The best of five, finals of the Cyprus OPAP Men's competition started tonight with Petrolina AEK Larnakas adding its first victory in the series after beating the team of CytaVision Apoel with 78-70 in another thrilling game with Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) being the man of the match and the MVP of this first final after scoring 31 points against the team that brought hi for the first time in his career, in the Cyprus league. The game was a derby from the very beginning with the visiting site of Coach Konstantinidis leading the score at the beginning with +6, (7-13) at the first 5.17' minutes, but after the comeback of the home team mainly with the duet Charron Fisher and Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-F-76, agency: Interperformances), the Larnaka team succeeded a solid 13-7 to end the first half with 20-17 and having the American forward already scoring half the points of his team (9 points) and Mihalis Kakiouzis (6 points)
The second half was the worst for the home team and the best for the visitors. Apoel with an offensive crescent after the first four minutes of the game (25-21) succeeded not only to take the lead with Wells, 5.06' to the end of the first half but also to increase it with the bosman center Ales Chan (216-C-80, college: Seton Hill) (scoring his 10th point) with 29-33, 3.11' before the end by doing a 4-12 series. Wells, Stiggers and Porter Troupe (196-G-83, college: Portland) were very good from behind the arc and surprised their opponents after a new series in the last two minutes with 4-8 to end up the first half with 33-41 and making Coach Papadopoulos and his team very sceptical for the continuation as Apoel had more passion and the player of Konstantinidis were better from the parameter.
The third period begun with Apoel being more focused and Kremen's four consecutive points gave a +12 to Apoel, 36-48, and 8.15' to the end. Coach Papadopoulos tried to balance the game and with three changes in his roster tried to change the momentum which was in favor of the visiting site. The next two minutes were "dead" as both teams were not able to score at all. Charron Fisher though broke this silence with 5 personal points to cut the deficit to -7, but Davis scored both the shots from the charity line. Charron Fisher was there for AEK, and with another 5 points cut the deficit -5, (47-52), the American forward had already reached the 29 points for his team in less than 23 minutes. The American small forward, Porter Troupe, was also very hot and with a new three pointer increase the deficit for his team. Panteli and Mihalis Kakiouzis at the end cut the deficit to 53-56, which was the score of the third period.
The thrilling game continued in the fourth period too, with Mihalis Kakiouzis being present in the most difficult part for his team with a new three pointer balanced the game to 58-58, 8.41' to the end. Tutt with a goal-foul gave a lead to his team with +3, 61-58, 7.32' to the end, and 63-60, the same player, 25 seconds after, while Subotic who was pointless in the previous minutes scored his first basket to give a +5 to his team (65-60), 6.11' to the end. Mokongo took over for Apoel and with 6 personal points (they could have been 7 but he missed the one of two free throws, cut the deficit to only one point 67-66, 3.37' to the end, With the time going to an end the two teams were fighting for the best, but the home team was more focused at these crucial last minutes and with Tutt increase the deficit once more to +3 but Ales Chan had a different opinion and with both his free throws made, did the score 69-68. The last two thrilling minutes were as follows: Ales Chan blocked Mihalis Kakiouzis but did a turnover, Panteli scored but Ales Chan answered back with another pair of free throws and 58 seconds to the end the game is at the edge with AEK having the ball and the score being 71-70!, Like all the big men in the sport, Mihalis Kakiouzis proved why he can still play the ball and can play it very well, with a three pointer in the nine seconds of the offense increased the deficit in the most crucial part of the game to 74-70, a basket full of psychology and winning spirit, Apoel couldn't cope as the players of Konstantinidis were not calm enough to fight back so first with Mokongo, his shot was blocked by Morrison and then with Kremen missing the three pointer from the edge, Mokongo had to foul Charron Fisher to stop the clock, Charron Fisher's both free throws 31 seconds to the end, gave the victory to AEK as the +6, 76-60 was enough for Apoel's player to quit the game and simply lose another two offenses with Stiggers as both his three pointers were bad. The final score was 78-70 the win is fair but the score was unfair for Apoel. Mihalis Kakiouzis was the man of the last period since his three pointers at the end was the final knock for Apoel.
Division A Round 4 of Semi-Finals. AEK advance into Finals - 5 days ago
follow us on
Apoel - AEK 64-73 AEK outgunned Apoel on the road to seal Division A Finals appearance. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 9 points. AEK dominated on the defensive end, holding Apoel to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Torey Thomas (178-85, college: Holy Cross) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points,... [read more]
AEK outgunned Apoel on the road to seal Division A Finals appearance. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 9 points. AEK dominated on the defensive end, holding Apoel to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Torey Thomas (178-85, college: Holy Cross) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists and Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five AEK players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Vassilis Kounas (194-84) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Robert Brown (196-92, college: UAB) scored 16 points. Top scorers: Apoel: R.Brown 16+2reb, V.Kounas 13+5reb+1ast, T.Bussey 12+4reb+1ast, M.Best 8+5reb+1ast, G.Pantouris 8+1reb+3ast, B.Mobley 5+7reb AEK: P.Brezec 17+6reb, A.Sizopoulos 14+3reb+1ast, L.Anderson 14+4reb+4ast, T.Petrovic 11+4reb+2ast, T.Thomas 10+13reb+7ast, T.Biggs 5+1reb
Division A Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Keravnos advance into Finals - 11 days ago
follow us on
Keravnos - Enosis 107-47 Keravnos rallied past Enosis to sweep the semifinal series. The game without a history. Keravnos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Enosis' 28 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Keravnos forced 19 Enosis turnovers and outrebounded them 47-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds.... [read more]
Keravnos rallied past Enosis to sweep the semifinal series. The game without a history. Keravnos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Enosis' 28 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Keravnos forced 19 Enosis turnovers and outrebounded them 47-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Enosis' players. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Jake OBrien (206-89, college: Temple, agency: HMS) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Terell Parks (204-91, college: W.Illinois) helped adding 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five Keravnos players scored in double figures. Keravnos' coach Christoforos Livadiotis felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY, agency: HMS) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and guard Jarvis Ray (198-90, college: TCU) scored 19 points. Top scorers: Keravnos: J.O'Brien 15+8reb+3ast, T.Parks 15+9reb+1ast, N.Stylianou 14+5reb+5ast, K.Barker 14+5reb+3ast, M.Abukar 13+6reb+3ast, G.Theocharides 10+4reb+1ast Enosis: J.Ray 19+3reb, M.Pearson 15+11reb+1ast, P.Stratis 5+3reb+1ast, Z.Panagiotis 5+1ast, Z.Hanoun 2+2reb, N.Thoma 1+1reb+3ast
AEK held off Apoel to secure 2-1 lead in the series. AEK players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin Vladimir Dasic (207-88) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) accounted for 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. American forward Brandon Mobley (206-91, college: Seton Hall, agency: HMS) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Apoel in the defeat. Four AEK and five Apoel players scored in double figures. Top scorers: AEK: P.Brezec 24+7reb+4ast, T.Thomas 19+5reb+4ast, V.Dasic 17+13reb+5ast, T.Petrovic 15+6reb+4ast, L.Anderson 7+3reb+2ast, I.Panteli 3+1ast Apoel: B.Mobley 19+7reb+2ast, V.Kounas 14+2reb+5ast, R.Brown 13+2reb+3ast, T.Bussey 13+6reb+3ast, M.Burnatowski 10+7reb+3ast, M.Best 8+5reb
Alexander Vezenkov selected the top Cypriot playing abroad in last week's games - 12 days ago
follow us on
We bring you last week's top performances from Cypriots who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is former U16 international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95). He led FC Barcelona to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Cypriots who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is former U16 international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to a 3-point victory over one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza (8-19) 91-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
Vezenkov was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes on the court.
FC Barcelona Lassa (18-8) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa.
This year Vezenkov averages: 9.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 69.2%(54-78), 3FGP: 41.3% and FT: 80.5% in 26 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian.
Vezenkov played for the Cypriot U16 national team seven years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former U16 international small forward Andreas Christodoulou (197-95, currently plays in Greece). He could not help AGOR (12-13) to beat Panathinaikos (24-1).
Christodoulou recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes.
AGOR was crushed 101-74 at home by the second-ranked Panathinaikos.
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Christodoulou's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 27.5% and FT: 66.7% in 25 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Cypriot and Greek.
Christodoulou played for the Cypriot U16 national team in 2011.
#3. The Cypriot player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Christopher Razis (194-89, currently plays in Greece) is a teammate of previously mentioned Andreas Christodoulou and both played together in the last Greek A1 game.
Razis. He was not able to help AGOR in their game against Panathinaikos (24-1).
Razis recorded 5 points.
AGOR was crushed 101-74 on their home court in Rethymno by the second-ranked Panathinaikos.
This season Razis averages only 1.5ppg, 2FGP: 34.6%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0%.
He has both Cypriot and German nationalities.
Ex-Keravnos Strovolou player is also a member of the Cypriot senior national team.
#4. Power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Koeln Rh.Stars (15-15) in their game against Mitteldeutscher BC (27-3) in the German ProA (second division).
He recorded 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
But Koeln Rh.Stars was badly defeated 84-66 on the road by the leading Mitteldeutscher BC.
King's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6bpg.
He is a naturalized American.
King is also Cypriot national team player.
He used to play for InterCollege Etha Engomis in Cypriot league.
The list of other players, who all have Cypriot passport but never been selected to any of Cypriot national teams:
#1.Angel Natskin (184-G-93, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Cherno More to a victory over the league outsider Levski (4-19) 84-80 in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday.
He was the best player in that game. Natskin recorded 20 points and added 4 assists.
Cherno More Ticha (6-16) is placed seventh in the NBL.
It was his team's first victory after six consecutive loses.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Natskin's fourth season with the team.
His overall stats this year are: 6.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.2apg.
Natskin has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian.
Despite his Cypriot passport, Natskin previously played for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cypriot team.
#2.Matthew Andronicos (208-C/F-91, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Sabres (1-2) 78-63 in the Australian State League (second division) last Friday.
Andronicos scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes.
Bendigo Braves (1-1) are placed second in SEABL-South group.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
It's Andronicos' first season with the team.
This year his total stats are: 10.0ppg and 10.0rpg in two games he played so far.
Andronicos is another player who holds two passports: Cypriot and Australian.
Copyright (c) 1998-2017 Eurobasket Inc. Disclaimer
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site !
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the
content of the site, nor will you attempt to do so.