Barcelona celebrated a confident road win in Piraeus tonight. The Catalan team overcame Olympiacos for 9-1 record on top of Group F. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) notched 21 points to lead the visitors. The Reds slipped at 6-4 record after the defeat. Olympiacos eked out a 20:17 lead after a very close first quarter. The visitors used an 8:0 run midway through the second quarter to take a 39:30 lead. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) capped the first half with a layup as the Spanish team led by 10 points 46:36. However Olympiacos tuned in offensively in the third period. They went on a 9:1 run to narrow the deficit at just two points 47:49. Soon Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) put the hosts in front 59:58. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) and Jawai capped the period with three points as the visitors sneaked in front 63:62. Pete Mickeal and Erazem Lorbek helped Barcelona to a 67:62 lead early in the fourth quarter. The visitors dominated in every facet of the game and posted an 82:71 lead midway through the quarter. Huertas and Jasikevicius opened a 16-point lead for the visitors and Barcelona never looked back again en route to the win. Pete Mickeal delivered 20 points, while Juan Carlos Navarro and Ante Tomic (217-C-87) added 10 points each in the victory. Vassilis Spanoulis answered with 23 points for Olympiacos. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) had 16 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
Ermis Lagkada agreed financial terms with the Head Coach Takis Xouridas
Pagrati agreed financial terms with Head Coach Nikos Kalabakos
AEK Athens renewed the contract of Head Coach Evangelos Ziagkos
Livadeia agreed financial terms with head Coach Panagiotis Zontos and the player Giorgos Topouzidis (191-F-89)
Polis Kallitheas renewed the contract of the head Coach Giorgos [read more]
C Division Apollon Arhaias Korinthou a newcomer team in the division agreed financial terms with Coach Makis Giatras Ethnikos Piraeus renewed the contract of head coach Costas Sorotos and agreed financial terms with Giannis Kountouras while three players have renewed their contracts for one year, Dimitris Yiannaletsos (203-F-85), Alexis Karipidis and Pavlos Trafalis (202-F-78)
32-year old USA ex-international guard Marcus Banks (188-81, college: UNLV) left Panathinaikos Athens (A1). In 14 games he had 6.4ppg and 1.7rpg this season. He helped them to win the cup. Banks also played 21 games in Euroleague where he recorded 5.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The last season Banks was tested by Idaho Stampede in D-League. In 19 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.9ppg, 1 [read more]
32-year old USA ex-international guard Marcus Banks (188-81, college: UNLV) left Panathinaikos Athens (A1). In 14 games he had 6.4ppg and 1.7rpg this season. He helped them to win the cup. Banks also played 21 games in Euroleague where he recorded 5.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The last season Banks was tested by Idaho Stampede in D-League. In 19 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 5.0apg and 1.2spg.
He ended the previous (10-11) season at the Hornets in NBA. But the most of that year Banks spent at the Raptors in NBA. In three games he recorded just 2.0ppg and 1.0apg. In 2003 he was drafted by Adirondack Wildcats (USBL) in eighth round (73rd overall). The former University of Nevada - Las Vegas standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball. He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2001. Banks has played previously for five other NBA teams: Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves. On Banks:
Strong body and good scorer but inconsistent shooter and true height is a concern. Has tremendous speed and quickness, and good passing skills, but is too much up-and-down performing to earn a starting spot at NBA level. Needs also to learn to play a slow-tempo game.
It is fact! The American forward R.T. Guinn (208-PF-81, college: Baylor) is officially player of Panathinaikos for the play-offs period. The ex player of the Ukrainian club Ferro ZNTU agreed financial terms with the six star team of Panathinaikos and will join forces with the Hellenic power house as of early next week [read more]
It is fact! The American forward R.T. Guinn (208-PF-81, college: Baylor) is officially player of Panathinaikos for the play-offs period. The ex player of the Ukrainian club Ferro ZNTU agreed financial terms with the six star team of Panathinaikos and will join forces with the Hellenic power house as of early next week. The 32 years old American graduate from Baylor had a solid season with his Ukrainian team as he played in 50 games and had nearly 15 points per game with 41% on three points with 113 of 278 shots while he was dashing down 6.1 rebounds per game, 1.7 assists and 1 steal per game. Last season with the same team, R.T Guinn had 17.1 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, and 42.3% from behind the arc. He considers being a very steady and mature player. From the season 2007-2008, Guinn is ending the seasons in all the leagues he played on double digits nd a percentage from the arc between 40-50% per season.
Together with Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) who joined forces with the Greens a week ago (and he already put his signature in the road win of Panathinaikos in Patras after scoring 18 points in 23 minutes), Panathinaikos is expected to change his game in total. Now the puzzle for the experienced coach Pedoulakis is whether he will be able to change the style and the rhythm of his team for the most crucial games against the euroleague winner, team of Olympiakos as its is expected eventually to come across the team of Coach Bartzokas at the finals in a months' time from now with a home court disadvantage.
At the same time the American point guard Marcus Banks (188-G-81, college: UNLV) is officially off the team. The American had limited time from Coach Pedoulakis and he had 5.7 points in Euroleage in 21 games and 13 minutes in the court while he had 6.4 points in the Greek league in just 14 games and 13 minutes per game.
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