Svit surged ahead in the quarterfinal series versus Handlova following a comfortable home victory. The game was mostly controlled by Svit. Handlova managed to win second period 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Svit looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Kenneth Henderson (201-82, college: Texas Arlington) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Croatian guard Petar Cosic (186-85, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Four Svit players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American swingman Anthony Jones (194-84, college: Indiana Tech) with 25 points and 4 assists and the other American import forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) scored 21 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. Top scorers: Svit: K.Henderson 25+10reb+3ast, M.Berkis 22+3reb+2ast, J.Mascoll 17+7reb+4ast, P.Cosic 15+10reb+12ast, J.Jefferson 6+1reb, M.Repasky 5 Handlova: A.Jones 25+3reb+4ast, J.Green 21+6reb+3ast, S.Hampton 20+4reb+2ast, V.Ridzon 5+7reb+2ast, M.Madaj 5+2reb, I.Barisic 4+1reb
Komarno advanced into the semifinals. They swept the quarterfinal series against Vahostav-Zilina. The game without a history. Komarno led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Vahostav-Zilina's 36. Komarno looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Vahostav-Zilina's players. The best player for the winners was Czech forward Jan Kratochvil (200-82) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Keller is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Komarno players scored in double figures. Komarno's coach Frantisek Ron felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Ondrej Soska (208-78) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds and guard Viliam Kosa (190-86) added 13 points respectively. Top scorers: Komarno: S.Bilic 17+4reb+5ast, J.Kratochvil 17+11reb+4ast, D.Keller 16+9reb+2ast, L.Dubovsky 12+3reb+2ast, J.Jones 8+1reb+6ast, M.Jurik 8+1ast Vahostav-Zilina: O.Soska 13+7reb, V.Kosa 13+2reb+3ast, L.Hoferica 12+3reb, D.Stojanovic 7+6reb+2ast, D.Chambers 7+1reb+3ast, P.Tilandy 3+2reb
Levice toppled Prievidza to take 2-1 lead in the series. The guests were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-16 Prievidza's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-77 at the end of the game. Levice forced 20 Prievidza turnovers. Strangely Prievidza outrebounded Levice 39-27 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for Croatian-Slovenian forward Stipe Modric (206-79) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Levice players scored in double figures. Levice's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard David Godbold (196-85, college: Oklahoma, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Prievidza. Top scorers: Levice: S.Modric 17+10reb+1ast, K.Grant 17+3reb+1ast, M.Bernard 11+1reb, E.Sanchez 10+2reb+4ast, M.Sykora 8+5reb+2ast, A.Waleskowski 7+1ast Prievidza: D.Godbold 24+12reb+2ast, S.Phillips 19+7reb+4ast, C.Pelle 15+5reb+4ast, B.Davis 7+3reb+4ast, K.Averink 4+2reb, P.Guede 4+6reb+3ast
Nitra retained the lead against Nova Ves after a home victory. Nitra dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Nova Ves' 26. They outrebounded Nova Ves 49-30 including a 39-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Nitra made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for Australian forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international center Branislav Tomek (205-83) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Nitra players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Pavol Losonsky (203-88, college: Cal-Irvine) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and Congolese-French forward Jean-Felix Moupegnou (201-82, college: Alabama) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Top scorers: Nitra: B.Tomek 15+8reb, A.Majok 13+13reb, M.Ziak 12+3reb+3ast, D.Clemente 12+3reb+7ast, R.Vido 6+12reb, R.Nuber 6+2reb+2ast Nova Ves: P.Losonsky 17+11reb, J.Moupegnou 17+7reb+3ast, C.Jefferson 14+4reb+1ast, R.Mayes 8+5reb+1ast, R.Becarik 2+1reb, O.Ulman 2
MBK Banik Handlova (SBL) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old Czech swingman Lubos Stria (197-95kg-81). He has played for the last five seasons at BK Decin in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 49 games he had 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 2 [read more]
MBK Banik Handlova (SBL) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old Czech swingman Lubos Stria (197-95kg-81). He has played for the last five seasons at BK Decin in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 49 games he had 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.6apg last season. Stria played in the final of Czech Republic League for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He was selected to Czech Republic NBL All-Star Game in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Stria has played also professionally for other Czech Republic teams like BK Pardubice, Levharti Chomutov, BK Kolin and Podebrady. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Handlova.
Leonard's pro career starts at Lucenec - 1 day ago
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Newly promoted MBK Lucenec (SBL) tabbed 23-year old American guard Phillip Leonard (188-91kg-93). He just graduated from Mercer (NCAA). Leonard has played there for the last three years. In 34 games he averaged 10.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 4.8apg last season. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Leonard's team made it to the SoCon Tournament Semifinals in 2015. MBK Lucenec roster for 2016-2017: Maros Rendla Simeon Jackuliak Jan Zorvan... [read more]
Newly promoted MBK Lucenec (SBL) tabbed 23-year old American guard Phillip Leonard (188-91kg-93). He just graduated from Mercer (NCAA). Leonard has played there for the last three years. In 34 games he averaged 10.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 4.8apg last season. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Leonard's team made it to the SoCon Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
Vasas Akademia adds Taylor to their roster, ex Inter Bratislava - 2 days ago
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Vasas Akademia (NB I. B) added to their roster experienced 35-year old American point guard Ronnie Taylor (187-90kg-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Octagon Europe). He played last season at Inter Bratislava in Slovakian SBL league. In 19 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 6.6apg (top 3) and 1.2spg. Taylor helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Slovakian League All-Import... [read more]
Vasas Akademia (NB I. B) added to their roster experienced 35-year old American point guard Ronnie Taylor (187-90kg-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Octagon Europe). He played last season at Inter Bratislava in Slovakian SBL league. In 19 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 6.6apg (top 3) and 1.2spg. Taylor helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Slovakian League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. He also played for Orchesien BC (ProB) in French league that season where in 10 games Taylor averaged 10.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.3apg. He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Taylor's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in seven different countries. Taylor has played previously professionally in Germany, Iraq (Duhok), Lebanon (Homenetmen), Qatar (Al Wakrah), France (Pau-Lacq-Orthez, Etendard de Brest, SPO Rouen, Le Portel and Boulazac Basket), Hungary (Marso Nyiregyhazi KK) and Dominican Republic (Soles de Santo Domingo). It's very possible he may end his playing career at Vasas Akademia. Taylor attended University of North Carolina, Greensboro until 2004 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player. The scouts decsribe him following way:
Ronnie Taylor understands the game and knows how it's played. He's a point guard who scores without forcing the issue, but is not afraid to take responsibility when needed. If the situation asks to get teammates involved he will reduce his scoring output and add to his assist total. Offensively, Ronnie posesses great ball handling skills, always plays under control and does not falter against full court or half court pressure. Being a natural right hand of the coach, Ronnie is also able to create and break a play to score. Defensively, his quick hands and footwork help him a lot to stay in front of his opponent and come up with steals. Ronnie is a leader on the court who can score in many ways and has all the skills to make the players around him look better. He's a clutch player with cold blood when the game is on the line in the last minutes. Ronnie is extremely dangerous in the transition phase almost always making the right decision. He can go coast to coast, pull up for the shot, or find the right guy running the lanes. In the half court set Ronnie also has many options to choose from. He is an excellent pick and roll player as he is able to turn the corner and take it to the hole. When the defense cheats or switches he can hit the three or take a bigger guy one-on-one. In addition to his skills on both ends of the floor he has the necessary desire and drive to win every game.
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