2021-09-19 Australian guard Dante Exum returns to the Houston Rockets, per the official club's report. The 5th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft spent last season in Cleveland but only played six games due to a calf injury. Injuries have plagued the 26-year-old during his whole career. However, Exum returned to full health in the Tokyo Olympics and helped Australia win bronze medals by averaging 9.0 points, ...
2021-09-19 FC Barcelona (1-0) opened their Spanish league campaign with a narrow victory against UCAM Murcia (0-1) 85-78 (26-14, 16-14, 16-30, 27-20). Barca started the game with Calathes, Higgins, Hayes-Davis, Mirotic, and Oriola. The five made a strong push from the first minute (12-3) with Mirotic leading the way (7 points). The Catalans did not let Murcia take control of the game till the end of the ...
2021-09-19 The head coach of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Ergin Ataman, is looking to expand his influence on the European basketball stage. The EuroLeague champion is interested in investing in Fortitudo Bologna that competes in the Italian Lega Basket Serie A, Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports. Fortitudo placed 12th in the domestic league last season, finishing with 10 wins, 18 losses, and missing the ...
2021-09-19 After finding out the last four teams that qualified to the Basketball Champions League Regular Season yesterday, we know all 70 teams that will compete in the three biggest European international competitions: the EuroLeague, Eurocup, and BCL. Spanish and Turkish leagues have the most teams in one of these three tournaments, followed by Italy. European domestic leagues with most teams in Top 3 ...
2021-09-19 Last year Thomas Walkup famously stole the ball from Kostas Sloukas and made a game-winning basket against Olympiacos. This year he is a teammate of Sloukas, after moving from Zalgiris Kaunas to Pireaus. So you can only imagine how the first day of Walkup's visit to Olympiacos locker room looked like. "Before I signed here, everybody was saying 'This is a foul,' and then I signed, and everybody ...
2021-09-19 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade suffered their first pre-season loss with a bunch of their players sitting out. In a game behind closed doors, Dejan Radoncic's squad lost a nail-bitter to KK Mega Soccerbet Belgrade 73-74 (20-18, 17-20, 29-16, 17-23). The Red Star had a chance to win the game for his team during the last possession, but Nikola Ivanovic's shot was off the mark. Crvena Zvezda played this ...
2021-09-18 Virtus Bologna advanced to the semi-finals of the Italian Supercup thanks to a 74-66 win over Bertram Tortona but that was probably the only good news of the evening for the Italian team. During the game, veteran big man Ekpe Udoh suffered a serious knee injury and was forced to leave the game. Right after the game, coach Sergio Scariolo commented on the matter and didn't seem to be optimistic ...
2021-09-18 Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (1-0) opened their Spanish league season with a narrow win against Valencia Basket (0-1) 72-67 (19-19, 17-11, 12-24, 24-13). Lithuanian swingman Rokas Giedraitis led the winner with 23 points (6/7 2FG, 2/6 3FG, 5/5 FT), while also adding 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists. He scored 7 points in the fourth quarter. Jayson Granger scored 8 of his 10 points in the final ...
2021-09-18 During an Italian Supercup quarterfinal match between Virtus Segafredo Bologna and Bertram Tortona, Ekpe Udoh went down with a knee injury. While the extent is unknown, the injury is believed to be serious, as the player needed to be stretchered off the court. The feeling around the medical staff of Virtus Bologna is that the patellar tendon might be involved but further tests and exams will be ...
2021-09-18 Saturday night provided a multiple treat to fans of Panathinaikos OPAP Athens attending the third "Pavlos Giannakopoulos tournament". Not only did they relish their return to the OAKA Arena after 18 months (the Greens announced that tickets were sold out, which made for a crowd of 8,000), but the occasion acquired even bigger proportions with Zeljko Obradovic making another comeback to the place ...
2021-09-18 Olympiakos Piraeus defeated Kolossos Rhodes 94-67 (28-26, 25-16, 13-6, 28-19) to advance to the second round of the Greek Cup, where they will face the winner of the Maroussi - Iraklis matchup. The first ten minutes were balanced (28-26), however, the entry of Giannoulis Larentzakis changed the match. The "red and whites" found the rhythm on defense and went on a 13-4 run to build an 11-point lead ...
2021-09-18 CSKA Moscow continued their electric pre-season offense and suffocating defense in the defeat of Lokomotiv-Kuban Krasnodar 91-78 (22-6, 27-27, 25-24, 17-21). CSKA advanced to the VTB United League SuperCup-2021 final where they will face Zenit St Petersburg on Sunday. CSKA never trailed in the game, outrebounding opponents 45-20, which led to 0 second-chance points for Lokomotiv. Newcomer Marius ...
2021-09-18 AX Armani Exchange Milan advanced to the semifinals of the Italian Supercup with a comfortable win over Nutribullet Treviso Basket 108-60. Treviso rested some of their players because the team entered the Supercup game less than 24 hours after they advanced to the Basketball Champions League tournament. The team coached by Ettore Messina finished the first quarter already up by 16 points and from ...
2021-09-18 Participants of the Basketball Champions League regular season are set, as the final four teams emerged from the qualifying rounds. Nutribullet Treviso (Italy), U-BT Cluj Napoca (Romania), BC Kalev/Cramo (Estonia), and BC Prometey (Ukraine) will play in the BCL 2021-22 regular season, winning their groups in Treviso, Peristeri, Tallinn, and Sofia. Treviso defeated Tsmoki-Minsk 95-78. Tomas Dimsa ...
2021-09-18 Anadolu Efes Istanbul crushed Ratiopharm Ulm 88-69 (24-25, 18-17, 26-11, 20-16) in the first game of the third "Pavlos Giannakopoulos Tournament" held at the OAKA Arena in Athens. On Sunday night, the EuroLeague champs will face the winner of the Panathinaikos OPAP Athens - Partizan NIS Belgrade duel, starting at 19:00 CEST. Ergin Ataman didn’t have four key players at his disposal, since ...
2021-09-18 After leading for most of the game, ALBA Berlin lost their last matchup of the Frutti Extra Cup tournament, falling to Pitkim Spor 89-90 (27-24, 23-23, 21-20, 18-23). The German champions finished their pre-season with a 3-3 record. In the first half, both teams played an up-tempo game, filled with fast-break opportunities and turnovers. ALBA build an 8-point lead thanks to two straight 3-point ...
2021-09-18 Zenit St Petersburg were first to advance to the VTB United League SuperCup-2021 final after defeating UNICS Kazan 83-76 (23-23, 23-18, 19-16, 18-19). They will play the winner of the CSKA - Lokomotiv matchup. Both teams went neck to neck in the opening frame. In the second, the score continued to be close, but with 2:07 remaining, Jordan Mickey stole the ball and jammed it on a fast-break, giving ...
2021-09-18 Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul ran out of gas at the end of the Cevat Soydas Tournament in Bursa. EuroLeague's team lost the second straight game, falling to Galatasaray 75-91 (19-22, 20-28, 15-19, 21-22) on Saturday. After losing to Bancesehir on Friday, Fenerbahce produced another lackluster performance as they lost every quarter of the game to finish their pre-season on a losing streak. Devin Booker ...
2021-09-18 On Saturday, the final eight of the Italian Supercup will officially begin in Bologna. This marks the beginning of the decisive phase that will lead to the final game on Tuesday and the presentation of the first trophy of the season. Four teams had a direct invitation to the final eight: AX Armani Exchange Milan, Virtus Segafredo Bologna, Happy Casa Brindisi, and Carpegna Prosciutto Pesaro. While ...
2021-09-18 After five splendid seasons in Europe, former Gonzaga star Kevin Pangos has signed the first NBA contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Canadian guard has dominated overseas since turning pro in 2015, playing professionally for Gran Canaria (Spain), Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania), FC Barcelona (Spain), and Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia). Considered to be one of the top point guards in the ...
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