CSKA - Real Madrid 81-72 CSKA celebrated a comfortable home win over Real Madrid. The victory propelled the Moscow team on top of EuroLeague Top 16 Group E. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) nailed 21 points to lead the winners. CSKA are now at 10-3 record, while Real slipped at 9-4. CSKA stormed into the game. They led 11:3 early in the encounter. The hosts stayed in charge throughout the reminder of the period. CSKA accounted for a 24:15 lead at the first break. Nenad Krstic gave CSKA a 34:19 lead midway through the second frame. The hosts opened a 16-point lead at the interval 44:28. Sonny Weems opened the second half with a three-pointer to make it 47:28. CSKA kept their opponents at bay throughout the reminder of the quarter and earned a 63:47. Real tipped off the fourth frame on a 6:2 rally to narrow the gap. The visitors cut the deficit to 7 points with just over a minute remaining 69:76. Nenad Krstic and Aaron Jackson answered straight back for CSKA and they ran away with the victory. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) chipped in 17 points, while Nenad Krstic contributed 16 points for the winning side. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) answered with 24 points for Real. Felipe Reyes had 10 points in the loss.
Brose Bask. - Panathinaikos 60-82 Panathinaikos Athens sealed the Play-off appearance with the road win over Brose Baskets. The Greek side stormed past the German team 82:60 in the last game on Thursday. Panathinaikos Athens started well and never looked behind after a 26-16 surge in the first period. The Greek side added 16-11 rally in the second frame and had 42:27 lead at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the guests. Panathinaikos Athens won the third quarter 17-14 and finished the game with 23-19 in the last stanza. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Stephane Lasme as well as James Gist posted 11 each. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) netted 10 in the winning effort. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Matt Walsh notched 12. Sharrod Ford collected 11, whilst Andrew James Ogilvy added 9.
Anadolu Efes - Unicaja 64-70 Unicaja scalp Anadolu Efes in Istanbul tonight. The Spanish team downed the hosts in front of more than 10000 fans and took a 70:64 win. Unicaja played the game betted and deserved the victory more. Unicaja took 19-16 lead at the end of the first period, but slowed down a bit in the rest of the half. The hosts managed to produce a 17-9 surge in the second frame and grabbed a 28:33 halftime advantage. The second half however belonged to Unicaja Malaga. The latter posted a 22-14 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with 20-17 in the last stanza. Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) added 21. Txemi Urtasun added 12, while Fran Vazquez posted 8. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) replied with 13 points in defeat and Kerem Gonlum nailed 11. LUCAS poured in 9, whilst Kerem Tunceri added 8.
ALBA - Zalgiris 77-55 Alba Berlin demolish Zalgiris Kaunas at O2 World. The German side posted a 77:55 win for 3-10 record. The German side won 77:55 controlling the entire game. Alba Berlin limited the guest to only 6 points in the first period. Alba Berlin erupted with 27-15 surge in the second frame and ensured the win already at the halftime. Alba Berlin added 20-15 rally in the third period and had 25-point lead after 30 minutes. Zalgiris Kaunas only managed to reply with 19-16 in the last period and reduced to final 22 points. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Derrick Byars (201-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt) added 12. Nihad Djedovic, Ali Traore and DaShaun Wood scored 8 apiece. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) answered with 15 points in the losing effort and Mario Delas had 8. Mindaugas Kuzminskas notched 7, whilst Darjus Lavrinovic brought 6.
Fener.Ulker - Olympiacos 73-78 Olympiacos claimed a road win in Istanbul tonight. The Reds outgunned Fenerbahce to improve at 8-5 record in Top 16 Group F. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) delivered 16 points to lead the winners. Olympiacos strongly entered the game. They held Fenerbahce to 13 points in the opening quarter to gain a 6-point lead. Fenerbahce however turned things their way in the second frame. The hosts erased the deficit and eked out a 44:43 halftime lead. But Olympiacos bounced back in the third term. The Hellenes regained the lead and rallied to a 56:53 advantage at the final intermission. Omer Onan helped Fenerbahce to surge in front 64:58 midway through the fourth frame. Oguz Savas made it 69:61 for the home team but Olympiacos answered with a 13:0 run to pull ahead. Georgios Printezis came up with several key points in the final seconds to seal the win for the visitors. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points and issued 7 assists, while Georgios Printezis added 12 points for the winners. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans), Omer Onan and Romain Sato had 12 points each in the loss.
Montepaschi - FCB Regal 69-77 Barcelona Regal stole a road win over Montepaschi Siena in the 13th round of EuroLeague Top 16. Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) came up with 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Barcelona entered the game without their key trio of Navarro, Tomic and Mickael. Montepaschi capitalized early in the game taking a 25:23 lead at the first break. Barcelona reacted with more aggressive defence in the second quarter. The Spaniards held Siena to 15 points in the period and ensured a 45:40 halftime lead. Barcelona stretched their advantage in the third quarter. They opened a 10-point lead at the final intermission 65:55. Kangur helped Siena revive the intrigue in the fourth frame. The Estonian dragged Montepaschi within three points 69:72. Marcelinho Huertas came up with a key bucket and then Nathan Nathan Jawai pulled down several rebounds to seal the deal for the visitors. Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) connected for 20 points, while Marcelinho Huertas provided 14 points and 6 assists in the win. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) answered with 15 points for Montepaschi Siena. David Moss chipped in 12 points in the losing case.
Maccabi T-A - Besiktas 101-58 Maccabi Tel-Aviv claimed the 8th win in the EuroLeague Top 16. They thumped Besiktas in front of 11000 fans in Tel-Aviv tonight. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) and Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) produced 16 points each for the winners. Maccabi started the game confidently and quickly cleared off. The hosts built a 29:11 lead after ten minutes. The game remained a one-way traffic in the second quarter. Maccabi erupted for 32 points in the second frame to take a 61:27 halftime lead. Maccabi silenced Besiktas with a 30:8 rally in the third quarter and never looked back en route to a convincing victory. Niklas Caner-Medley delivered 15 points for the winning side. Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.) answered with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Besiktas. Tutku Acik had 8 points in the loss.
Khimky - Caja Laboral 82-86 Caja Laboral Vitoria improved its chances to reach the playoffs in EuroLeague. The Spanish team beat Khimky 86:82 and tied both records at 7-6. Caja Laboral Vitoria won the first period 22-19 and led three points at the halftime. The Spanish team pushed the tempo for good in the third quarter and improved to 8 points after a 22-17 rally. Khimky tried hard to recover in the last stanza and managed to reduce at the end. Fridzon and Davis brought Khimki back in the game, 78:81, while Augustine James and Koponen Petteri delivered 12 each, while Rivers K.C. cut it to 80:81 Khimki deficit. Nocioni and later San Emeterio's free throws allowed Vitoria to seal a good-as-gold road win. Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) added 21. Bjelica Nemanja delivered 13, while Fernando San Emeterio posted 10. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Monya Sergey notched 13. Augustine James and Koponen Petteri delivered 12 each, while Rivers K.C. had 10.
Olympiacos silence Anadolu Efes in Istanbul, force decider - 6 hours ago
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Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 62:74 Olympiacos stayed alive in the EuroLeague Final Four chase. They overcame Anadolu Efes in Istanbul to even the quarterfinal series at 2-2. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) recorded 18 points to pace the Piraeus team. Anadolu Efes secured the strong start to the game. The hosts built a 21:14 lead after the first ten minutes. Olympiacos picked up the tempo in the second term. The visitors poured in 21 points to pull within three points 35:3... [read more]
Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 62:74
Olympiacos stayed alive in the EuroLeague Final Four chase. They overcame Anadolu Efes in Istanbul to even the quarterfinal series at 2-2. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) recorded 18 points to pace the Piraeus team. Anadolu Efes secured the strong start to the game. The hosts built a 21:14 lead after the first ten minutes. Olympiacos picked up the tempo in the second term. The visitors poured in 21 points to pull within three points 35:38. Olympiacos eventually erased the deficit in the third term. The Piraeus side eked out a 55:54 lead heading into the fourth stanza. Olympiacos limited the hosts to only 8 points in the final quarter and raced to a vital victory. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 11 points, while Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) added 10 points for the hosts. Jayson Granger (189-G-89) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Anadolu Efes. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) had 9 points in the loss.
Real Madrid claim second straight win in Istanbul, enter Final Four - 8 hours ago
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Darussafaka - Real Madrid 78:89 Real Madrid entered EuroLeague Final Four. They celebrated the second consecutive victory over Darussafaka in Istanbul to win the quarterfinal series 3-1. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) produced 17 points to pace the visitors. Real jumped to an early lead. The Madrid team ensured a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Real stayed in front throughout the second frame. The Spanish team ensured a 45:38 halftime advantage. Real stayed red hot offensively in the third quar... [read more]
Darussafaka - Real Madrid 78:89
Real Madrid entered EuroLeague Final Four. They celebrated the second consecutive victory over Darussafaka in Istanbul to win the quarterfinal series 3-1. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) produced 17 points to pace the visitors. Real jumped to an early lead. The Madrid team ensured a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Real stayed in front throughout the second frame. The Spanish team ensured a 45:38 halftime advantage. Real stayed red hot offensively in the third quarter. The Madrid side exploded with 27 points in the period to grab a comfortable 14-point lead before the fourth term. Darussafaka could not overcome the deficit in the final quarter as Real marched to a key victory. Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89, college: LSU) and Trey Thompkins (208-F-90, college: Georgia) produced 15 points each for the winners. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 25 points for Darussafaka. Scottie Wilbekin (188-G-93, college: Florida) chipped in 14 points in the loss.
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) is close to sign 25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92) who currently plays forZenit Saint Petersburg in Russia. In 20 VTB games he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg this season. Great year indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game. The last season Timma played also at Zenit in Russian league where in 16 Eurocup games he averaged 12.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. He also played 36 games... [read more]
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) is close to sign 25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92) who currently plays for Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia. In 20 VTB games he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg this season. Great year indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game. The last season Timma played also at Zenit in Russian league where in 16 Eurocup games he averaged 12.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. He also played 36 games in VTB United League where he had 14.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg (in top 4). Timma helped them to make it to the semifinals. In 2013 he was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (60th overall). The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Timma won Latvian League championship title for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Forward of the Year in 2016. Timma has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012. Timma also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 66.7%. Timma has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Barons Riga, Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Keizarmezs and DU/Swedbank. The scouts decsribe him following way:
A very athletic forward with a strong body and quick legs. He's a great shooter, with a very quick release. He can create his own shot from off the dribble as well as shoot coming off screens. Defends very well even on bigger opponents thanks to his powerful body, needs to improve in continuity during each game.
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