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  ABA  



Hawaii Swish to play limited games this season - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that the Hawaii Swish, based in Honolulu, Hawaii will play a limited number of games this season as it prepares for full entry it the ABA for the 2017 season. "We've really want to have a team in Honolulu," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "But travel has been a problem; Geremy Robinson (6'5''-G/F-79, college: Hawaii) has solved it."
Geremy is the President of Team Opencourt Youth Basketball Club, Director of OAHU Basketball League, Director of Hawaii High School Senior Classic All-Start Basketball Game and Director of Geremy Robinson Nike Basketball Academy. "This is something I've really wanted to do for a long time," added Robinson. "We're looking forward to hosting the Yuba City Goldminers, the Tucson Buckets, Orange County Novastars, Arizona Scorpions and Las Vegas Jokers and getting a good jumpstart for next season."
Johnny White will serve as Head Coach, Associate Head Coach will be Artie Wilson, and Assistant Coach Woodrow Moore.
For more information, email geremyrobinson@yahoo.com, call 808 777 9206 or visit www.abaliveaction.com



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  ALBANIA  


Joshua Freelove (ex IRT Tanger) joins Vllaznia - by Greg

Defending champion Vllaznia Shkodra (Superliga) agreed terms with 27-year old American guard Joshua Freelove (188-82kg-90, college: Buffalo, agency: Interperformances). He started the season at IRT Tanger in Moroccan D1 league. In 6 games he averaged 21.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.1apg while shooting 51.5% from the field (44.4% from 3P and 81.4% FT). The last season Freelove played at UBSC Graz in Austrian A Bundesliga where in 15 games he had 9.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg.
Freelove attended University of Buffalo until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Seth Jackson (ex Balkan) signs at Vllaznia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Vllaznia Shkodra (Superliga) landed 24-year old American guard Seth Jackson (195-100kg-93, college: Truman State). He played most recently at Balkan in Bulgarian NBL league, but left the team in Dec.'15. In 7 games he averaged 5.6ppg and 1.6rpg last season. Jackson's team was regular season runner-up in GLVC West Division. He received All-GLVC 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Jackson graduated from Truman State in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ALGERIA  


Algerian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Zakaria Aggoun
Aggoun
Anis Bouadjadja
Bouadjadja
Brahim Maziz
Maziz
Omar Belliche
Belliche
#e#4
4Mohamed Berbagui G US Setif Algeria
5Zakaria Guezout G-92 NAH Dey Algeria
6Zakaria Aggoun 181-PG-98
7Anis Bouadjadja 194-F-98
8Mohamed Guermat 180-PG-93 NAH Dey Algeria
9Merouane Bourkaib G WA Boufarik Algeria
10Aberaouf Faidia G-91 US Setif Algeria
11Ramzi Merahi G-95 WA Boufarik Algeria
12Brahim Maziz C WA Boufarik Algeria
13Omar Belliche 204-F/C-92 NAH Dey Algeria
14Khaled Ouahab F El Eulma Algeria
15Rabah Zitoun C Staoueli Algeria


Ahmed Loubachria Head Coach

Faysal Aktouf Assistant



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  ANGUILLA  


Anguillan National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

1Junior Rogers
Spartans Anguilla
2Ricky Coombs G Hoyas Anguilla
3Colin Harrigan 183-G Shottaz Anguilla
4Aaron Gumbs
Spartans Anguilla
5Michael Davis
Hoyas Anguilla
6Neil Gumbs
Hoyas Anguilla
7Rick Browne 197-F Shottaz Anguilla
8Javille Brooks G Shottaz Anguilla
9Jason Hodge 201-C/F Shottaz Anguilla
10Knoltan Bramble
Hoyas Anguilla
11Rashaun Jackson
Spartans Anguilla
12Incia Brooks 196-F Raiders Anguilla
13Yariel Fleming
Spartans Anguilla
14Andre Duncan
Spartans Anguilla
15Elisban Valera
Raiders Anguilla


I Connor Head Coach

D Mussington Assistant



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  ARAB NATIONS CUP  


Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Morocco victorious in Day 4 - by Eurobasket News

Egypt - United Arab Emirates 86-64
Egypt overcame the UAE to improve at 2-1 record at the tournament. Omar Tarek (218-C-91) stepped up with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Egypt built a 41:29 halftime lead. Egypt extended the margin at 21-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the victory. Mostafa Meshaal (200-F-86) knocked down 16 points in the win. Salem Suwais (180-F-98) and Omar Alamry (200-F-91) replied with 11 points each for the UAE.

Bahrain - Saudi Arabia 99-102 OT
Saudi Arabia outlasted Bahrain in overtime en route to the second win in Egypt. Nassir Abojalas (194-F-94) came up with 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Bahrain eked out a 35:32 halftime lead. But Saudi Arabia erased the deficit in the second half and forced overtime. The teams needed two overtimes to decide on the winners. Saudi Arabia managed to pull away with the tough win at the end. Ahmed Almukhtar (191-F-93) and Mohammed Alsuwallem chipped in 13 points each for the winners. Hassan Naorooz responded with 20 points for Bahrain.

Algeria - Morocco 71-89
Morocco fired past Algeria to improve at 3-0 record at the tournament. Kourdou Soufiane (211-C-85) scored 22 points to lead the winners. Morocco secured a 23:11 lead ten minutes into the game. They unloaded 52 points in the second half and rallied to the victory. Zakaria El Mashbahi tossed in 18 points in the win. Oussama Aggoun (F-94) responded with 17 points for Algeria.





Morocco and United Arab Emirates post wins in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Morocco and United Arab Emirates post wins in Day 2 of the 22nd Emirates Airlines Men's Basketball Championship for Arab teams. Morocco overcame Saudi Arabia 70-64. Morocco led 2 pints at the half-time and added a 22-17 rally in the third period. Kourdou Soufiane (211-C-85) and Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) top-scored for the winners with 18 points each. Mathna Almarwani (184-C-92) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.
United Arab Emirates meanwhile beat Algeria 77-74. Qais Alshabibi stepped up with 27 points and 14 boards, while Khalifa Salem scored 20. Omar Belliche (204-F/C-92) produced 14 points in a loss.



Egypt defeat Bahrain in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Egypt-Bahrain 74-68

Egypt overcame Bahrain 74-68 at the 22nd Emirates Airlines Men's Basketball Championship for Arab teams. The hosts of the event grabbed a 13-10 lead after 10 minutes of the game and added a 26-20 rally in the second frame. Both teams posted 21 points each in the third quarter, while Bahrain replied with 17-14 run in the last stanza, but could not seal the win.
Amr Sherif (192-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Ramy Ibrahim (205-F/C-88) notched 18. Hassan Norouz ended up with 15 points in a loss. Malcolm Anthoni scored 13, whilst Mohamed Alderazi (194-F/G-80) delivered 12.



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  ARGENTINA  


Argentino inks Makal Stibbins - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Argentino Junin (LigaA) agreed terms with 30-year old American power forward Makal Stibbins (201-86, college: Millersville, agency: DTMones). He played last season at Salta Basket in the TNA. In 31 games he had very impressive stats: 17.6ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.4bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Honorable Mention.
The previous (14-15) season Stibbins played at London Lions in British BBL where in 39 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.0ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.1bpg. He helped them to make it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention.
Stibbins is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on four different continents (Europe, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). Stibbins has played previously professionally in Costa Rica (Barva), Germany (Giants), Luxembourg (Avanti), Egypt (Al Ahly) and EBA (Harrisburg Horizon).
He attended Millersville University until 2009 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
Stibbins could be described: Makal is a strong, athletic forward who can score, rebound and block shots. He makes quick moves in the post and always finishes strong at the rim. He can knock down the open jumper and is improving his ball-handling to beat his man off the dribble.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Lotanna Nwogbo joins Alianza Viedma - by Eurobasket News

Alianza Viedma Rio Negro (TNA) added to their roster 23-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward Lotanna Nwogbo (203-116kg-93, college: Longwood). He already started the season at GECR Indalo in the LigaA. In 23 games he had 11.1ppg and 5.3rpg this season. TNA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Nwogbo just graduated from Longwood College and it is his first season as a pro. Nwogbo was also voted All-Big South Conf. 1st Team in 2016 at his college time.
His team made it to the Big South Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2015.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alianza Viedma signs O'Louis McCullough - by Eurobasket News

Alianza Viedma Rio Negro (TNA) signed experienced 34-year old American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-101kg-82, college: Francis Marion, agency: DTMones). He already started the season at GECR Indalo (LigaA). In 20 games he had 11.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5apg this season. TNA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last summer McCullough played at Fuerza Guinda Nogales in Mexican CIBACOPA where in 20 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg.
He is quite experienced player. McCullough has played also professionally in Chile (Colo Colo), Colombia (Patriotas), United Kingdom, Uruguay (Union Atletica), Venezuela (Guaiqueries), Argentina (Lanus and Olimpico de La Banda) and Mexico (Correcaminos, Ola Verde, Frayles de Guasave, Osos and Angeles).
He attended Francis Marion University until 2004 and it is his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eidintas re-signs at Alianza Viedma - by Eurobasket News

Alianza Viedma Rio Negro (TNA) confirmed in their roster 22-year old guard Matias Eidintas (182-95). He has played there for the last three seasons. But in 8 TNA games he recorded just 1.8ppg in 2014-15 season.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Flamengo tabs Hakeem Rollins, ex Instituto - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (NBB) inked experienced 34-year old American power forward Hakeem Rollins (201-111kg-83, college: Washington, agency: DTMones). He played most recently at Instituto in Argentinian LigaA. In 33 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg last season.
The previous (14-15) season Rollins played at Regatas Corrientes (also in LigaA) where in 46 games he had 11.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5bpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Defensive Player of the Year and selected to Honorable Mention.
Rollins is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Rollins has played previously professionally in Russia (Avtodor), Switzerland (SAV Vacallo), United Kingdom (Glasgow Rocks), Uruguay (Atenas), Venezuela (Trotamundos), Argentina (Libertad Sunchales, Ciclista and Sionista) and Brazil (Winner/Limeira).
He attended University of Washington until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Rollins' game is described as: Athletic big man with NBA body, strength, and athleticism. Possesses great upside and has been making quick improvements from year to year. Runs the floor exceptionally well, has an outstanding vertical jump. Good defender, exceptional rebounder. Fans love his intensity, versatility and enormous potential. It has become one of the best centers in each league and level he has played.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Miguel Marriaga left Estudiantes Concordia - by Eurobasket News

33-year old Venezuelan international center Miguel Marriaga (205-102kg-84, agency: Pro Sports) left Estudiantes Concordia (LigaA). But in 6 games in Argentina he had just 1.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3bpg this season. Marriaga also spent pre-season at Olimpico de La Banda earlier that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention in 2015.
Marriaga has been also a member of Venezuelan international program for some years. He has regularly played for Venezuelan senior team since 2003 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2004.
Marriaga also represented Venezuela at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 0.4ppg, 1.0rpg.
Marriaga is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro, Islanders and Cimarrones), Italy, Mexico (Soles), Turkey and Venezuela (Marinos, Toros, Trotamundos, Lanceros and Yaracuyanos).
Marriaga could be described: A smart guy, very reliable player, who plays without any pause, and delivers anytime the same good job; yet a very solid post player, with a large body, long arms and big hands; moves well inside, and is yet enough powerful to defend his position and to rebound; great timing for rebounds and shotblocking; his future is maybe at 4 position, but he has yet to add bulk and shooting range; he has just agreed terms with Gaiteros del Zulia, and should play with this team in 2003 season, but his huge upside makes him a very interesting prospect for NCAA and, in some years, for NBA too;.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRALIA  


NBL Round 13: #1 Adelaide 36ers are defeated by United - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Adelaide 36ers (11-7) in Melbourne on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked United (10-9) 104-73. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Adelaide 36ers. The game without a history. United led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 Adelaide 36ers turnovers. American point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) stepped up and scored 30 points and 7 assists for the winners and the former international guard Chris Goulding (192-88) chipped in 20 points and 4 steals. At the losing side American-Ukrainian point guard Jerome Randle (175-87, college: California) responded with 21 points and 7 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. United have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hawks. Adelaide 36ers at the other side still keep top position with seven games lost. United is looking forward to face Illawarra Hawks (#4) in Gwynneville in the next round. Adelaide 36ers will play on the road against New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Cairns. Fourth ranked United (10-9) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Cairns Taipans (7-10) 79-78 on Thursday evening. American point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) nailed 24 points for the winning side and Tai Wesley accounted for 12 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Travis Trice (183-93, college: Michigan St.) came up with 15 points for Cairns Taipans in the defeat. Cairns Taipans' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. United have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hawks. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. United will play against Illawarra Hawks (#4) in Gwynneville in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play at home against New Zealand Breakers (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Illawarra Hawks (10-9) against eighth ranked Perth Wildcats (8-9) on Saturday night. Host Illawarra Hawks were defeated by Perth Wildcats in a tough game in Gwynneville 87-95. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Illawarra Hawks. Jesse Wagstaff fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Oscar Forman produced 20 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Loser Illawarra Hawks keep the third position with nine games lost. They share it with United. Perth Wildcats will meet higher ranked Bullets (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Illawarra Hawks will play against United and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 13 Taipans lost to Bullets on the opponent's court 76-93. Kings managed to outperform Breakers in a home game 85-80.


United - 36ers 104-73

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Adelaide 36ers (11-7) in Melbourne on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked United (10-9) 104-73. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Adelaide 36ers. The game without a history. United led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 Adelaide 36ers turnovers. American point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) stepped up and scored 30 points and 7 assists for the winners and the former international guard Chris Goulding (192-88) chipped in 20 points and 4 steals. Four United players scored in double figures. At the losing side American-Ukrainian point guard Jerome Randle (175-87, college: California) responded with 21 points and 7 assists and the former international power forward Daniel Johnson (210-88, college: Pepperdine) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. United have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hawks. Adelaide 36ers at the other side still keep top position with seven games lost. United is looking forward to face Illawarra Hawks (#4) in Gwynneville in the next round. Adelaide 36ers will play on the road against New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
United: C.Ware 30+2reb+7ast, C.Goulding 20+1reb+1ast, T.Blanchfield 14+5reb, T.Wesley 11+5reb+1ast, J.Boone 9+9reb+1ast, M.Majok 6+6reb+1ast
36ers: J.Randle 21+3reb+7ast, D.Johnson 14+11reb, M.Creek 9+2reb+1ast, M.Deng 9+4reb+1ast, E.Jacobsen 8+4reb, M.Hodgson 7+10reb
gschID: 487504


Hawks - Wildcats 87-95

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Illawarra Hawks (10-9) against eighth ranked Perth Wildcats (8-9) on Saturday night. Host Illawarra Hawks were defeated by Perth Wildcats in a tough game in Gwynneville 87-95. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Illawarra Hawks. Illawarra Hawks were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 26-15 charge of Perth Wildcats, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Perth Wildcats forced 23 Illawarra Hawks turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international forward Jesse Wagstaff (203-86, college: Metro St.) fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Jameel McKay (206-92, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. The former international forward Oscar Forman (205-82) produced 20 points and American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-89, college: Butler) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Loser Illawarra Hawks keep the third position with nine games lost. They share it with United. Perth Wildcats will meet higher ranked Bullets (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Illawarra Hawks will play against United and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: J.Wagstaff 20+2reb+4ast, C.Prather 19+2reb, J.McKay 16+6reb+2ast, D.Kernich-Drew 13+5reb+1ast, J.Kenny 8+2reb+6ast, A.Brandt 6+6reb+1ast
Hawks: O.Forman 20+2reb+1ast, R.Clarke 17+3reb+1ast, K.White 9+3reb+3ast, C.Ellis 8+1reb+1ast, A.James Ogilvy 7+5reb+7ast, N.Kay 7+2ast
gschID: 487502


Bullets - Taipans 93-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Cairns Taipans' (7-10) road loss to sixth ranked Bullets (9-10) 76-93 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Bullets's pressure prevailed and they won that period 29-15 extending their advantage to 17 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Cairns Taipans' 32 and made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Bullets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. The former international power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) fired 19 points for the winners. American guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) chipped in 14 points. American point guard Travis Trice (183-93, college: Michigan St.) produced 20 points and international swingman Cameron Gliddon (196-89, college: Concordia Irvine) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cairns Taipans' coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Bullets moved-up to fifth place. Loser Cairns Taipans dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. Bullets will meet at home Perth Wildcats (#6) in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play against New Zealand Breakers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bullets: D.Kickert 19+1reb+3ast, A.Gibson 15+2reb+2ast, J.Beal 14+3reb+3ast, M.Young 14+3reb, T.Craig 8+10reb+1ast, T.Jervis 7+6reb+2ast
Taipans: T.Trice 20+2reb+2ast, N.Jawai 11+4reb+1ast, C.Gliddon 10+4reb+3ast, M.Worthington 10+2reb+2ast, A.Loughton 9+2reb+1ast, M.McCarron 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487503


Kings - Breakers 85-80

Rather predictable result in Sydney where third ranked Kings (11-10) defeated 5th ranked New Zealand Breakers (8-10) 85-80 on Friday. New Zealand Breakers were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 24-17 charge of Kings, which allowed them to win the game. They made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. Kings forced 19 New Zealand Breakers turnovers. The former international swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: BeoBasket) fired 16 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The former international guard Jason Cadee (186-91) chipped in 22 points. New Zealand swingman Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin, agency: Duran International) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Paul Carter (205-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Inception Sports) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kings moved-up to second place. Loser New Zealand Breakers dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Kings will meet at home Perth Wildcats (#6) in the next round. New Zealand Breakers will play against the league's leader Adelaide 36ers and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kings: J.Cadee 22+3reb+1ast, G.Whittington 17+4reb+2ast, B.Newley 16+4reb+6ast, J.Powell 10+6reb+3ast, K.Lisch 9+2reb+3ast, G.Jackson 4+5reb+2ast
Breakers: K.Penney 20+5reb+3ast, P.Carter 14+5reb+3ast, F.Delany 11+7reb+3ast, A.Pledger 11+6reb+1ast, M.Vukona 8+3reb+1ast, R.Loe 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487501


Taipans - United 78-79

Important game to mention about took place in Cairns. Fourth ranked United (10-9) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Cairns Taipans (7-10) 79-78 on Thursday evening. Cairns Taipans were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 17-14 charge of United, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) nailed 24 points for the winning side and American-Fijian forward Tai Wesley (201-86, college: Utah St.) accounted for 12 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Travis Trice (183-93, college: Michigan St.) came up with 15 points and the former international power forward Nathan Jawai (209-86, college: Midland CC) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Cairns Taipans in the defeat. Cairns Taipans' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. United have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hawks. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. United will play against Illawarra Hawks (#4) in Gwynneville in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play at home against New Zealand Breakers (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
United: C.Ware 24+4reb+3ast, C.Goulding 16+3reb+1ast, T.Wesley 12+6reb+3ast, J.Boone 6+5reb, M.Majok 6+7reb, R.Moore 5+3reb+2ast
Taipans: T.Trice 15+3reb+2ast, N.Jawai 12+5reb+1ast, C.Gliddon 10+4reb+2ast, J.Weeks 10+1reb, N.Egwu 8+7reb+2ast, M.McCarron 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 487500





Petrie out for season, Bullets sign Isaih Tueta - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Brisbane Bullets have suffered another injury blow with Anthony Petrie (203-F/C-83) out for the remainder of the season.

With Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90, college: N.Mexico) already ruled out for the season with an ACL injury, Anthony Petrie will now also miss the remainder of 2016/17 with cartilage damage in his left knee requiring surgery.

Petrie will have surgery next week and details of the rehabilitation and recovery period will be known post-surgery.

The Bullets have had SEABL MVP Jeremy Kendle (186-G-88, college: Bellarmine) and former NZ Breaker Isaih Tueta (187-G-91) join the squad at practice this week as options to provide additional guard coverage within the roster, however Kendle also succumbed to injury with a calf strain removing him from immediate consideration.

Local Brisbane product Tueta will make his Bullets debut against the Taipans, having played in two games against the Bullets in his time with the Breakers earlier in the season.

The Bullets will make further decisions on injury replacements following the Taipans game.

The injuries to the senior squad members means that some of the exciting young talent from the Bullets Development Squad will have the opportunity to prove they are ready for NBL action.

Jarred Bairstow maintains his position in the roster in older brother Cam's absence, while the Taipans game will see Tom Fullarton join his Australian Under 19's captain Matt Kenyon in the Bullets line up. Fullarton was on the bench for the Bullets for the games against Perth and Sydney in Round 1 and has recently returned from his commitments at the Centre of Excellence program in Canberra.

Courtesy of nbl.com.au



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  AUSTRIA  


A Bundesliga Round 16: Raiffeisen Wels are defeated by Vienna - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Wien between third ranked Raiffeisen Wels (9-6) and sixth ranked Vienna (7-8) on Thursday night. Raiffeisen Wels were defeated by Vienna on the road 75-57. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Raiffeisen Wels. The game without a history. Vienna led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 23 Raiffeisen Wels turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) who added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side Czech center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Raiffeisen Wels' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Vienna have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Vienna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Raiffeisen Wels will play at home against Arkadia Lions and are hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked UBSC Graz managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time they edged sixth-ranked Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen 71-69. The winners were led by international Anton Maresch (191-91) who scored that evening 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Milos Krivokapic supported him with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds by Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Arkadia Lions. UBSC Graz (5-9) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Furstenfeld. Arkadia Lions at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Kapfenberg. UBSC Graz will play against league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Arkadia Lions will play on the road against Raiffeisen Wels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A Bundesliga top team - Redwell Gunners Oberwart (12-2) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat fifth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (6-8) 69-62. Derek Jackson fired 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Bogic Vujosevic produced 21 points for lost side. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-2 record. Kapfenberg Bulls lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Arkadia. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will meet at home Furstenfeld Panthers (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Dukes in Klosterneuburg and hope to secure a win.
Second ranked Gmunden Swans (10-4) crushed at home 9th ranked Dukes (4-10) by 22 points 84-62, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a very good performance for Austin Steed who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gmunden Swans maintains second position with 10-4 record having just two points less than leader Oberwart. Dukes at the other side stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans' next round opponent will be UBSC Graz (#8) on the road where they are favorite. Dukes will play against Kapfenberg Bulls and hope to win that game.


Kapfenberg - Oberwart 62-69

A Bundesliga top team - Redwell Gunners Oberwart (12-2) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat fifth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (6-8) 69-62. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Redwell Gunners Oberwart dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Kapfenberg Bulls' 28. American point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) fired 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Chris McNealy (194-92, college: Cal-Irvine) chipped in 17 points and 4 steals. Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92) produced 21 points and American guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-2 record. Kapfenberg Bulls lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Arkadia. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will meet at home Furstenfeld Panthers (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Dukes in Klosterneuburg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: C.McNealy 17+4reb+2ast, D.Jackson 16+8reb+6ast, A.Cumberbatch 12+3reb+1ast, S.Kaeferle 8+3reb+2ast, B.Blazevic 8+3reb, J.Traylor 6+4reb
Kapfenberg: B.Vujosevic 21+3reb+3ast, A.Woschank 12+2reb+2ast, K.Jamar 10+7reb+3ast, C.Baptiste 8+10reb, M.Coffin 6+7reb+4ast, F.Kramer 5+1reb
gschID: 495014


Gmunden - Klosterneuburg 84-62

Second ranked Gmunden Swans (10-4) crushed at home 9th ranked Dukes (4-10) by 22 points 84-62, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Gmunden Swans led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Dukes' 32. Gmunden Swans forced 19 Dukes turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Dukes' players. It was a very good performance for American forward Austin Steed (203-88, college: E.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. International forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. International center Jozo Rados (208-93) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds and American-British guard Michael Ojo (195-89, college: Lehigh) added 14 points in the effort for Dukes. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gmunden Swans maintains second position with 10-4 record having just two points less than leader Oberwart. Dukes at the other side stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans' next round opponent will be UBSC Graz (#8) on the road where they are favorite. Dukes will play against Kapfenberg Bulls and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: E.Murati 17+4ast, A.Steed 14+6reb+4ast, D.Friedrich 13+2reb+5ast, A.Wesby 11+2reb, T.Klette 11+4reb+5ast, T.Blazan 8+5reb+4ast
Klosterneuburg: M.Ojo 14+3reb+1ast, J.Blazevic 13, J.Rados 12+9reb+3ast, L.Burgemeister 10+4reb+3ast, G.Bezhanishvili 8+1reb+1ast, T.Bas 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 495013


Arkadia - UBSC Graz 69-71

Bottom-ranked UBSC Graz managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time they edged sixth-ranked Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen 71-69. The guests were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-14 Arkadia Lions' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 71-69 at the end of the game. The winners were led by international Anton Maresch (191-91) who scored that evening 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin point guard Milos Krivokapic (185-96) supported him with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds by Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Arkadia Lions. The former international forward Florian Trmal (199-89, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 18 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. UBSC Graz (5-9) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Furstenfeld. Arkadia Lions at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Kapfenberg. UBSC Graz will play against league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Arkadia Lions will play on the road against Raiffeisen Wels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: A.Maresch 20+8reb+4ast, D.Hasenburger 17+6reb+1ast, M.Krivokapic 13+10reb+4ast, D.Brcina 12+5reb+4ast, C.Naylor 9+13reb+1ast, F.Richter 0
Arkadia: F.Trmal 18+6reb+2ast, F.Vay 18+11reb+1ast, M.Draskovic 13+11reb+1ast, B.Danek 9+4reb+6ast, J.Detrick 7+3ast, M.Trmal 4+1reb
gschID: 495012


Vienna - Wels 75-57

The most important game in the last round took place in Wien between third ranked Raiffeisen Wels (9-6) and sixth ranked Vienna (7-8) on Thursday night. Raiffeisen Wels were defeated by Vienna on the road 75-57. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Raiffeisen Wels. The game without a history. Vienna led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 23 Raiffeisen Wels turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) who added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Five Vienna players scored in double figures. At the losing side Czech center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Kevin Payton (196-86, college: Minnesota) scored 5 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Raiffeisen Wels' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Vienna have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Vienna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Raiffeisen Wels will play at home against Arkadia Lions and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Vienna: P.Miletic 26+8reb, C.Ferguson 14+5reb+2ast, S.Stazic 11+6reb+6ast, A.Clemmons 11+3reb+3ast, S.Koch 11+4reb+2ast, A.Andjelkovic 2+5reb+2ast
Wels: A.Chan 14+8reb+2ast, D.Lamesic 9+5reb+1ast, D.Wright 9+3reb+1ast, D.Cigoja 8, K.Payton 5+7reb+4ast, E.Zulic 3+1reb
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Austrian A Bundesliga round 16 best performance: Predrag Miletic - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Shooting guard Predrag Miletic (193-SG-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Vienna, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Wels (#3, 9-6) with 18-point margin 75-57. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Vienna is placed at 4th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. Vienna is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-8 record. In the team's last game Miletic had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Vienna, through which he has constantly improved. Predrag Miletic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.4ppg) and averages impressive 59.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old international shooting guard Anton Maresch (191-SG-91) of UBSC Graz. Maresch had a very good evening with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for UBSC Graz to edge slightly higher-ranked Arkadia (#6, 6-8) 71-69. This victory allowed UBSC Graz to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-9 record. Maresch is a newcomer at UBSC Graz, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Derek Jackson (185-PG-91, agency: Mansfield and Associates) of league's top team Oberwart. Jackson showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Oberwart, leading his team to a 69-62 win against the lower-ranked Kapfenberg (#5, 6-8). Oberwart confirms their top position in the standings. Jackson has a great season in Austria. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.9ppg (8th best) and assists with 5.4apg (4th best). He also has 2.5spg and FGP: 57.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95) of Arkadia - 13 points and 11 rebounds
5. Fabricio Vay (207-F-86) of Arkadia - 18 points and 11 rebounds
6. Chris McNealy (194-G-92) of Oberwart - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tilo Klette (206-C/F-77) of Gmunden - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jozo Rados (208-C-93) of Klosterneuburg - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Milos Krivokapic (185-PG-96) of UBSC Graz - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Bogic Vujosevic (190-PG-92) of Kapfenberg - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 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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  BAHRAIN  


Bahrain National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Hussain Al-Tawash
Al-Tawash
Ahmed Ismaeel
Ismaeel
Subah Azzam
Azzam
Malcolm White
White
Mohamed Alderazi
Alderazi
#e#5
4Mohamed Alderazi 194-F/G-80 Al Muharraq Bahrain
5Hussain Al-Tawash 174-G-86 Al Ahli Oman
6Ali Melad 171-F-94 BHR U18 NT Bahrain
7Maitam Isa 182-G-90 Al Ahli Bahrain
8Ahmed Ismaeel 203-F-90 Al Manama Bahrain
9Mohammed Buallay 185-F-95 Al Najma Bahrain
10Subah Azzam 93 Al Bahrain Bahrain
11Mohammed Qurban 187-F-87 Al Manama Bahrain
12Ahmed Akbar 91 Al Manama Bahrain
13Malcolm White 205-C/F-88 Al Ahli Bahrain
14Hassan Naorooz
Al Manama Bahrain
15Hesham Sarhan 92 Al Ahli Bahrain


Salman Haji Head Coach

Hussain Qaheri Assistant



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Nenad Delic (ex Rilski) signs at Sigal Prishtina - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) landed 32-year old Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-112kg-84). He already started the season at Rilski in Bulgarian NBL league. Delic managed to play in three leagues this year (!!!). In 11 NBL games he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 2.6apg. Delic helped them to make it to the Supercup final. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very remarkable stats: 15.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.8apg. And finally Delic contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 14.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg. The last season he played at Peja. In 24 SuperLeague games he was second best scorer with 13.9ppg and got 5.6rpg (#3 in the league) and 2.0apg. Delic contributed to his team winning the Supercup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League 1st Team and to the All-Star Game. Delic also played 10 games in Balkan League where he got high stats: 19.0ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 1st Team.
Delic was a member of Croatian U21 National Team back in 2004.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Delic experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Delic has played previously professionally in Germany (EWE Baskets), Slovakia (Handlova and Inter Bratislava), Switzerland (Starwings), Turkey (Pi Koleji and Istanbul DSI), Croatia (KK Split, Slavonski Brod, KK Solin and KK Vrijednosnice Osijek) and United Arab Emirates (Banijas).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Young developing player whose progress had been slowed down by the various injuries. Last year was injury free and he showed the promise to develop into a really good player. Very skilled player who can play with his back to the basket or facing the basket, exceptional passer who understands the game really well. Plays within a team concept and is sometimes, too unselfiush. His offense is far more developed at this stage. Needs to improve his defense, especially 1 - 1 post defense and be more dominant under the boards.Help side defense also needs work especially for a player of his size and physical potential. Works hard in practice and is a very coachable player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sigal Prishtina signs Grant Johnson, ex Contern - by Eurobasket News

Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) signed 27-year old American guard Grant Johnson (196-87kg-90, college: Winona State). He just played at Contern in Luxembourg Total League. In only one game he recorded very impressive stats: 21 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal this season. Johnson also spent pre-season at Sodertalje Kings (Basketligan) in Swedish league earlier that year.
He is quite experienced player. Johnson has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Australia (Bendigo Braves and Sherbrooke Suns), Finland (Kouvot), Lithuania (Nevezis) and D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce).
Johnson attended Winona State until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Zenelaj is back at Sigal Prishtina - by Eurobasket News

Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) signed 26-year old international center Urim Zenelaj (213-135kg-91, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Prishtina as he has played here before. Zenelaj started the season at Ylli (SuperLeague). He has played there for the last three years. In 13 SuperLeague games he had very impressive stats: 21.3ppg, 14.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6bpg this season. The last season Zenelaj played also at Ylli where in 18 SuperLeague games he was the best scorer with remarkable 23.2ppg and averaged 15.9rpg (leader !!!), 2.0apg and 3.4bpg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Defensive Player of the Year, Center of the Year and named to 2nd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zenelaj's team made it to the Kosovo League Semifinals in 2013 and 2015. He has been regularly called to Kosovan Senior National Team since 2013.
Zenelaj has played previously professionally also in Italy (Vanoli Cremona) and Kosovo (Bashkimi and KB RTV 21 Prishtina).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Premier League Round 18: BSEU-GrandPrint is defeated by Impuls BGUIR in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

Impuls BGUIR - BSEU-GrandPrint 87-74

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Minsk: Impuls BGUIR (#5) and BSEU-GrandPrint (#7). Impuls BGUIR (8-7) won against visiting BSEU-GrandPrint (3-16) 87-74. The game was mostly controlled by Impuls BGUIR. BSEU-GrandPrint managed to win third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BSEU-GrandPrint 45-29 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Impuls BGUIR looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Guard Kiril Volodkin (190-91) scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Yuriy Ignatev (202-91) chipped in 20 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Impuls BGUIR's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Valentin Nazarov (185-97) with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 assists and 6 steals and guard Sergej Vabischevich (190-88) scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Impuls BGUIR have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 8-7 record. BSEU-GrandPrint lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Impuls BGUIR: K.Volodkin 22+5reb+8ast, Y.Ignatev 20+11reb, M.Shustov 11+2reb+7ast, A.Matveev 9+4reb+4ast, G.Zahar 7+4reb, Y.Kurapau 6+3reb
BSEU-GrandPrint: V.Lebedev 21+6reb, S.Vabischevich 18+5reb+5ast, V.Nazarov 14+4reb+13ast, D.Roslikau 9+1reb+2ast, S.Ulyanka 6+4reb+2ast, M.Kuchkou 5+2reb
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Belarusian Premier League round 18 best performance: Yuriy Ignatev - by Eurobasket News

Forward Yuriy Ignatev (202-F-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Impuls BGUIR, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat BSEU-GrandPrint (#7, 3-16) 87-74. Impuls BGUIR maintains the 5th position in Belarusian Premier League. Impuls BGUIR is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-7 record. In the team's last game Ignatev had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Impuls BGUIR, through which he has constantly improved. Yuriy Ignatev has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 8.3rpg) and averages impressive 52.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Valentin Nazarov (185-G-97) of BSEU-GrandPrint. Nazarov had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 13 assists. Bad luck as BSEU-GrandPrint lost that game 74-87 to slightly higher-ranked Impuls BGUIR (#5, 8-7). BSEU-GrandPrint managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories BSEU-GrandPrint managed to get this year. Nazarov is a newcomer at BSEU-GrandPrint and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was another BSEU-GrandPrint's star - forward Vitaliy Lebedev (200-F/C-99). Lebedev scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Lebedev's great performance BSEU-GrandPrint lost 74-87 to slightly higher-ranked Impuls BGUIR (#5, 8-7). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. BSEU-GrandPrint can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Lebedev he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Lebedev has a very solid season. In 16 games in Belarus he scored 15.6ppg. He also has 7.3rpg, 2.9spg and FGP: 57.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kiril Volodkin (190-G-91) of Impuls BGUIR - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Sergej Vabischevich (190-G-88) of BSEU-GrandPrint - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Stainslau Ulyanka (194-F-99) of BSEU-GrandPrint - 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Alexander Matveev (194-G-91) of Impuls BGUIR - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Maksim Shustov (188-G-86) of Impuls BGUIR - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Genadziy Zahar (200-SF-92) of Impuls BGUIR - 7 points and 4 rebounds
10. Evgeniy Pankratovic (186-G-98) of Impuls BGUIR - 3 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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Flamengo tabs Hakeem Rollins, ex Instituto - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (NBB) inked experienced 34-year old American power forward Hakeem Rollins (201-111kg-83, college: Washington, agency: DTMones). He played most recently at Instituto in Argentinian LigaA. In 33 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg last season.
The previous (14-15) season Rollins played at Regatas Corrientes (also in LigaA) where in 46 games he had 11.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5bpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Defensive Player of the Year and selected to Honorable Mention.
Rollins is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Rollins has played previously professionally in Russia (Avtodor), Switzerland (SAV Vacallo), United Kingdom (Glasgow Rocks), Uruguay (Atenas), Venezuela (Trotamundos), Argentina (Libertad Sunchales, Ciclista and Sionista) and Brazil (Winner/Limeira).
He attended University of Washington until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Rollins' game is described as: Athletic big man with NBA body, strength, and athleticism. Possesses great upside and has been making quick improvements from year to year. Runs the floor exceptionally well, has an outstanding vertical jump. Good defender, exceptional rebounder. Fans love his intensity, versatility and enormous potential. It has become one of the best centers in each league and level he has played.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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L.Sorocaba signs Gustavo Scaglia - by Paulo Freire

Liga Sorocabana de Basquete (NBB) signed 24-year old guard Gustavo Scaglia (193-93, college: Arizona W. CC). He just played at Pinheiros in Brazilian NBB league. In 8 games he had only 2.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg this season. Scaglia also played earlier that season for Pinheiros (Paulista) where in 8 NBB games he recorded only 2.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 37 games in NBB for the same team last season where he averaged only 2.6ppg and 1.0apg.
Scaglia's team was regular season runner-up in Paulista League in 2016.
He represented Brazil at the Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) seven years ago.
Scaglia has played previously for three other teams: Palmeiras, Paschoalotto/Bauru and Brasilia.
He attended Arizona Western CC until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS  


British V.Islands National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Kimani Stevens
Stevens
Kleon Penn
Penn
Lyle Duggins
Duggins
Romain Minott-Neufville
Minott-Neufville
#e#4
4Riquan Fahie 193-C-96
6Shaq Fonseca

7Romain Minott-Neufville 185-G High School USA
8Kimani Stevens 188-G J.and Wales, FL USA
9Franklyn Penn 185-PG-97
10Kleon Penn 213-C-86 Metros STGO Dominican Republic
11Tyler Cameron
Heats British Virgin Islands
12Lyle Duggins 188-G/F-73 Ghetto Roots Saint Kitts




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  BULGARIA  


NBL Round 12: Academik Plovdiv is defeated by Balkan - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Botevgrad between third ranked Academik Plovdiv (6-4) and fifth ranked Balkan (6-5) on Thursday night. Academik Plovdiv was crushed by Balkan on the road 94-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Academik Plovdiv. Balkan made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Balkan had a 29-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Academik Plovdiv's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Travis Daniels (202-92, college: Mississippi St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Stanimir Marinov (192-91, agency: Interperformances) who added 13 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was French-American forward Jordan Semple (201-92, college: Chico St.) with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Balkan moved-up to fourth place. Academik Plovdiv at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Balkan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Academik Plovdiv will play at home against Cherno More and is hoping to win this game.
NBL top team - Lukoil Acad. (9-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Cherno More (4-7) in Varna 86-75. The winners were led by Ukrainian power forward Maxym Korniyenko (205-87, agency: BeoBasket) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and Anthony Beane supported him with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Even 20 points and 7 rebounds by guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91) did not help to save the game for Cherno More. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-2 record. Cherno More at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Lukoil Acad.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sofia Levski.
The game in Yambol supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Beroe (8-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Yambol (3-7). Beroe smashed Yambol 83-57 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Brandis Raley-Ross who scored 14 points and 4 assists. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Nikolay Varbanov who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Beroe have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-3 record behind leader Lukoil Acad. Yambol lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with seven games lost. Beroe will meet at home Spartak Pleven (#5) in the next round. Yambol will play against Rilski in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 12 Rilski won against Levski on the opponent's court 78-61.


Yambol - Beroe 57-83

The game in Yambol supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Beroe (8-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Yambol (3-7). Beroe smashed Yambol 83-57 on Friday. Beroe dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Yambol's 36. Beroe forced 24 Yambol turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) who scored 14 points and 4 assists. Power forward Todor Todorov (200-82) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and forward Stoyan Petkov (198-85) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Beroe have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-3 record behind leader Lukoil Acad. Yambol lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with seven games lost. Beroe will meet at home Spartak Pleven (#5) in the next round. Yambol will play against Rilski in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yambol: S.Cholakov 15, N.Varbanov 15+10reb+2ast, S.Petkov 11+10reb+2ast, E.Ivanov 10+3reb+1ast, R.Ivanov 2+5reb, T.Ostrev 2+2ast
Beroe: B.Raley-Ross 14+4reb+4ast, T.Zhelev 12+3reb+3ast, S.Gibson 12+1reb+1ast, O.Gudul 12+5reb+1ast, T.Todorov 12+7reb, A.Jones 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 496066


Balkan - Akademik PL 94-74

The most important game in the last round took place in Botevgrad between third ranked Academik Plovdiv (6-4) and fifth ranked Balkan (6-5) on Thursday night. Academik Plovdiv was crushed by Balkan on the road 94-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Academik Plovdiv. Balkan made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Balkan had a 29-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Academik Plovdiv's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Travis Daniels (202-92, college: Mississippi St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Stanimir Marinov (192-91, agency: Interperformances) who added 13 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Five Balkan players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was French-American forward Jordan Semple (201-92, college: Chico St.) with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and American guard Shakir Smith (185-92, college: Adams St.) scored 18 points and 6 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Balkan moved-up to fourth place. Academik Plovdiv at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Balkan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Academik Plovdiv will play at home against Cherno More and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Akademik PL: J.Semple 19+12reb+5ast, S.Smith 18+2reb, S.Vaklinov 9+6reb+1ast, V.Bachev 9+2reb+1ast, V.Aleksandrov 7+2reb, O.Bellfield 6+3reb+3ast
Balkan: T.Daniels 23+10reb+2ast, M.Sekulovic 14+7reb+3ast, I.Ivkov 13+5reb+2ast, S.Marinov 13+5reb+8ast, A.Hott 10+3reb+10ast, C.Voss 10+6reb
gschID: 496065


Cherno More - Lukoil Acad. 75-86

NBL top team - Lukoil Acad. (9-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Cherno More (4-7) in Varna 86-75. Lukoil Acad. brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The winners were led by Ukrainian power forward Maxym Korniyenko (205-87, agency: BeoBasket) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Anthony Beane (188-94, college: S.Illinois) supported him with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Even 20 points and 7 rebounds by guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91) did not help to save the game for Cherno More. Serbian power forward Filip Dedijer (205-88) added 17 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-2 record. Cherno More at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Lukoil Acad.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sofia Levski.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: S.Tsonkov 20+7reb+3ast, F.Dedijer 17+9reb+1ast, N.Djuric 14+3reb+2ast, D.Karamfilov 11+6reb+8ast, A.Natskin 5+1reb, M.Markovic 3+3reb
Lukoil Acad.: M.Korniyenko 18+11reb+2ast, F.Videnov 12+2ast, A.Beane 12+6reb+2ast, D.Gibson 12+1ast, S.Zack 11+6reb, P.Ivanov 9+7reb+2ast
gschID: 496063


Levski - Rilski 61-78

Rather expected game in Sofia where 9th ranked Levski (2-9) was defeated by sixth ranked Rilski (5-6) 78-61 on Thursday. Rilski outrebounded Levski 49-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 20 rebounds. The former international guard Yordan Bozov (191-79) chipped in 21 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Rilski's coach Ludmil Hadjisotirov used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Angel Peychinov (201-95) who recorded 19 points and 5 rebounds and the former international swingman Pavel Ivanov (200-88, agency: Interperformances) added 20 points respectively. Rilski maintains sixth position with 5-6 record. Levski lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. Rilski will meet at home Yambol (#8) in the next round. Levski's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena Lukoil Acad..
Top scorers:
Levski: P.Ivanov 20+4reb+2ast, A.Peychinov 19+5reb+2ast, K.Doychinov 8+10reb, S.Slaveykov 7+7reb+6ast, E.Hadjirusev 4+4reb+4ast, K.Raykov 2+3reb+1ast
Rilski: Y.Bozov 21+5reb+6ast, E.Bruinsma 17+20reb+2ast, D.Ivanov 16+1reb, N.Delic 8+11reb+2ast, Z.Georgiev 6+5reb+1ast, N.Stoyanov 4+1ast
gschID: 496064





Bulgarian NBL round 12 best performance: Travis Daniels - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Travis Daniels (202-F-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Balkan, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Akademik PL (#3, 6-4) with 20-point margin 94-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Balkan is placed at 4th position in Bulgarian NBL. Balkan is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-5 record. In the team's last game Daniels had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Travis Daniels averages this season 11.1ppg and 6.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old French Jordan Semple (201-F-92) of Akademik PL. Semple had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Akademik PL lost that game 74-94 to slightly lower-ranked Balkan (#4, 6-5). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Akademik PL still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 6-4 record is not bad at all. Semple is a newcomer at Akademik PL, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.0ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 11.3rpg and 3.6apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Yordan Bozov (191-G-79) of Rilski (#6). Bozov showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, five rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Rilski, leading his team to a 78-61 easy win against the lower-ranked Levski (#9, 2-9). The chances of Rilski ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bozov could help Rilski to bring them higher in the standings. Bozov has a great season in Bulgaria. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maxym Korniyenko (205-F/C-87) of Lukoil Acad. - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Evan Bruinsma (202-F-92) of Rilski - 17 points, 20 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Stanimir Marinov (192-G-91) of Balkan - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Filip Dedijer (205-C/F-88) of Cherno More - 17 points and 9 rebounds
8. Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85) of Yambol - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91) of Cherno More - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Brandis Raley-Ross (191-G-87) of Beroe - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 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)



Seth Jackson (ex Balkan) signs at Vllaznia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Vllaznia Shkodra (Superliga) landed 24-year old American guard Seth Jackson (195-100kg-93, college: Truman State). He played most recently at Balkan in Bulgarian NBL league, but left the team in Dec.'15. In 7 games he averaged 5.6ppg and 1.6rpg last season. Jackson's team was regular season runner-up in GLVC West Division. He received All-GLVC 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Jackson graduated from Truman State in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Voss left Balkan - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Colin Voss (201-109kg, college: N.Texas) left Balkan Botevgrad (NBL). In 11 games in Bulgaria he recorded 5.6ppg and 3.1rpg this season.
The last season Voss played at Cerignola Udas (Serie C Gold) in Italian league where in 38 games he averaged impressive 17.8ppg.
He was voted to NJCAA D1 All-America 2nd Team in 2013.
Voss graduated from University of North Texas in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MBida comes back to Lille - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Cameroonian ex-international center Junior MBida (204-90). It is actually his comeback to Lille Metropole as he has played here before. MBida supposed to play at Dijon (ProA), but left the team in Dec.'16. In 12 games he recorded 3.2ppg and 2.1rpg this season. ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The most of last season MBida spent at Cholet Basket (also in ProA) where in 16 games he averaged 4.1ppg and 3.0rpg. MBida also played earlier that season for Monaco (also in ProA). In 11 games he had 3.0ppg and 2.3rpg. MBida was a member of Cameroonian Senior National Team two years ago.
He has played previously for three other teams: Olympique Antibes, Paris-Levallois and SO Maritime Boulogne.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chilean Liga Nacional round 28 best performance: Brandon Bowdry - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Brandon Bowdry (200-F/G-88, agency: Inception Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Los Leones, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 17 rebounds, while his team outclassed Tinguiririca S.F. (#11, 7-22) with 38-point margin 106-68. It allowed Los Leones to consolidate first place in the Chilean Liga Nacional. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Los Leones has a very solid 21-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Bowdry had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Los Leones' top player in his first season with the team. Former Eastern Michigan University star has very solid stats this year. Bowdry is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 11.1rpg) and averages impressive 53.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Durrell Summers (193-SF-89) of CD Valdivia. Summers had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. Of course CD Valdivia cruised to a 96-88 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Las Animas (#7, 14-15). CD Valdivia's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Summers is a newcomer at CD Valdivia, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.3ppg (#1). He also registered 7.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Jamaican guard Akeem Scott (185-G-83) of CDU Concepcion (#3). Scott showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of CDU Concepcion, leading his team to a 89-67 easy win against the lower-ranked Puente Alto (#10, 10-19). CDU Concepcion needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 9 lost games. Scott has a great season in Chile. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.6apg (9th best). Scott attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dwight McCombs (203-F-89) of CDE Talca - 18 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Terrance Thomas (198-F-80) of CD Castro - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Terrell Taylor (203-C-81) of Las Animas - 22 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
7. John Dickson (198-F-90) of CDU Catolica - 32 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Yamene Coleman (208-C-86) of Osorno - 23 points and 11 rebounds
9. Dwight McCombs (203-F-89) of CDE Talca - 15 points and 18 rebounds
10. Durrell Summers (193-SF-89) of CD Valdivia - 26 points and 14 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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CBA Round 24: #1 Shanghai Sharks are defeated by Guandong Tigers - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Shanghai Sharks (21-3) in Dongguan on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Guandong Tigers (20-4) 116-107. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Shanghai Sharks. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Guandong Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Shanghai Sharks' 40 and made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Shanghai Sharks 45-33 including 30 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Donald Sloan (190-88, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Peng Zhou (210-89) who added 30 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jimmer Fredette (188-89, college: BYU) with 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (went 16 for 16 at the free throw line !!!). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guandong Tigers maintains second position with 20-4 record behind leader Shanghai S. Shanghai Sharks at the other side still keep top place with three games lost. Guandong Tigers are looking forward to face Fujian (#15) in Jinjiang in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shanghai Sharks will play on the road against Leopards (#6) in Shenzhen and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Guangzhou. Sixteenth ranked Fujian (7-17) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 20th ranked Guangzhou (4-20) 101-99 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by American forward J.J. Hickson (206-88, college: N.Carolina St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds and Zhelin Wang supported him with 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Fujian's coach WanJun Cui allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 29 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by American swingman D.J. Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) did not help to save the game for Guangzhou. Fujian have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Zhejiang CB. Guangzhou lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Fujian will play against league's second-placed Guandong Tigers in Dongguan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Guangzhou will play on the road against Sichuan BW (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Hangzhou between Qingdao Eagles and Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. Fourteenth ranked Qingdao Eagles (10-13) got a very close victory on the road over 15th ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (7-17). Qingdao Eagles managed to escape with a 3-point win 108-105 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Dominique Jones who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Qingdao Eagles' coach XiaoBin Gong used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Willie Warren who recorded 22 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Qingdao Eagles moved-up to twelfth place. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Fujian QB. Qingdao Eagles will meet at home Jiangsu TX (#18) in the next round where they are favorite. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will play against Bayi Rockets and hope to secure a win.
Eighth ranked Beijing Ducks (13-11) crushed at home 13th ranked TianJin Steel (10-14) by 26 points 109-83, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Shuo Fang who led his team to a victory with 39 points (!!!) and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Beijing Ducks maintains eighth position with 13-11 record. TianJin Steel at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 14 games lost. Beijing Ducks' next round opponent will be Shanxi Zhongyu (#9) in Taiyuan. TianJin Steel will play on the road against North Control (#17) in Beijing and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 24: Shenzhen L. lost to Liaoning H. on the opponent's court 101-115. North Control B. unfortunately lost to Shandong FB in a home game 113-120. Jilin NE T. recorded a loss to Shanxi Zh. on the road 99-112. Jiangsu D. defeated Sichuan BW on its own court 110-94. Xinjiang FT beat Jiangsu TX in Urumqi 104-89. Guangsha L. won against Bayi R. at home 84-72.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks by Yuchen Zou of Bayi R..


Liaoning H. - Shenzhen L. 115-101

Rather expected game in Yingkou where 6th ranked Leopards (16-8) were defeated by fourth ranked Liaoning Hunters (19-5) 115-101. Liaoning Hunters made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 55.2 percentage. Liaoning Hunters players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for American Lester Hudson (190-84, college: Tenn-Martin) who led his team to a victory with 38 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. The former international center Dejun Han (215-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and American point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga) added 22 points and 4 assists in the effort for Leopards. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Leopards' coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Liaoning Hunters have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Xinjiang FT. Leopards at the other side keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Liaoning Hunters' next round opponent will be Jilin Tigers (#13) in Changchun and are hoping to win another game. Leopards will play at home against the league's leader Shanghai Sharks (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: H.Lester 38+8reb+1ast, H.Dejun 19+11reb+1ast, G.Ailun 18+6reb+6ast, R.Shavlik 14+6reb+3ast, L.Ming 10+5reb+2ast, Z.JiWei 6+6reb+6ast
Shenzhen L.: P.Jeremy 22+2reb+4ast, M.Duo 19+1ast, L.Maciej 17+13reb+5ast, Z.Jie 11+1ast, H.ZhongMian 9+2reb+1ast, Z.Kai 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 513939


North Control B. - Shandong FB 113-120

Very predictable result in Beijing where seventh ranked Shandong Bulls (14-10) defeated 17th ranked North Control (5-18) 120-113. Shandong Bulls forced 22 North Control turnovers. 32 personal fouls committed by North Control helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Jason Thompson (211-86, college: Rider) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). International forward Yanyuhang Ding (200-93) contributed with 31 points and 6 assists for the winners. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) replied with 51 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and Uruguayan-Spanish power forward Esteban Batista (208-83, agency: Duran International) added 14 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for North Control. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shandong Bulls have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 14-10 record. North Control lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth place with 18 games lost. Shandong Bulls' next round opponent will be higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#5) in Hangzhou and it may be quite challenging game. North Control will play at home against TianJin Steel (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: T.Jason 33+17reb+3ast, D.Yanyuhang 31+4reb+6ast, D.Justin 23+1reb+3ast, W.Ke 12+3reb, H.Zhang 6+10reb+1ast, Y.Li 5+4reb+2ast
North Control B.: M.Errick 51+6reb+3ast, W.Zhenyu 19+7reb+1ast, H.Xining 18+2ast, B.Esteban 14+14reb+2ast, L.DaPeng 5+4reb, H.Zhongda 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 513940


Zhejiang CB - Qingdao E. 105-108

A very close game took place in Hangzhou between Qingdao Eagles and Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. Fourteenth ranked Qingdao Eagles (10-13) got a very close victory on the road over 15th ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (7-17). Qingdao Eagles managed to escape with a 3-point win 108-105 on Sunday evening. Qingdao Eagles made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Chengyu Zhang (193-89) chipped in 14 points. Qingdao Eagles' coach XiaoBin Gong used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Willie Warren (193-89, college: Oklahoma) who recorded 22 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and his fellow American import guard Lorenzo Brown (196-90, college: N.Carolina St.) added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively. Four Qingdao Eagles and five Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank players scored in double figures. Qingdao Eagles moved-up to twelfth place. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Fujian QB. Qingdao Eagles will meet at home Jiangsu TX (#18) in the next round where they are favorite. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will play against Bayi Rockets and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Qingdao E.: J.Dominique 33+10reb+8ast, S.Wei 15+4reb, T.JiaFu 14+4reb, Z.Chengyu 14+3reb+3ast, M.Loukas 9+6reb+2ast, X.Chenghao 6+5reb+3ast
Zhejiang CB: W.Willie 22+9reb+8ast, B.Lorenzo 20+5reb+8ast, Z.Dayu 17+6reb, W.Qian 15+3reb+1ast, L.Junhao 14+5reb+2ast, Z.Yongpeng 10+6reb+3ast
gschID: 513941


Beijing D. - TianJin S. 109-83

Eighth ranked Beijing Ducks (13-11) crushed at home 13th ranked TianJin Steel (10-14) by 26 points 109-83, which is the biggest margin this round. Beijing Ducks players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by TianJin Steel's players. It was a good game for international guard Shuo Fang (188-90) who led his team to a victory with 39 points (!!!) and 4 assists. American forward Grant Jerrett (208-93, college: Arizona) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jeremy Tyler (208-91, college: Louisville) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 17 rebounds and Palestinian center Sani Sakakini (204-88) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for TianJin Steel. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Beijing Ducks maintains eighth position with 13-11 record. TianJin Steel at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 14 games lost. Beijing Ducks' next round opponent will be Shanxi Zhongyu (#9) in Taiyuan. TianJin Steel will play on the road against North Control (#17) in Beijing and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Beijing D.: F.Shuo 39+4ast, J.Grant 18+17reb+3ast, M.Stephon 18+4reb+2ast, D.JiangPeng 15+2reb+3ast, J.Zhe 8+7reb+1ast, Z.Songtao 4+2reb+3ast
TianJin S.: T.Jeremy 30+17reb, J.Eugene 15+1ast, Z.Zhihan 10+7reb, S.Sani 10+8reb, S.YI 8, L.Tian 8+2reb
gschID: 513937


Shanxi Zh. - Jilin NE T. 112-99

Not a big story in a game in Taiyuan where 12th ranked Jilin Tigers (10-14) were defeated by tenth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (12-12) 112-99. Shanxi Zhongyu made 27-of-33 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Shanxi Zhongyu outrebounded Jilin Tigers 50-37 including 38 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Jilin Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for Jamaal Franklin (196-91, college: San Diego St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Henry Sims (208-90, college: Georgetown) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach Xujin Zhe allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Jabari Brown (193-92, college: Missouri) replied with 29 points and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and forward Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) added 10 points and 20 rebounds in the effort for Jilin Tigers. Five Shanxi Zhongyu and four Jilin Tigers players scored in double figures. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Jiangsu D. and Sichuan BW. Jilin Tigers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu's next round opponent will be higher ranked Beijing Ducks (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Jilin Tigers will play against Liaoning Hunters (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: F.Jamaal 35+13reb+4ast, S.Henry 24+13reb+3ast, Y.PengFei 17+9reb+1ast, Z.XueWen 15+3reb+3ast, W.Lei 11+5reb+3ast, X.Zhiqiang 5+1ast
Jilin NE T.: B.Jabari 29+2reb+5ast, C.Jinming 18+2reb+6ast, C.Zhangyi 11, T.Malcolm 10+20reb+3ast, Z.Biao 10+2reb+1ast, Z.Cheng 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 513933


Guangdong ST - Shanghai S. 116-107

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Shanghai Sharks (21-3) in Dongguan on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Guandong Tigers (20-4) 116-107. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Shanghai Sharks. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Guandong Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Shanghai Sharks' 40 and made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Shanghai Sharks 45-33 including 30 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Donald Sloan (190-88, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Peng Zhou (210-89) who added 30 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jimmer Fredette (188-89, college: BYU) with 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (went 16 for 16 at the free throw line !!!) and French Guerschon Yabusele (201-95) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guandong Tigers maintains second position with 20-4 record behind leader Shanghai S. Shanghai Sharks at the other side still keep top place with three games lost. Guandong Tigers are looking forward to face Fujian (#15) in Jinjiang in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shanghai Sharks will play on the road against Leopards (#6) in Shenzhen and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: Z.Peng 30+3reb+2ast, S.Donald 26+6reb+5ast, B.Carlos 22+10reb+3ast, R.JunFei 12+6reb+2ast, H.Dong 8+12reb, Z.Zhandong 6
Shanghai S.: F.Jimmer 35+5reb+3ast, Y.Guerschon 28+10reb+2ast, C.Liang 12+6reb, Z.ZhaoXu 11+5reb, Z.Yi 9+1reb+2ast, L.XiaoYu 5+3reb+7ast
gschID: 513934


Guangzhou - Fujian QB 99-101

Important game to mention about took place in Guangzhou. Sixteenth ranked Fujian (7-17) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 20th ranked Guangzhou (4-20) 101-99 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by American forward J.J. Hickson (206-88, college: N.Carolina St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds and international Zhelin Wang (215-94) supported him with 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Fujian's coach WanJun Cui allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 29 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by American swingman D.J. Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) did not help to save the game for Guangzhou. Center Zhun Zheng (214-92) added 18 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Fujian have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Zhejiang CB. Guangzhou lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Fujian will play against league's second-placed Guandong Tigers in Dongguan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Guangzhou will play on the road against Sichuan BW (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fujian QB: H.J.J. 27+13reb+1ast, W.Zhelin 23+8reb+2ast, C.Linjian 19+1reb+5ast, Z.TaiLong 16+5reb, B.Dwight 11+4reb+5ast, G.Lei 5+1reb
Guangzhou: K.D.J. 29+13reb+4ast, Z.Zhun 18+8reb+1ast, N.Bahrami Mohammad Samad 14+4reb+3ast, F.Ziming 13+1reb, S.Alex 11+8reb, Z.Xuhang 7+2reb
gschID: 513935


Jiangsu D. - Sichuan BW 110-94

There was a small surprise in Nanjing where eleventh ranked Jiangsu Dragons (12-12) beat 9th ranked Sichuan BW (12-12) 110-94. Jiangsu Dragons made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 Sichuan BW turnovers. It was a good game for American swingman MarShon Brooks (196-89, college: Providence) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 56 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Swingman Lei Chen (195-83) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Jiangsu Dragons players scored in double figures. Jiangsu Dragons' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 17 rebounds and the former international swingman Da Meng (196-82) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sichuan BW. Jiangsu Dragons moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Sichuan BW and Shanxi Zh. Jiangsu Dragons' next round opponent will be higher ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (#3) in Urumqi and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: B.MarShon 56+10reb+2ast, C.Lei 12+6reb, C.Lin 11+5reb+1ast, C.Fei 10+2reb+1ast, L.Yahui 8+1reb, H.Yifan 5+2reb+1ast
Sichuan BW: H.Hamed 32+17reb+3ast, M.Da 20+5reb, H.Rongqi 12+5reb+2ast, L.Wei 8+2reb+2ast, T.Chen 8+2reb, W.Ruheng 7+2reb
gschID: 513936


Jiangsu TX - Xinjiang FT 89-104

There was no surprise when 18th ranked Jiangsu TX (5-19) was defeated at home by third ranked Xinjiang Flying Tigers (19-5) 104-89. 26 personal fouls committed by Jiangsu TX helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 7 rebounds. American-Filipino power forward Andray Blatche (211-86) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jared Cunningham (193-91, college: Oregon St.) replied with 31 points and Nigerian-American power forward Ikechukwu Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St.) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Jiangsu TX. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige and four Jiangsu TX players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Xinjiang Flying Tige maintains third position with 19-5 record having just two points less than leader Shanghai S., which they share with Liaoning H. Jiangsu TX lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth place with 19 games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige's next round opponent will be Jiangsu Dragons (#10) in Nanjing and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu TX will play on the road against Qingdao Eagles (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang FT: A.Darius 25+7reb+3ast, B.Andray 21+9reb+2ast, Z.Qi 16+8reb+1ast, S.TongLin 13+8reb+3ast, L.Gen 12+3reb+2ast, M.Xirelijiang 6+5reb+3ast
Jiangsu TX: C.Jared 31+4reb+2ast, S.JianYe 18+3reb+1ast, Y.Guo 13+9reb, D.Ikechukwu 10+10reb+2ast, Z.CaiBao 6+2reb, F.Xin 4+5reb+5ast
gschID: 513938


Guangsha L. - Bayi R. 84-72

No shocking result in a game in Hangzhou where fifth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (18-6) won against 19th ranked Bayi Rockets (5-19) 84-72. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Bayi Rockets turnovers. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. 28 personal fouls committed by Bayi Rockets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American power forward Elijah Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. The other American import point guard Courtney Fortson (180-88, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players scored in double figures. International forward Yuchen Zou (203-96) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Tian-he Li (190-96) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Bayi Rockets. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 18-6 record. Bayi Rockets at the other side dropped to the eighteenth place with 19 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' next round opponent will be Shandong Bulls (#7) in Jinan. Bayi Rockets will play on the road against Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#16) in Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangsha L.: F.Courtney 17+3reb+4ast, H.Elijah 16+11reb, H.Jinqiu 14+1reb, L.Chih-Chieh 10+4reb+3ast, L.Cheng 7+3reb, S.MingHui 7+3reb+2ast
Bayi R.: L.Tian-he 16+6reb+2ast, Z.Yuchen 15+13reb, H.Liu 10+7reb+5ast, Y.Chen 8+4reb, M.Lei 7+1reb, Z.Zuming 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 513942





CBA Round 23 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

CBA round 23 most important game was a victory of Shandong Bulls over 7th ranked Beijing Ducks 101-89 on Friday night. Shandong Bulls dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Beijing Ducks' 42. American forward Jason Thompson (211-86, college: Rider) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds. International forward Yanyuhang Ding (200-93) contributed with 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Grant Jerrett (208-93, college: Arizona) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Beijing Ducks. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shandong Bulls have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place. Beijing Ducks lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Sichuan BW. Shandong Bulls are looking forward to face North Control (#17) in Beijing in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Beijing Ducks will play at home against TianJin Steel (#13) and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Guandong Tigers (19-4) against fourth ranked Liaoning Hunters (18-5) on Friday night. Visiting Guandong Tigers were crushed by Liaoning Hunters in Yingkou 133-110. It ended at the same time the 17-game winning streak of Guandong Tigers. It was a great evening for American Lester Hudson (190-84, college: Tenn-Martin) who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!), 6 assists and 5 steals. Shavlik Randolph helped adding 30 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Peng Zhou (210-89) responded with 24 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liaoning Hunters have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Xinjiang FT. Guandong Tigers at the other side keep the second position with four games lost. Liaoning Hunters will play against Leopards (#6) in Shenzhen in the next round. Guandong Tigers will play at home against the league's leader Shanghai Sharks (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
CBA top team - Shanghai Sharks (21-2) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat twentieth ranked Guangzhou (4-19) 100-93. It was a quality performance for Jimmer Fredette who led the winners and scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. D.J. Kennedy came up with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Guangzhou in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shanghai Sharks have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-2 record. Guangzhou lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Shanghai Sharks will meet league's second-placed Guandong Tigers in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Guangzhou will play against Fujian (#16) and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between North Control (5-17) and Bayi Rockets (5-18), which took place in Ningbo. 16th ranked North Control lost to nineteenth ranked Bayi Rockets in a road game 80-87. The best player for the winners was Lei Meng who scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayi Rockets moved-up to eighteenth place, which they share with Jiangsu TX. North Control at the other side dropped to the seventeenth position with 17 games lost. Bayi Rockets' next round opponent will be higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#5) in Hangzhou and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Another upset was a game between Shanxi Zhongyu (11-12) and TianJin Steel (10-13), which took place in Tianjin. Higher ranked Shanxi Zhongyu lost to fourteenth ranked TianJin Steel in a road game 113-120 on Friday. Sani Sakakini orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. TianJin Steel moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Jilin NE T. Shanxi Zhongyu lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. TianJin Steel will face higher ranked Beijing Ducks (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 23: Shenzhen L. beat Jilin NE T. on the road 110-102. Guangsha L. won against Qingdao E. on its own court 114-105. Zhejiang CB was outscored by Xinjiang FT in Urumqi 135-109. Jiangsu TX lost to defending champion Sichuan BW at home 91-105. Jiangsu D. was defeated by Fujian QB on the opponent's court 106-116.
The most impressive performance of 23th round was 37 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 11 assists by Dominique Jones of Qingdao E..


Jilin NE T. - Shenzhen L. 102-110

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Leopards (16-7) beat 12th ranked Jilin Tigers (10-13) in Changchun 110-102 on Friday. Leopards made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 15 rebounds. The former international swingman Duo Meng (192-90) contributed with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Leopards' coach Qun Li used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American swingman Jabari Brown (193-92, college: Missouri) answered with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and international guard Jinming Cui (193-92) added 27 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Jilin Tigers. Five Leopards and four Jilin Tigers players scored in double figures. Leopards maintains sixth place with 16-7 record. Loser Jilin Tigers keep the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Leopards will face higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (#4) in Yingkou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jilin Tigers will play on the road against Shanxi Zhongyu (#10) in Taiyuan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shenzhen L.: L.Maciej 31+15reb+2ast, M.Duo 22+6reb+6ast, P.Jeremy 19+6reb+3ast, L.Muhao 14+5reb+2ast, G.QuAn 12+7reb+2ast, D.Huaibo 8+2reb
Jilin NE T.: C.Jinming 27+5reb+3ast, B.Jabari 22+9reb+8ast, T.Malcolm 18+14reb+1ast, Z.Biao 13+2reb+1ast, C.Lilong 8+1reb, L.Ang 6+2reb
gschID: 513926


Guangsha L. - Qingdao E. 114-105

Very expected game when 13th ranked Qingdao Eagles (9-13) lost to fifth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (17-6) in Hangzhou 105-114 on Friday. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions outrebounded Qingdao Eagles 46-35 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Qingdao Eagles were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Courtney Fortson (180-88, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. His fellow American import power forward Elijah Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) answered with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 11 assists and Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Qingdao Eagles. Five Zhejiang Guangsha Lions and four Qingdao Eagles players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions maintains fifth place with 17-6 record. Loser Qingdao Eagles dropped to the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will face Bayi Rockets (#19) in Ningbo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Qingdao Eagles will play on the road against Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#15) in Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangsha L.: F.Courtney 29+8reb+11ast, H.Elijah 23+8reb+1ast, L.Jinglong 17+4reb+1ast, L.Cheng 11+3reb+1ast, H.Jinqiu 11+6reb+2ast, L.Chih-Chieh 10+4reb+4ast
Qingdao E.: J.Dominique 37+6reb+11ast, X.Chenghao 17+5reb, M.Loukas 12+10reb+2ast, C.Han Jun 10+4reb+3ast, W.Qingming 6+3reb, D.Haoran 6+2ast
gschID: 513932


Bayi R. - North Control B. 87-80

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between North Control (5-17) and Bayi Rockets (5-18), which took place in Ningbo. 16th ranked North Control lost to nineteenth ranked Bayi Rockets in a road game 80-87. Bayi Rockets outrebounded North Control 39-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Lei Meng (193-95) who scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. International forward Yuchen Zou (203-96) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Uruguayan-Spanish power forward Esteban Batista (208-83, agency: Duran International) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and Taiwanese guard Chin-Min Yang (195-84) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayi Rockets moved-up to eighteenth place, which they share with Jiangsu TX. North Control at the other side dropped to the seventeenth position with 17 games lost. Bayi Rockets' next round opponent will be higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#5) in Hangzhou and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Bayi R.: Z.Yuchen 20+8reb, M.Lei 18+6reb+6ast, H.Shuo 14+2reb+4ast, X.ZhongHao 11+12reb+4ast, H.Liu 8+2reb+1ast, C.Yan 8+1reb+1ast
North Control B.: B.Esteban 19+12reb+4ast, Y.Chin-Min 17+4reb+1ast, L.DaPeng 13+1reb+1ast, M.Errick 13+1reb+1ast, H.Xining 6+1reb, W.Zhenyu 4
gschID: 513923


Guangzhou - Shanghai S. 93-100

CBA top team - Shanghai Sharks (21-2) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat twentieth ranked Guangzhou (4-19) 100-93. Shanghai Sharks forced 19 Guangzhou turnovers. It was a quality performance for American point guard Jimmer Fredette (188-89, college: BYU) who led the winners and scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. French Guerschon Yabusele (201-95) accounted for 29 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. American swingman D.J. Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) came up with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Alex Stepheson (208-87, college: USC) added 14 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Guangzhou in the defeat. Four Guangzhou players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shanghai Sharks have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-2 record. Guangzhou lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Shanghai Sharks will meet league's second-placed Guandong Tigers in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Guangzhou will play against Fujian (#16) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shanghai S.: Y.Guerschon 29+8reb+1ast, F.Jimmer 28+8reb+3ast, L.XiaoYu 26+3reb+5ast, Z.ZhaoXu 8+4reb, J.Peng 4, T.Wen-Ting 3+3reb+1ast
Guangzhou: Z.Zhun 19+5reb, N.Bahrami Mohammad Samad 18+3reb+4ast, K.D.J. 17+8reb+4ast, S.Alex 14+13reb+1ast, Z.Xuhang 8+5reb+1ast, F.Ziming 7+7reb
gschID: 513924


TianJin S. - Shanxi Zh. 120-113

Another upset was a game between Shanxi Zhongyu (11-12) and TianJin Steel (10-13), which took place in Tianjin. Higher ranked Shanxi Zhongyu lost to fourteenth ranked TianJin Steel in a road game 113-120 on Friday. TianJin Steel made 34-of-41 free shots (82.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Shanxi Zhongyu turnovers. Strangely Shanxi Zhongyu outrebounded TianJin Steel 53-37 including a 37-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Shanxi Zhongyu was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Palestinian center Sani Sakakini (204-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. American-Ukrainian point guard Eugene Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) contributed with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. American Jamaal Franklin (196-91, college: San Diego St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 17 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 blocks and the other American import center Henry Sims (208-90, college: Georgetown) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Shanxi Zhongyu. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. TianJin Steel moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Jilin NE T. Shanxi Zhongyu lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. TianJin Steel will face higher ranked Beijing Ducks (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
TianJin S.: S.Sani 41+12reb+1ast, J.Eugene 28+6reb+9ast, L.Tian 24+6reb+1ast, Z.Nan 10+4reb, Z.Zhihan 7+5reb+3ast, L.Rongpei 5+1reb+1ast
Shanxi Zh.: F.Jamaal 35+17reb+8ast, R.Junwei 19+5reb, S.Henry 15+11reb+2ast, S.Tiangui 12+5reb+3ast, Y.PengFei 8+6reb, Z.LingXu 8+2reb
gschID: 513925


Xinjiang FT - Zhejiang CB 135-109

Very predictable result when third ranked Xinjiang Flying Tigers (18-5) rolled over 15th ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (7-16) in Urumqi 135-109 on Friday. Xinjiang Flying Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. American-Filipino power forward Andray Blatche (211-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Xinjiang Flying Tigers's coach Qiuping Liu felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American guard Lorenzo Brown (196-90, college: N.Carolina St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists and the other American import point guard Willie Warren (193-89, college: Oklahoma) added 27 points and 4 assists in the effort for Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige and four Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank players scored in double figures. Xinjiang Flying Tige maintains third place with 18-5 record having just three points less than leader Shanghai S., which they share with Liaoning H. Loser Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank keeps the fifteenth position with 16 games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige will face Jiangsu TX (#18) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will play against Qingdao Eagles and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang FT: A.Darius 32+5reb+4ast, B.Andray 21+11reb+3ast, Z.Qi 20+7reb+4ast, L.Gen 17+2reb+5ast, S.TongLin 10+9reb+2ast, A.Abudushalamu 8+4reb
Zhejiang CB: B.Lorenzo 27+11reb+8ast, W.Willie 27+4reb+4ast, W.Qian 17+5reb+2ast, Z.Yongpeng 10+9reb+1ast, L.Junhao 9+5reb+1ast, Z.Dayu 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 513927


Beijing D. - Shandong FB 89-101

CBA round 23 most important game was a victory of Shandong Bulls over 7th ranked Beijing Ducks 101-89 on Friday night. Shandong Bulls dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Beijing Ducks' 42. American forward Jason Thompson (211-86, college: Rider) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds. International forward Yanyuhang Ding (200-93) contributed with 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Grant Jerrett (208-93, college: Arizona) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) added 19 points in the effort for Beijing Ducks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shandong Bulls have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place. Beijing Ducks lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Sichuan BW. Shandong Bulls are looking forward to face North Control (#17) in Beijing in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Beijing Ducks will play at home against TianJin Steel (#13) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: D.Yanyuhang 33+5reb, T.Jason 21+18reb+2ast, H.Zhang 17+7reb+2ast, L.JingYu 10+3reb, W.Ke 10+2reb+1ast, S.Ran 6+3reb+4ast
Beijing D.: M.Stephon 19+3reb+2ast, J.Grant 18+8reb+2ast, Z.Qingpeng 16+2reb+3ast, S.Yue 12+4reb+7ast, F.Shuo 9+1reb+1ast, Z.YanXi 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 513928


Jiangsu TX - Sichuan BW 91-105

Not a big story in a game when 18th ranked Jiangsu TX (5-18) lost at home to tenth ranked Sichuan BW (12-11) 105-91 on Friday. Sichuan BW dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Jiangsu TX's 40. They outrebounded Jiangsu TX 57-40 including a 26-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Sichuan BW looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Guard Rongqi Huang (190-99) contributed with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Four Sichuan BW players scored in double figures. Sichuan BW's coach XueZeng Yang used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American guard Jared Cunningham (193-91, college: Oregon St.) answered with 32 points and Nigerian-American power forward Ikechukwu Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St.) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Jiangsu TX. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sichuan BW. Defending champion moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Beijing D. Jiangsu TX lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eighteenth position with 18 games lost. Sichuan BW will face Jiangsu Dragons (#11) in Nanjing in the next round. Jiangsu TX will play at home against Xinjiang Flying Tige (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sichuan BW: H.Rongqi 27+15reb+1ast, H.Hamed 27+16reb+4ast, L.Wei 16+7reb+5ast, M.Da 15+3reb+6ast, Z.ChunJun 8+9reb+3ast, T.Chen 7+5reb
Jiangsu TX: C.Jared 32+4reb+3ast, D.Ikechukwu 18+7reb+1ast, F.Xin 17+2reb+6ast, S.JianYe 8+7reb+1ast, Z.ZhengDong 8+9reb+1ast, Y.Guo 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 513929


Liaoning H. - Guangdong ST 133-110

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Guandong Tigers (19-4) against fourth ranked Liaoning Hunters (18-5) on Friday night. Visiting Guandong Tigers were crushed by Liaoning Hunters in Yingkou 133-110. It ended at the same time the 17-game winning streak of Guandong Tigers. Liaoning Hunters made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Guandong Tigers turnovers. Liaoning Hunters shot the lights out from three nailing 22 long-distance shots on high 61.1 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a great evening for American Lester Hudson (190-84, college: Tenn-Martin) who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!), 6 assists and 5 steals. His fellow American import forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) helped adding 30 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Peng Zhou (210-89) responded with 24 points and guard Yang Meng (190-95) scored 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Liaoning Hunters and four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liaoning Hunters have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Xinjiang FT. Guandong Tigers at the other side keep the second position with four games lost. Liaoning Hunters will play against Leopards (#6) in Shenzhen in the next round. Guandong Tigers will play at home against the league's leader Shanghai Sharks (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: H.Lester 33+2reb+6ast, R.Shavlik 30+8reb, G.Ailun 21+2reb+5ast, Z.JiWei 14+1reb+5ast, L.Zhixuan 11+2reb+5ast, L.Ming 6+5reb
Guangdong ST: Z.Peng 24+2reb+1ast, M.Yang 20+1reb, B.Carlos 13+5reb+1ast, Z.Zhandong 11+2reb+3ast, G.Shang 11, Z.FangYu 9+1reb+2ast
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Fujian QB - Jiangsu D. 116-106

There was a surprise result when seventeenth ranked Fujian (6-17) defeated higher ranked Jiangsu Dragons (11-12) in Jinjiang 116-106 on Friday. Fujian made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Fujian outrebounded Jiangsu Dragons 49-37 including 37 on the defensive glass. Jiangsu Dragons were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. International Zhelin Wang (215-94) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. American point guard Dwight Buycks (191-89, college: Marquette) contributed with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Five Fujian players scored in double figures. American swingman MarShon Brooks (196-89, college: Providence) answered with 57 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Yifan Hou (196-92) added 20 points in the effort for Jiangsu Dragons. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fujian moved-up to sixteenth place. Jiangsu Dragons lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. Fujian will face bottom-ranked Guangzhou (#20) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Fujian QB: W.Zhelin 37+15reb+2ast, B.Dwight 28+9reb+8ast, H.J.J. 20+14reb+2ast, Y.Yichao 14+3reb+2ast, Z.TaiLong 10+2reb, C.Linjian 5+2reb+1ast
Jiangsu D.: B.MarShon 57+7reb+4ast, H.Yifan 20+4reb+1ast, L.Yuanyu 13+6reb, Y.Chang 5+3reb+3ast, C.Fei 5+4reb+3ast, Y.Li 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 513931





Wang's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old power forward Zhelin Wang (215-PF-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Fujian QB and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 37 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Jiangsu D. (#11, 11-12) 116-106. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Fujian QB is placed at 16th position in Chinese league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 17 games and recorded just six victories. Wang has many years of experience at Fujian QB, through which he has constantly improved. Zhelin Wang averages this season 21.6ppg and 10.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was MarShon Brooks (196-G/F-89) of Jiangsu D.. He is American swingman in his second season at Jiangsu D.. In the last game Brooks recorded impressive 57 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Jiangsu D. lost that game 106-116 to the lower-ranked Fujian QB (#16, 6-17). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Jiangsu D. keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-12 record. Brooks is well-known at Jiangsu D. and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 36.7ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 6.2rpg and 4.1apg.

Third place about best performers goes to center Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) of TianJin S. (#13). Sakakini got into 30-points club by scoring 41 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds . He was a key player of TianJin S., leading his team to a 120-113 win against the higher-ranked Shanxi Zh. (#10, 11-12). The chances of TianJin S. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sakakini could help TianJin S. to bring them higher in the standings. Sakakini has a great season in China. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.2rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dominique Jones (193-G-88) of Qingdao E. - 37 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Jamaal Franklin (196-SG-91) of Shanxi Zh. - 35 points, 17 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) of Sichuan BW - 27 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Maciej Lampe (211-C/F-85) of Shenzhen L. - 31 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Lorenzo Brown (196-G-90) of Zhejiang CB - 27 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) of Xinjiang FT - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83) of North Control B. - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 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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Brandon Johnson's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Brandon Johnson (183-G-86, agency: BeoBasket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Alkar Sinj, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 30-year old player recorded a triple-double of 27 points adding also 11 rebounds and 13 assists, while his team beat Zadar (#8, 7-5) in overtime 89-83. Alkar Sinj is placed at 9th position in Croatian A1. Alkar Sinj is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-8 record. Johnson turned to be Alkar Sinj's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of San Diego star has very solid stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.3ppg) and averages impressive 2.9spg and 56.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Mauro Veljacic (183-PG-93) of Kvarner 2010. Veljacic had a very good evening with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Kvarner 2010 lost that game 72-83 to slightly higher-ranked Skrljevo (#11, 3-10). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Kvarner 2010 dropped in the standings to 12th position. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Kvarner 2010 managed to get this year. Veljacic is one of the most experienced players at Kvarner 2010 and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 2.9ppg (#7).

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Sven Smajlagic (195-G-90, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of Zabok (#10). Smajlagic showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, five rebounds and eight assists in the last round. Despite Smajlagic's great performance Zabok lost 86-93 to the lower-ranked H.Analitica (#13, 2-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Zabok can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Smajlagic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Smajlagic has individually a great season in Croatia. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.2ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 6.6rpg (6th best). He also has FGP: 63.4% and 3PT: 48.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Williams (187-G-92) of Skrljevo - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dino Rados (203-F/C-91) of H.Analitica - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Luka Bozic (199-PG-96) of KK Zagreb - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Hrvoje Garfolic (196-F-90) of H.Analitica - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) of Vrij.Osijek - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Julian Rajic (206-F-85) of H.Analitica - 16 points and 11 rebounds
10. Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93) of Zadar - 24 points and 7 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)



Adriatic League: Crvena Zvezda thump Zadar in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Zadar 113:65

Crvena Zvezda earned the 16th straight win in the Adriatic League season. They stormed past Zadar in Belgrade. Nate Wolters (193-PG-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) nailed 17 points to lead the winners.
Crvena Zvezda silenced the visitors in the first ten minutes. The hosts went on a massive 30:11 run in the opening quarter. The Serbian team dropped 37 points in the second term to gain a massive 67:27 halftime lead. Crvena Zvezda boosted the lead at 56-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Luka Mitrovic (204-PF-93) tossed in 16 points, while Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points for Crvena Zvezda. Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93) answered with 20 points for Zadar. Boris Barac (205-F-92) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Nate Wolters 17, Luka Mitrovic 16, Marko Simonovic 15
Zadar: Ivan Marinkovic 20, Boris Barac 13




Nenad Delic (ex Rilski) signs at Sigal Prishtina - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) landed 32-year old Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-112kg-84). He already started the season at Rilski in Bulgarian NBL league. Delic managed to play in three leagues this year (!!!). In 11 NBL games he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 2.6apg. Delic helped them to make it to the Supercup final. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very remarkable stats: 15.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.8apg. And finally Delic contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 14.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg. The last season he played at Peja. In 24 SuperLeague games he was second best scorer with 13.9ppg and got 5.6rpg (#3 in the league) and 2.0apg. Delic contributed to his team winning the Supercup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League 1st Team and to the All-Star Game. Delic also played 10 games in Balkan League where he got high stats: 19.0ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 1st Team.
Delic was a member of Croatian U21 National Team back in 2004.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Delic experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Delic has played previously professionally in Germany (EWE Baskets), Slovakia (Handlova and Inter Bratislava), Switzerland (Starwings), Turkey (Pi Koleji and Istanbul DSI), Croatia (KK Split, Slavonski Brod, KK Solin and KK Vrijednosnice Osijek) and United Arab Emirates (Banijas).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Young developing player whose progress had been slowed down by the various injuries. Last year was injury free and he showed the promise to develop into a really good player. Very skilled player who can play with his back to the basket or facing the basket, exceptional passer who understands the game really well. Plays within a team concept and is sometimes, too unselfiush. His offense is far more developed at this stage. Needs to improve his defense, especially 1 - 1 post defense and be more dominant under the boards.Help side defense also needs work especially for a player of his size and physical potential. Works hard in practice and is a very coachable player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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How can a 10% better FGP give a team 16 pt difference - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, and interpretation of data. Even though it cannot and should not constitute an objective measurement of the performance of a player, statistics provide tools for prediction and forecasting using data and statistical models. Statistics is applicable to a wide variety of academic disciplines, including natural and social sciences, government, and business but also in basketball. Statistical consultants are available to provide help for teams. Teams in the NBA and many teams in Europe have their own statistical consultant, a person who provides statistical advice and guidance to teams interested in making decisions through the analysis or collection of data.
In Cyprus no team has a statistical consultant to do such a job.

Below we are providing a scenario as to how important is for a team to have a 10% better Field Goal Percentage compared to its opponent.

Supposedly Team A has 80% 2FGP
This means it scores 8 out of 10 attempts
This means it gives the ball 2 times to its opponent
This means it gives away 8 possible points (4 that it fails to score and 4 that it accepts)

Supposedly Team B has 70% 2FGP
This means it scores 7 out of 10 attempts
This means it gives the ball 3 times to its opponent
This means it gives away 12 possible points (6 that it fails to score and 6 that it accepts)

This equals to 4 pts deficit for Team B.
If this takes place in all 4 quarters of a game, OTHER THINGS CONSTANT, Team A will win the game by 16 pts.
This is how important is to outscore your opponent in FGP. Even a 10% better FGP can give a team a huge victory.





Cypriot Division A round 9 best performance: Gerry Blakes - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Gerry Blakes (193-G) had a great game in the last round for Enosis, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The player was the main contributor (25 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Apoel (4-5) 82-76. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Enosis maintains the 4th position in Cypriot Division A. Enosis is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-5 record. In the team's last game Blakes had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Enosis' top player in his first season with the team. Former Arizona State University star has very solid stats this year. Blakes is in league's top in points (8th best: 14.2ppg), rebounds (6th best: 6.8rpg) and assists (6th best: 3.8apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Cadarian Raines (206-F-90) of Apollon. Raines had a very good evening with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Apollon was edged by the higher-ranked Keravnos (#1, 8-1) 73-70. Apollon managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. 7 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Apollon managed to get this year. Raines is a newcomer at Apollon, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Akeem Wright (200-F/G-84) of Apoel (#3). Wright scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Wright's great performance Apoel lost 76-82 to #4 ranked Enosis. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Apoel ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 5 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Wright could help Apoel to bring them higher in the standings. Wright has a great season in Cyprus. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.1rpg (8th best). Wright attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of AEK - 19 points and 7 rebounds
5. Torey Thomas (178-PG-85) of AEK - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85) of Keravnos - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Baden Jaxen (190-G-90) of Etha - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Courtney Pigram (185-G-85) of AEK - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jermaine Marshall (193-G-90) of Apollon - 21 points and 6 rebounds
10. Robert Brown (196-G-92) of Apoel - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 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)



Dominic Woodson (ex Mapfree Life) agreed terms with Rochester RazorSharks - by Eurobasket News

Rochester RazorSharks inked 22-year old forward Dominic Woodson (211-124kg-94, college: Tennessee). He played most recently at Mapfree Life in Cypriot North League.
Woodson graduated from University of Tennessee in 2015 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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NBL Round 17: BK Pardubice edges NH Ostrava by two points - by Eurobasket News

Eleventh-ranked NH Ostrava (4-13) made lots of trouble for second ranked BK Pardubice (14-3) on Wednesday. BK Pardubice managed to secure only two-point victory 84-82. However their fans expected much easier game. BK Pardubice outrebounded NH Ostrava 111-84 including a 43-31 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 26 long-distance shots on high 51.0 percentage. BK Pardubice looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Joseph Wall (199-89, college: Seattle Pacific) who scored 20 points. Forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Deshawn Painter (205-90, college: ODU) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds for the guests. NH Ostrava's coach Dusan Medvecky rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Pardubice have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-3 record having just two points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. NH Ostrava lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. BK Pardubice are looking forward to face MMCITE Brno (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NH Ostrava will play against BK Usti nad Labem and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked BK Decin (12-6) against fifth ranked BK Opava (9-8) on Tuesday night. Visiting BK Decin was defeated by BK Opava in Opava 91-81. The former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points. Viktor Cvek contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International forward Lukas Palyza (202-89) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds for BK Decin. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Opava maintains fifth place with 9-8 record. BK Decin at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. BK Opava will play against league's leader CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Decin will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Basketbal Svitavy managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive losses on Wednesday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked USK Praha 75-69. Jiri Jelinek stepped up and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Marek Mares responded with 21 points. Basketbal Svitavy (5-13) moved-up to eleventh place. Loser USK Praha keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Usti n/Labem. Basketbal Svitavy will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. USK Praha will play against Prostejov (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader CEZ Nymburk delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (7-10) 100-57. Diamon Simpson nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-1 record. BK Usti nad Labem lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with ten games lost. CEZ Nymburk's next round opponent will be BK Opava (#5) at home. BK Usti nad Labem will play against NH Ostrava and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 17 MMCITE Brno was crushed by BK Kolin in a road game 96-71.


Usti n/Labem - CEZ Nymburk 57-100

Leader CEZ Nymburk delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (7-10) 100-57. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to BK Usti nad Labem's 34. CEZ Nymburk forced 21 BK Usti nad Labem turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by BK Usti nad Labem's players. American forward Diamon Simpson (204-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) accounted for 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Michal Sotnar (187-92) added 5 points and 6 assists respectively for BK Usti nad Labem in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-1 record. BK Usti nad Labem lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with ten games lost. CEZ Nymburk's next round opponent will be BK Opava (#5) at home. BK Usti nad Labem will play against NH Ostrava and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: C.Hass 14+1reb+2ast, M.Kriz 13+5reb+1ast, H.Sant-Roos 13+5reb+4ast, B.Allen 13+2reb+4ast, D.Simpson 12+10reb+2ast, E.Lawrence 9+3reb+3ast
Usti n/Labem: L.Pecka 14+8reb, C.Abercrombie 10+3reb, L.Igrutinovic 7+5reb, S.Votroubek 6+6reb, M.Sotnar 5+3reb+6ast, K.Smith 4+1reb
gschID: 483170


Svitavy - USK Praha 75-69

Bottom-ranked Basketbal Svitavy managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive losses on Wednesday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked USK Praha 75-69. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Basketbal Svitavy made 8 blocks. Forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and American forward Hunter Mickelson (208-92, college: Kansas) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Marek Mares (183-96) responded with 21 points and center Pavel Grunt (208-94) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Basketbal Svitavy (5-13) moved-up to eleventh place. Loser USK Praha keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Usti n/Labem. Basketbal Svitavy will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. USK Praha will play against Prostejov (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: J.Jelinek 21+5reb+3ast, H.Mickelson 18+5reb, T.Teply 15+3reb, T.Bannister 6+5ast, D.Mays 6+3reb+2ast, L.Sindelar 4+1reb+2ast
USK Praha: M.Mares 21+2reb+2ast, P.Grunt 14+6reb+1ast, L.Festr 9+3reb+5ast, P.Safarcik 7+1reb+1ast, J.Sterba 6+9reb, J.Krivanek 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 483174


BK Pardubice - NH Ostrava 84-82

Eleventh-ranked NH Ostrava (4-13) made lots of trouble for second ranked BK Pardubice (14-3) on Wednesday. BK Pardubice managed to secure only two-point victory 84-82. However their fans expected much easier game. BK Pardubice outrebounded NH Ostrava 111-84 including a 43-31 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 26 long-distance shots on high 51.0 percentage. BK Pardubice looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Joseph Wall (199-89, college: Seattle Pacific) who scored 20 points. Forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Deshawn Painter (205-90, college: ODU) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Max Guercy (175-94, college: Rice) added 15 points and 9 assists respectively for the guests. Five NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. NH Ostrava's coach Dusan Medvecky rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Pardubice have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-3 record having just two points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. NH Ostrava lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. BK Pardubice are looking forward to face MMCITE Brno (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NH Ostrava will play against BK Usti nad Labem and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: J.Wall 20+3reb+2ast, K.Svrdlik 13+3reb, D.Skranc 12+1reb+1ast, D.Burnett 11+7reb+5ast, R.Necas 9+11reb+2ast, V.Pulpan 7+6reb+3ast
NH Ostrava: D.Painter 23+13reb+2ast, M.Guercy 15+3reb+9ast, K.Mays 14+2reb+2ast, V.Bratcenkov 13+2reb+2ast, S.Smith 11+6reb+4ast, J.Riewer 2+1ast
gschID: 483171


BK Kolin - MMCITE Brno 96-71

There was no surprise when 10th ranked MMCITE Brno (5-12) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked BK Kolin (10-7) 96-71. BK Kolin made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game, while MMCITE Brno only scored three points from the stripe. They outrebounded MMCITE Brno 133-76 including a 50-27 advantage in offensive rebounds. BK Kolin shot the lights out from three nailing 30 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Power forward David Machac (205-80) nailed 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and American forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) accounted for 12 points and 16 rebounds. Four BK Kolin players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Michal Kremen (200-81) came up with 8 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Kevin Ware (188-93, college: Georgia St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 9 points and 6 assists respectively for MMCITE Brno in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BK Kolin have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-7 record. MMCITE Brno at the other side keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. BK Kolin's next round opponent will be BK Lions Hradec (#9) in J.Hradec which should be theoretically another easy game. MMCITE Brno will play at home against the league's second-placed BK Pardubice and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
BK Kolin: D.Machac 24+8reb+1ast, C.Dixon 20+4reb+3ast, G.Kerr 12+16reb+1ast, M.Vocetka 11+5reb+6ast, L.Skinner 9+10reb+2ast, J.Hunt 9+5ast
MMCITE Brno: J.Tomanec 12+3reb+1ast, S.Simpson 12+5reb, E.Sinadinovic 11+1reb+1ast, K.Ware 9+3reb+6ast, I.Mikulic 8+4reb+4ast, M.Kremen 8+9reb+2ast
gschID: 483172


BK Opava - BK Decin 91-81

Very important is a road loss of third ranked BK Decin (12-6) against fifth ranked BK Opava (9-8) on Tuesday night. Visiting BK Decin was defeated by BK Opava in Opava 91-81. BK Opava shot the lights out from three nailing 29 long-distance shots on high 54.7 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. BK Decin was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points. Viktor Cvek (200-89) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International forward Lukas Palyza (202-89) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for BK Decin. Five BK Opava and four BK Decin players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Opava maintains fifth place with 9-8 record. BK Decin at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. BK Opava will play against league's leader CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Decin will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
BK Opava: J.Sirina 27+2reb+3ast, V.Cvek 12+9reb+2ast, J.Blazek 11+1reb, M.Kvapil 10+4reb, R.Dragoun 10+5reb+2ast, R.Kouril 10+3reb+6ast
BK Decin: L.Palyza 19+5reb+2ast, P.Houska 16+7reb+3ast, R.Landa 15+3reb, T.Vyoral 11+3reb+4ast, J.Houska 7+1reb, O.Siska 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 483175





Czech Republic U16 wins the Olympic Hopes Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U16 wins the Olympic Hopes Tournament with 4 teams participating. Poland U16 won against Czech Republic U16 70-61 in the opener. In Day 2 Czech Republic U16 edged Slovakia U16 79-47. Nikolaos Noumeros top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Mikolas Houser added 12. In Day 3 Czech Republic U-16 edged Hungary U16 79-58.


David Machac claims Czech Republic NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced David Machac (205-C/F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for BK Kolin and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 36-year old had the game-high 24 points adding eight rebounds for BK Kolin in his team's victory, helping them to crush MMCITE Brno (#10, 5-12) with 25-point margin 96-71. BK Kolin maintains the 4th position in Czech Republic NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BK Kolin will need more victories to improve their 10-7 record. In the team's last game Machac had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at BK Kolin, through which he has constantly improved. David Machac averages this season 13.3ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American center Deshawn Painter (205-C-90) of NH Ostrava. Painter impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as NH Ostrava was edged by the higher-ranked BK Pardubice (#2, 14-3) 84-82. This loss caused NH Ostrava to slide to the very bottom (12) position in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories NH Ostrava managed to get this year. Painter is a newcomer at NH Ostrava and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#6). He also registered 9.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another NH Ostrava's star - American Max Guercy (175-PG-94). Guercy scored 15 points and passed nine assists. Despite Guercy's great performance NH Ostrava lost 82-84 to the higher-ranked BK Pardubice (#2, 14-3). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. NH Ostrava can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-13 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Guercy he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Guercy has individually a great season in Czech Republic. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.5apg (9th best). Guercy attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Garret Kerr (194-F-92) of BK Kolin - 12 points and 16 rebounds
5. Diamon Simpson (204-F-87) of CEZ Nymburk - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jiri Jelinek (203-F-87) of Svitavy - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Lukas Palyza (202-F-89) of BK Decin - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jakub Sirina (186-PG-87) of BK Opava - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Chris Dixon (185-PG-90) of BK Kolin - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Marek Mares (183-SG-96) of USK Praha - 21 points, 2 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)



A New Year is Approaching - by T.J. Bannister

With the new year approaching there are a lot of people reflecting on what happened in 2016 and making resolutions for 2017. I myself have reflected on this past year and there have been ups and downs which will always occur in our lives, however, I am grateful to say that it was still a good year. There were many lessons learned and many situations I can look back on and thank God that I made it through them. I'm sure many of you feel that you can do better in the new year as well and so do I, I'm never satisfied in life and always want more for myself. Whether it's in basketball, in my daily activities, or in my walk with God. I always strive to be better than I was the day before, the month before, or the year before. In this life we can't get satisfied with mediocracy and if you do you'll quickly find yourself falling behind. So with that being said, this is a little encouragement for everyone who feels they didn't have the year they expected, or to the people who just simply feel as I do, that they can do better. It's never too late to work on yourself and become great, that's a job that we have everyday no matter whether you like it or not, we have to work on ourselves. And if you're still here on this earth that means God is NOT finished with you yet and you still have time to better yourself for his kingdom and for the world. I pray that everyone has the same mindset as myself, and that we all strive to be better than we were yesterday and this past year. So DON'T LOOK BACK, keep pushing, keep praying, and take a leap of faith into 2017 with GODfidence\Confidence and make it a great year...God bless everyone and I wish you guys all the best


Svitavy Land Both Pavel Slezak and Roman Marko from Prostejov - by Surujh Roopnarine

Turi Svitavy had a very nice Christmas as the club landed ex-Orli Prostejov players Pavel Slezak (186-G-84) and Roman Marko (194-SG-86) during the holidays.
Currently mired near the bottom of the table at 5-13, Turi Svitavy and head coach Lubomir Ruzicka will look to the pair of veteran guards to help turn their fortunes and get them to the A1 group.
Slezak, 32, has appeared in 13 games thus far this season with averages of 9.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals.
Marko, 30, currently leads the league in assists at 7.6 per game, while also contributing 13.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals.
In a related move for Turi Svitavy, the club announced the release of little used forward Martin Vanak (198-F-87) who averaged just 2.1 points in 10 minutes per game over 11 contests.

Slezak and Marko join a growing list of players departing Orli Prostejov, which now includes Jan Tomanec (205-C-85) and current NBL leading scorer Lukas Palyza (202-F-89). In fact, the remaining members of Orli Prostejov's top club now include only Petr Dokoupil (191-G-88), Marek Sehnal (196-F/G-96), Martin Novak (199-SF-93), Michal Norwa (202-F/C-83) and Marek Soucek (213-F/C-90, college: Oklahoma St.).



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Ligaen Round 16: Svendborg is defeated by Naestved - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Svendborg between third ranked Svendborg (9-7) and sixth ranked Naestved (6-8) on Friday night. Svendborg was defeated by Naestved in a tough game at home 73-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Svendborg. Svendborg was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 33-23 charge of Naestved, which allowed them to win the game. Naestved outrebounded Svendborg 42-26 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Svendborg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds and Senegalese power forward Cheikh Sane (207-92, college: Marshall, agency: Octagon Europe) who added 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Argentinian-Italian point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) responded with 20 points and 4 assists. Svendborg's coach Arnar Gudjonsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Naestved maintains sixth position with 6-8 record. Svendborg at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. Naestved are looking forward to face higher ranked Horsholm (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Svendborg will play against the league's leader Horsens IC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Aarhus. Second ranked host Bakken (11-1) defeated 4th ranked Randers (7-9) 104-89. The winners were led by American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Thomas Laerke supported him with 19 points and 8 assists. Even 26 points, 9 assists and 4 steals by the former international swingman Chris Nielsen (193-85) did not help to save the game for Randers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bakken have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-1 record having 2 victories less than leader Horsens IC. Randers at the other side dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Bakken will play against SISU (#7) in Copenhagen in the next round where they are favorite. Randers will play at home against Stevnsgade and hope to get back on the winning track.
Ligaen top team - Horsens IC (13-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Stevnsgade (0-14) 98-73. Gabriel Lundberg fired 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Nathan Gibbs produced 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Horsens IC have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-1 record. Loser Stevnsgade still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Horsens IC will meet Svendborg (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Stevnsgade will play against Randers (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 16 SISU lost to Horsholm on the opponent's court 71-86.


Horsens IC - Stevnsgade 98-73

Ligaen top team - Horsens IC (13-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Stevnsgade (0-14) 98-73. The game without a history. Horsens IC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Stevnsgade's 40. Horsens IC forced 20 Stevnsgade turnovers. International guard Gabriel Lundberg (193-94) fired 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. American point guard Myles Mack (175-93, college: Rutgers) chipped in 14 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures. American forward Nathan Gibbs (204-89, college: Westmont) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import power forward Davie Champagnie (206-90, college: Martin Methodist) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Horsens IC have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-1 record. Loser Stevnsgade still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Horsens IC will meet Svendborg (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Stevnsgade will play against Randers (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: G.Lundberg 20+6reb+7ast, M.Mack 14+3reb+6ast, W.Artino 14+8reb, D.Trist 10+5reb, L.Alexander 9+1reb+2ast, V.Borovcanin 8+6reb
Stevnsgade: N.Gibbs 23+6reb+1ast, D.Champagnie 14+8reb+2ast, J.Sandager 13+2reb+2ast, N.Christensen 5, A.Brooks 5+2reb+1ast, J.Visaq 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 489063


Bakken - Randers 104-89

The game between Top Four teams took place in Aarhus. Second ranked host Bakken (11-1) defeated 4th ranked Randers (7-9) 104-89. The game was mostly controlled by Bakken. Randers was better in fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Randers 40-25 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Bakken players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. The winners were led by American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Thomas Laerke (195-91) supported him with 19 points and 8 assists. Even 26 points, 9 assists and 4 steals by the former international swingman Chris Nielsen (193-85) did not help to save the game for Randers. DR Congolese-Canadian forward Eric Kibi (198-90, college: Abil.Christian) added 19 points for lost side. Five Bakken and four Randers players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bakken have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-1 record having 2 victories less than leader Horsens IC. Randers at the other side dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Bakken will play against SISU (#7) in Copenhagen in the next round where they are favorite. Randers will play at home against Stevnsgade and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 27+10reb+4ast, T.Laerke 19+4reb+8ast, M.Gesell 14+1reb+11ast, N.Iversen 13+5reb+2ast, K.Kitsing 11+8reb, D.Kristensen 7+2reb
Randers: C.Nielsen 26+1reb+9ast, E.Kibi 19+4reb+1ast, M.Mouboe 10+4reb+2ast, A.James 10+1reb+2ast, N.Nielsen 8+1reb, B.Colas 6+5reb
gschID: 489061


Svendborg - Naestved 73-77

The most important game in the last round took place in Svendborg between third ranked Svendborg (9-7) and sixth ranked Naestved (6-8) on Friday night. Svendborg was defeated by Naestved in a tough game at home 73-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Svendborg. Svendborg was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 33-23 charge of Naestved, which allowed them to win the game. Naestved outrebounded Svendborg 42-26 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Svendborg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds and Senegalese power forward Cheikh Sane (207-92, college: Marshall, agency: Octagon Europe) who added 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Argentinian-Italian point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) responded with 20 points and 4 assists and Nigerien center Amadou Aboubakar Zaki (214-88) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Svendborg players scored in double figures. Svendborg's coach Arnar Gudjonsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Naestved maintains sixth position with 6-8 record. Svendborg at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. Naestved are looking forward to face higher ranked Horsholm (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Svendborg will play against the league's leader Horsens IC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Naestved: E.Ross 19+6reb, C.Sane 12+10reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 12+1reb, P.Onwenu 8+6reb, D.Daly 7+6reb+1ast, P.Nolan 7+2reb
Svendborg: A.Porta 20+2reb+4ast, C.Jones 14+1reb, A.Aboubakar Zaki 11+6reb, D.Moten 10+4reb, S.Bonneau 9+2reb+1ast, H.NaNa 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 489064


Horsholm - SISU 86-71

Rather expected game when 7th ranked SISU (4-11) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Horsholm (7-6) 86-71 on Friday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Horsholm's pressure prevailed and they won that period 25-17 extending their advantage to 15 points. Horsholm outrebounded SISU 41-29 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Haitian Marvin Dominique (201-91, college: St.Peter's, agency: Duran International) fired 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds for the winners. American Jyles Smith (209-92, college: Savannah St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import Kyle Dranginis (195-92, college: Gonzaga) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four SISU players scored in double figures. Horsholm moved-up to fourth place. SISU lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Horsholm will meet Naestved (#6) on the road in the next round. SISU will play against the league's second-placed Bakken and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: M.Dominique 35+8reb, J.Smith 18+11reb+3ast, A.Meilby 17+4reb+1ast, A.Midtgaard 7+13reb+2ast, F.Nielsen 7+2reb+10ast, M.Baek 2
SISU: K.Dranginis 19+5reb+3ast, T.McGrew 18+11reb, A.Haas 17+4reb+2ast, A.Touray 10+5reb+2ast, O.Stroeh 5+3reb+4ast, A.Hjorth 2
gschID: 489062





Danish Ligaen round 16 best performance: Marvin Dominique - by Eurobasket News

American-Haitian Power forward Marvin Dominique (201-PF-91, agency: Duran International) had an amazing evening in the last round for Horsholm, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat SISU (#7, 4-11) 86-71. Horsholm is placed at 4th position in Danish Ligaen. Horsholm is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-6 record. In the team's last game Dominique had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Horsholm's top player in his first season with the team. Former St.Peter's College star has very solid stats this year. Dominique is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.2ppg) and averages impressive 63.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old former international swingman Chris Nielsen (193-G/F-85) of Randers. Nielsen had a very good evening with 26 points and 9 assists. Bad luck as Randers lost that game 89-104 to the higher-ranked Bakken (#2, 11-1). This loss caused Randers to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Nielsen is one of the most experienced players at Randers and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#6). He also recorded 3.6 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-G-93) of league's second-best Bakken. Akoon-Purcell showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Bakken, leading his team to a 104-89 easy win against the lower-ranked Randers (#5, 7-9). Many experts and fans count Bakken as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 11 victories and only one lost game. Akoon-Purcell has a very solid season. In 11 games in Denmark he scored 22.5ppg. He also has 5.0rpg and FGP: 61.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gabriel Lundberg (193-G-94) of Horsens IC - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Nathan Gibbs (204-F-89) of Stevnsgade - 23 points and 6 rebounds
6. Antonio Porta (187-PG-83) of Svendborg - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jyles Smith (209-PF-92) of Horsholm - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Cheikh Sane (207-C/F-92) of Naestved - 12 points and 10 rebounds
9. Tanner McGrew (203-F-93) of SISU - 18 points and 11 rebounds
10. Thomas Laerke (195-G/F-91) of Bakken - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 8 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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Legends Acquire Gary Neal - by Eurobasket News

The Legends announced today that they have acquired guard Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson) from the Westchester Knicks in exchange for Sioux Falls' third round pick in the 2017 NBA Development League Draft. The trade is pending physical. Neal (6-4, 210, Towson) has six years of NBA experience playing 40 games with the Washington Wizards last season. In 350 career games, Neal has averaged 9.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 21.4 minutes per game. Neal went undrafted but joined the San Antonio Spurs for 80 games his rookie season where he averaged 9.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and the Rising Stars Challenge of NBA All-Star Weekend. Neal played one game with Westchester grabbing 4 points, 1 rebound, and 1 steal in 13 minutes.
Courtesy of: texas.dleague.nba.com



Fort Wayne Mad Ants waive D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera - by Eurobasket News

Fort Wayne Mad Ants released 25-year old guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (191-99kg-92, college: Georgetown, agency: Stealth Sport). But in only one D-League game he did not score anything. Smith-Rivera also played that season for another team Windy City Bulls where in 6 D-League games he had 3.0ppg and 1.7rpg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2015. Smith-Rivera was also voted NABC All-District 5 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Smith-Rivera has played also professionally in NBA (Chicago Bulls).
He attended Georgetown University until 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in D-League



D-Fenders Close Year with Win over Northern Arizona - by Eurobasket News

In a matchup of division foes, the Los Angeles D-Fenders defeated the Northern Arizona Suns on Friday at the Toyota Sports Center, 115-105. Now at 14-5 on the season, the D-Fenders have matched the league's best record and have accumulated more wins before the new year break than any other group in franchise history. Vander Blue (6'5''-SG-92, college: Marquette) led a potent D-Fenders offense with 31 points, his fourth game with at least 30 points this year. The duo of Lakers assignee Ivica Zubac (7'1''-C-97, agency: BeoBasket) (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89, college: Richmond) (15 points, 10 rebounds) each notched double-doubles in the victory. Meanwhile, Travis Wear (6'10''-F-90, college: UCLA) and Jeff Ayres (6'9''-F-87, college: Arizona St.) came off the bench to score 14 points each, and Josh Magette added 13 points to round out the team's double-digit scorers. Northern Arizona (10-8) was led by 37 points from center Johnny O'Bryant III. The trio of Derrick Jones, Jr. (16 points), Elijah Millsap (13) and Josh Gray (10) were the only other double-digit scorers for the Suns. A slow shooting start put the D-Fenders down by as much as nine points in the first frame, but nine points from Blue allowed Los Angeles to cut the Suns' lead to 33-29 at the end of the opening quarter. The momentum that the home team used to cut into the deficit carried into the second quarter, as the D-Fenders used a 6-2 run to tie the game at 35. Overall, Los Angeles outscored the Suns in the frame, 29-19, while shooting an efficient 57.1 percent. Zubac led the way with nine points in the quarter, spurring a 58-52 halftime lead for the home squad. The D-Fenders would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the contest, leading by as much as 18 points in the third quarter and 14 points in the final frame. On the day, the D-Fenders enjoyed the edge in field goal percentage (.550-.457), three-point percentage (.571-.214), shooting from the charity stripe (.679-.565) and rebounding (47-38). Los Angeles will be on the road for their next contest, a matchup against the Reno Bighorns at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the Reno Events Center.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Westchester Knicks Close 2016 with Victory over Mad Ants - by Eurobasket News

The Westchester Knicks (10-7), the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, ended 2016 with a down-to-the-wire win over the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants (12-5), the Indiana Pacers' affiliate, by a final score of 94-92. Von Wafer (6'5''-G-85, college: Florida St.) led the Knicks with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting, also contributing four rebounds, three steals, and two assists. On assignment from the New York Knicks, Marshall Plumlee (7'0''-C-92, college: Duke) finished with 16 points, six rebounds, and three blocked shots while his teammate Ron Baker (6'4''-G-93, college: Wichita St.) supplied nine points, six rebounds, and four each of steals and assists. Four additional Westchester players found double-digits on the night as Damien Inglis, Jordon Crawford, Kevin Capers, and Jaylen Bond each notched 10 points. Westchester's leading scorer Chasson Randle did not play due to illness. Four of Ft. Wayne's five starters contributed double-digits to its score, led by Alex Poythress (6'8''-F-93, college: Kentucky) and Trey McKinney-Jones (6'6''-G-90, college: Miami, FL) with 20 points each. Travis Leslie notched a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds, adding four assists and two steals for good measure. Stephan Hicks (6'6''-G-92, college: CS Northridge) just missed a double-double of his own, finishing with 16 points and nine rebounds. The Knicks used a 6-0 run in the first three minutes of the game to take a quick lead, but the Mad Ants would go on to outscore the visitors in the first quarter 21-17. In the second, Westchester began to speed up while slowing Ft. Wayne down, shooting 70 percent and holding the home team to just 32 percent. At the half, the Knicks had taken over the lead by a four-point margin. Westchester climbed up to a double-digit lead with just over one minute left in the third quarter, limiting the Mad Ants to a 16-point quarter while finishing on a 9-2 run. Ft. Wayne came back hot in the fourth though, keeping the game exciting until the very end. Keeping a double-digit lead through the first eight minutes in the final quarter, the Knicks gave way to 12-5 run from the Mad Ants to make it a two-point game with 26.2 seconds to go. While the Knicks then gained three quick points, a sinker from downtown via Ft. Wayne's McKinney-Jones made it a one-possession game again with 1.0 seconds on the clock. The Mad Ants were unable to convert that final gap though, and the Knicks took the game 94-92. The Westchester Knicks are on the road to begin the new year, traveling to Michigan to face the Grand Rapids Drive, the Detroit Pistons' affiliate, on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Raptors 905 score record low points in loss to Maine - by Eurobasket News

Raptors 905 were on the wrong side of an NBA D-League record performance on Thursday, Dec. 29, at the Hershey Centre. They held a double-digit lead in the first half, but stumbled the rest of the way as the Maine Red Claws held them to seven third quarter points, 25 second half points and 69 points overall - all record lows - in an 80-69 win. Jordan Mickey (6'8''-F-94, college: LSU) scored 20 points to lead the Red Claws (11-7), while Marcus Georges-Hunt (6'5''-F-94, college: Georgia Tech) and Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) scored 16 and 15, respectively. Edy Tavares (7'3''-C-92) recorded a double-double for Raptors 905 (12-5), with 15 points and 11 rebounds to go along with five blocks. Raptors 905 was held to 31 per cent shooting from the field, while the Red Claws converted 39 per cent of their shots. The loss puts Raptors 905 half a game behind the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for the Central Division lead. Raptors 905 entered the game with back-to-back wins of 116-95 against the Westchester Knicks on Dec. 23, and 120-108 against the Delaware 87ers on Dec. 27. They'll host the Erie Bayhawks on Monday, Jan. 2, and the Canton Charge on Wednesday, Jan. 4, to wrap up a four-game home stand at the Hershey Centre.
Courtesy of: mississauga.com



Red Claws Take Down Bulls - by Eurobasket News

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, rang in the New Year with an emphatic 117-106 win Saturday afternoon at the Portland Expo. Demetrius Jackson (6'1''-PG-94, college: Notre Dame), on assignment from the Boston Celtics, led all scorers with 30 points on 12-16 shooting, including 4-5 from downtown. Jordan Mickey, also on assignment from the Celtics, added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the win, while Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) scored 19 points, while Jalen Jones added 18 points and 13 rebounds in his 8th double-double of the season. Marcus Georges-Hunt (6'5''-F-94, college: Georgia Tech) added 14 points, while Arthur Edwards scored 10 points off the bench. The Red Claws (12-7) surged out to a fast start, with Jones driving and scoring to give Maine a 13-10 lead. Windy City (6-10) then went on an 8-0 run, eading into the first timeout with a five point advantage after Alfonzo McKinnie (6'8''-F, college: Green Bay) slamming home the ball as an exclamation point. The Bulls continued the run to 18-2, with Aaron Thomas scoring 11 quick points for Windy City. When the dust settled, Maine trailed Windy City 27-24 after one quarter. In the 2nd, the Red Claws' offense heated up. Arthur Edwards' back-to-back three pointers led a 10-0 run, as Maine took a 36-29 lead. Jackson made 5 of his first 7 shots, driving to the basket and scoring with ease. Windy City finished the half with two quick buckets, making it a 55-50 lead for Maine at the break. The Red Claws shot 52.8% from the field (19-36) in the first half, including 8-16 from downtown. The Red Claws opened the 3rd quarter on a 12-0 run, with Nader leading the charge. Nader got back to back three-point plays to extend the lead to 67-50. Jackson continued his hot shooting in the second half, finishing the quarter with his fourth three-pointer. The Red Claws ended the frame with a 90-77 lead. In the 4th, former Red Claw Andre Dawkins (6'5''-G-91, college: Duke) tried to get Windy City back into the game, cutting the lead to nine. Georges-Hunt, playing with five fouls, put an end to the run with a lay-up. Georges-Hunt then drove and scored for three points the hard way, giving Maine a 103-87 lead. The Red Claws cruised from there, shooting an impressive 48.7% from the field (38-78) and 50% (17-34) from downtown. Maine was 24-27 from the free throw line. Windy City shot 41.1% (39-95) from the floor, 42.9% (9-21) from three-point range, and 19-25 from the charity stripe.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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Ciro Perez celebrate San Cristobal title - by Eurobasket News

Ciro Perez celebrate San Cristobal title. In the Final series they beat Los Buitres 4-2 at the XXVII Torneo de Baloncesto Superior. In Game 6 Ciro Perez posted a 79-68 victory with a massive 31-15 surge in the second frame.
Kelvin Pena (193-G-80, college: Southeastern CC) top-scored for the winners with 28 points. Eliezer de la Rosa scored 16, while Jose Corporan (88) added 11. For Los Buitres Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92) ended up with 28 points.



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Egyptian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Mostafa Meshaal
Meshaal
Ramy Ibrahim
Ibrahim
Motaz Okasha
Okasha
Karim Mohamed Eldahshan
Eldahshan
Omar Tarek
Tarek
#e#5
0Moamen Mobarak 185-G-91 Al Ittihad Egypt
5Amr El Gendy 192-G-91 Al Gezira Egypt
9Ahmed Soliman 202-F/C-95 Al Ahly Egypt
10Mostafa Meshaal 200-F-86 Al Gezira Egypt
12Youssef Shousha 192-G/F-93 Sporting Egypt
14Ramy Ibrahim 205-F/C-88 Al Ittihad Egypt
15Moustafa Almekawy 204-F/C-94 Zamalek Egypt
20Motaz Okasha 186-PG-90 Al Gezira Egypt
24Karim Mohamed Eldahshan 191-G-91 Al Ahly Egypt
30Mohamed Fouad 190-G Geish Army Egypt
55Omar Tarek 218-C-91 USC USA
99Hamad Fathy 225-C


Juan Antonio Orenga Head Coach

Awad Abdelnaby Assistant



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Demonte Harper claims Estonian Alexela KML weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Demonte Harper (193-G-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kalev/Cramo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 18 points adding four rebounds and nine assists for Kalev/Cramo in his team's victory, helping them to beat TTU (#4, 6-3) 89-84. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kalev/Cramo maintains the 3rd position in Estonian Alexela KML. They are still close to the very top. Kalev/Cramo would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-2 record. Harper turned to be Kalev/Cramo's top player in his first season with the team. Morehead State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harper is league's best passer with 5.0apg. Harper is in league's top in and averages solid 53.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Latvian Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-SF-95) of Valga. Zvigurs impressed basketball fans with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Valga lost that game 76-83 to the higher-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#3, 8-2). Valga managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Zvigurs is a newcomer at Valga and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Kalev/Cramo's star - Belarusian Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92). Liutych scored 16 points. He was another key player of Kalev/Cramo, helping his team with a 83-76 win against the lower-ranked Valga (#6, 4-8). Kalev/Cramo is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 8-2 record is not that bad... Liutych has a very solid season. In 10 games in Estonia he scored 13.4ppg. He also has FGP: 61.7% and 3PT: 40.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) of Kalev/Cramo - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Toomas Raadik (202-PF-90) of TTU - 21 points and 4 rebounds
6. Nikola Vujovic (210-C-93) of TTU - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Erik Keedus (198-F-90) of Kalev/Cramo - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Mark Tollefsen (206-PF-92) of Kalev/Cramo - 18 points and 4 rebounds
9. Sten Olmre (192-SG-95) of TTU - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 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)



Alexela KML Round 11: Kalev/Cramo beats TTU in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#3) and TTU (#4). TTU was defeated at home 84-89 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. TTU was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kalev/Cramo made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was American guard Demonte Harper (193-89, college: Morehead St.) who scored 18 points and 9 assists. The former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Sten Olmre (192-95) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Kalev/Cramo (8-2) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion (8-2) moved-up to second place, which they share with Rapla. TTU at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. Kalev/Cramo is looking forward to face league's leader TU/Rock in Tartu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TTU will play on the road against the league's second-placed Rapla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Valga was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Kalev/Cramo (8-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Valga (4-8). Kalev/Cramo managed to secure a 7-point victory 83-76. American guard Demonte Harper (193-89, college: Morehead St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Vitali Liutych contributed with 16 points for the winners. Latvian guard Reinis Strupovics (190-87) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds for Valga. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Kalev/Cramo. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Rapla. Valga lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Kalev/Cramo will play against league's leader TU/Rock in Tartu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Valga will play on the road against Parnu (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


TTU - Kalev/Cramo 84-89

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#3) and TTU (#4). TTU was defeated at home 84-89 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. TTU was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kalev/Cramo made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was American guard Demonte Harper (193-89, college: Morehead St.) who scored 18 points and 9 assists. The former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Sten Olmre (192-95) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and the former international Toomas Raadik (202-90, agency: Promotex) added 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Kalev/Cramo (8-2) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion (8-2) moved-up to second place, which they share with Rapla. TTU at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. Kalev/Cramo is looking forward to face league's leader TU/Rock in Tartu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TTU will play on the road against the league's second-placed Rapla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTU: S.Olmre 22+5reb+3ast, T.Raadik 21+4reb+1ast, K.Akenparg 12+3reb+3ast, N.Vujovic 9+11reb+2ast, J.Jarvelainen 7+4reb+1ast, R.Koort 6+3reb
Kalev/Cramo: M.Tollefsen 18+4reb, D.Harper 18+4reb+9ast, E.Keedus 15+8reb+4ast, C.Simmons 13+4reb+2ast, R.Veideman 12+4reb+2ast, V.Liutych 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 498605


Valga - Kalev/Cramo 76-83

The game in Valga was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Kalev/Cramo (8-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Valga (4-8). Kalev/Cramo managed to secure a 7-point victory 83-76. The guests were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-21 Valga's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 83-76 at the end of the game. Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Valga's 36. Valga was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Demonte Harper (193-89, college: Morehead St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Belarusian Vitali Liutych (198-92) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Latvian guard Reinis Strupovics (190-87) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Latvian Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-95) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Valga. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Kalev/Cramo. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Rapla. Valga lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Kalev/Cramo will play against league's leader TU/Rock in Tartu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Valga will play on the road against Parnu (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valga: R.Strupovics 19+6reb+3ast, I.Rihards Zvigurs 18+6reb+2ast, R.Lindments 12+4reb, A.Bricis 10+2reb, V.Kriisa 8+2reb+2ast, V.Veski 5+1reb+4ast
Kalev/Cramo: D.Harper 22+6reb+5ast, V.Liutych 16+4reb+1ast, R.Veideman 12+4reb, M.Gladness 12+5reb+1ast, M.Tollefsen 11+4reb+4ast, C.Simmons 6+7reb+3ast
gschID: 498604





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Keith Langford named European Player of the Month: December 2016 - by Eurobasket Center

Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) has been chosen by eurobasket.com as the European MVP for December. The experienced guard led UNICS Kazan to 5-2 record in Euroleague and VTB League and finished the month with averages of 24.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 0.4 bpg while shooting solid 2FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 78.7%. In his last game of the year he registered 27 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds and 38 RNK in a big win over Panathinaikos.

Second best performer of December was Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) of Fenerbahce. American big man finished the month with 12.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.9 apg and 2.3 bpg. His team managed to won 5 out of 9 games in this period. He played his best game on Dec.23 when Turks defeated CSKA Moscow on the road 95-79. Udoh registered double double of 17 points and 11 rebounds and added 5 blocks, 2 assists and 2 steals (33 RNK points).

Third best performer of the month was Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) of Olympiacos. In 10 games he averaged 13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.4 bpg, 2FGP: 71.1%, 3PT: 48.6%, FT: 89.3%. Olympiacos lost only one game against Brose Basket in Euroleague.
TOP 10 PLAYERS FOR December 2016
1. Keith Langford of Unics (RUS): 47, 7 games: 24 ppg, 3 rpg, 0 apg, 0.4 bpg, 2FGP: 53%, 3PT: 44%, FT: 77%
2. Ekpe Udoh of Fenerbahce (TUR): 43, 9 games: 14 ppg, 3 rpg, 9 apg, 3 bpg, 2FGP: 53%, FT: 60%
3. Matt Lojeski of Olympiacos (GRE): 46, 10 games: 10 ppg, 0 rpg, 6 apg, 0.4 bpg, 2FGP: 71%, 3PT: 46%, FT: 83%
4. Nick Calathes of Panathinaikos (GRE): 42, 10 games: 17 ppg, 9 rpg, 4 apg, 0.1 bpg, 2FGP: 64%, 3PT: 31%, FT: 46%
5. Chris Singleton of Panathinaikos (GRE): 43, 10 games: 12 ppg, 2 rpg, 1 apg, 0.8 bpg, 2FGP: 55%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 86%
6. Luka Doncic of Real Madrid (ESP): 42, 10 games: 9 ppg, 4 rpg, 5 apg, 0.1 bpg, 2FGP: 55%, 3PT: 42%, FT: 100.0%
7. Gustavo Ayon of Real Madrid (ESP): 42, 10 games: 2 ppg, 4 rpg, 3 apg, 0.7 bpg, 2FGP: 67%, FT: 60.9%
8. Joe Ragland of Scandone AV (ITA): 41, 7 games: 13 ppg, 0 rpg, 0 apg, 2FGP: 60.3%, 3PT: 42%, FT: 78%
9. Derrick Brown of Anadolu Efes (TUR): 49, 10 games: 12 ppg, 9 rpg, 9 apg, 0.7 bpg, 2FGP: 50%, 3PT: 65%, FT: 80.8%
10. Joaquin Colom of Unics (RUS): 47, 9 games: 16 ppg, 9 rpg, 1 apg, 2FGP: 44%, 3PT: 30%, FT: 80.6%



Recap of Round 15 of Reguar Season - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona - Darussafaka 81-77

The game had a very big importance for tenth-ranked Spanish FC Barcelona as it allowed them to take a leadership position. FC Barcelona defeated 7th ranked Turkish Darussafaka at home 81-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Darussafaka. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Darussafaka was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 46-37 second half run of FC Barcelona. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). American-Montenegrin point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll.) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four FC Barcelona players scored in double figures. American James Anderson (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Scottie Wilbekin (188-93, college: Florida) added 19 points in the effort for Darussafaka. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Crvena Zvezda. Darussafaka at the other side dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost. Darussafaka will play next round against Maccabi T-A trying to get back on the winning streak. FC Barcelona will try to continue on its current victory against thirteenth ranked Brose Baskets at Bamberg.
Top scorers:
FC Barcelona: A.Tomic 16+2reb+5ast, T.Rice 13+3reb+4ast, A.Vezenkov 12+4reb+1ast, J.Doellman 11+2reb, P.Koponen 9+3reb+3ast, A.Renfroe 6+2reb
Darussafaka: J.Anderson 21+6reb+2ast, S.Wilbekin 19+3reb+3ast, A.Moerman 11+2reb+1ast, B.Wanamaker 9+2reb+2ast, D.Bertans 5+3reb+2ast, S.Erden 4+5reb
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Galatasaray - Brose Bask. 75-90

The game with biggest result difference took place in Istanbul. Local Galatasaray (4-11) lost to thirteenth ranked German Brose Baskets (6-9) 90-75 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. Galatasaray was better in fourth quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Galatasaray 41-28 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Brose Baskets shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 60.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Latvian point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Austin Daye (211-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) who recorded 20 points and American-Israeli center Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Five Brose Baskets and four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending German champion moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Zalgiris and Unics. Galatasaray lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. Brose Baskets will face league's leader FC Barcelona at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Galatasaray will play against Anadolu Efes (#9) in Istanbul and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: J.Strelnieks 18+3reb+4ast, F.Causeur 15+4reb+4ast, D.Theis 14+14reb+2ast, N.Zisis 11+3reb, N.Melli 10+9reb+3ast, D.Miller 8+2reb+3ast
Galatasaray: A.Daye 20+4reb+2ast, A.Tyus 15+8reb, T.Pleiss 15+4reb, V.Micov 11+2reb+4ast, B.Schilb 9+6reb+6ast, S.Guler 3+2reb+7ast
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Unics - Panathinaikos 83-81

A very interesting game took place in Kazan. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Greek Panathinaikos (9-6) to thirteenth ranked Russian Unics Kazan (6-9) 83-81 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Panathinaikos. Panathinaikos were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 20-16 charge of Unics Kazan, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import Latavius Williams (203-91, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Unics Kazan's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) came up with 23 points and 6 assists and American point guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for Panathinaikos in the defeat. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. They have a solid series of three victories in a row. Unics Kazan moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Brose Bask. and Zalgiris. Panathinaikos at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Unics Kazan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Baskonia (#4) in Vitoria and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Unics: K.Langford 27+4reb+5ast, L.Williams 19+9reb+1ast, J.Colom 16+3reb+3ast, P.Antipov 6+3reb, O.Johnson 5+3reb, A.Parakhouski 4+2reb
Panathinaikos: N.Calathes 23+2reb+6ast, I.Bourousis 13+7reb, M.James 13+4reb+5ast, C.Singleton 12+8reb+1ast, K.Rivers 6+2reb, D.Nichols 6+3reb
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EA7 Armani - Zalgiris 70-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 15th ranked Italian Armani Milano's (4-11) home loss to fourteenth ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (6-9) 70-78 on Thursday. Armani Milano was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Zalgiris made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Armani Milano turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Zalgiris especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Armani Milano was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Paulius Jankunas (205-84) who scored 9 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Arturas Milaknis (195-86) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Rakim Sanders (193-89, college: Fairfield) who recorded 15 points and 5 rebounds and American-Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) added 15 points respectively. Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Lithuanian champion moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Brose Bask. and Unics. Armani Milano lost eighth consecutive game. Defending Italian champion keeps the fifteenth position with 11 games lost. Zalgiris will face higher ranked Crvena Zvezda (#10) in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Armani Milano will play on the road against Fenerbahce (#7) in Istanbul and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: A.Milaknis 16+2reb, E.Ulanovas 11+4reb+1ast, P.Jankunas 9+11reb+2ast, B.Motum 9+2reb+2ast, L.Lekavicius 9+1ast, K.Pangos 6+2reb+7ast
EA7 Armani: M.Kalnietis 16+1reb, R.Sanders 15+5reb+1ast, R.Hickman 15+3reb+2ast, Z.Dragic 10+4reb, M.Macvan 8+3reb+1ast, S.Fontecchio 2
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Baskonia - Maccabi T-A 101-88

No shocking result in a game in Vitoria where fifth ranked Spanish Baskonia (10-5) defeated 13th ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (5-10) 101-88 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Baskonia. Maccabi T-A was better in second period 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baskonia dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi T-A's 36. Baskonia forced 19 Maccabi T-A turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was German center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 assists. Four Baskonia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) who recorded 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) added 13 points respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Baskonia moved-up to third place, which they share with Real Madrid and Olympiacos. Maccabi T-A lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with ten games lost. Baskonia will face Unics Kazan (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi T-A will play against Darussafaka and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Baskonia: J.Voigtmann 23+9reb, T.Shengelia 22+2reb+2ast, R.Beaubois 14+3ast, S.Larkin 13+4reb+13ast, C.Budinger 12+6reb, A.Hanga 9+6reb+3ast
Maccabi T-A: V.Rudd 20+5reb+5ast, A.Goudelock 13+3reb+3ast, S.Weems 13+2reb+3ast, S.Landesberg 9+1reb, D.Smith 8+3reb, M.Zirbes 7+2reb
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Olympiacos - Fenerbahce 71-62

Everything could happen in Athens at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Greek Olympiacos and 6th ranked Turkish Fenerbahce had identical 9-5 record. This time Olympiacos used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Istanbul 71-62 on Thursday night. Fenerbahce trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 22-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 62-71 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was Canadian center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. American-Belgian guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 14 points. Four Olympiacos players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Czech power forward Jan Vesely (213-90) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Greek guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90) added 10 points and 6 assists respectively. Fenerbahce's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending Greek champion (10-5) moved-up to third place, which they share with Real Madrid and Baskonia. Defending Turkish champion Fenerbahce keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Olympiacos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panathinaikos.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: M.Lojeski 14+3reb+2ast, I.Papapetrou 12+2reb+2ast, E.Green 11+2reb+1ast, K.Birch 10+13reb, E.Mantzaris 8+1reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 7+3reb+7ast
Fenerbahce: J.Vesely 22+10reb, K.Sloukas 10+2reb+6ast, L.Datome 10+5reb, B.Dixon 9+3reb+2ast, P.Antic 5+1ast, E.Udoh 3+5reb
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Crvena Zvezda - CSKA 78-67

The biggest surprise took place in Beograd where host Serbian Crvena Zvezda (7-8) beat league's leader Russian CSKA (12-3) 78-67 on Thursday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. CSKA managed to win third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by CSKA helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Bosnian-Serbian center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). American-Serbian Charles Jenkins (191-89, college: Hofstra) chipped in 11 points, 6 assists and 6 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Andrey Vorontsevich (207-87) who recorded 21 points and American guard Aaron Jackson (190-86, college: Duquesne) added 10 points and 8 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Serbian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Anadolu Efes and FC Barcelona. Defending Russian champion CSKA dropped to the second place with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by FC Barcelona. CSKA will play next round against strong Real Madrid trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Crvena Zvezda will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Zalgiris in Kaunas.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: O.Kuzmic 16+10reb+2ast, M.Simonovic 14+3reb, C.Jenkins 11+3reb+6ast, M.Guduric 9+3reb+1ast, N.Wolters 9+2reb+1ast, N.Dangubic 7+2reb
CSKA: A.Vorontsevich 21+2reb+1ast, A.Jackson 10+4reb+8ast, K.Hines 9+5reb, N.Kurbanov 8+3reb+3ast, M.Teodosic 6+2reb+4ast, N.De Colo 6+2reb+1ast
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Anadolu Efes - Real Madrid 78-80

A very close game took place in Istanbul between Spanish Real Madrid and Turkish Anadolu Efes. Third ranked Real Madrid (10-5) got a very close victory on the road over 8th ranked Anadolu Efes (7-8). Real Madrid managed to escape with a 2-point win 80-78 on Thursday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Anadolu Efes were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 19-15 charge of Real Madrid, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Slovenian point guard Luka Doncic (201-99) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Rudy Fernandez (197-85) helped adding 14 points. The best for the losing side was American forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) with 14 points and 8 rebounds and American-Armenian center Bryant Dunston (203-86) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Spanish champion maintains third place with 10-5 record having just three point less than leader FC Barcelona, which they share with Olympiacos and Baskonia. Loser Anadolu Efes still keep top position with eight games lost. They share it with FC Barcelona and Crvena Zvezda. Real Madrid will meet at home league's second-placed CSKA in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Anadolu Efes will play against Galatasaray and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: L.Doncic 17+5reb+9ast, R.Fernandez 14+3reb+3ast, G.Ayon 8+7reb+1ast, F.Reyes 8+3reb, J.Maciulis 8+1reb, J.Taylor 7+2reb
Anadolu Efes: B.Paul 16+2ast, B.Dunston 14+5reb, D.Brown 14+8reb+3ast, C.Osman 10+4reb+2ast, T.Heurtel 8+1reb+6ast, T.Honeycutt 6+10reb+1ast
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Keith Langford claims Euroleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Keith Langford (193-SG-83) had a very impressive game in the last round for Unics and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 33-year old shooting guard had the game-high 27 points adding four rebounds and five assists for Unics in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Panathinaikos (#6, 9-6) 83-81. Unics is placed at 12th position in Euroleague. Unics is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-9 record. In the team's last game Langford had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Unics, through which he has constantly improved. University of Kansas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Langford is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.1ppg. Langford is in league's top in and averages solid 42.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Victor Rudd (205-F-91) of Maccabi T-A. Rudd impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Maccabi T-A lost that game 88-101 to the higher-ranked Baskonia (#4, 10-5). This loss caused Maccabi T-A to drop to 14th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Rudd is a newcomer at Maccabi T-A and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) of Crvena Zvezda (#10). Kuzmic scored 16 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Crvena Zvezda, leading his team to a 78-67 win against the higher-ranked CSKA (#2, 12-3). The chances of Crvena Zvezda ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kuzmic could help Crvena Zvezda to bring them higher in the standings. Kuzmic has a great season in Euroleague. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.1rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jan Vesely (213-C/F-90) of Fenerbahce - 22 points and 10 rebounds
5. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) of Real Madrid - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Austin Daye (211-F-88) of Galatasaray - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Shane Larkin (180-PG-92) of Baskonia - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 13 assists
8. Johannes Voigtmann (211-C-92) of Baskonia - 23 points and 9 rebounds
9. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of FC Barcelona - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Khem Birch (208-C-92) of Olympiacos - 10 points and 13 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)



Deon Thompson officially joins Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda have finalised the deal with Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina). The forward has arrived into Belgrade today. Deon Thompson started the season in Galatasaray. He tallied 5.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in BSL. In EuroLeague his stats read 4.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per appearance. Previously Deon Thompson had stints in Germany, Israel, China, Slovenia, Greece. He was named All-German Bundesliga Forward of the Year back in 2013.




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Desmond Williams claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Desmond Williams (199-G-91) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Salon Vilpas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 32 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team edged out Korihait (#10, 4-14) 76-74. Salon Vilpas maintains the 2nd position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Salon Vilpas will need more victories to improve their 13-4 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Salon Vilpas' top player in his first season with the team. Southern Connecticut State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.3rpg), assists (6th best: 1.8apg) and averages solid 58.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward DeVaughn Washington (202-F-89, agency: Mansfield and Associates) of Kauhajoki. Washington impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Kauhajoki to edge the lower-ranked Pyrinto (#7, 7-11) by 2 points 84-82. Kauhajoki's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-9 record is not bad at all. Washington is a newcomer at Kauhajoki and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Kauhajoki's star - American Tate Unruh (193-G-90, agency: Inception Sports). Unruh scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Kauhajoki, helping his team with a 84-82 win against the lower-ranked Pyrinto (#7, 7-11). Kauhajoki needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 9 lost games. Unruh has a very solid season. In 9 games in Finland he scored 15.6ppg. He also has 4.2rpg, FGP: 53.8% and 3PT: 52.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Pyrinto - 28 points and 10 rebounds
5. Monyea Pratt (196-SF-85) of KTP Basket - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Rakeem Buckles (203-F-90) of Kouvot - 20 points and 11 rebounds
7. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) of Kauhajoki - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82) of KTP Basket - 16 points and 6 rebounds
9. Remy Abell (193-G-92) of Helsinki Seagulls - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Aubrey Conerly (182-PG-83) of Lapua - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 5 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)



Korisliiga Round 19: Salon Vilpas edge UU-Korihait by two points - by Eurobasket News

Tenth-ranked UU-Korihait (4-14) made lots of trouble for second ranked Salon Vilpas (13-4) in Uusikaupunki on Friday. The visitors from Salo managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-74. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) fired a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 14 points. Salon Vilpas' coach Joonas Iisalo used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Emmanuel Holloway (185-86, college: Illinois St., agency: Blacktop Management) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Salon Vilpas have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-4 record having just two points less than leader Helsinki Seagulls. UU-Korihait lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Salon Vilpas are looking forward to face KTP-Basket (#9) in Kotka in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UU-Korihait will play on the road against Joensuun Kataja and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Tampere. Eighth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (7-11) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th placed Kauhajoen Karhu (10-9) 81-79 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kauhajoen Karhu. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!). Antero Lehto contributed with 7 points and 6 assists for the winners. Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for Kauhajoen Karhu. Tampereen Pyrinto moved-up to seventh place. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against higher ranked Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kauhajoen Karhu will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in Kauhajoki between Kauhajoen Karhu and Tampereen Pyrinto. Fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (10-9) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (7-11). Kauhajoen Karhu managed to escape with a 2-point win 84-82 on Friday evening. It was a great evening for DeVaughn Washington who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side J'Nathan Bullock responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Tampereen Pyrinto's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Kauhajoen Karhu. They maintain fourth place with 10-9 record. Loser Tampereen Pyrinto dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Joensuun Kataja (10-6) against seventh ranked Kouvot (7-9) on Friday night. Visiting Joensuun Kataja was defeated by Kouvot in Kouvola 93-82. It was an exceptional evening for Rakeem Buckles who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Joensuun Kataja at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Kouvot's next round opponent will be Tampereen Pyrinto (#7) at home. Joensuun Kataja will play against UU-Korihait (#10) and hope to win that game.
Leader Helsinki Seagulls delivered the fifteenth victory on Friday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked KTP-Basket (6-12) 107-70. Remy Abell fired 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Helsinki Seagulls maintains first place with 15-2 record. Loser KTP-Basket keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Helsinki Seagulls will face BC Nokia (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KTP-Basket will play against the league's second-placed Salon Vilpas and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 19 BC Nokia was defeated by Lapua in a road game 77-67.


Pyrinto - Kauhajoki 81-79

Important game to mention about took place in Tampere. Eighth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (7-11) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th placed Kauhajoen Karhu (10-9) 81-79 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kauhajoen Karhu. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-19. But Kauhajoen Karhu won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!). The former international point guard Antero Lehto (185-84) contributed with 7 points and 6 assists for the winners. Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and American swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kauhajoen Karhu. Four Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Tampereen Pyrinto moved-up to seventh place. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against higher ranked Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kauhajoen Karhu will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: J.Bullock 28+10reb, T.Vinson 11+4reb, R.Minard 8+3reb+3ast, T.Palmi 7+4reb+3ast, A.Lehto 7+4reb+6ast, P.Heinonen 6+6reb+3ast
Kauhajoki: B.Sarcevic 14+5reb+8ast, A.Hollins 14+5reb+1ast, T.Unruh 14+2reb, D.Washington 12+4reb+2ast, J.Lehtoranta 9+5reb+1ast, S.Vanttaja 6+5reb
gschID: 488010


Helsinki Seagulls - KTP Basket 107-70

Leader Helsinki Seagulls delivered the fifteenth victory on Friday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked KTP-Basket (6-12) 107-70. The game was mostly controlled by Helsinki Seagulls. KTP-Basket was better in fourth quarter 30-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Helsinki Seagulls shot 63.6 percent from the field. Helsinki Seagulls outrebounded KTP-Basket 44-24 including a 37-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. Helsinki Seagulls looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by KTP-Basket's players. American guard Remy Abell (193-92, college: Xavier, agency: Inception Sports) fired 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import center Devonte Upson (206-93, college: SE Louisiana) chipped in 12 points. Four Helsinki Seagulls players scored in double figures. American Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) produced 27 points and Jamaican-American power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Helsinki Seagulls maintains first place with 15-2 record. Loser KTP-Basket keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Helsinki Seagulls will face BC Nokia (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KTP-Basket will play against the league's second-placed Salon Vilpas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: R.Cowels III 16+3reb, R.Abell 15+4reb+4ast, D.Upson 12+4reb+3ast, T.Heinonen 11+3reb+2ast, A.Nikkarinen 10+4reb+5ast, A.Niskanen 10+4reb+3ast
KTP Basket: M.Pratt 27+4reb+2ast, S.Gay 16+6reb, W.Walker 11+7reb+1ast, M.Barnes 9+1ast, D.Bailey 4+3reb+1ast, V.Kopio 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 488007


Korihait - Salon Vilpas 74-76

Tenth-ranked UU-Korihait (4-14) made lots of trouble for second ranked Salon Vilpas (13-4) in Uusikaupunki on Friday. The visitors from Salo managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-74. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) fired a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 14 points. Salon Vilpas' coach Joonas Iisalo used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Emmanuel Holloway (185-86, college: Illinois St., agency: Blacktop Management) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Marcus Van (201-87, college: Cent.Michigan) added 6 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Salon Vilpas have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-4 record having just two points less than leader Helsinki Seagulls. UU-Korihait lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Salon Vilpas are looking forward to face KTP-Basket (#9) in Kotka in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UU-Korihait will play on the road against Joensuun Kataja and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: D.Williams 32+14reb+1ast, J.Staten 14+4reb+3ast, A.Coleman 10+6reb+3ast, O.Jarvi 8+4reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 5+2ast, M.Ojala 4+5reb
Korihait: E.Holloway 15+6reb+4ast, D.Lee 12+9reb+1ast, M.Herbert 11+3reb+1ast, M.Jalonen 9+4reb+1ast, A.Alanen 8+5reb, V.Laine 7+1reb
gschID: 488008


Kauhajoki - Pyrinto 84-82

A very close game took place in Kauhajoki between Kauhajoen Karhu and Tampereen Pyrinto. Fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (10-9) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (7-11). Kauhajoen Karhu managed to escape with a 2-point win 84-82 on Friday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great evening for American forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Mansfield and Associates) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Tate Unruh (193-90, college: N.Colorado, agency: Inception Sports) helped adding 22 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and Topias Palmi (194-94) scored 17 points. Tampereen Pyrinto's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Kauhajoen Karhu. They maintain fourth place with 10-9 record. Loser Tampereen Pyrinto dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: T.Unruh 22+7reb+3ast, D.Washington 21+9reb+4ast, K.Holsey 12+7reb+2ast, S.Vanttaja 9+6reb, J.Lehtoranta 7+2reb+1ast, A.Hollins 6+3reb+1ast
Pyrinto: J.Bullock 20+8reb+1ast, T.Palmi 17+4reb+1ast, R.Minard 16+3reb+3ast, P.Heinonen 7+6reb, A.Lehto 6+1reb+2ast, V.Pekkola 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 488009


Lapua - BC Nokia 77-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked BC Nokia's (7-12) road loss to fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (9-9) 67-77 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 25-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Lapuan Korikobrat forced 19 BC Nokia turnovers. American guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M, agency: Stealth Sport) fired 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import point guard Aubrey Conerly (182-83, college: Jacksonville) chipped in 9 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and Bahamas forward Kentwan Smith (203-91, college: Stetson) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four BC Nokia players scored in double figures. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fifth place with 9-9 record. BC Nokia lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat will have a break next round. BC Nokia will play at home against the league's leader Helsinki Seagulls (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lapua: J.Jones 23+9reb+1ast, D.Morris 12+2reb, D.Williams 10+4reb+3ast, M.Van Andringa 9+4reb+1ast, A.Conerly 9+4reb+5ast, L.Kinnard 8+6reb+4ast
BC Nokia: P.Dia 15+9reb, I.Wilkerson 11+3reb, S.Barrett 10+4reb+2ast, K.Smith 10+7reb+3ast, E.Skamo 8+7reb+4ast, H.Hirvikoski 6+2ast
gschID: 488005


Kouvot - Kataja Basket 93-82

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Joensuun Kataja (10-6) against seventh ranked Kouvot (7-9) on Friday night. Visiting Joensuun Kataja was defeated by Kouvot in Kouvola 93-82. The game was mostly controlled by Kouvot. Joensuun Kataja was better in second period 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 42-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Rakeem Buckles (203-90, college: FIU) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Steven Pledger (193-90, college: Oklahoma) accounted for 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. The former international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 assists and American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Joensuun Kataja in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Joensuun Kataja at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Kouvot's next round opponent will be Tampereen Pyrinto (#7) at home. Joensuun Kataja will play against UU-Korihait (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: R.Appleby 21+2reb+3ast, R.Buckles 20+11reb+1ast, S.Pledger 20+8reb+3ast, M.Cuffee 14+10reb+2ast, O.Heinonen 14+1reb, A.Saarijarvi 2+5reb+3ast
Kataja Basket: R.Brown 21+6reb+1ast, D.Mullings 17+4reb+3ast, T.Rannikko 15+2reb+12ast, J.Bradley 13+12reb+1ast, T.Huolila 10+5reb, A.Perttu 3+1reb
gschID: 488006





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MBida comes back to Lille - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Cameroonian ex-international center Junior MBida (204-90). It is actually his comeback to Lille Metropole as he has played here before. MBida supposed to play at Dijon (ProA), but left the team in Dec.'16. In 12 games he recorded 3.2ppg and 2.1rpg this season. ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The most of last season MBida spent at Cholet Basket (also in ProA) where in 16 games he averaged 4.1ppg and 3.0rpg. MBida also played earlier that season for Monaco (also in ProA). In 11 games he had 3.0ppg and 2.3rpg. MBida was a member of Cameroonian Senior National Team two years ago.
He has played previously for three other teams: Olympique Antibes, Paris-Levallois and SO Maritime Boulogne.

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Yakhouba Diawara (ex Limoges) joins JuveCaserta - by Eurobasket News

Pasta Reggia JuveCaserta (Serie A) landed experienced 34-year old French ex-international small forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-104kg-82, college: Pepperdine) for a tryout period. He played most recently at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA. Diawara managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 27 ProA games he recorded 5.6ppg and 3.1rpg. He also played 6 games in Euroleague where he averaged 8.8ppg and 1.5rpg. And finally Diawara contributed to 8 games in Eurocup where he had just 2.9ppg and 1.0rpg. The last summer he was tested by the Grizzlies in NBA.
Among other achievements Diawara received Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 1st Team award back in 2012.
He was also a member of French international program for some years. Diawara played for French Senior National Team between 2006 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2002.
He represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) four years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 3.3ppg, 1.0apg.
Diawara has played also professionally in NBA (Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat) and Italy (Openjobmetis VA, Umana Venezia, Fortituto Kontatto Bologna and Enel Brindisi) and France (JDA Dijon and Gravelines-Dunkerque).
He attended Pepperdine University until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Diawara's game is described as: A very athletic player who can spend time in the two forward positions. Runs well the court, can grab rebounds at both sides oft he court and know how to defend. He's very versatile, but again a little green in various aspects of his game. His outside shooting has dramatically improved after that he arrived to Italy. It seems that he was wearing wrong contact lenses, and that the Italian doctors noticed this..

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jones left Hyeres-Toulon - by Eurobasket News

24-year old American guard Lucky Jones (198-95kg-93, college: Robert Morris) left Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (ProA). In 11 games in France he had 5.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg this season.
The last season Jones played at Liege Basket (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 31 games he recorded 14.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg and 2.5spg (leader !!!). He helped them to make it to the Supercup final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Jones' college team won NEC Tournament in 2015. He was also voted NABC All-District 18 2nd Team in 2015.
Jones graduated from Robert Morris University in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.
On Jones: Long, athletic forward with the ability to score and rebound, tenacious on the defensive end and loves to compete.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Dirk Bauermann (ex Krasny Oktyabr) agreed terms with Wuerzburg - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL) will be led by experienced 59-year old German coach Dirk Bauermann. He has coached for the last two years at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian VTB league.
Among other achievements Bauermann coached in the final of Lithuanian League in 2013. He was selected to Head Coach: German Bundesliga All-Star Game back in 2005, 2006 and 2008.
Bauermann was coaching German Senior National Team between 1994 and 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Bauermann has coached also in Belgium, Greece (Amyntas Dafnis), Germany (TSV 1860 Hagen and Bayern Muenchen) and Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas).

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Marko Pecarski (ex Mega Leks) could agree terms with B.Muenchen - by Eurobasket News

FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) is close to land Serbian-Spaniard center Marko Pecarski (208) who played last time at BC Mega Leks in Serbia. In only one Adriatic League game he had just 2 points and 2 rebounds last season.
Pecarski received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 1st Team award in 2016.
The previous (14-15) season Pecarski played at KK Zemun (2MLS) in Serbian league.
His team made it to the U17 Championships Semifinals in 2014.
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U16 in Radom (Poland) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: Score-1 (26.6ppg), Reb-1 (15.9rpg), 1.0spg, Blocks-5 (1.1bpg), FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 79.6%.

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German BBL round 17 best performance: Tony Gaffney - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Tony Gaffney (206-PF-84, agency: Octagon Europe) put on an amazing game in the last round for ALBA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, four rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush EWE Baskets (#9, 8-8) with 18-point margin 81-63. ALBA maintains the 5th position in German BBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ALBA will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. In the team's last game Gaffney had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Tony Gaffney averages this season 6.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Harper Kamp (203-F/C-88) of Bremerhaven. Kamp had a very good evening with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for Bremerhaven to edge Wuerzburg (5-11) 93-88. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Bremerhaven managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 13th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Kamp is a newcomer at Bremerhaven, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Brendan Lane (206-C-90) of Wuerzburg (#14). Lane scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Lane's great performance Wuerzburg lost 88-93 to Bremerhaven (5-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Wuerzburg not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lane could try to bring Wuerzburg's a little bit higher in the standings. Lane has a very solid season. In 17 games in Germany he scored 12.9ppg. He also has 4.5rpg and FGP: 56.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shavon Shields (201-G-94) of Fraport SKY - 24 points and 5 rebounds
5. Shaquille Goodwin (206-F-94) of Jena - 16 points and 12 rebounds
6. Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88) of Ratiopharm - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Quincy Diggs (198-G/F-90) of Bremerhaven - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Christian Standhardinger (206-F-89) of Vechta - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Braydon Hobbs (196-G-89) of Ratiopharm - 7 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Cameron Wells (186-PG-88) of Giessen 46ers - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 10 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)



BBL Round 17: No surprise as #1 ratiopharm Ulm defeats BG Goettingen - by Eurobasket News

BBL is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 17 rounds left.

BBL top team - ratiopharm Ulm (16-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed tenth ranked BG Goettingen (6-10) 89-65. ratiopharm Ulm made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when ratiopharm Ulm made 8 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by BG Goettingen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and guard Braydon Hobbs (196-89, college: Bellarmine) chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals. point guard Jesse Sanders (190-89, college: Liberty) responded with 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated ratiopharm Ulm have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-0 record. BG Goettingen at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Jena and Fraport SKY. ratiopharm Ulm are looking forward to face Science City Jena (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Goettingen will play against s Oliver Baskets and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Ludwigsburg. Twelfth ranked Science City Jena (6-10) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-8) 71-69 on Friday evening. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Shaquille Goodwin (206-94, college: Memphis) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Marcos Knight accounted for 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) came up with 12 points and 8 rebounds for EnBW Ludwigsburg in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Science City Jena moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Goettingen and Fraport SKY. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Giessen 46ers and EWE Baskets. Science City Jena will play against league's leader ratiopharm Ulm on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against Bayern Muenchen (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Tuebingen between Deutsche Bank Skyliners and Walter Tigers. Eleventh ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (6-10) got a very close victory on the road over 15th ranked Walter Tigers (3-13). Deutsche Bank Skyliners managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Shavon Shields who scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. Davion Berry produced 20 points for the hosts. Walter Tigers' coach Tyron McCoy rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Goettingen and Jena. Walter Tigers lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Braunschweig. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will meet at home higher ranked Giessen 46ers (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Walter Tigers will play against EWE Baskets (#9) in Oldenburg and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17: Braunschweig lost to B.Muenchen on the opponent's court 74-89. Vechta unfortunately lost to Giessen 46ers in a home game 83-87. Telekom Bsk recorded a loss to Bayreuth on the road 78-83. Bremerhaven defeated Wuerzburg on its own court 93-88. EWE Baskets was beaten by ALBA in Berlin 81-63.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 14 points and 7 rebounds by Devin Booker of B.Muenchen.


B.Muenchen - Braunschweig 89-74

Very expected game when 16th ranked Braunschweig (3-13) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Bayern Muenchen (13-3) 89-74 on Friday. Bayern Muenchen dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Braunschweig's 24. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Reggie Redding (195-88, college: Villanova) who scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. His fellow American import center Devin Booker (205-91, college: Clemson) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Bayern Muenchen's coach Aleksandar Djordjevic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and Austrian point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91) added 19 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bayern Muenchen moved-up to third place, which they share with Bayreuth. Loser Braunschweig dropped to the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Walter Tigers. Bayern Muenchen will meet EnBW Ludwigsburg (#7) on the road in the next round. Braunschweig will play against BBC Bayreuth (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: D.Booker 14+7reb+2ast, A.Gavel 12+1reb+3ast, N.Johnson 11+4reb+2ast, B.Taylor 10+1ast, R.Redding 10+5reb+9ast, D.Barthel 9+8reb+1ast
Braunschweig: D.Pierre 19+8reb+3ast, T.Klepeisz 19+1ast, C.Medlock 11+2reb+3ast, J.Boykin 10+2reb, G.Groselle 7+9reb+3ast, S.Theis 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 473094


Ludwigsburg - Jena 69-71

Important game to mention about took place in Ludwigsburg. Twelfth ranked Science City Jena (6-10) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-8) 71-69 on Friday evening. Science City Jena players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Shaquille Goodwin (206-94, college: Memphis) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Marcos Knight (188-89, college: Middle Tenn.St.) accounted for 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) came up with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Drew Crawford (196-90, college: Northwestern) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for EnBW Ludwigsburg in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Science City Jena moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Goettingen and Fraport SKY. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Giessen 46ers and EWE Baskets. Science City Jena will play against league's leader ratiopharm Ulm on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against Bayern Muenchen (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jena: M.Knight 18+5reb+6ast, S.Goodwin 16+12reb+1ast, W.Bernard 8+1ast, D.Schmidt 8+2reb+4ast, J.Wolf 6+1reb+2ast, S.Haukohl 4
Ludwigsburg: J.Cooley 12+8reb, J.Thiemann 11+5reb, T.Cotton 10+3reb+2ast, D.Crawford 9+6reb+3ast, D.McCray 8+3reb+5ast, K.Martin 7+1reb
gschID: 473089


Walter Tigers - Fraport SKY 81-83

A very close game took place in Tuebingen between Deutsche Bank Skyliners and Walter Tigers. Eleventh ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (6-10) got a very close victory on the road over 15th ranked Walter Tigers (3-13). Deutsche Bank Skyliners managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 on Friday evening. Deutsche Bank Skyliners shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was Danish guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska) who scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. American guard A.J. English (192-92, college: Iona) chipped in 21 points. American guard Davion Berry (193-91, college: Weber St.) produced 20 points and the other American import center Gary McGhee (209-88, college: Pittsburgh) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Walter Tigers' coach Tyron McCoy rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Goettingen and Jena. Walter Tigers lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Braunschweig. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will meet at home higher ranked Giessen 46ers (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Walter Tigers will play against EWE Baskets (#9) in Oldenburg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: S.Shields 24+5reb+1ast, A.English 21+1reb+3ast, M.Morrison 12+9reb+3ast, K.Vaughn 9+3reb+8ast, N.Kiel 7+1ast, Q.Robertson 5+7reb+1ast
Walter Tigers: D.Berry 20+3reb+3ast, A.Munoz 15+6reb, G.McGhee 12+9reb+1ast, S.Kidd 9+4reb, J.Washburn 8+4reb+1ast, J.Jordan 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 473091


Vechta - Giessen 46ers 83-87

Very predictable result when ninth ranked Giessen 46ers (8-8) defeated on the road 17th ranked SC Rasta Vechta (1-15) 87-83 on Friday. The best player for the winners was American point guard Cameron Wells (186-88, college: Citadel) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists. British-Canadian forward Thomas Scrubb (198-91) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Filipino forward Christian Standhardinger (206-89, college: Hawaii) produced 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) added 21 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Giessen 46ers moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ludwigsburg and EWE Baskets. SC Rasta Vechta lost their tenth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 15 games lost. Giessen 46ers will meet Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#10) in the next round. SC Rasta Vechta will play against ALBA Berlin (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Giessen 46ers: T.Scrubb 18+6reb+1ast, B.Lischka 14+2reb+1ast, C.Wells 12+4reb+10ast, J.Saibou 12+1reb+2ast, J.Sears 10+2reb, S.Bowlin 8+4ast
Vechta: F.Gaines 21+2reb+1ast, M.Ehambe 17+3reb, C.Standhardinger 16+8reb+4ast, D.Searcy 11+8reb+2ast, B.Bekteshi 8+4ast, T.Warech 5+3reb
gschID: 473092


Ratiopharm - Goettingen 89-65

BBL top team - ratiopharm Ulm (16-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed tenth ranked BG Goettingen (6-10) 89-65. ratiopharm Ulm made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when ratiopharm Ulm made 8 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by BG Goettingen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and guard Braydon Hobbs (196-89, college: Bellarmine) chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals. Four ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. Point guard Jesse Sanders (190-89, college: Liberty) responded with 14 points and power forward Scott Eatherton (203-91, college: Northeastern, agency: BeoBasket) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. ratiopharm Ulm have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-0 record. BG Goettingen at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Jena and Fraport SKY. ratiopharm Ulm are looking forward to face Science City Jena (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Goettingen will play against s Oliver Baskets and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 22+6reb+2ast, A.Rubit 12+9reb, T.Braun 10+4reb+1ast, K.Tadda 10+2reb+5ast, B.Rohwer 7+1ast, B.Hobbs 7+5reb+9ast
Goettingen: J.Sanders 14+3reb+3ast, M.Monninghoff 11+1reb, D.Carter 11+6reb+1ast, S.Eatherton 8+9reb+2ast, M.Schwarz 6+1reb+2ast, B.Veikalas 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 473090


Bayreuth - Telekom Bsk 83-78

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Telekom Baskets (9-7) were defeated on the road by fourth ranked BBC Bayreuth (13-3) 83-78 on Thursday. BBC Bayreuth made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Kyan Anderson (180-92, college: TCU, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 22 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import guard Joseph Lewis (188-92, college: Louisville) chipped in 18 points. Naturalized Cuban swingman Yorman Polas Bartolo (192-85) produced 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and American point guard Josh Mayo (181-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Telekom Baskets' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BBC Bayreuth moved-up to third place, which they share with B.Muenchen. Defending champion Telekom Baskets keep the sixth position with seven games lost. BBC Bayreuth will meet Braunschweig (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Telekom Baskets will play against the league's second-placed Brose Baskets (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: K.Anderson 22+3ast, J.Lewis 18+3reb+2ast, A.Marei 13+8reb+1ast, N.Linhart 13+5reb+2ast, D.Brooks 8+2reb+1ast, R.Amaize 7+1reb+3ast
Telekom Bsk: Y.Polas Bartolo 15+8reb+4ast, O.Silins 15+1reb+1ast, J.Mayo 14+2reb+3ast, R.Thompson 10+2reb+3ast, K.Horton 7+6reb, J.Gamble 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 473093


Bremerhaven - Wuerzburg 93-88

There was a small surprise when fourteenth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (5-11) beat at home 12th ranked s Oliver Baskets (5-11) 93-88 on Thursday. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Harper Kamp (203-88, college: California) who scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Swingman Quincy Diggs (198-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Center Brendan Lane (206-90, college: Pepperdine) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: HMS) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. s Oliver Baskets' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Wuerzburg. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. s Oliver Baskets will play against BG Goettingen (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: H.Kamp 18+6reb+5ast, Q.Diggs 16+9reb+3ast, I.Elliott 14+6reb+4ast, J.Hulls 11+4reb+3ast, F.Bleck 11+2reb, K.Anderson 11+4reb+2ast
Wuerzburg: B.Lane 20+5reb+2ast, L.Ulmer 18+5reb+3ast, J.Odum 17+2reb+1ast, M.Powell 13+10reb, C.Barton 10+1reb+3ast, M.Stuckey 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 473088


ALBA - EWE Baskets 81-63

There was no surprise when 8th ranked EWE Baskets (8-8) were defeated on the road by fifth ranked ALBA Berlin (11-5) 81-63 on Thursday. The best player for the winners was American Tony Gaffney (206-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 21 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Serbian swingman Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Belgian Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87) produced 7 points and 8 rebounds and American center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for ALBA Berlin. They maintain fifth place with 11-5 record. Loser EWE Baskets dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Ludwigsburg and Giessen 46ers. ALBA Berlin will meet SC Rasta Vechta (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. EWE Baskets will play against Walter Tigers (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ALBA: T.Gaffney 21+4reb+4ast, D.Milosavljevic 15+3reb+5ast, C.English 11+3reb+1ast, E.Atsur 7+1reb+1ast, P.Siva 7+4reb+6ast, N.Giffey 6+10reb
EWE Baskets: B.Qvale 14+3reb, R.Paulding 11+3ast, D.Madrich 11+3reb+1ast, F.Massenat 8+5reb+1ast, M.De Zeeuw 7+8reb+2ast, C.Kramer 4+4reb+8ast
gschID: 473087





Brian Sullivan (Hebeisen White Wings) I Want To Continue To Show That My Decision Making With The Ball Is A Big Strength Of Mine - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brian Sullivan (183-PG-93, college: Davidson) is a 23 year old 180cm guard from Upper Arlington, Ohio that is playing his rookie season in Germany with the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau. He started his college basketball career in 2011 with Miami, OH (NCAA) playing 30 games averaging 10.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 70.0%. He then played at Davidson (NCAA) from 2013-2016 and as a senior played 30 games averaging 14.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 32.7%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 83.1%. He spoke to eurobasket about his rookie season.

Brian thank for talking to eurobasket.com. Congrats on the huge 68-63 win against top Pro A team Kirchheim Knights. What makes a grind out win like this more difficult to accomplish than a shoot out win?

It seems in low scoring games, your margin of error defensively is that much smaller. So the biggest challenge was just making sure we stayed locked in defensively for all 40 minutes.

The fourth quarter started with a huge run by the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau as Kruize Pinkins scored in bunches, but Kirchheim fought back. The game was technically over at the two minute mark as German Josef Eichler hit a three and there was no more scoring after that. How strange of a fourth quarter ending was this for you?

Yea it was a bit odd but that is how the flow of the game was going. It was very defensive minded and there seemed to be a couple different stretches without much scoring.

What do you believe was key on the defensive end in the last two minutes that allowed the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau prevail and go into the short winter break with a win?

Guys knew what the coaches wanted us to do and helped each other accomplish that.

Currently Hanau is in sixth place with a record of 9-6. How proud have you been of the team that team is in has battled through adversity on so many occasions this season and come through?

Yea it has been a crazy first half to the season, on more than a few occasions we only dressed 7 guys for a game but to this teams credit we battled and have been able to win some games shorthanded.

The club had had a strong span winning six of seven games, but then lost twice to Chemnitz and Paderborn before the win against Kirchheim. Without making a short rotation as an excuse what do you believe did the team get away from in these two loses?

I think the biggest thing was just inconsistency, we had stretches where we competed the way we wanted to but not for all 40 minutes.

Obviously the success of the Hebeisen White Wings has to do with a full team effort, but seriously where would the team be now if work horse Kruize Pinkins weren't on board?

Kruize is a great player. He is so consistent and draws so much attention from opposing defensives, he really makes the team go.

The team is fourth in defense in the Pro A allowing only 70 points per game which is forth best in the league. Defense is all about desire and wanting to excel on the defensive end. Do you feel like that desire could even be higher by every guy and can that be reached in the second half of the season?

Yea absolutely. We have seen how good we can be when we compete for all 40 minutes and I think every guy wants to do that more.

The club is in the playoff race now. On what things do you believe does the team need to work on to be even better in the second half of the season?

Continuing to have energy for 40 minutes despite the score.

It has been a tough rookie season with limited minutes at the start and then your injury where you worked very hard in your rehab process. How have you experienced your rookie season?

Yea its been tough. It took a couple games to get in a good rhythm to start the season and then I got injured and then re-injured the same shoulder missing 8 games so I am still trying to get comfortable now that I am getting healthy.

I have been surprised with your limited minutes as you had a pretty good pre-season. How have you been dealing with your more limited role? What has been the toughest aspect of being a rookie and not getting more minutes?

Yea it hasn't been easy. I have never played limited minutes before but after missing that many games from injury, its taking a little time to get back to full form so I am expecting the second half of the season to be very different.

You're the best three point shooter on the team, but in what areas in your game do you feel have been lacking that you will continue to work on as the season progresses?

The biggest thing has been transitioning to the officiating, understanding that the game is more physical but reaching will still draw fouls. Aside from that I want to continue to show that my decision making with the ball is a big strength of mine.

How vital has American Eugene Harris been for your further development as a player? How valuable was it having around a veteran during your injury to keep you positive?

Geno has been great to me, he's really looked out for me. He had some similar experiences as a rookie so he's been really helpful about how to stay on track and continue to progress.

Where do you rank Kevin Garnett with the best power forwards of all-time to have played the power forward position?

He's right up at the top. Tim Duncan is the best I have been able to watch but KG is great.

Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you?

That is amazing to me. I had never seen anything like that. It speaks volumes about what an efficient shooter he is but also how effective the Warriors offense is.

One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now?

Yea no one is putting up the same numbers that he is right now, Its crazy. But being the best player stats wise is different the being the best player.

How have you experienced your first Christmas in Germany. What have you enjoyed most about the holiday season in a new culture?

I have really enjoyed it. Both Hanau and Frankfurt have great Christmas markets and I have enjoyed spending time there.

What was your most memorable Christmas experience in Ohio when you were a kid?

Both of my older brothers played college basketball and now coach so its the only time we can get together during the seasons so just being able to see them.

What was the last movie that you saw?

War Dogs.

Thanks Brian for the chat.





DJ Bennett (Mitteldeutscher BC) Our Commitment To Each Other And Our High Work Ethic Has Separated Us From Other Teams - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

D.J. Bennett (203-C-91, college: Oklahoma) is a 203cm forward from Chicago, Illinois that is playing his second professional season and first with the Mitteldeutscher BC. As a rookie he played with the BSW Sixers Sandersdorf (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 18 games averaging 15.3ppg, 8.7ppg, 2.3bpg, FGP: 66.9%, FT: 67.9%. He started his basketball career with Indian Hills CC (JUCO) and moved to Oklahoma (NCAA) in 2013 where he stayed two years playing a total of 61 NCAA games and reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2015. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

This was your second time in Germany and you once again took in the pre Christmas time. You spent last season in the small Sandersdorf and this season in Weissenfels. What have you learned to appreciate about this time of year in Germany?

Being in this part of Germany much like Sandersdorf I've learned to appreciate the fans, they always go out of their way to keep showing is support and having small events for us for the holidays, the fans are definitely a big part of this teams success.

Basketball life is very good in Weissenfels as the Mitteldeutscher BC is dominating the league at 15-1. Is everything perfect in MBC country?

I am grateful to be part of such a great team but it's a long way from perfect, we always have small things that we can do better and we compete every day in practice to make sure we are ready for whoever we face next, I think what separated us from others teams is our commitment to each other and our high work ethic.

It is no secret that management wants to return back to the BBL next season. How intense has the season been for you in terms of having to live up to the expectations of the organization?

Our goal is definitely to move up but we don't feel any pressure about it, we like the challenge and with this team it's our nature to just work hard and that shows on the court.

The only loss of the season was against the Hamburg Towers. When a team is so good like MBC, does it take longer to digest a loss like that?

When we lost to the Hamburg Towers it didn't take us long to digest it but we learned from it quick, it was like an eye opener for us that we had to step it up, so win or lose we just try to give it our all, and if we lose giving it our best then we can live with that.

The team has reached an identity on defense ranking fifth in the Pro A giving up 71 points per game. How hungry is the club to get even better on defense?

Defense is a point of emphasis for us. Coach prides his self on how well we play defense so we are always trying to improve that part of our game because we know the offense is going to come.

On what areas on the defense end does the club need to improve most on?

I would say the thing we can improve on the defensive end would be staying locked in for long possessions and better communication sometimes when it comes to helping or switching.

With all the talent on the team does it surprise you that the club is only 11th in rebounding in the league? Does that speak for the talent of the other teams?

It definitely does speak for the talent of other teams, I feel like every team has an area of something they are really good at, and even though we try to make it an emphasis of getting rebounds, that's not our strongest quality, we are more of a defensive and fast break transition team.

Do you feel like Sergio Kerusch has been playing with a chip on his shoulder simply because he wants to get back to the BBL and prove himself after not really getting a chance with Artland and Bremerhaven?

This team expects Sergio to play to his potential every game because he is a very talented player, and I think he has a chip on his shoulder not because he didn't have the chance with other teams but because he wants to be the best player he can be.

How much fun has it been being teammates with Achmadschau Zazai? What has been the most amazing thing he has shown on the court?

Cha Cha is probably one of the most energetic players on and off the court, he is always in a good mood and joking with everyone but when it's time to focus he is locked in. Something he is very great at would be seeing the court, his ability to pass without looking directly at a player is crazy.

Let's talk about your game. You are averaging 4,6ppg and 3,1rpg in 11 minutes. How big of an adjustment has it been for you coming from the Regionaliga?

It's been a huge adjustment for me, and I'm still learning as the season goes on to always give it my all, and at this level I think my biggest challenge is just keeping my confidence up if I have a bad game or make a bad play because my role on this team is to be an energizer and pick up the flow of the game, so as long as I can keep up my energy and focus then I will continue to grow.

You had some good games against the RheinStars and Gotha. Were these games proof to you that you can play in this league?

I know I can play in this league, I just have to continue to work on my game, my knowledge of what's going on on the court and make sure I keep my confidence up.

How valuable has the day to day practice been with Djordje Pantelic. How has he helped you most in the paint area get your game better suited to the Pro A?

Playing against Pantelic everyday has made me better as a player with my strength, banging with him down low all the time, also he is always giving me advice of positioning and small details that can give me the edge against an opponent.

On what area's of your game are you most striving to improve on as the seasons carries on and you continue to get more experience?

I am always trying to increase every part of my game but areas I try to focus on the most is my rebounding, positioning on the court and shooting ability.

Where do you rank Kevin Garnett with the best power forwards that ever played the game?

There are so many great power forwards to play the game but I would definitely put him in my top 15 just because of his passion for the game and his willingness to give his all every game

Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you?

It's not many players that can do that, and in my opinion Klay Thompson is in one of the best shooters in the world right now.

One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now?

I wouldn't say the best in the world because there are other players that put up crazy numbers as well but he is definitely in the race for it.

What was your most memorable Christmas experience in the States when you were a kid?

When I was around 14 and was able to have my whole family together for a Christmas dinner.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was the Avengers.

Thanks Dj for the chat.




Gotha Add Jonas Grof - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Gotha have added German Jonas Grof (201-G/F-96). Grof is a 201cm guard that played with Phoenix Hagen since 2014, but since the team lost it's license to play in the BBL was looking for a new team. Grof will replace german Janek Schmidkunz who is injured at the moment. This season with Phoenix Hagen, the German played 10 games averaging 5,1ppg and 2,9rpg. He scored in double figures twice including a 15 point game against Giessen and 10 points against FC Bayern Munich. "One of the reasons we got him was his absolute desire to come here. He is one of the most talented Germans in his age group and isn't shy from the challenge", stressed Wolfgang Heyder.

Grof started his basketball career with Basketball Boele-Kabel and moved to the Phoenix Hagen NBBL team in 2011. In the 2012-2013 season he played for BG Hagen (Regionalliga), then moved to NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos (Regionalliga): 22 games: 2.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.1apg, played also at Phoenix Hagen Juniors (NBBL). In the 2013-2014 season he played for Lee Academy Prep (USA). In the 2014-201 season he played for NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos (ProB, starting five): 26 games: 9.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.4%, played also at Phoenix Hagen (BBL): 6 games: 3.3ppg, 1.0rpg and at Phoenix Hagen U19 team (NBBL). Last season he played for Iserlohn Kangaroos (ProB): 12 games: 9.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 60.7%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 68.9%, also Phoenix Hagen (BBL): 33 games: 3.5ppg, 2.3rpg. "I wanted to play as quickly as possible and Gotha is a good address. I can play many different positions", stressed Jonas Grof.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U15 National Team -11, Turk Telekom International U16 Tournament -12, German U16 National Team -12, European Championships U16 in Lithuania -12: 7 games: 1.3ppg, 1.4rpg, Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga West Newcomer of the Year -13, German Regionalliga (West Group) Runner-Up -13, German NBBL Championships Semifinals -13, German U20 National Team -15-16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Newcomer of the Year -15, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -15, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -15, European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) -15: 9 games: 4.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6apg, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North) Regular Season Champion -16 and European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) -16 (Semifinals): 7 games: 6.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.5%.

Source: Gotha



Medi Bayreuth Sign David Gonzalvez - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

BBL team medi Bayreuth have added David Gonzalvez (193-G-87, college: Richmond) David Gonzalvez is a 29 year old 193cm guard from Marietta, Georgia that is playing his seventh professional season and started the season with MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL). Under head coach John Patrick he played eight games in the BBL averaging 6,5ppg, 1,6rpg and 1,5apg while in the Champons League he played 6 games averaging 4,7ppg, 1,5rpg and 1,2apg. Last season the American played for Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 51 games averaging 13.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 79.0%. He gets a contract until the end of the season. Head coach Raoul Korner felt it was importnat to fill the last vacant import spot in case of any injuries creeping up and knows what he gets in the American as he won a title in Holland with him and knows the abilities of the team player.

He began his basketball career in 2006 with Richmond (NCAA) playing there until 2010 playing a total of 136 NCAA games and as a senior played 35 games avergaing 14.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 70.5%. He started his professional basketball career in 2010 with Hermine Nantes Atlantique (France-ProB) playing 8 games: 10.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 64.3%, in Feb.'11 moved to Oberwart Gunners (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 21 games: 8.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 69.6%. In the 2011-2012 season he played for the Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (Holland-Eredivisie): 41 games: 8.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), FGP-1 (65.2%), 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 64.0%. In the 2012-2013 season he played with WBC Raiffeisen Wels (Austria-A Bundesliga playing 21 games: 13.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-2 (1.6spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 46.3%, FT: 76.4%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for SPM Shoeters Den Bosch (Holland-Eredivisie) playing 42 games: 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 75.3%; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 13.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 72.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 93.3%. In the 2014-2015 season he played for Namika Lahti (Finland-Korisliiga) 45 games: 12.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 72.6%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been HS: Georgia AAAAA State Championship -05, All-Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention -09, CBI Championship All-Tournament Team -09, All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team -10, Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team -10, Atlantic 10 Tournament Finalist -10, Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Champion -11, Austrian Bundesliga A Regular Season Runner-Up -11, Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Defensive Player of the Year -11
Eurobasket.com Austrian League All-Defensive Team -11, Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game -12, Dutch Eredivisie Regular Season Runner-Up -12, 14, Dutch Eredivisie Champion -12, Dutch Supercup Finalist -13, Austrian Cup Semifinals -13,Dutch Supercup Winner -14, Dutch Cup Semifinals -14, Dutch Eredivisie Finalist -14, Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team -16, Eurobasket.com Finnish Korisliiga All-Imports Team -16, and Finnish League Champion -16.

Source: medi Bayreuth



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Opoku Ware, Wesley Girls win Sprite Ball tenth anniversary - by Yaw Mintah

Opoku Ware School and Wesley Girls High School have won the Sprite Ball Championship's tenth anniversary edition in the boys and girls divisions respectively. Opoku Ware beat record winners Mfantsipim School 27-25 in the final game surviving a late onslaught in the second half.

The former led 19-9 at half time but its lead was overturned in the subsequent half by a rampaging Mfantsipim side. However a three point play from Opoku Ware's Amuzu Harris was the difference maker in the game.

St. John's School beat Pope John School 23-16 to win third place.

In the girls division, Wesley Girls High School beat Kumasi Girls Senior High School 6-4 in the final game as dethroned champion Aggrey Memorial Mount Zion School beat Mamfe Methodist Senior High School 26-10. Below is a full list of results on the final day of three day competition:
Championship caliber results determine Sprite Ball on Final Day

Results on the final day of the Sprite Ball Championship's tenth anniversary edition proved crucial in making Opoku Ware School the first Ashanti Region representative to win the boys division. Opoku Ware beat Mfantsipim School 27-25 to win the tournament.

In the girls division, Wesley Girls Senior High School beat Kumasi Girls Senior High School 6-4 to win the competition after returning from a four year absence. Below is a full list of results on Sprite Ball Day 3:

Boys Division

Quarter Finals

St. John's School 32-23 Mawuli Senior High School
Pope John Senior High 21-15 St. Augustine's College
Opoku Ware 25-13 Sacred Heart Senior High School
Mfantsipim School 26-6 GSTS

Semi Finals

Mfantsipim School 37-8 Pope John

Opoku Ware School 27-21 St. John's School

Third place Game

St. John's School 23-16 Pope John Senior High

Final Game

Opoku Ware School 27-25 Mfantsipim School

Girls Division

Semi Finals

Kumasi Girls Senior High 19-12 Mamfe Methodist Girls Senior High School
Wesley Girls Senior High 15-9 Aggrey Memorial Mount Zion

Third place Game

Aggrey 26- 10 Methodist Girls
Wesley Girls 6-4 Kumasi Girls





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Malik Hairston (ex AEK Athens) agreed terms with Hapoel Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American swingman Malik Hairston (198-100kg-87, college: Oregon). He played recently at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. The last season Hairston played also at AEK Athens (also in A1) where in 31 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention. Hairston also played 10 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.6apg.
In 2008 Hairston was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in second round (48th overall). He attended University of Oregon and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
Hairston played in the final of Turkish League in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Hairston has played also professionally in Italy (Armani Milano and Mens Sana 1871 Siena), NBA (San Antonio Spurs), Turkey (Galatasaray) and D-League (Austin Spurs).
The scouts decsribe him following way: To borrow a phrase from baseball, a "five tool player" with unlimited potential. Willing to do whatever it takes to win, be it scoring, rebounding, defending or setting up his teammates.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Malcolm McMillan (ex Trikalla) joins C Africain !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Defending champion Club Africain Tunis (Division I) added to their roster 24-year old American point guard Malcolm McMillan (183-82kg-93, college: Canisius). He started the season at Trikalla in Greek A1 league. In four games he had 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg this season.
McMillan graduated from Canisius College in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Miklos Szabo returns to Hungary - by Levente Szabo

After spending two seasons in Sweden with Sundsvall Dragons and Eco Orebro, Hungarian big man Miklos Szabo (204-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) reached an agreement with Debreceni Egyetem 2nd team in Hungary. The management of Debreceni Egyetem 2nd team brought home the 204 cm (6'9') big guy with the hopes that he will be able to help the 2nd division club of moving up to the top division.

Miklos Szabo averaged last year 13.4ppg, 7.9rpg and 3.2apg (FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 57.4%) for Eco Orebro in the Swedish top division. Previously he played for Falco KC Szombathely, Szolnoki Olajbanyasz and Factum Sport Debrecen in Hungay. Miklos suited up for the Hungarian U20 and senior National Team as well. He also played abroad in the United States, Italy and Sweden, so he brings in much needed experience and leadership for DEAC.





Hungary U16 finishes the Olympic Hopes Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U16 finishes the Olympic Hopes Tournament amongst 4 teams with two victories and one loss. In Day 1 they beat Slovakia U16 74-70 as Balint Kovacs stepped up with 24 points. In Day 2 Hungary U16 overcame Poland U16 63-52. Peter Veraszto top-scored for the winners with 18 points and David Fekete netted 11. Filip Siewruk scored 14 points for Poland. In Day 3 Czech Republic U-16 edged Hungary U16 79-58.


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Stjarnan tabs Anthony Odunsi - by Eurobasket News

Stjarnan (Dominos League) inked 25-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) guard Anthony Odunsi (193-93kg-92, college: Houston Baptist). He just graduated from Houston Baptist University (NCAA). In 32 games he averaged impressive 17.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.7apg and 1.2spg last season. Odunsi helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to All-Southland Conference 1st Team and NABC All-District 23 1st Team.
Last year Odunsi was drafted by Canton Charge (D-League) in fifth round (95th overall).
He just came directly from Houston Baptist University and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Odunsi's college team won AEC Tournament in 2014.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  IRELAND  


Super League Round 12: No surprise as #1 Templeogue defeats DCU Saints - by Eurobasket News

Super League top team - Templeogue (12-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked DCU Saints (3-9) in Dublin 98-75. Templeogue dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to DCU Saints' 56. Templeogue forced 19 DCU Saints turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international forward Michael Bonaparte (196-82, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international center Jason Killeen (211-85, college: Augusta) who added 24 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Templeogue's coach Mark Keenan felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Martins Provizors (202-87) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Undefeated Templeogue have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-0 record. DCU Saints lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Eanna. Templeogue are looking forward to face Killester (#5) in Dublin in the next round. DCU Saints will play at home against Moycullen (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Tralee was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked UCC Demons (7-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Tralee (8-4). Tralee defeated UCC Demons 81-67. Tralee moved-up to fourth place. Defending champion UCC Demons dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Tralee will play against Belfast Star (#8) on the road in the next round. UCC Demons will play against UCD Marian and hope to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Limerick between Belfast Star and UL Eagles. Eighth ranked Belfast Star (5-7) got a very close victory on the road over 12th ranked UL Eagles (1-11). Belfast Star managed to escape with a 1-point win 65-64 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Dillon Stith who scored 24 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Ryan Wilson who recorded 26 points and 7 rebounds. Belfast Star moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Moycullen. UL Eagles lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Belfast Star will meet at home higher ranked Tralee (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. UL Eagles will play against KUBS (#11) in Greendale and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 12 KUBS lost to Moycullen on the opponent's court 81-87. Swords Thunder outscored Killester in a home game 85-64.


Templeogue - DCU Saints 98-75

Super League top team - Templeogue (12-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked DCU Saints (3-9) in Dublin 98-75. Templeogue dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to DCU Saints' 56. Templeogue forced 19 DCU Saints turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international forward Michael Bonaparte (196-82, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international center Jason Killeen (211-85, college: Augusta) who added 24 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Templeogue's coach Mark Keenan felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Martins Provizors (202-87) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Kevin O'Hanlon (186-95) scored 12 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Templeogue have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-0 record. DCU Saints lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Eanna. Templeogue are looking forward to face Killester (#5) in Dublin in the next round. DCU Saints will play at home against Moycullen (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Templeogue: M.Bonaparte 25+11reb+6ast, J.Killeen 24+9reb, L.Murphy 15+4reb+2ast, N.Randolph 10+4reb+6ast, B.Morrison 8+3ast, P.Cummins 4+3reb+3ast
DCU Saints: M.Provizors 24+13reb+3ast, D.Heaney 14+6reb, K.O'Hanlon 12+4reb+7ast, E.Darling 10+2reb+7ast, G.Brannelly 9+3reb, M.Neary 2+2reb
gschID: 492290


UL Eagles - Belfast Star 64-65

A very close game took place in Limerick between Belfast Star and UL Eagles. Eighth ranked Belfast Star (5-7) got a very close victory on the road over 12th ranked UL Eagles (1-11). Belfast Star managed to escape with a 1-point win 65-64 on Saturday evening. Belfast Star forced 20 UL Eagles turnovers. Strangely UL Eagles outrebounded Belfast Star 48-27 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Dillon Stith (200-92, college: St.Vincent) who scored 24 points. International forward Keelan Cairns (211-92, college: Pennsylvania) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Ryan Wilson (195-88, college: William Penn) who recorded 26 points and 7 rebounds and French guard Jonathan Dogbo (193, college: Gannon) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Belfast Star moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Moycullen. UL Eagles lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Belfast Star will meet at home higher ranked Tralee (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. UL Eagles will play against KUBS (#11) in Greendale and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Belfast Star: D.Stith 24+4reb+2ast, K.Cairns 18+6reb+1ast, P.McGaharan 9+2reb+2ast, P.Mullan 7+4reb+1ast, C.Johnston 4+6reb, A.Ryan 3+3reb+1ast
UL Eagles: R.Wilson 26+7reb, J.Dogbo 14+9reb, R.Howlin 6+3reb+3ast, J.Kelly 6+11reb, P.McCarthy 4+4reb, M.Hall 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 492291


Moycullen - KUBS 87-81

Very expected game in Galway where 11th ranked KUBS (1-10) was defeated by seventh ranked Moycullen (5-7) 87-81 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Moycullen maintains seventh position with 5-7 record, which they share with Belfast Star. Newly promoted KUBS keeps the eleventh place with ten games lost. Moycullen will meet DCU Saints (#10) in the next round. KUBS will play against UL Eagles and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 492289


Swords Thunder - Killester 85-64

Rather predictable result in Dublin where second ranked Swords Thunder (10-2) smashed 5th ranked Killester (7-4) 85-64 on Saturday. Swords Thunder maintains second position with 10-2 record having just two points less than leader Templeogue. Killester at the other side keeps the fifth place with four games lost. Swords Thunder's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Dublin Eanna.
gschID: 492288


Tralee - UCC Demons 81-67

The game in Tralee was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked UCC Demons (7-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Tralee (8-4). Tralee defeated UCC Demons 81-67. Tralee moved-up to fourth place. Defending champion UCC Demons dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Tralee will play against Belfast Star (#8) on the road in the next round. UCC Demons will play against UCD Marian and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 492287





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Bell's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old swingman James Bell (198-G/F-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Hapoel Holon and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Galil Gilboa (#9, 5-7) 100-93. Hapoel Holon maintains the 2nd position in Israeli league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hapoel Holon will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. In the team's last game Bell had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Hapoel Holon's top player in his first season with the team. James Bell averages this season 14.0ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Alando Tucker (198-G/F-84) of Hapoel T-A. He is American swingman in his first season at Hapoel T-A. In the last game Tucker recorded impressive 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Hapoel T-A lost that game 77-82 to slightly lower-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#8, 5-7). This loss caused Hapoel T-A to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Tucker is a newcomer at Hapoel T-A and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.3ppg (#2). He also registered 5.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Eric Griffin (203-F-90) of Galil Gilboa (#9). Griffin scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Griffin's great performance Galil Gilboa lost 93-100 to the higher-ranked Hapoel Holon (#2, 9-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Galil Gilboa ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Griffin could help Galil Gilboa to bring them higher in the standings. Griffin has a very solid season. In 12 games in Israel he scored 14.1ppg. He also has 6.3rpg, 1.9bpg and FGP: 55.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pierria Henry (193-PG-93) of Hapoel Eilat - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Darrell Williams (203-F-89) of Hapoel T-A - 25 points and 13 rebounds
6. Jake Cohen (209-PF-90) of Maccabi Ashdod - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-F/C-83) of Ironi Nahariya - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Jason Siggers (194-SF-85) of Galil Gilboa - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Alexander Perez Kaufmann (191-G-93) of Maccabi Haifa - 21 points and 6 assists
10. Javon McCrea (201-F-92) of Maccabi Rishon - 18 points, 9 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)



Malik Hairston (ex AEK Athens) agreed terms with Hapoel Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American swingman Malik Hairston (198-100kg-87, college: Oregon). He played recently at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. The last season Hairston played also at AEK Athens (also in A1) where in 31 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention. Hairston also played 10 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.6apg.
In 2008 Hairston was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in second round (48th overall). He attended University of Oregon and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
Hairston played in the final of Turkish League in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Hairston has played also professionally in Italy (Armani Milano and Mens Sana 1871 Siena), NBA (San Antonio Spurs), Turkey (Galatasaray) and D-League (Austin Spurs).
The scouts decsribe him following way: To borrow a phrase from baseball, a "five tool player" with unlimited potential. Willing to do whatever it takes to win, be it scoring, rebounding, defending or setting up his teammates.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Avrahami left Hapoel Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Head coach Sharon Avrahami left Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Winner League).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Avrahami's team made it to the National League Semifinals in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Coach of the Year back in 2011.
Avrahami was coaching Israeli U18 National Team two years ago and coached also U16 National Team in 2014.
He has coached previously Ironi Kiryat Ata.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Serie A Round 14: Umana Venezia lose to Banco di Srd - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Venezia between second ranked Umana Venezia (10-4) and eighth ranked Banco di Srd (7-7) on Monday night. Umana Venezia was defeated by Banco di Srd at home 71-84. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Umana Venezia. The game was mostly controlled by Banco di Srd. Umana Venezia managed to win fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Banco di Srd looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American point guard David Bell (188-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import point guard Darius Johnson-Odom (187-89, college: Marquette, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Canadian-Nigerian forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St.) replied with 17 points for Umana Venezia. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Banco di Srd moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Umana Venezia at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Scandone AV. Banco di Srd is looking forward to face Juvecaserta (#9) in Caserta in the next round. Umana Venezia will play on the road against Enel Brindisi (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona managed to get a third victory, breaking the four-game losing streak. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked Openjobmetis VA 85-71. American forward Tashawn Thomas (203-93, college: Oklahoma, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Tu Holloway chipped in 15 points and 10 assists during the contest. American-Nigerian power forward O.D. Anosike (203-91, college: Siena) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 20 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Vanoli Cremona maintains sixteenth position with 3-11 record. Openjobmetis VA lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with VL Pesaro. Vanoli Cremona will play against higher ranked Grissin Bon RE (#4) in Reggio Emilia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Openjobmetis VA will play at home against Auxilium TO (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Serie A top team - Armani Milano (12-2) added another victory to their record on Monday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked VL Pesaro (4-10) 88-84. Milan Macvan notched 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Armani Milano's coach Jasmin Repesa used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even 29 points and 6 rebounds by Jarrod Jones did not help to save the game for VL Pesaro. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-2 record. Loser VL Pesaro dropped to the fourteenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Openjobmetis V.. Armani Milano will meet AV Cantu (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. VL Pesaro will play against Betaland Cdo and hope to secure a win.
The game in Caserta was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Scandone AV (10-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Juvecaserta (7-7). Scandone AV managed to secure a 4-point victory 86-82. The best player for the winners was Maarten Leunen who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Scandone AV have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Umana VE. Juvecaserta lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Scandone AV's next round opponent will be Dolomiti En. TR (#12) in Trento and are hoping to win another game. Juvecaserta will play on the road against Banco di Srd (#8) in Sassari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Grissin Bon RE (9-5) and The Flexx PT (7-7), which took place in Pistoia. Higher ranked Grissin Bon RE lost to ninth ranked The Flexx PT in a road game 71-85 on Monday. Nathan Boothe orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. The Flexx PT's coach Vincenzo Esposito allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The Flexx PT have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Grissin Bon RE keeps the fourth position with five games lost. The Flexx PT will face Brescia (#10) on the road in the next round. Grissin Bon RE will play against Vanoli Cremona (#16) and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 14: Brescia beat Auxilium TO on the road 91-86. Betaland Cdo won against Enel Brindisi on its own court 86-82. AV Cantu managed to outperform Dolomiti En. TR in a road game 77-68.
The most impressive performance of 14th round was 19 points and 9 rebounds by Lee Moore of Brescia.


Auxilium TO - Brescia 86-91

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked Brescia (6-8) beat 10th ranked Auxilium TO (6-8) in Torino 91-86 on Monday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Brescia made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game, while Auxilium TO only scored nine points from the stripe. American players dominated the game. Forward Marcus Landry (201-85, college: Wisconsin) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Lee Moore (193-95, college: UTEP) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. D.J. White (206-86, college: Indiana) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Chris Wright (185-89, college: Georgetown) added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Auxilium TO. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Brescia moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Auxilium TO. Brescia will face higher ranked The Flexx PT (#7) in Pistoia in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Brescia: M.Landry 23+5reb+3ast, L.Moore 19+9reb+1ast, L.Vitali 17+2reb+6ast, M.Vitali 11+3reb, C.Burns 10+9reb+3ast, D.Moss 9+3reb+5ast
Auxilium TO: T.Harvey 20+1ast, D.White 19+12reb+2ast, C.Wright 18+7reb+6ast, J.Wilson 11+8reb+1ast, D.Washington 8+9reb+2ast, M.Alibegovic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 481961


EA7 Armani - VL Pesaro 88-84

Serie A top team - Armani Milano (12-2) added another victory to their record on Monday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked VL Pesaro (4-10) 88-84. Armani Milano made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game, while VL Pesaro only scored eight points from the stripe. They outrebounded VL Pesaro 41-19 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Serbian Milan Macvan (206-89) notched 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and international power forward Davide Pascolo (201-90) supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Five Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Armani Milano's coach Jasmin Repesa used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even 29 points and 6 rebounds by American-Hungarian power forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St.) did not help to save the game for VL Pesaro. American guard Ryan Harrow (188-91, college: Georgia St., agency: Three Eye Sports) added 15 points and 7 assists for the guests. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-2 record. Loser VL Pesaro dropped to the fourteenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Openjobmetis V.. Armani Milano will meet AV Cantu (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. VL Pesaro will play against Betaland Cdo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: M.Macvan 19+9reb+2ast, D.Pascolo 15+8reb+2ast, J.McLean 13+4reb+2ast, A.Abass 11+2reb+1ast, S.Fontecchio 10+4reb+1ast, R.Hickman 8+4reb+1ast
VL Pesaro: J.Jones 29+6reb+2ast, R.Harrow 15+2reb+7ast, S.Jasaitis 9+2ast, G.Gazzotti 8+4reb+1ast, M.Thornton 7, M.Ceron 6+1reb
gschID: 481954


Betaland Cdo - Enel Brindisi 86-82

Everything could happen in Capo d'Orlando at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Betaland Cdo and 6th ranked Enel Brindisi had identical 7-6 record. This time Betaland Cdo used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Brindisi 86-82 on Monday night. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Betaland Cdo made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Enel Brindisi was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Croatian power forward Mario Delas (207-90) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Robert Carter (206-94, college: Maryland) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds and Senegalese-French forward Amath M'Baye (206-89, college: Oklahoma) added 18 points and 5 assists in the effort for Enel Brindisi. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Betaland Cdo maintains fifth position with 8-6 record. Loser Enel Brindisi keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Betaland Cdo will face VL Pesaro (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Enel Brindisi will play against the league's second-placed Umana Venezia (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Betaland Cdo: D.Diener 18+8reb+6ast, M.Delas 17+6reb, T.Laquintana 15+3reb+2ast, M.Tepic 12+7reb+3ast, D.Archie 9+2reb+2ast, Z.Perl 8+3reb
Enel Brindisi: R.Carter 23+7reb+2ast, A.M'Baye 18+3reb+5ast, P.Goss 13+2reb+5ast, D.Scott 11+7reb+2ast, M.Cardillo 6+3reb, B.Mesicek 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 481959


Dolomiti En. TR - AV Cantu 68-77

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked AV Cantu (6-8) won against 10th ranked Dolomiti En. TR (6-8) in Trento 77-68 on Monday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Dolomiti En. TR won third quarter 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward JaJuan Johnson (208-89, college: Purdue) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Croatian swingman Fran Pilepic (193-89) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four AV Cantu players scored in double figures. Point guard Diego Flaccadori (194-96) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Aaron Craft (188-91, college: Ohio St.) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Dolomiti En. TR. AV Cantu moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Dolomiti En. TR. AV Cantu will face league's leader Armani Milano at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
AV Cantu: J.Johnson 20+10reb+2ast, F.Pilepic 19+5reb+2ast, Z.Dowdell 13+7ast, T.Darden 12+7reb+1ast, C.Callahan 5+2reb+2ast, A.Acker 5+3reb+2ast
Dolomiti En. TR: D.Flaccadori 14+5reb+1ast, D.Hogue 13+3reb, A.Craft 9+6reb+3ast, A.Forray 9+2ast, D.Lighty 9+1reb+3ast, F.Baldi Rossi 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 481958


The Flexx PT - Grissin Bon RE 85-71

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Grissin Bon RE (9-5) and The Flexx PT (7-7), which took place in Pistoia. Higher ranked Grissin Bon RE lost to ninth ranked The Flexx PT in a road game 71-85 on Monday. The Flexx PT forced 20 Grissin Bon RE turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American center Nathan Boothe (206-94, college: Toledo) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Andrea Crosariol (212-84, college: Fair Dickinson) contributed with 17 points for the winners. The Flexx PT's coach Vincenzo Esposito allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) replied with 24 points and 4 assists and American-Montenegrin point guard Derek Needham (180-90, college: Fairfield) added 10 points and 5 assists in the effort for Grissin Bon RE. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The Flexx PT have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Grissin Bon RE keeps the fourth position with five games lost. The Flexx PT will face Brescia (#10) on the road in the next round. Grissin Bon RE will play against Vanoli Cremona (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
The Flexx PT: A.Crosariol 17+3reb, N.Boothe 16+7reb+3ast, T.Petteway 15+1reb+1ast, C.Roberts 13+4reb+3ast, R.Moore 8+3reb+7ast, E.Lombardi 8+6reb
Grissin Bon RE: P.Aradori 24+3reb+4ast, A.De Nicolao 10+2reb+3ast, A.Polonara 10+5reb+1ast, D.Needham 10+3reb+5ast, S.Lesic 8+4reb, R.Cervi 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 481957


Vanoli CR - Openjobmetis V. 85-71

Bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona managed to get a third victory, breaking the four-game losing streak. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked Openjobmetis VA 85-71. Openjobmetis VA was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Vanoli Cremona made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward Tashawn Thomas (203-93, college: Oklahoma, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) chipped in 15 points and 10 assists during the contest. American-Nigerian power forward O.D. Anosike (203-91, college: Siena) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 20 rebounds and DR Congolese Christian Eyenga (201-89) scored 20 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Vanoli Cremona maintains sixteenth position with 3-11 record. Openjobmetis VA lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with VL Pesaro. Vanoli Cremona will play against higher ranked Grissin Bon RE (#4) in Reggio Emilia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Openjobmetis VA will play at home against Auxilium TO (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: T.Thomas 25+6reb+3ast, T.Holloway 15+1reb+10ast, P.Biligha 12+8reb, P.Harris 9+5reb+1ast, M.Carlino 8+6reb+1ast, F.Mian 7+2reb+1ast
Openjobmetis V.: C.Eyenga 20+3reb+2ast, O.Anosike 13+20reb+1ast, G.Ferrero 9+2reb+1ast, D.Johnson 8+1reb+2ast, E.Maynor 7+1reb+2ast, M.Bulleri 4
gschID: 481956


JuveCaserta - Scandone AV 82-86

The game in Caserta was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Scandone AV (10-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Juvecaserta (7-7). Scandone AV managed to secure a 4-point victory 86-82. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American-Liberian point guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 17 points. Four Scandone AV players scored in double figures. American forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and Dominican-American point guard Edgar Sosa (190-88, college: Louisville) added 23 points and 11 assists respectively for the hosts. Scandone AV have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Umana VE. Juvecaserta lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Scandone AV's next round opponent will be Dolomiti En. TR (#12) in Trento and are hoping to win another game. Juvecaserta will play on the road against Banco di Srd (#8) in Sassari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Scandone AV: M.Leunen 19+5reb+1ast, J.Ragland 17+4reb+1ast, A.Thomas 14+5reb+1ast, K.Fesenko 10+4reb, A.Zerini 9+3reb, M.Green 9+3reb+1ast
JuveCaserta: M.Watt 25+14reb+1ast, E.Sosa 23+3reb+11ast, D.Cinciarini 9+2reb, V.Gaddefors 9+3reb, M.Giuri 8+3reb+8ast, R.Putney 6+8reb
gschID: 481960


Umana VE - Banco di Srd 71-84

The most important game in the last round took place in Venezia between second ranked Umana Venezia (10-4) and eighth ranked Banco di Srd (7-7) on Monday night. Umana Venezia was defeated by Banco di Srd at home 71-84. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Umana Venezia. The game was mostly controlled by Banco di Srd. Umana Venezia managed to win fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Banco di Srd looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American point guard David Bell (188-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import point guard Darius Johnson-Odom (187-89, college: Marquette, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Canadian-Nigerian forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St.) replied with 17 points and American-Georgian point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) added 11 points and 6 assists in the effort for Umana Venezia. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Banco di Srd moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Umana Venezia at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Scandone AV. Banco di Srd is looking forward to face Juvecaserta (#9) in Caserta in the next round. Umana Venezia will play on the road against Enel Brindisi (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Banco di Srd: D.Johnson-Odom 14+1reb+4ast, G.Lawal 11+5reb, D.Savanovic 10+2reb+3ast, D.Bell 10+5reb+5ast, B.Sacchetti 9+7reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 8+2reb+2ast
Umana VE: M.Ejim 17+4reb+3ast, M.Haynes 11+6ast, J.Hagins 8+3reb, M.Bramos 8+4reb+1ast, H.Peric 6+2reb+2ast, B.Ortner 6+1reb
gschID: 481955





Hall's double-double lands him Serie A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old forward Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Angelico Biella and receives a Eurobasket.com Serie A2 Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 20 rebounds, while his team crushed Roma E-basket (#5, 8-7) with 23-point margin 97-74. It allowed Angelico Biella to consolidate first place in the Italian Serie A2. Angelico Biella have a solid 11-2 record. In the team's last game Hall had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It's his second year at Angelico Biella and it's hard to imagine this team without him. The George Washington University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hall leads league in rebounds with 12.8rpg. Hall

Second best performed player last round was DeShawn Sims (203-F-88) of Rieti. He is American forward in his first season at Rieti. In the last game Sims recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Rieti lost that game 77-86 to slightly higher-ranked Latina Basket (#10, 7-7). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in West. Rieti dropped in the standings to 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-9 record. Sims is a newcomer at Rieti and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jalen Reynolds (208-F-92) of Recanati (#16). Reynolds scored 23 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Reynolds' great performance Recanati lost 85-87 to slightly higher-ranked Bondi Ferrara (#14, 5-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Recanati can only dream about fighting for top spots in East. They have rather bad season and 2-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Reynolds he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Reynolds has individually a great season in Italy. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.5rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.7bpg and FGP: 64.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alessandro Piazza (175-PG-87) of Agrigento - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
5. John Brown (203-F-92) of Roma Virtus - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Javonte Green (193-F-93) of Alma Trieste - 18 points and 13 rebounds
7. Alessandro Amici (200-G/F-91) of Mantova - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Carleton Scott (203-F-88) of Lighthouse TR - 25 points and 9 rebounds
9. Stan Okoye (198-G/F-91) of Udine APU - 28 points and 4 rebounds
10. Paulius Sorokas (202-SF-92) of Treviglio - 17 points, 8 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)



Italian Serie B round 13 best performance: Luca Bedetti - by Eurobasket News

Swingman Luca Bedetti (193-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Cento, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, six rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Vicenza (#10, 5-8) with 63-point margin 117-54. Cento is placed at 3rd position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cento will need more victories to improve their 10-3 record. In the team's last game Bedetti had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Cento's top player in his first season with the team. Luca Bedetti averages this season 13.9ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Stefano Laudoni (195-G/F-89) of Matera. Laudoni had a very good evening with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Matera cruised to a 85-74 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Giulianova (#9, 6-7). This victory allowed Matera to move up to 7th position in Group D. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Laudoni is a newcomer at Matera, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Federico Bolzonella (184-PG-84) of Varese Robur (#12). Bolzonella scored 26 points. Despite Bolzonella's great performance Varese Robur lost 70-74 to slightly higher-ranked Sangiorgese (#11, 6-7). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Varese Robur ranking at the top of Group A, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bolzonella could help Varese Robur to bring them higher in the standings. Bolzonella has a great season in Italy. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrea Maggiotto (194-G-88) of Senigallia - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Gianmarco Rossi (182-PG-90) of Palestrina - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-PG-90) of Piacenza - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Alessandro Procacci (184-PG-94) of Taranto - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Marco Mollura (196-F-93) of Cefalu - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Filippo Politi (205-C-80) of Desio - 20 points and 10 rebounds
10. Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-PF-81) of Bergamo - 23 points, 3 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)



Yakhouba Diawara (ex Limoges) joins JuveCaserta - by Eurobasket News

Pasta Reggia JuveCaserta (Serie A) landed experienced 34-year old French ex-international small forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-104kg-82, college: Pepperdine) for a tryout period. He played most recently at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA. Diawara managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 27 ProA games he recorded 5.6ppg and 3.1rpg. He also played 6 games in Euroleague where he averaged 8.8ppg and 1.5rpg. And finally Diawara contributed to 8 games in Eurocup where he had just 2.9ppg and 1.0rpg. The last summer he was tested by the Grizzlies in NBA.
Among other achievements Diawara received Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 1st Team award back in 2012.
He was also a member of French international program for some years. Diawara played for French Senior National Team between 2006 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2002.
He represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) four years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 3.3ppg, 1.0apg.
Diawara has played also professionally in NBA (Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat) and Italy (Openjobmetis VA, Umana Venezia, Fortituto Kontatto Bologna and Enel Brindisi) and France (JDA Dijon and Gravelines-Dunkerque).
He attended Pepperdine University until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Diawara's game is described as: A very athletic player who can spend time in the two forward positions. Runs well the court, can grab rebounds at both sides oft he court and know how to defend. He's very versatile, but again a little green in various aspects of his game. His outside shooting has dramatically improved after that he arrived to Italy. It seems that he was wearing wrong contact lenses, and that the Italian doctors noticed this..

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Recanati signs Erik Rush - by Eurobasket News

Ambalt Recanati (Serie A2) signed 28-year old Swedish small forward Erik Rush (196-95kg-88, college: Montana State). He already started the season at JL Bourg Basket in French ProB. In 9 games he had 6.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last season Rush played at Bondi Ferrara (Serie A) where in 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg.
His team won Italian SerieA Regular Season in 2013.
Rush also represented Sweden at the European Championships in Slovenia three years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg.
Rush has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Apollon) and Italy (Openjobmetis VA and Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria).
He attended Montana State until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
Rush could be described: An athletic swingman who can spend time in the 2 and 3 positions as well. Scores most of his points by attacking the basket with great energy, he's also a good passer and rebounder for his size.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dynamic BG Beograd tabs Kimani Ffriend - by Igor Obradovic

Newly promoted Dynamic BG Beograd (KLS) inked experienced 39-year old Jamaican ex-international center Kimani Ffriend (211-111kg-77, college: Nebraska) from OKK Beograd. In 11 KLS games in Serbia he recorded very impressive stats: 22.6ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg this season. The last season Ffriend played at KK Jagodina where in 17 KLS games he was the best scorer with remarkable 21.8ppg and had 9.3rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.2bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 3rd Team.
He also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) four years ago. Ffriend's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 4 games: 4.5ppg, 4.0rpg.
Ffriend is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to fifteen different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Ffriend has played previously professionally also in China, Colombia (Cangrejeros), Cyprus (Apollon), France (Paris-Levallois), Germany, Iran (Zanjan), Israel, Italy, Qatar (Al Rayyan), Russia, Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada), Turkey (Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi and Bornova), Ukraine (Khimik) and Venezuela.
Ffriend attended University of Nebraska until 2001 and it is his 16th season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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B League D2 Round 28: Gunma lose to Toyotsu FE - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 6 rounds. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Gunma (19-9) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Toyotsu FE (22-6) 76-69. Gunma trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 21-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-76 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds and forward Yuto Otsuka (188-90) who added 2 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. At the losing side Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyotsu FE have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-6 record, which they share with Hiroshima D. Gunma lost third consecutive game. They still keep top place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Gunma. Top-ranked host Gunma (19-9) lost to first ranked Toyotsu FE (22-6) 64-59. The winners were led by Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and Rodney Carney supported him with 18 points. Even a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds by Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) did not help to save the game for Gunma. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toyotsu FE have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-6 record, which they share with Hiroshima D. Gunma lost third consecutive game. They still keep top place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Takamatsu was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Cyberdyne IR (13-15) played at the court of fifth ranked Kagawa FA (9-19). Kagawa FA managed to secure a 8-point victory 72-64 on Saturday. Chehales Tapscott fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Rick Rickert produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Kagawa FA maintains fifth position with 9-19 record. Cyberdyne IR at the other side keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Takamatsu was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Cyberdyne IR (13-15) played at the court of 5th ranked Kagawa FA (9-19). Cyberdyne IR did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-68. It was a very good performance for Rick Rickert who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Cyberdyne IR maintains fourth position with 13-15 record. Kagawa FA at the other side keeps the fifth place with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Second ranked Dragonflies (22-6) crushed at home 5th ranked Tokyo Excel. (8-19) by 18 points 86-68, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Connor Lammert who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Dragonflies' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Dragonflies have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Toyotsu FE. Loser Tokyo Excel. keeps the fifth place with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 28 Tokyo Excel. lost to Hiroshima D. on the opponent's court 62-77.


Hiroshima D. - Tokyo Excel. 86-68

Second ranked Dragonflies (22-6) crushed at home 5th ranked Tokyo Excel. (8-19) by 18 points 86-68, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 58-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Dragonflies dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Excel.'s 40 and made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Tokyo Excel. 47-34 including 32 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Connor Lammert (206-94, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) who added 19 points during the contest. Four Dragonflies players scored in double figures. Dragonflies' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds and guard Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-88) scored 16 points and 5 assists. Dragonflies have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Toyotsu FE. Loser Tokyo Excel. keeps the fifth place with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hiroshima D.: S.Asayama 22+1reb, D.Yamada 19+4reb+3ast, D.Dillon 15+8reb+2ast, C.Lammert 15+15reb+5ast, A.N'Diaye 8+5reb+1ast, H.Kitagawa 4+2reb
Tokyo Excel.: R.Stephan 24+18reb+2ast, T.Nishiyama 16+3reb+5ast, H.Tobita 13+3reb+1ast, Y.Saito 9+4reb+3ast, S.Miyata 6+2reb+2ast, D.Taguchi 0
gschID: 511228


Hiroshima D. - Tokyo Excel. 77-62

Rather expected game in Hiroshima where 5th ranked Tokyo Excel. (8-19) was defeated by second ranked Dragonflies (22-6) 77-62 on Friday. The game without a history. Dragonflies led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Excel.'s 20. Dragonflies forced 20 Tokyo Excel. turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese center Aziz N'Diaye (213-88, college: Washington) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and the former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) who added 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 20 rebounds and swingman Hiroaki Tobita (187-90) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Tokyo Excel. players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Dragonflies have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Toyotsu FE. Loser Tokyo Excel. keeps the fifth place with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hiroshima D.: A.N'Diaye 15+11reb+2ast, D.Yamada 12+5reb+2ast, S.Ikaruga 9+3reb+3ast, D.Dillon 9+2reb+2ast, S.Asayama 9+1reb+5ast, C.Lammert 8+4reb
Tokyo Excel.: H.Tobita 15+10reb+3ast, R.Stephan 15+20reb+2ast, T.Nishiyama 12+5reb+3ast, Y.Saito 11+1reb+2ast, Y.Shiina 8+2reb, S.Miyata 1+6reb+5ast
gschID: 511223


Kagawa FA - Cyberdyne IR 72-64

The game in Takamatsu was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Cyberdyne IR (13-15) played at the court of fifth ranked Kagawa FA (9-19). Kagawa FA managed to secure a 8-point victory 72-64 on Saturday. The game without a history. Kagawa FA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Takada Shuichi (194-83) chipped in 16 points. American power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Josei Maniwa (193-86) added 10 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Kagawa FA maintains fifth position with 9-19 record. Cyberdyne IR at the other side keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kagawa FA: T.Shuichi 16+3reb+1ast, C.Tapscott 15+10reb+3ast, A.Forbes 11+5reb, S.Mizoguchi 9+3reb+1ast, R.Tokunaga 6+3reb+4ast, Y.Sakai 5+1ast
Cyberdyne IR: R.Rickert 24+11reb+1ast, J.Maniwa 10+2reb+4ast, M.Yosuke 9+2reb+2ast, Y.Yamaguchi 8+3reb+1ast, D.Larkai 6+3reb+1ast, X.Ford 4+3reb
gschID: 511227


Gunma - Toyotsu FE 69-76

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Gunma (19-9) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Toyotsu FE (22-6) 76-69. Gunma trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 21-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-76 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds and forward Yuto Otsuka (188-90) who added 2 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. At the losing side Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and point guard Hirotaka Kondo (187-82) scored 19 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyotsu FE have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-6 record, which they share with Hiroshima D. Gunma lost third consecutive game. They still keep top place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toyotsu FE: S.Alabi 26+14reb+1ast, K.Fukuzawa 14+1reb, S.Kozu 10+1reb, S.Kawai 8+5reb+2ast, R.Carney 6+2reb, S.Muto 5+1ast
Gunma: H.Kondo 19+3reb+3ast, A.Kuso 16+17reb+3ast, S.Kurihara 10+3reb+1ast, Y.Takagi 9+1reb, T.Kennedy 8+3reb+2ast, D.Umetsu 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 511226


Kagawa FA - Cyberdyne IR 68-86

The game in Takamatsu was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Cyberdyne IR (13-15) played at the court of 5th ranked Kagawa FA (9-19). Cyberdyne IR did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-68. The game was mostly controlled by Cyberdyne IR. Kagawa FA was better in third quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kagawa FA 40-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for American power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. The other American import forward Xavier Ford (201-93, college: Buffalo) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Cyberdyne IR players scored in double figures. American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) replied with 16 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Rintaro Tokunaga (177-86) added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Kagawa FA. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Cyberdyne IR maintains fourth position with 13-15 record. Kagawa FA at the other side keeps the fifth place with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Cyberdyne IR: R.Rickert 18+16reb+1ast, J.Maniwa 16+1reb+1ast, X.Ford 15+6reb+2ast, S.Kouno 12+2reb+3ast, D.Larkai 6+3reb+3ast, M.Yosuke 6+1reb
Kagawa FA: C.Tapscott 16+5reb+2ast, H.Horita 11+2ast, S.Kon 10+3reb, R.Tokunaga 9+8reb+5ast, A.Forbes 6+1reb, N.Williams 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 511225


Gunma - Toyotsu FE 59-64

The game between Top Four teams took place in Gunma. Top-ranked host Gunma (19-9) lost to first ranked Toyotsu FE (22-6) 64-59. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gunma won fourth quarter 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) supported him with 18 points. Even a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds by Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) did not help to save the game for Gunma. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) added 16 points for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toyotsu FE have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-6 record, which they share with Hiroshima D. Gunma lost third consecutive game. They still keep top place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toyotsu FE: R.Carney 18+2reb, K.Fukuzawa 15+1reb+1ast, S.Alabi 10+10reb, S.Kawai 9+4reb+1ast, Y.Otsuka 5+6reb+5ast, D.Ito 3+3reb
Gunma: T.Kennedy 16+2reb+3ast, M.Obuchi 14+5reb+2ast, A.Kuso 13+10reb+1ast, D.Umetsu 5+4reb+1ast, S.Kurihara 4+5reb, H.Kondo 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 511224





Japanese B League D2 round 28 best performance: Connor Lammert - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Connor Lammert (206-F-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Hiroshima D., receiving a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed Tokyo Excel. (#5, 8-19) with 18-point margin 86-68. Hiroshima D. maintains the 2nd position in their group in Japanese B League D2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hiroshima D. will need more victories to improve their 22-6 record. In the team's last game Lammert had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Connor Lammert averages this season 11.4ppg and 7.9rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old American Ryan Stephan (208-C-94) of Tokyo Excel.. Stephan had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Tokyo Excel. lost that game 68-86 to the higher-ranked Hiroshima D. (#2, 22-6). Tokyo Excel. managed to keep the same 5th spot in Central. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just eight victories Tokyo Excel. managed to get this year. Stephan is a newcomer at Tokyo Excel., but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#7). He also registered 11.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84) of league's top team Gunma. Kuso scored 16 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Kuso's great performance Gunma lost 69-76 to #1 ranked Toyotsu FE. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Gunma needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Central. Their record is 19 victories and 9 lost games. Kuso has a very solid season. In 28 games in Japan he scored 14.6ppg. He also has 9.7rpg, 1.9bpg and FGP: 53.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Solomon Alabi (216-C-88) of Toyotsu FE - 26 points and 14 rebounds
5. Rick Rickert (211-C/F-83) of Cyberdyne IR - 24 points and 11 rebounds
6. Aziz N'Diaye (213-C-88) of Hiroshima D. - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Daiji Yamada (200-C-81) of Hiroshima D. - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ryan Stephan (208-C-94) of Tokyo Excel. - 15 points, 20 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Rick Rickert (211-C/F-83) of Cyberdyne IR - 18 points and 16 rebounds
10. Chehales Tapscott (195-F-90) of Kagawa FA - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 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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Standings - Premier League

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Awdah 4-0 
 2. Al Riyadi 4-0 
 3. Orthodox 4-0 
 4. Al Jalil 2-2 
 5. Kofer Yoba 1-3 
 6. Al Horiyah 0-3 
 7. Deer Abi Sa'ed 0-3 
 8. Anjarah 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 4

Dec. 29: Kofer Yoba - Al Riyadi 72-96
Dec. 29: Al Jalil - Al Awdah 70-71
Dec. 30: Anjarah - Orthodox 47-64
Dec. 31: Deer Abi Sa'ed - Al Horiyah



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EFSC, Shelton State roll to set up New Year's Eve men's basketball showdown - by Eurobasket News

Eastern Florida State College and Shelton State both picked up big wins to set up a New Year's Eve showdown at the Josh Artis Memorial Crowne Plaza Classic on the Melbourne campus of Eastern Florida State College. The No. 7 Titans opened the day of men's basketball with an 84-48 victory over Atlanta Metro and then Shelton State defeated the Florida National JV squad 112-62 in the second game of the day. Eastern Florida State College, who improved to 13-1 on the season, came out strong on the defensive end keeping Atlanta Metro out of their offense and went into halftime holding a 43-14 advantage. "I am very, very happy with our defensive effort today. We really guarded well, which makes me a happy coach," Eastern Florida State College men's basketball coach Jeremy Shulman said. "We are a very balanced team offensively and we put together a real unselfish effort overall." Austin Awad (6'6''-F) led the Titans with 13 points while Kareem Brewton added 12 points. Noah Horchler (6'8''-F) finished with 11 points and Shaq Carter (6'9''-F) finished with 10 points. Shelton State took the court in the second court and jumped out to a huge lead, holding Florida National JV to 10 points in the first half, holding a 58-10 lead. Trenton Clayton (6'8''-F) led a balanced Shelton State attack with 17 points while Christopher Dudley (6'2''-G) and Austin Hardy each had 14. Tra'Quan Knight added 12 in the game for the Buccaneers. Eastern Florida State College and Shelton State will meet in the final game of the Josh Artis Memorial Crowne Plaza Classic at noon Saturday in a battle of top 25 teams. "We are facing one of the best teams in the country and it is going to be an exciting game, especially being played on New Year's Eve," Shulman said. "Hopefully we can pack Titan Field House for this big-time basketball matchup."
Courtesy of: efsctitans.com



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Nenad Delic (ex Rilski) signs at Sigal Prishtina - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) landed 32-year old Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-112kg-84). He already started the season at Rilski in Bulgarian NBL league. Delic managed to play in three leagues this year (!!!). In 11 NBL games he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 2.6apg. Delic helped them to make it to the Supercup final. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very remarkable stats: 15.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.8apg. And finally Delic contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 14.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg. The last season he played at Peja. In 24 SuperLeague games he was second best scorer with 13.9ppg and got 5.6rpg (#3 in the league) and 2.0apg. Delic contributed to his team winning the Supercup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League 1st Team and to the All-Star Game. Delic also played 10 games in Balkan League where he got high stats: 19.0ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 1st Team.
Delic was a member of Croatian U21 National Team back in 2004.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Delic experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Delic has played previously professionally in Germany (EWE Baskets), Slovakia (Handlova and Inter Bratislava), Switzerland (Starwings), Turkey (Pi Koleji and Istanbul DSI), Croatia (KK Split, Slavonski Brod, KK Solin and KK Vrijednosnice Osijek) and United Arab Emirates (Banijas).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Young developing player whose progress had been slowed down by the various injuries. Last year was injury free and he showed the promise to develop into a really good player. Very skilled player who can play with his back to the basket or facing the basket, exceptional passer who understands the game really well. Plays within a team concept and is sometimes, too unselfiush. His offense is far more developed at this stage. Needs to improve his defense, especially 1 - 1 post defense and be more dominant under the boards.Help side defense also needs work especially for a player of his size and physical potential. Works hard in practice and is a very coachable player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sigal Prishtina signs Grant Johnson, ex Contern - by Eurobasket News

Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) signed 27-year old American guard Grant Johnson (196-87kg-90, college: Winona State). He just played at Contern in Luxembourg Total League. In only one game he recorded very impressive stats: 21 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal this season. Johnson also spent pre-season at Sodertalje Kings (Basketligan) in Swedish league earlier that year.
He is quite experienced player. Johnson has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Australia (Bendigo Braves and Sherbrooke Suns), Finland (Kouvot), Lithuania (Nevezis) and D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce).
Johnson attended Winona State until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Zenelaj is back at Sigal Prishtina - by Eurobasket News

Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) signed 26-year old international center Urim Zenelaj (213-135kg-91, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Prishtina as he has played here before. Zenelaj started the season at Ylli (SuperLeague). He has played there for the last three years. In 13 SuperLeague games he had very impressive stats: 21.3ppg, 14.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6bpg this season. The last season Zenelaj played also at Ylli where in 18 SuperLeague games he was the best scorer with remarkable 23.2ppg and averaged 15.9rpg (leader !!!), 2.0apg and 3.4bpg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Defensive Player of the Year, Center of the Year and named to 2nd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zenelaj's team made it to the Kosovo League Semifinals in 2013 and 2015. He has been regularly called to Kosovan Senior National Team since 2013.
Zenelaj has played previously professionally also in Italy (Vanoli Cremona) and Kosovo (Bashkimi and KB RTV 21 Prishtina).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LBL Round 16: VEF Riga lose their first game against BK Ogre - by Eurobasket News

The most surprising game was the first loss of VEF Riga (9-1) on the court of eighth ranked BK Ogre on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by BK Ogre 80-72. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of VEF Riga. BK Ogre made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Marcis Vitols (183-92) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 assists and center Guntis Sipolins (206-93) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side international forward Mareks Mejeris (208-91, agency: Players Group) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds. BK Ogre maintains eighth position with 5-8 record. VEF Riga at the other side keeps the second place with one game lost. BK Ogre are looking forward to face higher ranked Jekabpils (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. VEF Riga will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Valmiera. Fifth ranked Valmiera (8-7) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Liepaja/Triobet (6-9) 86-84 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Liepaja/Triobet. The winners were led by American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) who scored that evening 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and Ervins Jonats supported him with 14 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Valmiera's coach Uvis Helmanis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 16 points and 6 assists by American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex) did not help to save the game for Liepaja/Triobet. Valmiera have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Liepaja/Triobet at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Valmiera will play against Barons Riga (#5) at home in the next round. Liepaja/Triobet will play against Latvijas Universitate in Riga and hopes to get back on the winning track.
LBL top team - Ventspils (13-1) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat sixth ranked Jekabpils (6-7) 86-72. Folarin Campbell fired 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Roberts Stumbris produced 13 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ventspils have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Loser Jekabpils keep the sixth place with seven games lost. Ventspils will meet Jurmala (#4) on the road in the next round. Jekabpils will play against BK Ogre and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixth ranked Barons Riga (7-7) crushed at home 10th ranked Latvijas Universitate (2-13) by 26 points 91-65, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a very good performance for Denis Krestinin who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Latvijas Universitate's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Barons Riga moved-up to fifth place. Latvijas Universitate lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Barons Riga's next round opponent will be higher ranked Valmiera (#3) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Latvijas Universitate will play against Liepaja/Triobet (#7) and hope to win that game.


BK Ogre - VEF Riga 80-72

The most surprising game was the first loss of VEF Riga (9-1) on the court of eighth ranked BK Ogre on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by BK Ogre 80-72. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of VEF Riga. BK Ogre made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Marcis Vitols (183-92) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 assists and center Guntis Sipolins (206-93) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side international forward Mareks Mejeris (208-91, agency: Players Group) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Kris Richard (196-89, college: Tulane) scored 13 points and 4 assists. BK Ogre maintains eighth position with 5-8 record. VEF Riga at the other side keeps the second place with one game lost. BK Ogre are looking forward to face higher ranked Jekabpils (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. VEF Riga will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
BK Ogre: G.Sipolins 16+6reb+1ast, K.Apsitis 15+6reb, M.Vitols 15+2reb+6ast, J.Poznaks 9+4reb+1ast, R.Zebergs 8+4reb+2ast, G.Antrops 8+8reb+2ast
VEF Riga: M.Mejeris 23+6reb+1ast, J.Blums 13+3reb+3ast, K.Richard 13+4reb+4ast, M.Meiers 8+6reb, A.Labuckas 5+5reb+1ast, A.Gaddy 4+6ast
gschID: 495272


Jekabpils - Ventspils 72-86

LBL top team - Ventspils (13-1) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat sixth ranked Jekabpils (6-7) 86-72. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Jekabpils managed to win third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Jekabpils' 24. Ventspils forced 20 Jekabpils turnovers. American swingman Folarin Campbell (189-86, college: George Mason) fired 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Maris Gulbis (200-85, agency: Players Group) chipped in 14 points. Five Ventspils players scored in double figures. Roberts Stumbris (199-93) produced 13 points and the former international power forward Pavels Veselovs (206-83, agency: Players Group) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ventspils have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Loser Jekabpils keep the sixth place with seven games lost. Ventspils will meet Jurmala (#4) on the road in the next round. Jekabpils will play against BK Ogre and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: F.Campbell 17+7reb+2ast, M.Gulbis 14+4reb+1ast, R.Zakis 11+6reb+1ast, W.Deane 11+2reb+5ast, T.Leimanis 11+1reb, E.Zelionis 6+3reb+1ast
Jekabpils: R.Stumbris 13+3reb+2ast, K.Miglinieks 10+4reb+1ast, E.Stelmahers 10+1reb+1ast, P.Veselovs 9+7reb+1ast, M.Sokolovs 9+1reb+6ast, J.Antrops 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 495271


Valmiera - Liepaja/Triobet 86-84

Important game to mention about took place in Valmiera. Fifth ranked Valmiera (8-7) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Liepaja/Triobet (6-9) 86-84 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Liepaja/Triobet. It looked good early as Liepaja/Triobet took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Valmiera had a 24-17 second period charge getting the lead and Liepaja/Triobet was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 84-86. Valmiera made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. The winners were led by American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) who scored that evening 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Ervins Jonats (203-91) supported him with 14 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Valmiera's coach Uvis Helmanis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 16 points and 6 assists by American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex) did not help to save the game for Liepaja/Triobet. Center Davis Rozitis (215-90, college: Hawaii) added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Five Valmiera and four Liepaja/Triobet players scored in double figures. Valmiera have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Liepaja/Triobet at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Valmiera will play against Barons Riga (#5) at home in the next round. Liepaja/Triobet will play against Latvijas Universitate in Riga and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: A.Berzins 15+4reb+2ast, E.Jonats 14+12reb, M.Laksa 13+6reb+3ast, D.Pitts 13+5reb+9ast, J.Kaufmanis 10+2reb+5ast, L.Blaus 8+6reb+2ast
Liepaja/Triobet: M.Griffin 16+4reb+6ast, A.Butjankovs 15+7reb+1ast, C.Montgomery 14+3reb, D.Rozitis 12+9reb+5ast, R.Krastins 10+2reb+1ast, A.Ausejs 9+1reb+5ast
gschID: 495270


Barons Riga - LU 91-65

Sixth ranked Barons Riga (7-7) crushed at home 10th ranked Latvijas Universitate (2-13) by 26 points 91-65, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Barons Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Barons Riga forced 20 Latvijas Universitate turnovers and outrebounded them 39-25 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Barons Riga players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a very good performance for Lithuanian forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Kristaps Mediss (188-89) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Barons Riga players scored in double figures. Point guard Renars Birkans (184-97) replied with 16 points and forward Linards Jaunzems (198-95) added 14 points in the effort for Latvijas Universitate. Latvijas Universitate's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Barons Riga moved-up to fifth place. Latvijas Universitate lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Barons Riga's next round opponent will be higher ranked Valmiera (#3) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Latvijas Universitate will play against Liepaja/Triobet (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Barons Riga: K.Mediss 22+2ast, T.Jogela 17+5reb+2ast, D.Geks 13+4reb+2ast, D.Krestinin 13+13reb+4ast, R.Freimanis 11+5reb+1ast, T.Larson 7+8reb+7ast
LU: R.Birkans 16+3ast, L.Jaunzems 14+3reb+2ast, E.Lasenbergs 11+4reb+2ast, R.Krumins 7+4reb+5ast, H.Rubenis 4+3reb, R.Melderis 4
gschID: 495269





Latvian LBL round 16 best performance: Folarin Campbell - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Folarin Campbell (189-G/F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Ventspils, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (17 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Jekabpils (#6, 6-7) 86-72. It allowed Ventspils to consolidate first place in the Latvian LBL. Ventspils has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 13-1. In the team's last game Campbell had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Folarin Campbell averages this season 9.6ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old Lithuanian Denis Krestinin (202-F-94, agency: BeoBasket) of Barons Riga. Krestinin had a very good evening with a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Barons Riga to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked LU (#10, 2-13) 91-65. This victory allowed Barons Riga to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Krestinin is a newcomer at Barons Riga and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was international forward Mareks Mejeris (208-F-91, agency: Players Group) of league's second-best VEF Riga. Mejeris scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Mejeris' great performance VEF Riga lost 72-80 to the lower-ranked BK Ogre (#8, 5-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. That was shocking loss for VEF Riga and their fans. Hopefully so far almost perfect season will not turn around. They still have impressive 9-1 record in the league. Mejeris plays for a very strong team and VEF Riga has many quality players. So achieving that high stats is even more impressive. Mejeris has a very solid season. In 3 games in Latvia he scored 13.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ervins Jonats (203-F-91) of Valmiera - 14 points and 12 rebounds
5. Karlis Apsitis (200-F-92) of BK Ogre - 15 points and 6 rebounds
6. Davis Rozitis (215-C-90) of Liepaja/Triobet - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Damier Pitts (177-PG-89) of Valmiera - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Kristaps Mediss (188-G-89) of Barons Riga - 22 points and 2 assists
9. Artjoms Butjankovs (205-F/C-91) of Liepaja/Triobet - 15 points and 7 rebounds
10. Guntis Sipolins (206-C-93) of BK Ogre - 16 points and 6 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)



Best players of Latvian LBL2 round 3 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Nauris Miezis (189-F-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kekava (they play in Places 1-12) and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com LBL2 Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 25-year old forward had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Kekava in his team's victory, helping them to outclass RSU (#5, 5-3) with 35-point margin 100-65. It allowed Kekava to consolidate first place in the Latvian LBL2. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. Kekava still have not lost a single game, getting all 9 victories in Second Stage. In the team's last game Miezis had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kekava's top player in his first season with the team. Miezis has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 23.8ppg) and averages solid 3.9spg and 61.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old center Kristaps Jurjans (202-C-88) of RSU. Jurjans impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as RSU lost that game 65-100 to Kekava (9-0). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Jurjans is one of the most experienced players at RSU and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Armands Senkans (200-F-90) of Marupe (#6). Senkans scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Marupe, leading his team to a 53-48 win against Saldus (#11, 1-9). Marupe needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 5 lost games. Senkans has a very solid season. In 14 games in Latvia he scored 14.7ppg. He also has 7.6rpg and and 3PT: 42.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivars Ikstens (183-PG-90) of RSU - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Niks Saknitis (203-F-92) of Kekava - 18 points and 5 rebounds
6. Modris Gundegs (183-G-95) of Kekava - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Agnis Cavars (196-F-86) of Kekava - 6 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Janis Baca (195-G-90) of Saldus - 6 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Rihards Ginters (192-SF-93) of RSU - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Kristaps Steinbergs (185-G-89) of Kekava - 8 points, 2 rebounds and 5 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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Johnson's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old guard Geron Johnson (190-G-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for Louaize and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Sagesse (#9, 2-4) 79-74. Louaize is placed at 3rd position in Lebanese league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Louaize will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Louaize's top player in his first season with the team. University of Memphis graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (3rd best: 26.7ppg), assists (5th best: 4.8apg) and averages solid 2.5spg and 53.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84) of Byblos. He is Nigerian forward in his first season at Byblos. In the last game Ebi recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Byblos lost that game 73-78 to league's leader Homenetmen (#1, 6-0). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Byblos still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Ebi is a newcomer at Byblos and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.7ppg (#9). He also registered 10.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Earvin Morris (196-G-94) of Tadamon (#5). Morris got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for four assists. He was a key player of Tadamon, leading his team to a 87-75 win against slightly lower-ranked Moutahed (#6, 2-4). Tadamon needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Morris has a great season in Lebanon. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.8ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ali Haidar (201-F-90) of Al Riyadi - 20 points and 12 rebounds
5. Todd O'Brien (211-C-89) of Sagesse - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
6. John Bohannon (210-F-91) of Mayrouba - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jonathan Holton (201-F-91) of Tadamon - 21 points and 14 rebounds
8. Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87) of Al Riyadi - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Travis McKie (201-SF-92) of Louaize - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88) of Homenetmen - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 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)



Pepsi LBL Round 6: Homenetmen defeats Byblos in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

An interesting game for Homenetmen (6-0) which hosted in Beirut second-best Byblos (4-2). Top-ranked Homenetmen managed to get a 5-point victory 78-73. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-73. It was a good game for American-Iraqi point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). South Sudanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) contributed with 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds for Byblos. Undefeated Homenetmen have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Byblos at the other side keep the second place with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Homenetmen's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beirut to the arena Hoops Club.
Bottom-ranked Hoops Club is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to fifth ranked Al Riyadi (4-2) 100-73. The former international forward Ali Haidar (201-90, college: Michigan Tech) had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Alade Aminu chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Al Riyadi have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Hoops Club at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Al Riyadi will play against Al Moutahed (#6) in Tripoli in the next round. Hoops Club's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beirut Homenetmen.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 6: Sagesse was beaten by Louaize on the road 79-74. Tadamon won against Moutahed on its own court 87-75. Mayrouba unfortunately lost to Champville in Dik El Mehdi 61-78.
The most impressive performance of 6th round was 31 points and 4 assists by Earvin Morris of Tadamon.


Louaize - Sagesse 79-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Louaize's (4-2) home victory over 6th ranked Sagesse (2-4) in Zouk 79-74. Louaize made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. International guard Geron Johnson (190-92, college: Memphis) had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American Travis McKie (201-92, college: Wake Forest) chipped in 24 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Armenian center Todd O'Brien (211-89, college: UAB) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Terrell Stoglin (185-91, college: Maryland) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Louaize moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Sagesse at the other side keeps the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Louaize will play against Mayrouba (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Sagesse will play against Tadamon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Louaize: G.Johnson 25+10reb+6ast, T.McKie 24+9reb+3ast, W.Lewis 13+11reb+2ast, E.Stephan 8+6reb+2ast, M.Martinez 7+1reb, J.Salem 2+1reb
Sagesse: T.Stoglin 21+5reb+4ast, T.O'Brien 16+14reb+3ast, I.Johnson 11+11reb+2ast, S.Khoury 9+3reb, M.Ibrahim 9+2reb+2ast, P.Bou Abboud 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 522102


Homenetmen - Byblos 78-73

An interesting game for Homenetmen (6-0) which hosted in Beirut second-best Byblos (4-2). Top-ranked Homenetmen managed to get a 5-point victory 78-73. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-73. It was a good game for American-Iraqi point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). South Sudanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Four Homenetmen players scored in double figures. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds and international Jasmon Youngblood (195-84, college: Kent St.) added 17 points in the effort for Byblos. Homenetmen have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Byblos at the other side keep the second place with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Homenetmen's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beirut to the arena Hoops Club.
Top scorers:
Homenetmen: D.Jackson 20+7reb+1ast, K.Galloway 19+10reb+3ast, F.Khatib 16+6reb+3ast, A.Majok 15+15reb, K.Mechref 3+3reb, E.Chamoun 3+1reb+1ast
Byblos: N.Ebi 28+15reb+1ast, J.Youngblood 17+4reb+2ast, C.Tucker 13+7reb+1ast, R.Akl 6+6reb+3ast, A.Kanaan 5+4reb+1ast, J.Aby Khers 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 522105


Al Riyadi - Hoops 100-73

Bottom-ranked Hoops Club is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to fifth ranked Al Riyadi (4-2) 100-73. The game without a history. Al Riyadi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 63.1 percent from the field. Al Riyadi forced 21 Hoops Club turnovers and outrebounded them 42-29 including a 34-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Al Riyadi especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The former international forward Ali Haidar (201-90, college: Michigan Tech) had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Five Al Riyadi players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) with 25 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import center Darrius Garrett (206-90, college: Richmond) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Al Riyadi have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Hoops Club at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Al Riyadi will play against Al Moutahed (#6) in Tripoli in the next round. Hoops Club's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beirut Homenetmen.
Top scorers:
Al Riyadi: A.Saoud 24+2reb+2ast, A.Haidar 20+12reb+1ast, A.Aminu 17+11reb+2ast, B.Cvetkovic 16+4reb+1ast, W.Arakji 10+4reb+10ast, J.Abdel Nour 8+6reb+2ast
Hoops: O.Thomas 25+6reb+2ast, D.Garrett 19+10reb+1ast, I.Kaissy 10+3ast, A.Mezher 7+3reb+13ast, H.Abdallah 5+2reb+1ast, O.Bailey 4+7reb
gschID: 522104


Tadamon - Moutahed 87-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Al Moutahed's (2-4) road loss to fifth ranked Tadamon (4-2) in Zouk 75-87. The game was mostly controlled by Tadamon. Al Moutahed was better in second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. Guard Earvin Morris (196-94, college: UTEP) scored 31 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Jonathan Holton (201-91, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 21 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Dewarick Spencer (192-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Will Daniels (202-86, college: Rhode Island) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. Tadamon moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Al Moutahed at the other side keeps the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Tadamon will play against Sagesse (#9) in Beirut in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Al Moutahed will play at home against the league's second-placed Al Riyadi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tadamon: E.Morris 31+3reb+4ast, J.Holton 21+14reb+1ast, J.Khalil 13+3reb+5ast, R.Fahed 9+3ast, M.Kemp 7+4reb, A.Fakhreddine 6+10reb+2ast
Moutahed: W.Daniels 24+5reb+1ast, R.Curry 21+3reb+2ast, D.Spencer 18+12reb+8ast, C.Tabet 6+10reb+2ast, E.Roustom 4+6reb+3ast, T.Makluf 2
gschID: 522106


Champville - Mayrouba 78-61

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Champville (2-4) won against 6th ranked Mayrouba (2-4) in Dik El Mehdi 78-61. The game was mostly controlled by Champville. Mayrouba was better in third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Mayrouba to just 6 points in second quarter. The former international forward Bassel Bawji (203-89, college: Tulsa) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Champville players scored in double figures. Champville's coach Ghassan Sarkis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward John Bohannon (210-91, college: UTEP) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and guard Albert Zeinoun (176-95) scored 7 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Champville moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Mayrouba. Champville will play against higher ranked Byblos (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mayrouba will play against Louaize and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Champville: B.Thomas 18+8reb+2ast, P.Rembert 14+5ast, B.Bawji 14+15reb+2ast, A.Farhat 11+3reb+4ast, Y.Ghantous 7+3reb+1ast, D.Townes 6+12reb+2ast
Mayrouba: J.Bohannon 16+14reb+3ast, F.Anaty 12+4reb+2ast, R.Upshaw 10+7reb+2ast, T.Ammar 9+1reb, A.Zeinoun 7+8reb+7ast, P.Chehwan 5+2reb
gschID: 522103





Al Naser signs Jarrid Famous - by Eurobasket News

Al Naser Dubai (D1) signed 29-year old Lebanese ex-international power forward Jarrid Famous (209-109kg-88, college: S.Florida). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Heplayed earlier that season for Maccabi Haifa (Winner League) in Israel where in 6 SBL games he had 4.8ppg and 4.7rpg this season.
In 2011 Famous was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) as #3 pick overall.
The former University of South Florida standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Famous has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2014. Famous was a member of Lebanese Senior National Team back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Famous has played in ten different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Bahrain (Al Muharraq), China (Jiangsu Dragons and Fujian), Dominican Rep., Philippines (Globalport), Taiwan (Yulon Luxgen), Venezuela (Bucaneros), NBA (Dallas Mavericks), Lebanon (Sagesse), D-League (Texas Legends) and Japan (Akita Happinets).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Orien Greene (ex Louaize) agreed terms with Guaros - by Eurobasket News

Guaros de Lara (LPB) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old American guard Orien Greene (193-94kg-82, college: La-Lafayette). He played most recently at Louaize in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. The last summer Greene played at Florida All-Stars in U.S. semi-pro league ABA.
In 2005 he was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in second round (53rd overall). Greene attended University Louisiana at Lafayette and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team won Mexican CIBACOPA Regular Season in 2015. Greene received also Gatorade D-League All-Defensive 1st Team award back in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Greene's pro career he managed to play on six different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, Africa and of course North America) in ten different countries. Greene has played previously professionally in Australia (New Zealand Breakers), Canada (Halifax Rainmen), China, Holland, Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem), Philippines (B.Ginebra), NBA (Brooklyn Nets), Mexico (Fuerza Regia and Ostioneros de Guaymas), Libya (Ahly Benghazi) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Good at finding the open man... Good size for a point guard... Works hard... Tough defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Pelicans land Donatas Motiejunas - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) tabbed 27-year old Lithuanian international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-101kg-90) from Houston Rockets.
In 2011 Motiejunas was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in first round (20th overall).
Among other achievements he won Polish League championship title in 2012. Motiejunas received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Motiejunas has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. Motiejunas' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 11 games: 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg.
Motiejunas is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas and Zalgiris II Kaunas), Poland (Asseco) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
Let's have closer look into Motiejunas' outlook: (by Eric Yearian for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Legit seven footer … Lefty with excellent offensive potential ... Loves to face the basket from the perimeter. Can score from inside and outside … Has added weight to his frame in the past year, making him more effective in the low post … Good ball handling ability for a big man … Quick first step allows him to get by opponents. Poor rebounder for a big man. At times it appears he's averse to doing the "dirty work" … Defense could use a lot of work, at times looks uninterested in defending … Can be punished in the post … Streaky shooter
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Best players of Lithuanian NKL round 24 - by Eurobasket News

Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Suduva-Mantinga and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 22 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Zalgiris II (#6, 12-11) 78-66. It allowed Suduva-Mantinga to consolidate first place in the Lithuanian NKL. Suduva-Mantinga have a solid 20-4 record. Valukonis has many years of experience at Suduva-Mantinga, through which he has constantly improved. Marius Valukonis averages this season 14.2ppg and 6.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Suduva-Mantinga's star - 34-year old former international power forward Aurimas Kieza (199-PF-82). Kieza impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Of course together with Valukonis he helped Suduva-Mantinga with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Rasai (#4, 16-8) 83-57. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Suduva-Mantinga consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just four games this season, while they won 20 matches. Kieza is well-known by Suduva-Mantinga fans and together with Marius Valukonis they both established positions among team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Marijus Uzupis (197-F-93) of Vytis (#7). Uzupis got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He was a key player of Vytis, leading his team to a 88-83 win against slightly lower-ranked Silute (#8, 12-12). Vytis needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 11 lost games. Uzupis has a very solid season. In 22 games in Lithuania he scored 11.9ppg. He also has FGP: 64.7% and 3PT: 47.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrius Aleksandrovas (198-F-86) of Rasai - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Paulius Beliavicius (194-G-88) of Vytis - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Gytis Radzevicius (195-SF-95) of Perlas-MRU - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Antanas Montrimavicius (199-PF-87) of Palanga - 18 points and 9 rebounds
8. Aurelijus Pukelis (205-C-94) of Silute - 17 points and 7 rebounds
9. Aurelijus Pukelis (205-C-94) of Silute - 19 points and 6 rebounds
10. Laurynas Birutis (213-C/F-97) of Zalgiris II - 15 points and 15 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)



NKL Round 24: Suduva-Mantinga beats Rasai in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Marijampole. First ranked Suduva-Mantinga faced 4th ranked Rasai. Host Suduva-Mantinga (20-4) smashed guests from Raseiniai (16-8) 83-57. The game was mostly controlled by Suduva-Mantinga. Rasai managed to win second period 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Suduva-Mantinga dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Rasai's 26. Suduva-Mantinga forced 25 Rasai turnovers and outrebounded them 41-25 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international Aurimas Kieza (199-82, college: Hofstra) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Sarunas Beniusis (206-93) who recorded 19 points and 5 rebounds. Suduva-Mantinga have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-4 record. Rasai at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Suduva-Mantinga are looking forward to face KTU (#10) in Kaunas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rasai will play on the road against the league's second-placed Nafta-Uni. (#2) in Klaipeda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Suduva-Mantinga delivered the twentieth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Zalgiris II (12-11) 78-66 in Kaunas. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Zalgiris II. It was a good game for forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Antanas Udras contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Laurynas Birutis (213-97) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for Zalgiris II. Zalgiris II's coach Tomas Masiulis rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Suduva-Mantinga (20-4) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Zalgiris II at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Vytis. Suduva-Mantinga will play against KTU (#10) in Kaunas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zalgiris II will play at home against Telsiai (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Sakiai was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Silute (12-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Vytis (12-11). Vytis managed to secure a 5-point victory 88-83 on Tuesday. Worth to mention a great performance of Marijus Uzupis who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!). The best for the losing side was Aurelijus Pukelis with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Vytis moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Zalgiris II. Loser Silute dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Vytis will meet Palanga (#9) on the road in the next round. Silute will play against Ezerunas-Karys and hope to secure a win.

Rest of the games of round 24 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Palanga defeated Petrochema in a road game 75-71. Rasai smashed Ezerunas-Karys at home 93-70. Silute lost to Perlas-MRU on the opponent's court 72-81.


Petrochema - Palanga 71-75

There was no surprise in Jonava where 14th ranked Petrochema (5-19) was defeated by twelfth ranked Palanga (9-14) 75-71 on Friday. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 25-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Palanga made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Aurimas Urbonas (198-93) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Antanas Montrimavicius (199-87) who added 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Palanga players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Vytautas Pikalavicius (197-90) with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Mykolas Dieninis (197-97) scored 15 points. Petrochema's coach Kestutis Narusevicius tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Palanga moved-up to ninth place. Petrochema lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Palanga will meet at home higher ranked Vytis (#7) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Petrochema will play against Vytis (#7) in Sakiai and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Palanga: A.Montrimavicius 18+9reb, A.Urbonas 17+8reb+5ast, R.Kelly 14+1reb+3ast, A.Bertasius 10+9reb+1ast, M.Staselis 7+5reb+3ast, E.Maksvytis 6+1reb
Petrochema: M.Dieninis 15+4reb, V.Knystautas 11+5reb+1ast, R.Verbickas 11+3reb, V.Pikalavicius 8+7reb+8ast, T.Milinskas 6+2reb, M.Bulanovas 5+1ast
gschID: 494935


Zalgiris II - Suduva-Mantinga 66-78

Leader Suduva-Mantinga delivered the twentieth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Zalgiris II (12-11) 78-66 in Kaunas. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Zalgiris II. The game was mostly controlled by Suduva-Mantinga. Zalgiris II was better in second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Suduva-Mantinga won last quarter 26-15. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Zalgiris II to just 7 points in first quarter. Zalgiris II was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Antanas Udras (203-92, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Laurynas Birutis (213-97) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and guard Kristupas Zemaitis (192-96) added 14 points and 7 assists in the effort for Zalgiris II. Four Zalgiris II players scored in double figures. Zalgiris II's coach Tomas Masiulis rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Suduva-Mantinga (20-4) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Zalgiris II at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Vytis. Suduva-Mantinga will play against KTU (#10) in Kaunas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zalgiris II will play at home against Telsiai (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Suduva-Mantinga: M.Valukonis 22+14reb, R.Juknevicius 12+3reb+2ast, A.Udras 11+7reb+2ast, A.Kieza 9+6reb+2ast, D.Domarkas 8+4ast, G.Matulis 7+3reb+1ast
Zalgiris II: L.Birutis 15+15reb, K.Zemaitis 14+3reb+7ast, I.Sargiunas 12+1reb+1ast, M.Varnas 11+3reb+2ast, M.Arlauskas 6+1reb+1ast, G.Vasiliauskas 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 494937


Rasai - Ezerunas-Karys 93-70

No shocking result in a game in Raseiniai where fourth ranked Rasai (16-8) smashed 13th ranked Ezerunas-Karys (5-18) 93-70 on Friday. The game without a history. Rasai led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Ezerunas-Karys' 34. Rasai forced 21 Ezerunas-Karys turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Andrius Aleksandrovas (198-86) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Sarunas Vingelis (191-89) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Albertas Valiulis (201-95) with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Jonas Zakas (190-97) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Ezerunas-Karys' coach Paulius Barkus gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rasai maintains fourth position with 16-8 record. Loser Ezerunas-Karys keeps the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. Rasai will meet league's second-placed Nafta-Uni. in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Ezerunas-Karys will play against Perlas-MRU (#5) in Vilnius and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rasai: A.Aleksandrovas 27+7reb+5ast, S.Vingelis 17+5reb+1ast, G.Stankevicius 14+3reb, E.Aniulis 13+5reb+3ast, S.Beniusis 9+9reb, T.Galeckas 7+4reb+7ast
Ezerunas-Karys: A.Valiulis 16+8reb, J.Zakas 12+6reb+3ast, I.Repcys 10+3reb+1ast, D.Giedraitis 9+2reb+3ast, E.Narusis 8+5reb+1ast, M.Pociukonis 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 494936


Suduva-Mantinga - Rasai 83-57

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Marijampole. First ranked Suduva-Mantinga faced 4th ranked Rasai. Host Suduva-Mantinga (20-4) smashed guests from Raseiniai (16-8) 83-57. The game was mostly controlled by Suduva-Mantinga. Rasai managed to win second period 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Suduva-Mantinga dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Rasai's 26. Suduva-Mantinga forced 25 Rasai turnovers and outrebounded them 41-25 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international Aurimas Kieza (199-82, college: Hofstra) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Suduva-Mantinga players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Sarunas Beniusis (206-93) who recorded 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Andrius Aleksandrovas (198-86) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively. Suduva-Mantinga have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-4 record. Rasai at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Suduva-Mantinga are looking forward to face KTU (#10) in Kaunas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rasai will play on the road against the league's second-placed Nafta-Uni. (#2) in Klaipeda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Suduva-Mantinga: A.Kieza 21+12reb+3ast, M.Valukonis 13+6reb+1ast, G.Matulis 13+3reb+4ast, D.Domarkas 11+1reb+1ast, R.Juknevicius 10+2reb+2ast, E.Saulys 6+5reb+4ast
Rasai: S.Beniusis 19+5reb, A.Aleksandrovas 11+3reb+4ast, G.Stankevicius 7+5reb, T.Galeckas 5+3reb+9ast, S.Vingelis 5+2ast, K.Okmanas 4+5reb
gschID: 529497


Perlas-MRU - Silute 81-72

Rather expected game in Vilnius where 7th ranked Silute (12-12) was defeated by fifth ranked Perlas-MRU (14-9) 81-72 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-72. Perlas-MRU forced 24 Silute turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Gytis Radzevicius (195-95) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 assists and power forward Lukas Kvedaravicius (206-97) who added 20 points during the contest. Perlas-MRU's coach Arvydas Gronskis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was center Aurelijus Pukelis (205-94) with 17 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Brian Wanamaker (185-89, college: Texas Wesleyan) scored 15 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Perlas-MRU have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 14-9 record. Loser Silute dropped to the eighth place with 12 games lost. Perlas-MRU will meet at home Ezerunas-Karys (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Silute will play against Ezerunas-Karys (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: G.Radzevicius 26+4reb+4ast, L.Kvedaravicius 20+4reb+2ast, M.Normantas 11+5reb+4ast, A.Berucka 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Massalski 4+2reb, M.Maskolaitis 4+3reb
Silute: A.Pukelis 17+7reb, B.Wanamaker 15+2reb+6ast, A.Suliauskas 13+3reb, D.Kibildis 8+4reb+1ast, U.Thomas 8+4reb+1ast, M.Zaunieriunas 5+1reb
gschID: 494934


Vytis - Silute 88-83

The game in Sakiai was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Silute (12-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Vytis (12-11). Vytis managed to secure a 5-point victory 88-83 on Tuesday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-14. But Silute won second period 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vytis made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Marijus Uzupis (197-93) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and guard Paulius Beliavicius (194-88) who added 24 points and 6 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Aurelijus Pukelis (205-94) with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and point guard Augustas Suliauskas (180-95) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Silute players scored in double figures. Vytis moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Zalgiris II. Loser Silute dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Vytis will meet Palanga (#9) on the road in the next round. Silute will play against Ezerunas-Karys and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Vytis: M.Uzupis 33+2reb+1ast, P.Beliavicius 24+3reb+6ast, E.Stanionis 7+6reb+2ast, T.Sebeziovas 7+5reb+3ast, G.Maceina 6+3reb+2ast, E.Jezukevicius 6+3reb+2ast
Silute: A.Pukelis 19+6reb+1ast, U.Thomas 16+3reb+2ast, A.Suliauskas 11+7reb+3ast, B.Wanamaker 11+5reb+1ast, G.Galinauskas 7+5reb+1ast, M.Zaunieriunas 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 494932





The Pelicans are considering to add Donatas Motiejunas to their roster - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) is close to sign 27-year old Lithuanian international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-101kg-90) who played last time at Houston Rockets.
In 2011 Motiejunas was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in first round (20th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Polish League championship title in 2012. Motiejunas was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Bosman Player of the Year back in 2012.
He has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Motiejunas has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. Motiejunas' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 11 games: 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg.
Motiejunas is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas and Zalgiris II Kaunas), Poland (Asseco) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
Motiejunas could be described: (by Eric Yearian for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Legit seven footer … Lefty with excellent offensive potential ... Loves to face the basket from the perimeter. Can score from inside and outside … Has added weight to his frame in the past year, making him more effective in the low post … Good ball handling ability for a big man … Quick first step allows him to get by opponents. Poor rebounder for a big man. At times it appears he's averse to doing the "dirty work" … Defense could use a lot of work, at times looks uninterested in defending … Can be punished in the post … Streaky shooter
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sigal Prishtina signs Grant Johnson, ex Contern - by Eurobasket News

Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) signed 27-year old American guard Grant Johnson (196-87kg-90, college: Winona State). He just played at Contern in Luxembourg Total League. In only one game he recorded very impressive stats: 21 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal this season. Johnson also spent pre-season at Sodertalje Kings (Basketligan) in Swedish league earlier that year.
He is quite experienced player. Johnson has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Australia (Bendigo Braves and Sherbrooke Suns), Finland (Kouvot), Lithuania (Nevezis) and D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce).
Johnson attended Winona State until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Samarco number one in Mexican LNBP for round 23 - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American Guard Martin Samarco (190-G-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Garzas, receiving a Usbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (17 points, two rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Barreteros (#7, 9-14) 103-92. Garzas maintains the 4th position in Mexican LNBP. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Garzas will need more victories to improve their 14-10 record. Samarco turned to be Garzas' top player in his first season with the team. Former Bowling Green State University star has very solid stats this year. Samarco is in league's top in points (2nd best: 15.5ppg), assists (2nd best: 5.8apg) and averages impressive 76.5% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old Dominican Rep. Manuel Guzman (204-F/C-82) of Abejas. Guzman had a very good evening with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Abejas lost that game 71-78 to slightly lower-ranked Correcaminos (#10, 5-19). Abejas is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-15 record. Guzman is a newcomer at Abejas, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) of Soles (#3). Keenan scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Keenan's great performance Soles lost 72-78 to #1 ranked Fuerza Regia. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Soles needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 9 lost games. Keenan has a great season in Mexico. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 8.5rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damion James (201-F-87) of Toros - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Carl Jones (180-PG-91) of Barreteros - 27 points and 2 assists
6. Kennedy Jones (201-F) of Correcaminos - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tony Bennett (185-G-84) of Indios - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Paul Marigney (192-G-82) of Barreteros - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Greg Smith (198-F-91) of Santos - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tyrone White (201-F-90) of Garzas - 19 points, 4 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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Joshua Freelove (ex IRT Tanger) joins Vllaznia - by Greg

Defending champion Vllaznia Shkodra (Superliga) agreed terms with 27-year old American guard Joshua Freelove (188-82kg-90, college: Buffalo, agency: Interperformances). He started the season at IRT Tanger in Moroccan D1 league. In 6 games he averaged 21.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.1apg while shooting 51.5% from the field (44.4% from 3P and 81.4% FT). The last season Freelove played at UBSC Graz in Austrian A Bundesliga where in 15 games he had 9.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg.
Freelove attended University of Buffalo until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Morocco National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Mustapha Khalfi
Khalfi
Kourdou Soufiane
Soufiane
Zakaria El Masbahi
El Masbahi
Abdelhakim Zouita
Zouita
Abderrahim Najah
Najah
#e#5
4Reda Ali Harras 198-F/G-93 WAC Morocco
5Mustapha Khalfi 177-PG-80 ASS Sale Morocco
6Kourdou Soufiane 211-C-85 ASS Sale Morocco
7Zakaria El Masbahi 192-F/G-79 ASS Sale Morocco
8Abdelali Lahraichi 190-G/F-93 WAC Morocco
9Karim Nesba 188-G-86 CRA Hoceima Morocco
10Mohamed Choua 202-F/C-92 ASS Sale Morocco
11Abdelhakim Zouita 200-F-86 ASS Sale Morocco
12John Wilkins 207-F/C-89 CRA Hoceima Morocco
13Adil El Makssoud 193-G/F-85 CRA Hoceima Morocco
14Yacine Baeri 196-F/G-89 ASS Sale Morocco
15Abderrahim Najah 198-F/C-84 ASS Sale Morocco


Said El Bouzidi Head Coach ASS Sale Morocco

Hamrani Labib Assistant



Faycal Lait is newcomer in CRA! - by Marek Krala

The moroccan-belgian guard,Faycal Lait (190-G-88, agency: Promotex) will play for Chabab Rif Al-Hoceima.
Lait played the final of the Arabian Clubs Basketball Championship in Tunis with ASS and then joined CRA for the League championship.
The guard started the season in Belgium with Royal IV Brussels .

Resume:
2005-2006: BBC Royal Atomia Brussels (D1): 7 games: 0.9ppg
2007-2008: Royal Alsec Nivelles (D2)
2008-2009: KBGO Duva Fruit Gistel (D3, tarting five), in March '09 signed at Base Oostende (D1): 1 game: 3pts
2010-2011: BBC De Westhoek Zwevezele (D2): 9 games: 6.67ppg
2011-2012: Stella Artois Leuven Bears (D1): 8 games: 1.1ppg
2012-2013: Gent Dragons (Division II): 13.17ppg
2013-2014: United Basket Woluwe (Division III, starting five)
2014-2015: CEP Fleurus (Division II)
2015-2016: Royal IV Brussels (Top Division II)
2016-2017: Royal IV Brussels (Top Division I)



Gaston Moliva new addition of CRA! - by Marek Krala

The cameroonian Center is back in Al-Hoceima after a started the season in France Pro B.
Gaston Moliva (202-F-85, college: Richmond, agency: Promotex) played the final of the championship last season.
Gaston is already playing on his 6th country after started in Richmond University then played few years in Qatar.
He joined Japan for a year and went to Slovakia and France for his european experiences.
This is his second year in Hoceima.

Resume:Yaounde, Cameroon
2001-2003: Ryan Academy High School, Varsity Basketball (led the team to their best record ever), U.S.A:
2003-2004: Richmond (NCAA): 33 games: 5.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 13ast
2004-2005: Richmond (NCAA): 29 games: 4.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 9ast, 1.0bpg
2005-2006: Richmond (NCAA): 29 games: 5.3ppg, 4.2rpg, FG: 45%, 3PT: 19.4%, FT: 50.9%
2006-2007: Richmond (NCAA): 2 games: 4.5ppg, 4.0rpg
2007-2008: Richmond (NCAA): 24 games: 4.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3bpg
2008-2009: Qatar Club (Qatar-D1, starting five): 20 games: 21ppg, 12.0rpg, 7.0apg
2009-2010: Qatar Club (Qatar-D1, starting five)
2010-2011: Qatar Club (Qatar-D1, starting five)
2011-2012: Chiba Jets (Japan-BJ League): 52 games: 5.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 42.8%, FT: 39.8%
2012-2013: Qatar Sports Club Doha (Qatar-D1, starting five): 16 games: 16.4ppg, Reb-5 (11.0rpg), 2.3apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT-1 (50.0%), FT: 48.7%
2013-2014: Qatar Sports Club Doha (Qatar-D1, starting five): 16 games: 10.4ppg, Reb-4 (11.7rpg), 2.1apg, 1.6spg, Blocks-3 (1.0bpg), FGP: 39.9%, FT: 43.1%
2014-2015: In Nov.'14 signed at SKP Banska Bystrica (Slovakia-SBL, starting five): 28 games: 7.7ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.2apg, FGP-3 (68.7%), FT: 46.3%
2015-2016: Chabab Rif Al Hoceima (Morocco-D1)
2016-2017: ALM Evreux Basket (France-ProB, starting five), then joined Chabab Rif Al-Hoceima (Morocco-D1)



Draw of Emirates Airlines Men's Basketball Championship for Arab teams to take place Wednesday - by Marek Krala


The Egyptian Basketball Federation, presided over by Magdy Abou Farikha, will host the draw for the 22nd Emirates Airlines Men's Basketball Championship for Arab teams on Wednesday. The championship will take place from 30 December 2016 to 8 January 2017. This is the 22nd edition of the championship; Egypt has organised seven editions and won 10 editions so far. The participating countries are Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, and Libya. Egypt has had an eventful 2016, as it hosted the 31st edition of the FIBA Africa Basketball Club Championship this month, which was won by Al-Ahly, and will host the 22nd Emirates Airlines Men's Basketball Championship for Arab teams. In March 2016, Egypt was chosen to host the 2017 Basketball World Cup for junior players under the age of 19 by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
Courtesy of: dailynewsegypt.com



Morocco win over a solid KSA in the first fame of the Arab Nations Cup! - by Marek Krala

Morocco defeat Saudi Arabia 70-64 on a tricky game for the red and green team.
After a first half with a lot of up and down for Morocco,KSA didnt let them get a big lead.
In the second half,Zouita suffered of a anlke injury on a defensive action.
Najah ( 18 pts and 10 rebounds) and Kourdou (18 pts and 6 rebounds) helped Morocco to keep the lead,
but the veteran Zakaria Mesbahi netted very important basket to kill hope of KSA to make a come-back.
Next game is against Egypt the 1st January at 6PM.

Morocco: Kourdou (18/6 Rebounds),Zouita ( 12/6 Assists),Najah ( 18/ 10 Rebounds), Mesbahi ( 11/6 Assists),Choua ( 6/8 Rebounds).



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D1 Top 25 ranking

SSAC Standings
 1. Loyola, LA (22) 3-1 (9-3) 
 2. Faulkner 3-1 (8-4) 
 3. Dalton St. 2-1 (9-1) 
 4. William Carey (8) 2-1 (7-3) 
 5. Middle Georgia 2-1 (5-2) 
 6. Blue Mountain 2-1 (5-3) 
 7. Bethel, TN 2-2 (9-3) 
 8. Martin Methodist 2-2 (6-6) 
 9. Brewton-Parker 1-3 (5-4) 
 10. Mobile, AL 1-3 (5-7) 
 11. Auburn-Montgomery 0-0 (0-0) 
 12. Co.Georgia 0-4 (1-8) 

Regular Season: Round 80

Jan. 8: E.Oregon - Multnomah 91-71
Jan. 8: S.Oregon - Walla Walla 94-85
Jan. 8: Rochester - KSU-Tuscarawas 99-44
Jan. 8: Jamestown - Bellevue 73-74

Regular Season: Round 78

Jan. 6: Dordt - Concordia, NE
Jan. 6: Point Park - Midway
Jan. 6: St.Andrews - Tenn Wesleyan
Jan. 6: E.Oregon - Warner Pacific
Jan. 6: NW Christian - Northwest
Jan. 6: Corban - Evergreen St.
Jan. 6: Idaho Coll. - Multnomah
Jan. 6: Carroll, MT - Great Falls
Jan. 6: Coll.of the Ozarks - Grace Univ.
Jan. 6: Wash.Adventist - FTSportsU
Jan. 6: Valley Forge - Ky Christian
Jan. 6: W.Virginia Tech - IU Southeast
Jan. 6: Rio Grande - Brescia, KY
Jan. 6: Mayville St. - Dakota St.
Jan. 6: Viterbo - Presentation
Jan. 6: Waldorf - Dickinson St.
Jan. 6: LSU-Alexandria - Wiley
Jan. 6: LSU-Shreveport - Jarvis Christian
Jan. 6: Paul Quinn - St.Thomas, TX


RedHawks Surge Past Barons at Home - by Stephan Ditgens

PULASKI, Tenn. - The Martin Methodist Men's Basketball team turned a 16-point first-half deficit into a 30-point second-half route as it stormed past Brewton-Parker (Ga.) College, 82-52, Thursday night in the Curry Christian Life Center.

After a slow start offensively coupled with crisp shooting from the visitors, the RedHawks (6-6, 1-2 SSAC) saw themselves down by 16 points at the midway mark of the first half. A much-needed media timeout at the 11:09 mark allowed the squad to regroup, however, and they began to whittle away at the double-digit deficit.

With 5:27 left in the half, the RedHawks found themselves down 30-17, before they responded with a 16-3 run to close the period and trail by just one at halftime.

Playing with renewed enthusiasm in the second half, the RedHawks took their first lead of the contest less than three minutes into the second half and never looked back. Ahead 36-34 with 17:56 to play in the contest, the RedHawks ballooned their lead to as many as 10 with 10:50 left in the ballgame.

But over the final 10 minutes of the contest, the RedHawks caught fire and pushed their lead to 75-48 before they emptied the bench with 2:48 left in the ballgame.

The RedHawk reserves also got in the scoring act and pushed the lead to as many as 32 before they finished the night with the 82-52 victory.

After being held to just 16 points in the first 14-plus minutes of the ballgame, the RedHawks scored 66 points in the final 25-plus minutes of the contest in the victory.

Senior guard Caleb Chowbay led the RedHawks with a 20-point, 11-rebound night. Fellow backcourt mate Toderick Davis also finished in double-figures with 16 points on a tidy 6-of-9 shooting night.

Junior forward Will Smith added 11 points in the victory for the RedHawks, who picked up their first SSAC victory of the season.

As a team, the RedHawks handed out 19 assists and turned it over just five times. Defensively, the RedHawks held the Barons (5-5, 1-2) to just 21 made field goals and forced 17 turnovers.

Kelson Pemberton led the Barons with 16 points on a 7-of-15 shooting night.

The win snapped a four-game losing skid for the RedHawks, who had not picked up a win since a 67-62 victory over No. 11 Campbellsville (Ky.) University on Nov. 19.

The RedHawks will continue SSAC action on Saturday, Dec. 31, when they host College of Coastal Georgia.

Tipoff in the New Year's Eve contest is set for 2 p.m. in the CLC.

courtesy of goredhawks.com



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The Pelicans are considering to add Donatas Motiejunas to their roster - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) is close to sign 27-year old Lithuanian international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-101kg-90) who played last time at Houston Rockets.
In 2011 Motiejunas was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in first round (20th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Polish League championship title in 2012. Motiejunas was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Bosman Player of the Year back in 2012.
He has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Motiejunas has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. Motiejunas' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 11 games: 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg.
Motiejunas is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas and Zalgiris II Kaunas), Poland (Asseco) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
Motiejunas could be described: (by Eric Yearian for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Legit seven footer … Lefty with excellent offensive potential ... Loves to face the basket from the perimeter. Can score from inside and outside … Has added weight to his frame in the past year, making him more effective in the low post … Good ball handling ability for a big man … Quick first step allows him to get by opponents. Poor rebounder for a big man. At times it appears he's averse to doing the "dirty work" … Defense could use a lot of work, at times looks uninterested in defending … Can be punished in the post … Streaky shooter
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Pelicans waived Reggie Williams - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) waived 31-year old swingman Reggie Williams (198-95kg-86, college: VMI). In 5 NBA games he recorded 5.0ppg and 1.2rpg this season.
This summer Williams was tested by the Thunder.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2008 Pittsburgh Xplosion selected him in fifth round (23rd overall) in the CBA draft.
The former Virginia Military Institute standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball.
Williams' team made it to the Spanish ACB final in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Williams' pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in six different countries. Williams has played previously professionally in France (JDA Dijon), Philippines (SM Beermen), Russia (Avtodor), other NBA teams (Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce and Oklahoma City Blue) and Spain (Baskonia).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Spurs start new year with 112-114 overtime loss to Hawks - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs (27-7) fell to the Atlanta Hawks (18-16) 114-112 in overtime. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) registered a double-double with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) added 22 points, 6 assists and three rebounds. Paul Millsap (6'8''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) led the way for the Hawks with 32 points and 13 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92, college: Michigan) exploded for 29 points, and also chased down five rebounds. The first half was a tightly contested battle as both teams battled for a lead. At halftime, the Spurs led 46-44. In the third quarter, San Antonio built a 10-point lead. However, Atlanta quickly closed the lead, and the Silver and Black led 74-69 after three quarters. With the Spurs leading 98-95, a Pau Gasol turnover gave Atlanta the ball with 1:08 remaining in the game. A layup by Millsap pulled the Hawks within one. Leonard would hit two free throws to extend the lead to three with 10.1 seconds left. However, Hardaway Jr. made a tying 3-pointer with only 3.3 seconds remaining on the clock. With a chance to win the game in regulation, Leonard's jumper rolled out, sending the game to overtime. In overtime, Hardaway Jr. scored nine points. The Hawks were unable to hold a 110-104 lead in the period, and a three by Leonard would tie the game at 112. With 10.8 seconds remaining in overtime, Hardaway Jr. made one of two free throws to give the Hawks a 113-112 lead. Millsap corralled the free throw miss before Dennis Schroder also made one of two attempts at the line with 3.9 seconds left. With one last opportunity, Leonard would miss the layup to secure the win. The Spurs face the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 3. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. CT at the AT&T Center.
Courtesy of: news4sanantonio.com



Kyle Lowry scores 41 as Raptors hold off Lakers, 123-114 - by Eurobasket News

Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova) relishes any chance to raise his offensive game in the fourth quarter. The Toronto Raptors needed just about every one of his big baskets to hold off the Los Angeles Lakers. Lowry scored 20 of his season-high 41 points in the fourth, and the Raptors stopped a two-game skid with a 123-114 victory Sunday night. He went 5 for 6 and hit three of his six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. With one high-difficulty shot after another, the diminutive guard kept the Raptors on top in the face of the Lakers' persistent rally. "It was my time to go out there and be more aggressive," said Lowry, who finished two points shy of his career high. "If it's taking the extra shot or making more shots or creating more shots, it's just a chance to go out there and play basketball. Playing in the fourth quarter is really fun." Lowry also had nine rebounds and seven assists, while DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored 31 points in another big game in his hometown. The Atlantic Division-leading Raptors' two scoring stars got them back in winning form on the fifth stop of their six-game road trip. "He could have had more," DeRozan said of Lowry's fourth-quarter dominance. "The fourth quarter has got to be ours on both ends. We've got to put our mark on it." Toronto got its fourth straight win over the Lakers, sweeping the season series for the second straight year. Nick Young (6'7''-G/F-85, college: USC) hit seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points for the Lakers, who emerged from a miserable December with their 15th loss in 17 games despite a stirring late surge. "That's a good team," Lakers coach Luke Walton said of the Raptors. "They have some All-Star Olympians that really carried the load for them. (Lowry) had it cooking." D'Angelo Russell (6'5''-SG-96, college: Ohio St.) hit four of his six 3-pointers and scored 14 of his 28 points in the final period. The Lakers trimmed a 19-point deficit to six, but Lowry and Terrence Ross hit big shots down the stretch to keep Toronto comfortably ahead. "I think the effort is there," Young said. "We're showing it. We have to limit the six-minute breakdowns we go through."
Courtesy of: freep.com





Pistons rally past short-handed Heat, 107-98 - by Eurobasket News

When Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy was told pregame how many Miami players were missing because of injuries, he immediately figured that his team would be tested. He was right. Fortunately for him, the Pistons responded. Reggie Jackson (6'3''-PG-90, college: Boston Coll.) scored 27 points, Andre Drummond (6'10''-C-93, college: Connecticut) finished with 25 points and 18 rebounds and the Pistons wore down the depleted Heat for a 107-98 victory Sunday night. Miami was without five players, all of whom have started this season - and had more than 70 percent of its payroll unable to play for a variety of reasons. 'When other guys get opportunities to have the ball in their hands, it's a dangerous thing,' Van Gundy said. And it was, for a while. The Heat made their first eight shots and scored 66 points in the first half. But after that sizzling beginning, Miami shot 39 percent the rest of the way and managed only 32 points after halftime. The Heat were without what could have been a starting lineup - Goran Dragic (back), Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (shoulder), Josh McRoberts (foot) and Hassan Whiteside (eye). 'They played better,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, after his team dropped its fifth straight. 'I think to be fair, we probably ran out of gas a little bit. Not as an excuse, but we were playing guys big minutes. … I told the guys there was nothing to be ashamed of in this game.' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6'5''-G-93, college: Georgia) scored 23 for Detroit. James Johnson (6'9''-F-87, college: Wake Forest) scored 20 points and Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87, college: N.Carolina) had 18 for Miami, which got 14 from Josh Richardson and led by as many as 14. 'We really woke up at halftime,' Drummond said. 'We talked about it. We came out with great intensity.' Miami scored 15 points in the third quarter and zero points in the first 5 minutes of the fourth. Detroit took command with a 27-8 run over a stretch of a little more than 8 minutes. 'I thought we played a lot harder in the second half,' Van Gundy said.
Courtesy of: arizonasports.com




Heat Confirm Erik Spoelstra Signed Extension - by Eurobasket News

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra signed a contract extension during the offseason to remain with the franchise, the club officially confirmed today, according to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel. The deal wasn't announced at the time of its completion, though summer reports indicated it was considered a formality. 'I would like to thank the Arisons and Pat [Riley] for their continued confidence in me and my staff and are humbled in their trust in me as head coach,' Spoelstra said in a statement. 'It has been an incredible 22 years being part of the Miami Heat family and we will look to continue our goal of winning NBA championships.' The announcement may be a belated one, but it doesn't come as any real surprise. As Winderman notes, Spoelstra's voice within the organization has grown in recent years, as he has become more involved with personnel decisions and filled out the team's coaching staff with his own hires. The team didn't reveal the terms of Spoelstra's new extension, but it's safe to say that the Heat view him as the long-term fit for the job, even as they go through a rebuilding phase. Spoelstra - who was an assistant for more than a decade in Miami before his promotion - is currently the NBA's second-longest-tenured head coach, trailing only Gregg Popovich in San Antonio. Over the course of his career with the Heat, Spoelstra has led the team to a 673-409 (.608) mark during the regular season. He has also enjoyed significant success in the playoffs, with a career postseason record of 70-43 (.619), including four Finals appearances and two titles. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical first reported in June that Spoelstra and the Heat were nearing an extension, while Riley confirmed in July that the two sides were working toward a new deal.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Thomas scores 52 for Celtics in 117-114 win over Miami - by Eurobasket News

Isaiah Thomas had a fourth quarter better than any other player for a team rich in history. Thomas set a club record with 29 points in the fourth quarter, finishing with a career-high 52 points and leading the Boston Celtics to a 117-114 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night. "It doesn't seem real. It's crazy," Thomas said. "The fourth quarter, I've never done that before." Nobody had -- even for the Celtics. Thomas hit six 3-pointers and converted a three-point play in the fourth quarter and broke the franchise record of 24 points in a quarter set by Larry Bird in 1983 and matched by Todd Day in 1995. "It just felt like I was out there by myself, working on my game in the gym. Throwing up everything and it was going in. It was a special feeling," said Thomas, who just set his previous career best 10 days before with 44 points at Memphis. Thomas finished with the fourth-highest total in Celtics history. Bird still holds that mark with 60 points against Atlanta on March 12, 1985. "It's remarkable," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "That was an ubelievably willful performance -- and we needed it." Thomas entered the fourth period with 23 points and scored the first 11 of the quarter for Boston. Al Horford and Jaylen Brown were the only Boston players other than Thomas to score in the final period until Marcus Smart hit two free throws to seal it with 6 seconds left. Thomas left between the foul shots and received a standing ovation from Boston fans, who chanted "M-V-P!" throughout his run in the fourth quarter. He was 9 for 13 from the field in the fourth period and made all 13 of his free throws in the game. Horford had 21 points for the Celtics. James Johnson scored 22 points for Miami, which has lost four straight and seven of eight. Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson added 19 points each for the Heat. Miami opened the fourth on an 11-2 run and led 89-84, but the Heat could not stop Thomas down the stretch. When he wasn't hitting from the outside, Thomas drove the lane for layups. "I'm not sure there was much we could do more," Miami coach Eric Spoelstra said. "He's one of the very best fourth quarter players in this league for that reason. He doesn't shy from the shot in the moment now. Inside half court he feels like is within his rhythm." Both teams were coming off losses the night before, but didn't show any fatigue in a tight game Friday. The Heat opened the fourth quarter with five straight points to start an 11-2 run, including a three-point play by James Johnson and a dunk on a putback by Gerald Green. Richardson stole a pass and took it in for another dunk that gave the Heat an 89-84 lead with 9:27 to play. Thomas erased the deficit with consecutive 3-pointers, then added another from beyond the arc with 7:14 left to put Boston up 93-89. Thomas wasn't done. He added another 3-pointer to put the Celtics up 101-93 and converted a three-point play with 4:05 left for a 104-98 lead. The Heat rallied with six straight points to tie it again, but Thomas put Boston right back up with a 1:57 left to make it 106-104 and the Celtics held on.
Courtesy of: espn.co.uk



Antetokounmpo scores 35 as Bucks beat Bulls 116-96 - by Eurobasket News

While it might be a bit premature to compare Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) to LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, Malcolm Brogdon (6'5''-G-92, college: Virginia) didn't let that stop him. It's easy to see why on a night like this. Antetokounmpo scored 35 points, Jabari Parker (6'8''-F-95, college: Duke) added 27 and the Milwaukee Bucks used a huge fourth quarter to beat the Chicago Bulls 116-96 on Saturday. "He's one of those Kobe Bryant, LeBron James-type players," Brogdon said. "Playing with a guy like that makes it a little bit easier." The Bucks outscored the Bulls 36-20 in the fourth to break open a tight game and come away with a lopsided win after dropping four of six. Antetokounmpo dazzled with an array of layups and dunks to go with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the first half. He also had nine rebounds, seven assists and a career-high seven blocks in another strong all-around performance. As for the comparison to Bryant and James? "Let me tell you something. That jumper I hit in the second quarter, I felt like Kobe on that one," Antetokounmpo said, smiling. "But it's great to (have) your teammates compare you to the greats. I think I'm not there yet, but I'm going to work as hard as I can." Parker scored 18 points in the second half. Brogdon had a triple-double with 15 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in his second career start with Matthew Dellavedova (6'4''-G-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) sidelined by a strained right hamstring. Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) scored 15 points, and the Bucks beat the Bulls again after pounding them on back-to-back nights two weeks ago. Chicago held out struggling point guard Rajon Rondo, hoping Michael Carter-Williams could provide a spark. But the Bulls lost for the eighth time in 11 games. Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) scored 26 points for Chicago, and Robin Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dwyane Wade had eight points on 3-of-13 shooting. "This team (the Bucks), they're as long and athletic as any in the league," coach Fred Hoiberg said. "Obviously, we've had struggles against them in the three times that we've played them. It's an understatement. It's the attention to detail when you have something like that."
Courtesy of: msn.com



James Harden Scores 53 as Knicks Drop 4th in a Row - by Eurobasket News

James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) had 53 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds for his second straight triple-double, and the Houston Rockets beat the short-handed Knicks, 129-122, on Saturday night. Harden set a career highs for points and matched his career best for assists. He passed his previous career best of 51 points on a 3-pointer with 1 minute 16 seconds left, leading to a standing ovation. The Knicks got within 3 points several times in the fourth quarter - the last on a layup by Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) with about four minutes left. But Harden responded to Noah's basket with three free throws before dishing to Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) for a 3-pointer that put the Rockets up by 119-111. Another 3-pointer by Anderson with less than two minutes left extended the lead to 124-113. Harden, who had 30 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists a 140-116 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, completed his eighth triple-double of the season when he grabbed his 10th rebound with about 10 minutes left in the third quarter. It was the 17th triple-double of his career and his fourth career 50-point game. The Knicks played without two starters. Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95) sat out with a sore Achilles' tendon and Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F-85, college: W.Kentucky) missed the game with a sore right wrist. They lost another starter at halftime: Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) missed the second half with a sore left knee. He had 7 points in the first half. Anderson added 25 points for the Rockets, who have won four in a row. Brandon Jennings (6'1''-PG-89) had a season-high 32 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight. A 3-pointer by Harden extended Houston's lead to 18 points with about seven minutes left in the third. Jennings then had 9 points during a 15-5 run that trimmed Houston's lead to 88-80 with less than four minutes remaining in the quarter, but Harden made two foul shots - he finished 16-for-18 from the line - to give the Rockets a 99-92 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Courtesy of: nytimes.com



James Harden has triple-double, Rockets top Clippers 140-116 - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Clippers entered their game against the Houston Rockets without star point guard Chris Paul and by halftime they were down another point guard and coach Doc Rivers . James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) had a triple-double with 30 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists and the Rockets rolled to a 140-116 victory Friday night. Clippers guard Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92, college: Duke) and father/coach Doc Rivers were both ejected in the second quarter as Los Angeles dropped its fifth straight. " (The Rockets) played great and it's a shame that how beautiful they played will be marred by this crap," Doc Rivers said. "Because they played great and we didn't play well." It's the seventh triple-double this season for Harden and his third straight 30-point game. Montrezl Harrell (6'8''-F-94, college: Louisville) added a career-high 29 points to help Houston win its third in a row. Raymond Felton (6'1''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) had a season-high 26 points to lead the Clippers. The Rockets had allowed what was once a 25-point lead to dwindle to six points early in the fourth quarter before scoring the next 13 points to make it 126-104 with just under seven minutes remaining. Harrell made six points to power that run and the Clippers went more than four minutes without scoring. "They made some big shots and tough shots and got it to six," Harden said. "We handled our business, made some shots and got some stops when we needed to and finished the game off." The Rockets had an 18-point lead later in the quarter when Harden hit Harrell with a bounce pass and he made the layup before crashing to the court to give Harden his 10th assist. The younger Rivers was tossed after missing a layup and slightly pushing referee J.T. Orr with 6:38 left in the second quarter. He yelled at Orr and waved his arms at him after the ejection and was led off the court by a Clippers employee. When he got to the edge of the court, he tried going back toward the referee and had to be held back by the employee and pulled off the court. Austin Rivers said the contact with the official was an accident. "I would never put my hands on a ref. I have never done anything like that in my career and it was frustrating to me because he happened to be right behind me," Austin Rivers said. "He knows I didn't touch him like that ... he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and unfortunately it cost me the game ... and it was a big deal for our team me going down." During a timeout a few seconds later, Doc Rivers walked toward where all three referees were standing and began yelling at them. He was then ejected by crew chief Jason Phillips. The Rockets led 59-35 when the elder Rivers was ejected. Phillips said that Rivers was ejected for using "extreme profanity" while complaining about his son being ejected. But Doc Rivers said that wasn't the case and that he called the timeout because they saw an official call a foul on a layup Marreese Speights (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Florida) made on the play before the timeout, but didn't give them the free throw. "I said: 'No you forgot to give us the free throw,'" Doc Rivers said. "I said: 'Come on you guys don't know what you're doing.' That was it." It was the second time the pair has been tossed in the same game after they were both ejected late in a loss to the Washington Wizards on Dec. 18. The coach has been ejected three times this season and it's the fourth career ejection for his son.
Courtesy of: pressfrom.com



The Pelicans land Donatas Motiejunas - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) tabbed 27-year old Lithuanian international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-101kg-90) from Houston Rockets.
In 2011 Motiejunas was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in first round (20th overall).
Among other achievements he won Polish League championship title in 2012. Motiejunas received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Motiejunas has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. Motiejunas' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 11 games: 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg.
Motiejunas is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas and Zalgiris II Kaunas), Poland (Asseco) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
Let's have closer look into Motiejunas' outlook: (by Eric Yearian for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Legit seven footer … Lefty with excellent offensive potential ... Loves to face the basket from the perimeter. Can score from inside and outside … Has added weight to his frame in the past year, making him more effective in the low post … Good ball handling ability for a big man … Quick first step allows him to get by opponents. Poor rebounder for a big man. At times it appears he's averse to doing the "dirty work" … Defense could use a lot of work, at times looks uninterested in defending … Can be punished in the post … Streaky shooter
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Westbrook leads Thunder past Clippers 114-88 - by Eurobasket News

Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) and Oklahoma City bounced back nicely from an ugly loss at Memphis. Westbrook had 17 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds for his NBA-best 16th triple-double of the season, leading the Thunder to a 114-88 victory over the depleted Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. Westbrook played just 28 minutes as Oklahoma City put away Los Angeles with a big first half. Enes Kanter (6'11''-C-92, college: Kentucky) had 23 points and eight rebounds, and Victor Oladipo (6'4''-G-92, college: Indiana) added 15 points. The Thunder lost 114-80 to the Grizzlies on Thursday night, with Westbrook going 6 for 19 from the field and committing six turnovers before he was ejected when he was whistled for two technical fouls with 6:41 left in the third. But they managed to turn it around in a hurry against Los Angeles. "Obviously tonight they were undermanned and without a few key guys," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "I thought coming out of the Memphis game there were some things we talked about wanting to do better and I thought we did that tonight." Oladipo was 4 for 9 from the field and 5 for 5 at the free-throw line in his return from a right wrist injury. "It was good. The pace was high," Westbrook said. "Vic was wonderful. The opportunity of having another ball handler in the game, being able to carry out different plays for our team, it was good." The Clippers played without Chris Paul, who was sidelined by a hamstring injury, and Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma), who is recovering from right knee surgery. Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU, agency: Stealth Sport) and Marreese Speights (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Florida) each had 18 points, and Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92, college: Duke) finished with 14 on 3-for-11 shooting. Oladipo and Kanter each had nine points in the first quarter as Oklahoma City jumped out to a 33-12 lead. Alex Abrines drilled a half-court shot at the halftime buzzer, giving the Thunder a 69-40 lead at the break.
Courtesy of: floridatoday.com




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Windsor Express fall to London Lightning in New Year's Day clash - by Eurobasket News

Wally Ellenson (6'6''-G-94, college: Marquette) netted 22 points and Maurice Jones chipped in with 19 but it was enough as the Windsor Express on Sunday fell 129-105 to the London Lightning in NBL of Canada action at Budweiser Gardens. Warren Ward (6'5''-G-89) added 14 points for the Express, who moved to 1-2 on the season. The Lightning were led by Julian Boyd (6'7''-F-90, college: LIU Brooklyn), who scored a game-high 26 points in the victory. Former Express forward Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) added 22 points for London. Windsor continues a three-game road trip on Monday afternoon against the Niagara River Lions. Tip-off is 2 p.m.
Courtesy of: windsorstar.com



Hurricanes remain unbeaten - by Eurobasket News

The Halifax Hurricanes will head into the new year on a high note. The Hurricanes took down the Island Storm 94-91 in front of a loud Scotiabank Centre crowd of 1,659. With the win, the defending NBL Canada champions improve to 3-0 on the season to remain in the Atlantic Division's top spot. With just three players returning from last year's squad, Hurricanes head coach Mike Leslie has been impressed with how quickly the team's been able to gel. 'I think we have really intelligent basketball players who know how to play,' he said. 'We make a lot of adjustments and adaptations on the fly and it takes a lot of pressure off me.' The Storm came out physical and the Hurricanes could not match their intensity, leading to a 31-16 first-quarter Storm lead. The Hurricanes began to chip away at the Storm lead in the back half of the second quarter and the Storm would head to the break up 48-44. 'If you go (into the half) down by a lot, you basically have to start from scratch,' said Leslie. 'We dug in, got some stops and put the ball in the bucket a little bit and (the game) loosened up for us.' Leon Gibson (6'9''-C-91, college: Houston) led the way for the Storm with 12 points at the half, while Mike Poole (6'6''-G/F-92, college: Iona) scored 11 to lead the Hurricanes. Halifax grabbed the lead by the end of the third frame by a single point, 70-69. After edging ahead in the flinal seconds of the third, the Hurricanes rode the momentum in the fourth, scoring another 24 points in the frame to finish off the game. 'It was just a great exhibition of what the NBL is all about,' said Leslie. 'I was thinking as the fourth quarter was winding down: 'The people here should be entertained by the product.'' Antoine Mason (6'1''-G-92, college: Auburn) led the Hurricanes with 20 points in the game. Billy White (16), Mike Poole (15) and Tyrone Watson (6'5''-F-90, college: N.Mexico St.) (12) rounded out the Hurricanes' double-digit scorers. Terry Thomas (6'4''-G/F-91) scored a game-high 23 points for the Storm. The Hurricanes' next game is Jan. 5 when the Cape Breton Highlanders come to town.
Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca




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Miami Wins ACC Opener Over NC State - by Carl Berman

Miami, Fl - It was a highly anticipated game heading into the new year. Both teams were on a six game winning streak and wanted to get an opening victory to begin conference play. The Miami Hurricanes came out the gates strong with a 18-10 lead and never looked back defeating the NC State Wolfpack 81-63.

Guards Ja'Quan Newton, Davon Reed (6'6''-G-95) and Bruce Brown led the attack on the perimeter with scoring 21,20, 17 points respectively. The Hurricanes tonight were the aggressive team on both ends of the court. All three guards took turns guarding freshmen phenom Dennis Smith Jr. with all doing a great job by holding Smith to only nine points with seven minutes to play. With the Wolfpack down by 18, Smith got hot scoring 12 points in four minutes to make it 70-59 with 3:06 to go. But in the end NC State couldn't get stops and the Hurricanes ran away with the victory.

Newton was geared and ready going up against the highly talented Smith. Newton was consistently in attack mode ready to create off the dribble. A great addition to his game was his step back jumpshot. A year ago Newton wouldn't have the confidence he does now in shooting off the dribble. Fellow teammate Brown truly shined tonight for the Hurricanes. At 6-5, Brown showed his versatility to shoot the outside shot while also driving to the hoop to dish it off the open man. Brown's active energy and strong upper body makes him one of the more prolific rebounders at the guards position. He ended up with eight rebounds to go along with a team high four assists and 17 points. You could tell tonight that senior Reed is what 'stirs the drink' for the Hurricanes. Although Reed scored 20 points tonight, it was the intangibles that stood out tonight. His tenacity defensively was felt throughout the game as he helped hold wing players Terry Henderson and Torin Dorn both under double figures. Also, Reed showed his leadership throughout the game by calling out plays and being the one to gather the team in the huddle.

On the other hand, NC State did not seem like a unified group tonight. The intensity and effort was not on the same level as Miami. NC State has a couple of great pieces to their team, but they need to have some more leadership rise up. One of the bright spots from tonights action was the play of Abdul-Malik Abu. Abu was very active on the glass tonight and showed promising moves down low. His great footwork and athletic abiiity helped get him open looks near the basket. What needs to improve is his finishes around the hoop. Two things that would help him is if he would use the backboard more as well as be more balanced on his turn around shots.

For 7-0 teammate Omer Yurtseven, his issue was not maintaining position down low. The freshmen from Turkey would be in the right spot but just couldn't maintain balance to get rebounds or finish around the hoop. However, Yurtseven showed some potential by showcasing his nice mid-range jumper over Miami defenders. Fellow freshmen, Smith Jr. showed throughout the game why he is projected to be a lottery pick in the 2017 NBA draft. His ball on a string dribbling and change of pace speed wasn't seen as much as his team needed. Smith's dynamic one on one play as well as pick and roll action, in a way, hurt his team tonight. The offensive flow was very stagnant when Smith had the ball in his hands and he didn't produce much for the majority of the game. Not to say he shouldn't have the ball in his hands. There just needs to be more ball movement before Smith attacks off the dribble. But this was just the first conference game for freshmen Yurtseven and Smith. NC State is still very young and will only improve.

On January 4th, the Miami Hurricanes play at Syracuse while NC State plays at home against a hot Virginia Tech squad.

This article was written by Preston Guiot ad edited by Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball.



UNCW Handles Towson On The Road - by Carl Berman

Towson, MD - In a battle of preseason Colonial Athletic Conference picks, #1 UNCW and #2 Towson, the visiting Seahawks prevailed 76-67. UNCW used a big second half to pull away from Towson by scoring 44 points and going 7-of-15 from three. The Seahawks fast paced style of play and pressure defense forced 19 Towson turnovers, including 13 in the first half. UNCW is a guard heavy team that relies heavily on the three point shot and it really spread the Towson defense out. Towson, which is normally a solid defensive minded team, struggled to get stops late in the second half and it led to their demise.

Leading the way for UNCW was senior 6-0 point guard Denzel Ingram (6'0''-PG). Ingram struggled in the first half going just 1-of-8 from the field with just three points. The second half was a different story. Ingram went 5-of-10, including 4-of-7 from three. Ingram showed an ability to make the three off the catch and shoot or just pulling up. He can get hot in a hurry and score in bunches. Ingram is more of a true point guard than a scoring guard. He runs the offense well, and his vision is in full display when he attacks the lane and kicks it out to open shooters. Ingram finished the game with22 points, six assists and two steals.

Another big contributor was 6-7 forward Devontae Cacok. Cacok is a workhorse on both ends. He gives relentless effort in the paint and he is forced to play center due to the Seahawks lack of height. Cacok has a knack for finding soft spots near the basket against the zone. He scored several baskets on wide open layups. Cacok also uses his athleticism and motor to run the floor and beat the opposing team down the court for easy buckets. He also plays solid man to man defense. His versatility allows UNCW to play a full court press using him in the front or the back. Cacok finished the game with 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.

Two other solid contributors for UNCW were 6-2 senior guard Ambrose Mosley and 6-5 sophomore guard C.J. Bryce. Mosley scored all 15 of his points in the second half, going 3-of-6 from three. Bryce tallied eleven points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.

To say Towson struggled on offense would be an understatement. The Tigers could not get comfortable on offense and made a lot of simple mistakes, resulting in empty possessions. One player who had a very productive day was 6-5, 235-pound senior forward John Davis. Davis used his size and strength to bully smaller players on the block. He really took advantage of UNCW's lack of height. Without Davis, Towson would have been run off the floor. The crafty lefty finished several and one's and was a factor on the offensive and defensive glass. Davis finished with 18 points, on 8-of-10 shooting, 14 rebounds and three assists.

Towson did not receive as much production as expected out of both preseason all conference picks 6-7, 245-pound senior forward William Adala Moto and 6-5 junior shooting guard Mike Morsell. Moto, a preseason first team selection, only scored six points, on 1-of-10 shooting and had five rebounds in 21 minutes. Morsell chipped in 13 points, but had seven costly simple turnovers, including three travels. Towson did not get as much from their stars as expected and Davis could not do enough to pull them through. From here on out things will get tough for Towson, as their next three conference games are on the road. UNCW will try and continue to show why they are the preseason favorite and defending conference champion. If the play their style of ball they will be tough to beat, using their quick guards to their advantage.

On Monday Towson will play at James Madison and UNCW will be at home against Elon.

This article was written by Greg Walter and edited by Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball.



Bacon sinks game-winning 3 as FSU hands Virginia a rare home loss - by Rick Ross

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Dwayne Bacon scores 29 points including a crucial 3 in the final seconds to topple 12th-ranked UVA
Just when Virginia thought it had pulled out a nail-biter at home, Florida State's Dwayne Bacon crushed the souls of Cavaliers fans everywhere with a stone-cold 3-pointer with under three seconds left. Here's the insane sequence of the last 10 seconds of the game, which started with a Kyle Guy 3-pointer and ended with the aforementioned Bacon 3 of his own:

Virginia got off a shot from half court which fell just flat, and it gave
Tony Bennett's team a rare loss on its home floor, 60-58. The home loss is so rare, in fact, that the Cavaliers nearly went two full years between losses in ACC play.
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The last time Virginia lost to an ACC opponent was Jan. 31, 2015 to Duke.
Its now 35-2 in the last 37 games of ACC play at John Paul Jones Arena.
The Cavaliers' pack-line defense in particular makes it nearly impossible to score on them and find any success --
regardless of whether they are playing at home or away. But Florida State did it by shooting 53.3 percent from beyond the arc, despite shooting 12-of-24 from the free-throw line.
It's not breaking news, but the No. 1 scoring defense in the country belongs to Virginia, which holds opponents to an NCAA-low 47.7 points per game. Teams have a difficult time scoring 25 points per half, which is why Florida State's Dwayne Bacon 26-point second-half outburst was such an incredible -- and rare! -- feat.
The Seminoles, who have notched three straight top-20 recruiting classes, seem to have premier talent coming in every season in Tallahassee. However, the results have been mixed given the level of talent.
Saturday's result in ultimately overwhelming the 12th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers was a perfect storm of that talent playing up to its expectations, led by former five-star recruit Dwayne Bacon. It highlights what has been a truly wacky start to ACC play, with the top-4 teams in the conference opening league play at a combined 1-4.



Minnesota upsets No. 15 Purdue in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Nate Mason (6'1''-PG-95) made sure it was a very special weekend in Indiana for the Pitino family - son Richard, who is the Minnesota coach, and father Rick, the Louisville coach. Mason contributed 31 points, 11 assists and six rebounds on Sunday, and Minnesota pulled away in overtime for a 91-82 Big Ten victory against No. 15 Purdue in Mackey Arena. On Saturday, Rick Pitino 's No. 6 Cardinals dominated Indiana 77-62 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Rick was in the crowd Sunday to watch his son's team improve to 13-2, 1-1 in the Big Ten after struggling to an 8-23, 2-16 mark last season. Louisville also defeated Purdue 71-64 on Nov. 30 in Louisville in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. But Sunday's game was all about Mason, who made 11 of 18 field goal attempts and 7 of 10 free throws. 'It was a big win,' Mason said. 'It means a lot, not only to me but to the young guys. We were just so excited to get the big win. Everybody was locked in, and everybody was focused. The rim got pretty big for me. I just kept shooting, and they just kept falling.' Purdue guard P.J. Thompson (5'10''-PG-96), who spent most the game trying to guard Mason, credited the Golden Gophers' leading scorer, who came in averaging 13.5 points. 'He's a good player,' Thompson said. 'He came out ready to play and had his team ready to play. More than Nate Mason, it was on us. We've got to come out ready to play.' Richard Pitino was thrilled to complete the Pitino family sweep of the Boilermakers and Hoosiers. 'I think this is a great win,' Richard Pitino said. 'I don't know when the last time we won here. We deserved it, but we had to go out there and take it. It was great to play well right away and get our confidence going.'
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



No. 18 Arizona rallies from 13 down to beat California 67-62 - by Eurobasket News

Despite a pretty rigorous non-conference schedule highlighted by two games against ranked teams, Arizona coach Sean Miller wasn't surprised his squad came out a little tentative in its Pac-12 opener. A strong second half from freshman Kobi Simmons (6'5''-PG-97) provided all the calming influence the 18th-ranked Wildcats needed. Dusan Ristic (7'0''-C-95) scored 16 points and Arizona overcame a sluggish and sloppy first half to beat California 67-62 on Friday night. Simmons added 14 points while Lauri Markkanen (7'0''-PF-97) had 13 points and nine rebounds as the Wildcats (12-2, 1-0) rallied from 13 points down and used a big run coming out of halftime to extend their winning streak to six games. "It was us just getting back comfortable and finding ourselves," Simmons said after Arizona won for only the second time this season after trailing at halftime. "We know what we can do and we know the players we have. We just came out aggressive (in the second half) and got the job done." Arizona struggled from the perimeter most of the game before Simmons provided a big lift in the second half. The freshman guard scored 10 consecutive points as part of a 15-4 run coming out of halftime, made a key save at midcourt following an inbounds play under the Wildcats basket, then fed Rawle Alkins (6'6''-SG-97) for a late dunk to help preserve the win. "In the second half he gave our team confidence," Miller said. "His spurt there got us the lead. I think we might have relinquished it but from that point on it was a different game." California (9-4, 0-1) made just nine field goals in the second half and shot 37 percent from the field overall. The Golden Bears have lost consecutive games at Haas Pavilion following a school-record 27-game winning streak. Ivan Rabb (6'11''-F-97) had 16 points and a career-best 16 rebounds for California. "I just think that, simply, guys that were defending the ball didn't take pride in defending," Bears coach Cuonzo Martin said. "That's what happened in the second half. It's that simple." The game, featuring two of the Pac-12's best defensive teams, opened up following a slow first half when Miller burned a timeout less than 90 seconds in. Arizona led 41-36 with 14 minutes remaining before Rabb sparked a mini-run that put California back in front. After the teams traded scores, Chance Comanche (6'10''-C) scored on a three-point play with 10:33 left that put Arizona ahead for good. The Wildcats still had to hold off a late run by the Bears. Jabari Bird (6'6''-G-94)'s 3-pointer pulled California within 66-62, and after a turnover near midcourt, Bird had a chance to pull the Bears closer but his 3-point attempt bounced off the front of the rim. Bird finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. The Bears used their conference-leading defense to set the tone in the first half when California's offense sputtered. Nine days after limiting No. 12 Virginia to 22 points in the first half, the Bears limited the Wildcats to 26 and used a 15-0 run to take control. Arizona had won five straight since losing to Gonzaga in the Naismith Hall of Fame game on Dec. 23.
Courtesy of: thesouthern.com




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NCAA D2 Top 25 Ranking

SSC Standings
 1. Barry (9) 5-1 (7-1) 
 2. Tampa 4-1 (10-1) 
 3. Eckerd 4-1 (8-1) 
 4. Florida Tech 3-2 (8-2) 
 5. Palm Beach Atl. 3-3 (6-5) 
 6. St.Leo 2-3 (6-5) 
 7. Florida Southern 2-3 (4-5) 
 8. Rollins 2-3 (3-5) 
 9. Embry Riddle 2-4 (4-4) 
 10. Lynn 1-3 (4-4) 
 11. Nova SE 1-5 (3-7) 

Regular Season: Round 41

Jan. 3: Glenville St. - Notre Dame, OH 93-97
Jan. 3: Lees-McRae - S.Wesleyan 93-64
Jan. 3: California, PA - Gannon 88-93
Jan. 3: Shepherd - Concord 87-74
Jan. 3: Concordia Irvine - Chaminade 83-88
Jan. 3: Azusa Pacific - Hawaii-Hilo 81-77
Jan. 3: NW Nazarene - Cent.Washington 80-94
Jan. 3: Clarion - Kutztown 80-94
Jan. 3: Cal.Baptist - Hawaii-Pacific 80-70
Jan. 3: E.New Mexico - W.New Mexico 78-71
Jan. 3: Lock Haven - E.Stroudsburg 78-115
Jan. 3: Charleston - Wheeling Jesuit 77-94
Jan. 3: Dixie St. - Fresno Pacific 76-73
Jan. 3: Point Loma - Holy Names 76-69
Jan. 3: Millersville - Shippensburg 75-96
Jan. 3: King - Limestone 75-78
Jan. 3: N.Greenville - Barton, NC 74-76
Jan. 3: Edinboro - Seton Hill 74-104
Jan. 3: Erskine - Pfeiffer 74-104
Jan. 3: W.Virginia Tech - Davis & Elkins 72-84
Jan. 3: Pitt-Johnstown - Indiana, PA 72-77
Jan. 3: Emmanuel, GA - Belm.Abbey 70-68
Jan. 3: Boyce - Oakland City 65-83
Jan. 3: Dominican, CA - Notre Dame Namur 64-58
Jan. 3: Cheyney - Bloomsburg 63-104
Jan. 3: W.Virg.Wesl. - Urbana 61-86
Jan. 3: Malone - Alders.-Broad. 61-75
Jan. 3: Slippery Rock - Mercyhurst 49-46
Jan. 3: Fairmont St. - Virginia-Wise 103-79
Jan. 3: W.Chester - Mansfield, PA 102-106
Jan. 3: W.Liberty St. - W.Virginia St. 100-93

Regular Season: Round 44

Jan. 6: N.Georgia - Armstr.Atlantic
Jan. 6: Mansfield, PA - Cheyney
Jan. 6: Pitt-Johnstown - Edinboro
Jan. 6: Augustana, SD - Minn.St.-Mankato
Jan. 6: Kutztown - Lock Haven
Jan. 6: Northern St. - Mary
Jan. 6: MSU Moorhead - Minot St.
Jan. 6: Minn.-Duluth - Minn.-Crookston
Jan. 6: Adams St. - Colorado Springs
Jan. 6: Colorado St.-Pueblo - S.Dakota Mines
Jan. 6: Chico St. - CS San Bernar.
Jan. 6: Limestone - Mount Olive
Jan. 6: Bloomsburg - Shippensburg
Jan. 6: Seton Hill - Gannon
Jan. 6: Wayne St., NE - Concordia-St.Paul
Jan. 6: California, PA - W.Chester
Jan. 6: Colorado Christian - Westminster, UT
Jan. 6: Fort Lewis - Metro St.
Jan. 6: Indiana, PA - Slippery Rock
Jan. 6: N.Mexico Highlands - Black Hills St.
Jan. 6: Sonoma St. - CS Stanislaus
Jan. 6: Belm.Abbey - King
Jan. 6: S.Wesleyan - Barton, NC
Jan. 6: N.Greenville - Emmanuel, GA
Jan. 6: Upper Iowa - Sioux Falls
Jan. 6: Winona St. - SW Minnesota St.
Jan. 6: Mercyhurst - Clarion
Jan. 6: Chadron St. - Colorado Mesa
Jan. 6: Pfeiffer - Lees-McRae
Jan. 6: E.Stroudsburg - Millersville
Jan. 6: Regis Univ. - Western St.
Jan. 6: St.Cloud St. - Bemidji St.
Jan. 6: Bloomfield - Univ.Sciences
Jan. 6: St.Mary's, TX - St.Edward's



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Ramapo keeps their hot streak win 11th in a row. - by Joan Sanchez

Las Vegas, NV: Thomas Bonacum posted a team high 21 points as the Ramapo College men's basketball team extended their win streak to 11 games with a 77-62 victory over Gustavus Adolphus College today at the 7th Annual D3hoops.com Classic.

The Roadrunners improve to 11-0 overall while the Gusties fall to 2-7 overall. Bonacum led the Roadrunners in the game as he shot 9-12 from the free throw line and 6-13 from the floor. Cory Soanes recorded a double-double, 19 points and ten rebounds including a team high five steals in 27 minutes played off the bench. Patrick Peterson added 11 points and five rebounds while Sultan Aminu posted nine points and five rebounds. Ramapo posted 44 points in the paint and 25 points off of Gustie turnovers. Ramapo shot 44% (25-59) from the floor, 28% (2-7) from the three-point line and 69% (23-33) from the free throw line. The Roadrunners out rebounded the Gusties 43-36 in the game.

Ramapo got on the board first in the game as Josh Ford and Bonacum tallied back-to-back baskets in the first minute of play for a quick 4-0 lead. The Roadrunners would tie the game for the fourth time on a jumper from Soanes 18-18 with just under 11 minutes to play in the half sparking a 10-0 run. The run was capped off by a steal and layup from Soanes putting Ramapo up 26-18 with 7:39 on the clock. The Gusties would cut the lead to three on a three-pointer from Charlie Krambeer before Ramapo took their biggest lead of the half 38-25 with less than two minutes to go as Soanes once again posted a layup. Ramapo went into the locker room up 40-30 and never looked back in the second half. The Gusties could only cut the Ramapo lead to nine four times in the first four minutes of the second half. The Roadrunners biggest lead came with 3:02 left in the game as they led by 21 points when Bonacum grabbed a dish from Nick Stanek for a layup and a 77-56 lead.

Riley Sharbono led the Gusties with 16 points while Benjamin Lies added ten points of his own. The team shot 38% (22-57) from the floor, 25% (6-24) from the three-point line and 63% (12-19) from the free throw line.

The Roadrunners look to extend their win streak when they return to action on January 4th at NJAC rival Rutgers-Camden University for an 8pm game.

Courtesy: Ramapo College Athletics




Coach Bettencourt Gets 50th Career Victory In Endicott's 79-67 Win Over Regis - by Eurobasket News

The Endicott men's basketball team downed the Regis (Mass.) College Pride, 79-67, Friday night inside Twohig Gymnasium as part of the Salem St. Holiday Classic as head coach Kevin Bettencourt earned his 50th career coaching victory in his third season at the helm. A back-and-forth affair early on lent itself to the Pride being up by as much as six with 2:24 remaining in the opening stanza, but the Gulls regained the lead and managed a 33-29 edge at the halftime break. Endicott then built a lead as large as 14 with 11:43 to play before Regis chipped away down the stretch to bring the score within three (58-55 at 6:03), but was unable to overcome the Gulls' second half surge. Freshman guard Keith Brown (6'2''-G) (Pelham, N.H.) scored a career-high 15 points off the bench to lead the Gulls in scoring, as he hit 5-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Courtesy of: d3hoops.com



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Stjarnan tabs Anthony Odunsi - by Eurobasket News

Stjarnan (Dominos League) inked 25-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) guard Anthony Odunsi (193-93kg-92, college: Houston Baptist). He just graduated from Houston Baptist University (NCAA). In 32 games he averaged impressive 17.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.7apg and 1.2spg last season. Odunsi helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to All-Southland Conference 1st Team and NABC All-District 23 1st Team.
Last year Odunsi was drafted by Canton Charge (D-League) in fifth round (95th overall).
He just came directly from Houston Baptist University and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Odunsi's college team won AEC Tournament in 2014.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lotanna Nwogbo joins Alianza Viedma - by Eurobasket News

Alianza Viedma Rio Negro (TNA) added to their roster 23-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward Lotanna Nwogbo (203-116kg-93, college: Longwood). He already started the season at GECR Indalo in the LigaA. In 23 games he had 11.1ppg and 5.3rpg this season. TNA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Nwogbo just graduated from Longwood College and it is his first season as a pro. Nwogbo was also voted All-Big South Conf. 1st Team in 2016 at his college time.
His team made it to the Big South Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2015.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ivy's pro career starts at Rochester RazorSharks - by Eurobasket News

Rochester RazorSharks tabbed guard John Ivy (185-84kg). just graduated from SUNY Brockport State University (NCAA3).
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Ivy's college team won SUNYAC Tournament in 2014. He received also D3hoops.com All-East Region Player of the Year award and D3hoops.com All-East Region 1st Team award in 2014.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dominic Woodson (ex Mapfree Life) agreed terms with Rochester RazorSharks - by Eurobasket News

Rochester RazorSharks inked 22-year old forward Dominic Woodson (211-124kg-94, college: Tennessee). He played most recently at Mapfree Life in Cypriot North League.
Woodson graduated from University of Tennessee in 2015 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rochester RazorSharks add Biggs to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Rochester RazorSharks added to their roster 24-year old guard Deverell Biggs (185-84kg-92, college: Texas Southern). He played last summer at Amsterdam in Eurobasket Summer League in Kansas City, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. He was also voted All-Eurobasket Summer League in Kansas City 1st Team in 2016.
Biggs' college team won SWAC Tournament in 2015.
Biggs graduated from Texas Southern University in 2015 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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RazorSharks take down Chautauqua in New Year's Eve Opener - by Eurobasket News

The Rochester RazorSharks defeated the Chautauqua Hurricane in dominating fashion, 128-75 in their New Year's Eve home opener at the Blue Cross Arena. The game got out to a slow start as Jordan Railey (7'0''-C-92, college: Washington St.) scored the first basket of the game after two minutes of play. The first quarter was a tough battle between the two teams as they stayed within six points of each other over the entire period. Halfway through the first, the Hurricane's Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-F/G-86, college: Siena) scored, giving Chautauqua their first lead of the game. The Sharks came right back as Corey Allmond (6'2''-G-88, college: Sam Houston St.) and Dele Coker both scored buckets quickly to retake the advantage. After a solid battle throughout the quarter, the RazorSharks held a 27-24 at its conclusion. Rochester came out in the second quarter on fire as they grew their lead to 9 points within two minutes of play. It was all RazorSharks from there on out as the first half ended with a score of 65-37. Within four minutes, Corey Allmond got hot and dropped 10 quick points on two three pointers and two layups to help increase their lead to 38. First year centers Jordan Railey and Dominic Woodson (6'11''-F-94, college: Tennessee) went to work down low for the Sharks and pushed the lead to 98-55 as they headed into the fourth. The fourth was a similar story as the Sharks stayed dominant on both sides of the ball. They outscored the Hurricane 30-19 in the fourth and finished the game with a score of 128-75. James Helton (6'6''-G/F-85, college: W.Virginia St.) and Corey Allmond were the leading scorers for the Sharks with 16 points each. Helton also led the team with 10 rebounds. In his first game with the Sharks, Woodson scored 15 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Fellow first year center, Jordan Railey contributed 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. The Sharks play next Saturday at the Providence Sky Chiefs and come back home the following Sunday to host the Washington Warhawks at 5:00PM at the Blue Cross Arena.
Courtesy of: thepbl.com



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Marcus Douthit (ex Blackwater) signs at Hanoi Buffalos - by Eurobasket News

Hanoi Buffalos (VBA) landed experienced 37-year old American (has also Filipino passport) power forward Marcus Douthit (210-113kg-80, college: Providence). played recently at Blackwater in Filipino PBA league. Douthit missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
In 2004 Adirondack Wildcats selected him as fourth overall pick in USBL draft.
Douthit attended Providence College and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in PBA Commissioner's Cup in 2011. Douthit received also Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup Honorable Mention award in 2012 and 2015.
He represented Philippines at the SEA Games in Singapore (Singapore) two years ago. Douthit's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 3 games: 6.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP-1 (80.0%), FT: 40.0%.
Douthit is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Douthit has played previously professionally in Belgium, China (Guangzhou), Lebanon, Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros), Russia (Krasnie Krilya), Turkey (Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye), Venezuela (Marinos), NBA (LA Clippers) and D-League (N.Mexico T.).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Hanoi Buffalos.
Douthit's game is described as: A late blooming inside player, who finally took full advantage of his size and athletic skills. Was yet a well-known intimidator inside, with leaping ability and great timing for shot-blocking and offensive rebounding, in last years he added shooting range and now he can hurt the opponents from the 4 position too.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Czerapowicz's 29 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old guard Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Krosno and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had the game-high 29 points adding nine rebounds for Krosno in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Asseco (#13, 5-8) with 26-point margin 98-72. Krosno is placed at 8th position in Polish league. Krosno is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-6 record. In the team's last game Czerapowicz had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Krosno's top player in his first season with the team. Davidson College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Czerapowicz is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.7ppg. Czerapowicz is in league's top in and averages solid 48.6% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Uros Mirkovic (205-F/C-82, agency: BeoExcell) of Polpharma. He is Serbian forward in his 2nd season at Polpharma. In the last game Mirkovic recorded impressive 31 points and 8 rebounds. Of course Polpharma cruised to a 75-66 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Energa Czarni (#11, 6-7). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Polpharma managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 12th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-8 record. Mirkovic is well-known at Polpharma and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Krosno's star - guard Royce Woolridge (190-G-92). Woolridge showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was another key player of Krosno, helping his team with a 98-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Asseco (#13, 5-8). Krosno needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 6 lost games. Woolridge has a great season in Poland. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.0ppg (9th best) and assists with 4.9apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81) of Energa Czarni - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Jure Skific (202-F-88) of Torun - 21 points and 9 rebounds
6. Shawn King (208-C-82) of Stal Ostrow - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tweety Carter (180-PG-86) of PGE Turow - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) of Stelmet ZG - 13 points and 8 rebounds
9. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) of Stelmet ZG - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Krzysztof Szubarga (178-PG-84) of Asseco - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 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)



AZS Koszalin cut Alvin Brown - by Greg

AZS Koszalin (PLK) cut 27-year old American forward Alvin Brown (208-95kg-90, college: USC Aiken). In 8 PLK games he averaged just 1.8ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0bpg this season.
He has played previously professionally in D-League (Erie Bay Hawks) and PBL (Buffalo 716ers).
Brown attended Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dino Pita (ex Brussels) is a newcomer at Krosno - by Eurobasket News

Miasto Szkla Krosno (PLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Swedish international guard Dino Pita (195-86kg-88). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Pita supposed to play at Basic-Fit Brussels in Belgian Euromillions League, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 10 games he recorded 3.7ppg this season. Pita also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.3ppg. Pita won Swedish Basketligan championship title in 2013 and 2016.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2012.
Pita has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
Pita represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8ppg, 1.0apg.
Pita has played also professionally in Austria and Sweden (Sodertalje Kings and Talje Knights).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Andre Calabote leaves Lusitania - by Eurobasket News

24-year old point guard Andre Calabote (181-93) left S.C. Lusitania EXPERT (LPB). But in three games he averaged just 0.7ppg this season.
The last season Calabote played at HM Hospitales Torrelodones in Spanish EBA where in 16 games he had only 1.6ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.3apg.
He was a member of Portuguese U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
Calabote has played previously professionally in Portugal (CAB Madeira, Sampaense and Sport Lisboa Benfica B) and Spain (Estela).

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Rashad Bishop gets MVP of the Week award for Portuguese LPB - by Eurobasket News

American Rashad Bishop (198-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Illiabum and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 28-year old forward had the game-high 25 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for Illiabum in his team's victory, helping them to crush Maia Basket (#11, 2-11) with 21-point margin 86-65. Illiabum maintains the 6th position in Portuguese LPB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Illiabum will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. In the team's last game Bishop had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Illiabum's top player in his first season with the team. University of Cincinnati graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bishop is in league's top in points (6th best: 17.5ppg) and averages solid 58.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old former international guard Miguel Minhava (195-G-83) of league's best team Galitos-Barreiro. Minhava impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Galitos-Barreiro cruised to a 73-61 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Sampaense (#12, 1-12). This victory allowed Galitos-Barreiro to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 11 matches. Minhava is one of the most experienced players at Galitos-Barreiro and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Nick Washburn (208-C-91, agency: Duran International) of FC Porto (#3). Washburn scored 14 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Washburn's great performance FC Porto lost 56-69 to #2 ranked Benfica. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing FC Porto needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 3 lost games. Washburn has a great season in Portugal. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.5rpg (6th best). Washburn attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rafael Wildner (207-C/F-92) of Illiabum - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jaime Silva (187-PG-80) of Ovarense - 27 points and 4 assists
6. Nick Novak (182-PG-90) of Ovarense - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Augusto Sobrinho (188-SG-85) of Illiabum - 19 points and 3 assists
8. Mario Neves (194-F/C-77) of Electrico FC - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) of Maia Basket - 20 points and 8 rebounds
10. Jacques Conceicao (187-PG-89) of Galitos-Barreiro - 14 points, 6 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)



LPB Round 13: Benfica edge FC Porto Ferpinta - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise took place in Benfica where host Benfica (10-3) beat league's leader FC Porto Ferpinta (10-3) 69-56 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of FC Porto Ferpinta. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Benfica led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. International forward Joao Soares (202-90, agency: Interperformances) fired 12 points for the winners. American Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 10 points and 4 assists. American center Nick Washburn (208-91, college: Hillsdale, agency: Duran International) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Benfica moved-up to second place, which they share with FC Porto. FC Porto Ferpinta will play next round against Lusitania trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Benfica will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Ovarense on the road.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Ilhavo. Local Illiabum (8-5) outscored 11th ranked Maia Basket (2-11) 86-65. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Rashad Bishop (198-88, college: Cincinnati) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Rafael Wildner contributed with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Illiabum's coach Ricardo Vasconcelos felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international forward Nuno Marcal (205-75) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Maia Basket. Newly promoted Illiabum maintains sixth place with 8-5 record. Maia Basket lost seventh consecutive game. Maia Basket at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Illiabum will play against higher ranked Oliveirense (#5) in Oliveira in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maia Basket will play at home against Electrico FC (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 13 Galitos-Barreiro defeated Sampaense in a road game 73-61. Electrico FC was beaten by Ovarense at home 70-82.
The best stats of 13th round was 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by Miguel Minhava of Galitos-Barreiro.


Illiabum - Maia Basket 86-65

The game with biggest result difference took place in Ilhavo. Local Illiabum (8-5) outscored 11th ranked Maia Basket (2-11) 86-65. Maia Basket was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Maia Basket 40-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. Illiabum players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Maia Basket's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Rashad Bishop (198-88, college: Cincinnati) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Power forward Rafael Wildner (207-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Illiabum players scored in double figures. Illiabum's coach Ricardo Vasconcelos felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international forward Nuno Marcal (205-75) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Antonio Robinson (193-93, college: E.Carolina) added 8 points and 6 assists in the effort for Maia Basket. Newly promoted Illiabum maintains sixth place with 8-5 record. Maia Basket lost seventh consecutive game. Maia Basket at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Illiabum will play against higher ranked Oliveirense (#5) in Oliveira in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maia Basket will play at home against Electrico FC (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maia Basket: N.Marcal 20+8reb+1ast, P.Catarino 11+2reb+2ast, A.Robinson 8+4reb+6ast, P.Diamantino 8+2reb, D.Gomes 7+6reb+4ast, J.Lucas 7+3reb
Illiabum: R.Bishop 25+6reb+8ast, A.Sobrinho 19+1reb+3ast, N.Tadic 11+8reb+3ast, A.Chol 10+3reb, R.Wildner 10+12reb+4ast, C.Johnson 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 476813


Sampaense - Galitos-Barreiro 61-73

There was no surprise in Coimbra where 12th ranked Sampaense (1-12) was defeated by second ranked Galitos-Barreiro (11-2) 73-61. The game without a history. Galitos-Barreiro led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Galitos-Barreiro outrebounded Sampaense 33-21 including 20 on the defensive glass. Sampaense was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Miguel Minhava (195-83) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Jacques Conceicao (187-89) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian swingman Nikola Pavlovic (195-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) answered with 20 points and American guard Andrew Guillory (190, college: Arkansas Tech) added 16 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!) in the effort for Sampaense. Galitos-Barreiro have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Sampaense lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Galitos-Barreiro will play against CAB Madeira (#7) in Funchal in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sampaense will play on the road against Vitoria SC (#4) in Guimaraes to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Sampaense: N.Pavlovic 20+2reb+3ast, A.Guillory 16+4reb+3ast, M.Mendes 9+4reb+1ast, D.Ognjenovic 6+2reb, H.Carvalho 4+8reb+1ast, D.Goncalves 4
Galitos-Barreiro: M.Minhava 19+6reb+5ast, J.Conceicao 14+6reb+2ast, C.Ferreirinho 8+2reb, S.Grosey 8+11reb+1ast, A.Castela 7+3reb, D.Correia 7+1ast
gschID: 476816


Electrico FC - Ovarense 70-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Ovarense's (6-7) road victory over 9th ranked Electrico FC (3-10) 82-70. The game was mostly controlled by Ovarense. Electrico FC was better in third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Ovarense won last quarter 24-14. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. It was a very good performance for the former international point guard Jaime Silva (187-80) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 4 assists. American point guard Nick Novak (182-90, college: Pitt-Johnstown, agency: Dynamics Global Management) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Cape Verdean power forward Mario Neves (194-77) answered with 13 points and 4 assists and international point guard Diogo Ventura (193-94, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 11 points and 5 assists in the effort for Electrico FC. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ovarense maintains eighth place with 6-7 record. Electrico FC lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Lusitania. Ovarense will play against league's second-placed Benfica at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Electrico FC will play against Maia Basket (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Electrico FC: M.Neves 13+4reb+4ast, K.Coronel 12+4reb+1ast, T.Pinto 12+3ast, D.Ventura 11+3reb+5ast, D.Arcau 8+6reb+1ast, J.Coelho 6+1reb+2ast
Ovarense: J.Silva 27+1reb+4ast, N.Novak 18+6reb+3ast, N.Morais 12+1ast, J.Fernandes 11+8reb, B.Douvier 6+14reb, A.Pinto 5+3ast
gschID: 476812


Benfica - FC Porto 69-56

The biggest surprise took place in Benfica where host Benfica (10-3) beat league's leader FC Porto Ferpinta (10-3) 69-56 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of FC Porto Ferpinta. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Benfica led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. International forward Joao Soares (202-90, agency: Interperformances) fired 12 points for the winners. American Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 10 points and 4 assists. Four Benfica players scored in double figures. American center Nick Washburn (208-91, college: Hillsdale, agency: Duran International) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and Serbian power forward Sasa Borovnjak (206-89, college: Penn St., agency: 011 Sports) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Benfica moved-up to second place, which they share with FC Porto. FC Porto Ferpinta will play next round against Lusitania trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Benfica will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Ovarense on the road.
Top scorers:
FC Porto: S.Borovnjak 14+11reb+1ast, N.Washburn 14+14reb+1ast, J.Silva 11+2reb, M.Queiroz 6+3reb+1ast, A.Bessa 3+4ast, B.Tinsley 3+2reb+4ast
Benfica: J.Soares 12+3reb+2ast, R.Barber 11+6reb, M.Fernandes 10+2ast, D.Raivio 10+3reb+4ast, D.Hollis 7+3reb+1ast, M.Loncovic 6+4reb
gschID: 476814





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Jonathan Rodriguez (ex Bucaros) is a newcomer at Cordon - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Atletico Cordon Montevideo (LUB) added to their roster 29-year old Dominican-Puerto Rican forward Jonathan Rodriguez (196-87, college: Campbell, agency: DTMones). He played last summer at Bucaros in Colombian Liga DirecTV. Rodriguez managed to play in three leagues last year. In three Liga Sudamericana games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg and 2.3spg. He also played for Academia (Liga DirecTV) in Colombian league that season where in 32 games he was the best scorer with remarkable 27.1ppg and had 6.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg. Rodriguez helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Liga DirecTV-1 Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. The other team he played shortly was Patriotas in Colombia. In two Liga Americas games he averaged high stats: 23.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 5.0apg.
Rodriguez has played also professionally in Dominican Rep., Puerto Rico (Leones) and Dominican Republic (Soles de Santo Domingo, Gregorio Urbano Gilbert, Cupes, Leones de Santo Domingo and Reales de La Vega).
He attended Campbell University until 2010 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Rodriguez is a small forward who likes to play in and out on the perimeter: can go inside very well and is hard to guard on the perimeter because coming off screens knows how to get in a triple threat position knocking down the open 3. He has great attitude on the defensive boards, and can defender multiple positions.
Can read the game. Knows where and when to be placed on the court. Can hit 3-pointer
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Fajardo to replace Manati? - by Marcos Carlo

Carlos Arroyo is back to the basketball in Puerto Rico. He will play with Ponce Leones in the League of The Americas, but not necessary he will play with Ponce in BSN. Carlos Arroyo's father and him are negotiating with Felo Rivera the transfer of Atenienses of Manati to Fajardo. The last time Fajardo play was name Cariduros and they were called the "Nuyorricans" because they have a couple of Puerto Rican guys not born in the island. Manati have a couple of names that will be at Fajardo if the transaction is successful, among them are Jared Ruiz, Alexis Colon, Carmelo Lee, Chris Ortiz and Omar Alvarado.

Felo Rivera told the newspaper that in Manati he can't play and Fajardo looks like the new home for this team and by a new owner and administration.



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D1 Round 8 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Round 8 most important game was a victory of Al Gharafa over one of their biggest challengers Al Rayyan 88-75 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Al Rayyan. The game was mostly controlled by Al Gharafa. Al Rayyan managed to win third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. International swingman Abdulrahman Saad (185-96) contributed with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American center Marcus Bell (206-90, college: CS Stanislaus) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for Al Rayyan. Al Gharafa have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-1 record behind leader El Jaysh. Defending champion Al Rayyan keeps the third place with two games lost. Al Gharafa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Al Rayyan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Doha to the arena El Jaysh.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Doha: El Jaysh (#1) and Al Shamal (#7). Al Shamal was defeated at home 88-97 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and Dominic James who added 31 points and 6 assists during the contest. Mohamed Haras responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds. Undefeated El Jaysh (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Al Shamal at the other side dropped to the eighth place with five games lost. El Jaysh's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Doha Al Rayyan.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Doha: Al Ahli (#6) and Qatar Sports Club (#4). Al Ahli (3-3) won against visiting Qatar Sports Club (3-3) 81-77. The winners were led by Nemanja Miljkovic who scored that evening 26 points and 6 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds by Quinton Doggett did not help to save the game for Qatar Sports Club. Al Ahli moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Qatar Club and Al Arabi. Al Ahli will meet bottom-ranked Al Khor (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Qatar Sports Club's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Doha Al Arabi.
Another interesting game was again a derby match of two teams from Doha: Al Sadd (#8) and Al Arabi (#4). Al Arabi was defeated at home 61-71 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The best player for the winners was Moustafa Essam Fouda who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Al Sadd (2-4) moved-up to seventh place. Al Arabi at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. Al Sadd's next round opponent will be Al Wakrah (#9) on the road. Al Arabi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Doha to the arena Qatar Sports Club.


Al Rayyan - Al Gharafa 75-88

Round 8 most important game was a victory of Al Gharafa over one of their biggest challengers Al Rayyan 88-75 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Al Rayyan. The game was mostly controlled by Al Gharafa. Al Rayyan managed to win third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. International swingman Abdulrahman Saad (185-96) contributed with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Al Gharafa players scored in double figures. American center Marcus Bell (206-90, college: CS Stanislaus) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Marcel Anderson (183-86, college: Harris-Stowe St.) added 25 points in the effort for Al Rayyan. Al Gharafa have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-1 record behind leader El Jaysh. Defending champion Al Rayyan keeps the third place with two games lost. Al Gharafa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Al Rayyan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Doha to the arena El Jaysh.
Top scorers:
Al Rayyan: M.Anderson 25+4reb+1ast, M.Bell 19+11reb+2ast, A.Abdelhaleem 18+5reb+3ast, T.Ngombo 7+10reb+3ast, M.Haracic 4+6reb, O.Nasser Al-Khanji 2+1reb+3ast
Al Gharafa: S.Monroe 28+7reb+5ast, A.Saad 19+7reb+5ast, W.Arnold 18+5reb+4ast, H.Ndoye 13+4reb+1ast, N.Muslic 5+3reb+2ast, M.Abdullah 3+1ast
gschID: 522290


Al Shamal - El Jaysh 88-97

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Doha: El Jaysh (#1) and Al Shamal (#7). Al Shamal was defeated at home 88-97 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests were already 14 points ahead at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 26-18 last quarter charge of Al Shamal cut the lead to 97-88 at the end of the game. El Jaysh made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and the other American import point guard Dominic James (180-86, college: Marquette) who added 31 points and 6 assists during the contest. Mohamed Haras responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Tyrone Johnson (190-92, college: S.Carolina) scored 21 points and 5 assists. Four Al Shamal players scored in double figures. El Jaysh (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Al Shamal at the other side dropped to the eighth place with five games lost. El Jaysh's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Doha Al Rayyan.
Top scorers:
Al Shamal: M.Haras 31+11reb+2ast, T.Johnson 21+2reb+5ast, A.Kosar 16+4reb, E.Ali Saleh 12+9reb+2ast, F.Avdic 8+5reb+4ast, A.Diop 0
El Jaysh: V.Macklin 35+9reb+3ast, D.James 31+4reb+6ast, M.Mohamed Yousef 10+4reb+3ast, A.Saeed Erfan 8+2reb, F.Hani Abilmoni 7+6reb+7ast, A.Turki Ali 6+5reb
gschID: 522289


Al Ahli - Qatar Club 81-77

Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Doha: Al Ahli (#6) and Qatar Sports Club (#4). Al Ahli (3-3) won against visiting Qatar Sports Club (3-3) 81-77. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Al Ahli looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by Serbian power forward Nemanja Miljkovic (204-90) who scored that evening 26 points and 6 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and international point guard Abdulrahman Al-Muftah (181-94) supported him with 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Even a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Quinton Doggett (206-90, college: Southern) did not help to save the game for Qatar Sports Club. His fellow American import point guard James Justice (178-89, college: Martin Methodist) added 20 points and 8 assists for the guests. Al Ahli moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Qatar Club and Al Arabi. Al Ahli will meet bottom-ranked Al Khor (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Qatar Sports Club's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Doha Al Arabi.
Top scorers:
Qatar Club: Q.Doggett 30+12reb, J.Justice 20+4reb+8ast, A.Jamal 11+2reb+2ast, B.Ba-Suliman 8+2reb+2ast, A.Mahmood Abdallah 6+1reb+1ast, M.Almuhnai 2+3reb
Al Ahli: N.Miljkovic 26+3reb+6ast, A.Al-Muftah 22+3reb+5ast, O.Ahmad 13+4reb, H.Omar 9+5reb+2ast, B.Jereminov 9+8reb+9ast, N.Seydou Elhadj 2+6reb
gschID: 522288


Al Arabi - Al Sadd 61-71

Another interesting game was again a derby match of two teams from Doha: Al Sadd (#8) and Al Arabi (#4). Al Arabi was defeated at home 61-71 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Al Sadd. Al Arabi was better in fourth quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Al Sadd especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. The best player for the winners was point guard Moustafa Essam Fouda (174-97) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. American forward AJ West (206-91, college: Nevada) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Nigerian-American power forward Manny Adako (203-87, college: Northeastern, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and Osama Adel added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Al Sadd (2-4) moved-up to seventh place. Al Arabi at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. Al Sadd's next round opponent will be Al Wakrah (#9) on the road. Al Arabi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Doha to the arena Qatar Sports Club.
Top scorers:
Al Arabi: M.Adako 18+12reb+3ast, O.Adel 15+7reb+2ast, A.Saaka 13+6reb+1ast, G.Momar Talla 7+1reb+3ast, M.Souleye 4+1reb, F.Abu Faisal AlDarwish 3+3ast
Al Sadd: M.Essam Fouda 23+5reb+3ast, A.West 17+13reb+1ast, K.Abdi 16+8reb+3ast, F.Nabil Abuissa 9+2reb+2ast, Y.Mahdi 6+5reb+1ast, O.Saad 0
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Macklin's 35-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old power forward Vernon Macklin (208-F/C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team El Jaysh and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had the game-high 35 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for El Jaysh in his team's victory, helping them to beat Al Shamal (#8, 2-5) 97-88. It allowed El Jaysh to consolidate first place in the Qatari league. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and El Jaysh keeps a perfect 7-0 record. Macklin has many years of experience at El Jaysh, through which he has constantly improved. University of Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Macklin is in league's top in points (8th best: 23.7ppg), rebounds (7th best: 11.6rpg) and averages solid 2.0bpg and 54.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dominic James (180-PG-86). He is American guard in his first season at El Jaysh. In the last game James recorded impressive 31 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course El Jaysh cruised to a 97-88 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Al Shamal (#8, 2-5). Of course El Jaysh still keep the league's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and El Jaysh managed to win all 7 games keeping a perfect record. James is a newcomer at El Jaysh and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.6ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 5.0rpg and 5.7apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Quinton Doggett (206-F-90) of Qatar Club (#5). Doggett got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds . Despite Doggett's great performance Qatar Club lost 77-81 to Al Ahli (3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Qatar Club needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Doggett has a great season in Qatar. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.3ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 14.0rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mohamed Haras) of Al Shamal - 31 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Nemanja Miljkovic (204-C/F-90) of Al Ahli - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. AJ West (206-F-91) of Al Sadd - 17 points and 13 rebounds
7. Marcus Bell (206-C-90) of Al Rayyan - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Abdulrahman Al-Muftah (181-PG-94) of Al Ahli - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85) of Al Gharafa - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Moustafa Essam Fouda (174-PG-97) of Al Sadd - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 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)



Tyrone Johnson agreed terms with Al Shamal - by Eurobasket News

Al Shamal Doha (D1) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard Tyrone Johnson (190-88kg-92, college: S.Carolina). He played most recently at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in the U.S., but left the team in Feb.'16. In 23 games he recorded 3.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0apg last season.
Johnson has played also professionally in PBL (Grand Rapids C.).
He attended University of South Carolina until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liga Nationala Round 14: Oradea defeats CSU Sibiu in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Liga Nationala took place in Oradea. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers CSU Sibiu (8-5) to seventh ranked Oradea (7-6) 66-63 on Friday evening. CSU Sibiu was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-14 charge of Oradea, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 8 points and 5 assists during the contest. The former international forward Bogdan Popescu (200-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with BC Timisoara and Targu Mures. CSU Sibiu at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Oradea is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Olimpic (#11) in Baia Mare in the next round where they are favorite. CSU Sibiu will play at home against Phoenix Galati (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked UBT Cluj Napoca (10-2) against sixth ranked Targu Mures (7-6) on Friday night. Host UBT Cluj Napoca was defeated by Targu Mures in Cluj Napoca 104-89. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of UBT Cluj Napoca. Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (187-87) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 assists to lead the effort and Alhaji Mohammed supported him with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Even a double-double of 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) did not help to save the game for UBT Cluj Napoca. Targu Mures have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with BC Timisoara and Oradea. UBT Cluj Napoca at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Targu Mures will play against CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. UBT Cluj Napoca will play against Pitesti (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth ranked Phoenix Galati (5-8) crushed at home 11th ranked Olimpic (1-12) by 45 points 102-57, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. The best player for the winners was Milos Bojovic who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Phoenix Galati's coach Florin Nini felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Andrei Dohi produced 16 points for the guests. Phoenix Galati moved-up to eighth place. Olimpic lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Phoenix Galati will meet higher ranked CSU Sibiu (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Olimpic will play against Oradea (#5) and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 14 Pitesti won against Dinamo B. on the opponent's court 72-64. Craiova unfortunately lost to BC Timisoara in a home game 77-83.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points and 7 rebounds by Darius Hargrove of Craiova.


Oradea - CSU Sibiu 66-63

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Liga Nationala took place in Oradea. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers CSU Sibiu (8-5) to seventh ranked Oradea (7-6) 66-63 on Friday evening. CSU Sibiu was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-14 charge of Oradea, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 8 points and 5 assists during the contest. The former international forward Bogdan Popescu (200-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Kevin Hardy (188-93, college: McNeese St.) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with BC Timisoara and Targu Mures. CSU Sibiu at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Oradea is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Olimpic (#11) in Baia Mare in the next round where they are favorite. CSU Sibiu will play at home against Phoenix Galati (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Oradea: M.Zeno 21+3reb+2ast, S.Denison 12+3reb, B.Mirkovic 8+4reb+5ast, U.Lucic 7+6reb, M.Pasalic 6+1reb+6ast, T.Nicoara 5+9reb+1ast
CSU Sibiu: B.Popescu 18+6reb, I.Mijajlovic 13+1reb+2ast, B.Lalovic 9+1reb, K.Hardy 9+9reb+1ast, C.Cooper 8+8reb, M.Davis 6+5reb+6ast
gschID: 495774


Dinamo B. - Pitesti 64-72

Very expected game when 10th ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (2-11) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Pitesti (9-5) 72-64 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-64. Pitesti outrebounded CS Dinamo Bucuresti 34-18 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Bulgarian Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances) who scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. American power forward Vincent Hunter (209-84, college: Arkansas) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian guard Slobodan Dundjerski (188-88) produced 15 points and 8 assists and Bosnian-Serbian guard Marko Sutalo (194-83) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pitesti have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. CS Dinamo Bucuresti lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. Pitesti will meet at home league's second-placed UBT Cluj Napoca in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against Targu Mures (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pitesti: V.Hunter 20+8reb+1ast, P.Marinov 17+8reb+7ast, V.Corpodean 11+3reb+1ast, A.Kostoski 9+3reb+2ast, A.Mladenovic 8+5reb, T.Gabric 5+7reb+1ast
Dinamo B.: M.Sutalo 17+3reb+3ast, S.Dundjerski 15+3reb+8ast, D.Mitchell 10+3reb+1ast, A.Rosu 5, R.Kljajevic 5+3reb+1ast, S.Ionescu 4
gschID: 495773


Craiova - BC Timisoara 77-83

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked BC Timisoara (7-6) defeated on the road 9th ranked Craiova (4-9) 83-77 on Wednesday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. BC Timisoara shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Dominique Rambo (183-91, college: SAGU) who scored 26 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Serbian guard Mladen Jeremic (198-88, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 16 points. American guard Darius Hargrove (195-82, college: Virginia Union) produced 30 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. BC Timisoara moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Oradea and Targu Mures. Loser Craiova keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. BC Timisoara will meet at home league's leader Steaua CSM in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Craiova will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
BC Timisoara: D.Rambo 26+9reb+7ast, M.Jeremic 16+2reb+1ast, A.Diaz 13+3reb, O.Calota 8+2reb, N.Otasevic 8+1ast, M.Komatina 5+3reb+1ast
Craiova: D.Hargrove 30+7reb+1ast, I.Corneanu 12+3reb+2ast, Y.Frasenyuk 10+1reb+1ast, T.Taylor 8+1reb+1ast, C.Burlacu 8+5reb+5ast, A.Damian 5
gschID: 495776


Phoenix Galati - Olimpic 102-57

Ninth ranked Phoenix Galati (5-8) crushed at home 11th ranked Olimpic (1-12) by 45 points 102-57, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Phoenix Galati. Olimpic managed to win fourth quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Phoenix Galati dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Olimpic's 26 and made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Phoenix Galati forced 33 Olimpic turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Olimpic's players. The best player for the winners was Serbian swingman Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: 011 Sports) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). The former international center Adrian Gutoaia (197-90, agency: Court Side) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Five Phoenix Galati players scored in double figures. Phoenix Galati's coach Florin Nini felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Andrei Dohi (207-87) produced 16 points and Marius Ciotlaus (196-96) added 7 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Phoenix Galati moved-up to eighth place. Olimpic lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Phoenix Galati will meet higher ranked CSU Sibiu (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Olimpic will play against Oradea (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Galati: M.Bojovic 23+5reb+3ast, C.Vlaicu 16+4reb+1ast, A.Gutoaia 14+6reb+7ast, D.Brandon 14+6reb+1ast, T.Gugino 12+6reb+3ast, A.Vizitiu 8+3reb+2ast
Olimpic: A.Dohi 16+2reb, L.Tibarna 7+2reb, F.Ilicov 7+4reb, A.Movileanu 7+1reb+1ast, V.Dumitrescu 7+2reb+7ast, M.Ciotlaus 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 495775


UBT Cluj Napoca - Targu Mures 89-104

Very important is a home loss of second ranked UBT Cluj Napoca (10-2) against sixth ranked Targu Mures (7-6) on Friday night. Host UBT Cluj Napoca was defeated by Targu Mures in Cluj Napoca 104-89. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of UBT Cluj Napoca. UBT Cluj Napoca was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Targu Mures shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (187-87) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 assists to lead the effort and Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Three Eye Sports) supported him with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Even a double-double of 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) did not help to save the game for UBT Cluj Napoca. Serbian-Bosnian point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports) added 19 points and 6 assists for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Targu Mures have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with BC Timisoara and Oradea. UBT Cluj Napoca at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Targu Mures will play against CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. UBT Cluj Napoca will play against Pitesti (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: G.Gajovic 26+4reb+2ast, A.Mohammed 23+7reb+6ast, G.Martinic 20+4reb+13ast, S.Santa 17+7reb+1ast, D.Djapa 8+6reb+2ast, D.Barham 6+3reb+2ast
UBT Cluj Napoca: F.Adamovic 19+6ast, M.Pustozvonov 18+1reb+2ast, A.Rasic 16+3reb+6ast, O.Barro 12+11reb+4ast, K.Dykes 9+3reb+4ast, R.Torok 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 495772





Bojovic number one in Romania for round 14 - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Swingman Milos Bojovic (198-G/F-81, agency: 011 Sports) had a great game in the last round for Phoenix Galati, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 35-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, five rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Olimpic (#11, 1-12) with 45-point margin 102-57. Phoenix Galati is placed at 8th position in Romanian Liga Nationala. Phoenix Galati is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-8 record. It's Bojovic's second year at Phoenix Galati and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Milos Bojovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.4ppg) and averages impressive 2.2spg and 62.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old Ghanian Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Targu Mures. Mohammed had a very good evening with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Targu Mures to another comfortable win 104-89 over the higher-ranked UBT Cluj Napoca (#2, 10-2) being unquestionably team leader. Targu Mures' 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mohammed is well-known at Targu Mures and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.8ppg (#5). He also recorded 3.3 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Darius Hargrove (195-G-82) of Craiova (#9). Hargrove got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . Despite Hargrove's great performance Craiova lost 77-83 to slightly higher-ranked BC Timisoara (#7, 7-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Craiova not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hargrove could try to bring Craiova's a little bit higher in the standings. Hargrove has individually a great season in Romania. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.3ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dominique Rambo (183-PG-91) of BC Timisoara - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Goran Martinic (187-PG-87) of Targu Mures - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 13 assists
6. Pavel Marinov (199-SF-88) of Pitesti - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Goran Gajovic (199-SF-88) of Targu Mures - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Vincent Hunter (209-C/F-84) of Pitesti - 20 points and 8 rebounds
9. Adrian Gutoaia (197-C-90) of Phoenix Galati - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Drew Brandon (193-G-92) of Phoenix Galati - 14 points and 6 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)



BC Timisoara waived Otasevic - by Eurobasket News

BC Timisoara (Liga Nationala) waived experienced 35-year old Serbian guard Nikola Otasevic (184-82, agency: BeoBasket). In 13 Liga Nationala games he recorded 5.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.5spg this season.
The last season Otasevic played at Sloboda in Serbian 2MLS where in 13 games he averaged 10.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.0apg and 2.5spg.
Among other achievements his team won Macedonian Cup for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). Otasevic received also Eurobasket.com Montenegrin League All-Imports Team award back in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Otasevic has played also professionally in Poland (Anwil), Serbia (OKK Beograd, Metalac, Zdravlje, Vrsac and Konstantin), FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje) and Montenegro (Buducnost).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Keith Langford named European Player of the Month: December 2016 - by Greg

Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) has been chosen by eurobasket.com as the European MVP for December. The experienced guard led UNICS Kazan to 5-2 record in Euroleague and VTB League and finished the month with averages of 24.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 0.4 bpg while shooting solid 2FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 78.7%. In his last game of the year he registered 27 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds and 38 RNK in a big win over Panathinaikos.

Second best performer of December was Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) of Fenerbahce. American big man finished the month with 12.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.9 apg and 2.3 bpg. His team managed to won 5 out of 9 games in this period. He played his best game on Dec.23 when Turks defeated CSKA Moscow on the road 95-79. Udoh registered double double of 17 points and 11 rebounds and added 5 blocks, 2 assists and 2 steals (33 RNK points).

Third best performer of the month was Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) of Olympiacos. In 10 games he averaged 13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.4 bpg, 2FGP: 71.1%, 3PT: 48.6%, FT: 89.3%. Olympiacos lost only one game against Brose Basket in Euroleague.



Semen Shashkov (ex Un.Olimpija) signs at Irkut - by Eurobasket News

BC Irkut Irkutsk (Superleague 1) landed 28-year old Russian forward Semen Shashkov (205-97kg-89). He supposed to play at Un.Olimpija in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM, but left the team in Dec.'16. Shashkov managed to play in three leagues this year (!!!). But in four Liga Nova KBM games he averaged just 1.3ppg and 1.0rpg. Shashkov also played 3 games in Eurocup where he had only 2.3ppg. And finally he contributed to 4 games in ABA League where he recorded only 1.0ppg. The last season Shashkov played at Lastovka (Telemach League) in Slovenia. In 26 games he got 10.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to make it to the cup final.
Among other achievements Shashkov won Russian Superleague championship title in 2012 and 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Honorable Mention award back in 2011 and 2012.
Shashkov represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.1ppg, 1.3rpg.
Shashkov has played previously for five other Russia teams: CSKA Moscow, Avtodor, BC Nizhny Novgorod, CSKA Moscow 2nd team and Ural Ekaterinburg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kittitian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Clayton Powell
Powell
Ansel Revan
Revan
Nashorn Maynard
Maynard
Naren Maynard
Maynard
Javal Hodge
Hodge
#e#5
1Taslin Hodge

2Javal Hodge 180-G-88 Exodus Saint Kitts
3Clayton Powell 180-G Uprisers Saint Kitts
5Steven Powell 188-G Texas-PB USA
6Ansel Revan 186-G-83 Hitters Saint Kitts
7Chavez Belboda

8Tomboro Caines

9Demaine Rawlins

11Troy Wattley 196-F Ghetto Roots Saint Kitts
12Graeme Browne
Fig Tree Saint Kitts
13Nashorn Maynard 196-F-86 Z*Dublin USA
15Naren Maynard 198-F-83 Great Falls USA


G Philip Head Coach



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Saudi Arabian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Nassir Abojalas
Abojalas
Mohammed AlMarwani
AlMarwani
Marzouq Almuwallad
Almuwallad
Fahad Belal
Belal
Mathna Almarwani
Almarwani
#e#5
3Nassir Abojalas 194-F-94 Uhud Saudi Arabia
4Mohammed AlMarwani 206-C-89 Al Ittihad Saudi Arabia
5Marzouq Almuwallad 180-PG-92 Al Ansar Saudi Arabia
6Mohammed AlSager 179-PG-85 Al Fateh Saudi Arabia
8Fahad Belal 181-PG-91 Uhud Saudi Arabia
10Osama Albargawi

12Mohammed Alsuwallem
Al Hilal Saudi Arabia
13Ahmed Almukhtar 191-F-93 Uhud Saudi Arabia
20Naif Al Thalabi 203-C-96
23Mathna Almarwani 184-C-92
35Ali Shubayli
Al Ahli Jeddah Saudi Arabia
55Hani Almohammed 202-C-89 Al Hilal Saudi Arabia


Mensur Bajramovic Head Coach

Yousef Alosaimi Assistant



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Guadalajara lands Pape Sow - by Eurobasket News

EBA newcomer Lujisa Guadalajara Basket tabbed 24-year old Senegalese power forward Pape Sow (205-93). He started to play at Hispagan UPB Gandia, the newcomer in LEB Silver, but left the team in Nov.'16. LEB Silver was a little too high level for him, where in 6 games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 2.5rpg this season. EBA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Sow played at Moron (LEB Silver). In 29 games he had 5.5ppg and 4.9rpg.
He won Spanish EBA Final Stage 3 championship title in 2015.
Sow has played previously for five other teams: Sevilla, Barca II, Fontedoso Carrefour, Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia and Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BC Timisoara waived Otasevic - by Eurobasket News

BC Timisoara (Liga Nationala) waived experienced 35-year old Serbian guard Nikola Otasevic (184-82, agency: BeoBasket). In 13 Liga Nationala games he recorded 5.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.5spg this season.
The last season Otasevic played at Sloboda in Serbian 2MLS where in 13 games he averaged 10.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.0apg and 2.5spg.
Among other achievements his team won Macedonian Cup for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). Otasevic received also Eurobasket.com Montenegrin League All-Imports Team award back in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Otasevic has played also professionally in Poland (Anwil), Serbia (OKK Beograd, Metalac, Zdravlje, Vrsac and Konstantin), FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje) and Montenegro (Buducnost).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dynamic BG Beograd tabs Kimani Ffriend - by Igor Obradovic

Newly promoted Dynamic BG Beograd (KLS) inked experienced 39-year old Jamaican ex-international center Kimani Ffriend (211-111kg-77, college: Nebraska) from OKK Beograd. In 11 KLS games in Serbia he recorded very impressive stats: 22.6ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg this season. The last season Ffriend played at KK Jagodina where in 17 KLS games he was the best scorer with remarkable 21.8ppg and had 9.3rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.2bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 3rd Team.
He also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) four years ago. Ffriend's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 4 games: 4.5ppg, 4.0rpg.
Ffriend is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to fifteen different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Ffriend has played previously professionally also in China, Colombia (Cangrejeros), Cyprus (Apollon), France (Paris-Levallois), Germany, Iran (Zanjan), Israel, Italy, Qatar (Al Rayyan), Russia, Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada), Turkey (Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi and Bornova), Ukraine (Khimik) and Venezuela.
Ffriend attended University of Nebraska until 2001 and it is his 16th season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Adriatic League: Crvena Zvezda thump Zadar in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Zadar 113:65

Crvena Zvezda earned the 16th straight win in the Adriatic League season. They stormed past Zadar in Belgrade. Nate Wolters (193-PG-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) nailed 17 points to lead the winners.
Crvena Zvezda silenced the visitors in the first ten minutes. The hosts went on a massive 30:11 run in the opening quarter. The Serbian team dropped 37 points in the second term to gain a massive 67:27 halftime lead. Crvena Zvezda boosted the lead at 56-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Luka Mitrovic (204-PF-93) tossed in 16 points, while Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points for Crvena Zvezda. Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93) answered with 20 points for Zadar. Boris Barac (205-F-92) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Nate Wolters 17, Luka Mitrovic 16, Marko Simonovic 15
Zadar: Ivan Marinkovic 20, Boris Barac 13




Marko Pecarski (ex Mega Leks) could agree terms with B.Muenchen - by Eurobasket News

FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) is close to land Serbian-Spaniard center Marko Pecarski (208) who played last time at BC Mega Leks in Serbia. In only one Adriatic League game he had just 2 points and 2 rebounds last season.
Pecarski received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 1st Team award in 2016.
The previous (14-15) season Pecarski played at KK Zemun (2MLS) in Serbian league.
His team made it to the U17 Championships Semifinals in 2014.
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U16 in Radom (Poland) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: Score-1 (26.6ppg), Reb-1 (15.9rpg), 1.0spg, Blocks-5 (1.1bpg), FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 79.6%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Deon Thompson officially joins Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda have finalised the deal with Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina). The forward has arrived into Belgrade today. Deon Thompson started the season in Galatasaray. He tallied 5.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in BSL. In EuroLeague his stats read 4.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per appearance. Previously Deon Thompson had stints in Germany, Israel, China, Slovenia, Greece. He was named All-German Bundesliga Forward of the Year back in 2013.




Marinovic is back at Borac - by Eurobasket News

KK Borac Mozzart Cacak (KLS) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-82kg-83). It is actually his comeback to Cacak as he has played here before. Marinovic started the season at SCM CSU Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 12 games he had 11.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.8apg this season. The last season Marinovic played at Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (also in Liga Nationala) where in 40 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.1apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Marinovic also played 10 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.8apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Marinovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Bosman Player of the Year back in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Marinovic has played also professionally in Germany, Russia (Krasnie Krilya and Enisey), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija), Spain (Girona FC and Menorca), Bulgaria (Levski) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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SBL Round 21: Inter Bratislava beats Prievidza in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bratislava. First ranked Inter Bratislava faced 3rd placed Prievidza. Host Inter Bratislava (17-3) defeated guests from Prievidza (14-4) 91-86. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Prievidza. Inter Bratislava made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 27 Prievidza turnovers. Strangely Prievidza outrebounded Inter Bratislava 35-19 including a 25-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-90, agency: 011 Sports) who scored 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. The former international swingman Martin Bilik (194-87) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Andre Jones (191-90, college: Winthrop) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Inter Bratislava maintains first place with 17-3 record. Defending champion Prievidza keeps the third position with four games lost. Inter Bratislava's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Bratislava to the arena Karlovka.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kosice. Second ranked Kosice faced 4th placed Levice. Host Kosice (16-3) defeated guests from Levice (14-5) 96-80. It was a good game for Serbian guard Radenko Pilcevic (188-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 assists. Michal Batka contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Kosice's coach Drazen Brajkovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Bosnian power forward Igor Josipovic (205-88) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for Levice. Kosice have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-3 record behind leader Inter Bratislava. Levice at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Kosice will play against Prievidza (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Levice will play against Lucenec and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Nova Ves managed to get a second victory on Friday night. This time they outleveled tenth-ranked Nitra 91-62. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 29-point difference suggests that Nova Ves is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Phil Henry stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The best for the losing side was Filip Pejovic with 21 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Nova Ves maintains eleventh place with 2-18 record. Nitra lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 17 games lost. Nova Ves will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Nitra will play against Rieker KN (#6) and hope to secure a win.
The game in MBK Handlova was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Lucenec (7-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Handlova (8-11). Handlova defeated Lucenec 92-78. Nenad Milosevic nailed 32 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Handlova moved-up to seventh place. Lucenec lost their seventh game in a row. Lucenec at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Handlova's next round opponent will be higher ranked Levice (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lucenec will play against Prievidza (#3) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 21 Karlovka was defeated by Rieker KN in Komarno 84-74.


Rieker KN - Karlovka 84-74

There was no surprise in Komarno where 9th ranked Karlovka (5-15) was defeated by sixth ranked Rieker KN (9-9) 84-74. Rieker KN dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Karlovka's 34. Slovenian forward Sinisa Bilic (201-89, agency: 011 Sports) nailed 26 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winning side and American forward Wayne Langston (201-93, college: Murray St.) accounted for 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Branislav Brlit (207-85, agency: Promotex) came up with 15 points and 6 rebounds and forward Michal Kozar (191-90) added 14 points respectively for Karlovka in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rieker KN maintains sixth place with 9-9 record. Karlovka lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 15 games lost. Rieker KN's next round opponent will be Nitra (#10) in Nitra. Karlovka will play at home against the league's leader Inter Bratislava and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rieker KN: S.Bilic 26+6reb+3ast, B.Bojanovsky 14+4reb+1ast, V.Djordjevic 13+1reb+2ast, W.Langston 12+6reb+4ast, R.Vido 9+8reb+2ast, F.Cobb 6+3ast
Karlovka: B.Brlit 15+6reb+3ast, M.Kozar 14+2reb+3ast, D.Hlivak 13+2reb+4ast, D.Abraham 12+3reb+3ast, I.Zidzik 7+2reb, F.Halmes 5
gschID: 475418


Handlova - Lucenec 92-78

The game in MBK Handlova was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Lucenec (7-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Handlova (8-11). Handlova defeated Lucenec 92-78. They outrebounded Lucenec 44-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. The former international point guard Nenad Milosevic (190-83, agency: 011 Sports) nailed 32 points and 4 assists for the winning side and Montenegrin-Serbian guard Petar Despotovic (194-88, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Garrick Sims (203-91, college: Lake Erie) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Aaron Rountree III (203-93, college: Iona) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Lucenec in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Handlova moved-up to seventh place. Lucenec lost their seventh game in a row. Lucenec at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Handlova's next round opponent will be higher ranked Levice (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lucenec will play against Prievidza (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Handlova: N.Milosevic 32+2reb+4ast, P.Sedmak 18+3reb+3ast, P.Despotovic 15+12reb+4ast, N.Gudzic 13+14reb+2ast, L.Stojanov 6+3reb+2ast, I.Zejak 4+7reb+1ast
Lucenec: A.Rountree III 18+7reb+2ast, M.Blagojevic 17+6reb+2ast, G.Sims 15+10reb+2ast, B.Pipiska 11+2reb, K.Storey 7+3reb+1ast, M.Rendla 5+3reb
gschID: 475420


Inter Bratislava - Prievidza 91-86

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bratislava. First ranked Inter Bratislava faced 3rd placed Prievidza. Host Inter Bratislava (17-3) defeated guests from Prievidza (14-4) 91-86. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Prievidza. Inter Bratislava made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 27 Prievidza turnovers. Strangely Prievidza outrebounded Inter Bratislava 35-19 including a 25-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-90, agency: 011 Sports) who scored 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. The former international swingman Martin Bilik (194-87) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Andre Jones (191-90, college: Winthrop) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and Croatian forward Igor Maric (196-85) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Inter Bratislava maintains first place with 17-3 record. Defending champion Prievidza keeps the third position with four games lost. Inter Bratislava's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Bratislava to the arena Karlovka.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: A.Vlahovic 22+5ast, M.Bilik 20+3reb, T.Mrvis 15+5reb+3ast, M.Palenik 10+2reb+1ast, A.Radukic 10+3reb, L.Hoferica 6+3reb+1ast
Prievidza: A.Jones 21+10reb+3ast, R.Dowell 16+1reb+3ast, M.Milovanovic 13+5reb+3ast, I.Maric 11+8reb+5ast, R.Korner 10+4reb+4ast, R.Dramicanin 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 475422


Kosice - Levice 96-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kosice. Second ranked Kosice faced 4th placed Levice. Host Kosice (16-3) defeated guests from Levice (14-5) 96-80. Kosice players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for Serbian guard Radenko Pilcevic (188-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 assists. The former international center Michal Batka (204-87) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Kosice's coach Drazen Brajkovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Bosnian power forward Igor Josipovic (205-88) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Serbian guard Dejan Djokic (187-89) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Levice. Four Kosice and five Levice players scored in double figures. Kosice have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-3 record behind leader Inter Bratislava. Levice at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Kosice will play against Prievidza (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Levice will play against Lucenec and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kosice: R.Pilcevic 20+4reb+15ast, M.Batka 19+5reb+2ast, S.Baldovsky 15+1reb, L.White 14+4reb, M.Ziak 12+3reb+6ast, A.Lee 8+10reb+1ast
Levice: R.Keely 16+2reb+1ast, I.Josipovic 16+6reb+1ast, Z.Djuric 12+4reb+2ast, D.Djokic 10+5reb+5ast, J.Musil 10+3reb+1ast, J.Nofflet 9+4reb
gschID: 475421


Nova Ves - Nitra 91-62

Bottom-ranked Nova Ves managed to get a second victory on Friday night. This time they outleveled tenth-ranked Nitra 91-62. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 29-point difference suggests that Nova Ves is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Nova Ves outrebounded Nitra 39-24 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. American-Jamaican Phil Henry (203-91, college: E.New Mexico, agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and international forward Viktor Juricek (211-93, college: Texas A&M-CC) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Nova Ves players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Serbian forward Filip Pejovic (198-89, college: Erskine) with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian point guard Nikola Otovic (185-89, college: Caldwell) scored 15 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Nova Ves maintains eleventh place with 2-18 record. Nitra lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 17 games lost. Nova Ves will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Nitra will play against Rieker KN (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nova Ves: P.Henry 18+10reb+1ast, V.Juricek 16+9reb, A.Solevic 12+6ast, L.Krajnak 11+2reb+1ast, A.Antoni 8+3reb, V.Hovanak 8+5reb+3ast
Nitra: F.Pejovic 21+8reb, N.Otovic 15+1reb+1ast, G.Ostojic 9+4reb, K.Rhymes 5+3reb, T.Panis 4+4reb, A.Samek 3+1ast
gschID: 475419





Radenko Pilcevic gets MVP of the Week award for Slovakian SBL - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Serbian Radenko Pilcevic (188-G-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Kosice and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 30-year old guard got a double-double of 20 points and fifteen assists, while his team crushed Levice (#4, 14-5) with 16-point margin 96-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kosice maintains the 2nd position in Slovakian SBL. They are still close to the very top. Kosice would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 16-3 record. In the team's last game Pilcevic had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Kosice's top player in his first season with the team. Pilcevic has impressive league stats. He is league's best passer with 7.4apg. Pilcevic is in league's top in and averages solid 49.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old Serbian point guard Nenad Milosevic (190-PG-83, agency: 011 Sports) of Handlova. Milosevic impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Handlova to another comfortable win 92-78 over slightly lower-ranked Lucenec (#8, 7-11) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Handlova to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-11 record. Milosevic is a newcomer at Handlova and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Slovenian Sinisa Bilic (201-F-89, agency: 011 Sports) of Rieker KN (#6). Bilic scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Rieker KN, leading his team to a 84-74 win against the lower-ranked Karlovka (#9, 5-15). Rieker KN needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Bilic has a great season in Slovakia. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.9ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Phil Henry (203-PF-91) of Nova Ves - 18 points and 10 rebounds
5. Filip Pejovic (198-F-89) of Nitra - 21 points and 8 rebounds
6. Andre Jones (191-G-90) of Prievidza - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-G-90) of Inter Bratislava - 22 points and 5 assists
8. Garrick Sims (203-C-91) of Lucenec - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Michal Batka (204-C-87) of Kosice - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Boris Bojanovsky (217-C-93) of Rieker KN - 14 points and 4 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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KBL Round 22: SK Knights defeat Goyang Orions in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 22 in the KBL took place in Daegu. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of much higher ranked Goyang Orions (17-8) to ninth ranked SK Knights (9-16) 77-74 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Goyang Orions. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 27-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. SK Knights made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. SK Knights outrebounded Goyang Orions 40-28 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St., agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Sun-Hyung Kim (187-88) chipped in 18 points and 12 assists during the contest. SK Knights' coach Hee-Chul Chun used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American-Dominican guard O'Darien Bassett (189-86, college: Troy) responded with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. SK Knights moved-up to eighth place, which they share with KCC Egis. Defending champion Goyang Orions dropped to the third position with eight games lost. SK Knights is looking forward to face KCC Egis (#9) in Jeonju in the next round. Goyang Orions will play on the road against Dongbu Promy (#4) in Wonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Ulsan. Eighth ranked KCC Egis (9-16) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Mobis Phoebus (12-13) 65-62 on Saturday evening. American forward Eric Wise (198-90, college: USC) notched 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Leo Lyons supported him with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Even 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists by the former international power forward Ji-Hoon Ham (198-84) did not help to save the game for Mobis Phoebus. Mobis Phoebus' coach Jae-Hak Yoo tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. KCC Egis have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 9-16 record, which they share with SK Knights. Mobis Phoebus at the other side keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with ET Land. KCC Egis will play against higher ranked ET Land Elephants (#5) in Inchon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mobis Phoebus will play at home against LG Sakers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Anyang. Second ranked host Anyang KGC (18-7) defeated 4th ranked Dongbu Promy (15-11) 98-85. David Simon fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Rodrique Benson produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for lost side. Dongbu Promy's coach Sei Bum Lee let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Anyang KGC maintains second position with 18-7 record behind leader Samsung Th. Dongbu Promy lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Anyang KGC will meet Goyang Orions (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dongbu Promy will play against Goyang Orions and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Sonic Boom KT managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time they won against fourth-ranked Dongbu Promy in Wonju 82-74. Worth to mention a great performance of Leon Williams who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sonic Boom KT maintains tenth position with 5-21 record. Dongbu Promy lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will have a break next round. Dongbu Promy will play at home against Goyang Orions (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
KBL top team - Samsung Thunders (19-6) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eighth ranked KCC Egis (9-16) in Jeonju 89-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KCC Egis. Ricardo Ratliffe had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Samsung Thunders have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-6 record. Loser KCC Egis keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Samsung Thunders will face ET Land Elephants (#5) in Inchon in the next round. KCC Egis will play at home against ET Land Elephants and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22: Mobis Phoebus lost to Anyang KGC on the opponent's court 63-74. ET Land managed to outperform LG Sakers in a home game 87-75. Bottom-ranked Sonic Boom KT were rolled over Samsung Th. on the road 102-82.


KCC Egis - Samsung Th. 74-89

KBL top team - Samsung Thunders (19-6) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eighth ranked KCC Egis (9-16) in Jeonju 89-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KCC Egis. The game was mostly controlled by Samsung Thunders. KCC Egis was better in second period 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Samsung Thunders shot 63.8 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The former international forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-89, college: Missouri) had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Gregory Stevenson (197-78, college: Richmond) chipped in 18 points during the contest. At the losing side American forward Eric Wise (198-90, college: USC) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and guard Hyun-Min Lee (177-83) scored 9 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Samsung Thunders have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-6 record. Loser KCC Egis keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Samsung Thunders will face ET Land Elephants (#5) in Inchon in the next round. KCC Egis will play at home against ET Land Elephants and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: R.Ratliffe 26+13reb+4ast, G.Stevenson 18+4reb+2ast, J.Kim 18+4reb, T.Kim 8+6ast, M.Craig 6+5reb+6ast, K.Ngi 6+1reb+5ast
KCC Egis: E.Wise 18+5reb+5ast, S.Choi 12+1reb+1ast, L.Lyons 9+4reb+1ast, H.Lee 9+4reb+3ast, K.Song 8+2reb, J.Kim 6+1reb+3ast
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Anyang KGC - Mobis Phoebus 74-63

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Mobis Phoebus (12-13) were defeated on the road by second ranked Anyang KGC (18-7) 74-63 on Sunday. Mobis Phoebus were trailing by 18 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 24-10 charge of Anyang KGC, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American center David Simon (208-82, college: IPFW) scored 30 points and 6 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) chipped in 10 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. Four Anyang KGC players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Mobis Phoebus' coach Jae-Hak Yoo gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Anyang KGC maintains second position with 18-7 record behind leader Samsung Th. Loser Mobis Phoebus keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. Anyang KGC will face Goyang Orions (#3) in Daegu in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mobis Phoebus will play at home against LG Sakers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: D.Simon 30+4reb+2ast, K.Sykes 11+1reb+2ast, S.Oh 10+13reb+9ast, J.Lee 10+5reb+5ast, S.Hyen Jeon 7+2reb, G.Kim 6+2reb+6ast
Mobis Phoebus: N.Miller 20+6reb+5ast, C.Rhodes 19+7reb+2ast, C.Song 13+4reb+3ast, J.Kim 4+2reb, K.Gwang-cheon 3+1reb, J.Yang 2+5reb+2ast
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Dongbu Promy - Sonic Boom KT 74-82

Bottom-ranked Sonic Boom KT managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time they won against fourth-ranked Dongbu Promy in Wonju 82-74. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-16 Dongbu Promy's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-74 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Woo-Ram Kim (184-88) contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) added 19 points in the effort for Dongbu Promy. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sonic Boom KT maintains tenth position with 5-21 record. Dongbu Promy lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will have a break next round. Dongbu Promy will play at home against Goyang Orions (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: L.Williams 17+14reb, W.Kim 16+3reb+5ast, J.Lee 15+3reb+4ast, S.Park 13+6reb+3ast, M.Bouldin 8+4reb+2ast, H.Kim 6+2reb
Dongbu Promy: W.McKines 19+4reb+1ast, R.Benson 15+13reb+2ast, U.Heo 12+4reb+1ast, C.Kim 11+3reb+2ast, J.Park 6+2reb+5ast, J.Lee 6+3reb
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ET Land - LG Sakers 87-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked ET Land Elephants' (12-13) home victory over 7th ranked LG Sakers (10-15) 87-75 on Saturday. The game without a history. ET Land Elephants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The former international guard Chan-Hee Park (190-87) scored 9 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the charge for the winners and U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican forward Ivan Aska (201-90, college: Murray St.) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four ET Land Elephants players scored in double figures. At the losing side Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds and American swingman Mario Little (198-87, college: Kansas) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. LG Sakers' coach Gang-Yang Taek gave the chance to play for twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ET Land Elephants moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Mobis Phoebus. LG Sakers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. ET Land Elephants will face KCC Egis (#9) in Jeonju in the next round. LG Sakers will play on the road against Mobis Phoebus in Ulsan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ET Land: H.Geun Jeong 18+7reb+1ast, S.Kang 17+2reb+1ast, I.Aska 16+11reb, B.Chung 14+3reb+5ast, V.Cuthbert 13+6reb+3ast, C.Park 9+8reb+12ast
LG Sakers: J.Mays 25+7reb, M.Little 14+5reb+2ast, J.Kim 10+7reb+1ast, Y.Kim 9+1reb+2ast, S.Ki 5+1ast, C.Young Jung 4+3ast
gschID: 509998


Goyang Orions - SK Knights 74-77

The most exciting game of round 22 in the KBL took place in Daegu. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of much higher ranked Goyang Orions (17-8) to ninth ranked SK Knights (9-16) 77-74 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Goyang Orions. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 27-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. SK Knights made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. SK Knights outrebounded Goyang Orions 40-28 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St., agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Sun-Hyung Kim (187-88) chipped in 18 points and 12 assists during the contest. SK Knights' coach Hee-Chul Chun used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American-Dominican guard O'Darien Bassett (189-86, college: Troy) responded with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Dong-Wook Kim (194-81) scored 12 points and 6 assists. Four SK Knights and five Goyang Orions players scored in double figures. SK Knights moved-up to eighth place, which they share with KCC Egis. Defending champion Goyang Orions dropped to the third position with eight games lost. SK Knights is looking forward to face KCC Egis (#9) in Jeonju in the next round. Goyang Orions will play on the road against Dongbu Promy (#4) in Wonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SK Knights: S.Kim 18+3reb+12ast, J.Singleton 18+17reb+2ast, K.Hoon Byun 15+4reb, W.Choi 13+8reb+1ast, T.White 9+2reb+2ast, W.Kim 4+1ast
Goyang Orions: S.Lee 15+5reb+1ast, J.Johnson 14+2reb+1ast, O.Bassett 14+7reb+5ast, D.Kim 12+4reb+6ast, T.Moon 11+4reb+2ast, I.Heo 6+1ast
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Mobis Phoebus - KCC Egis 62-65

Important game to mention about took place in Ulsan. Eighth ranked KCC Egis (9-16) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Mobis Phoebus (12-13) 65-62 on Saturday evening. Mobis Phoebus were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. KCC Egis dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Mobis Phoebus' 32. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American forward Eric Wise (198-90, college: USC) notched 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) supported him with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Even 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists by the former international power forward Ji-Hoon Ham (198-84) did not help to save the game for Mobis Phoebus. The former international forward Jun-Beom Yang (195-91) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Mobis Phoebus' coach Jae-Hak Yoo tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. KCC Egis have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 9-16 record, which they share with SK Knights. Mobis Phoebus at the other side keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with ET Land. KCC Egis will play against higher ranked ET Land Elephants (#5) in Inchon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mobis Phoebus will play at home against LG Sakers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: E.Wise 24+9reb+4ast, L.Lyons 18+9reb+3ast, K.Song 13+8reb+4ast, J.Kim 4+1reb+1ast, S.Choi 4+8reb, H.Lee 2+3reb+8ast
Mobis Phoebus: C.Rhodes 14+7reb, J.Yang 14+7reb+1ast, J.Ham 12+8reb+6ast, D.Kim 6+1reb, J.Kim 5, N.Miller 4+7reb+4ast
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Samsung Th. - Sonic Boom KT 102-82

Not a big story in a game in Seoul where 10th ranked Sonic Boom KT (5-21) was rolled over by first ranked Samsung Thunders (19-6) 102-82 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Samsung Thunders. Sonic Boom KT was better in fourth quarter 36-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Samsung Thunders shot 62.7 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Samsung Thunders especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American swingman Michael Craig (196-91, college: S.Mississippi) had a triple-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-89, college: Missouri) chipped in 22 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side international point guard Jae-Do Lee (180-91) responded with 18 points and 6 assists and American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Samsung Thunders have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-6 record. Sonic Boom KT lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Samsung Thunders will face ET Land Elephants (#5) in Inchon in the next round.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: M.Craig 22+10reb+10ast, R.Ratliffe 22+16reb+4ast, K.Ngi 19+3reb+3ast, G.Stevenson 13+2reb+1ast, Y.Choi 8, K.Bum 8+1reb+1ast
Sonic Boom KT: J.Lee 18+4reb+6ast, L.Williams 15+10reb+2ast, M.Bouldin 15+6reb+3ast, B.Ji-hun 10+1reb+4ast, B.Ho 8+2reb+2ast, J.Kim 6+3ast
gschID: 509995


Anyang KGC - Dongbu Promy 98-85

The game between Top Four teams took place in Anyang. Second ranked host Anyang KGC (18-7) defeated 4th ranked Dongbu Promy (15-11) 98-85. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-85. It was a great shooting night for Anyang KGC especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Dongbu Promy's players. American center David Simon (208-82, college: IPFW) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Anyang KGC and four Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. Dongbu Promy's coach Sei Bum Lee let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Anyang KGC maintains second position with 18-7 record behind leader Samsung Th. Dongbu Promy lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Anyang KGC will meet Goyang Orions (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dongbu Promy will play against Goyang Orions and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: D.Simon 21+14reb+3ast, S.Oh 20+12reb+6ast, J.Lee 15+2reb+8ast, S.Hyen Jeon 14+1ast, K.Sykes 14+2reb+6ast, C.Lee 7+1reb+1ast
Dongbu Promy: W.McKines 21+6reb+2ast, J.Kim 17+2reb+1ast, S.Choi 17+2reb+3ast, R.Benson 16+14reb+3ast, C.Kim 8+1reb+1ast, U.Heo 4+2reb+5ast
gschID: 509994





South Korean KBL round 22 best performance: Ricardo Ratliffe - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American Forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Samsung Th., receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat KCC Egis (#9, 9-16) 89-74. It allowed Samsung Th. to consolidate first place in the South Korean KBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Samsung Th. has a very solid 19-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Ratliffe turned to be Samsung Th.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Missouri star has very solid stats this year. Ratliffe is in league's top in points (6th best: 23.0ppg), rebounds (4th best: 12.2rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 68.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old former international center Sek-Eun Oh (200-C-87) of league's second-best Anyang KGC. Oh had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Anyang KGC to another comfortable win 98-85 over slightly lower-ranked Dongbu Promy (#4, 15-11) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Anyang KGC consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 18-7 record is not bad at all. Oh is one of the most experienced players at Anyang KGC and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Samsung Th.'s star - American swingman Michael Craig (196-G/F-91). Craig showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, ten rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was another key player of Samsung Th., helping his team with a 102-82 easy win against the lower-ranked Sonic Boom KT (#10, 5-21). Samsung Th. confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 6 lost games. Craig has a great season in South Korea. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.0apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eric Wise (198-F-90) of KCC Egis - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. David Simon (208-C-82) of Anyang KGC - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. David Simon (208-C-82) of Anyang KGC - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Sek-Eun Oh (200-C-87) of Anyang KGC - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Leon Williams (203-C/F-86) of Sonic Boom KT - 17 points and 14 rebounds
9. Nate Miller (193-G-87) of Mobis Phoebus - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 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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Davis' 30-point game gives him LEB Silver Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old guard Kris Davis (188-G-93) had a very impressive game in the last round for Albacete and receives a Eurobasket.com LEB Silver Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had the game-high 30 points adding three rebounds and four assists for Albacete in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Zamorano (#16, 4-11) 92-91. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Albacete maintains the 13th position in Spanish LEB Silver. Albacete is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-10 record. In the team's last game Davis had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Albacete's top player in his first season with the team. Kris Davis averages this season 15.0ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Ferran Torres (201-C-88) of Tarragona. He is a center in his 7th season at Tarragona. In the last game Torres recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Tarragona lost that game 71-89 to the higher-ranked Lucentum (#2, 11-4). This loss caused Tarragona to drop to 14th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Torres is one of the most experienced players at Tarragona and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Rares Uta (211-C/F-97) of league's leader Granada. Uta scored 19 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Granada, leading his team to a 88-76 win against the lower-ranked Valladolid (#5, 9-6). Granada confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 4 lost games. Uta has a very solid season. In 15 games in Spain he scored 6.1ppg. He also has 4.7rpg and FGP: 55.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dynile Forbes (190-G-87) of Zamorano - 30 points and 2 assists
5. Chris Hansen (193-G-93) of Zamorano - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Jose Medina (185-PG-93) of Agustinos-Leclerc - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Miguel Martinez (183-PG-95) of Gandia - 24 points and 4 rebounds
8. Adrian Bowie (189-G-89) of Granada - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Carlos Noguerol (186-PG-93) of Avila - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Carlos Cobos (193-G-88) of Granada - 12 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)



Spanish LEB Gold round 17 best performance: Pep Ortega - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Pep Ortega (201-PF-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Prat, receiving a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, eight rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Araberri (#7, 10-7) 106-100. Prat maintains the 14th position in Spanish LEB Gold. Prat is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-10 record. In the team's last game Ortega had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Prat's top player in his first season with the team. Pep Ortega has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 15.8ppg) and averages impressive 59.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Zaid Hearst (193-G) of Araberri. Hearst had a very good evening with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Araberri lost that game 100-106 to the lower-ranked Prat (#14, 7-10). Araberri managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hearst is a newcomer at Araberri, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#1). He also registered 4.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Tim Derksen (191-G-94) of Marin (#17). Derksen scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Derksen's great performance Marin lost 64-83 to the higher-ranked Gipuzkoa GBC (#3, 12-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Marin can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-14 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Derksen he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Derksen has individually a great season in Spain. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.9ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Urko Otegui (203-F/C-81) of Palencia - 18 points and 9 rebounds
5. Roger Fornas (202-F/C-82) of Palma - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Oliver Arteaga (208-C-83) of Melilla - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Xavier Forcada (194-G-88) of Prat - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Jose Salvador Arco (196-G-84) of Breogan - 18 points and 5 assists
9. Alejandro Lopez (189-G-91) of Burgos - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Mirza Bulic (207-SF-92) of Huesca - 15 points and 5 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)



LEB Gold Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

LEB Gold is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 17 rounds left.

The most shocking disappointment of round 17 in the LEB Gold was a home defeat of 4th placed Palencia Baloncesto (11-6) by fifth ranked Burgos (12-5) who outscored them by 28 points 93-65. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 58-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Burgos looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Palencia Baloncesto's players. Forward Eduardo Martinez (202-90) stepped up and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Serbian center Goran Huskic (210-92, college: Howard Col., TX) chipped in 7 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Urko Otegui (203-81) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Burgos have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Gipuzkoa GBC. Palencia Baloncesto at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Burgos is looking forward to face Lleida Basquet (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Palencia Baloncesto will play against Caceres Basket (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
LEB Gold top team - Leche Rio Breogan managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Ourense (10-7) in Lugo 87-74. Argentinian-Italian guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple) nailed 17 points for the winning side and Josep Franch accounted for 11 points and 4 assists. Canadian-Bosnian guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland) came up with 17 points for Ourense in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Leche Rio Breogan maintains first place. Ourense at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Leche Rio Breogan will play against Cocinas.com (#15) in Logrono in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ourense will play on the road against the league's second-placed Oviedo CB (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
LEB Gold top team - Leche Rio Breogan managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat eighteenth ranked Barca II in Lugo 85-70. The best player for the winners was Ivan Cruz Uceda who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Rodions Kurucs produced 20 points for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Barca II lost their tenth game in a row. Leche Rio Breogan will meet at home Cocinas.com (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Barca II will play against CB Prat and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Melilla where higher ranked Leyma Basquet (10-7) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Melilla Baloncesto (9-8) 63-55. Oliver Arteaga orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Melilla Baloncesto maintains tenth place with 9-8 record. Leyma Basquet at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Melilla Baloncesto's next round opponent will be Marin (#17) at home and are hoping to win another game.
An interesting game took place in Prat where higher ranked Araberri (10-7) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked CB Prat (7-10) 106-100 on Friday. Pep Ortega stepped up and scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. CB Prat's coach Roberto Sanchez used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. CB Prat maintains fourteenth place with 7-10 record. Newly promoted Araberri dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. CB Prat will face bottom-ranked Barca II (#18) in Barcelona in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17: Marin was destroyed by Gipuzkoa GBC on the opponent's court 83-64. Castello managed to outperform Palma in a home game 86-77. Bottom-ranked FC Barcelona II was rolled over Oviedo on the road 80-60. Forca Lleida was crushed by CB Clavijo on its own court 56-80. Huesca was beaten by Caceres in a road game 73-57.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points and 5 assists by Jose Salvador Arco of Breogan.


Melilla - Coruna 63-55

An interesting game took place in Melilla where higher ranked Leyma Basquet (10-7) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Melilla Baloncesto (9-8) 63-55. The game without a history. Melilla Baloncesto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Leyma Basquet helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Oliver Arteaga (208-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Eduard Gatell (205-89) contributed with 8 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Lithuanian forward Tautvydas Sabonis (203-92) answered with 8 points and 8 rebounds and Dominican swingman Dagoberto Pena (198-88, college: Marshall, agency: Duran International) added 11 points in the effort for Leyma Basquet. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Melilla Baloncesto maintains tenth place with 9-8 record. Leyma Basquet at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Melilla Baloncesto's next round opponent will be Marin (#17) at home and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Melilla: O.Arteaga 16+11reb+2ast, P.Rivero 10+1ast, A.Ott 10+3reb, E.Gatell 8+5reb, M.Suka-Umu 5+5reb+2ast, J.Sanz 5+4reb+1ast
Coruna: D.Pena 11+3reb+2ast, G.Zyle 8+5reb, T.Sabonis 8+8reb+2ast, J.Lucas 5+4reb, J.Creus 4+1reb+1ast, L.Abia 4+2reb
gschID: 489602


Gipuzkoa GBC - Marin 83-64

Very expected game in San Sebastian where 17th ranked Marin (3-14) was crushed by third ranked Gipuzkoa (12-5) 83-64 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Gipuzkoa. Marin was better in second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Mike Carlson (206-91, college: Truman St., agency: Duran International) stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Lithuanian center Tautvydas Slezas (207-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four Gipuzkoa players scored in double figures. Gipuzkoa's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American guard Tim Derksen (191-94, college: USF) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and Dominican forward Gregorio Adon (198-91) scored 6 points and 10 rebounds. Gipuzkoa maintains third place with 12-5 record having 157 points less than leader Breogan, which they share with Burgos. Marin lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 14 games lost. Gipuzkoa will face Palencia Baloncesto (#5) at home in the next round. Marin will play against Melilla Baloncesto (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gipuzkoa GBC: M.Carlson 19+5reb+1ast, J.Pardina 15+5reb+2ast, L.Lasa 15+1ast, T.Slezas 10+10reb+3ast, A.Ndoye 8+8reb, R.Uriz 7+5ast
Marin: T.Derksen 21+5reb+2ast, J.Cain 11+5reb, J.Simeon 10+1reb+2ast, M.Bauza 7+1reb+1ast, J.Mugica 6+6reb+3ast, G.Adon 6+10reb
gschID: 489601


Castello - Palma 86-77

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Castellon where twelfth ranked Castello (8-9) defeated 11th ranked Palma (8-9) 86-77 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Palma won third quarter 27-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Castello dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Palma's 24. Guard Borja Arevalo (195-91) stepped up and scored 9 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and power forward Federico Ucles (204-93) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Arevalo is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Castello players scored in double figures. Power forward Roger Fornas (202-82) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Carles Bivia (189-85) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Castello. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Caceres and Palma. Castello will face higher ranked Araberri (#7) in Vitoria-Gasteiz in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Castello: E.Duran 15+3ast, F.Ucles 12+5reb+1ast, J.Cabot 12+1reb, K.Cooper 10+8reb, B.Arevalo 9+9reb+6ast, J.Maria Garcia 9+1ast
Palma: R.Fornas 20+7reb+3ast, C.Bivia 17+5reb+1ast, B.Mockford 12+1reb, V.Serrano 7+7reb, M.Uriz 6+1reb+9ast, G.Rogers 5
gschID: 489600


Oviedo - FC Barcelona II 80-60

Not a big story in a game when 18th ranked Barca II (2-94) was rolled over on the road by second ranked Oviedo CB (13-4) 80-60 on Friday. Forward Daniel Perez (200-69) stepped up and scored 10 points and 8 assists for the winners and guard Manuel Rodriguez (192-91) chipped in 16 points. Forward Jordi Trias (208-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds and Guyanese-Serbian guard Stefan Peno (198-97) scored 14 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Oviedo CB. Barca II lost their tenth game in a row. Oviedo CB will face Ourense (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Barca II will play against CB Prat (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oviedo: M.Rodriguez 16+1reb+1ast, M.Salvo Llambrich 11+4reb+1ast, D.Perez 10+4reb+8ast, E.Hernandez-Sonseca 9+4reb+1ast, F.Dos Anjos 9+6reb, J.Lofberg 9+1reb
FC Barcelona II: S.Peno 14+3reb+2ast, J.Trias 12+16reb+2ast, N.Djedovic 9+2reb, W.Sena 8+3reb, A.Diagne 4+5reb, R.Kurucs 4
gschID: 489598


Prat - Araberri 106-100

An interesting game took place in Prat where higher ranked Araberri (10-7) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked CB Prat (7-10) 106-100 on Friday. CB Prat made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 2