Jasmina Tatović – TalkBasket.net https://www.talkbasket.net NBA, EuroLeague, FIBA basketball news Sat, 23 Jan 2021 06:32:31 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 FC Barcelona set itself on top by beating Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/119982-barcelona-set-itself-on-top-by-beating-crvena-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/119982-barcelona-set-itself-on-top-by-beating-crvena-zvezda#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 23:57:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119982 With an excellent defense, FC Barcelona managed to beat Crvena Zvezda 60-72 and climb back to the top of the standings with 15 wins and six defeats. CSKA has the same record (15-16) as Barcelona, but the team from Spain has the tiebreak advantage over the Russian squad (0-2). On the other side, Zvezda is […]

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FC Barcelona set itself on top by beating Crvena Zvezda

With an excellent defense, FC Barcelona managed to beat Crvena Zvezda 60-72 and climb back to the top of the standings with 15 wins and six defeats.

CSKA has the same record (15-16) as Barcelona, but the team from Spain has the tiebreak advantage over the Russian squad (0-2). On the other side, Zvezda is at 7-14 after Round 21 in the EuroLeague.

Barcelona led from the beginning of the match and, with good defense,pushed Crvena Zvezda to shoot from long range. The home team wasn’t really successful at the beginning and after 40 minutes they managed to score eight out of 30 attempts for three points (26.7%). The Spanish squad was much worse, they only scored 2 out of 18 (11.1%).

A low percentage for threes didn’t stop Barcelona to claim the victory in Belgrade, all thanks to the amazing defense. Allowing Zvezda to score only 60 points is a huge success for a team like Barca because the team is usually playing fast and offense-oriented basketball.

Cory Higgins with 14 points was the leading scorer for the visitors. Pierre Oriola added 12, Rolands Smith 11, and Nick Calathes 10. For Crvena Zvezda, Ognjen Dobrić with 11 points was the only one with a double-digit score.

Game recap

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Ognjen Dobrić and Crvena Zvezda froze Real Madrid https://www.talkbasket.net/119413-ognjen-dobric-and-crvena-zvezda-froze-real-madrid https://www.talkbasket.net/119413-ognjen-dobric-and-crvena-zvezda-froze-real-madrid#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:40:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119413 Ognjen Dobrić had an excellent night in his team’s 77-79 victory over Real Madrid in the last game of Round 19 in the EuroLeague. The match between Real and Crvena Zvezda was postponed due to the snowstorm named Filomena. The team from Belgrade was waiting for five days to freeze the home team at the […]

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Ognjen Dobrić and Crvena Zvezda froze Real Madrid

Ognjen Dobrić had an excellent night in his team’s 77-79 victory over Real Madrid in the last game of Round 19 in the EuroLeague.

The match between Real and Crvena Zvezda was postponed due to the snowstorm named Filomena. The team from Belgrade was waiting for five days to freeze the home team at the WiZink Center and return from Spain, where they played against Valencia in Round 20 (91-71) and against the team from Madrid in the postponed game.

The one that was pushing Crvena Zvezda in the first half was Corey Walden, who scored 16 of his 18 points in the first 20 minutes of the game. In the second half, Ognjen Dobrić stood out. He collected 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block for the highest index rating (21) in the match. Duop Reath added 10 points for Crvena Zvezda.

Even though these two mentioned players (Dobrić and Walden) had a big part in Zvezda‘s victory, the defense was the main reason why Real Madrid was defeated at home. The excellent job was done against the main shooters of Real, and no one had more than 11 points. Rudy Fernandez was the one with 11, while four players managed to score 10 – Nicolas Laprovittola, Gabriel Deck, Trey Thompkins, and Jeffery Taylor.

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The excellent performance of Nikola Kalinić helped Valencia dominating Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/119063-the-excellent-performance-of-nikola-kalinic-helped-valencia-dominating-crvena-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/119063-the-excellent-performance-of-nikola-kalinic-helped-valencia-dominating-crvena-zvezda#respond Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:44:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119063 Nikola Kalinić with a pivotal performance helped Valencia to stop a three-game losing streak by dominating Crvena Zvezda (91-71). With 7 assists on his account against his formal team, Nikola Kalinić matched his assisting record in one EuroLeague game. But this is not the only reason why he was the pivotal performer. The Serbian player […]

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The excellent performance of Nikola Kalinić helped Valencia dominating Crvena Zvezda

Nikola Kalinić with a pivotal performance helped Valencia to stop a three-game losing streak by dominating Crvena Zvezda (91-71).

With 7 assists on his account against his formal team, Nikola Kalinić matched his assisting record in one EuroLeague game. But this is not the only reason why he was the pivotal performer. The Serbian player contributed on both ends in his team’s victory.

Kalinić was the best assistant in the match, and his Valencia gathered 22 against Crvena Zvezda‘s 11 assists. But the team from Belgrade jumped better than the opponent in this match (Crvena Zvezda 31, Valencia 23 rebounds). The advantage in rebounding wasn’t used well, because the home team had a better shooting percentage, especially in the paint (66.7% against 52.8%).

Nikola Kalinić, besides 7 assists, scored 14 points for the index ratings of 20. Sam Van Rossom had the best index ratings for Valencia (21), while the best scorer (16 points) was Louis Labeyrie. Mike Tobey added 13, Derrick Williams 12, and Joan Sastre 11. Bojan Dubljević is still off the court due to a problem with the injury.

Johnny O’Bryant scored 21 points for Crvena Zvezda and Quino Colom ended the match 11. Those two players were the only ones who had a double-digit scoring performance for the visiting squad.

Game recap

Valencia used this game to say goodbye to the best coach in the history of the club – Miki Vuković, who passed away at the age of 76 on Friday. Vuković coached the team from 1995 to 2000 and won the Spanish Copa del Rey in 1998.

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Lorenzo Brown’s buzzer-beater against Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/117835-lorenzo-browns-buzzer-beater-against-crvena-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/117835-lorenzo-browns-buzzer-beater-against-crvena-zvezda#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2021 00:31:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117835 Fenerbahce beat Crvena Zvezda with a score of 71-73 all thanks to a buzzer-beater floater performed by Lorenzo Brown in Aleksandar Nikolić Hall. The ex-player of Crvena Zvezda, Lorenzo Brown, became the game hero in his return to Belgrade by hitting the floater while Ognjen Dobrić and Quino Colom were guarding him. With this win, […]

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Lorenzo Brown’s buzzer-beater against Crvena Zvezda

Fenerbahce beat Crvena Zvezda with a score of 71-73 all thanks to a buzzer-beater floater performed by Lorenzo Brown in Aleksandar Nikolić Hall.

The ex-player of Crvena Zvezda, Lorenzo Brown, became the game hero in his return to Belgrade by hitting the floater while Ognjen Dobrić and Quino Colom were guarding him.

With this win, Fenerbahce now has a three-game winning streak and improved to 8-10. On the other side, Crvena Zvezda has a 6-12 record and lost its chance to win three consecutive EuroLeague home games for the first time since 2018.

Crvena Zvezda was fighting all 40 minutes to protect the home court and was leading by 66-59 at about 5 minutes till the end of the match. In those critical moments, the home team allowed the opponent to take the lead completely to return and celebrate in Belgrade.

Already mentioned Lorenzo Brown, together with Dyshawn Pierre, led Fenerbahce with 13 points each against the Serbian squad. Besides Brown and Dyshawn, Marko Gudurić added 11 and both Jan Vesely and Danilo Barthel ended the match with 10 points.

On the other side, for Crvena Zvezda, Johhny O’Bryant scored 17, Dobrić 12, Dejan Davidovac 11, and Colom 10.

Game recap

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Fenerbahce saved home court against ASVEL https://www.talkbasket.net/116684-fenerbahce-saved-home-court-against-asvel https://www.talkbasket.net/116684-fenerbahce-saved-home-court-against-asvel#respond Thu, 31 Dec 2020 00:43:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116684 Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul saves home court against ASVEL (81-59) thanks to excellent team play in the two middle quarters. Now, after round 17, Fenerbahce has 7 wins and 10 defeats. LDLC ASVEL has one game less (the match of round 10 against Olympiacos will be played on the 19th of January). ASVEL was missing its […]

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Fenerbahce saved home court against ASVEL

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul saves home court against ASVEL (81-59) thanks to excellent team play in the two middle quarters.

Now, after round 17, Fenerbahce has 7 wins and 10 defeats. LDLC ASVEL has one game less (the match of round 10 against Olympiacos will be played on the 19th of January).

ASVEL was missing its star center Moustapha Fall, and it was especially visible in the paint. The home team had 34 against 26 rebounds of the French club. Also, a low percentage for two points (11/33 – 33%) didn’t help T.J. Parker’s squad against Fenerbahce.

Jan Veseli and Marko Gudurić led the winning squad with 16 points each, while both Nando De Colo and captain Melih Mahmutoglu finished the game with 12 points.

David Lighty scored 11 points for ASVEL and Norris Cole added 10.

Game recap

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Žalgiris beats ALBA in the German capital https://www.talkbasket.net/116546-zalgiris-beats-alba-in-the-german-capital https://www.talkbasket.net/116546-zalgiris-beats-alba-in-the-german-capital#respond Wed, 30 Dec 2020 00:06:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116546 Žalgiris took the last-minute victory with a score of 71-74 against ALBA Berlin in the German capital and extended its winning streak to five games. With this win, Žalgiris has 10-7 after round 17, while ALBA with one game less (the game from round 5 against Baskonia will be played on the 5th of January) […]

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Žalgiris beats ALBA in the German capital

Žalgiris took the last-minute victory with a score of 71-74 against ALBA Berlin in the German capital and extended its winning streak to five games.

With this win, Žalgiris has 10-7 after round 17, while ALBA with one game less (the game from round 5 against Baskonia will be played on the 5th of January) has the 6-10 score.

The German team faced Žalgiris without a head coach Aito Reneses Garcia, who was tested positive for COVID-19. Besides, ALBA will have to see if the injury Luke Sikma suffered nine minutes before the end of the game is serious or not. Sikma left the game with a leg injury and didn’t return.

In the first 19 minutes of the match guests from Kaunas didn’t score any three-pointers and till the end only hit 5 (from 15 attempts). The host ALBA Berlin wasn’t much better in that segment. The team hit 6 from 19 attempts.

ALBA had 9 against 8 steals collected by Žalgiris, while both teams committed 16 turnovers. The only difference is that the guest turned ALBA‘s turnovers into 18 points and the home team only had 12 points thanks to turnovers of the opponent.

Nigel Hayes hit 18 points for the Žalgiris, while Joffrey Lauvergne collected 16 and 7 rebounds. Marius Grigonis added 12 points.

On the other side, Simone Fontecchio scored 14 points. Injured Luke Sikma added 11, as much as other two teammates – Niels Giffey and Tim Schneider.

Game recap

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ALBA beat Fenerbahce for the third win in a row https://www.talkbasket.net/114025-alba-beat-fenerbahce-for-the-third-win-in-a-row https://www.talkbasket.net/114025-alba-beat-fenerbahce-for-the-third-win-in-a-row#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2020 00:07:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114025 ALBA Berlin remained on the roll by beating Fenerbahce with a score of 89-63 in the Round 13 of the EuroLeague. After not so ambitious start with a 1-5 the German team moved to 5-7 (the game from the Round 5 against Baskonia will be played on the 5th of January). Their latest victim was […]

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ALBA beat Fenerbahce for the third win in a row

ALBA Berlin remained on the roll by beating Fenerbahce with a score of 89-63 in the Round 13 of the EuroLeague.

After not so ambitious start with a 1-5 the German team moved to 5-7 (the game from the Round 5 against Baskonia will be played on the 5th of January). Their latest victim was Igor Kokoškov’s squad which now has 5 wins and 8 defeats.

Without all injured players (Marcus Eriksson, Lorenz Brenneke, Simone Fontecchio, and Ben Lammers), ALBA forced Fenerbahce to make 20 turnovers and to be successful in 6 of 22 three-point attempts. Also, using offensive rebounds the German squad scored 17 points in the second chance while stopping Fenerbahce at 6 after grabbing rebounds in the offense.

Niels Giffey collected 13 points and 8 assists for a PIR of 20. Peyton Siva added 11 points, while three players from ALBA Berlin scored 10 points each – Maodo Lo, Krešimir Nikić, and Johannes Thiemann.

On the other side, Tarik Biberović was the starter in the match for the second time in the season (the first time in the game against Barcelona). He used given minutes in the best possible way because the young forward was the only player with double-digit points. Biberović finished the match with 13. Leo Westerman was the only player in Fenerbahce with a double-digit PIR (12). The Frenchmen had 6 points and 4 assists.

Game recap

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Baskonia’s defense secured victory in Sinan Erdem Sports Hall https://www.talkbasket.net/113351-baskonias-defense-secured-victory-in-sinan-erdem-sports-hall https://www.talkbasket.net/113351-baskonias-defense-secured-victory-in-sinan-erdem-sports-hall#respond Sat, 05 Dec 2020 01:12:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113351 Baskonia dominated defensively against Anadolu Efes and won with a score of 59-77 at Sinan Erdem Sports Hall. After twelve rounds, both teams have identical records (6-5), and each team one game less. Anadolu Efes will host ASVEL on the 8th of December (Round 5), while Baskonia plays a game from the fifth round against […]

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Baskonia’s defense secured victory in Sinan Erdem Sports Hall

Baskonia dominated defensively against Anadolu Efes and won with a score of 59-77 at Sinan Erdem Sports Hall.

After twelve rounds, both teams have identical records (6-5), and each team one game less. Anadolu Efes will host ASVEL on the 8th of December (Round 5), while Baskonia plays a game from the fifth round against ALBA Berlin on the 5th of January in Germany.

Efes was only better in the first quarter (20-17), but Baskonia tightened up its defense after that, especially in the second half. The Spanish squad allowed Efes to score only 13 points in the third and nine in the fourth part of the game. Baskonia grabbed 44 rebounds against Efes’ 30.

An interesting fact is that Baskonia won all five games where Alec Peters scored 15 or more points, and he was unstoppable against his former squad. He finished the game with 18 points (4/7 for two-point, 3/7 for three-point, and 1/1 from the free-throw line). Peters added seven rebounds, three assists, and a block for a PIR of 20.

Besides Peters, three more players had more than 10 points. Both Achille Polonara and Youssoupha Fall scored 12 points, while Pierria Henry had one point less than these two.

On the other side, in Ergin Ataman‘s squad, no one made it to the double-digit score. The best scorer was Shane Larkin with eight points. The one with the best PIR (9) was Chris Singleton who ended the match with five points.

Game recap


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One triumph and one defeat for Serbia in FIBA’s “bubble” https://www.talkbasket.net/112698-one-triumph-and-one-defeat-for-serbia-in-fibas-bubble https://www.talkbasket.net/112698-one-triumph-and-one-defeat-for-serbia-in-fibas-bubble#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:04:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112698 In the two games in Finland, Serbia lost against Switzerland (92-90) on Saturday and won against the host team (75-66) on Monday. Now, after four rounds in the qualifications for EuroBasket 2022, the first team in Group E is Georgia (all four victories), the second is Serbia with two wins and two defeats. Both Switzerland […]

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One triumph and one defeat for Serbia in FIBA’s “bubble”

In the two games in Finland, Serbia lost against Switzerland (92-90) on Saturday and won against the host team (75-66) on Monday.

Now, after four rounds in the qualifications for EuroBasket 2022, the first team in Group E is Georgia (all four victories), the second is Serbia with two wins and two defeats. Both Switzerland and Finland had each one victory.

Besides Georgia, who qualified for the EuroBasket as one of the hosts, two more teams from this group will be participating in the European championship.

After the tough defeat against Switzerland, Igor Kokoškov’s squad was playing much better against Finland. In the first game, fans were able to see individual actions and leaks of communication in defense. But in Monday’s game, it was like a totally different team of Serbia.

Before both games, the coach (Kokoškov) and the captain of the team (Aleksa Avramović) emphasized that there were a lot of new faces in the squad and that lot of players were facing each other for the first time. Also, both Finland and Switzerland have players who are playing together for a long time. They have the same rosters in qualifications and in other competitions.

But, in the end, no matter who is playing for the team, the thing that counts is qualifying for the championship. And Serbia still has chances to do that.

In the match against Finland, the best scorer was Danilo Anđušić with 19 points. Aleksa Avramović added 17 and Dragan Apić had 12.

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Olympiacos will host Mega Soccerbet in charity game https://www.talkbasket.net/112509-olympiacos-will-host-mega-soccerbet-in-the-charity-game https://www.talkbasket.net/112509-olympiacos-will-host-mega-soccerbet-in-the-charity-game#respond Sat, 28 Nov 2020 22:12:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112509 Olympiacos will play a friendly match against Mega Soccerbet at “Peace and Friendship” Stadium on the 4th of January. The Greek squad invited the team from Serbia to play the match as part of the “Monday’s Game Night against COVID” and the raised funds will be used as support in the fight against the famous […]

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Olympiacos will host Mega Soccerbet in charity game

Olympiacos will play a friendly match against Mega Soccerbet at “Peace and Friendship” Stadium on the 4th of January.

The Greek squad invited the team from Serbia to play the match as part of the “Monday’s Game Night against COVID” and the raised funds will be used as support in the fight against the famous pandemic.

Photo: Mega Soccerbet/Ivica Veselinov

The young team of Mega is presented on Olympiacos’ official website as a squad that produced a lot of great players that are now playing in Europe and the NBA. The most famous ex-player of Mega Soccerbet is Denver Nuggets‘ player Nikola Jokić.

The Greek TV station ERT will be live broadcasting this humanitarian event between the EuroLeague squad and “Little Big Club”.

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Short-handed Anadolu Efes knocked off Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/112315-weakened-anadolu-efes-knocked-off-crvena-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/112315-weakened-anadolu-efes-knocked-off-crvena-zvezda#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 02:04:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112315 Anadolu Efes, without Bryant Dunston, Rodrigue Beaubois, Tibor Pleiss, and Vasilije Micić knocked off Crvena Zvezda 64-75 in Belgrade, in Round 11 of the EuroLeague. Only Vasilije Micić came with the team to Belgrade and watchedt he match against Crvena Zvezda from the sideline. Shane Larkin had another stunning performance and was an excellent example […]

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Short-handed Anadolu Efes knocked off Crvena Zvezda

Anadolu Efes, without Bryant Dunston, Rodrigue Beaubois, Tibor Pleiss, and Vasilije Micić knocked off Crvena Zvezda 64-75 in Belgrade, in Round 11 of the EuroLeague.

Only Vasilije Micić came with the team to Belgrade and watchedt he match against Crvena Zvezda from the sideline.

Shane Larkin had another stunning performance and was an excellent example of how players should fight for the team. Anadolu Efes led the whole game, but that didn’t stop Larkin to play excellent defense. He was all over the court and fighting for every ball.

But another player was a pivotal performer for the Turkish club. Adrien Moerman did a great job against Crvena Zvezda. He hit 5 from 6 for threes while picking up 9 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists.

On the other side, Jordan Loyd again had a poor shooting night. After the same problem in the game against Barcelona in the previous round, Jordan Loyd could not score in his first nine attempts against Efes.

The home team scored only 5 from 20 attempts for three, while the guests were successful 15 of 28 times (53.6%). Also, Anadolu Efes had 8 turnovers and 7 steals in the match.

The best scorer for Efes was Shane Larkin with 18 points while, it was already mentioned that, the best performer was Adrien Moerman. The French forward scored 17 points (PIR of 27). Krunoslav Simon added 11.

Corey Walden scored 14 points on the other side. The American player was the best scorer, while together with Ognjen Kuzmić were the best performers for Crvena Zvezda in the duel against Efes. Kuzmić collected 8 rebounds (6 points) and both of them had a PIR of 14. Jordan Loyd managed to finish the game with 10 points.

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Igor Kokoškov and Aleksa Avramović: “We are all aware of our goal” https://www.talkbasket.net/112200-igor-kokoskov-and-aleksa-avramovic-we-are-all-aware-of-our-goal https://www.talkbasket.net/112200-igor-kokoskov-and-aleksa-avramovic-we-are-all-aware-of-our-goal#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 22:14:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112200 The head coach of the Serbian national team, Igor Kokoškov, and new captain Aleksa Avramović talked via “Zoom” with media from Serbia about “balloon” in Finland. The national team of Serbia gathered on Monday in Finland to participate in the qualification “bubble” for the EuroBasket 2022. The first opponent will be Switzerland on the 28th […]

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Igor Kokoškov and Aleksa Avramović: “We are all aware of our goal”

The head coach of the Serbian national team, Igor Kokoškov, and new captain Aleksa Avramović talked via “Zoom” with media from Serbia about “balloon” in Finland.

The national team of Serbia gathered on Monday in Finland to participate in the qualification “bubble” for the EuroBasket 2022. The first opponent will be Switzerland on the 28th of November, while Igor Kokoškov’s squad is going to face Finland on the 30th of November.

This afternoon, the coach Kokoškov and Aleksa Avramović held a press conference via “Zoom”. They talked about opponents and preparations.

The new captain, Unicaja Malaga player (on loan in Movistar Estudiantes), Avramović told the press that the team will give their best while playing for Serbia.

“Most of the players (9) came two days ago, and participants in the derby (game between Partizan and Crvena Zvezda) joined afterward. Only Simonović (Marko) will join later. We have already had three practices and we have got a lot of information during those practices. With a lack of time, we have to memorize a lot of data for Switzerland and Finland. We will be ready for the games. Ready to give our best for Serbia, to win in both games”, said Aleksa Avramović, who was honored to receive the captain’s role.

“I am really honored about the captain’s role during this ‘window’. The motivation has never been a problem, neither for me nor any other player in the team. We all know what is our goal. We came here to get both wins, to play tough, to show that we are one of the best national teams in the world”, said Avramović at the press conference.

Igor Kokoškov mentioned the situation with COVID-19 and the challenging time we are all living in.

“Unfortunately for us, we are living in this time, we were unable to gather in Belgrade. To talk face to face with the journalists. We are expecting Simonović to join on Friday, and the other guys are already here. We have already had three practices and we are going one step at a time. The problem is definitely time. This kind of competition is something new. This is a pioneer’s project of FIBA. We are all locked in a hotel, every team has its own floor. It is some kind of better, high-quality ‘prison’. But we know why are we here. We are here to represent our country. This is some kind of challenge. The challenge is because Switzerland and Finland are coming with the same teams that are playing in all kinds of competitions. They can always gather the same players. For us, many new names, a lot of information. They have well-coordinated teams, but we are not without motivation here. We came to win these games and we will act accordingly”, started Igor Kokoškov.

The first rival of Serbia in this balloon in Finland will be Switzerland, and the coach Kokoškov respects them.

“We learned about them a lot during the windows they played before. They have a lot of players from Balkan and play Yugoslavian basketball. We didn’t have time for a deeper analysis, we will watch videos and do scouting for the first time tonight. They deserve to be respected. In Georgia, they lost after overtime and they have enough potential to play a good match. The main quality is the fact they are playing together for a long time. In that way, they are ahead of us. We will try to find our advantage in other segments and to play a good game. I respect the opponent a lot, they are playing together for a long time and they have energy on the court”, Igor Kokoškov concludes.

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Crvena Zvezda without a solution for Nikola Mirotić https://www.talkbasket.net/111493-crvena-zvezda-without-a-solution-for-nikola-mirotic https://www.talkbasket.net/111493-crvena-zvezda-without-a-solution-for-nikola-mirotic#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 00:32:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111493 Barcelona took the home win with a score of 76-65 against Crvena Zvezda, which couldn’t stop the extraordinary performance of Nikola Mirotić. The taste of victory for Barcelona was even tastier, because the Spanish squad played its jubilee game in the EuroLeague. Against Crvena Zvezda, Barca played its 500th match in the best European club […]

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Crvena Zvezda without a solution for Nikola Mirotić

Barcelona took the home win with a score of 76-65 against Crvena Zvezda, which couldn’t stop the extraordinary performance of Nikola Mirotić.

The taste of victory for Barcelona was even tastier, because the Spanish squad played its jubilee game in the EuroLeague. Against Crvena Zvezda, Barca played its 500th match in the best European club competition. After CSKA did it first last week, Barcelona was just the second club to join the Club 500.

Barcelona’s forward had an amazing shooting night. Nikola Mirotić didn’t miss two-point shots (4/4), missed one free throw (9/10), and only one shot for three (2/3).

The unstoppable Mirotić wasn’t the only thing that separated Crvena Zvezda from the second win of this week. The home team’s defense did a fantastic job in the first quarter, allowing Zvezda to score only six points. And what was even better, the team of Šarūnas Jasikevičius totally halted Jordan Loyd. The excellent American guard was only able to score two points from the free-throw line (0/4 for two, 0/4 for three, 2/2 from the free-throw line).

During the game, the home team was controlling the tempo. For the majority of the time, Barcelona was leading by double digits. Crvena Zvezda woke up late. And even it looked like the team from Serbia could prevail, the Spanish squad knew what it was doing.

The game’s star Nikola Mirotić scored 23 points in total (PIR of 31), Pierre Oriola added 12, and Nick Calathes 10 (with eight assists).

For Crvena Zvezda, only Dejan Davidovac scored more than ten points – 12.

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Crvena Zvezda stopped a losing streak with a victory over AX Armani Exchange Milan https://www.talkbasket.net/111121-crvena-zvezda-stopped-a-losing-streak-with-a-victory-over-ax-armani-exchange-milan https://www.talkbasket.net/111121-crvena-zvezda-stopped-a-losing-streak-with-a-victory-over-ax-armani-exchange-milan#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2020 23:55:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111121 Crvena Zvezda celebrated in Milan (79-87) and stopped a three-game losing streak by using opportunity against uncomplete Armani. Ettore Mesina has a lot of problems this season with an incomplete roster. That was also the case in the match against Crvena Zvezda. Two players returned but one was out. Last week Vladimir Micov played his […]

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Crvena Zvezda stopped a losing streak with a victory over AX Armani Exchange Milan

Crvena Zvezda celebrated in Milan (79-87) and stopped a three-game losing streak by using opportunity against uncomplete Armani.

Ettore Mesina has a lot of problems this season with an incomplete roster. That was also the case in the match against Crvena Zvezda. Two players returned but one was out.

Last week Vladimir Micov played his first season game against Valencia. Against Crvena Zvezda, Kevin Punter played his first EuroLeague‘s game of the season and Malcolm Delaney returned after he didn’t play since Round 4. But, Luigi Datome was out against the squad from Belgrade.

Never the less, Crvena Zvezda outjumped the opponent. The guest had 32 rebounds (9 in the offense, 23 in the defense) against Armani‘s 22 (7 in the offense, 15 in the defense). Also, 53.3 longe-range shooting percentage had to be rewarded.

Jorda Loyd could finally become the MVP of the match. The excellent American guard had 17 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds (PIR of 24). He was followed by Corey Walden, who scored 15. Johnny O’Bryant stopped at 11 points.

For AX Armani Exchange Milan five players scored ten and more points. The one with the most points was Vladimir Micov with 13. Sergio Rodriguez and Zach Leday added 13 each, while both Kevin Punter and Michael Roll ended the match with 10.

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Real Madrid suffered, but finally sealed the deal over Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/110503-real-madrid-was-suffering-but-finally-sealed-the-deal-against-crvena-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/110503-real-madrid-was-suffering-but-finally-sealed-the-deal-against-crvena-zvezda#respond Sat, 14 Nov 2020 00:02:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110503 After recovering from a 13-point first-quarter deficit, Real Madrid outlasted Crvena Zvezda (67-73) in “Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall. This was the fourth victory for Real Madrid after eight rounds, while denying the same for the home team (three wins, five defeats). Crvena Zvezda was leading in the first quarter by 13 points, while Real Madrid […]

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Real Madrid suffered, but finally sealed the deal over Crvena Zvezda

After recovering from a 13-point first-quarter deficit, Real Madrid outlasted Crvena Zvezda (67-73) in “Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall.

This was the fourth victory for Real Madrid after eight rounds, while denying the same for the home team (three wins, five defeats).

Crvena Zvezda was leading in the first quarter by 13 points, while Real Madrid had a furious comeback in the third and led by eight (46-54). That advantage of Real was lost in the last part of the match. The hosts regained their lead (65-64), four minutes before the end. Then, Trey Thompkins nailed two threes, while Facundo Campazzo assisted both times. Real Madrid’s defense did the rest.

Zvezda had 5/21 from the three-point range, and only two players scored all those threes – Jordan Loyd (3) and Corey Walden (2). On the other hand, Real Madrid had 20 turnovers, while the home team had 15.

Of 11 players on the court for Real Madrid, 10 scored the points, while only two had more than 10 – Trey Thompkins (14) and Anthony Randolph (13).

Loyd again had his shooting night. The American guard finished the match with 22 points, but. unfortunately for his team, it wasn’t enough. Walden added 16 points.

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Bayern saves home court by conceding just 59 points against Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/109852-bayern-saved-home-court-by-allowing-crvena-zvezda-to-score-only-59-points https://www.talkbasket.net/109852-bayern-saved-home-court-by-allowing-crvena-zvezda-to-score-only-59-points#respond Fri, 06 Nov 2020 23:45:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109852 FC Bayern Munich, with a strong defense, limited Crvena Zvezda and won by 15 points (74-59) in the Audi Dome on Friday. This was the fifth victory for the German squad after seven rounds in the EuroLeague, while the guests, with one game less, have two wins and four defeats. Andrea Trinchieri did his homework […]

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Bayern saves home court by conceding just 59 points against Crvena Zvezda

FC Bayern Munich, with a strong defense, limited Crvena Zvezda and won by 15 points (74-59) in the Audi Dome on Friday.

This was the fifth victory for the German squad after seven rounds in the EuroLeague, while the guests, with one game less, have two wins and four defeats.

Andrea Trinchieri did his homework perfectly. He prepared the squad defensively and the result was to limit Crvena Zvezda to just 39.4% for two and 28.6% for three points. Also, Bayern‘s defense did a great job with Jordan Loyd, letting him score nine points (1/5 for two, 1/9 for three).

Bayern wasn’t shining at all, but the team used Zvezda‘s weaknesses, especially in the fourth quarter, when they left their opponent scoreless in the final four minutes. That way, the German team secured the victory.

The best PIR (17) for Bayern belonged to Vladimir Lučić. The Serbian small/power forward scored 12 points, while his teammates Nick Weiler-Babb and Wade Baldwin IV added 15 each.

Johnny O’Bryant and Corey Walden were the only players in Crvena Zvezda with more than 10 points. The former had 17, while Walden scored 12.

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ASVEL grabs first win in thriller ending against Baskonia https://www.talkbasket.net/109785-asvel-grabbed-the-first-win-in-the-thriller-ending-against-baskona https://www.talkbasket.net/109785-asvel-grabbed-the-first-win-in-the-thriller-ending-against-baskona#respond Fri, 06 Nov 2020 00:08:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109785 LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne grabbed its first win of the EuroLeague season by beating Baskonia 86-88 in a thriller ending. This was the first win of a French team in Vitoria-Gasteiz after 35 years. Also, this was the first victory of ASVEL in this EuroLeague season. ASVEL had a better opening at the Buesa Arena on […]

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ASVEL grabs first win in thriller ending against Baskonia

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne grabbed its first win of the EuroLeague season by beating Baskonia 86-88 in a thriller ending.

This was the first win of a French team in Vitoria-Gasteiz after 35 years. Also, this was the first victory of ASVEL in this EuroLeague season.

ASVEL had a better opening at the Buesa Arena on Thursday and won the first quarter. But, the home team never gave up, and after 20 minutes the two teams were tied at 43. No one was leading and the winner was decided in the last 12 seconds of the match. Charles Kahudi from ASVEL made both free throws for a score of 85-88.

The home team had 12 seconds on the clock to continue to fight in OT, but Luca Vildoza didn’t score under fault and was only able to set the final result (86-88).

Moustapha Fall, with 19 points and five rebounds (PIR of 28), was the MVP of the match. His teammates Antoine Diot and Charles Kahudi followed with 15 points each. Antoine Diot also had five boards and seven assists (PIR of 23), while Kahudi grabbed six boards. Norris Cole finished the game with 10 points.

For Baskonia, Tonye Jekiri scored 21 (seven rebounds, PIR of 31), Pierria Henry 20 (six assists, PIR of 31), Luca Vildoza 13, and Zoran Dragić 12.

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CJ McCollum tweets about Errick McCollum’s outstanding performance against Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/109378-cj-mccollum-tweets-about-errick-mccollum-outstanding-performance-against-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/109378-cj-mccollum-tweets-about-errick-mccollum-outstanding-performance-against-zvezda#respond Sat, 31 Oct 2020 00:13:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109378 Errick McCollum had an amazing night with his team Khimki against Crvena Zvezda and his brother CJ McCollum proudly tweeted about it. Khimki grabbed a home victory against Crvena Zvezda (83-77) and the first one in the Euroleague this season, so the performance of Errick McCollum was even more appreciated. The American guard scored 23 […]

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CJ McCollum tweets about Errick McCollum’s outstanding performance against Zvezda

Errick McCollum had an amazing night with his team Khimki against Crvena Zvezda and his brother CJ McCollum proudly tweeted about it.

Khimki grabbed a home victory against Crvena Zvezda (83-77) and the first one in the Euroleague this season, so the performance of Errick McCollum was even more appreciated. The American guard scored 23 points and 22 of those were in the second half.

His sparkling night made his brother CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers‘ player, take to Twitter and post a video of one excellent move of Errick McCollum.

Portland’s guard also wrote: “Welcome back” when sharing this video.

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Errick McCollum, Khimki earned first win by beating Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/109370-errick-mccollum-and-khimki-scored-their-first-win-by-beating-crvena-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/109370-errick-mccollum-and-khimki-scored-their-first-win-by-beating-crvena-zvezda#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2020 23:46:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109370 Khimki managed to score their first win in the EuroLeague this season by outlasting Crvena Zvezda (83-77) in Moscow. Six rounds needed to pass for Khimki to grab the first victory and all thanks to Errick McCollum. The American guard was in charge in the fourth quarter when the match could get either way. It […]

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Errick McCollum, Khimki earned first win by beating Crvena Zvezda

Khimki managed to score their first win in the EuroLeague this season by outlasting Crvena Zvezda (83-77) in Moscow.

Six rounds needed to pass for Khimki to grab the first victory and all thanks to Errick McCollum. The American guard was in charge in the fourth quarter when the match could get either way.

It was a tough game, because both teams didn’t allow each other to score easily. Khimki was struggling with Zvezda‘s defense during the third quarter, while Crvena Zvezda had problems in the last quarter against the home team’s defense.

Errick McCollum shined in his debut for Khimki, but he wasn’t the only newcomer. Johnny O’Bryant of Crvena Zvezda was also impressive, but his solid performance was outshined by McCollum.

The MVP of the match was Errick McCollum with 23 points a PIR of 25, but two players in Khimki had a double-double performance. Alexey Shved didn’t start as himself but in the end, grabbed 15 points and 12 assists (PIR of 24). Besides him, Jordan Mickey added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Jordan Loyd was again the leader of the away team. He scored 18 points and grabbed seven boards, while the debutant Johnny O’Bryant added 14 points. Torrian Walden finished the match with 11.

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Zalgiris remains on top, thanks to Marius Grigonis’ outstanding night https://www.talkbasket.net/109261-zalgiris-defends-the-first-spot-in-an-outstanding-night-for-marius-grigonis https://www.talkbasket.net/109261-zalgiris-defends-the-first-spot-in-an-outstanding-night-for-marius-grigonis#respond Thu, 29 Oct 2020 21:43:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109261 Zalgiris Kaunas returned from a double-digit deficit and won (74-83) ASVEL in an outstanding night for Marius Grigonis. With a career-high 25 points, Marius Grigonis led Zalgiris Kaunas to its fifth victory in six rounds of the EuroLeague. Both Marius Grigonis‘ points and PIR of 27 were personal best for the 26-year-old Lithuanian guard. The […]

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Zalgiris remains on top, thanks to Marius Grigonis’ outstanding night

Zalgiris Kaunas returned from a double-digit deficit and won (74-83) ASVEL in an outstanding night for Marius Grigonis.

With a career-high 25 points, Marius Grigonis led Zalgiris Kaunas to its fifth victory in six rounds of the EuroLeague. Both Marius Grigonis‘ points and PIR of 27 were personal best for the 26-year-old Lithuanian guard.

The home team, despite missing five players, was leading from the beginning of the match. ASVEL didn’t look like the team that skipped three rounds due to COVID-19 cases and allowed the visitors to score for the first time after three minutes of the game.

Zalgiris never gave up, they slowly came back from 10 and more points deficit, and, in the fourth quarter, they totally took control and finally celebrated. Also, the Lithuanian team was perfect from the free-throw line (18/18).

As mentioned before, Marius Grigonis led Zalgiris with 25 points. Lukas Lekavicius added 13 and Thomas Walkup 11 (seven rebounds and seven assists for a PIR of 26).

Charles Kahudi was the best scorer for ASVEL. He ended the match with 18 points. Guerschon Yabusele scored one point less (17), David Lighty stopped at 16 and Paul Lacombe added 10.

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Zvezda celebrates against CSKA after OT; Jordan Loyd remains the scoring leader https://www.talkbasket.net/108738-zvezda-celebrates-against-cska-after-ot-jordan-loyd-remains-the-scoring-leader https://www.talkbasket.net/108738-zvezda-celebrates-against-cska-after-ot-jordan-loyd-remains-the-scoring-leader#respond Thu, 22 Oct 2020 23:04:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=108738 Jordan Loyd sealed Crvena Zvezda‘s victory against CSKA Moscow in OT (86-84) and remains EuroLeague‘s scoring leader. After 40 minutes of play in the “Aleksandar Nikolić” Hall in Belgrade, the game was tied at 73. The winner had to be decided in overtime (OT), and the home team was the one that celebrated. Jordan Loyd […]

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Zvezda celebrates against CSKA after OT; Jordan Loyd remains the scoring leader

Jordan Loyd sealed Crvena Zvezda‘s victory against CSKA Moscow in OT (86-84) and remains EuroLeague‘s scoring leader.

After 40 minutes of play in the “Aleksandar Nikolić” Hall in Belgrade, the game was tied at 73. The winner had to be decided in overtime (OT), and the home team was the one that celebrated. Jordan Loyd scored the last two points in the game and sealed the deal for Crvena Zvezda.

Crvena Zvezda players’ hands weren’t shaking from the free-throw line against the Muscovites. They were perfect with 17/17, and that was crucial for the tight overtime win.

Jordan Loyd with his 31 points remained EuroLeague‘s scoring leader (23.8 per game). The American guard also collected six rebounds (PIR of 25). Torrian Walden added 12, Marko Jagodić-Kuridža 11, and Emanual Terry 10.

Daniel Hackett‘s 29 points, five rebounds, and three assists (PIR of 39) weren’t enough for CSKA to return with a win. Will Clyburn was the only other player with more than 10 points (18).

Now, Crvena Zvezda has two wins and two losses, while CSKA has the same number of victories, but one defeat more (Crvena Zvezda‘s Round 4 game against ASVEL was postponed due to COVID-19 cases).

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Excellent comeback for Bayern in Istanbul; Vladimir Lučić MVP, Jalen Reynolds’ comeback engine https://www.talkbasket.net/108281-excellent-comeback-for-bayern-in-istanbul-vladimir-lucic-mvp-jalen-reynolds-comebacks-engine https://www.talkbasket.net/108281-excellent-comeback-for-bayern-in-istanbul-vladimir-lucic-mvp-jalen-reynolds-comebacks-engine#respond Fri, 16 Oct 2020 21:58:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=108281 Bayern Munich outscored Fenerbahce in Istanbul (71-75) after returning from 20 points down in the first half and the German team now has 3 wins and 1 loss. Two nights ago, Vladimir Lučić scored a season high in the game against Maccabi. That didn’t stop him from having another excellent night. This time, it was […]

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Excellent comeback for Bayern in Istanbul; Vladimir Lučić MVP, Jalen Reynolds’ comeback engine

Bayern Munich outscored Fenerbahce in Istanbul (71-75) after returning from 20 points down in the first half and the German team now has 3 wins and 1 loss.

Two nights ago, Vladimir Lučić scored a season high in the game against Maccabi. That didn’t stop him from having another excellent night. This time, it was against Fenerbahce in Istanbul. The most important points of Vladimir Lučić were four free throws in the last 10 seconds of the match. With those points, Bayern sealed an amazing comeback.

In the first half, the home team dominated the court. They started the game with an excellent play in defense. After the first 10 minutes, Fenerbahce scored 28 points and allowed Bayern only 9. And till the halftime, they were only protecting the difference and also won the second quarter (17-16).

All odds were on the home team, but basketball games last 40 and not 20 minutes. Bayern showed that tonight against the Turkish squad and broke their own comeback record in the EuroLeague. Before this, 21 points behind, the German team had the previous biggest comeback against Lokomotiv Kuban (19 points) in the 2013/14 season.

Even though Vladimir Lučić was the player with the highest PIR (24), the player that was most responsible for the comeback was Jalen Reynolds. In his 11 second-half minutes, he had 11 points and seven rebounds.

Vladimir Lučić finished the game with 18 points, five boards, and seven fouls drawn. Reynolds, the engine of the comeback, scored 17 points (career-high in the EuroLeague) and added eight rebounds. Zan Sisko scored 11, and Nihad Đedović 10.

Jan Vesely, with 25 points and 8 rebounds (PIR of 33), was the best for Fenerbahce. Nando De Colo added 18 points and seven assists (PIR of 29), while Edgaras Ulanovas scored 10 points.

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Bayern conquered Tel Aviv; excellent night for Vladimir Lučić https://www.talkbasket.net/108090-bayern-concord-tel-aviv-excellent-night-for-vladimir-lucic https://www.talkbasket.net/108090-bayern-concord-tel-aviv-excellent-night-for-vladimir-lucic#respond Wed, 14 Oct 2020 21:06:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=108090 Vladimir Lučić and Bayern Munich survived Maccabi in Tel Aviv for the second win after three rounds (82-85). With a career-high, the Serbian small forward helped his team claim the first-ever EuroLeague’s victory in Tel Aviv. Besides his career-high 26 points, Vladimir Lučić‘s performance index rating of 29 was also a career-best. The key advantage […]

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Bayern conquered Tel Aviv; excellent night for Vladimir Lučić

Vladimir Lučić and Bayern Munich survived Maccabi in Tel Aviv for the second win after three rounds (82-85).

With a career-high, the Serbian small forward helped his team claim the first-ever EuroLeague’s victory in Tel Aviv. Besides his career-high 26 points, Vladimir Lučić‘s performance index rating of 29 was also a career-best.

The key advantage of Bayern Munich was the excellent defensive play that forced the home team into turnovers, especially during their first three possessions.

The visitors collected 12 steals and Maccabi had 18 turnovers. All that before the fourth quarter. In the last period of the game, the home team managed to get back and worked its way from double-digit to a two-point deficit in the last minute. But, Bayern controlled the match till the end and now has a 2-1 record in the EuroLeague.

The best performer and MVP was definitely Vladimir Lučić with 26 points (3/3 for 2, 4/5 for three, 8/9 from the free-throw line), three rebounds, and two steals. Paul Zipser added 16 points, Jalen Reynolds 14, and Wade Baldwin IV 13.

For Maccabi, Scottie Wilbekin had 27 points with seven assists (index rating of 30). Ante Žižić ended the match with 19 points and six boards (index rating of 27).

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Zalgiris Kaunas remained perfect after outjumped Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade https://www.talkbasket.net/107995-zalgiris-kaunas-remained-perfect-after-outjumped-crvena-zvezda-in-belgrade https://www.talkbasket.net/107995-zalgiris-kaunas-remained-perfect-after-outjumped-crvena-zvezda-in-belgrade#respond Tue, 13 Oct 2020 20:29:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=107995 Zalgiris Kaunas became the first team with a 3-0 record after beating Crvena Zvezda (68-75) in “Aleksandar Nikolić” Hall in Belgrade. Crvena Zvezda managed to limit the performance of Thomas Walkup, who was in foul rouble and didn’t make a basket in his 14 minutes on the court. By limiting the performance of the American […]

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Zalgiris Kaunas remained perfect after outjumped Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade

Zalgiris Kaunas became the first team with a 3-0 record after beating Crvena Zvezda (68-75) in “Aleksandar Nikolić” Hall in Belgrade.

Crvena Zvezda managed to limit the performance of Thomas Walkup, who was in foul rouble and didn’t make a basket in his 14 minutes on the court. By limiting the performance of the American guard the job wasn’t finished, because other players stepped up and overcame his absence.

Teenager Rokas Jokubaitis replaced the aforementioned guard and posted nine points, six rebounds, and five assists for Zalgiris. He helped his team get back in the first quarter, and made the three-point shot in the last part of the game for the seven-point lead.

The team of Zalgiris outrebounded Crvena Zvezda (36 to 25). Four different players had five or more rebounds – Joffrey Louvergne was leading with eight (four defensive and four offensive), Rokas Jokubaitis added six defensive board, while both Nigel Hayes and Paulius Jankunas contributed five each.

Lukas Lekavicius was the best player of Zalgiris Kaunas with 16 points (4/4 for 2, 2/3 for 3 and 2/2 from the free-throw line) and four assists (index rating of 20), while the French player Joffrey Louvergne added 12 points and eight rebounds. These two were the only players that scored more than 10 points for the away squad.

Last round’s MVP, Jordan Loyd, scored 19 points on the other side. His teammates Dejan Davidovac and Torrian Walden ended the match with 11 points each.

Game recap

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Crvena Zvezda protected home court for the first win in Euroleague; Jordan Loyd with a career-high https://www.talkbasket.net/107506-crvena-zvezda-protected-home-court-for-the-first-win-in-euroleague-jordan-loyd-with-a-career-high https://www.talkbasket.net/107506-crvena-zvezda-protected-home-court-for-the-first-win-in-euroleague-jordan-loyd-with-a-career-high#respond Fri, 09 Oct 2020 22:57:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=107506 Jordan Loyd had a career-high 30 points and led Crvena Zvezda to the 90-73 home win over Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz in the second round of the EuroLeague. Through the first half, Crvena Zvezda maintained the lead because of its excellent defense. In the second half, it was a totally different story. Zvezda took a double-digit lead […]

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Crvena Zvezda protected home court for the first win in Euroleague; Jordan Loyd with a career-high

Jordan Loyd had a career-high 30 points and led Crvena Zvezda to the 90-73 home win over Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz in the second round of the EuroLeague.

Through the first half, Crvena Zvezda maintained the lead because of its excellent defense. In the second half, it was a totally different story.

Zvezda took a double-digit lead after starting the third quarter with an 8-0 run. And while Baskonia had difficulties shooting from long range, Zvezda had five three-pointers in the first four minutes of the second half.

From that moment, the team from Vitoria-Gasteiz couldn’t get back properly. And now, both teams have identical records after two rounds in the EuroLeague.

In this game, as it was already mentioned, Jordan Loyd made an amazing performance and set his career-high. The American guard finished the game with 30 points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals (index rating of 34). Marko Simonović was also amazing with 16 points (4/5 from three), while Ognjen Kuzmić had eight points and eight boards.

Rokas Giedraitis led Baskonia with a personal-best 26 points, but his excellent night was outshined by Jordan Loyd and the home win of Crvena Zvezda. His teammate Luca Vildoza added 13 points, while Achille Polonara scored 10.

Game recap

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Nando De Colo, Fenerbahce rally past rivals Anadolu Efes https://www.talkbasket.net/107366-fenerbahces-excellent-second-quarter-for-the-road-win-against-anadolu-efes https://www.talkbasket.net/107366-fenerbahces-excellent-second-quarter-for-the-road-win-against-anadolu-efes#respond Thu, 08 Oct 2020 22:34:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=107366 Nando De Colo led Fenerbahce to the 80-71 victory over rivals Anadolu Efes, who are still looking for their first win. Anadolu Efes were in front early in the game and led by nine in the second quarter. De Colo and his teammates did their best to take the lead before the end of the […]

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Nando De Colo, Fenerbahce rally past rivals Anadolu Efes

Nando De Colo led Fenerbahce to the 80-71 victory over rivals Anadolu Efes, who are still looking for their first win.

Anadolu Efes were in front early in the game and led by nine in the second quarter. De Colo and his teammates did their best to take the lead before the end of the first 20 minutes and were successful. Even though Efes tried to turn things around during the second half, Igor Kokoškov’s squad stayed strong and grabbed a huge road victory.

In the absence of Shane Larkin, who is out due to injury, Krunoslav Simon took the leading role for the hosts. The Croatian shooting guard/small forward had his four minutes of glory (scored 10 points, had an assist, grabbed a rebound, blocked Jan Vesely, drew a foul, and made a steal) in the first quarter.

But, his perfect minutes were ruined by the visitors’ excellent team play and their dominance in rebounds. Fenerbahce had 48 rebounds and Anadolu Efes only 24.

As it was mentioned before, De Colo was the MVP of the game. The Frenchman’s pair of threes helped Fenerbahce end the first half in front by seven (42-35).

De Colo had 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals for an index rating of 28. Lorenzo Brown added 17 points, Jan Vesely had a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards and Edgaras Ulanovas scored 10 points.

On the other side, Krunoslav Simon (24 points and five assists) and Rodrigue Beaubois (11 points) were the only two players in double figures.

Game recap

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Barcelona dominates CSKA Moscow in EuroLeague opener https://www.talkbasket.net/105883-barcelona-dominated-against-cska https://www.talkbasket.net/105883-barcelona-dominated-against-cska#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2020 23:21:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=105883 Barcelona beat CSKA with a 10-point difference (76-66) in the first round of the long-waited EuroLeague new season. CSKA came to Barcelona without newcomer Nikola Milutinov (illness) and Janis Strelnieks (hip muscle injury). The excellent opening and last quarter of the home team decided the winner in the game between the two European basketball giants. […]

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Barcelona dominates CSKA Moscow in EuroLeague opener

Barcelona beat CSKA with a 10-point difference (76-66) in the first round of the long-waited EuroLeague new season.

CSKA came to Barcelona without newcomer Nikola Milutinov (illness) and Janis Strelnieks (hip muscle injury).

The excellent opening and last quarter of the home team decided the winner in the game between the two European basketball giants.

CSKA had their chance early in the fourth quarter when Mike James and Toko Shengelia cut the deficit to two points (57:55 for Barcelona). At that moment, Alex Abrines stepped up with a three-pointer and a wild dunk and foul. After that, it was all over for the away squad.

It took seven years for Barcelona to prevail against CSKA in the first clash between these two powerhouses this season. So, this win has much more meaning than just an opening game triumph.

Nikola Mirotić had a great all-around performance in this match. The big man scored 17 points with seven rebounds and five steals for an index rating of 21.

And he wasn’t even the player with the best index rating nor the best scorer in the team. Alex Abrines had the best index in the game (22). He finished the game with 13 points, while the top scorer in Barcelona was Brandon Davies with 18. Nick Calathes did his part perfectly. The Greek guard finished the game with seven assists.

The best for the losing squad was Tornike Shengelia with 15 points, five rebounds and three assists. His teammate Mike James added 13 points, while Daniel Hackett ended the match with 11.

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Derrick Williams and Valencia protected home court against ASVEL https://www.talkbasket.net/105864-derrick-williams-and-valencia-protected-home-court-against-asvel https://www.talkbasket.net/105864-derrick-williams-and-valencia-protected-home-court-against-asvel#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2020 22:21:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=105864 In the opening round of the EuroLeague, Derrick Williams helped Valencia protect home court against ASVEL. Valencia beat ASVEL with a score of 65-63 in the first round of the EuroLeague. The best player for the home team was Derrick Williams, while Sam Van Rossom scored the winning points for the Spanish squad in the […]

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Derrick Williams and Valencia protected home court against ASVEL

In the opening round of the EuroLeague, Derrick Williams helped Valencia protect home court against ASVEL.

Valencia beat ASVEL with a score of 65-63 in the first round of the EuroLeague. The best player for the home team was Derrick Williams, while Sam Van Rossom scored the winning points for the Spanish squad in the last 16 seconds of the match.

Even though the home team won, the injury on the right knee of Joan Sastre was an unpleasant event for Valencia and the fans in the arena, who returned after seven months of absence.

The French team had an opportunity to win, but unfortunately for them, Amine Noua missed a three-point shot in the last action.

During the whole game, it was uncertain which team will prevail. In the first half, Valencia was leading, but in the second, the guests were a little bit better. And in the end, Van Rossom decided the winner of the match.

Even though the winning shot belonged to Sam Van Rossom, the best player for the Spaniards was Derrick Williams. Ex Fenerbahce player scored 15 points and 5 rebounds for an index rating of 18. The only other player in double digits for Valencia was Mike Tobey with 10 points.

The situation in ASVEL wasn’t much different, as only two players scored more than 10 points. Moustapha Fall was the best with 14 points and Norris Cole added 11.

This was not a game with many points, but the interesting fact was that the winner scored 10 for 15 from the free-throw line. Their free throws percentage was 66.7, and they will have to work on it, especially if happens that they will be on the free-throw line more often in the upcoming games.

Game recap

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Ognjen Dobrić and Dejan Davidovac signed contracts extensions with Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/102682-ognjen-dobric-and-dejan-davidovac-renewed-contracts-with-crvena-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/102682-ognjen-dobric-and-dejan-davidovac-renewed-contracts-with-crvena-zvezda#respond Tue, 08 Sep 2020 22:53:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102682 Crvena Zvezda‘s players Ognjen Dobrić and Dejan Davidovac will stay at the club for at least two more years. Both Ognjen Dobrić and Dejan Davidovac extended their actual contracts for one more year. They will be with Crvena Zvezda till the end of the 2021/2022 season. Ognjen Dobrić grew up with Crvena Zvezda, but his […]

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Ognjen Dobrić and Dejan Davidovac signed contracts extensions with Crvena Zvezda

Crvena Zvezda‘s players Ognjen Dobrić and Dejan Davidovac will stay at the club for at least two more years.

Both Ognjen Dobrić and Dejan Davidovac extended their actual contracts for one more year. They will be with Crvena Zvezda till the end of the 2021/2022 season.

Ognjen Dobrić grew up with Crvena Zvezda, but his first professional contract was with FMP. Dobrić played for them till 2015 when he signed his four-year contract with the red and whites. During that period, Ognjen Dobrić, with his dedication, became one of the fan’s favorite players.

He was three times domestic champion, two times ABA League champion, ABA League SuperCup champion, and Radivoje Korać Cup champion with Crvena Zvezda.

While Ognjen Dobrić originated from Crvena Zvezda, Dejan Davidovac had a different path with a similar outcome.

With his height of 203 centimeters, Dejan Davidovac can cover three positions – guard, forward, and power forward, so contract extension can benefit both the club and the player.

Dejan Davidovac signed his first professional contract with the red and whites in 2017. Before that, he played for Proleter, Vršac, and FMP. With BC Crvena Zvezda, Davidovac won the title in the ABA League, became ABA League SuperCup champion, and two times Serbian League champion.

Dejan Davidovac and Ognjen Dobrić are now in Turkey with the team where Crvena Zvezda will participate in the preparation tournament. Their season-opening game is going to be against Fenerbahce in Istanbul at the beginning of October.

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Eric Mika signed for Partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/100595-eric-mika-signed-for-partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/100595-eric-mika-signed-for-partizan#respond Mon, 24 Aug 2020 20:22:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100595 American center Eric Mika signed a contract with BC Partizan today, and his arrival to Serbia is expected within a few days. Eric Mika is a 208 cm tall center and during last season he was a member of the Stockton Kings, daughter club of NBA member Sacramento Kings. While playing for the NBA G […]

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Eric Mika signed for Partizan

American center Eric Mika signed a contract with BC Partizan today, and his arrival to Serbia is expected within a few days.

Eric Mika is a 208 cm tall center and during last season he was a member of the Stockton Kings, daughter club of NBA member Sacramento Kings. While playing for the NBA G League club, Eric also played for the Sacramento Kings in the few games.

During his professional career, besides the Stockton Kings, Eric Mika played for Pesaro, Brescia, Medi Bayreuth, and Xinjiang Flying Tigers.

In the past season, the new Partizan center, while playing for the Stockton Kings, averaged 18,7 points with 11,9 rebounds in 30,7 minutes on court per game.

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Vlado Šćepanović promoted as Partizan’s head coach https://www.talkbasket.net/94823-vlado-scepanovic-promoted-as-a-partizans-head-coach https://www.talkbasket.net/94823-vlado-scepanovic-promoted-as-a-partizans-head-coach#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:39:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94823 BC Partizan promoted today Vlado Šćepanović as the new head coach of the first team after ex-head coach Andrea Trinchieri left the club. Vlado Šćepanović was Partizan‘s player, the player of Serbia and Montenegro/FR Yugoslavia and from 2018 till today first assistant coach of Andrea Tricnhieri in the black-white squad. The Montenegrin coach signed a […]

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Vlado Šćepanović promoted as Partizan’s head coach

BC Partizan promoted today Vlado Šćepanović as the new head coach of the first team after ex-head coach Andrea Trinchieri left the club.

Vlado Šćepanović was Partizan‘s player, the player of Serbia and Montenegro/FR Yugoslavia and from 2018 till today first assistant coach of Andrea Tricnhieri in the black-white squad.

The Montenegrin coach signed a two-year deal with Partizan and besides Vlado Šćepanović coaching staff will consist of Aleksandar Matović, Dejan Mijatović, professor Vladimir Koprivica and other associates who were already in the team.

Before becoming the head coach of Partizan, Vlado Šćepanović was the assistant coach of the team and was also working with the Italian coach in Brose Bamberg in the 2017/2018 season.

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EuroLeague All-Decade Series: Dimitris Diamantidis – Diamond is forever https://www.talkbasket.net/80908-euroleague-all-decade-series-dimitris-diamantidis-diamond-is-forever https://www.talkbasket.net/80908-euroleague-all-decade-series-dimitris-diamantidis-diamond-is-forever#respond Mon, 13 Apr 2020 17:15:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=80908 Dimitris Diamantidis is one of the 10 chosen players in the EuroLeague Basketball 2010-2020 All-Decade Team. This is the second time Dimitris Diamantidis made it into the best 10 players of the decade in the EuroLeague. The first time was from the period of 2000-2010. He played 6 years in the first decade and 6 […]

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EuroLeague All-Decade Series: Dimitris Diamantidis – Diamond is forever

Dimitris Diamantidis is one of the 10 chosen players in the EuroLeague Basketball 2010-2020 All-Decade Team.

This is the second time Dimitris Diamantidis made it into the best 10 players of the decade in the EuroLeague. The first time was from the period of 2000-2010. He played 6 years in the first decade and 6 years in the second of the EuroLeague. All that time, Dimitris Diamantids was the player of Panathinaikos from Athens.

The former Greek guard/small forward started his professional career in BC Iraklis from Thessaloniki in 1999. He was there till 2004 when he moved to Phanatinaikos whose coach was Želimir “Željko” Obradović.

In 2004, Dimitris Diamantidis had doubts about making his dream come true and his former teammate Fragiskos Alvertis (5-time EuroLeague champion, Panathinaikos Athens legend) wanted to convince him to play with the Athens Greens.

“I was trying to explain to him that the only chance to complete his dreams was Panathinaikos because he had all the things that one athlete needs to become a superstar,” said Fragiskos Alvertis in the documentary about Dimitris Diamantids called “A Diamantidis is forever”.

And Alvertis was right. Diamantids had all those qualities to become the fifth EuroLeague legend (before him that award was given to Theodoros Papaloukas, Juan Carlos Navarro, Ramūnas Šiškauskas and Šarūnas Jasikevičius). The Greek legend received the award before the EuroLeague match against Cedevita in 2016. But he thought that the award belonged to fans, players and coaching staff that made an impact on his career.

And when you mention the coaching staff, one name is on the top of the list – name of the Serbian coach Želimir “Željko” Obradović. Those two made into the history with Panathinaikos. It was the coach-player relationship rarely seen in modern sports. I am not sure I have ever seen that kind of bond between the coach and the player. The proof of the great bond was Željko Obradović’s statement:

“I would like when my son grows up to be a kind of a person Dimitris is,”

Dimitris Diamantidis and Željko Obradović won every possible club trophy together and among all those trophies were three EuroLeague titles: in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

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Wearing green uniform Dimitris Diamantidis experienced all the greatest successes in his career and won a lot of team and individual trophies. Besides the EuroLeague All-Decade team (2000-2010 and 2010-2020) and EuroLeague legend trophy (2016), the left-handed guard was 2 times EuroLeague Final Four MVP (2007, 2011), 2 times EuroLeague assists leader (2011, 2014), he was chosen 4 times in All EuroLeague First Team (2007, 2011-2013), 6 times EuroLeague Best Defender (2005-2009, 2011). And all those were only trophies from the EuroLeague while “3D” (Dimitris Diamantidis defender) has also trophies from the Greek championship.

Dimitris Diamantidis was the best “stealer” in the EuroLeague and the best rebounder among guards, and as Željko Obradović once said:

“If somebody steals the ball from him, he was able immediately to take the ball back”.

And that how powerful in defense was Dimitris Diamantidis, the nickname “3D” explains it all. His way of reading the game and reading the opponent made him that great. And if those trophies weren’t enough to convince how great impact he left on the court may be the words from one of the best players in the world, the late Kobe Bryant can assure everybody.

The Lakers’ late legend played with and against many great players during his Lakers’ career but didn’t hesitate to give a name when asked if there was one player he wished he could have had on his team during his playing days, in an interview for FIBA official website.

“Well, there’s a player from back in the day that I played against who I wish I had on my team. His name is (Dimitris) Diamantidis from Greece. I love and wish I had him. His length and his size, and what he could do defensively, I would have loved to have another player on the wing who could harass little point guards,” Bryant explained.

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And what made Bryant said something like that was probably the lucrative role Diamantidis played in Greece’s run to the Finals of the 2006 FIBA World Championship, especially after Greece defeated the mighty United States 101-96 in the semifinals.

So Kobe Bryant was convinced that Dimitris Diamantids was good enough to play in the NBA, but the left-handed guard wasn’t. He was undrafted in 2002 and he said that he wasn’t for the NBA.

As a big fan, I think Diamantids was wrong about the NBA, but I am glad he didn’t play there because he made a great impact on the younger players playing for the only one club in the EuroLeague. And his words described how much Panathinaikos meant to him.

“This team for me was a miracle because I didn’t expect my career to be like this. I am blessed that I lived all these moments“, said Diamantidis in the documentary about him.

It is a blessing to love what you do, and looking like that Diamantidis was blessed for doing what he loves, but his teammates were also blessed for having him on their side because he was doing everything for the team and he made all around him better players. And his ex-coach Željko Obradović trusted him a lot.

“Both as a player and as a person he is priceless to the coach. He puts us all in a position to fight for everything,” said Obradović in an interview about Dimitris Diamantidis.

In Greece, when you mention Dimitris Diamantidis people will also connect him with Vassilis Spanoulis. One is the legend of Panathinaikos and the other of Olympiacos, so the rivalry of those two excellent players is even more interesting because of the “eternal rivalry” between those two clubs. But Spanoulis played one year with Diamantidis in Panathinaikos (season 2006/2007) and afterward signed with Olympiacos, where this season became the All-Time Top Scorer in the EuroLeague.

Because both players are coming from Greece and playing with (in Panathinaikos and national team) and against each other, there will always be an open discussion who is the better player. In that discussion, if you choose one, you will have to be subjective, but if you look from an objective point of view, you couldn’t ask for the better player to “ruin” Dimitris Diamantidis farewell game.

And famous “Billy” did it in the fourth game of the Greek championship Finals in 2016. Vassilis Spanoulis made the three-pointer in the second overtime on Diamantidis home court. Panathinaikos was leading by 2 but failed to foul Spanoulis and prevent him from attempting a three-pointer. The man-of-the-finals took his chances, stepped back and away from Diamantidis and made a shot for the final result of 81:82 for Olympiacos. With this shot, he put an end to the amazing career of his rival on the court.

Diamantidis Spanoulis
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After the match when Diamantidis was asked about the last shot, he said with a smile:

“It had to be Billy.

With those few words, Dimitris Diamantidis explained the rivalry on the court and mutual respect between those two. And even though it was his last game and everyone was thinking that he deserved better farewell than this one, the 3D knew that you couldn’t win it all. That is one of the reasons he is the real legend, even though the Greek left-handed guard doesn’t think about himself as a legend.

“Legend probably is only the name. I don’t think about myself as a legend,” Dimitris Diamantidis was a modest guy off the court.

The Greek guard was not comfortable with cameras and spotlights off the court probably because on the court he was only doing what he loves and what is necessary for the team. He didn’t need the spotlight, he just needed basketball, but we will all have to agree with Željko Obradović statement:

“Basketball needs Dimitris Diamantidis.”

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Miloš Teodosić with Virtus Bologna is the last Quarterfinalist https://www.talkbasket.net/73877-milos-teodosic-with-virtus-bologna-is-the-last-quarterfinalist https://www.talkbasket.net/73877-milos-teodosic-with-virtus-bologna-is-the-last-quarterfinalist#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2020 20:05:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=73877 Miloš Teodosić exploded in Štark Arena against Darussafaka and with Virtus Bologna became the last Quarterfinalist of the EuroCup. Due to a decision by the Turkish authorities to forbid entry of citizens from areas affected with coronavirus (COVID-19), Darussafaka was obligated to host Virtus Bologna in Štark Arena. Serbia agreed to be the host of […]

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Miloš Teodosić with Virtus Bologna is the last Quarterfinalist

Miloš Teodosić exploded in Štark Arena against Darussafaka and with Virtus Bologna became the last Quarterfinalist of the EuroCup.

Due to a decision by the Turkish authorities to forbid entry of citizens from areas affected with coronavirus (COVID-19), Darussafaka was obligated to host Virtus Bologna in Štark Arena.

Serbia agreed to be the host of the last and decisive match in Group E between the Turkish club and the Italian team. Both teams had the chance to be with 8 best teams in the EuroCup, but Miloš Teodosić and Virtus Bologna won 106:96 against Darussafaka behind closed doors.

The Serbian guard was the best with 21 points and was the best scorer in the team. Miloš Teodosić was 100% successful from behind the three-point line (4/4 for three). An interesting fact was that Miloš Teodosić and the company were 60% successful behind 6.75. On the other side, Darussafaka team was shooting with 48% for three. That was one of the reasons Virtus won in this “to be, or not to be” match.

Besides Miloš Teodosić, four more players scored 10 or more points for Aleksandar Đorđević’s squad. Giampaolo Ricci scored 17, Kyle Weems 15, and both Alessandro Pajola and Julian Gamble finished the match with 10 points.

For Darussafaka, three players scored 14 points each – Doron Lamb, Bonzie Colson, and Gary Browne. Johnathan Hamilton added 11 points and both Sinan Guler and Dogus Ozdemiroglu ended the game with 10.

While Darussafaka finished their European basketball tour, Miloš Teodosić and Virtus Bologna will face Monaco in the next round.

Besides Virtsu Bologna against Monaco, the other Quarterfinalists are Partizan and Unics, Unicaja and Venezia, Promiteas and Tofas. The games in Quarterfinals will be played on 17th, 20th and maybe 25th of March if necessary.

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Derrick Williams, Fenerbahce prevailed in Valencia https://www.talkbasket.net/72489-fenerbahce-prevailed-in-valencia https://www.talkbasket.net/72489-fenerbahce-prevailed-in-valencia#respond Sat, 29 Feb 2020 00:05:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=72489 In the round 26 of EuroLeague Turkish club, Fenerbahce and Derrick Williams beat Valencia in Spain with a score of 93:86. This was the fifth consecutive road win for Fenerbahce and with this victory, both teams have a 12-14 record. In the first clash of these two powerhouses, Valencia celebrated after overtime 100:98, and because […]

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Derrick Williams, Fenerbahce prevailed in Valencia

In the round 26 of EuroLeague Turkish club, Fenerbahce and Derrick Williams beat Valencia in Spain with a score of 93:86.

This was the fifth consecutive road win for Fenerbahce and with this victory, both teams have a 12-14 record. In the first clash of these two powerhouses, Valencia celebrated after overtime 100:98, and because of the point difference, Fenerbahce has the tie-break advantage against the Spanish squad.

The pivotal performer in the match was Derrick Williams with 22 points for an index rating of 24. Williams had a couple of outstanding dunks. Luigi Datome and Kostas Sloukas each added 13 while Nando De Colo had 10 for Fenerbahce.

Vanja Marinković led Valencia with 22 points. Bojan Dubljević added 15 while Joan Sastre had 11 for the hosts.

In the next round, Valencia will face ASVEL Villeurbanne in France, while Fenerbahce will host Crvena Zvezda.

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Georgia surprised Serbia https://www.talkbasket.net/71373-georgia-surprised-serbia https://www.talkbasket.net/71373-georgia-surprised-serbia#respond Mon, 24 Feb 2020 00:47:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=71373 In the second round of the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Qualifications, Georgia defeated Serbia with a score of 94:90. The Serbian squad opened the match much better than the guests from Georgia, but in the end, visitors celebrated. The victory of Georgia was a surprise for the crowd in “Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall. In the first […]

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Georgia surprised Serbia

In the second round of the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Qualifications, Georgia defeated Serbia with a score of 94:90.

The Serbian squad opened the match much better than the guests from Georgia, but in the end, visitors celebrated. The victory of Georgia was a surprise for the crowd in “Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall.

In the first 10 minutes of the match, Serbia was controlling the ball and after 5 minutes was leading by 11 (15:4). At the end of the quarter, the result was 28:18 for the home squad.

Georgia was trying to get back in the game in the opening minutes of the second quarter. With 5:0 guests were getting closer and for the few minutes, Serbia was keeping the 5 to 9 points distance. But Aleksa Avramović scored for three in the 17th minute and the home team was leading by 11 (41:30). Again Georgia attacked Serbian basket and again was rejected in the second 10 minutes. The result was 48:41 foe Serbia at the end of the quarter.

The third quarter started in the same manner. Fast game, from basket to basket and after 5 minutes of the third part Georgia got dangerously close, only 3 points behind (53:50). Igor Kokoškov’s squad rejected again Georgia’s attack, but the opponent returned again and was only one point behind (60:59). After the third quarter, Serbia was leading by 2 (67:65).

In the last part of the match, guest from Georgia was leading for the first time with a score of 72:71. It was during the 37th minute. The only one who was focused during that period in Serbia was Aleksa Avramović. After he scored two threes in a row, Serbia was again leading against Georgia with a score of 81:76. But in the end, Georgia deserved their victory.

The leader of the Georgian team was Thaddus McFadden with 33 points and 7 assists (index rating of 31), while Giorgi Shermadini scored 23 with 11 rebounds (index rating of 29).

Aleksa Avramović was the best scorer in the Serbian squad. He scored 27 points, while Ognjen Jaramaz added 22.

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Dejan Todorović: “We prepared as much as we could” https://www.talkbasket.net/71231-dejan-todorovic-we-prepared-as-much-as-we-could https://www.talkbasket.net/71231-dejan-todorovic-we-prepared-as-much-as-we-could#respond Sun, 23 Feb 2020 01:39:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=71231 Dejan Todorović thinks that the game against Georgia will be extremely difficult, especially in the low post. “We played a good game against Finland and the result showed that. Tomorrow we expect an extremely difficult game, especially in the low post. We need to control Shermadini and to bee aware of their shots behind the […]

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Dejan Todorović: “We prepared as much as we could”

Dejan Todorović thinks that the game against Georgia will be extremely difficult, especially in the low post.

“We played a good game against Finland and the result showed that. Tomorrow we expect an extremely difficult game, especially in the low post. We need to control Shermadini and to bee aware of their shots behind the three points line. During these two days we prepared as much as we could, and tomorrow, I hope with the help of the fans and good energy repeat again what we did against Finland”, started his interview Dejan Todorović.

“The majority of the players are young guys, my age or younger. We all know each other. And also, there are those 3-4 veterans. They are great with us and we are all getting used to this situation. We are all feeling great”, said Dejan Todorović.

The Serbian squad, like the other teams during these Qualifications, didn’t spend much time together and Igor Kokoškov is the new head coach of the national team, so everyone wants to know what are his expectations for his players.

“The only thing Igor asked from us is to respect between us players and also to enjoy during these 10 days we will spend together”, said Todorović during the open practice.

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Novica Veličković: “There is no easy opponent” https://www.talkbasket.net/71221-novica-velickovic-there-is-no-easy-opponent https://www.talkbasket.net/71221-novica-velickovic-there-is-no-easy-opponent#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 23:34:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=71221 Novica Veličković returned to the national team after 10 years and before the match against Georgia he didn’t hide satisfaction for being the part of the team. “After 10 years I am here again and it is an honor to be in the national team. I got younger for just being here and now I’m […]

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Novica Veličković: “There is no easy opponent”

Novica Veličković returned to the national team after 10 years and before the match against Georgia he didn’t hide satisfaction for being the part of the team.

“After 10 years I am here again and it is an honor to be in the national team. I got younger for just being here and now I’m enjoying to work with the coaches and teammates. There are a lot of young players who are playing in different leagues, and there are also my teammates from Partizan. These 4-5 were really enjoyable”, said Novica Veličković in front of the journalists.

One of the few “veterans” in the Serbian squad Novica Veličković accepted right away the invitation from the national team. His only fear was related to his body condition after the “Radivoje Korać” Cup (Partizan beat Crvena Zvezda in the Finals).

“The only thing I was afraid of was my body condition after the Cup. You never know how you end up after those kinds of tournaments, especially if you are me. The enormous wish to be here prevailed”, added Novica Veličković, who thinks that there are no easy opponents.

“We showed energy against Finland, and I am hoping we will show it again against Georgia. This is one of the most important things in every game. The coaches are working on the best scouting, so we can beat Georgia tomorrow. And it won’t be easy. There is no easy opponent in the Qualifications, we can’t underestimate anyone”, Novica Veličković finished his interview.

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“The Eagles” successfully started EuroBasket 2021 Qualifications https://www.talkbasket.net/70836-the-eagles-successfully-started-eurobasket-2021-qualifications https://www.talkbasket.net/70836-the-eagles-successfully-started-eurobasket-2021-qualifications#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2020 21:50:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=70836 The Serbian national squad started EuroBasket 2021 Qualifications by beating Finland with a score of 80:58. The team that was selected by the new head coach, Igor Kokoškov, opened the match better than their opponents. The first points in the game were made by Dejan Todorović (3 points). Then Miroslav Raduljica scored 6 points in […]

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“The Eagles” successfully started EuroBasket 2021 Qualifications

The Serbian national squad started EuroBasket 2021 Qualifications by beating Finland with a score of 80:58.

The team that was selected by the new head coach, Igor Kokoškov, opened the match better than their opponents. The first points in the game were made by Dejan Todorović (3 points). Then Miroslav Raduljica scored 6 points in a raw.

After the great begging of the Serbian team, the home squad scored 7 points. But “the Eagles” went on +9 after 10 minutes all thanks to Rade Zagorac, Aleksa Avramović, and Nikola Rebić.

In the second quarter, guests showed how serious they prepared for Finland and in one moment were leading by 19. It was at 2 minutes till the end of the quarter, but afterward, the home team got back in the match and the result before the second 20 minutes were 37:24 for “the Eagles”.

In the third part of the match, after Finland’s furious start, “the Eagles” took control of the game and finished the quarter with 23 points difference (60:37). In the last 10 minutes, Serbia protected the basket and finished the first game in the Qualifications with a huge victory.

The best scorer in Serbia was captain Miroslav Raduljica with 19 points. Both Rade Zagorac and Aleksa Avramović finished the game with 10 points.

The next opponent of “the Eagles” is Georgia. The game will be held in “Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall in Belgrade, Serbia on Sunday.

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Igor Kokoškov announced the team for the first EuroBasket 2021 Qualification Window https://www.talkbasket.net/69307-igor-kokoskov-announced-the-team-for-the-first-eurobasket-2021-qualification-window https://www.talkbasket.net/69307-igor-kokoskov-announced-the-team-for-the-first-eurobasket-2021-qualification-window#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 23:16:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=69307 The senior Serbian squad is starting its preparation process for the upcoming FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Qualification Window. The head coach of the Serbian national team Igor Kokoškov will count on 15 players during the first preparation process, before the games against Finland and Georgia. The first two challenges will be on February 20th (in Finland) […]

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Igor Kokoškov announced the team for the first EuroBasket 2021 Qualification Window

The senior Serbian squad is starting its preparation process for the upcoming FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Qualification Window.

The head coach of the Serbian national team Igor Kokoškov will count on 15 players during the first preparation process, before the games against Finland and Georgia.

The first two challenges will be on February 20th (in Finland) and February 23rd (in Belgrade against Georgia), and the national team will gather during February 16th and 17th.

Igor Kokoškov’s list is made of the next players: Miloš Teodosić (Virtus Bologna), Miroslav Raduljica (Jiangsu Dragons), Nikola Rebić (BC Enisey), Dejan Todorović (MoraBanc Andorra), Aleksa Avramović (Estudiantes), Marko Simonović (Cedevita Olimpija), Dejan Kravić (Obradoiro), Dalibor Ilić (Igokea), Ognjen Jaramaz (Partizan), Uroš Trifunović (Partizan), Rade Zagorac (Partizan), Novica Veličković (Partizan), Aleksa Radanov (FMP), Stefan Đorđević (FMP) and Ognjen Dobrić (Crvena Zvezda).

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Partizan qualified for the Quarterfinals of the EuroCup https://www.talkbasket.net/68028-partizan-qualified-to-quarterfinals-of-the-eurocup https://www.talkbasket.net/68028-partizan-qualified-to-quarterfinals-of-the-eurocup#respond Wed, 05 Feb 2020 22:14:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=68028 After beating Virtus Bologna with a score of 84:82, Partizan NIS qualified for the quarterfinals of the EuroCup before the match against Trento. There were totally different halves in Paladozza Arena Bologna. During the first 20 minutes of the match, Aleksandar Đorđević’s squad was dominating the home court. And in the second 20 minutes, even […]

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Partizan qualified for the Quarterfinals of the EuroCup

After beating Virtus Bologna with a score of 84:82, Partizan NIS qualified for the quarterfinals of the EuroCup before the match against Trento.

There were totally different halves in Paladozza Arena Bologna. During the first 20 minutes of the match, Aleksandar Đorđević’s squad was dominating the home court. And in the second 20 minutes, even without Nemanja Gordić, Partizan started its engines and turned around the game completely. Not even Miloš Teodosić and Stefan Marković were able to help their team against Andrea Trinchieri’s players in the second half.

Andrea Trinchieri again gave minutes to all his players and the man of the match was definitely Torrian Walden. The American guard finished the game with 29 points for an index rating of 33. Besides him, Rashawn Thomas was the only one with a double-digit score (10 points) in Partizan.

In Bologna, Miloš Teodosić dropped a double-double with 24 points and 10 assists (index rating of 30). Stefan Marković finished the match with 17 points (index rating of 23) and Julian Gamble added 11.

In the last 25 seconds of the match, Bologna was leading by 1 (82:81), but then Rade Zagorac stole the ball and scored for two. On the other side, Miloš Teodosić missed a three-point shot and Walden had defensive rebounds and was fouled afterwards. Torrian Walden was half-successful from the free-throw line. That was enough for Partizan to score its 4th win in the Top 16.

Before the last round of the Top 16 of the EuroCup, Partizan already has a spot in the quarterfinals and the home-court advantage.

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Jan Vesely for the third in a row; Fenerbahce attacks the Top 8 https://www.talkbasket.net/68003-jan-vesely-for-the-third-in-a-row-fenerbahce-attacks-top-8 https://www.talkbasket.net/68003-jan-vesely-for-the-third-in-a-row-fenerbahce-attacks-top-8#respond Wed, 05 Feb 2020 21:04:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=68003 Jan Vesely was the man of the match in Fenerbahce’s win against Zenit with a score of 73:68 in the round 23 of the EuroLeague. The Turkish squad scored the third victory in a row and now is attacking the spot in the Top 8 of the best European basketball club competition. Fenerbahce started the […]

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Jan Vesely for the third in a row; Fenerbahce attacks the Top 8

Jan Vesely was the man of the match in Fenerbahce’s win against Zenit with a score of 73:68 in the round 23 of the EuroLeague.

The Turkish squad scored the third victory in a row and now is attacking the spot in the Top 8 of the best European basketball club competition.

Fenerbahce started the season poorly due to the problems with the injuries of the main players. But now, the squad is getting into shape and is seriously attacking Top 8.

The best scorer for Fenerbahce was Leo Westermann with 13 points, but Jan Vesely was the MVP of the game with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists (index rating of 19). Kostas Sloukas scored 12 points and Luigi Datome finished the match with 11.

For Zenit, both Gustavo Ayon (index rating of 20) and Austin Hollins (index rating of 11) scored 16 points. Besides the aforementioned players, two more finished the game with 10+ points – Will Thomas (13 points) and Tim Abromaitis (10 points).

In the next round of the EuroLeague, Fenerbahce will host Maccabi Tel Aviv and Zenit is traveling to Athens to face Panathinaikos.

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Selcuk Ernak: “Partizan has the best fans in Europe” https://www.talkbasket.net/66576-selcuk-ernak-partizan-has-the-best-fans-in-europe https://www.talkbasket.net/66576-selcuk-ernak-partizan-has-the-best-fans-in-europe#respond Thu, 30 Jan 2020 00:24:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=66576 The head coach of Darussafaka Selcuk Ernak praised Partizan’s fans after his team was defeated in Pionir (“Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall). “The atmosphere was great, like always when we play against Partizan. They have the best fans in Europe, and we traveled a lot. The fans here know basketball and they know how to affect […]

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Selcuk Ernak: “Partizan has the best fans in Europe”

The head coach of Darussafaka Selcuk Ernak praised Partizan’s fans after his team was defeated in Pionir (“Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall).

“The atmosphere was great, like always when we play against Partizan. They have the best fans in Europe, and we traveled a lot. The fans here know basketball and they know how to affect the game. They know the moment when they need to react, to help their team. And this atmosphere at the press conference is also proof of the great basketball culture,” coach Ernak started his press conference.

“Before the match, I told my players that Partizan is playing totally different at home. Not that they aren’t a good team, they are excellent ones, but in front of their own crowd is totally different Partizan. Defensively, my team did a good job, we stopped them at 69 points, but we were nervous offensively. I congratulate Partizan, wish them luck,” said Selcuk Ernak, who is hoping his team will make it to Top 8.

“I am hoping that Partizan will be first in the group and Dasska (Darussafaka) second,” he stated, as he knows that there is still a lot of work in front of his squad.

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Dragan Milosavljević: “Partizan deserves to be in the EuroLeague” https://www.talkbasket.net/66565-dragan-milosavljevic-partizan-deserves-euroleague https://www.talkbasket.net/66565-dragan-milosavljevic-partizan-deserves-euroleague#respond Wed, 29 Jan 2020 23:54:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=66565 Dragan Milosavljević of Unicaja Malaga, while recovering from injury, supported Partizan against Darussafaka in the “Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall. Partizan won against the Turkish club with a score of 69:57 in the packed Pionir (“Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall). And one of their supporters against Darussafaka was Dragan Milosavljević. “I’m thrilled to be part of this […]

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Dragan Milosavljević: “Partizan deserves to be in the EuroLeague”

Dragan Milosavljević of Unicaja Malaga, while recovering from injury, supported Partizan against Darussafaka in the “Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall.

Partizan won against the Turkish club with a score of 69:57 in the packed Pionir (“Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall). And one of their supporters against Darussafaka was Dragan Milosavljević.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this great atmosphere. It is nice to see packed Pionir. This season Partizan is playing great and they deserved this atmosphere. We are all hoping that they will succeed in getting into the EuroLeague, through the EuroCup or the ABA League. With how they play in the past few seasons, they deserve it,” said Milosavljević.

Milosavljević is still recovering from a knee injury, but his recovery process is coming to an end and he will soon start training with Unicaja Malaga.

“In few days I am going back to Spain and afterwards I will join my team.”

A journalist asked Dragan Milosavljević about how far Partizan can get in the EuroCup and his answer was clear.

“I honestly think they can get into Finals, and we will see afterwards. But, it is important to get to the Finals.”

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ALBA Berlin prevailed after overtime in Belgrade https://www.talkbasket.net/64806-alba-berlin-prevailed-after-overtime-in-belgrade https://www.talkbasket.net/64806-alba-berlin-prevailed-after-overtime-in-belgrade#respond Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:01:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=64806 After 45 minutes of play in Belgrade, ALBA Berlin celebrated against Crvena Zvezda with a score of 94:85, while Luke Sikma dropped a double-double. The result was 79:79 at the end of regulation. But, during the additional five minutes, the German team totally took control of the match. The one that was pulling all strings […]

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ALBA Berlin prevailed after overtime in Belgrade

After 45 minutes of play in Belgrade, ALBA Berlin celebrated against Crvena Zvezda with a score of 94:85, while Luke Sikma dropped a double-double.

The result was 79:79 at the end of regulation. But, during the additional five minutes, the German team totally took control of the match.

The one that was pulling all strings for ALBA was Sikma with a double-double. The American forward finished the game with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (index rating of 25). Peyton Siva scored the same number of points as Sikma and those two were the best scorers for the German team. Martin Hermannsson added 13, Landry Nnoko 12, and Marcus Eriksson 10 points.

Kevin Punter was the leading player for Crvena Zvezda, but his 24 points weren’t enough for his team to celebrate in Belgrade. Besides Punter, only two other players scored more than 10 points and both of them finished the game with 12. Vladimir Štimac and Lorenzo Brown were the only ones who helped Kevin Punter.

Now, after 20 rounds, Crvena Zvezda has 9 victories and 11 defeats and ALBA Berlin two wins less and 2 defeats more (7-13).

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Partizan demonstrated power against Trento https://www.talkbasket.net/64623-partizan-demonstrated-power-against-trento https://www.talkbasket.net/64623-partizan-demonstrated-power-against-trento#respond Wed, 15 Jan 2020 21:17:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=64623 Partizan NIS demonstrated power against Trento for the second EuroCup Top 16 win, with a score of 83:58. The team from Serbia furiously started the match and scored 47 points after the first 20 minutes, while allowed the home team to score only 28 points. Andrea Trinchieri, the head coach of Partizan, was able to […]

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Partizan demonstrated power against Trento

Partizan NIS demonstrated power against Trento for the second EuroCup Top 16 win, with a score of 83:58.

The team from Serbia furiously started the match and scored 47 points after the first 20 minutes, while allowed the home team to score only 28 points.

Andrea Trinchieri, the head coach of Partizan, was able to count on all players on the court. And all of them scored at least two points. The best scorers were Marcus Paige and Rade Zagorac with 11 points each. Nikola Janković (9 rebounds), Uroš Trifunović, Ognjen Jaramaz, and Rashawn Thomas added 9 points each, while Stefan Birčević ended the match with 8.

For the home team, the best scorer was James Blackmon with 12 points, while two players ended the match with 10 – Aaron Craft (7 rebounds) and Fabio Mian.

After two rounds in the Top 16, Partizan NIS has a perfect score and Trento has lost both games.

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Fenerbahce protected home court against ASVEL Villeurbanne https://www.talkbasket.net/64518-fenerbahce-protected-home-court-against-asvel https://www.talkbasket.net/64518-fenerbahce-protected-home-court-against-asvel#respond Tue, 14 Jan 2020 20:52:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=64518 Fenerbahce beat ASVEL Villeurbanne 86:64 at home, while Kostas Sloukas dropped a double-double in Round 19 of the EuroLeague. Željko Obradović’s squad dominated against the French team for the 8th victory in the best European club competition. The best on the court was once again Sloukas, who scored 10 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds. […]

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Fenerbahce protected home court against ASVEL Villeurbanne

Fenerbahce beat ASVEL Villeurbanne 86:64 at home, while Kostas Sloukas dropped a double-double in Round 19 of the EuroLeague.

Željko Obradović’s squad dominated against the French team for the 8th victory in the best European club competition.

The best on the court was once again Sloukas, who scored 10 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds. With an index rating of 24, the Greek guard was the MVP of the match. The best scorers for Fenerbahce were Nando De Colo and Derrick Williams. Both players finished the game with 16 points. Luigi Datome added 12, while Jan Vesely had 10.

The only two players with double-digits scores for ASVEL were Amine Noua (12 points) and Livio Jean-Charles (10 points).

After 19 rounds, both Fenerbahce and ASVEL have 8 victories and 11 defeats.

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Valencia, without Bojan Dubljević, scored another victory https://www.talkbasket.net/64512-valencia-without-bojan-dubljevic-scored-another-victory https://www.talkbasket.net/64512-valencia-without-bojan-dubljevic-scored-another-victory#respond Tue, 14 Jan 2020 20:12:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=64512 Valencia celebrated against Khimki in Round 19 of the EuroLeague (75-84), even though Bojan Dubljević wasn’t with the squad. The Montenegrin center missed the action against the Russian team, due to the injury he is dealing with. Even with the absence of its best player, Valencia scored its third road win of the season. This […]

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Valencia, without Bojan Dubljević, scored another victory

Valencia celebrated against Khimki in Round 19 of the EuroLeague (75-84), even though Bojan Dubljević wasn’t with the squad.

The Montenegrin center missed the action against the Russian team, due to the injury he is dealing with. Even with the absence of its best player, Valencia scored its third road win of the season.

This was the first road victory against Khimki after six consecutive losses, including the EuroCup championship game from 2012.

Fernando San Emeterio of Valencia only needed to spend 20 minutes on the court for a perfect scoring night (2/2 for 2, 4/4 for 3 and 2/2 from the free-point line). San Emeterio had 18 points and 5 assists for an index rating of 25. Aaron Doornekamp scored 13 points, Louis Labeyrie 11 and Joan Sastre 10.

On the other side, Alexey Shved was the best scorer with 18 points (index rating of 15), while Anthony Gill added 12 (index rating of 17). During the game, Stefan Jović from Khimki made his 500 assist in the EuroLeague.

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Vasilije Micić questionable against Armani Milan https://www.talkbasket.net/64255-vasilije-micic-questionable-against-armani-milan https://www.talkbasket.net/64255-vasilije-micic-questionable-against-armani-milan#respond Sun, 12 Jan 2020 18:01:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=64255 One of the best players of Anadolu Efes, Vasilije Micić, will probably miss the game against Armani Milan in the next round of the EuroLeague. The Serbian guard is dealing with an injury that left him out of the court in the last game Efes had in the Turkish championship. And according to his coach, […]

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Vasilije Micić questionable against Armani Milan

One of the best players of Anadolu Efes, Vasilije Micić, will probably miss the game against Armani Milan in the next round of the EuroLeague.

The Serbian guard is dealing with an injury that left him out of the court in the last game Efes had in the Turkish championship. And according to his coach, Ergin Ataman, Micić will probably miss the action in the EuroLeague against the Italian club.

Micić is still injured and I think he will miss another match,” said coach Ataman, who is well-aware of the importance of every game in the EuroLeague.

Anadolu Efes is currently on the first position in the league, with 15 victories and only 3 defeats, while Real Madrid is on the second, with the same number of wins and losses as the Turkish club. So, the absence of Micić, who is averaging 14.2 points and 5.8 assists per game in the EuroLeague for Efes, could be a big deal.

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Crvena Zvezda from -21 till the amazing victory shot https://www.talkbasket.net/64042-crvena-zvezda-from-21-till-the-amazing-victory-shot https://www.talkbasket.net/64042-crvena-zvezda-from-21-till-the-amazing-victory-shot#respond Fri, 10 Jan 2020 22:47:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=64042 Crvena Zvezda was losing by 21 but finally celebrated against ASVEL Villeurbanne with a score of 83:80 in Round 18 of the EuroLeague. Unfortunately, even though Zvezda won, they lost Marko Jagodić-Kuridža due to injury. It is still unknown how serious the injury is. Vladimir Štimac exploded after his return to Zvezda from Fenerbahce, and […]

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Crvena Zvezda from -21 till the amazing victory shot

Crvena Zvezda was losing by 21 but finally celebrated against ASVEL Villeurbanne with a score of 83:80 in Round 18 of the EuroLeague.

Unfortunately, even though Zvezda won, they lost Marko Jagodić-Kuridža due to injury. It is still unknown how serious the injury is.

Vladimir Štimac exploded after his return to Zvezda from Fenerbahce, and led his team with 21 points against the French squad.

After the first half, when the home team was leading by 19 (49:30), it looked like the second part of the game would be a routine for ASVEL. But, the Serbians had other plans. The team from Belgrade had an excellent third quarter and completely returned to the match.

Kevin Punter of Crvena Zvezda scored a three-point shot at only second before the end of the match and set the final score after the drama he created. With 15 seconds to go, Punter lost the ball and David Lighty scored for the 80:80, but Zvezda didn’t back down. The effort of the guests’ players paid off and now the team from Serbia has four wins in a row.

As it was already mentioned, Vladimir Štimac was the best scorer with 21 points. Kevin Punter added 18 and Lorenzo Brown scored 13.

For ASVEL, Adreian Payne scored 17 points with 8 rebounds (index rating of 26). Rihards Lomazs ended the match with 14, Theo Maledon with 13 and David Lighty with 11 points.

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Nemanja Gordić: “Huge triumph for us” https://www.talkbasket.net/63927-nemanja-gordic-huge-triumph-for-us https://www.talkbasket.net/63927-nemanja-gordic-huge-triumph-for-us#respond Thu, 09 Jan 2020 20:18:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=63927 Nemanja Gordić talked about Partizan’s triumph against Virtus Bologna (99:81) in the first round of the EuroCup Top16. In the full-packed Štark Arena, Partizan scored an important home win against the team whose head coach is Aleksandar Đorđević. After the win, one of the best players on the court, Nemanja Gordić, shared his impressions about […]

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Nemanja Gordić: “Huge triumph for us”

Nemanja Gordić talked about Partizan’s triumph against Virtus Bologna (99:81) in the first round of the EuroCup Top16.

In the full-packed Štark Arena, Partizan scored an important home win against the team whose head coach is Aleksandar Đorđević. After the win, one of the best players on the court, Nemanja Gordić, shared his impressions about the game.

“The big triumph against an excellent opponent. More or less, we did everything we agreed to do, what we prepared during the last few days. And I think, that was the key to the excellent game. Also, I don’t want to forget about the support we had. Thanks to all our fans. I hope they will recognize the importance of the game against Cedevita on Saturday and that they’ll support us like against Virtus.

One of the reasons for the huge win against the Italian squad, Gordić saw in the tough practices before the match.

“Everything was on our side, but we practiced a lot during these past few days. We prepared very well, we knew what we are expecting. The first game was good, but it is only the beginning of the Top16. I hope we will use energy to continue with great games”, said Gordić whose team was able to stop one of the best players from Virtus BolognaMiloš Teodosić.

“We prepared as much as we could for Miloš (Teodosić). Teo is a virtuoso on the court, but we tried to limit his abilities in offense and defense. We managed as much as we could to do it. He had problems with personal faults and it was visible on the court. It was part of the plan and I am glad we executed it”.

During the whole game, especially in the second quarter, Partizan played excellent in offense as much as in defense.

“Our quality is the extended bench. We, more or less, all spend the same minutes on the court. And whoever steps on the court is ready to give his maximum. Every match some other player pops-up, and it is important to search that one and help him score”, said Gordić who would like to see Virtus Bologna with Aleksandar Đorđević again in Belgrade.

“It will be superb to see them again, both for us and them. And I would like to be like that”, finished Nemanja Gordić his interview after the big triumph.

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Aleksandar Đorđević: “The fun is only on the court” https://www.talkbasket.net/63839-aleksandar-dordevic-the-fun-is-only-on-the-court https://www.talkbasket.net/63839-aleksandar-dordevic-the-fun-is-only-on-the-court#respond Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:35:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=63839 The head coach of Virtus Bologna, Aleksandar Đorđević, after his team’s defeat in Belgrade, said the fun is only on the court. Partizan NIS, in the first round of the Top 16 in the EuroCup, in an excellent atmosphere, celebrated against the Italian club with a score of 99:81. Aleksandar Đorđević started his press conference […]

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Aleksandar Đorđević: “The fun is only on the court”

The head coach of Virtus Bologna, Aleksandar Đorđević, after his team’s defeat in Belgrade, said the fun is only on the court.

Partizan NIS, in the first round of the Top 16 in the EuroCup, in an excellent atmosphere, celebrated against the Italian club with a score of 99:81.

Aleksandar Đorđević started his press conference by congratulating Partizan on an excellent game.

“First of all, congratulations to the winning team, I believe that Partizan was much better tonight. This was due to different reasons, objective and subjective. Yesterday, I made a question to my players. I was asking ‘who from you guys have ever come to Belgrade,’ and I just had three hands up. So this is a process of a team, of a club. We are trying to get to this level, and are trying to understand with these experiences what is needed to be played on this level of basketball to be competitive in the EuroCup. The words are not enough, or wishes, or commitments, or whatever. You have to play basketball, and definitely Partizan today was a better basketball team. Not in all 40 minutes, but in the second quarter, the key part of the game, where they hit 4 or 5 threes in a row and completely destroyed our confidence”, said Đorđević at the beginning of the press conference in Štark Arena.

One of the main teams for winning the EuroCup, according to fans and journalists, is Virtus Bologna, but their head coach thinks that Partizan is also the team that could win it.

“One of the teams that can win EuroCup is definitely Partizan. They play pretty well, they attacked the market like a storm, created a strong athletic squad. They have an excellent coach, management, they president Ostoja (Mijailović) is doing an amazing job. The sports director Lončar (Nikola), is proving himself in this field. With this crowd and this atmosphere. It is hard to play here. I told my players that I want to come back here. They have a task in front of them. We have to come back this year, in this competition, this year, on this court. And we can only do that in Finals,” explained Đorđević about his wishes.

Before the beginning of the game, when Đorđević entered the court, the crowd in packed Štark Arena welcomed him with a standing ovation. It was obvious that Virtus Bologna’s coach is still an enormous legend for all people in Partizan.

“I have barely managed to suppress my tears. I didn’t expect this, I am very grateful for the relationship that lasts, with fans, with the club, and all people that came to greet me. I was really surprised, thank you very much. We, from kids that started playing sports, became grownups because of the work ethic in Partizan, because of the principles we adopted here. I am still using those principles in sports and in life. I know that we, as players, received a lot from Partizan, and tonight I received much more that I gave”, said Đorđević, who is advising his players to play as many years as they can.

“I am telling my players to play as long as they can walk. After that nothing is important, all we others are spoilers of the big fun. And that big fun is only on the court. And today, I didn’t have fun at all.”

It is well-known that one of the main goals of Virtus Bologna is the participation in the EuroLeague, and this year the team from Italy has two ways to reach the goal, but Đorđević always thinks of the next step, and not about wishes.

“I can’t make plans for it. I can plan what is tomorrow’s practice, where is the next trip, what we will eat, how we will prepare, etc. That far I can’t go, because we lost ourselves in all those talks. There are a lot of aspects that lead one team to the winning team. There are even more aspects that create a championship team. One team, one club can win, but it can’t be a champion if it doesn’t have a leader. We brought our leaders this summer, and we created a plan and a program of all team with some famous names on the court. And that is the only thing that we can plan. Yes, it is our goal to reach the EuroLeague, both short-term and long-term goals. My opinion is that Virtus Bologna must put in front of itself, and we talk about it all the time, the task to be a constant member of the EuroLeague in the future. This is the only way to progress. For all of it, we need better infrastructure, the new arena, 18000 fantastic fans that exist here in Belgarde and in some other squads. These are our role-models, goals for which we are working every day. And what we wish, what we would love… curls, blond hair, but it doesn’t work like that,” finished Đorđević in his manner.

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Miško Ražnatović: “Igor Kokoškov is an excellent solution for the Serbian team” https://www.talkbasket.net/63488-misko-raznatovic-igor-kokoskov-is-an-excellent-solution-for-the-serbian-team https://www.talkbasket.net/63488-misko-raznatovic-igor-kokoskov-is-an-excellent-solution-for-the-serbian-team#respond Mon, 06 Jan 2020 05:37:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=63488 The Serbian basketball manager Miško Ražnatović in his interview for Sport Klub said that Igor Kokoškov is an excellent solution for the national team of Serbia. The leading European manager and the owner of the Beobasket sports agency, Miško Ražnatović, talked with Saša Ozmo from Sport Klub about the Serbian national team, Nikola Jokić, and […]

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Miško Ražnatović: “Igor Kokoškov is an excellent solution for the Serbian team”

The Serbian basketball manager Miško Ražnatović in his interview for Sport Klub said that Igor Kokoškov is an excellent solution for the national team of Serbia.

The leading European manager and the owner of the Beobasket sports agency, Miško Ražnatović, talked with Saša Ozmo from Sport Klub about the Serbian national team, Nikola Jokić, and Vasilije Micić.

A few months ago, the Basketball Federation of Serbia announced that the new men head coach is Igor Kokoškov and Miško Ražnatović thinks that it is a good decision for the national team.

Igor is an excellent solution, and I am glad he was able to get the approval of his club and the NBA league to accept the job. It isn’t easy at all. For the Serbian team, he is the best solution for the strategy and the motivation of the powerful team such as ours, made of extraordinary guys whose playing skill Igor will successfully combine for the common purpose – to Serbia brings the title”, said Ražnatović who is glad that his assistants’ coaches are Dejan Milojević (head coach of Mega Bemax) and Vladimir Jovanović (head coach of FMP).

“I like this practice where the best young domestic coaches get the chance to contribute, and at the same time to improve themselves in a national team like ours. That kind of practice will definitely bring a lot of energy and dedication, and these are very important things for achieving results that are expected from the basketball nation, such as Serbia”, Ražnatović was clear about new assistants’ coaches, and the leading European manager thinks that team of Serbia has more quality than their main rival in the qualification tournament – Italy.

“I think that Serbia has a huge advantage over Italy, looking at the team quality. And that advantage is especially notable under the basket. After all, that was visible last summer when Serbia beat Italy a couple of times without any effort, and our team didn’t look nor played well. And if we add home-court advantage, I really don’t think the winner is questionable”.

During the previous summer, the Serbian national team was fifth-placed squad at the World Cup, and Miško Ražnatović thinks that one of the reasons for this was the fact that the best players weren’t used the way they should be.

“From my point of view, too many compromises were made about the team, which led to a completely inadequate team structure with only four guards. Furthermore, the thing that ends us completely was the fact that our best players weren’t used in the proper way – I was talking about (Nikola) Jokić, (Nemanja) Bjelica, (Vasilije) Micić, and probably (Nikola) Milutinov. But, that is in the past”.

This EuroLeague season, Anadolu Efes is, for now, the leading team in the league and one of the best players there is Vasilije Micić.

Vasa had a lot of offers this summer. I would like to say that the most interesting one came from Real Madrid, but the choice was Efes. He is very happy there. For Vasa, who is with me from an early age, I have a clear plan and strategy, so I can only say that the sky is the limit for him. His only job is to play, and mine is to find the best court for it. That will be in the next and in the future seasons”.

Besides Vasilije Micić, Miško Ražnatović also mentioned Nikola Jokić and Marko Gudurić who are playing in the NBA.

Jokić is playing fro Denver Nuggets and he is now playing better than at the beginning of the season.

“The West Conference is really strong and any improvement from the last year would be a huge success for Denver. Nikola is playing pretty well, and it is unrealistic to expect from any player to play great in every game. I don’t think it was such a big deal he had 15 bad days during November. When I talk to him, and I talk very often, all his thoughts and goals are turned to his team’s success – his focus is clear as always, so the next step should be the West Conference Finals”, explained Ražnatović Jokić’s situation.

On the other side, Marko Gudurić is playing his rookie season in the NBA league, for Memphis Grizzlies, but he lost his spot in the roster.

“For the rookies, such as Marko, the NBA is a rollercoaster and things are rapidly changing in both directions. First, Marko Gudurić definitely has the quality to play serious NBA basketball. He currently isn’t at the forefront but as a professional, he understood that correctly. Second, his head is in the right place, he is well-aware of the expectations and his capabilities, and that will all depend on his willingness to fight, and he is ready for that fight. Marko is working tougher and he will be ready to catch the next opportunity on his way”.

As this was an interview from the beginning of the year, Miško Ražnatović was asked about his wishes for 2020.

“My business wish is for the teams I like to stay at the same level of competition where they are now. Privately, I would like to finally win in Mega’s New Year’s three-point contest”.

On Mega’s New Year’s three-point contest, Miško Ražnatović is participating with his daughter Maša Ražnatović.

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Kostas Sloukas: “It was a lucky shot because I’ve never practiced it” https://www.talkbasket.net/63231-kostas-sloukas-it-was-a-lucky-shot-because-ive-never-practiced-it https://www.talkbasket.net/63231-kostas-sloukas-it-was-a-lucky-shot-because-ive-never-practiced-it#respond Thu, 02 Jan 2020 23:44:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=63231 After his team’s win over Olympiacos in the first EuroLeague round in 2020, with a score 96:87, Kostas Sloukas emphasized in the importance of Fenerbahce’s victory. “It is a very important win for us. We controlled the rhythm of the game today and played pretty good basketball. So we 100 percent deserved to win this […]

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Kostas Sloukas: “It was a lucky shot because I’ve never practiced it”

After his team’s win over Olympiacos in the first EuroLeague round in 2020, with a score 96:87, Kostas Sloukas emphasized in the importance of Fenerbahce’s victory.

“It is a very important win for us. We controlled the rhythm of the game today and played pretty good basketball. So we 100 percent deserved to win this game.”

Fenerbahce only played with eight players in the match against Olympiacos, but, even with a lot of problems Željko Obradović’s team is facing, no one on the court gave up in the crucial moments of the match.

And one of the team leaders was the “Greek Magic” (Kostas Sloukas), who played more than 33 minutes.

“Not me, but all players on the court were great tonight. It was a team win. We are missing some players, but we showed tonight, that we will continue to fight no matter what.”

The newbie Malcolm Thomas already adopted the team system, and according to Kostas Sloukas, helped a team a lot.

“Malcolm did an incredible job today, after only first practice. He immediately understood our mentality and how we play the basketball”, said Sloukas about his new teammate.

Kostas Sloukas finished the match with 14 points and 9 assists, but a three-point shot was a highlight of his evening. At the end of the first quarter, the Greek guard managed to score a buzzer beater from the half of the court. When he was asked to comment on that shot, his answer was: “Oh, that was amazing. I shot the ball and it went in. I would say that this was a luck,” said Sloukas who was assured that the shot was a lucky one, even though, in his All Decade Nominee’ video, he was introduced with a similar shot, but wearing Olympiacos’ colors.

It was luck because I’ve never practiced it”, finished Kostas Sloukas his interview with TalkBasket.net.

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Bojan Dubljević and Valencia prevailed over Fenerbahce in an amazing game https://www.talkbasket.net/62613-bojan-dubljevic-and-valencia-prevailed-over-fenerbahce-in-an-amazing-game https://www.talkbasket.net/62613-bojan-dubljevic-and-valencia-prevailed-over-fenerbahce-in-an-amazing-game#respond Fri, 27 Dec 2019 21:10:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=62613 Bojan Dubljević dropped 30 points for Valencia in an amazing game against Fenerbahce and celebrated after overtime with a score 100:98. The match between Valencia and Fenerbahce was the most dramatic in the EuroLeague this season and the Spanish team left the court as the winner. Dubljević played his best ever game in the EuroLeague, […]

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Bojan Dubljević and Valencia prevailed over Fenerbahce in an amazing game

Bojan Dubljević dropped 30 points for Valencia in an amazing game against Fenerbahce and celebrated after overtime with a score 100:98.

The match between Valencia and Fenerbahce was the most dramatic in the EuroLeague this season and the Spanish team left the court as the winner.

Dubljević played his best ever game in the EuroLeague, by dropping 30 points and 12 rebounds (index rating of 42). But, that would almost be wasted if his team didn’t celebrate against the Turkish squad.

Fenerbahce was leading by 13 points in the second quarter, and before the beginning of the last period the home team had an 11-point advantage. And that didn’t stop the guests from getting closer and almost winning during the regular part of the match.

Alberto Abalde helped Valencia lead 84:82, 0.4 seconds before the end, but Željko Obradović called a time-out and made the action for Nando de Colo. The French player scored the buzzer-beater for the overtime.

During the overtime, Fener was better and, 18 second before the end, was leading by 7 (96:89). But, Valencia did not back down, they turned around the game and Jordan Loyd scored under fault for the final score of 100:98.

As it was already mentioned, Bojan Dubljević with 30 points was the best for the winning squad. Both Jordan Loyd and Brock Motum added 14 points, and Mike Tobey scored 12.

For Fenerbahce, Nando de Colo finished the game with 31 points, both Derrick Williams and Luigi Datome with 20, Ali Muhammed with 14, and Kostas Sloukas with 10 and 9 assists.

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Stefan Jović and Alexey Shved for the 8th victory of Khimki https://www.talkbasket.net/61933-stefan-jovic-and-alexey-shved-for-the-8th-victory-of-khimki https://www.talkbasket.net/61933-stefan-jovic-and-alexey-shved-for-the-8th-victory-of-khimki#respond Fri, 20 Dec 2019 21:22:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=61933 In the 15th round of the EuroLeague, both Stefan Jović and Alexey Shved scored 25 points in the victory of Khimki over Žalgiris Kaunas (83:74). Jović was the best player on the court for Khimki. The Serbian guard finished the match with 25 points (4/4 for two, 5/6 for three and 2/2 from free-point line) […]

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Stefan Jović and Alexey Shved for the 8th victory of Khimki

In the 15th round of the EuroLeague, both Stefan Jović and Alexey Shved scored 25 points in the victory of Khimki over Žalgiris Kaunas (83:74).

Jović was the best player on the court for Khimki. The Serbian guard finished the match with 25 points (4/4 for two, 5/6 for three and 2/2 from free-point line) for an index rating of 29. Shved also scored 25 points, but his index rating was 19. Jeremy Evans added 10 points for the home squad.

On the other side, Jock Landale of Žalgiris ended the game scoring 24 points (index rating of 30). Thomas Walkup scored 10 points.

After 15 rounds, Khimki scored 8 victories and 7 defeats and Žalgiris is the last team with only 3 wins and 12 losses.

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Excellent third quarter and Lorenzo Brown for the defeat of Olympiacos https://www.talkbasket.net/61929-excellent-third-quarter-and-lorenzo-brown-defeated-olympiacos https://www.talkbasket.net/61929-excellent-third-quarter-and-lorenzo-brown-defeated-olympiacos#respond Fri, 20 Dec 2019 20:34:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=61929 Crvena Zvezda defeated Olympiacos (88:81) in the EuroLeague, all thanks to the excellent third quarter and 34 points of Lorenzo Brown. In Round 15 of the best European basketball club competition, Crvena Zvezda scored its 6th victory by beating the Greek squad in Belgrade. The Red and Whites (Crvena Zvezda) started the game very well […]

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Excellent third quarter and Lorenzo Brown for the defeat of Olympiacos

Crvena Zvezda defeated Olympiacos (88:81) in the EuroLeague, all thanks to the excellent third quarter and 34 points of Lorenzo Brown.

In Round 15 of the best European basketball club competition, Crvena Zvezda scored its 6th victory by beating the Greek squad in Belgrade.

The Red and Whites (Crvena Zvezda) started the game very well and took the lead in the opening minutes. But, on about little less than 3 minutes till the end of the first 10 minutes, Olympiacos started its engine and finished that part with a five-point lead (21:16). And by the end of the first half, the guests from Greece were leading by 10 points (40:50).

The second half of the match brought totally different scenarios, especially in the third quarter. Crvena Zvezda won that part of the game with a score of 23:11 and the goal in the last ten minutes was only to protect the lead. And as that wasn’t enough, the home team increased the difference and won 88:81.

The best in the winning squad was, already mentioned, Lorenzo Brown with 34 points (index rating of 32). Billy Baron scored 17. These two players were the only ones who scored more than 10 points for the home squad.

Nikola Milutinov was unstoppable on the other side. The Serbian center dropped a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) for an index rating of 34. His effort was wasted because it wasn’t enough for Olympiacos to celebrate in Belgrade. His teammate Brandon Paul was the best scorer with 21 points, while Georgios Printezis finished the match with 16 points and 8 rebounds.

After this round, both Crvena Zvezda and Olympiacos have 6 victories and 9 defeats.

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Andrew Albicy’s three-pointer put an end to Fenerbahce’s hopes https://www.talkbasket.net/61782-andrew-albicys-three-pointer-put-an-end-to-fenerbahces-hopes https://www.talkbasket.net/61782-andrew-albicys-three-pointer-put-an-end-to-fenerbahces-hopes#respond Thu, 19 Dec 2019 21:57:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=61782 Three seconds before the end of the match against Fenerbahce in the EuroLeague, Andrew Albicy of Zenit Saint Petersburg scored a three-point shot for the 81-84 victory. Before the winning shot, Kostas Sloukas gave hope to Fenerbahce’s fans by also scoring behind the three-point line four seconds till the end of the game. But, the […]

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Andrew Albicy’s three-pointer put an end to Fenerbahce’s hopes

Three seconds before the end of the match against Fenerbahce in the EuroLeague, Andrew Albicy of Zenit Saint Petersburg scored a three-point shot for the 81-84 victory.

Before the winning shot, Kostas Sloukas gave hope to Fenerbahce’s fans by also scoring behind the three-point line four seconds till the end of the game. But, the hope for overtime lasted only for a one second when Andrew Albicy put an end to the match.

In the first half, the home team controlled the game, but guests were not allowing Fenerbahce to have an unreachable lead. The Turkish squad led by 5 (43:38) after the first 20 minutes.

Zenit adapted to Fener’s game during the second half and attacked its opponent basket successfully. Both teams scored 12 three-point shots from 26 attempts. But, in the end, Albicy’s one, three seconds before the end of the fourth quarter, is the one that will count.

Albicy finished the game with 12 points, same as Gustavo Ayon (assisted for the winning shot). Mateusz Ponitka of Zenit was the best with 16 points and 8 assists for an index rating of 29, while Evgeny Voronov scored 11 and Tim Abromaitis 10 points.

On the other side, for Fenerbahce’s squad, the best was Nikola Kalinić with 16 points and 4 assists (index rating of 21), while Joffrey Louvergne scored the most points (18) for the Turkish team. Besides those two players, only one with a double-digit score was, already mentioned, Kostas Sloukas (13 points).

This was the fourth win for Zenit Saint Petersburg in the EuroLeague (4-11), while Fenerbahce had his tenth defeat after 15 rounds (5-10).

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Bojan Dubljević’s 25 and Valencia’s 105 points for the victory over Baskonia https://www.talkbasket.net/61542-bojan-dubljevics-25-and-valencias-105-points-for-the-victory-over-baskonia https://www.talkbasket.net/61542-bojan-dubljevics-25-and-valencias-105-points-for-the-victory-over-baskonia#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 23:20:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=61542 Bojan Dubljević dropped 25 points and his Valencia scored 105 against Baskonia, who was stopped at 77 in the 14th round of the EuroLeague. The amazing Montenegrin center had an excellent performance for the 6th victory of his team in the EuroLeague. Dubljević was the MVP of the match with already mentioned 25 points and […]

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Bojan Dubljević’s 25 and Valencia’s 105 points for the victory over Baskonia

Bojan Dubljević dropped 25 points and his Valencia scored 105 against Baskonia, who was stopped at 77 in the 14th round of the EuroLeague.

The amazing Montenegrin center had an excellent performance for the 6th victory of his team in the EuroLeague.

Dubljević was the MVP of the match with already mentioned 25 points and 5 rebounds for the an index rating of 25. Alberto Abalde scored 16, while both Jordan Loyd and Sam Van Rossom finished the game with 13 points. Mike Tobey added 10 for Valencia.

Shavon Shields, with 22 points and 7 rebounds, was the best player for Baskonia, but his performance was not enough for his team to score its seventh victory in the strongest basketball European club competition. Tornike Shengelia added 15 and Luca Vildoza 12 points.

Baskonia only responded to Valencia’s attacks in the first 10 minutes of the match (the quarter was finished with a score of 19:19) and didn’t have enough strength to continue the fight.

On the other side, Valencia started to break the opponent in the second quarter when the team scored 27 points against Baskonia’s 17 and finished the job in the last part. In the last quarter, the home team had 36 against the guests’ 19 points.

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Aleksandar Đorđević will face Partizan with Virtus Bologna https://www.talkbasket.net/61521-aleksandar-dordevic-with-virtus-will-face-partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/61521-aleksandar-dordevic-with-virtus-will-face-partizan#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 22:47:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=61521 After the 81:72 win over AS Monaco in the last round of the first phase in the EuroCup, Aleksandar Đorđević with Virtus Bologna will play against Partizan NIS. Virtus Bologna, whose coach is the Serbian, and Partizan, legend Aleksandar Đorđević, finished the first phase of the EuroCup as the best team in Group A and […]

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Aleksandar Đorđević will face Partizan with Virtus Bologna

After the 81:72 win over AS Monaco in the last round of the first phase in the EuroCup, Aleksandar Đorđević with Virtus Bologna will play against Partizan NIS.

Virtus Bologna, whose coach is the Serbian, and Partizan, legend Aleksandar Đorđević, finished the first phase of the EuroCup as the best team in Group A and will form the new group where will also be Partizan, the second-placed team in Group B.

Aleksandar Đorđević, one of the best former Serbian players, won the EuroLeague (the name of the competition was FIBA European League) trophy with Partizan in the 1991/92 season (the only European trophy the club has) will come to Belgrade to coach Virtus against Partizan in front of the Grobari (the popular name for Partizan’s fans).

Before the last round, it was known that the Black and Whites were the second-placed team in Group B, but after the victory over AS Monaco (whose coach is also one of the Serbian legends, Saša Obradović), it was decided that Virtus Bologna would play against Partizan in the next part of the EuroCup. And the one player who is most responsible for the celebration of the Italian squad is Miloš Teodosić (also from Serbia).

The EuroLeague champion and captain of the Serbian national team, Miloš Teodosić, decided to sign with Virtus last summer and help Aleksandar Đorđević in the Italian League and the EuroCup.

Teodosić finished the match with 25 points, while his teammate Kyle Weems added 17 and Frank Gaines scored 12.

On the other side, Eric Buckner, with 12 points, was the best scorer for AS Monaco. Anthony Clemmons finished the match with 11 points and Paul Lacombe with 10.

AS Monaco also qualified for the next round, but as the third team in Group A, behind already mentioned Virtus and Andorra. The fourth team that will continue its EuroCup tour from that group is Promitheas Patras from Greece.

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Anadolu Efes beat Žalgiris in Kaunas to win eighth straight https://www.talkbasket.net/61516-anadolu-efes-beat-zalgiris-in-kaunas https://www.talkbasket.net/61516-anadolu-efes-beat-zalgiris-in-kaunas#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 21:29:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=61516 Anadolu Efes won 74:68 against Žalgiris in Kaunas and now is the only team with 12 victories after fourteen rounds in the EuroLeague. The Turkish club is in first place, leaving behind Real Madrid, Barcelona and Maccabi Tel Aviv, who are only one or two victories behind. So far, last year’s finalists are showing the […]

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Anadolu Efes beat Žalgiris in Kaunas to win eighth straight

Anadolu Efes won 74:68 against Žalgiris in Kaunas and now is the only team with 12 victories after fourteen rounds in the EuroLeague.

The Turkish club is in first place, leaving behind Real Madrid, Barcelona and Maccabi Tel Aviv, who are only one or two victories behind.

So far, last year’s finalists are showing the best team basketball in the strongest European basketball club competition. And the game against Žalgiris was just a confirmation of their quality.

The guests from Turkey started the game much better than the home team and scored 26 points after only 10 minutes, leaving behind Žalgiris with only 17.

But, in the second part of the match, Šarunas Jasikevičius’ squad responded very well and finished the first half leading by one point (43-42).

In the second half, Anadolu Efes totally took control of the game, even though both teams scored fewer points than in the first 20 minutes. So the score, in the end, was 74-68 for the guests.

Tibor Pleiss was the best player in the match with 18 points and 7 rebounds (index rating of 21), while his teammate Vasilije Micić also scored 18 points for Anadolu Efes. Another double-digit scorer for the Turkish squad was Rodrigue Beaubois with 16 points.

For Žalgiris, Jock Landale ended the match with 16 points, Edgaras Ulanovas with 14, and Martinas Geben with 11.

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Excellent Vladimir Lučić for the 5th victory of Bayern https://www.talkbasket.net/61008-excellent-vladimir-lucic-for-the-5th-victory-of-bayern https://www.talkbasket.net/61008-excellent-vladimir-lucic-for-the-5th-victory-of-bayern#respond Fri, 13 Dec 2019 23:53:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=61008 Vladimir Lučić and Bayern Munich took the home victory (77:69) against Zenit Saint Petersburg in the 13th Round of the EuroLeague season 2019/2020. The Serbian forward had an excellent night and deserved the MVP title of the match. Lučić finished the match with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists (index rating of 25). Greg […]

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Excellent Vladimir Lučić for the 5th victory of Bayern

Vladimir Lučić and Bayern Munich took the home victory (77:69) against Zenit Saint Petersburg in the 13th Round of the EuroLeague season 2019/2020.

The Serbian forward had an excellent night and deserved the MVP title of the match. Lučić finished the match with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists (index rating of 25).

Greg Monroe scored 12 and three players from Bayern Munich added 11 points each – Petteri Koponen, Maodo Lo and Diego Flaccadori.

On the other side, for Zenit’s squad, only two players ended the match with more than 10 points. Alex Renfroe scored 18, while Tim Abromaitis added 13.

Now, after 13 rounds, Bayern Munich has 5 victories and 8 defeats, while Zenit is at the bottom with only 3 wins (3-10).

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ASVEL Villeurbanne overcomes Armani Milano https://www.talkbasket.net/61003-asvel-overcome-armani https://www.talkbasket.net/61003-asvel-overcome-armani#respond Fri, 13 Dec 2019 23:32:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=61003 ASVEL Villeurbanne pulled off an incredible comeback and managed to beat Armani Milano (89:82) at home in Round 13 of the EuroLeague. This was the 6th win for the French team (6-7), while the Italian squad now has 7 victories and 6 defeats. It was a neck to neck fight during the first few minutes […]

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ASVEL Villeurbanne overcomes Armani Milano

ASVEL Villeurbanne pulled off an incredible comeback and managed to beat Armani Milano (89:82) at home in Round 13 of the EuroLeague.

This was the 6th win for the French team (6-7), while the Italian squad now has 7 victories and 6 defeats.

It was a neck to neck fight during the first few minutes of the game, but then Armani took the lead and finished the first half with a seven-point difference (45:38).

It was the third quarter that decided the winner, though. ASVEL exploded during these 10 minutes and scored amazing 32 points while allowing Armani only 16.

The best player for Zvezdan Mitrović’s squad was Jordan Taylor with 18 points, and 4 assists (index rating of 22). The best scorer with 19 points was David Lighty. These two players were the only ones with double-digit points for ASVEL, while Tonye Jekiri had 12 rebounds.

For Armani Milano, Luis Scola scored 14, Sergio Rodriguez 13, and both Arturas Gudaitis and Kaleb Tarczewski ended the match with 12 points.

In the next round, both teams are heading to Spain, Armani Milano will play against Real Madrid and ASVEL will face Barcelona.

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Amazing Shane Larkin and Anadolu Efes beat Baskonia https://www.talkbasket.net/60345-amazing-shane-larkin-and-anadolu-efes-beat-baskonia https://www.talkbasket.net/60345-amazing-shane-larkin-and-anadolu-efes-beat-baskonia#respond Fri, 06 Dec 2019 23:30:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=60345 Anadolu Efes, as a guest, beat Kirolbet Baskonia 102:77 in the 12th round of the EuroLeague and Shane Larkin again had an excellent night. Another amazing game for Larkin and his Anadolu Efes for the 10th win and leading position after 12 rounds (10-2). The Turkish team is the only one with ten victories in […]

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Amazing Shane Larkin and Anadolu Efes beat Baskonia

Anadolu Efes, as a guest, beat Kirolbet Baskonia 102:77 in the 12th round of the EuroLeague and Shane Larkin again had an excellent night.

Another amazing game for Larkin and his Anadolu Efes for the 10th win and leading position after 12 rounds (10-2). The Turkish team is the only one with ten victories in the EuroLeague, leaving behind Barcelona and Real Madrid (both teams have 9 wins).

Baskonia was another victim of Ergin Ataman’s squad and the team from Vitoria-Gasteiz didn’t have any chance against an excellent Efes. From the beginning, the Turkish team was playing its own game and celebrated after every quarter (26:16, 29:19, 21:18, 26:24).

In the first half, Efes built the lead and during the second part the visitors were protecting it.

The leader and the best player was Larkin, who finished the match with 24 points and 8 assists (index rating of 37). Sertac Sanli added 18, both Vasilije Micić and Chris Singleton 13, Rodrigue Beaubois 12 and Alec Peters 10.

Tornike Shengelia, with 20 points, led Baskonia, while two of his teammates ended the match with 16 points each – Nik Stauskas and Savon Shields.

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Win for Fenerbahce after OT; Kostas Sloukas drops double-double https://www.talkbasket.net/60341-win-for-fenerbahce-after-ot-kostas-sloukas-drops-double-double https://www.talkbasket.net/60341-win-for-fenerbahce-after-ot-kostas-sloukas-drops-double-double#respond Fri, 06 Dec 2019 22:54:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=60341 In the 12th round of the EuroLeague, amazing Kostas Sloukas and Fenerbahce celebrated 107:102 (88:88) against ALBA Berlin after overtime. This was the fifth victory for Željko Obradović’s squad, while the team from Germany has four wins and eight defeats. The best player on the court was Sloukas from Fenerbahce, who had his first double-double […]

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Win for Fenerbahce after OT; Kostas Sloukas drops double-double

In the 12th round of the EuroLeague, amazing Kostas Sloukas and Fenerbahce celebrated 107:102 (88:88) against ALBA Berlin after overtime.

This was the fifth victory for Željko Obradović’s squad, while the team from Germany has four wins and eight defeats.

The best player on the court was Sloukas from Fenerbahce, who had his first double-double this season.

The Greek player was on the court for 40:53 minutes and during that period he scored 23 points (5/6 for 2, 13/13 from the free-throw line) with 10 assists for an index rating of 39.

His teammate Nando De Colo scored 18, while Melih Mahmutoglu had one point less than De Colo. Joffrey Louvergne added 15 and Derrick Williams 14 points.

Rokas Giedraitis was the best scorer for ALBA with 19 points, while the best player was Luke Sikma. The American forward finished the match with 18 points and 8 rebounds.

Fenerbahce had an excellent game opener in front of its own crowd and in the first quarter they managed to control the movement of the ball against the team from Berlin. After the first 10 minutes of the match, the home team was leading by 14 (30-16).

But, in the second quarter, the guests adapted to the rhythm and slowly built their own game. ALBA got back in the match completely and was behind by only 1 point (41-40) after the first half.

In the second 20 minutes, both teams were playing for every ball. And 5.4 seconds till the end of the game, Williams missed an open three-point shot that would lead them to another win. But it didn’t, so Fenerbahce had to play overtime in front of the 8200 spectators.

In the overtime, the team from Berlin responded to every shot Fenerbahce made until Mahmutoglu scored three points for the 99:96.

But, Aito Garcia Reneses’ team didn’t back down and Giedraitis scored his fifth three-pointer, 15 seconds till the end of overtime.

But, the foul on Kostas Sloukas was a bad choice, because Fenerbahce’s guard was perfect from the free-throw line, putting an end to the match.

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Kostas Sloukas and Co. beat Khimki at home https://www.talkbasket.net/59608-kostas-sloukas-and-co-beat-khimki-at-home https://www.talkbasket.net/59608-kostas-sloukas-and-co-beat-khimki-at-home#respond Thu, 28 Nov 2019 20:03:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=59608 In the opening game of Round 11 in the EuroLeague, Kostas Sloukas and co. helped Fenerbahce beat Khimki in Istanbul (89-76). From the beginning of the game, the team from Istanbul was focused, even though they were missing three players, due to different types of injuries – Nando De Colo, Jan Vesely, Leo Westermann and […]

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Kostas Sloukas and Co. beat Khimki at home

In the opening game of Round 11 in the EuroLeague, Kostas Sloukas and co. helped Fenerbahce beat Khimki in Istanbul (89-76).

From the beginning of the game, the team from Istanbul was focused, even though they were missing three players, due to different types of injuries – Nando De Colo, Jan Vesely, Leo Westermann and Nikola Kalinić.

But, the rest of the team did a fantastic job with protecting the home court against the Russian team. Sloukas, Melih Mahmutoglu and Luigi Datome were the ones that lead the team.

“The Greek magic” (Sloukas) was one assist shy of the double-double score. Sloukas finished the game with 19 points and 9 assists for an index rating of 23. He was the MVP of the match.

Fenerbahce captain Mahmutoglu scored also 19 points (index rating of 20), while Datome was the best scorer of the team with 20 points for an index rating of 18.

Besides this excellent trio, there were two more players with 10+ points in Fenerbahce roster. Derrick Williams finished the match with 12 and 8 boards, while Ahmet Duverioglu added 10 (index rating of 18).

On the other side, Janis Timma was the best scorer of Khimki with 26 points. His teammate Anthony Gill added 18 with 9 rebounds (the best index rating in the match – 26), while Jonas Jerebko scored 10 points.

After Round 11, Fenerbahce has 4 wins and 7 losses, while Khimki has 6 victories and 5 defeats.

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Nikola Milutinov: “This game was like the finals for us” https://www.talkbasket.net/58388-nikola-milutinov-this-game-was-like-the-finals-for-us https://www.talkbasket.net/58388-nikola-milutinov-this-game-was-like-the-finals-for-us#respond Sat, 16 Nov 2019 00:44:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=58388 Nikola Milutinov, after Olympiacos defeated Zalgiris 83-74 in the EuroLeague, said that this win means a lot for the atmosphere in the locker-room. One of the most important players in the Greek team Nikola Milutinov was more than happy that his squad celebrated in Peace and Friendship Sports Hall against team from Kaunas. “This win […]

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Nikola Milutinov: “This game was like the finals for us”

Nikola Milutinov, after Olympiacos defeated Zalgiris 83-74 in the EuroLeague, said that this win means a lot for the atmosphere in the locker-room.


One of the most important players in the Greek team Nikola Milutinov was more than happy that his squad celebrated in Peace and Friendship Sports Hall against team from Kaunas.


“This win means a lot. We were in very difficult situation, we were loosing games at home with 25 points difference. It was really difficult, especially when you play one game a week. It is hard after the loss to wait 7-8 days for the next match. We had tough period, but we were well aware of the importance of this game. I am glad we won for, so to say, better atmosphere in the locker-room, for the team spirit. We needed this win”,
said Milutinov after the game.


The home team was very tight at the beginning of the match against Zalgiris, but they were playing much better and especially in the third quarter. In the moments when the team needed some action, Nikola Milutinov throw himself to catch the ball. His amazing rebound paid off. After few seconds, Milutinov’s teammate Antonis Koniaris scored his firsts and only points during the match for the result 43-39. It looked like that move was extra motive for the whole squad.

“I only did my best in the match. I have already mentioned that this game was important to us. It is like we played in the final. My goal was to help the team in every possible way. Whole team showed they can play this kind of games. We showed we can play well even in the tough situations”, said Nikola Milutinov after another great individual performance (14 points, 8 rebounds for the index rating of 27).

“Team performance is more important than individual. I would like more for my team to play well. It is not important if one individual is playing good, when team is not winning”.

The Serbian center would like for his team to continue to play the way they played against Zalgiris, but he is still uncertain if this game means they’re back on track.

“I am not sure what will happen in the future. We all want to continue where we stopped today, but I am still not sure if this means we will continue with good games, or this was only one. We played excellent in Russia, and soon after lost at home with 25 points behind. Even though it is difficult to be sure what will future bring, we will all continue to fight”, finished Milutinov his interview for TalkBasket.net.

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Ana Dabović on TalkBasket: “Crowd helps me play better” https://www.talkbasket.net/58116-ana-dabovic-on-talkbasket-crowd-help-me-play-better https://www.talkbasket.net/58116-ana-dabovic-on-talkbasket-crowd-help-me-play-better#respond Thu, 14 Nov 2019 01:10:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=58116 The Serbian basketball player Ana Dabović called crowd to join women’s national team in “Ranko Žeravica” Basketball Hall on Thursday against Turkey. Ana Dabović and the girls are hosting Turkey in Belgrade in the first qualification game for the EuroBasket 2021 and she used the opportunity to call all fans to come and support Marina […]

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Ana Dabović on TalkBasket: “Crowd helps me play better”

The Serbian basketball player Ana Dabović called crowd to join women’s national team in “Ranko Žeravica” Basketball Hall on Thursday against Turkey.

Ana Dabović and the girls are hosting Turkey in Belgrade in the first qualification game for the EuroBasket 2021 and she used the opportunity to call all fans to come and support Marina Maljković’s team.

“Crowd help me a lot, and I suppose other girls too. It is well known that teams with the best fans have great results. Whenever there is a lot of people in sports arena, even if they cheer against me, I have extra motive. In fact, it is fun when there are more people. I like to have more responsibility to show them excellent performance. They can enjoy, and we together with them. Till now, it was always the case. So, I really hope, if arena would be packed, we achieve our goal because it won’t be easy”, said Ana Dabović who was thrilled to see new young faces in the team.

“When I see young players in the team, it is extra motive for me, to be a good example for them. We, more experienced, have a responsibility and feel a need to help them adapt to our system and to feel our energy. They are someone who will inherit us, but I still don’t want to talk about inheritance because we now have the best years. In my opinion, playing after 30s is the best, because player then has enough maturity and experience and really knows the game. That can be visible on the court. It is my opinion. I hope we can teach younger players something and as for now, I like what is going on in the national team. Young players are coming, learning from experienced ones and I am hoping they will continue our path. But, after few more years”, Ana was honest.

One of the best players in the Serbian women’s squad is feeling great and can’t wait to see what will happen in this qualification round.

The girl national team in the last five years won 3 medals, and the last was bronze at the EuroBasket in Serbia this summer. Ana Dabović and her generation are the girls who created the cult of female basketball national team. Because of them, more and more girls are interested in basketball in Serbia.

“When I hear someone saying that we are the ones who are responsible for people paying attention to female basketball in Serbia, I get goosebumps. I think a lot about it, but in order to continue the path we created because everyone expect from us to continue this way. We have three medals from last five years and people will expect more successes from us. I am aware of it in order to motivate myself to be even better. We are the generation who won the first European gold (for Serbia in 2015) and I am glad that lots of girls are here from that team, and we will all continue to grow with newcomers”, finished Ana Dabović her interview for TalkBasket.net.

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Mitchell Watt: “We are building in the right direction” https://www.talkbasket.net/57413-mitchell-watt-we-are-building-in-the-right-direction https://www.talkbasket.net/57413-mitchell-watt-we-are-building-in-the-right-direction#respond Tue, 05 Nov 2019 23:03:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=57413 The hero of the first victory of Reyer Venezia over Partizan in the EuroCup Mitchell Watt said that his team is moving in the right direction. Partizan was defeated for the first time in the EuroCup this season. The team that won against Partizan was Reyer Venezia with a score of 83:69 in “Štark” Arena […]

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Mitchell Watt: “We are building in the right direction”

The hero of the first victory of Reyer Venezia over Partizan in the EuroCup Mitchell Watt said that his team is moving in the right direction.

Partizan was defeated for the first time in the EuroCup this season. The team that won against Partizan was Reyer Venezia with a score of 83:69 in “Štark” Arena in Belgrade. The MVP of the match, Mitchell Watt said for TalkBaket.net that his team is going in the right direction.

“I think we were just building our game slowly and slowly over the weeks. Game against Partizan and Lokomotiv were the two tough games to start the (European) season with, but tonight we showed we are building in the right direction”, said Watt after the match against Partizan.

The American power forward/center finished the game with 27 points (11/12 for 2 and 5/6 from the free-throw line), 5 rebounds and 5 assist for the index rating of 37.

“I went out there with a lot of confidence, my teammates helped me a lot. I just got things going early in the game and kept rolling. You know, the more shots that go in, the more confidence you got”, Mitchell Watt said before he complimented Partizan’s fans.

“The crowd here is amazing. You can tell that they really know basketball, they appreciate the game. With so many people here it was a beautiful place to play”, finished Mitchell Watt his interview.

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Svetislav Pešić: “I’m here if Crvena Zvezda needs anything” https://www.talkbasket.net/56126-svetislav-pesic-im-here-if-crvena-zvezda-needs-anything https://www.talkbasket.net/56126-svetislav-pesic-im-here-if-crvena-zvezda-needs-anything#respond Thu, 24 Oct 2019 22:52:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=56126 The head coach of Barcelona, Svetislav Pešić, was satisfied with the warm welcome from Crvena Zvezda’s fans in the fourth round of the EuroLeague. Barcelona beat Crvena Zvezda 73-65 in the fourth round of the best European club competition in the “Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall, also known as Pionir, and after the win, coach Pesic […]

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Svetislav Pešić: “I’m here if Crvena Zvezda needs anything”

The head coach of Barcelona, Svetislav Pešić, was satisfied with the warm welcome from Crvena Zvezda’s fans in the fourth round of the EuroLeague.

Barcelona beat Crvena Zvezda 73-65 in the fourth round of the best European club competition in the “Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall, also known as Pionir, and after the win, coach Pesic thanked all the fans for the warm welcome.

“I am so thankful for this warm welcome. If your neighbor appreciates you it means you worth something. In other words, I am really glad they welcomed me the way they did and I am always here if something needs to be done for Zvezda. I am still 100% here, follow what is going on and Zvezda is on the right track” said Pešić who was grateful for four quarters in basketball.

“First 20 minutes Zvezda played excellent, especially in defense. They played one on one and fight for every ball. Fortunately for us, there are four ten minute quarters so we eventually explained to our players what needs to be done. We managed to return and win on this difficult court”, he mentioned.

After the win against Crvena Zvezda, the head coach of Barcelona explained to the journalists that this is only the beginning of the season.

“We are in October, at the beginning of the season. And season lasts for 10 months, this is only the first. Zvezda lost some games now, but that is part of the sport. The team has the character, they showed in the games against Fenerbahce and Maccabi when they returned to the game. Everything would be different if Baron (Billy) scored for the three, but the ball will go in eventually”, the coach of Barcelona stated at the press conference after the game in Belgrade.

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Maccabi celebrated against Crvena Zvezda after overtime https://www.talkbasket.net/55491-maccabi-celebrated-against-crvena-zvezda-after-overtime https://www.talkbasket.net/55491-maccabi-celebrated-against-crvena-zvezda-after-overtime#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2019 22:20:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=55491 In the third round of the EuroLeague, Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv prevailed over Crvena Zvezda (84-69) in “Menora Mivtachim” Arena after overtime. Looking at the scores by quarters, Maccabi was better than Crvena Zvezda only in the first 10 minutes. The team from Israel won that part of the game with a score of 24:13. […]

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Maccabi celebrated against Crvena Zvezda after overtime

In the third round of the EuroLeague, Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv prevailed over Crvena Zvezda (84-69) in “Menora Mivtachim” Arena after overtime.

Looking at the scores by quarters, Maccabi was better than Crvena Zvezda only in the first 10 minutes. The team from Israel won that part of the game with a score of 24:13.

In the other three quarters, the guests were getting closer and finally, in the last part of the game, Michael Ojo made a pair of free throws and forced an overtime (67-67).

In the extra period, Maccabi totally took control of the match and defended their home court against Crvena Zvezda. The home team didn’t allow its opponent to score more than 2 points in the additional 5 minutes.

Scottie Wilbekin was the best scorer (16 points) for Maccabi, while Omri Casspi, who returned to the EuroLeague after spending 10 years in the NBA, was the best player. Casspi had 15 points and 8 rebounds for an index rating of 24. Nate Wolters also scored 15 points and Tarik Black added 11.

Stratos Perperoglou had an excellent night for the Serbians, but his efforts weren’t enough for his team to steal a win. The Greek player finished the game with 18 points and 5 rebounds (index rating of 16). Aside from him, Ognjen Dobrić was the only one that scored in double figures (10 points).

Next week in the EuroLeague, Crvena Zvezda will host Barcelona and Maccabi is also going to play at home, but against Valencia.

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Amazing Nando de Colo and Fenerbahce survived Baskonia https://www.talkbasket.net/55478-amazing-nando-de-colo-and-fenerbahce-survived-baskonia https://www.talkbasket.net/55478-amazing-nando-de-colo-and-fenerbahce-survived-baskonia#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2019 21:04:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=55478 Nando de Colo and Fenerbahce Beko overpowered Kirolbet Baskonia in Istanbul for the first EuroLeague win in season 2019/2020 (87-80). In the first two rounds of the best European club competition, the team from Istanbul had two defeats (the first one against Real Madrid and the second one against Crvena Zvezda) as a guest. But […]

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Amazing Nando de Colo and Fenerbahce survived Baskonia

Nando de Colo and Fenerbahce Beko overpowered Kirolbet Baskonia in Istanbul for the first EuroLeague win in season 2019/2020 (87-80).

In the first two rounds of the best European club competition, the team from Istanbul had two defeats (the first one against Real Madrid and the second one against Crvena Zvezda) as a guest. But on their home court, they managed to celebrate against Baskonia, mostly thanks to an excellent scoring night of Nando de Colo.

The French player finished the match with 39 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists for the index rating of 44. Nando de Colo was the only one in Fenerbahce with a double-digit scoring, no one else had 10 or more points. Jan Vesely ended the game with 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists (index rating of 16).

On the other side, four players scored 10 or more points for the Basques and the best scorer among them was Tornike Shengelia with 18 points. Shavon Shields scored one point less than Shengelia, while Pierria Henry added 15 and Achille Polonara scored 10.

In the next round of the EuroLeague, Fenerbahce will travel to Milan to play against Olimpia Milano, and Kirolbet Baskonia is hosting Olympiacos.

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Zvezdan Mitrović: “My team showed amazing character” https://www.talkbasket.net/54887-mitrovic-my-team-showed-amazing-character https://www.talkbasket.net/54887-mitrovic-my-team-showed-amazing-character#respond Thu, 10 Oct 2019 23:20:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=54887 Zvezdan Mitrović, the head coach of ASVEL Villeurbanne, was satisfied after his team’s victory against Panathinaikos (79-78). After two rounds in the EuroLeague, newcomer ASVEL scored two wins, both against Greek clubs – Olympiacos in the first round and now against Panathinaikos. After the game against the “Greens”, Mitrović explained that his team wasn’t even […]

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Zvezdan Mitrović: “My team showed amazing character”

Zvezdan Mitrović, the head coach of ASVEL Villeurbanne, was satisfied after his team’s victory against Panathinaikos (79-78).

After two rounds in the EuroLeague, newcomer ASVEL scored two wins, both against Greek clubsOlympiacos in the first round and now against Panathinaikos.

After the game against the “Greens”, Mitrović explained that his team wasn’t even imagined this outcome at the beginning of the EuroLeague season.

My team tonight showed amazing character and an amazing game. When we went down we still tried to fight until the last second. In the end, we started to play really good defense and I think we deserved to win. In the craziest dreams, we couldn’t imagine that we would open the EuroLeague season against two legendary Greek teams and win both games at home,” Mitrović mentioned after the game.

In the third round of the EuroLeague, Bayern will host ASVEL and this will be another challenge for the French squad.

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Željko Obradović: “My team surprised me” https://www.talkbasket.net/54878-obradovic-my-team-surprised-me https://www.talkbasket.net/54878-obradovic-my-team-surprised-me#respond Thu, 10 Oct 2019 22:49:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=54878 The Head coach of Fenerbahce Beko, Željko Obradović, was shocked after his team’s loss to Crvena Zvezda (68-56) in the “Štark” Arena. Coach Obradović was shocked not because his team was defeated by Zvezda but because of the mistakes they made. “To be honest, I was more surprised by my team than by Crvena Zvezda. […]

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Željko Obradović: “My team surprised me”

The Head coach of Fenerbahce Beko, Željko Obradović, was shocked after his team’s loss to Crvena Zvezda (68-56) in the “Štark” Arena.

Coach Obradović was shocked not because his team was defeated by Zvezda but because of the mistakes they made.

“To be honest, I was more surprised by my team than by Crvena Zvezda. I am the man who always looks at myself first and in my opinion, this image is not good and I need to think as a coach, to realize the mistakes that were made. It is obvious that Crvena Zvezda played better and I congratulate them on the win. They fight all 40 minutes and wanted the victory more”, said Obradović at the press conference after the game.

After the match, for the first time in his coaching career, the Serbian coach was speechless.

“I entered the locker room and for the first time after 27 years I was speechless. I didn’t know what to say. But I am the most responsible one. With my assistants, I have to analyze and try to realize why we played like we did and scored miserable 56 points. This is not the level of the team and the Fenerbahce players”, said Fenerbahce’s head coach whose team now has two losses in the EuroLeague (0-2).

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Crvena Zvezda surprised Fenerbahce for the first EuroLeague win https://www.talkbasket.net/54866-crvena-zvezda-surprised-fenerbahce-for-the-first-euroleague-win https://www.talkbasket.net/54866-crvena-zvezda-surprised-fenerbahce-for-the-first-euroleague-win#respond Thu, 10 Oct 2019 21:59:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=54866 In the second round of the EuroLeague, Crvena Zvezda rallied past Fenerbahce Beko in front of about 17.000 people in “Štark” Arena (68-56). The team from Serbia surprised Fenerbahce with an excellent defense. Every player of the home team indeed needed to take an effort to score, but the same was on the other side, […]

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Crvena Zvezda surprised Fenerbahce for the first EuroLeague win

In the second round of the EuroLeague, Crvena Zvezda rallied past Fenerbahce Beko in front of about 17.000 people in “Štark” Arena (68-56).

The team from Serbia surprised Fenerbahce with an excellent defense. Every player of the home team indeed needed to take an effort to score, but the same was on the other side, too.

Željko Obradović’s players were without a solution, without an idea of how to play against Milan Tomić’s squad.

In the first quarter, only Nando De Colo was playing on the level a Fenerbahce player needed to be. Everyone else was stopped thanks to an excellent defense by Branko Lazić, Stratos Perperoglou, Dejan Davidovac, Ognjen Dobrić, and co.

The best scorer on the court for Crvena Zvezda was Lorenzo Brown with 13 points, while both Perperoglou and James Gist scored 11.

On the other side, for Fenerbahce, the top scorer was De Colo with 19 points, while Ali Muhammed added 13.

Now, Crvena Zvezda has 1 win and 1 loss after two rounds in the EuroLeague, while the Turkish team has two losses (0-2).

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Amazing Zagorac for the first home win of Partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/54733-amazing-zagorac-for-the-first-home-win-of-partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/54733-amazing-zagorac-for-the-first-home-win-of-partizan#respond Tue, 08 Oct 2019 23:15:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=54733 Partizan NIS won 93-80 against Tofas Bursa in the second round of the EuroCup, in the new home of the team – the “Štark” Arena. Rade Zagorac had an amazing night. The team from Belgrade will host their opponents in “Štark” Arena for another five years after replacing “Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall, aka Pionir. In […]

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Amazing Zagorac for the first home win of Partizan

Partizan NIS won 93-80 against Tofas Bursa in the second round of the EuroCup, in the new home of the team – the “Štark” Arena. Rade Zagorac had an amazing night.

The team from Belgrade will host their opponents in “Štark” Arena for another five years after replacing “Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall, aka Pionir. In the first game, Partizan already celebrated in front of their fans.

The guests were terrific at the beginning of the match, but their sprint lasted only 20 minutes. The only quarter that belonged to the guest was the first.

In the first 10 minutes, Tofas scored 27 and Partizan 15 points. The home team started to wake up in the second quarter, but at the end of that part the guests led by 4 (49-45).

In the second half, it was a one-team game, while Rade Zagorac and Novica Veličković were the ones who took control and helped their team win.

Zagorac finished the match with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals (index rating of 35), while Novica Veličković had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Both Nemanja Gordić and Torrian Walden scored 12 points.

Devin Williams scored 18 points for Tofas, while two of his teammates had 16 points each – Tarik Phillip and DJ White. Matt Lojeski ended the match with 14 points.

With this comeback win, the team from Belgrade improved to 2-0, while Tofas has 1 victory and 1 loss.

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Marko Simonović and Cedevita Olimpija too strong for Mega Bemax https://www.talkbasket.net/54392-marko-simonovic-and-cedevita-olimpija-too-strong-for-mega-bemax https://www.talkbasket.net/54392-marko-simonovic-and-cedevita-olimpija-too-strong-for-mega-bemax#respond Fri, 04 Oct 2019 21:05:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=54392 In the ABA League season opener, Cedevita Olimpija won 87-63 against Mega Bemax in “Ranko Žeravica” Sports Hall in Belgrade, Serbia. This was the first time that Mega Bemax is playing the ABA League in Belgrade as a host and unfortunately for them, they lost in the first game against the team from Ljubljana. From […]

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Marko Simonović and Cedevita Olimpija too strong for Mega Bemax

In the ABA League season opener, Cedevita Olimpija won 87-63 against Mega Bemax in “Ranko Žeravica” Sports Hall in Belgrade, Serbia.

This was the first time that Mega Bemax is playing the ABA League in Belgrade as a host and unfortunately for them, they lost in the first game against the team from Ljubljana.

From the beginning of the game, guests were forcing their rhythm. After 10 minutes Cedevita Olimpija was leading by 8 (16-8). In the second part of the game, Mega managed to get back and in one moment guests were only leading by 4 (26-22). But then the team from Ljubljana took control again and after 20 minutes score was 41-32.

In the second half, Cedevita Olimpija was only protecting their lead and easily managed to increase their advantage and celebrate.

The best player for Cedevita Olimpija was Marko Simonović with 24 points and 4 steals (index rating of 28). His teammate Codi Miller-McIntyre added 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (index rating of 25), while Filip Krušlin scored 12 points.

On the other side, in Mega Bemax, the best was again Marko Simonović (loaned to Mega by Cedevita Olimpija). Young center finished the match with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Uroš Trifunović scored 11 points, while Luka Ašćerić added 10.

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Panathinaikos won against Crvena Zvezda; Gist returned to Athens https://www.talkbasket.net/54296-panathinaikos-won-against-zvezda-gist-returned-to-athens https://www.talkbasket.net/54296-panathinaikos-won-against-zvezda-gist-returned-to-athens#respond Thu, 03 Oct 2019 20:44:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=54296 Panathinaikos OPAP won 87:82 against Crvena Zvezda in the first round of the EuroLeague in Athens, Greece. The crowd in Athens had a chance to see James Gist (who played for the Greens for 7 successful years) again, but now as the player of the Serbian club. Also, it was probably an emotional visit for […]

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Panathinaikos won against Crvena Zvezda; Gist returned to Athens

Panathinaikos OPAP won 87:82 against Crvena Zvezda in the first round of the EuroLeague in Athens, Greece.

The crowd in Athens had a chance to see James Gist (who played for the Greens for 7 successful years) again, but now as the player of the Serbian club. Also, it was probably an emotional visit for Stratos Perperoglou, who started his EuroLeague career with Panathinaikos.

The aforementioned players were two of the three from Crvena Zvezda with a double-digit score, but it wasn’t enough for the team from Belgrade to celebrate in Greece. Gist was the best against his ex-club with 22 points and 7 rebounds (index rating of 17), while Perperoglou added 15 points, same as his teammate Billy Baron (5 rebounds, 6 assists).

The two players were amazing in PanathinaikosDeshaun Thomas and Nick Calathes. Thomas was the best with 18 points and 11 rebounds (index rating of 25) and Calathes was the best scorer with 21 points. One of the best Greek guards and a member of the national team also had 7 assists. Tyrese Rice ended the match with 12 points, while Jimmer Fredette scored 11 points.

In the next round of the EuroLeague, Crvena Zvezda will host Fenerbahce, while Panathinaikos is traveling to France to play against ASVEL.

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EuroCup: Partizan won in Venice https://www.talkbasket.net/54089-partizan-won-in-venice https://www.talkbasket.net/54089-partizan-won-in-venice#respond Tue, 01 Oct 2019 21:02:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=54089 In the first round of group B in the EuroCup, Partizan NIS won 66-63 against Umana Reyer Venezia and started its European competition with a win. The club from Italy was hosting the team from Serbia in the season opener, but it wasn’t able to celebrate in front of its own crowd. In the first […]

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EuroCup: Partizan won in Venice

In the first round of group B in the EuroCup, Partizan NIS won 66-63 against Umana Reyer Venezia and started its European competition with a win.

The club from Italy was hosting the team from Serbia in the season opener, but it wasn’t able to celebrate in front of its own crowd.

In the first and the last quarter, Partizan was better (first – 11:19 and fourth – 16:18), while the hosts scored more points in the second and the third (second – 17:11 and third – 19:18).

Rashawn Thomas was the best for Partizan with 11 points and 13 rebounds (4 offensive and 9 defensive), while the top scorer was Marcus Paige with 14 points. Ognjen Jaramaz added 12 and William Mosley ended the match with 10.

For the home team, Michael Bramos was the only player with a double-digit score. The Greek-American small forward/shooting guard scored 12 points.

In the next EuroCup round, Partizan will host Tofas Bursa in Belgrade, while Umana Reyer Venezia is traveling to Russia to play against Lokomotiv Kuban.

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Jaycee Carroll will miss the game against Fenerbahce? https://www.talkbasket.net/53869-jaycee-carroll-will-miss-the-game-against-fenerbahce https://www.talkbasket.net/53869-jaycee-carroll-will-miss-the-game-against-fenerbahce#respond Sun, 29 Sep 2019 21:46:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=53869 Jaycee Carroll of Real Madrid will probably miss his team’s EuroLeague opener against Fenerbahce due to injury, according to Carlos Sanchez Blas. His team dominaed UCAM Murcia 97-69 in the ACB League, but Carroll had to leave the court after he was fouled by Rafa Luz of Murcia. After the fall, Jaycee Carroll managed to […]

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Jaycee Carroll will miss the game against Fenerbahce?

Jaycee Carroll of Real Madrid will probably miss his team’s EuroLeague opener against Fenerbahce due to injury, according to Carlos Sanchez Blas.

His team dominaed UCAM Murcia 97-69 in the ACB League, but Carroll had to leave the court after he was fouled by Rafa Luz of Murcia.

After the fall, Jaycee Carroll managed to get up and go to the locker room on his feet, but the first medical results showed Real Madrid guard suffered a cervical sprain.

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Anthony Davis with the USA at the Olympics https://www.talkbasket.net/53864-anthony-davis-with-the-usa-at-the-olympics https://www.talkbasket.net/53864-anthony-davis-with-the-usa-at-the-olympics#respond Sun, 29 Sep 2019 21:23:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=53864 Anthony Davis has expressed his desire to play for the USA at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. Gregg Popovich will have a new dream team next summer. A wish to play for the USA, besides Davis, has also been expressed by Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson and James Harden. Team USA will […]

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Anthony Davis with the USA at the Olympics

Anthony Davis has expressed his desire to play for the USA at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

Gregg Popovich will have a new dream team next summer. A wish to play for the USA, besides Davis, has also been expressed by Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson and James Harden.

Team USA will have excellent players in Japan next year because another famous NBA player will join the aforementioned players. Coach Pop won’t let the World Cup situation be repeated.

Th new LA Lakers player was clear about playing for the national team in Japan during the Lakers media day.

“I want to play for the USA if I get the opportunity to, and they invite me. I would definitely love to. Pop, I’m ready”, said the LA Lakers newcomer.

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Real Madrid is the Supercopa champion https://www.talkbasket.net/53306-real-madrid-is-the-supercopa-champion https://www.talkbasket.net/53306-real-madrid-is-the-supercopa-champion#respond Sun, 22 Sep 2019 20:44:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=53306 Real Madrid won the 2019/20 edition of the Spanish Supercopa, by beating Barcelona in the Final with a score 89-79. It is the first title for Real Madrid this season. The team from Spain’s capital defended the trophy all thanks to their recognizable style – excellent defensive and offensive play during all minutes of the […]

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Real Madrid is the Supercopa champion

Real Madrid won the 2019/20 edition of the Spanish Supercopa, by beating Barcelona in the Final with a score 89-79.

It is the first title for Real Madrid this season. The team from Spain’s capital defended the trophy all thanks to their recognizable style – excellent defensive and offensive play during all minutes of the match.

Facundo Campazzo was the best scorer of the winning squad with 16 points, while Rudy Fernández and Jordan Mickey scored 10 points each and helped coach Pablo Laso win his fifth Supercopa title with Real Madrid (2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2018/2019, 2019/2020).

On the other side, Brandon Davies scored 23 points and Nikola Mirotić ended the match with 14. Both Cory Higgins and Malcolm Delaney scored 13 points, but it wasn’t enough for the win against the “Eternal” rival.

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World Cup classification games roundup – September 8th https://www.talkbasket.net/52244-world-cup-classification-games-roundup-september-8th https://www.talkbasket.net/52244-world-cup-classification-games-roundup-september-8th#respond Sun, 08 Sep 2019 15:23:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=52244 Korea, Tunisia, Nigeria and Iran won their second games of World Cup classification round (17th until 32nd place). Korea beat Cote d’Ivoire with a score of 80-71. Guna Ra was the player of the game with 26 points and 16 rebounds for the index rating of 38. His teammate, Hoon Heo, scored 16 points, while […]

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World Cup classification games roundup – September 8th

Korea, Tunisia, Nigeria and Iran won their second games of World Cup classification round (17th until 32nd place).

Korea beat Cote d’Ivoire with a score of 80-71. Guna Ra was the player of the game with 26 points and 16 rebounds for the index rating of 38. His teammate, Hoon Heo, scored 16 points, while Chan Hee Park ended the match with 14.

For Cote d’Ivoire, Charles Abouo scored 15 points, but the best players on the court were Bryan Pamba and Souleyman Diabate. Both of them scored 12 points with the same index rating (12).

Tunisia was better than Angola by two points. The final result of the game was 86-84. Salah Mejri scored 18 points with 8 rebounds (index rating of 31) for Tunisia, while Michael Roll ended the match with 21 points (index rating of 20) and Makram Ben Romdhane with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists (index rating of 28).

On the other side, Yanick Moreira had 21 points and 9 rebounds (index rating of 28). Gerson Domingos had two points less (19), while Valdélicio Joaquim scored 16 and Carlos Morais finished the match with 10.

Nigeria won 86-73 against China in the third classification game of the day. For the African squad the best was Josh Okogie with 19 points (index rating of 27), while for the hosts, Jianlian Yi ended the match with 27 points. That wasn’t enough for China to celebrate against Nigeria.

In the last today’s match of the classification games, Iran won 95-75 against the Philippines, mostly thanks to both Behnam Yakhchalidehkordi and Hamed Haddadi. Their index ratings were 22. Yakhchalidehkordi scored 14 points, while Haddadi finished the match with 19. Mohammadsamad Nik Khahbahrami added 17, Mohammad Jamshidijafarabadi 16 and Aaron Geramipoor 12.

Robert Lee Jr. Bolick was the top performer for the Philippines. He scored 15 points. Only two more players had 10+ points for the PhilippinesAndray Blatche (12) and June Mar Fajardo 10.

After those games, the best team in Group M is Nigeria, with 3 wins and 2 losses and China is second with 2 wins and 3 losses. The third is Korea, while the last team in Group M is Cote d’Ivoire.

In Group N, Tunisia is the best with 3 wins and 2 losses. The second is Iran and on the third position is Angola. The last squad in Group N is the Philippines.

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Italy won against Puerto Rico after overtime https://www.talkbasket.net/52221-italy-won-against-puerto-rico-after-overtime https://www.talkbasket.net/52221-italy-won-against-puerto-rico-after-overtime#respond Sun, 08 Sep 2019 11:25:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=52221 Marco Belinelli and Italy won 94-89 after overtime against Puerto Rico in the match of Group J in the World Cup. Serbia and Spain qualified two days ago for the Quarterfinals from Group J. So, the game between Italy and Venezuela was played for the third place in the group and a better position from […]

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Italy won against Puerto Rico after overtime

Marco Belinelli and Italy won 94-89 after overtime against Puerto Rico in the match of Group J in the World Cup.

Serbia and Spain qualified two days ago for the Quarterfinals from Group J. So, the game between Italy and Venezuela was played for the third place in the group and a better position from 9th until 16th place in the World Cup.

The European club celebrated mostly thanks to the excellent performances of Marco Belinelli and Danilo Gallinari.

The San Antonio Spurs player scored 27 points with 6 rebounds for the index rating of 23, while the power forward/small forward of the Oklahoma City Thunder finished the match with 22 points, 6 rebound and 5 assists (index rating of 22).

Renaldo Balkman and Angel Rodriguez were the top performers for Puerto Rico. Both players had index ratings of 14. Balkman ended the match with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Rodriguez scored 13, same as their teammate Gary Browne.

Next, Italy and Puerto Rico will see on which places they will finish their participation in the World Cup, while Serbia and Spain will fight today for the first place in Group J.

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Andrey Vorontsevich and Russia for the win against Venezuela https://www.talkbasket.net/52216-andrey-vorontsevich-and-russia-for-the-win-against-venezuela https://www.talkbasket.net/52216-andrey-vorontsevich-and-russia-for-the-win-against-venezuela#respond Sun, 08 Sep 2019 10:34:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=52216 Andrey Vorontsevich and Russia won 69-60 against Venezuela in the first match of Group I in the FIBA World Cup 2019. Nether Russia nor Venezuela had any chance to play in the next round (Quarterfinals), but both teams entered the game with only one goal – to win. The European team celebrated in the end […]

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Andrey Vorontsevich and Russia for the win against Venezuela

Andrey Vorontsevich and Russia won 69-60 against Venezuela in the first match of Group I in the FIBA World Cup 2019.

Nether Russia nor Venezuela had any chance to play in the next round (Quarterfinals), but both teams entered the game with only one goal – to win.

The European team celebrated in the end and the best performer was Andrey Vorontsevich, with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the index rating of 28.

Only two more players scored more than 10 points for Russia, and both scored 12 – Nikita Kurbanov and Grigory Motovilov.

Michael Carrera from Venezuela finished the game with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the index rating of 25. His teammate, Jhornan Zamora, added 13 points.

Russia and Venezuela will see their standings from 9th to 16th place, while Argentina and Poland are the teams that will advance to Quarterfinals from the Group I. After today’s match between them, we will find out who is the first in Group I.

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World Cup classification games roundup – September 7th https://www.talkbasket.net/52162-world-cup-classification-games-roundup-september-7th https://www.talkbasket.net/52162-world-cup-classification-games-roundup-september-7th#respond Sat, 07 Sep 2019 15:02:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=52162 New Zealand, Canada, Turkey and Germany won in their first games of World Cup classification round (17th until 32nd place). Team of New Zealand won 111-81 against Japan in the first match of the day. Corey Webster was the top performer for the winning squad with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (index rating […]

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World Cup classification games roundup – September 7th

New Zealand, Canada, Turkey and Germany won in their first games of World Cup classification round (17th until 32nd place).

Team of New Zealand won 111-81 against Japan in the first match of the day. Corey Webster was the top performer for the winning squad with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (index rating of 35), while Isaac Fotu added 23 points and 10 rebounds (index rating of 26).

On the other side, Nick Fazekas finished the match with 31 points and 9 rebounds (index rating of 29). The only other double-digit scorer for Japan was Daiki Tanaka (10 points).

Canada scored 126 points against Jordan, while only allowed its opponent to score 71. Kyle Wiltjer was the player of the match with 29 points (index rating of 30). Besides him, four other players finished the game with 10+ points for CanadaConor Morgan (14), Melvin Ejim (13), Cory Joseph (11) and Kevin Pangos (10).

Jordan’s players weren’t motivated as much as their opponents and only two players scored more than 10 points against CanadaDar Tucker (13) and Amin Abu Hawwas (11).

In the European clash, Turkey was better than Montenegro with a score of 79-74. The Cleveland Cavaliers player Cedi Osman scored 19 points for Turkey, while Melih Mahmutoglu (Fenerbahce captain) added 17 and James Metecan Birsen ended the game with 15 points and 8 rebounds. But, the best player for the Turkish squad was Scottie Wilbekin with 9 points, 13 assists and 5 rebounds (index rating of 28).

Nikola Vučević was the best scorer on the other side. The center of the Orlando Magic had 20 points and 7 rebounds for an index rating of 16. Bojan Dubljević had the same index rating. The player of Valencia ended the match with 12 points and 8 rebounds.

Germany won 89-78 against Senegal in the last World Cup classification game of the day. Dennis Schroder had an amazing performance for Germany.

The Oklahoma City Thunder player scored 24 points with 12 assists and 6 rebounds for the index rating of 34, while Maurice Ndour from Senegal finished the match with 17 points.

In the second round of the World Cup classification games (from 17th place till 32nd), Japan will face Montenegro, Jodan will play against Senegal, Turkey against New Zealand and Germany against Canada.

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Patty Mills and Australia won against Dominican Republic https://www.talkbasket.net/52127-patty-mills-and-australia-won-against-dominican-republic https://www.talkbasket.net/52127-patty-mills-and-australia-won-against-dominican-republic#respond Sat, 07 Sep 2019 10:20:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=52127 Patty Mills and Australia won 82-76 against the Dominican Republic in the first game of Group L in the World Cup 2019. San Antonio Spurs player (Patty Mills) finished the game with 19 points, 9 assists and 4 rebounds (index rating of 23), while his teammate Chris Goulding added 15 points. Former Partizan (Serbian basketball […]

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Patty Mills and Australia won against Dominican Republic

Patty Mills and Australia won 82-76 against the Dominican Republic in the first game of Group L in the World Cup 2019.

San Antonio Spurs player (Patty Mills) finished the game with 19 points, 9 assists and 4 rebounds (index rating of 23), while his teammate Chris Goulding added 15 points. Former Partizan (Serbian basketball club) center Jock Landale scored 13 points and Aron Baynes ended the match with 10.

Eloy Vargas was the best with 16 points and 7 rebounds (index rating of 19) for Dominican Republic. Victor Liz scored 14 points, Rigoberto Mendoza 12 and Eulis Baez 10.

With this loss, Dominican Republic stayed without chance of playing in the quarter finals, while Australia is one step closer to the playoffs.

In the next round of Group L, Australia will face France, while the Dominican Republic will play against Lithuania.

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France won against Germany in another European World Cup clash https://www.talkbasket.net/51541-france-won-against-germany-in-another-european-world-cup-clash https://www.talkbasket.net/51541-france-won-against-germany-in-another-european-world-cup-clash#respond Sun, 01 Sep 2019 15:10:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=51541 Team of France won 78-74 against Germany in the European clash of Group G in the FIBA World Cup 2019 in China. The German team had a poor entrance to the match and in the first quarter they only scored 4 points, while their opponent finished that part of the game with 16 points. During […]

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France won against Germany in another European World Cup clash

Team of France won 78-74 against Germany in the European clash of Group G in the FIBA World Cup 2019 in China.

The German team had a poor entrance to the match and in the first quarter they only scored 4 points, while their opponent finished that part of the game with 16 points. During the second half, France allowed Germany to get back to the game. Germany even had -2 in the last period, but, in the end, the French team managed to celebrate.

Evan Fournier was the best player of the winning squad, with 26 points and 10 rebounds (index rating of 25), while his teammate, Amath M’Baye, scored 21. These were the only two players with double-digit scores for France.

Germany also had only two players with more than 10 points and the best one was Johannes Voigtmann, who scored 25 points (index rating of 28). Dennis Schroder finished the game with 23 points and 8 assists (index rating of 20).

In the next round, France will play against Jordan and Germany against Dominican Republic.

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Easy win for Lithuania against Senegal https://www.talkbasket.net/51518-easy-win-for-lithuania-against-senegal https://www.talkbasket.net/51518-easy-win-for-lithuania-against-senegal#respond Sun, 01 Sep 2019 13:40:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=51518 During the second day of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, Lithuania won 101-47 against Senegal in Group H. For the Lithuanian squad, three players had 13 points, but the best in the winning team was Jonas Valanciunas (13 points, 11 rebounds for an index rating of 25). Domantas Sabonis and Mantas Kalnietis also […]

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Easy win for Lithuania against Senegal

During the second day of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, Lithuania won 101-47 against Senegal in Group H.

For the Lithuanian squad, three players had 13 points, but the best in the winning team was Jonas Valanciunas (13 points, 11 rebounds for an index rating of 25). Domantas Sabonis and Mantas Kalnietis also added 13 points. Indiana Pacers player also had 7 rebounds (index rating of 20), while Lokomotiv Kuban’s player added 8 assists (index rating of 17).

Four more players scored 10 or more points for Lithuania. Marius Grigonis finished the game with 12, Mindaugas Kuzminskas with 11 and both Lukas Lekavicius and Paulius Jankunas scored 10.

For Senegal, no one scored more than 10 points, and three players finished the match with 8 – Maurice Ndour, Ibrahima Faye and Babacar Toure.

In the next round of Group H, Lithuania will face Canada, while Senegal is playing against Australia.

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Poland started World Cup with the win against Venezuela https://www.talkbasket.net/51428-poland-started-world-cup-with-the-win-against-venezuela https://www.talkbasket.net/51428-poland-started-world-cup-with-the-win-against-venezuela#respond Sat, 31 Aug 2019 10:44:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=51428 Michal Sokolowski helped Poland win 80-69 against Venezuela in the first World Cup match of Group A. The Player of the match (Sokolowski) had 16 points with nine rebounds for an index rating of 24. Four of his teammates also finished the game with 10 or more points – Mateusz Ponitka (15), Adam Waczynski (13), […]

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Poland started World Cup with the win against Venezuela

Michal Sokolowski helped Poland win 80-69 against Venezuela in the first World Cup match of Group A.

The Player of the match (Sokolowski) had 16 points with nine rebounds for an index rating of 24. Four of his teammates also finished the game with 10 or more points – Mateusz Ponitka (15), Adam Waczynski (13), Aaron Cel (12) and Adam Hrycaniuk (10).

On the other side, Pedro Chourio was the top scorer with 15 points, while his teammate Dwight Lewis added 12. Those two players were the only ones with double-digit score in team Venezuela.

Poland didn’t open the match very well and after the first quarter Venezuela was leading by two (24-22). But, in the next 30 minutes, the European club managed to take the lead and finish the game with the first win in World Cup 2019 in China.

In the second round of Group A, Poland is going to face the hosts (team of China), while Venezuela will play against Cote d’Ivoire.

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Domination of Sabonis against Russia https://www.talkbasket.net/50337-domination-of-sabonis-against-russia https://www.talkbasket.net/50337-domination-of-sabonis-against-russia#respond Sat, 17 Aug 2019 18:35:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=50337 In the World Cup 2019 preparation tournament in Finland, Domantas Sabonis and Lithuanian team won Russia 88-72 (21:12, 22:23, 27:21, 18:16). In their sixth friendly game before the road to China, the Lithuanian national team played without Jonas Valančiūnas, Eimantas Bendžius and Žygimantas Janavičius. The star of the game was the 23-year old Indiana Pacers […]

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Domination of Sabonis against Russia

In the World Cup 2019 preparation tournament in Finland, Domantas Sabonis and Lithuanian team won Russia 88-72 (21:12, 22:23, 27:21, 18:16).

In their sixth friendly game before the road to China, the Lithuanian national team played without Jonas Valančiūnas, Eimantas Bendžius and Žygimantas Janavičius.

The star of the game was the 23-year old Indiana Pacers player Domanats Sabonis with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. Marius Grigonis added 19, while Mindaugas Kuzminskas finished the match with eight points and two blocks.

For the Russian team, Andrey Zubkov scored 15, Vitaly Fridzon 11, Grigory Motovilov 10 and Andrey Vorontsevich eight points.

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Aleksandar Đorđević before “friendly” match against Lithuania: “Every upcoming game is most important one” https://www.talkbasket.net/49770-aleksandar-dordevic-before-friendly-match-against-lithuania-every-upcoming-game-is-most-important-one https://www.talkbasket.net/49770-aleksandar-dordevic-before-friendly-match-against-lithuania-every-upcoming-game-is-most-important-one#respond Fri, 09 Aug 2019 16:11:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=49770 Serbian National Team will play their last preparation game in Serbia against Lithuania on Saturday 10th of August in “Štark” Arena and head coach of the team Aleksandar Đorđević announced that match. “We are going in the good direction with our preparations. We played against Finland and Nikola Jokić joined us in the yesterday’s practice. […]

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Aleksandar Đorđević before “friendly” match against Lithuania: “Every upcoming game is most important one”

Serbian National Team will play their last preparation game in Serbia against Lithuania on Saturday 10th of August in “Štark” Arena and head coach of the team Aleksandar Đorđević announced that match.

We are going in the good direction with our preparations. We played against Finland and Nikola Jokić joined us in the yesterday’s practice. We are expecting physically demanding match against Lithuania tomorrow. They are building their own recognizable style of play that are giving results. After the game, we are going to Lithuania, to play another game in fantastic atmosphere. They have the best fans who are following national team, they make a brand out of it. So I know we will play in a beautiful atmosphere there“, said Đorđević at the press conference day before the last match in Serbia.

As you know, three players are not continuing preparation process with us – Avramović, Jovanović and Todorović. They did a great job, they replaced guys who weren’t able to join us from the beginning, and I am very thankful for that“, Đorđević thanked three players who were from the beginning with a team and till the latest cut.

I am glad we are playing in Belgrade now. A lot of tickets are already sold, and I am hoping even more. Guys will appreciate that and it will mean a lot to them. They are absolutely aware of the fans’ support and how it can be helpful“, said Serbian head coach who mentioned that for all athletes there are no more “friendly” games.

Preparations are too demanding that there are no more “friendly” games. There are preparation games but no friendly. Pride is so big in every team and all of those teams are eager to win, and so we are too. My motto is that every upcoming game is most important one in the career. We are still working on our well-known game, physically tough game and defense and it us up to us to, as soon as possible, be in that rhythm. In the previous years we gain a lot by applying that style with recognizable offense. There are no selfish plays, on the contrary. That is how we build our offensive philosophy, with standard defensive, that helped us a lot“, said Đorđević at the press conference.

He added that Bogdan Bogdanović is clear to play after Serbian National Federation with a help of Serbian Government paid extra insurance in order for him to play. Now, him and other NBA players will help Serbia in the World Cup 2019, in China.

All NBA players joined later to their National teams due to NBA propositions, and that is a case with Serbian players.

All of them work by themselves and they are in good shape, but in the end we will see if it was a good or bad. If everything goes as we planed, we will say it was good. And if not, we will have some excuses I don’t like to use. I am not fan of excuses before the big competitions. I think that players, during this preparation period and in those games, especially at Acropolis Cup, where we play three games in three days, will get in the best possible shape“, said Aleksandar Đorđević.

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Milan Mačvan is moving to Japan? https://www.talkbasket.net/48528-milan-macvan-is-moving-to-japan https://www.talkbasket.net/48528-milan-macvan-is-moving-to-japan#respond Wed, 24 Jul 2019 20:22:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=48528 Serbian power forward Milan Mačvan agreed with Alvark Tokyo, where he will join coach Luka Pavićević. The news about Mačvan’s movement to Japan was first published by Serbian portal Basketball Sphere. The Serbian power forward was out of the court for a long time due to a tough knee joint injury he suffered in a […]

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Milan Mačvan is moving to Japan?

Serbian power forward Milan Mačvan agreed with Alvark Tokyo, where he will join coach Luka Pavićević. The news about Mačvan’s movement to Japan was first published by Serbian portal Basketball Sphere.

The Serbian power forward was out of the court for a long time due to a tough knee joint injury he suffered in a preparation game while playing for Bayern Munich.

Now, Mačvan is with the Serbian national team on the mountain Kopaonik, where they are preparing for the upcoming World Cup in China. This signature will help him focus only on the preparations.

During his career, Milan Mačvan played for FMP, Hemofarm, Maccabi, Partizan, Galatasaray, Olimpia Milan and Bayern Munich.

Alvark Tokyo is the current champion of the Japan national league and their head coach is Montenegrin expert Luka Pavićević.

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Walden, Peiners and Mosley in Partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/48508-walden-peiners-and-mosley-in-partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/48508-walden-peiners-and-mosley-in-partizan#respond Wed, 24 Jul 2019 19:51:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=48508 Partizan NIS, Serbian club that will play in the EuroCup, signed contracts with Corey Walden, Zanis Peiners and William Mosley. Walden came from Israel in Partizan where he was playing for Hapoel Holon and was the MVP of the national championship. The American player can play as a point/shooting guard and in 35 games in […]

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Walden, Peiners and Mosley in Partizan

Partizan NIS, Serbian club that will play in the EuroCup, signed contracts with Corey Walden, Zanis Peiners and William Mosley.

Walden came from Israel in Partizan where he was playing for Hapoel Holon and was the MVP of the national championship. The American player can play as a point/shooting guard and in 35 games in the Israeli league he had 18.4 points, 5 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.

Another player who came this summer in Partizan is Latvian small forward/shooting guard Peiners who previously played for Turkish Darussafaka, where he participated in 28 games of the EuroLeague season 2018/2019.

During his career, Zanis Peiners played against Partizan when he was defending colors of PAOK (Greek team) during the season 2016/2017 in the Basketball Champions League (FIBA clubs competition).

The last one who came in Partizan in the previous days is William Mosley, who previously played for Trieste in the Italian League. During his professional career, before he came to Serbia, the American center was only playing for the Italian clubs (Fortitudo Bologna, Ferentino, Recanati, Latina, Legnano Knights and Trieste).

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Unicaja Malaga introduced Aleksa Avramović https://www.talkbasket.net/47367-unicaja-malaga-introduced-aleksa-avramovic https://www.talkbasket.net/47367-unicaja-malaga-introduced-aleksa-avramovic#respond Sun, 14 Jul 2019 11:32:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=47367 Unicaja Malaga introduced Serbian player Aleksa Avramović, who signed a two-year contract with the Spanish club earlier this summer. The former guard of Openjobmetis Varese came to Spain for his presentation as the new player of the club, which will compete in the EuroCup in the 2019/20 season, with his teammate from the national team […]

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Unicaja Malaga introduced Aleksa Avramović

Unicaja Malaga introduced Serbian player Aleksa Avramović, who signed a two-year contract with the Spanish club earlier this summer.

The former guard of Openjobmetis Varese came to Spain for his presentation as the new player of the club, which will compete in the EuroCup in the 2019/20 season, with his teammate from the national team Dragan Milosavljević (who renewed his contract with Unicaja Malaga this summer).

“I am ready to continue with my progress in the club with a such an excellent organization and that has a big history. I am very happy that Unicaja Malaga contacted me. Dragan Milosavljević already told me everything about the city and the club, so I am very thrilled to be here,” said Avramović during his introduction.

This summer Aleksa Avramović is on the preliminary list of the Serbian national team for the World Cup in China and he will start preparations in the upcoming week.

“It will be hard to win a place in the team because there are a lot of players on my position who will fight for the same place, but I trust myself. I will give my best to be part of the team for the World Cup in China,” said the new Unicaja Malaga player during his presentation.

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Andrea Trinchieri after the EuroCup Draw: “We got the toughest group” https://www.talkbasket.net/47242-andrea-trinchieri-after-the-eurocup-draw-we-got-the-toughest-group https://www.talkbasket.net/47242-andrea-trinchieri-after-the-eurocup-draw-we-got-the-toughest-group#respond Fri, 12 Jul 2019 22:15:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=47242 The head coach of Partizan NIS Andrea Trinchieri said after the 2019/20 EuroCup season Draw that his team is in the toughest group. “We got the toughest from all four groups. Our opponents are clubs that have rich history and strong teams. Besides that, we are expecting difficult trips. But we will go step by […]

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Andrea Trinchieri after the EuroCup Draw: “We got the toughest group”

The head coach of Partizan NIS Andrea Trinchieri said after the 2019/20 EuroCup season Draw that his team is in the toughest group.

“We got the toughest from all four groups. Our opponents are clubs that have rich history and strong teams. Besides that, we are expecting difficult trips. But we will go step by step through out the competition,” said Trinchieri after finding out the names of the clubs his team will face in the upcoming season in EuroCup.

Partizan NIS will compete in Group B and its opponents are: Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, Rytas Vilnius, Tofas Bursa, Limoges CSP and Umana Reyer Venezia.

The Serbian team will play its first game against Umana Reyer in Venezia and it will be on October 2nd 2019.

Andrea Trinchieri is busy finding new players for the next season and Partizan has already signed Nemanja Gordić (point guard, played in Budućnost from 2016 till 2019), who played for The Black-Whites during the 2012/2013 season, and Rashawn Thomas. The American forward came from Dinamo Sassari and signed two-year deal with Serbian team.

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