Kataja - Gaz Metan 79-75 Kataja defeat Gaz Metan in Finland as three teams have now 2-3 record and will compete for the last spot to the next stage. The Finnish team posted a 79:75 victory. Gaz Metan was ahead by 13 points after three quarters before a 30-13 charge of Joensuun Kataja, which allowed them to win the game. Joensuun Kataja forced 19 Gaz Metan turnovers. Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Jonte Flowers chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Ivan Lilov (196-SG-88) responded with 18 points and Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88, agency: Alti Sport)djerski scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. In the last round Kataja will face Karsiyaka that already advanced to the next stage at home. Gaz Metan will take on Ventspils.
Karsiyaka - Ventspils 84-75 Karsiyaka wins Group I of EuroChallenge Top 16 Stage with 1 round remaining. The team improved to 4-1 record on top of the group and secured the first place after an 84:75 victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ventspils won third quarter 25-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Karsiyaka shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Alade Aminu who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) produced 16 points and 6 assists and Arturs Berzins added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Paris-Levallois - Gravelines 86-87 Gravelines beat Paris-Levallois in the French thriller of EuroChallenge Group J. The guests needed an 87:86 overtime win to take 4-1 record on top. Paris-Levallois fell at 3-2 record but also have good chances to advance. Gravelines won the first period 22-18, but Paris-Levallois replied with 17-12 rally in the second frame. Both teams scored 23 points each in the third period and then Gravelines posted 19-18 in the fourth quarter to tie the game after 40 minutes. Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85)'s buzzer-beating basket put BCM Gravelineslater into the EuroChallenge play-offs as his team won the extra time 87:86. Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84, college: Alabama) saved the victory by scoring 25 points. Yannick Bokolo contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists and Giovan Oniangue (196-F-91) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Paris-Levallois.
Szolnok - Hapoel Holon 81-66 Szolnok remains alive for the Quarter-finals of the EuroChallenge. The Hungarian team overcame Hapoel Holon 81:66 for 3-2 record. In the last round they will need to beat Paris-Levallois in a do-or-die game. The game was mostly controlled by Szolnok. Hapoel Holon was better in fourth quarter 24-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hapoel Holon to just 7 points in second quarter. Szolnok had a 38-27 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. James Florence (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mercer) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. Miklos Szabo (205-F/C-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Hofstra) contributed with 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Szolnok's coach Neno Asceric used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Frank Hassell answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds and Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Holon.
Krasnie Krilya - Khimik 76-68 Krasnie Krilya improved to undefeated 5-0 record in Group K. The Russian team overcame Khimik 76:68 and sent them to 2-3 record. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Krasnie Krilya forced 21 Khimik turnovers. Khimik was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) answered with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Khimik. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Khimik's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. In the last round Khimik will host Norrkoping in Ukraine, while Krasnie Krilya will take on Tofas.
Tofas - Norrkoping 76-70 Tofas keeps the chances alive for the Quarterfinals of the EuroChallenge. The Turkish side overcame Norrkoping 76:70 for 2-3 record in Group K. The Swedish team dropped at 1-4 record. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-14. But Norrkoping Dolphins won second period 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tomislav Ruzic nailed 19 points for the winning side and Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M) accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds. Christian Maraker (206-PF-82, college: Pacific) came up with 22 points and Joakim Kjellbom (213-C-79, college: N.Arizona) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Norrkoping Dolphins in the defeat. Jeromanovs and Mikael Lindquist (193-SG-83, agency: Court Side) followed them with 9 points apiece. In the last round Khimik will host Norrkoping in Ukraine, while Krasnie Krilya will take on Tofas.
EWE Baskets - Telekom Baskets 88-92 Telekom Baskets Bonn will join EWE Baskets in the quarter-finals after the win in the German battle of EuroChallenge. Telekom Baskets grabbed 92:88 win for 3-2 record. EWE Baskets is on top with 4-1 record. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Telekom Baskets made 32-of-40 free shots during the game, while EWE Baskets only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Jamel McLean orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 5 rebounds. Kyle Weems contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) answered with 19 points and Dru Joyce added 12 points and 8 assists in the effort for EWE Baskets. Jenkins netted 14 and Chubb brought 10. In the last round EWE Baskets will take on Aalstar, while Telekom Basket will face Tsmoki-Minsk.
Aalstar - Tsmoki-Minsk 100-76 Aalstar beat Tsmoki-Minsk, while both teams are out of the 1/4 Finals. The Belgian team posted a three-digit number for 100:76 victory but could not make it to the next stage. The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Tsmoki-Minsk was better in fourth quarter 28-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar shot 61.1 percent from the field and made 24-of-25 free shots during the game. Okapi Aalstar had a 28-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Okapi Aalstar especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Derek Raivio (190-SG-84, college: Gonzaga) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 assists. Hans VanLangenhove (200-F-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Pavel Ulyanko answered with 24 points and 5 rebounds and Aliaksei Lashkevich added 11 points in the effort for Tsmoki-Minsk. In the last round EWE Baskets will take on Aalstar, while Telekom Basket will face Tsmoki-Minsk.
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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