Press October 2014

30 octoberRegular Season Round 3 MVP: Brandon Triche, Virtus Rome

Although only three rounds have been played so far, the competition is already fierce in the Eurocup Regular Season. One player who is clearly standing out here at the start of the season is Virtus Rome's Brandon Triche, who has earned MVP honors for Round 3, his second such accolade in three weeks.

29 octoberBesiktas edges Khimki in a thriller

Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul used outstanding defense in the fourth quarter to edge Khimki Moscow Region 66-64 at home on Wednesday. Besiktas and Khimki join Union Olimpija Ljubljana in a three-way tie for first place, each with a 2-1 record.

28 octoberSLUC Nancy adds marksman English

SLUC Nancy found a lethal perimeter threat in Kim English, who joined the club this week in time to make his Eurocup debut on Wednesday. English (1.98 meters, 26 years old) should be in game shape after spending the preseason with Chicago of the NBA.

27 octoberReggio Emilia brings back swingman Taylor

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia strengthened its team by signing swingman Ronell Taylor to a two-month deal with an option to extend it for the remainder of the season, the club announced over the weekend. Taylor (1.98 meters, 32 years old) arrives from Umana Reyer Venezia, where he averaged 14.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 27 Italian League games last season. He already played for Reggio Emilia from 2011 to 2013; Taylor led the Italian League in scoring (18.6 ppg.) in the 2012-13 season.

27 octoberBesiktas brings big Bajramovic back

Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul brought back big man Kenan Bajramovic, who played for the club last season. Bajramovic (2.07 meters, 33 years old) joined Besiktas in February of last season and averaged 14.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 15 Turkish league games. He also tallied 14.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 10 Eurocup games for VEF Riga before joining Besiktas.

22 octoberRice leads Khimki to road win at Olimpija

Khimki Moscow Region held off Union Olimpija Ljubljana 85-88 for the team’s second victory in as many Group D games. Tyrese Rice scored 22 points and dished 5 assists to lead the visitors’ attack. Khimki road a flurry of Rice points to take a 41-48 halftime advantage and never trailed the rest of the way. Olimpija challenged throughout and clawed its way to within 3 after trailing by 10 midway through the fourth quarter, but was unable to get closer. Joffrey Lauvergne added 16 points for the winners, Marko Popovic scored 14 and James Augustine 11. Mirza Begic scored 18 and blocked 3 shots to lead five Olimpija scorers in double figures as the team slipped to 1-1. Marko Marinovic tallied 15 points and 6 assists, Sasu Salin scored 13, Alen Omic 12 and Blaz Mahkovic 10.

14 octoberBig Interview: Tyrese Rice, Khimki Moscow Region

The 2014-15 Eurocup will be full of stars and some of them shined in European club competitions last season. Nobody did better, however, than Khimki Moscow Region playmaker Tyrese Rice, who led Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague title, earning Final Four MVP honors.

10 octoberKhimki routs VEF Riga in season opener

Khimki Moscow Region opened its Eurocup season in style with a 94-65 rout of visiting VEF Riga. VEF led early, but back-to-back-to-back threes by Joffrey Lauvergne, Marko Popovic and Petteri Koponen put Khimki ahead by 12 and Paul Davis added a few more buckets late in the second quarter to give Khimki a 47-28 halftime lead.