Press February 2012

29 februaryLast 16, Week 6 MVP: Jeremiah Massey, Lokomotiv-Kuban

One of the biggest stars in the 2011-12 Eurocup earned weekly MVP honors for the second time this season. Jeremiah Massey of Lokomotiv-Kuban led his team to a go-ahead 73-70 home win against Alba Berlin with a 37 performance index ranking.

29 februaryFrom Zouros to Zouros

The second visit to Istanbul for the Euroleague Top 16 game does not affect the group’s standings. It is a question of prestige for CSKA to beat Efes, especially considering the fact that this team is always ready to fight at home.

29 februaryAsseco Prokom did not forget about trip to Krasnoyarsk

The Polish Asseco Prokom played at home to the Russian Enisey and got revenge — 89:73.

25 februarySeems to be true

Our team drew a number of comparisons in the game against Spartak St. Petersburg but played the second half confidently to win in the meeting of VTB League leaders.

24 februaryThomas Kelati: Ready for the next phase

Hello again, Eurocup fans! My team has already made it to the Eurocup Quarterfinals and is still fighting for first place in our Last 16 group. We lost one game against Donetsk, which may prevent us from winning the group. It was unfortunate because I couldn't be a part of that game. I missed three games because of an ankle injury and that was one of them, an important game. I still think we are in a good situation and have a very important game coming up on the road against Asvel, which we must win. We will figure out what happens, especially since Donetsk plays against Aris in Greece and that won't be easy for them either.

18 februaryNeutralized Beverley, and won

Khimki held Patrick Beverley to 0 points on his home court, and beat Spartak in Saint Petersburg. The game was evenly-matched and appeared to be a very low-scoring affair, but Khimki came up strongest despite having been outrebounded 37-22.

17 februaryEuroleague Basketball presents One Team supported by Turkish Airlines

Euroleague Basketball and its member clubs are proud to present One Team, a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) and marketing partnership program supported by Turkish Airlines that tipped off with a three-day workshop this week in Barcelona. This new and innovative initiative seeks to involve Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup teams in a long-term, integrated community program for the betterment of marginalized communities at their local level. Euroleague Basketball feels strongly the responsibility it has in society and seeks through the One Team initiative to evolve from past efforts and move a step further in developing a complete CSR program to achieve a real social impact in our communities.

3 februaryAleksandar Petrovic takes over Bosnian National Team

Bosnian National Team got a new Head Coach. It is Croatian specialist Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Interperformances). The 52-year-old coach will try to help Bosnians to reach the EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia. Most recently Petrovic worked with Cedevita Zagreb. Before Cedevita he worked with Zadar and helped them win the Croatian league title in 2008. In 2005 and 2006, Aleksandar Petrovic worked with Italian teams Scafati and Fabriano. He also has experience from Spanish Leida and San Fernando Sevilla. He coached Polish Anwil in 2001/02. In the past, Aleksandar Petrovic spent several years with Cibona Zagreb and also coached Croatian National Team. He will be promoted by the Bosnian Basketball Federation tomorrow.

2 februaryHeiko Schaffartzik: Looking ahead

Hello, Eurocup fans, I am Heiko Schaffartzik of Alba Berlin and back welcome to my blog! I last blogged in the Euroleague Qualifying Round and a lot — some good, some bad — has happened since then. We had a rough start to the season in the German League and could not reach the Euroleague. We bounced back by winning nine straight games and got a hold of ourselves. We did well in the Eurocup regular season, too, by winning five of our six games to get to the Last 16 as group champion. Since that moment, we have gone into a little bit of a slump. Both of our big men, Torin Francis and Yassin Ibdihi were — and still are! — injured. We lost some games because of this and were a bit unfortunate. We had chances to win all three games, but were not able to pull it off.

2 februaryLokomotiv Kuban takes Ilievski on loan

Lokomotiv Kuban has taken veteran playmaker Vlado Ilievski on loan from Turkish Airlines Euroleague side Anadolu Efes for the remainder of the season. Ilievski (1.88 meters, 32 years old) will be eligible to compete in the Eurocup from the next game against Benetton Basket. He played in all 10 Euroleague Regular Season games for Efes this season and averaged 2.7 points and 2.6 assists over 17 minutes. Lokomotiv becomes his first Eurocup side since he played the ULEB Cup with Virtus Roma in 2005-06. He averaged 9.9 points and 3.4 assists over 14 games that season in helping Roma to the quarterfinals.