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Round 9 (Regular Season)

Group A
Kozuv Dec.13 Teodo Tivat 70%
Kumanovo Dec.13 Sigal Prisht 51%
Bashkimi 56% Dec.13 Beroe
Group B
SK Tirana 50% Dec.14 Sutjeska
Karpos Sokol Dec.14 Peja 86%
Trepca 50% Dec.14 Feni Industr
Former Notre Dame star, European vet Chris Thomas retires from basketball - Oct 26, 2012


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Chris Thomas
After just seven seasons of playing professionally overseas, former McDonald's All-American point guard and Indiana's Mr. Basketball, Chris Thomas surprisingly threw in the towel.

"The love for the game and the passion for being number one simply weren't there for me anymore," he told Eurobasket from his home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The 30-year-old Notre Dame alumnus has played in five countries -- Italy, Greece, Poland, Spain and Israel, but is now building a career in the corporate business world as a financial representative at Milwaukee based Northwestern Mutual, a Life Insurance and Financial Services company. Thomas is also the assistant coach for Southport high school's basketball team.

Last season, Thomas helped lead Israel's Galil/Gilboa to the Balkan league championship, averaging 6.6 points and 4 assists in 24 minutes. In the Israeli league, Thomas upped his numbers to 8.8 points and 4.8 assists in 30 minutes of action as Galil/Gilboa finished the regular season in second place.

For Thomas, learning the nuances of the European game and positioning himself as one of the top point guards statistically in the prestigious Spanish ACB League was the simple part of his overseas grind: "I dealt with lawsuits and not seeing all my money abroad and the business side really took away a lot of the love and purity I had for the game," he said. "It was special for me to walk away with no regrets after winning the Balkan title with Galil/Gilboa.

Despite receiving multiple European offers throughout the summer, Thomas found himself juggling between a career as a basketball player and that of a family man. "Family is the most important thing to me and I had a son before coming to Israel. I battled with my priorities of being a humble father and fulfilling my ego of playing ball and being in the spotlight," Thomas added.

According to the Indianapolis native and ex-Pike high school two-time state champion (2000 and 2001), basketball was and always has been about being the best on the court: "Basketball is and always will be a big part of my life but it wasn't my whole life, so it was easy to step away. The passion of being number one wasn't there for me anymore and fortunately, I was able to play at a high level even though I wasn't exhorting a lot of energy. I enjoy the fact that I walked away from the game knowing it was my time. I retired on my own terms."

Thomas currently holds a number of Notre Dame school records. He is the only player in Notre Dame basketball history to score more than 1,700 points and dish out 600-plus assists. He is also ranked first in steals with 244. Thomas was assigned point guard to the First Team All Notre Dame team for the celebration game of 100 years of Notre Dame basketball.
  




Jamie Skeen
Peja inks Jamie Skeen - 2 days ago

After parting ways with Slovenian Salih Nuhanovic (210-C-82, agency: 011 Sports), KB Peja has reached agreement with American Jamie Skeen (205-F-88, college: VCU). Jamie Skeen is 28 years old that has a good experience from different leagues. In 2014-15 he played for S.S. Sutor Montegranaro where in 24 games had an average of 11.1 points per game and 4.3 rebounds. The American has played on 2014/15 season for Belgian team of Belfius Mons-Hainaut where he averaged 9.4 points and 4 rebo...   [read more]

Bojan
Trajkovski
Bojan Trajkovski signs for Karpos Sokoli - 5 days ago

The Macedonian center was one of the best performers last night when Sigal Prishtina reached its first win at Balkan League, defeating KK Kumanovo 2009 79-67. Bojan Trajkovski (208-F/C-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates) scored scored 14 points and added 5 rebounds and 4 assists at this victory. But since today, Bojan Trajkovski is the new player of Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje, that competes at Balkan League and Adriatic League too. Last season Bojan Trajkovski played for KK Kumanov...   [read more]

Kejuan
Johnson
Johnson's 29 points and 9 assists give him Player of the Week award - 6 days ago

31-year old guard Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85, agency: Inception Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Bashkimi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7. He had the game-high 29 points adding seven rebounds and nine assists for Bashkimi in his team's victory, helping them to beat Sigal Prishtina (#6, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 85-74. Bashkimi is placed at 4th position in Balkan League. Bashkimi is rather a weak team placed in lower part in...   [read more]


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Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1 Kumanovo 5-2 
 2 Beroe 4-2 
 3 Teodo Tivat 3-3 
 4 Bashkimi 3-4 
 5 Sigal Prishtina 2-2 
 6 Kozuv 1-5 
Group B
 1 Sutjeska 4-1 
 2 Feni Industries 3-2 
 3 SK Tirana 3-3 
 4 Peja 2-1 
 5 Trepca 2-3 
 6 Karpos Sokoli 1-5 
Full Standings
Points Per Game
 Eric PALM
  
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Palm, Bashkimi22.3 
 2. Johnson, Bashkimi20.0 
 3. Gibson, Beroe20.0 
 4. McNeaill, Kozuv19.8 
 5. Abramovic, Kozuv19.3 
 6. Hysenagolli, SK Ti.18.7 
 7. Marojevic, Teodo T.18.2 
 8. Nikolovski, Feni I.17.2 
 9. Mijatovic, Kuman.17.0 
 10. Mijovic, Kozuv16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 M.J. RHETT
  
  (206-PF-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Rhett, Sigal P.9.0 
 2. Jazvin, Bashkimi9.0 
 3. Hysenagolli, SK Ti.8.8 
 4. Shima, SK Tirana8.0 
 5. Nikolovski, Feni I.7.6 
 6. Janevski, Kumanovo7.0 
 7. Mijovic, Kozuv7.0 
 8. Johnson, Bashkimi6.6 
 9. Jones, Beroe6.5 
 10. Stutz, Trepca5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kenyon MCNEAILL
  
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. McNeaill, Kozuv6.2 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo6.2 
 3. Aleksiev, Beroe4.7 
 4. Ahmetbasic, Peja4.7 
 5. Petrovski, Feni I.4.4 
 6. Mavra, Karpos S.4.3 
 7. Lawrence, Sigal P.4.3 
 8. Kostovski, Kuman.4.2 
 9. Johnson, Bashkimi4.0 
 10. Wise, Trepca4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Drilon HAJRIZI
  
  (203-F-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hajrizi, Sigal P.2.7 
 2. Lawrence, Sigal P.2.3 
 3. Hinds, Sigal P.2.3 
 4. McNeaill, Kozuv2.0 
 5. Abramovic, Kozuv2.0 
 6. Stanojevic, Teodo1.7 
 7. Djurisic, Teodo Ti.1.7 
 8. Gajovic, Sutjeska1.6 
 9. Tmusic, Bashkimi1.6 
 10. Johnson, Bashkimi1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron JONES
  
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Jones, Beroe1.2 
 2. Dickerson, Bashkimi1.0 
 3. Kusovac, Teodo T.1.0 
 4. Hajrizi, Sigal P.1.0 
 5. Rhett, Sigal P.0.8 
 6. Sajin, Teodo Tivat0.7 
 7. Vujovic, Sutjeska0.6 
 8. Marojevic, Teodo T.0.5 
 9. Zivanovic, Kuman.0.4 
 10. Salic, Sutjeska0.4 
Player of the week

 Kejuan Johnson
  Bashkimi
  (193-G-)
  
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