Gussing Knights (#5) forced the game against Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) into an overtime, but lost by eleven points 76-87 on Sunday night. The game took place in Gussing. But the guests from Kapfenberg were better at the end. Demetrius Nelson (203-F/C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Citadel) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Gussing Knights' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kapfenberg Bulls have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Klosterneub. and Gmunden. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the fifth position with four games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will face UBSC Graz (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Gussing Knights will play against Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by Stjepan Stazic of BC Vienna.
There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (4-5) was crushed on the road by ninth ranked UBSC Graz (4-5) 98-69 on Monday. The game without a history. UBSC Graz led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game, while Redwell Gunners Oberwart only scored six points from the stripe. UBSC Graz forced 20 Redwell Gunners Oberwart turnovers. Strangely Redwell Gunners Oberwart outrebounded UBSC Graz 41-27 including a 22-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Redwell Gunners Oberwart was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) scored 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Reinhard Lanegger (196-81) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Darnell Gant (203-89, college: Washington) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and the former international point guard Hannes Ochsenhofer (185-85) scored 6 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Redwell Gunners Oberwart's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. UBSC Graz moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Oberwart and Furstenfeld. UBSC Graz will face league's second-placed Kapfenberg Bulls on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Top scorers: Oberwart: D.Gant 21+10reb+2ast, M.Edwards 11+5reb+2ast, I.Siriscevic 7+3reb+1ast, I.Djerman 6+2reb, H.Ochsenhofer 6+9reb+4ast, J.Johnson 5+5reb UBSC Graz: M.Stegnjaic 22+9reb+2ast, R.Lanegger 18+6reb+5ast, E.Gilchrese 18+2reb+1ast, M.Markovic 12+2reb, M.Anthony Dale 11+6reb+3ast, C.Knor 9+1ast
Rather predictable result in Klosterneuburg where fourth ranked Xion Dukes (6-3) smashed 8th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (4-5) 83-57 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-57. Xion Dukes dominated on the defensive end, holding Furstenfeld Panthers to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (205-79) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Christoph Nagler (196-84) chipped in 20 points during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and Slovenian swingman Samo Grum (193-79) scored 19 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Gmunden and Kapfenberg. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Xion Dukes will face Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Raiffeisen Wels and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Furstenfeld: S.Grum 19+3reb+3ast, M.Pearson 14+14reb+2ast, B.Cresnar 7+6reb+2ast, P.Radakovics 6+3reb+1ast, C.Cox 6+3reb, T.Sally 3+3reb+1ast Klosterneub.: C.Nagler 20+3reb, R.Suljanovic 17+7reb+1ast, C.Bobb 10+5reb, K.Payton 9+6reb+2ast, M.Rachar 8+7reb, M.Lanegger 7+2reb+6ast
Not a big story in a game in Traiskirchen where bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions (0-9) were rolled over by first ranked BC Vienna (9-1) 104-79 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Vienna. Arkadia Lions was better in fourth quarter 33-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. BC Vienna forced 21 Arkadia Lions turnovers. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) scored 30 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Florian Trmal (193-89) chipped in 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five BC Vienna players scored in double figures. At the losing side Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: Interperformances) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds and Argentinian-Italian forward Pablo Gamaleri (194-93, agency: Interperformances) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Vienna maintains first position with 9-1 record. Arkadia Lions at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. BC Vienna will have a break next round. Arkadia Lions will play at home against St.Polten (#10) and hope to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: Arkadia: R.Spasojevic 22+8reb, P.Gamaleri 22+6reb+1ast, M.Bortolin 15+9reb+1ast, S.Gmeiner 7+1reb+2ast, T.Stadelmann 7+4reb, B.Guettl 4 BC Vienna: S.Stazic 30+5reb+4ast, F.Trmal 24+6reb+1ast, S.Ray 16+4reb, I.Boylan 11+4reb+2ast, J.Francois 10+7reb, B.Danek 7+2reb+1ast
Gussing Knights (#5) forced the game against Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) into an overtime, but lost by eleven points 76-87 on Sunday night. The game took place in Gussing. But the guests from Kapfenberg were better at the end. Gussing Knights were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 17-13 charge of Kapfenberg Bulls, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 20-9. Kapfenberg Bulls made 29-of-35 free shots (82.9 percent) during the game, while Gussing Knights only scored eleven points from the stripe. Gussing Knights were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Five Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds and international forward Sebastian Koch (202-88) scored 21 points. Gussing Knights' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kapfenberg Bulls have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Klosterneub. and Gmunden. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the fifth position with four games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will face UBSC Graz (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Gussing Knights will play against Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Gussing: M.Heard 25+9reb+2ast, S.Koch 21+2reb+1ast, T.Klepeisz 11+4reb+4ast, E.Kadic 9+9reb+1ast, M.Jandrasits 4, B.Weber 2+3reb Kapfenberg: D.Nelson 25+10reb+1ast, J.Dean Shaw 13+3reb+1ast, M.Sanchez 13+8reb+1ast, Q.Pryor 11+6reb+3ast, D.Mayes 11+2reb+1ast, G.Woods 7+2reb+4ast
Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Gmunden Swans (6-3) beat on the road 10th ranked St.Polten (1-8) 84-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. St.Polten was better in second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gmunden Swans dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to St.Polten's 32. They outrebounded St.Polten 37-21 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Robert Arnold (198-88, college: Boise St.) scored 26 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (199-87) responded with 15 points and 6 assists and international forward Andreas Worenz (199-82) scored 13 points. Four Gmunden Swans and five St.Polten players scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Klosterneub. and Kapfenberg. St.Polten lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. Gmunden Swans will face Gussing Knights (#5) at home in the next round. St.Polten will play against Arkadia Lions (#11) in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: St.Polten: M.Kovacevic 15+4reb+6ast, M.Kohlmaier 14+4reb+1ast, A.Worenz 13+4reb+3ast, T.Csebits 12+4reb+2ast, M.Speiser 12+3ast, L.Gvozden 4+3reb+1ast Gmunden: R.Arnold 26+2reb+4ast, J.Brown 18+3reb+3ast, D.Oppland 16+10reb+1ast, M.Mayer 14+8reb+2ast, R.Poiger 4+13reb, M.Oppland 2+1reb
Benjamin Ortner selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - 3 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Austrian players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83). He contributed to an easy Umana Venezia's victory against the ninth-ranked Auxilium TO in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Austrian players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Auxilium TO (12-12) 89-70 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game.
Ortner scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court.
Umana Reyer Venezia (16-8) is placed second in the Serie A.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Ortner averages: 3.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 52.2% and FT: 54.2% in 23 games he played so far.
He played for the Austrian senior national team four years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former international forward Jakob Poeltl (213-95, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA). Poeltl led Toronto Raptors to an easy victory against the Indiana Pacers (37-36) crushing them 116-91 in the NBA last Sunday.
He scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
The Toronto Raptors have a solid 44-29 record this season.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Poeltl's first year with the team.
Poeltl's overall stats this season are: 2.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 51.7% and FT: 57.1%.
He played for the Austrian national team in 2015.
#3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Sevilla (8-16) to beat Joventut (8-17).
Mahalbasic scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Sevilla was defeated 71-57 at home by the lower-ranked Joventut (#14).
It's Mahalbasic's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 60.6%(63-104) and FT: 75.6%.
Mahalbasic has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian.
Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.
#4. Point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Andorra in their game against FC Barcelona (17-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa.
He scored 6 points in 21 minutes.
Andorra was crushed 102-65 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) FC Barcelona.
Schreiner has been at the team for five years.
This season Schreiner's overall stats are: 4.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.2apg in 24 games.
He is also Austrian national team player.
#5. International point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to secure a victory for Naestved (13-15) in their last game on Monday. Despite Lanegger's very good performance Naestved was defeated 72-67 on their home court in Naestved by the lower-ranked Svendborg (#5).
He was the top scorer with 15 points. Lanegger also added 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Lanegger's total stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg.
He plays currently for the Austrian national team.
#6. Point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Braunschweig (5-17) in their game against Bayern Muenchen (22-3) in the German BBL.
He scored only 4 points.
Braunschweig was crushed 80-58 on their home court in Braunschweig by the much higher-ranked Bayern Muenchen (#3).
Klepeisz's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Austrian National Team roster.
#7. Former U18 international center Jakob Seifert (200-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) managed to help Slavoj BK Litomerice to win against the sixth-ranked Olomouc SK (1-8) crushing them 97-65 in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division) in Sunday night's game.
He scored only 3 points.
Slavoj BK Litomerice (7-2) is placed second in Places 1-6 group.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical.
This season Seifert averages just 0.5ppg.
He used to play for the Austrian U18 national team
four years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Austrian passport but never been selected to any of Austrian national teams:
#1.Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) led Ovarense to a victory over the sixth-ranked Sampaense (4-21) 87-78 in the Portuguese LPB on Sunday night.
Douvier was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Douvier's third season in pro basketball. Ovarense Dolce Vita (14-12) is placed first in Places 7-12 group.
It's Douvier's first year with the team.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Douvier averages: 15.8ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.2apg in 26 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Douvier has never played in Austria.
#2.Luka Asceric (202-SG-97, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a Lille Metropole's victory against the closely-ranked Provence Basket (16-8) 62-48 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game.
Asceric scored 10 points in 25 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lille Metropole Basket (15-9) is placed third in the ProB.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Asceric's total stats are: 5.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.6apg in 21 games.
#3. Experienced Michael Kaiser (195-G/F-82, currently plays in Germany) could not help Herzogenaurach (4-20) in their last game. Despite Kaiser's very good performance the 13th-placed Herzogenaurach (4-20) lost 88-99 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#3) Bad Aibling in the South-East group.
He was the top scorer with 24 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 34 minutes.
It was Herzogenaurach's sixth consecutive loss in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Kaiser is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Herzogenaurach's roster.
This season Kaiser has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg in 24 games.
Kapfenberg roll past Oberwart for Cup title - 4 days ago
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Kapfenberg - Oberwart 77:60 Kapfenberg celebrated the Austrian Cup title. They fired past Oberwart for the trophy. Bogic Vujosevic (190-PG-92, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 18 points and was trumped the MVP. The Gunners jumped to a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Kapfenberg slowed their opponents in the second term. The Bulls pulled in front to take a 31:28 halftime advantage. Kapfenberg unloaded 24 points in the third quarter to gain a 9-point lead. They maintained the l... [read more]
Kapfenberg - Oberwart 77:60
Kapfenberg celebrated the Austrian Cup title. They fired past Oberwart for the trophy. Bogic Vujosevic (190-PG-92, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 18 points and was trumped the MVP. The Gunners jumped to a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Kapfenberg slowed their opponents in the second term. The Bulls pulled in front to take a 31:28 halftime advantage. Kapfenberg unloaded 24 points in the third quarter to gain a 9-point lead. They maintained the lead throughout the fourth stanza and marched to the victory. Filip Kramer (202-SF-92) netted 17 points, while Carl Baptiste (208-F/C-90, college: Delaware, agency: Diamond Sports) added 10 points for the winners. Derek Jackson (185-PG-91, college: Kent St.) responded with 23 points for the Gunners. Andell Cumberbatch (196-G-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 11 points in the defeat.
Stjepan Stazic claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - 4 days ago
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Experienced Former international Guard Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78) had a great game in the last round for Vienna and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29. The 38-year old guard had the game-high 48 points adding two rebounds and five assists for Vienna in his team's victory, helping them to outclass UBSC Graz (#8, 6-21) with 46-point margin 108-62. Vienna is placed at 4th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. Vienna is a typical solid league team placed... [read more]
Experienced Former international Guard Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78) had a great game in the last round for Vienna and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29. The 38-year old guard had the game-high 48 points adding two rebounds and five assists for Vienna in his team's victory, helping them to outclass UBSC Graz (#8, 6-21) with 46-point margin 108-62. Vienna is placed at 4th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. Vienna is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-13 record. In the team's last game Stazic had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got nine three-pointers out of 15 attempts. He has many years of experience at Vienna, through which he has constantly improved. Stazic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.2ppg) and assists (6th best: 4.6apg).
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Vienna's star - 32-year old Serbian shooting guard Predrag Miletic (193-SG-84). Miletic impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course together with Stazic he helped Vienna with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked UBSC Graz (#8, 6-21) 108-62. This victory allowed Vienna to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 14-13 record is not bad at all. Miletic is one of the most experienced players at Vienna and similarly like Stjepan Stazic has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#2). He also registered 5.1 boards per game.
The third best performed player last round was Montenegrin Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) of Arkadia (#5). Draskovic scored 14 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Arkadia, leading his team to a 85-64 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Furstenfeld (#7, 12-15). Arkadia needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 13 lost games. Draskovic has a great season in Austria. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 60.5%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Chris McNealy (194-G-92) of Oberwart - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Sebastian Koch (202-F-88) of Vienna - 11 points and 12 rebounds 6. Jamari Traylor (203-F-92) of Oberwart - 17 points and 11 rebounds 7. Austin Steed (203-F-88) of Gmunden - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Benedikt Guettl (190-G-94) of Arkadia - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Benedikt Danek (176-PG-86) of Arkadia - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists 10. Marck Coffin (193-G-91) of Kapfenberg - 12 points and 10 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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