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VTB United League Standings
 1 CSKA 22-2 
 2 Zenit 20-3 
 3 Khimki 19-5 
 4 Lokomotiv 18-5 
 5 Unics 15-9 
 6 Enisey 13-11 
 7 VEF Riga 10-12 
 8 Astana 9-15 
 9 N.Novgorod 8-16 
 10 Avtodor 7-16 
 11 Kalev/Cramo 5-18 
 12 Tsmoki-Minsk 5-18 
 13 Parma 1-22 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nick MINNERATH
  Avtodor
  (207-PF-88)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Minnerath, Avtodor22.7 
 2. Shved, Khimki22.4 
 3. Andjusic, Parma19.8 
 4. Langford, Unics19.0 
 5. Blums, VEF Riga18.2 
 6. De-Colo, CS.17.3 
 7. Karasev, Zenit16.4 
 8. Harper, Kalev/Cr.16.2 
 9. Kane, N.Novgorod15.9 
 10. Miller, Astana15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank ELEGAR
  Enisey
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Elegar, Enisey9.4 
 2. Hunter, Avtodor8.1 
 3. Krubally, Astana7.6 
 4. Mejeris, VEF Riga7.1 
 5. Kane, N.Novgorod7.0 
 6. Todorovic, Khimki7.0 
 7. Minnerath, Avtodor6.9 
 8. White, Zenit6.8 
 9. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.6.7 
 10. Thompson, N.Nov.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Joaquin COLOM
  Unics
  (188-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Colom, Unics8.4 
 2. Markovic, Zenit7.7 
 3. Teodosic, CSKA6.5 
 4. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.6.4 
 5. Harper, Kalev/Cr.5.7 
 6. Shved, Khimki5.4 
 7. Frazier, Avtodor5.2 
 8. De-Colo, CS.4.9 
 9. Katsivelis, Astana4.7 
 10. Gaddy, VEF Riga4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dijon THOMPSON
  N.Nov.
  (201-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Thompson, N.Nov.2.8 
 2. Kane, N.Novgorod2.2 
 3. Lowery, Astana1.8 
 4. Higgins, CSKA1.7 
 5. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.1.7 
 6. Markovic, Zenit1.7 
 7. Chernov, Parma1.6 
 8. Richard, VEF Riga1.5 
 9. Gray, Tsmoki-Minsk1.4 
 10. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Mickell GLADNESS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 2. Parakhouski, Unics1.3 
 3. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.2 
 4. Hunter, Avtodor1.1 
 5. Elegar, Enisey1.0 
 6. Monya, Khimki0.9 
 7. Braimoh, Enisey0.8 
 8. Vougioukas, Lokom.0.7 
 9. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 10. Carrera, Avtodor0.7 

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Round 30 (Regular Season)

Avtodor 50% Apr.23 VEF Riga
Kalev/Cramo Apr.23 Zenit 89%
Enisey 59% Apr.23 Khimki
Lokomotiv 87% Apr.23 Tsmoki-Minsk
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.   




Antonio
Graves
Graves' 25 points give him Player of the Week award - 4 days ago
31-year old guard Antonio Graves (191-G-85) had a great game in the last round for Tsmoki-Minsk and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29. He had the game-high 25 points adding four rebounds and four assists for Tsmoki-Minsk in his team's victory, helping them to crush N.Novgorod (#9, 8-16) with 25-point margin 77-52. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Tsmoki-Minsk maintains the 12th position in...   [read more]

Alexey Shved
Round 29: Khimki beats Astana by three after a very close game - 5 days ago
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in VTB United League. Eighth-ranked Kazakhstan Astana (9-15) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Russian Khimki (18-5) on Monday. The visitors from Khimki managed to secure only three-point victory 90-87. However their fans expected much easier game. Astana cut a 18-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Khimki made 28-of-34 free shots (82.4 percent) during the game. Strangely Astana outreboun...   [read more]

Stefan
Markovic
Stefan Markovic gets MVP of the Week award for VTB United League - 11 days ago
Serbian Stefan Markovic (199-G-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Zenit and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28. The 28-year old guard had the game-high 18 points adding six rebounds and six assists for Zenit in his team's victory, helping them to beat Khimki (#3, 17-5) 74-66. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Zenit maintains the 2nd position in VTB United League . They are stil...   [read more]


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