There was a heavyweight match-up going on in Orlando on Tuesday night, and it had nothing to do with boxing. The venue was the Downtown Orlando Recreational Center where the annual Orlando Summer Pro Am is in full swing and a meeting of league-leaders B.Rich Inc. (10-1) featuring MaJic Dorsey (185-PG-81, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Indiana) and a slew of overseas talent versus 3 Stripes (10-1), an Adidas sponsored club which on any given night can trot out NBA star power such as Austin Rivers, Chandler Parsons, Courtney Lee, Kyle O'Quinn, etc... On this particular night 3 Stripes suited up Lee, the Boston Celtics combo-guard as well as Chandler Parsons, the rising star forward of the Houston Rockets. As expected the NBA talent rose to the top as Chandler and Lee went off for 34 and 31 points respectively, however the night belonged to the veteran guard Dorsey, who scored a league-wide high 46 points and nearly led B.Rich to to the victory after falling behind by more than 20 points after the first half. Using an array of lightning quick moves to get to the rim as well as create separation for his shot, Dorsey helped B.Rich grab the lead in the second half, but could not get enough stops on the defensive end as the NBA led 3 Stripes secured a close victory. For the tournament Dorsey, who played this past season in Cyprus for Forex Time Apollon, is averaging 26.4 points (2nd behind Courtney Lee's 27.4ppg) and is 1st in assists at 8.3apg. Veteran teammates such as former Wake Forest guard Justin Gray and veteran forward Ricardo Greer make B.Rich a formidable team despite not having the star power of some other clubs. MaJic took some time after the game to talk about his performance and reasons for playing in the Orlando Summer pro am as he readies for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
Q) Your 46 points were a season high at the Orlando Summer Pro Am. What was different about last night?
A) I guess just knowing coming into the game that i will be facing a really tough team with big names. It made me more up for the challenge. One thing about me everyone says and knows is that I'm very competitive! And I know that the team we faced off with was one of those games where you had to bring it. The crazy thing is I had a root canal done on my back tooth three hours before game time and thought I wouldn't play well because my body felt weak
Q) When you line up against NBA guys like Courtney Lee and Chandler Parsons is there extra motivation for you to step up and prove yourself?
A) Yes its for sure motivation...any time I step on the court with big name players from the NBA or any where else around the world. Courtney and Chandler are two great players. And both are now two of my favorites in the NBA. Very humble guys. And damn good ball players also!
Q) What has made the Summer Pro Am in Orlando so successful and popular that it brings overseas veterans like yourself and NBA stars together for such a long tournament?
A) Vince Carter's father puts the Pro Am together and big names show up each year. The way it's run is very professional. The referees are real NBA refs and NBA D-League refs. Fans come up to watch every game. So it's just what us players need before our actual seasons start back up.
MaJic, a Baltimore, Maryland native who also calls Florida home, is currently weighing his options and opportunities for playing next season and is debating on a return to the NBA D-League, where he has played for several seasons in the past, or overseas in Europe, South America or the Middle East.
Division A Round 4 of Semi-Finals. AEK advance into Finals - 6 days ago
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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 - 12 days ago
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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 - 13 days ago
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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.
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