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  Euroleague pre-season 2012 / 2013



September 28, 2012 - Final

Mapooro Cantu 80 - 66 Le Mans Sarthe Basket

pietro aradoriMapooro Cantu is back in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague after dominating Le Mans Sarthe Basket 80-66 for 40 minutes to win the Qualifying Rounds tourney in Desio, Italy. Maarty Leunen scored 7 in a 15-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to put Le Mans away early. The hosts took charge early and led by double figures in the first quarter. It was 44-38 at halftime. Le Mans rallied to within 8 in the third, however Cantu went on its run right after that and never looked back. Cantu was aided greatly by its sixth men, the local fans known as The Eagles, who packed PalaDesio and kept the arena rocking throughout the game. Read more here.

Related article: Welcome back to Euroleague, Mapooro Cantu





September 27, 2012 - Semifinals

Unics Kazan 78 - 86 Le Mans Sarthe Basket

le mansLe Mans Sarthe Basket advanced to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds finale with a come-from-behind 78-86 victory over Unics Kazan in the second semifinal on Thursday in Desio, Italy. Le Mans will face the event’s host, Mapooro Cantu, on Friday for a ticket to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season. Unics led by 6 early in the fourth quarter and by 3 with three minutes to go, but Khalid El-Amin tied it with a three-pointer and Le Mans held Kazan scoreless until there was just 14 seconds left, by which point El-Amin and co. had wrapped up the win. Read more here.

Mapooro Cantu 89 - 83 CEZ Basketball Nymburk


pietro aradoriMapooro Cantu is only one win away from a return to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season after seeing off CEZ Basketball Nymburk 89-83 in the second stage of the qualifying rounds in Desio, Italy, on Thursday. Maarty Leunen nailed back-to-back three-pointers to end the third-quarter and start the fourth as Cantu used a 13-0 run to surge ahead 74-57. Nymburk fought its way back within 6 in the final minute, but Cantu held on. Cantu advances to play the qualifying rounds final on the same floor on Friday, while Nymburk will continue its European season in the Eurocup. Read more here.

Related article: Mapooro Cantu and Le Mans Sarthe Basket in Final





September 26, 2012

Le Mans Sarthe Basket 61 - 55 BC Donetsk

le mansA stellar defensive effort spelled the difference as by Le Mans Sarthe Basket won 61-55 over BC Donetsk of Ukraine on Wednesday at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds in Desio, Italy. Le Mans advances to play Unics Kazan of Russia in the semifinals of qualifying on Thursday, while Donetsk will go home and get ready to participate in the Eurocup again this season. Le Mans held Donetsk to just 8 points in the final quarter to decide what had been a close, defensive battle all along. Read more here.

Unics Kazan 91 - 73 ratiopharm Ulm


terrell lydayUnics Kazan of Russia withstood a spirited challenge by ratiopharm Ulm of Germany to win 91-73 in their Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds game on Wednesday in Desio, Italy. Unics stays in the tournament, to play either Le Mans Sarthe Basket of France or BC Donetsk of Ukraine on Thursday. Ulm is eliminated, but will make its Eurocup debut, instead, this season. Terrell Lyday blistered the nets by making 5 of his first 6 triples on the way to 21 points for the night to lead the winners. Ian Vougioukas provided the inside scoring for Unics with 18 points, while Petr Samoylenko, Chuck Eidson, Mire Chatman and Lyday each had 4 or more assists. Read more here.

Related article: Unics Kazan and Le Mans Sarthe Basket in next round





September 25, 2012

Pallacanestro Cantu 87 - 79 PBC Lukoil Academic Sofia

manuchar markoishviliPallacanestro Cantu advanced to the second stage of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds and now stands two wins away from realizing its dream of returning to elite competition after holding off Lukoil Academic Sofia 87-79 Tuesday in Desio, Italy. Newcomers Alex Tyus scored 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting and Jerry Smith shined with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals to lead the host team. Cantu used a 13-2 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to take the lead for good, but needed to work in the end after a pair of Brandon Heath three-pointers brought Sofia within 3. But a combined 3 free throws from Tyus and Smith in the final minute iced the win. Read more here.

CEZ Basketball Nymburk 83 - 65 Telenet Oostende


aj abramsCzech champion CEZ Basketball Nymburk advanced to the second stage of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds with a resounding 83-65 victory on the opening game of the eight-team event in Desio, Italy. Nymburk pieced together a 17-2 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to break open what had been a close game to that point. A.J. Abrams scored 6 of his team-high 15 points during that stage to spark the winners. Nymburk also outshot Oostende from three-point range by making 12 of 26 (46.1%) and outrebounded the Belgian champs 37-32. Petr Benda scored 14, Mike Taylor 13, Miljan Pavkovic 10 and Pavel Houska added 9 points and 11 rebounds for Nymburk, which plays next on Thursday. Read more here.

Related articles: CEZ Nymburk and Pallacanestro Cantu in next round





September 25, 2012 - Qualifying Rounds start on Tuesday

Here is the full schedule of 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying round:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

QR1C – CEZ Basketball Nymburk vs. Telenet Oostende 83:65
QR1D – Pallacanestro Cantu vs. PBC Lukoil Academic Sofia 87:79


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

QR1A – Unics Kazan vs. Ratiopharm Ulm 91:73

QR1B – Le Mans Sarthe Basket vs. BC Donetsk 61:55

Thursday, September 27, 2012

QR2B – Mapooro Cantu vs. CEZ Nymburk 89:83

QR2A – Unics Kazan vs. Le Mans Sarthe Basket 78:86

Friday, September 28, 2012


QR3 – Mapooro Cantu vs. Le Mans Sarthe Basket 80:66

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September 17, 2012 - Pre-season referees clinic in Rhodes a success

The 21st annual Clinic for Euroleague Basketball and FIBA Europe International Referees was held over the weekend in Rhodes, Greece, to prepare European basketball's game officials for the 2012-13 season. Coaching legend Zeljko Obradovic and noted physical therapist and chiropractor George Kakavas were among the main draws as guest lecturers. Senior members of the Euroleague Basketball Refereeing Department and Refereeing Technical Commission were all on hand to oversee and lecture at the two-day clinic.

As always, the clinic aimed to enrich the participants as much as possible, which is why Euroleague Basketball turned to Coach Obradovic and Mr. Kakavas to offer their specific insights. Coach Obradovic, the winningest coach in European basketball history with eight Euroleague crowns, highlighted the weekend with a pair of sessions discussing, among other things, coaches' knowledge of the game.
Read more here.





September 11, 2012 - Eight teams clash for one golden ticket

euroleague 2012 13 qualifications round

Eight hopeful teams will line up to fight for one golden ticket when the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds get underway in the final week of September in Desio, Italy. Four days of action starting Tuesday, September 25 and culminating Friday, September 28, will feature seven elimination games to find the one survivor that will Group A of the Euroleague Regular Season. Among the eight worthy clubs are two that impressed and advanced in the Euroleague last season plus four reigning national champs. The schedule calls for CEZ Basketball Nymburk of the Czech Republic and Telenet Oostende of Belgium to square off in the opener of Tuesday’s doubleheader followed by host Pallacanestro Cantu and PBC Lukoil Academic Sofia of Bulgaria in the nightcap. Read more here.






September 11, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Round tickets on sale!

The tickets for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Round, to take place next September 25 to 28 at Desio, Italy are now on sale. The official website of host Pallacanestro Cantu (www.pallacanaestrocantu.com) is the official vendor for the tickets for the games to be played at the PalaDesio venue. The winner of the Qualifying Round will earn a berth for the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season while the other seven teams will play the 2012-13 Eurocup competition. Read more here.





September 10, 2012 - Be first in line for tickets to the Final Four in London!

o2 arena londonThe Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four heads to The O2 in London next May and if you want to be among the lucky to witness this history-making event, head to www.f4tickets.com to register for ticket alerts. Be among the first to hear about any and all ticket-related news, directly from the source. By pre-registering at www.f4tickets.com, you will receive email alerts informing you when each batch of tickets goes on sale. And since they are expected – as in previous years – to sell out quickly, by signing up for the alerts, you can get a jump on the rest of the fans worldwide in locking your place at the exciting Final Four games scheduled May 10 to 12 in the British capital. Read more here.





August 31, 2012 - Qualifying Round full schedule revealed

The games schedule of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Round has been made public on Friday by Euroleague Basketball. The games will start on September 25 and the tourney will go on until a final team is left standing on September 28, to earn its berth in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague 2012-13 regular season.

 Tuesday, September 25, 2012

 QR1C - CEZ Basketball Nymburk vs. Telenet Oostende at 18:00 CET
 QR1D - Pallacanestro Cantu vs. PBC Lukoil Academic Sofia at 20:45 CET

 Wednesday, September 26, 2012


 QR1A - Unics Kazan vs. Ratiopharm Ulm at 18:00 CET
 QR1B - Le Mans Sarthe Basket vs. BC Donetsk at 20:45 CET

 Thursday, September 27, 2012

 QR2B - Winner QR1C vs. Winner QR1D at 18:00 CET
 QR2A - Winner QR1A vs. Winner QR1B at 20:45 CET

 Friday, September 28, 2012

 QR3 - Winner QR2B vs. Winner QR2A at 20:30 CET


Read more here.





August 30, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds presented in Desio

The 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds were presented Thursday afternoon at a media conference in Desio, Italy, attended by local dignitaries, Pallacanestro Cantu officials and Euroleague basketball representatives. The Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds are scheduled to take place from September 25 through 28 at PalaDesio, with eight teams playing single-elimination games until one survives. That winner will earn the last of the 24 Euroleague regular season berths for the 2012-13 season, while the other seven teams will directly enter the Eurocup regular season. Read more here.





July 13, 2012 - 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season features 50 games on Friday

Euroleague Basketball today released the calendar with the exact days on which Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams will play the upcoming 2012-13 regular season, with the big news being that more than 40% of the games will be on Fridays for the first time in the competition's history. A total of 50 out of the 120 regular season games will be on Fridays, an innovation tested last season and approved by the ECA Shareholders for introduction in the 2012-13 season and beyond. The advent of Friday games gives fans more options than ever before to enjoy Turkish Airlines Euroleague action, with families more likely to be able to bring children, fans of other sports facing fewer conflicts and clubs prepared to celebrate the start of the weekend at their facilities. Read more here.





July 6, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draw 2012-13

euroleague draw 2012 2013The draw for the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season and the Euroleague Qualifying Rounds Friday set the wheels in motion for another spectacular edition of the continent’s best basketball. One significant change to the competition format mean that this will be the only draw for the season and teams and fans can start marking their calendars with game nights all the way through the 2013 Final Four in London. The new season will feature a longer Top 16 phase, to which teams will qualify directly, without another draw. All told, the teams that reach London will play between 29 and 31 games this season. Moreover, the days of the games themselves will shift with the weekly calendar moving to all games being played on Thursdays and Fridays. The first action will be the qualifying rounds, in which eight teams will clash for one available ticket to the 2012-13 regular season. The qualifying round will be played between September 25 and 28 at Desio, Italy. Read more here.





July 6, 2012

Euroleague 2012-13, RS, Group D analysis and Quotes

FC Barcelona Regal pieced together a memorable and record-setting campaign last season. The Spanish champs recorded the best defensive season in Euroleague history and marched to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul. Despite losing to eventual champ Olympiacos in the semifinals, Barcelona’s 19-2 record was the best in the league. Head coach Xavi Pascual is back to build on that success with the bulk of last season’s roster still with him. Naturally, that combination makes Barcelona one of the pre-season favorites to roll again all the way to the 2013 Final Four in London. Read more here.

Euroleague 2012-13, RS, Group C analysis and Quotes

Olympiacos Piraeus’s run to the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague championship was one for the ages. The Reds knocked off teams favored on paper in the playoffs and at the Final Four to win on a heroic last-second shot. The man who helped make it all possible, head coach Dusan Ivkovic, stepped down and the team has yet to name a replacement. However the new boss with be fortunate to inherit nine defending champs, including Final Four MVP Vassilis Spanoulis and Final Four hero Kostas Papanikolaou. The Reds proved to have the hearts of a champion last season and no one will doubt this team any more. Read more here.

Euroleague 2012-13, RS, Group B analysis and Quotes

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv enters the new season with a new look, but with head coach David Blatt running the show and the awesome support the club gets from its diehard yellow-clad fans, the sky is the limit for the Israeli champs. Maccabi came up one basket short of another trip to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four last season after a tremendous playoffs series against Panathinaikos. The club has already started restocking with the additions of center Girorgi Shermadini and guard Ricky Hickman with more moves likely to come. With anything short of the playoffs considered a disappointment in Tel Aviv, all signs point to Maccabi again playing deep into the spring. Read more here.

Euroleague 2012-13, RS, Group A analysis and Quotes


A new era begins in Athens where Panathinaikos starts anew under former star and new coach Argiris Pedoulakis, who replaced the legendary Zeljko Obradovic. Last season the team made another run at Euroleague glory and came up just short of defending its 2011 title by losing to CSKA in the semifinals at the Final Four in Istanbul. The change on the bench has been followed by a bit of a roster shake up, but with former MVP Dimitris Diamantidis holding the fort and former All-Euroleague center Sofoklis Schortsanitis joining, Pedoulakis has the pieces to work with for another march towards greatness. Read more here.





July 5, 2012 - 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draw to be broadcast in more than 90 countries!

The 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draw will reach far and wide to its fans across the world. The competition’s popularity can be attested to by the fact that the draw will be broadcast live to more than 90 countries, including the continent of Africa for the first time. In all nine networks will show the draw. Supersport will bring the draw to 55 African nations, while NovaSport, Sportklub, Esport3, TDP, Viasat Baltics, NTV Sport, NTV + Russia, Sport 5 and Canal + France will also broadcast the event live. Canal + France’s broadcasts reach distant places including Martinique, New Caledonia and French Polynesia, among others. Read more here.





July 5, 2012 - Euroleague Head Coaches meeting breaks new ground

euroleague coachesA comprehensive approach to helping improve the sport on and off the court was the subject of the Annual Euroleague Head Coaches Meeting, held on Wednesday and Thursday as part of the first Euroleague Basketball Institute Technical Week. A total of 23 coaches whose teams will participate in the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague, either in the regular season or qualifying rounds, convened in Barcelona for a wide-ranging discussion of everything from rules interpretations to corporate social responsibility programs. Read more here.





July 4, 2012 - Basketball Rules Summit panel makes broad recommendations

euroleague basketball rules summitThe Euroleague Basketball Institute's groundbreaking Basketball Rules Summit concluded in Barcelona on Tuesday with an expert panel of professionals in the sport making a series of recommendations to change and interpret rules in ways that make the game more exciting for fans of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and the Eurocup. The spirited two-day debate among 13 of the top coaches, players, referees, team and league executives, media, television and marketing experts reached a consensus on proposals to improve a range of game situations that respected the summit's goal in making the competitions cleaner, fairer and more exciting. Read more here.





July 1, 2012 - EBI Basketball Rules Summit begins in Barcelona

The Euroleague Basketball Institute's Basketball Rules Summit, a two-day effort to motivate debate on how the rules and regulations currently influence spectacle, clarity and fairness of European basketball, is underway in Barcelona. Brought together by Euroleague Basketball, a panel of experts comprising the most experienced on- and off-court observers of its competitions will analyze proposed changes and new rules interpretations with an eye toward making the game experience better for fans while respecting the long-standing authenticity of basketball in Europe. For that reason, the 13-member panel brings together a wide range of viewpoints from respected professionals who have in common a devotion to basketball. Read more here.





June 29, 2012 - 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draw criteria and procedure

QUALIFYING ROUNDS DRAW CRITERIA & PROCEDURE

 The Qualifying Rounds will consist of three rounds, QR1, QR2 and QR3.

QUALIFYING ROUNDS DRAW

 • There will be a seeded draw, placing teams into an eight team bracket. Teams will be separated into two seeds according to the Club Ranking described in this appendix. Teams entering the draw following a renouncement will be seeded according to the Club Ranking. Teams granted a Wild Card by ECA will be seeded above the rest of the teams.


PROCEDURE

 • The draw will be conducted with two different urns. One of the urns will have the 1 Seed Teams, and the next the 2 Seed Teams.
 • The 1 Seed Teams will be drawn first. As teams are drawn, they will be placed directly in the next available spot for a 1 Seed Teams in the bracket. This will continue until all four 1 Seed Teams have been drawn.
 • The 2 Seed Teams will be drawn second. As teams are drawn, they will be placed directly in the next available spot for a 2 Seed Teams in the bracket. This will continue until all four 2 Seed Teams have been drawn.


Read more here.





June 27, 2012 - Experts to debate regulations at Basketball Rules Summit

messina obradovic renesesIn a first-of-its-kind initiative, Euroleague Basketball will convene a Basketball Rules Summit next week to debate how rules and regulations can be put to the service of making the game even better for fans. Expert professionals from across the spectrum of the sport will come together in Barcelona, Spain, to propose and debate ways to improve the spectacle, clarity and fairness of the rules for all participants and the public. The two-day Basketball Rules Summit, starting Monday, July 2, will be part of the Euroleague Basketball Institute Technical Week, which will continue later Wednesday with the Euroleague Basketball Referee’s Commission Meeting. The Annual Euroleague Head Coaches Meeting, where some of the proposals that come out of the Basketball Rules Summit will be presented, follows on Wednesday and Thursday. Read more here.





June 26, 2012 - Euroleague Basketball brings together industry leaders for a week of activities

Euroleague Basketball is opening the 2012-13 season in early July with a week full of activities bringing industry leaders and technical experts together to debate and establish the framework for improved basketball in the future. The first edition of the Euroleague Basketball Institute Technical Week, an umbrella platform for a series of events in Barcelona, will be see experts and stakeholders engage in wide-ranging discussions ranging from the rules of basketball to officiating and head coaches' activities. Parallel to this, clubs and industry leaders will be debating the latest marketing trends, in the sixth edition of the European Basketball Marketing Summit, all focused on continuing to grow the game of basketball. Read more here.





June 22, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague draws open 2012-13 season on July 6

Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that the first calendar events of a new and exciting basketball season – the draws for the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague – will be held on Friday, July 6 at the Mediapro Auditorium in Barcelona, Spain. One draw will determine the groups for the upcoming regular season and another the matchups in the eight-team qualifying rounds.

This Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season draw will have even more impact than ever under a new competition format that expands the Top 16 to two groups of eight and a total of 14 games next season. There will be no Top 16 Draw, as the final standings in the regular season will determine into which Top 16 group each team that qualifies is placed. Read more here.






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