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Bilbao, Valencia, Budivelnyk and Lokomotiv Kuban into semifinal stage - Mar 13, 2013

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Gescrap BB - Ratiopharm 101-78
Bilbao became the first EuroCup semifinalists. They rallied past visiting Ratiopharm Ulm to claim victory on aggregate in the quarterfinal series. Ulm entered the road contest having a 4-point lead after the home encounter. The German team consolidated their advantage going on a 30:28 run in the first quarter. But Bilbao quickly tuned in and responded with a 29:17 rally in the second quarter. The Spaniards accumulated a 57:47 halftime lead. Bilbao kept Ulm at distance throughout the third quarter. The Basque team gained a 78:63 lead heading into the fourth stanza. Bilbao never slowed down in the final frame and marched to a convincing victory at the end. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) produced 23 points to pace Bilbao. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) chipped in 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the home team. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Ulm. Per Guenther dropped 19 points in the loss.

Unics - Valencia 71-68
Valencia are the second EuroCup semifinalists. They edged Unics on aggregate to reach the next stage of the tournament. The Kazan team claimed a 3-point home win tonight but it was not enough to enter the semis. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Unics. Valencia entered the game having a 10-point cushion from the home encounter. However Unics put a pressure on the visitors triggering a 20:14 run in the first quarter. Valencia slowed the hosts down in the second frame. The Spanish team cut the deficit at 4-point mark at halftime 31:35. Valencia got closer in the third quarter. The visitors narrowed the margin at just a single point 53:54 at the final intermission. Rafa Martinez opened the fourth frame with back-to-back triples as Valencia grabbed a 59:54 lead. Kaimakoglou and Chuck Eidson put Unics in front 67:64 but it was the biggest lead for Unics in the reminder of the contest as Valencia sealed the next stage appearance at the end. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) netted 11 points, while Vladimir Veremeenko added 10 points for Unics. Pau Ribas (193-PG-87) answered with 16 points for Valencia. Rafael Martinez chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Budivelnyk - Spartak SP 73-56
Budivelnyk completed the EuroCup semifinal picture. They outgunned Spartak Saint Petersburg in the Ukrainian capital to enter the next stage of the competition. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) delivered 17 points, 6 boards, 3 assists and 3 steals to pace the hosts. Spartak Saint Petersburg looked comfortable in the first quarter. They entered the game having a 10-point cushion after the home team. The advantage grew at 16-point mark after Spartak outscored the hosts in the first period. Budivelnyk responded with a furious rally in the second stanza. The Ukrainian team erased the deficit and spurred ahead for a 37:28 halftime lead. Spartak Saint Petersburg narrowed the deficit in the third quarter. The Russian team entered the fourth frame down by 7 points. But Budivelnyk gave no chance for the visitors. They ignited a 14:1 run to ensure a 73:54 lead with under two minutes remaining. Spartak could not recover in the remainder of the contest as Budivelnyk booked the semifinal appearance. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) provided 15 points, while Artur Drozdov chipped in 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the win. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) responded with 21 points for Spartak Saint Petersburg. Zack Wright had 14 points in the loss.

Lokomotiv - Buducnost 90-65
Lokomotiv Kuban will play in EuroCup semifinal. They handed the second straight defeat to Buducnost to claim a comprehensive victory on aggregate in the quarterfinal series. Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) nailed 23 points to pace the winners. Lokomotiv looked confident entering the game with an 18-point cushion after the game in Montenegro. Lokomotiv proved their strength in the first quarter at home court. The hosts went on a 29:16 run to clear off. Buducnost cut the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 37:45. But Lokomotiv followed with a 26:16 rally in the third term and never looked back en route to a comprehensive success. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) chipped in 17 points, while Richard Hendrix delivered 13 points for the winners. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) answered with 14 points for Buducnost. Marko Mugosa had 9 points in the loss.   

Tom Wilson
Partizan lands Tom Wilson, ex Melbourne T. - 1 day ago
BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) tabbed 20-year old Australian guard Tom Wilson (196-82kg-97, college: SMU). He played in the summer at Melbourne Tigers in Australian SEABL-East. In 15 games he averaged impressive 20.3ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.3apg. Wilson just graduated from Southern Methodist University and it will be his first season in pro basketball. His team won AAC Tournament. Wilson represented Australia at the World Championships U19 in Heraklion (Greece) two years ago. His stats at that ev...   [read more]

Frank Elegar
Lokomotiv adds Elegar to their roster - 4 hours ago
Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) added to their roster 31-year old Virgin Islander international center Frank Elegar (208-108kg-86, college: Drexel). He is a dual citizen owning also U.S. Virgin Islands passport. Elegar played last season at Enisey (VTB). In 13 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.2ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg and 1.5bpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected All-FIBA Europe Cu...   [read more]

Tofas ink Raymar Morgan, ex Ratiopharm - 12 hours ago
Tofas Bursa (BSL) agreed terms with 29-year old American power forward Raymar Morgan (203-100kg-88, college: Michigan State). He has played for the last two seasons at Ratiopharm in German BBL league. In 42 games he had very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.9apg last season. Morgan helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was voted All-German Bundesliga Player of the Year, Center of the Year and named to 1st T...   [read more]

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The event was previously known as ULEB Cup until 2008

Eurocup Standings
Group E
 1 Lokomotiv 5-1 
 2 Gran Canaria 4-2 
 3 Fuenlabrada 2-4 
 4 UCAM Murcia 1-5 
Group F
 1 B.Muenchen 6-0 
 2 Khimky 4-2 
 3 Lietkabelis 2-4 
 4 Ratiopharm 0-6 
Group G
 1 Hapoel J-M 5-1 
 2 Zenit 3-3 
 3 Lietuvos rytas 3-3 
 4 N.Novgorod 1-5 
Group H
 1 Valencia 6-0 
 2 Unicaja 3-3 
 3 Cedevita 2-4 
 4 ALBA 1-5 
Stage One Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alexey SHVED
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Shved, Khimky22.1 
 2. Kikanovic, ALBA19.6 
 3. Toolson, Zenit18.9 
 4. Logan, Lietuvos.18.1 
 5. Kane, N.Novgorod16.8 
 6. Jerrells, Hapoel J.16.8 
 7. Timma, Zenit16.2 
 8. Kuric, Gran Canaria15.1 
 9. Strebkov, N.Nov.14.6 
 10. Morgan, Ratiopharm14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Gordon, Lietuvos.9.6 
 2. Kane, N.Novgorod7.6 
 3. Dubljevic, Valencia6.8 
 4. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.6.6 
 5. Kleber, B.Muenchen6.6 
 6. Bilan, Cedevita6.2 
 7. Rojas, UCAM M.5.9 
 8. Booker, B.Muenchen5.9 
 9. Jones, Lokomotiv5.8 
 10. Rubit, Ratiopharm5.8 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Markovic, Zenit9.1 
 2. Campazzo, UCAM M.6.7 
 3. Siva, ALBA6.3 
 4. Logan, Lietuvos.5.8 
 5. Williams, Lietkabelis5.4 
 6. Shved, Khimky5.2 
 7. Strebkov, N.Nov.5.2 
 8. Oliver, Gran Canaria5.0 
 9. McCalebb, Gran C.4.8 
 10. Hobbs, Ratiopharm4.7 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Campazzo, UCAM M.2.2 
 2. Siva, ALBA2.0 
 3. Logan, Lietuvos.1.7 
 4. Williams, Lietkabelis1.7 
 5. Diot, Valencia1.6 
 6. Kane, N.Novgorod1.5 
 7. Markovic, Zenit1.4 
 8. Rowland, Khimky1.4 
 9. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.4 
 10. Gaffney, ALBA1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Begic, Cedevita1.3 
 2. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.2 
 3. Kravtsov, Valencia1.1 
 4. Gaffney, ALBA1.1 
 5. Pushkov, Zenit1.0 
 6. Todorovic, Khimky1.0 
 7. Monya, Khimky0.9 
 8. Kleber, B.Muenchen0.9 
 9. Musli, Unicaja0.8 
 10. Mbakwe, Zenit0.7 
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