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Spartak St. Petersburg 82, Triumph Lubertsy 73: Epic display of flopping, personal vendetta or match-fixing conspiracy?
Criticizing the referees is the international pastime for fans of every sport as losses are bemoaned and shortcomings blamed on those unloved (and allegedly) myopic zebras. Nothing new here. Cynicism and conspiracy theorizing are particularly rife in this part of formerly Soviet-influenced Europe, with anything up to and including Eurobasket losses. Again, nothing new here. […]
BallinEurope bids adieu to the all-too-brief wackiness that was the ENBA: A period of time shorter than Allen Iverson’s career with Beşiktaş, though for a sweet, brief while it seemed like forever … ah, the feeling of a too-fast love affair dragged down by unfeeling reality, leaving only fond memories and bitter tears to … […]
An interesting consequence of the NBA lockout: An injury suffered last night by Andrei Kirilenko should have fans on two sides of the Atlantic concerned – and has international interest in Russian domestic basketball ever been higher than it’s likely to become…? After bagging Euroleague player of the week honors – What did BallinEurope say? […]
The changes begin near the top in this week’s edition of the BallinEurope Top 100 Teams list, as Montepaschi’s third consecutive Euroleague loss dumps the Italian side down to no. 3, passed by their most recent vanquisher, Real Madrid. The top 20 stays fairly stable thereafter, with some jostling of position but no seismic shifts. […]
As the NBA gets into gear for the 2010-11 and Primoz Brezec remained unsigned, the 31-year-old has decided instead to sign with the Russian Superleague’s BC Krasnye Krylya Samara. Brezec last played in Europe for Lottomatica Roma in the 2008-09 season, but returned to the ‘States to perform last year for the Milwaukee Bucks and […]
Along with the Euroleague draws for the 2010-11 season, yesterday also saw the release of the matchups in the EuroCup qualifying tournament bracket. Sixteen teams start in the qualifiers, with eight winners of two-game series advancing to the EuroCup regular season. The matchups are: Besiktas Cola Turka vs. Deutsche Bank Skyliners Hapeol Migdal Jerusalem vs. […]
In response to a “last straw,” i.e. the Russian Basketball Federation reformatting its season-ending tournament, 10 clubs in the country have announced their withdrawal from the competition and plans to make up a new Russian league. The list includes essentially all the top names in Russian professional basketball and clubs who play Euroleague, EuroCup and […]
League play is now accelerating to a close all over The Continent, and BallinEurope’s “List of European Champions” page gets more updates. Most men’s domestic leagues have completely closed up shoppe for 2009-10, but BiE has also listed a few details on where other leagues stand at present; links are provided where possible. If no […]
Congratulations go out this morning to BC Göttingen and former Washington State Cougar Taylor Rochestie, who took the 2010 EuroChallenge title by controlling Krasnye Krylya Samara in the championship game for an 83-75 win. The trophy marks the first-ever European title for Göttingen and hopefully will assist the club in helping make financial ends meet […]
The FIBA Eurochallenge Final 16 tips off tonight with seven games to played among the whittled-down field. Among the survivors are two Cyprus-based squads, three German teams and at least two red-hot circus offenses (BC FMP Belgrade and Banvit BC). The round-robin play continues through February, with the last games scheduled for March 9. The […]
With the final games in the FIBA EuroChallenge 2009-10 regular season played last night (for the record, it was Elan Chalon over Proteas EKA AEL, 81-74; Scavolini Pesaro over Krasnye Krylia, 92-86; and Strasbourg beat Khimik, 97-93, despite losing the statistical battle on many fronts), the competition’s final 16 and groupings have been set. In […]
Here’s round three of BallinEurope’s look at the groupings for the upcoming EuroChallenge 2009-10 season. Group C features a couple of big(gish)-money teams in uncertain times and an 11th place team from 2008-09. Could the relative unknowns from Belarus surprise here…?