Press January 2014

24 januaryEuroleague profiles: Zoran Planinic, Anadolu Efes Istanbul

The veteran leader at Anadolu Efes Istanbul, point guard Zoran Planinic, has a long list of accolades to his name. He played in the inaugural Euroleague season in 2000-01 and was the MVP of 2001 Euroleague Opening Tournament. He reached four Euroleague Final Fours with two teams, and in addition was the MVP of the 2012 Eurocup Finals. Now, at the age of 31, and in his tenth Euroleague season, Planinic is approaching a place among the Euroleague's all-time top 10 assists leaders, while he and Efes aim to repeat last season's success, when the team reached the Euroleague playoffs for the first time since 2006.

24 januarySports festival for 600 launches One Team Khimki!

Khimki Moscow Region gave birth to the newest One Team project this week, One Team Khimki. Though the Russian basketball club competes in the Eurocup this season, it has embraced the values of Euroleague Basketball's corporate social responsibility programme and embarked on its own project.

23 januaryPopovic carries Khimki to OT win at Nymburk

Marko Popovic scored 8 of his game-high 24 points in overtime as Khimki Moscow Region defeated CEZ Nymburk 80-86. The Czech champs had led by double figures in the third quarter and 8 in the fourth, but Khimki had the answers and then found the extra energy needed to pull away in the overtime period. Kreso Loncar added 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting and Mickael Gelabale scored 15 for the winners, who improved to 3-0 in the Last 32 with their 12th straight Eurocup victory. Nymburk dropped to 1-2 and third place in the group. Rado Rancik paced Nymburk with 17 points, Tre Simmons and Dylan Page scored 16 each, Rasid Mahalbasic tallied 13 points and 9 rebounds and Vlado Ilievski added 11 points.

23 januaryLast 32 Round 3 MVP: Donta Smith, Maccabi Haifa Bazan

The Last 32 reached its midpoint after Round 3 and when the dust from the 16 games settled, Maccabi Haifa Bazan's Donta Smith stood up as the weekly MVP with the highest index rating among winning players this week, 40, which incidentally was also the highest overall.

16 january Last 32 Round 2 MVP: Trenton Meacham, JSF Nanterre

After a new round of the Eurocup Last 32, a new weekly MVP has arised. When the dust from the 16 games settled, Trenton Meacham of JSF Nanterre emerged as the player with the highest index raing this week among winning players, 33, leading Nanterre to a 79-84 road win at Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir.

9 januaryLast 32 Round 1 MVP: Omar Thomas, Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari

The start of the Last 32 saw an exceptional situation regarding the weekly MVP race. Omar Thomas of Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari was the player from a winning team with the best performance this week thanks to his index rating of 30. However, up to three players tied for the highest index rating of the week at 32, but all of them were on losing teams, therefore not eligible for the accolade: Vladimir Golubovic of Aykon TED ankara Kolejliler, Adrian Uter of FoxTown Cantu and Errick McCollum of Panionios Athens.

9 januaryKhimki Moscow Region sinks Montepaschi Siena, wins 10 in a row

Khimki Moscow Region picked up an important road win, holding off Montepaschi Siena 69-75 on Wednesday night in Palaestra. Khimki extended its Eurocup winning streak to 10 games, with its lone loss of the season coming in the opening week, while Siena lost its first Eurocup game since 2007. The visitors pulled away early in the third quarter, and opened up 48-61 lead at the start of the fourth. Marquez Haynes and Joshua Carter rallied the hosts to 60-63, but James Augustine and Marko Popovic stopped the Siena’s rally, securing the victory. Augustine amassed 19 points plus 15 rebounds for Khimki. Mike Green had 12 points and 7 assists, while Petteri Koponen also scored 12. Popovic finished with 11, and Kresimir Loncar with 10 points in victory. For the Italian champ, Carter netted 17, while Haynes had 15 points. Erick Green added 14, and Othello Hunter 12 points for the hosts.