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VTB United League Standings
 1. Astana 0-0 
 2. Avtodor 0-0 
 3. CSKA 0-0 
 4. Enisey 0-0 
 5. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 6. Khimki 0-0 
 7. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 8. N.Novgorod 0-0 
 9. Parma 0-0 
 10. Tsmoki-Minsk 0-0 
 11. Unics 0-0 
 12. VEF Riga 0-0 
 13. Zenit 0-0 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nick MINNERATH
  Avtodor
  (207-PF-88)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Minnerath, Avtodor23.3 
 2. Shved, Khimki23.2 
 3. Andjusic, Parma19.8 
 4. Langford, Unics18.6 
 5. De-Colo, CS.17.3 
 6. Blums, VEF Riga16.9 
 7. Harper, Kalev/Cr.16.2 
 8. Karasev, Zenit16.0 
 9. Kane, N.Novgorod15.9 
 10. Boynton, N.Novgorod15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank ELEGAR
  Enisey
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Elegar, Enisey9.2 
 2. Hunter, Avtodor7.7 
 3. Krubally, Astana7.6 
 4. Todorovic, Khimki7.0 
 5. Kane, N.Novgorod7.0 
 6. Minnerath, Avtodor6.8 
 7. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.6.6 
 8. Mejeris, VEF Riga6.6 
 9. White, Zenit6.6 
 10. Jones, Lokomotiv6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Joaquin COLOM
  Unics
  (188-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Colom, Unics7.9 
 2. Markovic, Zenit7.6 
 3. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.6.4 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA6.0 
 5. Harper, Kalev/Cr.5.7 
 6. Shved, Khimki5.2 
 7. Frazier, Avtodor5.0 
 8. Katsivelis, Astana4.7 
 9. Taylor, Enisey4.6 
 10. Strebkov, N.Nov.4.6 
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, Astana1.9 
 4. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.1.7 
 5. Chernov, Parma1.6 
 6. Gray, Tsmoki-Minsk1.5 
 7. Adams, Avtodor1.5 
 8. Higgins, CSKA1.5 
 9. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.4 
 10. Katsivelis, Astana1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Mickell GLADNESS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 2. Parakhouski, Unics1.4 
 3. Hunter, Avtodor1.2 
 4. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.0 
 5. Elegar, Enisey1.0 
 6. Todorovic, Khimki0.8 
 7. Carrera, Avtodor0.7 
 8. Monya, Khimki0.7 
 9. Vougioukas, Lokom.0.7 
 10. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.0.7 

First Round Schedule
VEF Riga 55% Oct.9 Khimki
Zenit 57% Oct.8 Parma
Astana 53% Oct.8 CSKA
Kalev/Cramo 58% Oct.8 Lokomotiv
Enisey 54% Oct.6 CSKA
Unics 60% Oct.5 Zenit
Khimki 58% Oct.5 Tsmoki-Minsk
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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.   




Anton
Pushkov
Anton Pushkov sidelined for nine months - 1 day ago
Zenit suffered roster setback going into the season. Anton Pushkov(208-C-88, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) got sidelined with a serious injury. The centre suffered ruptured ACL and is expected to miss around 9 months of action. Anton Psuhkov joined Zenit back in 2015. He tallied 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in VTB League last season. Pushkov also notched 4.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per appearance in EuroCup.   [read more]

Coty Clarke
Clarke is back at Avtodor, ex Arecibo - 4 days ago
Avtodor Saratov (VTB) agreed terms with 25-year old American forward Coty Clarke (201-105kg-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Saratov as he has played here before. Clarke played last summer at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 21 games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 8.5rpg, 4.5apg and 1.1spg. Clarke has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. The list of the past achievements is quite lo...   [read more]

Andris
Misters
VEF Riga tabs Andris Misters - 5 days ago
VEF Riga (LBL) inked 25-year old Latvian guard Andris Misters (196-91kg-92). He just graduated from Jacksonville (NCAA). Misters has played there for the last three years. In 26 games he averaged 4.5ppg and 1.7rpg last season. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Misters received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 2nd Team award back in 2008 at his college time. Misters represented Latvia at...   [read more]


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