Press December 2013

17 decemberLietuvos Rytas hires Petrovic as coach

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius filled its head coaching vacancy with the hiring of Aleksandar Petrovic for the remainder of the season, with an option for an additional season. Petrovic, 54, takes over for Dirk Bauermann, who was dismissed last week. Assistant coaches Dainius Adomaitis and Arvydas Gronskis will remain on Petrovic’s staff. Petrovic was the 2011 Eurocup Coach of the Year with Cedevita Zagreb. He most-recently guided the Bosnian national team at EuroBasket 2013.

17 decemberNik Caner-Medley, Unicaja Malaga

After an up-and-down Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season, Unicaja Malaga faces a do-or-die battle to make it to the Top 16 against Montepaschi Siena in Florence this week. Unicaja will be third if it wins but could be out of the Top 16 — for the first time since 2004-05 — if it loses and FC Bayern Munich beats Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul at home on Friday.

16 decemberKhimki on top!

In a rescheduled Week 5 regular-season contest, Khimki Moscow Region defeated CSKA Moscow on the road, 92-87. From the opening tip to the final horn, the game was closely contested and physical. The two league favorites put on a tremendous basketball show, with the gutsy Khimki club celebrating a victory. The win is Khimki’s 8th-straight, while the Army Men lose their first of the VTB United League season.

12 decemberRegular Season Round 9 MVP: Jason Love, Belfius Mons-Hainaut

Belfius Mons-Hainaut has arrived to the party a bit late this season since it won two of the last three games when the deal was mostly sealed in Group D. However, thanks to the latest 91-90 home win over Telekom Baskets Bonn this week, Jason Love can claim weekly MVP honors as his index rating performance of 34 — the most among winning players this week — lifted his team to its second win.

11 decemberLe Mans Sarthe inks playmaker Thomas

Le Mans Sarthe Basket reached an agreement with Torey Thomas to work together for 6 weeks, the club announced Tuesday. Thomas (1.80 meters, 28 years) replaces DaShaun Wood, who broke his left hand in a Eurocup game against CEZ Basketball Nymburk, until he is fully recovered.

10 decemberYaroslav Korolev, Spartak SPB

A home win against Radnicki Kragujevac has allowed Spartak St. Petersburg to rejoin the race to reach the Last 32 in difficult, competitive Group H. Spartak downed Radnicki 81-68 behind 20 points, his new Eurocup career-high, from versatile forward Yaroslav Korolev . He added 7 rebounds and 3 assists off the bench and has averages of 10.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in eight games until now.

7 decemberThree in a row — and counting!

Hello, Eurocup fans! This is once again Jonathan Tabu of CAI Zaragoza – and I’m in a very good mood! We just beat Telekom Baskets Bonn for our third consecutive win and we are in a good position to advance to the next round. Defense was the key; we allowed 108 points in Bonn, but just 60 in Zaragoza. I think that our identity, if we want to go far in the competition, has to be strong defense. When you look at the game in Bonn, we didn't play good defense, especially in the last minutes. If you think about it, they had a 30-5 run. We started off pretty slow this week, but then picked up our defense and in the end, we managed to keep them under 70 points, which is very good for us.

6 decemberRegular Season Round 8 MVP: Marc Carter, Panionios Athens

On Wednesday night, Panionios Athens picked up a valuable road win that could be worth a Last 32 spot. In its 78-86 victory over Neptunas Klaipeda, the Greek club enjoyed the invaluable leadership of Marc Carter, who shined with a performance index rating of 34, which proved to be the highest among players on winning teams and earned him the competition’s weekly MVP honor.