The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ryazan won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ural Ekaterinburg made 32-of-38 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game, while Ryazan only scored thirteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Ryazan 37-25 including 27 on the offensive glass. Ryazan was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Dmitri Nikolaev (200-83) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and American power forward Aaron McGhee (203-79, college: Oklahoma) accounted for 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Ural Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. Guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Artem Isakov (192-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively for Ryazan in the defeat. Ryazan's coach Zoran Cvetanovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Ural Ekaterinb.: A.McGhee 22+1reb, D.Nikolaev 17+12reb, D.Arteshin 11+4reb, M.Tkachenko 10+4reb+5ast, O.Baranov 10+3reb, A.Dedushkin 5+7reb Ryazan: A.Vzdykhalkin 17+6reb+3ast, A.Isakov 10+2reb+5ast, D.Zibirov 7+3reb+4ast, A.Kirdyachkin 7+1reb, R.Khamitov 7+3reb, A.Kirjanov 7+2reb
The game without a history. Universitet-Yugra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to AltajBasket's 16. Universitet-Yugra forced 24 AltajBasket turnovers. Lithuanian point guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) nailed 12 points and 4 assists for the winning side and forward Denis Hloponin (206-81) accounted for 14 points. Guard Sergey Chernov (187-86) came up with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Vasiliy Gladyshev (188-83) added 8 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for AltajBasket in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Top scorers: Univ.Surgut: D.Hloponin 14+4reb+1ast, L.Lekavicius 12+3reb+4ast, A.Rindin 11+6reb, I.Aleksandrov 9+4reb+2ast, V.Shevel 7+4reb, A.Savenkov 6+4reb+1ast AltajBasket: S.Chernov 17+6reb+4ast, P.Trushnikov 9+1reb+2ast, E.Gorev 8+2reb+1ast, V.Gladyshev 8+3reb+4ast, D.Ponosov 7+4reb, D.Poleschuk 3+5reb+1ast
The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-71. Novosybirsk forced 22 Ataman turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Center Pavel Podkolzin (226-85) stepped up and scored 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and swingman Pavel Zakamov (192-80, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 14 points. Five Novosybirsk players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Pavel Aleksandrov (196-89) responded with 10 points and guard Dmitriy Zagnoyko (192-85) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Novosybirsk: P.Podkolzin 19+9reb+3ast, P.Zakamov 14+4reb+3ast, A.Sayapin 12+4reb, A.Anisimov 12+2reb+5ast, S.Tokarev 10+2reb+9ast, E.Shatokhin 8+6reb Ataman: D.Zagnoyko 10+5reb+1ast, V.Solovyev 10+5reb, P.Aleksandrov 10+4reb+2ast, A.Mateyunas 8+2reb+3ast, A.Amirkhanov 7+2reb+3ast, A.Kurtsevich 7+4reb+1ast
The game without a history. Avtodor led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Avtodor outrebounded Spartak Vidnoye 41-23 including a 28-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) nailed 25 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side and power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (208-84) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Avtodor players scored in double figures. Forward Vladislav Trushkin (201-93) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds and guard Maksim Bychkov (192-90) added 8 points and 4 assists respectively for Spartak Vidnoye in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Avtodor: S.Burtt 25+5reb+9ast, A.Zaykin 15+9reb+1ast, A.Karpukhin 14+1reb+3ast, A.Klimenko 11+9reb, A.Lavnikov 10, A.Pushkin 9+2reb Spartak V.: V.Trushkin 13+6reb+3ast, A.Loginov 9+2reb+2ast, E.Marinin 8+5ast, M.Bychkov 8+2reb+4ast, A.Chernysh 8+3reb, A.Tikhonin 7+1reb
Nikita Balashov selected the top Russian playing abroad in last week's games - 19 hours ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Russians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an international forward Nikita Balashov (207-91, agency: Alti Sport). He could not help P.Zvaigzdes (15-21) in their last game. Despite Balashov's good performance P.Zvaigzdes lost 79-88 at home to the second-ranked Lietuvos rytas.
We bring you last week's top performances from Russians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an international forward Nikita Balashov (207-91, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Lithuania). He could not help P.Zvaigzdes (15-21) in their last game. Despite Balashov's good performance P.Zvaigzdes lost 79-88 at home to the second-ranked Lietuvos rytas.
He scored 10 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes on the court.
It was P.Zvaigzdes' third consecutive loss in a row.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Balashov's first season with the team.
This year Balashov averages: 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 62.9%(73-116), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 66.7% in 25 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Russian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former University international center Anatoly Kashirov (215-87, currently plays in Lithuania). Kashirov led Dzukija to a victory against the closely-ranked Vytautas (18-18) 79-65 in the Lithuanian LKL last Wednesday.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds.
Dzukija Alytus (10-26) is placed eighth in the LKL.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Kashirov has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 45.0% and FT: 64.9%.
Former Spartak St.Petersburg starter played for the Russian university national team in 2011.
#3. The Russian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Fedor Dmitriev (204-84, also represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland). He managed to help Anwil Wloclawek to win against the closely-ranked Twarde Pierniki (20-11) 73-69 in the Polish PLK on Sunday night.
Dmitriev scored only 3 points.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Anwil Wloclawek (24-7) is placed first in the PLK.
It was his team's 14th consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important.
Dmitriev's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 35.8% and FT: 75.0%.
He played for the Russian national team eleven years ago.
#4. Guard Teymuraz Babunashvili (185-90, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Mgzavrebi (10-18) 87-72 in the Georgian Superleague last Friday.
Babunashvili scored only 2 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Kutaisi Kutaisiis placed in the Superleague.
Babunashvili's overall stats this season are: 3.2ppg and 1.9rpg.
He has a dual citizenship: Russian and Georgian.
Babunashvili used to play for the Russian U18 national team
back in 2008.
#5. Former U20 international center Nikolay Rogozhkin (221-93, another player represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help UCAM Murcia II in their game against Cartagena (8-8) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Rogozhkin recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 12 minutes.
The fourth-placed UCAM Murcia II (6-10) was badly defeated 76-56 on the road by the second-ranked Cartagena in the Group E Clasif.
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season.
This year Rogozhkin's overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 3.8rpg in 24 games.
He used to play for the Russian U20 national team
four years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Russian passport but never been selected to any of Russian national teams:
#1.Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85, currently plays in Hungary) could not help Falco KC (20-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Falco KC (20-12) lost 80-93 on the road to the leading Alba in the Places 1-5 group.
Pustahvar was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes.
There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical.
This year Pustahvar has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5apg in 32 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.
#2.Marsel Ovsepyan (200-C-90, currently plays in Belarus) contributed to Vitebsk's victory against the closely-ranked Tsmoki II (20-12) 81-77 in the Belarusian Premier League in Saturday night's game.
Ovsepyan scored 9 points, had 11 rebounds and dished 5 assists.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Vitebsk OBK-Voktsor (21-11) is placed third in the Premier League.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
Ovsepyan's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg.
#3. Experienced Dmitriy Glebov (196-F-84, currently plays in Ukraine) managed to help Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk in a victory against the closely-ranked Cherkasy (15-12) 91-77 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday.
He recorded only 3 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 24 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk (21-6) is placed third in the Superleague.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Glebov's overall stats are: 5.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.4apg in 14 games.
#4.Igor Simin (199-SF-84, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Hasharon (15-11) in their last game. Despite Simin's good performance the eighth-placed Hasharon (15-11) lost 80-94 in Nes Ziyona to the higher-ranked (#4) Ironi Nes-Ziona in the Play-Offs group.
He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes.
It was Hasharon's first loss after five consecutive victories.
This year Simin's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.5apg in 25 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Russian and Israeli.
Despite Simin's Russian nationality, he previously played for the Israeli U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Russian team.
#5.Alexey Chubrevich (212-C-86, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hapoel Holon's victory against the sixth-ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-14) 85-74 in the Israeli Winner League on Friday night.
He scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court.
Hapoel Unet Holon (19-10) is placed second in the Winner League.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season.
This year Chubrevich's overall stats are: 5.7ppg and 3.9rpg in 28 games.
He has both Russian and Israeli nationalities.
#6.Dmitriy Flis (204-F/C-84, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Ourense in their game against Lleida Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division).
Flis scored 8 points, had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks.
His team was defeated 78-66.
This season Flis has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg and 5.3rpg.
He also holds two passports: Russian and Spanish.
#7.Pavel Micheev (201-F-83, currently plays in Kazakhstan) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Barsy Atyrau (6-10) in their last game. Despite Micheev's good performance Barsy Atyrau was badly defeated 94-78 on the opponent's court by the leading Astana.
He recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes.
This year Micheev has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in 16 games.
He holds both Russian and Kazakhstan passports.
#8.Alexander Kravtsov (194-F-87, currently plays in Portugal) couldn't help Angrabasket in their game against Guifoes in the Portuguese Proliga (second division).
Kravtsov recorded 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
His team was crushed by 22 points 84-62.
This season Kravtsov has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1spg.
Spartak-Primorie earn Superleague Bronze medals - 2 days ago
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3-4 Place Spartak-Prim. - Novosybirsk 87-77 Spartak-Primorie earned the Bronze medals. They topped Novosybirsk to win the consolation finals series 3-1. Spartak-Prim. outrebounded Novosybirsk 40-29 including 25 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Novosybirsk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-90) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 4 assists. Power forward Maxim K... [read more]
Spartak-Primorie earned the Bronze medals. They topped Novosybirsk to win the consolation finals series 3-1. Spartak-Prim. outrebounded Novosybirsk 40-29 including 25 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Novosybirsk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-90) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 4 assists. Power forward Maxim Krivosheev (207-88) contributed with 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Spartak-Prim. players scored in double figures. Power forward Aleksandr Lavnikov (205-91, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 26 points and point guard Igor Novikov (192-90) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Novosybirsk. Top scorers: Spartak-Prim.: F.Klyuchnikov 27+4reb+4ast, M.Krivosheev 25+9reb, A.Mateyunas 16+6reb+5ast, A.Kirdyachkin 12+8reb+2ast, V.Babaylov 3+2reb+1ast, I.Savelyev 2+3ast Novosybirsk: A.Lavnikov 26+3reb+2ast, K.Pisklov 13+3reb+2ast, I.Novikov 11+7reb+4ast, D.Makeev 9+4ast, A.Kurtsevich 8+5reb, G.Goldyrev 5+2reb
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