Gaz Metan - Karsiyaka 77-69 Gaz Metan clinched an important home win over Pinar Karsiyaka in the fourth round of EuroChallenge Top 16. The Romanian side celebrated an 8-point victory to improve at 2-2 record in a highly-contestant Group I. Gaz Metan share the second position with Ventspils. Karsiyaka suffered the first defeat at this stage of the tournament to slip at 3-1 record on top of the ladder. Gaz Metan set their ambitions high with a 21:11 rally in the opening quarter. The hosts increased the tempo in the second frame. Gaz Metan recorded a 45:34 halftime lead. Karsiyaka picked up defensive aggressiveness in the third term. The Turkish team limited the hosts to 15 points in the quarter to cut the margin to 8 points with one quarter remaining. Karsiyaka managed to narrow the gap 5-point mark with 33 seconds remaining. But Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Ivan Lilov sank three free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Gaz Metan. Ivan Lilov connected for 15 points, while Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) answered with 28 points and 14 boards for Karsiyaka. Bobby Dixon and Can Mutaf chipped in 11 points each in the loss.
Ventspils - Kataja 75-61 Ventspils silence visiting Kataja in Round 4 of Top 16 in EuroChallenge. The Latvian side improved to 2-2 record in Group I. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 45-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ventspils outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 36-18 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds and Sandis Valters who added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Berzins notched 13 points and Zakis had 9. At the losing side Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) responded with 12 points and 6 assists and Jonte Flowers scored 11 points. Antti Kanervo (193-SG-89) also scored 12, while Virtanen delivered 10. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures.
Gravelines - Szolnok 82-78 Gravelines beat Szolnok in Group J for 3-1 record. The French side needed a narrow 82:78 victory to send the Hungarian side down the ladder. The lead changed hands 10 times with seven ties in the first 25 minutes. The guests grabbed 20-19 lead at the end of the first period, but Gravelines bounced back with 23-20 rally in the second frame. Szolnok was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of Gravelines-Dunkerque, which allowed them to win the game. Abdoulaye M'Baye fired 12 points for the winners. Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) chipped in 7 points and 10 rebounds. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and Miklos Szabo (205-F/C-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Hofstra) added 6 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. BCM Gravelines will face next Paris Levallois, while Szolnoki Olaj will play against Hapoel Holon.
Hapoel Holon - Paris-Levallois 84-101 Paris-Levallois keep Hapoel Holon winless in Top 16 of EuroChallenge. The French side improved to 3-1 record on top of Group J after a 101:84 road win. It looked good early as Hapoel Holon took a 14-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Paris-Levallois took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 17 points. They made 16-of-19 charity shots during the game. Paris-Levallois players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The winners were led by Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) who scored that evening 14 points and 6 assists and Sean May supported him with 13 points and 5 assists. Even 31 points and 9 rebounds by Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Holon. His fellow Dominic Waters (185-PG-86, college: Portland St.) added 12 points and 10 assists for lost side. BCM Gravelines will face next Paris Levallois, while Szolnoki Olaj will play against Hapoel Holon.
Khimik - Tofas 69-62 Khimik gained an important home win in EuroChallenge Top 16 Group K tonight. They held off visiting Tofas to jump at 2-2 record in the second place in the standings. Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) provided 18 points to lead the winners. Tofas slipped at 1-3 record after the defeat. Tofas led 9:4 early in the game but Khimik quickly denied the deficit and surged ahead. The home team accumulated a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew quickly to double digits early in the second quarter 25:13. Sava Lesic gave Khimik a 14-point lead late in the first half. They secured a 36:23 halftime lead. Khimik kept Tofas at bay throughout the third term. The home side entered the fourth frame up by 11 points 52:41. But Tofas opened the fourth quarter on a 7:2 run to narrow the deficit. Devoe Joseph came up with timely six points as Khimik regained a 12-point lead. They held on to the advantage throughout the remainder of the contest and got away with the victory at the end. Sava Lesic netted 11 points, while Suad Sehovic and Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) added 10 points each for the winning side. Austin Nichols (200-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.) answered with 14 points for Tofas. Chinemelu Elonu posted 13 points and 12 boards in defeat.
Norrkoping - Krasnie Krilya 68-93 Krasnie Krilya posts the 4th consecutive win in Group K at the Top 16 EuroChallenge. The Russian team sealed a Play-off berth after a 93:68. Krasnie Krilya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Norrkoping Dolphins' 26. They outrebounded Norrkoping Dolphins 40-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Krasnie Krilya especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Andre Smith fired 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Omar Thomas chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G-87, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Christian Maraker (206-PF-82, college: Pacific) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Telekom Baskets - Aalstar 85-72 Telekom Baskets claimed a crucial win in EuroChallenge Group L tonight. They held off Okapi Aalstar in Bonn behind pivotal performance from Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.). He exploded with 34 points as Bonn climbed at 2-2 record in the second position in the standings. Bonn overcame a 0-6 start to the game to take a 25:20 lead after ten minutes. The Belgian team used an 8:3 run midway through the second frame to get within one. The visitors surged ahead late in the first half and ensured a 40:39 halftime lead. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third term before the hosts went on a 10:2 rally to enter the fourth frame up by 9 points 70:61. Kyle Weems opened the final period with five points in a row and Bonn never looked back en route to the win. Robert Vaden chipped in 15 points, while Chris Ensminger added 7 points for the winners. John Tofi answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Okapi Aalstar. Thomas Dreesen (199-F-88, agency: Court Side) and Ryan Thompson had 16 points each in the loss.
Tsmoki-Minsk - EWE Baskets 66-72 EWE Baskets closed Round 4 with the road win in Minsk. The German side overcame Tsmoki-Minsk in Group L for 4-0 record. The team from Belarus fell at 1-3 record. EWE Baskets started with 17-16, but the hosts needed a 13-12 rally for 29:29 at the halftime. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Julius Jenkins fired 17 points for the winners. The other American import guard Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) chipped in 12 points. Chubb Adam delivered 11 points in a win and Smeulders Robin brought 9. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau produced 24 points and Ulyanko Pavel scored 10. Aliaksei Lashkevich added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side, while Korshuk Dzianis and Vidas Ginevicius (194-G-78, agency: Interperformances) also scored 7 each.
Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Awards 2013 - May 10, 2013
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Finals MVP: Chester Simmons (196-G-82) of Krasnie Krilya; Player of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois; Guard of the Year: Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Karsiyaka; Forward of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois; Center of the Year: Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok; European Player of the Year: Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) of Paris-Levallois; Import of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois; Defensive Player of the Year: Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Kataja; Coach [read more]
Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team 2013
Finals MVP: Chester Simmons (196-G-82) of Krasnie Krilya Player of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois Guard of the Year: Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Karsiyaka Forward of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois Center of the Year: Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok European Player of the Year: Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) of Paris-Levallois Import of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois Defensive Player of the Year: Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Kataja Coach of the Year: Sergey Bazarevich of Krasnie Krilya
Krasnye Kylia steal the trophy from Izmir - Apr 28, 2013
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Karsiyaka - Krasnie Krilya 76-77
Krasnye Kylia steal the trophy from Izmir. The Russian side grabbed a 77:76 victory over Pinar Karsiyaka in the EuroChallenge 2012/2013 Final. Pinar Karsiyaka took 20-17 lead after the first period and then pushed the tempo until the end of the first half. The hosts needed a 26-17 surge to enjoy 12-point deficit at the halftime. It was not however enough against the favorite of the tournament [read more]
Karsiyaka - Krasnie Krilya 76-77 Krasnye Kylia steal the trophy from Izmir. The Russian side grabbed a 77:76 victory over Pinar Karsiyaka in the EuroChallenge 2012/2013 Final. Pinar Karsiyaka took 20-17 lead after the first period and then pushed the tempo until the end of the first half. The hosts needed a 26-17 surge to enjoy 12-point deficit at the halftime. It was not however enough against the favorite of the tournament. Krasnye Kylia erupted with a 20-9 burst in the third quarter and reduced to 55:54 after DeJuan Collins closed the period with a three. He later nailed another three for 76:73 on the board, while Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) leveled the game with less than a minute to go. Wilson however scored one free throw to bring the guests 1-point lead. Diebler could bring the victory for his side, but missed a final shot. Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) and DeJuan Collins paced all the winners with 18 points each. Andre Smith notched 14, while Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) added 9. Bobby Dixon replied with 23 points in the losing effort and Can Mutaf (190-G-91) scored 16. Alade Aminu nailed 12, whilst Thomas Williams brought 10.
Gravelines - EWE Baskets 76-84 EWE Baskets stepped onto the EuroChallenge pedestal. They outgunned Gravelines in the consolation final in Izmir tonight to clinch Bronze medals. Julius Jenkins fired 21 points to lead the German team. EWE Baskets opened the game on a 10:2 rally. However Gravelines answered with an 18:6 run to ensure a 20:16 lead late in the first frame. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) and Joyce capped the quarter with five straight points to give Oldenburg a 23:20 advantage. EWE Baskets maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the second term but Johnson and Camara teamed up late in the half to make it 38:36 for the French team after 20 minutes. Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) stretched the lead to as many as 7 points midway through the third term 52:45. However EWE Baskets capped the period with 10 straight points to enter the final frame up by three points 57:54. Kramer and Smeulders made it 64:58 for Oldenburg early in the fourth term. Dwight Buycks dragged Gravelines within two 67:69 with just over five minutes to go. Julius Jenkins stepped up once again for EWE Baskets opening a double-digit lead for them and Oldenburg never looked back en route to the victory. Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 14 points, while Adam Chubb added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ludovic Vaty answered with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Gravelines. Dwight Buycks had 13 points in the loss.
Former Washington shooting guard Tre Simmons, 30, was announced Most Valuable Player of the EuroChallenge Final Four in Izmir, Turkey, following a stellar pair of showings for Russian Samara, averaging 17 points per game behind a noteworthy 50 percent shooting from distance [read more]
Former Washington shooting guard Tre Simmons, 30, was announced Most Valuable Player of the EuroChallenge Final Four in Izmir, Turkey, following a stellar pair of showings for Russian Samara, averaging 17 points per game behind a noteworthy 50 percent shooting from distance.
With his team trailing Turkish Karsiyaka by 17 points midway through the third quarter, Simmons, cousin of former eight-year NBA veteran small forward Donny Marshall, knocked down back-to-back triples, rallying back Russia's state-cup champions, in what was a thrilling come-from-behind 77-76 dogfight victory.
In his first-ever EuroChallenge finals appearance, Simmons netted 18 points, collected three boards, stole the ball twice and turned it over five times to keep Samara's magical EuroChallenge 17-game win-streak alive. In fact, the Russian side hadn't dropped a Euro-comp game since 2011, when losing to Triumph Liberty.
Once a Euroleague scorer for Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv, the Seattle-born shooter, "the best guard the NBA has missed out on," according to the Los Angeles Clippers' shake-and-bake phenom Jamal Crawford, Simmons, Samara's No. 1 scorer with 15.6 points per game, who also leads his team in points in VTB competition with 17 per, has recaptured the eyes of top European organizations.
"The EuroChallenge competition is not an indication of (Simmons') talents," a prominent Euroleague scout told Eurobasket earlier today.
"Simmons is a dangerous one-on-one player, particularly in isolation plays, because he has the complete package. He is tall, athletic, he can shoot, he can drive, he can step back, and at times -- he looks like an NBA player out there," said Michael Koch, head coach of Trukese Telekom Baskets Bonn, on Simmons after playing Samara during the EuroChallenge playoff series.
Adding today's hardwood to his trophy collection, Simmons picks up his eighth European title after winning trophies in Israel (two championships, and one state-cup), Czech Republic (two championships, and one state-cup), and Russia (state-cup).
"Tre (Simmons) is one of
the greatest compliments to a European playmaker outside the NBA. His
defense may not sync with starting for a Euroleague team, but on
offense, he's one of a handful of guys that can come in for 15-20
minutes and easily produce 10-12 points," added the scout.
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