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  News archive February 2010

February 26, 2010 - EuroLeague Top 16, Week 4 MVP: Jamont Gordon, Cibona
Another thriller in a Top 16 full of them rewarded a Week 4 MVP, Jamont Gordon of Cibona Zagreb, whose team has otherwise had some of the hardest luck in the round. The 94-97 road win by Olympiacos at Cibona produced the second-most points in any Euroleague game far this season and saddled the hosts with their third three-point loss in a row.

February 24, 2010 - EuroCup Last 16 Game 4 co-MVPs: Victor Claver, Power VLC and Devin Smith, Panellinios
The Eurocup Last 16 resumed after a one-week break with best individual performances among Week 4 winning teams coming from Victor Claver of Power Electronics Valencia and Devin Smith of Panellinios, each with a 26 performance index rating. Although Oliver Stevic of Crvena Zvezda and Gary Neal of Benetton Gioco Digitale had better index ratings, 33 and 31.

February 23, 2010 - EuroLeague Top 16, mid-round review: Group H
The Top 16's return in Week 4 is perhaps most pivotal in Group H, where both Olympiacos (3-0) and BC Khimki Moscow Region (2-1) can already advance to the Quarterfinal Playoffs if both win their next games. Don't expect Caja Laboral (1-2) and Cibona (0-3) to go quietly, however.

February 22, 2010 - BROSE BASKETS nab Aussie Worthington
Brose Baskets Bamberg has upgraded its frontline ahead of the stretch run for a spot in the Eurocup quarterfinals by signing Australian Mark Worthington. The forward arrives from the Melbourne Tigers of the Australian League, where he ranked among the league’s best with 16.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

February 22, 2010 - EuroCup Last 16, mid-round review: Group L
As one of just two undefeated teams in the Last 16, Crvena Zvezda (3-0) is the top candidate to reach the Quarterfinals from Group L and one of the surest bets in the competition to do so considering the numbers.

February 21, 2010 - EuroLeague Top 16, mid-round review: Group G
A big favorite and three contenders are battling their way to the playoffs in Group G, where CSKA Moscow (3-0) is trying to lay the groundwork for extending its record Final Four appearance streak, already at seven.

February 21, 2010 - NIKE International Junior Tournament, London, Olimpija Wins
Union Olimpija Ljubljana is the London Nike International Junior Tournament 2010 champ! In the title game played Saturday, the Slovenian team defeated USK Future Stars Prague by 76-60.

February 19, 2010 - ARIS BSA 2003 adds Matt Walsh
On the last day of possible signings for Eurocup teams this season, Aris BSA 2003 added a serious perimeter scoring threat in shooting guard Matt Walsh, who was one of the top guns in the Euroleague earlier this season.

February 19, 2010 - EuroLeague Top 16, mid-round review: Group F
With six home wins in as many close games so far, Group F is proving to be as exciting as advertised. With all teams having one once already, four triumphs will guarantee a playoff spot, but don't be surprised if point differences in ties also decide this group.

February 19, 2010 - EuroCup Last 16, mid-round review: Group K
One of the first two opportunities for a Quarterfinals qualifier comes from Group K, which boasts the only undefeated team for the entire Eurocup season so far. Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (3-0) has aleady recorded two road wins, now has back-to-back home games and can reach the next round with a victory as soon as Week 4 against Brose Baskets (2-1).

February 19, 2010 - EuroLeague Top 16, mid-round review: Group E
Already turned upside down after three weeks, Group E promises plenty more drama in the last half of the Top 16. Defending champ Panathinaikos (0-3) needs to win all three games left to keep its playoffs options alive.

February 18, 2010 - EuroCup Last 16, mid-round review: Group J
With four of the six best-ranked teams in the Last 16 so far, Group J is already seeing a big battle for the Quarterfinals. Three of those teams - Hapoel Jerusalem, Unics and Power Electronics Valencia - are currently tied for first place with 2-1 records.

February 18, 2010 - PANELLINIOS BC inks Chris Owens at forward
Amid growing injury problems in its frontcourt, Panellinios BC added experience and athleticism at the forward position by signing Chris Owens. The veteran arrives from Ukrainian side BC Donetsk and will play in the Eurocup for the third time.

February 18, 2010 - NIKE International Junior Tournament, London.
The newest entry on the Nike International Junior Tournament circuit takes the qualifying challenge off the European mainland to the United Kingdom. The Barking Abbey Academy Euroleague Basketball Junior Classification Tournament will be held February 18 to 20 in the east London suburb of Dagenham.

February 17, 2010 - EuroCup, Last 16, mid-round review: Group I
Group I is arguably the most balanced of this season's Last 16. It's the only one in which every team has at least a victory; there have been four road winners in six games so far; every game has been decided by eight or fewer points:; and no team can qualify or be  eliminated until at least Week 5.

February 16, 2010 - Euroleague Final Four bound for Turin, Italy in 2011!
Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that the Euroleague Final Four will take place in Turin, Italy in 2011, as one of the showcase events with which the city is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Italian state.

February 16, 2010 - CEZ NYMBURK bulks up with Giorgios Tsiaras
CEZ Basketball Nymburk shored up its frontline by signing forward Giorgios Tsiaras for the remainder of the season. Tsiaras (207, 27) arrives from PAOK Thessaloniki in Greece. His addition will help offset the loss of Ian Hanavan to injury.

February 15, 2010 - NIKE International Junior Tournament, FMP wins in Belgrade
For the third year in a row, the winner of the Belgrade Nike International Junior Tournament is none other than host FMP, which downed INSEP 77-69 in Sunday's title game.

February 12, 2010 - EuroLeague, Top 16 Week 3 MVP: Terrell McIntyre, Montepaschi Siena
In a week full of outstanding individual performances, nobody could surpass the show put on by Terrell McIntyre of Montepaschi Siena, who earned Week 3 MVP honors with a performance index rating of 43, the third-best in Top 16 history. McIntyre's performance on Thursday as he led Montepaschi to an 83-76 home win over Real Madrid was the highest-rated in a Top 16 game since the record index of 51 was set by Jaka Lakovic for Panathinaikos on March 25, 2004 in an overtime game.

February 12, 2010 - NIKE International Junior Tournament Belgrade
This weekend, for a third consecutive year, the qualifying process to become Europe's junior club champion passes through the basketball capital of Belgrade, Serbia.

February 10, 2010 - Partizan Belgrade - Regal F.C. Barcelona Disciplinary Judge decision
Euroleague Basketball's independent disciplinary judge, Mr. Patrick Grandjean, has dismissed the protest against the referees' decision concerning the last play of the Top 16 Week 2 game, Partizan Belgrade–Regal F.C. Barcelona. The protest filed by Regal FC Barcelona with regards to its final attempt to score in overtime.

February 10, 2010 - EuroCup Last 16 Week 3 MVP: Matt Nielsen, Power Electronics Valencia
An outstanding performance in a winning effort was required for Matt Nielsen of Power Electronics Valencia to become the Last 16 Week 3 MVP in arguably one of the closest races for the honor all decade in European competition. Nielsen led Power Electronics Valencia to a pivotal 78-82 road win against Galatasaray Cafe Crown with 14 points.

February 9, 2010 - Montepaschi adds size in Slokar
Montepaschi has moved to strengthen its frontcourt heading into the second half of the Top 16 by inking power forward Uros Slokar for the remainder of the season. Slokar (210, 26) arrives from Union Olimpija, where he averaged 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in nine Euroleague games this season.

February 9, 2010 - Butautas is out!
Zalgiris will have the third coach this season after the firing of a head coach Ramunas Butautas. This decision comes after recent poor performances by Zalgiris in domestic leagues. One of the most recent and the most famous result was a defeat against Perlas Vilnius in LKL.

February 5, 2010 - EuroLeague,  Top 16 Week 2 MVP: Alan Anderson, Maccabi Electra
The historic 40th showdown of the decades-long rivalry between Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and Real Madrid was not only an outstanding Euroleague game of basketball at its finest, but also inspired the best individual performance in Top 16 Week 2. In front of a sellout crowd at Nokia Arena, shooting guard Alan Anderson led Maccabi to an 81-76 victory over Madrid with 20 points on 4-for-5 two-point and 9-of-9 free-throw shooting.

February 4, 2010 - Partizan continues shocking Europe
After beating defending champions Panathinaikos in OAKA, Partizan hosted another Euroleague favourite - Barcelona. Even though Pionir, the home of Partizan, is widely know to be one of the most difficult places to play for the visiting team, Barcelona arrived to Belgrade hoping to record 12th straight win in Euroleague which would keep them unbeaten.

February 3, 2010 - EuroCup, Last 16 Week 2 MVP: Phil Ricci, CEZ Nymburk
Not only did CEZ Nymburk make club history by getting its first-ever Eurocup Last 16 victory, but big man Phil Ricci came off the bench for the Czech champs to register the top individual performance in Week 2 of the round. Ricci became the Last 16 Week 2 MVP by compiling a performance index rating of 34 during in his team's 92-97 overtime road win against Turk Telekom.

February 3, 2010 - Zalgiris banned from signing new players
Zalgiris will not be able to sign any new players until they pay their debt to a former player Ratko Varda after FIBA placed a sanction on Lithuanian club. Varda joined Zalgiris before 2008-2009 season but was forced to look for another team after the club was hit by financial troubles.

February 2, 2010 - Bjelica extends deal with Rytas through 2011
Milko Bjelica will remain a player of Lietuvos Rytas at least till the summer 2011 ater signing a contract extension with Lithuanian champions. This is the second year at Rytas for 25-year-old Montenegrin.

February 2, 2010 - Vitoria, Spain to host Eurocup Finals!
Euroleague Basketball has announced that the 2009-10 Eurocup season will culminate with the Eurocup Finals in one of the continent's strongest basketball markets, Vitoria, Spain, on April 17 and 18. The newest Eurocup champion will be crowned at the10,000-seat Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria, the homecourt of Euroleague club Caja Laboral.

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