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  ABA  



Massey signs With Atlanta Aliens - by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA Atlanta Aliens announced that the team has signed 3-times NCAA Conference and League Champion Isaiah Massey (6'8''-F/C) "Adding Massey who is a true post player with the magnificent guards Kenny Holmes (33.1 ppg) and Michael Stanley (21.5 ppg), it should give the team a tremendous boost for the second half of the season. The addition to Massey also allows Jon Tassin 6'7 (17.3 ppg) to move out on the wing and Michael Zeigler (19.1 ppg) can have more flexibility playing inside or out" states coach Duck Richards
During his college career, Massey averaged 11 ppg, 7 rebs, 2.5 blks 1ast. Massey will be activated for the team next game on January 14, 2017.



DMV Warriors hold onto #1 in ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) today released its Power Rankings for the week ending Sunday, January 8th and the DMV Warriors coached by Kevin Waters held onto the number one position followed closely by the Arizona Scorpions and the Atlanta Wildcats, all three with undefeated records. A minimum of 6 games was required to be Power Ranked.

1. DMV Warriors 9-0
2. Arizona Scorpions 8-0
3. Atlanta Wildcats 8-0
4. Kentucky Enforcers 9-1
5. South Florida Gold 11-2
6. Orlando Waves 10-2
7. Salina Saints 7-0
8. Mobile Bay Tornados 6-0
9. Windy City Groove 6-0
10. Chicago Fury 7-1
11. New England Anchors 6-0
12. Austin Bats 7-1
13. Georgia Kingz 6-0
14. Grand Rapids Danger 7-2
15. Orange County Novastars 8-3
16. Michigan Giant Knights 7-1
17. Carolina Cougars 6-2
18. Chicago Steam 6-2
19. Yuba City Goldminers 6-2
20. Springfield Sting 6-2
21. Baltimore Hawks 7-3
22. WNY Thundersnow 5-1
23. Atlantic Coast Cardinals 5-1
24. Roc City Ravens 5-1
25. T-Universal City Seraphims 6-3 Steel City Yellowjackets 6-4

Teams to watch: Virginia Storm, New York Court Kingz, Newark Express, Fayetteville Flights, Richmond Elite, Texas Red Wolves, Jacksonville Giants, Pro Elite All Stars. For more information, visit www.abaliveaction.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  

Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1 Crvena Zvezda 17-0 
 2 Partizan 14-3 
 3 Buducnost 12-5 
 4 Cedevita 12-5 
 5 Cibona 11-6 
 6 Igokea 9-7 
 7 Un.Olimpija 7-10 
 8 Zadar 6-11 
 9 Mornar Bar 6-11 
 10 FMP 5-11 
 11 Karpos Sokoli 5-12 
 12 Mega Leks 5-12 
 13 Krka 5-12 
 14 MZT Skopje 4-13 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 8: Mornar Bar - Un.Olimpija 93-70
Jan. 8: Cibona - MZT Skopje 87-79
Jan. 7: Zadar - Cedevita 80-94
Jan. 7: Partizan - Karpos Sokoli 76-72
Jan. 9: Mega Leks - Crvena Zvezda 69-81
Jan. 8: Krka - Buducnost 67-75
Jan. 10: Igokea - FMP


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zizic, Cibona20.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Zadar19.6 
 3. Boatright, Cedevita17.4 
 4. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija17.1 
 5. Lukovic, Krka16.8 
 6. Hatcher, Partizan16.6 
 7. Zagorac, Mega Leks15.2 
 8. Sakic, Cibona15.2 
 9. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.14.9 
 10. Labovic, Karpos S.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Zizic, Cibona9.2 
 2. Kaba, Mega Leks8.0 
 3. Lukovic, Krka7.8 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.4 
 5. Bilan, Cedevita7.2 
 6. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija6.9 
 7. Bolden, FMP6.8 
 8. Zagorac, Mega Leks6.7 
 9. Savovic, Buducnost6.6 
 10. James, Buducnost6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Reynolds, Cibona7.4 
 2. Jackson, Cedevita6.6 
 3. Jovic, Crvena Z.6.5 
 4. Covic, FMP6.3 
 5. Williams, Buducnost6.2 
 6. Rebec, Krka6.1 
 7. Bakic, Mornar Bar5.2 
 8. Vladovic, Zadar5.1 
 9. Radivojevic, Igokea4.8 
 10. Diabate, MZT S.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Cedevita
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Jackson, Cedevita2.4 
 2. Vladovic, Zadar2.0 
 3. Ramljak, Zadar1.9 
 4. Reynolds, Cibona1.8 
 5. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.7 
 6. Perry, Karpos S.1.7 
 7. Zagorac, Mega Leks1.6 
 8. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.6 
 9. Kaba, Mega Leks1.5 
 10. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Partizan
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lukovic, Partizan2.1 
 2. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.6 
 3. James, Buducnost1.6 
 4. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.3 
 5. Davidovac, FMP1.3 
 6. Nikolic, Buducnost1.3 
 7. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 8. Begic, Cedevita1.2 
 9. Scott, MZT Skopje1.1 
 10. Zagorac, Mega Leks1.1 



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  ARGENTINA  

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
Norte
 1. San Martin C. 17-6 
 2. Estudiantes C. 15-8 
 3. Regatas C. 14-9 
 4. Quimsa 13-10 
 5. Olimpico LB 13-11 
 6. Instituto 13-11 
 7. La Union 11-12 
 8. Atenas 10-13 
 9. Libertad S. 10-13 
 10. Echague 3-20 
Sur
 1. San Lorenzo 17-6 
 2. Ferrocarril 16-7 
 3. Weber Bahia 13-10 
 4. GECR Indalo 12-11 
 5. Obras Basket 12-11 
 6. Argentino 12-12 
 7. Penarol 10-14 
 8. Quilmes MP 10-14 
 9. Boca Jrs 6-17 
 10. Hispano Am. 6-18 

Regular Season: Round 26

Jan. 9: Hispano Am. - Penarol 82-70
Jan. 9: Argentino - Quilmes MP 73-59
Jan. 11: Weber Bahia - Quilmes MP
Jan. 11: Hispano Am. - Boca Jrs
Jan. 11: San Lorenzo - Penarol
Jan. 11: Argentino - Atenas
Jan. 11: Estudiantes C. - Olimpico LB
Jan. 11: Regatas C. - La Union


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

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

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in EuroCup). He led his Spanish team UCAM Murcia to a victory over the third-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (0-1) 87-75 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Campazzo was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points and added 9 assists in 31 minutes on the court. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (1-0) is placed first in group E. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Campazzo has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.5apg, 2.5spg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 28.8% and FT: 71.9% in eight games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an easy victory against the Denver Nuggets (14-23) crushing them 127-99 in the NBA on Thursday night. Ginobili scored 11 points and added 3 assists in a mere 18 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 30-7 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Ginobili's 15th year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 7.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 34.3%, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 86.8% in 31 games. Ginobili has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Andres Nocioni (203-79, currently plays in Spain). Nocioni managed to help Real Madrid to win in overtime against the eighth-ranked Andorra (8-7) 96-92 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded only 4 points. Real Madrid (12-3) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. Nocioni's overall stats this season are: 4.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 2FGP: 36.8% and FT: 62.5%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #4. Guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in a Leche Rio Breogan's victory against the closely-ranked Burgos (13-6) 92-83 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Fernandez was the best player in that game. He recorded 29 points (!!!) and added 6 assists in 33 minutes. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (12-6) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. This year Fernandez averages: 9.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.3apg in 18 games. Similarly like Nocioni and Ginobili above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Fernandez used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2014.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #5. International center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Delia. He could not help UCAM Murcia (5-10) to beat Valencia Basket (11-4). Delia recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. UCAM Murcia was edged 78-75 at home by the much higher-ranked (#3) Valencia Basket. It's Delia's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 6.4ppg and 3.3rpg in 15 games. Similarly like three previous players above, Delia also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #6. Point guard Pablo Prigioni (190-77, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Real Madrid (12-3) 77-62 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Tuesday night's game. Prigioni scored only 2 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (10-5) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. Prigioni's total stats this season are: 0.7ppg and 2.0rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Argentinian senior team three years ago.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #7. International power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Brooklyn Nets in their game against the Indiana Pacers (20-18) in the NBA. Scola scored 7 points in 25 minutes. The Brooklyn Nets (8-28) lost 109-121 on the road to the Indiana Pacers. It was Nets' sixth consecutive loss in a row. This year Scola's total stats are: 5.5ppg and 3.9rpg in 27 games. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #8. Forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) was not able to secure a victory for Arkadia Lions (6-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Vay's very good performance Arkadia Lions were edged 81-78 in Gmunden by the second-ranked Swans. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Vay also added 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Vay is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Arkadia Lions' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Vay averages: 18.9ppg, 8.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2009.

Luciano Tognon
Luciano Tognon
   #9. Former U18 international center Luciano Tognon (205-94, currently plays in Chile) contributed to a Universidad de Concepcion's victory against one of league's weakest teams CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (9-23) 80-75 in the Chilean Liga Nacional in Sunday night's game. Tognon recorded 7 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 17 minutes. CD Universidad de Concepcion (18-4) is placed third in the Liga Nacional. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. Tognon has averaged so far 1.2ppg and 1.4rpg in 19 games. He used to play for the Argentinian U18 national team five years ago.

Stefano Pierotti
Stefano Pierotti
   #10. Point guard Stefano Pierotti (185-98, currently plays in Brazil) helped Paschoalotto/Bauru win their game against the closely-ranked Vivo/Franca (6-6) crushing them 89-69 in the Brazilian NBB in Saturday night's game. Pierotti recorded only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. Paschoalotto/Bauru (6-12) is placed seventh in the NBB. Pierotti has averaged so far 0.9ppg and 1.1apg in seven games. He is U18 international player who is currently on the Argentinian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U16 international small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (199-84, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) helped Valmontone win their game against the 13th-ranked Roma S.Azzurra 89-82 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Saturday. Caceres was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. Caceres has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.2apg in 10 games. He used to play for the Argentinian U16 national team fifteen years ago.

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

   #1. Daniel Hure (200-PF-85, currently plays in Brazil) led Paulistano to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-8) crushing them 92-71 in the Brazilian NBB last Saturday. Hure recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo (7-5) is placed fourth in the NBB. This season Hure has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg.

   #2. Experienced Omar Canton (206-C-82, currently plays in Uruguay) was the major contributor in an Union Atletica's victory against the sixth-ranked Sayago (0-3) 94-83 in the Uruguayan LUB on Wednesday night. He scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Union Atletica Montevideo (2-1) is placed fourth in Promocional 2 group. Canton's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Canton has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.9apg. Canton has a dual citizenship: Italian and Argentinian.

   #3. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) could not help FCM Ferentino (7-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the 12th-placed FCM Ferentino (7-9) lost 95-101 at home to the higher-ranked (#8) Roma Virtus in the West group. Musso was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 7 assists in 35 minutes. It was FCM Ferentino's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Musso's first season with the team. Musso has reliable stats this year: 13.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.6spg in 16 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #4. Damian Palacios (177-PG-85, currently plays in Brazil) was not able to help CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro in their game against Caxias do Sul (2-11) in the Brazilian NBB. Palacios recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro was defeated 78-73 on the road by the league outsider Caxias do Sul (#15). It was CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro's first loss after five consecutive victories. Palacios' overall stats this season are: 4.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.7apg.

   #5. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Dolomiti En. TR (6-9) in their game against AV Cantu (6-8) in the Italian Serie A. Forray scored 9 points and had 3 steals. But Dolomiti En. TR was defeated 77-68 on their home court in Trento by the higher-ranked AV Cantu (#12). Forray has been at the team for six years. He has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. Forray has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #6. Enzo Cafferata (187-PG-88, currently plays in Brazil) faced previously mentioned Daniel Hure in the Brazilian NBB last game. Cafferata couldn't help Liga Sorocaba in their game against Paulistano. He recorded 8 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes. His team was crushed by 21 points 92-71. Cafferata has reliable stats this year: 12.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.2apg and 1.4spg in 12 games.

   #7. Erik Thomas (196-F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) led New Orleans to an easy victory against the The University of Incarnate Word 87-72 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Thomas has very high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg. Thomas is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Argentina.

   #8. Brian Savoy (189-SG-92, currently plays in Switzerland) led Neuchatel to a victory over the closely-ranked Swiss Central crushing them 97-66 in the Swiss LNA on Friday night. Savoy was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 26 minutes. Savoy has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.7apg and 1.4spg in 11 games. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Swiss.

   #9. Juan Luis Abeiro (196-C/F-88, currently plays in Chile) was the main contributor in a CD Tinguiririca San Fernando's victory against the tenth-ranked Puente Alto 81-65 in the Chilean Liga Nacional last Wednesday. Abeiro was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 12 rebounds. Abeiro also added and 4 steals in 35 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 25.8ppg, 11.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.9spg in 31 games.

   #10. Min-Soo Kim (200-C-82, currently plays in South Korea) couldn't help SK Knights (9-18) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kim's good performance SK Knights were defeated 87-81 in Busan by the league outsider Sonic Boom KT (#10). He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kim has averaged so far 9.2ppg and 5.0rpg. He has South Korean and Argentinian nationalities.



Pablo Prigioni announces his retirement - by Eurobasket News

A while after joining Baskonia, Pablo Prigioni (190-PG-77), 39, announced his retirement through his twitter account! In the post written in Spanish, the player highlights: 'I never dreamed of the day when I had to announce that I would stop playing basketball. It's because I do not know what the ideal way to do so would be. The truth is that I had very clear signals from my body and my head, indicating that the time had come to leave. I pay attention to these signs and make this decision without hesitation. As I always did during my career. When I had to make a decision, I have always been 100% convinced. My head and my body are completely in agreement that it is the moment I withdraw from the professional basketball. As an Argentian song goes, 'everything ends in order, everything ends'.
Prigioni has had a prosperous career both in Europe (Baskonia, Real Madrid, Fuenlabrada), as well as the NBA (New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers) and was a member of the Argentinean national team for several years.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



La Union lands James Pegues - by Facundo Iatzky

La Union Colon (TNA) tabbed 24-year old American forward James Pegues (198-100kg-93). He just graduated from Newman (NCAA2). In 32 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.5apg last season.
Pegues played at the Heartland Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2016.
So his pro career will start in Argentina.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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ASEAN League round 5 best performance: Justin Howard - by Eurobasket News

American Center Justin Howard (208-C-81) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Singapore S., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 35-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 27 rebounds, while his team beat KL Dragons (#5, 1-3) 81-76. Singapore S. maintains the 2nd position in ASEAN League . They are still close to the very top. Singapore S. would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 7-1 record. Howard turned to be Singapore S.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former Mercer University star has very solid stats this year. Howard is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.5ppg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Derek Hall (210-C/F-90) of league's leader Kaohsiung. Hall had a very good evening with a double-double of 31 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Kaohsiung lost that game 77-86 to the lower-ranked Alab Pilipinas (#4, 3-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Kaohsiung still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team belongs to top of the standings with 89-5 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Hall is a newcomer at Kaohsiung, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.7ppg (#6). He also registered 15.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Bobby Ray Parks (193-G-93) of Alab Pilipinas (#4). Parks showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Alab Pilipinas, leading his team to a 86-77 win against #1 ranked Kaohsiung. Alab Pilipinas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Parks has a great season in ASEAN League. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.6ppg (best scorer), rebounds with 9.2rpg (8th best) and assists with 3.8apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Oliver (201-F-85) of Kaohsiung - 25 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Xavier Alexander (198-G-88) of Singapore S. - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Skylar Spencer (208-F-94) of KL Dragons - 18 points and 17 rebounds
7. Sampson Carter (203-F-90) of Alab Pilipinas - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Singapore S. - 22 points and 10 rebounds
9. Lenny Daniel (203-PF-87) of Saigon H. - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Wei Long Wong (187-G-88) of Singapore S. - 17 points, 12 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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  AUSTRALIA  

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. 36ers 13-7 
 2. Hawks 11-10 
 3. Kings 11-11 
 4. Wildcats 10-9 
 5. United 10-10 
 6. Bullets 9-11 
 7. Taipans 8-10 
 8. Breakers 8-12 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 8: Breakers - 36ers 95-113
Jan. 7: Kings - Wildcats 74-80
Jan. 9: Bullets - Wildcats 68-72
Jan. 6: Taipans - Breakers 65-63
Jan. 5: 36ers - Hawks 117-85
Jan. 7: Hawks - United 106-88

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 12: 36ers - United
Jan. 13: Hawks - Bullets
Jan. 13: Breakers - Kings
Jan. 14: Wildcats - 36ers
Jan. 14: United - Taipans
Jan. 15: Bullets - Breakers
Jan. 16: Taipans - Wildcats


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

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

Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Ryan Broekhoff (200-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in EuroCup). Broekhoff was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the fourth-ranked Gran Canaria (0-1) 86-71 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Lokomotiv Kuban (1-0) is placed second in group E. This season Broekhoff averages: 7.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg, 3FGP: 34.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Broekhoff is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Ben Madgen
Ben Madgen
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta, currently plays in EuroCup). He could not help Lietkabelis (0-1) in their last game. Despite Madgen's very good performance the fourth-placed Lietkabelis (0-1) lost 80-88 on the road to the second-ranked Khimky in the group F of Eurocup. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Madgen also added 4 assists in 26 minutes. Madgen has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 47.4%(18-38) and FT: 91.7% in nine games he played so far. He played for the Australian national team in 2014.

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in Lithuania). Motum contributed to Zalgiris' victory against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis (14-4) 76-65 in the Lithuanian LKL in Sunday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (17-1) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row. This season Motum has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 58.5%(48-82), 3FGP: 47.2%(17-36) and FT: 88.4%. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Jonah Bolden
Jonah Bolden
   #4. Forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA, currently plays in ABA League) led his Serbian team FMP to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Krka (5-12) 78-60 in the ABA League last Tuesday. Bolden had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 36 minutes. FMP Beograd (5-11) is placed tenth in the ABA League. It's Bolden's first season with the team. Bolden has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg in 15 games. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team back in 2013.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #5. International point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to an easy victory against the Charlotte Hornets (20-18) 102-85 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Mills recorded 13 points in a mere 19 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 30-7 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Mills is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Spurs' roster. His stats this season are: 10.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.5apg in 37 games. Mills plays currently for the Australian national team.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #6. Small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 2-point Utah Jazz's victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-26) 94-92 in the NBA last Saturday. He recorded 9 points, 4 assists and 4 steals. The Utah Jazz has 23-16 record this season. Ingles' overall stats this year are: 6.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Dan Trist
Dan Trist
   #7. Former U22 international forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to help Horsens IC in their game against Svendborg (10-7) in the Danish Ligaen. He scored 9 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. But the league leader Horsens IC was edged 69-68 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Svendborg (#3). They ended the series of four consecutive victories. Trist averaged so far 11.4ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team two years ago.

Jordan Vandenberg
Jordan Vandenberg
   #8. Center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Japan) led Nishinomiya Storks to a victory against the leader Kumamoto Vorters (23-5) 80-66 in the Japanese B League D2 in Tuesday night's game. Vandenberg scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Central. Nishinomiya Storks (19-9) are placed second. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Vandenberg's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.9bpg in 18 games. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team back in 2008.

Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut
   #9. International center Andrew Bogut (213-84, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Dallas Mavericks (11-26) in their game against the Atlanta Hawks (21-16) in the NBA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Bogut recorded only 2 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks (11-26) were defeated 97-82 in Atlanta by the Hawks. Bogut's total stats this season are: 3.1ppg, 9.3rpg and 2.0apg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

Bosko Kostur
Bosko Kostur
   #10. Swingman Bosko Kostur (201-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 1-point Bryant's victory against the Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD (2-0) 72-71 in the NCAA last Thursday. Kostur scored 24 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. The Bryant University has 0-2 conference record this season. Kostur has been at the team for four years. This year his total stats are: 6.6ppg and 2.8rpg in 14 games. Kostur is a former U18 international player as five years ago he still played for the Australian national team.

   #11. Former international swingman Clint Steindl (200-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to a 3-point Leuven Bears' victory against the closely-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut 82-79 in the Belgian Euromillions League on Saturday night. He scored 14 points and added 3 passes. Steindl averaged so far 13.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.7apg. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Dane Pineau (206-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to a St.Mary's, CA's surprising victory against the University of San Francisco 63-52 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Pineau also added 3 blocks. He has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 5.9rpg. Pineau used to play for the Australian national team back in 2012.

   #13. Former U19 international guard Dejan Vasiljevic (190-97, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Miami, FL (1-0) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the Miami, FL was defeated 70-55 at home by the Syracuse University. Vasiljevic scored 18 points. He has averaged so far 7.2ppg and 1.2rpg. Vasiljevic used to play for the Australian U19 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U19 international guard Emmett Naar (185-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dane Pineau. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Naar helped St.Mary's, CA win their game against the Brigham Young University 81-68. He scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 38 minutes. Naar averaged so far 10.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 5.7apg in 15 games. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team back in 2013.

   #15. International guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Milwaukee Bucks in their game against the Washington Wizards in the NBA. Dellavedova cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and added 4 passes. His team were defeated 107-101 in the NBA. Dellavedova averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 5.5apg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Cleveland Cavaliers' victory against the Brooklyn Nets (8-28) 116-108 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He scored 32 points (!!!) and added 4 passes (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in 36 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers have quite an impressive 28-8 record this season. It's Irving's sixth year with the team. Irving has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 24.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.9apg and 1.2spg in 31 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Uruguay) could not help Defensor (2-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Duinker's good performance Defensor (#2) was badly defeated 91-73 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Hebraica (#4) in the Promocional 1 group. He scored 11 points, had 6 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. Duinker's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Duinker's stats this season are: 13.1ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and Australian.

   #3. Venky Jois (202-F-93, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Estonia) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams TU/Rock (9-2) in their last game. Despite Jois' good performance TU/Rock lost 75-85 on the road to the leading Kalev/Cramo. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Jois' overall stats are: 9.9ppg and 9.0rpg in nine games.

   #4. Jock Landale (211-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) led St.Mary's, CA to a victory against the Brigham Young University (1-1) 81-68 in the NCAA last Thursday. Landale scored 26 points (!!!), had 9 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 32 minutes. The Saint Mary's College of California has 2-0 conference record this season. Landale has very impressive stats this year: 18.4ppg, 9.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1bpg in 15 games.

   #5. Duop Reath (208-F-96, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the LSU (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the LSU was badly defeated 95-78 in Miss.State, MS by the Mississippi State University. Reath recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. Reath averaged so far 13.8ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.0bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and South Sudanese.

   #6. Xavier Cooks (203-G/F-95, is currently at the American university) contributed to Winthrop's victory against the High Point University 80-74 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Cooks recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. This season Cooks has very high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5bpg and 1.1spg.

   #7. Michael Vigor (206-F/C-90, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Manchester Giants crushing them 93-72 in the British BBL on Saturday night. Vigor had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 27 minutes. This year Vigor's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg in 16 games.

   #8. Sunday Dech (193-G, college: Metro St., currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Metropolitan State College of Denver (5-1) in their last game. Despite Dech's very good performance his team lost 81-85 in Alamosa, CO to the Adams St. College. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds in 38 minutes. Dech averaged so far 14.3ppg, 7.9rpg and 2.2apg in nine games.

   #9. Kai Healy (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Portland crushing them 70-42 in the NCAA last Thursday. He scored 19 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Healy has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.5apg.

   #10. Thomas Ammar (199-G/F-87, college: Mars Hill, currently plays in Lebanon) couldn't help Mayrouba (2-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Mayrouba lost 67-74 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Louaize. Ammar recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. He has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg in seven games. Ammar has both Australian and Lebanese nationalities.



NBL Round 14: Cairns Taipans edge New Zealand Breakers by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 14 in the NBL took place in Cairns. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked New Zealand Breakers (8-12) to eighth ranked Cairns Taipans (8-10) 65-63 in the game for the seventh place. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 23-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was guard Mitchell McCarron (190-92, college: Metro St.) who scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Travis Trice (183-93, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. New Zealand swingman Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin, agency: Duran International) produced 21 points for the guests. Cairns Taipans moved-up to seventh place. New Zealand Breakers lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Cairns Taipans are looking forward to face higher ranked Perth Wildcats (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. New Zealand Breakers will play against Bullets (#6) in Brisbane and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Kings (11-11) against fifth ranked Perth Wildcats (10-9) on Saturday night. Host Kings were defeated by Perth Wildcats in a tough game in Sydney 74-80. American guard Bryce Cotton (185-92, college: Providence, agency: Pensack Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Jameel McKay contributed with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Perth Wildcats' coach Trevor Gleeson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Kings. Perth Wildcats have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Kings at the other side dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. Perth Wildcats will play against Cairns Taipans (#7) on the road in the next round. Kings will play against New Zealand Breakers (#8) in Auckland and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked United (10-10) against fourth ranked Illawarra Hawks (11-10) on Saturday night. Visiting United was defeated by Illawarra Hawks in Gwynneville 106-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of United. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Rotnei Clarke scored 25 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Casper Ware responded with 21 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Illawarra Hawks moved-up to second place. Loser United dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Illawarra Hawks will meet at home Bullets (#6) in the next round. United will play against Cairns Taipans and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Findon. First ranked Adelaide 36ers faced one of their biggest challengers Illawarra Hawks. Host Adelaide 36ers (13-7) smashed guests from Gwynneville (11-10) 117-85. Jerome Randle notched 25 points and 4 assists to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Adelaide 36ers maintains first position with 13-7 record. Illawarra Hawks at the other side dropped to the second place with ten games lost. Adelaide 36ers' next round opponent will be Perth Wildcats (#4) on the road. Illawarra Hawks will play against Bullets and hope to win that game.
Leader Adelaide 36ers delivered the thirteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 8th ranked New Zealand Breakers (8-12) 113-95 in Auckland. The best player for the winners was Jerome Randle who scored 23 points and 5 assists. Adelaide 36ers' coach Joey Wright used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Adelaide 36ers maintains first position with 13-7 record. New Zealand Breakers lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Adelaide 36ers will face Perth Wildcats (#4) on the road in the next round. New Zealand Breakers will play against Bullets (#6) in Brisbane and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 14 Wildcats defeated Bullets in Perth 72-68.
The best stats of 14th round was 19 points by Casey Prather of Wildcats.


Bullets - Wildcats 68-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Bullets' (9-11) home loss to fifth ranked Perth Wildcats (10-9) 68-72 on Monday. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 28-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Perth Wildcats forced 19 Bullets turnovers. The best player for the winners was American swingman Casey Prather (198-91, college: Florida) who scored 19 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). The other American import power forward Jameel McKay (206-92, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 6 points and 13 rebounds. Perth Wildcats' coach Trevor Gleeson used entire bench in such tough game. American forward Torrey Craig (198-90, college: USC Upstate) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Adam Gibson (188-86) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Perth Wildcats have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Bullets keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Perth Wildcats will face Cairns Taipans (#7) on the road in the next round. Bullets will play against New Zealand Breakers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bullets: A.Gibson 17+2reb+4ast, T.Craig 11+12reb+4ast, T.Jervis 11+8reb+1ast, D.Kickert 9+3reb+2ast, M.Young 9+3reb, I.Tueta 5+1ast
Wildcats: C.Prather 19+4reb+1ast, B.Cotton 11+1reb+2ast, J.Wagstaff 9+1reb+2ast, A.Brandt 9+3reb+1ast, D.Martin 6+1reb+3ast, J.McKay 6+13reb+1ast
gschID: 487510


Breakers - 36ers 95-113

Leader Adelaide 36ers delivered the thirteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 8th ranked New Zealand Breakers (8-12) 113-95 in Auckland. The game was mostly controlled by Adelaide 36ers. New Zealand Breakers was better in third quarter 32-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Adelaide 36ers made 30-of-33 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game, while New Zealand Breakers only scored ten points from the stripe. They outrebounded New Zealand Breakers 40-25 including a 24-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. New Zealand Breakers were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American-Ukrainian point guard Jerome Randle (175-87, college: California) who scored 23 points and 5 assists. The former international power forward Daniel Johnson (210-88, college: Pepperdine) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Adelaide 36ers' coach Joey Wright used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Albanian point guard Kevin Dillard (183-89, college: Dayton) produced 18 points and New Zealand swingman Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin, agency: Duran International) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Five Adelaide 36ers and four New Zealand Breakers players scored in double figures. Adelaide 36ers maintains first position with 13-7 record. New Zealand Breakers lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Adelaide 36ers will face Perth Wildcats (#4) on the road in the next round. New Zealand Breakers will play against Bullets (#6) in Brisbane and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Breakers: K.Dillard 18+1reb+3ast, K.Penney 17+2reb+3ast, P.Carter 12+6reb+1ast, S.Ili 12+2ast, R.Loe 10+1reb+2ast, M.Vukona 10+5reb+1ast
36ers: J.Randle 23+4reb+5ast, D.Johnson 19+6reb+3ast, M.Creek 16+5reb+1ast, N.Sobey 15+7reb+3ast, E.Jacobsen 11+8reb, B.Teys 10+3reb
gschID: 487509


Kings - Wildcats 74-80

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Kings (11-11) against fifth ranked Perth Wildcats (10-9) on Saturday night. Host Kings were defeated by Perth Wildcats in a tough game in Sydney 74-80. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-18. But Kings won second period 16-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Perth Wildcats made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American guard Bryce Cotton (185-92, college: Providence, agency: Pensack Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). The other American import power forward Jameel McKay (206-92, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Perth Wildcats' coach Trevor Gleeson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international guard Jason Cadee (186-91) added 15 points in the effort for Kings. Four Kings players scored in double figures. Perth Wildcats have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Kings at the other side dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. Perth Wildcats will play against Cairns Taipans (#7) on the road in the next round. Kings will play against New Zealand Breakers (#8) in Auckland and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kings: J.Cadee 15+2reb+2ast, B.Newley 14+6reb+6ast, G.Whittington 13+3reb+1ast, K.Lisch 10+4reb+3ast, W.McDowell-White 8+2reb, A.Maric 6+4reb+1ast
Wildcats: B.Cotton 26+5reb+1ast, J.McKay 19+8reb+1ast, M.Knight 11+8reb+1ast, C.Prather 8+2reb+3ast, A.Brandt 7+1reb+2ast, J.Kenny 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 487508


Hawks - United 106-88

Very important is a road loss of third ranked United (10-10) against fourth ranked Illawarra Hawks (11-10) on Saturday night. Visiting United was defeated by Illawarra Hawks in Gwynneville 106-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of United. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Illawarra Hawks made 25-of-27 free shots (92.6 percent) during the game, while United only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded United 40-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. Illawarra Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-89, college: Butler) scored 25 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) chipped in 12 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. American point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) responded with 21 points and 4 assists and American-Fijian forward Tai Wesley (201-86, college: Utah St.) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Illawarra Hawks and four United players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Illawarra Hawks moved-up to second place. Loser United dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Illawarra Hawks will meet at home Bullets (#6) in the next round. United will play against Cairns Taipans and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
United: C.Ware 21+1reb+4ast, N.Tomlinson 16+2reb+2ast, T.Wesley 15+5reb+1ast, T.Blanchfield 11+3reb+1ast, C.Goulding 8+1reb+2ast, M.Majok 8+6reb+1ast
Hawks: R.Clarke 25+2reb+4ast, N.Kay 22+5reb+1ast, T.Coenraad 15+3reb, M.Norton 12+1reb+2ast, A.James Ogilvy 12+12reb+6ast, O.Forman 9+2reb
gschID: 487507


Taipans - Breakers 65-63

The most exciting game of round 14 in the NBL took place in Cairns. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked New Zealand Breakers (8-12) to eighth ranked Cairns Taipans (8-10) 65-63 in the game for the seventh place. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 23-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was guard Mitchell McCarron (190-92, college: Metro St.) who scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Travis Trice (183-93, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Cairns Taipans players scored in double figures. New Zealand swingman Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin, agency: Duran International) produced 21 points and American-Panamanian forward Akil Mitchell (206-92, college: Virginia) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Cairns Taipans moved-up to seventh place. New Zealand Breakers lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Cairns Taipans are looking forward to face higher ranked Perth Wildcats (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. New Zealand Breakers will play against Bullets (#6) in Brisbane and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Breakers: K.Penney 21+2reb+2ast, R.Loe 11+3reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 8+7reb+3ast, A.Pledger 7+4reb+2ast, S.Ili 5+5reb+5ast, M.Vukona 4+3reb+1ast
Taipans: M.McCarron 14+6reb+3ast, N.Jawai 12+5reb+1ast, C.Gliddon 11+4reb+2ast, S.Weigh 10+3reb+1ast, T.Trice 7+5reb+6ast, A.Loughton 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487506


36ers - Hawks 117-85

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Findon. First ranked Adelaide 36ers faced one of their biggest challengers Illawarra Hawks. Host Adelaide 36ers (13-7) smashed guests from Gwynneville (11-10) 117-85. The game was mostly controlled by Adelaide 36ers. Illawarra Hawks was better in fourth quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Adelaide 36ers forced 19 Illawarra Hawks turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Illawarra Hawks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Ukrainian point guard Jerome Randle (175-87, college: California) notched 25 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Nathan Sobey (190-90, college: Wyoming) supported him with 19 points and 6 assists. Five Adelaide 36ers players scored in double figures. Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Marvelle Harris (193-93, college: Fresno St.) did not help to save the game for Illawarra Hawks. The former international center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) added 12 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Adelaide 36ers maintains first position with 13-7 record. Illawarra Hawks at the other side dropped to the second place with ten games lost. Adelaide 36ers' next round opponent will be Perth Wildcats (#4) on the road. Illawarra Hawks will play against Bullets and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hawks: M.Harris 15+5reb+3ast, R.Clarke 14+4reb+4ast, A.James Ogilvy 12+9reb+1ast, O.Forman 9+1reb+1ast, N.Kay 9+4reb+1ast, M.Norton 7+2ast
36ers: J.Randle 25+3reb+4ast, N.Sobey 19+4reb+6ast, M.Creek 18+7reb+3ast, D.Johnson 14+9reb+3ast, A.Drmic 13+5reb+1ast, M.Hodgson 9+4reb+2ast
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Swans Gmunden sign Michael Ojo - by Stefan Prager

Just two days after his try-out at the BK Klosterneuburg was terminated Michael Ojo (195-G-89, college: Lehigh) has found a new club in Austria. The Basket Swans Gmunden signed the point guard as a replacemnet for injured starting point guard Daniel Friedrich. HIs contract runs until the end of March. Friedrich suffered a broken hand in practice and is expected to be out for two months. Ojo played in four games for the Dukes averaging 10.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 1.3 apg. He had his best game for Dukes in a 62:84 road loss in Gmunden, scoring 14 points. Ojo wasn't cleared to play in yesterdays home win against Traiskirchen but is expected to debut for the Swans on Saturday when Gmunden faces Traiskirchen again, this time on the road.


Rasid Mahalbasic selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He led Sevilla to a victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (9-6) 76-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Mahalbasic recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (7-8) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Mahalbasic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 2FGP: 74.3%(26-35) and FT: 82.6% in five games he played so far. Mahalbasic has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy). He contributed to a 2-point Umana Venezia's victory against the eighth-ranked Enel Brindisi (7-8) 108-106 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Ortner scored 6 points. Umana Reyer Venezia (11-4) is placed second in the Serie A. This season Ortner averages: 4.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 54.3%. He played for the Austrian national team in 2013.

Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Jakob Poeltl (213-95, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Toronto Raptors (24-13) to beat the San Antonio Spurs (30-7). Poeltl scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors (24-13) were crushed 110-82 on the road by the Spurs. Poeltl's overall stats this season are: 2.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 42.1% and FT: 52.2%. He played for the Austrian national team two years ago.

Moritz Lanegger
Moritz Lanegger
   #4. Point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to Naestved's victory against the second-ranked Horsholm (7-3) 92-86 in the Danish Ligaen last Wednesday. Lanegger scored 15 points, grabbed 6 boards, passed 6 assists and added 4 steals (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 36 minutes. Team FOG Naestved (7-8) is placed sixth in the Ligaen. This year Lanegger's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg in seven games. He is also Austrian national team player.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #5. International point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Andorra in their game against Real Madrid (12-3) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Schreiner did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. He recorded only 3 points and added 3 passes. Andorra was defeated in an overtime 96-92 in Madrid by the second-ranked Real. Schreiner has been at the team for five years. Schreiner's total stats this season are: 4.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.4apg. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

David Kramer
David Kramer
   #6. Point guard David Kramer (191-97, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Ratiopharm Ulm in a victory against the 12th-ranked Science City Jena (6-11) crushing them 114-83 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Kramer scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. Ratiopharm Ulm (17-0) is placed first in the BBL. So far his team won all seventeen games in the Regular Season. This year Kramer's total stats are: 3.0ppg and 1.3rpg in four games. He is a former U16 international player as he played for the Austrian team four years ago.

Valentine Bauer
Valentine Bauer
   #7. Former U20 international point guard Valentine Bauer (183-94, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Mars Hill College (1-4) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Bauer's very good performance his team was crushed 93-64 in Harrogate, TN by the Lincoln Memorial University. He scored 16 points and added 3 passes. Bauer has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 5.3apg. He used to play for the Austrian U20 national team three years ago.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #8. Point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an Braunschweig's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked BBC Bayreuth (13-4) 82-63 in the German BBL on Sunday night. Klepeisz scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (1-11) is placed 12th in the BBL. Klepeisz has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.7apg in 13 games. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Maximilian Hopfgartner
Maximilian Hopfgartner
   #9. International forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, college: John Brown, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 3-point Navarra's victory against the third-ranked Meridiano Alicante (11-5) 78-75 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Hopfgartner recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Basket Navarra de Pamplona (9-7) is placed eighth in the LEB Silver. This season Hopfgartner has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.6apg. He is also in the roster of the Austrian national team.

Benedikt Haid
Benedikt Haid
   #10. Guard Benedikt Haid (193-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Palm Beach Atlantic University (11-5) crushing them 102-67 in the NCAA last Monday. Haid scored 6 points in only 8 minutes. The University of North Florida has conference record this season. This year Haid averages only 1.4ppg in seven games. He is a former U16 international player as four years ago he still played for the Austrian national team.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Austrian passport:

   #1. Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) could not help Ovarense (6-8) in their last game. Despite Douvier's very good performance Ovarense lost 74-83 at home to the leading Benfica. He was the second best scorer with 22 points. Douvier also added 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. This year Douvier has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 10.1rpg and 1.6apg in 14 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Douvier has never played in Austria.



A Bundesliga Round 18: Gmunden Swans beat Arkadia Lions by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

A Bundesliga is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 18 rounds left.

Sixth-ranked Arkadia Lions (6-10) were very close to win a game against second ranked Gmunden Swans (12-4) on Sunday. Gmunden Swans managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected much easier game. Arkadia Lions trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-81 at the end of the game. Gmunden Swans looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a good game for international forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) contributed with 24 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) replied with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Arkadia Lions. Gmunden Swans have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record behind leader Oberwart. Arkadia Lions lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans are again looking forward to face Arkadia Lions (#7) in Traiskirchen in the next round where they are favorite. Arkadia Lions will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Redwell Gunners Oberwart (13-2) which played road game in Wien against 4th ranked Vienna (7-9). First ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart managed to get a 14-point victory 76-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vienna. American point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) scored 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Chris McNealy chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Redwell Gunners Oberwart's coach Chris Chougaz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-2 record. Vienna at the other side dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vienna will play again on the road against the league's leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 18 UBSC Graz were beaten by Kapfenberg on the road 73-62. Furstenfeld won against Klosterneuburg on its own court 80-71.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists by Anton Maresch of UBSC Graz.


Vienna - Oberwart 62-76

An interesting game for Redwell Gunners Oberwart (13-2) which played road game in Wien against 4th ranked Vienna (7-9). First ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart managed to get a 14-point victory 76-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vienna. It looked good early as Vienna took a 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Redwell Gunners Oberwart had a 21-13 second period charge getting the lead and Vienna was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-76. Redwell Gunners Oberwart made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. American point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) scored 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Chris McNealy (194-92, college: Cal-Irvine) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures. Redwell Gunners Oberwart's coach Chris Chougaz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-2 record. Vienna at the other side dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vienna will play again on the road against the league's leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: D.Jackson 20+5reb+4ast, C.McNealy 19+5reb+1ast, J.Traylor 13+8reb, A.Cumberbatch 10+4reb+1ast, J.Szkutta 6, C.Kuakumensah 5+3reb
Vienna: P.Miletic 20+6reb+4ast, A.Clemmons 13+2reb+1ast, S.Stazic 12+2reb+4ast, C.Ferguson 7+5reb+1ast, A.Andjelkovic 6+5reb, S.Koch 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 495021


Kapfenberg - UBSC Graz 73-62

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (8-8) beat at home 8th ranked UBSC Graz (5-11) 73-62. The game was mostly controlled by Kapfenberg Bulls. UBSC Graz was better in fourth quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturalized Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Cameron Naylor (201-94, college: Texas St.) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and international Anton Maresch (191-91) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to fourth place. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will again play against UBSC Graz (#8) on the road in the next round. UBSC Graz will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: M.Stegnjaic 19+6reb+2ast, K.Jamar 16+1reb+4ast, C.Baptiste 10+3reb+1ast, A.Woschank 9+5reb+5ast, B.Vujosevic 8+1reb+7ast, F.Kramer 8+12reb
UBSC Graz: C.Naylor 23+11reb, A.Maresch 12+6reb+8ast, D.Brcina 10+8reb+1ast, D.Hasenburger 6, S.Leitgeb 5+4reb, G.Florian 3+1ast
gschID: 495022


Gmunden - Arkadia 81-78

Sixth-ranked Arkadia Lions (6-10) were very close to win a game against second ranked Gmunden Swans (12-4) on Sunday. Gmunden Swans managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected much easier game. Arkadia Lions trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-81 at the end of the game. Gmunden Swans looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a good game for international forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) contributed with 24 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) replied with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin center Milovan Draskovic (211-95, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Arkadia Lions. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record behind leader Oberwart. Arkadia Lions lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans are again looking forward to face Arkadia Lions (#7) in Traiskirchen in the next round where they are favorite. Arkadia Lions will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: T.Klette 24+3reb+4ast, E.Murati 21+7reb+5ast, T.Blazan 16+4reb+8ast, A.Steed 15+3reb+5ast, A.Mitchell 3+3reb+2ast, M.Linortner 2+4reb
Arkadia: F.Vay 23+8reb+4ast, M.Draskovic 14+9reb+1ast, B.Guettl 14+1reb+2ast, T.Aryee 11+2ast, B.Danek 8+1reb+9ast, J.Detrick 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 495020


Furstenfeld - Klosterneuburg 80-71

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Dukes (4-12) lost on the road to seventh ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (6-9) 80-71. It looked good early as Dukes took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Furstenfeld Panthers had a 25-21 second period charge getting the lead and Dukes were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-80. Furstenfeld Panthers forced 21 Dukes turnovers. Croatian Marko Car (188-85) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Bulgarian forward Sim Iliev (204-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Jurica Blazevic (199-94, agency: Interperformances) with 23 points and international Romed Vieider (195-91) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Furstenfeld Panthers moved-up to sixth place. Dukes lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers will again play against bottom-ranked Dukes (#9) in Klosterneuburg in the next round. Dukes will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: J.Ernst 21+1reb+2ast, S.Iliev 18+6reb+1ast, M.Car 17+5reb+6ast, H.Ochsenhofer 15+2ast, P.Radakovics 5+3reb+4ast, C.Astl 2+5reb+1ast
Klosterneuburg: J.Blazevic 23+4reb+2ast, R.Vieider 14+5reb+5ast, G.Bezhanishvili 12+8reb, T.Bas 9+2reb, L.Burgemeister 5+1ast, C.Greimeister 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 495019





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Buddy Hield selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in NBA). Hield could not help the New Orleans Pelicans (14-24) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the New Orleans Pelicans (14-24) were defeated 90-82 on the road by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hield was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 5 rebounds. It's Hield's first season with the team. Hield has relatively good stats this year: 9.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 41.0%, 3FGP: 37.6% and FT: 92.3%(24-26). He played for the Bahamas senior national team three years ago.

David Nesbitt
David Nesbitt
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL, currently plays in Uruguay). Nesbitt led Goes to a victory over the third-ranked Olimpia (2-1) 82-64 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB on Tuesday night. He was MVP of the game. Nesbitt scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Promocional 2. Goes Montevideo (18-10) is placed . His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Nesbitt has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 55.3%(68-123), 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 85.1% in 15 games he played so far. Nesbitt is in the roster of the Bahamas senior national team.

Michael Carey Jr.
Michael Carey Jr.
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Michael Carey Jr. (196-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He was not able to help the Wagner (1-1) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Carey Jr.'s very good performance the Wagner was edged 70-69 in Madison, NJ by the Fairleigh Dickinson University. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 22 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). This season Carey Jr. has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3FGP: 24.1% and FT: 75.0%. He is also a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Lourawls Nairn
Lourawls Nairn
   #4. Point guard Lourawls Nairn (179-94, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Michigan St. (2-0) in their last game. Despite Nairn's good performance the Michigan St. lost 63-72 at home to the The Pennsylvania State University. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Nairn's overall stats are: 4.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.9apg in 17 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Nairn used to play for the Bahamas U17 national team back in 2011.

Travis Munnings
Travis Munnings
   #5. International forward Travis Munnings (198-94, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the La-Monroe (0-1) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the La-Monroe was crushed 76-45 on their home court in Monroe, LA by the Arkansas State University. Munnings scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Munnings has reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.9apg. He plays currently for the Bahamas national team.

Kentwan Smith
Kentwan Smith
   #6. Forward Kentwan Smith (203-91, college: Stetson, currently plays in Finland) contributed to a BC Nokia's victory against the league leader Helsinki Seagulls (15-4) 77-69 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Wednesday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Nokia (5-2) is placed fourth in the Korisliiga. Smith's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bahamas National Team roster.

J.R. Cadot
J.R. Cadot
   #7. International swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain) helped Zornotza win their game against the 14th-ranked CB Tarragona 2017 (5-11) 79-69 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Cadot had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 27 minutes. Ametx Zornotza (8-8) is placed tenth in the LEB Silver. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Cadot's total stats are: 4.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.8apg in four games. He is also Bahamas national team player.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #8. An experienced forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: Inception Sports, college: Northeastern, currently plays in France) couldn't help SAP Vaucluse (5-12) in their last game. Despite Davis' good performance SAP Vaucluse lost 82-90 on the opponent's court to the much higher-ranked (#3) Rueil. He scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 35 minutes. It was his first game for SAP Vaucluse this season. It was SAP Vaucluse's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Davis used to play for the Bahamas national team back in 2014.

Shamar Burrows
Shamar Burrows
   #9. Former U16 international guard Shamar Burrows (190-97, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the Laurier University (5-6) in their game against the Gee-Gees (5-2) in the Canadian university league CIS. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Laurier University (#2) was crushed 87-58 in Ottawa, ON by the Gee-Gees. Burrows has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.7spg in 11 games. He used to play for the Bahamas U16 national team four years ago.

Tavario Miller
Tavario Miller
   #10. Forward Tavario Miller (203-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Texas A&M University to win against the Texas A&M University (10-6) crushing them 100-58 in a derby game in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. He recorded only 3 points. The Texas A&M University has 0-1 conference record this season. Miller has been at the team for four years. Miller has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Bahamas senior national team.

   #11. International forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in Hap.Haifa's victory against the league outsider Ironi Ramat Gan crushing them 113-71 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds. This season Burrows has very high stats. He averages: 23.3ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg. Burrows plays currently for the Bahamas national team.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) led Golden State Warriors to a victory over the Denver Nuggets (14-23) 127-119 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Thompson scored 25 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 37 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have a very good 32-6 record this season. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Thompson averages: 21.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.0apg in 38 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

   #2. Zane Knowles (208-C-92, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Poland). Knowles could not help Stabill (2-12) to beat AZS Koszalin (4-9). He recorded 5 points, 9 rebounds and 6 blocks in 33 minutes. Stabill was crushed 90-69 on the road by the higher-ranked (#14) AZS Koszalin. Knowles' stats this year are: 11.9ppg, 8.9rpg and 2.3bpg in seven games.

   #3. Shaquille Cleare (203-C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Texas' surprising victory against the Oklahoma State University (1-1) 82-79 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Cleare scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The The University of Texas have 0-1 conference record this season. Cleare has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 5.3rpg.

   #4. Trevon Grant (185-G, currently plays in Canada) was not able to help the Acadia University in their game against the X-Men (0-9) in the Canadian university league CIS. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Acadia University (#6) was defeated 86-80 in Antigonish, NS by the X-Men. Grant has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5spg.

   #5. Phillip Jones (201-F-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Sam Houston St.'s victory against the McNeese State University (3-1) 74-67 in the NCAA last Thursday. Jones scored 8 points and blocked 2 shots. The Sam Houston State University has 2-1 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Jones has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.4rpg.

   #6. Dynile Forbes (190-G-87, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Zamorano (4-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Zamorano was badly defeated 98-82 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked (#6) Cambados. Forbes was the second best scorer with 16 points in 26 minutes. Forbes has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in 12 games.

   #7. Azaro Roker (198-F, currently plays in Canada) faced previously mentioned Trevon Grant in the Canadian CIS last game. Roker helped St.Francis Xavier win their game against the Axemen 86-80. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. Roker has averaged so far 3.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5bpg in eight games.

   #8. Brad Nairn (198-F, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help Henderson State University to win against the SW Oklahoma State University crushing them 87-61 in the NCAA2 on Thursday night. He recorded only 4 points. Nairn has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 3.5rpg.

   #9. Romone Adderley (190-G, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Northeastern State University win their game against the Lindenwood University 58-53 in the NCAA2 in Thursday night's game. He recorded only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. Adderley has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 2.8rpg in four games.

   #10. Shavanno Cooper (198-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Palm Beach Atlantic University in their game against the Rollins College in the NCAA2. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 59-47 in the NCAA2. Cooper has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.8apg.



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Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. COR-Borisfen 14-0 
 2. Grodno-93 14-0 
 3. Tsmoki II 10-4 
 4. Vitebsk 9-7 
 5. Impuls BGUIR 8-8 
 6. Prinemanye 5-9 
 7. BSEU-GrandPrint 4-16 
 8. Brest 2-12 
 9. GOCOR-Sozh 2-12 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 9: Impuls BGUIR - BSEU-GrandPrint 66-68
Jan. 13: Brest - Impuls BGUIR
Jan. 13: Tsmoki II - Prinemanye
Jan. 13: GOCOR-Sozh - Vitebsk


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 22
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.22.0 
 2. Viaroukin, GO.20.3 
 3. Sugonyako, COR-Bori.18.8 
 4. Suvorov, Prine.18.4 
 5. Navoichyk, Prine.17.7 
 6. Aladko, Vitebsk17.6 
 7. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.17.5 
 8. Stankevich, GOCOR-S.17.0 
 9. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.16.6 
 10. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Dmitruk, Brest13.9 
 2. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.9.0 
 3. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.9 
 4. Liutych, Tsmoki II8.6 
 5. Kopacev, GO.8.3 
 6. Ignatev, Impuls B.8.3 
 7. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk8.3 
 8. Zahar, Impuls B.8.0 
 9. Sugonyako, COR-Bori.7.7 
 10. Chumakov, Prine.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.6.5 
 2. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.9 
 3. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.5.1 
 4. Kuzmin, Grodno-934.9 
 5. Aladko, Vitebsk4.8 
 6. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.5 
 7. Svakel, Prinemanye4.4 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-934.4 
 9. Sapegin, Vitebsk4.4 
 10. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Victor OVSEPYAN
  Vitebsk
  (204-F-91)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk3.1 
 2. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.9 
 3. Shustov, Impuls B.2.8 
 4. Viaroukin, GO.2.7 
 5. Chumakov, Grodn.2.5 
 6. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.2.2 
 7. Suvorov, Prine.2.2 
 8. Malkov, COR-Bori.2.1 
 9. Stankevich, GOCOR-S.2.0 
 10. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KOVAL
  GO.
  (187-G-0)
  Avg: 0
 1. Koval, GO.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Oshuiko, BSEU-Gr.0.0 
 5. Koratcov, Tsmoki I.0.0 
 6. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.0.0 
 7. Kopylov, COR-Bori.0.0 
 8. Navoichyk, Prine.0.0 
 9. Kopacev, GO.0.0 
 10. Morozov, Brest0.0 


Artsiom Parakhouski selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Unics Kazan (6-10) in their last game. Despite Parakhouski's good performance the 13th-placed Unics Kazan (6-10) was crushed 102-70 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) Baskonia in the group A of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Parakhouski also added 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 22 minutes on the court. It was Unics Kazan's first loss after three consecutive victories. Parakhouski has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 65.0%(76-117) and FT: 75.6% in 16 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Maalik Wayns
Maalik Wayns
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova, currently plays in Israel). Wayns was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Maccabi Rishon (7-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Maccabi Rishon was edged 87-86 at home by the higher-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#5). Wayns was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 7 assists. This season Wayns has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 56.7%(17-30). He is a naturalized American. Despite Wayns played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team. Strangely Wayns has never played in Belarus.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary). He contributed to a 3-point Falco KC's victory against the tenth-ranked Sopron KC (5-7) 79-76 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. Pustahvar scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. Falco KC Szombathely (7-5) is placed sixth in the A Division. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Pustahvar's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 12.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 68.6%(24-35), 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 88.0% in 12 games. Pustahvar has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Maksim Salash
Maksim Salash
   #4. Power forward Maksim Salash (206-96, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for AZS Polfarmex (3-10) in their game against Polpharma (7-8) in the Polish PLK. Salash recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 17 minutes. But AZS Polfarmex lost 62-71 in Starogard to the higher-ranked (#12) Polpharma. It was AZS Polfarmex's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Salash averages: 3.8ppg and 3.5rpg in 12 games. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Anton Astapkovich
Anton Astapkovich
   #5. Former U18 international forward Anton Astapkovich (202-94, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) couldn't help Avtodor (4-7) in their game against Pinar Karsiyaka (7-4) in the Basketball Champions League. Astapkovich did not beat the league record on Wednesday evening. He scored only 3 points. Avtodor (#7) was defeated 78-65 in Karsiyaka by the second-ranked Pinar in the group B of Basketball Champions League. It was Avtodor's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Astapkovich averages just 1.1ppg. He used to play for the Belarusian U18 national team six years ago.

   #6. Forward Kiryl Dziatchuk (202-98, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Start Lublin II (3-14) crushing them 89-36 in the Polish 2Liga (third division) in Friday night's game. Dziatchuk recorded 6 points in only 13 minutes. KK Warszawa (15-2) is placed first in Group B. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Dziatchuk's overall stats are: 3.5ppg and 1.3rpg in four games. He is U18 international player who is currently on the Belarusian National Team roster.

Yauhen Massalski
Yauhen Massalski
   #7. U18 international forward Yauhen Massalski (204-99, currently plays in Lithuania) couldn't help Perlas-MRU (16-10) in their game against Vytis (14-12) in the Lithuanian NKL (second division). Massalski scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Perlas-MRU was crushed 80-57 on their home court in Vilnius by the lower-ranked Vytis (#6). The Regular Season already ended. Massalski's total stats this season are: 3.7ppg and 4.0rpg. He is also Belarusian U18 national team player.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Belarusian passport:

   #1. Valentin Iurchik (210-C/F-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Russia) led Ryazan to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Khimky-Podmoskoye (3-10) 87-68 in the Russian Superleague 1 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Iurchik also added 4 assists and 2 blocks. BC Ryazan (3-10) is placed 11th in the Superleague 1. It was his team's first victory after ten consecutive loses. Iurchik's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) plays for Brose Baskets in German BBL
Roman Rubinshteyn (195-G-96) plays for Zlatorog in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM
Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) plays for Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML
Vladzimir Krysevich (209-C-91) plays for Galitos-Barreiro in Portuguese LPB
Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95) plays for Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala
Mikita Balaban (201-C/F-96) plays for KTU in Lithuanian NKL
Vasiliy Prokofiev plays for Portviejo in Ecuadorian National League

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



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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Clark, Antwerp20.3 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven17.8 
 3. Simpson, Liege17.5 
 4. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 5. Ware, Antwerp16.0 
 6. Tofi, Aalstar15.5 
 7. Samhan, Leuven15.4 
 8. Tuttle, Limburg .14.7 
 9. Katic, Oostende14.6 
 10. Dowe, Brussels14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Anderson, Antwerp7.5 
 2. Ware, Antwerp7.4 
 3. Samhan, Leuven7.0 
 4. Tuttle, Limburg .6.6 
 5. Fields, Liege6.5 
 6. Dowe, Brussels6.4 
 7. Amis, Aalstar6.4 
 8. Mann, Mons-Hainaut6.2 
 9. Simmons, Brussels5.9 
 10. Ubel, Brussels5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.4 
 2. Channels, Kango.5.4 
 3. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.4 
 4. Loubry, Brussels4.7 
 5. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.6 
 6. Anderson, Limburg .4.3 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.1 
 8. Simpson, Liege4.0 
 9. Clark, Antwerp3.9 
 10. Tuttle, Limburg .3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan DAVIS
  Spirou
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Davis, Spirou1.8 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven1.8 
 3. Simpson, Liege1.8 
 4. Billbury, Leuven1.7 
 5. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Swing, Limburg United1.4 
 8. Djordjevic, Ooste.1.3 
 9. Marnegrave, Spirou1.3 
 10. Gugino, Liege1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin TUMBA
  Spirou
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tumba, Spirou2.5 
 2. Amis, Aalstar1.6 
 3. Bako, Leuven1.2 
 4. Gugino, Liege1.0 
 5. Fields, Liege0.9 
 6. Blair, Aalstar0.9 
 7. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 8. Boukichou, Oostende0.8 
 9. Simmons, Brussels0.7 
 10. Ware, Antwerp0.6 


Standings - Division II

Top Division I Standings
 1. Waregem 13-2 
 2. Gembo BBC 12-3 
 3. Gent Hawks 11-3 
 4. Oxaco 11-4 
 5. Soba 8-7 
 6. Giants B 7-8 
 7. Melsele 7-8 
 8. Houthalen 7-8 
 9. Ieper 7-8 
 10. Royal Brussels 7-8 
 11. Ninane 4-10 
 12. RPC Anderlecht 3-11 
 13. Ekeren 3-11 
 14. Gistel Oostende 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 8: Melsele - Waregem 78-70
Jan. 8: RPC Anderlecht - Gistel Oostende 73-91
Jan. 8: Soba - Gembo BBC 68-87
Jan. 7: Giants B - Royal Brussels 101-57

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 13: Ninane - Giants B
Jan. 14: Waregem - Oxaco
Jan. 14: Gent Hawks - Royal Brussels
Jan. 14: RPC Anderlecht - Houthalen
Jan. 14: Ieper - Melsele
Jan. 15: Gistel Oostende - Soba
Jan. 15: Gembo BBC - Ekeren


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephane MORIS
  Royal Brussels
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Moris, Royal Brussels18.6 
 2. Lhoest, Ninane18.0 
 3. Celis, Oxaco17.9 
 4. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 5. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 6. Kotrulja, Gistel O.16.4 
 7. Gorremans, Soba16.2 
 8. Baptista, Gistel O.16.0 
 9. De Pooter, Gent H.15.9 
 10. Guillemyn, Waregem15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Lhoest, Ninane10.4 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele9.9 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.0 
 4. Fall, Ieper9.0 
 5. Gorremans, Soba7.8 
 6. Moris, Royal Brussels7.3 
 7. Celis, Oxaco7.3 
 8. De Pooter, Gent H.7.2 
 9. Rogiers, Giants B6.8 
 10. Van Herzeele, Eke.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Laurent LHOTE
  Gent Hawks
  (182-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Lhote, Gent Hawks5.2 
 2. Celis, Oxaco4.5 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.3 
 4. Lait, Royal Brussels4.3 
 5. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.9 
 6. Hemeleers, Gistel O.3.9 
 7. Snyers, Houthalen3.1 
 8. Kanda-K., Giants B3.1 
 9. Wachowiak, Gembo B.2.8 
 10. Perez, Melsele2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas GOETHAERT
  Gembo B.
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.2 
 2. De Lepeleire, Wareg.2.0 
 3. Van den Bran., Eke.2.0 
 4. Riahi, RPC A.1.9 
 5. Benzouien, Royal B.1.8 
 6. Rojas Palma, Eke.1.5 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Celis, Oxaco1.5 
 9. Mwendanga, Giants B.1.5 
 10. Creppy, Royal B.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick HILLIMAN
  Melsele
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Hilliman, Melsele1.1 
 2. Fall, Ieper1.1 
 3. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 4. Samaey, Waregem0.8 
 5. De Pooter, Gent H.0.6 
 6. Iliaens, Gembo BBC0.6 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 8. Hendrickx, Melsele0.5 
 9. Rogiers, Giants B0.5 
 10. Diop, Ieper0.5 


Euromillions League Round 14: Basic-Fit Brussels defeat Kangoeroes in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Euromillions League took place in Brussels. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Kangoeroes (7-7) to seventh ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (7-7) 79-76 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kangoeroes. The former international point guard Guy Muya (193-83) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) chipped in 17 points during the contest. American forward Terrance Henry (206-89, college: Mississippi) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Basic-Fit Brussels moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kangoeroes. Basic-Fit Brussels is looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kangoeroes will play against Liege Basket (#8) and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Okapi Aalstar (8-7) against tenth ranked Limburg United (4-10) on Friday night. Visiting Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Limburg United in a tough game in Limburg 83-90. American forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) notched 23 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and Hans Vanwijn supported him with 14 points. Even 28 points by American guard Vernon Taylor (192-87, college: Troy) did not help to save the game for Okapi Aalstar. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limburg United moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Leuven. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Limburg United will play against league's second-placed Antwerp Giants on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Okapi Aalstar will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Jemappes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Leuven Bears managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the nine-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged fifth-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut 82-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Belfius Mons-Hainaut. The best player for the winners was Codi Miller-McIntyre who scored 19 points and 5 assists. Lionel Bosco produced 22 points and 7 assists for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Leuven Bears (4-10) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Limburg United. Loser Belfius Mons-Hainaut dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Leuven Bears will meet at home higher ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Okapi Aalstar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Euromillions League top team - Oostende (11-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Liege Basket (5-10) 78-67. Rasko Katic orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Oostende have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-3 record, which they share with Antwerp. Liege Basket at the other side keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Oostende's next round opponent will be Spirou Charleroi (#5) at home. Liege Basket will play against Kangoeroes in Willebroek and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 14 Spirou lost to Antwerp on the opponent's court 80-86.


Brussels - Kangoeroes 79-76

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Euromillions League took place in Brussels. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Kangoeroes (7-7) to seventh ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (7-7) 79-76 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kangoeroes. The former international point guard Guy Muya (193-83) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) chipped in 17 points during the contest. American forward Terrance Henry (206-89, college: Mississippi) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Dennis Donkor (193-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Five Kangoeroes players scored in double figures. Basic-Fit Brussels moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kangoeroes. Basic-Fit Brussels is looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kangoeroes will play against Liege Basket (#8) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes: D.Donkor 16+4ast, T.Henry 11+8reb+2ast, P.Badji 11+6reb+1ast, W.Channels 10+4reb+5ast, I.Williams 10+3reb+2ast, A.Chada 8+5reb
Brussels: D.Loubry 17+2reb+2ast, G.Muya 15+5reb+4ast, A.Lichodzijewski 12+4reb+1ast, B.Ubel 9+9reb+3ast, C.Dowe 9+6reb+3ast, M.Depuydt 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 478760


Antwerp - Spirou 86-80

Very expected game when 6th ranked Spirou Charleroi (7-7) was defeated on the road by second ranked Antwerp Giants (11-3) 86-80. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Antwerp Giants players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Spirou Charleroi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 4 steals. The other American import power forward Gavin Ware (206-93, college: Mississippi St.) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Canadian-Jamaican swingman Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Spirou Charleroi. Antwerp Giants have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Oostende. Spirou Charleroi at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. Antwerp Giants' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Limburg United (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game. Spirou Charleroi will play against the league's leader Oostende (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Spirou: B.Bowman 21+6reb+2ast, J.Shepherd 17+5reb+3ast, K.Tumba 8+11reb+1ast, L.Schwartz 7+2reb+1ast, N.Marnegrave 6+1reb+5ast, A.Libert 6+1reb+2ast
Antwerp: M.Smith 23+2ast, R.Anderson 16+1reb, G.Ware 15+8reb, J.Clark 10+8reb+5ast, D.Marchant 10+4reb+7ast, Y.Schoepen 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 478758


Leuven - Mons-Hainaut 82-79

Bottom-ranked Leuven Bears managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the nine-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged fifth-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut 82-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Belfius Mons-Hainaut. The best player for the winners was American guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-94, college: Wake Forest) who scored 19 points and 5 assists. Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. The former international point guard Lionel Bosco (175-81, agency: Court Side) produced 22 points and 7 assists and swingman Idris Lasisi (188-88, college: Whitworth) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Four Belfius Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Leuven Bears (4-10) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Limburg United. Loser Belfius Mons-Hainaut dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Leuven Bears will meet at home higher ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Okapi Aalstar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mons-Hainaut: L.Bosco 22+3reb+7ast, I.Lasisi 15+3reb+1ast, J.Cage 10+5reb+3ast, J.Mann 10+5reb+2ast, T.Demps 9+1reb, A.Olah 7+5reb+1ast
Leuven: C.Miller-McIntyre 19+4reb+5ast, O.Samhan 14+6reb+2ast, C.Steindl 14+3reb+3ast, T.Setty 11+3reb+1ast, I.Bako 9+5reb+1ast, K.Billbury 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 478759


Limburg United - Aalstar 90-83

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Okapi Aalstar (8-7) against tenth ranked Limburg United (4-10) on Friday night. Visiting Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Limburg United in a tough game in Limburg 83-90. Limburg United made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) notched 23 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and international Hans Vanwijn (205-95) supported him with 14 points. Even 28 points by American guard Vernon Taylor (192-87, college: Troy) did not help to save the game for Okapi Aalstar. The former international swingman Olivier Troisfontaines (192-89, agency: LBM Management) added 12 points and 7 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limburg United moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Leuven. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Limburg United will play against league's second-placed Antwerp Giants on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Okapi Aalstar will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Jemappes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: V.Taylor 28+3reb+2ast, O.Troisfontaines 12+3reb+7ast, J.Tofi 11+2reb+3ast, Q.Taylor 10+3reb, B.Amis 8+6reb+1ast, T.De Thaey 8+8reb
Limburg United: S.Tuttle 23+4reb+4ast, H.Vanwijn 14+4reb+3ast, D.Jansen 10+3reb+4ast, E.Lasisi 9+4reb+2ast, B.Simons 9+1reb, J.Anderson 7+1ast
gschID: 478757


Liege - Oostende 67-78

Euromillions League top team - Oostende (11-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Liege Basket (5-10) 78-67. Oostende forced 21 Liege Basket turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Liege Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Corey Walden (188-92, college: E.Kentucky) contributed with 13 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. American point guard Vincent Simpson (185-88, college: Hampton, agency: Promotex) replied with 17 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Liege Basket. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Oostende have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-3 record, which they share with Antwerp. Liege Basket at the other side keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Oostende's next round opponent will be Spirou Charleroi (#5) at home. Liege Basket will play against Kangoeroes in Willebroek and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Liege: V.Simpson 17+3reb+4ast, J.Fields 12+9reb+1ast, L.Giancaterino 11+2reb+1ast, M.Colbert 8, Y.Hertay 6+2reb+2ast, L.Hazard 5+3reb+1ast
Oostende: C.Walden 13+1reb+2ast, R.Katic 12+5reb, K.Boukichou 10+3reb, J.Mwema 8+3reb+2ast, M.Jagodic Kuridza 8+3reb+1ast, D.Djordjevic 6+1reb+1ast
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Top Division I Round 16: Leader Waregem loses to Melsele - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Waregem (13-2) recorded its second loss on the court of seventh ranked Melsele on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Melsele 78-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Waregem. Melsele (7-8) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Waregem at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Melsele is looking forward to face Ieper (#7) on the road in the next round. Waregem will play against Oxaco (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Gistel Oostende managed to get a third victory. This time they won against twelfth-ranked RPC Anderlecht 91-73. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference suggests that Gistel Oostende is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian Luka Kotrulja (196-98) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Tim Lambrecht contributed with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Nicolas Neskens (201-84, agency: Promotex) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds for RPC Anderlecht. RPC Anderlecht's coach Philippe Hoornaert rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Gistel Oostende (3-12) moved-up to twelfth place. RPC Anderlecht lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. They share it with Ekeren. Gistel Oostende will play against higher ranked Soba (#5) in Antwerpen in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. RPC Anderlecht will play at home against Houthalen (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Antwerpen was also quite interesting. Second ranked Gembo BBC (12-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Soba (8-7). Gembo BBC did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 87-68 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Sam Renier who helped to win the game recording 27 points. At the losing side Amaury Marion responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gembo BBC have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-3 record behind leader Waregem. Loser Soba keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Gembo BBC will meet at home Ekeren (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Soba will play against Gistel Oostende (#12) and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Antwerp. Local Giants B (7-8) outscored higher ranked Royal Brussels (7-8) 101-57. The winners were led by Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda who scored that evening 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Giants B's coach Thomas Crab felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Giants B moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Royal Brussels. Giants B's next round opponent will be Ninane (#11) on the road where they are favorite.


Melsele - Waregem 78-70

Top ranked Waregem (13-2) recorded its second loss on the court of seventh ranked Melsele on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Melsele 78-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Waregem. Melsele (7-8) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Waregem at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Melsele is looking forward to face Ieper (#7) on the road in the next round. Waregem will play against Oxaco (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
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RPC Anderlecht - Gistel Oostende 73-91

Bottom-ranked Gistel Oostende managed to get a third victory. This time they won against twelfth-ranked RPC Anderlecht 91-73. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference suggests that Gistel Oostende is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian Luka Kotrulja (196-98) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Power forward Tim Lambrecht (206-98, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Nicolas Neskens (201-84, agency: Promotex) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and the former international point guard Geoffrey Hockins (188-88) added 14 points in the effort for RPC Anderlecht. RPC Anderlecht's coach Philippe Hoornaert rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Gistel Oostende (3-12) moved-up to twelfth place. RPC Anderlecht lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. They share it with Ekeren. Gistel Oostende will play against higher ranked Soba (#5) in Antwerpen in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. RPC Anderlecht will play at home against Houthalen (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gistel Oostende: L.Kotrulja 34+6reb+1ast, T.Lambrecht 18+12reb+1ast, A.Baptista 14+2ast, F.El Mahsini 7+3reb+5ast, S.Buysschaert 7+1reb, J.Kohajda 4+2reb+1ast
RPC Anderlecht: N.Neskens 18+5reb, G.Hockins 14+3reb+2ast, L.Nziye 10+1reb+1ast, C.Tshimuanga 9+8reb+1ast, T.Ghenne 5+3reb, C.Jouniaux 3+1reb
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Soba - Gembo BBC 68-87

The game in Antwerpen was also quite interesting. Second ranked Gembo BBC (12-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Soba (8-7). Gembo BBC did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 87-68 on Sunday. Gembo BBC made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Sam Renier (187-92) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and French swingman Nicolas Wachowiak (200-91) who added 16 points during the contest. At the losing side Amaury Marion (199-91) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and forward Dries Bogaerts (200-86) scored 7 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gembo BBC have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-3 record behind leader Waregem. Loser Soba keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Gembo BBC will meet at home Ekeren (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Soba will play against Gistel Oostende (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gembo BBC: S.Renier 27+3reb, N.Wachowiak 16+4reb+1ast, T.Beaujean 12+1reb, B.Iliaens 9+3reb+1ast, J.Bouckaert 9+3reb+1ast, E.Van Aken 5+3reb+1ast
Soba: A.Marion 14+7reb, M.Gorremans 10+6reb, R.Haerbos 8+2reb+1ast, V.Vanden Berghe 8+2reb, D.Bogaerts 7+12reb, Y.Deville 7+2reb+2ast
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Giants B - Royal Brussels 101-57

The game with biggest result difference took place in Antwerp. Local Giants B (7-8) outscored higher ranked Royal Brussels (7-8) 101-57. Giants B dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Royal Brussels' 20. They outrebounded Royal Brussels 37-22 including 28 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by point guard Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (186-96) who scored that evening 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Lenny Coppens (195-99) supported him with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Giants B players scored in double figures. Giants B's coach Thomas Crab felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 7 points and 9 rebounds by forward Thomas Creppy (197-90) did not help to save the game for Royal Brussels. Point guard Frederic Marbaix (184-89) added 7 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Giants B moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Royal Brussels. Giants B's next round opponent will be Ninane (#11) on the road where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Giants B: L.Coppens 20+6reb+1ast, O.Kanda-Kanyinda 16+7reb+5ast, M.Mwendanga 14+2reb+8ast, R.Rogiers 12+3reb+1ast, B.Van Den Broek 11+7reb+1ast, L.Kuijt 9+5reb+2ast
Royal Brussels: F.Marbaix 7+5reb+2ast, O.Tis 7+1reb, T.Creppy 7+9reb+2ast, E.Vangu 6+3reb, L.Loris 4+1reb+1ast, R.Benzouien 3+3reb+3ast
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Matt Lojeski selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Matt Lojeski
Matt Lojeski
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Greece). He led Olympiacos to a victory over the eighth-ranked Kymis (5-8) 90-72 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. Lojeski was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes on the court. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (9-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all nine games in the Regular Season. It's Lojeski's fourth season with the team. Lojeski has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 69.0%(29-42), 3FGP: 49.1%(26-53) and FT: 78.3% in 12 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Lojeski is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team. He used to play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian league.

Maxime De Zeeuw
Maxime De Zeeuw
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Germany). De Zeeuw was the major contributor in a EWE Baskets' victory against the 16th-ranked Walter Tigers (3-14) 86-82 in the German BBL last Sunday. He scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (9-8) is placed sixth in the BBL. It's De Zeeuw's first season with the team. This year De Zeeuw averages: 9.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 81.8%. Ex-Verviers-Pepinster player is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain). Hervelle could not help RETAbet BB (6-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance RETAbet BB was defeated 82-68 at home by the lower-ranked Gran Canaria (#14). Hervelle was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Hervelle has been at the team for seven years. Hervelle's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 81.3%. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #4. Guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Scandone AV's victory against the 13th-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (6-9) 79-69 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Obasohan scored 8 points and added 3 assists in 21 minutes. Scandone Avellino (11-4) is placed third in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Obasohan's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg in 15 games. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Nigerian. Obasohan is also Belgian national team player.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #5. International point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in EuroCup) managed to help Valencia Basket to win against the fourth-ranked Cedevita (0-1) 89-86 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He recorded only 3 points. Valencia Basket (1-0) is placed second in group H. Van Rossom plays fourth season for the team. Van Rossom's total stats this year are: 3.4ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.4apg. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Manu Lecomte
Manu Lecomte
   #6. Point guard Manu Lecomte (180-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Baylor win their game against the Oklahoma State University (1-1) 61-57 in the NCAA last Saturday. Lecomte scored 17 points and added 3 passes. The Baylor University has 1-0 conference record this season. This year Lecomte has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.9apg and 1.2spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #7. International point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Axel Hervelle and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Tabu was not able to help RETAbet BB in their game against Gran Canaria (2-12). He recorded only 4 points in 18 minutes. RETAbet BB lost 68-82 on their home court in Bilbao to the lower-ranked (#14) Gran Canaria. This year Tabu's total stats are: 7.2ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.3apg in 13 games. He is also Belgian national team player.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
   #8. Swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, currently plays in Germany) helped SG Schwelmer Baskets win their game against the 14th-ranked Bielefeld (1-14) 87-70 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Hulsen scored 5 points and added 3 assists. EN Baskets Schwelm (12-3) is placed second in West group. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Hulsen has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team back in 2009.

Kamal Tall
Kamal Tall
   #9. Former U20 international forward Kamal Tall (203-95, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Montana St. - Billings (3-1) in their game against the Central Washington University (2-2) in the NCAA2. Tall recorded 6 points in 21 minutes. his team lost 77-81 on the road to the Central Washington University. Tall has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 4.0rpg in nine games. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team four years ago.

Dion Wade
Dion Wade
   #10. Guard Dion Wade (198-93, currently studies in the States) helped Miami, OH edge the Northern Illinois University (1-0) 69-67 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Wade recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Miami University, Ohio has conference record this season. Wade has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 5.5rpg. He is a former U20 international player as five years ago he still played for the Belgian national team.

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

   #1. Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was the major contributor in Cibona's victory against the eighth-ranked Mornar Bar (2-9) 92-81 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night. He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (4-7) is placed sixth in group D. There are only three games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Coric's overall stats are: 6.7ppg and 2.0rpg in nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Croatian. Despite Coric's Belgian passport, he previously played for the Croatian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team.

   #2. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) led Monthey to an easy victory against the league outsider Winterthur (0-12) crushing them 104-81 in the Swiss LNA in Sunday night's game. Dubas had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 25 minutes. BBC Monthey (10-2) is placed first in the LNA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Dubas' total stats are: 9.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg in 11 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.

   #3. Tyler Haws (193-G-91, college: BYU, currently plays in Poland). Haws could not help Anwil (9-6) to beat Rosa (8-6). He recorded 6 points. Anwil was defeated 74-61 on the road by the lower-ranked Rosa (#6). Haws has averaged so far 10.0ppg and 2.2rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Haws' Belgian passport, he previously played for the USA university national team and probably cannot be called to the Belgian team. Strangely Haws has never played in Belgium.

   #4. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) managed to help BC Souffelweyersheim in a victory against the 13th-ranked ALS Basket (8-9) 98-89 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He scored only 4 points in 11 minutes. BC Souffelweyersheim (14-3) is placed first in the NM1. Kayembe has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.5apg in 17 games. He has both DR Congolese and Belgian nationalities.

   #5. Alhassan Barrie (196-F-95, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to help the Goshen College in their game against the Grace College (0-4) in the CrRdsL. Barrie cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 15 minutes. It was his first game for Goshen College this season. The Goshen College lost 79-87 in Winona Lake, IN to the Grace College.



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

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

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in ABA League). He led his Serbian team Crvena Zvezda to a victory over the 12th-ranked Mega Leks (5-12) 81-69 in the ABA League in Monday night's game. Kuzmic was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (17-0) is placed first in the ABA League. So far his team won all seventeen games in the Regular Season. This year Kuzmic averages: 9.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 66.3%(61-92) and FT: 72.1% in 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Kuzmic played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team five years ago.

Adin Vrabac
Adin Vrabac
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Adin Vrabac (204-94, currently plays in ABA League). He contributed to Partizan's victory against the 11th-ranked Karpos Sokoli (5-12) 76-72 in the ABA League last Saturday. Vrabac scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. BC Partizan NiS Beograd (14-3) is placed second in the ABA League. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Vrabac's overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 55.1%(27-49), 3FGP: 19.2% and FT: 33.3%. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Vrabac is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He was the main contributor in Monaco's victory against the sixth-ranked Ironi Nahariya (3-8) 73-67 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night. Wright was the best player in that game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. AS Monaco Basket (10-1) is placed first in group A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Wright has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.3apg, 2.6spg, 2FGP: 44.2%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 72.7% in 11 games. He is a naturalized American. Wright is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Aleksandar Lazic
Aleksandar Lazic
   #4. Swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in a Dynamic BG's victory against the 13th-ranked Smederevo (1-10) crushing them 115-70 in the Serbian KLS last Sunday. Lazic scored 17 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes. Dynamic BG Beograd (10-2) is placed second in the KLS. It's Lazic's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.9spg in nine games. Lazic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team player.

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #5. International shooting guard Dzanan Musa (204-99, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Cedevita's victory against the eighth-ranked KK Zadar (6-11) 94-80 in the ABA League on Saturday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. KK Cedevita Zagreb (12-5) is placed fourth in the ABA League. Musa's total stats this season are: 8.7ppg and 1.9rpg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Alex Renfroe
Alex Renfroe
   #6. Point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, also represented by BeoBasket, college: Belmont, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus (4-10) crushing them 100-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Renfroe recorded 9 points and added 4 passes in 22 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (12-3) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Renfroe's total stats are: 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg in six games. He is a naturalized American. Renfroe is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster. Apparently he has never played in Bosnia.

Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
   #7. International center Jusuf Nurkic (213-94, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Denver Nuggets (14-23) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Denver Nuggets (14-23) lost 113-120 on the road to the Sacramento Kings. Nurkic scored 16 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in a mere 18 minutes. It was Nuggets' sixth consecutive loss in a row. This year Nurkic has relatively solid stats: 9.3ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.4apg in 33 games. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian U16 national team, Nurkic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #8. Power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to Cibona's victory against the eighth-ranked Mornar Bar (2-9) 92-81 in the Basketball Champions League in Tuesday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (4-7) is placed sixth in group D. There are only three games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Sulejmanovic has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 5.1rpg in 10 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Ivan Ramljak
Ivan Ramljak
   #9. Former U18 international small forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90, currently plays in ABA League) faced previously mentioned Dzanan Musa in the ABA League last game. Ramljak was not able to help KK Zadar (6-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance KK Zadar was defeated 94-80 in Zagreb by the higher-ranked Cedevita (#4). Ramljak was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Ramljak has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.9spg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team twelve years ago.

Muhamed Pasalic
Muhamed Pasalic
   #10. Guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Olimpic (1-13) crushing them 92-54 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. Pasalic was the top player that evening. He scored 21 points in 22 minutes. CSM CSU Oradea (5-2) is placed fourth in the Liga Nationala. Pasalic's stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.5apg in 13 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. Former international power forward Miroslav Todic (205-85, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Promitheas (4-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Todic's very good performance Promitheas was edged 81-79 at home by the lower-ranked Koroivos (#12). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Todic also added 9 rebounds. Todic averaged so far 11.5ppg and 6.0rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago.

   #12. International center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Demir IBB (6-8) in their last game. Despite Stipanovic's very good performance Demir IBB was crushed 97-75 in Istanbul by the higher-ranked (#5) Darussafaka. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Stipanovic also added 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. Stipanovic has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg in 14 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. International forward Milan Milosevic (203-85, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Aris crushing them 81-61 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. Milosevic recorded 6 points. Milosevic has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 5.8rpg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

   #14. Former international point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an UBT Cluj Napoca's victory against the closely-ranked Pitesti 88-82 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Adamovic scored 16 points and added 5 assists in 29 minutes. Adamovic averaged so far 13.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 6.2apg and 2.0spg in 10 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former U16 international swingman Dejan Sakotic (195-93, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked LTH Castings crushing them 115-70 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Saturday. Sakotic recorded 14 points. Sakotic has averaged so far 5.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Ismet Sejfic (208-C-93, currently plays in Hungary) could not help PVSK Pannon (8-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sejfic's very good performance PVSK Pannon was defeated 77-70 at home by the leading Alba. He recorded a double-double by scoring 35 points and getting 12 rebounds. It's Sejfic's first season with the team. Sejfic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.7ppg and 8.4rpg.

   #2. Dragan Djuranovic (203-C/F-88, currently plays in Slovenia) led Rogaska to a victory over the tenth-ranked LTH Castings (1-11) crushing them 115-70 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Saturday. Djuranovic was the top player that evening. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Rogaska Crystal (9-4) is placed third in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Djuranovic has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg.

   #3. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87, currently plays in Slovenia) was the main contributor in Zlatorog's victory against the seventh-ranked Helios (7-5) 69-64 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Rizvic recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Zlatorog Lasko (12-2) is placed first in the Liga Nova KBM. Rizvic has reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.4apg.

   #4. Aleksandar Todorovic (206-C/F-87, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in Borac's victory against the closely-ranked KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac (6-6) crushing them 90-66 in the Serbian KLS last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds in 29 minutes. KK Borac Mozzart Cacak (7-5) is placed sixth in the KLS. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Todorovic has reliable stats this year: 12.3ppg and 6.1rpg in 12 games he played so far.

   #5. Boris Barac (205-F-92, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help KK Zadar (6-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance KK Zadar was defeated 94-80 on the road by the higher-ranked Cedevita (#4). Barac was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Barac has reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.8apg.

   #6. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90, currently plays in Slovenia) faced previously mentioned Ramo Rizvic in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last game. Atanackovic was not able to secure a victory for Helios (7-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Helios was defeated 69-64 in Lasko by the leading Zlatorog. Atanackovic recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 14 rebounds. Atanackovic has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 5.6rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite Atanackovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #7. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88, currently plays in Finland) contributed to a Kauhajoen Karhu's victory against the league leader Helsinki Seagulls 92-85 in the Finnish Korisliiga on Sunday night. Sarcevic was the top player that evening. He scored 25 points, made 8 passes and 3 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 37 minutes. Sarcevic has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.4apg and 1.6spg in 20 games.

   #8. Mirza Begic (216-C-85, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Croatian team Cedevita win their game against the league outsider MZT Skopje crushing them 100-79 in the ABA League last Monday. Begic recorded 9 points and blocked 2 shots. Begic has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian.

   #9. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Croatian team Cibona win their game against the league outsider MZT Skopje 87-79 in the ABA League on Sunday night. Bosnjak scored 10 points in 30 minutes. Bosnjak has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 1.4rpg in nine games.

   #10. Dejan Kravic (211-F/C-90, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help AGOR (6-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance AGOR was defeated 86-80 on their home court in Rethymno by the league outsider Doxa Lefkadas (#14). Kravic was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Kravic averaged so far 11.4ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3bpg. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Canadian nationalities.



Kastropil is back at Siroki Primorka, ex KK Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

HKK Siroki Primorka (Division I) signed 33-year old Croatian center Franko Kastropil (212-111kg-84). It is actually his comeback to Siroki Brijeg as he has played here before. Kastropil started the season at KK Zagreb in Croatian A1 league. In 9 games he had 5.6ppg and 3.2rpg this season. The last season Kastropil played at SAP Vaucluse in French ProB where in 8 games he recorded 5.6ppg and 4.1rpg. Kastropil also spent pre-season at Apoel (Division A) in Cypriot league earlier that year. He helped them to win the cup. The other team Kastropil played that season for was Lille Metropole (ProB) in France. In 14 games he averaged 5.6ppg and 4.4rpg.
Kastropil was a member of Croatian U18 National Team between 2002 and 2003.
He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Yambol) and Cyprus (Apollon).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hatila Passos' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Brazilians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay). He led Malvin to a victory against the sixth-ranked Larre Borges (1-2) 99-92 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Tuesday night's game. Passos had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 29 minutes on the court. Malvin Montevideo (1-2) is placed seventh in Promocional 1 group. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. It's Passos' first season with the team. This year Passos averages: 9.9ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 64.9%(63-97) and FT: 56.0% in 17 games he played so far. Former Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo starter played for the Brazilian senior national team seven years ago.

Vitor Faverani
Vitor Faverani
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Vitor Faverani (212-88, currently plays in EuroCup). He contributed to an UCAM Murcia's victory against the third-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (0-1) 87-75 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Faverani recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (1-0) is placed first in group E. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Faverani has relatively good stats this season: 11.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 55.6%(35-63), 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 81.5%. He played for the Brazilian national team in 2013.

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA). Hilario contributed to a 2-point Houston Rockets' victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (23-16) 118-116 in the NBA on Thursday night. He scored 18 points in a mere 17 minutes. The Houston Rockets have a very good 30-9 record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Hilario has relatively solid stats: 7.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 59.3%(96-162) and FT: 56.8% in 34 games. He is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #4. Center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Nevezis (5-13) crushing them 89-62 in the Lithuanian LKL in Monday night's game. Lima scored 10 points. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (17-1) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row. Lima's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 4.9rpg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Cristiano Felicio
Cristiano Felicio
   #5. International power forward Cristiano Felicio (206-92, college: Oregon, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Chicago Bulls (19-19) in their last game. Despite Felicio's good performance the Chicago Bulls (19-19) lost 94-109 on the road to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Felicio also added and 3 steals in 24 minutes. It was Bulls' first loss after three consecutive victories. This year Felicio's overall stats are: 3.7ppg and 4.8rpg in 29 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #6. Center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Toronto Raptors in their game against the Chicago Bulls (19-19) in the NBA. Nogueira recorded 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. But the Toronto Raptors (24-13) were defeated 123-118 in Chicago by the Bulls. Nogueira's total stats this season are: 4.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.8bpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team six years ago.

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #7. International shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in EuroCup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vitor Faverani and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Benite contributed to an UCAM Murcia's victory against the third-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (0-1) 87-75. He recorded 10 points in 19 minutes. Benite has reliable stats this year: 10.1ppg and 2.6rpg in nine games. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #8. Point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Phoenix Suns' victory against the Miami Heat (11-28) 99-90 in the NBA last Tuesday. Barbosa scored 10 points. The Phoenix Suns have not so impressive 12-26 record this season. Barbosa's total stats this year are: 5.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2apg. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Tulio Da Silva
Tulio Da Silva
   #9. Former U18 international forward Tulio Da Silva (201-96, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the S.Florida (0-2) in their last game. Despite Da Silva's good performance the S.Florida was badly defeated 84-65 at home by the Southern Methodist University. He scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 38 minutes. Da Silva averaged so far 10.7ppg and 8.1rpg in 14 games. He used to play for the Brazilian U18 national team three years ago.

Rafael Freire Luz
Rafael Freire Luz
   #10. Point guard Rafael Freire Luz (188-92, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz to win against the 13th-ranked Unics Kazan (6-10) crushing them 102-70 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Freire Luz recorded only 3 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (11-5) is placed third in group A. Freire Luz's total stats this season are: 1.9ppg and 1.6apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international point guard Scott Machado (186-90, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help La ICL Manresa in their game against CB Canarias in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Machado recorded 9 points in 28 minutes. His team lost 74-79. This year Machado's total stats are: 8.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.8apg and 1.8spg in four games. He is a naturalized American. Machado used to play for the Brazilian national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

   #12. International point guard Raul Neto (185-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Utah Jazz in their game against the Boston Celtics in the NBA. Neto scored 5 points. His team was defeated 115-104 in the NBA. This season Neto averages only 2.8ppg. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

   #13. Former international small forward Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Mens Sana 1871 (7-8) in their last game. Despite Tavernari's good performance the tenth-placed Mens Sana 1871 was crushed 86-61 in Latina by the higher-ranked (#7) Basket in the West group. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Tavernari has averaged so far 9.2ppg and 4.1rpg in 15 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

   #14. International forward Leonardo Demetrio (203-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lleida Basquet (11-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance Lleida Basquet was edged 80-78 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Burgos. Demetrio scored 11 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. Demetrio averaged so far 10.6ppg and 6.1rpg in 19 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #15. International point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, currently plays in NBA) helped Los Angeles Lakers win their game against the Miami Heat crushing them 127-100 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Huertas scored only 2 points. Huertas has averaged so far 2.7ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.7apg. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

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

   #1. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98, currently plays in Spain) led Oviedo CB to a 1-point victory against the 15th-ranked Cocinas.com (5-13) 65-64 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday. Dos Anjos recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo (14-5) is placed first in the LEB Gold. Dos Anjos has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.3bpg.

   #2. Diego Soarez (205-C-87, currently plays in Uruguay) managed to help Urunday Universitario in a 3-point victoryagainst the leader Bigua (2-1) 80-77 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Wednesday. Soarez scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. Urunday Universitario (2-1) is placed fifth in Promocional 1 group. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Soarez has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 2.8rpg in 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Uruguayan.

   #3. Lucas Doria (201-F-97, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a St.Edward's University's victory against the Texas A&M International University (2-1) 83-73 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. Doria scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The St.Edward's University has 2-1 record this season. Doria has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.0rpg.

   #4. Gabriel Andrade (185-G-93, currently plays in NCAA2). He could not help the BYU-Hawaii (1-4) to beat the Concordia University at Irvine (3-1). Andrade recorded only 4 points in 11 minutes. his team lost 83-94 on the road to the Concordia University at Irvine. Andrade has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 3.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg in eight games.

   #5. Clement Faroux (188-G-93, currently plays in France) was not able to help Lorient (7-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Faroux's good performance Lorient was edged 84-83 in Bischwiller by the lower-ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (#16). He scored 12 points and added 4 assists. Faroux has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and French. Despite Faroux's Brazilian nationality, he previously played for the French U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #6. Jose Libiano (206-F, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the SE Oklahoma State University in their game against the Arkansas Tech in the NCAA2. Libiano cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 12 minutes. His team lost 83-97 in the NCAA2. Libiano has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 2.3rpg in eight games.

   #7. Renato Ribeiro (190-F-95, currently plays in Portugal) couldn't help Guifoes in their game against Ginasio in the Portuguese Proliga (second division). He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 76-62. Ribeiro has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 3.7rpg.

   #8. Gabriel de Oliveira (206-PF-97, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Iserlohn in their game against Rostock in the German ProB (third division). He scored 9 points. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 89-72. de Oliveira has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He has both Brazilian and German nationalities.

   #9. Luis Ricci Maia (180-PG, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Minot State University (3-5) in their last game. Despite Maia's good performance his team lost 88-94 in Aberdeen, SD to the Northern St. University. He scored 14 points and added 8 assists in 32 minutes. Maia averaged so far 14.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.7apg and 1.4spg in 11 games.

   #10. Breno Schmidt (203-F/C, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Friends College in their game against the Southwestern College, KS in the KCAC. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Schmidt scored only 2 points. His team was edged 84-81 in the KCAC. Schmidt averaged so far 14.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.7apg and 1.4spg.



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

35-year old Joao Paulo Lopez (205-C/F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Flamengo and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Caxias do Sul (#15, 2-11) with 34-point margin 94-60. It allowed Flamengo to consolidate first place in the Brazilian league. Flamengo has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 9-1. It's Lopez's second year at Flamengo and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Gonzaga University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lopez is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 7.1rpg) and averages solid 63.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, agency: Interperformances) of Mogi. He is naturalized American guard in his 3rd season at Mogi. In the last game Stallworth recorded impressive 31 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Mogi was edged by the higher-ranked Campo Mourao (#6, 7-5) 95-94. Mogi is still in a red zone at 12th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Stallworth is one of the most experienced players at Mogi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.2ppg (#7).

Third place about best performers goes to another Mogi's star - forward Tyrone Curnell (203-F-88). Curnell showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Curnell's great performance Mogi lost 94-95 to the higher-ranked Campo Mourao (#6, 7-5). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Mogi 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, Curnell could help Mogi to bring them higher in the standings. Curnell has a very solid season. In 9 games in Brazil he scored 16.8ppg. He also has 6.6rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 55.0% and 3PT: 46.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leonardo Klassmann (208-C-89) of B.Cearense - 17 points and 11 rebounds
5. Murilo Becker (211-C/F-83) of Vasco Da G. - 15 points and 14 rebounds
6. Kenny Dawkins (175-PG-87) of Vitoria - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Jefferson Andrade (207-PF-83) of Bauru - 24 points and 9 rebounds
8. Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 12 assists
9. Arthur Silva (196-SF-82) of Vitoria - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Pilar Alves (201-SF-84) of Brasilia - 17 points, 6 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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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Semple, Akademik.22.5 
 2. Ivanov, Levski21.3 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More19.4 
 4. Sekulovic, Balkan18.0 
 5. Petkov, Yambol17.7 
 6. Varbanov, Yambol17.4 
 7. Tsonkov, Cherno M.16.8 
 8. Gibson, Beroe16.3 
 9. Bozov, Rilski16.3 
 10. Smith, Akademik PL16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Semple, Akademik.11.9 
 2. Varbanov, Yambol9.6 
 3. Sekulovic, Balkan9.1 
 4. Savic, Spartak .8.9 
 5. Marincheshki, Spartak .8.5 
 6. Yanev, Cherno More8.3 
 7. Zack, Lukoil Acad.7.8 
 8. Delic, Rilski7.6 
 9. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.7.2 
 10. Doychinov, Levski7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOTT
  Balkan
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Hott, Balkan6.4 
 2. Karamfilov, Cherno M.6.0 
 3. Gruev, Spartak .5.7 
 4. Bellfield, Akademik.5.3 
 5. Aleksiev, Beroe4.9 
 6. Raley-Ross, Beroe4.8 
 7. Parker, Rilski4.7 
 8. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.4.3 
 9. Hadjirusev, Levski4.3 
 10. Marinov, Balkan4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Deyan KARAMFILOV
  Cherno M.
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Karamfilov, Cherno M.2.1 
 2. Parker, Rilski2.0 
 3. Semple, Akademik.2.0 
 4. Bellfield, Akademik.1.9 
 5. Gibson, Beroe1.9 
 6. Yanev, Cherno More1.9 
 7. Marinov, Balkan1.8 
 8. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.8 
 9. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.1.6 
 10. Gudul, Beroe1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron JONES
  Beroe
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Jones, Beroe1.5 
 2. Semple, Akademik.1.5 
 3. Varbanov, Yambol1.2 
 4. Shelton, Rilski1.0 
 5. Dimitrov, Akademik.1.0 
 6. Zack, Lukoil Acad.1.0 
 7. Doychinov, Levski1.0 
 8. Savic, Spartak .1.0 
 9. Daniels, Balkan0.9 
 10. Johnson, Akademik.0.8 


NBL Round 13: Academik Plovdiv edges Cherno More by one point - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most exciting game of round 13 in the NBL took place in Plovdiv. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Cherno More (4-8) to third ranked Academik Plovdiv (7-4) 90-89 on Sunday evening. French-American forward Jordan Semple (201-92, college: Chico St.) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Shakir Smith (185-92, college: Adams St.) chipped in 23 points. Guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Cherno More's coach Spas Natov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Academik Plovdiv maintains third place with 7-4 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Cherno More at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Academik Plovdiv are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Levski (#9) in Sofia in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cherno More will play at home against Balkan and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Leader Lukoil Acad. delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Levski (2-10) 84-69 in Sofia. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Denis Agre (205-88, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds. Danny Gibson contributed with 10 points and 6 assists for the winners. Lukoil Acad.'s coach Toni Dechev allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Kiril Raykov (192-87) answered with 20 points for Levski. Lukoil Acad. have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-2 record. Levski lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Lukoil Acad. will play against Yambol (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Levski will play against Academik Plovdiv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Stara Zagora. Local Beroe (9-3) outscored 5th ranked Spartak Pleven (5-6) 96-65 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spartak Pleven. Brandis Raley-Ross stepped up and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. At the losing side Aleksandar Gruev responded with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 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. Beroe have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-3 record behind leader Lukoil Acad. Loser Spartak Pleven dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Beroe will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spartak Pleven will play against Rilski (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 13 Yambol was defeated by Rilski in Samokov 102-90.


Akademik PL - Cherno More 90-89

The most exciting game of round 13 in the NBL took place in Plovdiv. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Cherno More (4-8) to third ranked Academik Plovdiv (7-4) 90-89 on Sunday evening. French-American forward Jordan Semple (201-92, college: Chico St.) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Shakir Smith (185-92, college: Adams St.) chipped in 23 points. Guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Deyan Karamfilov (180-94) added 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Four Academik Plovdiv and five Cherno More players scored in double figures. Cherno More's coach Spas Natov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Academik Plovdiv maintains third place with 7-4 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Cherno More at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Academik Plovdiv are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Levski (#9) in Sofia in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cherno More will play at home against Balkan and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Akademik PL: S.Smith 23+2reb+1ast, J.Semple 18+18reb+2ast, O.Bellfield 11+3reb+8ast, V.Aleksandrov 10+8reb+1ast, S.Vaklinov 9+5reb+1ast, D.Dimitrov 9+4reb+4ast
Cherno More: M.Markovic 19+6reb+2ast, S.Tsonkov 15+12reb+4ast, D.Karamfilov 15+9reb+6ast, N.Djuric 14+8reb, V.Hristov 13+4reb+2ast, T.Kurtev 8+4reb+1ast
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Rilski - Yambol 102-90

There was no surprise in Samokov where 8th ranked Yambol (3-8) was defeated by fifth ranked Rilski (6-6) 102-90 on Sunday. Rilski made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Rilski outrebounded Yambol 39-18 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. American forward D.J. Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. At the losing side guard Ventsislav Petkov (188-91, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 assists and the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Rilski and five Yambol players scored in double figures. Rilski maintains fifth place with 6-6 record. Yambol lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. Rilski will meet Spartak Pleven (#6) on the road in the next round. Yambol will play against the league's leader Lukoil Acad. and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rilski: D.Shelton 33+12reb, E.Bruinsma 19+2reb+4ast, Y.Bozov 14+4reb+6ast, T.Woods 11+4reb, N.Stoyanov 10+1reb, K.Parker 9+6reb+7ast
Yambol: V.Petkov 25+10ast, S.Petkov 19+3reb, N.Varbanov 16+8reb+1ast, S.Govedarov 10+1reb+2ast, T.Ostrev 10+1reb+4ast, A.Ivanov 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 496069


Beroe - Spartak Pleven 96-65

The game with biggest result difference took place in Stara Zagora. Local Beroe (9-3) outscored 5th ranked Spartak Pleven (5-6) 96-65 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spartak Pleven. Beroe dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 30. Beroe forced 21 Spartak Pleven turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Beroe especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) stepped up and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Shane Gibson (188-90, college: Sacred Heart) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Beroe players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83) responded with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Montenegrin-Serbian center Milovan Savic (205-87) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Beroe have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-3 record behind leader Lukoil Acad. Loser Spartak Pleven dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Beroe will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spartak Pleven will play against Rilski (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beroe: B.Raley-Ross 19+5reb+5ast, S.Gibson 14+5reb+4ast, S.Tesija 13+3reb+1ast, A.Jones 12+3reb+3ast, O.Gudul 10+2reb+1ast, T.Zhelev 8+3reb+2ast
Spartak Pleven: M.Savic 14+6reb, G.Nikolov 11+1reb+1ast, A.Gruev 11+5reb+8ast, D.Marincheshki 9+11reb, M.Marinov 8+2reb, M.Dudev 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 496070


Lukoil Acad. - Levski 84-69

Leader Lukoil Acad. delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Levski (2-10) 84-69 in Sofia. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Denis Agre (205-88, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds. American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana) contributed with 10 points and 6 assists for the winners. Lukoil Acad.'s coach Toni Dechev allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Kiril Raykov (192-87) answered with 20 points and Angel Peychinov (201-95) added 19 points in the effort for Levski. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lukoil Acad. have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-2 record. Levski lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Lukoil Acad. will play against Yambol (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Levski will play against Academik Plovdiv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: H.Zahariev 12+3reb+2ast, D.Agre 12+9reb, D.Gibson 10+4reb+6ast, N.Grozev 10+1reb+1ast, A.Beane 10+3reb+3ast, K.Minkov 8+2reb+3ast
Levski: K.Raykov 20+4reb+2ast, A.Peychinov 19+2reb, E.Hadjirusev 16+2reb+3ast, P.Ivanov 12+5reb+2ast, L.Dimitrov 2+2reb+1ast, V.Avramov 0
gschID: 496067





Darius Adams' 35 points make him top Bulgarian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Darius Adams
Darius Adams
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Darius Adams (188-89, agency: Stealth Sport, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in China). He was the major contributor in a Xinjiang Flying Tige's victory against the 11th-ranked Jiangsu Dragons (12-13) 109-98 in the Chinese CBA in Wednesday night's game. Adams recorded 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in 34 minutes on the court. Xinjiang Flying Tigers (20-5) are placed third in the CBA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Adams has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 33.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 5.8apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 56.3%(179-318), 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 86.7% in 24 games he played so far. Adams is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely Adams has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Khimky (8-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Rowland's good performance Khimky was defeated 114-110 on the road by the higher-ranked Zenit (#4). He scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. It's Rowland's first season with the team. Rowland has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 40.8%, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 82.6%. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian national team in 2011. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain). Vezenkov led FC Barcelona to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus (4-10) crushing them 100-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He recorded 13 points in 20 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (12-3) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Vezenkov's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 68.8%(33-48), 3FGP: 38.6% and FT: 76.9% in 15 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite Vezenkov played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #4. Point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to Monaco's victory against the sixth-ranked Ironi Nahariya (3-8) 73-67 in the Basketball Champions League last Tuesday. He scored 8 points and had 4 steals in 24 minutes. AS Monaco Basket (10-1) is placed first in group A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Bost has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.4apg and 1.3spg in 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Bost is also Bulgarian national team player. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #5. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Hungary) led Szedeak to a victory over the closely-ranked KTE-Duna (6-6) 86-77 in the Hungarian A Division on Wednesday night. Lilov was MVP of the game. He scored 33 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged (6-6) is placed seventh in the A Division. This season Lilov has very high stats. He averages: 21.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.1apg and 1.7spg. Lilov plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #6. Power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to a Yesilgiresun Bld's victory against the closely-ranked Tofas (6-8) 84-79 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in 36 minutes. Yesilgiresun Belediye (7-7) is placed eighth in the BSL. Ivanov has reliable stats this year: 12.5ppg and 8.0rpg in two games. He is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team four years ago.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #7. Former international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) helped Stal Ostrow Wlkp. win their game against the closely-ranked PGE Turow (8-6) 82-71 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. Nikolov recorded 14 points. BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (8-7) is placed ninth in the PLK. Nikolov's stats this season are: 10.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #8. Power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Estonia) helped Kalev/Cramo win their game against the closely-ranked TU/Rock (9-2) 85-75 in the Estonian Alexela KML on Saturday night. Simmons scored 11 points, had 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (9-2) is placed first in the Alexela KML. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Simmons' total stats are: 9.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3bpg in six games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2012. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #9. Former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Turkey) helped Istanbul BBSK win their game against the fourth-ranked Banvit (10-4) 100-95 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. He scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 37 minutes. Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi (6-8) is placed 11th in the BSL. Calloway's stats this year are: 12.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.2apg and 1.6spg in 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team seven years ago.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #10. Guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, also represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to help Oradea (5-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Mirkovic's good performance the sixth-placed Oradea (5-6) was badly defeated 79-60 at home by the leading Le Mans in the group B of Basketball Champions League. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Mirkovic also added 6 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Mirkovic has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 5.1apg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) faced previously mentioned Dejan Ivanov in the Turkish BSL last game. Ivanov was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Tofas (6-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance Tofas lost 79-84 in Giresun to the higher-ranked (#8) Yesilgiresun Bld. Ivanov scored 12 points in 40 minutes. Ivanov averaged so far 13.0ppg, 4.9rpg and 3.1apg in 14 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

   #12. International center Jason Washburn (210-90, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Japan) was the main contributor in a Yokohama BC's victory against the fourth-ranked Kyoto Hannaryz 74-64 in the Japanese B League last Tuesday. Washburn was the best player in that game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. This season Washburn has very high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.1apg. Washburn is a naturalized American. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

   #13. Former international small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Pitesti in their game against UBT Cluj Napoca in the Romanian Liga Nationala, despite his good performance on Saturday night. He scored 11 points and added 4 assists in 32 minutes. But his team lost 82-88. Marinov averaged so far 14.6ppg, 5.5rpg and 4.4apg in 15 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international small forward Atanas Penev (195-85, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Hertener Loewen in their game against Hagen BG in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game Penev was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Penev has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2001.

   #15. Former international forward Veselin Veselinov (202-83, college: W.Virginia St., currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Swiss Central in their game against Starwings in the Swiss LNA, despite his very good performance last Sunday. Veselinov had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 35 minutes. But his team was edged 79-76. Veselinov has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg in 12 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Latvia) led Ventspils to a victory against the closely-ranked Jurmala (8-9) 85-77 in the Latvian LBL in Saturday night's game. Deane scored 11 points and added 6 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Ventspils (14-1) is placed first in the LBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Deane's total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.9apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #2. Keydren Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Greece) could not help Promitheas (4-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Clark's very good performance Promitheas was edged 81-79 at home by the lower-ranked Koroivos (#12). He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Clark averaged so far 12.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.3apg. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Boyan Tenev (204-F-88, college: Lincoln Memorial, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Aschersleben's victory against the eighth-ranked Hannover Korbjaeger (3-6) 85-71 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Tenev scored 14 points. BG Aschersleben Tigers (5-4) is placed fourth in North group. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Tenev has averaged so far 8.2ppg and 1.2rpg.

   #4. Juliy Arabadzhiyski (204-F-93, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Bielefeld (3-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Bielefeld (#7) was badly defeated 87-70 on the road by the second-ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets in the West group. Arabadzhiyski recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Arabadzhiyski has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 6.0rpg.

   #5. Georgi Krastev (195-SF-94, currently plays in Germany) managed to help KIT SC Karlsruhe in a victory against the eighth-ranked TV Langen (7-7) 75-65 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. KIT SC Karlsruhe (9-5) is placed fifth in South-West group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Krastev has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.1apg in 14 games he played so far.

   #6. Milen Kostov (185-G-89, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Ibbenbueren's victory against the eighth-ranked Duesseldorf 99-87 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored 5 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Kostov has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg.

   #7. Angel Mavrodiev (183-G-91, currently plays in Finland) contributed to a Raholan Pyrkiva's victory against the fifth-ranked Espoo Basket 88-78 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) on Sunday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. Mavrodiev averaged so far 12.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg in 13 games.



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  CANADA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Conor MORGAN
  UBC
  (203-G/F-94)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Morgan, UBC25.3 
 2. Cooper, Calgary24.3 
 3. Gray, Laurentian23.9 
 4. Johnson, Toronto22.2 
 5. Ramirez, York21.0 
 6. Nissen, Acadia20.6 
 7. Gilmore, McMaster20.2 
 8. Clayton, St.Mary''s19.9 
 9. Jean-Louis, Cape B.19.8 
 10. Sentance, Lethb.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erik NISSEN
  Acadia
  (208-F-)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Nissen, Acadia12.8 
 2. Dut, UPEI11.3 
 3. Pereira, Waterloo11.0 
 4. Osayande, Saskatch.11.0 
 5. Graham, Queen''s10.3 
 6. Dinkins, Lakehead10.0 
 7. Bercy, St.Franc.9.8 
 8. Layton, Mount R.9.5 
 9. Yengue, Laurentian9.3 
 10. Ross, Mount Royal9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kaza KEANE
  Carleton
  (185-PG-94)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Keane, Carleton6.4 
 2. Masters, UNB6.4 
 3. Rocca, Windsor5.5 
 4. Dulay, UFV5.4 
 5. Miller, Acadia5.0 
 6. Mata, Dalhousie4.9 
 7. Allen, TWU4.9 
 8. Farkic, Western4.8 
 9. Agyeman, UNBC4.8 
 10. Kapinga, Calgary4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dejon BURDEAUX
  Lethb.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Burdeaux, Lethb.3.7 
 2. Small, Ryerson3.3 
 3. Agada, Ottawa3.0 
 4. Masters, UNB3.0 
 5. Mata, Dalhousie2.8 
 6. Jenkins, Western2.7 
 7. Dulay, UFV2.7 
 8. Anderson, Carleton2.6 
 9. De Ciman, Saskatch.2.6 
 10. Boye, UQAM2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Yassin DEBACHE
  UQAM
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Debache, UQAM2.7 
 2. Osayande, Saskatch.2.6 
 3. Oirbans, Winnipeg2.5 
 4. Graham, Queen''s2.4 
 5. Layton, Mount R.2.1 
 6. Paul, Brandon2.0 
 7. Elgadi, Brock1.8 
 8. Nissen, Acadia1.8 
 9. James, MacEwan1.7 
 10. Yengue, Laurentian1.7 


The Nets waive Anthony Bennett - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets released 24-year old Canadian international forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, college: UNLV). In 23 NBA games he had 5.0ppg and 3.4rpg this season.
The most of last season Bennett spent at the Raptors. But in 19 NBA games he recorded just 1.5ppg and 1.2rpg. Bennett helped them to win the Atlantic Division title (twice) (also twice). He also played that season for another team Raptors 905 where in 6 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.0spg.
In 2013 Bennett was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers as #1 pick overall. The former University of Nevada - Las Vegas staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bennett was voted Latinbasket.com All-Panamerican Games 1st Team in 2015.
He has been also a member of Canadian international program for some years. Bennett has regularly played for Canadian senior team since 2015 and previously for U17 National Team back in 2010.
He represented Canada at the FIBA Americas in Mexico two years ago. Bennett's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 10 games: 7.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 64.7%.
Bennett has played previously for Minnesota Timberwolves.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CBL  

CBL Standings

CBL Standings
 1. Durham 2-0 
 2. Scarborough 2-1 
 3. Hamilton 0-1 
 4. Wellington 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Jan. 7: Scarborough - Hamilton 92-72
Jan. 8: Durham - Wellington 113-86

Regular Season: Round 3

Jan. 13: Hamilton - Durham
Jan. 14: Scarborough - Wellington
Jan. 15: Wellington - Durham
Jan. 15: Hamilton - Scarborough


Durham United Basketball Club Win in their Home Opener - by Eurobasket News

This past Sunday was Durham United Basketball Club's home opener and despite the frigid temperatures outside, the team was red hot in the arena. They went on to defeat the Wellington Basketball Club with a final score of 113-86. "They were on fire," said Wellington Basketball Club's interim coach, Butch Carter . "We were a second short on every open shot and they buried every single one of them." Durham did most of their damage from beyond the arc and finished the game 14-of-19 from the three-point line. Coach Carter had nothing but praise for his counterpart, Durham's Coach Palacio and how well he has worked his squad into form and feels that as a whole, the league is headed in the right direction. Despite the great shooting night from his team, Coach Palacio was more pleased with the way they shared the ball, finishing the night with a season-high 21 assists. When asked how he will approach their upcoming game against Hamilton United on Friday, Palacio stressed defence. "I'm always a guy that thinks offence sells tickets, defence wins championships. I'm going to get after them, they know I'm going to stay after them.They know that we got film session tomorrow and we're going to get after it defensively. I just hope we can keep playing the same way, just sharing the ball. I have a great group, they are so unselfish. They could care less who's scoring as long as everybody is doing their job." So, players of Durham United, enjoy your win, but just be aware that coach is expecting you to show up and be ready to work tomorrow. With the type of leadership on display by the league's coaches, and with Butch Carter at the helm, the future of the league looks bright.
Courtesy of: canadianbasketball.com



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  CHILE  

Standings - DIMAYOR

Liga Nacional Standings
 1. Los Leones 24-8 
 2. Osorno 22-10 
 3. CDU Concepcion 20-10 
 4. AB Ancud 19-13 
 5. CD Valdivia 18-12 
 6. CDE Talca 17-13 
 7. Puerto Montt 14-16 
 8. CD Castro 14-18 
 9. Las Animas 14-18 
 10. Puente Alto 11-21 
 11. Tinguiririca S.F. 9-23 
 12. CDU Catolica 6-26 

Regular Season: Round 31

Jan. 8: CDU Catolica - Los Leones 84-90
Jan. 8: CDE Talca - Puente Alto 83-70
Jan. 8: CD Castro - Las Animas 83-51
Jan. 8: CDU Concepcion - Tinguiririca S.F. 80-75
Jan. 8: CD Valdivia - Osorno 79-76
Jan. 8: AB Ancud - Puerto Montt 73-70


Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.29.8 
 2. Taylor, Las Animas27.5 
 3. Dickson, CDU C.27.1 
 4. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.8 
 5. Robinson, Osorno23.1 
 6. Larry, AB Ancud21.3 
 7. McCombs, CDE T.20.9 
 8. Centeno, AB Ancud20.7 
 9. Munks, Puerto M.20.4 
 10. Harrison, CDU C.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.9 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.13.6 
 3. Okoye, CD Valdivia12.4 
 4. Crawford, CDU C.11.7 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro11.7 
 6. Taylor, Las Animas11.5 
 7. Harrison, CDU C.11.4 
 8. Abeiro, Tinguiri.11.4 
 9. Bowdry, Los Leones10.9 
 10. Lee, CD Castro10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.10.1 
 2. Morales, Las A.5.9 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.7 
 4. Munoz, Osorno5.2 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro4.9 
 6. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.1 
 7. Marechal, Los L.3.9 
 8. Hammonds, Puente A.3.6 
 9. Scott, CDU C.3.6 
 10. Sepulveda, CDE T.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.6 
 2. Abeiro, Tinguiri.1.9 
 3. Carrasco, CD Valdi.1.9 
 4. Kirkland, Osorno1.9 
 5. Dickson, CDU C.1.8 
 6. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.7 
 7. Phillips, Puerto M.1.7 
 8. Diaz, Puente Alto1.7 
 9. Cheek, Las Animas1.7 
 10. Thomas, CD Castro1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian SAUNDERS
  CDU C.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Saunders, CDU C.2.1 
 2. Lee, CD Castro1.4 
 3. McCombs, CDE T.1.4 
 4. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 5. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 6. Harrison, CDU C.1.0 
 7. Centeno, AB Ancud0.8 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud0.8 
 9. Coleman, Osorno0.8 
 10. Diaz, Puente Alto0.7 


Abeiro's 28 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old Juan Luis Abeiro (196-C/F-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for Tinguiririca S.F. and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
He had the game-high 28 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Tinguiririca S.F. in his team's victory, helping them to beat CDE Talca (#6, 17-13) 95-85. Tinguiririca S.F. maintains the 11th position in Chilean league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 23 games and recorded just nine victories. In the team's last game Abeiro had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Tinguiririca S.F.'s top player in his first season with the team. Abeiro has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 25.8ppg), rebounds (6th best: 11.5rpg) and averages solid 58.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Durrell Summers (193-SF-89) of CD Valdivia. He is American in his first season at CD Valdivia. In the last game Summers recorded impressive double-double of 33 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as CD Valdivia was edged by slightly lower-ranked Puerto Montt (#7, 14-16) 86-83. CD Valdivia managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Summers is a newcomer at CD Valdivia and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 30.1ppg (#1). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, agency: Aspire Sports) of Las Animas (#9). Taylor got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . Despite Taylor's great performance Las Animas lost 81-88 to the higher-ranked AB Ancud (#4, 19-13). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Las Animas ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Taylor could help Las Animas to bring them higher in the standings. Taylor has a great season in Chile. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.5ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 11.5rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Decorey Jones (201-F/G-90) of CDE Talca - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Louis Munks (190-G-90) of Puerto Montt - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. John Dickson (198-F-90) of CDU Catolica - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Brandon Bowdry (200-F/G-88) of Los Leones - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Darrol Jones (193-SF-94) of Los Leones - 25 points and 3 rebounds
9. Howard Crawford (205-F-88) of Los Leones - 19 points and 9 rebounds
10. Francisco Centeno (201-F/G-85) of AB Ancud - 22 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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Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Center
 1. Vern 12-2 
 2. Agrodalm 9-5 
 3. Bosco 8-4 
 4. Rudes 8-6 
 5. Zaprude 8-6 
 6. Zapad 8-6 
 7. Mladost ZG 6-5 
 8. Sesvete 6-7 
 9. Samobor 6-8 
 10. Dubrava 4-9 
 11. Maksimir 4-10 
 12. Fortuna 1-12 
East
 1. Belisce 8-2 
 2. Borovo 7-2 
 3. Osjecki Sokol 5-3 
 4. Zupanja 5-4 
 5. Djakovo 5-5 
 6. Rekord Tim 5-5 
 7. Vukovar 4-6 
 8. Pozega 4-6 
 9. VROS Darda 2-6 
 10. Vinkovci 2-8 
North
 1. Podravac Virje 9-1 
 2. Medjimurje C. 8-2 
 3. Graficar 8-2 
 4. Mladost D. 5-5 
 5. Petar Zrinski 5-5 
 6. Radnik 5-5 
 7. Ivanic 4-4 
 8. Bjelovar 2-8 
 9. Ivancica 2-9 
 10. Koprivnica 1-8 
South
 1. Jazine 9-1 
 2. Ribola Kastela 8-0 
 3. Diplomus 7-3 
 4. Puntamika 6-3 
 5. Omis-Cagalj T. 5-4 
 6. Adriatic S. 4-6 
 7. Sukosan 3-7 
 8. Dubrovnik 3-7 
 9. Solin 2-6 
 10. Cetina 0-10 
West
 1. Sanac 11-1 
 2. Ghia Staff 8-2 
 3. Crikvenica 8-4 
 4. Istrauni 7-4 
 5. Kastav 7-5 
 6. Labin 6-4 
 7. Pula 1981 6-6 
 8. Stoja Pula 5-7 
 9. Jadranka 4-7 
 10. Zamet 3-9 
 11. Kraljevica 2-8 
 12. Rovinj 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 14

Center

Jan. 7: Agrodalm - Maksimir 96-69
Jan. 7: Samobor - Sesvete 95-59
Jan. 7: Zaprude - Fortuna 82-42
Jan. 7: Rudes - Dubrava 77-68
Jan. 7: Zapad - Vern 57-73

East

Jan. 7: Vukovar - Vinkovci 78-84
Jan. 7: Pozega - Belisce 72-79
Jan. 7: Rekord Tim - Djakovo 104-71
Jan. 11: VROS Darda - Osjecki Sokol

West

Jan. 7: Rovinj - Kraljevica 88-75
Jan. 7: Crikvenica - Sanac 79-77
Jan. 7: Kastav - Zamet 59-68
Jan. 7: Pula 1981 - Stoja Pula 100-65
Jan. 11: Labin - Ghia Staff


Dino Peraica scores 51 points, Ivan Pavic is a new coach of Dubrava (A2 League) - by Zeljko Zule

Dino Peraica (F-92) scored 51 points for Vukovar, but it still wasn't enough to beat Vinkovci in Croatian A2 League Eastern Division Round 10.
A2 Central Divsion League side Dubrava have parted ways with coach Ivan Kapov and tabbed Ivan Pavic as his replacement.

Central Division - Round 14: Zapad-Vern 57-73 (Markocic 16, Cubela 13 - Bakovic 20, Penic 15), Rudes-Dubrava 77-68 (Ljubicic 18, Uljarevic 17 - Smolic 18, Majcunic 14), Zaprudje-Fortuna 82-42 (Herendic 22, Stanic 13, Vukicevic 13 - Zupan 11), Samobor-Sesvete 95-59 (Silobod 24, Gril 19 - Papak 24, Semren 11), Agrodalm-Maksimir 96-69 (Ribaric 20, Matic 19 - Mandic 23, Stojanovic 20), Mladost-Bosco 18/01.
Standings: Vern 12-2, Bosco 9-4, Agrodalm 9-5, Mladost 8-5, Rudes 8-6, Zaprudje 8-6, Zapad 8-6, Samobor 6-8, Sesvete 6-8, Dubrava 4-10, Maksimir 4-10, Fortuna 1-13.

Northern Division - Round 13: Crikvenica-Samac 79-77 (M.Benic 29, Bilalovic 16 - Kraljic 18, Panjevic 16), Pula 1981-Stoja 100-61 (Bozic 30, Rakic 24 - Dasko 32, Ban 20), Rovinj-Kraljevica 88-75 (Honovic 30, Benko 24 - Protega 20, Konjevic 19)
Kastav-Zamet 59-68 (Miletic 19 - Antunovic 19, Delpin 15), Labin-Ghia Staff 11/01, Jadranka-Istrauni 22/01.
Standings: Sanac 10-3, Crikvenica 9-4, Ghia Staff 8-3, Istrauni 8-4, Labin 8-4, Pula 1981 8-5, Kastav 8-5, Jadranka 5-7, Stoja 5-8, Kraljevica 2-10, Zamet 2-11, Rovinj 2-11.

Eastern Division - Round 10: Rekord Tim-Djakovo 104-71 (Radosavljevic 39, Celebija 22 - Rados 21, Car 13), Vukovar-Vinkovci 78-84 OT (Peraica 51 - Jukic 18, Pezer 17), Pozega-Belisce 72-79 (Calis 17, Herceg 15, Abramovic 15 - Preglej 18, Bicvic 16), Vrijednosnice Darda II-Osjecki sokoli 11/01, Borovo-Zupanja postponed.
Standings: Belisce 8-2, Borovo 7-2, Osjecki sokol 5-3, Zupanja 5-4, Vukovar 5-5, Djakovo 5-5, Rekord Tim 5-5, Pozega 4-6, Vrijednosnice Darda 2-6, Vinkovci 1-9.




Skrljevo cut four players, inks Sinisa Stemberger and brings back Jasmin Perkovic - by Zeljko Zule

Skrljevo have parted ways with Marko Milekic (201-SF-95), Matija Bilalovic (192-G/F-97), Frano Marasovic (214-C-92) and Ivan Vodopija (202-F/C-93) and inked veteran Sinisa Stemberger (196-G-79) and their former member Jasmin Perkovic (205-F-80) for the remainder of the season.
Stemberger arrived from local rival Kvarner 2010, for whom he played just one Croatia A1 League game this season before left the club due to disciplinary reasons. Stemberger has already played for Zadar and Split in his native Croatia plus, Siroki and Igokea in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Levice iz Czech.
Perkovic returns to Skrljevo, where he spet last season, averaging 15.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.4 blocks in 28 Croatian A1 League games. He started the 2016-17 season in Bahrain with Nuwaidrat. Perkovic has already played for Sava Osiguranje Rijeka, Zadar in Croatia plus Triglav, Hopsi and Union Olimpija in Slovenia, Siroki and Bosna in Bosnia and Herzegovina, AEK in Greece, Oldenburg in Germany, Cremona in Italy, Al Kuwait in Kuwait, Nift Al-Janoub in Iraq and Zepter Vienna in Austria.




Kastropil is back at Siroki Primorka, ex KK Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

HKK Siroki Primorka (Division I) signed 33-year old Croatian center Franko Kastropil (212-111kg-84). It is actually his comeback to Siroki Brijeg as he has played here before. Kastropil started the season at KK Zagreb in Croatian A1 league. In 9 games he had 5.6ppg and 3.2rpg this season. The last season Kastropil played at SAP Vaucluse in French ProB where in 8 games he recorded 5.6ppg and 4.1rpg. Kastropil also spent pre-season at Apoel (Division A) in Cypriot league earlier that year. He helped them to win the cup. The other team Kastropil played that season for was Lille Metropole (ProB) in France. In 14 games he averaged 5.6ppg and 4.4rpg.
Kastropil was a member of Croatian U18 National Team between 2002 and 2003.
He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Yambol) and Cyprus (Apollon).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Games' update - week 10 - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

10th week featured three games.

Etha 62 - Apoel 71

Apoel rolled to an important victory against Etha by 62-71 advancing to 3rd position on the board. Wright had 21 points and 8 rebs whereas Burnoutowski had 18 and grabbed 8 rebs. In the loosing squad, Esho had 21 and Walker had 16 points.

Aek 63 - Keravnos 79

Keravnos, who holds the 1st position on the board, reached a crucial road win against Aek. Keravnos had Stylianou, Barker, Abukar and Parks with double digits whereas in the loosing squad Brezec had 21 pts and 15 rebs and was the only one who survived. Aek who was bad from the perimeter (had 9 in 30 three-pointers) has grabbed only 32 rebs compared to 44 of Keravnos plus it has committed 16 turnovers.

In the final game Apollon rolled to its 3rd victory against ENP with 67-63. The Cypriot Iraklis Pitakkas finished the game had 22 points (had 8 in 8 FT). In the loosing squad, Washington had 17 pts.




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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 17-1 
 2. BK Pardubice 15-3 
 3. BK Decin 12-7 
 4. BK Kolin 11-7 
 5. BK Opava 9-9 
 6. USK Praha 8-10 
 7. Prostejov 8-10 
 8. Usti n/Labem 8-10 
 9. J.Hradec 6-12 
 10. MMCITE Brno 5-13 
 11. Svitavy 5-13 
 12. NH Ostrava 4-14 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 7: USK Praha - Prostejov 96-69
Jan. 7: CEZ Nymburk - BK Opava 96-67
Jan. 9: J.Hradec - BK Kolin 82-84
Jan. 7: NH Ostrava - Usti n/Labem 77-88
Jan. 7: BK Decin - Svitavy 75-71
Jan. 7: MMCITE Brno - BK Pardubice 57-91

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 14: NH Ostrava - CEZ Nymburk
Jan. 15: Usti n/Labem - MMCITE Brno
Jan. 15: BK Pardubice - J.Hradec
Jan. 14: BK Kolin - USK Praha
Jan. 14: Prostejov - BK Decin
Jan. 14: Svitavy - BK Opava


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 26
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek26.0 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK25.3 
 3. Svoboda, Nymburk B25.2 
 4. Peterka, Nymburk B22.8 
 5. Potocek, Pardubice22.7 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek22.0 
 7. Honomichl, Loko Plzen19.3 
 8. Nehoda, Zlin19.3 
 9. Streba, USK P.18.8 
 10. Bujnoch, Opava B18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.9 
 2. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.11.4 
 3. Novak, Olomouc SK11.4 
 4. Kolonicny, Havirov10.2 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin9.8 
 6. Voslajer, Zlin9.6 
 7. Novak, Vysocina9.3 
 8. Bubak, Vysocina9.2 
 9. Streba, USK P.9.1 
 10. Kvapil, Opava B9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.4 
 2. Jancik, Havirov5.8 
 3. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 4. Klecka, Opava B5.0 
 5. Pumprla, Zlin4.9 
 6. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.8 
 7. Petric, Pardubice4.7 
 8. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.4 
 9. Goga, Prostejov B4.1 
 10. Dragoun, Opava B3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.2 
 2. Kozina, Zlin2.7 
 3. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.7 
 4. Novak, Vysocina2.4 
 5. Potocek, Pardubice2.4 
 6. Nehoda, Zlin2.4 
 7. Branda, Opava B2.3 
 8. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.2 
 9. Slechta, Sokol Pisek2.1 
 10. Kroutil, Slavoj L.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.0 
 2. Skranc, Pardubice1.6 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov1.5 
 4. Blumbergs, GBA S.1.3 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 6. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 7. Szabo, Prostejov B1.0 
 8. Stafl, Nymburk B1.0 
 9. Vasat, Prostejov B1.0 
 10. Kvapil, Opava B1.0 


1Liga Round 13: Leader Sokol Hradec Kralove loses to Nymburk B - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (11-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by third ranked Nymburk B (9-4) 84-83. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group A. Nymburk B shot the lights out from three sinking 20 long-distance shots on high 51.3 percentage. International center Martin Peterka (205-95) fired 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Matej Svoboda (200-96) chipped in 18 points. Slovakian center Peter Majerik (207-85) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Nymburk B moved-up to second place in Group A, which they share with Slavoj Litom. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Nymburk B is looking forward to face USK Praha B (#5) at home in the next round. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against GBA Sparta (#8) in Praha and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Praha. Second ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (9-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 4th placed USK Praha B (6-7) 79-78 on Friday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 8 rebounds. Admir Alic contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vilem Svoboda (195-95) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds for USK Praha B. Slavoj BK Litomerice have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group A with 9-4 record having just three points less than leader Zlin, which they share with Nymburk B. USK Praha B at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against Basket Kosice (#6) at home in the next round. USK Praha B will play against Nymburk B and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Kosice between Sokol Prazky and Basket Kosice. Fifth ranked Sokol Prazky (7-6) got a very close victory on the road over 6th ranked Basket Kosice (6-8). Sokol Prazky managed to escape with a 1-point win 69-68 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Basket Kosice. Jan Sop stepped up and scored 12 points for the winners. Sokol Prazky's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Dusan Hlavacek responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Sokol Prazky moved-up to fourth place in Group A. Loser Basket Kosice keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Sokol Prazky will meet at home BK Loko Plzen (#7) in the next round. Basket Kosice will play against the league's second-placed Slavoj BK Litomerice and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Sokol Slapanice (8-5) against fourth ranked B&W Opava B (9-4) on Friday night. Visiting Sokol Slapanice was defeated by B&W Opava B in Opava 89-75. Miroslav Kvapil nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. B&W Opava B's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. B&W Opava B moved-up to third place in Group B. Sokol Slapanice at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. B&W Opava B's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Olomouc SK and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sokol Slapanice will play against Olomouc Bbal and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of first ranked SKB Zlin (12-1) against fifth ranked Olomouc Bbal (7-6) on Friday night. Visiting SKB Zlin was defeated by Olomouc Bbal in Olomouc 78-67. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of SKB Zlin. Evgeni Scripcaru fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. SKB Zlin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olomouc Bbal maintains fifth place in Group B with 7-6 record. Loser SKB Zlin still keeps top position with one game lost. Olomouc Bbal will face higher ranked Sokol Slapanice (#4) in Slapnice in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SKB Zlin will play at home against Pardubice and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 13 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group A GBA Sparta defeated Vysocina in Praha 79-74. Loko Plzen was smashed by Sokol Pisek at home 53-85.
In Group B Olomouc SK won against Ostrava on the opponent's court 87-72. Havirov unfortunately lost to Novy Jicin in a home game 73-86. Prostejov B was rolled over Pardubice on the road 67-108.
The best stats of 13th round was 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds by Josef Potocek of Pardubice.


Group A
Sokol H.K. - Nymburk B 83-84

Top ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (11-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by third ranked Nymburk B (9-4) 84-83. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group A. Nymburk B shot the lights out from three sinking 20 long-distance shots on high 51.3 percentage. International center Martin Peterka (205-95) fired 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Matej Svoboda (200-96) chipped in 18 points. Slovakian center Peter Majerik (207-85) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and forward Ondrej Peterka (198-91, agency: Octagon Europe) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Sokol Hradec Kralove players scored in double figures. Nymburk B moved-up to second place in Group A, which they share with Slavoj Litom. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Nymburk B is looking forward to face USK Praha B (#5) at home in the next round. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against GBA Sparta (#8) in Praha and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Nymburk B: M.Peterka 25+9reb+3ast, M.Svoboda 18+4reb, E.Kotasek 12+1reb+5ast, M.Kolar 8+2reb+1ast, M.Ivan 8+2reb, T.Dlugos 6+2ast
Sokol H.K.: P.Majerik 22+6reb+1ast, O.Peterka 19+6reb+4ast, S.Faifr 19+6reb+1ast, D.Sirek 15+2reb+5ast, T.Mahler 10+1reb, L.Svandrlik 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 483397


Vysocina - GBA Sparta 74-79

There was no surprise in Jihlava where 10th ranked Vysocina (3-10) was defeated by eighth ranked GBA Sparta (5-7) 79-74 on Sunday. Polish Karol Majchrzak (195-97, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Michal Kozak (202-98) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Forward Jiri Bubak (194-84) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and Martin Novak (199-93) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five GBA Sparta and four Vysocina players scored in double figures. GBA Sparta moved-up to seventh place in Group A, which they share with Loko Plzen. Vysocina lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with ten games lost. GBA Sparta will face league's leader Sokol Hradec Kralove at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vysocina will play against Sokol Pisek (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GBA Sparta: M.Welsch 16+1reb+2ast, K.Majchrzak 16+8reb+4ast, M.Kozak 13+8reb+2ast, I.Tyrtyshnyk 12+5reb+2ast, D.Javorsky 10+2reb, M.Kainc 7+3reb
Vysocina: M.Novak 19+6reb+3ast, J.Bubak 15+13reb+2ast, O.Manak 13+4reb+3ast, T.Siroky 12+1reb, J.Knetl 9+1reb+3ast, P.Knetl 4+2reb
gschID: 483398


Basket Kosice - Sokol Prazky 68-69

A very close game took place in Kosice between Sokol Prazky and Basket Kosice. Fifth ranked Sokol Prazky (7-6) got a very close victory on the road over 6th ranked Basket Kosice (6-8). Sokol Prazky managed to escape with a 1-point win 69-68 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Basket Kosice. They outrebounded Basket Kosice 39-23 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Jan Sop (185-96) stepped up and scored 12 points for the winners and point guard Tomas Gavenda (182-96) chipped in 7 points and 6 assists. Sokol Prazky's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side power forward Dusan Hlavacek (197-77) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Jan Nekolny (192-91) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Sokol Prazky moved-up to fourth place in Group A. Loser Basket Kosice keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Sokol Prazky will meet at home BK Loko Plzen (#7) in the next round. Basket Kosice will play against the league's second-placed Slavoj BK Litomerice and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sokol Prazky: Y.Habily 14+2reb, J.Sop 12+3reb+2ast, S.Brix 9+4reb+2ast, J.Tomas 8+4reb+1ast, M.Hartig 7+4reb+2ast, T.Gavenda 7+3reb+6ast
Basket Kosice: J.Kratochvil 13+2reb, J.Nekolny 11+1reb+5ast, D.Hlavacek 11+8reb, M.Vansa 9+1ast, D.Adasek 8+2reb+4ast, J.Zavadil 7+3reb
gschID: 483400


USK Praha B - Slavoj Litom. 78-79

Important game to mention about took place in Praha. Second ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (9-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 4th placed USK Praha B (6-7) 79-78 on Friday evening. Slavoj BK Litomerice shot 60.9 percent from the field. USK Praha B was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 8 rebounds. Bosnian forward Admir Alic (197-84) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vilem Svoboda (195-95) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Jan Streba (195-95) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for USK Praha B. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Slavoj BK Litomerice have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group A with 9-4 record having just three points less than leader Zlin, which they share with Nymburk B. USK Praha B at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against Basket Kosice (#6) at home in the next round. USK Praha B will play against Nymburk B and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Slavoj Litom.: M.Klimes 27+8reb, A.Alic 18+6reb, A.Zampach 14+3reb+2ast, M.Basta 11+1reb+1ast, M.Slunecko 6+1reb+4ast, J.Sotnar 3+7ast
USK Praha B: V.Svoboda 31+11reb, J.Streba 19+8reb+1ast, J.Tuma 10+1reb+2ast, O.Sehnal 10+2reb+5ast, D.Zikla 4+1reb+1ast, F.Petruzela 2+1reb
gschID: 483401


Loko Plzen - Sokol Pisek 53-85

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Sokol Pisek (4-10) smashed on the road 7th ranked BK Loko Plzen (5-7) 85-53 on Friday. They outrebounded BK Loko Plzen 57-25 including a 45-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Dalibor Fait (203-93) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Center Vojtech Novak (205-97) chipped in 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Four Sokol Pisek players scored in double figures. Point guard Kamil Riha (180-91) produced 11 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Jaroslav Kovanda (203-82) added 9 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. Sokol Pisek moved-up to ninth place in Group A. Loser BK Loko Plzen keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Sokol Pisek will face Vysocina (#10) in Jihlava in the next round.
Top scorers:
Sokol Pisek: D.Fait 22+11reb, P.Slechta 17+6reb+3ast, V.Novak 17+9reb+4ast, P.Englicky 11+9reb+1ast, R.Duda 8+2reb, D.Hejda 4+2reb
Loko Plzen: K.Riha 11+5reb+3ast, J.Lejsek 10+3reb+2ast, J.Kovanda 9+8reb+1ast, M.David 7, V.Honomichl 6+2reb, O.Fleischhans 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 483399


Group B
Ostrava - Olomouc SK 72-87

Very expected game when 6th ranked Ostrava (5-8) was defeated at home by second ranked Olomouc SK (10-3) 87-72 on Sunday. Olomouc SK outrebounded Ostrava 103-77 including a 66-49 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 25 long-distance shots on high 53.2 percentage. Ostrava was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Pavel Novak (199-83) fired 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Martin Vanak (198-87) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Olomouc SK's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Lukas Bukovjan (185-98) produced 18 points and guard Michal Palat (194-90) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Olomouc SK have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Olomouc SK maintains second place in Group B with 10-3 record having just two points less than leader Zlin. Ostrava lost fourth consecutive game. Ostrava at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Olomouc SK will face B&W Opava B (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ostrava will play against Novy Jicin in Novy Jicin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olomouc SK: P.Novak 22+7reb+3ast, M.Vanak 16+9reb, M.Sedlacek 15+1reb+1ast, D.Jilek 9+5reb+1ast, J.Zlamal 9+5reb+5ast, K.Sin 8+4reb
Ostrava: L.Bukovjan 18+3reb+1ast, J.Lycka 9+1reb+7ast, M.Palat 9+6reb+2ast, P.Hosek 8+1reb, J.Stepanek 7+3reb+1ast, T.Havlik 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 483478


Havirov - Novy Jicin 73-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Novy Jicin's (4-9) road victory over 10th ranked Havirov (1-12) 86-73 on Friday. They outrebounded Havirov 52-34 including 18 on the offensive glass. Slovakian center Ondrej Soska (208-78) fired 27 points and 9 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Center Tadeas Janik (201-94) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Four Novy Jicin players scored in double figures. Daniel Klimek (190-96) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and center Jan Kolonicny (208-93) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Novy Jicin moved-up to eighth place in Group B, which they share with Prostejov B. Loser Havirov keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Novy Jicin will face higher ranked Ostrava (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Havirov will play against BK Prostejov B (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Novy Jicin: O.Soska 27+9reb+2ast, T.Janik 19+7reb+2ast, R.Pelikan 11+14reb+1ast, R.Medek 10+5reb+2ast, M.Rudolf 5+6reb+1ast, J.Kelar 5+2reb
Havirov: D.Klimek 21+6reb+3ast, J.Kolonicny 14+9reb+2ast, A.Urbanek 12+4reb+1ast, J. Hubacek 8+3reb, V.Jancik 7+1reb+1ast, J.Landor 6
gschID: 483475


Opava B - Sokol Slapanice 89-75

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Sokol Slapanice (8-5) against fourth ranked B&W Opava B (9-4) on Friday night. Visiting Sokol Slapanice was defeated by B&W Opava B in Opava 89-75. B&W Opava B forced 22 Sokol Slapanice turnovers and outrebounded them 47-35 including 35 on the defensive glass. Center Miroslav Kvapil (202-93) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and center Vaclav Bujnoch (200-93, college: Des Moines Area CC) accounted for 24 points and 12 rebounds. B&W Opava B's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Zdenek Sebela (192-87) came up with 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and guard Radek Hilser (197-81) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Sokol Slapanice in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. B&W Opava B moved-up to third place in Group B. Sokol Slapanice at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. B&W Opava B's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Olomouc SK and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sokol Slapanice will play against Olomouc Bbal and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Opava B: M.Kvapil 24+13reb+3ast, V.Bujnoch 24+12reb+3ast, R.Dragoun 18+5reb+5ast, J.Dihel 14+6reb+1ast, R.Matejka 5+2reb+1ast, S.Kurecka 2+3reb+1ast
Sokol Slapanice: Z.Sebela 24+7reb+3ast, I.Pavlicik 15+3reb+2ast, R.Sir 13+5reb+3ast, R.Hilser 13+8reb+3ast, R.Hlavacek 4+5reb+2ast, M.Vyroubal 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 483477


Olomouc Bbal - Zlin 78-67

Very important is a road loss of first ranked SKB Zlin (12-1) against fifth ranked Olomouc Bbal (7-6) on Friday night. Visiting SKB Zlin was defeated by Olomouc Bbal in Olomouc 78-67. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of SKB Zlin. Olomouc Bbal forced 23 SKB Zlin turnovers. SKB Zlin was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Moldovan forward Evgeni Scripcaru (195-83) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Jiri Dedek (190-95) chipped in 16 points, 5 assists and 7 steals. David Nehoda (193-91) produced 26 points and point guard David Zumer (174-95) added 16 points respectively for lost side. SKB Zlin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olomouc Bbal maintains fifth place in Group B with 7-6 record. Loser SKB Zlin still keeps top position with one game lost. Olomouc Bbal will face higher ranked Sokol Slapanice (#4) in Slapnice in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SKB Zlin will play at home against Pardubice and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Olomouc Bbal: E.Scripcaru 18+10reb+3ast, J.Dedek 16+2reb+5ast, V.Smerda 12+3reb+2ast, R.Jurka 9+5reb, A.Choleva 8+5reb+1ast, J.Kozak 8+4reb
Zlin: D.Nehoda 26+3reb, D.Zumer 16+3reb+3ast, M.Susak 7+7reb, J.Kozina 7+1reb, J.Krutilek 5+1reb+2ast, R.Stencl 2
gschID: 483476


Pardubice - Prostejov B 108-67

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Pardubice and 7th ranked BK Prostejov B had identical 4-8 record. This time Pardubice used a home court advantage and outplayed the opponent from Prostejov 108-67 on Friday night. Pardubice dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to BK Prostejov B's 38. Pardubice forced 22 BK Prostejov B turnovers and outrebounded them 51-35 including 20 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by BK Prostejov B's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pardubice made 7 blocks. Forward Josef Potocek (196-96) fired 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Karel Formanek (202-97) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Pardubice players scored in double figures. Slovakian Milan Szabo (204-98) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Martin Nabelek (176-98) added 16 points 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. Pardubice (5-8) moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with Ostrava. Newly promoted BK Prostejov B dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Pardubice will face league's leader SKB Zlin on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Prostejov B will play against Havirov (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pardubice: J.Potocek 33+5reb, V.Pulpan 11+7ast, D.Skranc 11+9reb+4ast, K.Formanek 10+13reb+4ast, M.Svoboda 10+5reb+1ast, F.Nimec 10+6reb+1ast
Prostejov B: M.Nabelek 16+4reb+1ast, M.Szabo 15+12reb+1ast, A.Goga 11+5reb+3ast, V.Vasat 6+5reb, J.Hlobil 5+3reb+2ast, L.Jencik 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 512510





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  DENMARK  


Chris Nielsen claims Danish Ligaen weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Former international Swingman Chris Nielsen (193-G/F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Randers and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 31-year old swingman had the game-high 27 points adding five rebounds and nine assists for Randers in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Stevnsgade (#8, 0-15) with 33-point margin 107-74. Randers is placed at 4th position in Danish Ligaen. Randers 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 8-9 record. In the team's last game Nielsen had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Randers, through which he has constantly improved. Nielsen has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.0ppg), assists (2nd best: 3.9apg) and averages solid 45.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Tanner McGrew (203-F-93, agency: Duran International) of SISU. McGrew impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Of course SISU cruised to a 108-100 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Bakken (#2, 11-2). SISU's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. McGrew is a newcomer at SISU 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 17.1ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 10.8rpg and 3.7apg.

The third best performed player last round was another SISU's star - American Kyle Dranginis (195-SG-92). Dranginis showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and thirteen assists (!!!) in the last round. He was another key player of SISU, helping his team with a 108-100 win against the higher-ranked Bakken (#2, 11-2). The chances of SISU 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, Dranginis could try to bring SISU's a little bit higher in the standings. Dranginis has individually a great season in Denmark. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.9apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jesper Sandager (194-G/F-96) of Stevnsgade - 33 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Charles Burgess (186-PG-84) of Randers - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Oliver Stroeh (192-G-94) of SISU - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Moritz Lanegger (190-PG-90) of Naestved - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Earnest Ross (196-G-91) of Naestved - 17 points and 8 rebounds
9. Asbjorn Midtgaard (210-C/F-97) of Horsholm - 16 points and 9 rebounds
10. Mike Gesell (188-G-93) of Bakken - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 7 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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  D-LEAGUE  

Standings

D-League Standings
Atlantic Division
 1. Maine RC 15-7 
 2. Delaware 87ers 12-9 
 3. Westchester K. 10-10 
 4. Long Island N. 8-15 
 5. Greensboro S. 6-15 
 6. Erie Bay H. 6-15 
Central Division
 1. Raptors 905 14-7 
 2. Ft.Wayne MA 13-7 
 3. Canton C. 12-8 
 4. Grand Rapids D. 11-12 
 5. Windy City B. 7-12 
Pacific Division
 1. Los Angeles D. 17-5 
 2. Santa Cruz W. 11-10 
 3. N.Arizona S. 10-10 
 4. Reno B. 8-13 
 5. Salt Lake City S. 5-15 
Southwest Division
 1. Sioux Falls S. 16-5 
 2. Oklahoma City B 15-7 
 3. Rio Grande VV 15-8 
 4. Texas L. 10-9 
 5. Austin S. 8-13 
 6. Iowa E. 2-19 

Regular Season: Round 54

Jan. 9: Rio Grande VV - Santa Cruz W. 155-148
Jan. 9: Reno B. - Grand Rapids D. 107-101

Regular Season: Round 55

Jan. 10: Long Island N. - Ft.Wayne MA
Jan. 10: Westchester K. - Maine RC
Jan. 10: Raptors 905 - Greensboro S.
Jan. 10: N.Arizona S. - Oklahoma City B
Jan. 10: Salt Lake City S. - Austin S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 29.1
 1. Jackson, Texas L.29.1 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.7 
 3. Cook, Canton C.25.4 
 4. Blue, Los A.24.0 
 5. Murphy, Grand R.23.3 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.23.1 
 7. Brown, Erie Bay H.21.9 
 8. Patterson, Reno B.21.9 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.3 
 10. Pressey, Santa C.20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.8 
 2. Zimmerman, Erie B.11.7 
 3. Costello, Iowa E.11.6 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.11.2 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.11.2 
 6. Onuaku, Rio G.10.5 
 7. Long, Delaware.10.4 
 8. Zubac, Los A.9.6 
 9. Alexander, Erie B.9.4 
 10. Jones, Maine RC9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Magette, Los A.9.8 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 4. Dinwiddie, Windy C.8.1 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.7.6 
 6. Taylor, Rio G.7.3 
 7. Weber, Sioux F.7.0 
 8. VanVleet, Raptors .6.7 
 9. Murray, Austin S.6.3 
 10. Jackson, Texas L.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.2 
 2. Harris, Texas L.2.6 
 3. Tokoto, Rio G.2.5 
 4. McCallum, Grand R.2.4 
 5. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.3 
 6. Fells, Texas L.2.3 
 7. Patterson, Reno B.2.2 
 8. Payton II, Rio G.2.2 
 9. Dinwiddie, Windy C.2.2 
 10. Murray, Austin S.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith BENSON
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Benson, Sioux F.3.1 
 2. Mickey, Maine RC2.8 
 3. Foster, Los A.2.5 
 4. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.4 
 5. Tavares, Raptors .2.3 
 6. Ndour, Westches.2.2 
 7. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 8. Wood, Greensbo.2.1 
 9. Acy, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Jones, Santa C.1.9 


D-League's Iowa Energy fire Matt Woodley as coach - by Eurobasket News

Matt Woodley has been fired as head coach of the NBA Development League's Iowa Energy. The Energy announced Monday that Woodley had been relieved of his duties. Glynn Cyprien has been named interim head coach. Woodley had been Iowa's coach since last May. Iowa is the D-League affiliate of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. The Energy have a 2-19 record this season. Cyprien joined the Grizzlies organization in 2014-15 as a basketball operations assistant/scout. He also had worked as a University of Memphis assistant coach from 2009-11 on Josh Pastner's staff. He was an associate head coach at Texas A&M from 2009-11.
Courtesy of: nba.com



RGV Vipers Score Season-High 155 Points as They Defeat Santa Cruz - by Eurobasket News

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers (15-8), NBA D-League affiliate of the Houston Rockets, scored a season-high 155 to defeat Santa Cruz Warriors (11-10) 155-148. Three Vipers players had double-doubles on the night. Gary Payton II (6'3''-G-92, college: Oregon St.) II led the home team in scoring and rebounds with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle Wiltjer (6'10''-F-92, college: Gonzaga) totaled 10 rebounds and 26 points. Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) led the team in assists with 14. Morris also scored 29 points. Santa Cruz's LaDontae Henton (6'6''-F-92, college: Providence) led both teams in scoring with 32. The 155 points were a season-high for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The team also had 40 assists in the game, an all-time record for the Vipers. RGV shot at a 57.6 percent and have not lost yet when shooting better than 50 percent. The opening quarter had back-to-back action throughout the quarter. There were nine lead changes and the biggest lead was a Vipers five point lead. Darius Morris wasted no time to get double digits in points. Morris scored 10 on the opening quarter and went 4-5 on the court. Only five points separated both teams with the vipers holding a 34-29 lead. Rio Grande Valley used the second quarter to distance themselves from the Santa Cruz Warriors. The Vipers scored 44 points in the second half to finish the first half ahead of the Warriors 78-64. Both Darius Morris and Kyle Wiltjer, on assignment from the Houston Rockets, scored eight points on the second quarter. Santa Cruz started cutting away to Rio Grande Valley's lead and at one point they cut the deficit to five points. A 7-0 run propelled by a Chris Johnson (6'6''-SF-90, college: Dayton), who dunked and then had a block at the other end, helped shift momentum back to the home team. The Santa Cruz scored 48 points in the final quarter but it was not enough as the Vipers' 43 points in the fourth secured the 155-148 win and the tenth win at home. Rio Grande Valley returns to the State Farm Arena on Wednesday, January 11 to play Sioux Falls Skyforce. Tip-off for the game is set at 7p.m.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Power Trio Leads Red Claws to 5th Straight Win - by Eurobasket News

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, got balanced scoring from three different players to cruise past the Fort Wayne Mad Ants Sunday afternoon, 111-103. It was a matchup of first-place teams at the Portland Expo. Maine has now won five straight games. Marcus Georges-Hunt (6'5''-F-94, college: Georgia Tech) led Maine with 30 points. Demetrius Jackson (6'1''-PG-94, college: Notre Dame), on assignment from the Boston Celtics, added 26 points, while Jalen Jones scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season. Jones and Georges-Hunt combined to go 21-21 from the free throw line. In the 1 st quarter, the Red Claws (15-7) struggled shooting the ball early on, while the Mad Ants (13-7) jumped out to an early 10-4 lead after a pair of three pointers from Stephan Hicks. After a mid-quarter surge from Maine, they closed the gap to 2 points (20-18) with 3:00 minutes left in the quarter. Fort Wayne closed the quarter on a 10-9 run to hold a 30-27 lead. Hicks and Alex Poythress (6'8''-F-93, college: Kentucky) led the Mad Ants scoring with 8 points apiece, while Jalen Jones led the Red Claws with 8 points. Opening the 2nd quarter Maine tied the game at 33-33 quickly after 4 points from Jalen Jones. Halfway through the quarter Maine went on a 9-5 run to take their first lead (42-38) since the first basket of the game fueled by Marcus Georges-Hunt's 7-point run. The Red Claws closed the quarter strong clinging to a 54-47 halftime lead. Georges-Hunt led all scorers in the first half with 17 points, while Jalen Jones had 14. Alex Poythress led the Mad Ants with 13 points. On to the 3rd quarter where Maine didn't score until the 9:12 mark, on a free throw from Dallas Lauderdale to lead 55-50. Shortly after Maine started to get hot, as they hit back-to-back three pointers from Marcus Georges-Hunt and Coron Williams, to take their largest lead of the game 63-51. Maine ended the quarter with their largest lead of the ball game 79-64, led by Marcus Georges Hunt's 22 game high 22 points. In the 4th and final quarter Demetrius Jackson opened up with a big three pointer to push the lead to 16 points (82-66), followed up with another three pointer from Malcolm Miller (6'6''-G-91, college: Southern), which pushed the lead to 19 points (85-66). Fort Wayne responded quickly going on their own 7-point run, closing the gap to 12 points (85-73). The Red Claws quieted the run by pushing the lead back to 16 (92-76) with 5:35 left to play in the game. Maine thwarted a late comeback effort from Fort Wayne, by holding on to win 111-103. Maine was led by Marcus Georges-Hunt who topped all scorers with 30 points on 9/19 shooting, while going 11/11 from the free throw line. Demetrius Jackson, on assignment from the Boston Celtics poured in 26 points, shooting 9/15 from the field and 7/8 from the charity stripe. Jalen Jones had a double-double for Maine, posting 25 points and 10 rebounds. Leading the Fort Wayne Mad Ants was Jordan Loyd off the bench with 21 points on 7/12 shooting and 6/7 from the free throw line. Stephan Hicks finished with 19 points after 8 1st quarter points. Trey McKinney-Jones who fouled out in the 4th quarter, finished with 18 points. The Red Claws were 37-80 (46.3%) for the game from the floor, while shooting just 8-28 (28.6%) from 3 point land. Maine finished with an impressive 29-33 (87.9%) from the free throw line. Fort Wayne was 37-87 (42.5%) from the floor, going 13-37 (35.1%) from downtown and 16-19 (84.2%) from the free throw line.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com





Santa Cruz rallies past Austin in OT - by Eurobasket News

Point guard Phil Pressey (5'11''-PG-91, college: Missouri) scored eight of his team-high 27 points in overtime as the Santa Cruz Warriors rallied past Austin 111-108 in the teams' NBA D-League game at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas, on Sunday. Pressey, a 25-year-old who was born in Dallas, made two of his five 3-pointers and a pair of free throws in overtime. Forward Damian Jones (7'0''-C-95, college: Vanderbilt) had eight points and pulled down a team-high 14 rebounds, helping the Warriors earn the narrow edge in rebounding, 50-49. Warriors center Dennis Clifford recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. With the win, the Warriors (11-9) moved to five games behind Pacific Division leader Los Angeles (17-5) in the Western Conference standings. Austin, which sits in fifth place in the Southwest Division, drops to 8-13. The Warriors travel to Hidalgo, Texas, to face Rio Grande Valley (14-8) on Monday at 5 p.m. before returning to Santa Cruz for a game against Canton (12-9) at Kaiser Permanente Arena on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Santa Cruz forward LaDontae Henton (6'6''-F-92, college: Providence) finished with 13 points in the see-saw battle against Austin, which saw the teams exchange the lead 14 times. They were tied 12 times, including 100-all at the end of regulation. The seasoned Pressey, who played in 148 NBA games from 2013-15, was fouled driving to the basket late in regulation and made both his free throws to lock the score at 100. Austin guard Dejounte Murray (6'4''-G-96, college: Washington) missed a spinning layup in the final seconds and the Warriors rebounded the ball with seven-tenths of a second on the clock. A 3-point attempt by Scott Wood, who finished with a minus-15 rating when on the floor, fell short. Austin held a 106-103 lead in overtime after getting baskets from Murray and guard Bryn Forbes (6'3''-G-93, college: Michigan St.). Pressey tied the score at 106 with a 3 and gave the Warriors a 109-108 lead with another 3 - draining an off-balance shot on the wing while defended by Murray. Santa Cruz finished 11 of 33 on 3-point shots and 28 of 37 from the free-throw line. Henton gave the Warriors some breathing room after draining a pair of free throws in the game's final seconds. Forbes missed the Spurs' final shot, a 3-point attempt, and Pressey gathered the rebound and chucked the ball across the court to kill the remainder of the clock. Alex Hamilton (6'4''-G-93, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) came off the bench and scored 19 points for Santa Cruz. Austin's backcourt of Murray and Forbes combined for 61 points with Murray scoring 31 and pulling down a team-high 12 rebounds. Spurs center Cory Jefferson had 19 points and seven rebounds. Austin was plagued by 17 turnovers; Santa Cruz had 15.
Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com



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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 21
 1. Strupovics, Valga21.0 
 2. Baker, Tarvas20.4 
 3. van der Mars, Rap.20.1 
 4. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.19.0 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU18.3 
 6. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 7. Olmre, TTU17.8 
 8. Saage, TL.16.3 
 9. Seskus, Parnu14.8 
 10. Harper, Kalev/Cr.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. van der Mars, Rap.14.2 
 2. Baker, Tarvas9.3 
 3. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.9.0 
 4. Jois, TU/Rock9.0 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU8.5 
 6. Milka, TU/Rock8.1 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga8.0 
 8. Marshall, TL.6.5 
 9. Keedus, Kalev/Cr.6.4 
 10. Heath, TL.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Norman KABIN
  Parnu
  (188-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Kabin, Parnu4.8 
 2. Bratoz, Rapla4.8 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.7 
 4. Saage, TL.4.7 
 5. Olmre, TTU4.4 
 6. Jones, TL.4.0 
 7. Sokk, TU/Rock4.0 
 8. Paiste, Tarvas3.9 
 9. Thomas, TU/Rock3.8 
 10. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Taavi JURKATAMM
  Noorteli.
  (201-SG-97)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.7 
 2. Kabin, Parnu2.0 
 3. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 4. Olmre, TTU1.9 
 5. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.8 
 6. Kaldre, Rapla1.8 
 7. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 8. Post, Tarvas1.6 
 9. Joesaar, TU/Rock1.5 
 10. Tamm, TL.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Forrest ROBINSON
  TU/Rock
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Robinson, TU/Rock2.0 
 2. Haughton, Tarvas2.0 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu2.0 
 4. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.3 
 5. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 6. van der Mars, Rap.1.2 
 7. Upshaw, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 8. Palmer, Tarvas1.0 
 9. Saks, TL.0.9 
 10. Marshall, TL.0.8 



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  ETHIOPIA  


Kazma club in Kuwait signed Abdullah Al Sarraf - by David Pick

Kazma club in Kuwait signed experienced veteran 34-year old forward Abdullah Al Sarraf (190-F-82) from Al Arabi.

He is 1.90 meters, and the list of his achievements is quite long. He has played in the league since just 2012, but was also voted Asia-Basket.com, All-Kuwait League Guard of the Year in 2014.

Al Sarraf played at the Arab Club Championships nine years ago. He has played also professionally for other Kuwaiti teams like Al Qadsia and Al Kuwait.




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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Sodertalje
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Bizaca, Sodertalje23.9 
 2. Cobbs, Gravelines21.0 
 3. Jefferson, Gazia.20.8 
 4. Allen, Kormend20.2 
 5. Clark, Chalon19.4 
 6. Burnett, BK Pardu.19.0 
 7. Jeter, Groningen18.6 
 8. Bozov, Rilski18.5 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .18.3 
 10. Hollis, Benfica17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas ECHODAS
  Siauliai
  (204-C/F-97)
  Avg: 11
 1. Echodas, Siauliai11.0 
 2. Elegar, Enisey9.8 
 3. Grabauskas, TL.9.8 
 4. Jefferson, Gazia.9.8 
 5. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk9.4 
 6. Washburn, FC Porto9.0 
 7. Zack, Lukoil Acad.8.7 
 8. Mashour, Bnei H.8.3 
 9. Solomon, Gravelines7.8 
 10. Jevtovic, Steaua C.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.9.2 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.8.8 
 3. Roberson, Chalon7.7 
 4. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.7.6 
 5. Petty, Kormend7.2 
 6. Jeter, Groningen6.9 
 7. Massamba, Soder.6.6 
 8. Hinds, Sigal P.6.0 
 9. Autrey, BK Pardu.5.6 
 10. Long, Steaua CSM5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jackson, Oberwart3.0 
 2. Thomas, AEK3.0 
 3. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.7 
 4. Lawrence, Sigal P.2.4 
 5. Cumberbatch, Oberw.2.4 
 6. Petty, Kormend2.2 
 7. Bozov, Rilski2.2 
 8. Hinds, Sigal P.2.2 
 9. Eldridge, Demir I.2.1 
 10. Wall, BK Pardubice2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Frank ELEGAR
  Enisey
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Elegar, Enisey1.8 
 2. Fall, Chalon1.8 
 3. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.8 
 4. Lessort, Nanterre1.7 
 5. Mobley, Apoel1.6 
 6. Anderson, Antwerp1.4 
 7. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk1.3 
 8. West, Siauliai1.2 
 9. Lazar, Targu Mures1.2 
 10. Adrien, Bnei H.1.1 



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 36.3
 1. Upchurch, HyPo36.3 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Maxhuni, HBA-M.25.7 
 4. Cartharn, Espoo B.24.9 
 5. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.4 
 6. Daniels, PeU-Basket24.3 
 7. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.9 
 8. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
 9. Heinonen, Munkkini.22.7 
 10. Clark, Porvoon .22.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.13.0 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket12.7 
 6. Stahl, Oulun N.11.1 
 7. Kantonen, Korik.10.7 
 8. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.7 
 9. Flemings, FoKoPo10.6 
 10. Blomqvist, HyPo10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.7 
 2. Salonen, Porvoon .6.4 
 3. Kantonen, Korik.6.3 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo5.9 
 5. Innamaa, TuNM.4.8 
 6. Ivey, Espoo United4.5 
 7. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 8. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.4 
 9. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.3 
 10. Sulonen, FoKoPo4.2 
Steals Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Upchurch, HyPo3.0 
 2. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 3. Moore, ToPo2.6 
 4. Ceesay, Espoo B.2.6 
 5. Kuusisto, ToPo2.4 
 6. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.4 
 7. Engelvuori, Namika Lr2.3 
 8. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 9. Jaakkola, TuNM.2.3 
 10. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Ekimov, JyWe1.6 
 3. Reed, FoKoPo1.6 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.1.4 
 5. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.4 
 6. Fields, Lahti1.3 
 7. Sandberg, TuNM.1.2 
 8. Kivi, HyPo1.0 
 9. Ceesay, Espoo B.1.0 
 10. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.0 


Finnish Korisliiga round 21 best performance: Bojan Sarcevic - by Eurobasket News

Bosnia and Herzegovina Guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kauhajoki, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, three rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Helsinki Seagulls (#1, 15-4) 92-85. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kauhajoki is placed at 4th position in Finnish Korisliiga. Kauhajoki 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 11-9 record. In the team's last game Sarcevic had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Kauhajoki, through which he has constantly improved. Bojan Sarcevic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.4apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Lawrence Kinnard (203-F-86) of Lapua. Kinnard had a very good evening with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Lapua to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Kouvot (#8, 7-11) 81-61. Lapua's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kinnard is a newcomer at Lapua 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 American guard Steven Pledger (193-G-90) of Kouvot (#8). Pledger scored 27 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Pledger's great performance Kouvot lost 61-81 to the higher-ranked Lapua (#5, 10-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Kouvot 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 seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Pledger could try to bring Kouvot's a little bit higher in the standings. Pledger has individually a great season in Finland. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.1ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kammeon Holsey (203-F-90) of Kauhajoki - 23 points and 2 rebounds
5. Juwan Staten (185-PG-92) of Salon Vilpas - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Teemu Rannikko (189-PG-80) of Kataja Basket - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Desmond Williams (199-G-91) of Salon Vilpas - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Rion Brown (198-SG-91) of Kataja Basket - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) of Kataja Basket - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jamal Jones (203-G-93) of Lapua - 27 points, 4 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)



1st Division Round 13: Espoo Basket is defeated by Raholan Pyrkiva - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Espoo Basket (9-5) and sixth ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (8-6) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Espoo Basket was defeated by Raholan Pyrkiva in Espoo 88-78. The game was mostly controlled by Raholan Pyrkiva. Espoo Basket managed to win second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Raholan Pyrkiva forced 22 Espoo Basket turnovers. Guard Tommi Rasi (184-98) stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and swingman Antti Keski-Koukkari (192-90) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. At the losing side American swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) responded with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Espoo Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Raholan Pyrkiva maintains sixth place in Division with 8-6 record. Espoo Basket at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Raholan Pyrkiva are looking forward to face Karkkila (#9) on the road in the next round. Espoo Basket will play against Munkkiniemen (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Lahti. First ranked host Lahti (11-4) defeated 4th placed ToPo (8-6) 79-69. Guard Sami Ikavalko (187-89) nailed 17 points and 7 assists for the winning side and Aleksi Alanen accounted for 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Emil Djeen (183-94, college: High School) came up with 23 points and 6 rebounds for ToPo in the defeat. Lahti maintains first place in Division with 11-4 record. Newly promoted ToPo keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Lahti will play against HBA-Marsky (#10) in Helsinki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ToPo will play at home against Jarvenpaa (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Espoo. Their biggest opponent host Espoo United (9-4) lost to first ranked Lahti (11-4) 81-75. Americans were the main players on the court. Rashad Smith fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Omar Calhoun produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Lahti maintains first place in Division with 11-4 record. Newly promoted Espoo United keeps the second position with four games lost. Lahti will meet HBA-Marsky (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Espoo United will play against Jarvenpaa (#6) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Forssa was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Oulun NMKY (9-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Forssan Koripojat (6-9). Oulun NMKY defeated Forssan Koripojat 90-79. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of Demondre Harvey who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds. Oulun NMKY maintains third place in Division with 9-5 record having just one point less than leader PuHu Juniorit. Forssan Koripojat at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Oulun NMKY's next round opponent will be Jyvaskyla BA (#5) on the road. Forssan Koripojat will play against the league's second-placed Espoo United and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 13:
In Division Pyrinto II lost to Jarvenpaa on the opponent's court 61-79. HBA-Marsky unfortunately lost to Espoo United in a home game 68-73. Munkkiniemen recorded a loss to Korikouvot on the road 70-84. HNMKY U23 defeated JyWe on its own court 86-82. Namika Lr was smashed by TuNMKY in Turun 100-64.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 5 rebounds by Lauri Salovaara of JyWe.


Division A
Jarvenpaa - Pyrinto II 79-61

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Pyrinto II's (4-10) road loss to eighth ranked Jarvenpaa (6-7) 61-79. It looked good early as Pyrinto II took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Jarvenpaa had a 28-13 second period charge getting the lead and Pyrinto II was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-79. They outrebounded Pyrinto II 52-38 including 19 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Leo Tarjanne (189-95) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds. American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Jarvenpaa's coach Jarkko Lanu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Tuomas Sukanen (198-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Lassi Kilpinen (185-93) added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Pyrinto II. Jarvenpaa moved-up to sixth place in Division. Pyrinto II at the other side keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Jarvenpaa's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Espoo United on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pyrinto II will play against Porvoon Tarmo (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jarvenpaa: L.Tarjanne 21+8reb+3ast, H.Coleman 18+12reb+2ast, A.Towa 11+16reb+4ast, J.Mantyla 9+3reb, J.Jousisto 7+4reb+1ast, J.Viita 5+1reb+1ast
Pyrinto II: T.Sukanen 10+11reb+2ast, M.Nurmi 10+6reb, J.Pentti 8+5reb+3ast, L.Kilpinen 8+7reb+4ast, J.Koskinen 7+2reb+2ast, A.Lehtisaari 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 487669


FoKoPo - Oulun NMKY 79-90

The game in Forssa was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Oulun NMKY (9-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Forssan Koripojat (6-9). Oulun NMKY defeated Forssan Koripojat 90-79. The game was mostly controlled by Oulun NMKY. Forssan Koripojat was better in fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Forssan Koripojat 41-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Demondre Harvey (201-93, college: La-Monroe) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Zach Stahl (196, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Oulun NMKY players scored in double figures. Swingman Roderick Flemings (203-87, college: Hawaii) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds and forward Bruce Reed (202-90, college: Pikeville) added 22 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Forssan Koripojat. Oulun NMKY maintains third place in Division with 9-5 record having just one point less than leader PuHu Juniorit. Forssan Koripojat at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Oulun NMKY's next round opponent will be Jyvaskyla BA (#5) on the road. Forssan Koripojat will play against the league's second-placed Espoo United and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oulun NMKY: Z.Stahl 22+12reb+1ast, O.Virolainen 21+2reb, D.Harvey 15+18reb+3ast, V.Makalainen 14+3reb+2ast, T.Yrjanheikki 6+1reb+1ast, D.Holmes Jr 5+3reb
FoKoPo: B.Reed 22+8reb+2ast, R.Flemings 21+9reb+3ast, S.Bowden 19+1reb+1ast, T.Sulonen 8+1reb+3ast, J.Henttonen 4+4reb, J.Kotavuo 2+3ast
gschID: 487672


HBA-Marsky - Espoo United 68-73

Very predictable result in Helsinki where second ranked Espoo United (9-4) defeated 10th ranked HBA-Marsky (4-10) 73-68. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-13. But HBA-Marsky won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for American point guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) who helped to win the game recording 27 points. His fellow American import guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Center Hannes Polla (210-98) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and point guard Lassi Nikkarinen (184-97) added 19 points and 5 assists in the effort for HBA-Marsky. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Espoo United maintains second place in Division with 9-4 record having just two points less than leader PuHu Juniorit. HBA-Marsky at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Espoo United's next round opponent will be Jarvenpaa (#6) at home. HBA-Marsky will play against the league's leader Lahti (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Espoo United: J.Ivey 27+4reb+3ast, O.Calhoun 11+6reb, V.Makalainen 7+6reb, A.Hartikainen 7+4reb, L.Gummerus 7+5reb+1ast, L.Toivonen 5+4reb+2ast
HBA-Marsky: L.Nikkarinen 19+2reb+5ast, H.Polla 18+14reb, E.Maxhuni 15+3ast, A.Gustavson 6+4reb+1ast, E.Valtonen 6+4reb, M.Suvanto 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 487671


Lahti - ToPo 79-69

The game between Top Four teams took place in Lahti. First ranked host Lahti (11-4) defeated 4th placed ToPo (8-6) 79-69. The game was mostly controlled by Lahti. ToPo was better in fourth quarter 32-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Guard Sami Ikavalko (187-89) nailed 17 points and 7 assists for the winning side and swingman Aleksi Alanen (194-91) accounted for 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Lahti players scored in double figures. Guard Emil Djeen (183-94, college: High School) came up with 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Ilpo Pehkonen (181-89) added 14 points respectively for ToPo in the defeat. Lahti maintains first place in Division with 11-4 record. Newly promoted ToPo keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Lahti will play against HBA-Marsky (#10) in Helsinki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ToPo will play at home against Jarvenpaa (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lahti: S.Ikavalko 17+4reb+7ast, A.Alanen 15+8reb+4ast, J.Fields 14+3reb+5ast, V.Karvonen 10+6reb+2ast, O.Aalto 7+5reb, A.Ahola 6+4reb+3ast
ToPo: E.Djeen 23+6reb+2ast, I.Pehkonen 14+4reb+3ast, C.Latimer 9+8reb, S.Booker 8+1reb+1ast, J.Hietanen 6+5reb+1ast, O.Taylor 4+3reb
gschID: 487670


Espoo United - Lahti 75-81

The game between Top Four teams took place in Espoo. Their biggest opponent host Espoo United (9-4) lost to first ranked Lahti (11-4) 81-75. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Espoo United won fourth quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lahti dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Espoo United's 28 and made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Rashad Smith (201-93, college: Tulsa) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Lahti maintains first place in Division with 11-4 record. Newly promoted Espoo United keeps the second position with four games lost. Lahti will meet HBA-Marsky (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Espoo United will play against Jarvenpaa (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lahti: R.Smith 24+12reb, S.Ikavalko 19+4reb+2ast, J.Fields 15+7reb+4ast, A.Alanen 7, R.Byman 6+2reb, V.Karvonen 5+9reb+1ast
Espoo United: O.Calhoun 20+12reb+1ast, J.Ivey 15+1reb+4ast, V.Makalainen 9+6reb+2ast, L.Gummerus 9+3reb, L.Toivonen 8+3reb, A.Hartikainen 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487668


Division B
Korikouvot - Munkkiniemen 84-70

Not a big story in a game in Kouvola where 12th ranked Munkkiniemen (3-9) was defeated by fifth ranked Korikouvot (9-4) 84-70. It looked good early as Munkkiniemen took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Korikouvot had a 24-14 second period charge getting the lead and Munkkiniemen was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-84. Korikouvot made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Korikouvot outrebounded Munkkiniemen 52-29 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for swingman Teemu Knihtinen (195-98) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Henri Kantonen (197-97) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Korikouvot players scored in double figures. Forward Antti Hammainen (199-97) answered with 21 points and guard Pyry Marttinen (184-99) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Munkkiniemen. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Korikouvot moved-up to fourth place in Division. Newly promoted Munkkiniemen keeps the twelfth position with nine games lost. Korikouvot's next round opponent will be JyWe (#11) in Jyvaskyla and are hoping to win another game. Munkkiniemen will play on the road against Espoo Basket and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Korikouvot: T.Knihtinen 22+17reb+1ast, H.Kantonen 16+12reb+7ast, N.Andersen 12+5reb+1ast, J.Maenpaa 11+9reb+1ast, V.Leino 9+6reb+1ast, K.Shiwan 5+1ast
Munkkiniemen: A.Hammainen 21+4reb+1ast, J.Timonen 16+3reb+2ast, P.Marttinen 15+7reb+2ast, M.Rautasalo 7+3reb, P.Pursiainen 4+2reb+1ast, O.Ailio 3+6reb+3ast
gschID: 487821


HNMKY U23 - JyWe 86-82

Everything went according to plan in Helsinki where eighth ranked HNMKY U23 (6-8) beat 10th ranked JyWe (4-10) 86-82. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. But JyWe won second period 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when HNMKY U23 won last quarter 21-19. HNMKY U23 outrebounded JyWe 51-30 including a 37-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for guard Jyri Eboreime (185-98) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Karri Kallela (200-93) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Russian power forward Alexei Ekimov (210-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Lauri Salovaara (190-94) added 25 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for JyWe. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. HNMKY U23 maintains eighth place in Division with 6-8 record. Newly promoted JyWe dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. HNMKY U23's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ura Basket (#3) in Kaarina and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JyWe will play at home against Korikouvot (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
HNMKY U23: J.Eboreime 20+5reb+8ast, K.Kallela 16+8reb, V.Tahvanainen 14+4reb, E.Clement 12+5reb+1ast, P.Ruutiainen 10+11reb, O.Laakkonen 9+6reb+4ast
JyWe: L.Salovaara 25+5reb+1ast, A.Ekimov 17+13reb+4ast, A.Kantonen 12+7reb+5ast, S.Chudinovskich 10, T.Lemmetyinen 8+2reb+1ast, J.Lehto 3+1ast
gschID: 487823


Espoo Basket - Raholan Pyrkiva 78-88

The game between third ranked Espoo Basket (9-5) and sixth ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (8-6) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Espoo Basket was defeated by Raholan Pyrkiva in Espoo 88-78. The game was mostly controlled by Raholan Pyrkiva. Espoo Basket managed to win second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Raholan Pyrkiva forced 22 Espoo Basket turnovers. Guard Tommi Rasi (184-98) stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and swingman Antti Keski-Koukkari (192-90) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. Four Raholan Pyrkiva players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) responded with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import guard Joshua Gouch (196-91, college: CS San Bernar.) scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. Espoo Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Raholan Pyrkiva maintains sixth place in Division with 8-6 record. Espoo Basket at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Raholan Pyrkiva are looking forward to face Karkkila (#9) on the road in the next round. Espoo Basket will play against Munkkiniemen (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Raholan Pyrkiva: T.Rasi 22+6reb+3ast, A.Keski-Koukkari 18+4reb+5ast, L.Tiainen 15+9reb+3ast, A.Mavrodiev 10+5reb+2ast, J.Hamalainen 9+5reb+2ast, A.Kaivonen 8+1reb+2ast
Espoo Basket: J.Gouch 26+5reb+1ast, J.Graham 21+7reb+6ast, I.Kerminen 9+2reb+3ast, C.Carapinha 8+5reb+3ast, R.Ahman 7+4reb, A.Vialen 7+9reb
gschID: 487820


TuNMKY - Namika Lr 100-64

There was no surprise in Turun where 13th ranked Namika Lr (1-12) was outplayed by second ranked TuNMKY (10-2) 100-64. The game was mostly controlled by TuNMKY. Namika Lr was better in third quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Namika Lr 42-25 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. TuNMKY players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Namika Lr's players. It was a very good performance for center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four TuNMKY players scored in double figures. TuNMKY's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Santeri Mantynen (192-95) answered with 18 points and 4 steals and swingman Anttoni Tapio (193-92) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Namika Lr. TuNMKY maintains second place in Division with 10-2 record behind leader PuHu Juniorit. Namika Lr at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. TuNMKY's next round opponent will be league's leader PuHu Juniorit in Vantaa and it will be for sure the game of the week. Namika Lr will play on the road against Munkkiniemen (#12) in Helsinki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TuNMKY: M.Sandberg 17+12reb+2ast, A.Talvitie 16+1reb+2ast, E.Innamaa 16+7reb+5ast, M.Laihonen 14+6reb+1ast, V.Salli 14+2ast, P.Luomala 8+3reb+2ast
Namika Lr: S.Mantynen 18+3reb+2ast, T.Turunen 14+1reb+2ast, A.Tapio 10+5reb+3ast, L.Aavamaki 6+4reb+3ast, S.Laine 5+1reb+2ast, A.Nieminen 5
gschID: 487822





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  FRANCE  


Fabyon Harris claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Fabyon Harris (180-PG-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Souffel and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 25-year old playmaker had the game-high 37 points adding four rebounds for Souffel in his team's victory, helping them to beat ALS Basket (#13, 8-9) 98-89. It allowed Souffel to consolidate first place in the French NM1. Souffel have a solid 14-3 record. In the team's last game Harris had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Souffel's top player in his first season with the team. Fabyon Harris averages this season 13.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 39-year old American power forward Steffon Bradford (198-F/C-77) of St Vallier. Bradford impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as St Vallier lost that game 68-75 to the lower-ranked Challans (#15, 7-10). This loss caused St Vallier to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bradford is a newcomer at St Vallier 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 18.4ppg (#1). He also registered 5.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Dwight Burke (202-F-86) of second-ranked Quimper. Burke scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Quimper, leading his team to a 86-60 easy win against the lower-ranked Rennes (#10, 8-9). Quimper needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 4 lost games. Burke has a very solid season. In 17 games in France he scored 13.6ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 56.2%. Burke attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. B.J. Monteiro (196-F/G-90) of Caen - 24 points and 11 rebounds
5. Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) of Souffel - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Thibaut Lonzieme (195-G/F-89) of Angers BC - 24 points and 5 rebounds
7. Rolandas Jakstas (202-F-92) of Gries/Oberhoffen - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Perris Blackwell (205-F-91) of ALS Basket - 25 points and 7 rebounds
9. Antoine Liorel (181-PG-89) of SAP Vaucluse - 20 points and 2 rebounds
10. Jordan Barham (193-G-94) of Challans - 20 points and 11 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)



Sluc Nancy lands Demond Mallet - by Greg

In a surprising move Demond Mallet (184-88kg-78, college: McNeese State, agency: Higher Vision Sports) signs with Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA). The French club hopes the experience of this player can help them move up in the standings of French League Pro A. The soon to be 39 year old journeyman has enjoyed a legendary playing career picking up a German Championship, a German Cup, a Belgium Championship, a Spanish King's Cup and ultimately a Eurocup Trophy. Mallet's European basketball career has spanned over 16 years and Sluc Nancy could be his final destination before he embarks on a career in coaching. Mallet has played (12) of his (16) years in the Euroleague and the Eurocup. In the Euroleague, Mallet's career stats are 12.3 points per game, 2.4 assist while shooting a remarkable 53% from the field. In the Eurocup, Mallet averaged 14.3 points per game, 3 assists and shot 45% from behind the arc. Mallet has been named MVP of leagues multiple times while playing in Germany and Belgium. Mallet is cousin to one of the NBA's 50 greatest players Shaquille O'Neal and he may likely announce his retirement at the end of the season.
By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Ratiopharm 17-0 
 2. Brose Bask. 16-1 
 3. B.Muenchen 14-3 
 4. Bayreuth 13-4 
 5. ALBA 12-5 
 6. EWE Baskets 9-8 
 7. Telekom Bsk 9-8 
 8. Ludwigsburg 8-9 
 9. Giessen 46ers 8-9 
 10. Goettingen 7-10 
 11. Fraport SKY 7-10 
 12. Jena 6-11 
 13. Bremerhaven 5-11 
 14. Wuerzburg 5-12 
 15. Braunschweig 4-13 
 16. Walter Tigers 3-14 
 17. Vechta 1-16 
Folded
 1. Phoenix Hagen 0-11 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 8: EWE Baskets - Walter Tigers 86-82
Jan. 8: Braunschweig - Bayreuth 82-63
Jan. 6: Goettingen - Wuerzburg 79-67
Jan. 8: Telekom Bsk - Brose Bask. 70-85
Jan. 7: Vechta - ALBA 69-80
Jan. 7: Ludwigsburg - B.Muenchen 65-75
Jan. 8: Fraport SKY - Giessen 46ers 65-61
Jan. 8: Ratiopharm - Jena 114-83

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 21: Bremerhaven - Ratiopharm
Jan. 21: EWE Baskets - Fraport SKY
Jan. 21: Walter Tigers - Jena
Jan. 22: B.Muenchen - Goettingen
Jan. 22: Telekom Bsk - Wuerzburg
Jan. 22: Giessen 46ers - Vechta


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm19.4 
 2. Knight, Jena18.4 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen18.3 
 4. Kikanovic, ALBA18.1 
 5. Qvale, EWE Baskets17.0 
 6. Jenkins, Jena16.5 
 7. Thompson, Telekom .16.3 
 8. Odum, Wuerzburg15.8 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen15.7 
 10. Paulding, EWE B.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.9 
 2. Klassen, Phoenix .7.8 
 3. Plaisted, Phoenix .7.3 
 4. Eatherton, Goett.7.1 
 5. McGhee, Walter T.7.0 
 6. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.9 
 7. Knight, Jena6.7 
 8. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.7 
 9. Standharding., Vec.6.6 
 10. Marei, Bayreuth6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Walter T.
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Jordan, Walter T.8.5 
 2. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.7.1 
 4. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.6.4 
 5. Odum, Wuerzburg6.4 
 6. Bell, Phoenix Hagen6.1 
 7. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.9 
 8. Siva, ALBA5.7 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen5.0 
 10. Hulls, Bremerhaven4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris KRAMER
  EWE B.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kramer, EWE B.2.6 
 2. Robertson, Fraport .2.2 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Stewart, Walter T.1.9 
 5. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.8 
 6. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 7. Siva, ALBA1.8 
 8. Anderson, Bayreuth1.7 
 9. Bowlin, Giessen 46ers1.7 
 10. Hobbs, Ratiopharm1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Geoffrey GROSELLE
  Braunsch.
  (212-C-93)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Groselle, Braunsch.1.6 
 2. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.3 
 3. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 4. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.1 
 5. Gamble, Telekom .1.1 
 6. Plaisted, Phoenix .1.0 
 7. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 8. Southerland, Wuerz.0.9 
 9. Gaffney, ALBA0.9 
 10. Melli, Brose Bask.0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Chris ALEXANDER
  ETB W.
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 20
 1. Alexander, ETB W.20.0 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau18.4 
 3. Kerusch, MBC18.2 
 4. Watkins, Nuernberg18.0 
 5. Williams, Kirchheim17.9 
 6. Nikolic, Baunach17.5 
 7. Holt, Dresden16.7 
 8. Warren, MBC16.0 
 9. Spearman, Trier15.4 
 10. Moore, Ehingen15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Kratzer, Baunach13.6 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.2 
 3. Oppland, Nuernberg8.5 
 4. Thompson, ETB W.8.0 
 5. Sturner, Dresden7.7 
 6. Wolf, Hamburg7.4 
 7. Jahn, Ehingen7.4 
 8. Nicholas, Trier7.0 
 9. Lawson, Chemnitz6.9 
 10. Pressley, Dresden6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.8 
 2. Love, Kirchheim6.1 
 3. Zazai, MBC5.9 
 4. Moore, Ehingen5.9 
 5. Schmitz, Trier5.7 
 6. Adams, Uni Baskets5.6 
 7. Vest, Uni Baskets5.6 
 8. Carter, Chemnitz5.4 
 9. Watkins, Nuernberg5.3 
 10. Williams, Koeln R.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin TIGGS
  Crailsheim
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.8 
 2. Love, Kirchheim2.8 
 3. Hatten, MBC2.8 
 4. Adams, Uni Baskets2.6 
 5. White, Heidelberg2.5 
 6. Carter, Chemnitz2.3 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg2.0 
 8. Vest, Uni Baskets1.9 
 9. Hewitt, Koeln R.1.9 
 10. Kovacevic, Heidelberg1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Oettinge.
  (206-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muldrow, Oettinge.2.8 
 2. Kratzer, Baunach1.7 
 3. Pressley, Dresden1.6 
 4. White, Heidelberg1.6 
 5. King, Koeln R.1.5 
 6. Grim, Uni Baskets1.4 
 7. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 8. van, Trier1.2 
 9. Fraser, Ehingen1.2 
 10. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 


AJ English Supplies Magic Hands Again Powering The Fraport Skyliners Past The Giessen 46ers 65-61 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Playing against the big 3 B's of Bamberg, Berlin and Bayern Munich are the season highlights not only for the Fraport Skyliners, but for every other club in the easyCredit BBL, but battling the Giessen 46ers in the Hessen Derby each season would easily come in as a close fourth as the most anticipated games each season for Frankfurt and Giessen. The two cities Frankfurt and Giessen are only 65 kilometers apart and both clubs possess special fans that get extra motivated for the two season duels each season. Giessen fans won't forget the last game in Giessen as almost two months ago, the Giessen 46ers finally won in their living room against the Fraport Skyliners again something they hadn't done since 14 years dating back to 2002. The last time Giessen was able to depart the court in Giessen with a win, current Giessen Americans Dwayne Evans and Justin Sears weren't even in high school yet. In the memorable victory on November 19th, the Giessen 46ers gave their best defensive performance of the season as they held the Fraport Skyliners too only 52 points while they were led by Canadian national player Thomas Scrubb who steered home 21 points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals to the historic win. This coming summer his brother Philip might carefully kid him that that loss might not have happened had he not been injured, but then again the Scrubb brother mentality never centers about them, but moreover what the team can do or not. The Fraport Skyliners entered the contest with a two game winning streak having celebrated big wins on the road in Jena and Tuebingen including an amazing buzzer beater by ex Iona (NCAA) guard A.J. English (192-G-92, college: Iona) while the Giessen 46ers came into the game having last suffered a tough 87-83 road loss in Vechta. Once again fans had to wait again for the professional head to head battle debut of the Scrubb brothers, but that didn't damper the breathtaking Hessen derby atmosphere as 5,002 fans were in the loud Fraport arena witnessing a classic game that the Fraport Skyliners were able to grind out in Crunch time 65-61 getting their third win in a row in the BBL. After the victory, the Fraport Skyliners practiced their first Humba ceremony which is to get on the floor and get up and dance around something hat the team practices on occasion after a home win. American Kwame Vaughn who has gained professional experience in countries like Italy, France, Belgium and Israel and learned the basketball game at Cal State Fullerton the same school that produced explosive ex BBL player Bobby Brown looked a bit confused and perturbed after the Humba victory dance had been completed. 'The Humba was new for me. I had never seen something like that before. I think having a dance like that is engaging for the fans. You can see something like that in the NCAA, but it depends on the school. We did a good job in this game staying the course, fighting hard, executing which allowed us to come out with a win', stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Kwame Vaughn. Giessen 46er Thomas Scrubb couldn't repeat his strong effort from the first game against Frankfurt and scored only 9 points this time around and was disappointed by the team effort, but enchanted by the breathtaking atmosphere in the Fraport arena. 'Our offense wasn't great. We didn't get in a flow on offense and our shots weren't falling and we didn't get out on transition. Our defense was ok, but we made a few mistakes and they capitalized on them which cost us the game. The atmosphere was great and one could feel the passion of the fans. I really felt the intensity in the arena and it felt good coming down at the end', added Canadian national player Thomas Scrubb. 'The atmosphere was great. I wish it could be like that in every game. I am thankful that I could be a part of it, but most important was that we got the win', explained ex Iona (NCAA) guard A.J. English.

In the first few minutes, both teams were bound by the immense sound level which increased the intensity especially on the defensive end. Ex Bremerhavne center Maurice Pluskota got active early on the offensive boards securing two offensive rebounds and making a put back while his opponent Florida native Mike Morrison slammed down a two handed dunk after getting tossed up the sweet offering from German Stefan Ilzhoefer, but Giessen still had the slim lead 3-2. However the Fraport Skyliners then broke free and cruised out on a satisfying 9-0 lead to up their lead to 11-3. In the run, Frankfurt got solid production from Morrison and Vaughn and rookie Shavon Shields demonstrated again just how deadly he is on the one on one play as he nailed a trey and connected on a jumper over Cameron Wells. Frankfurt were calm in their offensive sets finding the best shots and on defense played even more aggressive not allowing Giessen anything simple, but stifling their offensive rhythm. However Giessen then showed how dangerous they can be as they quickly hit consecutive three's as ex Citadel (NCAA) standout Cameron Wells scored as did ex Trier forward Dwayne Evanas to cut the Frankfurt advantage to 11-9. Frankfurt head coach Gordon Herbert inserted A.J. English and new Skyliner Shawn Huff who had played three seasons with Ludwigsburg and the club continued to execute in fine fashion on offense. English quickly supplied the support scoring three free throws and feeding Morrison on transition for the monster dunk as Frankfurt led 16-9. Giessen continued to battle back going on a 6-2 run as Evans showed his spectacular one on one skills as he slid by Huff for the lay up and Scrubb made two more unorthodox, but efficient shots to cut the Frankfurt advantage to 18-16. Huff was able to close out the first quarter with a perfect catch and pop play to give Frankfurt the 21-16 lead. 'We were very excited to play against Giessen again after our last loss there. We came out strong and we knew that we had to step on the gas pedal. Giessen always plays hard and defense set the tone', stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Max Merz. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 57% from the field and 40% from outside while the Giessen 46ers were shooting 38% from the field and 40% from outside. Giessen had the 9-7 rebound edge, but four turnovers and Frankfurt two turnovers.

In the second quarter, both teams took a step back from their offense consistency that they had practiced in the first quarter and stepped up their defense more which dictated the game. Both clubs missed on their first three possessions until BBL rookie and ex Yale (NCAA) forward Justin Sears connected on a tip in dunk. Frankfurt continued to be cold from the field and allowed Sears two more points off free throws as Giessen cut the Frankfurt lead to 21-20. The Fraport Skyliners finally broke the ice from the field in the second quarter as ex Auburn (NCAA) standout Quantez Robertson showed his always aggressive side getting to the hole and finishing strong with his left hand for the 23-20 Frankfurt advantage. Frankfurt continued to keep the lead as Shields nailed two free throws for the 25-20 Frankfurt lead. After a Benjamin Lischka lay in on transition, it was Shawn Huff completing a perfect offensive play as Robertson passed up a good shot electing to give Huff the great shot as he nailed the trey as Frankfurt led 28-23. The Giessen 46ers continued to work hard on offense to get good shots and execution as ex Missouri So. (NCAA2) guard Skyler Bowlin hit a pull up jumper and Wells then dropped a huge three as Lischka had made the perfect ball reversal pass as Giessen dead locked the game at 28-28. Frankfurt's offense was floundering and instead of getting misfortune had some luck as Robertson hit a difficult shot clock buzzer beater over Lischka and Shields made a turnaround shot to complete the Frankfurt 5-0 run and go into halftime with the 33-28 lead. 'Giessen got into the game better by giving up easy points and offensive rebounds. These are two things that we continue to work on in practice to correct', added Max Merz. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 41% from the field and 29% from the three point line while Giessen was shooting 36% from the field and 38% from the three point line. Giessen had the slim 18-17 rebound edge, but seven turnovers while Frankfurt had only four turnovers.

The third quarter was like night and day for the Fraport Skyliners as they stunk up the house in the first five minutes not executing on anything after their first two scores, but Giessen couldn't totally capitalize on their offensive lulls as Frankfurt closed out the third quarter with a 11-2 run to lead 48-37 after three quarters. Both teams demonstrated in the first few minutes why basketball is a game of runs as Frankfurt hopped out on a 4-0 run as Ilzhoefer had some fortune as he got a loose ball directly under the basket and made the put back and Vaughn made a step back jumper. Giessen then displayed some offensive power going on a 5-0 run as Wells connected on a catch and pop trey from Bowlin and Evans made a put back off his own miss as Giessen trailed only 37-33. Then came a down time on the offensive end of Frankfurt as they missed five consecutive possessions with three from Vaughn and two from Shields, but Giessen couldn't get more than two Wells free throws to cut the Frankfurt lead to 37-35. Then out of the blue as if nothing had gone wrong previously, Frankfurt escaped out on a 11-2 run to go into halftime with the 48-37 lead. Suddenly Frankfurt could score again as they got most of the production from Shields with seven points as he hit a three, made a turn around shot on transition and lay in. Shields just owned every area he was in making the game look so easy with his execution skills. Robertson also hit a jumper and English converted on a 20 footer. 'We played very good defense in that stretch playing good team defense and shutting down their best player', stressed Fraport Skyliner guard A.J. English. 'We had breakdowns on defense and didn't score in a while on offense. We didn't do a good job in our half court defense and Frankfurt did a good job using the mismatches and taking advantage of their one on one play', added Thomas Scrubb. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 26% from the parking lot while the Giessen 46ers were shooting 29% from the field and 29% from the parking lot. Giessen had the slight edge on the boards 29-27, but had nine turnovers while Frankfurt had only four turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, the Giessen 46ers were in come back mode and were never totally out of the game as the Fraport Skyliners once again showed their problem of not being able to finish games strong. Frankfurt couldn't execute on their first two possession while Giessen did on their first whipping the ball around the horn until finding ex Creighton (NCAA) guard Jahenns Manigat who drained the three at the shot clock buzzer as Giessen trailed 48-41. New Skyliner Shawn Huff who is known more as a defensive specialist but has been known to turn it up on the offensive end nailed a trey and jumper to keep Frankfurt ahead 54-45 despite a Scrubb alley-oop tip in and free throws. Giessen continued to show why they have character and fought until the end exploding out on a 7-2 run to cut the Frankfurt advantage to 56-52. In the run, Giessen got big heads up play on both ends of the court as defensive pest ex Trier guard Joshiko Saibou stole the ball at center court and went for the easy lay in while Wells continued to show why he should be a front runner for most improved as he is having a great season upping his scoring average from 8 to 14 as he found Evans back door and then made a tough full throttle penetration to the hole somehow scoring in traffic which remined one of Dashaun Wood back in the day when he could score out of nothing for Frankfurt. Frankfurt was in another faze where their offense was stagnant and seemingly lacking focus as they just couldn't put a lid on the game. 'That is just basketball. In the NBA if every team would execute on every play there would be something like 200,000 points. Defenses are always making adjustments, but at the end of the day all that matters is if you get the win', warned A.J. English. Frankfurt then got a clutch three from English to extend the Frankfurt lead to 59-52 only to see them get into bad offensive habits and one turnover which led to a Evans offensive rebound and put back and Wells trey shredding the Frankfurt lead down again to 59-57. Vaughn and Evans then traded buckets, but Frankfurt led 61-59. After a Vaughn Miss, Giessen had all the time in the world, but got too excited and coughed up the ball with 33 seconds remaining. Then as if a second Tuebingen was calling, but not quite as spectacular this time, it was English time again as his buzzer beater was only nine days old, but surely in the back of his mind. This time English had more time then in Tuebingen and one could sense right at the start of the Frankfurt set offense that with English having the ball and the clock winding down that he would be involved in any heroics happening. English had that killer instinct in his eyes as a certain Jordan Theodore had all last season and took on Justin Sears and finished with a nifty finger tip roll in as Frankfurt had the more comfortable lead at 63-59 with 17,7 seconds remaining. 'I wouldn't say I had the magic hands, but just thankful that the ball went in. I felt as if I had to get the ball up over Justin Sears as he is a good shot blocker and a guy I played against recently at the Portsmouth Invitational. My confidence for this shot didn't come from my Tuebingen buzzer beater, but from the time I put in in the gym and trust I get from coach Herbert', stated A.J. English. Robertson made a free throw and Evans closed out the game with a lay in as time expired. 'You never know how the calls will go, but we executed, stayed tough, fought, got rebounds and played Frankfurt defense', added A.J. English. 'A few possessions determined the game. We were down by two points and couldn't execute on offense', added Thomas Scrubb. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Shavon Shields with 15 points while A.J. English added 14 points and Shawn Huff added 13 points. The Giessen 46ers were led by Cameron Wells with 19 points and Dwayne Evans added 15 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot 42% from the field and 29% from outside while the Giessen 46ers shot 35% from the field and 33% from outside Giessen Won the rebound duel 42-34, but had 12 turnovers while Frankfurt had only eight turnovers.




ProA Round 17: Crailsheim Merlins defeat leader Mitteldeutscher BC - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (15-2) in Weissenfels on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (14-4) 107-99. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of Mitteldeutscher BC. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Crailsheim Merlins shot 61.3 percent from the field and made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Crailsheim Merlins especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. Swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Tuomas Iisalo used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Andrew Warren (196-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) answered with 22 points and 5 assists for Mitteldeutscher BC. Crailsheim Merlins have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-4 record behind leader MBC. Mitteldeutscher BC at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play on the road against Oettinger Rockets Gotha and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Chemnitz (11-5) against seventh ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (10-7) on Saturday night. Host Chemnitz was defeated by Oettinger Rockets Gotha in a tough game in Chemnitz 62-71. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Chemnitz. American guard Grant Gibbs (196-89, college: Creighton) stepped up and scored 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Dane Watts chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Chris Carter (195-92, college: Florida Tech, agency: Interperformances) responded with 15 points and 4 assists. Oettinger Rockets Gotha maintains seventh place with 10-7 record. Chemnitz at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chemnitz will play on the road against Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Hamburg between Nuernberg and Hamburg. Eleventh ranked Nuernberg (6-11) got a very close victory on the road over 12th ranked Hamburg (7-10). Nuernberg managed to escape with a 1-point win 84-83 on Friday evening. Joshua Young nailed 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Nuernberg's coach Ralph Junge allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Rod Camphor came up with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists for Hamburg in the defeat. Despite that victory Nuernberg went down to twelfth position due to points difference. Hamburg lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Uni Baskets. Nuernberg will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hamburg will play against Kirchheim Knights (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
A very interesting game took place in Essen. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 15th ranked ETB Wohnbau (4-13) to twelfth ranked Hamburg (7-10) 79-78 on Saturday evening. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Robert Ferguson who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Hamburg moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Uni Baskets. ETB Wohnbau at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. Hamburg's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ETB Wohnbau will play against Titans (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Tenth-ranked Uni Baskets (7-10) were very close to win a game against third ranked Kirchheim Knights (12-5) on Sunday. Kirchheim Knights managed to secure only three-point victory 93-90. However their fans expected much easier game. Americans were the main players on the court. Jonathon Williams orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Uni Baskets' coach Uli Naechster rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kirchheim Knights maintains third place with 12-5 record having just three points less than leader MBC. Uni Baskets lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with ten games lost. Kirchheim Knights will face Hamburg (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Uni Baskets will play against Gladiators in Trier and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: Ehingen beat Heidelberg on the road 80-71. Trier won against Dresden on its own court 78-64. Nuernberg unfortunately lost to Hanau in a road game 71-84. Koeln Rh.Stars managed to beat Baunach at home 75-70. Nuernberg was crushed by Crailsheim on the opponent's court 68-99.


Kirchheim - Uni Baskets 93-90

Tenth-ranked Uni Baskets (7-10) were very close to win a game against third ranked Kirchheim Knights (12-5) on Sunday. Kirchheim Knights managed to secure only three-point victory 93-90. However their fans expected much easier game. Kirchheim Knights made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Kirchheim Knights especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Jonathon Williams (198-90, college: Wagner) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Guard Carrington Love (186-94, college: Green Bay) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Matt Vest (195-92, college: Wright St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists and point guard Chase Adams (177-88, college: Pittsburgh) added 13 points and 10 assists in the effort for Uni Baskets. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Uni Baskets' coach Uli Naechster rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kirchheim Knights maintains third place with 12-5 record having just three points less than leader MBC. Uni Baskets lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with ten games lost. Kirchheim Knights will face Hamburg (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Uni Baskets will play against Gladiators in Trier and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: J.Williams 25+6reb+7ast, C.Love 18+4reb+4ast, P.Medlin 16+3reb+2ast, T.Koch 12+3ast, A.Kronhardt 11+5reb+5ast, J.Maier 6+2reb
Uni Baskets: T.Gloger 18+2reb+3ast, M.Vest 17+12reb+7ast, C.Adams 13+3reb+10ast, P.Daubner 13+2ast, N.Tufegdzich 12+6reb, L.Kahl 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 474143


Heidelberg - Ehingen 71-80

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (5-12) beat on the road 4th placed MLP Academics Heidelberg (11-6) 80-71 on Sunday. Ehingen/Urspringschule made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game, while MLP Academics Heidelberg only scored five points from the stripe. American point guard Devon Moore (193-89, college: JMU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Tobias Jahn (204-86, college: Cal Poly Pomona) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach Domenik Reinboth used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American point guard Vance Hall (193-91, college: Bellarmine) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and Croatian point guard Hrvoje Kovacevic (190-86) added 19 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for MLP Academics Heidelberg. Four MLP Academics Heidelberg players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Ehingen/Urspringschule maintains thirteenth place with 5-12 record. Loser MLP Academics Heidelberg dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule will face higher ranked Chemnitz (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against Baunach and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: D.Moore 16+3reb+5ast, D.Berger 16+2reb+3ast, T.Jahn 13+9reb+1ast, K.Taylor 8+3reb, A.Fraser 8+4reb+1ast, C.Wolf 7+3reb
Heidelberg: H.Kovacevic 19+4reb+4ast, P.Heyden 15+5reb, V.Hall 14+5reb+9ast, A.Kuppe 11+5reb+2ast, C.Rupp 4+3reb, D.White 4+8reb+3ast
gschID: 474142


MBC - Crailsheim 99-107

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (15-2) in Weissenfels on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (14-4) 107-99. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of Mitteldeutscher BC. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Crailsheim Merlins shot 61.3 percent from the field and made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Crailsheim Merlins especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. Swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Tuomas Iisalo used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Andrew Warren (196-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) answered with 22 points and 5 assists and point guard Marcus Hatten (185-80, college: St.John's) added 22 points and 4 assists in the effort for Mitteldeutscher BC. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Crailsheim Merlins have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-4 record behind leader MBC. Mitteldeutscher BC at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play on the road against Oettinger Rockets Gotha and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: K.Tiggs 25+6reb+1ast, C.Dunn 18+7reb+6ast, M.Bogdanov 13+3reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 13+3reb+1ast, P.Flomo 12+3reb+3ast, T.Kotti 12+4reb+3ast
MBC: M.Hatten 22+3reb+4ast, A.Warren 22+3reb+5ast, D.Pantelic 18+4reb+4ast, D.Johnson 14+1reb+2ast, S.Kerusch 13+10reb+2ast, T.Hinz 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 474141


Trier - Dresden 78-64

Very expected game when 16th ranked Titans (2-15) lost to eighth ranked Gladiators (9-8) in Trier 64-78 on Saturday. Point guard Kevin Smit (183-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points. American swingman Brandon Spearman (196-91, college: Hawaii) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Spearman is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Helge Baues (205-94) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and American guard Marqueze Coleman (193, college: Nevada) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Titans. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gladiators maintains eighth place with 9-8 record. Newly promoted Titans stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Gladiators will face Uni Baskets (#11) in Paderborn in the next round. Titans will play on the road against ETB Wohnbau (#15) in Essen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trier: K.Smit 27+1reb+2ast, B.Spearman 21+3reb, S.Schmitz 9+4reb+7ast, S.Herrera 6+5reb+1ast, P.Coro 6+1ast, T.Gruen 5+2reb
Dresden: M.Coleman 15+5reb, H.Baues 14+5reb+1ast, R.Price 10+6reb+2ast, R.Holt 9+1reb+4ast, J.Dunbar 6+3reb, J.Pressley 3+1reb
gschID: 474137


ETB Wohnbau - Hamburg 78-79

A very interesting game took place in Essen. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 15th ranked ETB Wohnbau (4-13) to twelfth ranked Hamburg (7-10) 79-78 on Saturday evening. 24 personal fouls committed by ETB Wohnbau helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was power forward Robert Ferguson (203-85, college: St.Joseph's) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Rod Camphor (191-92, college: SW Oklahoma St.) chipped in 19 points. Forward Eric Thompson (204-93, college: Pacific) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) added 21 points respectively for the hosts. Five ETB Wohnbau players scored in double figures. Hamburg moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Uni Baskets. ETB Wohnbau at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. Hamburg's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ETB Wohnbau will play against Titans (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hamburg: R.Ferguson 21+6reb, R.Camphor 19+4reb, A.Canty 15+3reb+4ast, E.Wolf 7+8reb, D.Lansdowne 6+6reb+2ast, R.Kindzeka 6+3reb+2ast
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 21+2reb+3ast, J.Lodders 14+2reb+2ast, M.Creek 12+3reb+1ast, E.Thompson 12+14reb+1ast, A.Moore 12+5reb, L.Vrkas 5+1reb
gschID: 474140


Hanau - Nuernberg 84-71

Very predictable result when sixth ranked White Wings (10-6) won against 11th ranked Nuernberg (6-11) in Hanau 84-71 on Saturday. White Wings shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (193-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American point guard Brian Sullivan (183-93, college: Davidson) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four White Wings players scored in double figures. White Wings' coach Simon Cote used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import point guard Diante Watkins (174-90, college: Robert Morris) added 14 points in the effort for Nuernberg. White Wings maintains sixth place with 10-6 record. Loser Nuernberg dropped to the twelfth position with 11 games lost. White Wings will face Koeln Rh.Stars (#9) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Hanau: B.Sullivan 17+4reb, T.Joenke 15+5reb+6ast, K.Pinkins 10+5reb+3ast, R.Spoden 10+2reb, E.Harris 9+2reb+3ast, P.Albrecht 7+2reb+1ast
Nuernberg: D.Oppland 19+11reb+1ast, D.Watkins 14+2reb+1ast, A.Calvin 13+1reb+2ast, S.Schroeder 9+2reb, R.Zinn 8+1ast, A.Njei 3+3ast
gschID: 474139


Chemnitz - Oettinger R. 62-71

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Chemnitz (11-5) against seventh ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (10-7) on Saturday night. Host Chemnitz was defeated by Oettinger Rockets Gotha in a tough game in Chemnitz 62-71. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Chemnitz. Chemnitz was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Grant Gibbs (196-89, college: Creighton) stepped up and scored 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American-Ivorian forward Dane Watts (203-86) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Chris Carter (195-92, college: Florida Tech, agency: Interperformances) responded with 15 points and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Joe Lawson (201-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Oettinger Rockets Gotha maintains seventh place with 10-7 record. Chemnitz at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chemnitz will play on the road against Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oettinger R.: D.Watts 13+5reb+2ast, J.Parker 12+4reb+2ast, G.Gibbs 12+7reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 9+1reb+3ast, J.Grof 7+3reb+3ast, G.Gomila 6+5reb
Chemnitz: C.Carter 15+3reb+4ast, J.Lawson 12+7reb+1ast, M.Fleischmann 8+3reb+1ast, M.Ziegenhagen 8+3reb, J.Richter 4+3reb, D.Mixich 4+2ast
gschID: 474138


Koeln Rh.Stars - Baunach 75-70

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Baunach (4-12) lost on the road to tenth ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (8-9) 75-70 on Saturday. Center Dennis Heinzmann (216-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Robin Christen (203-91) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Koeln Rh.Stars players scored in double figures. Lithuanian Arnoldas Kulboka (205-98) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds and Slovenian point guard Aleksej Nikolic (191-95) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists in the effort for Baunach. Koeln Rh.Stars moved-up to ninth place. Baunach lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Koeln Rh.Stars will face higher ranked White Wings (#6) in Hanau in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Baunach will play at home against MLP Academics Heidelberg (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Koeln Rh.Stars: R.Christen 17+6reb+2ast, H.Robertson 15+4reb+2ast, D.Heinzmann 14+14reb+1ast, R.Williams 12+3reb+7ast, J.Hewitt 5+3reb+3ast, C.Eversley 4+3reb+1ast
Baunach: A.Kulboka 29+10reb+1ast, A.Nikolic 15+6reb+12ast, L.Kratzer 13+10reb, L.Olinde 6+6reb, F.Edwardsson 3, T.Taras 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 474136


Round 15
Hamburg - Nuernberg 83-84

A very close game took place in Hamburg between Nuernberg and Hamburg. Eleventh ranked Nuernberg (6-11) got a very close victory on the road over 12th ranked Hamburg (7-10). Nuernberg managed to escape with a 1-point win 84-83 on Friday evening. American guard Joshua Young (185-88, college: Drake) nailed 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard Diante Watkins (174-90, college: Robert Morris) accounted for 15 points and 8 assists. Nuernberg's coach Ralph Junge allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Rod Camphor (191-92, college: SW Oklahoma St.) came up with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and guard Rene Kindzeka (185-95, college: Hamburg BC) added 22 points respectively for Hamburg in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory Nuernberg went down to twelfth position due to points difference. Hamburg lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Uni Baskets. Nuernberg will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hamburg will play against Kirchheim Knights (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Nuernberg: J.Young 22+7reb+2ast, D.Watkins 15+2reb+8ast, A.Calvin 13+4reb+2ast, D.Oppland 10+6reb+1ast, P.Ghotra 8+4reb, A.Njei 7+1ast
Hamburg: R.Kindzeka 22+2reb+1ast, R.Camphor 21+8reb+9ast, D.Lansdowne 14+7reb+1ast, A.Canty 10+2reb+8ast, M.Liyanage 8+5reb, J.Raffington 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 529172


Round 18
Crailsheim - Nuernberg 99-68

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (14-4) outplayed at home 11th ranked Nuernberg (6-11) 99-68 on Thursday. Crailsheim Merlins dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Nuernberg's 32. Crailsheim Merlins forced 19 Nuernberg turnovers and outrebounded them 34-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 4 assists. Point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 13 points and 9 assists for the winners. Four Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. Point guard Diante Watkins (174-90, college: Robert Morris) answered with 17 points and 4 assists and forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Nuernberg. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Crailsheim Merlins. They maintain second place with 14-4 record behind leader MBC. Loser Nuernberg dropped to the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: K.Tiggs 26+2reb+4ast, M.Jost 16+3reb, M.Bogdanov 14+3ast, C.Dunn 13+3reb+9ast, P.Flomo 13+4reb, T.Kotti 6+8reb+3ast
Nuernberg: D.Watkins 17+2reb+4ast, J.Young 14+1reb+4ast, D.Oppland 11+9reb+1ast, A.Calvin 7+5reb+3ast, B.Bennett 7+2reb+1ast, S.Schroeder 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 474151





ProB Round 14 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

ProB round 14 most important game was a victory of Weissenhorn Youngstars over second-ranked Bayer Giants 91-76 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bayer Giants. It was a key game for the second position in South. Weissenhorn Youngstars made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Hungarian point guard Marcell Pongo (194-97) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Power forward Nils Mittmann (201-79) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Kerry Carter (188-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) replied with 31 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for Bayer Giants. Bayer Giants' coach Achim Kuczmann rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Weissenhorn Youngstars (10-4) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in South. Bayer Giants at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Weissenhorn Youngstars are looking forward to face Giants (#12) in Noerdlingen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bayer Giants will play at home against the league's leader Karlsruhe PS (#1) and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Iserlohn (9-5) against ninth ranked Rostock (6-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Iserlohn was defeated by Rostock in Rostock 89-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Iserlohn. American point guard Jarvis Davis (183-91, college: Gardner-Webb) scored 13 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Daniel Lopez chipped in 13 points during the contest. Rostock's coach Ralf Rehberger allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Ivorian forward Moussa Kone (203-93, college: Hofstra, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Rostock have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place in North, which they share with Rist Wedel and Itzehoe. Iserlohn at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Bochum and Art.Dragons. Rostock will play against higher ranked Schalke (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Iserlohn will play against the league's leader SSV Lok Bernau and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Artland Dragons (9-5) against eleventh ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (4-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Artland Dragons were defeated by Herzoege Wolfenbuettel in Wolfenbuettel 87-69. Khalil Kelley notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 19 points by Matthew Reid did not help to save the game for Artland Dragons. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel maintains eleventh position in North with 4-10 record. Artland Dragons lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Iserlohn and Bochum. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will meet higher ranked Itzehoe (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Artland Dragons will play against the league's second-placed Oldenburg (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Elchingen (9-4) against sixth ranked BG Karlsruhe (8-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Elchingen was defeated by BG Karlsruhe in a tough game in Karlsruhe 86-90. The best player for the winners was Kenny Fluellen who scored 19 points. Elchingen's coach Dario Jerkic tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BG Karlsruhe moved-up to fifth place in South, which they share with FC Bayern II. Elchingen at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. BG Karlsruhe's next round opponent will be Dragons Rhoendorf (#7) at home. Elchingen will play against FC Bayern II (#6) and hope to win that game.
ProB top team - SSV Lok Bernau (11-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked SC Rist Wedel (6-8) 89-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SC Rist Wedel. Robert Kulawick orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Newly promoted SSV Lok Bernau maintains first position in North with 11-3 record. Loser SC Rist Wedel keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. SSV Lok Bernau will face Iserlohn (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SC Rist Wedel will play against RSV Eintracht (#10) and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 14:
In North Recklinghausen was beaten by Stahnsdorf on the road 77-66. Oldenburg won against Itzehoe on its own court 76-68. Bochum unfortunately lost to Schalke in a road game 77-86.
In South Karlsruhe PS managed to beat Noerdlingen at home 84-75. Leipzig was defeated by Dragons on the opponent's court 86-76. FC Bayern II beat Fraport SKY II in a home game 77-72. Wuerzburg won against Licher Baeren on the road 87-85.
The most impressive performance of 14th round was 26 points and 18 rebounds by Jordan Talbert of Karlsruhe PS.


North
Stahnsdorf - Recklinghausen 77-66

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked RSV Eintracht (5-9) beat 12th ranked Recklinghausen (2-12) in Stahnsdorf 77-66 on Sunday. RSV Eintracht outrebounded Recklinghausen 40-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. American players dominated the game. Forward Josh Smith (206-94, college: Clemson) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. Forward Josh Adeyeye (196-93, college: Jacksonville) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Power forward Tre Hale-Edmerson (206-92, college: CS Northridge) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and point guard Chris Iles (180-89, college: Xavier, LA) added 9 points and 6 assists in the effort for Recklinghausen. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. RSV Eintracht maintains tenth position in North with 5-9 record. Recklinghausen lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 12 games lost. RSV Eintracht will face higher ranked SC Rist Wedel (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Recklinghausen will play against AstroStars (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Recklinghausen: T.Hale-Edmerson 19+8reb+1ast, C.Bruns 12+2ast, T.von Guionneau 11+3reb, C.Iles 9+3reb+6ast, J.Letailleur 7+2reb+1ast, D.Martin 6+6reb+2ast
Stahnsdorf: J.Smith 22+16reb+3ast, J.Adeyeye 18+3reb, A.Myers 11+4reb+3ast, N.Schumann 8+3reb+4ast, D.Teucher 8+1reb+2ast, D.Herwig 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 528580


Rostock - Iserlohn 89-72

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Iserlohn (9-5) against ninth ranked Rostock (6-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Iserlohn was defeated by Rostock in Rostock 89-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Iserlohn. Rostock made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. American point guard Jarvis Davis (183-91, college: Gardner-Webb) scored 13 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Spanish center Daniel Lopez (206-86) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Four Rostock players scored in double figures. Rostock's coach Ralf Rehberger allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Ivorian forward Moussa Kone (203-93, college: Hofstra, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Thomas Reuter (198-92, college: E.Washington) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Rostock have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place in North, which they share with Rist Wedel and Itzehoe. Iserlohn at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Bochum and Art.Dragons. Rostock will play against higher ranked Schalke (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Iserlohn will play against the league's leader SSV Lok Bernau and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Iserlohn: M.Kone 15+10reb+2ast, S.Fritze 13+1reb+1ast, T.Reuter 11+6reb+1ast, G.de Oliveira 9+2reb+1ast, Y.Opitz 9+1reb+2ast, K.Schwarz 6+2reb
Rostock: D.Lopez 13+3reb+1ast, J.Davis 13+3reb+4ast, A.Murillo 12+4reb+1ast, D.Rivers 11+3reb+2ast, J.Shuler 9+4reb+3ast, F.Winkler 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 528579


Bernau - Rist Wedel 89-75

ProB top team - SSV Lok Bernau (11-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked SC Rist Wedel (6-8) 89-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SC Rist Wedel. SSV Lok Bernau looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by SC Rist Wedel's players. Guard Robert Kulawick (192-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Pierre Bland (188-92, college: IPFW, agency: Dynamics Global Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists for the winners. Lithuanian power forward Aurimas Adomaitis (205-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and guard Steffen Kiese (190-87) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for SC Rist Wedel. Four SSV Lok Bernau and five SC Rist Wedel players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Newly promoted SSV Lok Bernau maintains first position in North with 11-3 record. Loser SC Rist Wedel keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. SSV Lok Bernau will face Iserlohn (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SC Rist Wedel will play against RSV Eintracht (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rist Wedel: S.Kiese 14+5reb+6ast, A.Adomaitis 13+12reb+1ast, O.Juergen Rich Igbineweka 12+2ast, F.Strauss 11+3reb+1ast, J.Hirschberg 11+2reb+1ast, W.Barnes 9+2reb
Bernau: R.Kulawick 25+7reb+2ast, P.Bland 14+5reb+14ast, K.Kovalev 13+2reb+2ast, J.Boehm 13+10reb+1ast, N.Adamczak 8+1reb+1ast, J.Hundt 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 528576


Oldenburg - Itzehoe 76-68

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Itzehoe (6-8) lost on the road to fifth ranked Oldenburg (10-4) 76-68 on Saturday. Point guard Haris Hujic (193-97) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Jan Niklas Wimberg (206-96) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Kaimyn Pruitt (203-90, college: Adams St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Flavio Stueckemann (188-85) added 14 points in the effort for Itzehoe. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Oldenburg have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in North. Itzehoe lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Oldenburg will face Artland Dragons (#4) in Quakenbrueck in the next round. Itzehoe will play at home against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Itzehoe: K.Pruitt 14+10reb+2ast, F.Stueckemann 14+3reb+3ast, N.Tienarend 13+2reb, F.Henningsen 12+5reb+1ast, Q.Calhoun 8+9reb, D.Galloway 5+1reb
Oldenburg: H.Hujic 22+8reb+7ast, M.Bacak 13+5reb+1ast, J.Niklas Wimberg 11+8reb+2ast, M.Kessen 10+3reb+1ast, L.Schmikale 9+6reb+1ast, T.Isemann 8+1reb
gschID: 528577


Schalke - Bochum 86-77

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Schalke (7-7) won against at home 4th ranked AstroStars (9-5) 86-77 on Saturday. Schalke made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. American-Irish guard Patrick Carney (185-85, college: Chapman) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 5 assists. American guard Courtney Belger (187-89, college: Quincy) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Center Michael Haucke (210-85) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Davon Roberts (197-86, college: Azusa Pacific) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for AstroStars. Four AstroStars players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Newly promoted Schalke maintains sixth position in North with 7-7 record. Loser AstroStars dropped to the third place with five games lost. Schalke will face Rostock (#9) on the road in the next round. AstroStars will play against Recklinghausen (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bochum: D.Roberts 18+5reb+1ast, M.Haucke 17+7reb+2ast, F.Engel 17+1reb+3ast, G.Johnson 17+1reb+5ast, C.Wilson 4+2reb+2ast, A.Angerer 4+7reb+3ast
Schalke: P.Carney 30+2reb+5ast, C.Belger 15+5reb+9ast, D.Boahene 11+4reb+4ast, N.Khartchenkov 9+5reb+3ast, T.Weaver 8+10reb+1ast, M.Buljevic 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 528578


Wolfenbuettel - Art.Dragons 87-69

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Artland Dragons (9-5) against eleventh ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (4-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Artland Dragons were defeated by Herzoege Wolfenbuettel in Wolfenbuettel 87-69. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Artland Dragons' 30. They outrebounded Artland Dragons 36-21 including 29 on the defensive glass. American center Khalil Kelley (203-91, college: Pacific) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Demetrius Ward (188-90, college: W.Michigan) supported him with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Ward is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 19 points by naturalized American point guard Matthew Reid (185-84, college: Cameron, agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for Artland Dragons. Naturalized American Chris Frazier (182-90, college: Dubuque) added 14 points for the guests. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel maintains eleventh position in North with 4-10 record. Artland Dragons lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Iserlohn and Bochum. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will meet higher ranked Itzehoe (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Artland Dragons will play against the league's second-placed Oldenburg (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: M.Reid 19+2ast, C.Frazier 14+2reb, B.Fumey 10+5reb, P.Lieser 7+4reb+4ast, M.Rockmann 6+2ast, B.Obiango 5+6reb+2ast
Wolfenbuettel: K.Kelley 26+11reb+1ast, D.Ward 22+6reb+9ast, J.Wessels 10+4reb, L.Lagerpusch 9+4reb, H.Knopke 9+3reb+1ast, Y.Mahfouz 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 528575


South
Bayer Giants - Weissenhorn 76-91

ProB round 14 most important game was a victory of Weissenhorn Youngstars over second-ranked Bayer Giants 91-76 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bayer Giants. It was a key game for the second position in South. Weissenhorn Youngstars made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Hungarian point guard Marcell Pongo (194-97) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Power forward Nils Mittmann (201-79) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Kerry Carter (188-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) replied with 31 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and swingman Tim Schonborn (193-90) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Bayer Giants. Bayer Giants' coach Achim Kuczmann rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Weissenhorn Youngstars (10-4) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in South. Bayer Giants at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Weissenhorn Youngstars are looking forward to face Giants (#12) in Noerdlingen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bayer Giants will play at home against the league's leader Karlsruhe PS (#1) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: K.Carter 31+7reb+4ast, D.Smith 12+4reb+1ast, T.Schonborn 11+5reb+3ast, G.Twiehoff 7+4reb+2ast, B.Nazione 6+4reb+2ast, A.Blessig 4+4reb+5ast
Weissenhorn: N.Mittmann 17+7reb+2ast, M.Omuvwie 16+5reb+1ast, M.Pongo 13+6reb+8ast, B.Benke 11+5reb+1ast, N.Moebus 10+1reb+1ast, B.Rohwer 9+11reb+1ast
gschID: 528638


Karlsruhe PS - Noerdlingen 84-75

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Giants (2-12) lost on the road to first ranked Karlsruhe PS (12-2) 84-75 on Sunday. Karlsruhe PS made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American forward Jordan Talbert (198-91, college: Missouri So.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds. Swingman Eric Curth (193-92) contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Center Eddy Edigin (201-95) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and center Adrian Lind (206-94) added 15 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Giants. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Karlsruhe PS have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Karlsruhe PS maintains first position in South with 12-2 record. Giants lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 12 games lost. Karlsruhe PS will face Bayer Giants (#4) in Leverkusen in the next round. Giants will play on the road against the league's second-placed Weissenhorn Youngstars (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Noerdlingen: A.Coleman 18+5reb+4ast, E.Edigin 16+13reb+4ast, A.Lind 15+17reb+1ast, T.Smith 11+2reb+1ast, L.Friederici 8+3reb+1ast, J.Zink 5
Karlsruhe PS: J.Talbert 26+18reb+2ast, E.Curth 16+1reb+6ast, D.McDuffie 16+1reb+4ast, O.Parker 12+2reb, B.Borekambi 7+4reb+3ast, D.Jakolis 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 528639


Karlsruhe BG - Elchingen 90-86

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Elchingen (9-4) against sixth ranked BG Karlsruhe (8-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Elchingen was defeated by BG Karlsruhe in a tough game in Karlsruhe 86-90. BG Karlsruhe made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized American guard Kenny Fluellen (191-90, college: Paine) who scored 19 points. American guard Ricky Easterling (189-83, college: Bridgewater) chipped in 20 points. Fluellen is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Brandon Lockhart (185-90, college: Drury) produced 18 points and Canadian swingman Taevaunn Prince (191-91, college: Missouri So.) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Elchingen's coach Dario Jerkic tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BG Karlsruhe moved-up to fifth place in South, which they share with FC Bayern II. Elchingen at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. BG Karlsruhe's next round opponent will be Dragons Rhoendorf (#7) at home. Elchingen will play against FC Bayern II (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Elchingen: B.Lockhart 18+4reb+2ast, B.Butler 16+3reb, B.Jancikin 14, K.Kuhn 13+3reb, T.Prince 13+6reb+1ast, F.Beck 7+2reb+2ast
Karlsruhe BG: R.Easterling 20+2reb+1ast, K.Fluellen 19+1reb+3ast, J.Black 14+5reb+3ast, S.Gulley 12+4reb+3ast, A.Kazarnovski 11+6reb+1ast, A.Schmitz 10+1reb+1ast
gschID: 528637


Dragons - Leipzig 86-76

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (6-8) defeated at home 10th ranked USC Leipzig (4-10) 86-76 on Saturday. American forward Aaron Nelson (203-91, college: S.Indiana) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Viktor Frankl-Maus (186-93) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Dragons Rhoendorf's coach Matthias Sonnenschein used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Forward Sascha Leutloff (202-82) replied with 26 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Jordan Faison (201-94, college: Cal Poly Pomona) added 21 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for USC Leipzig. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dragons Rhoendorf maintains seventh position in South with 6-8 record. Loser USC Leipzig dropped to the eleventh place with ten games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf will face higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. USC Leipzig will play against Wuerzburg (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: S.Leutloff 26+8reb+2ast, J.Faison 21+12reb+1ast, J.Niedermanner 13+1reb+1ast, C.McFarland 10+4reb+2ast, T.Billups 4+3reb+1ast, V.Zimmer 2+1ast
Dragons: A.Nelson 28+11reb+3ast, V.Frankl-Maus 17+4reb+5ast, M.Lucier 16+6reb, W.Trawick 10+3reb+1ast, T.Michel 6+2reb+2ast, P.Reusch 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 528636


FC Bayern II - Fraport SKY II 77-72

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Fraport Skyliners II (4-9) lost to sixth ranked FC Bayern II (8-5) in Muenchen 72-77 on Friday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Karim Jallow (199-97) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Georg Beyschlag (182-97) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Center Cosmo Gruehn (202-98) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and center Tim Oldenburg (202-92) added 15 points in the effort for Fraport Skyliners II. Five FC Bayern II and four Fraport Skyliners II players scored in double figures. Fraport Skyliners II's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. FC Bayern II moved-up to fifth place in South, which they share with Karlsruhe BG. Loser Fraport Skyliners II keeps the tenth position with nine games lost. FC Bayern II will face higher ranked Elchingen (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fraport Skyliners II will play against Licher Basket (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: T.Oldenburg 15+4reb, C.Gruehn 14+6reb, G.Zeeb 11+6ast, T.Thompson 11+3reb+4ast, A.Trtovac 8+5reb, J.Knothe 6+2reb
FC Bayern II: K.Jallow 16+8reb+2ast, G.Beyschlag 15+4reb+6ast, N.Weidemann 14+5reb+2ast, A.Gegic 13+4reb+2ast, D.Kovacevic 13+3reb, N.Markovic 3+3reb
gschID: 528635


Licher Baeren - Wuerzburg 85-87

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Wuerzburg (5-9) edged on the road 7th ranked Licher Basket (5-9) 87-85 on Friday. It was a great shooting night for Wuerzburg especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Licher Basket was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Marcellus Barksdale (196-93, college: IUPUI) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 6 rebounds. Center Georg Voigtmann (213-94) contributed with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard K.K. Simmons (191-93, college: Pikeville) replied with 23 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Lamar Mallory (198-90, college: Glenville St.) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Licher Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Wuerzburg moved-up to eighth place in South, which they share with Licher Baeren. Licher Basket lost fifth consecutive game. Wuerzburg will face USC Leipzig (#11) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: K.Simmons 23+1reb+4ast, L.Mallory 15+11reb+1ast, M.Schick 11+9reb+2ast, B.Kraushaar 11+2reb+4ast, J.Martin 9+1reb+2ast, A.Pjanic 6+3reb+2ast
Wuerzburg: M.Barksdale 32+6reb+2ast, G.Voigtmann 16+9reb+4ast, L.Wank 15+5reb+2ast, L.Larysz 10+2reb+4ast, C.Hackenesch 5+5reb, T.Leonhardt 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 528634





BBL Round 18: Leader ratiopharm Ulm gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Undefeated leader ratiopharm Ulm delivered the seventeenth consecutive win on Sunday night. This time they crushed 12th ranked Science City Jena (6-11) 114-83. ratiopharm Ulm made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 53.1 percentage. ratiopharm Ulm looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. The other American import guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 28 points. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Ermen Reyes-Napoles (186-89) who recorded 16 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. Undefeated ratiopharm Ulm (17-0) have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 17 victories in a row. Newly promoted Science City Jena keeps the twelfth place with 11 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm are looking forward to face Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#13) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Science City Jena will play against Walter Tigers in Tuebingen and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Bonn was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Brose Baskets (16-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Telekom Baskets (9-8). Brose Baskets defeated Telekom Baskets 85-70. It was a good game for Croatian power forward Leon Radosevic (207-90, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Darius Miller contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Brose Baskets' coach Andrea Trinchieri allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists for Telekom Baskets. Brose Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 16-1 record behind leader Ratiopharm. Defending champion Telekom Baskets keep the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with EWE Baskets. Brose Baskets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Telekom Baskets will play at home against s Oliver Baskets (#14) and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Ludwigsburg was also quite interesting. Third ranked Bayern Muenchen (14-3) played at the court of 7th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-9). Bayern Muenchen defeated EnBW Ludwigsburg 75-65 on Saturday. Danilo Barthel scored 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Tekele Cotton with 12 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen maintains third position with 14-3 record having just three points less than leader Ratiopharm. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Giessen 46ers. Bayern Muenchen will meet at home BG Goettingen (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. EnBW Ludwigsburg will have a break next round.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Braunschweig, where higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (13-4) was outleveled in a road game by sixteenth ranked Braunschweig (4-13) 82-63. Dyshawn Pierre notched 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Braunschweig's coach Frank Menz used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Braunschweig moved-up to fifteenth place. BBC Bayreuth at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game took place in Frankfurt, where higher ranked Giessen 46ers (8-9) lost to eleventh ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (7-10) in a road game 61-65 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Shavon Shields who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Giessen 46ers' coach Denis Wucherer rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Goettingen. Loser Giessen 46ers dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will face higher ranked EWE Baskets (#6) in Oldenburg in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

Rest of the games of round 18 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Walter Tigers were defeated by EWE Baskets in Oldenburg 86-82. Vechta were beaten by ALBA at home 69-80. Wuerzburg lost to Goettingen on the opponent's court 67-79.


Braunschweig - Bayreuth 82-63

We should mention about the upset which took place in Braunschweig, where higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (13-4) was outleveled in a road game by sixteenth ranked Braunschweig (4-13) 82-63. Braunschweig outrebounded BBC Bayreuth 41-27 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton) notched 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and American center Geoffrey Groselle (212-93, college: Creighton) supported him with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks. Four Braunschweig players scored in double figures. Braunschweig's coach Frank Menz used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 18 points by American point guard Kyan Anderson (180-92, college: TCU, agency: Pensack Sports) did not help to save the game for BBC Bayreuth. His fellow American import Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) added 5 points and 7 rebounds. Braunschweig moved-up to fifteenth place. BBC Bayreuth at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Braunschweig: D.Pierre 19+9reb+3ast, C.Guyton 15+1reb+2ast, C.Medlock 14+3reb+3ast, G.Groselle 13+13reb, S.Theis 7+2reb+1ast, T.Schwartz 5+1reb
Bayreuth: K.Anderson 18+3reb+1ast, J.Lewis 10+2reb, A.Seiferth 9+2reb, A.Marei 6+3reb, R.Amaize 6+4reb+3ast, N.Linhart 5+7reb+3ast
gschID: 528693


EWE Baskets - Walter Tigers 86-82

There was no surprise in Oldenburg where 16th ranked Walter Tigers (3-14) were defeated by seventh ranked EWE Baskets (9-8) 86-82 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. EWE Baskets made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Walter Tigers were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Belgian Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87) who scored 18 points. The former international Philipp Schwethelm (201-89) chipped in 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. EWE Baskets' coach Mladen Drijencic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Stanton Kidd (202-92, college: Colorado St.) who recorded 24 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Jared Jordan (187-84, college: Marist) added 6 points and 11 assists respectively. EWE Baskets moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Telekom Bsk. Walter Tigers lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 14 games lost. EWE Baskets will face Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#11) in Frankfurt in the next round where they are favorite. Walter Tigers will play at home against Science City Jena (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: P.Schwethelm 20+4reb, M.De Zeeuw 18+4reb+2ast, R.Paulding 13+5reb+2ast, F.Massenat 13+3reb+3ast, B.Qvale 9+6reb+1ast, C.Kramer 7+4reb+7ast
Walter Tigers: S.Kidd 24+6reb+2ast, D.Berry 13+2reb+1ast, I.Philmore 9+2reb, A.Munoz 9+2reb+1ast, M.Marin 8+1reb, J.Jordan 6+3reb+11ast
gschID: 528695


Ratiopharm - Jena 114-83

Undefeated leader ratiopharm Ulm delivered the seventeenth consecutive win on Sunday night. This time they crushed 12th ranked Science City Jena (6-11) 114-83. ratiopharm Ulm made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 53.1 percentage. ratiopharm Ulm looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. The other American import guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 28 points. Four ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Ermen Reyes-Napoles (186-89) who recorded 16 points and 4 assists and center Oliver Mackeldanz (213-90) added 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively. 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 (17-0) have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 17 victories in a row. Newly promoted Science City Jena keeps the twelfth place with 11 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm are looking forward to face Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#13) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Science City Jena will play against Walter Tigers in Tuebingen and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 34+5reb+3ast, C.Babb 28+4reb+3ast, B.Hobbs 16+3reb+12ast, D.Butler 11+4reb+4ast, T.Braun 7+5reb+2ast, K.Tadda 7+2reb+4ast
Jena: E.Reyes-Napoles 16+2reb+4ast, O.Mackeldanz 14+4reb+1ast, S.Goodwin 11+3reb, J.Jenkins 10+1reb+1ast, J.Wolf 8+4reb+4ast, S.Haukohl 7+6reb
gschID: 528696


Telekom Bsk - Brose Bask. 70-85

The game in Bonn was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Brose Baskets (16-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Telekom Baskets (9-8). Brose Baskets defeated Telekom Baskets 85-70. Brose Baskets players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a good game for Croatian power forward Leon Radosevic (207-90, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Darius Miller (202-90, college: Kentucky) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach Andrea Trinchieri allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) added 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Telekom Baskets. Brose Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 16-1 record behind leader Ratiopharm. Defending champion Telekom Baskets keep the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with EWE Baskets. Brose Baskets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Telekom Baskets will play at home against s Oliver Baskets (#14) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: L.Radosevic 22+5reb+1ast, D.Miller 13+5reb+3ast, D.Theis 12+3reb, J.McNeal 11+4reb+1ast, N.Melli 8+1reb+4ast, N.Zisis 7+2reb+5ast
Telekom Bsk: R.Thompson 33+2reb+4ast, J.Gamble 15+5reb+1ast, J.Mayo 9+2reb+7ast, Y.Polas Bartolo 6+7reb+1ast, F.Barovic 3+3reb, K.Horton 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 528692


Fraport SKY - Giessen 46ers 65-61

An interesting game took place in Frankfurt, where higher ranked Giessen 46ers (8-9) lost to eleventh ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (7-10) in a road game 61-65 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Danish guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska) who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. American guard A.J. English (192-92, college: Iona) chipped in 14 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Dwayne Evans (201-92, college: St.Louis) who recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Cameron Wells (186-88, college: Citadel) added 19 points respectively. Giessen 46ers' coach Denis Wucherer rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Goettingen. Loser Giessen 46ers dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will face higher ranked EWE Baskets (#6) in Oldenburg in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: S.Shields 15+5reb+1ast, A.English 14+3reb+3ast, S.Huff 13+5reb+1ast, Q.Robertson 9+6reb+5ast, M.Morrison 6+7reb+1ast, K.Vaughn 6+1reb+2ast
Giessen 46ers: C.Wells 19+3reb+3ast, D.Evans 15+9reb+1ast, T.Scrubb 9+7reb, J.Sears 5+7reb, M.Pluskota 3+3reb+1ast, J.Manigat 3+2reb
gschID: 528694


Vechta - ALBA 69-80

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked ALBA Berlin (12-5) defeated on the road 17th ranked SC Rasta Vechta (1-16) 80-69 on Saturday. ALBA Berlin made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 SC Rasta Vechta turnovers. Strangely SC Rasta Vechta outrebounded ALBA Berlin 39-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian swingman Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) who scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. American Tony Gaffney (206-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Filipino forward Christian Standhardinger (206-89, college: Hawaii) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. ALBA Berlin have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 12-5 record. SC Rasta Vechta lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth place with 16 games lost. ALBA Berlin will have a break next round. SC Rasta Vechta will play on the road against Giessen 46ers (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Milosavljevic 22+5reb+9ast, T.Gaffney 14+8reb+1ast, N.Giffey 12+5reb, E.Atsur 9+3reb+5ast, M.Miller 8+3reb+1ast, P.Siva 6+1reb+3ast
Vechta: F.Gaines 17+7reb+2ast, C.Standhardinger 15+6reb+1ast, D.Searcy 14+6reb, D.Allen 10+6reb, M.Ehambe 5+6reb+3ast, N.Geske 4+3ast
gschID: 528691


Ludwigsburg - B.Muenchen 65-75

The game in Ludwigsburg was also quite interesting. Third ranked Bayern Muenchen (14-3) played at the court of 7th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-9). Bayern Muenchen defeated EnBW Ludwigsburg 75-65 on Saturday. Bayern Muenchen made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. Bayern Muenchen had a 30-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. International Danilo Barthel (208-91) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American Bryce Taylor (194-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Tekele Cotton (189-93, college: Wichita St.) with 12 points and 4 assists and international Johannes Thiemann (204-94) scored 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen maintains third position with 14-3 record having just three points less than leader Ratiopharm. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Giessen 46ers. Bayern Muenchen will meet at home BG Goettingen (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. EnBW Ludwigsburg will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: D.Barthel 18+6reb+1ast, B.Taylor 14+2reb+3ast, R.Redding 11+4reb+3ast, M.Kleber 8+5reb+1ast, V.Lucic 6+7reb+4ast, D.Booker 5+3reb
Ludwigsburg: J.Thiemann 13+2reb, T.Cotton 12+3reb+4ast, C.Hammonds 8+4reb+1ast, D.Crawford 7+4reb, J.Cooley 6+5reb, B.Loesing 5+1ast
gschID: 528690


Goettingen - Wuerzburg 79-67

Rather expected game when 14th ranked s Oliver Baskets (5-12) were defeated on the road by twelfth ranked BG Goettingen (7-10) 79-67 on Friday. BG Goettingen dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to s Oliver Baskets' 34. BG Goettingen looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Alex Ruoff (198-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. The other American import power forward Scott Eatherton (203-91, college: Northeastern, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: HMS) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (209-83, agency: Alti Sport) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four s Oliver Baskets players scored in double figures. s Oliver Baskets' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BG Goettingen moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Fraport SKY. Loser s Oliver Baskets keep the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. BG Goettingen will face higher ranked Bayern Muenchen (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. s Oliver Baskets will play against Telekom Baskets (#7) in Bonn and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: A.Ruoff 22+11reb+8ast, S.Eatherton 19+2reb, D.Carter 11+3reb+1ast, L.Williams 8+2reb+3ast, M.Monninghoff 7+1reb+2ast, J.Sanders 4+1reb+3ast
Wuerzburg: L.Ulmer 13+10reb+3ast, K.Loncar 13+5reb+3ast, M.Stuckey 11+4reb+1ast, B.Lane 10+7reb+2ast, M.Powell 7+1ast, E.Johnson 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 528689





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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 13-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 12-1 
 3. AEK Athens 10-3 
 4. Aris 8-5 
 5. PAOK 7-6 
 6. Kolossos HH 7-6 
 7. AGOR 6-7 
 8. Kymis 5-8 
 9. Lavrio 4-9 
 10. Promitheas 4-9 
 11. Apollon Patras 4-9 
 12. Koroivos 4-9 
 13. Trikalla 4-9 
 14. Doxa Lefkadas 3-10 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 7: AEK Athens - Aris 81-61
Jan. 7: AGOR - Doxa Lefkadas 80-86
Jan. 7: Promitheas - Koroivos 79-81
Jan. 7: Lavrio - Apollon Patras 79-65
Jan. 7: Trikalla - Kolossos HH 74-67
Jan. 9: Kymis - Olympiacos 72-90
Jan. 8: PAOK - Panathinaikos 68-72

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 21: Kymis - Lavrio
Jan. 21: AEK Athens - Apollon Patras
Jan. 21: Trikalla - Aris
Jan. 21: AGOR - Kolossos HH
Jan. 21: PAOK - Doxa Lefkadas
Jan. 21: Promitheas - Panathinaikos
Jan. 21: Olympiacos - Koroivos


Darryl Bryant (ex PAOK) joins Szolnok - by Winter Gabor

Defending champion Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (A Division) agreed terms with 27-year old American point guard Darryl Bryant (185-93kg-90, college: W.Virginia). He started the season at PAOK Thessaloniki in Greek A1 league. In 11 games he had 10.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg this season. Bryant also played 10 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 10.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg. The last season he played at Mens Sana 1871 Siena in Italian Serie A. In 35 games he averaged impressive 17.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie A2 2nd Team.
In 2012 Bryant was drafted by Frisco Texas Legends (D-League) in fourth round (56th overall).
He attended West Virginia University and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
Bryant's college team won Big East Tournament in 2010.
He has played previously professionally in Austria (Furstenfeld Panthers) and Czech Republic (BK Kolin).
On Bryant: A solid bodied PG, who is very good in shooting out of screens and in defensive situations that allow him to steal the ball and to open a fast break. Has quick legs and long arms, should improve his shooting selection and 3pt shooting accuracy to become an interesting good for European market.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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A1 Round 13: Aris lose to AEK Athens in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

A1 is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 13 rounds left. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Athens. Third ranked host AEK Athens (10-3) smashed 4th placed Aris (8-5) 81-61. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Aris. The game without a history. AEK Athens led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American-Georgian guard Michael Dixon (186-90, college: Memphis) stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners and Croatian point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. At the losing side American guard Will Cummings (188-92, college: Temple) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AEK Athens maintains third place with 10-3 record having just three points less than leader Olympiacos. Aris at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. AEK Athens are looking forward to face Apollon Patras (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aris will play against Aiolos Trikallon (#13) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Doxa Lefkadas managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of six consecutive losses. This time newly promoted Doxa Lefkadas won against seventh-ranked AGOR in Rethymno 86-80. Forward Yiannis Psathas (198-83) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Justin Robinson accounted for 20 points and 6 assists. American forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (203-89, college: S.Florida) came up with 17 points and 9 rebounds for AGOR in the defeat. Newly promoted Doxa Lefkadas maintains fourteenth place with 3-10 record. AGOR at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Doxa Lefkadas will play against higher ranked PAOK (#5) in Thessaloniki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AGOR will play at home against Kolossos HH and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A1 top team - Olympiacos (13-0) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they beat eighth ranked Kymis (5-8) 90-72. Matt Lojeski fired 17 points for the winners. Jordan Morgan produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Undefeated Olympiacos have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-0 record. Newly promoted Kymis keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Olympiacos will meet at home Koroivos (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Kymis will play against Lavrio (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Thessaloniki was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Panathinaikos (12-1) played at the court of 5th ranked PAOK (7-6). Panathinaikos managed to secure a 4-point victory 72-68. Worth to mention a great performance of Chris Singleton who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Panathinaikos. They maintain second place with 12-1 record behind leader Olympiacos. PAOK at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Panathinaikos' next round opponent will be Promitheas (#10) in Patras and are hoping to win another game. PAOK will play at home against Doxa Lefkadas (#14) and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Patras. Twelfth ranked Koroivos (4-9) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Promitheas (4-9) 81-79 in the fight for the ninth place. Toddrick Gotcher stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners. Promitheas' coach Nikos Vetoulas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Koroivos moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Promitheas. Promitheas lost their fifth game in a row. Koroivos will face league's leader Olympiacos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 13 Kolossos HH lost to Trikalla on the opponent's court 67-74. Lavrio managed to outperform Apollon Patras in a home game 79-65.


AEK Athens - Aris 81-61

The game between Top Four teams took place in Athens. Third ranked host AEK Athens (10-3) smashed 4th placed Aris (8-5) 81-61. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Aris. The game without a history. AEK Athens led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American-Georgian guard Michael Dixon (186-90, college: Memphis) stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners and Croatian point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. At the losing side American guard Will Cummings (188-92, college: Temple) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AEK Athens maintains third place with 10-3 record having just three points less than leader Olympiacos. Aris at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. AEK Athens are looking forward to face Apollon Patras (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aris will play against Aiolos Trikallon (#13) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
AEK Athens: M.Dixon 19+2reb+3ast, R.Ukic 16+3reb+5ast, C.Elonu 13+5reb, K.Vasiliadis 8+3reb+2ast, D.Sakota 7+3reb+1ast, N.Ivanovic 6+4reb+5ast
Aris: W.Cummings 14+7reb+3ast, T.Dragicevic 11+7reb+3ast, V.Jankovic 8+3reb, E.Buckner 8+4reb, V.Kavvadas 7+3reb, T.Zaras 7+1reb
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Kymis - Olympiacos 72-90

A1 top team - Olympiacos (13-0) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they beat eighth ranked Kymis (5-8) 90-72. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Olympiacos's pressure prevailed and they won that period 27-13 extending their advantage to 18 points. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. American-Belgian guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) fired 17 points for the winners. The former international guard Evangelos Mantzaris (196-90) chipped in 15 points. Four Olympiacos players scored in double figures. American forward Jordan Morgan (203-91, college: Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds and British point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-87, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) added 8 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Olympiacos have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-0 record. Newly promoted Kymis keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Olympiacos will meet at home Koroivos (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Kymis will play against Lavrio (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: M.Lojeski 17+2reb+3ast, G.Printezis 16+2reb+1ast, E.Mantzaris 15+2reb+3ast, E.Green 11+4reb+2ast, I.Athineou 8+1reb+2ast, I.Papapetrou 7+5reb
Kymis: J.Morgan 29+13reb+1ast, S.Cupkovic 12+2ast, M.El-Amin 10+4ast, O.Adegboye 8+2reb+5ast, M.Koukoulas 4+1reb, C.Kostov 4+2reb
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PAOK - Panathinaikos 68-72

The game in Thessaloniki was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Panathinaikos (12-1) played at the court of 5th ranked PAOK (7-6). Panathinaikos managed to secure a 4-point victory 72-68. The guests were already 15 points ahead at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 31-16 last quarter charge of PAOK cut the lead to 72-68 at the end of the game. Panathinaikos made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by PAOK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. International point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. American guard Jordan Sibert (193-92, college: Dayton) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and the other American import guard Thaddus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 16 points in the effort for PAOK. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Panathinaikos. They maintain second place with 12-1 record behind leader Olympiacos. PAOK at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Panathinaikos' next round opponent will be Promitheas (#10) in Patras and are hoping to win another game. PAOK will play at home against Doxa Lefkadas (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: N.Calathes 16+8reb+4ast, C.Singleton 15+13reb+1ast, M.James 11+6reb+1ast, E.Bochoridis 10, A.Gentile 9+5reb+1ast, A.Fotsis 4+3reb
PAOK: J.Sibert 18+7reb, T.McFadden 16+3reb+1ast, N.Miljenovic 7+1ast, L.Chrysikopoulos 6+3reb+1ast, V.Margaritis 6+5reb+1ast, Z.Peiners 6+3reb
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Promitheas - Koroivos 79-81

Important game to mention about took place in Patras. Twelfth ranked Koroivos (4-9) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Promitheas (4-9) 81-79 in the fight for the ninth place. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 22-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Koroivos especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Promitheas was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American Toddrick Gotcher (193-93, college: Texas Tech) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and his fellow American import guard Markel Starks (188-91, college: Georgetown) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. At the losing side Bosnian-Serbian power forward Miroslav Todic (205-85) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American guard McKenzie Moore (198-92, college: UTEP, agency: Two Points) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Promitheas' coach Nikos Vetoulas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Koroivos moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Promitheas. Promitheas lost their fifth game in a row. Koroivos will face league's leader Olympiacos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Koroivos: T.Gotcher 23+3reb+2ast, M.Starks 16+2reb+7ast, K.Hall 13+6reb+1ast, A.Milutinovic 12+4reb, D.Van Oostrum 6+3reb+1ast, I.Chatzinikolas 6+2reb+2ast
Promitheas: M.Todic 19+9reb+2ast, K.Clark 18+1reb+2ast, N.Gikas 15+1ast, M.Moore 12+10reb+1ast, L.Jones 6+3reb, M.Faye 6+6reb
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AGOR - Doxa Lefkadas 80-86

Bottom-ranked Doxa Lefkadas managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of six consecutive losses. This time newly promoted Doxa Lefkadas won against seventh-ranked AGOR in Rethymno 86-80. AGOR was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 46-38 second half run of Doxa Lefkadas. Forward Yiannis Psathas (198-83) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and British point guard Justin Robinson (185-87, college: Rider, agency: Promotex) accounted for 20 points and 6 assists. American forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (203-89, college: S.Florida) came up with 17 points and 9 rebounds and Bosnian-Canadian power forward Dejan Kravic (211-90, college: Texas Tech) added 18 points respectively for AGOR in the defeat. Four AGOR players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Doxa Lefkadas maintains fourteenth place with 3-10 record. AGOR at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Doxa Lefkadas will play against higher ranked PAOK (#5) in Thessaloniki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AGOR will play at home against Kolossos HH and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Doxa Lefkadas: Y.Psathas 27+10reb, J.Robinson 20+2reb+6ast, A.Harris 15+5reb+2ast, D.Tsaldaris 9, T.Abbott 6+3reb+2ast, S.Scott 4+4reb+4ast
AGOR: D.Kravic 18+4reb+1ast, T.Fitzpatrick 17+9reb+1ast, A.Christodoulou 13+2reb+2ast, R.Arnold 12+7reb+1ast, G.Talton 9+2reb+6ast, M.Kamperidis 5+2reb+1ast
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Trikalla - Kolossos HH 74-67

There was an upset when higher ranked Kolossos HH (7-6) was defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked Aiolos Trikallon (4-9) 74-67 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kolossos HH won third quarter 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Aiolos Trikallon won last quarter 22-17. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Ukrainian guard Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-91) stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and American guard Kelsey Barlow (196-91, college: Ill.-Chicago) chipped in 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Aiolos Trikallon's coach Giannis Kastritis used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American point guard Trevor Releford (183-91, college: Alabama) responded with 27 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and the other American import forward Juvonte Reddic (206-92, college: VCU) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Aiolos Trikallon moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Kolossos HH dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Aiolos Trikallon will face higher ranked Aris (#4) in Thessaloniki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kolossos HH will play on the road against AGOR in Rethymno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trikalla: O.Lypovyy 20+5reb+3ast, G.Biruta 15+5reb+1ast, K.Barlow 13+11reb+4ast, A.Tsagarakis 9+5reb+3ast, D.Haughton 7+3reb, S.Manolopoulos 6+1reb
Kolossos HH: T.Releford 27+5reb+5ast, J.Reddic 14+5reb+1ast, C.Saloustros 7+5reb, P.Vasilopoulos 5+6reb+1ast, R.Ahonen 5+1reb+1ast, E.Watson 3+1reb
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Lavrio - Apollon Patras 79-65

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eleventh ranked Lavrio (4-9) defeated at home 10th ranked Apollon Patras (4-9) 79-65 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Lavrio forced 19 Apollon Patras turnovers. American guard Kevin Punter (188-93, college: Tennessee) stepped up and scored 14 points for the winners and his fellow American import forward D.J. Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) chipped in 15 points. Four Lavrio players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Tyler Kalinoski (193-92, college: Davidson) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Bosnian power forward Edin Bavcic (209-84, agency: BeoBasket) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lavrio moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Apollon Patras. Lavrio will face higher ranked Kymis (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: D.Shelton 15+3reb+1ast, K.Punter 14+4reb+1ast, G.Athanasoulas 12+2reb+3ast, D.Bolds 11+5reb+2ast, A.Hamilton 6+2reb+1ast, Z.Nixon 6+3reb+7ast
Apollon Patras: T.Kalinoski 13+6reb+2ast, E.Bavcic 12+6reb+2ast, G.Diamantakos 9+8reb, U.Duvnjak 9+2reb+4ast, D.Slaftsakis 7+2reb, A.Hickey 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 493667





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

28-year old center Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for AE Larissas and receives a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Doxa Pefkon (#11, 4-7) 75-70. AE Larissas is placed at 4th position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AE Larissas will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. Thorsteinsson turned to be AE Larissas' top player in his first season with the team. Sigurdur Thorsteinsson averages this season 12.0ppg and 5.9rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Kostas Macheras (205-C-85) of Ethnikos. He is a center in his first season at Ethnikos. In the last game Macheras recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Ethnikos lost that game 73-85 to the lower-ranked GS Larissas (#15, 3-10). This loss caused Ethnikos to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Macheras is a newcomer at Ethnikos and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.1ppg (#7). He also registered 9.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Sakis Karydas (182-G-79) of league's leader Panionios. Karydas scored 22 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Panionios, leading his team to a 77-61 easy win against the lower-ranked Arkadikos (#10, 4-7). Panionios have amazing season winning all 12 games without a single defeat. Karydas turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Karydas has a great season in Greece. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.8apg (6th best). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 53.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stefan Nikolic (193-G-87) of GS Larissas - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Savvas Tsougarakis (207-C-86) of Arkadikos - 18 points and 15 rebounds
6. Karamo Jawara (203-F-91) of Doxa Pefkon - 19 points and 4 rebounds
7. Christodoulos Karavolas (197-F-83) of Pagrati - 17 points and 10 rebounds
8. Nikolaos Papanikolaou (209-F-85) of Psyhiko - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dimitris Kalampakas (202-F-89) of Doxa Pefkon - 18 points and 3 rebounds
10. Yannis Gagaloudis (192-G-78) of Iraklis - 20 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)



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  HOLLAND  

Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 13-1 
 2. Zwolle 10-4 
 3. Leiden 9-5 
 4. Dukes UDB 6-7 
 5. Amsterdam 6-8 
 6. Leeuwarden 5-9 
 7. Rotterdam 5-9 
 8. Weert 1-12 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 7: Amsterdam - Leeuwarden 85-94
Jan. 8: Zwolle - Leiden 81-74
Jan. 7: Rotterdam - Groningen 58-98
Jan. 10: Dukes UDB - Weert



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Standings - A Division

A Division Standings
 1. Alba 10-2 
 2. Kormend 9-3 
 3. ZTE KK 8-4 
 4. PVSK Pannon 8-4 
 5. Kaposvari 8-4 
 6. Falco KC 7-5 
 7. Szedeak 6-6 
 8. KTE-Duna 6-6 
 9. Szolnok 6-6 
 10. Sopron KC 5-7 
 11. Jaszberenyi 4-8 
 12. Atomeromu 3-9 
 13. MAFC 2-10 
 14. Vasas 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 7: Szedeak - Szolnok 98-97
Jan. 4: Szedeak - KTE-Duna 86-77
Jan. 7: Jaszberenyi - ZTE KK 84-93
Jan. 7: Sopron KC - Falco KC 76-79
Dec. 29: KTE-Duna - Szolnok 76-63
Jan. 7: MAFC - Kaposvari 71-72
Jan. 7: Atomeromu - KTE-Duna 71-72
Jan. 7: PVSK Pannon - Alba 70-77
Jan. 8: Kormend - Vasas 112-64

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 14: MAFC - Sopron KC
Jan. 14: Vasas - PVSK Pannon
Jan. 14: Alba - KTE-Duna
Jan. 14: Kaposvari - Szedeak
Jan. 14: Szolnok - Kormend
Jan. 14: Falco KC - Jaszberenyi
Jan. 15: ZTE KK - Atomeromu


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darrin GOVENS
  Falco KC
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Govens, Falco KC22.5 
 2. Lilov, Szedeak21.3 
 3. Vojvoda, Szolnok20.5 
 4. Pacher, Vasas19.9 
 5. Sejfic, PVSK P.18.7 
 6. Taylor, Vasas18.6 
 7. Medford, Falco KC18.0 
 8. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.6 
 9. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.17.5 
 10. Sihota, MAFC17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roland HENDLEIN
  Kaposvari
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Hendlein, Kaposvari9.5 
 2. Szabo, ZTE K.8.9 
 3. Forte, Atomeromu8.6 
 4. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.4 
 5. Poscic, MAFC8.2 
 6. Drungilas, ZTE K.8.0 
 7. Sihota, MAFC7.9 
 8. Ivosev, KTE-Duna7.8 
 9. Tiby, Atomeromu7.7 
 10. Pacher, Vasas7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.3 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak7.2 
 3. Petty, Kormend6.6 
 4. Taylor, Vasas6.5 
 5. Threatt, Sopron KC6.2 
 6. Nelson, PVSK P.6.1 
 7. Wisseh, Kaposvari5.9 
 8. Smith, MAFC5.9 
 9. Govens, Falco KC5.8 
 10. Kinney, Szolnok5.4 
Steals Per Game
 Brent ARRINGTON
  Jaszbere.
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.8 
 2. Nelson, PVSK P.2.1 
 3. Smith, MAFC1.8 
 4. Petty, Kormend1.8 
 5. Lilov, Szedeak1.7 
 6. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.1.6 
 7. Kinney, Szolnok1.6 
 8. Williams, Jaszberenyi1.6 
 9. Varadi, Falco KC1.6 
 10. Govens, Falco KC1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan ZIGERANOVIC
  Falco K.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Zigeranovic, Falco K.1.3 
 2. Keller, Alba1.1 
 3. Andric, Szolnok1.0 
 4. Simms, Kaposvari1.0 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.9 
 6. Thompson, Vasas0.8 
 7. Cooke, Kaposvari0.8 
 8. Turner, Falco KC0.7 
 9. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 10. Czinger, ZTE K.0.7 


A Division Round 12: Alba beats PVSK Pannon in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pecs. First ranked Alba faced 3rd ranked PVSK Pannon. Guests from Szekesfehervar (10-2) defeated host PVSK Pannon (8-4) 77-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of PVSK Pannon. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 40-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St.) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Bosnian center Ismet Sejfic (208-93) who recorded a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Alba maintains first position with 10-2 record. PVSK Pannon at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with ZTE KK and Kaposvari. Alba are looking forward to face KTE-Duna (#8) in Kecskemet in the next round and are hoping to win another game. PVSK Pannon will play on the road against Vasas (#14) in Budapest and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Thirteenth-ranked MAFC (2-10) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Kaposvari (8-4) in Budapest. The visitors from Kaposvar managed to secure only one-point victory 72-71. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a good game for American-Liberian point guard Jaytornah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points and 4 steals. Malik Cooke contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (201-87) replied with 22 points and 7 rebounds for MAFC. Kaposvari moved-up to