View Full Version : Micah Downs back with Avtodor Saratov in Russia

05-24-2017, 09:22 AM
From Eurobasket (http://www.eurobasket.com/France/basketball.asp?NewsID=490293)
Avtodor Saratov (VTB) agreed terms with 31-year old American swingman Micah Downs (195-91kg-86, college: Gonzaga). It is actually his comeback to Saratov as he has played here before. Downs He moved there from Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA where he played this season. In 26 games he had 14.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 3.0apg. The last season Downs played at Juvecaserta in Italian Serie A. In 30 games he recorded 12.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.5apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Italian SerieA All-Star Game.

Downs has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off in 2011. Downs was also voted Eurobasket.com VTB League All-Imports Team in 2015.

He is quite experienced player. Downs' career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Downs tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears), Croatia (KK_Zadar), Ukraine (Budivelnyk), Venezuela (Bucaneros), NBA (Boston Celtics), Spain (La ICL Manresa and Burgos) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks and Maine Red Claws).

Downs attended Gonzaga University until 2009 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.
On Downs: A very athletic forward who showed that he's not only a fantastic leaper some years after graduation. Can score at will, grabs lots of rebounds, runs up and down on the court with great quickness.

09-03-2017, 04:19 PM
Micah is going into a friendly series in Italy, with the first in the series vs. Amici Pallacanestro Udine (Italy) on Tuesday, September 5.

Getting ready for the season, following are some helpful links:

Twitter: Avtodor Saratov has an active and useful twitter feed - https://twitter.com/AvtodorSaratov

Home website - Active, well done, and in English (optional): http://www.avtodor.ru/en/

Eurobasket: http://basketball.eurobasket.com/team/Russia/Avtodor_Saratov/618

VTB League: http://www.vtb-league.com/en/

BCL (Basketball Champions League): http://www.championsleague.basketball/

Nice pic of our boy, from a recent friendly game:


Schedule for the upcoming friendly games in Italy can be found here: http://avtodor.ru/en/index.php/news-events/item/551-avtodor-goes-to-italy

5th September – Amici Pallacanestro Udine (Italy)
9th September – Consultinvest VL Pesaro (Italy)
10th September – Winner/Loser Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Italy) vs. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (Italy)
13th September – Vanoli Basket Cremona (Italy)
15th September – Openjobmetis Varese (Italy)
16th September – Winner/Loser Umana Reyer Venezia (Italy) vs. Benetton Treviso (Italy)

the Basketball Champions League Qualification Round 1. The second game is to be held in Saratov on Thursday, 21st September.

09-16-2017, 01:36 PM
Micah just finished a the championship game in the tournament in Italy. Avtodor took the win over Varese 71-66. Micah scored 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists.


Here's a pre-game writeup from Eurobasket.com:

Avtodor and Varese reach the Final in Caorle - Sep 16, 2017



Avtodor and Varese reached the Final at the International tournament in Caorle. Avtodor overcame Umana Venezia 97-87 although they trailed 14 points in the first period. The Russian side pulled the tempo back and reduced to 6 points due to 31-23 rally in the second period. Moreover Avtodor fully dominated the second half to ensure the win. Micah Downs (195-G/F-86, college: Gonzaga) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Coty Clarke (201-F-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) poured in 16. Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) ended up wth 16 points in a loss and Tomas Ress (208-F/C-80, college: Texas A&M) as well as Gediminas Orelik (199-G/F-90) added 14 apiece.
Varese meanwhile edged Treviso 77-65 as Stan Okoye (198-G/F-91, college: VMI) led the way with 19 points. Antabia Waller (191-G-88, college: Auburn) scored 12 and Giancarlo Ferrero (196-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) notched 11 points.

If you want to watch the game, it's on Youtube. Micah is #1 in black:


Next up for Micah and his Avtodor team is their first game in a qualification round in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday, September 19th. http://www.championsleague.basketball/

Games in the BCL qualification rounds:

Tue, Sep 19 @ Keravnos Nikosia
Thu, Sep 21 Keravnos Nikosia
Sun, Sep 24 KK Mornar Bar (Montenegro)
Tue, Sep 26 @ KK Mornar Bar (Montenegro)
Fri, Sep 29 Orlandina Basket Capo d'Orlando (Italy)
Mon, Oct 2 @ Orlandina Basket Capo d'Orlando (Italy)

09-19-2017, 09:10 AM
Avtodor Saratov wins the first round qualification game in the BCL against the Egyptian team Keravnos Nikosia today 83-72. Box Score. (http://www.championsleague.basketball/17-18/1909/Keravnos-Avtodor-Saratov#tab=boxscore_statistics) Micah with 10 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, an 2 blocks. For round two, they'll play them again on Thursday, September 21.



09-21-2017, 11:11 AM
Avtodor lost today's home game against Keravanos 63-67 but advanced to the next round of the BCL by an aggregate score of 146-139. Micah looked to have a poor shooting showing, with 2/12 shooting for 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Box Score (http://www.championsleague.basketball/17-18/2109/Avtodor-Saratov-Keravnos#|tab=boxscore_statistics)

Avtodor will now take on Mornar Bar in the Qualification Round 2, with the first leg in Russia on Sunday. In the inaugural edition of the Basketball Champions League in 2016-17, Mornar Bar made it through a Qualification Round and competed in the Regular Season.



09-24-2017, 09:51 AM
A win was secured today in the Basketball Champions League over Mornar Bar 88-70. Micah with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal, and a block, with a +/- of 26 and an efficiency rating of 11. Box Score. (http://www.championsleague.basketball/17-18/2409/Avtodor-Saratov-Mornar-Bar#|tab=boxscore_statistics)



09-25-2017, 11:47 AM
Great pic of Micah from yesterday's game:


09-29-2017, 10:20 AM
Micah had a close win today, as Avtodor prevailed over SikeliArchivi Capo d'Orlando 70-69. Box Score. (http://www.championsleague.basketball/17-18/2909/Avtodor-Saratov-SikeliArchivi-Capo-d-Orlando#tab=boxscore_statistics) Miah had 7 points, 8 rebounds, and an assist in the win. Their next qualifying round will be against SikeliArchivi Capo d'Orlando on October 2.



11-15-2017, 11:46 AM
Micah had a good game today in a losing FIBA league game to BC Nevezis 75-86, Micah with 19 points on 9/15 shooting, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and efficiency of +23. Box Score. (http://www.fiba.basketball/europecup/17-18/1511/Avtodor-Saratov-BC-Nevezis/#tab=boxscore_statistics) Altador is ranked 3 of 4 in Group B, with 2 wins and 3 losses.

Avtodor is ranked in the middle of the 13-team VTB league at #7, with 2 wins and 3 losses. (Standings) (http://www.vtb-league.com/en/standings/) Micah is leading scorer for the team, with 13.8 points. (Avtodor's VTB League page. (http://www.vtb-league.com/en/team/236048/http://)

Nice pic from the game: