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VTB United League Standings
 1 CSKA 3-0 
 2 Khimki 3-0 
 3 Unics 2-0 
 4 Zenit 2-1 
 5 Avtodor 1-0 
 6 Lokomotiv 1-0 
 7 N.Novgorod 1-0 
 8 Astana 0-2 
 9 Enisey 0-2 
 10 Kalev/Cramo 0-2 
 11 Parma 0-2 
 12 Tsmoki-Minsk 0-2 
 13 VEF Riga 0-2 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin CARTER
  Astana
  (193-G/F-87)
  Avg: 26
 1. Carter, Astana26.0 
 2. Gordon, Zenit19.7 
 3. Shved, Khimki18.3 
 4. Lasme, Unics17.5 
 5. Mirkovic, Kalev/Cr.17.5 
 6. Qvale, Lokomotiv17.0 
 7. Babb, Lokomotiv16.0 
 8. Jelovac, N.Novgorod16.0 
 9. Harper, Zenit15.7 
 10. De-Colo, CS.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ike Joseph UDANOH
  Astana
  (203-PF-89)
  Avg: 12
 1. Udanoh, Astana12.0 
 2. Gordon, Zenit10.7 
 3. Gubanov, N.Novgorod9.0 
 4. Jelovac, N.Novgorod8.0 
 5. Carter, Astana7.5 
 6. Klimenko, Avtodor7.0 
 7. Collins, Lokomotiv7.0 
 8. Lasme, Unics6.5 
 9. Broekhoff, Lokom.6.0 
 10. Hummer, Avtodor6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Stefan MARKOVIC
  Khimki
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Markovic, Khimki6.3 
 2. Frazier, Avtodor6.0 
 3. Strebkov, N.Nov.6.0 
 4. Miller-M., Parma6.0 
 5. Mirkovic, Kalev/Cr.5.5 
 6. Scott, VEF Riga5.5 
 7. Reynolds, Zenit5.5 
 8. Ponkrashov, Unics5.5 
 9. Perez-K., VEF R.5.0 
 10. Colom, Unics5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitry KHVOSTOV
  Lokom.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Khvostov, Lokom.3.0 
 2. Hummer, Avtodor2.0 
 3. Frazier, Avtodor2.0 
 4. Antipov, Lokomotiv2.0 
 5. Jenkins, Khimki2.0 
 6. Robinson, Avtodor2.0 
 7. Robinson, Khimki2.0 
 8. Sheleketo, Avtodor2.0 
 9. Udanoh, Astana2.0 
 10. Uzinskiy, N.Nov.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Unics
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lasme, Unics3.0 
 2. Thomas, Khimki1.7 
 3. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.5 
 4. Hunter, CSKA1.5 
 5. Udanoh, Astana1.5 
 6. Kravish, Tsmoki-Minsk1.0 
 7. Clarke, Avtodor1.0 
 8. Collins, Lokomotiv1.0 
 9. Gromovs, VEF Riga1.0 
 10. Gubanov, N.Novgorod1.0 

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Round 3 (Regular Season)

Kalev/Cramo 57% Oct.23 Parma
Zenit 95% Oct.22 VEF Riga
Tsmoki-Minsk 57% Oct.22 Astana
CSKA 64% Oct.22 Avtodor
Lokomotiv 51% Oct.21 Unics
Enisey Oct.21 N.Novgorod 96%
Stellar Upsides from Aleks Maric and Richard Hendrix - Apr 14, 2013


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Behind a strong double-double showing of 12 points and 10 rebounds, courtesy of 6-11 Australian center Aleks Maric, and thanks to a dominate Most Valuable Player performance by interim big man Richard Hendrix, who contributed 14 points and 9 boards, Russian Lokomotiv Kuban secured its first ever Eurocup title with a 75-64 triumph over Spanish Uxue Bilbao.

Both Maric (Panathinaikos) and Hendrix (EA7 Milan), shown the door by their recently respected Euroleague homes, have managed to come alive in Russia, upped their statistics, and resurrect their stardom, en route to returning to Euroleague action next season.

While Maric is locked in with Kuban for the upcoming 2013-14 season, Hendrix, who is on a loan from Milan, will get shipped back to Italy to honor the second year of his deal.

Kuban Coach Evgeny Pashutin utilized his massive inside presence to the maximum. Maric playing the center, and Hendrix at power-forward revealed to be a killer duo combining for 19 boards, five of them offensive, and five assists.

"Our strategy offensively was to go inside to Richard Hendrix and Aleks Maric," a victorious Pashutin said. "They both dominated and we were able to get a lead, go from there and have a good game," the 44-year-old Russian-born coach added.

Awkwardly enough, Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv, currently trailing Real Madrid 0-2 in the best-of-five Euroleague quarter-finals series, is getting demolished inside the paint by its Spanish rival.

Seeing that Maccabi sent 7-footer Giorgi Shermadini to Greece on December 2012, and waived high-flying 6-8 power-forward Malcolm Thomas, who is now hooping for the Chicago Bulls, Shawn James' outstanding performances remain no match against Madrid's inside firepower. Dating back to March 2013, Maccabi targeted and engaged in conversations with Maric, who eventually preferred the Russian currency. Upon joining Kuban on January 2013, David Blatt heavily pursued Hendrix, and urged Tel Aviv officials to re-sign the Alabama alumnus. Yet Maccabi executives eventually inked Croatian Euroleague-rook Darko Planinic to a multi-year deal.

Planinic is far from being the coaching staff favorite Hendrix was, or Maric could have been, registering just 3.5 points and 1.5 boards during 6.5 minutes per versus Madrid.

As Madrid outrebounds Tel Aviv 85-44 over the first pair of series contests, Maric, tailing a miserable four points in seven minutes for Panathinaikos under former coach Zeljko Obradovic last season, has jump-started his international career, revisiting his dominance from when playing in Serbia with Partizan Belgrade.

"Our target from the beginning was to win this cup. We are now going to the play in the Euroleague. We conquered our goal of taking Kuban to the next level. It is an amazing feeling," said Maric, completing his Eurocup debut season with double-digit scoring figures of 11 points and 7.3 rebounds nightly.

Hendrix's season upside has also been remarkable. The 264-pounder who took home Israel's Center of the Year honors, discovered unfamiliar territory earlier this season under Sergio Scariolo, barley logging double-digits in minutes, which by default, meant failing to adapt to the Italian system.

In Russia, Hendrix revived his brand, doubled his scoring averages, and tripled his European competition statistics. For Kuban's defensive anchor, winning the Eurocup title was simply the icing on the cake.   




Demonte
Harper
Harper's 21 points give him Player of the Week award - 1 day ago
28-year old guard Demonte Harper (193-G-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Zenit and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. He had the game-high 21 points adding five rebounds and four assists for Zenit in his team's victory, helping them to beat Astana (#9, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 84-73. Zenit is placed at 4th position in VTB United League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Zenit...   [read more]

Anthony Gill
Round 2 of Regular Season - 2 days ago
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in VTB United League. The game in Perm supposed to be quite interesting. Khimki (3-0) played at the court of Parma (0-2). Khimki smashed Parma 106-69 on Monday. Khimki dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Parma's 32 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Parma 38-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. Khimki l...   [read more]

Drew Gordon
Drew Gordon gets MVP of the Week award for VTB United League - 5 days ago
American Drew Gordon (206-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Zenit and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1. The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 27 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Parma (#12, 0-1) with 25-point margin 98-73. Zenit is placed at 5th position in VTB United League. Zenit is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in t...   [read more]


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