Press February 2013

27 februaryHere comes the excitement!

Hello again, Euroleague fans! This is Marcus Williams, checking in from Malaga after a two-week road trip since we played back-to-back road games in the Spanish League and in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. We feel pretty confident right now. We had two road wins in Germany and two home games coming up. We think that if we play hard, with confidence and to the best of our abilities, we have a good chance to advance to the Playoffs. We were down at one point and after the win against CSKA Moscow, we lost to Anadolu Efes and had a tough game against Alba Berlin but won it. After the win in Bamberg we feel we can compete for a Playoffs spot.

27 februarySasha Kaun, CSKA Moscow

When it started the Top 16 with a 4-0 record to cap nine consecutive victories, matching the Turkish Airlines Euroleague's best streak this season, CSKA Moscow seemed to be on a fast track to early playoffs qualification.

26 februaryVivid derby

In a Moscow Region derby BC Triumph Lyubertsy at home faced BC Khimki. The game was equal till the half-time, after big break the home team took a lead but eventually the experience and coolness of BC Khimki players allowed them to score a very important road victory — 82:90. Paul Davis and K.C. Rivesr scored in 19 points each, Vitaly Fridzon added 16 points. In BC Triumph Sergey Karasev scored 16 points, Yuval Naimy — 15 points.
BC Triumph Lyubertsy — BC Khimki Moscow Region — 82:90

26 februaryMinimal lead

In a PBL championship game PBC Lokomotiv-Kuban in Krasnodar faced BC UNICS Kazan. Unproductive figures after first quarter allowed to suggest that it would be a viscous match. Despite smart game of the home team in the first half, after big beak UNICS took a lead and in the very end was more successful despite only 11 points in the last quarter. Eventually Lokomotiv lost to UNICS — 58:59. Maric scored 12 points, Calathes — 11 points and 7 assists. In UNICS Eidson added 11 points.
PBC Lokomotiv-Kuban Krasnodar — UNICS Kazan — 58:59

26 februaryPBL Board session

On Monday, February 25, 2013 in the press-centre of Triumph Palace of Sports the Professional Basketball League Board session was held. It was attended by the leaders of PBL and VTB United League, as well as the representatives of the PBL clubs. The central matter of the meeting was the re-election of PBL General Director in view of mr. Astakhov's leaving for BC Khimki in the end of January, 2013. By a majority vote mr. Andrey Shirokov was elected as a new PBL General Director.

25 februarySokolov's day

In a PBL championship game CSKA Moscow hosted BC Spartak-Primorye. From the start of the meeting the Red Army team took a lead and didn't allow the opponent to create anytning in the offense. Only in the third quarter Vladivostok players tied with CSKA guys in 19:19 but totally it was a crash — 94:55. Dmitry Sokolov performed great with 18 points and Andrey Vorontsevich scored in double figures — 14 points and 10 rebounds. In Spartak-Primorye Alexey Golyakhov added 11 points.

25 februaryWhat a quarter!

In a PBL championship BC Nizhny Novgorod hosted BC Spartak St Petersburg. Till the beginning of the last quarter the fight was equal but the red-white team managed to did its best and score 26 points in 10 minutes that demoralized Nizhny Novgorod (only 7 points). Vladimir Dragicevic succeeded in 26 points and 7 rebounds in a winning team, as for the home one — Artem Yakovenko scored 16 points and 7 rebounds.

25 februaryFenerbahce Ulker: Pianigiani steps down from bench

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul announced on its official website Sunday that head coach Simone Pianigiani, who joined the team last summer, has resigned as head coach for personal reasons.

21 februaryBesiktas JK lands Ricky Minard

On the eve of the deadline to register new players to play in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season, Besiktas JK Istanbul announced the addition of small forward Ricky Minard until the end of the campaign.

19 februaryBrose Baskets bring in swingman Walsh

German champion Brose Baskets Bamberg strengthened its perimeter attack by signing swingman Matt Walsh for the remainder of the season.