STB Le Havre (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old American guard Chester Mason (192-81, college: Miami, OH, agency: N.E.T.). He started the season at Bnei Hasharon in Israeli Winner League. In three games this season he recorded 12.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 4.3apg and 1.0spg. Part of last season Mason spent at Al Kuwait (D1) in Kuwaiti league. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Mason also played at Racers in U.S. semi-pro league UBA earlier that season. The previous (10-11) season he played at KK Zadar in Croatian league. In four EuroChallenge games that year he averaged 9.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg. Mason also played 7 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 8.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. The other team he played shortly was BK Ventspils (LBL) in Latvian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Mason was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 5 LBL games he averaged 12.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.0spg. He also played 4 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged just 2.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg. Mason also played 11 games in Baltic League where he averaged 7.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.4apg. In 2008 (three years after he left the college) Mason was drafted by Anaheim Arsenal (D-League) in first round (153th overall). He attended Miami University, Ohio until 2005 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Mason received Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Import Player of the Year award back in 2010. He is a very experienced player. Mason has played also professionally in Italy, Slovenia (Zlatorog), Turkey, NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers), Bosnia (HKK Siroki WWin), USBL (Dodge City L.), ABA (Cleveland R.), D-League (Springfield Armor) and UBA (Ohio R.). The scouts decsribe him following way:
Can play in 1, 2 and 3 positions. Has a powerful body, and this enables him to grab a lot of rebounds. Good passer, good scorer, defends very well on the perimeter.
Omri Casspi (6'9''-SF-88) broke his right thumb tonight in his first game with the Pelicans since Monday's trade, tweets Justin Verrier of ESPN.com. Doctors are projecting that the injury will sideline him for four to six weeks. Casspi was sent from Sacramento to New Orleans along with DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, college: Kentucky) in a five-player deal. His injury capped an overall bad night for the Pelicans, who suffered a 30-point loss to Houston in front of a sold-out Smoothie Ki... [read more]
Omri Casspi (6'9''-SF-88) broke his right thumb tonight in his first game with the Pelicans since Monday's trade, tweets Justin Verrier of ESPN.com. Doctors are projecting that the injury will sideline him for four to six weeks. Casspi was sent from Sacramento to New Orleans along with DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, college: Kentucky) in a five-player deal. His injury capped an overall bad night for the Pelicans, who suffered a 30-point loss to Houston in front of a sold-out Smoothie King Center. Casspi played 23 minutes and scored 12 points before being hurt. New Orleans was counting on him to provide some wing depth after shipping Buddy Hield (6'4''-G-93, college: Oklahoma), Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) and Langston Galloway (6'2''-G-91, college: St.Joseph's) to the Kings. Casspi is making $3MM this season in the final year of his contract, so he is a candidate to be waived or bought out if the Pelicans don't want to wait for his return. New Orleans waived Lance Stephenson in a similar situation in November when the team felt like it needed a healthy player. The Pelicans filled one final roster spot today when they signed Hollis Thompson to a 10-day contract, but opened another when they waived Terrence Jones. Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com
EuroLeague: CSKA ease past Maccabi in Moscow - 14 hours ago
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CSKA - Maccabi Tel Aviv 93:81 CSKA stormed past Maccabi Tel Aviv for the 17th victory in EuroLeague regular season. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) was pivotal with 29 points for the hosts. CSKA sank 26 points in the opening frame to gain a 12-point lead. Maccabi tried to live up to the challenge in the second quarter. The visitors drained 34 points to get within 6 points at halftime 48:54. CSKA however improved defensively in the third term. They limited Maccabi to just 12 points in the quar... [read more]
CSKA - Maccabi Tel Aviv 93:81
CSKA stormed past Maccabi Tel Aviv for the 17th victory in EuroLeague regular season. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) was pivotal with 29 points for the hosts. CSKA sank 26 points in the opening frame to gain a 12-point lead. Maccabi tried to live up to the challenge in the second quarter. The visitors drained 34 points to get within 6 points at halftime 48:54. CSKA however improved defensively in the third term. They limited Maccabi to just 12 points in the quarter and opened a 9-point lead at the final break. CSKA nailed 24 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to the win. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) finished with 14 points and 10 boards, while Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) added 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) responded with 19 points for Maccabi. Victor Rudd (205-F-91, college: S.Florida) banked in 14 points in the defeat.
Anton Kazarnovski selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - 17 hours ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Israeli players, who play currently abroad. TJ Leaf (208-F-97)to an easy victory against the University of Southern California in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Israeli players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is former University international power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85, currently plays in Germany). Kazarnovski led BG Karlsruhe to a victory over the leader Karlsruhe PS (14-6) 79-75 in a derby game in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday.
He was MVP of the game. Kazarnovski scored 19 points, grabbed 7 boards, handed out 7 passes and blocked 2 shots.
BG Karlsruhe (11-9) is placed sixth in South group.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Kazarnovski's first season with the team.
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kazarnovski averages: 15.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 58.1%(68-117) and FT: 85.4%.
He has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli.
Former 1.1ppg - Hapoel Haifa/Ramat Hasharon starter played for the Israeli university national team ten years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international swingman Egor Koulechov (196-94, currently plays college basketball in the States). Koulechov contributed to Rice's victory against the The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio (6-5) 80-68 in the NCAA on Thursday night.
He scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes.
The Rice University has 7-5 conference record this season.
There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Koulechov has very impressive stats this year: 18.4ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 48.4%(61-126) and FT: 80.7% in 27 games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Russian and Israeli.
Ex-Wingate Academy Netanya player is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.
#3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international power forward Roman Sorkin (205-96, currently studies in the States). Sorkin managed to help University of Oregon in a victory against the University of Colorado (4-10) crushing them 101-73 in the NCAA last Saturday.
He scored only 3 points in 8 minutes on the court.
The University of Oregon has a very good 11-2 conference record this season.
It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
This year Sorkin's overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 3FGP: 45.0% and FT: 93.8%(15-16) in 20 games.
He played for the Israeli U20 national team two years ago.
#4. Center Ido Flaisher (206-98, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Hawaii (6-5) to beat the Univ. of California-Santa Barbara (7-4).
Flaisher scored 5 points.
The Hawaii was edged 56-54 at home by the Univ. of California-.
There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important.
Flaisher's total stats this season are: 3.6ppg and 2.9rpg.
He is also Israeli U20 national team player.
#5. Former international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Scafati in their game against FCM Ferentino (9-13) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division).
Naimy recorded only 4 points and added 4 passes in 28 minutes.
The 14th-placed Scafati (6-16) lost 77-87 on the road to the higher-ranked (#13) FCM Ferentino in the West group.
Naimy has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 7.6apg and 1.2spg in 18 games.
He used to play for the Israeli national team
two years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Israeli passport but never been selected to any of Israeli national teams:
#1.TJ Leaf (208-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) led UCLA to an easy victory against the University of Southern California (4-10) crushing them 102-70 in a derby game in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
He scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 30 minutes.
The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have a solid 9-3 conference record this season.
It's Leaf's first year with the team.
Leaf has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1bpg in 25 games he played so far.
Leaf is a naturalized American.
Despite his Israeli passport, Leaf previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Israeli team.
Strangely he has never played in Israel.
#2.Marios Matalon (186-G-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) contributed to a 2-point Panionios' victory against the eighth-ranked Psychiko (9-9) 77-75 in a derby game in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Matalon scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (17-1) is placed first in the A2.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Matalon's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.8apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Greek.
Despite Matalon's Israeli passport, he previously played for the Greek U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Israeli team.
#3.Alon Hemsani (201-F, currently plays in NAIA). Hemsani could not help the Culver Stockton College (0-20) to beat the Central Methodist University. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones.
Hemsani scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
The Culver Stockton College was badly defeated 88-69 on the road by the Central Methodist University.
So far Culver Stockton College lost all twenty games in the Regular Season.
His team will play only one more game in the NAIA Regular Season.
Hemsani's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1bpg.
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