Vassilis Spanoulis carries Olympiacos to A1 title - May 30, 2016
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FINAL Panathinaikos - Olympiacos 81-82 Olympiacos are crowned A1 champions. They survived a double-overtime drama against Panathinaikos to post the decisive victory. It all came down to the final seconds in the second overtime. Vassilis Spanoulis stepped up with late heroics for the visitors. He drained a massive three-pointer and carried the Reds to the trophy. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 21-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to level thi... [read more]
Olympiacos are crowned A1 champions. They survived a double-overtime drama against Panathinaikos to post the decisive victory. It all came down to the final seconds in the second overtime. Vassilis Spanoulis stepped up with late heroics for the visitors. He drained a massive three-pointer and carried the Reds to the trophy. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 21-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to level things up. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 assists and Liberian-American power forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee Services) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Olympiacos' coach Giannis Sfairopoulos used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side the former international point guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) responded with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international Nikos Pappas (194-90) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Olympiacos: V.Spanoulis 25+6ast, O.Hunter 14+7reb+1ast, K.Papanikolaou 13+6reb+2ast, E.Mantzaris 13+2reb, D.Agravanis 8+9reb, D.Hackett 4+1reb+2ast Panathinaikos: N.Pappas 16+9reb, D.Diamantidis 15+6reb+6ast, J.Gist 15+7reb+2ast, N.Calathes 12+8reb+4ast, G.Papagiannis 7+4reb, A.Fotsis 6+8reb+1ast
AEK Athens earned the Bronze medals. They defeated Aris to win the consolation final series 3-1. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aris won fourth quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aris was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by swingman Malik Hairston (198-87, college: Oregon) who scored that evening 24 points and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and point guard J'Covan Brown (188-90, college: Texas) supported him with 22 points. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by forward Okaro White (206-92, college: Florida St.) did not help to save the game for Aris. Point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St., agency: Pensack Sports) added 17 points for lost side. Four Aris players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: AEK Athens: M.Hairston 24+4reb+5ast, J.Brown 22+2reb+3ast, D.Sakota 14+3reb+4ast, M.Antonio Carter 7+3reb+1ast, M.Milosevic 7+8reb, G.Kalambokis 6 Aris: D.Waters 17+1ast, O.White 16+7reb+3ast, J.McNeal 13+2reb+2ast, J.Cohen 10+5reb, T.Zaras 6+3reb, V.Xanthopoulos 6+4reb+4ast
Yesterday night (30.05.2016) was one of the worst nights for the European basketball as one of the top players of the last decade, decided to retire [read more]
Yesterday night (30.05.2016) was one of the worst nights for the European basketball as one of the top players of the last decade, decided to retire. Dimitris Diamantidis or else 3D or else triple D, the most altruist player in the European courts EVER, the player who won three Euroleague titles, nine Greek league and ten Greek cup titles, two Euroleague final four MVP Awards, four all-Euroleague first team selections, as well as a record of six Euroleague Best Defender Awards and being the only player to have earned all four pre-mentioned Euroleague end of season distinctions, even more so in a single year (2006-20017) will no longer wear his uniform as a player.. The 36 years old ex international guard decided to retire and without him European basketball will not be the same..
For 12 consecutive seasons worn the green jersey of Panathinaikos , being the epitome of how the game is suppose to be played. Diamantidis has won several individual trophies since joining Panathinaikos, such as the Euroleague Best Defender six times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011), the Greek League MVP six times (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014), and the Euroleague Final Four MVP twice (2007, 2011). Diamantidis was also named the 2007 Mister Europa, the 2007 Greek Athlete of the Year, and the MVP of the Greek Cup in 2009 and 2016. He was named the Euroleague MVP in 2011.
3D was born on the 6th of May, 1980 in Kastoria. At the age of fourteen, Diamantidis started his youth career with his home team in Kastoria, where he remains until the summer of 1999, at the age of 19, Diamantidis began his professional career when he transferred to Iraklis Thessaloniki (where his talent and his basketball IQ were obviously much higher than the average), he became a starting player at his second season in the team and he helped to bring Iraklis back to the top teams in the Greek league, and by 2003, he had emerged as an all-around star in the Greek League winning the Greek League MVP award in the same season.. The Giannakopoulos family saw that and they didn't lose time as in the summer of 2004 3D became a member of Panathinaikos. He immediately became the leader of the team, even though the all mighty Alvertis Fragiskos was a member of the team, 3D was not the absolute scorer like Alvertis, but he was the one to do all the jobs in the court, something that was not usual up until the time he appeared in the Greek basketball scenery.
Left-handed 3D was playing with the same ease, in three positions (point guard, small forward and shooting guard) and won 22 titles in total while he has best statistical record in Euroleague in most of the statistical divisions, being the top performer in the European courts in the 21st century! He has the all-time Euroleague leading position in total assists, steals, and performance index rating with some of them being very difficult to reach in the years to come. Diamantidis had with Coach Obradovi one of the most successful collaborations between a player and his coach in the history of European basketball. As a member of the Greek national team, 3D won a EuroBasket title in 2005; anchoring a defense that allowed 59.7 points per game and scoring a buzzer beater three-pointer that sealed the fate of the semifinal against France, he was voted as a member of the All-EuroBasket Team. In 2006, he played a pivotal role in a FIBA World Cup silver medal campaign, with Greece stunning Team USA in the semifinal and Diamantidis leading the tournament in steals. He was a key factor in Greece's historic 101-95 victory against Team USA in the semifinals, stunning the likes of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. The defeat suffered by the United States team is the only one during Mike Krzyzewski's era (2005-), as the latter has an undefeated record since then, in all major international competitions. On the basis of his myriad achievements, his leading role in the success of Panathinaikos and the Greek national team, he was named Mister Europa Player of the Year by Italian sports magazine Superbasket in 2007.
He has a fun club which comes all over the globe and is among the most known figures in the European Basketball, a person who's totally different in and out of the court as his superior and legendary performances in the court has nothing to do with the man, the citizen Dimitris Diamantidis, a low profile young family man On the 1st of April, 2016 he has received the Euroleague Basketball Legend award being the second Greek player after Theo Papaloukas back in 2013. As demonstrated by numerous game-changing actions in crucial situations, Diamantidis is considered to be one of the biggest decision makers and clutch players in European basketball history.
3D is the idol and the symbol of many players allover the globe, many players that want to look alike him, play like him and have the same passion and skills like him, his is and will be a total legend of the European Basketball.
The global basketball is losing in the same season two of its few legends as after Kobe Bryant, Dimitris Diamantidis has been added (as of yesterday) in the retired player's list!!
Icelandic Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for Doxa Pefkon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 30. The 27-year old center had the game-high 18 points adding seven rebounds for Doxa Pefkon in his team's victory, helping them to beat Iraklis (#9, 12-16) 73-66. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Doxa Pefkon maintains the 11th position... [read more]
Icelandic Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for Doxa Pefkon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 30. The 27-year old center had the game-high 18 points adding seven rebounds for Doxa Pefkon in his team's victory, helping them to beat Iraklis (#9, 12-16) 73-66. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Doxa Pefkon maintains the 11th position in Greek A2. Doxa Pefkon is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-17 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Thorsteinsson as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Sigurdur Thorsteinsson averages this season 11.9ppg and 7.9rpg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old power forward Savvas Manousos (208-F/C-85) of Doxa Lefkadas. Manousos impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Doxa Lefkadas lost that game 72-78 to the lower-ranked Psyhiko (#8, 14-14). Doxa Lefkadas managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Manousos is a newcomer at Doxa Lefkadas and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.
The third best performed player last round was Dimitris Despos (209-C-76) of Iraklis (#9). Despos showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Despos' great performance Iraklis lost 66-73 to slightly lower-ranked Doxa Pefkon (#11, 11-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Iraklis ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Despos could help Iraklis to bring them higher in the standings. Despos has a great season in Greece. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (8th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-F-76) of Faros - 19 points and 4 rebounds 5. Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) of Ethnikos - 20 points and 3 rebounds 6. Thomas Nikou (185-PG-80) of Psyhiko - 11 points and 8 assists 7. Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87) of Kymis - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Angelos Tsamis (192-SG-81) of Promitheas - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Efthimis Kothras (193-G-81) of Iraklis - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Sakis Karydas (182-G-79) of Doxa Lefkadas - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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