Fantasy Challenge Week 10 rundown

Jan 02, 2007 by Print

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 Tau Ceramica

Tau Ceramica: Zoran Planinic has recovered from his foot injury and is ready to face RheinEnergie. Sergi Vidal is still sidelined, however. Luis Scola became the Euroleague's December MVP, chosen by the organization.


Olympiacos: Other than Arvydas Macijauskas, who is still sidelined, the Reds will have their full roster available. Once again, Alex Acker led five double-figure scorers for Olympiacos with 18 points in the Reds' home win against Climamio.

 Efes Pilsen

Efes Pilsen: Efes has its entire roster available for the game against Le Mans, including newcomer Laron Profit. Marcus Haislip earned Week 9 MVP honors with a career-high 33 points to lead Efes Pilsen to a 91-76 win over RheinEnergie.

 Climamio Bologna

Climamio Bologna: Steffen Hamann reached an agreement to terminate his contract with Climamio. As such, Tyus Edney and Daniele Cavaliero will see more minutes at the point guard spot. James Thomas grabbed 19 boards against Olympiacos in Game 9..


Prokom: Tomas Pacesas is recovered from his shoulder problems and played in a Polish League game this weekend. Justin Hamilton sat out this weekend and but may be back against Olympiacos. Huseyin Besok had a season-high 18 points against Le Mans.

 Dynamo Moscow

Dynamo Moscow:Big man Lazaros Papadopoulos missed the game against Tau due to a last-minute injury but is expected to play against Climamio in Bologna. Miroslav Raicevic is available to make his Dynamo debut against Tau. Sergey Romanov remains sidelined, joined now by Andrei Trushkin and Andrei Ivanov.

 Le Mans

Le Mans: Le Mans has no injury problems for its game against Efes. Eric Campbell shined with 13 points and 9 rebounds against Prokom last week. He is the 10th top rebounder in the competition.


RheinEnergie: Both Marcus Faison and Alvin Jones left the team before the end of 2006. RheinEnergie moved fast in the free agents market and landed swingman Devin Green, who is ready to make his Euroleague debut against Tau Ceramica.


Maccabi Elite: Star forward Tal Burstein is back with the team and should play his first 2006-07 Euroleague game against Lottomatica Roma after recovering from a long injury. Yotam Halperin has played 30 minutes or more in each of the last four Maccabi games, in which he averaged 13.7 points.


Panathinaikos: Despite playing without Sani Becirovic, Tony Delk, Robertas Javtokas and Fragiskos Alvertis, Panathinaikos rallied to beat Cibona 75-78 in Zagreb. All these players are available, but Mike Batiste will be sidelined this week against Olimpija due to a calf injury.


Unicaja: Unicaja announced the loan of big man Erazem Lorbek to Benetton, where he is not eligible to play during the regular season. In the same way, Unicaja's newest player, Marcus Faison, is inelibigle for Euroleague games unless the team reaches the Top 16, because he came from RheinEnergie Cologne and no player can join two different teams in the regular season. All-time Euroleague leading scorer Marcus Brown is out indefinitely for Unicaja, while e Carlos Cabezas missed a couple of practives last week but will be able to face Cibona. Point guard Pepe Sanchez has recovered from his leg injury, too.


Cibona: Cibona has lost Vedran Morovic for 8 to 10 weeks due to injury, while both Goran Vrbanc is questionable this week against Unicaja. Brent Wright is fourth in the index rating standings at 20 per game.

Union Olimpija

Union Olimpija: Saso Ozbolt is out long-term with an injury. Other than that, Olimpija is healthy. Marko Milic scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a losing effort against Lottomatica Roma. It was his third double-double this season.


Partizan: Partizan is healthy and in its best Euroleague season in recent years. Despite registering a 85-83 road loss in Tel Aviv, Predrag Drobnjak had 23 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, while Uros Tripkovic scored a season-high 20 points.

 Virtus Roma

Lottomatica Roma: Playmaker Vlado Ilievski has agreed to terminate his contract with Lottomatica. As such, Mire Chatman will see extended playing time against Maccabi. Ognjen Askrabic returned to action this weekend and should play this week, too.

 DKV Joventut Badalona

DKV Joventut: Andy Betts stays sidelined, even when he should be ready to play soon. Meanwhile, Drew Sullivan did not travel to Belgrade due to a leg injury. Ferran Laviña, however, is recovered and ready to face Partizan.

 CSKA Moscow

CSKA Moscow: CSKA has no significant injuries, as everyone is available against Pau-Orthez. Aleksey Savrasenko paced CSKA in a 62-65 road win against Aris with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Trajan Langdon chipped in 13 points, too.


Winterthur FC Barcelona: Gianluca Basile will miss 7 to 10 days with an abductor injury. Otherwise, Barcelon  has no significant injuries. Juan Carlos Navarro is the Euroleague top scorer (19.1 ppg.), but he combined for just 21 points in the last couple of games.

 Benetton Treviso

Benetton Treviso: Marcus Goree has not travelled to Istanbul to face Fenerbahce due to a calf injury. As such, Spencer Nelson, Joey Beard and Angelo Gigli are set to see more minutes around the baskets. Richie Frahm is still out. Nikos Zisis had 21 points against Barcelona in Game 9.

 Fenerbahce Ulker

Fenerbahce Ulker: Fenerbahce will miss rebounding ace Mirsad Turkcan, who has an elbow injury. Otherwise, the team has no significant injury problems for its game against Benetton. Omer Onan and Kaspars Kambala each had 13 points in Fenerbahce's last game, a road loss against Pau.


Zalgiris: Power forwards Hanno Mottola and Paulius Jankunas played against Eldo Napoli in Game 9 and should be available to face Barcelona this week. Playmaker Marko Popovic, Mantas Kalnietis and Kirk Penney, however, are questionable for this game. Tanoka Beard posted 26 points and 9 rebounds in Naples.


Pau-Orthez: Fred Fauthoux and Ian Mahinmi have recovered from their respective injuries and will travel to Moscow to face CSKA. Xane D'Almeida and Thierry Rupert, however, are sidelined for the game against the Euroleague champion.

 Aris TT Bank

Aris TT Bank: Terrell Castle underwent an appendicitis operation and will be sidelined for two weeks. Meanwhile, Panagiotis Karavanas has been discarded for this game, as Aris has 13 players available. Jeremiah Massey and Mike Wilkinson are eighth and 16th, respectively, in the index rating standings.

 Eldo Napoli

Eldo Napoli: Napoli won two of its last three games and is ready for more in Thessaloniki. Tyrone Ellis has averaged 4 assists in the last 3 games, since he became the starting point guard. Michel Morandais grabbed 10 rebounds against Zalgiris in Game 9.