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  Eurocup  season 2012 / 2013 regular season

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December 13, 2012 - Regular Season Week 6 MVP: Derrick Brown, PBC Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

derrick brownLokomotiv Kuban went from the fringe of the Last 16 to first place in its group on Wednesday with a big win over Trefl Sopot and at the heart of the victory was forward Derrick Brown, who also reaped Week 6 MVP honors. Brown starred with 34 points and a performance index rating of 39 – the best among all players on winning teams – to earn the prestigious individual honor. He made 11 of 12 two-point shots, was perfect on three tries from behind the arc and also collected 5 rebounds and 3 steals as Lokomotiv won 70-87 to win Group E with a 4-2 record. The top index rating of the week – and second-best of the season – belonged to Matt Walsh of Belgacom Spirou Basket, who attained a 43 index in a narrow loss at Bilbao Basket. Walsh scored 27 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Read more here.

December 12, 2012 - Week 6

BC Donetsk 88 - 81 Galatasaray Medical Park

BC Donetsk ended its Eurocup campaign on a winning note after edging Galatasaray Medical Park 88-81 in overtime on Wednesday. Despite the victory, which lifted Donetsk’s record to 3-3, the Ukrainian champions did not progress into Last 16 due to a Lokomotiv Kuban winning in the other Group E game. The loss dropped already qualified Galatasaray to 4-2 and into second place behind Lokomotiv. The visitors led for the majority of the regulation and entered into the fourth quarter with a 43-51 advantage, but Donetsk rallied and took the game to overtime, 70-70, after 40 minutes. In the extra session, D’Or Fischer put the hosts ahead and a Ramel Curry triple made it 83-76 and sealed the deal. Read more here.

s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg 62 - 81 Banvit BK

vladimir stimacBanvit BK Bandirma advanced to the Last 16 with a strong 62-81 road victory over S.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg in Group D. With the winner of the game guaranteed second place in the group and the loser eliminated, Chuck Davis scored 22 points and Sammy Mejia collected 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals to lead Banvit to a 4-2 record. Kalin Lucas added 15 points, Keith Simmons had 10 points, Vladimir Stimac grabbed 10 rebounds and Kenan Bajramovic collected 9 points and 9 rebounds for Banvit, which now joins BC Triumph, Budivelnik Kiev and KK Buducnost in Last 16 Group I. Wurzburg dropped to 3-3 despite 12 points from Dwayne Anderson and 11 points from Oliver Clay. Read more here.

Bilbao Basket 85 - 84 Belgacom Spirou Basket

Bilbao finished Group B with a flawless record after a thrilling 85-84 win over Spirou Charleroi on Wednesday. Bilbao moves on to Last 16 Group J, where it will face Valencia Basket, CEZ Nymburk and VEF Riga. Spirou bows out of the Eurocup without a win. A 0-13 run to open the second quarter gave Spirou a 16-27 margin, but Bilbao’s 14-3 charge that bridged half time put the home team in front 38-37. Early in the fourth quarter, the home team climbed to 63-56, but Spirou came back to make it exciting. Alas Nikos Zisis scored free throws to win the game. Lamont Hamilton led the winners with 22 points and 7 rebounds, and Nikos Zisis nailed 15, while Matt Walsh drilled 27 points with 14 rebounds and an index rating of 43 for Charleroi, which also had 21 from Jason Fontenet and 13 each from Chris Beghin and Derrick Allen. Read more here.

Le Mans Sarthe Basket 67 - 69 VEF Riga

VEF Riga prevailed at the end of a thriller in Le Mans to beat the host side 67-69 and clinch second place in Group C and with it a spot in the Eurocup Last 16. The loss ended Le Mans’s season. The hosts led by 2 in the final minute thanks to a heroic effort by Khalid El-Amin, but Riga scored the game’s final two baskets to secure the victory. Riga improved to 3-3 and will face Bilbao Basket, Valencia Basket and CEZ Nymburk in Group J of the Last 16. Kristaps Janicenoks paced the Riga attack with 18 points and E.J Rowland and Dairis Bertans added 12 points apiece, while Kaspars Berzins contributed 10 rebounds. El-Amin totaled 24 points and 8 assists and J.P Batista added 16 points in defeat. Read more here.

Lukoil Academic 55 - 74 Buducnost VOLI

cedomir vitkovacBuducnost Podgorica claimed a huge 55-74 win over Lukoil Academic in Sofia to become the second team to advance to the Last 16 from Group B. Buducnost finished the regular season with a 4-2 record and advances to the Last 16, where it will compete with Budivelnik, BC Triumph and Banvit in Group I. Lukoil finished with a 2-4 record. Academic used a 13-3 run to take a 28-20 lead in the second quarter, however Buducnost did not give up and answered with a 2-14 charge to go up 39-44 in the third. The home team climbed within 45-47 before the guests used a 9-2 run to move out to 47-56 early in the fourth quarter. Ten unanswered points completed the game for Buducnost. Read more here.

BC Prienai 73 - 84 BC Budivelnik Kiev

BC Budivelnik Kiev became the Group A champion by toping BC Preinai 73-84 in Lithuania on Wednesday. Budivelnik won Group A with a 4-2 record, advanced to the Last 16 and will face KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica, BC Triumph Lyubertsy and Banvit BK Bandirma in the next round. Prienai was fourth in Group A at 2-4. Michail Anisimov paced the winners with 16 points on 8-of-8 two-point shots and 8 rebounds. Malcolm Delaney added 14 points, Artur Drozdov had 12 while Leo Lyons got 11 for Budivelnik. Gintaras Kadziulis led Prienai with 18 points. Arturas Valeika added 17, Arnas Labuckas had 14 and Arturas Milaknis got 10 for the hosts. Delaney and Anisimov fueled a 4-16 run that allowed Budivelnik to get a double-digit lead, 14-26, at the end of the first quarter. Read more here.

Trefl Sopot 70 - 87 PBC Lokomotiv Kuban

PBC Lokomotiv Kuban punched its ticket to the Last 16 and became Group E champion with a 70-87 win over Trefl Sopot on Wednesday. Lokomotiv finished regular season with a 4-2 record and atop of the group after learning Donetsk downed Galatasaray after overtime in the other Group E game. Meanwhile, Sopot finishes its Eurocup campaign at 1-5 and in fourth place after running out of mathematical chances to advance even before this game. Lokomotiv never trailed against Trefl Sopot, building a commanding 22-point halftime lead behind 22 first-half points from Derrick Brown. The host used a huge third quarter, including a 13-2 run at the end of it, to come within 61-66, but Simas Jasaitis and Nick Calathes quickly pushed the lead back into double figures and paved the path to victory for Lokomotiv. Read more here.

Crvena Zvezda Diva 70 - 76 Cajasol Seville

A thriller in Belgrade produced a new Last 16 qualifier when Cajasol Seville survived Crvena Zvezda on the road, 70-76, on Wednesday night, The Spanish team needed to win and hope for a Dinamo Sassari loss to Orleans Loiret Basket in the other game of the group, which in fact happened. Therefore, Cajasol advances as second in Group H with a 3-3 record, while Crvena Zvezda drops to 5-1, losing its first game of the season, but still stands as group champ. Cajasol had bigger advantages during the game, but in the last period the hosts recovered and even threatened the guests' win. Cajasol had a cold head in theline and took the prize back to Seville. Luka Bogdanovic led the winners with 16 points, John Holland added 14, Juan Triguero 11 and Tomas Satoransky 10. Read more here.

B.Sardegna Sassari 71 - 95 Orleans Loiret

Orleans Loiret Basket did its job on Wednesday night and managed to route Dinamo Sassari on the road by 71-95 in Group H. However, this result made the French team hope for a Cajasol Seville loss at Crvena Zvezda that did not happen, therefor, Zvezda and Cajasol emerged as the Last 16 qualifiers from Group H. The guests started rolling and only foundsome opposition from Sassari in the first quarter. Brian Greene led the winners with his 23 points, Caleb Green added 15 and Chris Hill nailed 13. For the hosts, Drake Diener led the way with 27 points and Travis Diener added 21. Orleans finishes with a 2-4 record and Sassari with a 3-3. Read more here.

KK Cibona Zagreb 81 - 86 Ratiopharm Ulm

ratiopharm Ulm advanced to the Last 16 after storming back from a 24-point third-quarter deficit to beat Cibona Zagreb 81-86 on Wednesday night in the Croatian capital. The victory coupled with Cholet Basket’s loss to Spartak St. Petersburg lifted Ulm into second place in Group G and Last 16 Group L together with Crvena Zveda Belgrade, Unics Kazan and Lokomotiv Kuban. It was all Cibona after a 13-0 start to the second half made it 61-37, but Ulm rallied, first with a 12-0 push highlighted by a pair of Per Guenther threes to get within 12 entering the fourth quarter. Then 9 more unanswered points brough Ulm within striking distance. Cibona wilted in the final minutes and Steven Esterkamp iced the historic Ulm victory from the line. Read more here.

Cholet Basket 68 - 76 Spartak St. Petersburg

Spartak St. Petersburg finished Group G with a perfect record and knocked Cholet Basket out of Last 16 contention with a 68-76 victory. Cholet would have advanced with a victory or a loss for ratiopharm Ulm, which played at Cibona. However after Spartak put Cholet away, the French side learned Ulm came from 24 down to win and eliminate Cholet. Spartak takes its 6-0 record into Last 16 Group K. Cholet bows out with a 3-3 record. Cholet seemed on its way when it established a 10-point third quarter lead, however reigning Eurocup MVP Patrick Beverley came through with a few big plays in a 0-19 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters and put Spartak in control for good. Cholet closed to within 5 in the closing minutes, but Spartak held strong. Read more here.

Valencia Basket 93 - 68 BC Azovmash Mariupol

bojan dubljevicValencia Basket used a 24-0 run spanning the first and second quarters to finish its Eurocup Regular Season in style with a dominating 93-68 victory at home over BC Azovmash Mariupol in Group D. Having already secured first place in the group, Valencia improved to 5-1 as Bojan Dubljevic collected 26 points and 8 rebounds. Valencia advances to Last 16 Group J together with Bilbao Basket, VEF Riga and CEZ Nymburk. Joffrey Lauvergne scored 19 points and Thomas Kelati added 13 points for the winners. Azovmash bowed out of the Eurocup without a victory despite 14 points from Miroslav Raduljica, 13 from Oleksiy Pecherov and 10 from Artem Slipenchuk. Read more here.

CEZ Basketball Nymburk 74 - 82 Hapoel Migdal

CEZ Basketball Nymburk made it to the Eurocup Last 16 despite a 74-82 home loss against Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in group A on Wednesday. Both teams tied for second place in Group A at 3-3 but Nymburk was second and Hapoel third on points differential. Nymburk had registered a 69-86 road win in Jerusalem which happened to be decisive down the stretch. Nymburk is now ready for a Last 16 group which features Valencia Basket, Bilbao Basket and VEF Riga. Raviv Limonad led the winners with 20 points. Josh Duncan added 17 for Hapoel. Miljan Pavkovic had 19 points for Nymburk while Petr Benda added 12. Pavkovic allowed Nymburk to get a 22-21 edge after 10 minutes and Nymburk improved its margin to 45-43 at halftime. Read more here.

Stelmet Zielona Gora 84 - 85 Panionios BC

Despite already being eliminated from the Last 16 race, Panionios BC Athens took its pride on the road to defeat host Stelmet Zielona Gora 84-85 to close out the Eurocup Regular Season for both teams on Wednesday. Panionios raised its final record to 2-4. Already-qualified Zielona Gora finished 3-3 and is going to the Last 16 as the second-place team from Group F. Zielona Gora scored the game's first basket but never again took the lead as Panionios fought off more than a dozen ties and stopped the hosts' last 2 shots to win at the buzzer. Rising star guard Nikos Pappas again led Panionios with 21 points, 3 steals and 3 assits. Read more here.

Artland Dragons 94 - 95 BC Triumph Lyubertsy

Group C winner Triumph Lyubertsy preserved its undefeated record heading into the Last 16 by downing already-eliminated Artland Dragons with a 94-95 overtime road win on Wednesday. Lybertsy finished with a 6-0 record, while Artland fell to 1-5 as it said goodbye to the competition with a great effort. A late swing in the final quarter pulled Triumph back from the brink of defeat, and it was the stronger team in a close extra period. Yuvay Naimy led Triumph in scoring with 26 points, while Tasamin Mitchell put in 24 and hit some clutch shots along the way. Artem Vikhrov added 15 points and Devin Searcy 10 for the winners. Ryan Gomes dropped 15 points, Marquez Haynes 13, Johannes Strasser and Demond Mallet 12 each for Artland. Read more here.

Telenet Oostende 67 - 74 Unics Kazan

ian vougioukasFormer Eurocup champion Unics Kazan locked up first place in Group F by going on the road to upend Telenet Oostende of Belgium 67-74 in the last regular season game for both teams. Unics finished with a 5-1 record and moves onto the Last 16, to which it had previously qualified, with good momentum. Oostende, which had already been eliminated, fought the good fight until finishing with a 2-4 record. Ian Vougioukas again led Unics with 18 points, while Mike Wilkinson played his first game of the season, scoring 16 in just 18 minutes. Chuck Eidson added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals for the winners. Oostende got 14 points from Matt Lojeski, 11 from Dusan Katnic and 10 from Mario Stojic. Read more here.

December 11, 2012 - It's decision time!

eurocup basketballThe Eurocup regular season comes to an end with 16 games on a busy, decisive Wednesday. Eight teams have sealed their ticket to the Top 16 before this sixth and final regular season game. Five of them – BC Triumph Lyubertsy, Valencia Basket, Bilbao Basket, Spartak St. Petersburg and Crvena Zvezda Diva Belgrade – are already group champions, assured of first place. The other eight spots in the Last 16 remain up for grabs, including two in Group A, in which any two of the four teams could advance. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (3-2) hosts Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (2-3) and BC Prienai (2-3) welcomes BC Budivelnik Kiev (3-2) at 20:30 CET. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Week 6:

BC Prienai vs. Budivelnik Kiev 73:84       
CEZ Basketball Nymburk vs. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem 74:82
Lukoil Academic vs. KK Buducnost VOLI 55:74      
Bilbao Basket vs. Belgacom Spirou Charleroi 85:84
Artland Dragons vs. BC Triumph 94:95            
Le Mans Sarthe vs. VEF Riga 67:69
Valencia Basket vs. BC Azovmash Mariupol 93:68       
s.Oliver Baskets vs. Banvit BK Bandirma 62:81

BC Donetsk vs. Galatasaray Medical Park 88:81       
Trefl Sopot vs. Lokomotiv Kuban 70:87
Stelmet Zielona Gora vs. Panionios BC Athens 84:85       
Telenet Oostende vs. Unics Kazan 67:74
Cholet Basket vs. Spartak St. Petersburg 68:76    
Cibona Zagreb vs. Ratiopharm Ulm 81:86
Banco Sardegna Sassari vs. Orleans Loiret 71:95          
Crvena Zvezda DIVA vs. Cajasol Seville 70:76

December 6, 2012 - Regular season Game 5 MVP: Courtney Fells, Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem

courtney fellsA great performance in a make-or-break battle not only kept former champion Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in the mix to reach the Last 16, but the star of the game, Courtney Fells, also reaped Eurocup Regular Season Game 5 MVP honors with a performance index ranking of 41. Fells led Hapoel to a much-needed home win over BC Prienai with 25 points – the last 3 of which at the buzzer made a huge difference in the tiebreak battle too. Overall he made 10 of 11 two-point shots, 1 of 2 three-pointers and 2 of 2 free throw attempts. He added 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, a block and 5 fouls drawn to amass a 41 index. Read more here.

December 5, 2012 - Week 5

Cajasol Seville 76 - 85 B. Sardegna Sassari

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari improved its chances to reach the Eurocup Last 16 in Group H by downing Cajasol Seville 76-85 in Spain on Wednesday. Both teams tie for second place in Group H, each with a 2-3 record, but Sassari is second due to its tie-break advantage against Cajasol. Sassari will reach the Last 16 if it beats Orleans Loiret Basket next week or if Cajasol loses against Group H champion Crvena Zvezda Diva Belgrade. Drake Diener paced the winners with 31 points on 7-of-9 three-point shots. Bootsy Thornton added 21 while Travis Diener had a double-double of 11 points and 10 assists for Sassari. Latavious Williams and Brian Asbury led Cajasol with 16 points apiece. Williams added 12 rebounds for a double-double. Tomas Satoransky had 13 points while Milenko Tepic and Luka Bogdanovic each got 10 for the hosts. Read more here.

Orleans Loiret 75 - 85 Crvena Zvezda Diva

igor rakocevicCrvena Zvezda Diva Belgrade became the Group H champion by topping Orleans Loiret Basket 75-85 on the road on Wednesday. Zvezda improved to 5-0 to clinch first place in Group H. Orleans dropped to 1.4 but still has slim chances to advance. Orleans needs to beat Banco di Sardena Sassari by at least 16 points and expect Zvezda to beat Cajasol Sevilla in order to win a three-way tie for second place. Bojan Subotic paced the winners with 24 points. Rasko Katic and Igor Rakocevic each added 16 while Boris Savovic had 15 for Zvezda. Jahmar Young led Orleans with 25 points. Chris Hill added 17 while Caleb Green had 14 for the hosts. Read more here.

Ratiopharm Ulm 69 - 71 Cholet Basket

marcus goreeRudy Jomby hit a three-pointer as time expired and Cholet Basket picked up a huge 69-71 win over ratiopharm Ulm on Wednesday night. It is the third victory in a row for French side, which now sits in second place in Group G with a 3-2 record, while the third consecutive loss drops Ulm to third place with a 2-3 record. The hosts were close to a win that would have put them into Last 16 after Allan Ray hit both free throws with 1 second to go in the fourth quarter, but after a timeout, Jomby hit a game-winning triple that puts Cholet into position to control its own destiny in the final Ggame of the regular season next week. Read more here.

Panionios BC Athens 101 - 100 Telenet Oostende

With a buzzer-beating three-pointer in overtime from Vlantimir Giankovits, Panionios BC Athens downed Telenet Oostende 101-100 to pick up its first victory in Group F and crush Oostende’s hopes of progressing into the Last 16. The visitors rallied from 11 points down in fourth quarter with a 3-16 run to take a 73-78 lead, but triples from Giankovits, Landon Milbourne and Mark Payne in the final 55 seconds of regulations sent the game into overtime. Oostende held a 5-point lead on couple of occasions in the extra session, and grabbed 98-100 lead with 3 seconds to go, but Giankovits hit a triple to give Panionios its first victory of the season. Milbourne led the victors with 26 points, Chris Booker scored 16, Nikos Pappas finished with 14, Mario Batis had 11 plus 6 assists and Giankovits scored all of his 8 points in the final minute of regulation and in overtime. Read more here.

PBC Lokomotiv Kuban 64 - 71 BC Donetsk

BC Donetsk kept its Last 16 hopes alive with a 64-71 victory at PBC Lokomotiv Kuban on Wednesday. The result gave Donetsk a potential tiebreak advantage over Lokomotiv Kuban, however Lokomotiv still controls its destiny. Donetsk improved to 2-3 and will advance if it wins and Lokomotiv loses next week, but in any other scenario, Lokomotiv, now 3-2, goes through. This game was close and saw both teams take encouraging leads only for the opposition to storm back. The decisive run was for Donetsk, which outscored Lokomotiv 3-18 during a stretch in the fourth quarter to take a 56-65 lead. D’or Fischer scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Donetsk, while Ivan Radenovic also posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the visitors outrebounded the hosts 36-42. Read more here.

Banvit BK Bandirma 70 - 84 Valencia Basket

Valencia Basket became the Group D champion by topping Banvit BK Bandirma in Turkey on Wednesday. Valencia improved to 4-1 and won Group D due to its tie-break advantage against both Banvit and s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg, who tie for second place each with a 3-2 record. Banvit and Wuerzburg face each other in Germany next week in a winner-take-all showdown for second place. Valencia broke Banvit's eight-game home winning streak in the competition, handing the hosts its first Eurocup home loss since 2010. Justin Doellman paced the winners with 27 points on 9-of-10 two-point shots and 3-of-3 three-pointers. Thomas Kelati added 18, all in the first half, and Rafa Martinez has 12 for Valencia. Kalin Lucas led Banvit with 16 points. Read more here.

BC Azovmash Mariupol 71 - 82 s.Oliver Baskets

s. Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg remained alive in the race to reach the Last 16 thanks to a record-setting shooting performance from long range in winning 71-82 against BC Azovmash Mariupol in Group D. Wurzburg made 14-of-26 three pointers, but it was Alex King, who made all 7 of his long balls without a miss that set the competition record for the most accurate three-point shooting night by a player in Eurocup history. He led all scorers with 21 points. Lamont McIntosh added 12 points and Oliver Clay scored 10 points for the German guests, who improved to 3-2. Azovmash dropped to 0-5 in the group despite 17 points from Oleksandr Kolchenko, 15 points from Lynn Greer and 14 from Oleksiy Pecherov. Read more here.

BC Triumph Lyubertsy 77 - 68 Le Mans Sarthe

BC Triumph Lyubertsy remained undefeated in Group C of the Eurocup with a 77-68 victory at home over Le Mans Sarthe Basket. Tywain McKee collected 18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals to lead the way for Triumph, which improved to 5-0 in the group. Sergey Karasev scored 17 points, Kyle Landry had 10 points and Evgeny Valiev added 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Le Mans dropped to 2-3, but retains a chance to reach the Last 16. Joao Paulo Batista paced Le Mans with 18 points while Charles Kahudi had 12 points and Alain Koffi scored 10. Read more here.

KK Buducnost VOLI 66 - 68 Bilbao Basket

nikos zisisLamont Hamilton scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, including a game-winning layup-plus foul with 6 seconds remaining, to give Bilbao Basket come-from-behind 66-68 win over KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica. With the win, Bilbao kept its perfect record intact and secured first place in Group B, while Buducnost dropped to a 3-2 record and now needs a win or a loss by less than 3 points in the final game at Lukoil Academic to progress into the Last 16. Nikos Zisis also scored 14 points, while Alex Mumbru had 12 points plus 8 rebounds for the winners. Cedomir Vitkovac led Buducnost with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Read more here.

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem 92 - 79 BC Prienai

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem downed BC Prienai 92-79 on Wednesday to keep alive their hopes of advancing to the Last 16. With one game to go, Hapoel and Prienai are now tied in third place of Group A with 2-3 records and could both still advance. Hapoel never trailed in the game, and made a key run midway through the second quarter when it pulled away to a double-digit lead that reached 18 points in the third quarter. Prienai threatened with three-pointers from Siim-Sander Vene, but the visitors never got closer than 7. Courtney Fells led the way with 25 points on 10-for-11 two-point shooting and Fells also had 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Read more here.

BC Budivelnik Kiev 72 - 62 CEZ Nymburk

BC Budivelnik Kiev took a critical step towards reaching the Eurocup Last 16 in group A by topping CEZ Basketball Nymburk 72-62 in the Ukrainian capital on Wednesday. Nymburk and Budivelnik tie for first place in Group A, each with a 3-2 record, with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem and BC Prienai right behind each at 2-3. Malcolm Delaney paced the winners with 28 points on 12-of-13 free throws. Rado Rancik led Nymburk with 17 points while Mike Taylor added 13. Rancik added 10 rebounds for a double-double. A three-pointer by Rancik tied the game, 15-15, late in the first quarter. Delaney led an 18-0 run that put Budivelnik ahead for good, 33-15. Read more here.

Unics Kazan 76 - 91 Stelmet Zielona Gora

walter hodgeStelmet Zielona Gora survived a tough one in Kazan on Wednesday evening with a road win over Unics by 76-91 in Group F. The win lifts Zielona to a 3-2 record and it could qualify if Panionios BC beats Telenet Oostende in a later game in the same group. Unics, which was undefeated until now, drops to 4-1 but has already punched its Last 16 ticket. The guests started with a good 2-10 scoring run, but Unics regrouped and made it a close deal for most of the game. However, in the last quarter a couple of turnovers matched by points on the guests side, allowed Zielona to escape Kazan with an almost definitive win. Walter Hodge blasted 27 points to lead the winners. Read more here.

Spartak SPB 93 - 60 KK Cibona Zagreb

vladimir dragicevicSpartak St. Peterbusrg rolled over KK Cibona Zagreb on Wednesday evening with a 93-60 home win. There was no chance for the guests as 8 of 14 threes and great defense for the hosts made it 51-23 at the halftime break, and it was a formality from that point until the final buzzer. Spartak, who was already a Last 16 team before this game, stays undefeated in Group G with a 5-0 record while Cibona is out of the Eurocup with a 0-5 record. All players in Spartak played at least 7 minutes and scored at least 2 points. Five players scored in double digits led by Vasiliy Zavoruev and his 15 points, followed by Janis Strelnieks with his 12 points behind 4 threes of 7 attempts. Read more here.

December 4, 2012

Belgacom Spirou 61 - 79 Lukoil Academic

devin greenLukoil Academic Sofia kept alive its hopes of reaching the Eurocup Last 16 for at least one more night by beating Belgacom Spirou 61-79 on the road in Group B on Tuesday. Lukoil raised its record to 2-3 and awaits a Wednesday game between KK Buducnost (3-1) and Bilbao Basket (4-0). If Buducnost wins that, Lukoil is eliminated. If not, they meet in Sofia next week to decide second place and the Last 16 berth. On Tuesday, Devin Green paced Lukoil with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Mohamed Abukar picked up 16 points and Darryl Watkins added 14 points and 9 rebounds for the Sofia team. Already-eliminated Spirou dropped to 0-5 in the group. Read more here.

Galatasaray Medical Park 103 - 82 Trefl Sopot

engin atsurIn the next-to-last of six regular season games, Galatasaray Medical Park made sure about its place in the next round when it blasted visiting Trefl Sopot of Poland 103-82 on Tuesday in Istanbul. GS Medical Park raised its record to 4-1, qualified for the Last 16 and continues fighting for first place in Group E with PBC Lokomotiv Kuban, which plays Wednesday. Sopot fell to 1-4 and was eliminated. GS Medical Park gave a lesson in team basketball, with nine players scoring between 8 and 14 points and distributing 30 assists - tying the second-highest total ever in a Eurocup game - among themselves. Boni Ndong led the charge with 14 points and Cenk Akyol had 13. Read more here.

VEF Riga 83 - 72 Artland Dragons

kristaps janicenoksVEF Riga remained alive for a spot in the Last 16 with a convincing 83-72 victory over Artland Dragons at home in Group C on Tuesday. Kristaps Janicenoks led the way with 19 points for Riga, which improved to 2-3 with its second win over Artland. Will Daniels added 12 points, while Earl Rowland collected 12 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists and Kaspars Berzins tallied 11 points. Artland dropped to 1-4 in the group and was eliminated from the next stage despite Demond Mallet’s 15 points while Bryce Taylor had 14 points and Petar Popovic added 12 in the loss. Artland took the lead on a triple by Taylor but Riga scored the next 9 points for a 9-3 lead. Read more here.

December 4, 2012 - Week 5: everything can happen!

eurocup basketballThe 2012-13 Eurocup regular season enters Game 5 with only four teams qualified and as many as 12 spots up for grabs. Action starts with three exciting showdowns on Tuesday. In the earliest game this week, VEF Riga (1-3) hosts Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (1-3) in Group C. Artland will be out with a loss and VEF will be on the ropes if it cannot win this week. Up next at 19:30 CET, it's Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul vs. Trefl Sopot in Group E. Galatasaray (3-1) advances with a win and Trefl (1-3) is out with a loss. In Group B, Belgacom Spirou Charleroi hosts Lukoil Academic at 20:30 CET. Spirou (0-4) is mathematically out already and Lukoil (1-3) needs a win to stay alive at least one more day. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Week 5:

Budivelnik Kiev vs. CEZ Basketball Nymburk 72:62   
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem vs. BC Prienai 92:79
Belgacom Spirou vs. Lukoil Academic 61:79         
KK Buducnost VOLI vs. Bilbao Basket 66:68
VEF Riga vs. Artland Dragons 83:72
BC Triumph vs. Le Mans Sarthe 77:68
BC Azovmash Mariupol vs. s.Oliver Baskets 71:82          
Banvit BK Bandirma vs. Valencia Basket 70:84

Galatasaray Medical Park vs. Trefl Sopot 103:82          
Lokomotiv Kuban vs. BC Donetsk 64:71
Unics Kazan vs. Stelmet Zielona Gora 76:91       
Panionios BC Athens vs. Telenet Oostende 101:100
Spartak St. Petersburg vs. Cibona Zagreb 93:60           
Ratiopharm Ulm vs. Cholet Basket 69:71
Orleans Loiret vs. Crvena Zvezda DIVA 75:85  
Cajasol Seville vs. B. Sardegna Sassari 76:85

November 29, 2012 - Regular Season Week 4 MVP: Chuck Davis, Banvit BK Bandirma

chuck davisA great performance in a come-from-behind win has allowed Chuck Davis of Banvit BK Bandirma to become the Eurocup regular season Week 4 MVP with a performance index ranking of 36 - the highest among all winning players this week. Davis led Banvit to an 88-95 overtime road win at BC Azovmash Mariupol with 22 points by making 5-of-8 two-point shots, 1 of 2 three-pointers and 9 of 10 free throws. He added 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 9 fouls drawn to amass the 36 index. Two players - Nikos Pappas of Panionios BC Athens and Lynn Greer of Azovmash - registered higher index performances this week, but their teams were not able to win their respective games. Read more here.

November 28, 2012 - Week 4

Sardegna Sassari 94 - 97 Crvena Zvezda Diva

igor rakocevicCrvena Zvezda Diva Belgrade punched its ticket to the Last 16 in thrilling fashion with a 94-97 road win over Banco di Sardegna Sassari on Wednesday night. The visitors remained unbeaten in Group H, while Sassari dropped to 1-3. Crvena Zvezda used a 8-23 run to start the game; Sassari with 12-4 run late in the second quarter closed the difference to 43-53 at halftime. The visitors still led 65-76 late in the third quarter, but Sassari tied it at 90-90. Boris Savovic hit a game-winning triple in the closing seconds. Travis Diener had the chance to tie the game when he was fouled with 0.6 seconds remaining, but missed 3 free throws and Zvezda claimed the victory.

Le Mans Sarthe Basket 88 - 51 Artland Dragons

Le Mans took a crucial 88-51 victory over Artland Dragons to raise its record to 2-2 in Group C. The hosts also claimed the potential tiebreaker between the teams. Le Mans used a 14-2 run late in the second quarter for a 43-28 advantage at halftime and then 16 unanswered points in the third quarter to go ahead by 30. Cam Long led six Le Mans scorers in double figures with 15 points, Cuthbert Victor added 14, Charles Khaudi bagged 13, JP Batista 12 with 9 rebounds and Alian Koffi and Khalid El-Amin 10 apiece. Anthony King led Artland with 12 points while Bryce Taylor scored 11. Read more here.

KK Buducnost VOLI 59 - 55 Belgacom Spirou

gerald leeKK Buducnost Voli Podgorica prevailed over visiting Belgacom Spirou Charleroi 59-55, taking a big step towards securing its place in Last 16. The win gives Buducnost a 3-1 record and a sole possession of second place in Group B, while Charleroi dropped to 0-4 and lost its chance to progress to the next stage. Fueled by 8 points from Milan Milosevic, the hosts made a key 9-0 run in the third quarter to open a 51-41 lead. However, Charleroi allowed only a single field goal over nine minutes of the final quarter to cut it to 53-51 and set up a dramatic ending. The hosts survived, though, thanks to a triple from Aleksa Popovic and clutch free throw shooting from Cedomir Vitkovac. Read more here.

Gescrap Bilbao Basket 82 - 60 Lukoil Academic

roger grimauGescrap Bilbao Basket cruised into the Last 16 with a convincing 82-60 victory over Lukoil Academic Academic. The men in black remained undefeated and made sure their Eurocup campaign will continue well into 2013 with the victory. Kostas Vasiliadis led the way with 20 points – 12 of which came on 4 three-pointers early in the second half as the hosts stretched a 40-29 halftime lead into a 20-point advantage that set the stage for the win. Roger Grimau added 13 points and Milovan Rakovic posted 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Brandon Heath scored 18, Mohamed Abukar 16, Devin Green tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds and Darryl Watkins netted 12 in defeat. Read more here.

Ratiopharm Ulm 74 - 77 Spartak St. Petersburg

In an exciting showdown that went down to the wire, Spartak St. Peterburg became the first team to make it to the Last 16 in Group G by edging Ratiopharm Ulm 74-77 in Germany on Wednesday. Spartak stayed undefeated and improved to 4-0. Meanwhile, Ulm ties with Cholet for second place, each with a 2-2 record. Ulm will also reach the Last 16 in its first-ever Eurocup appearance if it beats Cholet next week. Loukas Mavrokefalides paced the winners with 19 points. Josh Carter added 17, Patrick Beverley had 15 while Zach Wright got 13 for Spartak. Allan Ray led Ulm with 15 points. John Bryant added 12 while Keaton Nankivil had 11 for the hosts, that led 16-15 after 10 minutes and kept a 32-31 edge at halftime. Read more here.

Cholet Basket 79 - 59 KK Cibona Zagreb

Cholet Basket improved to 2-2 in Group G by thrashing KK Cibona Zagreb 79-59 at home on Wednesday. Cholet improved to 2-2 and ties with Ratiopharm Ulm for second place in Group G, two wins behind undefeated leader Spartak St. Petersburg. Meanwhile, Cibona dropped to 0-4 and has no chance to make it to the Last 16. Derrick Obasohan paced the winners with 19 points. Rudy Gombert added 11 while Rudy Jomby and Travon Bryant each had 10 for Cholet. Justin Hamilton led Cibona with 12 points. Hrvoje Kovacevic added 11 for the guests, that led 8-10 early in the game. Gobert and Obasohan stepped up to make Cholet get a 26-15 margin after 10 minutes. Read more here.

s.Oliver Baskets 89 - 82 Valencia Basket

Jimmy McKinney scored 14 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter as s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg downed Valencia Basket 89-82 to ruin the visitors’ perfect record. Wurzburg is now at 2-2 in third place of Group D, while Valencia drops to 3-1 record and shares first place with Banvit BK Bandirma. Wurzburg grabbed control of the game with a 19-5 third quarter run, but the visitors responded to tie the game at 75-75. Wurzburg went on to score 8 unanswered points, including triples from Dwayne Anderson and McKinney, to secure victory. In addition to McKinney, Anderson scored 17 for Wurzburg while Oliver Clay chipped in with 11. Read more here.

CEZ Basketball Nymburk 90 - 66 BC Prienai

CEZ Nymburk took sole possession of first place in Group A with a 90-66 victory over BC Prienai as both Petr Benda and Vojtech Hruban scored 20 points for the winners. Milan Pavkovic nailed 5 three-pointers for 15 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 7 assists, while Radoslav Rancik scored 11 points and Drew Naymick added 10 points as Nymburk improved to 3-1. Prienai dropped to 2-2 despite 13 points from Arminas Urbutis and Siim-Sander Nene. Zygimantas Janavicius added 12 points. Read more here.

GS Medical Park 76 - 52 PBC Lokomotiv Kuban

Galatasaray Medical Park easily beat PBC Lokomotiv Kuban 76-42 at home in Group E, but Kuban remained in first place in the group. Both teams are 3-1 in the group but Galatasaray’s 24-point win could not overtake Kuban’s 25-point victory between these teams last week in Russia. Kuban’s Nick Calathes blocked David Hawkins’ shot with two seconds left and Hawkins was off-target on his rebound attempt at the buzzer. Hawkins led Galatasaray with 14 points while Jamont Gordon had 12 points and Cenk Akyol, Boniface Ndong, Milan Macvan and Erwin Dudley all tallied 10 points. Read more here.

Stelmet Zielona Gora 85 - 61 Telenet Oostende

Stelmet Zielona Gora brushed aside Telenet Oostende 85-61 on Wednesday evening in Poland, exacting revenge for its loss last week against the Belgian champ. A huge improvement on shooting was the key for the host's success, on an off night for Oostende. The visiting team had the chance to go through to the Last 16 after Unics Kazan won at home against Panionios, but it wasn't to be and Oostende is now tied with Zielona Gora at 2-2. Walter Hodge and Rob Jones led the winners with 22 and 18 points, respectively. Hodge also dished 6 assists. Oliver Stevic added 16 points and 7 rebounds and Quinton Hosley totaled 11 points, 7 boards and 6 assists. Read more here.

Trefl Sopot 77 - 67 BC Donetsk

Trefl Sopot registered its first-ever Eurocup win by rallying from a 19-point deficit to top BC Donetsk 77-67 in Group E in Ergo Arena, Poland on Wednesday. Both teams are tied at 1-3 in Group E but Sopot is third and Donetsk fourth due to its tie-break advantage. Donetsk beat Sopot by 5 points, 92-87, a week ago. Filip Dylewicz paced the winners with 20 points. Sime Spralja added 11 while Frank Turner, Przemyslaw Zamojski and Michal Michalak each had 10 for Sopot. Vojdan Stojanovski led Donetsk with 15 points and Darius Songaila added 14. A 1-15 run that Ivan Radenovic capped with a layup allowed Donetsk to get an early 3-15 lead. Dylewicz and Spralja fueled a 12-0 run that allowed Sopot to get a 20-17 lead after 10 minutes. Read more here.

BC Budivelnik Kiev 84 - 77 Hapoel Migdal

BC Budivelnik Kiev improved to 2-2 in difficult Group A by edging Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem 84-77 at home on Wednesday. Budivelnik will tie for second place in Group A at the end of this round and Hapoel will be fourth at 1-3. Malcolm Delaney paced the winners with 22 points, including 3 triples in the final 7 minutes. Leo Lyons added 20, Artur Drozdov had 18 and 12 rebounds while Giorgi Tsintsadze got 12 points for Budivelnik. Jacob Pullen led Hapoel with 22 points. Courtney Fells added 19 and 9 rebounds while Elishay Kadir got 10 for the guests. Budivelnik opened the game with a 10-0 run but an outstanding Pullen allowed Hapoel to get its first lead, 17-19.

Unics Kazan  vs. Panionios BC Athens

ian vougioukasUnics Kazan cruised to 82-73 win over Panionios BC Athens on Wednesday to remain unbeaten and atop Group F standings. Panionios dropped to 0-4 with two games remaining. Unics never trailed after it opened the first quarter with a 12-2 run and scored 14 unanswered points at the beginning of the second quarter. Nikos Pappas kept visitors in range with 25 points before halftime, but Unics pulled away with a 9-0 spurt midway through the third quarter en route to victory. Ian Vougioukas led Unics with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 blocks, while Mire Chatman had 12 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Chuck Eidson scored 15 and Kostas Kaimakoglou had 14 in victory. Read more here.

BC Azovmash Mariupol 88 - 95 Banvit BK

When it looked like it was a done deal, three straight triples out of the blue by Kalin Lucas in the last period, put BK Banvit Bandirma in the game again and, after surviving overtime, the Turkish team finally defeated BC Azovmash Mariupol in Ukraine by 88-95 on Wednesday. The first half was close for both teams but Azovmash built significant leads throughout the third period until Lucas put his team ahead. In the final play of regulation, Lynn Greer missed the shot that would have given the win to the hosts with 82-82 on the scoreboard. In the extra session, the cold head of Chuck Davis gave Banvit a much needed win. Read more here.

BC Triumph Lyubertsy 82 - 77 VEF Riga

kyle landryBC Triumph Lyubertsy became the first Last 16 team on Wednesday night by defaeting VEF Riga at home, 82-77. The win allows Triumph to improve to a 4-0 record to stay perfect in Group C, while VEF dropped to 1-3 but still has options to advance. Triumph dominated most of the game and was ahead on the scoreboard, but VEF Riga pushed hard and even managed to jump ahead in the last quarter, but Tasamin Mitchell put the win on ice for the hosts and a ticket for the next round with 11 points in the last period. Mitchell led the winners with his 21 points and 7 boards, Kyle Landry and Tywain McKee added 15 each and Sergey Karasev contributed 11. Read more here.

November 27, 2012

Cajasol Seville 84 - 78 Orleans Loiret Basket

brian asburyCajasol Sevilla improved to 2-2 in Group H by edging Orleans Loiret Basket 84-78 at home on Tuesday. Cajasol can qualify to the Last 16 next week if Crvena Zvezda Diva Belgrade beats Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari tomorrow. If so, Cajasol will advance to the Last 16 with a win against Sassari. Brian Asbury paced the winners with 27 points on 10-of-13 two-point shots. Joan Sastre and Luka Bogdanovic each added 11 while Roberto Dozier had 10 for Cajasol. Caleb Green led Orleans with 21 points. Jahmar Young added 18, Brian Greene had 12 while Mael Lebrun and Fernando Raposo each got 10 for the guests. . Read more here.

November 27, 2012 - Week 4 brings first Last 16 opportunities

eurocup basketballThe second half of the 2012-13 Eurocup Regular season comes your way with Week 4 action that includes the possibility of seeing several teams become the first to qualify to the Last 16. A single Tuesday game features Cajasol Seville hosting Orleans Loiret at 20:30 CET on Eurosport 2 to break their part of a three-way tie in Group H. Then come 15 games on Wednesday, starting with Triumph Lyubertsy vs. VEF Riga, in Group C, with the hosts able to nail down the first Last 16 qualification if they win. A long night of fun continues with a pair of 17:00 CET games, Azovmash Mariupol vs. Banvit BK Bandirma in Group D and Unics Kazan vs. Panionios Athens in Group F. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Week 4:

Budivelnik Kiev vs. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem 84:77        
CEZ Basketball Nymburk vs. BC Prienai 90:66
KK Buducnost VOLI vs. Belgacom Spirou 59:55         
Gescrap Bilbao Basket vs. Lukoil Academic 82:60
BC Triumph vs. VEF Riga 82:77         
Le Mans Sarthe vs. Artland Dragons 88:51
BC Azovmash Mariupol vs. Banvit BK Bandirma 88:95        
s.Oliver Baskets vs. Valencia Basket 89:82
Trefl Sopot vs. BC Donetsk 77:67          
Galatasaray Medical Park vs. Lokomotiv Kuban 76:52

Unics Kazan VS. Panionios BC Athens 82:73       
Stelmet Zielona Gora vs. Telenet Oostende 85:61
Cholet Basket vs. Cibona Zagreb 79:59        
Ratiopharm Ulm vs. Spartak St. Petersburg 74:77
Cajasol Seville vs. Orleans Loiret 84:78            
B. Sardegna Sassari vs. Crvena Zvezda DIVA 94:97

November 22, 2012 - Regular Season game 3 MVP: Tywain McKee, BC Triumph

tywain mckeeFor the second consecutive week, not only did Tywain Mckee lead BC Triumph Lyubertsy to a big Eurocup win, but he also managed to record the best individual performance in the competition. McKee’s superb performance in a road win at VEF Riga made him the first player to earn back-to-back Eurocup weekly MVP awards since Damjan Rudez of Cedevita did it in the 2010-11 Last 16. McKee led Triumph to an 84-91 road win with 32 points on 10-of-13 two-point shooting. He added 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 10 fouls drawn to reach a performance index ranking of 42, the best overall in Week 3. Read more here.

November 21, 2012 - Week 3

Crvena Zvezda Diva Belgrade 116 - 104 Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari

igor rakocevicCrvena Zvezda Diva Belgrade came out on top against Dinamo Banca di Sardegna Sassari 116-104 in an offensive showdown in packed Pionir arena on Wednesday, which also featured a pair of Eurocup records. Sassari playmaker Travis Diener set a record with 15 assists, while Crvena Zvezda set a new mark with 38 two-pointers made. Zvezda kept its perfect Group H record intact after surviving the highest scoring game of the season with 26 three-pointers - 18 of which came from the visiting team. Team captain Igor Rakocevic led the brilliant offensive effort with 28 points and 7 assists. Elton Brown had 22 points plus 7 rebounds.

Telenet Oostende 80 - 74 Stelmet Zielona Gora

Telenet Oostende downed Stelemet Zielona Gora 80-74 to raise its record to 2-1 and stay in second place in Group F. Matt Lojeski paced Oostende with 21 points on a perfect 3 for 3 from downtown, 6 for 6 from the foul line and 8 rebounds. Brent Wright added 10 points, while Dusan Djordjevic and Dragisa Drobjak netted 9 apiece. Oliver Stevic posted a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds and Walter Hodge drilled 24 points in defeat. Read more here.

Artland Dragons 76 - 71 Le Mans Sarthe Basket

Artland Dragons rallied back in the second half to pick up their first Eurocup win of the season by downing Le Mans Sarthe Basket 76-71. The victory means both Artland and Le Mans hold a 1-2 record and together with VEF Riga share second place in Group C. Le Mans held a 9-point lead in the first half and was up 49-55 midway through the third quarter, however Artland put together a 13-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters and gave the hosts control of the game. Anthony King had a crucial role in victory, scoring 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and collecting 8 rebounds in the process. Read more here.

Orleans Loiret Basket 56 - 70 Cajasol Seville

Cajasol Sevilla registered its first win in Group H by downing Orleans Loiret Basket 56-70 on the road on Wednesday. Cajasol is now third in Group H with a 1-2 record and Orleans is right behind at 0-3. Tomas Satoransky led the winners with 20 points. Joan Sastre added 14 while Robert Dozier had 11 for Cajasol. Caleb Green led Orleans with 12 points. Jahmar Young added 11 and Brian Greene had 10. Dozier and Sastre fueled a 4-19 run which allowed Cajasol to get a 10-21 margin after 10 minutes. A three-pointer by Sastre gave the guests a 14-point game, 12-26. Satoransky and Dozier helped Cajasol to stay way aheadc, 30-41, at halftime. Read more here.

VEF Riga 84 - 91 BC Triumph Lyubertsy

BC Triumph Lyubertsy remained undefeated in Group C with a 91-84 victory at VEF Riga thanks to 32 points from Tywain McKee. Lyubertsy improved to 3-0 as McKee also collected 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for a 42 ranking index. Sergey Karasev added 19 points and Kyle Landry chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds for the road victors. Riga dropped to 1-2 in the group despite 23 points from Dairis Bertans while Earl Rowland had 14 points and both Kaspars Berzins and Antanas Kavaliauskas scored 10 points. Read more here.

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem 81 - 67 BC Budivelnik

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem picked up its first victory of the Eurocup by beating BC Budivelnik Kiev 81-67. Jerusalem was paced by Craig Smith’s 18 points while Josh Duncan scored 17, Raviv Limonad had 13 and Jacob Pullen chipped in 10 points for the hosts, who improved to 1-2. Budivelnik dropped to 1-2 – losing its second road game in the group – despite 18 points and 8 rebounds from former Jerusalem forward Leo Lyons and 12 points from Artur Drozdov. Read more here.

BC Prienai 84 - 66 CEZ Basketball Nymburk

BC Prienai remained unbeaten at home and moved into a tie for first place in Group A with an 84-66 victory over CEZ Basketball Nymburk. Prienai took charge early with a 9-0 run, led by double digits midway through the opening quarter and never looked back. Nymburk started the second half strong and stormed to within 7, but an unsportsmanlike foul brought the momentum back to the hosts and Nymburk never threatened again. Zygimantas Janavicius paced a well-balanced Prienai attack with 16 points – 10 of which came in the first seven minutes. Arminas Urbutis added 15 points and 11 rebounds, Gediminas Orelik also scored 15 and Siim-Sander Vene and Gintaras Kadziulis netted 13 and 12 points, respectively. Read more here.

Panionios BC Athens 72 - 92 Unics Kazan

Unics Kazan confirmed its status as the team to beat in Group F by downing Panionios BC Athens 72-92 in the Greek capital on Wednesday. Unics improved to 3-0 to stay atop the standings while Panionios dropped to 0-3. Chuck Eidson paced the winners with 22 points and 6 assists. Kostas Kaimakoglou added 17 points, Mire Chatman and Ian Vougioukas each added 13 while Terrell Lyday got 11 for Unics. Nikos Pappas led Panionios with 24 points. Marios Batis and Landon Milbourne each added 12 for the hosts. Eidson shined early in the game and got some help from Lyday and Kaimakoglou to make Unics get a 20-26 lead after 10 minutes. Read more here.

BC Donetsk 92 - 87 Trefl Sopot

In arguably one of the best games in the 2012-13 Eurocup, BC Donetsk registered its first win in difficult Group E by edging Trefl Sopot 92-87 in overtime on Wednesday. Donetsk improved to 1-2 and Sopot dropped to 0-3. Both teams meet again in Poland next week, in what promises to be another intense battle for survival. Darius Songaila led the winners with 24 points on 10-of-15 two-point shots. Vojdan Stojanovski added 18, D'or Fischer had 17, Doron Perkins got 15, 6 rebounds and 7 assists while Ramel Curry contributed 11 for Donetsk. Filip Dylewicz led Sopot with 21 points. Frank Turner added 20, Adam Waczynski had 14 while Przemyslaw Zamojski and Junior Harrington each got 10 for the guests. Read more here.

Banvit BK Bandirma 97 - 81 BC Azovmash

vladimir stimacBanvit BK Bandirma improved its chances to reach the Last 16 in Group D by downing BC Azovmash Mariupol 97-81 at home on Wednesday. Banvit is now second in Group D with a 2-1 record and Azovmash third at 1-3. Banvit will seal its ticket to the Last 16 if it beats Azovmash next week and undefeated leader Valencia Basket tops s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg. Sammy Mejia led the winners with 28 points. Vladimir Stimac and Chuck Davis each added 22 for Banvit. Manny Harris led Azovmash with 20 points. Tadija Dragicevic and Oleksiy Pecherov had 14 apiece. Mejia took over with 13 first-quarter points and back-to-back three-pointer right after that to give Banvit a 37-21 lead. Read more here.

Lokomotiv Kuban 91 - 66 GS Medical Park

nick calathesLokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar crushed Galatasaray Medical Park 91-66 on Wednesday to take over first place in Group E with a perfect 3-0 record. Galatasaray dropped to 2-1 and sits in second place. Lokomotiv raced to a 42-28 lead early in the second quarter by hitting 3 triples during a 15-2 run, and never looked back. The margin reached 20 points midway through the third quarter and the win was all but guaranteed. Jimmy Baron scored game-high 23 points on 5-for-10 three-point shooting, while Nick Calathes had 20 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds. Simas Jasaitis netted 16 and Derrick Brown chipped in with 12 in the victory. Read more here.

Lukoil Academic Sofia 64 - 85 Gescrap Bilbao

alex mumbruGescrap Bilbao Basket ended the first leg of the Regular Season on a high note on Wednesday night thanks to a 64-85 road win at Lukoil Academic Sofia. The win leaves Gescrap undefeated with a 3-0 record for sole possession of Group B leadership, while Lukoil drops to 1-2. A solid defense in the third and fourth periods allowed the guests to keep building a strong lead that was unsurmountable for Lukoil in the end, despite its good start to the game. Lamont Hamilton led the winners with his 19 points, Kostas Vasileiadis added 15, Alex Mumbru had 13 points and 8 assists and FRan Pilepic posted 10. For Lukoil, Devin Green had 13 points plus 11 rebounds. Read more here.

Spartak SPB 89 - 71 Ratiopharm Ulm

joshua carterSpartak St. Petersburg took sole possession of first place in Group G with an 89-71 victory at home over Ratiopharm Ulm, which suffered its first loss of the campaign. Spartak’s Josh Carter nailed 6 three-pointers in leading all players with 24 points while Vladimir Dragicevic had 17 points, Loukas Mavrokefalides chipped in 14 points and Zach Wright collected 6 points and 11 assists for St. Petersburg, which improved to 3-0. Ulm, now 2-1 in the group, was paced by Allan Ray and Dane Watts with 14 points apiece. Star center John Bryant was held to just 9 points and 3 rebounds for Ulm. Spartak worked hard getting the ball into the blocks early with Mavrokefalides helping open a 16-11 lead. Read more here.

November 20, 2012

Belgacom Spirou 53 - 66 KK Buducnost VOLI

Impressive defense on the road lifted Buducnost Voli Podgoria to its first road win of the season, 53-66 over Belgacom Spirou Charleroi on Tuesday in Group B of the Eurocup Regular Season. Buducnost raised its record to 2-1, which could be good enough for a first-place tie before this week’s games end, while Spirou has its back to the wall with a 0-3 record. A 3-10 run over the game's last 5 minutes decided the issue for the visitors after Spirou had pulled within 50-56. That's when Nikola Ivanovic blasted consecutive three-pointers to assure the victory. Demarquis Bost hit 3 of 5 threes on his way to a team-high 13 points for Buducnost. Read more here.

Valencia Basket 97 - 64 s.Oliver Baskets

justin doellmanValencia Basket of Spain eased into the halfway point of the Eurocup Regular Season with a perfect record thanks to an impressive 97-64 over s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg of Germany on Tuesday. Valencia is now 3-0 and on the brink of qualifying to the Last 16 while Wurzburg fell to 1-2. Valencia rode the hot hand of Justin Doellman, who scored 29 of his 31 points in the game's first 26 minutes, to victory. Doellman made 9 of 9 two-pointers and blocked 3 shots on his way to the young Eurocup season's highest individual scoring performance yet. Bojan Dubljevic followed with 18 points for the winners, while Marko Keselj had 14 and point guard Rodrigo San Miguel posted 9 assists and 9 rebounds. Read more here.

KK Cibona Zagreb 90 - 95 Cholet Basket

marcus goreeCholet Basket of France got its first win of the Eurocup season the hard way, going on the road to defeat KK Cibona by 90-95 in Zagreb, Croatia on Tuesday, thereby rejoining the Last 16 race in Group G. Cholet is now 1-2 and will be one victory out of second place headed into the second half of the regular season. Cibona dropped to 0-3 and must win or face elimination soon. Cholet's 95 points set its Eurocup scoring high in a non-overtime game after the club's seven seasons, 45 games in the competition. Six players accounted for all but 5 of those points: Marcus Goree with 20, Travon Bryant with 19, A.J. Slaughter with 18, Derrick Obasohan with 16, Terrell Everett with 9 and Rudy Jomby with 8. Read more here.

November 20, 2012 - Everything still open!

eurocupThe Eurocup regular season reaches its halfway mark this week, which makes it a perfect good moment to see where everybody stands in what surely is a tight race to stay alive in the competition. Going in, all 32 teams face Week 3 with high hopes and ambitions. There are 10 undefeated teams left and just as many teams looking for their first wins, so expect big battles all across the continent. It all starts on Tuesday at 18:30 CET, when Cibona Zagreb (0-2) hosts Cholet Basket (0-2) in Group G. Two more games are played on Tuesday at 20:30 CET, as Valencia Basket (2-0) welcomes s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (1-1) in group D and Belgacom Spirou Basket Charleroi (0-2) takes Buducnost Voli Podgorica (1-1) in Group B, in already a critical game for the hosts. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Week 3:

BC Prienai vs. CEZ Nymburk 84:66       
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem vs. Budivelnik Kiev 81:67
Belgacom Spirou vs. KK Buducnost VOLI 53:66        
Lukoil Academic vs. Gescrap Bilbao Basket  64:85
VEF Riga vs. BC Triumph 84:91         
Artland Dragons vs. Le Mans Sarthe 76:71
Valencia Basket vs. s.Oliver Baskets 97:64
Banvit BK Bandirma vs. BC Azovmash Mariupol 97:81

Lokomotiv Kuban vs. Galatasaray Medical Park 91:66          
BC Donetsk vs. Trefl Sopot 92:87        

Panionios BC Athens vs. Unics Kazan 72:92           
Telenet Oostende vs. Stelmet Zielona Gora 80:74
Cibona Zagreb vs. Cholet Basket 90:95           
Spartak St. Petersburg vs. Ratiopharm Ulm 89:71
Crvena Zvezda DIVA vs. B. Sardegna Sassari 116:104         
Orleans Loiret vs. Cajasol Seville 56:70

November 15, 2012 - Eurocup regular season Game 2 co-MVPs: Mejia, McKee

tywain mckeeFor the first time this season, two players share Eurocup weekly MVPs honors due to their outstanding performances in respective winning efforts. Sammy Mejia of Banvit BK Bandirma and Tywain McKee of BC Triumph Lyubertsy not only led their teams to big home wins, but became Eurocup regular season Game 2 co-MVPs, each with a performance index ranking of 35. Mejia led Banvit to a 101-82 home win over s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg with 23 points on 8-of-10 two-point and 2-of-2 three-point shooting. He added 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and 5 fouls drawn for his 35 index. McKee helped Triumph to beat Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck 84-79 in overtime with 22 points. Read more here.

November 14, 2012 - Week 2

Cajasol Seville 93 - 95 Crvena Zvezda Diva

igor rakocevicIn its 300th game in European club competitions, Crvena Zvezda Diva Belgrade improved to 2-0 in Group H by edging Cajasol Seville 93-95 in overtime on Wednesday. Zvezda became the exclusive leader atop Group H and Cajasol dropped to 0-2 and needs to bounce back right away to keep its Last 16 options alive. Igor Rakocevic paced the winners with 25 points. Rasko Katic added 16, DeMarcus Nelson had 15 while Mike Scott got 13 for Zvezda. Brian Asbury led Cajasol with 26 points. Tomas Satoransky added 21, Luka Bogdanovic had 15 and Roberto Dozier 13. Cajasol had a good start and a three-pointer by Bogdanovic gave the hosts a 20-17 lead after 10 minutes. Read more here.

Orleans Loiret 88 - 75 Banco Sardegna Sassari

Orleans Loiret downed Banco di Sardegna Sassari 88-75 in Group H to improve to 1-1. Orleans used a 10-0 run to take an 83-70 margin late in the game and get its first win of the Eurocup campaign. Caleb Green led the winners with 23 points, with 3-for-5 three-point shooting plus 8 rebounds and a performance index rating of 34, Bambale Osby added 15 points, while Jahmar Young, Brian Greene and Marc-Antoine Pellin bagged 10 apiece. Tony Easley amassed a double-double of 20 points and 13 boards and an index rating of 28 for Sassari, while Bootsy Thornton added 16 points, Travis Diener 13, Drake Diener 11 and Brian Sacchetti 10. Read more here.

Buducnost VOLI 75 - 72 Lukoil Academic Sofia

cedomir vitkovacKK Buducnost Voli picked up its first win of the new Eurocup campaign by downing Lukoil Academic Sofia 75-72 in Podgorica on Wednesday night. Both Buducnost and Lukoil now hold 1-1 record and are in a second-place tie in Group B. The two teams exchanged leads throughout the game, but a 9-0 run in the final four minutes of the game proved to be decisive and secured victory for hosts. Cedomir Vitkovac led the way with 16 points, Vladimir Mihailovic finished with 15. Dusko Bunic scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half and Strahinja Milosevic grabbed 11 rebounds along with 4 points. Mohamed Abukar scored 15 for Lukoil, Darryl Watkins had 14 and Brandon Heath finished with 11 in defeat. Read more here.

Ratiopharm Ulm 83 - 68 KK Cibona Zagreb

Despite missing its starting center and point guard, Ratiopharm Ulm knocked off KK Cibona Zagreb 83-68 at home to improve to 2-0 in Group G of the Eurocup. Center John Bryant and playmaker Per Guenther both missed the game with ankle injuries, but the rest of the team picked up the slack. Philipp Schwethelm scored a game-high 22 points while Dane Watts had 17 points, Keaton Nankivil and Daniel Theis 13 each and Lance Jeter 10 points. Zagreb dropped to 0-2 in the group, wasting an 18-point showing by D.J. Strawberry, while Davor Kus tallied 14 points and Andrija Zizic added 13. Read more here.

Galatasaray Medical Park 72 - 68 BC Donetsk

david hawkinsGalatasaray Medical Park remains unbeaten and tied for first place in Group E with Lokomotiv Kuban after edging BC Donetsk 69-65 at Abdi Ipecki in Istanbul. The hosts tied the score at 22-22 and after taking a slim lead early in the second quarter, never looked back. David Hawkins led the winners with 22 points – drawing 11 fouls and scoring 11 of 12 free throws, Jamont Gordon added 13 points with 8 rebounds and Erwin Dudley scored 12. Ramel Curry drained 17 points for Donetsk, Vojdan Stojanovski chipped in 12 and D'Or Fischer bagged 10. Read more here.

PBC Lokomotiv Kuban 99 - 79 Trefl Sopot

jimmy baronsPBC Lokomotiv Kuban used a near-perfect shooting night behind the arc to comfortably down Trefl Sopot 99-79 and pick up its second win in Group E. The hosts hit 14 three-pointers in only 17 attempts and Jimmy Baron scored 21 of his game-high 29 points before halftime as Lokomotiv cruised to its second win in as many matches. Nick Calathes added 16 points, Maxim Grigoryev and Simas Jasaitis each made 4 of 5 from downtown and scored 14 points and Aleks Maric amassed 11 points and 14 rebounds. Frank Turner led visitors with 15 points, Filip Dylewicz scored 13, Marcin Stefanski had 11 and Adam Waczynski chipped in with 10 as Trefl Sopot dropped to a 0-2 record. Read more here.

Banvit BK Bandirma 101 - 82 s.Oliver Baskets

Banvit BK Bandirma finished the game with a 15-2 run to secure a 101-82 victory at home over s.Oliver Baskets in Eurocup Group D. Sammy Meija’s 23 points paced five Banvit scorers in double figures with Chuck Davis adding 18 points, Kalin Lucas 14, Vladimir Stimac 13 and Kenan Bajramovic 11. The hosts, who trailed by 12 points in the first half, improved to 1-1 in the group. The guests from Wurzburg dropped to 1-1 in despite Dwayne Anderson hitting for 20 points, while Jimmy McKinney had 13 points and Oliver Clay added 10 in the loss. Read more here.

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem 69 - 86 CEZ Nymburk

petr bendaCEZ Nymburk took control of Group A with a big 69-86 win over Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem at Malha sports hall in the Israeli capital on Wednesday. Nymburk now holds a 2-0 record in first place of the standings, while Hapoel dropped to last place at 0-2. The visitors grabbed the advantage early in the first quarter with a 0-11 run, and never relinquished the lead. Hapoel stayed close for three quarters, though, before Vojtech Hruban put the game away by scoring 15 fourth-quarter points. Hruban finished with 19 points, while Petr Benda had 16. Lukas Palyza scored 12 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting, Radoslav Rancik also had 12 and A.J. Abrams chipped in with 11. Read more here.

Panionios BC 70 - 76 Stelmet Zielona Gora

Stelmet Zielona Gora sent a message that echoed all around Group F by downing Panionios BC Athens 70-76 in the Greek capital on Wednesday. Zielona Gora registered its first-ever win in the competition and now ties with its next opponent, Telenet Oostende, for second place at 1-1. Panionios dropped to 0-2 and hosts undefeated Unics Kazan in the next two games. Walter Hodge led the winners with 19 points. Oliver Stevic added 15 and 8 rebounds while Quinton Hosley had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Zielona Gora. Vladimir Jankovic led Panionios with 16 points. Chris Booker added 14 and Nikos Pappas had 13. Read more here.

BC Budivelnik Kiev 84 - 57 BC Prienai

BC Budivelnik Kiev registered its first win in Group A by topping BC Prienai 84-57 in the Ukrainian capital on Wednesday. Both teams are now tied in Group A with a 1-1 record. Giorgi Tsintsadze and Leo Lyons paced the winners with 16 points apiece. Malcolm Delaney added 13 while Michailis Anisimov had 10 for Budivelnik. Arturas Valeika led Prienai with 15 points. Gintaras Kadziulis added 12 and Gediminas Orelik had 10 Valeika shined early and got help from Zygimantas Janavicius to make Prienai get a 16-22 margin after 10 minutes. Artur Drozdov and Tsintsadze stepped up for Budivelnik to tie the game, 32-32, at halftime. Read more here.

BC Triumph Lyubertsy 84 - 79 Artland Dragons

BC Triumph Lyubertsy rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and then worked extra time to pull out an 84-79 overtime win over Artland Dragons on Wednesday. With the victory, Triumph takes sole possession of the first place in Group C, while Artland stay at the bottom at 0-2. The hosts trailed 50-60, but regained the lead with an 11-0 run. Artland managed to force an extra session after Demond Mallet’s last-second layup, but Triumph scored the first 10 points in overtime to secure the victory. Tywain McKee led the victors with 22 points and 10 rebounds, Sergey Karasev scored 15, Artem Kuzyakin finished with 14 and Tasamin Mitchell had 13. Mallet and Petar Popovic each scored 19 for Artland and Bryce Talor had 18 in defeat. Read more here.

BC Azovmash Mariupol 70 - 76 Valencia Basket

bojan dubljevicValencia Basket came back from a 10-point first half deficit and nearly squandered a 14-point fourth quarter lead before beating BC Azovmash Mariupol 76-70 on the road in the Eurocup. Bojan Dubljevic and Serhiy Lishchuk both scored 14 points as Valencia improved to 2-0 in Group D. Florent Pietrus added 12 points, Chris Quinn had 11 and Rafa Martinez chipped in 10 points in the victory. Mariupol dropped to 0-2 in the group despite 18 points from Oleksiy Pecherov and an outstanding showing from Manny Harris, who collected 12 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Ivan Paunic scored 13 points for Azovmash, which also got 10 points from Miroslav Raduljica. Read more here.

Spartak St. Petersburg 69 - 60 Cholet Basket

Spartak St. Petersburg managed to pull its second win of the season, first at home, on Wednesday evening thanks to a final quarter pull to defeat Cholet Basket by 69-60. The win leaves Spartak undefeated at the top of Group G with a 2-0 record, while Cholet drops to 0-2. The game was balanced until minute 26 when Patrick Beverley and Josh Carter combined for four threes that opened a 64-55 gap that was too much for the guests to recover from. Beverley ended the game with 21 points, 13 of them in 8 minutes bridging the third and fourth quarters, to lead the winners. He scored 4 of 5 threes. Nikita Kurbanov and Loukas Mavrokafelides added 11 apiece. Read more here.

Unics Kazan 83 - 72 Telenet Oostende

ian vougioukasUnics Kazan had its second win of the season, first at home, on Wednesdeay afternoon by beating Telenet Oostende of Belgium by 83-72. The win allows Unics to climb to a 2-0 record in Group F and has sole possession of first place precisely handing Oostende its first loss and a 1-1. Unics took control of thesituation and, little by little, kept increasing the margin until a 10-0 run late in the third quarter broke the game open for good. Ian vougioukas led the winners with his 20 points, Vladimir Veremeenko added 14 and Chuck Eidson and Terrell Lyday had 11 apiece. For Oostende, Brent Wright led the way with 15 points, Dusan Katnic and Dusan Djordjevic nailed 11 apiece and Mario Stojic contributed 10. Read more here.

November 13, 2012

Belgacom Spirou Basket 69 - 85 Gescrap Bilbao

kostas vasiliadisGescrap Bilbao Basket of Spain retained at least a share of first place in Group B with a command road performance to stop host Belgacom Spirou Basket 69-85 on Tuesday. A 4-20 run that started with a triple by Nikos Zisis just before halftime proved too much for Spirou to overcome as Bilbao raised its record to 2-0 and the hosts fell to 0-2. Kostas Vasiliadis led the winners with 17 points. Zisis had 14 and 9 assists, while Milovan Rakovic matched those 14 points. Axel Hervelle was everywhere with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists and 2 blocks. And Fran Pilepic buried all his shots on the way to 11 points. Read more here.

VEF Riga 80 - 89 Le Mans Sarthe Basket

khalid el aminIn an all-out, basket-for-basket battle to open Week 2 of the Eurocup Regular Season, visiting Le Mans Sarthe Basket surged to an 80-89 road win over VEF Riga on Tuesday to force a tie between them in Group C. After 12 ties and 16 lead changes, Le Mans took over for good with a 2-10 run early in the fourth quarter to raise its record to 1-1, the same as Riga. Big man J.P. Batista led the winners with 22 points, while Pape Sy and Khalid El-Amin followed with 13 each, while Charles Kahudi popped 12 more. Le Mans made the difference with 25-for-42 shooting inside the arc (59%) as Batiste made 8 of 9 two-pointers himself. Read more here.

November 13, 2012 - Another round of 16 thrilling duels!

EurocupAfter an exciting opening week, the 2012-13 Eurocup regular season continues with 16 showdowns all across the continent. Action starts on Tuesday with two early games. At 18:30 CET, VEF Riga takes Le Mans Sarthe Basket in Group B. VEF won on the road and Le Mans lost at home last week, so the game is already critical for both teams. At 20:30 CET, Belgacom Spirou Basket Charleroi hosts Gescrap Bilbao Basket in Group B. Both teams already faced each other in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 Eurocup. All other 14 games will take place on a busy Wednesday. At 16:00 CET, 2010-11 Eurocup champion Unics Kazan welcomes Telenet Oostende in a battle between undefeated teams in Group F. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Week 2:

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem vs. CEZ Nymburk 69:86        
Budivelnik Kiev vs. BC Prienai 84:57
Belgacom Spirou vs. Gescrap Bilbao 69:85
Buducnost VOLI vs. Lukoil Academic 75:72
VEF Riga vs. Le Mans Sarthe 80:89             
BC Triumph vs. Artland Dragons 84:79
BC Azovmash Mariupol vs. Valencia Basket 70:76   
Banvit BK Bandirma vs. s.Oliver Baskets 101:82

Lokomotiv Kuban vs. Trefl Sopot 99:79        
Galatasaray Medical Park vs. BC Donetsk 72:68
Unics Kazan vs. Telenet Oostende 83:72           
Panionios BC vs. Stelmet Zielona Gora 70:76
Spartak St. Petersburg vs. Cholet Basket 69:60           
Ratiopharm Ulm vs. Cibona Zagreb 83:68
Cajasol Seville vs. Crvena Zvezda DIVA 93:95         
Orleans Loiret vs. Banco di Sardegna Sassari 88:75

November 8, 2012 - Regular season Game 1 MVP: Matt Lojeski, Telenet Oostende

matthew lojeskiA stellar performance in a winning effort allowed Matt Lojeski of Telenet Oostende to become the first weekly MVP of the 2012-13 Eurocup season. In his competition debut, Lojeski stood out as he led Oostende to an 84-65 home win over Panionios BC Athens. The 27-year-old shooting guard amassed 22 points on 6-of-10 two-point shooting, 1 of 2 three-pointers and 7 of 8 free throws. He added 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals a block and 5 fouls drawn for a performance index ranking of 34, which was the second best on any Oostende player in the club’s lengthy participation in the Eurocup. Allan Ray of Ratiopharm Ulm helped his team to its first-ever Eurocup win against Cholet Basket with 25 points on 10-of-12 two-point shooting, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals for a 33 index. Read more here.

November 7, 2012 - Week 1

Telenet Oostende 84 - 65 Panionios BC Athens

Telnet Oostende never trailed en route to an 84-65 victory over Panionios BC Athens in their Group F opener at Sleuyter Arena on Wednesday night. The Belgian champions set a club record for the greatest margin of victory in a Eurocup game. Oostende built a double-digit lead early in the first quarter, but it was a 16-4 run at the start of the third quarter that opened a 15-point lead and paved the way to victory. Matt Lojeski led the way for Oostende with 22 points plus 7 rebounds, while Wes Wilkinson scored 19, making all 6 of his 2-point field goal attempts. Mario Stojic finished the game with 15 points, and Dragisa Drobnjak scored 11. Giorgos Bogris, Nikos Pappas and Chris Booker each scored 13 points for Panionios in defeat. Read more here.

Gescrap Bilbao 85 - 78 Buducnost VOLI

Gescrap Bilbao Basket rescued a thrilling 85-78 come-from-behind win after overtime over Buducnost Podgorica Voli on Wednesday in Group B. Buducnost opened the third quarter with back-to-back triples for a 31-46 huge advantage. But late in the game Bilbao tied the score at 64-64. Marko Popovic scored 5 crucial points to put the visitors back ahead 64-69, but an amazing play by Kostas Vasiliadis at the buzzer tied the score at 71-71. Bilbao then scored the first 5 points of the extra session and never looked back. Lamont Hamilton finished with 20 points with 10 rebounds to lead the winners, Vasiliadis added 17 points, Nikos Zisis 14 and Axel Hervelle amassed a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Read more here.

B. Sardegna Sassari 87 - 84 Cajasol Seville

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari grabbed a valuable win in its first-ever Eurocup showdown by edging Cajasol Seville 87-84 in Group H at home on Wednesday. Bootsy Thornton paced the winners with 26 points on 6-of-7 three-point shots. Drake Diener added 16 and his cousin Travis Diener had 12 for Sassari. Brian Asbury led Cajasol with 19 points. John Holland added 16 while Luka Bogdanovic and Juanjo Triguero each had 15 for the guests. The Diener cousins allowed Sassari to get a 25-17 lead late in the first quarter but Asbury and Holland allowed Cajasol to stay within 45-42 at halftime. Cajasol regained the lead after the break and got its biggest margin, 63-68, late in the third quarter. Read more here.

Le Mans Sarthe Basket 71 - 76 BC Triumph

sergey karasevBC Triumph Lyubertsy had a strong start in the 2012-13 Eurocup by downing Le Mans Sarthe Basket 71-76 in Group C in France on Wednesday. Sergey Karasev led the winners with 27 points on 6-of-7 three-point shots and 6 rebounds in his first game in the competition. Yuval Naimy added 17 while Tywain McKee had 16 for Triumph. Khalid El-Amin led Le Mans with 19 points. Cuthbert Victor added 14, JP Batiste had 11 while Cam Long got 10 for the hosts. Karasev took over early to give Triumph a 6-23 margin late in the first quarter. He got some help from Tasamin Mitchell and McKee to make it a 19-point game, 21-40, at halftime. Read more here.

Cholet Basket 71 - 93 Ratiopharm Ulm

Ratiopharm Ulm made its Eurocup debut one to remember by routing Le Mans Sarthe Basket 71-93 on the road. Allen Ray scored 14 of his 25 points in the first quarter as the visitors jumped out to a 21-32 lead and never looked back. It was 36-51 at halftime before Ray teamed with John Bryant and Keaton Nankivil as the leaders of a 2-18 charge to open the third quarter, which effectively ended the game. John Bryant finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds, Daniel Theiss added 12 points and Dane Watts had 11 for the victors. Terrell Everett paced the hosts with 14 points and 6 assists, Marcus Goree added 12 points, Carl Ona Embo had 11 and Travon Bryant 10 for Le Mans. Read more here.

Trefl Sopot 65 - 94 Galatasaray Medical Park

Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul confirmed its status as a pre-season favorite by going on the road to beat Trefl Sopot 65-94 in Poland on Tuesday in the first Group E game for each team. A blazing 0-13 start to the game for Galatasaray put Sopot on its heels. Sopot got back as close as 4 points before halftime, but suffered similar Galatasaray runs to start the third and fourth quarters as the visitors ran away to a big victory. Galatasaray had seven scorers post between 8 and 14 points, with Boni Ndong at the top of that scale. Ender Arslan added 13, Jamont Gordon 12, David Hawkins 11 and Milan Macvan 10 for the winners, who made 62% of their two-point shots (25 for 40) and 50% on threes (9 for 18). Read more here.

Stelmet Zielona Gora 67 - 74 Unics Kazan

kostas kaimakoglouFormer Eurocup champion Unics Kazan of Russia staved off a late rally by newcomer Stelmet Zielona Gora Poland to hold onto a 67-74 victory in the Group F opener for both teams on Tuesday. A 0-6 run over the game's last 2:30 saved the victory for Kazan, which had led by as much as 13 in the fourth quarter before Zielona Gora's late surge. Kostas Kaimakoglou scored 19 points - 15 of them in the game's first 13 minutes - to lead the winners. Mire Chatman followed with 17 points and 6 steals, while Ian Vougioukas chipped in 10 points. Walter Hodge pumped in 16 points for Zielona Gora, which tied 6 times in the first half and came back to within 67-69 before Kazan's big finish. Read more here.

Artland Dragons 72 - 82 VEF Riga

VEF Riga opened its Eurocup campaign with an impressive 72-82 road win at Artland Dragons. Riga started the game with a 2-9 rush and remained in control for the majority of the 40 minutes. Artland rallied to take a 26-24 lead midway through the second quarter, but Riga regained a 32-37 edge by halftime. The lead reached 14 in the second half. Anthony King helped the Dragons challenge down the stretch and the difference was cut to 5 in the final minute, but Riga remained calm and closed out the win. Anatas Kavaliauskas and Dairis Bertans scored 18 points apiece for the victors. Kristaps Janicenoks added 15 points and 5 assists and E.J. Rowland netted 10 for Riga. Read more here.

Crvena Zvezda Diva 93 - 73 Orleans Loiret

demarcus nelsonCrvena Zvezda Belgrade routed Orleans Loiret 93-73 at Hala Pionir on Wednesday night. Eleven unanswered points early in the game gave the hosts a 17-5 margin. Later a 16-5 run that bridged the last two quarters created an 82-62 advantage, which represented the crucial moments of the game. Mike Scott led the winners with 22 points on close-to-perfect shooting – 9 for 10 on two-pointers and 1 for 1 from long distance’ scoring ace Igor Rakocevic netted 19 and Boris Savovic added 18 with 9 rebounds. Caleb Green led Orleans with 17 points, Jahmar Young drained 14, Brian Greene 11 and Marc-Antoine Pellin 10 with 4 assists. Read more here.

BC Prienai 85 - 72 Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem

BC Prienai opened its second Eurocup campaign with an important 85-72 win over Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in Kaunas Sports Hall on Wednesday. After 25 minutes of a seesaw battle, Prienai used a 13-1 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to build a 68-54 advantage and secure the win. Gediminas Orelik led the victors with 26 points on 4-for-7 three-point shooting. Arturas Milaknis also shot 4 for 7 from downtown and scored 14, while Arminas Urbutis amassed 12 points plus 11 rebounds and Gintaras Kadzulis finished with 10 points. Craig Smith had 15 points for Hapoel, Jacob Pullen finished with 13 and Raviv Limonad and Uri Kokia each scored 10 in defeat. Read more here.

CEZ Nymburk 91 - 78 BC Budivelnik Kiev

petr bendaCEZ Basketball Nymburk cruised to a 91-78 victory over BC Budivelnik Kiev in their Group A opener. The Czech champions used a 30-8 run that bridged the second and third quarters and turned Budivelnik’s slim lead into a 20-point Nymburk advantage. Petr Benda led Nymburk with 18 points and Lukas Palyza scored 17 on perfect 5-for-5 three-point shooting. Drew Naymick chipped in with 9 points in 11 minutes on the floor, while George Tsintsadze had 14 points as the only Budivelnik player in double figures. Sergiy Gorbenko and Malcolm Delaney each had 9 points in defeat. Read more here.

BC Donetsk 75 - 78 PBC Lokomotiv Kuban

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar was the first team to record a road win in difficult Group E by topping BC Donetsk 75-78 in Ukraine on Wednesday. Mantas Kalnietis led the winners with 17 points. Jimmy Baron added 14 while Simas Jasaitis had 13 for Lokomotiv. Ramel Curry had 23 points for Donetsk and Vojdan Stojanovski added 13. Kalnietis and Andrey Zubkov shined early to give Lokomotiv a 8-21 margin. Curry rescued Donetsk and brought his team within 17-23 late in the first quarter. He got some help from Stojanovski and Ivan Radenovic to bring the hosts even closer, 36-37, near halftime. A three-pointer by Stojanovski completed the hosts' comeback, 49-48, after the break. Read more here.

KK Cibona Zagreb 56 - 64 Spartak SPB

BC Spartak St. Petersburg became the first team to gran a road win in Group G by downing KK Cibona Zagreb 56-64 in the Croatian capital on Wednesday. Zach Wright and Josh Carter led the winners with 13 points apiece. Loukas Mavrokefalidis added 11 for Spartak. DJ Strawberry led Cibona with 13 points. Ante Masic added 12 for the hosts. Spartak opened the game with an 0-8 run but Masic allowed Cibona to tie it at 13-13. Mavrokefalidis, Josh Carter and Nikita Kurbanov made Spartak get a 30-33 edge at halftime. A 10-0 run helped Cibona to get its first lead, 49-46, late in the third quarter. Read more here.

Lukoil Academic Sofia 93 - 75 Belgacom Spirou

PBC Lukoil Academic Sofia took the first win by storm at home on Wednesday by edging Belgacom Spirou Charleroi 93-75 thanks to an impressive display in offense. With this win, Lukoil leads Group B with a 1-0 record while Spirou starts at the bottom of the ladder, 0-1. Mohamed Abukar led the winners with his 23 points behind 4 of 6 threes. Brandon Heath added 16, Bozhidar Avramov and Darryl Watkins posted 15 each and Todor Stoykov bagged 10 for Lukoil. For Belgacom Spirou, Jekel Foster and Derrick Allen led the way with 17 points apiece and Matt Walsh had 12. Lukoil took the first three quarters by storm thanks to great shooting percentages, while Spirou struggled from the arc and saw the hosts pull away until the final buzzer. Read more here.

November 6, 2012

Valencia Basket 88 - 78 Banvit BK Bandirma

pau ribasA game-long chase scene ended with host Valencia Basket pulling away for an 88-78 home win over Banvit BK Bandirma of Turkey on Tuesday in the Group D opening game for both teams. A 12-0 blast to open the second half gave Valencia all the cushion it needed to hold on when Banvit made a late, hard-charging comeback try. Three-pointers by Serhiy Lishchuk and Stefan Markovic in the final 3 minutes ended up sealing the victory. Valencia was led by Pau Ribas, who hit 4 of 5 three-pointers on the way to 23 points and 4 assists. Rafa Martinez followed with 16 points, while Lishchuk added 14 and Markovic 12. Read more here.

s.Oliver Baskets 81 - 77 BC Azovmash

john littleThe 2012-13 Eurocup season opened with a true thriller as s. Oliver Baskets, with the help from its fans in Wurzburg, Germany, rallied from behind all game long to claim an 81-77 victory over visiting Azovmash Mariupol of Ukraine on Tuesday. With only a six-game regular season, it was a key victory in Group D for the debutants from Wurzburg. Dwayne Anderson led the winners with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds plus a huge block in the final minute. He was followed by Lamont McIntosh with 13 points, John Little and Jimmy McKinney with 10 each, and Ben Jacobsen, who scored all of his 8 points in the final 5 minutes. Read more here.

November 6, 2012 - The Eurocup starts its second decade this week!

eurocup basketballThe 2012-13 Eurocup season is finally here! The second decade in the competition’s history starts this week with six-game regular season, a round-robin format in which only half of the 32 teams will advance to the Last 16. With such a short schedule, the margins for error are very slim. For that reason, the Eurocup guarantees intensity, competitiveness and drama from opening night onward. The action starts on Tuesday with two Group D showdowns. In the earliest game, s.Oliver Basket Wuerzburg of Germany takes BC Azovmash Mariupol of Ukraine at 19:00 CET. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Week 1:

BC Prienai vs. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem 85:72       
CEZ Nymburk vs. Budivelnik Kiev 91:78
Lukoil Academic vs. Belgacom Spirou 93:75      
Gescrap Bilbao B. vs. Buducnost VOLI 85:78
Artland Dragons vs. VEF Riga 72:82   
Le Mans Sarthe vs. BC Triumph 71:76
s.Oliver Baskets vs. BC Azovmash 81:77       
Valencia Basket vs. Banvit BK Bandirma 88:78

BC Donetsk vs. Lokomotiv Kuban 75:78
Trefl Sopot vs. Galatasaray Medical Park 65:94
Stelmet Zielona Gora vs. Unics Kazan 67:74     
Telenet Oostende vs. Panionios BC 84:65
Cibona Zagreb vs. Spartak St. Petersburg 56:64   
Cholet Basket vs. Ratiopharm Ulm 71:93
Crvena Zvezda DIVA vs. Orleans Loiret 93:73          
Banco di Sardegna Sassari vs. Cajasol Seville 87:84

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