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Round 13 (Regular Season)

Group A
Bashkimi 64% Jan.24 Teodo Tivat
Kozuv 67% Jan.24 Sigal Prisht
Beroe 59% Jan.24 Kumanovo
Group B
Sutjeska 61% Jan.25 Trepca
Peja 81% Jan.25 SK Tirana
Karpos Sokol 53% Jan.25 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.   




Trey Davis
Trey Davis joins Sigal Prishtina - 1 day ago
Defending champion Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) agreed terms with 24-year old American point guard Trey Davis (183-84kg-93, college: Massachusetts). He just played at Canton Charge (D-League) in the U.S. But in only one game he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 2 assists. Davis also spent pre-season at Bakken (Ligaen) in Danish league earlier that year. Last year he was drafted by Canton Charge (D-League) in sixth round (104th overall). The former University of Massachuse...   [read more]

Milivoje
Mijovic
Milivoje Mijovic claims Balkan League weekly honour - 2 days ago
Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-PF-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kozuv and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12. The 25-year old power forward had the game-high 22 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Kozuv in his team's victory, helping them to crush Kumanovo (#1, 6-3) with 18-point margin 89-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kozuv is placed at 3rd position in Balkan League. Kozuv is a typic...   [read more]

Cameron
Forte
Cameron Forte (ex Atomeromu) signs at Sigal Prishtina - 2 days ago
Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) landed 24-year old American forward Cameron Forte (201-100kg-93, college: Portland State, agency: Octagon Europe). He supposed to play at Atomeromu in Hungarian A Division, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 5 games he averaged 14.0ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg this season. He received also All-Big Sky Conf. 2nd Team award in 2016 at his college time. Among other achievements Forte's team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2014 an...   [read more]


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Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1 Kumanovo 6-3 
 2 Beroe 6-3 
 3 Kozuv 4-5 
 4 Teodo Tivat 4-5 
 5 Bashkimi 4-5 
 6 Sigal Prishtina 3-6 
Group B
 1 Peja 6-3 
 2 Feni Industries 6-3 
 3 Sutjeska 5-4 
 4 Karpos Sokoli 4-5 
 5 SK Tirana 3-6 
 6 Trepca 3-6 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Eric PALM
  Bashkimi
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Palm, Bashkimi22.6 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv21.0 
 3. Johnson, Bashkimi20.3 
 4. Gibson, Beroe19.0 
 5. Kostovski, Kuman.17.6 
 6. Mijatovic, Kuman.17.4 
 7. Rhett, Sigal P.17.0 
 8. Mijovic, Kozuv16.8 
 9. Hysenagolli, SK Ti.16.4 
 10. Veseli, Peja16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Endrit HYSENAGOLLI
  SK Ti.
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hysenagolli, SK Ti.9.7 
 2. Rhett, Sigal P.9.7 
 3. Shima, SK Tirana8.8 
 4. Jazvin, Bashkimi8.3 
 5. Mijovic, Kozuv7.6 
 6. Nikolovski, Feni I.7.0 
 7. Johnson, Bashkimi6.9 
 8. Gajovic, Sutjeska6.8 
 9. Skeen, Peja6.5 
 10. Dahlman, Peja6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Austin TILLOTSON
  Peja
  (185-PG-)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Tillotson, Peja5.8 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv5.3 
 3. Stanojevic, Teodo T.5.1 
 4. Aleksiev, Beroe4.9 
 5. Rundles, Peja4.7 
 6. Mavra, Karpos S.4.6 
 7. Kostovski, Kuman.4.4 
 8. Hall, Kozuv4.3 
 9. Wise, Trepca4.1 
 10. Johnson, Bashkimi4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jabarie HINDS
  Sigal P.
  (180-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hinds, Sigal P.2.1 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv2.1 
 3. Hajrizi, Sigal P.2.1 
 4. Stanojevic, Teodo T.1.9 
 5. Labovic, Karpos S.1.8 
 6. Gajovic, Sutjeska1.7 
 7. Johnson, Bashkimi1.6 
 8. Tmusic, Bashkimi1.6 
 9. Gibson, Beroe1.6 
 10. Hall, Kozuv1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron JONES
  Beroe
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Jones, Beroe1.3 
 2. Kusovac, Teodo T.0.9 
 3. Reed, Peja0.8 
 4. Ivshyn, Peja0.8 
 5. Rugova, Sigal P.0.8 
 6. Krstevski, Kozuv0.6 
 7. Skeen, Peja0.5 
 8. Rhett, Sigal P.0.5 
 9. Hajrizi, Sigal P.0.5 
 10. Sajin, Teodo Tivat0.4 
Player of the Week

 Milivoje Mijovic
  Kozuv
  ( 200-PF-91 )
  
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