responded with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Mexican guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Limoges CSP Elite will face Lokomotiv (#4) in Krasnodar in the next round. Rytas will play at home against Partizan NIS and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Limoges: S.Christon 19+2reb+8ast, V.Sanford 16+6reb+1ast, H.Invernizzi 14+2reb+1ast, B.Conklin 10+3reb, M.Ginyard 10+5reb+3ast, N.Lang 7+1reb
Rytas: F.Cruz 13+4reb+3ast, T.Holloway 10+6reb+4ast, A.Butkevicius 7+4reb+1ast, C.Bairstow 7+5reb+1ast, E.Kairys 7+5reb+1ast, D.Sirvydis 6+2reb

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Partizan NIS – Tofas 93-80

The most important game of round 2 took place in Beograd of Group B where Serbian Partizan NIS beat Turkish Tofas (1-1) 93-80 on Tuesday night. Tofas were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Partizan NIS looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Swingman Rade Zagorac (204-95, agency: BeoBasket) scored 26 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Partizan NIS’s coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. British-American guard Tarik Phillip (190-93, college: WVU, agency: Two Points) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and American center Devin Williams (206-94, college: WVU) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tofas will play next round against Umana Venezia trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Partizan NIS will try to continue on its current victory against Rytas in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Partizan NIS: R.Zagorac 26+5reb+2ast, N.Velickovic 15+7reb+4ast, N.Gordic 12+3reb+4ast, C.Walden 12+2reb+7ast, O.Jaramaz 8+1reb+4ast, A.Parakhouski 6+4reb
Tofas: D.Williams 18+5reb+2ast, T.Phillip 16+6reb+8ast, D.White 16, M.Lojeski 14+1ast, B.Ugurlu 7+3reb+6ast, B.Durmaz 5+3reb

gschID: 730693

Group C

Joventut – Brescia 81-68

There was a minor upset in Badalona where Italian Brescia (1-1) was defeated by Spanish Joventut (1-1) 81-68 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 46-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Joventut made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Brescia was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) scored 24 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Slovenian center Alen Omic (216-92, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Joventut players scored in double figures. Awudu Abass (199-93, agency: Players Group) responded with 15 points and point guard Luca Vitali (201-86) scored 13 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Joventut will face Darussafaka in Istanbul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Brescia will play at home against Cedevita Olimpija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Joventut: K.Prepelic 24+4reb+5ast, N.Zisis 13+4reb+5ast, A.Omic 12+9reb+3ast, L.Harangody 11+7reb+2ast, C.Morgan 8+1reb+1ast, A.Ventura 5+3reb
Brescia: A.Abass 15+4reb+2ast, L.Vitali 13+1reb+1ast, T.Cain 9+4reb, T.Laquintana 8+1reb, D.Lansdowne 5+5reb+2ast, K.Horton 4+3reb+3ast

gschID: 730694

Darussafaka – Nanterre 72-65

Turkish Darussafaka defeated French JSF Nanterre in Istanbul 72-65. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 18-13 JSF Nanterre’s run in the last quarter cut the lead to 72-65 at the end of the game. Darussafaka dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to JSF Nanterre’s 20. Hungarian-American power forward Jarrod Jones (207-90, college: Ball St.) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Trinidad and Tobago center Johnny Hamilton (213-94, college: UT Arlington) supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Darussafaka’s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points by American-Albanian guard Dallas Moore (185-94, college: N.Florida) did not help to save the game for JSF Nanterre. Canadian point guard Kenny Chery (180-92, college: Baylor) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. JSF Nanterre will play next round against Unics Kazan trying to get back on the winning streak. Darussafaka will try to continue on its current victory against Joventut at Badalona.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: J.Jones 16+9reb+2ast, J.Hamilton 15+7reb, D.Lamb 9+2reb+7ast, D.Ozdemiroglu 8+2reb+2ast, K.Ozmizrak 8+2ast, G.Browne 5+2reb
Nanterre: D.Moore 21+2reb+3ast, K.Chery 14+6reb+2ast, Y.Ndoye 8+2reb+1ast, J.Pansa 6+4reb, S.Butterfield 6+5reb+3ast, T.Smith 4+7reb+2ast

gschID: 730695

Unics – Cedevita Olimpija 80-67

Unics Kazan used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Ljubljana 80-67 on Wednesday night. Cedevita Olimpija was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 25-7 charge of Unics Kazan, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Cedevita Olimpija to just 7 points in fourth quarter. American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) scored 21 points and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Greek forward Konstantinos Kaimakoglou (206-83) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Unics Kazan’s coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Serbian forward Marko Simonovic (203-86, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and Jaka Blazic (196-90) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Unics Kazan will face JSF Nanterre on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cedevita Olimpija will play against Brescia (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Unics: J.Smith 21+6ast, A.Tyus 13+6reb, E.McCollum 11+3reb+4ast, K.Kaimakoglou 9+9reb+3ast, E.Kolesnikov 9+5reb+1ast, P.Sergeev 7+2reb+1ast
Cedevita Olimpija: M.Simonovic 13+5reb+1ast, R.Boatright 11+2reb+3ast, F.Kruslin 9+1reb+1ast, J.Blazic 9+8reb+2ast, E.Muric 9+5reb, C.Miller-McIntyre 7+1reb+2ast

gschID: 730696

Group D

Buducnost – Trento 68-77

And what about another game where Italian Trento (#4) beat Montenegrin Buducnost 77-68 on the road. The guests were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 21-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Trento dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Buducnost’s 24. They outrebounded Buducnost 35-22 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Rashard Kelly (203-95, college: Wichita St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import guard James Blackmon-Jr (193-95, college: Indiana) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) replied with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and center Danilo Nikolic (206-93, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points in the effort for Buducnost. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Trento’s next round opponent will be EWE Baskets (#6) in Oldenburg. Buducnost will play at home against Asseco Arka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trento: J.Blackmon Jr. 19+2reb+2ast, R.Kelly 15+9reb+1ast, G.King 15+4reb, J.Knox 11+5reb+1ast, A.Craft 7+5reb+9ast, A.Gentile 6+3reb+4ast
Buducnost: J.Cobbs 19+5reb+8ast, D.Nikolic 13+3reb+1ast, S.Bamforth 11+1reb+3ast, H.Martin 10+6reb, P.Popovic 7, S.Sehovic 3+1reb+1ast

gschID: 730697

Asseco Arka – Unicaja 59-66

Spanish Unicaja Malaga’s road win over Polish Asseco Arka 66-59 was very exciting. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 38-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Unicaja Malaga dominated on the defensive end, holding Asseco Arka to just 6 points in first quarter. They made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Asseco Arka was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Ivorian forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: UNC, agency: BeoBasket) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and Polish Adam Waczynski (199-89) chipped in 8 points during the contest. Unicaja Malaga’s coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American point guard Phil Greene-IV (187-92, college: St.John’s, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 18 points and his fellow American import swingman Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Unicaja Malaga will face Galatasaray in Istanbul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Asseco Arka will play on the road against Buducnost in Podgorica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: D.Thompson 21+3reb+1ast, A.Waczynski 8+4reb+2ast, J.Fernandez 7+2reb+1ast, M.Ejim 6+6reb+2ast, A.Diaz 6+3reb+4ast, F.Elegar 4+7reb+1ast
Asseco Arka: P.Greene IV 18+4reb+1ast, D.Upson 11+7reb, J.Bostic 8+6reb+7ast, A.Hrycaniuk 8+5reb+1ast, L.Hammonds 6+4reb, K.Szubarga 4+3reb+4ast

gschID: 730698

Galatasaray – EWE Baskets 92-79

Rather expected game in Istanbul where German EWE Baskets (0-2) were defeated by Turkish Galatasaray (2-0) 92-79 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-79. Galatasaray made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Greek-American center Zach Auguste (208-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American Aaron Harrison (198-94, college: Kentucky) chipped in 17 points and 8 assists during the contest. American swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) responded with 17 points and his fellow American import guard Braydon Hobbs (196-89, college: Bellarmine) scored 11 points and 7 assists. Five Galatasaray and four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Galatasaray will face Unicaja Malaga on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. EWE Baskets will play against Trento (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galatasaray: Z.Auguste 18+6reb+4ast, A.Harrison 17+3reb+8ast, B.Moore 13+5reb+1ast, L.Jones 13+3ast, Y.Arslan 11+7reb+3ast, G.Koksal 9+3reb+2ast
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 17+3reb+1ast, G.Blakes 16+1reb+2ast, R.Mahalbasic 16+2reb+2ast, B.Hobbs 11+2reb+7ast, P.Schwethelm 6+3reb+1ast, J.Sears 4+2reb

gschID: 730699

Tags : RADE ZAGORAC, KK PARTIZAN NIS BEOGRAD, EUROCUP BASKETBALL

youtube 26-year old guard Tarik Phillip (190-G-93, agency: Two Points) had an amazing evening in the last round for league’s best team Tofas and receives a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 1. He had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Limoges (#6, 0-1), the league’s bottom-ranked team 84-71. Thanks to this victory Tofas moved-up to the 1st position in their group in EuroCup GROUP B. But it’s just the very beginning of the season and Tofas won just…  
26-year old guard Tarik Phillip (190-G-93, agency: Two Points) had an amazing evening in the last round for league’s best team Tofas and receives a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Limoges (#6, 0-1), the league’s bottom-ranked team 84-71. Thanks to this victory Tofas moved-up to the 1st position in their group in EuroCup GROUP B. But it’s just the very beginning of the season and Tofas won just one (their first) game. It’s too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Phillip turned to be Tofas’ top player in his first season with the team. West Virginia University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Phillip is in league’s top in rebounds (7th best: 10.0rpg), assists (7th best: 7.0apg) and averages solid 66.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Chris Babb (195-G/F-90, agency: Wasserman) of Promitheas. He is American swingman in his first season at Promitheas. In the last game Babb recorded impressive 19 points and 6 rebounds. Of course he led Promitheas to another comfortable win outscoring Rishon (0-1) 88-55. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Babb is a newcomer at Promitheas and quickly became one of team’s most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Greg Whittington (203-F-93) of league’s second-best Galatasaray. Whittington scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Galatasaray, leading his team to a 70-64 win against Trento (#5, 0-1). Galatasaray has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it’s too early to judge them at this stage. Whittington also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Whittington as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team’s leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rasid Mahalbasic (210-C-90) of EWE Baskets – 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Kenny Chery (180-PG-92) of Nanterre – 24 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Eimantas Bendzius (204-F-90) of Rytas – 27 points and 4 rebounds
7. Volodymyr Herun (208-F/C-94) of Unicaja – 19 points and 2 rebounds
8. Johnny O’Bryant III (205-F/C-93) of Lokomotiv – 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Vincent Hunter (203-PF-94) of Virtus BO – 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Stefan Markovic (198-G-88) of Virtus BO – 16 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists

The Player of the week is selected 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)


Tags : TARIK PHILLIP, TOFAS BURSA, EUROCUP BASKETBALL

youtube The Regular Season in Eurocup just started. Here is the last round review presented by ESL. The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Israeli Rishon (0-1) in Rishon Le-Zion on Wednesday night. Hosts were rolled over by Greek Promitheas (1-0) 88-55. The game without a history. Promitheas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Promitheas outrebounded Rishon 45-32 including a 37-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked…  
The Regular Season in Eurocup just started. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Israeli Rishon (0-1) in Rishon Le-Zion on Wednesday night. Hosts were rolled over by Greek Promitheas (1-0) 88-55. The game without a history. Promitheas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Promitheas outrebounded Rishon 45-32 including a 37-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Promitheas made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Chris Babb (195-90, college: Iowa St., agency: Wasserman) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, agency: Network Sports International) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Darryl Monroe (201-86, college: GMU) answered with 8 points and 6 rebounds for Rishon. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Promitheas is looking forward to face Monaco at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rishon will play against Virtus BO in Bologna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game for Italian Virtus BO (1-0) which played on the court of German ratiopharm Ulm (0-1). Virtus BO had an easy win 92-79. Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (198-88) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 assists for the winners and Kyle Weems chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Derek Willis (206-95, college: Kentucky) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds. ratiopharm Ulm’s coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn’t help. Virtus BO will play against Rishon (#4) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round. ratiopharm Ulm will play on the road against Andorra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also home loss of Italian Umana Venezia in a game versus undefeated Serbian Partizan NIS 66-63. Umana Venezia was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Rashawn Thomas nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Michael Bramos came up with 12 points and 8 rebounds for Umana Venezia in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Partizan NIS will meet at home Tofas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Umana Venezia will play against Lokomotiv in Krasnodar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should not miss anothera road victory of Turkish Darussafaka (1-0) over Slovenian Cedevita Olimpija (0-1) 79-73. Bonzie Colson-Jr fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Darussafaka’s next round opponent will be JSF Nanterre at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cedevita Olimpija will play against Unics Kazan (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
And finally the game worth to mention about is Galatasaray’s victory against Trento 70-64. It was a very good performance for Greg Whittington who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. Galatasaray’s coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Galatasaray will face EWE Baskets (#4) in Oldenburg in the next round. Trento will play on the road against Buducnost in Podgorica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 1 were not that significant.
In Group A winless Andorra lost to undefeated Monaco on the road 66-82.
In Group B Tofas won against Limoges on its own court 84-71. Winless Lokomotiv lost to undefeated Rytas in Vilnius 86-92.
In Group C Brescia managed to beat Unics at home 84-75. Winless Joventut lost to undefeated Nanterre on the opponent’s court 78-85.
In Group D winless EWE Baskets lost to undefeated Asseco Arka in a home game 74-78. Winless Buducnost lost to undefeated Unicaja on the road 70-83.
The most impressive performance of 1st round was 19 points by Volodymyr Herun of Unicaja.

Group GROUP A

Rishon – Promitheas 55-88

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Israeli Rishon (0-1) in Rishon Le-Zion on Wednesday night. Hosts were rolled over by Greek Promitheas (1-0) 88-55. The game without a history. Promitheas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Promitheas outrebounded Rishon 45-32 including a 37-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Promitheas made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Chris Babb (195-90, college: Iowa St., agency: Wasserman) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, agency: Network Sports International) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Promitheas players scored in double figures. American power forward Darryl Monroe (201-86, college: GMU) answered with 8 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Johnathan Williams-III (206-95, college: Gonzaga, agency: Wasserman) added 4 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Rishon. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Promitheas is looking forward to face Monaco at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rishon will play against Virtus BO in Bologna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Promitheas: C.Babb 19+6reb, L.Hall 12+2reb+5ast, O.Lypovyy 11+6reb+3ast, L.Kaselakis 10+3reb, G.Bogris 10+7reb+3ast, O.Ellis 8+6reb+1ast
Rishon: D.Saddler 9+2reb+2ast, A.Ariel 9+2ast, J.Swing 9+1reb, D.Monroe 8+6reb+2ast, A.Hamilton 6+3reb+3ast, J.Williams III 4+12reb

gschID: 730676

Monaco – Andorra 82-66

Monaco used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Andorra 82-66 on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Monaco. Andorra was better in third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Andorra’s 24. It was a very good performance for American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St.) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. American forward J.J. O’Brien (200-92, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Monaco players scored in double figures. Senegalese-Spanish center Moussa Diagne (211-94, agency: Interperformances) answered with 11 points and 6 rebounds and Bosnian-Serbian Dejan Todorovic (197-94) added 14 points in the effort for Andorra. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Monaco will face Promitheas (#3) in Patras in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Andorra will play at home against ratiopharm Ulm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Monaco: J.O’Brien 16+6reb+1ast, Y.Ouattara 12+4reb+1ast, D.Bost 12+5reb+8ast, A.Clemmons 12+2reb+5ast, E.Buckner 11+3reb, W.Yeguete 8+4reb+2ast
Andorra: D.Todorovic 14+1reb, M.Diagne 11+6reb, J.Senglin 8+4ast, F.Massenat 7+1reb+3ast, D.Walker 6, C.Hannah 6+1reb+7ast

gschID: 730677

Ratiopharm – Virtus BO 79-92

Another interesting game for Italian Virtus BO (1-0) which played on the court of German ratiopharm Ulm (0-1). Virtus BO had an easy win 92-79. It looked good early as ratiopharm Ulm took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Virtus BO had a 30-23 second period charge getting the lead and ratiopharm Ulm was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-92. Virtus BO dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to ratiopharm Ulm’s 26. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (198-88) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 assists for the winners and American forward Kyle Weems (198-89, college: Missouri St.) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Derek Willis (206-95, college: Kentucky) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and Slovenian swingman Zoran Dragic (196-89) scored 15 points. Five Virtus BO and four ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm’s coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn’t help. Virtus BO will play against Rishon (#4) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round. ratiopharm Ulm will play on the road against Andorra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Virtus BO: K.Weems 18+5reb+2ast, V.Hunter 17+5reb+2ast, S.Markovic 16+3reb+8ast, G.Ricci 15+5reb+3ast, J.Gamble 10+7reb+1ast, F.Gaines 8+1reb+3ast
Ratiopharm: Z.Dragic 15+2reb+3ast, T.Harvey 13+4reb+3ast, D.Willis 13+8reb+1ast, G.Jerrett 10+5reb, K.Hayes 8+9ast, A.Obst 8+1reb+2ast

gschID: 730678

Group GROUP B

Venezia – Partizan NIS 63-66

An interesting game was also home loss of Italian Umana Venezia in a game versus undefeated Serbian Partizan NIS 66-63. Umana Venezia was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-11. But Umana Venezia won second period 15-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Rashawn Thomas (203-94, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: Wasserman) nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and guard Ognjen Jaramaz (193-95, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Partizan NIS players scored in double figures. Greek-American swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) came up with 12 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Austin Daye (211-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) added 9 points respectively for Umana Venezia in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Partizan NIS will meet at home Tofas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Umana Venezia will play against Lokomotiv in Krasnodar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Partizan NIS: M.Paige 14+2reb+1ast, O.Jaramaz 12+5reb+5ast, R.Thomas 11+12reb+2ast, W.Mosley 10+6reb, N.Gordic 7+1reb+3ast, C.Walden 5+6reb
Venezia: M.Bramos 12+8reb+2ast, A.Daye 9+4reb+3ast, A.De Nicolao 9+1reb+3ast, J.Chappell 8+3reb+1ast, M.Watt 6+4reb, A.Filloy 6+4ast

gschID: 730679

Tofas – Limoges 84-71

Tofas used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Limoges 84-71 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Tofas. Limoges CSP Elite was better in second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tofas looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a very good performance for British-American guard Tarik Phillip (190-93, college: WVU, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. American power forward DJ White (206-86, college: Indiana, agency: Network Sports International) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Semaj Christon (190-92, college: Xavier) answered with 21 points and center Jerry Boutsiele (207-94) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Limoges CSP Elite. Five Tofas and four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. Limoges CSP Elite’s coach let to play eleven players, but that didn’t help to avoid defeat in this game. Tofas will face Partizan NIS (#3) in Beograd in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Limoges CSP Elite will play at home against Rytas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Tofas: D.White 19+6reb+2ast, T.Phillip 17+10reb+7ast, M.Lojeski 15+1reb+8ast, D.Williams 13+6reb+1ast, M.Mustafa 12+5reb+1ast, B.Durmaz 3+2reb+1ast
Limoges: S.Christon 21+2reb+2ast, J.Boutsiele 14+7reb+2ast, V.Sanford 11+3reb+4ast, M.Ginyard 10+5reb, B.Conklin 9+2reb+1ast, H.Invernizzi 6+3reb+2ast

gschID: 730680

Rytas – Lokomotiv 92-86

Rytas used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Krasnodar 92-86 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-86. Rytas made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Lokomotiv was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for forward Eimantas Bendzius (204-90) who helped to win the game recording 27 points. Mexican guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Johnny OBryant-III (205-93, college: LSU) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and Dmitrii Kulagin (195-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 19 points in the effort for Lokomotiv. Five Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Rytas will face Limoges CSP Elite (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lokomotiv will play against Umana Venezia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rytas: E.Bendzius 27+4reb, F.Cruz 16+8reb+3ast, M.Echodas 14+4reb, D.Sirvydis 9+5reb, E.Kairys 9+5reb, A.Butkevicius 6
Lokomotiv: J.O’Bryant III 24+10reb+2ast, D.Kulagin 19+3reb+3ast, A.Williams 13+10reb+2ast, M.Kalnietis 12+1reb+3ast, S.Dekker 12+5reb, W.Cummings 2+1reb+4ast

gschID: 730681

Group GROUP C

Brescia – Unics 84-75

Brescia used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Kazan 84-75 on Wednesday night. Unics Kazan trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-84 at the end of the game. Brescia dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Unics Kazan’s 22. It was a very good performance for point guard Luca Vitali (201-86) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard DeAndre Lansdowne (188-89, college: Fort Lewis, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) answered with 22 points and the other American import guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) added 16 points in the effort for Unics Kazan. Four Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Brescia will face Joventut (#5) in Badalona in the next round. Unics Kazan will play at home against Cedevita Olimpija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brescia: D.Lansdowne 21+2reb+2ast, L.Vitali 14+6reb+5ast, T.Cain 10+5reb+3ast, T.Laquintana 9+2reb+5ast, A.Abass 9+6reb+2ast, B.Sacchetti 9+2reb+1ast
Unics: J.Smith 22+2reb+1ast, E.McCollum 16+4reb+2ast, R.Morgan 12+7reb+1ast, A.Tyus 10+10reb, H.Palsson 6+3reb, E.Kolesnikov 5+4reb+1ast

gschID: 730682

Cedevita Olimpija – Darussafaka 73-79

We should not miss anothera road victory of Turkish Darussafaka (1-0) over Slovenian Cedevita Olimpija (0-1) 79-73. It looked good early as Cedevita Olimpija took a 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Darussafaka took control winning two of next three quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. Darussafaka outrebounded Cedevita Olimpija 44-28 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Bonzie Colson-Jr (196-96, college: Notre Dame) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American-Puerto Rican guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: WVU) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. American guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (193-94, college: Wake Forest) produced 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Serbian forward Marko Simonovic (203-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Cedevita Olimpija players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Darussafaka’s next round opponent will be JSF Nanterre at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cedevita Olimpija will play against Unics Kazan (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: B.Colson Jr. 16+8reb, G.Browne 14+4reb+4ast, D.Lamb 13+1ast, J.Hamilton 9+8reb, J.Jones 9+4reb+2ast, K.Ozmizrak 9+5reb+3ast
Cedevita Olimpija: C.Miller-McIntyre 18+6reb+6ast, M.Simonovic 14+5reb+1ast, E.Muric 10+3reb+2ast, J.Blazic 10+4reb+2ast, A.Stipanovic 10+5reb+2ast, M.Zirbes 6+4reb

gschID: 730683

Nanterre – Joventut 85-78

JSF Nanterre used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Badalona 85-78 on Wednesday night. Joventut trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 27-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-85 at the end of the game. JSF Nanterre looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a very good performance for Canadian point guard Kenny Chery (180-92, college: Baylor) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 9 assists (made all of his eight free throws). American-Albanian guard Dallas Moore (185-94, college: N.Florida) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) answered with 23 points and 4 assists and Slovenian center Alen Omic (216-92, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Joventut. Four Joventut players scored in double figures. JSF Nanterre will face Darussafaka (#3) in Istanbul in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Joventut will play at home against Brescia and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: K.Chery 24+3reb+9ast, D.Moore 20+1reb+4ast, D.Oliver 9+9reb+3ast, Y.Ndoye 8+5reb, S.Butterfield 8+7reb+4ast, J.Pansa 6+3reb
Joventut: K.Prepelic 23+2reb+4ast, A.Omic 13+5reb+3ast, A.Ventura 12+4reb+3ast, N.Dimitrijevic 10+3reb+1ast, J.Parra 6+8reb, K.Kanter 6+4reb

gschID: 730684

Group GROUP D

Trento – Galatasaray 64-70

And finally the game worth to mention about is Galatasaray’s victory against Trento 70-64. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-11. But Trento won second period 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for American forward Greg Whittington (203-93, college: Georgetown) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import Aaron Harrison (198-94, college: Kentucky) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Galatasaray’s coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Rashard Kelly (203-95, college: Wichita St.) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and swingman Alessandro Gentile (200-92) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Trento. Galatasaray will face EWE Baskets (#4) in Oldenburg in the next round. Trento will play on the road against Buducnost in Podgorica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galatasaray: A.Harrison 20+3ast, G.Whittington 18+8reb+3ast, Z.Auguste 10+10reb, L.Jones 6+1reb+1ast, E.Arar 5+3reb, E.Gokalp 4+1reb+1ast
Trento: R.Kelly 14+7reb+3ast, G.King 12+3reb, A.Gentile 9+5reb+1ast, J.Blackmon Jr. 7+2ast, J.Knox 7+7reb, F.Mian 6+1ast

gschID: 730685

EWE Baskets – Asseco Arka 74-78

But EWE Baskets were not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Gdynia 78-74 on Tuesday night. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Asseco Arka made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Quite impressive performance for American swingman Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws). His fellow American import guard Ben Emelogu (196-94, college: SMU) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Asseco Arka players scored in double figures. Austrian-Slovenian center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and American swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) added 21 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for EWE Baskets. EWE Baskets’ coach tried various players’ combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn’t help to avoid defeat in this game. Asseco Arka will face Unicaja Malaga at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. EWE Baskets will play against Galatasaray in Istanbul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Asseco Arka: J.Bostic 21+7reb+6ast, B.Emelogu 12+8reb+2ast, L.Hammonds 12+4reb, A.Hrycaniuk 10+4reb, D.Upson 8+7reb, B.Woloszyn 7+1ast
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 21+6reb, R.Mahalbasic 15+9reb+7ast, N.Boothe 8+2reb, B.Hobbs 7+1reb+4ast, J.Sears 6+1reb, G.Blakes 6+4reb+2ast

gschID: 730686

Unicaja – Buducnost 83-70

Unicaja Malaga used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Podgorica 83-70 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-70. Unicaja Malaga made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Buducnost was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for Ukrainian power forward Volodymyr Herun (208-94, college: Portland) who helped to win the game recording 19 points. American guard Josh Adams (188-93, college: Wyoming) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Kosovan-American swingman Scott Bamforth (188-89, college: Weber St., agency: BeoBasket) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and American guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) added 16 points and 6 assists in the effort for Buducnost. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Unicaja Malaga will face Asseco Arka (#3) in Gdynia in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Buducnost will play at home against Trento and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: V.Herun 19+2reb, J.Adams 15+3reb+2ast, C.Suarez 9+6reb+1ast, A.Diaz 8+3reb+2ast, J.Fernandez 8+6ast, F.Elegar 7+6reb
Buducnost: S.Bamforth 19+6reb+3ast, J.Cobbs 16+4reb+6ast, Z.Nikolic 7+2reb+1ast, M.Meiers 6+1reb, D.Nikolic 5+3reb, N.Ivanovic 5+1reb

gschID: 730687

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