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  ARGENTINA   



Andres Nocioni selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Argentinian players, who play currently abroad.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international small forward Andres Nocioni (199-79, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Caja Laboral (25-9) in their last game. Despite Nocioni's very good performance Caja Laboral lost 80-90 at home to the much lower-ranked (#12) Asefa Estudiantes. He was the top scorer with 27 points. Nocioni also added 5 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Nocioni is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers with 13.9ppg. He also averaged so far 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 55.2%(95-172), 3FGP: 47.4%(55-116) and FT: 77.1% in the 32 games he played so far. Nocioni has a dual citizenship: Italian and Argentinian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the San Antonio Spurs (58-24) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Ginobili's very good performance the San Antonio Spurs were defeated in an overtime 97-87 on the road by the Golden State Warriors. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Ginobili also added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks. It's Ginobili's 11th season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Ginobili averages: 11.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 77.6%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Ginobili is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He was not able to secure a victory for CB Canarias (17-17) in their last game. Despite Richotti's very good performance CB Canarias was edged in an overtime 111-108 in Murcia by the lower-ranked (#13) UCAM. He was the second best scorer with 22 points. Richotti also added 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 41 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. This year Richotti's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 80.2% in the 33 games. Similarly like Ginobili and Nocioni above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Richotti is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #4. Point guard Pablo Prigioni (190-77, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the New York Knicks (54-28) in their game against the Indiana Pacers (49-32) in the NBA. He scored 6 points and added 6 passes. The New York Knicks were defeated 106-99 in Indianapolis by the Indiana Pacers. It's Prigioni's first season with the team. Prigioni's total stats this year are: 3.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.0apg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Italian and Argentinian. Prigioni is also Argentinian national team player.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #5. International guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Italy) led C.de Latte BRE to an easy victory against the closely-ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (16-12) crushing them 99-70 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He recorded 15 points, 8 assists and 6 steals in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Fernandez's third season in pro basketball. Centrale del Latte Brescia (17-11) is placed fifth in the Lega2. Fernandez is currently first on the league's list of best passers with 4.9apg. This year he also averages: 8.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.2spg in the 31 games. Fernandez plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #6. Forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's victory against the closely-ranked Cajasol (12-22) 76-68 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He recorded 10 points. Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada (12-22) is placed 14th in the ACB. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. Mainoldi is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's roster. Mainoldi's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg and 5.7rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

The list of other players, who all have Argentinian passport but never been selected to any of Argentinian national teams:

   #1. Demian Filloy (198-F-82, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Trenkwalder RE (18-12) to beat Lottomatica Roma (20-10). He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Trenkwalder RE was defeated 74-69 on the road by the higher-ranked Lottomatica Roma (#3). Filloy's total stats this season are: 3.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #2. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams LeGamberi Foods Forli (16-12) in their last game. Despite Musso's very good performance LeGamberi Foods Forli lost 87-97 in Brescia to the higher-ranked (#5) C.de Latte BRE. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Musso also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Musso has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg in the 29 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #3. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) led Matera to a victory over the closely-ranked Agrigento (20-14) 85-77 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. Vico was MVP of the game. He recorded 27 points (!!!). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bawer Matera (22-12) is placed second in the Nazionale A. Vico is currently fourth on the list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.2apg and 2.7spg. Similarly like Musso and Filloy above Vico has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #4. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Pall.Trento's surprising victory against the second-ranked Sigma Barcellona (19-9) crushing them 106-84 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He recorded 15 points in 23 minutes. Pallacanestro Trento 2009 (14-14) is placed eighth in the Lega2. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Forray is currently fifth on the league's list of most steals with 2.2spg. This year his other stats are: 7.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg in the 31 games. Similarly like three previous players above, Forray also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #5. Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Cimberio Varese (23-7) in their game against Umana Venezia (16-14) in the Italian SerieA. Cerella cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 8 minutes on the court. The league leader Cimberio Varese lost 72-84 in Venezia to the much lower-ranked (#8) Umana. It was Cimberio Varese's first loss after three consecutive victories. This year Cerella's total stats are: 1.3ppg and 1.1rpg in the 14 games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #6. Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in Agrigento's victory against the closely-ranked Firenze 69-62 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. Chiarastella scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Chiarastella has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg. Similarly like all previous players above, he has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #7. Juan Ignacio Jasen (196-F-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an overtime UCAM Murcia's victory against the tenth-ranked CB Canarias 111-108 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Jasen scored 6 points in only 7 minutes. This year Jasen's total stats are: 3.8ppg and 1.8rpg in the 25 games. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #8. Experienced Manuel Carrizo (198-F/G-80, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Latina Basket's victory against the 11th-ranked Bari 73-59 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. Carrizo recorded 10 points and added 3 assists (made all of his six free throws). Carrizo belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Carrizo averages: 17.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg. Similarly like all previous players above, he holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #9. Franco Prelazzi (205-F/C-79, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Castelletto in their game against Casalpusterlengo in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). Prelazzi cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. His team was edged 82-81. This year Prelazzi's total stats are: 6.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.5spg in the 11 games. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.



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  AUSTRALIA   


SBL: Lightning surge clear of pack (Week 10 Men's Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

Lakeside Lightning withstood yet another stern challenge from a rival championship contender to confirm themselves as outright title favourites in round 10 of the Mens State Basketball League.

Lakeside beat second-placed Perry Lakes 108-96 away from home in a standalone fixture played in front of a big crowd at the WA Basketball Centre on Friday night.

The Lightning dominated the Hawks from the outset and took control with a 33-20 opening quarter and stretched the advantage to 17 points by half-time.

The Hawks fought back in the second half, but couldnt get close enough to mount a serious challenge.

The win gave Perth Wildcats assistant coach Andy Stewart bragging rights over NBL colleague Shawn Dennis, who is leaving the Wildcats and Perry Lakes to take on the role of head coach with the Townsville Crocodiles next month.

Jarrad Prue (199-C-82) and Justin Cecil (203-F-88, college: Mercer) had big nights out for Lakeside, as did Benjamin Beran (200-C-85, college: S.Dakota St.), who scored a game-high 32 points.

Prues double-double consisted of 17 points and 22 rebounds, while Cecil has 30 points and 10 boards in a monster display.

Import Michael Lay top-scored for Perry Lakes with 27 points and Corey Easley added 21 points.

But it wasnt enough for the Hawks, who were lucky to hang onto second spot after East Perth failed to capitalise on the result.

The Eagles suffered a shock 89-85 defeat on Saturday to lowly Goldfields, who are starting to build momentum on the back of three straight wins and could threaten to break into the top eight over the next few weeks.

The Giants dominated the first quarter against East Perth but were outscored in the next two periods, with their lead slashed to two points by three-quarter time.

The home side steadied in the final quarter to win a tight game on the back of 30 points from Jaycen Herring and a massive double-double from Markhuri Sanders-Frison (22 points, 15 rebounds).

There were tight results all around in week 10, with an average margin of less than nine points across the seven games.

Wanneroo came out on top of Mandurah in one of the rounds highest-scoring affairs, winning 115-104 on the road to move into the top four at the Magics expense.

Reigning champions Cockburn surprised Perth Redbacks 104-99 to stay within sight of the top eight after a slow start to the year and South West moved to within touching distance of the play-off spots with a 117-109 win over struggling Stirling.

Ty Harrelson sunk 39 points for the Slammers at 50 per cent from the field and went toe-to-toe with Senators top-scorer Jordan Wild, who registered 34 points at 67 per cent to go with his 15 rebounds.

NBA prospect Luke Nevill had 38 points and 15 rebounds for Kalamunda but couldnt stop the Suns from suffering a 116-106 defeat at the hands of Rockingham.
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



Daniel Kickert selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Australian players, who play currently abroad.

Daniel Kickert
Daniel Kickert
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Ukraine). He led Budivelnyk to a victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash (25-14) 89-82 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Wednesday night's game. Kickert recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Budivelnyk Kyiv (28-11) is placed first in the Superleague. This year Kickert averages: 9.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 48.8%(20-41) and FT: 69.2% in the 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Kickert is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Andrew Bogut (212-84, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA). He managed to help Golden State Warriors to win in overtime against the San Antonio Spurs (58-24) 97-87 in the NBA last Sunday. Bogut recorded 5 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors have 47-35 record this season. It's Bogut's first year with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.2ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 48.4% and FT: 44.3%. Bogut played for the Australian national team in 2008.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the ninth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (18-16) 57-50 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Ingles recorded 6 points in 15 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Ingles' overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.5apg, 3FGP: 36.9% and FT: 73.0% in the 22 games. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Shawn Redhage
Shawn Redhage
   #4. Forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Puerto Rico) led Quebradillas to a victory over the seventh-ranked Mets (10-11) 85-75 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Wednesday night's game. Redhage was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Pirates de Quebradillas (22-8) is placed second in the BSN. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Redhage has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Redhage used to play for the Australian national team back in 2008. He played also for NW Tasmania Thunder in Australian league.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #5. International swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) helped G.Canaria 2014 win their game against the 16th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (12-22) 78-62 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Newley recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (19-15) is placed seventh in the ACB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Newley's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg in the 34 games. Newley plays currently for the Australian national team.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #6. Center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Lokomotiv win their game against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (14-4) 80-72 in the VTB United League on Wednesday night. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Lokomotiv Kuban (12-6) is placed third in group B. Maric is the league's best rebounder. His total stats this season are: 9.6ppg and 7.5rpg. Maric is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #7. Former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Memphis Grizzlies (56-26) crushing them 105-83 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He recorded only 3 points in 5 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 58-24 record this season. This year Mills averages just 4.7ppg in the 64 games. He used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

Daniel Dillon
Daniel Dillon
   #8. Swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona, currently plays in Romania) helped Oradea win their game against the closely-ranked Gaz Metan (20-10) 73-68 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Thursday. Dillon recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. CSM Oradea (23-7) is placed second in the Liga Nationala. Dillon has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.7apg. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

Mark Dickel
Mark Dickel
   #9. An experienced former U18 international guard Mark Dickel (188-76, also represented by Priority Sports, college: UNLV, currently plays in New Zealand) helped Otago OceanaGold Nuggets win their game against the fifth-ranked Zero Fees Southland Sharks (4-3) crushing them 95-66 in the New Zealand NBL on Sunday night. Dickel scored 12 points, grabbed 9 boards, passed 6 assists and added 3 steals in 37 minutes. Otago OceanaGold Nuggets (7-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all seven games in the Regular Season. Dickel is currently second on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (first place). This year his total stats are: 5.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 7.3apg and 3.9spg in the seven games. Dickel used to play for the Australian U18 national team seventeen years ago.

Ater Majok
Ater Majok
   #10. Forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut, currently plays in Belarus) helped Tsmoki-Minsk win their game against the leader Grodno-93 (29-1) 74-66 in the Belarusian Premier League last Friday. Majok scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 12 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group x. Tsmoki-Minskis placed first. Majok has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 6.8rpg in the six games. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Australian senior national team.

   #11. Former international center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Germany) helped Brose Baskets Bamberg win their game against the seventh-ranked Phoenix Hagen 104-94 in the German BBL on Sunday night. Ogilvy scored only 2 points. Ogilvy averaged so far 10.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Australian national team two years ago.

   #12. International power forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help UCAM Murcia to beat CAI Zaragoza. Barlow cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. His team was crushed by 34 points 108-74. Barlow has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg in the 33 games. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

The list of other players, who all have Australian passport but never been selected to any of Australian national teams:

   #1. Thomas Ammar (199-G/F-87, college: Mars Hill, currently plays in Lebanon) led Byblos to a victory against the closely-ranked Al Moutahed (23-9) 96-92 in the Lebanese Division A in Friday night's game. He recorded 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Byblos (14-17) is placed sixth in the Division A. Ammar has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Lebanese.

   #2. Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) could not help Caceres Basket (12-14) to beat River Andorra (22-4). Duinker scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Caceres Basket was crushed 82-59 on the road by the second-ranked River_Andorra. Duinker has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 5.1rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Dutch.

   #3. Luke Martin (182-PG-81, college: UTEP, currently plays in New Zealand) was not able to help Zero Fees Southland Sharks (4-3) in their game against Otago OceanaGold Nuggets (7-0) in the New Zealand NBL. Martin cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. Zero Fees Southland Sharks were crushed 95-66 in Dunedin by the leading Otago OceanaGold Nuggets. It was Zero Fees Southland Sharks' first loss after three consecutive victories. Martin is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.0apg. This year his other stats are: 6.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.1spg in the seven games he played so far.



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Davit Barbakadze and Zaur Pashayev finish successful season abroad - by Eurobasket News

Davit Barbakadze (203-F-82) and Zaur Pashayev (188-G-83) finish successful season abroad with Georgian Kutaisi. Their team ended up on the fourth place as they lost tonight against Armia. The latter clinched Bronze medals in Georgia as they won the game for the thrid place against Kutaisi. The Winner of 2011/2012 season finished the year with a 68:57 win.
The game was mostly controlled by Armia. Kutaisi managed to win second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Lasha Parghalava who helped to win the game recording 27 points. International Besik Lezhava contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International center Richard Matiashvili answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 19 rebounds and guard Buba Kvimsadze added 15 points in the effort for Kutaisi.
Davit Barbakadze averaged 9.1 points per game this season. Zaur Pashayevs stats read 11.1 points per game. Tonight he scored 5 points and made 3 rebounds.



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Axel Hervelle selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Belgians who are currently playing abroad.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Gescrap BB (19-15) to beat Valencia Basket (22-12). Hervelle scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. But Gescrap BB lost 61-72 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Valencia Basket. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Hervelle averages: 7.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 85.7% in the 33 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). Van Rossom led CAI Zaragoza to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked UCAM Murcia (13-21) crushing them 108-74 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded 13 points. CAI Zaragoza (21-13) is placed fifth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Van Rossom's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 84.3%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85, currently plays in Italy). Tabu contributed to a 2-point Cantu's victory against the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (22-8) 73-71 in the Italian SerieA on Monday night. He scored 9 points in only 14 minutes. FoxTown Cantu (17-13) is placed seventh in the SerieA. This year Tabu's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 81.1% in the 36 games. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #4. An experienced guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Tezenis VE's victory against the closely-ranked Novipiu Casale (18-10) 85-73 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Friday night's game. Lauwers scored 8 points. Tezenis Verona (15-13) is placed seventh in the Lega2. Lauwers' total stats this season are: 4.4ppg and 2.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Italian. Lauwers is also Belgian national team player.

Other top Belgian players, who play abroad:

Xavier-Robert Francois (204-C-94) plays for Strasbourg IG in French ProA
Kostja Mushidi (188-F-98) plays for Telekom Baskets in German BBL
Marcus Faison (196-G-78) plays for KTP-Basket in Finnish Korisliiga
Ruphin Tshiabu Kayembe (200-F-92) plays for Maribor Messer in Slovenian Telemach League
Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-C-84) plays for Polpharma in Polish TBL
Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74) plays for Fileni BPA Jesi in Italian Lega2
Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83) plays for JA Vichy in French NM1
Ilunga Mbenga (214-C-80) plays for Barako Bull in Filipino PBA
Julien Rahier (193-G-83) plays for Starwings in Swiss LNA
Gael Hulsen (193-G/F-90) plays for Liverpool Mersey Tigers in British BBL
Charly Pontens (189-SG-95) plays for CFBB in French NM1

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Belgian playing currently abroad. Go to Belgian Abroad Page to see completed list.



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  BOSNIA   


Ivan Opacak selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Bosnians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland). He led PGE Turow to an overtime victory over the fifth-ranked Anwil (18-14) 77-75 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game. Opacak was MVP of the game. He recorded 24 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (23-9) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Opacak's first season with the team. Opacak has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 63.3%(107-169), 3FGP: 39.0% and FT: 83.3% in the 38 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Ex-KK Zenica Celik player is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Jusuf Nurkic (212-94, currently plays in Croatia). He led KK Zadar to a 1-point victory over the fifth-ranked Jolly (7-7) 77-76 in the Croatian A1 on Tuesday night. Nurkic was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. KK Zadar (11-3) is placed second in Places 1-8 group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Nurkic is currently fifth on the list of best blockers with 0.9bpg. This year his other stats are: 8.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 52.3% and FT: 66.7% in the 14 games. Nurkic is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian U16 national team, Nurkic is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy). He led Armani Milano to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Montepaschi Siena (18-12) 81-79 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Bremer scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (19-11) is placed fourth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Bremer averages: 6.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 47.2%, 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 69.6%. He is a naturalized American. Bremer played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago. He used to play for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

Goran Ikonic
Goran Ikonic
   #4. Guard Goran Ikonic (196-80, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Halychyna (24-15) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Ikonic's very good performance Halychyna was crushed 94-73 at home by the second-ranked Ferro-ZNTU. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Ikonic also added 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Ikonic's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.4apg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Nemanja Gordic
Nemanja Gordic
   #5. International point guard Nemanja Gordic (192-88, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Metalac (3-9) crushing them 88-62 in the Serbian A League on Sunday night. Gordic scored 9 points and added 4 passes in 18 minutes. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (10-2) is placed first in Superliga group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. This year Gordic's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.3apg in the 12 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Sasa Vasiljevic
Sasa Vasiljevic
   #6. Point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (180-79, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Goran Ikonic. But that was another game of his team in Ukrainian Superleague which we would like to mention. Vasiljevic, who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help Halychyna (24-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Halychyna was badly defeated 87-67 on their home court in Lviv by the second-ranked Ferro-ZNTU. Vasiljevic was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 3 passes. Vasiljevic's total stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.9apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Barisa Krasic
Barisa Krasic
   #7. Former international center Barisa Krasic (203-78, currently plays in Croatia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jusuf Nurkic. However that was another game of his team in Croatian A1 which brought him to that list. Krasic led KK Zadar to a victory against the third-ranked Cedevita (11-3) 79-74. He recorded 12 points in a mere 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-8. KK Zadar (11-3) is placed second. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Krasic's total stats are: 7.7ppg and 2.9rpg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team eight years ago.

Josip Naletilic
Josip Naletilic
   #8. Guard Josip Naletilic (195-89, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Croatia) faced previously mentioned Jusuf Nurkic in the Croatian A1 last game. Naletilic, who plays in the Croatian A1 was not able to secure a victory for Jolly (17-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the third-placed Jolly was edged 77-76 on their home court in Sibenik by the second-ranked KK_Zadar in the Places 1-8 group. Naletilic was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added made 5 passes and 3 steals. Naletilic's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is quite important. Naletilic has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Muhamed Pasalic
Muhamed Pasalic
   #9. International guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Kolossos (8-18) 99-82 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Pasalic scored 11 points in 24 minutes. Aris Thessaloniki (12-10) is placed sixth in the A1. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Pasalic has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.6apg in the 22 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #10. Center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Banvit Basketbol Kulubu to win against the closely-ranked Besiktas (19-11) 68-65 in the Turkish TBL last Friday. Bajramovic recorded only 3 points. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (25-5) is placed third in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Bajramovic has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 4.4rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blancos de Rueda in their game against G.Canaria 2014 in the Spanish ACB. Sinanovic recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 78-62. Sinanovic has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 4.7rpg in the 33 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. U18 international power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Un.Olimpija in their game against Krka in the Slovenian Telemach League. Sulejmanovic cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was defeated 81-68. Sulejmanovic has averaged so far 2.2ppg and 2.2rpg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team.

   #13. Former international guard Diego Kapelan (190-87, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Greece) faced previously mentioned Muhamed Pasalic in the Greek A1 last game. Kapelan couldn't help Kolossos in their game against Aris. He scored only 4 points. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 99-82. This season Kapelan averages just 6.4ppg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago.

   #14. International center Ognjen Kuzmic (215-90, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Asefa Estudiantes crushing them 112-75 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Kuzmic recorded only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. Kuzmic has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 5.5rpg in the 27 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

The list of other players, who all have Bosnia and Herzegovina passport but never been selected to any of Bosnia and Herzegovina national teams:

   #1. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in VTB United League) led his Russian team Khimky to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked VEF Riga (11-7) crushing them 104-82 in the VTB United League last Friday. Planinic recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and making 13 passes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (14-4) is placed first in group A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Planinic is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 5.7apg. Planinic has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #2. Mirza Begic (217-C-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked FIATC Joventut (16-18) crushing them 85-64 in the Spanish ACB last Thursday. Begic recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in only 14 minutes. Real Madrid (30-4) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Begic's overall stats are: 5.4ppg and 3.0rpg in the 34 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian.

   #3. Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in a Targu Mures' victory against the closely-ranked Ploiesti (23-7) 91-81 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Ceskovic recorded 21 points and added 5 assists in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Mures Targu-Mures (23-7) is placed first in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Ceskovic has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.2apg in the 26 games. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.

   #4. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division could not help Szolnok (8-2) in their last game on Friday. Despite Sehovic's good performance the sixth-placed Szolnok was defeated 95-82 on the road by the second-ranked Atomeromu in the Places 1-6 group. He recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. This season Sehovic has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 3.0apg. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin.

   #5. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, also represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help Fenerbahce Ulker (24-6) in their last game. Despite Bogdanovic's good performance Fenerbahce Ulker lost 68-74 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#5) Karsiyaka. He recorded 10 points in 29 minutes. This year Bogdanovic has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg in the 28 games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian passports.

   #6. Marko Keselj (206-SF-88, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA was not able to secure a victory for Le Mans (16-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Keselj's good performance Le Mans was defeated 75-70 in Villeurbanne by the higher-ranked ASVEL Lyon- Basket (#3). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Keselj also added 5 rebounds. Keselj's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 4.9rpg. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian nationalities.

   #7. Seid Hajric (203-F-83, currently plays in Poland) led Anwil to a victory against the leader PGE Turow 75-63 in the Polish TBL in Thursday night's game. Hajric scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. This year Hajric has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg and 5.6rpg in the 38 games. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Polish.

   #8. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88, currently plays in Finland), who plays in the Finnish Korisliiga couldn't help KTP-Basket (32-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite Sarcevic's good performance KTP-Basket was badly defeated 85-67 in Loimaa by the leading n Korikonkarit. He scored 14 points and added 4 assists. This season Sarcevic has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.5spg.

   #9. Experienced Sasha Topchov (206-C-80, currently plays in Romania) contributed to Oradea's victory against the closely-ranked Gaz Metan 73-68 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Thursday. Topchov recorded 15 points in 21 minutes. This year Topchov has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg and 3.8rpg in the 28 games.

   #10. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Croatia) couldn't help Cedevita in their game against KK Zadar in the Croatian A1. He recorded 6 points. His team was defeated 79-74. Suton has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 4.1rpg. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.



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Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Vieira, Flamengo20.5 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.4 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha18.5 
 4. Day, Uberlandia18.1 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.18.0 
 6. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.7 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.17.3 
 8. Nardi Duarte, Min.16.9 
 9. Becker, S.Jose/U.16.8 
 10. Beal, Minas16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.8.4 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.2 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia8.0 
 5. Becker, S.Jose/U.7.7 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.4 
 7. Agba, Bauru7.1 
 8. Teichmann, Franca7.1 
 9. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.0 
 10. Silveira, Flamengo6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.7.5 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.3 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.6 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.5 
 5. Silva, Uberlandia5.4 
 6. Figueroa, Franca4.5 
 7. Fischer, Bauru4.4 
 8. Taylor, Bauru4.4 
 9. Lima, Limeira4.3 
 10. Campos, Suzano4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kojo MENSAH
  Flamengo
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Mensah, Flamengo0.2 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.0.2 
 3. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 5. Lima, Limeira0.1 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.1 
 7. Dornelles, Pinhei.0.1 
 8. Zanotti, Flamengo0.1 
 9. Alves, Brasilia0.1 
 10. Vieira, Flamengo0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.2 
 2. Dawkins, Liga S.2.1 
 3. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 4. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 5. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 6. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 7. Taylor, Bauru1.7 
 8. Figueroa, Franca1.7 
 9. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 10. Ribeiro, Basque.1.6 


Rafael Hettsheimer selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Brazilians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain). He led Real Madrid to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (8-26) crushing them 100-67 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Hettsheimer recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (30-4) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Hettsheimer's first season with the team. This year he averages: 4.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 77.8% in the 22 games he played so far. Hettsheimer has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. He played for the Brazilian senior national team two years ago.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). Splitter led San Antonio Spurs to a victory against the Golden State Warriors (47-35) 94-82 in the NBA last Thursday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 58-24 record this season. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 9.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 55.9%(332-594) and FT: 73.3%. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a 1-point Regal FC Barcelona's victory against one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (8-26) 90-89 in the Spanish ACB on Thursday night. Huertas recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 17 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Huertas' overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 44.9%, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 87.1% in the 34 games. He has both Brazilian and Italian nationalities. Huertas is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #4. Point guard Raul Neto (186-92, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Marcelinho Huertas in the Spanish ACB last game. Neto, who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Lagun Aro GBC (8-26) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Lagun Aro GBC was edged 90-89 at home by the much higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC Barcelona. Neto was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 6 passes in 32 minutes. It was Lagun Aro GBC's seventh consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Neto's total stats are: 8.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.9apg in the 34 games. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #5. Former international power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) contributed to a Le Mans' victory against the closely-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (18-12) 63-55 in the French ProA on Thursday night. Batista scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (16-14) is placed sixth in the ProA. Batista is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Le Mans' roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6apg. Batista used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #6. Swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help Givova Scafati (14-14) in their last game on Monday. Despite Tavernari's good performance Givova Scafati was defeated 83-72 on the road by the higher-ranked Tuscany Pistoia (#3). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Tavernari also added 7 rebounds. Tavernari has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team three years ago.

Rafael Freire
Rafael Freire
   #7. International point guard Rafael Freire (188-92, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB in a victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) 79-73 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Freire recorded only 3 points and added 6 passes in 10 minutes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (18-16) is placed eighth in the ACB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Freire has averaged so far 3.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.1apg in the 34 games. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #8. Center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (15-19) in their game against FIATC Joventut (16-18) in the Spanish ACB. Nogueira recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Asefa Estudiantes was crushed 112-75 in Badalona by the higher-ranked FIATC Joventut (#11). The Regular Season already ended. Nogueira has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2011.

Scott Machado
Scott Machado
   #9. Former University international point guard Scott Machado (185-90, college: Iona, currently plays in NBA) faced previously mentioned Tiago Splitter in the NBA last game. Machado couldn't help the Golden State Warriors (47-35) in their game against the San Antonio Spurs (58-24). He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Machado scored only 1 points in 1 minutes on the court. The Golden State Warriors lost 82-94 in San Antonio to the Spurs. This year Machado averages just 1.0ppg in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Machado used to play for the Brazilian university national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

The list of other players, who all have Brazilian passport but never been selected to any of Brazilian national teams:

   #1. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Assignia Manresa (6-28) crushing them 90-59 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Valencia Basket (22-12) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Faverani is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Valencia Basket's roster. Faverani's total stats this season are: 8.6ppg and 4.3rpg.

   #2. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St., currently plays in Bulgaria) led Balkan to a victory against the closely-ranked Levski Sofia (23-4) 92-80 in the Bulgarian NBL in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Balkan Botevgrad (18-9) is placed third in the NBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Santos belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #4) and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg in the 32 games he played so far.

   #3. Jazreel de Jesus (186-G, college: W.Oklahoma St. JC, currently plays in Puerto Rico), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN could not help Leones (12-0) to beat Quebradillas (12-10). de Jesus recorded 6 points. his team was crushed 110-87 on the road by the lower-ranked Quebradillas (#4). This season de Jesus averages only 2.9ppg.



NBB Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Uberlandia advance into the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo - S.Jose/Unimed 106-86

Flamengo bettered Sao Jose/Unimed at home court to take 2-1 lead in the best-of-five semifinal series. The game without a history. Flamengo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Flamengo especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Sao Jose/Vinac was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international center Caio Silveira (211-87, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. The former international Olivinha Rodriguez (202-83) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international power forward Murilo Becker (210-83) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and the former international point guard Fulvio de Assis (186-81) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Sao Jose/Vinac. Five Flamengo and four Sao Jose/Vinac players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: O.Rodriguez 18+5reb+1ast, M.Vieira 17+1reb+3ast, E.Machado 15+1reb+1ast, V.Benite 14+3reb+1ast, C.Silveira 14+10reb+3ast, G.Yeye Torres 9+1reb+2ast
S.Jose/Unimed: M.Becker 20+6reb+1ast, D.Stefanelli 16+3reb+1ast, J.Antonio 16+3reb+1ast, F.de Assis 14+7reb+2ast, E.Camilo 6+2reb, C.Delben 6+3reb
gschID: 241052


Uberlandia - Bauru 80-77

Uberlandia completed the sweep of Bauru edging those at home court for the second straight time. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 39-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Uberlandia looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Valtinho Silva (187-77) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 assists. International power forward Lucas Cipolini (206-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Five Uberlandia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian-American power forward Jefferson Agba (209-80, college: Embry Riddle) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and international forward Guilherme Pereira (190-91) added 24 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Uberlandia: L.Cipolini 19+7reb, R.Day 17+3reb+2ast, V.Silva 15+3reb+14ast, R.Collum 11+4reb+4ast, L.Felipe Gruber 11+5reb+1ast, L.Klassmann 7+2reb
Bauru: G.Pereira 24+1reb+1ast, J.Agba 19+10reb, L.Taylor 9+5reb+8ast, P.Alves 8+3reb+3ast, R.Fischer 8+6reb+4ast, A.Mosso 7+3reb
gschID: 241051



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Earl Rowland selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Bulgarians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Latvia. He could not help VEF Riga (11-7) in their last game. Despite Rowland's very good performance the fourth-placed VEF Riga was crushed 104-82 on the road by the leading Khimky in the group B of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Rowland also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes on the court. It's Rowland's first season with the team. Rowland belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Rowland averages: 16.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.4apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 57.3%(125-218), 3FGP: 27.7% and FT: 81.8% in the 23 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy). Ivanov contributed to a Cimberio Varese's victory against the eighth-ranked Umana Venezia (16-14) 84-75 in the Italian SerieA last Saturday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 18 minutes. Cimberio Varese (23-7) is placed first in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Ivanov's overall stats are: 4.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 31.6% and FT: 53.8% in the four games. He played for the Bulgarian national team in 2011.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Spain). Calloway was not able to help Unicaja Malaga (18-16) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Unicaja Malaga was defeated 57-50 in Barcelona by the higher-ranked Regal FC (#3). They ended the series of four consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended. Calloway's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 29.1% and FT: 84.8%. He is a naturalized American. Calloway played for the Bulgarian national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #4. An experienced small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Olin Edirne (8-22) in their last game. Despite Videnov's very good performance Olin Edirne was crushed 81-60 at home by the much higher-ranked (#5) Karsiyaka. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Videnov also added 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 31 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. Videnov has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.3apg in the 15 games. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #5. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (196-88, currently plays in Romania) helped Gaz Metan win their game against the 14th-ranked Oradea (0-27) 79-72 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Monday night. He scored 10 points in 21 minutes. CS Gaz Metan Medias (20-10) is placed fifth in the Liga Nationala. This year Lilov's total stats are: 9.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg in the 21 games. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #6. Guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Cajasol (12-22) in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-22) in the Spanish ACB. Blakney cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. Cajasol was defeated 76-68 on their home court in Sevilla by the higher-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#14). The Regular Season already ended. Blakney has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Blakney is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team six years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Georgi Sirakov
Georgi Sirakov
   #7. Former U20 international guard Georgi Sirakov (186-92, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) couldn't help Mazzeo San Severo (11-23) in their last game. Despite Sirakov's good performance Mazzeo San Severo lost 61-75 in Ferrara to the higher-ranked (#12) Naturhouse. He was the second best scorer with 10 points in 20 minutes. It was Mazzeo San Severo's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Sirakov averages only 8.1ppg in the 35 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team two years ago.

Aleksandar Georgiev
Aleksandar Georgiev
   #8. Forward Aleksandar Georgiev (203-90, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Assignia Manresa (6-28) in their game against Valencia Basket (22-12) in the Spanish ACB. Georgiev cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. The bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa was crushed 90-59 in Valencia by the much higher-ranked Basket (#4). It was Assignia Manresa's fifth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Georgiev has averaged so far 4.1ppg and 2.1rpg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

The list of other players, who all have Bulgarian passport but never been selected to any of Bulgarian national teams:

   #1. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece) contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the 12th-ranked Ilysiakos (7-19) 81-70 in a derby game in the Greek A1 last Thursday. Antic scored 8 points. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (25-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Antic's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 3.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Italy) led Umana Venezia to a surprising victory over the league leader Cimberio Varese (23-7) 84-72 in the Italian SerieA on Thursday night. Clark was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists in 35 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (16-14) is placed eighth in the SerieA. Clark has relatively good stats this year: 14.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg in the 30 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Clark has never played in Bulgaria.

   #3. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Fusion Sports, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Chalon/Saor's victory against the closely-ranked Chorale de Roanne (17-13) 78-68 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 14 points and added 6 assists. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (18-12) is placed fourth in the ProA. Evtimov's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.

   #4. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia), who plays in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga could not help Kozuv (7-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Karadzovski's very good performance Kozuv (#2) was defeated 95-87 on the road by the lower-ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (#3) in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Karadzovski also added 4 passes (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Karadzovski is currently second on the league's list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.8apg. Karadzovski has both Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities.



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Standings

CBL Standings
 1. M.Tennessee S. 5-0 
 2. St.Louis H. 5-2 
 3. Dayton A.S. 1-1 
 4. Bowling Green H. 1-4 
 5. River City P. 1-5 

Regular Season: Round 8

May. 19: M.Tennessee S. - Bowling Green H. 119-116
May. 18: St.Louis H. - M.Tennessee S. 109-118

Regular Season: Round 9

May. 31: River City P. - St.Louis H.
May. 31: Bowling Green H. - Dayton A.S.


Hunter Contract Offer - by John Guy


NASHVILLE Andrew Hunter and Nick Moran have become internet celebrities overnight.
The drinking buddies from the New York City area who declared themselves for the upcoming NBA Draft and, in return, a response from the league vice president, have received plenty of online media attention, including sites like the Huffington Post and AOL.com.
While the NBA, in a letter, explained that they were no longer eligible for the draft and considers them free agents, the Central Basketball League stated on Monday that it would like to give the duo their chance at playing professional basketball, guaranteeing them contracts for next season.
Andrew Hunter impresses me, said Director of Operations John Guy from his home in Phoenix. He has experience although he has sat out for the past sixteen years and is a proven scorer. He towers over his agent, Nick Moran, and since he is in Brooklyn now, we can hook him up with a team next season thats close by.
Hunter is a copywriting student in Brooklyn, while Moran is a writer and social-media editor. They both currently serve as each others agents.
They have launched their own website, We Declare, at www.wedeclare.squarespace.com.





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  CHINA   


East Asian Championship: China roll past Japan, into Final - by Eurobasket News

China - Japan 83:68

China advanced into East Asian Championship Final. They held off Japan in the semifinal battle in Incheon tonight. Guo Ailun (192-SF-93) stepped up with pivotal performance for China. He finished with 28 points, 6 rebound and 5 assists to pace China to the victory.
The teams were all square after ten minutes of action 15:15. But China broke through in the second frame. They ignited a 25:9 run in the quarter to gain a comfortable 16-point lead at the interval. Japan stopped the rot in the third term. They slowed their opponents down and narrowed the deficit at 13-point mark 40:53. But China exploded with 30 points in the final period and eased to the victory at the end. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Sun TongLin (208-F/C-92) added 13 points for the winners. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) replied with 18 points for Japan. Yuya Nagayoshi (199-C-91) and Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) had 12 points each in the loss.

China: Guo Ailun 28, Zhai Xiaochuan 13, Sun TongLin 13
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 18, Yuya Nagayoshi 12, Kosuke Takeuchi 12



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PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 18 - SECOND PHASE RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Academia played without its import players and fall again in Neiva against the leader Bambuqueros , the locals also use its starters limited time and played mostly with its second squad.
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 89- S. Ortiz 17 pts, D. Dorsey 14 pts
Academia de la Montana 73 -
D. Gomez 14 pts, M. Catano 12 pts

Manizales OC wants to ge tinto the playoffs at his best level, and the second straight victory against the Aguilas shows that the team has arrived to its best, in Aguilas Quentin Smith (205-C-77, college: Mississippi St.) posted his best performance of the season with 39 pts and 10 rebounds, not enough to change the history.
Manizales OC 114 - A. Jordan 28 pts, L. Salazar 18 pts.
Aguilas de Tunja 93 - Q. Smith 39 pts + 10 rbs.

Bukaros won an important game in order to climb to the second place in the standings, the yellow team defeated Piratas 98 91 and the debut of Nicholas Convington was a good one, John Hernandez had another powerfull performance with 22 pts and 17 rebs.
Bukaros Freskaleche 98- J. Edwin 24 pts, J. Hernandez 22pts + 17 rebs.
Piratas de Bogota 91- L. Mendez 27 pts, T. Thomas 23 pts.




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Jakov Vladovic and Jure Lalic taste the title abroad - by Eurobasket News

Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Jure Lalic (210-C-86, agency: XL Basketball Agency) taste the title abroad as their Krka triumphs at 2012/2013 season! The team won the Final series against Olimpija 3-1 and clinched the title.
The game was mostly controlled by Krka. Un.Olimpija managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Un.Olimpija 36-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Un.Olimpija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Matjaz Smodis fired 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Jakov Vladovic chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds. Prepelic and Salin produced 14 points each for lost side. Omic, Blazic and J.Perkovic poured in 8 apiece.
In 2012-2013 for Krka Novo Mesto (Slovenia-Telemach League, starting five) Jakov Vladovic averaged.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 64.7%, FT: 71.4% in EuroChallenge. In Adriatic League his stats read 8.3ppg, 4.0rpg, Assists-3 (4.3apg), 1.0spg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 81.3%.
Jure Lalic averaged 11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 64.3%, FT: 63.6% in EuroChallenge, while in Adriatic League he showed 9.7ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 68.4%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 64.2%.



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Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Nancy
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Brown, Nancy20.1 
 2. Allen, Omonia18.8 
 3. Aleksic, Monaco17.9 
 4. Pesic, AEL16.6 
 5. Diggs, Barons k.15.3 
 6. Williams, Etha15.1 
 7. Fisher, AEK15.0 
 8. Warren, Wellington14.7 
 9. Maze, Keravnos14.2 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mihajlo PESIC
  AEL
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Pesic, AEL8.6 
 2. Brown, Nancy7.6 
 3. Aleksic, Monaco7.4 
 4. Diggs, Barons k.6.9 
 5. Buljan, Keravnos6.6 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.5 
 7. Jefferson, Boulaz.6.2 
 8. Maras, Ilysiakos6.0 
 9. Fisher, AEK5.9 
 10. Kaskiris, ENAD5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  Monaco
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aleksic, Monaco5.0 
 2. Diggs, Barons k.4.8 
 3. Maze, Keravnos4.1 
 4. Palalas, AEL3.6 
 5. Adegboye, Etha3.3 
 6. Demertzis, Kavala3.3 
 7. Stiggers, Apoel3.3 
 8. Mokongo, Apoel3.0 
 9. Tutt, AEK2.7 
 10. Dixon, AEK2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Hamilton, Waikato2.3 
 3. Diggs, Barons k.2.1 
 4. Poole, Etha1.8 
 5. Stiggers, Apoel1.8 
 6. Brown, Nancy1.7 
 7. Panteli, AEK1.5 
 8. Williams, Etha1.5 
 9. Allen, AEL1.5 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  AEK
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Harrison, AEK2.1 
 2. Jefferson, Boulaz.1.5 
 3. Brown, Nancy1.3 
 4. Baker, Omonia1.2 
 5. Vaughn, Keravnos1.0 
 6. Morrison, Apoel0.9 
 7. Maras, Ilysiakos0.8 
 8. Chan, Apoel0.7 
 9. Pesic, AEL0.5 
 10. Sims, Champville0.5 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Arecibo
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Dentmon, Arecibo22.9 
 2. Mitchell, Talk N.22.1 
 3. Lamb, Oklah.Ci.21.2 
 4. Goudelock, LA La.21.2 
 5. Mack, Atlanta H.20.1 
 6. Samuels, Hapoel J.19.8 
 7. Joseph, San A.19.4 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.3 
 9. Nichols, Arecibo18.7 
 10. Joseph, Brooklyn18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Golden S.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Golden S.12.6 
 2. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 3. Butch, San German10.9 
 4. Samuels, Hapoel J.10.3 
 5. Mays, Sioux F.10.0 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.9.9 
 7. Varnado, Miami H.9.9 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 9. Jones, Houston R.9.0 
 10. Wright, Maine RC8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Sioux F.
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Barrett, Sioux F.7.8 
 2. Mack, Atlanta H.7.5 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.7.1 
 4. Wright, Arecibo6.8 
 5. Russell, Cocodrilos6.5 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.3 
 7. Quinn, Cleveland C.6.1 
 8. Singletary, Ooste.5.6 
 9. McNeal, Utah Jazz5.5 
 10. Joseph, San A.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Philadel.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Philadel.2.4 
 2. Millsap, Los A.2.0 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.2.0 
 4. Greene, Reno B.1.9 
 5. Joseph, San A.1.9 
 6. Hannah, Marinos1.9 
 7. Tyndale, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Murry, Rio G.1.8 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.7 
 10. Leslie, Santa C.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Miami H.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Varnado, Miami H.3.3 
 2. Melo, Boston C.2.9 
 3. Armstrong, Santa C.2.3 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 5. Orton, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 6. Johnson, Minnesot.2.1 
 7. Williams, Texas L.2.0 
 8. Moon, Los A.2.0 
 9. Jordan, Talk N Te.2.0 
 10. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.1.9 



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Day 4 in Incheon. China and South Korea to clash for the title - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals
South Korea - Hong Kong 105:62
South Korea joined China in the East Asian Championship Final. The hosts drubbed Hong Kong in the semis today. Six South Korean players scored in double digits to pace the hosts to the victory. Kim Jong-Kyu (207-C-91) netted 20 points to lead the effort.
It was a lopsided affair right from the start. South Korea did not waste time powering to a 32:9 lead at the first break. South Korea stayed in front throughout the second quarter. They boosted the lead to as many as 32 points at halftime 56:24. South Korea and Hong Kong slowed down a bit in the third term. The teams traded baskets as the Korean side remained in a comfortable lead. The hosts poured in 27 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Park Jae-Hyun (187-G-91) produced 15 points, while Kim Min-Goo added 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Liang Man Hung (173-G-86) responded with 15 points for Hong Kong. Reid Duncan had 13 points and 8 boards in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Jong-Kyu 20, Park Jae-Hyun 15, Kim Min-Goo 11
Hong Kong: Liang Man Hung 15, Reid Duncan 13

China - Japan 83:68
China advanced into East Asian Championship Final. They held off Japan in the semifinal battle in Incheon tonight. Guo Ailun (192-SF-93) stepped up with pivotal performance for China. He finished with 28 points, 6 rebound and 5 assists to pace China to the victory.
The teams were all square after ten minutes of action 15:15. But China broke through in the second frame. They ignited a 25:9 run in the quarter to gain a comfortable 16-point lead at the interval. Japan stopped the rot in the third term. They slowed their opponents down and narrowed the deficit at 13-point mark 40:53. But China exploded with 30 points in the final period and eased to the victory at the end. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Sun TongLin (208-F/C-92) added 13 points for the winners. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) replied with 18 points for Japan. Yuya Nagayoshi (199-C-91) and Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) had 12 points each in the loss.

China: Guo Ailun 28, Zhai Xiaochuan 13, Sun TongLin 13
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 18, Yuya Nagayoshi 12, Kosuke Takeuchi 12

5-6 Place
Taiwan - Mongolia 94:86
Taiwan finished in the fifth position at the East Asian Championship in South Korea. They defeated Mongolia today to qualify for the Fiba Asia Championship. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87) came up with 19 points to lead the winners.
Mongolia jumped to an early lead in this one. They grabbed a 22:21 advantage after ten minutes. But Taiwan quickly shook off the sloppiness and went on a 28:16 run in the second frame. They built a 49:38 halftime advantage. Taiwan stayed dominant in the third quarter. They rolled to a 74:56 lead at the final intermission. Mongolia stayed competitive till the final seconds. They poured in 30 points in the fourth frame but could not erase the deficit at the end. Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) knocked down 18 points, while Ke Chi-Hao (181-PG-85) added 16 points for the winners. Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) responded with 30 points for Mongolia. Bilguun Battuvshin had 24 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Taiwan: Tsung-Hsien Chang 19, Tsai Wen-Cheng 18, Ke Chi-Hao 16
Mongolia: Sanchir Tungalag 30, Bilguun Battuvshin 24+11 boards



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  EGYPT   


Tough Draw for Egypt in Mediterranean Games - by Mohamed Ramadan


Egyptian National team will take part in the Mediterranean games next month in Mersin Turkey facing heavy weight opponents in a tournament which is considered to be an excellent preparation before the African Cup of Nations next August which qualifies to 2014 world cup in Spain.

The draw has placed Egypt in Group A with Turkey the runner up of the last world championship, Macedonia which ranked 4th and finally against North African rivals Algeria.

It won't be easy to beat either Turkey on it's own land or Macedonia specially if they will participate with their first team. While the match against Algeria would be special as both teams will face each other again in Group A in African Cup of Nations next August in Ivory Coast.

Assem Marei of MSU Mavericks & Omar Abbas of District of Columbia both are in NCAA2. While Omar Oraby of USC Trojans in NCAA1 is expected to join the team with in this week. Both youngsters Marei & Oraby are the future of the Egyptian National team.



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Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Malabo King 6-0 
 2. MBC 4-2 
 3. San Antonio 2-4 
 4. Six Stars 2-4 
 5. Rhema B. 0-6 



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Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Eurobasket Summer League players, who play currently pro basketball.

Robert Holcomb Faye
Robert Holcomb Faye
#1. Robert Holcomb Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford, currently plays in Holland), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie could not help Leeuwarden (20-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Leeuwarden was edged 74-73 on the road by the second-ranked Leiden. Holcomb Faye was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 34 minutes. Holcomb Faye is currently first on the league's list of best passers with 7.2apg. He also averaged so far 12.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.8spg in the 45 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2008 Holcomb Faye went to the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Brussels.

Akeem Wright
Akeem Wright
#2. Akeem Wright (200-SF-84, college: Kansas St., currently plays in New Zealand) led Otago OceanaGold Nuggets to a victory over the seventh-ranked Taranaki MA (2-6) 110-93 in the New Zealand NBL last Saturday. Wright was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 35 points and getting 10 rebounds. Wright also added 7 assists, 3 blocks and 5 steals. Otago OceanaGold Nuggets (7-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all seven games in the Regular Season. Wright belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #2. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Wright averages: 22.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.9apg and 2.4spg. Worth to mention Wright played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Four years ago he took part in the ESL camp in New York playing for Team Kiev.

Emmanuel Little
Emmanuel Little
#3. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA could not help Rayos de Hermosillo (21-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader Rayos de Hermosillo was edged 78-76 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Little had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 32 minutes. Little has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 3.0apg in the 26 games he played so far. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five years ago Little played at the ESL camp in Chicago playing for London.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
#4. Jayson Granger (186-G-89, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in an Asefa Estudiantes' surprising victory against the second-ranked Caja Laboral (25-9) 90-80 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 17 points, had 5 boards, passed 6 assists and added 3 steals. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (15-19) is placed 12th in the ACB. The Regular Season already ended. It's Granger's seventh season with the team. This year Granger has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2010 Granger attended the ESL camp in New York playing for Team Budapest.

Agnis Cavars
Agnis Cavars
#5. Agnis Cavars (196-F-86, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to Valmiera's victory against the closely-ranked Barons kvartals (21-13) 72-65 in the Latvian LBL last Wednesday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Valmiera (22-12) is placed first in the LBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Cavars is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.6rpg. This year he also averages: 9.5ppg in the 18 games he played so far. Cavars played in 2011at the Eurobasket Summer League in Cologne, Germany for Team Belgrade.

Phillippe Harris
Phillippe Harris
#6. Phillippe Harris (180-G-85, agency: Athlete Management Group, college: Fayetteville St., currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA could not help Pioneros Los Mochis (8-16) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Pioneros Los Mochis was defeated 95-83 on the road by the second-ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas. Harris was the second best scorer with 22 points. He also added 7 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. Harris has reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg. Harris attended five years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Salt Lake City.

Olaseni Lawal
Olaseni Lawal
#7. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, agency: IBS, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Tezenis VE (15-13) in their last game. Despite Lawal's good performance Tezenis VE lost 67-76 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Novipiu Casale. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 14 rebounds in 34 minutes. It's Lawal's first season with the team. Lawal is the league's best rebounder and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 13.6rpg, 1.8bpg and 1.9spg in the 32 games he played so far. Lawal is a naturalized American. Worth to mention he played also for Team Brussels at the ESL in Las Vegas in 2010.

Terrance Woodbury
Terrance Woodbury
#8. Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-87, college: Georgia, currently plays in Japan) was the major contributor in a Okinawa GK's victory against the fifth-ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (29-23) crushing them 90-60 in the Japanese BJ League last Sunday. Woodbury scored 18 points. Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (42-10) is placed first in Western group. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Woodbury has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg and 4.5rpg. He played three years ago at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Geneva.

Matija Poscic
Matija Poscic
#9. Matija Poscic (204-C-85, college: De Paul, currently plays in Croatia), who plays in the Croatian A1 could not help KK Zagreb (2-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance the seventh-placed KK Zagreb lost 77-82 on the road to the lower-ranked (#8) Alkar Sinj in the Places 1-8 group. Poscic was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. It was KK Zagreb's sixth consecutive loss in a row. The Second Stage already ended. This year Poscic's overall stats are: 7.8ppg and 6.0rpg in the 29 games he played so far. Poscic attended in 2012 the ESL camp in Torino.

Dwight Thorne
Dwight Thorne
#10. Dwight Thorne (190-PG-88, college: Colorado, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to a 1-point KK Zadar's victory against the fifth-ranked Jolly (7-7) 77-76 in the Croatian A1 in Tuesday night's game. Thorne scored 8 points. KK Zadar (11-3) is placed second in Places 1-8 group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Thorne's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.4apg. Worth to mention he played also for Team Kiev at the ESL in Las Vegas last year.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.8 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.16.1 
 3. Bogdanovic, Fener..15.9 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.14.7 
 5. Jerrells, Maine RC14.2 
 6. Lampe, Caja L.13.9 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu13.8 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.13.7 
 9. Weems, CSKA13.7 
 10. Hickman, Maccabi13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.3 
 2. Tomic, FCB Regal6.5 
 3. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 4. Lampe, Caja L.6.1 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.6.1 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos6.0 
 7. Erden, Anadolu Ef.5.6 
 8. Davis, Khimky5.5 
 9. Thompson, ALBA5.4 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zoran PLANINIC
  Khimky
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Planinic, Khimky6.3 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.8 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA4.9 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.5 
 7. Cook, Caja Laboral4.0 
 8. Gordon, Anadolu4.0 
 9. Farmar, Anadolu3.9 
 10. Rodriguez, Real M.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Bo MCCALEBB
  Fener.Ul.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.9 
 2. Jaaber, Petrochimi1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.7 
 5. Fernandez, Real M.1.5 
 6. Diamantidis, Panat.1.4 
 7. Hickman, Maccabi1.4 
 8. Cook, Caja Laboral1.3 
 9. Calloway, Unicaja1.2 
 10. Planinic, Khimky1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.9 
 2. Lasme, Panathin.1.9 
 3. Hines, Olympiacos1.2 
 4. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 5. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 6. Tomic, FCB Regal1.1 
 7. Vidmar, Besiktas1.1 
 8. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 
 9. Davis, Khimky1.0 
 10. Falker, Besiktas1.0 


Jasmin Repesa is set to leave Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Jasmin Repesa is not going to stay with Unicaja Malaga reportedly. The Spanish media reports that the team decided to part ways with the coach after his failure to lead Unicaja into the ACB playoffs. Unicaja finished the regular season in the ninth position at 18-16 record. The Malaga team also failed to make it into EuroLeague playoffs occupying the fifth position in the second stage Group E. Jasmin Repesa took over Unicaja at the start of the season. He signed 1+1 contract then. Last season the Croatian specialist worked with KK Cibona. He led the team to the A1 title. Eurobasket.com named Jasmin Repesa All-Croatian A1 League Coach of the Year. Repesa used to work in Croatia, Turkey, Poland and Italy before. He also guided the Croatian and Polish National Teams.


Olympiacos waived Doron Perkins - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) waived 30-year old American point guard Doron Perkins (188-83kg-83, college: Santa Clara). In 7 A1 games he recorded 4.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg this season. He also played 5 games in Euroleague but he averaged just 0.4ppg.
Perkins managed to play in six leagues in three countries this year (!!!). Perkins also played at Foshan (CBA) in Chinese league earlier that season. In 14 games he averaged 14.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 6.8apg and 2.6spg. The other team he played that season for was BC Donetsk (Superleague) in Ukraine. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Perkins was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 14 Superleague games he averaged 10.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 5.4apg and 1.9spg. He also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 7.5apg (top 2), 1.0spg (leader !!!) and 1.0bpg. Perkins also played 6 games in VTB United League where he averaged 4.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg.
The last season he played at FoxTown Cantu (SerieA) in Italian league. In 18 games he averaged 11.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.3apg and 2.1spg. Perkins also played 2 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 5.5apg and 1.0spg (in top 4).
He won Euroleague championship title.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel. In 22 games he averaged 14.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 5.0apg and 2.3spg. He helped them to win the cup. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Perkins also played 19 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.7spg (in top 5).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Perkins received Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Import Player of the Year award back in 2009.
He is quite experienced player. Perkins has played also professionally in Belgium (Bree), Germany (EWE Baskets), Japan (Toyota Alvark) and Israel (Maccabi Haifa).
He attended Santa Clara University until 2005 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A good point guard, who is able to run the offense at any tempo and is very effective at the defnsive side. Can score in penetration, steals lots of balls, he's a very good rebounder for his size. He should improve his outside shooting, however, to become a top league material.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  FBA   

Standings

FBA Standings
 1. Tampa Bay R. 5-0 
 2. Heartland P. 3-1 
 3. Florida Flight 2-3 
 4. Palm Beach T. 0-6 



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Bakradze comes back to Lapua, ex TSU Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News

Lapuan Korikobrat (Korisliiga) added to their roster 22-year old Georgian point guard Givi Bakradze (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). It is actually his comeback to Lapuan Korikobrat as he played here before. Bakradze played last season at TSU Tbilisi in Georgian Superleague. In 22 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.4apg and 1.5spg this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Georgian League All-Star Game. Part of last season he spent at Dinamo Tbilisi (Superleague) in Georgia. In 10 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.3apg and 1.4spg. Bakradze also spent pre-season at Samedicino-Academia (Superleague) in Georgia earlier that year. He won Georgian League championship title in 2011. Bakradze represented Georgia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) two years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 11.8%, FT: 75.0%.
Bakradze has played also professionally in .
The scouts decsribe him following way: Givi is a young playmaker with great ball-handling skills and tremendous potential. He has 3 years professional experience including playing in the Finnish Championship last year and playing for the Georgian U-20 National team. Givi is a good shooter and can score on his opponent in many ways. He makes his teammates around him better and Givi can run an uptempo or half court offense.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Awards 2013 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 1st Team 2013
Jeb Ivey
Ivey
Matthew Gibson
Gibson
Martin Zeno
Zeno
Jason Conley
Conley
Devonne Giles
Giles


Player of the Year: Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons
Guard of the Year: Jeb Ivey (190-G-80) of Nilan Bisons
Forward of the Year: Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons
Center of the Year: Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of KTP
Import Player of the Year: Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons
Domestic Player of the Year: Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) of Lapua
Defensive Player of the Year: Antwine Williams (192-F-75) of KTP
Coach of the Year: Greg Gibson of Nilan Bisons

1st Team
G: Jeb Ivey (190-G-80) of Nilan Bisons
G: Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) of LrNMKY
G: Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons
G: Jason Conley (196-G-81) of LrNMKY
F: Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of KTP

2nd Team
PG: Giordan Watson (178-PG-85) of Kauhajoki
SG: Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) of Lapua
F/G: Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Kataja
SF: Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Pyrinto
F: Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89) of Humacao

Honorable Mention
Emmanuel Holloway (185-G-86) of Namika Lahti
Louis Johnson (206-F/C-86) of Namika Lahti
Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86) of Kauhajoki
J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Kauhajoki
Johnell Smith (180-PG-80) of Kataja
Daniel Coleman (206-F-85) of Kataja
Andrais Thornton (203-F-85) of FoKoPo
Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83) of KTP
Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88) of Salon Vilpas
Ryan McDade (201-F-80) of Nilan Bisons
Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto
Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) of Korihait
Sami Ikavalko (188-G-89) of FoKoPo
Matti Nuutinen (200-PF-90) of Nilan Bisons

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) of Kouvot
PG: Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) of Korihait
SG: Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) of Lapua
F: Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) of KTP
C: Antti Nikkila (210-C-78) of Pyrinto

All-Imports Team
G: Jeb Ivey (190-G-80) of Nilan Bisons
G: Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) of LrNMKY
G: Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons
G: Jason Conley (196-G-81) of LrNMKY
F: Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of KTP



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  FRANCE   

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.4 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.0 
 3. King, Selcuk Univ.16.8 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.4 
 5. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.9 
 6. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 7. Williams, Paris-.15.7 
 8. Sommerville, Nancy15.6 
 9. Schilb, Chalon15.5 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.7 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.4 
 5. McKenzie, Boulazac7.0 
 6. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 7. Dobbins, Poitiers7.0 
 8. Greer, Strasbourg7.0 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy6.9 
 10. Ajinca, Strasbourg6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Selcuk Univ.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. King, Selcuk Univ.7.4 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.7 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Schilb, Chalon5.4 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg4.9 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.8 
 7. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.7 
 8. Campbell, Stras.4.5 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.3 
 10. Amagou, Roanne4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.2 
 2. Washington, Le Ma.2.0 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.9 
 4. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 5. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 6. Greene, Orleans1.7 
 7. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 8. Schilb, Chalon1.6 
 9. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 10. Eldridge, s.Oliv.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.6 
 3. Sy, AS.1.3 
 4. Akpomedah, Grave.1.3 
 5. Williams, Chalon1.1 
 6. Fofana, Le Havre1.1 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Vaty, Gravelines0.8 
 9. Fall, Poitiers0.8 
 10. Plaisted, Limoges0.8 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues18.6 
 2. Hill, Angers BC 4917.2 
 3. Raji, Quimper17.0 
 4. Kaunisto, Blois16.9 
 5. Cole, La Rochelle16.7 
 6. Herard, Challans16.5 
 7. Pene, Rennes16.1 
 8. Petrovic, Orchy16.0 
 9. Ocokoljic, Rueil15.9 
 10. Davis, Blois15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.2 
 2. Pearson, St Ch.9.4 
 3. Raji, Quimper8.1 
 4. Alingue, Souffel8.0 
 5. Okafor, Rennes7.7 
 6. Tornato, Blois7.7 
 7. Cole, La Rochelle7.5 
 8. Inglis, CFBB7.3 
 9. N''Diaye, Souffel7.2 
 10. Balocka, Challans7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Christophe, Monaco6.6 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.3 
 3. Barbry, Orchy5.4 
 4. Rathieuville, Chal.5.1 
 5. Fellah, Angers B.5.1 
 6. Brochard, Blois4.5 
 7. Thomas, Vichy4.4 
 8. Sauret, Chartres4.0 
 9. Sahraoui, La Roche.4.0 
 10. Minet, Souffel3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. El Amrani, Vichy2.5 
 2. Davis, Blois2.1 
 3. Ipouck, Chartres1.8 
 4. Bennett, Monaco1.8 
 5. Sauret, Chartres1.7 
 6. Tornato, Blois1.6 
 7. Thibedore, Quimper1.6 
 8. Lonzieme, Angers B.1.6 
 9. Pene, Rennes1.6 
 10. Saounera, Rueil1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Davis, Blois1.8 
 2. Diame, Rueil1.5 
 3. N''Diaye, Souffel1.4 
 4. Rinna, St Chamond1.3 
 5. Inglis, CFBB1.2 
 6. Tornato, Blois1.2 
 7. Alingue, Souffel1.2 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 9. Ben Driss, Rennes0.8 
 10. Kolb, Quimper0.8 


Nantes keep Nicolas Gayon - by Eurobasket News

Nantes kept Nicolas Gayon (190-SG-82). The team signed a new two-year deal with the player. The guard has been playing for Nantes since 2006. Last season Nicolas Gayon tallied 9.8 points, 3.1 boards and 1.5 assists per game in ProB. Previously Nicolas Gayon had spells for Denek Bar Urcuit and Pau-Orthez. He made it into All-French N1 1st Team in 2006.


Gary Chathuant joins Le Portel - by Eurobasket News

Le Portel announced the name of their first recruit. They agreed on terms of contract with Gary Chathuant (195-SF-83). The forward signed a two-year deal with Le Portel. Gary Chathuant spent the last season with Rouen Basket. He notched 13.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in ProB. Previously he had stints with Chalons-Reims, Bourg, Brest. Gary Chathuant was named All-French ProB Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2003. He was the member of the French B National Team in 2004.


Rasheed Wright is officially in Saint Quentin - by Eurobasket News

Rasheed Wright (196-F/G-80, agency: Fusion Sports, college: ODU) is officially in Saint Quentin. The American player is back to the team.
Saint Quentin agreed on terms of contract with Rasheed Wright. The forward is not new to the team. He played for Saint Quentin earlier this season. Rasheed Wright notched 13.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in ProB. In December the forward moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket. His stats read 12.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game there. Previously Rasheed Wright had spells in Saint Vallier, Besancon, Levallois, Poitiers. Rasheed Wright participated at the French N1 All-Star Game in 2004. He also made it into All-French N1 1st Team in 2006. The forward was French ProB champion in 2009.



FINAL FOUR!! - by Daviin Davis

HELLO people!!! its that time again for the second time ADA BLOIS is back in the FINAL FOUR and 2 games away from being the playoff champions. Last year we came up a little short losing in the championship game. We playing very good basketball right now now we gotta focus on the game plan and the little details to make sure we dont come up short again. This season has been very crazy with alot of up's and downs. As a team we got it together at the right time now its time to win it ALL...ILL BE BACK SOON TO LET YOU KNOW THE SEASON ENDED......


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Pero Antic selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing FYR Macedonian players, who play currently abroad.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the closely-ranked Real Madrid (10-4) 100-88 in the Euroleague in Sunday night's game. Antic recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group F. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (9-5) is placed second. This year Antic averages: 6.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 26.1% and FT: 65.9% in the 31 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (24-6) in their last game. Despite McCalebb's good performance Fenerbahce Ulker lost 68-74 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Karsiyaka. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. McCalebb also added 4 assists and 4 steals in 22 minutes. McCalebb is ranked fifth on the list of the most steals in the league with 1.6spg. This year his other stats are: 13.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 55.4%(92-166), 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 84.0% in the 24 games. McCalebb is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy). He led Armani Milano to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Montepaschi Siena (18-12) 81-79 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Green scored 11 points and added 3 passes in 31 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (19-11) is placed fourth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Green belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4 with 4.5apg. This year he also averages: 7.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 48.7%(38-78) and FT: 82.4% in the 22 games. Green is a naturalized American. He played for the FYR Macedonian national team three years ago. Apparently Green has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #4. An experienced point guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Croatia) was not able to help Cedevita (11-3) in their game against Cibona (12-2) in the Croatian A1. He scored 6 points and added 4 passes. The third-placed Cedevita was edged 85-84 in a derby game by the leading Cibona in the Places 1-8 group. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. Ilievski's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. It's Ilievski's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 5.4ppg and 2.3apg. Ilievski is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian. He is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

The list of other players, who all have FYR Macedonian passport but never been selected to any of FYR Macedonian national teams:

   #1. Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84, college: Alabama, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Gravelines-Dunkerque (21-9) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Gravelines-Dunkerque was defeated in an overtime 101-95 on the road by the much lower-ranked JSF Nanterre (#8). Winston was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 steals. Winston has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Winston has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #2. Darius Washington (188-PG-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA was not able to help Le Mans (16-14) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Le Mans was badly defeated 69-52 in Villeurbanne by the higher-ranked ASVEL Lyon- Basket (#3). Washington was the top scorer with 19 points. Washington is currently second on the list of most steals. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Washington averages: 15.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.8apg and 2.0spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Washington has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Other top FYR Macedonian players, who play abroad:

Cedi Osman (195-SG-95) plays for Anadolu Efes in Turkish TBL
Predrag Samardziski (215-C-86) plays for Zvezda in Serbian A League
Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81) plays for Unics Kazan in Russian PBL
Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) plays for BC Donetsk in Ukrainian Superleague
Oliver Dvojakovski (204-C-97) plays for Cajasol in Spanish ACB
Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) plays for Champville in Lebanese Division A
Nemanja Temelkovski plays for Sloboda in Serbian A League
Bojan Krstevski (205-F/C-89) plays for Kavala in Greek A1
Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80) plays for Stjarnan in Icelandic Dominos League

Notice: The list above includes only some of the FYR Macedonian playing currently abroad. Go to FYR Macedonian Abroad Page to see completed list.



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Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Bowie, Rustavi21.9 
 2. Archibeque, MIA A.18.7 
 3. Chlaidze, Sokhumi18.3 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.18.3 
 5. Nelson, Rustavi16.8 
 6. Fatsatsia, Olimpi16.0 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi16.0 
 8. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.15.9 
 9. Ramishvili, Batumi15.8 
 10. Chikviladze, Dina.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stevan MILOSEVIC
  Olimpi
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Milosevic, Olimpi12.6 
 2. Archibeque, MIA A.11.8 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.11.6 
 4. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.5 
 5. Aselaini, TSU T.10.2 
 6. Nelson, Rustavi9.1 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi8.6 
 8. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.8.0 
 9. Berishvili, Olimpi7.0 
 10. Prewitt, MIA A.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Armia
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Gamqrelidze, Armia7.0 
 2. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.7 
 3. Bowie, Rustavi5.5 
 4. Sokk, Olimpi5.5 
 5. Bakradze, TSU T.5.4 
 6. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.4 
 7. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.4 
 8. Vaughn, MIA A.5.4 
 9. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi3.9 
 10. Ramishvili, Batumi3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.3 
 2. Machaladze, STU T.1.9 
 3. Ramishvili, Batumi1.9 
 4. Vaughn, MIA A.1.9 
 5. Barbakadze, Kutaisi1.7 
 6. Beruashvili, TSU T.1.7 
 7. Chikviladze, Dinam.1.6 
 8. Pashayev, Kutaisi1.6 
 9. Toudjani, Rustavi1.5 
 10. Bakradze, TSU T.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.2.0 
 2. Eliashvili, Batumi1.6 
 3. Milosevic, Olimpi1.6 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.5 
 5. Periashvili, Samed.1.2 
 6. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.1 
 7. Aselaini, TSU T.1.1 
 8. Archibeque, MIA A.1.0 
 9. Jgerenaia, Armia0.8 
 10. Toudjani, Rustavi0.8 


MIA Academy take Superleague Final lead - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Olimpi - MIA Academy 71-79

MIA Academy take Superleague Final lead after a 79:71 win. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olimpi won fourth quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MIA looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points, 13 rebounds and 7 blocks in the effort for Olimpi. Five Olimpi players scored in double figures. Olimpi's coach George Kazanjian rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: M.Berishvili 21+11reb+3ast, S.Sokk 15+2reb+4ast, S.Milosevic 13+13reb+2ast, D.Moore 10+4reb, L.Fatsatsia 10+7reb+7ast, N.Tenieshvili 2
MIA Academy: D.Vaughn 21+3reb+4ast, B.Raymond 16+7reb+2ast, K.Archibeque 14+12reb+2ast, V.Kounas 9+3reb+5ast, C.Prewitt 8+12reb+6ast, M.Bokolishvili 6+1reb+1ast
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Armia clinched Bronze medals in Georgia - by Eurobasket News

Armia - Kutaisi 68:57

Armia clinched Bronze medals in Georgia as they won the game for the thrid place against Kutaisi. The Winner of 2011/2012 season finished the year with a 68:57 win.
The game was mostly controlled by Armia. Kutaisi managed to win second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Lasha Lasha Parghalava (191-G-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) who helped to win the game recording 27 points. Besik Lezhava (192-SG-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International center Richard Matiashvili (207-C-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 19 rebounds and Kvimsadze as well as Giorgi Barbakadze (203-F-91) added 15 points each in the effort for Kutaisi.
Last season in the game for the third place Kutaisi outscored Sokhumi 71:64.

Kutaisi: Giorgi Barbakadze 15, Richard Matiashvili 15+19rebs, Buba Kvimsadze 15
Armia: Lasha Parghalava 27, Besik Lezhava 11+11rebs, George Jgerenaia (206-F-90, college: N.Georgia) 9



Bakradze comes back to Lapua, ex TSU Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News

Lapuan Korikobrat (Korisliiga) added to their roster 22-year old Georgian point guard Givi Bakradze (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). It is actually his comeback to Lapuan Korikobrat as he played here before. Bakradze played last season at TSU Tbilisi in Georgian Superleague. In 22 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.4apg and 1.5spg this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Georgian League All-Star Game. Part of last season he spent at Dinamo Tbilisi (Superleague) in Georgia. In 10 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.3apg and 1.4spg. Bakradze also spent pre-season at Samedicino-Academia (Superleague) in Georgia earlier that year. He won Georgian League championship title in 2011. Bakradze represented Georgia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) two years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 11.8%, FT: 75.0%.
Bakradze has played also professionally in .
The scouts decsribe him following way: Givi is a young playmaker with great ball-handling skills and tremendous potential. He has 3 years professional experience including playing in the Finnish Championship last year and playing for the Georgian U-20 National team. Givi is a good shooter and can score on his opponent in many ways. He makes his teammates around him better and Givi can run an uptempo or half court offense.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Bryan Bailey ( I Am Thankful For The Opportunity To Play For Roma) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Bryan Bailey (185-SG-80, college: Bucknell) is a 32 year old 185cm combo guard that is playing his 11th professional basketball season and recently finished the season in Germany with BBC Bayreuth and now is playing for Acea Virtus Roma (Italy-SerieA) in the playoffs against Trenkwalder. He is a true team leader both on and off the court. He possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball. He is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. His fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. He started his professional basketball career at Bucknell and player there from 1998-2002 and in his senior year played 17 games averaging 18.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.4apg. He made All-Patriot League 1st Team in 2001 and 2002. In 2002-2003, he started his professional basketball season in Germany with DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany-1Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games, 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4spg. In 2003-2004, he played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 35 games: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, 0.2bpg. He then played with The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007 reaching the league and cup final in 2007. His best statistical season was 2005-2006 playing 33 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%. In 2007-2008, he played with Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 84.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Poland for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg; Polish League: 32 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.0%. In 2009-2010, he played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing Euroleague: 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 89.7%. n the 2011-2012 with the rtland Dragons, he played EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 1 game: 7pts, 5reb, 3ast, 3steals; German League: 41 games: 11.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 77.2%. He spoke to eurobasket before game seven against Trenkwalder.

Most of your teammates are home in the States enjoying their vacation and free time while you are battling in the Italian league playoffs. How amazing was it getting this job opportunity so late in your basketball career?


It's great to be a part of a club with great tradition and history and I'm thankful for the opportunity to play for Roma.

Did even a second have to go by for you to take the offer?

No. Not at all.

I can imagine the main reason for Acea Virtus Rome hauling you in was for your experience and leadership. What other reasons did the club mention was there for getting you?


It was definitely for my experience and my overall basketball knowledge and also my ability to play both guard positions.

You seem to have had little time to get used to the Italian league. What is the biggest difference in style and talent level to the Beko BBL?

I think both leagues are very competitive and have good talent level. It's hard for me to say the biggest difference, because I've only played against two teams since I've been here in Italy. One thing I did notice here, is that teams run a lot of isolation plays for certain players.

How challenging has it been playing against ex NBA player Troy Bell in the seven game series against Trenkwalder? Did he get a sense of the aggressive Bailey defense?

It was definitely a challenge. Bell is a great scorer, who can score in different ways. I just try to make him take difficult shots.

How is your relationship to head coach Marco Calvani? How tough is it in general to come into a very short term situation and then have to learn a new style from a coach?

Coach Calvani is a great coach who has a good relationship with the players on the team. We're able to discuss different things about the game and he is very open to input from his players. The tough part is getting to know all the players and building a chemistry with them. But the players are all great guys and helped me to get adjusted very quickly. I just try to do the little things to help the team to win games.

How much potential does a Jordan Taylor have and how have you helped him with his game since you have been there?

Jordan is great player and plays with a lot of poise for a rookie player. He's actually helped me out a lot, in terms of running the different sets and what we're looking for. He has a bright future ahead of him.

Will we see Bryan Bailey back in the Beko BBL next season or could the pasta and basketball in Italy keep you there?

The food is definitely good here, but the German food isn't bad either. Both leagues are great. We'll have to see what the future holds.

What is your prediction of FC Bayern Munich-Brose Baskets Bamberg in the semi finals? What will be key for either team winning?

I think thats going to be a good series and both teams match up well. I think defense is going to be key in this series, but I have no prediction on the winner.

What is your favorite place to relax in Rome?

Right now I haven't had a chance to relax that much, because we play every two days. After the season I can find some places to relax a bit.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Hangover 2

Thanks Bryan for the chat.




Matthias Hurst Joins KIT SC GEQUOS - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Regional league team KIT SC GEQUOS announced the arrival of Matthias Hurst (204-C-89). Hurst is a 23 year old 204cm center that isnt an unknown face to the club as he had played for them briefly in the past having a double license when he played for BG Karlsruhe. The German played for BG Karlsruhe from 2007-2013 playing a total of 80 Pro A games. Last season he played 8 games: 1.5ppg, 1.6rpg." I am happy that he will join the team. The contact was never lost and we always worked well together. He will make us stronger under the boards and rebounding", stressed head coach Uli Himstedt. "After sitting on the bench the last years in the pro A, I want to play more and help the team move up to the pro B. I am looking forward to working together with the guys and Uli Himstedt. We know each other and respect eac other", added Matthias Hurst.


Source: KIT SC GEQUOS




Abe Lodwick (Phoenix Hagen) The Coaches And Players All Had Good Chemistry This Season. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Abe Lodwick (201-G/F-88, college: Washington St.) is a 24 year old 201cm forward that was a rookie with Phoenix Hagen. He played at Washington State from 2007-2012 playing a total of 105 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played 21 games: 5.2ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 23.5%, 3PT: 45.1%, FT: 66.7%. He spoke to eurobasket after the game five loss against the Brose Baskets Bamberg thus ending the season of Phoenix Hagen.

A tough 92-75 loss in game four against Bamberg. How crazy were the last three days leading up to the game after the wacky game three and three player disqualifications?

The last couple days before the game were definitely a little strange because we were not sure if Mark would be able to play or not. We didn't know if he could play until the day before the game.

What was your reaction to the three game suspension for Mr fantastic Mark Dorris?

No comment.

There was extra police in the Enervie arena. It never hurts to have extra precautions, but considering the type of fans that Phoenix Hagen have wasnt the extra police protection a bit overblown?

I didn't know about the extra police at the time of the game. I guess it is always good to be safe, but I didn't really think it would be an issue.

Bamberg came out rocking leading 14-2 and soon led by 20 plus points. Was Phoenix Hagen a bit too overmotivated or why did they start so slow?

We were definitely pumped up to play and made a few costly mistakes early and were never able to recover. When Bamberg gets a lead, they do a good job of protecting it.

How key was Ole Wendt in the second quarter in the Phoenix Hagen 16-2 run getting back into the game?

Ole was very key in the second quarter run. He is a great young player who plays offense and defense. He really knows how to play the game.

Phoenix Hagen cut the lead to 11 points in the third quarter, but Casey Jacobsen continued to hit big shots. Was it just one of those days where the shots werent falling at ease?

Yeah they were hot and we were not. Story of the game. If we hit our shots I think the outcome is a lot different.

The Phoenix Hagen luck seemed to end in the fourth quarter as Davin White had to depart the game with 6.11 to play with an injury. Was that the last hit which slowly closed the season for the team?

When Davin went out we were still fighting. We didn't want to throw in the towel and give up even though we were still down big.


It seemed like Phoenix Hagen ad too little fire power on this day as only David Bell and Davin White scored over 20 points. What other factors were key for not being able to win game four?

Bamberg did a good job of limiting our chances in transition, which is where our team usually did pretty well. We didn't shoot great and they did a good job of rebounding the ball as well.

How proud was Ingo Freyer after the game and what words did he chose to put a little smile on the faces of his players?

Ingo was proud for sure. We had a good year as a team and it started with him in the preseason making it our team goal to make the playoffs. We did it as a team. The coaches and players all had good chemistry this season.

Are the New York Knicks done? Will Carmello Anthony ever be able to get rid of his label that he cant win a title?

I think the Pacers will close out the series in the next game. Carmelo will win a title eventually I think.

What DVD movie will you watch to help forget game four against Bamberg?

I will watch whatever movies they offer on the plane back home.

Thanks for the chat Abe




Chris Ensmiger Hangs Up Sneakers And Will Coach Oettinger Rockets Gotha - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Beko BBL legend Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, college: Valparaiso) has decided to hang up his sneakers and will coach the Oettinger Baskets Gotha. He signed a contract for the Pro A and Pro B. 48 hours ago, he played his last Beko BBBL game in Oldenburg and seemed to waste no time making this decision which must have been in the back of his mind for some time. The 39 year old native from Ohio played 17 years as a professional and with a strict yoga regimen was able to prolong his playing career for many years and it seemed like he would play until he was 50. He played in the Beko BBL since 1999 and was top rebounder in the league from 2001-2005 and won two beko BBL titles with Bamberg. "We are looking forward to working together with Chris. He was 17 years a player and stood for discipline, effort and was a total professional", stated CEO of the BIG GmbH Bjoern Snater. "I am thankful that I can begin my coaching career in Gotha and want to start a successful program there. I am excited for the 2013-2014 season and to be a part of the BIG family", stressed Chris Ensminger.

Source: Oettinger Rockets Gotha









Ty Shaw named new Hanau coach - by Moritz Korff

Ty Shaw is the new head coach of 2. Bundesliga Pro B team Hanau White Wings. The 34-year-old American coached TV Langen last season and guided the team to the Pro B semifinals. Helmut Wolf, who took over when the White Wings parted ways with Hans Beth during this past season, will serve as an associate head coach, Hubert Gibson will continue as assistant.
"I am looking forward to this challenge. We want to work with players who are willing to go hard and who are determined to go to their max - guys who enjoy playing basketball", Shaw stated.



Pro B newcomer Bochum names new assistant coach and keeps duo - by Moritz Korff

While assistant coach Hanno Stein will move to Austrian Bundesliga team BC Wels, Petar Topalski is going to join 2. Bundesliga Pro B newcomer Bochum AstroStars' coaching staff for the 2013-14 season and serve as an assistant to head coach Kai Friedrich.
The former Bulgarian international played for BG Suedpark Bochum until 2007 and worked as a coach of Bochum's 18 Under youth team last season.
Meanwhile, team captain Patrick Abraham (189-F-82) and Raphael Bals (201-C-88) have put pen to paper on new contracts for the upcoming Pro B season. Abraham averaged 12.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the AstroStars last season, while Bals added 4.5 points and 3.4 boards a contest.



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Olympiacos waived Doron Perkins - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) waived 30-year old American point guard Doron Perkins (188-83kg-83, college: Santa Clara). In 7 A1 games he recorded 4.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg this season. He also played 5 games in Euroleague but he averaged just 0.4ppg.
Perkins managed to play in six leagues in three countries this year (!!!). Perkins also played at Foshan (CBA) in Chinese league earlier that season. In 14 games he averaged 14.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 6.8apg and 2.6spg. The other team he played that season for was BC Donetsk (Superleague) in Ukraine. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Perkins was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 14 Superleague games he averaged 10.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 5.4apg and 1.9spg. He also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 7.5apg (top 2), 1.0spg (leader !!!) and 1.0bpg. Perkins also played 6 games in VTB United League where he averaged 4.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg.
The last season he played at FoxTown Cantu (SerieA) in Italian league. In 18 games he averaged 11.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.3apg and 2.1spg. Perkins also played 2 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 5.5apg and 1.0spg (in top 4).
He won Euroleague championship title.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel. In 22 games he averaged 14.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 5.0apg and 2.3spg. He helped them to win the cup. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Perkins also played 19 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.7spg (in top 5).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Perkins received Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Import Player of the Year award back in 2009.
He is quite experienced player. Perkins has played also professionally in Belgium (Bree), Germany (EWE Baskets), Japan (Toyota Alvark) and Israel (Maccabi Haifa).
He attended Santa Clara University until 2005 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A good point guard, who is able to run the offense at any tempo and is very effective at the defnsive side. Can score in penetration, steals lots of balls, he's a very good rebounder for his size. He should improve his outside shooting, however, to become a top league material.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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East Asian Championship: South Korea cruise past Hong Kong to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Hong Kong 105:62

South Korea joined China in the East Asian Championship Final. The hosts drubbed Hong Kong in the semis today. Six South Korean players scored in double digits to pace the hosts to the victory. Kim Jong-Kyu (207-C-91) netted 20 points to lead the effort.
It was a lopsided affair right from the start. South Korea did not waste time powering to a 32:9 lead at the first break. South Korea stayed in front throughout the second quarter. They boosted the lead to as many as 32 points at halftime 56:24. South Korea and Hong Kong slowed down a bit in the third term. The teams traded baskets as the Korean side remained in a comfortable lead. The hosts poured in 27 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Park Jae-Hyun (187-G-91) produced 15 points, while Kim Min-Goo added 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Liang Man Hung (173-G-86) responded with 15 points for Hong Kong. Reid Duncan had 13 points and 8 boards in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Jong-Kyu 20, Park Jae-Hyun 15, Kim Min-Goo 11
Hong Kong: Liang Man Hung 15, Reid Duncan 13



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle AUSTIN
  Cananea
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Austin, Cananea20.9 
 2. Swanston, Kapos.20.5 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos20.1 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari19.7 
 5. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 6. Wood, Albacomp18.9 
 7. Copeland, San G.18.8 
 8. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.18.7 
 9. Shaw, Fribourg18.5 
 10. Nelson, Marso N.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zeljko ZAGORAC
  Falco-Sz.
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.10.7 
 2. Bader, Szolnok8.9 
 3. Davis, Santurce8.9 
 4. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 5. Barovic, Soproni8.5 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.1 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.8.1 
 8. Buljan, Keravnos7.8 
 9. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.7 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Moore, Albacomp6.5 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari6.3 
 3. Williams, Atomeromu6.1 
 4. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.9 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.5 
 6. Thomas, Soproni5.5 
 7. Copeland, San G.5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.5 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.1 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.8 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos2.3 
 4. Davis, Santurce2.3 
 5. Moore, Albacomp2.2 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.2.0 
 8. Kertesz, ZTE K.2.0 
 9. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bennet DAVIS
  Santurce
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Davis, Santurce1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni0.9 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 4. Keller, Albacomp0.8 
 5. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 6. Toth, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Shaw, Fribourg0.7 
 8. Lekli, Albacomp0.6 
 9. Bader, Szolnok0.6 
 10. Dramicanin, Jaszb.0.6 


A Division Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Szolnok join Albacomp in the Final - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok - Atomeromu 102-98 OT

Szolnok survived overtime to hand Atomeromu the decisive third loss in the semifinal series. Szolnok will now take on Albacomp in the championship series. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 30-20 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Szolnok outrebounded Atomeromu 51-35 including 18 on the offensive glass. Atomeromu was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 31 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 18 rebounds. International swingman David Vojvoda (196-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Akos Kovacs (184-88, agency: TSS Management) added 23 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Five Szolnok and four Atomeromu players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: J.Florence 31+7reb+3ast, B.Simon 17+1reb+3ast, R.Bell 14+6reb+1ast, M.Bader 13+18reb+3ast, S.Sehovic 10+5reb+3ast, B.Gay 8+3reb+3ast
Atomeromu: D.Vojvoda 23+5reb+3ast, A.Kovacs 23+2reb+4ast, T.Kaman 11+2reb+1ast, L.Williams 11+8reb+10ast, J.Levy 10+9reb+3ast, A.Toth 9+6reb
gschID: 241211



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  IBA-PBL   

Standings

IBA-PBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Sauk Valley P. 17-5 
 2. Kankakee S. 14-5 
 3. Bloomington F. 11-6 
 4. Kenosha B. 11-9 
 5. Chicago R. 9-10 
 6. St.Louis T. 5-12 
 7. Springfield X. 3-11 
 8. Lake County S. 0-8 
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 17-2 
 2. Gary Splash 14-8 
 3. Indiana D. 11-4 
 4. Holland Dream 7-8 
 5. Lansing C. 7-12 
 6. Lake Michigan 5-16 
 7. West Virginia M. 3-15 
 8. New Jersey G-F 2-2 
 9. Albany L. 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 22

May. 19: Kenosha B. - Chicago R. 109-118
May. 19: West Virginia M. - Rochester R. 105-107
May. 19: Indiana D. - Holland Dream 101-100

Regular Season: Round 23

May. 24: St.Louis T. - Springfield X.
May. 24: Rochester R. - New Jersey G-F
May. 25: Gary Splash - St.Louis T.
May. 25: Holland Dream - Indiana D.



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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 7-1 
 2. Vancouver V. 7-3 
 3. Portland C. 3-3 
 4. Salem S. 3-4 
 5. Nippon T. 1-2 
International
 1. East Bay PB 0-0 
 2. Olympia R. 0-0 
 3. Seattle F. 0-0 
 4. Kitsap A. 0-4 
 5. LoneStar S. 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 19: LoneStar S. - Bellingham S. 86-106
May. 17: Nippon T. - Bellingham S. 83-130
May. 17: Vancouver V. - Salem S. 122-135
May. 18: LoneStar S. - Vancouver V. 113-134
May. 18: Portland C. - Salem S. 113-101
May. 19: Nippon T. - Kitsap A. 112-96
May. 17: LoneStar S. - Portland C. 105-124

Regular Season: Round 6

May. 24: Bellingham S. - Salem S.
May. 24: Vancouver V. - Portland C.
May. 25: Portland C. - Salem S.
May. 25: Nippon T. - Vancouver V.
May. 27: Salem S. - Nippon T.
May. 27: Portland C. - Bellingham S.


Slam go 2-0 on weekend to extend win streak - by Kip Leonetti

The Bellingham Slam extended their win streak to six games following a pair of home wins over the weekend.

On Friday, the Slam earned their second big win against the Nippon Tornadoes in as many games by a score of 130-83 at Jake Maberry Gymnasium in Lynden, Washington.

Like the last meeting between the two teams on May 10, the Slam raced out to an early lead and never looked back. The Slam led 25-12 after the first seven minutes before taking a 34-19 lead into the second quarter. A 14-2 run late in the second quarter propelled the Slam to a 34-point cushion at halftime, at 73-39.

The third quarter was the most competitive for the Tornadoes, as they were only outscored by four in the frame as Bellingham led 97-59, but by then the damage had already been done and the Slam went on cruise control the rest of the way for the victory.

Jacob Stevenson (6'4''-G-81, college: W.Washington) led the Slam with 23 points, while Chas Kok (6'5''-F), who started for the first time in his return to his old high school gym, finished with 21.

Hikaru Sasaki (6'1''-G-87) and Marcus Bradford (6'4''-G-85, college: Columbia, MO) shared the Tornadoes' scoring lead with 20 points each.

Sunday, the Slam continued their winning ways with a 106-86 victory against the Lone Star Strikers at Whatcom Pavilion.

The Slam started off hot, outscoring the Strikers 33-19 in the first quarter before Lone Star was able to keep the game competitive in the second by matching Bellingham point for point.

Outscoring the Strikers by eight in the third quarter, the Slam increased their lead to 86-64 and never gave up the lead as they received their sixth straight win.

The game was decided in the first quarter with Bellingham's fast start. The Strikers could not weather the storm to make it a competitive game at the end.

Defense was a major factor in the Slam's victory, scoring 24 points off of turnovers, compared to the Strikers 13.

Stevenson led Bellingham with 23 points for the second straight game, while Nicholas Moore (6'7''-F/C, college: Evergreen St.) added a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds for his best performance in a Slam uniform.

George Williams (6'5''-G-90, college: Wayland Baptist) led the Strikers, who ended their Northwest road trip 0-3, with 23 points; Greg Foster (6'2''-G-89, college: Saginaw Valley) added 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists.

The Slam head to Oregon on Friday for a road matchup against the Salem Sabres. The team returns home on Monday, May 27, for a Memorial Day bout against the Portland Chinooks, in a rematch of the 2012 IBL Championship game.




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  INDONESIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bima RIZKY ARDIANSYAH
  Bimasa.
  (182-PF-90)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Rizky Ardian., Bim.16.7 
 2. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.15.2 
 3. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.0 
 4. Pamungkas, Satya14.3 
 5. Prawiro, Dell Aspac13.0 
 6. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.13.0 
 7. Nagata, Pacific12.9 
 8. Poedjakesuma, Peli.12.9 
 9. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.0 
 10. Dewanto, Pelita J.11.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.0 
 2. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.2 
 3. Sabara, Pacific8.5 
 4. Nolland, Garuda8.4 
 5. Gunawan, Satria M.8.2 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.7.7 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.7 
 8. Sucipto, NSH G.7.6 
 9. Poedjakesuma, Peli.6.9 
 10. Thoyib, Dell Aspac6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.5.0 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.4.7 
 3. Wijaya, Garuda4.6 
 4. Indra, Pacific4.2 
 5. Sartika, Bimasakti3.8 
 6. Gerungan, Dell A.3.5 
 7. Uneputty, Tonga B.3.3 
 8. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.3.1 
 9. Sucipto, Satya W.3.0 
 10. Ramadhani, Dell A.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Dimaz MUHARRI
  CLS K.
  (181-PG-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Muharri, CLS K.3.2 
 2. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.0 
 3. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.4 
 4. Sucipto, NSH G.2.3 
 5. Dewanto, Pelita J.2.2 
 6. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.2.1 
 7. Michel, Satria Muda2.0 
 8. Nolland, Garuda1.9 
 9. Sabara, Pacific1.8 
 10. Ramadhani, Dell A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.5 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.1.7 
 3. Teguh, Hangtuah1.7 
 4. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.6 
 5. Nugroho, Satya W.1.6 
 6. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.4 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.2 
 8. Rahmat, Tonga BSC1.1 
 9. Gunawan, Satria M.1.0 
 10. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.0 



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  ISRAEL   

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.20.4 
 2. Beck, Bnei Hashar.18.9 
 3. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.3 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.9 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.6 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.1 
 7. Collins, Guaros17.0 
 8. Calathes, Maccabi16.5 
 9. Warren, Maccabi16.1 
 10. Smith, Maccabi Ha.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.14.2 
 2. Jones, Bnei H.10.0 
 3. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.9 
 4. Uter, Maccabi9.3 
 5. Thomas, Maccabi9.2 
 6. Calathes, Maccabi9.2 
 7. Wright, Maccabi9.1 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.9.0 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.3 
 10. Washington, Neta.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Hapoel H.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Waters, Hapoel H.7.3 
 2. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.3 
 3. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.5.1 
 4. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.5.0 
 5. Ohayon, Maccabi4.8 
 6. Collins, Guaros4.4 
 7. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.2 
 8. Bradley, Netanya4.2 
 9. Perry, Elizur A.4.2 
 10. Warren, Maccabi4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Washington, Netan.2.4 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi2.3 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 4. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.2 
 5. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.1 
 6. Smith, Maccabi Hai.2.0 
 7. Jones, Bnei H.1.9 
 8. Wright, Maccabi1.9 
 9. Berkowitz, Bnei H.1.9 
 10. Simpson, Maccabi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. James, Maccabi T-A3.0 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.6 
 3. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.6 
 4. Simpson, Maccabi1.5 
 5. Uter, Maccabi1.5 
 6. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.3 
 8. Thomas, Chicago B.1.2 
 9. Watt, Galil Gilboa1.1 
 10. Green, Galil Gilb.1.0 


Netanya and Maccabi Rishon tied the series - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel J-M - Netanya 70-73 (2-2)

Netanya tied the Semifinals after the road win on the road against Hapoel J-M. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 27-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Ramel Bradley (188-85) fired 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The other American import swingman Deron Washington (201-85, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. Four GreenTops Netanya players scored in double figures. American Josh Duncan (203-86) produced 22 points and 9 rebounds and international Elishay Kadir (202-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Netanya: R.Bradley 19+7reb+6ast, D.Washington 17+9reb+2ast, R.Morgan 12+3reb+1ast, M.Killingsworth 11+10reb+2ast, E.Gueta 7+1reb, E.Shulman 5
Hapoel J-M: J.Duncan 22+9reb+3ast, E.Kadir 11+10reb, C.Fells 10+5reb+1ast, S.Samuels 9+4reb+1ast, M.Tapiro 6+3ast, R.Limonad 5+2reb
gschID: 241196


Maccabi Rishon - Hapoel Eilat 79-70 (2-2)

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hapoel Eilat won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hapoel Eilat 43-22 including a 22-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Maccabi Rishon brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Hapoel Eilat was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, college: Hofstra) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. American forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Eli Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard Afik Nissim (186-81) added 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Hapoel Eilat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: A.Uter 25+14reb+4ast, A.Ben David 20+4reb+2ast, J.Wright 15+15reb+3ast, N.Hanochi 11+4reb+8ast, O.Solomon 4+2reb+1ast, L.Jones 3
Hapoel Eilat: L.O'Bannon 13+3reb+1ast, A.Nissim 13+3reb+5ast, E.Holman 12+9reb+1ast, J.Tillman 11+1reb, S.Hopson 9+1reb, E.Skverer 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 241195



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.8 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Datome, Acea V.17.3 
 4. Diener, Banco d.17.3 
 5. Brown, Montepaschi17.0 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.4 
 7. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
 10. Barbour, Pesaro15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.8.6 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 5. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.5 
 7. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.4 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.3 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 10. Gigli, Oknoplast6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.2 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Green, EA7 Armani4.4 
 5. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.3 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.4.0 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.8 
 9. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 10. Shakur, Erie Bay3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  PGE T.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 2. Dunston, Cimberio.2.3 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 5. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 6. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 7. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 8. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 9. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
 10. Goss, Acea V.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.6 
 3. Lawal, Acea V.1.4 
 4. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 5. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 6. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 7. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 8. Tyus, Cantu1.1 
 9. Cusin, Cantu1.1 
 10. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 


SerieA Round 6 of Quarter-Finals. Montepaschi, Cantu and Trenkwalder force deciders - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi - EA7 Armani 72-66

Montepasci fired past Emporio Armani in Siena to force the decider. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Armani Milano won third quarter 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena dominated on the defensive end, holding Armani Milano to just 7 points in second quarter. The former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) notched 18 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) supported him with 15 points. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by center Ioannis Bourousis (213-83, agency: FCM) did not help to save the game for Armani Milano. Swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) added 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: D.Hackett 18+2reb+5ast, B.Brown 15+3reb+3ast, M.Carraretto 13+3reb+1ast, D.Moss 9+3reb+1ast, V.Sanikidze 4+1reb, K.Kangur 4+3reb+1ast
EA7 Armani: A.Gentile 18+5reb+1ast, I.Bourousis 16+7reb+2ast, M.Hairston 11+4reb+2ast, M.Green 6+4reb+1ast, K.Langford 5+2reb, E.Bremer 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 241215


Trenkwalder RE - Acea Virtus RM 91-82

Trenkwalder shot down Acea Virtus to force the series to return to Rome. Lottomatica Roma was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of Trenkwalder RE, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 61.8 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. American point guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) chipped in 22 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots) during the contest. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was international forward Luigi Datome (203-87) with 23 points and American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder RE: D.Taylor 22+1reb, T.Bell 17+6reb+2ast, A.Cinciarini 12+4reb+7ast, M.Antonutti 10+3reb, R.Cervi 8+5reb+1ast, G.Brunner 7+1reb+4ast
Acea Virtus RM: L.Datome 23+4reb+2ast, P.Goss 14+1reb+5ast, B.Jones 13+3reb+3ast, G.Lawal 13+4reb+2ast, B.Bailey 8+2reb+2ast, J.Taylor 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 241214


Cantu - Banco di Sard. 87-84

Cantu snatched another narrow home win over Sassari and prolonged the series. Banco di Sard. was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 28-20 charge of Cantu, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 61.1 percent from the field. It was a good game for the former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 5 assists. American-Israeli center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) replied with 21 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) added 19 points in the effort for Banco di Sard.
Top scorers:
Cantu: P.Aradori 26+2reb+5ast, A.Tyus 17+7reb, N.Mazzarino 11+2reb+3ast, S.Mancinelli 8+1reb+2ast, M.Leunen 7+7reb, J.Brooks 7
Banco di Sard.: D.Gordon 21+9reb, D.Diener 19+1reb+2ast, B.Sacchetti 18+4reb, T.Diener 6+5reb+5ast, M.Thornton 6+2reb, M.Vanuzzo 6+5reb
gschID: 241213



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  JAPAN   


East Asian Championship: China roll past Japan, into Final - by Eurobasket News

China - Japan 83:68

China advanced into East Asian Championship Final. They held off Japan in the semifinal battle in Incheon tonight. Guo Ailun (192-SF-93) stepped up with pivotal performance for China. He finished with 28 points, 6 rebound and 5 assists to pace China to the victory.
The teams were all square after ten minutes of action 15:15. But China broke through in the second frame. They ignited a 25:9 run in the quarter to gain a comfortable 16-point lead at the interval. Japan stopped the rot in the third term. They slowed their opponents down and narrowed the deficit at 13-point mark 40:53. But China exploded with 30 points in the final period and eased to the victory at the end. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Sun TongLin (208-F/C-92) added 13 points for the winners. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) replied with 18 points for Japan. Yuya Nagayoshi (199-C-91) and Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) had 12 points each in the loss.

China: Guo Ailun 28, Zhai Xiaochuan 13, Sun TongLin 13
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 18, Yuya Nagayoshi 12, Kosuke Takeuchi 12



Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League 1st Team 2013
Draelon Burns
Burns
Narito Namizato
Namizato
Anthony McHenry
McHenry
Jeral Davis
Davis
Chris Holm
Holm

Finals MVP: Masayuki Kabaya (183-G/F-82) of Yokohama BC
Player of the Year: Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) of Okinawa GK
Guard of the Year: Draelon Burns (194-G-85) of Yokohama BC
Forward of the Year: Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) of Okinawa GK
Center of the Year: Chris Holm (212-C-84) of Niigata Albirex
Domestic Player of the Year: Narito Namizato (172-G-89) of Okinawa GK
Import Player of the Year: Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) of Okinawa GK
Most Improved Player of the Year: Yuki Kitamuki (184-G-85) of Saitama Bron.
Newcomer of the Year: Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) of Akita NH
Sixth Man of the Year: Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-87) of Okinawa GK
Defensive Player of the Year: Jeral Davis (216-C-84) of Shimane SM
Coach of the Year: Matt Garrison of Niigata Albirex

1st Team
G: Draelon Burns (194-G-85) of Yokohama BC
G: Narito Namizato (172-G-89) of Okinawa GK
SF: Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) of Okinawa GK
C: Jeral Davis (216-C-84) of Shimane SM
C: Chris Holm (212-C-84) of Niigata Albirex

2nd Team
PG: Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) of Akita NH
G: Takehiko Shimura (160-G-83) of Sendai 89ers
F: Reginald Warren (204-F-81) of Fukuoka Rizing
F: Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Toyama Grouses
C: Joe Werner (201-C-84) of Chiba Jets

Honorable Mention
Angel Garcia (209-C/F-88) of Toyama Grouses
Masayuki Kabaya (183-G/F-82) of Yokohama BC
Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-87) of Okinawa GK
Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM
Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88) of Hamamatsu P.

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Narito Namizato (172-G-89) of Okinawa GK
G: Takehiko Shimura (160-G-83) of Sendai 89ers
PG: Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) of Akita NH
SF: Masashi Joho (183-SF-82) of Toyama Grouses
G/F: Masayuki Kabaya (183-G/F-82) of Yokohama BC

All-Imports Team
G: Draelon Burns (194-G-85) of Yokohama BC
G/F: Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-87) of Okinawa GK
SF: Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) of Okinawa GK
C: Jeral Davis (216-C-84) of Shimane SM
C: Chris Holm (212-C-84) of Niigata Albirex



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 27-5 
 2. Sagesse 25-7 
 3. Moutahed 23-9 
 4. Champville 20-12 
 5. Amchit 15-16 
 6. Byblos 14-17 
 7. Hoops 9-23 
 8. Bejjeh 8-24 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Quarter-Finals: Round 5

May. 19: Champville - Amchit 20-0
May. 19: Moutahed - Byblos 101-81

Semi-Finals: Round 1

May. 23: Sagesse - Moutahed
May. 24: Al Riyadi - Champville


Import list for the final four - by Michel Saddi

72 hours before the Final four, teams are not allowed to change their imports anymore.
Here is the last import list for the 4 teams:

Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut : Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) and Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona)
Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut : Quincy Douby (191-G-84, college: Rutgers) and DeShawn Sims (203-F-88, college: Michigan)
Champville : Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) and Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.)
Al Moutahed Tripoli : Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, agency: Fusion Sports, college: N.Mexico) and Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford)

So the Final 4 is finally set, Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut will play Champville, while Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut will take on Al Moutahed Tripoli.
Final four will start on thursday the 23rd of may.



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo24.6 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.20.2 
 3. Stallworth, Pinhei.20.2 
 4. Vassallo, Arecibo19.4 
 5. Guzman, Panteras19.0 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.18.1 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.16.8 
 8. Benite, Flamengo16.2 
 9. Dos Santos, Brasil.15.9 
 10. Ferreira, Pinheir.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Caio SILVEIRA
  Flamengo
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Silveira, Flamengo8.8 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.8.0 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo7.8 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia7.8 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.7.6 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.5 
 7. Graterol, Arecibo7.5 
 8. Hernandez, Guaymas7.2 
 9. Guzman, Panteras7.2 
 10. Battle, Lanus6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.7.0 
 2. de Assis, S.Jose/U.5.8 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.5.0 
 4. Vieira, Flamengo4.4 
 5. Laprovittola, Lanus4.2 
 6. Ribeiro, Brasilia3.9 
 7. Benite, Flamengo3.7 
 8. Laws, S.Jose/U.3.7 
 9. Stallworth, Pinhei.3.4 
 10. Cardenas, Mavort3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.2.1 
 2. Cardenas, Mavort1.7 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.1.7 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.1.6 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.1.5 
 6. Mensah, Flamengo1.4 
 7. Ribeiro, Brasilia1.4 
 8. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.4 
 9. de Assis, S.Jose/U.1.3 
 10. Benite, Flamengo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Murilo BECKER
  S.Jose/U.
  (210-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1
 1. Becker, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 2. Antonio, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 3. Battle, Lanus0.9 
 4. Ferreira, Pinheiro.0.8 
 5. Araujo, Pinheiro.0.7 
 6. Zanotti, Flamengo0.5 
 7. Levy, Lanus0.4 
 8. McFarlan, Lanus0.4 
 9. Bambu, Pinheiro.0.3 
 10. Ramos, Arecibo0.3 



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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.22.3 
 2. Quinteros, Regat.20.6 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras19.5 
 4. Sucre, Marinos18.3 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.17.5 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo17.1 
 7. Barrios, Trotamun.16.7 
 8. Dos Santos, Brasil.16.6 
 9. Rodriguez, Flame.15.9 
 10. Silva, Brasilia15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Gutierrez, Obras9.3 
 2. Ferreira, Pinheiro.9.0 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.8.5 
 4. Sucre, Marinos8.3 
 5. Rodriguez, Flame.7.6 
 6. Silveira, Flamengo7.0 
 7. Mikulas, Libertad6.3 
 8. Mata, Penarol6.2 
 9. Teague, Penarol6.0 
 10. Washam, Regatas6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Martin OSIMANI
  Obras
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Osimani, Obras6.2 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.5.8 
 3. Campazzo, Penarol5.7 
 4. Martinez, Regat.5.2 
 5. Ribeiro, Brasilia5.0 
 6. Ecker, Gaiteros4.5 
 7. Boracini, Pinheiro.3.8 
 8. Treise, Libertad S.3.7 
 9. Mijares, Marinos3.5 
 10. Smith, Pinheiro.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.7 
 2. Ribeiro, Brasilia2.3 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.2.0 
 4. Washam, Regatas C.2.0 
 5. Benite, Flamengo1.7 
 6. Teague, Penarol1.6 
 7. Dos Santos, Brasil.1.6 
 8. Boracini, Pinheiro.1.3 
 9. Giovannoni, Brasil.1.2 
 10. Mijares, Marinos1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin LEIVA
  Penarol
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Leiva, Penarol1.3 
 2. Morro, Pinheiro.1.2 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 4. Alves, Brasilia1.0 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.0 
 6. Silveira, Flamengo0.9 
 7. Espinoza, Macae0.8 
 8. Gutierrez, Obras0.8 
 9. Meyinsse, Regat.0.7 
 10. Levy, Lanus0.7 



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  LITHUANIA   


Dainius Salenga selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Lithuanian players, who play currently abroad.

Dainius Salenga
Dainius Salenga
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dainius Salenga (197-77, currently plays in Ukraine). He led Budivelnyk to a victory over the closely-ranked Azovmash (25-14) 89-82 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Wednesday night's game. Salenga was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 26 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Budivelnyk Kyiv (28-11) is placed first in the Superleague. This year Salenga averages: 8.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 31.5% and FT: 74.7% in the 42 games he played so far. He played for the Lithuanian senior national team eight years ago.

Donatas Zavackas
Donatas Zavackas
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Latvia. Zavackas could not help VEF Riga (11-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed VEF Riga was crushed 104-82 on the road by the leading Khimky in the group B of VTB United League. Zavackas was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. It's Zavackas' first season with the team. This year Zavackas' overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 48.3%(58-120) and FT: 71.0% in the 24 games. He played for the Lithuanian U20 national team in 2000.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-85, currently plays in Greece). Maciulis contributed to Panathinaikos' victory against the closely-ranked PAOK (17-9) 71-61 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Panathinaikos Athens (21-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's 16th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Maciulis' total stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 59.2%(42-71), 3FGP: 39.2% and FT: 69.6%. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #4. Point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (14-4) 77-65 in the VTB United League last Thursday. Kalnietis scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 30 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (12-6) is placed third in group B. Kalnietis has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.1apg in the 20 games. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Antanas Kavaliauskas
Antanas Kavaliauskas
   #5. International center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-84, also represented by Interperformances, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Donatas Zavackas. But that was another game of his team in Latvian LBL which we would like to mention. Kavaliauskas was the main contributor in a VEF Riga's victory against the closely-ranked Ventspils (17-3) crushing them 69-42. He was the best player in that game. Kavaliauskas scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. VEF Riga (19-1) is placed fourth in the LBL. It was his team's 14th consecutive victory in a row. This season Kavaliauskas has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #6. Center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dainius Salenga. However that was another game of his team in Ukrainian Superleague which brought him to that list. Anisimovas was not able to help Budivelnyk (28-11) in their game against Azovmash (25-14). He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. The league leader Budivelnyk lost 73-77 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) Azovmash. Anisimovas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Budivelnyk's roster. This season Anisimovas' total stats are: 10.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg in the 50 games. He is a former university international player as he played for the Lithuanian team six years ago.

Vaidotas Peciukas
Vaidotas Peciukas
   #7. Former University international guard Vaidotas Peciukas (199-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to secure a victory for Targu Mures (23-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Peciukas' very good performance the league leader Targu Mures was defeated 83-78 on their home court in Mures by the lower-ranked Ploiesti (#3). He was the top scorer with 20 points. Peciukas also added 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Peciukas has reliable stats this season: 14.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team eight years ago.

Arvydas Eitutavicius
Arvydas Eitutavicius
   #8. Point guard Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-82, college: American, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Anwil's victory against the leader PGE Turow (23-9) 75-63 in the Polish TBL on Thursday night. Eitutavicius was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points in 29 minutes. Anwil Wloclawek (18-14) is placed fifth in Places 1-6 group. Eitutavicius has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg in the 22 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2010.

Simas Jasaitis
Simas Jasaitis
   #9. International small forward Simas Jasaitis (202-82, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mantas Kalnietis. But that was another game of his team in VTB United League we would like to talk about. Jasaitis couldn't help Lokomotiv (12-6) in their game against Unics Kazan (14-4). He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Lokomotiv (#3) was edged 68-65 on their home court in Kuban by the second-ranked Unics Kazan in the group B of VTB United League. Jasaitis has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2apg. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #10. Point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Regal FC Barcelona (13-1) in their game against CSKA Moscow (11-3) in the Euroleague. Jasikevicius cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and added 6 assists in 18 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona was edged 74-73 in Moscow by the leading CSKA in the group F of Euroleague. Jasikevicius has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 2.0apg in the 31 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Mantas Cesnauskis (191-81, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a Stelmet ZG's victory against the leader AZS Koszalin 89-83 in the Polish TBL in Tuesday night's game. He scored 9 points in 15 minutes. Cesnauskis has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.1apg in the 35 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team thirteen years ago.

   #12. International shooting guard Deividas Dulkys (198-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Latvia) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Barons kvartals in their game against Valmiera in the Latvian LBL. Dulkys scored 9 points. His team was defeated 72-65. Dulkys averaged so far 10.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3apg. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

   #13. Former University international center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85, currently plays in Estonia) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams TU/Rock in their game against Kalev/Cramo in the Estonian KML. Dimsa scored 6 points in 19 minutes. His team lost 58-67. Dimsa has averaged so far 8.4ppg and 5.2rpg in the 25 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international guard Donatas Slanina (192-77, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Trenkwalder RE in their game against Lottomatica Roma in the Italian SerieA. Slanina recorded 7 points. His team was edged 71-68. This season Slanina averages only 4.3ppg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2004.

   #15. Former international guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Tofas in their game against Anadolu Efes in the Turkish TBL. Lukauskis scored 7 points and added 3 passes in 25 minutes. His team lost 72-86. Lukauskis has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team two years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Lithuanian passport but never been selected to any of Lithuanian national teams:

   #1. Experienced Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan, currently plays in Belgium) led Okapi Aalstar to a victory over the closely-ranked Antwerp Giants (17-11) 99-93 in the Belgian Ethias League last Tuesday. Young was the best player in that game. He recorded 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Generali Okapi Aalstar (17-11) is placed fourth in the Ethias League. Young belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #6) and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). His overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg and 6.1rpg. Young is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL could not help Telekom Baskets (18-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Veikalas' good performance Telekom Baskets was defeated 89-80 on the road by the second-ranked EWE Baskets. He scored 12 points. Veikalas averaged so far 11.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg.



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Etzella bring in Allen Williamson - by Eurobasket News

Etzella added another player for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract with Allen Williamson (193-G, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). The guard will start his pro career in Luxembourg. Allen Williamson has just graduated from the Amherst College. He was NCAA D3 champion in 2013.


Luxembourg and Scotland play three friendlies - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg and Scotland played three friendlies in Bertrange. The hosts won the series 2-1.
Luxembourg opened the exhibition series with a 71:65 victory. Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Luxembourg posted a 40:29 halftime lead. Scotland stopped the rot and cut the deficit at 6-point mark at the final intermission. But Luxembourg kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth frame and secured the winning outcome. Larrie Smith (198-F-75, college: Tenn Tech) and Samy Picard (196-PF-88) finished with 9 points each for the hosts. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) answered with 16 points, 10 boards and 6 assists for Scotland. Alasdair Fraser (201-F-92) had 13 points in the loss.
Scotland struck back in the next game. The visitors rallied to a 79:71 victory in the second game. Scotland strongly started the game. They built a comfortable 47:28 halftime lead. Luxembourg exploded with 29 points in the fourth period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Alasdair Fraser delivered 17 points and 11 boards for Scotland. Gereth Murray chipped in 13 points in the victory. Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, college: Ark.-Monticello) answered with 19 points for Luxembourg. Larrie Smith produced 13 points in the defeat.
But Luxembourg came up with a completely different performance next day. The hosts went on a massive 53:34 run in the second half to clinch a 92:64 victory. Larrie Smith stepped up with 16 points to pace the home team. Raul Birenbaum (182-SG-89) and Tom Schumacher had 12 points apiece for the winning side. Kieron Achara responded with 17 points and 10 boards for Scotland. Alasdair Fraser and Gareth Murray had 13 points each.



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  MONGOLIA   


East Asian Championship: Taiwan edge Mongolia to finish 5th - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan - Mongolia 94:86

Taiwan finished in the fifth position at the East Asian Championship in South Korea. They defeated Mongolia today to qualify for the Fiba Asia Championship. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87) came up with 19 points to lead the winners.
Mongolia jumped to an early lead in this one. They grabbed a 22:21 advantage after ten minutes. But Taiwan quickly shook off the sloppiness and went on a 28:16 run in the second frame. They built a 49:38 halftime advantage. Taiwan stayed dominant in the third quarter. They rolled to a 74:56 lead at the final intermission. Mongolia stayed competitive till the final seconds. They poured in 30 points in the fourth frame but could not erase the deficit at the end. Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) knocked down 18 points, while Ke Chi-Hao (181-PG-85) added 16 points for the winners. Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) responded with 30 points for Mongolia. Bilguun Battuvshin had 24 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Taiwan: Tsung-Hsien Chang 19, Tsai Wen-Cheng 18, Ke Chi-Hao 16
Mongolia: Sanchir Tungalag 30, Bilguun Battuvshin 24+11 boards



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  MONTENEGRO   


Prayer, Planning, & Persistence Is How You OVERCOME Adversity - by Jay-R Strowbridge

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Failure Is Not An Option (F.I.N.A.O)

It's Not Important How Far You Have Fallen, But It's How High You Bounce Back.

Don't Worry About Anything; Instead, Pray About Everything. Tell GOD What You Need And Thank Him For All He has Done. If You Do This, You Will Experience GOD's Peace, Which Is Far More Wonderful Than The Human Mind Can Understand. His Peace Will Guard Your hearts And Minds As You Live In CHRIST JESUS. -Philippians 4:6-8

1.Stop Worrying & Start Praying
2. Tell GOD Your Needs
3. Present Your Requests With Thanks
4. Receive GOD's Peace





Marko Todorovic selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Montenegrin players, who play currently abroad.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #1. This week's number one is U21 international power forward Marko Todorovic (210-92, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Spain. He could not help Regal FC Barcelona (13-1) in their last game. Despite Todorovic's good performance the first-placed Regal FC Barcelona was edged 74-73 on the road by the leading CSKA Moscow in the group F of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Todorovic also added 4 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. This year Todorovic averages: 2.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 2FGP: 56.0%(14-25) and FT: 59.1% in the 18 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Montenegrin U21 national team.

Blagota Sekulic
Blagota Sekulic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Blagota Sekulic (209-82, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Sekulic was not able to help CB Canarias (17-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance CB Canarias was edged in an overtime 111-108 in Murcia by the lower-ranked UCAM (#13). Sekulic recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 13 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Sekulic has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 29.7% and FT: 72.4%. He is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain). Dubljevic led Valencia Basket to a victory over the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) 72-61 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Dubljevic scored 16 points in a mere 17 minutes. Valencia Basket (22-12) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Dubljevic has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 47.8%(33-69) and FT: 84.2% in the 33 games. He is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Milos Borisov
Milos Borisov
   #4. Swingman Milos Borisov (198-85, currently plays in Serbia) was the main contributor in a Radnicki KG's victory against the 14th-ranked Vojvodina 85-78 in the Serbian A League in Saturday night's game. Borisov was the best player in that game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Radnicki Kragujevac (13-9) is placed third in Superliga group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. It's Borisov's first season with the team. Borisov has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #5. International power forward Milko Bjelica (205-84, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Caja Laboral (25-9) in their game against Asefa Estudiantes (15-19) in the Spanish ACB. Bjelica scored 9 points. But Caja Laboral was defeated 90-80 at home by the much lower-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (#12). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Bjelica's overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. Bjelica plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Sead Sehovic
Sead Sehovic
   #6. Swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division couldn't help Szolnok (8-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance Szolnok (#6) lost 82-95 in Paks to the second-ranked Atomeromu in the Places 1-6 group. Sehovic recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 34 minutes. They ended the series of seven consecutive victories. Sehovic's stats this year are: 11.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg in the 13 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

Bojan Bakic
Bojan Bakic
   #7. International shooting guard Bojan Bakic (195-83, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Metalac (3-9) in their game against Mega Vizura (9-3) in the Serbian A League, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Bakic also added 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in 35 minutes. But Metalac (#6) was crushed 90-68 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Mega_Vizura in the Superliga group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Bakic is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league with 19.1ppg. This year his other stats are: 2.9rpg and 2.4apg in the 25 games. Bakic is also Montenegrin national team player.

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #8. Point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (188-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Milko Bjelica and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Cook couldn't help Caja Laboral (25-9) in their game against Asefa Estudiantes (15-19). He scored only 4 points. Caja Laboral was defeated 90-80 on their home court in Vitoria by the much lower-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (#12). Cook's overall stats this season are: 3.1ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.7apg. He is a naturalized American. Cook plays currently for the Montenegrin national team. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Slavko Vranes
Slavko Vranes
   #9. Former international center Slavko Vranes (230-83, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bojan Bakic. But that was another game of his team in Serbian A League which we would like to mention. Vranes couldn't help Metalac (3-9) in their game against Partizan (-), despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Vranes also added 4 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 28 minutes. But Metalac (#6) was crushed 88-62 on their home court in Valjevo by the lower-ranked (#12) Partizan in the Superliga group. This year Vranes' overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.5bpg in the 12 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team two years ago.

Vladimir Dasic
Vladimir Dasic
   #10. Power forward Vladimir Dasic (208-88, currently plays in Serbia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bojan Bakic. He played also in the last Serbian A League game facing Slavko Vranes (above) in the other team. Dasic couldn't help Metalac (3-9) in their game against Partizan (-). He scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. But Metalac (#6) was crushed 88-62 on their home court in Valjevo by the lower-ranked Partizan (#12) in the Superliga group. Dasic averaged so far 12.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.8spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. Former U21 international center Milovan Savic (205-87, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Konstantin in their game against Sloboda in the Serbian A League, despite his very good performance on Saturday night. Savic was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. But his team lost 71-77. This year Savic's total stats are: 9.7ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg in the 33 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team six years ago.

   #12. Former U21 international power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88, currently plays in Bosnia) couldn't help Mladost in their game against HKK Siroki WWin in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. Despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game Bijelic was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Bijelic is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Bijelic averages: 16.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team back in 2007.

   #13. International power forward Ivan Maras (207-86, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Ilysiakos in their game against Olympiacos in the Greek A1. Maras scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. His team lost 70-81. He has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.3spg in the three games. Maras is also Montenegrin national team player.

   #14. International guard Boris Bakic (193-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) managed to help KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in a victory against the second-ranked Kozuv 73-57 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga in Sunday night's game. Bakic recorded only 3 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes. Bakic has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.8apg in the 13 games. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

   #15. An experienced former international forward Ivan Ivanovic (205-80, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Gaz Metan in their game against Oradea in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Ivanovic recorded 5 points. His team was defeated 73-68. Ivanovic averaged so far 12.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team five years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Montenegrin passport but never been selected to any of Montenegrin national teams:

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Spain could not help Real Madrid (10-4) to beat Olympiacos (9-5). Mirotic recorded 7 points in 22 minutes. Real Madrid (#2) lost 88-100 on the road to the second-ranked Olympiacos in the group E of Euroleague. It was Real Madrid's third consecutive loss in a row. Mirotic's stats this year are: 11.4ppg and 5.3rpg in the 29 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Despite Mirotic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Serbia) led Vojvodina to a victory over the eighth-ranked Konstantin (1-11) 86-69 in the Serbian A League last Wednesday. Marojevic was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. KK Vojvodina Novi Sad (7-5) is placed fourth in Superliga group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Marojevic's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg and 3.4rpg.

   #3. Bojan Subotic (203-F-90, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Zvezda's victory against the third-ranked Radnicki KG (13-9) 72-66 in the Serbian A League in Wednesday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Superliga. Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd (22-3) is placed first. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Subotic's overall stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 2.8rpg.

   #4. Experienced Branko Cuic (197-G-78, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a Targu Mures' victory against the closely-ranked Ploiesti (23-7) 91-81 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. Cuic also added 3 assists and 3 steals in 37 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Mures Targu-Mures (23-7) is placed first in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Cuic is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 5.4apg in the 38 games.

   #5. Petar Despotovic (194-G-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League was not able to help Konstantin (1-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Konstantin (#8) was defeated 83-70 in Beograd by the leading Zvezda in the Superliga group. Despotovic was the second best scorer with 11 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Despotovic has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Serbian. Despite Despotovic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #6. Damjan Kandic (208-F-84, currently plays in Romania) is a teammate of previously mentioned Branko Cuic and both played together in the last Romanian Liga Nationala game. Kandic helped Targu Mures win their game against the closely-ranked Ploiesti 91-81. He recorded 7 points in only 14 minutes. Kandic has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg in the 16 games.

   #7. Milos Komatina (205-F/C-84, currently plays in Bosnia) managed to help BC Igokea Aleksandrovac to win against the fourth-ranked Bosna ASA BHT crushing them 86-58 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I on Tuesday night. He scored only 4 points. Komatina has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 3.0rpg.

   #8. Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) was not able to secure a victory for Feni Indistrija in their game against MZT Skopje in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. He scored 6 points in 26 minutes. His team lost 77-84. Vucurovic has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1spg in the 17 games.



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Standings - Men

D1 Stage Two Standings
Playoffs A
 1. RSB Berkane 3-0 
 2. PCS Plazza C. 2-1 
 3. ASS Sale 1-2 
 4. MAF Fes 0-3 
Playoffs B
 1. WAC 3-0 
 2. CRA Hoceima 2-1 
 3. FUS Rabat 1-2 
 4. MCO 0-3 
Places 9-10
 1. CMC 0-8 
 2. RST Tanger 0-8 
Stage One Standings

Play-Offs: Round 3

May. 18: MCO - FUS Rabat 87-93
May. 19: PCS Plazza C. - MAF Fes 83-74
May. 18: ASS Sale - RSB Berkane 72-88
May. 18: CRA Hoceima - WAC 64-71

Play-Offs: Round 4

May. 22: FUS Rabat - MCO
May. 22: MAF Fes - PCS Plazza C.
May. 22: WAC - CRA Hoceima
May. 22: RSB Berkane - ASS Sale



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Minnesota adds Smith to their roster - by Eurobasket News

University of Minnesota added to their roster 23-year old point guard Malik Smith (188-77kg-90). He comes from Florida International University (NCAA). In 32 games he recorded 14.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg this season. He helped them to make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Sun Belt All-Tournament Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. OceanaGold N. 7-0 
 2. Nelson G. 5-2 
 3. Wellington S. 5-2 
 4. Hub Jets 4-2 
 5. Southland S. 4-3 
 6. HBS Bank Hawks 2-4 
 7. Taranaki MA 2-6 
 8. Super City R. 1-6 
 9. Waikato P. 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 19: OceanaGold N. - Southland S. 95-66
May. 19: Super City R. - HBS Bank Hawks 90-88
May. 17: Nelson G. - Waikato P. 89-75
May. 18: OceanaGold N. - Taranaki MA 110-93
May. 17: Southland S. - Taranaki MA 105-83

Regular Season: Round 6

May. 24: OceanaGold N. - HBS Bank Hawks
May. 24: Taranaki MA - Waikato P.
May. 25: Southland S. - HBS Bank Hawks
May. 25: Waikato P. - Hub Jets
May. 25: Nelson G. - Taranaki MA
May. 26: Super City R. - Wellington S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Benny ANTHONY
  OceanaGo.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Anthony, OceanaGo.22.9 
 2. Wright, OceanaGo.22.4 
 3. Tait, Wellington S.21.0 
 4. Pace, Nelson G.21.0 
 5. Atkinson, Waika.20.2 
 6. Conklin, Southland19.9 
 7. Maxey, Nelson G.19.4 
 8. Greene, HBS B.19.2 
 9. Gabriel, Taranaki.18.3 
 10. Warren, Wellingto.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Atkinson, Waika.14.6 
 2. Horvath, Hub Jets14.2 
 3. Conklin, Southland9.9 
 4. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.4 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.9.0 
 6. Greene, HBS B.9.0 
 7. Tisby, OceanaGo.8.7 
 8. Bailey, Super C.8.7 
 9. Boucher, Wellingt.8.4 
 10. Pace, Nelson G.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Tait, Wellington S.7.7 
 2. Dickel, OceanaGo.7.3 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets6.7 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.5.8 
 5. Buck, Super City R.5.7 
 6. Martin, Southlan.4.0 
 7. Webster, Waika.3.8 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.3.7 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.5 
 10. Frank, Wellington3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DICKEL
  OceanaGo.
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Dickel, OceanaGo.3.9 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets3.5 
 3. Braswell, Southlan.3.4 
 4. Boucher, Wellingt.3.0 
 5. Greene, HBS B.2.5 
 6. Wright, OceanaGo.2.4 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.2.3 
 8. Martin, Southlan.2.1 
 9. Daly, HBS B.2.0 
 10. O''Riley, Super C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.4 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.3 
 3. Frank, Wellington2.1 
 4. Gabriel, Taranaki.1.9 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.4 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets1.3 
 7. Dawson, Southlan.1.0 
 8. Prewster, HBS B.1.0 
 9. Wright, OceanaGo.1.0 
 10. Greene, HBS B.1.0 


Best players of New Zealand NBL round 5 - by Eurobasket News

American Akeem Wright (200-SF-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader OceanaGold N. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 28-year old had a double-double of 35 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Taranaki MA (#7, 2-6) with 17-point margin 110-93. It allowed OceanaGold N. to consolidate first place in the New Zealand NBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and OceanaGold N. still have not lost a single game, getting all 7 victories. In the team's last game Wright had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He just recently signed at OceanaGold N., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Kansas State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wright is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.4ppg) and averages solid 2.4spg and 50.6% FGP. Worth to mention Wright played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Brian Conklin (198-F-89) of Southland S.. Conklin impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Southland S. to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Taranaki MA (#7, 2-6) 105-83. Southland S.'s 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Conklin is one of the most experienced players at Southland S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.9ppg (#5). He also registered 9.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Brian Greene (196-G/F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of HBS Bank Hawks (#6). Greene showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. Despite Greene's great performance HBS Bank Hawks lost 88-90 to slightly lower-ranked Super City R. (#8, 1-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of HBS Bank Hawks not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Greene could try to bring HBS Bank Hawks' a little bit higher in the standings. Greene has individually a great season in New Zealand. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.2ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 9.0rpg (5th best). He also has 2.5spg and FGP: 57.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Benny Anthony (198-F-88) of OceanaGold N. - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Josh Pace (196-G/F-83) of Nelson G. - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Brian Conklin (198-F-89) of Southland S. - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Antoine Tisby (203-F/C-83) of OceanaGold N. - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Link Abrams (195-F-73) of Taranaki MA - 19 points and 7 rebounds
9. Antoine Tisby (203-F/C-83) of OceanaGold N. - 17 points and 13 rebounds
10. Akeem Wright (200-SF-84) of OceanaGold N. - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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DStv PBL Standings

DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conference
 1. Union Bank 6-2 
 2. Oluyole W. 6-2 
 3. D.Warriors 5-3 
 4. Islanders 5-3 
 5. Police Baton 3-5 
 6. Royal Hoopers 3-5 
 7. Customs 2-6 
 8. Comets 2-6 
Savannah Conference
 1. Kano Pillars 8-0 
 2. Mark Mentors 7-1 
 3. Plateau Peaks 6-2 
 4. Niger Potters 4-4 
 5. Bauchi Nets 4-4 
 6. Kada Stars 2-6 
 7. Immigration 1-7 
 8. Yelwa Hawks 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 8

Atlantic

May. 20: Royal Hoopers - Police Baton 71-78
May. 19: Royal Hoopers - Police Baton 71-66
May. 19: Customs - Islanders 52-63

Savannah

May. 19: Plateau Peaks - Yelwa Hawks 83-51
May. 19: Bauchi Nets - Immigration 70-72
May. 19: Mark Mentors - Kada Stars 68-64
May. 19: Kano Pillars - Niger Potters 53-47

Regular Season: Round 9

May. 24: Islanders - Comets
May. 24: Police Baton - Union Bank
May. 24: Customs - Royal Hoopers


Alade Aminu's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Nigerians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Nigerians who are currently playing abroad.

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Turkey). He led Karsiyaka to a victory over the 14th-ranked Olin Edirne (8-22) crushing them 81-60 in the Turkish TBL in Monday night's game. Aminu was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (23-7) is placed fifth in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Aminu's first season with the team. Aminu has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 67.6%(144-213) and FT: 65.1% in the 29 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Benjamin Eze
Benjamin Eze
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Italy). Eze contributed to a Montepaschi Siena's victory against the closely-ranked Armani Milano (19-11) 75-69 in the Italian SerieA last Thursday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Eze also added 2 blocks. Montepaschi Siena (18-12) is placed fifth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Eze is currently second on the league's list of best blockers. This season he averages: 6.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(80-136) and FT: 53.3%. Eze has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Italian. He played for the Nigerian national team in 2009.

Ebi Ere
Ebi Ere
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy). Ere was the major contributor in a Cimberio Varese's victory against the eighth-ranked Umana Venezia (16-14) 81-72 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. Cimberio Varese (23-7) is placed first in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Ere has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 39.9% and FT: 73.6% in the 32 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Ere played for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Ike Diogu
Ike Diogu
   #4. Power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Puerto Rico), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN could not help Leones (12-0) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance his team was defeated 89-80 on the road by the second-ranked Indios. Diogu was the top scorer with 30 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Diogu has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 21.8ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.5apg. Diogu has both American and Nigerian nationalities. He is also Nigerian national team player.

Ike Ofoegbu
Ike Ofoegbu
   #5. Former international forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, currently plays in Venezuela) was the main contributor in Bucaneros' victory against the eighth-ranked Guaiqueries (19-30) 94-75 in the Venezuelan LPB in Monday night's game. Ofoegbu was the best player in that game. He recorded 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 34 minutes. Bucaneros de La Guaira (25-23) is placed fourth in the LPB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Ofoegbu has reliable stats this year: 12.6ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.4apg in the 18 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Ofoegbu used to play for the Nigerian national team two years ago.

Michael Efevberha
Michael Efevberha
   #6. Guard Michael Efevberha (197-84, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Czech Republic) helped CEZ Nymburk win their game against the fifth-ranked BK Pardubice (19-15) crushing them 90-57 in the Czech Republic NBL last Tuesday. He scored 11 points. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (33-1) is placed first in Group A1. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Efevberha's stats this season are: 10.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.1apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Efevberha is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team four years ago.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #7. Former international point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, agency: Two Points, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) helped Pall.Trento edge in an overtime the second-ranked Sigma Barcellona (19-9) 95-93 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Tuesday. He scored 18 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 39 minutes. Pallacanestro Trento 2009 (14-14) is placed eighth in the Lega2. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Umeh has very impressive stats this year: 17.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.0apg in the 31 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Umeh used to play for the Nigerian national team two years ago.

Aloysius Anagonye
Aloysius Anagonye
   #8. Forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 was not able to help Ilysiakos (7-19) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Ilysiakos was edged 83-82 in a derby game by the one of league's weakest teams Peristeri GS (#13). Anagonye recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. The Regular Season already ended. Anagonye is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg and 7.3rpg. Anagonye holds both American and Nigerian passports. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

Chukwudinma Odiakosa
Chukwudinma Odiakosa
   #9. Former U22 international power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St., currently plays in Israel) helped Hod Hasharon win their game against the league leader Ironi Nes-Ziona (22-4) 90-77 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Friday night. He was the top player that evening. Odiakosa scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Maccabi Hod Hasharon (18-8) is placed third in the National League. Odiakosa is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). This season he has very high stats. Odiakosa averages: 19.5ppg, 12.0rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Nigerian U22 national team nine years ago.

Solomon Alabi
Solomon Alabi
   #10. Center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Ikaros (12-14) in their game against Panionios (20-6) in the Greek A1. Alabi scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Ikaros was crushed 86-62 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Panionios. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Alabi's overall stats are: 2.8ppg and 2.7rpg in the six games. He is a former U19 international player as six years ago he still played for the Nigerian national team.

   #11. International shooting guard Chamberlain Oguchi (198-86, college: Illinois St., currently plays in Spain) managed to help Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 to win against the 16th-ranked Blancos de Rueda 78-62 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Oguchi recorded only 2 points. It was his first game for G.Canaria 2014 this season. Oguchi plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

The list of other players, who all have Nigerian passport but never been selected to any of Nigerian national teams:

   #1. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Lottomatica Roma (20-10) in their last game. Despite Lawal's good performance Lottomatica Roma lost 82-91 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) Trenkwalder RE. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 33 minutes. Lawal belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #2) and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.2ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.4bpg in the 34 games he played so far. Lawal has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #2. Experienced Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle, currently plays in Brazil), who plays in the Brazilian NBB was not able to help Paschoalotto/Bauru (22-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Paschoalotto/Bauru was edged 80-77 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Uberlandia (#4). Agba recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Agba is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Paschoalotto/Bauru's roster. He is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders. Agba has very reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg and 7.1rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #3. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Tofas (12-18) in their last game. Despite his good performance Tofas was crushed 92-64 in Istanbul by the leading Galatasaray. Elonu was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. Elonu is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). This year his overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.1bpg in the 31 games.

   #4. Festus Ezeli (210-C-89, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Golden State Warriors (47-35) in their game against the San Antonio Spurs (58-24) in the NBA. Ezeli cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors were defeated 94-82 in San Antonio by the Spurs. Ezeli's overall stats this season are: 2.4ppg and 3.8rpg.

   #5. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming, currently plays in France) couldn't help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (18-12) in their game against Le Mans (16-14) in the French ProA. He scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was defeated 63-55 in Le Mans by the lower-ranked Le Mans (#6). Nsonwu-Amadi averaged so far 10.6ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.4apg.

   #6. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Puerto Rico) was the major contributor in Indios' victory against the league outsider Vaqueros 85-74 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Thursday night's game. He scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes. Efejuku is currently eighth on the list of top scorers with 16.5ppg. He also averaged so far 5.3rpg and 2.0apg in the 22 games. Efejuku has both Nigerian and Jamaican nationalities.

   #7. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, agency: IBS, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Tezenis VE in their game against Novipiu Casale in the Italian Lega2 (second division), despite his good performance on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 14 rebounds in 34 minutes. But his team lost 67-76. Lawal is the league's best rebounder and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This year he has very good stats: 10.7ppg, 13.6rpg, 1.8bpg and 1.9spg in the 32 games. Lawal also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Worth to mention Lawal played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #8. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) faced previously mentioned Oritseweyinmi Efejuku in the Puerto Rican BSN last game. Ebi couldn't help Vaqueros in their game against Indios. Despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Ebi also added 8 rebounds. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Ebi averages: 15.8ppg and 6.3rpg.

   #9. Olu Ashaolu (200-F-88, agency: Norton Sports Management, college: Oregon, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Caceres Basket in their game against River Andorra in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance last Sunday. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Ashaolu also added 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. But his team lost 70-82. His stats this year are: 10.3ppg and 5.5rpg in the 35 games. Ashaolu holds both Nigerian and Canadian passports. Despite his Nigerian nationality, Ashaolu previously played for the Canadian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Nigerian team.

   #10. Brian Egwuatu (199-F-86, college: USC Aiken, currently plays in Colombia) couldn't help Patriotas in their game against Once Caldas in the Colombian DPB, despite his good performance on Saturday night. He scored 10 points in 20 minutes. But his team was crushed by 21 points 114-93. This year Egwuatu's total stats are: 8.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3apg in the 18 games.



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Michael Hicks' 30 points make him top Panamanian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Panamanians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, agency: Court Side, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division). He could not help Tuscany Pistoia (19-9) in their last game. Despite Hicks' very good performance Tuscany Pistoia was edged 83-81 on the road by the lower-ranked (#9) Givova Scafati. He was the top scorer with 30 points. Hicks also added 8 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. Hicks has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 83.3% in the 28 games he played so far. Hicks played for the Panamanian senior national team two years ago.

Josimar Ayarza
Josimar Ayarza
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Venezuela), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB. He was not able to help Marinos (36-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Ayarza's very good performance the league leader Marinos was edged 81-79 at home by the lower-ranked Gaiteros (#3). He was the top scorer with 24 points. Ayarza also added 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Ayarza has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 78.6%. He is in the roster of the Panamanian senior national team.

Jose Lloreda
Jose Lloreda
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jose Lloreda (203-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU, currently plays in Puerto Rico), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN. Lloreda was not able to secure a victory for Mets (9-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Mets lost 75-85 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#4) Quebradillas. Lloreda had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 18 rebounds in 31 minutes. This year Lloreda has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 52.9% and FT: 61.5% in the 10 games. Former Magnates de Calidonia starter played for the Panamanian national team two years ago.

Danilo Pinnock
Danilo Pinnock
   #4. Guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Puerto Rico) led Indios to a victory over the league outsider Vaqueros (6-16) 85-74 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Pinnock scored 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Indios de Mayaguez (14-8) is placed second in the BSN. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Pinnock has reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Pinnock is also Panamanian national team player. He used to play for Toros de Chorrillo in Panamanian league.

Leonardo Pomare
Leonardo Pomare
   #5. Former international forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, currently plays in Japan) was the major contributor in a Kyoto Hannaryz's victory against the leader Niigata Albirex (36-16) 79-72 in the Japanese BJ League in Sunday night's game. Pomare recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 22 minutes. Kyoto Hannaryz (29-23) is placed fifth in Western group. Pomare's stats this year are: 11.8ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.4apg in the 58 games. He is a naturalized American. Pomare used to play for the Panamanian national team two years ago. He played also for Fieras de Cocle in Panamanian league.

The list of other players, who all have Panamanian passport but never been selected to any of Panamanian national teams:

   #1. Jamelle Horne (200-F-88, college: Arizona, currently plays in Puerto Rico) was the major contributor in Caciques' victory against the closely-ranked Brujos (10-11) 94-75 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Wednesday. Horne scored 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Caciques de Humacao (10-10) is placed fifth in the BSN. Horne has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg in the 20 games he played so far.

   #2. Gabriel Giron (190-G-88, currently plays in Mexico) led Mineros de Cananea to a victory over the closely-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (13-11) 98-90 in the Mexican CIBACOPA on Friday night. Giron was the best player in that game. He scored 26 points (!!!), had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Mineros de Cananea (11-15) is placed sixth in the CIBACOPA. Giron's stats this season are: 12.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 3.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Panamanian and Mexican.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Jamaal Levy (206-C-83) plays for Lanus in Argentinian LigaA
Joel Munoz (179-PG-80) plays for Paulistano in Brazilian NBB
Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85) plays for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in Chinese CBA
Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73) plays for Mets in Puerto Rican BSN
Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP
Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80) plays for Shiga L-Stars in Japanese BJ League
Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) plays for Slammers in Australian State League
Darrell St.Rose (191-F-88) plays for Coopenae-USJ in Costa Rican LBS

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Panamanian playing currently abroad. Go to Panamanian Abroad Page to see completed list.



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Dawson, Meralco29.6 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.23.9 
 3. Macklin, Barang.23.3 
 4. Bowles, San M.22.7 
 5. Sundov, Rain o.22.1 
 6. David, Global Port21.9 
 7. Dozier, Alaska Aces20.1 
 8. Canaleta, Air21 E.15.5 
 9. Castro, Talk N Te.14.0 
 10. Cardona, Meralco13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces17.3 
 2. Dawson, Meralco16.0 
 3. Dunigan, Air21 E.15.4 
 4. Bowles, San M.15.2 
 5. Macklin, Barang.14.7 
 6. Sundov, Rain o.12.5 
 7. Abueva, Alaska Ac.8.6 
 8. Pingris, San M.7.8 
 9. Santos, Petron B.7.1 
 10. Aguilar, Global P.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ross, Meralco9.2 
 2. Cabagnot, Petron5.2 
 3. Casio, Alaska Aces5.0 
 4. Tenorio, Barang.5.0 
 5. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.8 
 6. Cortez, Air21 E.4.7 
 7. Urbiztondo, Barang.4.5 
 8. Lee, Rain or Shine4.2 
 9. Barroca, San M.3.8 
 10. Devance, San M.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dawson, Meralco3.1 
 2. Barroca, San M.1.9 
 3. Tenorio, Barang.1.9 
 4. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 5. Cortez, Air21 E.1.6 
 6. Urbiztondo, Barang.1.5 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.1.3 
 8. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.1 
 9. Castro, Talk N Te.1.0 
 10. Intal, Barako Bull1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces2.8 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.2.4 
 3. Bowles, San M.2.1 
 4. Dawson, Meralco1.9 
 5. Aguilar, Global Po.1.8 
 6. Macklin, Barang.0.9 
 7. Fajardo, Petron B.0.9 
 8. Pennisi, Barako Bu.0.8 
 9. Raymundo, Barang.0.7 
 10. Devance, San M.0.7 


Former Painter Cornley in negotiations with Global Port - by Aris Ignacio

Jamelle Cornley (196-F-87, college: Penn St.) may no longer be given a second tour of duty by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, but it does'nt mean he won't get an opportunity to win a second successive PBA Governors Cup championship

Global Port Batang Pier coach Junel Baculi said that the team is now in deep negotiations with the former Best Import awardee, who fell out of favor with Rain or Shine Elasto Painters after getting jailed for going berserk in a Quezon City hotel months ago.

The wide bodied 6-5 forward who led Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to a maiden league championship in the Governors Cup last season has already been informed by Elasto Painters of their decision not to bring him back.

Global Port has returned to practice Monday morning, a day after the end of the Commissioners Cup, and the players are in the process of gaining back their conditioning.

The early practice will also give them ample time to evaluate the team.

* Courtesy of Mr. Badua



Tenorio is BPC, Dozier is Best Import - by Aris Ignacio

LA Tenorio (177-PG-84) hit another big stride in his personal ride, winning the 2013 PBA Commissioners Cup Best Player of the Conference plum.

The 5-foot-8 playmaker out of Ateneo, a seven-year PBA veteran, pocketed a first BPC award in his second conference with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

He became the fourth Ginebra player to win a BPC trophy as he topped Alaska Aces' players Calvin Abueva (191-F-88) and Joseph Casio (177-PG-86), Global Port Batang Pier's Gary David (188-G/F-78) and Talk N Text Tropang Texters' Jayson Castro (173-PG-86) for the coveted award.

Tenorio foiled Castro's bid for back-to-back BPC citations and Abueva's hopes to win it in his rookie year, adding the BPC plum to his 2010 Most Improved Player award, 2010 Mythical First Team membership, 2010 Fiesta Conference co-Finals MVP honors and 2012 Jones Cup MVP trophy.

Carrying Ginebra on his shoulders with Mark Caguioa (188-G-79, college: Glendale CC (AZ)) sidelined by an injury, Tenorio won the balloting among players, media and PBA officials by a landslide and thus pulled away from Abueva after a tight stats derby.

Tenorio totaled 1125 points to Abueva's 861, Casio's 514, Castro's 416 and David's 402 and thus became the fourth Ginebra player to win the BPC race after Eric Menk (199-F-74, college: L.Superior), JayJay Helterbrand (183-PG-76, college: Kentucky St.) and Caguioa.

Alaska Aces' Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis) also won the Best Import award in runaway fashion.

With 1233 points, Dozier became the first recipient of the Bobby Parks Trophy, topping Ginebra's Vernon Macklin (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) (926), San Mig Coffee Mixers' Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89, college: JMU) (644) and Talk N Text Tropang Texters' Tony Mitchell (515).

Tenorio and Dozier were awarded their trophies moments before Game Three of the Alaska Aces-Ginebra finale at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Tenorio and Abueva ended in a virtual dead heat in the statistical points derby, averaging 28.3 and 28.5 statistical points a game.

The Ginebra sentinel finished with the highest SP total of 480 points but the Alaska Aces top freshman got a slightly better SP average on the strength of a high 150 won-game bonus points.

Tenorio averaged 13.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.1 block while Abueva normed 11.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steal and 0.7 block through the semis.

In good sportsmanship gesture, Abueva gave Tenorio an applause after the announcement of the BPC winner.

* Special thanks to Inquirer.Net



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  POLAND   


Maciej Lampe selected the top Polish players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Polish players, who play currently abroad.

Maciej Lampe
Maciej Lampe
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Caja Laboral (25-9) in their last game. Despite Lampe's very good performance Caja Laboral lost 94-99 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#10) CB Canarias. He was the second best scorer with 25 points. Lampe also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Lampe has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 56.2%(149-265), 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 86.1% in the 32 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Polish and Swedish. Lampe is currently a member of the Polish senior national team.

Thomas Kelati
Thomas Kelati
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Thomas Kelati (195-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St., currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) 72-61 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Kelati scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Valencia Basket (22-12) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Kelati has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 55.1%(38-69), 3FGP: 41.5% and FT: 91.9%(34-37). He is another player who holds two passports: Eritrean and Polish. Ex-BOT Turow Zgorzelec player is in the roster of the Polish senior national team.

Szymon Szewczyk
Szymon Szewczyk
   #3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Szewczyk was not able to help Umana Venezia (16-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Umana Venezia lost 79-93 in Varese to the leading Cimberio. Szewczyk was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. Szewczyk has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 57.3%(90-157), 3FGP: 38.0% and FT: 82.4% in the 32 games. He is also a member of the Polish senior national team.

David Logan
David Logan
   #4. Guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in Israel) helped Maccabi T-A win their game against the second-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-14) 80-67 in a derby game in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. Logan scored 8 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (22-5) is placed first. It's Logan's first season with the team. His stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.9apg. Logan is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Polish national team back in 2009. Logan played also for WTK Anwil Wloclawek in Polish league.

Szymon Lukasiak
Szymon Lukasiak
   #5. Former U18 international center Szymon Lukasiak (208-87, agency: Promotex, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Portugal), who plays in the Portuguese LPB was not able to secure a victory for Academica (15-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Academica was crushed 94-62 on the opponent's court by the leading Benfica. Lukasiak was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Lukasiak is ranked fifth on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg and 4.6rpg. Lukasiak used to play for the Polish U18 national team eight years ago.

Aleksander Czyz
Aleksander Czyz
   #6. Forward Aleksander Czyz (200-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nevada, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Lottomatica Roma (20-10) in their game against Trenkwalder RE (18-12) in the Italian SerieA. He scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. Lottomatica Roma was badly defeated 89-69 in Reggio Emilia by the lower-ranked (#6) Trenkwalder RE. This year Czyz averages: 6.4ppg and 4.0rpg in the 35 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Polish National Team roster.

Michal Ignerski
Michal Ignerski
   #7. An experienced international forward Michal Ignerski (207-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Banco di Sardegna Sassari (22-8) in their game against Cantu (17-13) in the Italian SerieA. Ignerski recorded 6 points. Banco di Sardegna Sassari was edged 82-80 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Cantu (#7). Ignerski's stats this season are: 12.2ppg and 4.7rpg. He is also Polish national team player.

Jakub Wojciechowski
Jakub Wojciechowski
   #8. Power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in Torino's victory against the 13th-ranked Recanati (16-18) crushing them 93-64 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. Wojciechowski scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. PMS Torino (26-8) is placed first in the Nazionale A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Wojciechowski averaged so far 14.9ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.1spg in the 34 games. He plays currently for the Polish national team.

Robert Skibniewski
Robert Skibniewski
   #9. International point guard Robert Skibniewski (183-83, currently plays in Slovakia) couldn't help Inter Bratislava (20-15) in their game against Komarno (24-11) in the Slovakian Extraliga. Skibniewski scored 6 points and added 3 passes. Inter Bratislava was edged 73-72 at home by the second-ranked Komarno. Skibniewski is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers. His overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.7apg and 1.1spg. Skibniewski is also in the roster of the Polish national team.

The list of other players, who all have Polish passport but never been selected to any of Polish national teams:

   #1. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Maccabi Haifa's victory against the leader Galil Gilboa (14-13) 93-87 in the Israeli Winner League last Thursday. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and making the same number of passes. Mekel also added and 3 steals in 36 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Maccabi Bazan Haifa (17-10) is placed third. Mekel is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league with 5.0apg. This year he also averages: 13.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3spg in the 24 games he played so far. Mekel has a dual citizenship: Polish and Israeli.

   #2. Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL could not help EWE Baskets (25-9) to beat Telekom Baskets (18-16). Wysocki recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. EWE Baskets was defeated 88-82 on the road by the lower-ranked Telekom Baskets (#8). Wysocki's overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg and 3.4rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Polish and German.

   #3. Francis Jonathan Han (185-G-87, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Puerto Rico) managed to help Cangrejeros de Santurce in a victory against the seventh-ranked Brujos (10-11) 102-93 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Sunday. Han recorded only 4 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists in 32 minutes. Cangrejeros de Santurce (15-6) is placed first in the BSN. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Han's overall stats are: 1.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.5apg in the 21 games. He has both Polish and Puerto Rican nationalities.



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Santurce 15-7 
 2. Mayaguez 14-8 
 3. Ponce 14-8 
 4. Quebradillas 12-10 
 5. Guaynabo 10-11 
 6. Humacao 10-11 
 7. Arecibo 10-11 
 8. Guayama 10-12 
 9. San German 7-14 
 10. Bayamon 6-16 

Regular Season: Round 26

May. 20: Ponce - Guayama 85-78
May. 19: Santurce - Guaynabo 75-80
May. 19: Humacao - San German 66-68
May. 21: Arecibo - Humacao
May. 21: San German - Guaynabo


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20
 1. Harris, Ponce20.0 
 2. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 3. Ayuso, Guaynabo18.9 
 4. Carmona, Humacao18.9 
 5. Shannon, Bayamon17.9 
 6. Brown, Humacao17.5 
 7. Ramos, Arecibo17.0 
 8. Efejuku, Mayaguez16.5 
 9. Vassallo, Arecibo16.3 
 10. Jones, Guayama16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Harris, Ponce11.3 
 2. Ramos, Arecibo10.3 
 3. Phillip, San German9.1 
 4. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 5. Shannon, Bayamon8.5 
 6. Harrellson, Guaya.8.2 
 7. Graterol, Arecibo8.2 
 8. Garcia, San German8.0 
 9. Scott, Humacao7.9 
 10. Williams, Santurce7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.4 
 2. Clemente, Humacao5.3 
 3. Rivera, Ponce5.1 
 4. Huertas, Quebradil.4.2 
 5. Coronado, Guayama4.0 
 6. Garcia, Quebradill.3.9 
 7. Mojica, Bayamon3.5 
 8. Gonzalez, Santurce3.5 
 9. Pagan, Santurce3.5 
 10. Hickerson, San G.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Guayama
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Coronado, Guayama2.3 
 2. Fortuna, Ponce2.3 
 3. Rodriguez, Guayama1.5 
 4. Mojica, Bayamon1.4 
 5. Rivera, Ponce1.3 
 6. Santiago, Ponce1.3 
 7. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.3 
 8. Williams, Santurce1.2 
 9. Harrellson, Guaya.1.2 
 10. Liz, San German1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Penn, Humacao1.8 
 2. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 3. Harrellson, Guaya.1.5 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.4 
 5. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 6. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 7. Scott, Humacao1.1 
 8. Harris, Ponce1.0 
 9. Graterol, Arecibo0.9 
 10. Brock, Guayama0.9 


Carlos Arroyo selected the top Puerto Rican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Puerto Ricans who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Carlos Arroyo
Carlos Arroyo
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU, currently plays in Turkey). He led Galatasaray to a victory over the eighth-ranked Tofas (12-18) crushing them 92-64 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Arroyo was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and added 6 assists in 31 minutes on the court. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (27-3) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row. Arroyo is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers with 4.4apg. He also averaged so far 13.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 44.5%, 3FGP: 44.0% and FT: 81.6% in the 18 games he played so far. Former Cangrejeros Santurce starter played for the Puerto Rican senior national team two years ago.

Richard Chaney
Richard Chaney
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy, currently plays in Austria), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Chaney could not help Redwell Gunners Oberwart (18-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Redwell Gunners Oberwart was edged in an overtime 78-76 on the road by the second-ranked BC Vienna. Chaney was the top scorer with 31 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 41 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. It's Chaney's first season with the team. Chaney has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 83.3% in the 27 games. Chaney has a dual citizenship: Puerto Rican and American. He played for the Puerto Rican national team in 2010. Chaney used to play for Cangrejeros de Santurce in Puerto Rican league.

John Holland
John Holland
   #3. The Puerto Rican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman John Holland (195-88, college: Boston U., currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Cajasol (12-22) in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-22) in the Spanish ACB. Holland recorded 5 points and added 4 passes in 17 minutes. Cajasol lost 68-76 at home to the higher-ranked (#14) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. The Regular Season already ended. Holland has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 31.9% and FT: 87.7% in the 33 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Holland played for the Puerto Rican national team two years ago. He used to play for Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rican league.

Andres Rodriguez
Andres Rodriguez
   #4. Point guard Andres Rodriguez (184-81, college: American, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB to win against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) 79-73 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Rodriguez recorded only 2 points and added 4 passes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (18-16) is placed eighth in the ACB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Rodriguez is currently first on the league's list of best passers. His overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 5.9apg and 1.1spg. Rodriguez is also Puerto Rican national team player.

The list of other players, who all have Puerto Rican passport but never been selected to any of Puerto Rican national teams:

   #1. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida, currently plays in Poland) was the major contributor in a Stelmet ZG's victory against the leader AZS Koszalin (18-14) 85-80 in the Polish TBL last Sunday. Hodge recorded 16 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Stelmet Zielona Gora (20-12) is placed third. Hodge belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #3) and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hodge averages: 18.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.7apg and 1.7spg. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican.

   #2. Experienced Darnell Hinson (186-PG-80, college: Northeastern St., currently plays in Austria), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga could not help Redwell Gunners Oberwart (18-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Redwell Gunners Oberwart was edged in an overtime 78-76 on the road by the second-ranked BC Vienna. Hinson was the second best scorer with 28 points. Hinson is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). This season he has very high stats. Hinson averages: 20.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Hinson used to play for Grises de Humacao in Puerto Rican league.

   #3. Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Venezuela), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB was not able to help Guaiqueries (19-30) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Guaiqueries was edged 95-92 in Caracas by the one of league's weakest teams (#9) Panteras. Perez was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 3 steals in 29 minutes. It was Guaiqueries' third consecutive loss in a row. Perez has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg in the 13 games he played so far. He has both Puerto Rican and Venezuelan nationalities.

   #4. Ivan Aska (200-F-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in Belgium) was not able to secure a victory for Leuven Bears (9-19) in their game against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (18-10) in the Belgian Ethias League. Aska recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. But Leuven Bears was crushed 86-46 in Quaregnon by the higher-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#3). It was Leuven Bears' third consecutive loss in a row. Aska belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #7. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. Aska also holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican.

Other top Puerto Rican players, who play abroad:

Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84) plays for Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA
Maurice Harkless (203-G/F-93) plays for Orlando Magic in the NBA
TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87) plays for Pieno Zvaigzdes in Lithuanian LKL
Nathan Peavy (203-F-85) plays for ALBA Berlin in German BBL
Raul Orta (196-G-85) plays for Marinos in Venezuelan LPB
Emanuel Ubilla (188-G-86) plays for BC Kolin in Czech Republic NBL
Jesus Mora (191-G-86) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP
Filiberto Rivera (190-PG-82) plays for Gaiteros in Venezuelan LPB

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Puerto Rican playing currently abroad. Go to Puerto Rican Abroad Page to see completed list.



Race tightens up after weekend games - by Luis Modestti

Cangrejeros are slipping, Indios are winning and the rest of the teams are fighting hard to climb positions to start the second half of the season. The games over the weekend proved that no one is safe even at home.

On Saturday Arecibo defeated league leader Cangrejeros de Santurce 84-73 as Demetris Nichols led the way with 17 points. There were four more scorers in double digits for Arecibo.

Also Indios dominated Brujos de Guayama 95-67, Vaqueros edged Caciques-Gigantes 74-67 and Piratas crushed Leones de Ponce 110-87.

On Sunday Atleticos edged Caciques-Gigantes 68-66 and Mets de Guaynabo defeated Cangrejeros de Santurce 80-75.

The game at Santurce saw the debut of Carlos Mario Rivera as head coach of the Mets. The team made some defensive adjustments and offensively played aggressively to get the win. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: USC) netted 23 points for the winners.

The only game scheduled for Monday is Brujos de Guayama at Leones de Ponce. Guayama has lost seven games in a row.



Mets release Renaldo Major - by Marcos Carlo

Guaynabo released forward Renaldo Major (201-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) after just four games. The team is evaluating some replacements to cover a guard position.

Major scored 5.3 points per game, mostly coming from the bench. In his last game against Ponce he scored 6 points.

Now Guaynabo has a 10-11 record after winning yesterday in Santurce. They are going to evaluate the condition of guard Christian Dalmau to see the extent of his groin injury. If he misses more time they could sign an import guard, if not they could go for a forward.

Under new coach Carlos Mario Rivera, Guaynabo defeated Santurce 80-75. Guaynabo has been the worst defensive team in the league but some adjustments worked yesterday.

Their next game is Tuesday at San German.



Bayamon Cowboys continue to make personnel moves - by Juan Hernandez

The Bayamon Cowboys continue making moves looking to achieve qualification for the playoffs. This time they signed former team member guard Raymond Barbosa (188-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: UMBC).
Barbosa, who was released by the Mets de Guaynabo, played for Bayamon from 2009 to 2011, when he was traded to Humacao with Kennel Sanchez (195-G/F-83, college: Drexel) for Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-G-83, college: Valparaiso)l. In 2010, had an outstanding performance with the Cowboys in the playoffs contributing to the team reached the final and finishing asrunner-up.
In 13 games with Guaynabo, Barbosa 6'2 "averaged 5.3 minutes and 2.5 points per game, shooting 64.7 percent for a field.



Shannon number one in Puerto Rico for week 25 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: Paris Global Sports) had a very impressive game in the last week for Bayamon, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 25.
The 33-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Humacao (#5, 10-10) 74-67. Bayamon maintains the 10th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 16 games and recorded just six victories. Shannon just recently signed at Bayamon, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Elgin CC star has very solid stats this year. Shannon is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.9ppg), rebounds (5th best: 8.5rpg) and averages impressive 53.9% FGP.

The second best player in last week's games was 26-year old Belizean Leon Williams (203-C/F-86) of league's leader Santurce. Williams had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Santurce lost that game 73-84 to the lower-ranked Arecibo (#6, 10-11). Santurce managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. His team has currently 15-6 record. Williams is one of the most experienced players at Santurce and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last week was another Bayamon's star - American guard Javier Mojica (190-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports). Mojica showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last week. He was another key player of Bayamon, helping his team with a 74-67 win against the higher-ranked Humacao (#5, 10-10). Bayamon can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 6-16 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Mojica he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Mojica has individually a great season in Puerto Rico. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.5apg (8th best). Javier Mojica has also Puerto Rican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Huertas (195-G/F-87) of Quebradillas - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Angel Garcia (209-C/F-88) of Bayamon - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83) of Mayaguez - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Carmelo Lee (201-F-77) of Quebradillas - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Seth Scott (208-F/C-81) of Humacao - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jamelle Horne (200-F-88) of Humacao - 16 points and 3 rebounds
10. Jorge Brian Diaz (210-C-89) of Quebradillas - 14 points and 3 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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Calvin Cage (ex Al Gharafa) agreed terms with Gigantes - by Eurobasket News

Gigantes de Guayana (LPB) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American guard Calvin Cage (183-83kg-84, college: Buffalo, agency: Prossin Sports Management Inc.). He was tested at Al Gharafa in Qatari D1 league. Cage also spent pre-season at B&W Opava (NBL) in Czech Republic league that year. In three games he recorded 14.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.0apg this season. The last summer he was tested by Marinos. In 6 games he averaged 6.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.8apg. The last season Cage also played at Saint John Mill Rats (NBL Canada) in Canadian NBL Canada. In 6 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.0apg.
The previous (2011) summer he played at Bucaros (DPB) in Colombian league. He contributed to his team winning the league title. The last (2011) season Cage played at Hoops Club (Division A) in Lebanese league. In 26 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 22.8ppg and had 3.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to PMA Basketball Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Honorable Mention.
He is a very experienced player. Cage has played also professionally in Cyprus, Iraq (Duhok), Iran (BEEM), Mexico (Halcones Rojos), Philippines (Global Port), Saudi Arabia (Uhud) and Lebanon (Feytroun).
He attended University of Buffalo until 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Great scorer in penetration, can easily beat higher opponents.
True point guard who is extremely quick and excels at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates as well as himself, can beat you from the outside or slashing to the basket finding teammates or scoring himself
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Perry PETTY
  Trotamundos
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Petty, Trotamundos20.8 
 2. Darby, Rovinari20.7 
 3. Martinic, CSM B.20.3 
 4. Shepherd, CSM B.18.7 
 5. Horton, Timba Timi.18.3 
 6. Fisher, Dinamo B.18.2 
 7. Wisseh, Rovinari17.9 
 8. Barac, Pitesti17.8 
 9. Brown, Timba Timis.16.6 
 10. Jovanovic, Timiso.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher LEE
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Lee, CSU Sibiu10.2 
 2. Glynn, Timba Timis.9.3 
 3. Dragusin, Craiova8.3 
 4. Steffel, Rovinari7.7 
 5. Kinloch, Pitesti7.3 
 6. Darby, Rovinari7.2 
 7. Cuic, Targu Mures7.0 
 8. Carutasu, CSM B.6.8 
 9. Johnson, Timisoara6.8 
 10. Filip, Dinamo B.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.6.8 
 2. Dzambic, Craiova6.4 
 3. Wisseh, Rovinari5.8 
 4. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.4 
 5. Cuic, Targu Mures5.4 
 6. Martinic, CSM B.5.2 
 7. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.1 
 8. Petty, Trotamundos4.9 
 9. Gruev, CSU Sibiu4.6 
 10. Bubalo, Miercure.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.2.9 
 2. Dixon, Dinamo B.2.1 
 3. Fisher, Dinamo B.2.1 
 4. Petty, Trotamundos2.1 
 5. Jones, Hub Jets2.0 
 6. Mitchell, Farul C.1.9 
 7. Henifin, Brisbane1.9 
 8. Wisseh, Rovinari1.8 
 9. Mandache, Gaz M.1.7 
 10. Gennie, Pitesti1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  Craiova
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dragusin, Craiova2.1 
 2. Lee, CSU Sibiu1.5 
 3. Adebayo, Targu M.1.4 
 4. Sipos, Dinamo B.1.3 
 5. Kickingstall., Tim.1.3 
 6. Barro, Targu Mures1.1 
 7. Harvey, Giurgiu1.1 
 8. Kinloch, Pitesti1.1 
 9. Archie, Timisoara1.1 
 10. Morris, CSM B.0.9 



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VTB League: CSKA shot down Krasnie Krilya in Samara to clinch the semifinal appearance - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya - CSKA 56:69

CSKA shot down Krasnie Krilya in Samara to clinch the semifinal appearance. The Russian Champion posted a 69:56 win for 3-1 victory in the series.
The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. Krasnie Krilya managed to win fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Krasnie Krilya to just 7 points in first quarter. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Vladimir Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne) collected 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) delivered 9. Aaron Miles (186-PG-83, college: Kansas) produced 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Krasnie Krilya's coach Sergey Bazarevich rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.

Krasnie Krilya: Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) 13+4reb, Andre Smith 11, Yuri Vasiliev (207-F-81) 9, Aaron Miles 9+6reb+8ast,
CSKA: Vladimir Micov 18, Nenad Krstic 16+8rebs, Aaron Jackson 13+7rebs, Sasha Kaun 9



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Luxembourg and Scotland play three friendlies - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg and Scotland played three friendlies in Bertrange. The hosts won the series 2-1.
Luxembourg opened the exhibition series with a 71:65 victory. Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Luxembourg posted a 40:29 halftime lead. Scotland stopped the rot and cut the deficit at 6-point mark at the final intermission. But Luxembourg kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth frame and secured the winning outcome. Larrie Smith (198-F-75, college: Tenn Tech) and Samy Picard (196-PF-88) finished with 9 points each for the hosts. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) answered with 16 points, 10 boards and 6 assists for Scotland. Alasdair Fraser (201-F-92) had 13 points in the loss.
Scotland struck back in the next game. The visitors rallied to a 79:71 victory in the second game. Scotland strongly started the game. They built a comfortable 47:28 halftime lead. Luxembourg exploded with 29 points in the fourth period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Alasdair Fraser delivered 17 points and 11 boards for Scotland. Gereth Murray chipped in 13 points in the victory. Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, college: Ark.-Monticello) answered with 19 points for Luxembourg. Larrie Smith produced 13 points in the defeat.
But Luxembourg came up with a completely different performance next day. The hosts went on a massive 53:34 run in the second half to clinch a 92:64 victory. Larrie Smith stepped up with 16 points to pace the home team. Raul Birenbaum (182-SG-89) and Tom Schumacher had 12 points apiece for the winning side. Kieron Achara responded with 17 points and 10 boards for Scotland. Alasdair Fraser and Gareth Murray had 13 points each.



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Boniface Ndong selected the top Senegalese players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Senegalese players, who play currently abroad.

Boniface Ndong
Boniface Ndong
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Boniface Ndong (213-77, currently plays in Turkey). He contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Tofas (12-18) crushing them 92-64 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Ndong recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 17 minutes on the court. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (27-3) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row. This year Ndong averages: 8.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 56.7%(106-187) and FT: 73.6% in the 29 games he played so far. He played for the Senegalese senior national team four years ago.

Ousmane Barro
Ousmane Barro
   #2. Second place goes to former U18 international power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette, currently plays in Romania). Barro led Targu Mures to a victory against the closely-ranked Ploiesti (23-7) 91-81 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. He recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks (made all of his seven free throws). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Mures Targu-Mures (23-7) is placed first in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Barro's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 63.9%(76-119) and FT: 70.7%. He played for the Senegalese U18 national team in 2002.

Bamba Fall
Bamba Fall
   #3. The Senegalese player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU, currently plays in Estonia). Fall contributed to Kalev/Cramo's victory against the closely-ranked TU/Rock (28-4) 81-69 in the Estonian KML in Friday night's game. He recorded 6 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (28-4) is placed first in the KML. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Fall is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league. His overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.3bpg, 2FGP: 55.3%(73-132) and FT: 65.6%. Fall played for the Senegalese national team six years ago.

Mouhammad Faye
Mouhammad Faye
   #4. Forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 could not help Ikaros (12-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance Ikaros was crushed 86-62 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Panionios. Faye was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes. Faye's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Faye's first season with the team. Faye belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #3) and also on the list of best blockers (third place). This year his overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4bpg in the 26 games. Faye used to play for the Senegalese national team back in 2011.

Sitapha Savane
Sitapha Savane
   #5. Former international forward Sitapha Savane (202-78, college: Navy, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (15-19) crushing them 112-75 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points. FIATC Joventut Badalona (16-18) is placed 11th in the ACB. The Regular Season already ended. Savane's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 3.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and Spanish. Savane used to play for the Senegalese national team four years ago.

Antoine Mendy
Antoine Mendy
   #6. Forward Antoine Mendy (198-83, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Pau-Lacq-Orthez's victory against the eighth-ranked JL Bourg (19-15) 77-69 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. Mendy scored 14 points. Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (26-8) is placed first in the ProB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Mendy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Pau-Lacq-Orthez's roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5spg. Mendy is a former international player as he played for the Senegalese senior team four years ago.

Pape Faye
Pape Faye
   #7. International center Pape Faye (200-87, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a Yokohama BC's victory against the second-ranked Fukuoka Rizing (34-18) 101-90 in the Japanese BJ League on Sunday night. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Eastern. Yokohama B-Corsairs (35-17) are placed second. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Faye's total stats are: 9.3ppg and 8.1rpg in the 56 games. He is also Senegalese national team player.

Ousmane Gueye
Ousmane Gueye
   #8. Guard Ousmane Gueye (188-82, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Mazzeo San Severo (11-23) in their game against Naturhouse Ferrara (16-18) in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Gueye was the top scorer with 17 points. This season Gueye has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.5apg and 2.6spg. He used to play for the Senegalese national team back in 2011.

Moustapha N'Diaye
Moustapha N'Diaye
   #9. Former U18 international forward Moustapha N'Diaye (200-84, agency: Fusion Sports, currently plays in France) helped Le Portel win their game against the second-ranked ALM Evreux (25-9) 68-62 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. He recorded 8 points. ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (20-14) is placed seventh in the ProB. N'Diaye has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 3.8rpg. He used to play for the Senegalese U18 national team eleven years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Senegalese passport but never been selected to any of Senegalese national teams:

   #1. Mamadou Samb (208-C/F-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Gescrap BB (19-15) to beat Valencia Basket (22-12). Samb scored 8 points in 20 minutes. Gescrap BB lost 61-72 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Valencia Basket. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Samb's overall stats are: 4.3ppg and 1.8rpg in the 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and Spanish. Despite Samb's Senegalese passport, he previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Senegalese team.

   #2. Moussa Diagne (210-C-94, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-22) in their game against CAI Zaragoza (21-13) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in only 10 minutes. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 80-57 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#5) CAI Zaragoza. It was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Diagne's total stats are: 6.0ppg and 4.0rpg in the two games. He is another player who holds two passports: Senegalese and Spanish.

   #3. Moussa Badiane (205-C-81, agency: Fusion Sports, college: E.Carolina, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (21-13) crushing them 94-73 in the French ProB (second division) last Thursday. Badiane scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. Olympique Antibes (21-13) is placed fifth in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Badiane is currently first on the list of best blockers with 1.7bpg. This year he also averages: 7.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3apg in the 37 games. Badiane has both Senegalese and French nationalities.

   #4. Experienced Mamadou Dia (202-C/F-78, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Fos Ouest (21-13) in their game against Chalons-Reims (23-11) in the French ProB (second division). He recorded 9 points. But Fos Ouest was badly defeated 78-62 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Chalons-Reims (#3). Dia has been at the team for seven years. Dia has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg. He also holds two passports: Senegalese and French.

   #5. Papa Beye (202-F-90, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Fos Ouest (21-13) 89-74 in the French ProB (second division) in Thursday night's game. Beye scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 13 minutes. Chalons-Reims (23-11) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Beye has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 2.4rpg in the 34 games.

   #6. Maodo Malick (210-C-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Clinicas Rincon in their game against Palma in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Malick cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 14 minutes. His team lost 65-72. Malick has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 5.5rpg in the 31 games.



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Young Serbian prospect MVP of tournament Ciutat de Terrassa - by Zoran Popovic

One of top Serbian and European prospects showed great games on tournament Ciutat de Terrassa in Spain. Barcelona Regal and Serbian U16 National team guard Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) took MVP award on tournament Ciutat de Terrassa with average 20 points scored per game. In final match Barcelona Regal wins against Joventut Badalona 88-84. Stefan Peno was member of Serbian U16 National team on European Championship in Lithuania and win bronze medal. Last month young Peno and Stefan Nikolic were members of team on Jordan Brand classic camp in New Jersey.


Dusko Savanovic selected the top Serbian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Serbian players, who play currently abroad.

Dusko Savanovic
Dusko Savanovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Savanovic could not help Anadolu Efes (25-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Anadolu Efes was edged 79-76 at home by the lower-ranked TED Kolejliler (#7). Savanovic was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Savanovic has relatively good stats this season: 10.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 56.6%(99-175), 3FGP: 31.9% and FT: 82.1%. He is currently a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Nenad Krstic
Nenad Krstic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Nenad Krstic (212-83, currently plays in VTB United League). Krstic contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (12-6) crushing them 77-46 in the VTB United League on Thursday night. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 22 minutes. CSKA Moscow (15-3) is placed second in group B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Krstic has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 4.7rpg and FT: 76.3% in the 20 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Serbian senior national team.

Dejan Borovnjak
Dejan Borovnjak
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was former University international power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Poland). He led Stelmet ZG to a victory over the leader AZS Koszalin (18-14) 89-83 in the Polish TBL in Tuesday night's game. Borovnjak was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Stelmet Zielona Gora (20-12) is placed third. It's Borovnjak's first season with the team. Borovnjak has reliable stats this year: 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 62.9%(127-202) and FT: 77.8% in the 26 games. He played for the Serbian university national team four years ago.

Milos Teodosic
Milos Teodosic
   #4. Point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nenad Krstic and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Teodosic contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (12-6) crushing them 77-46. He recorded 11 points and added 3 assists. Teodosic's stats this season are: 10.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg. He is also Serbian national team player.

Miroslav Raduljica
Miroslav Raduljica
   #5. International center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help Azovmash (25-14) in their last game. Despite Raduljica's very good performance Azovmash lost 82-89 on the road to the leading Budivelnyk. He was the second best scorer with 21 points. Raduljica also added 8 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 32 minutes. Raduljica's stats this year are: 13.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg in the 48 games. He plays currently for the Serbian national team.

Tadija Dragicevic
Tadija Dragicevic
   #6. Power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Miroslav Raduljica. But that was another game of his team in Ukrainian Superleague which we would like to mention. Dragicevic was the main contributor in Azovmash's victory against the league leader Budivelnyk (28-11) 77-73. He was the best player in that game. Dragicevic recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Azovmash Mariupol (25-14) is placed third in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Dragicevic averaged so far 11.9ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.9apg. He is a former university international player as he played for the Serbian team four years ago.

Nemanja Bjelica
Nemanja Bjelica
   #7. International power forward Nemanja Bjelica (209-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Caja Laboral (25-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Bjelica's good performance Caja Laboral was defeated 99-94 in Tenerife by the much lower-ranked CB Canarias (#10). He recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Bjelica averages: 10.0ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Serbian national team player.

Bojan Popovic
Bojan Popovic
   #8. Guard Bojan Popovic (191-83, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL couldn't help Lukoil Academik (24-3) in their last game. Despite Popovic's very good performance the league leader Lukoil Academik lost 88-95 in Samokov to the lower-ranked (#4) Rilski Sportist. He recorded 16 points and added 5 passes in 29 minutes. This year Popovic's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg in the 22 games. He used to play for the Serbian national team back in 2010.

Stefan Markovic
Stefan Markovic
   #9. International guard Stefan Markovic (194-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) 72-61 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Markovic scored 8 points, made 5 passes and 4 steals. Valencia Basket (22-12) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Markovic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7. His total stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg. Markovic is also in the roster of the Serbian national team.

Luka Bogdanovic
Luka Bogdanovic
   #10. Forward Luka Bogdanovic (210-85, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) helped Cajasol win their game against the league outsider Assignia Manresa (6-28) 92-76 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Bogdanovic was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (12-22) is placed 15th in the ACB. The Regular Season already ended. Bogdanovic averaged so far 10.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Serbian senior national team.

   #11. International center Vladimir Stimac (211-87, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Turkey) helped Banvit BK win their game against the closely-ranked Besiktas 68-65 in the Turkish TBL on Friday night. Stimac recorded 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Stimac is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.4rpg. This year his other stats are: 8.9ppg in the 32 games. Stimac plays currently for the Serbian national team.

   #12. Former University international guard Nemanja Protic (182-86, currently plays in Bulgaria) was the major contributor in a Levski Sofia's victory against the closely-ranked Balkan 80-76 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. He scored 14 points. Protic's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.1apg. He used to play for the Serbian university national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former University international forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Montenegro) helped Buducnost win their game against the second-ranked Sutjeska 77-62 in the Montenegrin 1A in Tuesday night's game. Vitkovac scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. This year his total stats are: 7.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.0apg in the 15 games. Vitkovac used to play for the Serbian university national team six years ago.

   #14. Former University international center Dusko Bunic (206-89, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Montenegro) is a teammate of previously mentioned Cedomir Vitkovac and both played together in the last Montenegrin 1A game. Bunic helped Buducnost win their game against the second-ranked Sutjeska 77-62. He scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Bunic has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 4.3rpg. He used to play for the Serbian university national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Uros Petrovic (205-90, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Bulgaria) faced previously mentioned Nemanja Protic in the Bulgarian NBL last game. Petrovic, who plays in the Bulgarian NBL couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Balkan (18-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Balkan lost 76-80 in Sofia to the second-ranked Levski. Petrovic scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. He averaged so far 11.4ppg and 4.0rpg in the 34 games. Petrovic used to play for the Serbian U20 national team three years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Serbian passport but never been selected to any of Serbian national teams:

   #1. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Rilski Sportist to a victory over the league leader Lukoil Academik (24-3) 95-88 in the Bulgarian NBL in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Mirkovic recorded 36 points (!!!) and added 8 passes in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Rilski Sportist Samokov (17-10) is placed fourth in the NBL. Mirkovic is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Mirkovic averages: 17.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.8apg and 1.8spg in the 34 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help Levski Sofia (23-4) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Marinovic's very good performance Levski Sofia was defeated 92-80 on the road by the lower-ranked Balkan (#3). He was the top scorer with 26 points. Marinovic also added 5 rebounds and 4 assists. It's Marinovic's first season with the team. Marinovic is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (third place). This season he has very high stats. Marinovic averages: 16.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.2apg and 1.5spg.

   #3. Dusan Sakota (209-SF-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in a Cimberio Varese's victory against the eighth-ranked Umana Venezia (16-14) 84-75 in the Italian SerieA last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Sakota scored 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. Cimberio Varese (23-7) is placed first in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Sakota's overall stats are: 8.4ppg and 2.4rpg in the 33 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Greek. Despite Sakota's Serbian nationality, he previously played for the Greek U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Serbian team.

   #4. Experienced Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in a 3-point TED Kolejliler's victory against the second-ranked Anadolu Efes (25-5) 79-76 in the Turkish TBL on Friday night. Stanojevic recorded 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. TED Kolejliler Ankara (18-13) is placed seventh in the TBL. Stanojevic belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #2. This season he has very high stats. Stanojevic averages: 18.9ppg, 6.4rpg and 3.0apg.

   #5. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Croatia), who plays in the Croatian A1 was not able to help Cedevita (11-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Suput's very good performance the third-placed Cedevita was edged 85-84 in a derby game by the leading Cibona in the Places 1-8 group. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Suput's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Suput averaged so far 12.3ppg and 3.4rpg.

   #6. Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a 3-point PGE Turow's victory against the fifth-ranked Anwil 83-80 in the Polish TBL last Monday. He was the best player in that game. Zigeranovic scored 20 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Zigeranovic is currently fifth on the list of best blockers with 1.2bpg. This year he also averages: 9.3ppg and 4.8rpg in the 39 games.

   #7. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the leader AZS Koszalin crushing them 96-66 in the Polish TBL in Friday night's game. Stevic was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Stevic is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.2rpg. He also averaged so far 12.3ppg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in the 36 games.

   #8. Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to a CSKA Moscow's victory against the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya 87-78 in the VTB United League on Friday night. Micov scored 9 points in 18 minutes. This year Micov's overall stats are: 7.7ppg and 2.9rpg in the 21 games.

   #9. Vladimir Panic (194-F-82, currently plays in Bulgaria) helped Balkan win their game against the closely-ranked Levski Sofia 86-78 in the Bulgarian NBL in Monday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Panic scored 25 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). This season Panic has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 3.1apg.

   #10. Milko Bjelica (205-F/C-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Caja Laboral in their game against Asefa Estudiantes in the Spanish ACB. He scored 9 points in 22 minutes. His team lost 80-90. This year Bjelica's total stats are: 5.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg in the 31 games. He has both Serbian and Montenegrin nationalities.



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Anton Gavel selected the top Slovakian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Slovakians who are currently playing abroad.

Anton Gavel
Anton Gavel
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Anton Gavel (188-84, agency: Pro One Sports, currently plays in Germany). He led Brose Baskets Bamberg to a victory over the seventh-ranked Phoenix Hagen (18-16) 104-94 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Gavel was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!) and added 6 assists in 34 minutes on the court. Brose Baskets Bamberg (26-8) is placed first in the BBL. It's Gavel's fourth season with the team. Gavel is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league with 15.0ppg. He also averaged so far 2.8rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 57.0%(98-172), 3FGP: 46.0%(81-176) and FT: 74.3% in the 36 games he played so far. Gavel has a dual citizenship: Slovakian and German. He is currently a member of the Slovakian senior national team.

Dusan Pandula
Dusan Pandula
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Dusan Pandula (196-84, currently plays in Czech Republic). Pandula was the main contributor in a BK Prostejov's victory against the third-ranked NH Ostrava (20-14) 81-77 in the Czech Republic NBL last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Pandula scored 25 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A1. BK Prostejov (21-13) is placed second. Pandula has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 63.4%(149-235), 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 74.6%. He is in the roster of the Slovakian senior national team.

Radoslav Rancik
Radoslav Rancik
   #3. The Slovakian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St., currently plays in Czech Republic). Rancik contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked BK Pardubice (19-15) crushing them 90-57 in the Czech Republic NBL on Tuesday night. He scored 11 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 23 minutes. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (33-1) is placed first in Group A1. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Rancik has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 58.8%(104-177), 3FGP: 36.5% and FT: 86.1% in the 33 games. Former BK Inter Bratislava starter played for the Slovakian national team three years ago.

Roman Marko
Roman Marko
   #4. Shooting guard Roman Marko (194-86, currently plays in Czech Republic) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dusan Pandula and both played together in the last Czech Republic NBL game. Marko contributed to a BK Prostejov's victory against the third-ranked NH Ostrava (20-14) 81-77. He scored 13 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Marko has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Slovakian and Czech Republic. Marko is also Slovakian national team player.

Other top Slovakian players, who play abroad:

Michal Cekovsky (210-F-94) plays for Partizan in Serbian A League
Oliver Tot (198-PG-94) plays for CEZ Nymburk in Czech Republic NBL
Pavol Losonsky (203-F-88) plays for Leicester Riders in British BBL
Peter Simek (205-C-88) plays for Surrey Heat in British BBL
Lukas Varga (183-G-85) plays for Horsens IC in Danish Ligaen
Jaroslav Moravek (200-F/C-92) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Matej Marchyn (192-F-90) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Jozef Vojtek (204-F-85) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Robert Nuber (188-PG-83) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Filip Lehman (197-F-87) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Lukas Bukovic (185-PG-91) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Slovakian playing currently abroad. Go to Slovakian Abroad Page to see completed list.



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  SLOVENIA   

Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Sasa ZAGORAC
  Grosuplje
  (205-F/C-84)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Zagorac, Grosuplje17.5 
 2. Jagodnik, Polzela17.3 
 3. Abramovic, LTHcas.16.8 
 4. Span, Geoplin Slov.15.6 
 5. Robertson, Polzela15.1 
 6. Blazic, Un.Olimpija15.0 
 7. Tomic, Rogaska15.0 
 8. Udrih, Zlatorog14.8 
 9. Miljkovic, Rogaska14.4 
 10. Mlakar, Geoplin14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Polzela
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bristol, Polzela10.9 
 2. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.1 
 3. Collins, Elektra7.9 
 4. Zimic, Tajfun7.2 
 5. Zagorac, Grosuplje7.1 
 6. Jagodnik, Polzela6.8 
 7. Jakhel Kolar., LTH.6.6 
 8. Primorac, Tajfun6.4 
 9. Mijovic, Rogaska6.3 
 10. Martin, Polzela6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Polzela
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Vujasinovic, Polze.5.8 
 2. Jovanovic, Maribo.5.2 
 3. Tomic, Rogaska5.0 
 4. Zagorc, Elektra4.2 
 5. Vladovic, Krka4.1 
 6. Antonijevic, Grosu.4.0 
 7. Mlakar, Geoplin3.9 
 8. Mocnik, Helios3.8 
 9. Kostomaj, Rogaska3.8 
 10. Ferme, Tajfun3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Samo UDRIH
  Zlatorog
  (195-G-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Udrih, Zlatorog1.9 
 2. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.8 
 3. Tomic, Rogaska1.8 
 4. Tomic, Geoplin Slo.1.6 
 5. Robertson, Polzela1.6 
 6. Vujasinovic, Polze.1.5 
 7. Span, Geoplin Slov.1.5 
 8. Petrovic, Geopli.1.5 
 9. Mlakar, Geoplin1.5 
 10. Modric, Geoplin1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Polzela
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bristol, Polzela2.4 
 2. Tratnik, Grosuplje1.9 
 3. Collins, Elektra1.7 
 4. Martin, Polzela1.1 
 5. Zimic, Tajfun1.1 
 6. Majstorovic, Helios1.1 
 7. Buda, Geoplin Slov.0.8 
 8. Djugum, Zlatorog0.6 
 9. Omic, Un.Olimpija0.6 
 10. Robertson, Polzela0.6 


Matjaz Smodis retires on a high note - by Eurobasket News

Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) retires on a high note from the basketball. The Slovenian star won the title last night with his Krka and announced that he would not continue his career.
In 2012-2013 for Krka Novo Mesto (Slovenia-Telemach League) he averaged 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 92.9% in Adriatic League. In Slovenian League his stats read 8.6 points per game. last night the former international forward Matjaz Smodis fired 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners.
Earlier he played for KK Cedevita Zagreb and before in CSKA. CSKA released Matjaz Smodis in late June 2011. He joined the squad early in 2005 and was a great player in all the seasons. This year he averaged 9.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 78.6% in VTB-League and had 6.8ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 35.1%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 70.0% in EuroLeague. In Russian League his stats read 7.6ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 77.8%.



Erazem Lorbek selected the top Slovenian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Slovenian players, who play currently abroad.

Erazem Lorbek
Erazem Lorbek
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Erazem Lorbek (209-84, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Spain). He led Regal FC Barcelona to a 1-point victory against one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (8-26) 90-89 in the Spanish ACB in Thursday night's game. Lorbek recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Lorbek's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 9.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 56.0%(107-191), 3FGP: 29.9% and FT: 75.4% in the 34 games he played so far. Lorbek played for the Slovenian senior national team two years ago.

Bostjan Nachbar
Bostjan Nachbar
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Bostjan Nachbar (207-80, currently plays in Germany). He led Brose Baskets Bamberg to a victory against the seventh-ranked Phoenix Hagen (18-16) 104-94 in the German BBL last Sunday. Nachbar scored 22 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Brose Baskets Bamberg (26-8) is placed first in the BBL. Nachbar has relatively good stats this season: 13.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 38.0% and FT: 81.8%. He played for the Slovenian national team in 2010.

Sani Becirovic
Sani Becirovic
   #3. The Slovenian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Sani Becirovic (196-81, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Becirovic could not help Banco di Sardegna Sassari (22-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Banco di Sardegna Sassari was edged 82-80 on the road by the lower-ranked (#7) Cantu. Becirovic was the top scorer with 19 points (made all of his seven free throws) in a mere 18 minutes. This year Becirovic's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 82.9% in the nine games. He has a dual citizenship: Slovenian and Italian. Former Union Olimpija Ljubljana starter played for the Slovenian national team three years ago.

Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
   #4. Center Jusuf Nurkic (212-94, currently plays in Croatia) led KK Zadar to a 1-point victory over the fifth-ranked Jolly (7-7) 77-76 in the Croatian A1 in Tuesday night's game. Nurkic was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. KK Zadar (11-3) is placed second in Places 1-8 group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Nurkic is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers. His total stats this season are: 8.7ppg and 5.2rpg. Nurkic is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. He used to play for the Slovenian U16 national team back in 2010.

Mirza Begic
Mirza Begic
   #5. Former international center Mirza Begic (217-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked FIATC Joventut (16-18) crushing them 85-64 in the Spanish ACB last Thursday. Begic recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in only 14 minutes. Real Madrid (30-4) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Begic's total stats are: 5.4ppg and 3.0rpg in the 34 games. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities. Begic used to play for the Slovenian national team two years ago.

Gasper Vidmar
Gasper Vidmar
   #6. Power forward Gasper Vidmar (211-87, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Besiktas (19-11) in their game against Banvit BK (25-5) in the Turkish TBL. He did not beat the league record on Friday evening. Vidmar recorded only 3 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks. Besiktas was edged 68-65 in Balikesir by the higher-ranked Banvit BK (#3). They ended the series of six consecutive victories. Vidmar belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5. He has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.1apg. Vidmar is a former international player as he played for the Slovenian senior team three years ago.

Zoran Dragic
Zoran Dragic
   #7. Former international swingman Zoran Dragic (196-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Unicaja Malaga (18-16) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 7 points in only 9 minutes. Unicaja Malaga lost 50-57 in Barcelona to the higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC. It was Unicaja Malaga's first loss after four consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended. It's Dragic's first season with the team. Dragic has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the 28 games. He used to play for the Slovenian national team two years ago.

Aleksandar Capin
Aleksandar Capin
   #8. Point guard Aleksandar Capin (186-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League couldn't help Radnicki KG (13-9) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Capin's good performance the third-placed Radnicki KG was defeated 72-66 at home by the leading Zvezda in the Superliga group. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Capin also added 4 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be extremely important. This season Capin has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.1apg. He used to play for the Slovenian national team back in 2008.

Emir Preldzic
Emir Preldzic
   #9. Former international small forward Emir Preldzic (205-87, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Fenerbahce Ulker (24-6) in their game against Karsiyaka (23-7) in the Turkish TBL. Preldzic recorded only 4 points. Fenerbahce Ulker was defeated 74-68 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Karsiyaka (#5). Preldzic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Fenerbahce Ulker's roster. He has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.3apg. Preldzic used to play for the Slovenian national team five years ago.

Uros Slokar
Uros Slokar
   #10. Power forward Uros Slokar (210-83, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 to win against the 16th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (12-22) 78-62 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 5 points. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (19-15) is placed seventh in the ACB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Slokar has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 3.0rpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Slovenian senior national team.

   #11. Former international small forward Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-81, currently plays in Bosnia) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Bosna ASA BHT crushing them 86-58 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Tuesday night's game. Joksimovic scored only 2 points and blocked 2 shots in 17 minutes. Joksimovic has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.9apg in the 11 games. He used to play for the Slovenian national team four years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Slovenian passport but never been selected to any of Slovenian national teams:

   #1. Experienced Vlado Ilievski (190-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Croatia), who plays in the Croatian A1 could not help Cedevita (11-3) to beat Cibona (12-2). Ilievski scored 6 points and added 4 passes in 26 minutes. Cedevita (#3) was edged 85-84 in a derby game by the leading Cibona in the Places 1-8 group. It was Cedevita's first loss after five consecutive victories. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Ilievski has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 2.3apg in the 12 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian.

   #2. Jure Balazic (204-F-80, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help Erdemir (11-19) in their last game. Despite his good performance Erdemir was crushed 92-65 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Karsiyaka. Balazic scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was Erdemir's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Balazic has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg and 5.7rpg in the 29 games.

   #3. Damir Zeleznik (185-G-80, currently plays in Austria) was not able to secure a victory for Xion Dukes (21-9) in their game against Redwell Gunners Oberwart (18-12) in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Zeleznik scored 7 points. The league leader Xion Dukes was defeated 69-64 in Oberwart by the lower-ranked Redwell Gunners (#5). Zeleznik has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian.

   #4. Nejc Strnad (190-PG-83, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Ikaros (12-14) in their game against Panionios (20-6) in the Greek A1. Strnad scored only 4 points in 19 minutes. Ikaros was crushed 86-62 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Panionios. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Strnad averages just 4.6ppg in the 25 games.



Krka triumphs at 2012/2013 season! - by Eurobasket News

Olimpija-Krka 61:71

Krka triumphs at 2012/2013 season! The team won the Final series against Olimpija 3-1 and clinched the title.
The game was mostly controlled by Krka. Un.Olimpija managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Un.Olimpija 36-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Un.Olimpija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) fired 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83, agency: XL Basketball Agency) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) and Sasu Salin (192-G-91) produced 14 points each for lost side. Alen Omic (217-C-92), Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) and Jasmin Perkovic (205-F-80) poured in 8 apiece.

Krka: Matjaz Smodis 21, Jakov Vladovic 9, Uros Lucic (207-C-83) 8, Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) 7, Edo Muric (202-F-91) 7
Un.Olimpija: Klemen Prepelic 14, Sasu Salin 14, Alen Omic 8, Jaka Blazic 8, Jasmin Perkovic 8



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  SOUTH AFRICA   


It all boiled down to the wire in the ICSL 2013 top four play-offs - by Elvis Dickson

It all boiled down to the wire in the ICSL 2013 top four play-offs, with Good Fellas Basketball and Braamfontein Blues defeating Jozi Nuggets and Egoli Magic respectively on Friday night at the prestigious Mandeville Indoor Centre.
Good Fellas had out played and out rebounded their way to the final by defeating Jozi Nuggets 84 - 68 earlier in the evening in a match that was very physical and resulted in a lot of injuries. It was a tough night for the Nuggets who had to give up the game with almost 30secs left on the clock.
The 2nd semi final match of the night was however more entertaining and nail biting. The Blues had taken the lead early in the game, and forcing Egoli Magic to play catch up for all the way to the last 5 minutes of 4th quarter when Braam Blues finally broke away with vital 3 points shots from Tshiamo Ngakana and Judd Simankov and additional 2 points field goals to move the game beyond Egoli's reach. And eventually winning 74 - 58. Jono was spectacular in the paint, grabbing valuable rebounds and being very aggressive under the rim.
This defeat makes one wonder about Egoli's statue as a Basketball powerhouse in South Africa. It goes on to confirm the popular opinion that for Egoli Magic to be a serious contender in the proposed National Basketball League (NBL), they will need to revamp their roster. Egoli will have to recruit younger and more athletic players than they currently have. The current roster seems dilapidated and simply cannot compete against the caliber of teams that they will meet in the NBL in less than 4 months.
Kudos must go though to the Braamfontein Blues Basketball team who without their star player and the league's top scorer Edgar Tifo managed to put up an outstanding performance by defeating a 'powerhouse' team and qualifying for the finals of its flagship event where rampant Good Fellas will be waiting.



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East Asian Championship: South Korea cruise past Hong Kong to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Hong Kong 105:62

South Korea joined China in the East Asian Championship Final. The hosts drubbed Hong Kong in the semis today. Six South Korean players scored in double digits to pace the hosts to the victory. Kim Jong-Kyu (207-C-91) netted 20 points to lead the effort.
It was a lopsided affair right from the start. South Korea did not waste time powering to a 32:9 lead at the first break. South Korea stayed in front throughout the second quarter. They boosted the lead to as many as 32 points at halftime 56:24. South Korea and Hong Kong slowed down a bit in the third term. The teams traded baskets as the Korean side remained in a comfortable lead. The hosts poured in 27 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Park Jae-Hyun (187-G-91) produced 15 points, while Kim Min-Goo added 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Liang Man Hung (173-G-86) responded with 15 points for Hong Kong. Reid Duncan had 13 points and 8 boards in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Jong-Kyu 20, Park Jae-Hyun 15, Kim Min-Goo 11
Hong Kong: Liang Man Hung 15, Reid Duncan 13



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  SPAIN   

Standings - ACB

ACB Standings
 1. Real Madrid 30-4 
 2. Caja Laboral 25-9 
 3. FCB Regal 23-11 
 4. Valencia 22-12 
 5. CAI Zaragoza 21-13 
 6. Gescrap BB 19-15 
 7. G.Canaria 2014 19-15 
 8. Blusens M. 18-16 
 9. Unicaja 18-16 
 10. CB Canarias 17-17 
 11. FIATC Joventut 16-18 
 12. Asefa Estudian. 15-19 
 13. UCAM Murcia 13-21 
 14. Mad-Croc 12-22 
 15. Cajasol 12-22 
 16. Blancos de R. 12-22 
 17. Lagun Aro GBC 8-26 
 18. Assignia M. 6-28 

Regular Season: Round 34

May. 19: CB Canarias - Caja Laboral 99-94
May. 19: Valencia - Assignia M. 90-59
May. 19: Blusens M. - Gescrap BB 79-73
May. 19: G.Canaria 2014 - Blancos de R. 78-62
May. 19: Asefa Estudian. - FIATC Joventut 75-112
May. 19: Cajasol - Mad-Croc 68-76
May. 19: FCB Regal - Unicaja 57-50
May. 19: CAI Zaragoza - UCAM Murcia 108-74
May. 19: Real Madrid - Lagun Aro GBC 100-67

Round 33

May. 16: Lagun Aro GBC - FCB Regal 89-90
May. 16: FIATC Joventut - Real Madrid 64-85

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 23: Real Madrid - Blusens M.
May. 23: Valencia - CAI Zaragoza
May. 23: Caja Laboral - G.Canaria 2014
May. 23: FCB Regal - Gescrap BB


Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Carl ENGLISH
  Asefa E.
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. English, Asefa E.17.2 
 2. Feldeine, Mad-Croc15.9 
 3. Doellman, Valencia15.7 
 4. Martin, Blancos15.6 
 5. DeVries, Assignia.15.4 
 6. Gabriel, Asefa E.14.9 
 7. Toolson, G.Canari.14.1 
 8. Vasiliadis, Gescr.13.9 
 9. Fisher, FIATC J.13.8 
 10. Nocioni, Caja Lab.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nacho MARTIN
  Blancos .
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Martin, Blancos7.1 
 2. Hunter, Blancos6.8 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal6.6 
 4. Nelson, G.Canari.6.5 
 5. Lewis, UCAM M.6.2 
 6. Kurz, Mad-Croc6.1 
 7. Donaldson, CB Cana.6.0 
 8. Kendall, Blusens M.6.0 
 9. Gaffney, FIATC J.5.9 
 10. Norel, CAI Zarago.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Bluse.
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Rodriguez, Bluse.5.9 
 2. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.3 
 3. Renfroe, Brose B.4.5 
 4. Satoransky, Cajasol4.2 
 5. Uriz, CB Canarias4.1 
 6. Rodriguez, Real M.4.0 
 7. Markovic, Valencia3.8 
 8. Huertas, FCB Regal3.7 
 9. Zisis, Gescrap BB3.5 
 10. Heurtel, Caja L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Justin DOELLMAN
  Valencia
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Doellman, Valencia2.0 
 2. Kirksay, Asefa E.1.7 
 3. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.7 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.6 
 5. Finley, Lagun A.1.6 
 6. Rost, CB Canarias1.5 
 7. Markovic, Valencia1.5 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 9. Uriz, CB Canarias1.3 
 10. Hanga, Assignia M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Blusens M.
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mejri, Blusens M.1.6 
 2. Kurz, Mad-Croc1.5 
 3. Ibekwe, Lagun A.1.5 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.3 
 5. Vazquez, Unicaja1.3 
 6. Nogueira, Asefa E.1.1 
 7. Sene, Mad-Croc1.1 
 8. Hunter, Blancos1.1 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 
 10. Hamilton, Gescr.1.0 


Jasmin Repesa is set to leave Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Jasmin Repesa is not going to stay with Unicaja Malaga reportedly. The Spanish media reports that the team decided to part ways with the coach after his failure to lead Unicaja into the ACB playoffs. Unicaja finished the regular season in the ninth position at 18-16 record. The Malaga team also failed to make it into EuroLeague playoffs occupying the fifth position in the second stage Group E. Jasmin Repesa took over Unicaja at the start of the season. He signed 1+1 contract then. Last season the Croatian specialist worked with KK Cibona. He led the team to the A1 title. Eurobasket.com named Jasmin Repesa All-Croatian A1 League Coach of the Year. Repesa used to work in Croatia, Turkey, Poland and Italy before. He also guided the Croatian and Polish National Teams.


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  SWEDEN   


Results From U-20 and U-18 Swedish Championship in Sodertalje - by Tamara Ruzic


Sweden has been pretty active over the year in the world of basketball and they dont seem to be slowing down with the list of talent participating in some of the worlds highest leagues. Over the weekend in Sdertlje, the Final Four For the Under 20/18 were played and chance to take a look at the upcoming talent cropy. Solna Vikings took the trophy in U20, and Uppsala won the championship in U 18 Also, Thomas Massamba and his Lukoil squad have advanced to the finals of the Bulgarian league. Take a look below at the results from this weekends tournament.

Results, HU20:

Final: Solna - Bors 70-58
Third Place: Sdertlje- Ullvi 89-63

All Star Team:
Tobias Borg (183-PG-93), Sdertlje BBK
Eddie Alm, Bors Basket
Niklas Larsson (198-SG-94), Solna Vikings (MVP)
Kevin Katheka, Ullvi Basket
Jesper Eliasson (204-F-94), Solna Vikings

Results, HU18
Final: Uppsala - Fryshuset 90-58
Thirdplace: Sdertlje- Gteborg 86-69

All Star Team:
Ludvig Swanstrm, Sdertlje
Jakob Merlenius, Uppsala
Anes Zekovic, Uppsala (MVP)
Jakob Stenhede, Gteborg
Robel Gebremeskel, Fryshuset





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  TAIWAN   


East Asian Championship: Taiwan edge Mongolia to finish 5th - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan - Mongolia 94:86

Taiwan finished in the fifth position at the East Asian Championship in South Korea. They defeated Mongolia today to qualify for the Fiba Asia Championship. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87) came up with 19 points to lead the winners.
Mongolia jumped to an early lead in this one. They grabbed a 22:21 advantage after ten minutes. But Taiwan quickly shook off the sloppiness and went on a 28:16 run in the second frame. They built a 49:38 halftime advantage. Taiwan stayed dominant in the third quarter. They rolled to a 74:56 lead at the final intermission. Mongolia stayed competitive till the final seconds. They poured in 30 points in the fourth frame but could not erase the deficit at the end. Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) knocked down 18 points, while Ke Chi-Hao (181-PG-85) added 16 points for the winners. Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) responded with 30 points for Mongolia. Bilguun Battuvshin had 24 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Taiwan: Tsung-Hsien Chang 19, Tsai Wen-Cheng 18, Ke Chi-Hao 16
Mongolia: Sanchir Tungalag 30, Bilguun Battuvshin 24+11 boards



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  TRBL   

TRBL standings

TRBL Standings
Eastern Conference
 1. Cary Invasion 9-0 
 2. Fayetteville C. 6-3 
 3. Big Texas 5-2 
 4. Wilmington SD 2-6 
 5. Nighthawks 1-6 
 6. Bull City L. 0-1 
Western Conference
 1. PT Players 7-0 
 2. Greensboro C. 3-4 
 3. Queen City E. 3-4 
 4. HoopForLyfe 2-4 
 5. Carolina G. 1-8 
 6. SC Allstars 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 8

May. 19: Johnston County - Wilmington SD 95-108
May. 18: Cary Invasion - Greensboro C. 141-108
May. 19: Carolina G. - Fayetteville C. 129-143
May. 19: Big Texas - Cary Invasion 121-133
May. 17: Queen City E. - PT Players 117-138

Regular Season: Round 9

May. 24: HoopForLyfe - Queen City E.
May. 25: Greensboro C. - PT Players
May. 25: Wilmington SD - Carolina G.
May. 26: HoopForLyfe - Wilmington SD
May. 26: Johnston County - Big Texas
May. 26: Cary Invasion - Carolina G.
May. 26: Hub City L. - Greensboro C.


Top TRBL East Teams Meet, Cary Prevails - by Eurobasket News

The top two teams in the TRBL East met in Cary on Sunday evening with a potential number one seed on the line in the TRBL playoffs. Big Texas (Jacksonville, NC) entered the game with a single blemish on its record, a tough road loss at Fayetteville. The Cary Invasion was still perfect on the season at 8-0 after a road win at Greensboro the night before. Big Texas came ready to play, hitting nearly all of its early shots and pressuring the home team that was most accustomed to applying the pressure. The Invasion was heading in the opposite direction, missing a series of open jump shots, lay ups, and dunks. The visitors jumped out to an early 8 point lead. With the lid on the bucket for its outside shooters, Cary pushed the ball inside to create easier shots through the back half of the first quarter. The home team clawed its way back in to a 22-22 tie after one quarter.

The second quarter proved to be the deciding period. Cary found its stride and exploded for 44 points, building a lead of 25 points. A Big Texas run at the end of the quarter, closed the gap to a 66-52 score at the break. The teams played the second half to draw, with the home team never pushing the lead much beyond 20 points and with Big Texas unable to cut it to under ten. The final score was Cary 133, Big Texas 121. With the win, Cary clinches a spot in the TRBL playoffs. Marsheree Neely (6'2''-G) (ODU) led eight Cary players in double figures with 22 points. Brian West (5'7''-PG-85, college: Elizabeth City) had a game high 29 points for Big Texas. Cary (9-0) plays next on May 26th at Carolina. Big Texas (5-2) next hosts Johnston County on May 26th.
Courtesy of: https://www.scoretrax.com



Wilmington Sea Dawgs Chase Down the Johnston County Nighthawks, 108-95 - by Eurobasket News

Wilmington, NC: The Wilmington Sea Dawgs capture their first home win of the season, 108-95, in a high-flying, fast paced game against the Johnston County Nighthawks in Sunday night Tobacco Road Basketball League action at Blizzard Athletics. Movement was the word for the first quarter, as the clubs raced up and down the court and passed the ball with abandon, including some miscues and intercepted passes. However strong inside play by the Dawgs and great outside shooting by Brett Blizzard (6'3''-G-80, college: NC-Wilmington) had Wilmington leading Johnston County 34-19 at the break. The second quarter started with an aerial assault from both clubs, including three pointers by Johnston County's Xavier Bethea (5'9''-PG) and Wilmington's Chris Clark. The Nighthawks then took their game inside, but the Sea Dawgs capitalized on Johnston County turnovers and ended the quarter with basically the same lead, 64-50.

Johnston County came out aggressively to start the third quarter, Bethea driving inside on offense and R.D Dowdy crashing the boards on defense, cutting the Sea Dawg lead down to eight at one point, but effective exploitation of Nighthawk miscues allowed Wilmington finish the quarter ahead 84-73. The Nighthawks continued to play the passing lanes forcefully and continued to drive, cutting the Sea Dawg margin down to as few as five early in the quarter. But the Sea Dawgs forced the tempo up and the Johnston County squad, playing with just seven guys, finally wore out. Wilmington's next home game will be Sunday, May 26th at 5:00 PM at Blizzard Athletics, as the Sea Dawgs host Team HoopForLyfe.
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  TURKEY   

Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin21.4 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.18.8 
 3. Penney, TED K.18.3 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor17.9 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.7 
 6. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 7. Theodore, Antalya15.8 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.7 
 9. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.2 
 10. Chalmers, Aliaga15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep12.5 
 2. Yucel, TED K.11.1 
 3. Francis, Aliaga9.9 
 4. Stimac, Banvit BK7.6 
 5. Elonu, Tofas7.4 
 6. Prince, Mersin7.2 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.7.1 
 8. Parakhouski, Olin6.5 
 9. Besok, Hacettepe6.3 
 10. Vidmar, Besiktas6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Woodside, TED K.7.2 
 2. Collins, Gaziantep4.9 
 3. Brown, Turk T.4.9 
 4. Theodore, Antalya4.7 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.7 
 6. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 7. Arroyo, Galatasaray4.4 
 8. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.3 
 9. Burtt, Avtodor4.2 
 10. Holston, Mersin4.2 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Mersin
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prince, Mersin1.9 
 2. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.7 
 3. Theodore, Antalya1.7 
 4. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.6 
 5. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 6. Markoishvili, Gala.1.5 
 7. Gordon, Anadolu1.5 
 8. Collins, Gaziantep1.3 
 9. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.3 
 10. Lewis, Antalya1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artsiom PARAKHOUSKI
  Olin E.
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Parakhouski, Olin1.6 
 2. Bayav, Erdemir1.4 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.2 
 4. Elonu, Tofas1.1 
 5. Vidmar, Besiktas1.0 
 6. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.0 
 7. Plisnic, TED K.0.9 
 8. Aminu, Karsiyaka0.9 
 9. Heytvelt, Tofas0.8 
 10. Arnold, Aliaga0.8 



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  UBA   

Standings

UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Ohio H.G. 16-4 
 2. Dayton K. 10-10 
 3. Lancaster A. 10-10 
 4. Cincinnati S. 8-12 
Southern
 1. Georgia P. 20-1 
 2. GIE Maile M. 14-7 
 3. Georgia S. 12-9 
 4. S.Generals 4-16 
 5. Atlanta T. 4-16 
Western
 1. Houston E. 17-3 
 2. Cleveland H. 16-4 
 3. N.Texas F. 12-8 
 4. Texas C. 8-12 
 5. Dallas G. 2-18 
Independent
 1. Team Japan 0-0 
 2. Lonestar S. 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 19

May. 18: GIE Maile M. - Georgia S. 94-86
May. 18: Georgia P. - S.Generals 121-117


URBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Barnes, GIE M.27.9 
 2. Antoine, Georgia S.25.8 
 3. Vanlandingha., S.G.25.3 
 4. Bowdy, N.Texas F.23.3 
 5. Tairu, Kavala23.0 
 6. Sloan, Atlanta T.23.0 
 7. Morris, Houston E.22.7 
 8. Allen, Georgia P.21.8 
 9. Brown, S.Generals21.3 
 10. Omotayo, Atlan.20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terence MORRIS
  (208-F-79)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Morris, Houston E.14.5 
 2. Kelly, GIE M.12.7 
 3. Rogers, Georgia P.11.4 
 4. Morton, Georgia P.11.0 
 5. Abraham, Once C.10.4 
 6. Chase, GIE M.10.2 
 7. Turner, Georgia P.10.1 
 8. Briggs, Cleveland10.1 
 9. Eichelberger, Geor.10.0 
 10. Hill, S.Generals9.9 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Bray, Georgia P.11.8 
 2. Barnes, GIE M.7.0 
 3. Morris, Houston E.6.6 
 4. De La Cruz, S.Gen.6.4 
 5. Belton, S.Generals6.3 
 6. Mardis, Houston E.6.1 
 7. Ragsdale, GIE M.5.9 
 8. Okada, Team Japan5.8 
 9. Turner, Texas C.5.1 
 10. Lusane, Georgia P.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Quin HUMPHREY
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Humphrey, GIE M.4.2 
 2. Bray, Georgia P.3.9 
 3. Lusane, Georgia P.3.2 
 4. Antoine, Georgia S.2.5 
 5. Williams, GIE M.2.5 
 6. Tairu, Kavala2.2 
 7. Barnes, GIE M.2.2 
 8. Brown, Houston E.2.1 
 9. Williams, Atlanta1.9 
 10. Iwasa, Team Japan1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Terence MORRIS
  (208-F-79)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Morris, Houston E.5.1 
 2. Morton, Georgia P.4.1 
 3. Eichelberger, Geor.4.0 
 4. Bryant, Dallas G.3.7 
 5. Rogers, Georgia P.3.0 
 6. Abraham, Once C.2.4 
 7. Works, Dallas G.2.2 
 8. Kelly, GIE M.2.2 
 9. Johnson, Texas C.2.1 
 10. Woodyard, Dallas2.0 



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  UKRAINE   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Randy CULPEPPER
  Fe.
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Culpepper, Fe.21.6 
 2. Dykes, Hoverla17.5 
 3. Greer, Azovmash17.3 
 4. Goods, Hapoel T-A17.2 
 5. Thomas, Cherkasy16.9 
 6. Vukosavljevi., Hal.16.5 
 7. Mayo, Mykolaiv16.1 
 8. Songaila, BC Do.15.9 
 9. Mitchell, Halychyna15.8 
 10. Lyons, Budivelnyk15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.5 
 2. Moore, Fe.9.0 
 3. Jones, Albacomp8.5 
 4. Wiggins, DniproAzot8.0 
 5. Eziukwu, Panele.7.9 
 6. Muldrow, Pieno Z.7.6 
 7. Fischer, BC Donet.7.4 
 8. Korniyenko, Dnipro7.2 
 9. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.0 
 10. Harris, Azovmash6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lynn GREER
  Azovmash
  (186-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Greer, Azovmash7.1 
 2. Low, Dnipro6.9 
 3. Florence, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Lawrence, Hoverla6.2 
 5. Deane, Khimik6.0 
 6. Zimmerman, Neckar5.8 
 7. Perkins, Olympiacos5.4 
 8. Mitchell, Halychyna5.2 
 9. Adams, Orleans5.1 
 10. Culpepper, Fe.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Szolnok
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Florence, Szolnok2.0 
 2. Adams, Orleans1.9