Liepaja smashed bottom-ranked Estonian Valga at home 96-66. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-66. Liepaja forced 27 Valga turnovers. Arturs Bricis (196-92) stepped up and scored 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Artis Ate (191-89) chipped in 14 points. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Nigerian-Russian center Aleksey Adediran (204-82, college: Binghamton) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Veljo Vares (200-81) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds.
Ballon Inter shot 68.9 percent from the field. Strangely DCU Saints outrebounded Ballon Inter 36-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Ballon Inter especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. Lithuanian forward Mindaugas Tamusauskas (203-83) fired 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian power forward Aurimas Statkus (201-81) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Eoin Quill (198-81) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and forward Patrick Glover (193-77) added 14 points respectively for lost side. DCU Saints' coach David Donnelly rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 18-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Ilmars Bergmanis (184-81) fired 20 points for the winners. Swingman Salvis Metra (195-84) chipped in 19 points. Nigerian forward Ike Okoye (206, college: Boise St.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and American-Italian guard Marc Campbell (180-86, college: N.Carolina) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side.
UCC Demons managed to secure a 8-point victory 80-72. UCC Demons shot 22 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Moycullen only scored three points from the stripe. 24 personal fouls committed by Moycullen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Delwan Graham (200, college: Jacksonville, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Shane Coughlan (188-79) accounted for 17 points and 9 assists. Four UCC Demons players scored in double figures. American forward Patrick Sullivan (201, college: Hamilton) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and guard Cian Nihill (193-88) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Moycullen in the defeat. Moycullen's coach Salvador Camps gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
32-year old Irish ex-international guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. McGrath played last season at Obradoiro in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he had 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.7apg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian league where in 6 Eurocup games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 5.3apg. McGrath also played 17 games in VTB United League where he avera... [read more]
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) signed 32-year old Irish ex-international guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. McGrath played last season at Obradoiro in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he had 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.7apg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian league where in 6 Eurocup games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 5.3apg. McGrath also played 17 games in VTB United League where he averaged 9.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.6apg. The other team he played shortly was Anadolu Efes in Turkish league. In 5 Euroleague games he got 4.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0apg. McGrath also spent pre-season at La ICL Manresa (also in Liga Endesa) that year. He was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008. McGrath is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki, AEK Athens and Egaleo), Italy (Openjobmetis VA, Verona and BancaTercas), Lithuania (Zalgiris) and Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg). McGrath attended Providence College until 2006 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
Ian O'Leary agreed terms with Fuenlabrada - 10 days ago
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30-year old American (has also Irish passport) forward Ian O'Leary (201-101kg-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) from Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias. In 34 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 4.5ppg and 2.7rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season O'Leary played at Gran Canaria where in 26 Liga Endesa games he averaged 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He also played 20 games in Eurocup where he had 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. A... [read more]
Montakit Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American (has also Irish passport) forward Ian O'Leary (201-101kg-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) from Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias. In 34 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 4.5ppg and 2.7rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season O'Leary played at Gran Canaria where in 26 Liga Endesa games he averaged 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He also played 20 games in Eurocup where he had 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. Among other achievements O'Leary played in the final of WCC Tournament in 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Forward of the Year award back in 2011. O'Leary has played previously for four other teams: Blancos de Rueda, Palencia Baloncesto, Vigo and Oviedo CB. He attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. The scouts decsribe him following way:
Overlooked somewhat at college but has blossomed in Europe. Strong going to the basket and has good athletic ability. Working on being more consistent outside the 3pt line but provides a real mis match for teams.
A very good athlete he is able to play several positions effectively because of a great mix of size and quickness. Rebounds like a center but runs like a guard. Very effective mid range jumper causes a lot of problems cause he is able to just shoot over top of most defenders. Can handle the ball and has no problem handling pressure and being a release valve for any backcourt. Aggressive offensive mind set makes him lead by example. At college played in a system to showcase NBA Draft choice Patrick Mills, but his performance in Europe will be very different as he will be allowed to show his complete game. Has very long arms and consistently tips and blocks shots from the backside and weak side. A very complete player is capable of playing at very high levels as he continues to develop. Shoots the deep ball quite well and is extending his range which for a player his size will make him deadly.
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