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Euroleague round 26 best performance: Vasilije Micic Feb 29, 2020
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Serbian Guard Vasilije Micic (196-G-94, agency: BeoBasket) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Anadolu Efes, receiving a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, five rebounds and nine assists) to his team’s victory, helping them to beat ALBA (#16, 9-17) 99-86. It allowed Anadolu Efes to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. Anadolu Efes have a solid 23-3 record. It’s Micic’s second year at Anadolu Efes and it’s hard to imagine this team without him. Vasilije Micic has solid league stats. He is in league’s top in points (8th best: 14.6ppg), assists (5th best: 5.9apg) and averages impressive 55.5% FGP and 40.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round’s games was 31-year old Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) of Khimki. Shved had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 13 assists. Of course he led Khimki to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked ASVEL (#15, 9-17) 108-79. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Khimki keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league’s best with a mere 12-14 record. Shved is one of the most experienced players at Khimki and has a reputation of one of team’s most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.3ppg (#2). He also recorded 6.3 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Greg Monroe (211-C-90) of Bayern (#17). Monroe showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Bayern, leading his team to a 77-68 win against slightly lower-ranked Zenit (#18, 7-19). The chances of Bayern not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Monroe could try to bring Bayern’s a little bit higher in the standings. Monroe has individually a great season in Euroleague. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league’s leaders in rebounds with 6.7rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Walter Tavares (220-C-92) of Real Madrid – 15 points and 10 rebounds
5. Nikola Mirotic (208-PF-91) of FC Barcelona – 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Adrien Moerman (202-PF-88) of Anadolu Efes – 19 points and 7 rebounds
7. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-SF-92) of Zalgiris – 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Gustavo Ayon (207-C-85) of Zenit – 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nigel Hayes (203-PF-94) of Zalgiris – 21 points and 4 rebounds
10. Zach LeDay (201-C/F-94) of Zalgiris – 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 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 : VASILIJE MICIC, ANADOLU EFES ISTANBUL, EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL  


youtube Serbian Guard Vasilije Micic (196-G-94, agency: BeoBasket) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Anadolu Efes, receiving a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 26. The 25-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, five rebounds and nine assists) to his team’s victory, helping them to beat ALBA (#16, 9-17) 99-86. It allowed Anadolu Efes to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. Anadolu Efes have a solid 23-3 record. It’s Micic’s second year…  
Serbian Guard Vasilije Micic (196-G-94, agency: BeoBasket) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Anadolu Efes, receiving a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, five rebounds and nine assists) to his team’s victory, helping them to beat ALBA (#16, 9-17) 99-86. It allowed Anadolu Efes to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. Anadolu Efes have a solid 23-3 record. It’s Micic’s second year at Anadolu Efes and it’s hard to imagine this team without him. Vasilije Micic has solid league stats. He is in league’s top in points (8th best: 14.6ppg), assists (5th best: 5.9apg) and averages impressive 55.5% FGP and 40.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round’s games was 31-year old Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) of Khimki. Shved had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 13 assists. Of course he led Khimki to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked ASVEL (#15, 9-17) 108-79. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Khimki keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league’s best with a mere 12-14 record. Shved is one of the most experienced players at Khimki and has a reputation of one of team’s most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.3ppg (#2). He also recorded 6.3 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Greg Monroe (211-C-90) of Bayern (#17). Monroe showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Bayern, leading his team to a 77-68 win against slightly lower-ranked Zenit (#18, 7-19). The chances of Bayern not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Monroe could try to bring Bayern’s a little bit higher in the standings. Monroe has individually a great season in Euroleague. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league’s leaders in rebounds with 6.7rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Walter Tavares (220-C-92) of Real Madrid – 15 points and 10 rebounds
5. Nikola Mirotic (208-PF-91) of FC Barcelona – 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Adrien Moerman (202-PF-88) of Anadolu Efes – 19 points and 7 rebounds
7. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-SF-92) of Zalgiris – 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Gustavo Ayon (207-C-85) of Zenit – 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nigel Hayes (203-PF-94) of Zalgiris – 21 points and 4 rebounds
10. Zach LeDay (201-C/F-94) of Zalgiris – 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 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 : VASILIJE MICIC, ANADOLU EFES ISTANBUL, EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL

youtube Here is the last round review presented by ESL. Eighth-ranked Greek Olympiacos (11-15) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (18-8) in Tel-Aviv on Thursday. Maccabi T-A managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olympiacos. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olympiacos won third quarter 21-13. However it was not enough to take…  
Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

Eighth-ranked Greek Olympiacos (11-15) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (18-8) in Tel-Aviv on Thursday. Maccabi T-A managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olympiacos. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olympiacos won third quarter 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A forced 20 Olympiacos turnovers. American-Turkish point guard Scottie Wilbekin (188-93, college: Florida, agency: BeoBasket) scored 21 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Elijah Bryant (196-95, college: BYU, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 13 points during the contest. American point guard Wade Baldwin-IV (191-96, college: Vanderbilt) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Maccabi T-A have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Israeli champion maintains fourth position with 18-8 record. Olympiacos at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Milano and Zalgiris. Maccabi T-A are looking forward to face league’s leader Anadolu Efes in Istanbul in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Olympiacos will play at home against Panathinaikos (#6) and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Moscow. Third ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (20-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Russian CSKA (17-9) 82-80 on Thursday evening. Montenegrin-Spanish Nikola Mirotic (208-91) notched 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Cory Higgins supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Even 14 points and 6 rebounds by American swingman Darrun Hilliard (198-93, college: Villanova, agency: Wasserman) did not help to save the game for CSKA. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. FC Barcelona have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Real Madrid. Defending Russian champion CSKA keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. FC Barcelona will play against ALBA Berlin (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. CSKA will play against Zenit (#18) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Euroleague top team – Turkish Anadolu Efes (23-3) managed to deliver another win on Thursday. This time they beat fourteenth ranked German ALBA Berlin (9-17) 99-86. The best player for the winners was Vasilije Micic who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Martin Hermannsson produced 19 points and 8 assists for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Anadolu Efes have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending Turkish champion maintains first position with 23-3 record. Loser ALBA Berlin dropped to the fifteenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with ASVEL. Anadolu Efes will meet Maccabi T-A (#4) in the next round. ALBA Berlin will play against FC Barcelona (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Ninth ranked Russian Khimki (12-14) crushed at home 15th ranked French ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (9-17) by 29 points 108-79, which is the biggest margin this round. Alexey Shved orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimki have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Valencia and Fenerbahce. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost third consecutive game. Defending French champion keeps the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Khimki’s next round opponent will be Zalgiris (#10) in Kaunas. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play at home against Valencia Basket (#8) and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: Crvena Zvezda lost to Baskonia on the opponent’s court 56-71. Bottom-ranked Zenit lost to German defending champion Bayern in a home game 68-77. Milano recorded a loss to Zalgiris on the road 97-105. Valencia was defeated by Fenerbahce on its own court 86-93. Panathinaikos was beaten by Real Madrid in a road game 96-78.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points and 10 rebounds by Walter Tavares of Real Madrid.

CSKA – FC Barcelona 80-82

Important game to mention about took place in Moscow. Third ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (20-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Russian CSKA (17-9) 82-80 on Thursday evening. CSKA was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 26-20 third quarter run of FC Barcelona. They made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Montenegrin-Spanish Nikola Mirotic (208-91) notched 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and American Cory Higgins (195-89, college: Colorado, agency: Network Sports International) supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Even 14 points and 6 rebounds by American swingman Darrun Hilliard (198-93, college: Villanova, agency: Wasserman) did not help to save the game for CSKA. American-Italian guard Daniel Hackett (193-87, college: USC) added 17 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Four CSKA players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. FC Barcelona have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Real Madrid. Defending Russian champion CSKA keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. FC Barcelona will play against ALBA Berlin (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. CSKA will play against Zenit (#18) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
FC Barcelona: N.Mirotic 23+8reb+2ast, C.Higgins 17+5reb+3ast, B.Davies 16+7reb+1ast, K.Kuric 7+1reb, M.Delaney 6+1reb+2ast, A.Hanga 5+3ast
CSKA: D.Hackett 17+4ast, D.Hilliard 14+6reb+2ast, M.James 12+2reb+4ast, N.Kurbanov 11+2reb, K.Hines 10+3reb+1ast, K.Koufos 6+6reb

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ALBA – Anadolu Efes 86-99

Euroleague top team – Turkish Anadolu Efes (23-3) managed to deliver another win on Thursday. This time they beat fourteenth ranked German ALBA Berlin (9-17) 99-86. The game was mostly controlled by Anadolu Efes. ALBA Berlin managed to win second period 26-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Anadolu Efes especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Vasilije Micic (196-94, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). French Adrien Moerman (202-88) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Icelandic guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) produced 19 points and 8 assists and American Luke Sikma (203-89, college: Portland) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for the hosts. Five Anadolu Efes and four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Anadolu Efes have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending Turkish champion maintains first position with 23-3 record. Loser ALBA Berlin dropped to the fifteenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with ASVEL. Anadolu Efes will meet Maccabi T-A (#4) in the next round. ALBA Berlin will play against FC Barcelona (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: V.Micic 23+5reb+9ast, A.Moerman 19+7reb, T.Pleiss 18+5reb, R.Beaubois 15+1reb+4ast, K.Simon 11+3reb+6ast, J.Anderson 8+4reb
ALBA: M.Hermannsson 19+2reb+8ast, R.Giedraitis 17+2reb, M.Eriksson 14+3reb, N.Giffey 13+2reb+1ast, L.Sikma 9+7reb+8ast, K.Nikic 8+4reb+1ast

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Maccabi T-A – Olympiacos 71-70

Eighth-ranked Greek Olympiacos (11-15) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (18-8) in Tel-Aviv on Thursday. Maccabi T-A managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olympiacos. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olympiacos won third quarter 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A forced 20 Olympiacos turnovers. American-Turkish point guard Scottie Wilbekin (188-93, college: Florida, agency: BeoBasket) scored 21 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Elijah Bryant (196-95, college: BYU, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 13 points during the contest. American point guard Wade Baldwin-IV (191-96, college: Vanderbilt) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import Shaquielle McKissic (196-90, college: ASU) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Maccabi T-A have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Israeli champion maintains fourth position with 18-8 record. Olympiacos at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Milano and Zalgiris. Maccabi T-A are looking forward to face league’s leader Anadolu Efes in Istanbul in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Olympiacos will play at home against Panathinaikos (#6) and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: S.Wilbekin 21+3reb+4ast, E.Bryant 13+3reb+2ast, T.Dorsey 9+3reb+4ast, O.Hunter 9+5reb+1ast, A.Caloiaro 8+1ast, J.Reynolds 4+6reb+1ast
Olympiacos: S.McKissic 14+3reb+2ast, W.Baldwin IV 13+5reb+2ast, A.Vezenkov 9+3reb, K.Papanikolaou 8+7reb+2ast, G.Printezis 8+2reb, O.Ellis 6+7reb

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Baskonia – Crvena Zvezda 71-56

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Vitoria where 13th ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (10-16) was defeated by fourteenth ranked Spanish Baskonia (10-16) 71-56. The game without a history. Baskonia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Danish swingman Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Georgian Tornike Shengelia (206-91, agency: Wasserman) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Billy Baron (188-90, college: Canisius, agency: Octagon Europe) added 7 points and 4 assists in the effort for Crvena Zvezda. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Baskonia moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with defeated Crvena Zvezda. Crvena Zvezda lost third consecutive game. Baskonia’s next round opponent will be Bayern Muenchen (#17) on the road.
Top scorers:
Baskonia: T.Shengelia 18+5reb+1ast, S.Shields 15+6reb+5ast, M.Eric 10+5reb+1ast, I.Diop 8+1reb, S.Christon 5+1reb, M.Gonzalez 3
Crvena Zvezda: V.Stimac 13+7reb+1ast, K.Punter 12+1reb, L.Brown 10+1reb+1ast, B.Baron 7+4reb+4ast, M.Jagodic-Kuridza 4+3reb+3ast, B.Lazic 3+1reb+1ast

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Khimki – ASVEL 108-79

Ninth ranked Russian Khimki (12-14) crushed at home 15th ranked French ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (9-17) by 29 points 108-79, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Khimki led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. Khimki players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 assists. Swedish-American Jonas Jerebko (208-87) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Adreian Payne (208-91, college: Michigan St.) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and swingman David Lighty (198-88, college: Ohio St.) added 12 points in the effort for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Five Khimki and four ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimki have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Valencia and Fenerbahce. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost third consecutive game. Defending French champion keeps the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Khimki’s next round opponent will be Zalgiris (#10) in Kaunas. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play at home against Valencia Basket (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Khimki: A.Shved 24+1reb+13ast, J.Jerebko 18+7reb+2ast, D.Booker 17+4reb+1ast, J.Timma 14+1reb, C.Kramer 11+4reb+4ast, D.Bertans 11+2ast
ASVEL: A.Payne 14+6reb+1ast, D.Lighty 12+1reb+2ast, A.Noua 10+3reb, T.Jekiri 10+3reb+1ast, A.Diot 8+4ast, I.Bako 7+4reb+1ast

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Zenit – Bayern 68-77

Everything could happen in Sankt Petersburg at the game between two tied teams. Both seventeenth ranked German Bayern Muenchen and 18th ranked Russian Zenit had identical 7-18 record. But Zenit was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Muenchen 77-68. It looked good early as Zenit took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. Then Bayern Muenchen had a 21-16 second period charge getting the lead and Zenit was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-77. Bayern Muenchen players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American center Greg Monroe (211-90, college: Georgetown) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Paul Zipser (203-94, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Mexican center Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: SJSU) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American swingman Austin Hollins (196-91, college: Minnesota) added 18 points in the effort for Zenit. Zenit’s coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn’t help. Defending German champion maintains seventeenth position with 8-18 record. Zenit lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost. Bayern Muenchen’s next round opponent will be higher ranked Baskonia (#13) in Vitoria and it may be quite challenging game. Zenit will play on the road against CSKA (#5) in Moscow and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bayern: G.Monroe 26+8reb+5ast, P.Zipser 13+2reb+2ast, V.Lucic 10+3reb+1ast, D.Barthel 9+6reb+1ast, M.Lessort 7+1reb, M.Lo 5+2reb+8ast
Zenit: A.Hollins 18+2reb+1ast, G.Ayon 17+5reb+2ast, T.Abromaitis 9+6reb+2ast, A.Zubkov 7+4reb+1ast, A.Albicy 5+1reb+3ast, D.Khvostov 4+1reb+6ast

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Zalgiris – Milano 105-97

There was a minor upset in Kaunas where 10th ranked Italian Armani Milano (11-15) was defeated by twelfth ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (11-15) 105-97. They made 25-of-30 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Zalgiris players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Armani Milano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. American power forward Zach LeDay (201-94, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Wasserman) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Spanish point guard Sergio Rodriguez (191-86) replied with 18 points and 8 assists and Serbian Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Armani Milano. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Lithuanian champion moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Milano and Olympiacos. Armani Milano lost fourth consecutive game. Zalgiris’ next round opponent will be higher ranked Khimki (#9) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: N.Hayes 21+4reb, Z.LeDay 19+5reb+2ast, T.Walkup 18+2reb+5ast, E.Ulanovas 16+6reb+6ast, J.Landale 14+2reb+1ast, P.Jankunas 8+1reb+3ast
Milano: S.Rodriguez 18+3reb+8ast, V.Micov 18+7reb+2ast, K.Tarczewski 18+3reb+1ast, D.Crawford 13+3reb+2ast, K.Sykes 11+5ast, M.Roll 7+2reb+2ast

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Valencia – Fenerbahce 86-93

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Turkish Fenerbahce (12-14) beat on the road 7th ranked Spanish Valencia Basket (12-14) 93-86. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-14. But Valencia Basket won second period 27-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fenerbahce shot 66.0 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. Fenerbahce players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American Derrick Williams (203-91, college: Arizona) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). French guard Nando De-Colo (196-87) contributed with 10 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. Serbian Vanja Marinkovic (198-97, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 22 points and Montenegrin power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points in the effort for Valencia Basket. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fenerbahce moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Valencia and Khimki. Fenerbahce’s next round opponent will be Crvena Zvezda (#14) in Beograd and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: D.Williams 22+1reb+1ast, L.Datome 13+1reb+3ast, K.Sloukas 13+1reb+1ast, N.De Colo 10+2reb+5ast, B.Dixon 9+2reb+2ast, J.Nunnally 9+3reb+4ast
Valencia: V.Marinkovic 22+2reb+2ast, B.Dubljevic 15+2reb+3ast, J.Sastre 11+2reb+2ast, M.Tobey 9+6reb+1ast, J.Colom 7+5ast, L.Labeyrie 5+2reb+2ast

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Real Madrid – Panathinaikos 96-78

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Greek Panathinaikos (14-12) were defeated on the road by second ranked Spanish Real Madrid (20-6) 96-78. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. Panathinaikos was better in second period 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Panathinaikos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 assists. Cape Verdean-Spanish center Walter Tavares (220-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (197-89, college: Florida) replied with 13 points and 6 assists and Ioannis Papapetrou (204-94, college: Texas) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Panathinaikos. Five Real Madrid and four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Real Madrid have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Spanish champion maintains second position with 20-6 record having just three points less than leader Anadolu Efes, which they share with FC Barcelona. Defending Greek champion Panathinaikos keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Real Madrid’s next round opponent will be Armani Milano (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Panathinaikos will play against Olympiacos (#11) in Pireus and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: W.Tavares 15+10reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 14+3reb+10ast, G.Deck 13+4reb+2ast, J.Carroll 12+1reb+1ast, T.Thompkins 11+4reb+2ast, R.Fernandez 11+1reb+1ast
Panathinaikos: N.Calathes 13+4reb+6ast, D.Thomas 11+4reb+1ast, I.Papapetrou 11+6reb, J.Fredette 11+1reb+2ast, I.Vougioukas 7+3reb+1ast, T.Rice 7+2reb+3ast

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Tags : SCOTTIE WILBEKIN, MACCABI FOX TEL-AVIV, EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL

youtube Maccabi Tel Aviv welcomes Olympiacos on Thursday on Gameday 26 of Euroleague. Ahead of this game, Kostas Papanikolaou (204-SF-90) gave an interesting interview at sportsrabbi.com: ‘It’s a very strange season for us with a lot of ups and downs as well as changes, both regarding coaches and players which is something that we aren’t used to. But that’s basketball and professionalism. You have to be able to adapt to everything you may find in your way. But now we have a chance to fight for…  
Maccabi Tel Aviv welcomes Olympiacos on Thursday on Gameday 26 of Euroleague. Ahead of this game, Kostas Papanikolaou (204-SF-90) gave an interesting interview at sportsrabbi.com: ‘It’s a very strange season for us with a lot of ups and downs as well as changes, both regarding coaches and players which is something that we aren’t used to. But that’s basketball and professionalism. You have to be able to adapt to everything you may find in your way. But now we have a chance to fight for the Top 8. We are in a club that has done some crazy things and have found a way to achieve our goals. We want to look one game at a time and fight with our chances to be in the Top 8.’
With Olympiacos’ victory over ASVEL last Thursday, Bartzokas’s club has moved into 9th place with an 11-14 record which is identical to Khimki’s who occupy the final playoff spot. In essence, the new format allows teams who had a poor start to the season a chance to still advance to the postseason, so all not to be lost as the loyalists may still see their team in the playoffs; ‘It’s more intriguing for the fans who watch the games where everyone is playing everyone which is completely fair. I believe that the fans get to see great matchups every Gameday and it’s very important for the marketing of the competition. It’s great. The double weeks also add more interest and it’s more competitive. At the end of the day, even if you are a great team and you don’t start well you still have a chance to come back and get what you deserve at the end of the season.’
The 29-year old who is averaging 8.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game this season, grew up loving the game of basketball but didn’t want to reveal his favorite players and those he looked up to: ‘I had many role models for various different reasons but I don’t want to name anyone as I don’t want to accidentally leave someone out. I admired and looked up to many players from Greece and I took certain things from each and every one of them.’
He was present at back to back Euroleague titles: ‘To be part of these moments not only as a spectator but as a member of a 12-man team and being on the court as one of the main guys, it’s a blessing. Concerning that day I still cannot describe the feeling especially for the way we achieved the win in order to make people understand how I felt. All I can say when Printezis hit that shot, everything blacked out. I don’t remember the feelings and I saw myself in videos as to how I reacted and it’s funny but it was amazing, it was crazy.’
Kostas Papanikolaou was selected in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft by the New York Knicks with the 48th pick and eventually played his first game in the 2014/15 season with the Houston Rockets. All of a sudden the stars that he had been watching on television and video games were then on the same court, face to face, ‘Playing against Kobe Bryant and LeBron James is something really amazing. I remember watching them on TV as a kid and I had an argument with my brother as I preferred LeBron and he was a Kobe guy. But to step on the court and play against those guys it’s when every basketball kid’s dream coming true and for me it became a reality. I was blessed that I was able to experience that and live those moments.’
The opportunity to play in the NBA was something that he will never forget, ‘It was a dream came true, man. I’ll tell you what, even though I know now that I’m still not there, if I had to go back in time and make a decision, it would be the same decision. The things I experienced there and the while different world, as they say, are something amazing, are something I wouldn’t want to change for any reason. I really feel very lucky that I had the opportunity to live my dream and live it to its full. I was able to reach the Western Conference final with Houston so I had a great experience including playing in the Rising Stars Challenge at the All-Star Game it was great for me and it was an amazing experience that I wouldn’t change for anything.’
Kostas Papanikolaou returned to Greece in the middle of the 2015/16 season and rejoined Olympiacos where he remains until today. He had the opportunity to play under current Maccabi Tel Aviv Head Coach Giannis Sfairopoulos , being able to win two Greek League titles and also advanced to the 2016/17 Euroleague Final where playing against Fenerbahce. He spoke glowingly about his former coach: ‘First of all he’s an amazing person and an amazing coach. He helped our team and group of guys achieve some great things including two Greek Championship and two trips to the Euroleague finals which was some great stuff. I think that he’s a great addition to Maccabi and he will help the team achieve its goals. He’s a coach with a lot of discipline and he gives a lot of attention to defense without taking away the freedom on offense which is what Greek teams need and which is also great for Maccabi as they are used to having great skilled players offensively. With rules on defense, Giannis Sfairopoulos makes his team work even better as a group and everybody looks like he is on the same page working together. Maccabi is having a great season and I believe that a big part of this should be attributed to coach Giannis Sfairopoulos .’

Tags : KOSTAS PAPANIKOLAOU, OLYMPIACOS S.F.P. PIREUS, EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL


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