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  ABA LEAGUE  


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. Sakic, Cibona15.2 
 8. Zagorac, Mega Leks14.9 
 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. Lukovic, Krka7.8 
 3. Kaba, Mega Leks7.8 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.4 
 5. Bilan, Cedevita7.2 
 6. Zagorac, Mega Leks7.1 
 7. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija6.9 
 8. Bolden, FMP6.8 
 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. Jovic, Crvena Z.6.8 
 3. Jackson, Cedevita6.6 
 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. Perry, Karpos 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. Perry, Karpos S.1.7 
 6. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.7 
 7. Kaba, Mega Leks1.7 
 8. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.6 
 9. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija1.5 
 10. Zagorac, Mega Leks1.5 
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. Zagorac, Mega Leks1.1 
 10. Bolden, FMP1.1 


Zeljko Sakic claims ABA League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88, agency: BeoBasket) put on an amazing game in the last round for Cibona and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 28-year old forward had the game-high 26 points adding nine rebounds for Cibona in his team's victory, helping them to beat MZT Skopje (#14, 4-13) 87-79. Cibona maintains the 5th position in ABA League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cibona will need more victories to improve their 11-6 record. In the team's last game Sakic had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Cibona's top player in his first season with the team. Sakic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.2ppg) and averages solid 55.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old point guard Filip Covic (178-PG-89) of FMP. Covic impressed basketball fans with 36 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course FMP cruised to a 84-74 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Igokea (#6, 9-8). This victory allowed FMP to move up to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-11 record. Covic is one of the most experienced players at FMP and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Octavius Ellis (208-C-93) of Mornar Bar (#8). Ellis scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Mornar Bar, leading his team to a 93-70 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Un.Olimpija (#7, 7-10). The chances of Mornar Bar 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 six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ellis could try to bring Mornar Bar's a little bit higher in the standings. Ellis has a very solid season. In 17 games in ABA League he scored 9.9ppg. He also has 5.5rpg, 1.6bpg and FGP: 67.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonah Bolden (208-F-96) of FMP - 25 points and 10 rebounds
5. Owen Klassen (208-C/F-91) of Buducnost - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87) of Cibona - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 13 assists
7. Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92) of Cedevita - 27 points and 5 assists
8. Charlon Kloof (190-G-90) of MZT Skopje - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) of Mornar Bar - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Djordje Drenovac (201-G/F-92) of MZT Skopje - 27 points, 5 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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  ARGENTINA  

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
Norte
 1. San Martin C. 17-6 
 2. Estudiantes C. 16-8 
 3. Regatas C. 15-9 
 4. Quimsa 13-10 
 5. Instituto 13-11 
 6. Olimpico LB 13-12 
 7. La Union 11-13 
 8. Libertad S. 10-13 
 9. Atenas 10-14 
 10. Echague 3-20 
Sur
 1. San Lorenzo 18-6 
 2. Ferrocarril 16-7 
 3. Weber Bahia 14-10 
 4. Argentino 13-12 
 5. GECR Indalo 12-11 
 6. Obras Basket 12-11 
 7. Penarol 10-15 
 8. Quilmes MP 10-15 
 9. Boca Jrs 7-17 
 10. Hispano Am. 6-19 

Regular Season: Round 26

Jan. 11: Hispano Am. - Boca Jrs 89-101
Jan. 11: San Lorenzo - Penarol 86-61
Jan. 11: Estudiantes C. - Olimpico LB 84-75
Jan. 9: Hispano Am. - Penarol 82-70
Jan. 11: Argentino - Atenas 80-65
Jan. 9: Argentino - Quilmes MP 73-59
Jan. 11: Weber Bahia - Quilmes MP 105-101
Jan. 11: Regatas C. - La Union 103-98

Regular Season: Round 27

Jan. 13: Obras Basket - Penarol
Jan. 13: Weber Bahia - Atenas
Jan. 13: Echague - Olimpico LB
Jan. 13: San Martin C. - La Union
Jan. 14: Ferrocarril - Hispano Am.
Jan. 14: Instituto - San Lorenzo
Jan. 15: Quilmes MP - Quimsa
Jan. 15: GECR Indalo - Regatas C.
Jan. 15: Libertad S. - Olimpico LB
Jan. 16: Boca Jrs - Hispano Am.
Jan. 16: Atenas - San Lorenzo
Jan. 17: Ferrocarril - Regatas C.
Jan. 17: Penarol - Quimsa
Jan. 17: Argentino - Estudiantes C.
Jan. 17: La Union - Echague


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 22
 1. Tucker, Estudian.22.0 
 2. Green, Instituto18.9 
 3. Baxley, Atenas18.5 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.2 
 5. Horner, Obras B.18.2 
 6. Quinteros, Regat.18.0 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas16.3 
 8. Vildoza, Libertad S.15.9 
 9. Reed, Penarol15.8 
 10. Johnson, Weber B.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.3 
 2. Johnson, Weber B.10.3 
 3. Crawford, Argen.10.0 
 4. Clancy, Instituto9.8 
 5. Horner, Obras B.9.1 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 7. Johnson, Atenas8.6 
 8. Wood, San M.8.5 
 9. Justiz, Estudian.8.5 
 10. Rasio, Atenas8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Pedro BARRAL
  Obras B.
  (186-PG-94)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Barral, Obras B.6.5 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.4 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.5.8 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.5 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.3 
 6. Perez, Boca Jrs5.0 
 7. Hopson, Quimsa4.9 
 8. Ciorciari, Instituto4.9 
 9. Cantero, San M.4.8 
 10. De los Santo., GECR I.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.2 
 2. Solano, Echague2.2 
 3. De los Santo., GECR I.2.1 
 4. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 6. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.7 
 7. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 8. Lescano, San M.1.6 
 9. Flor, Quilmes MP1.6 
 10. Tucker, Estudian.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.3 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.9 
 4. Meyinsse, San L.1.4 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 6. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Johnson, Weber B.0.9 


Quimsa adds Cowan to their roster, ex Malvin - by Facundo Iatzky

Asociacion Quimsa Santiago del Estero (LigaA) added to their roster experienced 34-year old American forward Jazwin Cowan (203-107kg-83, college: Hampton, agency: DTMones). He started the season at Malvin in Uruguayan LUB league. In 5 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.2ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Cowan played at Instituto where in 54 LigaA games he averaged remarkable 16.1ppg and 7.6rpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Honorable Mention.
He is quite experienced player. Cowan has played also professionally in Brazil, Dominican Rep., Mexico (Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon and Dorados), United Kingdom, Argentina (Quilmes Mar del Plata, La Union, 9 de Julio, Villa Angela and San Lorenzo), Dominican Republic (Cupes) and D-League (Austin Spurs).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
Cowan attended Hampton University until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Cowan: Athletic post player who can also open things up on the perimeter. big time athlete. possesses an excellent mid-range game and the ability to knock down the three. finishes well in the open court.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRALIA  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  United
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Ware, United22.8 
 2. Randle, 36ers22.6 
 3. Prather, Wildcats20.4 
 4. Lisch, Kings17.4 
 5. Newley, Kings17.4 
 6. Clarke, Hawks16.9 
 7. Penney, Breakers16.7 
 8. Goulding, United16.5 
 9. Johnson, 36ers15.6 
 10. Sobey, 36ers15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Torrey CRAIG
  Bullets
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Craig, Bullets8.6 
 2. Johnson, 36ers7.7 
 3. Boone, United7.3 
 4. Ogilvy, Hawks7.1 
 5. Knight, Wildcats6.9 
 6. Whittington, Kings6.7 
 7. Mitchell, Breakers6.6 
 8. Bairstow, Bullets6.5 
 9. McKay, Wildcats6.5 
 10. Pledger, Breakers6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  Breakers
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Woodside, Breakers5.5 
 2. Jackson, United5.4 
 3. Randle, 36ers5.1 
 4. Ware, United4.9 
 5. Stockton, Breakers4.2 
 6. Newley, Kings4.2 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.8 
 8. Worthington, Taipa.3.8 
 9. Gibson, Bullets3.7 
 10. Lisch, Kings3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Kings
  (188-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lisch, Kings2.0 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.8 
 3. Whittington, Kings1.6 
 4. Prather, Wildcats1.5 
 5. Harris, Hawks1.5 
 6. Jackson, United1.4 
 7. Gliddon, Taipans1.3 
 8. Craig, Bullets1.3 
 9. Newley, Kings1.3 
 10. Boone, United1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel MCKAY
  Wildcats
  (206-F/C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. McKay, Wildcats2.0 
 2. Carter, Breakers1.7 
 3. Ogilvy, Hawks1.5 
 4. Boone, United1.5 
 5. Pledger, Breakers1.4 
 6. Whittington, Kings1.1 
 7. Wesley, United0.8 
 8. Jervis, Bullets0.8 
 9. Powell, Kings0.8 
 10. Egwu, Taipans0.7 


Bullets sign Jeremy Kendle - by Hugh McAuliffe

Jeremy Kendle (186-G-88, college: Bellarmine) will bring the newest - and probably last new face - to the NBL this season as the third import at Brisbane Bullets.

The club officially signed the American combo guard today to supplement the twin losses of Cam Bairstow and Anthony Petrie for the rest of the season and to shore up the Bullets' backcourt stocks.

Kendle, 28 and 186cm, starred for three years at Bellarmine University in Kentucky, had pro stints in Morocco and Switzerland before playing in the QBL with Toowoomba Mountaineers in 2015, averaging 30.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

In 2016 with Bendigo Braves in the SEABL, Kendle averaged 27.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game, leading the club to the championship.

He was named league MVP, grand final MVP and a SEABL all star.

Brisbane has played 20 of the regular season's games so Kendle will be in uniform against the Hawks in Wollongong on Friday to play the eight games necessary to be eligible for play-offs.

A calf injury tightened the time-frame but he will be in a retro uniform on Friday.

Backing himself completely, when Kendle became aware Brisbane was looking to further supplement its line-up, he flew himself out at cost from Lousiville, Kentucky to trial with the club.

Courtesy of adelaidenow.com.au



Buccaneers welcome back Barrow, ex Klosterneuburg - by Hugh McAuliffe

Geraldton Buccaneers (SBL) tabbed 25-year old American forward Maurice Barrow (196-95kg-92, college: Fairfield). It is actually his comeback to Buccaneers as he has played here before. Barrow played most recently at BK Klosterneuburg Dukes in Austrian A Bundesliga, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 10 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg this season. The last summer Barrow played at Buccaneers where in 30 SBL games he had very impressive stats: 23.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.1apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Australian SBL All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Barrow's team made it to the Austrian Cup final in 2015. He received also All-MAAC Sixth Man of the Year award back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Barrow has played also professionally in Austria for Raiffeisen Wels.
He attended Fairfield University until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  


Buccaneers welcome back Barrow, ex Klosterneuburg - by Hugh McAuliffe

Geraldton Buccaneers (SBL) tabbed 25-year old American forward Maurice Barrow (196-95kg-92, college: Fairfield). It is actually his comeback to Buccaneers as he has played here before. Barrow played most recently at BK Klosterneuburg Dukes in Austrian A Bundesliga, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 10 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg this season. The last summer Barrow played at Buccaneers where in 30 SBL games he had very impressive stats: 23.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.1apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Australian SBL All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Barrow's team made it to the Austrian Cup final in 2015. He received also All-MAAC Sixth Man of the Year award back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Barrow has played also professionally in Austria for Raiffeisen Wels.
He attended Fairfield University until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BALKAN LEAGUE  

BIBL standings

Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1 Kumanovo 6-2 
 2 Beroe 5-3 
 3 Teodo Tivat 4-4 
 4 Bashkimi 4-4 
 5 Kozuv 2-5 
 6 Sigal Prishtina 2-5 
Group B
 1 Peja 5-3 
 2 Sutjeska 5-3 
 3 Feni Industries 5-3 
 4 Karpos Sokoli 3-5 
 5 SK Tirana 3-5 
 6 Trepca 3-5 

Regular Season: Round 11

A

Jan. 10: Sigal Prishtina - Beroe 86-94
Jan. 12: Sigal Prishtina - Kozuv

B

Jan. 11: Trepca - Peja 0-20



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  BALTIC LEAGUE  

Standings - Men

Baltic League Standings
Group A
 1 Rapla 8-2 
 2 Barons Riga 8-2 
 3 Nevezis 7-3 
 4 Jurmala 4-6 
 5 Liepaja/Triobet 4-6 
 6 Parnu 3-8 
 7 Barsy Atyrau 0-7 
Group B
 1 P.Zvaigzdes 10-1 
 2 Valmiera 8-2 
 3 Jekabpils 7-4 
 4 BK Ogre 5-6 
 5 TTU 4-6 
 6 Tarvas 2-8 
 7 COR-Borisfen 0-9 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 11: Parnu - Liepaja/Triobet 93-75
Jan. 10: Rapla - Liepaja/Triobet 83-71
Jan. 11: Tarvas - P.Zvaigzdes 77-112
Jan. 10: TTU - P.Zvaigzdes 71-106
Jan. 10: Nevezis - Barsy Atyrau 103-73
Jan. 12: Jurmala - Barsy Atyrau
Jan. 13: Rapla - Barons Riga



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  

Standings

Basketball Champions League Standings
Group A
 1 Monaco 11-1 
 2 Banvit BK 9-3 
 3 CEZ Nymburk 8-4 
 4 Aris 8-4 
 5 Fraport SKY 5-7 
 6 Ironi Nahariya 4-8 
 7 Helios 2-10 
 8 Bakken 1-11 
Group B
 1 Le Mans 9-3 
 2 Umana VE 8-4 
 3 Pinar Karsiyaka 7-5 
 4 Kataja Basket 6-6 
 5 Avtodor 5-7 
 6 Oradea 5-7 
 7 Maccabi Rishon 5-7 
 8 Khimik 3-9 
Group C
 1 ASVEL 9-3 
 2 EWE Baskets 8-4 
 3 Neptunas 8-4 
 4 Ventspils 7-5 
 5 PAOK 6-6 
 6 Usak 4-8 
 7 Openjobmetis V. 3-9 
 8 Rosa Radom 3-9 
Group D
 1 Iberostar Tener. 10-2 
 2 Scandone AV 8-4 
 3 Strasbourg 7-5 
 4 Juventus 7-5 
 5 Cibona 5-7 
 6 Mega Leks 4-8 
 7 Oostende 4-8 
 8 Mornar Bar 3-9 
Group E
 1 Besiktas 10-2 
 2 Partizan 8-4 
 3 Ludwigsburg 8-4 
 4 AEK Athens 7-5 
 5 Banco di Srd 5-7 
 6 Spirou 4-8 
 7 Stelmet ZG 4-8 
 8 Szolnok 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 12

A

Jan. 11: Aris - CEZ Nymburk 83-79
Jan. 11: Monaco - Banvit BK 65-63
Jan. 10: Helios - Ironi Nahariya 60-69
Jan. 11: Fraport SKY - Bakken 102-68

B

Jan. 11: Avtodor - Maccabi Rishon 81-71
Jan. 10: Umana VE - Kataja Basket 78-68
Jan. 10: Khimik - Oradea 78-49
Jan. 11: Le Mans - Pinar Karsiyaka 65-61

C

Jan. 10: PAOK - Neptunas 82-73
Jan. 10: Ventspils - ASVEL 77-72
Jan. 10: Rosa Radom - Openjobmetis V. 61-74
Jan. 10: EWE Baskets - Usak 106-77

D

Jan. 11: Mega Leks - Strasbourg 86-82
Jan. 11: Cibona - Juventus 81-72
Jan. 11: Iberostar Tener. - Oostende 64-57
Jan. 11: Scandone AV - Mornar Bar 53-60

E

Jan. 11: Szolnok - Stelmet ZG 86-75
Jan. 10: AEK Athens - Ludwigsburg 82-72
Jan. 10: Spirou - Partizan 63-65
Jan. 11: Besiktas - Banco di Srd 100-70

Regular Season: Round 13

A

Jan. 17: CEZ Nymburk - Monaco
Jan. 17: Banvit BK - Helios
Jan. 17: Aris - Fraport SKY
Jan. 17: Ironi Nahariya - Bakken

B

Jan. 18: Avtodor - Umana VE
Jan. 18: Maccabi Rishon - Le Mans
Jan. 18: Pinar Karsiyaka - Khimik
Jan. 18: Oradea - Kataja Basket

C

Jan. 17: ASVEL - Rosa Radom
Jan. 18: Neptunas - Ventspils
Jan. 18: PAOK - EWE Baskets
Jan. 18: Openjobmetis V. - Usak

D

Jan. 16: Juventus - Mornar Bar
Jan. 17: Oostende - Mega Leks
Jan. 18: Iberostar Tener. - Scandone AV
Jan. 18: Strasbourg - Cibona

E

Jan. 17: Szolnok - Besiktas
Jan. 17: Ludwigsburg - Banco di Srd
Jan. 18: Stelmet ZG - Spirou
Jan. 18: Partizan - AEK Athens


Overview of Round 12 - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Fraport SKY - Bakken 102-68

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked German Deutsche Bank Skyliners (5-7) crushed bottom-ranked Danish Bakken (1-11) in Frankfurt 102-68 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Deutsche Bank Skyliners led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Bakken's 36 and made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Bakken's players. It was a good game for American guard A.J. English (192-92, college: Iona) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Danish guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska) contributed with 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Bakken. Bakken's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains fifth position in Group A with 5-7 record. Bakken lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will face higher ranked Aris (#4) in Thessaloniki in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bakken will play on the road against Ironi Nahariya (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: A.English 24+5reb+6ast, S.Shields 23+8reb+3ast, Q.Robertson 12+6reb+7ast, M.Morrison 10+3reb+3ast, A.Graves 9+3reb+1ast, M.Merz 9+2reb+2ast
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 19+7reb+1ast, E.Palm 13+5reb+3ast, T.Laerke 8+2reb+2ast, C.Christoffersen 8+8reb, M.Gesell 7+1reb+1ast, K.Kitsing 5+3reb
gschID: 510381


Monaco - Banvit BK 65-63

Important game to mention about took place in Monaco. First ranked French Monaco (11-1) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-best Turkish Banvit (9-3) 65-63 in the fight for the first place. Banvit was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Banvit was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 5 rebounds and Mali-French forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket) who added 9 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Monaco's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jordan Theodore (182-89, college: Seton Hall) with 12 points and 9 assists and Polish power forward Damian Kulig (205-87, agency: BeoBasket) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four Banvit players scored in double figures. Monaco have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A with 11-1 record. Banvit at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Monaco will play against CEZ Nymburk (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Banvit will play against Helios and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Monaco: D.Bost 14+5reb+2ast, J.Shuler 10+5reb+2ast, A.Sy 9+5reb+3ast, S.Gladyr 8+4reb+4ast, Z.Wright 8+5reb+2ast, B.Davies 6+3reb
Banvit BK: J.Theodore 12+3reb+9ast, G.Vidmar 12+5reb+3ast, D.Kulig 11+10reb, E.Muric 11+5reb, G.Orelik 6+3reb+1ast, F.Korkmaz 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 510384


Aris - CEZ Nymburk 83-79

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk (8-4) against fourth ranked Greek Aris (8-4) on Wednesday night. Visiting CEZ Nymburk was defeated by Aris in a tough game in Thessaloniki 79-83. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of CEZ Nymburk. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 21-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by CEZ Nymburk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Will Cummings (188-92, college: Temple) who scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import Michael Jenkins (193-86, college: Winthrop) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) who recorded 20 points and American guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) added 13 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Aris moved-up to third place in Group A, which they share with defeated CEZ Nymburk. Aris' next round opponent will be Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#5) in Frankfurt. CEZ Nymburk will play at home against the league's leader Monaco and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aris: M.Jenkins 21+3reb+4ast, W.Cummings 17+6reb+6ast, T.Dragicevic 10+5reb+3ast, T.Zaras 10+1reb+1ast, E.Buckner 9+5reb, V.Xanthopoulos 5+1reb+1ast
CEZ Nymburk: V.Hruban 20+4reb+2ast, B.Allen 13+3reb+2ast, E.Lawrence 10+1reb+2ast, T.Meier 10+2reb, P.Benda 8+3reb, H.Sant-Roos 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 510376


Helios - Ironi Nahariya 60-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Slovenian Helios' (2-10) home loss to sixth ranked Israeli Ironi Nahariya (4-8) in Domzale 60-69 on Tuesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Helios won third quarter 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Ironi Nahariya won last quarter 21-13. They dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Helios' 20. It was a good game for American power forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) contributed with 2 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ironi Nahariya's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Czech Tomas Kyzlink (195-93) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Brandyn Curry (187-91, college: Harvard) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Helios. Ironi Nahariya maintains sixth position in Group A with 4-8 record. Defending Slovenian champion Helios keep the seventh place with ten games lost. Ironi Nahariya will face bottom-ranked Bakken (#8) in Aarhus in the next round. Helios will play on the road against the league's second-placed Banvit in Balikesir and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: Y.Gates 15+5reb+2ast, I.Nesterenko 10+6reb, G.Brown 9+1reb+3ast, S.Douglass 9+1reb+1ast, J.Skjoldebrand 7+2reb, T.Nash 7+8reb+2ast
Helios: T.Kyzlink 21+7reb+3ast, B.Curry 14+5reb+6ast, J.Mocnik 12+4reb+6ast, S.Atanackovic 8+3reb, U.Gorjanc 2+1reb, M.Vesel 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 510372


Group B
Le Mans - Pinar Karsiyaka 65-61

Rather predictable result when first ranked French Le Mans (9-3) won against at home 3rd ranked Turkish Pinar Karsiyaka (7-5) 65-61 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 65-61. Le Mans dominated on the defensive end, holding Pinar Karsiyaka to just 7 points in second quarter. It was a good game for Canadian guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, college: Boston Coll.) who led his team to a victory with 15 points. Wilfried Yeguete (201-91, college: Florida, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) replied with 13 points and 8 assists and his fellow American import power forward Josh Owens (206-88, college: Stanford) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Pinar Karsiyaka. Le Mans maintains first position in Group B with 9-3 record. Loser Pinar Karsiyaka keeps the third place with five games lost. Le Mans will face Maccabi Rishon (#7) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round where they are favorite. Pinar Karsiyaka will play at home against Khimik (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: O.Hanlan 15+3reb+2ast, R.Pearson 11+3reb+2ast, W.Yeguete 10+7reb, P.Cornelie 9+6reb, M.Gelabale 9+4reb+2ast, M.Yarou 6+6reb+1ast
Pinar Karsiyaka: J.Brown 14+2reb+4ast, M.Green 13+4reb+8ast, J.Owens 13+10reb+1ast, D.Summers 8+6reb, M.Ponitka 7+2reb+2ast, M.Baygul 6+3reb
gschID: 510374


Avtodor - Maccabi Rishon 81-71

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Israeli Maccabi Rishon (5-7) lost to seventh ranked Russian Avtodor (5-7) in Saratov 71-81 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 41-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Avtodor made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for guard Evgeny Kolesnikov (195-85, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory with 23 points. American Vince Hunter (203-94, college: UTEP) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Patrick Richard (196-90, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and his fellow American import forward Javon McCrea (201-92, college: Buffalo) added 19 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi Rishon. Avtodor moved-up to fifth place in Group B, which they share with Maccabi Rishon and Oradea. Avtodor will face league's second-placed Umana Venezia at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi Rishon will play against the league's leader Le Mans and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Avtodor: E.Kolesnikov 23+4reb+1ast, B.Frazier 15+3reb+4ast, V.Hunter 13+9reb+3ast, N.Minnerath 9+8reb, M.Kolyushkin 9+1ast, M.Carrera 6+2reb
Maccabi Rishon: J.McCrea 19+11reb, P.Richard 18+10reb+4ast, A.Ben-Chimol 17+1reb+2ast, C.Thomas 9+3reb+1ast, N.Levi 3+3reb, E.Kadir 3+3reb
gschID: 510377


Umana VE - Kataja Basket 78-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Italian Umana Venezia's (8-4) home victory over 4th ranked Finnish Joensuun Kataja (6-6) 78-68 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 26-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Umana Venezia looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for Canadian-Nigerian forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Georgian point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) contributed with 14 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Umana Venezia players scored in double figures. American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) replied with 22 points and 5 rebounds and Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St.) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Joensuun Kataja. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Umana Venezia moved-up to second place in Group B. Loser Joensuun Kataja keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Umana Venezia will face Avtodor (#5) in Saratov in the next round. Joensuun Kataja will play on the road against Oradea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: M.Ejim 23+10reb+4ast, M.Haynes 14+3reb+8ast, M.Bramos 13+4reb+2ast, H.Peric 11+2reb+1ast, T.McGee 8+7reb+2ast, J.Viggiano 3+3reb+2ast
Kataja Basket: R.Brown 22+5reb+3ast, D.Mullings 14+6reb+5ast, J.King 8+1reb, I.Seppala 8+4reb+6ast, T.Rannikko 7+3reb+3ast, K.Bristol 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 510375


Khimik - Oradea 78-49

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Romanian Oradea (5-7) was outleveled by bottom-ranked Ukrainian Khimik (3-9) in Yuzhny 78-49 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Khimik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Oradea to just 6 points in third quarter. Khimik held Oradea to an opponent 24.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 48.4 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Oradea 52-27 including a 39-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Khimik looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for power forward Viacheslav Petrov (204-94, agency: AproK Sports Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. American guard Daniel Bejarano (193-91, college: Colorado St.) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Khimik players scored in double figures. Khimik's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) replied with 12 points and Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) added 4 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Oradea. Defending Ukrainian champion maintains eighth position in Group B with 3-9 record. Defending Romanian champion Oradea dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. Khimik will face higher ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Oradea will play against Joensuun Kataja and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Khimik: D.Bejarano 19+9reb+1ast, J.Smith 14+1reb+5ast, V.Petrov 13+16reb+3ast, J.Love 11+7reb+1ast, O.Ryabchuk 5+3reb+2ast, S.Pavlov 5
Oradea: M.Zeno 12+1reb+2ast, A.Mandache 10+3ast, S.Denison 9+5reb, T.Nicoara 6+4reb, B.Mirkovic 4+6reb+5ast, N.Nicolescu 3+4reb
gschID: 510366


Group C
EWE Baskets - Usak 106-77

No shocking result in a game when third ranked German EWE Baskets (8-4) crushed 6th ranked Turkish Usak Sportlif (4-8) in Oldenburg 106-77 on Tuesday. The game without a history. EWE Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Usak Sportlif's 38. EWE Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Usak Sportlif's players. It was a good game for American guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The other American import center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) contributed with 21 points for the winners. EWE Baskets' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Greek-American center Zach Auguste (208-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds and American D'Angelo Harrison (193, college: St.John's, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 17 points in the effort for Usak Sportlif. Five EWE Baskets and four Usak Sportlif players scored in double figures. EWE Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group C, which they share with Neptunas. Loser Usak Sportlif keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. EWE Baskets will face PAOK (#5) in Thessaloniki in the next round. Usak Sportlif will play on the road against Openjobmetis VA in Varese and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: B.Qvale 21+3reb+3ast, C.Kramer 16+10reb+13ast, D.Lockhart 13+1ast, R.Paulding 12+3reb+2ast, F.Massenat 10+1reb+6ast, V.Mihailovic 10+5reb+2ast
Usak: D.Harrison 17+4reb+2ast, S.McKissic 16+2reb+2ast, Z.Auguste 16+7reb+2ast, S.Vasiliauskas 12+3reb+7ast, R.Freimanis 6+1ast, B.Candan 6+3reb
gschID: 510373


Rosa Radom - Openjobmetis V. 61-74

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 7th ranked Polish Rosa (3-9) lost to eighth ranked Italian Openjobmetis VA (3-9) in Radom 61-74 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 33-17 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Openjobmetis VA dominated on the defensive end, holding Rosa to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Openjobmetis VA had a 26-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American point guard Eric Maynor (191-87, college: VCU) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 5 assists. American-Nigerian power forward O.D. Anosike (203-91, college: Siena) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Darnell Jackson (206-85, college: Kansas) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Robert Witka (205-81) added 13 points in the effort for Rosa. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Openjobmetis VA moved-up to seventh place in Group C, which they share with Rosa Radom. Rosa lost seventh consecutive game. Openjobmetis VA will face higher ranked Usak Sportlif (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rosa will play against the league's leader ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Openjobmetis V.: E.Maynor 21+4reb+5ast, O.Anosike 10+10reb, N.Pelle 9+4reb, K.Kangur 8+7reb, D.Cavaliero 8+2reb+3ast, G.Ferrero 7+1ast
Rosa Radom: D.Jackson 20+5reb+1ast, R.Witka 13+3reb, J.Callahan 10+1reb+3ast, G.Bell 8+5reb, M.Sokolowski 6+2reb+4ast, D.Szymkiewicz 2+1ast
gschID: 510369


Ventspils - ASVEL 77-72

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked French ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (9-3) on the court of fourth ranked Latvian Ventspils on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Ventspils 77-72. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Lithuanian forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with 9 points and 7 assists for the winners. Serbian-Montenegrin forward Nikola Dragovic (206-87, college: UCLA, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, college: Hofstra, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ventspils have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position in Group C with 7-5 record. Defending French champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket still keeps top place with three games lost. Ventspils are looking forward to face higher ranked Neptunas (#3) in Klaipeda in the next round and it may be the game of the week. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play at home against Rosa and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: E.Zelionis 16+6reb, K.Janicenoks 11+4reb+4ast, F.Campbell 11+2reb+2ast, R.Zakis 10+4reb+2ast, W.Deane 9+3reb+7ast, I.Jakovics 7+1ast
ASVEL: N.Dragovic 17+5reb+1ast, A.Uter 11+6reb+2ast, T.Meacham 10+4reb+1ast, W.Hodge 10+2reb+1ast, D.Nelson 7+4reb+4ast, A.Noua 7+2reb
gschID: 510368


PAOK - Neptunas 82-73

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Lithuanian Neptunas (8-4) against fifth ranked Greek PAOK (6-6) on Tuesday night. Visiting Neptunas were defeated by PAOK in a tough game in Thessaloniki 73-82. Neptunas trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 26-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-82 at the end of the game. PAOK forced 19 Neptunas turnovers. Neptunas were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Thaddus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Antonios Koniaris (196-97) contributed with 9 points for the winners. PAOK's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Larry Drew II (188-90, college: UCLA) replied with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Jamaican-American forward Omari Johnson (206-89, college: Oregon St.) added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Neptunas. PAOK maintains fifth position in Group C with 6-6 record. Neptunas lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with four games lost. PAOK will face league's second-placed EWE Baskets in Oldenburg in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Neptunas will play at home against Ventspils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PAOK: T.McFadden 31+6reb, A.Koniaris 9+3reb+2ast, L.Chrysikopoulos 9+4reb+1ast, J.Sibert 9+1reb+1ast, K.Clanton 6+7reb, N.Miljenovic 6+2ast
Neptunas: L.Drew II 31+5reb+6ast, O.Johnson 15+12reb+3ast, L.Beliauskas 9+1reb, J.Baron 6+4reb, M.Kacinas 4+4reb+2ast, M.Girdziunas 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 510367


Group D
Iberostar Tener. - Oostende 64-57

Very predictable result when first ranked Spanish CB Canarias (10-2) won against 6th ranked Belgian Oostende (4-8) in Tenerife 64-57 on Wednesday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-12. But Oostende won second period 20-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Canadian-Dutch forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 23 points. Point guard Rodrigo San Miguel (186-85) contributed with 8 points and 7 assists for the winners. American guard Corey Walden (188-92, college: E.Kentucky) replied with 14 points and Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points in the effort for Oostende. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. CB Canarias maintains first position in Group D with 10-2 record. Defending Belgian champion Oostende dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. CB Canarias will face league's second-placed Scandone AV in Avellino in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oostende will play at home against Mega Leks (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iberostar Tener.: A.Doornekamp 23+4reb+3ast, D.White 10+1reb+3ast, R.San Miguel 8+2reb+7ast, G.Bogris 8+5reb+2ast, W.Hanley 6+6reb, T.Abromaitis 5+4reb
Oostende: C.Walden 14+4reb+2ast, R.Katic 13+3reb, M.Jagodic Kuridza 8+1reb, M.Keselj 7+5reb+1ast, J.Salumu 5+1reb, P.Gillet 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 510385


Scandone AV - Mornar Bar 53-60

There was an upset when second-best Italian Scandone AV (8-4) lost to bottom-ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (3-9) in Avellino 53-60 on Wednesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-13. But Scandone AV won second period 13-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American Cameron Tatum (200-88, college: Tennessee) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. FYR Macedonian center Vukota Pavic (203-93) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American forward Adonis Thomas (198-93, college: Memphis) replied with 13 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Levi Randolph (196-92, college: Alabama) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Scandone AV. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mornar Bar maintains eighth position in Group D with 3-9 record. Loser Scandone AV keeps the second place with four games lost. Mornar Bar will face higher ranked Juventus (#4) in Utena in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Scandone AV will play on the road against the league's leader CB Canarias where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Mornar Bar: C.Tatum 17+6reb+6ast, V.Pavic 14+4reb, O.Ellis 11+6reb, B.Bakic 8+4reb+3ast, A.Waller 6+6reb, B.Radunovic 2+2reb+1ast
Scandone AV: A.Thomas 13+6reb+2ast, L.Randolph 9+5reb+1ast, J.Ragland 7+3reb+4ast, R.Obasohan 6+1reb, K.Fesenko 5+8reb, M.Leunen 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 510382


Mega Leks - Strasbourg 86-82

There was a surprise result when seventh ranked Serbian Mega Leks (4-8) defeated higher ranked French Strasbourg IG (7-5) in Sremska Mitrovica 86-82 on Wednesday. Strasbourg IG trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 23-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-86 at the end of the game. Mega Leks made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. Mega Leks outrebounded Strasbourg IG 36-24 including 17 on the offensive glass. Strasbourg IG was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Slovenian Vlatko Cancar (201-97, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Point guard Jovan Novak (188-94) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Mega Leks players scored in double figures. American point guard Erving Walker (173-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points) replied with 19 points and 4 assists and American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) added 18 points in the effort for Strasbourg IG. Strasbourg IG's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mega Leks moved-up to sixth place in Group D. Loser Strasbourg IG keeps the third position with five games lost. Mega Leks will face Oostende (#7) on the road in the next round. Strasbourg IG will play against Cibona (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mega Leks: V.Cancar 20+9reb+3ast, J.Novak 17+5reb+7ast, K.Mushidi 15+3reb+3ast, O.Jaramaz 10+2reb+1ast, A.Kaba 10+6reb, A.Marelja 9+5reb+1ast
Strasbourg: E.Walker 19+4ast, R.Travis 18+3reb, A.Slaughter 11+1reb+2ast, F.Ntilikina 9+1reb+3ast, M.Jaiteh 8+5reb, M.Howard 8+6reb
gschID: 510383


Cibona - Juventus 81-72

There was a minor upset when one of their biggest challengers Lithuanian Juventus (7-5) lost to sixth ranked Croatian Cibona (5-7) in Zagreb 72-81 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 27-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cibona forced 22 Juventus turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 assists. Forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Vytautas Sulskis (200-88, college: Youngstown St., agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American point guard Jamar Diggs (188-88, college: Wofford, agency: Octagon Europe) added 12 points and 8 assists in the effort for Juventus. Five Juventus players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cibona moved-up to fifth place in Group D. Loser Juventus keep the fourth position with five games lost. Cibona will face higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Juventus will play against Mornar Bar and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cibona: Z.Sakic 21+6reb+1ast, S.Reynolds 18+2reb+9ast, N.Slavica 14+6reb+2ast, N.Joksimovic 9+3reb+3ast, L.Zoric 8+6reb+4ast, D.Bosnjak 5+1ast
Juventus: V.Sulskis 15+5reb+4ast, J.Diggs 12+2reb+8ast, G.Sirutavicius 11+3reb+3ast, V.Cepukaitis 10+11reb+1ast, O.Galdikas 10+3reb+1ast, V.Vasylius 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 510379


Group E
Besiktas - Banco di Srd 100-70

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Turkish Besiktas (10-2) crushed 5th ranked Italian Banco di Srd (5-7) in Istanbul 100-70 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-70. Besiktas dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Banco di Srd's 28 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Banco di Srd 37-17 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Besiktas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. It was a good game for American-Tunisian Michael Roll (197-87, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Brian Sacchetti (200-86, agency: SPORTlab Agency) replied with 11 points and Nigerian-American power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech) added 16 points in the effort for Banco di Srd. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Besiktas have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group E with 10-2 record. Loser Banco di Srd keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Besiktas will face bottom-ranked Szolnok (#8) in Szolnok in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Banco di Srd will play on the road against EnBW Ludwigsburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: M.Roll 18+5reb+6ast, I.Karaman 14+4reb, V.Stimac 11+7reb+1ast, E.Veyseloglu 10+1reb+1ast, S.Sanli 8+4reb+1ast, E.Clark 8+5reb+2ast
Banco di Srd: G.Lawal 16+1reb, R.Stipcevic 13+1ast, B.Sacchetti 11+4reb+2ast, L.D'Ercole 6+2reb+3ast, T.Lydeka 5+4reb+2ast, D.Bell 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 510380


Szolnok - Stelmet ZG 86-75

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Polish Stelmet (4-8) lost on the road to bottom-ranked Hungarian Szolnok (2-10) 86-75 on Wednesday. Stelmet was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Szolnok made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Montenegrin swingman Milos Borisov (201-85) who led his team to a victory with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Montenegrin Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88) contributed with 18 points, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. Jakub Der (192-96, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American point guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 19 points in the effort for Stelmet. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Hungarian champion maintains eighth position in Group E with 2-10 record. Stelmet lost fourth consecutive game. Defending Polish champion keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Szolnok will face league's leader Besiktas in Istanbul in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: L.Andric 19+6reb, N.Pavlicevic 18+3reb+5ast, T.Barnies 16+5reb+1ast, M.Borisov 12+9reb+5ast, K.Wittmann 9+2reb, A.Toth 5+2ast
Stelmet ZG: J.Florence 19+3reb+1ast, J.Der 18+4reb+3ast, P.Zamojski 10+2reb+4ast, T.Kelati 9+2reb+1ast, A.Moore 6+5reb, A.Hrycaniuk 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 510378


Spirou - Partizan 63-65

A very close game took place in Charleroi between Serbian Partizan and Belgian Spirou Charleroi. Third ranked Partizan (8-4) got a very close victory on the road over 6th ranked Spirou Charleroi (4-8). Partizan managed to escape with a 2-point win 65-63 on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 21-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by Bosnian-Serbian Adin Vrabac (204-94) who scored that evening 11 points and 6 rebounds and forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 11 points. Even 31 points and 6 rebounds by Canadian-Jamaican swingman Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) did not help to save the game for Spirou Charleroi. American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) added 10 points and 8 rebounds. Partizan have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group E, which they share with Ludwigsburg. Loser Spirou Charleroi keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Stelmet ZG. Partizan will meet at home AEK Athens (#4) in the next round. Spirou Charleroi will play against Stelmet in Zielona Gora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Partizan: M.Andric 14+2reb, A.Vrabac 11+6reb+3ast, N.Velickovic 11+4reb+1ast, U.Lukovic 9+4reb, M.Koprivica 8+4reb, K.Karahodzic 6+5reb
Spirou: J.Shepherd 31+6reb+1ast, B.Bowman 10+8reb+1ast, A.Libert 8+5ast, L.Schwartz 6+2reb+3ast, M.Gaudoux 4+3reb+1ast, K.Tumba 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 510370


AEK Athens - Ludwigsburg 82-72

There was a small surprise when fourth ranked Greek AEK Athens (7-5) won against at home second-best German EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-4) 82-72 on Tuesday. EnBW Ludwigsburg was trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 27-13 charge of AEK Athens, which allowed them to win the game. EnBW Ludwigsburg was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Serbian-Greek Dusan Sakota (210-86, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian forward Milan Milosevic (203-85, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Tekele Cotton (189-93, college: Wichita St.) added 20 points in the effort for EnBW Ludwigsburg. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. AEK Athens maintains fourth position in Group E with 7-5 record. Loser EnBW Ludwigsburg keeps the second place with four games lost. AEK Athens will face league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd in the next round and it may be the game of the week. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play at home against Banco di Srd and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
AEK Athens: D.Sakota 27+5reb+1ast, M.Milosevic 11+6reb, D.Mavroeidis 11+4reb+2ast, G.Larentzakis 9+4reb+1ast, M.Dixon 8+2reb+4ast, R.Ukic 7+1reb+4ast
Ludwigsburg: J.Cooley 20+7reb, T.Cotton 20+2reb+3ast, D.Crawford 11+5reb+1ast, K.Martin 8+5reb+1ast, C.Hammonds 6+4reb+4ast, C.Toppert 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 510371





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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 


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 


TJ Bray (ex Ludwigsburg) agreed terms with Brussels - by Eurobasket News

Basic-Fit Brussels (Euromillions League) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard TJ Bray (197-90kg-92, college: Princeton). He supposed to play at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in German BBL league. The last season Bray played at Novipiu Casale in Italian Serie A where in 35 games he recorded 14.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.1apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements Bray won Ivy League championship title in 2011. He received also NABC Division I All-District 13 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Bray has played also professionally in Italy (Lighthouse Conad Trapani).
He attended Princeton University until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @OctagonBballEU)

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Brandon Bowman (ex Spirou) joins Maccabi Kiryat Gat - by Nir Luna

Maccabi Kiryat Gat (Winner League) agreed terms with 33-year old American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown). He just played at Spirou in Belgian Euromillions League. In 12 games he had very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg this season. Bowman also played 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 13.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. He also spent pre-season at Al Rayyan (D1) in Qatari league earlier that year.
In 2006 Bowman was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in third round (30th overall).
The former Georgetown University staris in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
He is quite experienced player. Bowman's career allowed him to visit five different continents, while he played in eleven different countries. Bowman tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Bulgaria, Cyprus (Petrolina AEK Larnaca), France (Le Mans), Germany (BBC Bayreuth and SC Rasta Vechta), Italy, Korea (Samsung Thunders and Dongbu Promy), New Zealand (Saints), Puerto Rico (Manati), Serbia (Crvena Zvezda), Turkey and Israel (Galil Gilboa and Maccabi Rishon).
On Bowman: A very versatile player who can spend time in either forward slot. Good shooter and quick runner, can score in traffic or create his shot from the dribble. Goes well to the offensive rebounds, has a great leaping ability. Above all, he' s a very good defender on every kind of opponent, with a relentless mentality that makes him a very good player for the European leagues.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOSNIA  

Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
 1. Bosna-Royal 8-2 
 2. Kakanj 7-2 
 3. Zrinjski HT 7-2 
 4. Sloboda Tuzla 6-3 
 5. Spars Sarajevo 5-5 
 6. Mladost 4-6 
 7. Leotar 3-6 
 8. Siroki Primorka 3-7 
 9. Gradjanski 3-7 
 10. Bosnjak 2-8 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 10: Spars Sarajevo - Kakanj 53-63
Jan. 15: Siroki Primorka - Bosnjak
Jan. 15: Zrinjski HT - Sloboda Tuzla
Jan. 15: Mladost - Leotar
Jan. 15: Spars Sarajevo - Gradjanski
Jan. 15: Bosna-Royal - Kakanj



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  BRAZIL  

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 9-1 
 2. Brasilia 9-3 
 3. Vitoria 8-4 
 4. Paulistano 8-5 
 5. Pinheiros 8-5 
 6. Bauru 7-6 
 7. Campo Mourao 7-6 
 8. Franca 7-6 
 9. Minas 6-7 
 10. Mogi 5-5 
 11. Vasco Da G. 5-6 
 12. B.Cearense 5-8 
 13. L.Sorocaba 4-9 
 14. Macae 2-9 
 15. Caxias do Sul 2-12 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 11: Caxias do Sul - Pinheiros 93-99
Jan. 10: Mogi - Bauru 89-66
Jan. 10: Minas - Macae 86-78
Jan. 10: Campo Mourao - Franca 81-83
Jan. 11: B.Cearense - Paulistano 74-76
Jan. 11: Vitoria - L.Sorocaba 74-69

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 12: Minas - Flamengo
Jan. 12: Mogi - Franca
Jan. 12: Brasilia - Macae
Jan. 12: Campo Mourao - Bauru
Jan. 13: Vasco Da G. - Pinheiros
Jan. 13: B.Cearense - L.Sorocaba
Jan. 13: Vitoria - Paulistano
Jan. 14: Brasilia - Flamengo


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Betinho NARDI DUARTE
  Campo M.
  (195-SG-88)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Nardi Duarte, Campo M.22.1 
 2. Vieira, Flamengo21.1 
 3. Machado, Flamengo20.2 
 4. Holloway, Pinheiros20.0 
 5. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.6 
 6. Mariano, Brasilia19.2 
 7. Stallworth, Mogi17.9 
 8. Anthony, Macae17.7 
 9. Jackson, Vasco D.17.6 
 10. Curnell, Mogi17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.9 
 2. de Souza, L.Sor.8.3 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 4. Mariano, Brasilia7.6 
 5. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.2 
 6. Toledo, B.Cearense7.1 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo7.1 
 8. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.1 
 9. Bernardi, Caxias d.7.1 
 10. Klassmann, B.Cea.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Alex GARCIA
  Bauru
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Garcia, Bauru6.7 
 2. de Assis, Brasilia6.5 
 3. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.9 
 4. Borges, Franca5.7 
 5. Rodgers, Minas5.4 
 6. Freitas, Campo M.5.4 
 7. Taylor, Mogi5.3 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria5.2 
 9. Cafferata, L.Sor.5.2 
 10. Fischer, Flamengo4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus Vinicius TOLEDO
  B.Cearense
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Toledo, B.Cearense2.2 
 2. Curnell, Mogi2.0 
 3. Taylor, Mogi1.8 
 4. de Oliveira, Mogi1.8 
 5. Lima, Vasco Da G.1.8 
 6. Rodgers, Minas1.8 
 7. Nardi Duarte, Campo M.1.7 
 8. Holloway, Pinheiros1.7 
 9. Borges, Franca1.6 
 10. Hure, Paulistano1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Douglas NUNES
  Campo M.
  (208-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Nunes, Campo M.1.2 
 2. Lenz, Pinheiros1.0 
 3. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.8 
 4. Freitas, Campo M.0.8 
 5. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.8 
 6. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.8 
 7. de Souza, L.Sor.0.7 
 8. Hayes, Vitoria0.7 
 9. Giovannoni, Brasilia0.6 
 10. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Rodgers signs with Alcorn State - by David Edole

The Alcorn State University men's basketball program added more depth and athleticism to its 2017-18 team with the signing of Rolando Rodgers, head coach Montez Robinson announced.

Rodgers is a 6-9, 215 pound power forward from the British Virgin Islands. He will come to Alcorn as a freshman after playing a year of prep school at TaylorMade Academy where he averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

"Rolando Rodgers is a real athletic big-man that will bring us some size in the front court for the next four years," Robinson said. "He has a high ceiling of talent and I really look forward to getting him here and developing his game."

Rodgers played high school ball at Collegiate Prep Academy in Denver, Colorado. He was rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN.

ESPN's scouting report said, "Rodgers is a well-built 5-man with long arms, soft hands, a good motor. He is a good rebounder in his area and can finish above the rim. His blue-collar demeanor impacts the game at both ends. He carves out space while rebounding at both ends."



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  BULGARIA  

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 


Zadar ready to sign Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev - by Eurobasket News

KK Zadar (A1) is close to sign 27-year old Bulgarian international forward Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-108kg-90, agency: Interperformances) who currently plays at KK Kozuv Gevgelija in FYR Macedonia. Yanev Georgiev managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In three Prva Liga games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg and 5.7rpg. Yanev Georgiev also played 1 game in Balkan League where he averaged 5 points and 2 rebounds. The other team he played that season for was Cherno More Ticha in Bulgarian NBL. In 8 Prva Liga games he had also remarkable stats: 19.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Yanev Georgiev won Austrian Bundesliga A championship title in 2015. He was selected to Austrian Bundesliga A All-Star Game in 2015.
Yanev Georgiev has been also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Bulgarian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
Yanev Georgiev also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 12.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 53.8%.
Yanev Georgiev is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Yanev Georgiev has played previously professionally in Argentina (Regatas Corrientes and San Martin Corrientes), France (SO Maritime Boulogne), Greece (Kavala), Spain (La ICL Manresa), Austria (Gussing Knights) and Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia and Cherno More Ticha 2).

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  CANADA  

CIS men standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Dalhousie 7-2 
 2. St.Francis X. 7-3 
 3. Memorial 7-3 
 4. UNB 5-4 
 5. St.Mary's 5-4 
 6. Acadia 4-5 
 7. UPEI 2-7 
 8. Cape Breton 0-9 
CanWest Explorer Division
 1. TRU 6-6 
 2. Mount Royal 5-5 
 3. UFV 5-5 
 4. UNBC 4-8 
 5. MacEwan 3-9 
 6. UBC Okanagan 2-10 
CanWest Pioneer Division
 1. Alberta 11-1 
 2. UBC 9-1 
 3. Calgary 8-2 
 4. Winnipeg 8-4 
 5. Lethbridge 8-4 
 6. Saskatchewan 6-4 
 7. Regina 6-4 
 8. Manitoba 4-6 
 9. Brandon 4-8 
 10. Victoria 3-7 
 11. TWU 2-13 
OUA Central
 1. Brock 5-3 
 2. McMaster 5-5 
 3. Guelph 3-5 
 4. Lakehead 2-7 
OUA East
 1. Ryerson 9-0 
 2. Toronto 7-3 
 3. Queen's 6-2 
 4. York 2-6 
OUA North
 1. Ottawa 7-0 
 2. Carleton 6-0 
 3. Laurentian 4-6 
 4. Nipissing 4-6 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 7-4 
 2. Laurier 5-7 
 3. Algoma 2-7 
 4. Western 2-9 
 5. Waterloo 1-7 
Quebec League
 1. Laval 4-2 
 2. McGill 4-2 
 3. Concordia 3-3 
 4. UQAM 3-3 
 5. Bishop's 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 10: St.Francis X. - Cape Breton 96-80
Jan. 11: Windsor - Western 85-78
Jan. 11: McMaster - Laurier 85-54
Jan. 10: Dalhousie - Acadia 84-81
Jan. 12: UFV - Calgary
Jan. 13: Toronto - York
Jan. 13: MacEwan - Brandon
Jan. 13: UPEI - Cape Breton
Jan. 13: St.Mary's - Acadia
Jan. 13: Brock - Lakehead
Jan. 13: Ryerson - Queen's
Jan. 13: Laurentian - Ottawa
Jan. 13: Laurier - Guelph
Jan. 13: Nipissing - Carleton
Jan. 13: Algoma - Waterloo
Jan. 13: Bishop's - Laval
Jan. 13: McGill - UQAM
Jan. 13: Manitoba - Regina
Jan. 13: Saskatchewan - Lethbridge
Jan. 13: Winnipeg - TRU
Jan. 13: Victoria - UBC Okanagan
Jan. 13: Mount Royal - UNBC
Jan. 13: UFV - Calgary
Jan. 13: Alberta - UBC


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, Acadia20.8 
 7. Jean-Louis, Cape B.20.8 
 8. Gilmore, McMaster20.2 
 9. Clayton, St.Mary''s19.9 
 10. Sentance, Lethb.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erik NISSEN
  Acadia
  (208-F-)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Nissen, Acadia11.9 
 2. Dut, UPEI11.3 
 3. Osayande, Saskatch.11.0 
 4. Pereira, Waterloo11.0 
 5. Graham, Queen''s10.3 
 6. Layton, Mount R.10.2 
 7. Dinkins, Lakehead10.0 
 8. Bercy, St.Franc.9.7 
 9. Ross, Mount Royal9.5 
 10. Yengue, Laurentian9.3 
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. Allen, TWU4.9 
 6. Mata, Dalhousie4.9 
 7. Agyeman, UNBC4.8 
 8. Miller, Acadia4.8 
 9. Farkic, Western4.8 
 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. Boye, UQAM2.6 
 9. Anderson, Carleton2.6 
 10. De Ciman, Saskatch.2.6 
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. Paul, Brandon2.1 
 6. Layton, Mount R.2.0 
 7. Elgadi, Brock1.8 
 8. Voll, Ryerson1.7 
 9. James, MacEwan1.7 
 10. Yengue, Laurentian1.7 


EXPRESS EARN FIRST ROAD WIN OF SEASON - by John Gary

courtesy oursportscentral.com The Windsor Express traveled to Kitchener to take on the Kitchener Waterloo Titans on tuesday at the AUD. This was the Express first match up against the expansion club.Windsor, was winless in three previous road games this season, was looking to snap a two game losing streak on tuesday. It was a back and forth match up that saw both teams own 10+ point leads at different times in the game even when the Express pulled ahead in the fourth quarter for good the Titans brought it back within four points too keep it interesting for the home town fans. When the final buzzer sounded it was Windsor who would walk away with a 114-108 victory. Quinel Brown led all scorers with a game high 26 points. He flirted with a triple double adding 9 rebounds and 6 assits.


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  CHILE  

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 


Chilean Liga Nacional round 31 best performance: Francisco Centeno - by Eurobasket News

Venezuelan Swingman Francisco Centeno (201-F/G-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for AB Ancud, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Puerto Montt (#7, 14-16) 73-70. AB Ancud maintains the 4th position in Chilean Liga Nacional. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AB Ancud will need more victories to improve their 19-13 record. In the team's last game Centeno had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be AB Ancud's top player in his first season with the team. Francisco Centeno has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 20.7ppg) and averages impressive 60.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Dwight McCombs (203-F-89) of CDE Talca. McCombs had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he led CDE Talca to another comfortable win 83-70 over the lower-ranked Puente Alto (#10, 11-21) being unquestionably team leader. CDE Talca's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. McCombs is well-known at CDE Talca and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.9ppg (#7). He also registered 13.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Argentinian Juan Luis Abeiro (196-C/F-88) of Tinguiririca S.F. (#11). Abeiro showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Abeiro's great performance Tinguiririca S.F. lost 75-80 to the higher-ranked CDU Concepcion (#3, 20-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tinguiririca S.F. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 9-23 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Abeiro he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Abeiro has individually a great season in Chile. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.8ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 11.4rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Bowdry (200-F/G-88) of Los Leones - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Rodrigo Madera (208-C-90) of CD Castro - 20 points and 15 rebounds
6. Brandon Crawford (201-F/C-84) of CDU Catolica - 19 points and 14 rebounds
7. John Dickson (198-F-90) of CDU Catolica - 28 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tyrone Lee (204-F-90) of CD Castro - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Juan Fontena (196-F-87) of Osorno - 14 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Akeem Scott (185-G-83) of CDU Concepcion - 17 points, 9 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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  CHINA  

Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Shanghai S. 22-4 
 2. Guangdong ST 21-5 
 3. Xinjiang FT 21-5 
 4. Liaoning H. 20-6 
 5. Guangsha L. 19-7 
 6. Shenzhen L. 18-8 
 7. Shandong FB 16-10 
 8. Beijing D. 15-11 
 9. Sichuan BW 14-12 
 10. Qingdao E. 12-13 
 11. Shanxi Zh. 12-14 
 12. Jiangsu D. 12-14 
 13. Jilin NE T. 11-15 
 14. TianJin S. 11-15 
 15. Zhejiang CB 8-18 
 16. Fujian QB 7-19 
 17. Jiangsu TX 6-20 
 18. North Control B. 5-20 
 19. Bayi R. 5-21 
 20. Guangzhou 4-22 

Regular Season: Round 26

Jan. 11: North Control B. - Beijing D. 87-92
Jan. 11: Xinjiang FT - Guangzhou 135-109
Jan. 11: Shandong FB - Zhejiang CB 134-107
Jan. 11: Sichuan BW - Guangdong ST 130-109
Jan. 10: Shenzhen L. - Fujian QB 129-109
Jan. 11: Shanghai S. - Jilin NE T. 115-84
Jan. 11: Liaoning H. - Shanxi Zh. 108-95
Jan. 11: TianJin S. - Guangsha L. 107-126
Jan. 11: Qingdao E. - Jiangsu D. 107-105
Jan. 11: Bayi R. - Jiangsu TX 102-104

Regular Season: Round 27

Jan. 13: Shanxi Zh. - North Control B.
Jan. 13: Bayi R. - Jiangsu D.
Jan. 13: Guangzhou - Qingdao E.
Jan. 13: TianJin S. - Zhejiang CB
Jan. 13: Xinjiang FT - Guangdong ST
Jan. 13: Jiangsu TX - Shandong FB
Jan. 13: Sichuan BW - Shenzhen L.
Jan. 13: Shanghai S. - Liaoning H.
Jan. 13: Fujian QB - Jilin NE T.
Jan. 13: Guangsha L. - Beijing D.



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  CROATIA  


Zadar ready to sign Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev - by Eurobasket News

KK Zadar (A1) is close to sign 27-year old Bulgarian international forward Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-108kg-90, agency: Interperformances) who currently plays at KK Kozuv Gevgelija in FYR Macedonia. Yanev Georgiev managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In three Prva Liga games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg and 5.7rpg. Yanev Georgiev also played 1 game in Balkan League where he averaged 5 points and 2 rebounds. The other team he played that season for was Cherno More Ticha in Bulgarian NBL. In 8 Prva Liga games he had also remarkable stats: 19.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Yanev Georgiev won Austrian Bundesliga A championship title in 2015. He was selected to Austrian Bundesliga A All-Star Game in 2015.
Yanev Georgiev has been also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Bulgarian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
Yanev Georgiev also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 12.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 53.8%.
Yanev Georgiev is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Yanev Georgiev has played previously professionally in Argentina (Regatas Corrientes and San Martin Corrientes), France (SO Maritime Boulogne), Greece (Kavala), Spain (La ICL Manresa), Austria (Gussing Knights) and Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia and Cherno More Ticha 2).

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Zadar adds Maj Kovacevic, Aleksandar Georgiev and Yannick Franke - by Zeljko Zule

Zadar strenghthened its roster by inking Slovenian Maj Kovacevic (196-G-90) and Bulgarian Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances) for the remainder of the season plus Dutch national team member Yannick Franke (194-G-96) until June 2019.
Kovacevic arrived from Helios Suns, where he averaged 8.7 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.3 blocks in 3 FIBA Champions League games this season and 10.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 3 Slovenian League games.
Franke arrives from Finnish side Bisons Loimaa, for whom he produced 7.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocks in 12 Finnish Korisliiga games last season. He spent tje summer representing the Netherland national team at the Qualifications to 2017 European Championships, averaging 9.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.2 blocks in 6 games.
Georgiev starterd the season with Cherno More in Bulgaria and in December moved to Macedonian side Kozuv, for who he avaraged 16.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 0.3 steals in 3 Macedonian Prva liga games this season.





Alkar brings back Ivan Svalina, inks Marko Sarac and Domagoj Vrkic - by Zeljko Zule

Alkar improved their roster by inking their former member Ivan Svalina plus Marko Sarac and Domagoj Sarac for the remainder of the season.
Ivan Svalina arrived from St. John's Northwestern Post Graduate Basketball. In his last season with Alkar, Svalina averaged 5.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocks in 29 A1 Croatian League games.
Marko Sarac started the season with Zabok, for whom he produced 4.4 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.2 steals and 0.1 blocks per game in 10 appearences in A1 Croatian League.
Domagoj Vrkic arrived from Zadar, where he averaged 1.4 points, 0.6 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 0.4 blocks in 5 ABA League games this season and 1.8 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 0.2 steals in 6 Croatian League games.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Bohacik, USK Praha18.9 
 3. Bakic, BK Kolin17.8 
 4. Burnett, BK Pardu.17.6 
 5. Pecka, Usti n.16.4 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.9 
 7. Painter, NH Ostrava15.6 
 8. Brooks, J.Hradec15.2 
 9. Allen, CEZ Nymburk15.0 
 10. Jelinek, Svitavy15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deshawn PAINTER
  MMCITE B.
  (205-C-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Painter, MMCITE B.11.2 
 2. Kerr, BK Kolin10.0 
 3. Pecka, Usti n.8.9 
 4. Norwa, Prostejov7.3 
 5. Skinner, BK Kolin6.9 
 6. Smith, NH Ostrava6.8 
 7. Roseboro, Svitavy6.5 
 8. Pomikalek, BK De.6.5 
 9. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-SG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava6.2 
 4. Kouril, BK Opava5.3 
 5. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.9 
 6. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 7. Sotnar, Usti n.4.7 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.4.5 
 9. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.4 
 10. Autrey, BK Pardu.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.3.2 
 2. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.3 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava2.2 
 4. Burnett, BK Pardu.2.1 
 5. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 6. Kremen, MMCITE B.1.9 
 7. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 8. Autrey, BK Pardu.1.8 
 9. Lipkins, J.Hradec1.7 
 10. Lawrence, CEZ N.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Hunter MICKELSON
  Svitavy
  (208-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Mickelson, Svitavy1.5 
 2. Ibekwe, CEZ N.1.4 
 3. Canty, J.Hradec1.4 
 4. Madsen, USK Praha1.3 
 5. Jacobs, Prostejov1.3 
 6. Simpson, CEZ N.1.2 
 7. Ware, MMCITE B.1.2 
 8. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.2 
 9. Jelinek, Svitavy1.0 
 10. Sevlie, NH Ostrava0.8 



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  DENMARK  

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Horsens IC 14-2 
 2. Bakken 11-2 
 3. Svendborg 10-8 
 4. Horsholm 8-7 
 5. Randers 8-10 
 6. Naestved 7-8 
 7. SISU 6-11 
 8. Stevnsgade 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 11: Horsholm - Svendborg 86-55
Jan. 10: Randers - Horsens IC 69-102
Jan. 10: Stevnsgade - SISU 64-86
Jan. 12: Naestved - SISU


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken22.4 
 2. Dominique, Horsholm20.3 
 3. Burgess, Randers19.2 
 4. Haas, SISU18.2 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC17.6 
 6. Nielsen, Randers17.4 
 7. McGrew, SI.17.1 
 8. Sandager, Stevn.16.4 
 9. Lundberg, Horse.16.3 
 10. Nielsen, Horsholm16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. McGrew, SI.10.3 
 2. Sane, Naestved9.2 
 3. Smith, Horsholm8.7 
 4. Champagnie, Stevn.8.0 
 5. NaNa, Svendborg7.7 
 6. Midtgaard, Horsh.7.4 
 7. Trist, Horsens IC7.3 
 8. Moten, Svendborg7.2 
 9. Baru, SISU6.8 
 10. Colas, Randers6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Charles BURGESS
  Randers
  (186-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Burgess, Randers6.1 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm5.8 
 3. Dranginis, SISU4.8 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.3 
 5. Lundberg, Horse.4.2 
 6. Mack, Horsens IC4.2 
 7. Porta, Svendborg4.1 
 8. Mitchell, Naestved3.9 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.7 
 10. Lanegger, Naestved3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.2 
 2. Baru, SISU2.0 
 3. Akoon-P., Bakken2.0 
 4. Nielsen, Horsholm2.0 
 5. Gesell, Bakken1.9 
 6. Borovcanin, Horse.1.8 
 7. Burgess, Randers1.8 
 8. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 9. Adjehi, SISU1.7 
 10. Bonneau, Svendborg1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jyles SMITH
  Horsholm
  (209-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Smith, Horsholm1.4 
 2. Baru, SISU1.2 
 3. Aboubakar Za., Svendbor.1.2 
 4. Colas, Randers1.2 
 5. Sane, Naestved1.1 
 6. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 7. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.9 
 9. Artino, Horsens IC0.9 
 10. Dranginis, SISU0.9 


Standings - 1st Division

1st Division Standings
 1. Wolfpack/BMS 10-0 
 2. Koge BK 8-2 
 3. Vaerlose 6-4 
 4. EBAA 5-4 
 5. BMI Bloodhounds 5-4 
 6. Amager BK 5-5 
 7. Virum 4-4 
 8. Birkerod 2-7 
 9. SBBC 2015 1-8 
 10. Aalborg 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 8: Vaerlose - Aalborg 97-67
Jan. 7: Amager BK - SBBC 2015 95-77
Jan. 11: Wolfpack/BMS - Koge BK 90-81
Jan. 8: Birkerod - EBAA 83-77


1st Division Round 11: EBAA lose to Birkerod - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game between third ranked EBAA (5-4) and eighth ranked Birkerod (2-7) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. EBAA was defeated by Birkerod in a tough game in Skjold 77-83. Birkerod maintains eighth place with 2-7 record. EBAA at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with BMI Bloodhounds. Birkerod are looking forward to face SBBC 2015 (#9) in Svendborg in the next round. EBAA will play on the road against the league's leader BMS Skovlunde (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
An interesting game for BMS Skovlunde (10-0) which hosted in Skovlunde second-ranked Koge BK (8-2). Leader BMS Skovlunde managed to get a 9-point victory 90-81. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Koge BK. Undefeated BMS Skovlunde have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. Koge BK at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. BMS Skovlunde will play against EBAA (#4) in Aarhus in the next round. Koge BK will have a break next round.
The game between fourth ranked Vaerlose (6-4) and 9th ranked Aalborg (1-9) in Vaerlose on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Vaerlose outscored guests from Aalborg 97-67. Vaerlose moved-up to third place. Aalborg lost their ninth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 11 SBBC 2015 was beaten by Amager BK on the road 95-77.


Wolfpack/BMS - Koge BK 90-81

An interesting game for BMS Skovlunde (10-0) which hosted in Skovlunde second-ranked Koge BK (8-2). Leader BMS Skovlunde managed to get a 9-point victory 90-81. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Koge BK. BMS Skovlunde have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. Koge BK at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. BMS Skovlunde will play against EBAA (#4) in Aarhus in the next round. Koge BK will have a break next round.
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Birkerod - EBAA 83-77

The game between third ranked EBAA (5-4) and eighth ranked Birkerod (2-7) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. EBAA was defeated by Birkerod in a tough game in Skjold 77-83. Birkerod maintains eighth place with 2-7 record. EBAA at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with BMI Bloodhounds. Birkerod are looking forward to face SBBC 2015 (#9) in Svendborg in the next round. EBAA will play on the road against the league's leader BMS Skovlunde (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
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Vaerlose - Aalborg 97-67

The game between fourth ranked Vaerlose (6-4) and 9th ranked Aalborg (1-9) in Vaerlose on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Vaerlose outscored guests from Aalborg 97-67. Vaerlose moved-up to third place. Aalborg lost their ninth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 497429


Amager BK - SBBC 2015 95-77

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Amager BK (5-5) beat 9th ranked SBBC 2015 (1-8) in Kastrup 95-77 on Saturday. Amager BK moved-up to sixth place. SBBC 2015 lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with eight games lost. Amager BK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. SBBC 2015 will play against Birkerod (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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  D-LEAGUE  

Standings

D-League Standings
Atlantic Division
 1. Maine RC 15-8 
 2. Delaware 87ers 12-9 
 3. Westchester K. 11-10 
 4. Long Island N. 8-16 
 5. Erie Bay H. 7-15 
 6. Greensboro S. 6-16 
Central Division
 1. Raptors 905 15-7 
 2. Ft.Wayne MA 14-7 
 3. Canton C. 12-9 
 4. Grand Rapids D. 11-13 
 5. Windy City B. 7-13 
Pacific Division
 1. Los Angeles D. 17-5 
 2. Santa Cruz W. 11-10 
 3. N.Arizona S. 11-10 
 4. Reno B. 9-13 
 5. Salt Lake City S. 7-16 
Southwest Division
 1. Sioux Falls S. 17-5 
 2. Oklahoma City B 15-8 
 3. Rio Grande VV 15-9 
 4. Texas L. 11-9 
 5. Austin S. 9-14 
 6. Iowa E. 2-20 

Regular Season: Round 56

Jan. 11: Reno B. - Austin S. 97-91
Jan. 11: Erie Bay H. - Windy City B. 97-108
Jan. 11: Texas L. - Iowa E. 130-123
Jan. 11: Salt Lake City S. - Grand Rapids D. 129-94
Jan. 11: Rio Grande VV - Sioux Falls S. 129-135
Jan. 11: Salt Lake City S. - Canton C. 109-105

Regular Season: Round 57

Jan. 12: Long Island N. - Greensboro S.
Jan. 12: Maine RC - Raptors 905
Jan. 12: Westchester K. - Ft.Wayne MA
Jan. 12: Los Angeles D. - Oklahoma City B


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.23.1 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.22.9 
 7. Brown, Erie Bay H.21.9 
 8. Patterson, Reno B.21.7 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.3 
 10. Wiltjer, Rio G.20.8 
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. Moreland, Canton C.11.2 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.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. Wood, Greensbo.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Magette, Los A.9.8 
 2. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 3. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 4. Dinwiddie, Windy C.8.1 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.7.6 
 6. Taylor, Rio G.7.3 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.0 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.0 
 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.2.4 
 4. McCallum, Grand R.2.4 
 5. Fells, Texas L.2.3 
 6. Payton II, Rio G.2.3 
 7. Dinwiddie, Windy C.2.2 
 8. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.2 
 9. Patterson, Reno B.2.1 
 10. Collinsworth, Texas L.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. Tavares, Raptors .2.4 
 5. Wood, Greensbo.2.4 
 6. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.3 
 7. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 8. Acy, Texas L.2.0 
 9. Ndour, Westches.1.9 
 10. Jones, Santa C.1.8 


Canton Charge lands Jonathan Holmes, ex FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

Canton Charge landed 25-year old forward Jonathan Holmes (204-108kg-92, college: Texas). He played recently at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa. In three games he averaged 7.7ppg and 3.7rpg this season. Holmes also played 7 games in Euroleague where he had 5.1ppg and 2.7rpg. He also spent pre-season at the Cavaliers earlier that year.
Among other achievements Holmes' team made it to the Big 12 Tournament Semifinals in 2012 and 2014. He received also All-Big 12 Honorable Mention award in 2015 at his college time.
Holmes has played also professionally in other NBA team (LA Lakers).
He attended University of Texas until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in D-League



McKinnie's Double-Double Leads Bulls to Road Victory in Erie - by Eurobasket News

The Windy City Bulls (8-12), presented by BMO Harris Bank, the official NBA Development League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, earned a 108-97 road victory over the Erie BayHawks on Wednesday evening at the Erie Insurance Arena. The Bulls, who were led by Alfonzo McKinnie's 22 point and 12 rebound output, had six players finish with double figure scoring. Aaron Thomas (22 points), Thomas Walkup (16 points, 8 rebounds), Wesley Saunders (14 points), Alec Brown (10 points) and Ferrakohn Hall (10 points, 8 rebounds) rounded out the double figure scorers for Windy City. The BayHawks, the NBA Development League Affiliate of the Orlando Magic, fell to 6-16 on the season. Erie was led by Anthony Brown who finished with 26 points and eight rebounds. Trailing 53-51 at the half, Windy City outscored Erie 33-23 in the third quarter behind 10 points from Wesley Saunders in period. A layup from Walkup at the 7:49 mark in the fourth quarter gave the Bulls their first double-digit lead, 95-84, in the game. Minutes later, Walkup converted another basket that gave Windy City a 16-point advantage and the team would go on to earn the victory. The contest featured 21 lead changes and six ties before Windy City pulled away in the second half. The Bulls won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the BayHawks 54-38. Windy City returns to action this Saturday at 6 PM when they take on the Maine Red Claws in Portland, Maine. The Bulls will return home on Friday, January 27 against Fort Wayne.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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HR Portoviejo crowned Champions! - by Eurobasket News

HR Portoviejo crowned Champions at the Liga Ecuatoriana de Baloncesto. They won the Final series against Iccan 3-1 due to the comfortable 83-65 in the fourth game. HR Portoviejo started strong and led already 48-23 at the halftime. Jordan Johnson (183-PG-92, college: Tenn Tech) was awarded MVP of the tournament. Nixon Mina (205-F/C-90) was named the best local player of the Finals.


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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Baker, Tarvas20.4 
 2. van der Mars, Rap.20.1 
 3. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.19.0 
 4. Strupovics, Valga19.0 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU18.3 
 6. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 7. Olmre, TTU17.8 
 8. Seskus, Parnu14.8 
 9. Saage, TL.14.5 
 10. Bratoz, Rapla14.4 
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. Joesaar, TU/Rock6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  TL.
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Saage, TL.5.5 
 2. Kabin, Parnu4.8 
 3. Bratoz, Rapla4.8 
 4. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.5 
 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. Kaldre, Rapla1.8 
 6. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 7. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 8. Post, Tarvas1.6 
 9. Bratoz, Rapla1.5 
 10. Kajupank, Rapla1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.3 
 3. van der Mars, Rap.1.2 
 4. Upshaw, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 5. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 6. Saks, TL.0.8 
 7. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 8. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 9. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 10. Perine, Tarvas0.7 


Siim-Sander Vene selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #1. This week's number one is former international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (201-90, currently plays in EuroCup). He led his Russian team BC Nizhny Novgorod to a victory against the fourth-ranked Zenit (0-1) 113-105 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Vene recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-0) is placed second in group G. Vene has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 55.6%(35-63), 3FGP: 32.0% and FT: 57.1% in nine games he played so far. He played for the Estonian senior national team two years ago.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Kangur contributed to an Openjobmetis VA's victory against the closely-ranked Rosa (3-9) 74-61 in the Basketball Champions League last Tuesday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Openjobmetis Varese (3-9) is placed seventh in group C. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Kangur averages: 4.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 41.9%, 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 73.9%. He played for the Estonian national team in 2015.

Kristjan Kitsing
Kristjan Kitsing
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Denmark). Kitsing could not help Bakken (11-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance Bakken lost 100-108 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#7) SISU. Kitsing scored 11 points in 21 minutes. It was Bakken's first loss after seven consecutive victories. This year Kitsing has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 63.6%(21-33), 3FGP: 35.5% and FT: 77.8% in eight games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #4. Guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was the major contributor in a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the closely-ranked Targu Mures (0-3) crushing them 88-68 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Tuesday night's game. Kurbas scored 15 points. Sodertalje Kings (1-3) is placed third in group K. There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Kurbas' overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg and 1.2rpg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Rauno Nurger
Rauno Nurger
   #5. Former international center Rauno Nurger (208-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Wichita St.'s victory against the University of Northern Iowa (2-0) 80-66 in the NCAA last Sunday. Nurger scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. The Wichita State University has 2-0 conference record this season. This year Nurger's overall stats are: 5.5ppg and 2.9rpg in 17 games. He used to play for the Estonian national team two years ago.

Jaan Puidet
Jaan Puidet
   #6. Swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help KFUM Jamtland in their game against Boras Basket (11-7) in the Swedish Basketligan. Puidet recorded 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. KFUM Jamtland was defeated 77-69 in Boras by the higher-ranked Basket (#3). It was KFUM Jamtland's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Puidet's total stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Estonian National Team roster.

Maik-Kalev Kotsar
Maik-Kalev Kotsar
   #7. Former University international forward Maik-Kalev Kotsar (208-96, currently studies in the States) managed to help University of South Carolina in a victory against the Texas A&M University (11-7) 79-68 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Kotsar scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. The University of South Carolina has conference record this season. It's Kotsar's first year with the team. This year his total stats are: 7.4ppg and 5.3rpg in 16 games. Kotsar used to play for the Estonian university national team two years ago.

Rait-Riivo Laane
Rait-Riivo Laane
   #8. Point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Ethnikos (7-5) in their game against GS Larissas (3-10) in the Greek A2 (second division). He recorded 6 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Ethnikos was defeated 85-73 in Larissas by the one of league's weakest teams GS Larissas (#15). Laane has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Sander Raieste (200-F/G-99) plays for Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kregor Hermet (204-PF-97) plays for Lleida Basquet in Spanish LEB Gold
Robert Valge (192-SF-97) plays for Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold
Kristian Kullamae (190-G-99) plays for Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProA
Henri Drell (198-SF-0) plays for Baunach in German ProA
Kaspar Treier (203-F-99) plays for Moncalieri in Italian Serie B



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  EUROCUP  

Eurocup Standings

Eurocup Standings
Group [
 1 Buducnost 0-0 
 2 MZT Skopje 0-0 
 3 Un.Olimpija 0-0 
Group E
 1 Lokomotiv 2-0 
 2 UCAM Murcia 1-1 
 3 Fuenlabrada 1-1 
 4 Gran Canaria 0-2 
Group F
 1 B.Muenchen 2-0 
 2 Khimky 1-1 
 3 Lietkabelis 1-1 
 4 Ratiopharm 0-2 
Group G
 1 Hapoel J-M 2-0 
 2 N.Novgorod 1-1 
 3 Zenit 1-1 
 4 Lietuvos rytas 0-2 
Group H
 1 Unicaja 2-0 
 2 Valencia 2-0 
 3 ALBA 0-2 
 4 Cedevita 0-2 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

E

Jan. 10: Fuenlabrada - Gran Canaria 85-75
Jan. 11: Lokomotiv - UCAM Murcia 70-60

F

Jan. 11: B.Muenchen - Khimky 90-74
Jan. 11: Lietkabelis - Ratiopharm 86-84

G

Jan. 11: Hapoel J-M - N.Novgorod 98-76
Jan. 11: Zenit - Lietuvos rytas 88-79

H

Jan. 11: Valencia - ALBA 85-80
Jan. 11: Unicaja - Cedevita 73-59

Second Stage: Round 3

E

Jan. 18: Gran Canaria - UCAM Murcia
Jan. 18: Lokomotiv - Fuenlabrada

F

Jan. 18: B.Muenchen - Lietkabelis
Jan. 18: Ratiopharm - Khimky

G

Jan. 18: Zenit - Hapoel J-M
Jan. 18: N.Novgorod - Lietuvos rytas

H

Jan. 18: ALBA - Cedevita
Jan. 18: Unicaja - Valencia


Recap of Round 2 of Top 16 - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Lokomotiv - UCAM Murcia 70-60

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Spanish UCAM Murcia (1-1) in Kuban. Visitors were defeated by Russian Lokomotiv (2-0) 70-60. UCAM Murcia was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 24-8 third quarter run of Lokomotiv. They dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to UCAM Murcia's 10. UCAM Murcia was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Kevin Jones (206-89, college: W.Virginia) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import guard Matt Janning (196-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with 7 points and 5 assists for the winners. Power forward Jose Angel Antelo (206-87) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for UCAM Murcia. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lokomotiv will play against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#3) in Madrid in the next round, which may be the game of the day. UCAM Murcia will play on the road against Gran Canaria in Las Palmas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: K.Jones 15+9reb+4ast, A.Zubkov 9+2reb+2ast, V.Ivlev 7+3reb+1ast, I.Vougioukas 7+7reb+2ast, D.Khvostov 7+1reb, M.Janning 7+4reb+5ast
UCAM Murcia: J.Angel Antelo 16+8reb, F.Campazzo 14+4reb+4ast, B.Baron 9+1reb+3ast, N.Radovic 8+2reb+1ast, V.Faverani 6+1reb, V.Benite 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 525641


Fuenlabrada - Gran Canaria 85-75

An exciting game was played in Madrid. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada faced Gran Canaria. Host Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-1) defeated guests from Las Palmas (0-2) 85-75. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 36-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Mexican guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming) who scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Latvian power forward Rolands Smits (207-95) chipped in 15 points. Five Baloncesto Fuenlabrada players scored in double figures. American-Slovakian swingman Kyle Kuric (193-89, college: Louisville) produced 21 points and FYR Macedonian-American point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Gran Canaria's coach let to play twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will face Lokomotiv in Kuban in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gran Canaria will play at home against UCAM Murcia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fuenlabrada: L.Hakanson 16+2reb, F.Cruz 16+5reb+6ast, R.Smits 15+4reb, I.O'Leary 14+3reb, I.Paunic 13+3reb+1ast, B.Sekulic 6+7reb+2ast
Gran Canaria: K.Kuric 21+2reb, B.McCalebb 11+4reb+5ast, R.O'Neale 9+4reb+1ast, S.Salin 8+1reb, A.Pasecniks 5+2reb, A.Oliver 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 525640


Group F
B.Muenchen - Khimky 90-74

The biggest surprise of round 2 in Eurocup took place in Muenchen where host German Bayern Muenchen (2-0) beat Russian Khimky (1-1) 90-74 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 52-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bayern Muenchen made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Bayern Muenchen outrebounded Khimky 40-27 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American center Devin Booker (205-91, college: Clemson) who scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import Bryce Taylor (194-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 15 points. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport) produced 16 points and American-Georgian point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St.) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Khimky will play next round against strong ratiopharm Ulm trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Bayern Muenchen will try to continue on its current victory against Lietkabelis in Panevezys.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: B.Taylor 15+4reb+1ast, D.Booker 14+7reb+3ast, V.Lucic 14+1reb, R.Redding 13+2reb+3ast, D.Barthel 10+6reb+2ast, M.Kleber 9+7reb+3ast
Khimky: J.Pullen 17+3ast, A.Shved 16+2reb+3ast, E.Rowland 9+1reb+1ast, M.Todorovic 9+5reb, R.Hummel 9+6reb, S.Ilnitskiy 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 525643


Lietkabelis - Ratiopharm 86-84

A very close game took place in Panevezys between Lithuanian Lietkabelis and German ratiopharm Ulm. Lietkabelis (1-1) got a very close home victory over ratiopharm Ulm (0-2). Lietkabelis managed to escape with a 2-point win 86-84 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 26-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lietkabelis made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-79) chipped in 19 points during the contest. American power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) responded with 27 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import forward Augustine Rubit (201-89, college: S.Alabama) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Four Lietkabelis and five ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Lietkabelis will meet Bayern Muenchen on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Khimky and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: M.Lukauskis 21+2reb+3ast, K.Lavrinovic 19+4reb+2ast, B.Madgen 12+5reb+2ast, G.Leonavicius 11+3reb+1ast, L.Williams 8+7ast, Z.Skucas 6+4reb+4ast
Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 27+3reb, A.Rubit 18+9reb, B.Hobbs 13+1reb+7ast, T.Braun 11+6reb+2ast, C.Babb 10+4reb+6ast, B.Rohwer 5+2reb
gschID: 525642


Group G
Hapoel J-M - N.Novgorod 98-76

Hapoel Jerusalem used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Nizhny Novgorod 98-76 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-76. Hapoel Jerusalem dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to BC Nizhny Novgorod's 32. They outrebounded BC Nizhny Novgorod 43-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. Hapoel Jerusalem looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Shawn Jones (203-92, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). American guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) produced 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Estonian Siim-Sander Vene (201-90) added 18 points respectively 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. Hapoel Jerusalem will face Zenit (#3) in Saint Petersburg in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play at home against Lietuvos rytas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: C.Jerrells 21+4reb+5ast, S.Jones 21+9reb, L.Eliyahu 19+7reb+4ast, A.Stoudemire 8+5reb, J.Dyson 7+2reb+3ast, T.Kinsey 7+4reb
N.Novgorod: D.Kane 19+8reb+4ast, S.Vene 18+4reb+3ast, K.Boynton 12+1reb+5ast, S.Marikhin 7+2reb+1ast, I.Popov 6+3reb+1ast, M.Grigoryev 5+1reb
gschID: 525645


Zenit - Lietuvos rytas 88-79

Very important is a road loss of Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (0-2) against Russian Zenit (1-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting Lietuvos rytas were defeated by Zenit in a tough game in Saint Petersburg 79-88. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-16. But Lietuvos rytas won second period 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zenit players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Latvian Janis Timma (201-92) notched 27 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (196-88) supported him with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Even a double-double of 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) did not help to save the game for Lietuvos rytas. American-Georgian point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova) added 15 points and 5 assists for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zenit's next round opponent will be Hapoel Jerusalem at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lietuvos rytas will play against BC Nizhny Novgorod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zenit: J.Timma 27+6reb+3ast, P.Sergeev 14+2ast, K.Landry 13+6reb+2ast, S.Markovic 9+7reb+8ast, S.Karasev 9+2reb+1ast, R.Toolson 8+1reb+2ast
Lietuvos rytas: D.Gordon 16+11reb+4ast, C.Fisher 15+2reb+5ast, R.Giedraitis 10+1reb, J.Jucikas 9+1reb, D.Logan 7+2reb+1ast, D.Gailius 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 525644


Group H
Valencia - ALBA 85-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Spanish Valencia Basket's (2-0) home victory over German ALBA Berlin (0-2) 85-80 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-20. But ALBA Berlin won second period 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded ALBA Berlin 31-20 including 20 on the defensive glass. ALBA Berlin was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Rafael Martinez (190-82) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Four Valencia Basket players scored in double figures. Valencia Basket's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Turkish-German guard Engin Atsur (190-84, college: N.Carolina St., agency: BeoBasket) produced 12 points and 4 assists and Serbian swingman Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Valencia Basket will face Unicaja Malaga on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ALBA Berlin will play against Cedevita and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valencia: B.Dubljevic 15+8reb, F.San Emeterio 13+4reb+1ast, R.Martinez 12+2reb+4ast, J.Sastre Morro 10+1reb+2ast, G.Vives 10+3reb+3ast, P.Oriola 9+1reb
ALBA: E.Atsur 12+2reb+4ast, C.English 12+4reb, E.Kikanovic 12+2reb, I.Akpinar 11+1reb, T.Gaffney 8+2reb, D.Milosavljevic 8+5reb+5ast
gschID: 525647


Unicaja - Cedevita 73-59

Rather expected game when Croatian Cedevita (0-2) was defeated on the road by Spanish Unicaja Malaga (2-0) 73-59 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-59. Unicaja Malaga forced 19 Cedevita turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 12 points and 7 assists. American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-90, college: Arizona) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college: Connecticut) produced 19 points and his fellow American import guard Ra'shad James (188-90, college: Kaiser) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Unicaja Malaga will face Valencia Basket at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cedevita will play against ALBA Berlin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: A.Waczynski 17+2reb+1ast, N.Nedovic 12+2reb+7ast, K.Fogg 11+6reb+3ast, D.Musli 8+4reb+1ast, C.Suarez 6+4reb+4ast, J.Brooks 5+3reb+1ast
Cedevita: R.Boatright 19+3reb+2ast, R.James 18+3reb+3ast, T.Katic 7+3reb+2ast, L.Babic 4+2reb+1ast, J.Shurna 4+3reb, M.Arapovic 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 525646





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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Standings

FIBA Europe Cup Standings
Group K
 1 Chalon 4-0 
 2 Gaziantep 3-1 
 3 Sodertalje 1-3 
 4 Targu Mures 0-4 
Group L
 1 Antwerp 3-1 
 2 Demir IBB 3-1 
 3 Gravelines 1-3 
 4 Prievidza 1-3 
Group M
 1 Telekom Bsk 3-1 
 2 Vytautas 3-1 
 3 Oberwart 1-3 
 4 Apoel 1-3 
Group N
 1 Kormend 3-1 
 2 Nanterre 3-1 
 3 Tsmoki-Minsk 1-3 
 4 Bnei Hertzeliyya 1-3 
Group O
 1 Alba 3-1 
 2 UBT Cluj Napoca 2-2 
 3 Pau-Lacq-Orthez 2-2 
 4 BK Pardubice 1-3 
Group P
 1 Enisey 3-1 
 2 Lukoil Acad. 3-1 
 3 Groningen 2-2 
 4 Benfica 0-4 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

K

Jan. 11: Targu Mures - Chalon 66-88
Jan. 10: Sodertalje - Gaziantep 51-93

L

Jan. 11: Antwerp - Demir IBB 86-64
Jan. 11: Prievidza - Gravelines 68-79

M

Jan. 11: Apoel - Telekom Bsk 84-78
Jan. 11: Oberwart - Vytautas 81-85

N

Jan. 11: Kormend - Nanterre 91-74
Jan. 11: Bnei Hertzeliyya - Tsmoki-Minsk 88-77

O

Jan. 10: BK Pardubice - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 92-77
Jan. 11: UBT Cluj Napoca - Alba 81-86

P

Jan. 11: Enisey - Groningen 67-81
Jan. 11: Benfica - Lukoil Acad. 67-76

Second Stage: Round 5

K

Jan. 18: Gaziantep - Targu Mures
Jan. 18: Chalon - Sodertalje

L

Jan. 18: Demir IBB - Prievidza
Jan. 18: Gravelines - Antwerp

M

Jan. 18: Telekom Bsk - Oberwart
Jan. 18: Vytautas - Apoel

N

Jan. 18: Tsmoki-Minsk - Kormend
Jan. 18: Nanterre - Bnei Hertzeliyya

O

Jan. 18: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - UBT Cluj Napoca
Jan. 18: BK Pardubice - Alba

P

Jan. 17: Groningen - Benfica
Jan. 18: Lukoil Acad. - Enisey



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  FINLAND  

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Helsinki Seagulls 16-4 
 2. Salon Vilpas 15-5 
 3. Kauhajoki 12-9 
 4. Kataja Basket 11-6 
 5. Lapua 11-9 
 6. Kouvot 8-11 
 7. BC Nokia 8-13 
 8. Pyrinto 8-13 
 9. KTP Basket 6-14 
 10. Korihait 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 11: Kouvot - Salon Vilpas 86-68
Jan. 11: Pyrinto - Lapua 74-76
Jan. 11: Korihait - Helsinki Seagulls 63-81
Jan. 11: Kauhajoki - KTP Basket 105-81

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 13: Helsinki Seagulls - Pyrinto
Jan. 13: KTP Basket - BC Nokia
Jan. 13: Salon Vilpas - Korihait


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Jones, Lapua22.4 
 2. Pledger, Kouvot21.1 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket20.9 
 4. Brown, Kataja B.18.9 
 5. Morris, Lapua17.7 
 6. Wesley, Kataja B.17.5 
 7. Bullock, Pyrinto17.3 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.9 
 9. Minard, Pyrinto15.8 
 10. Dia, BC Nokia15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Van, Korihait11.5 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot10.3 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.9 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket9.1 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.7 
 6. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 7. Williams, Salon V.8.5 
 8. Williams, Lapua8.5 
 9. Cuffee, Kouvot8.3 
 10. Morris, Lapua8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Kataja B.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.9 
 2. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.6.8 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.4 
 5. Williams, Lapua4.9 
 6. Minard, Pyrinto4.9 
 7. Edwards, Lapua4.8 
 8. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.4 
 9. Skamo, BC Nokia4.0 
 10. Stringer, Pyrinto4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Monyea PRATT
  KTP Basket
  (196-SF-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pratt, KTP Basket2.3 
 2. Coleman, Salon Vilpas2.0 
 3. Mullings, Kataja B.2.0 
 4. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 5. Holloway, Korihait1.8 
 6. Minard, Pyrinto1.8 
 7. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.7 
 8. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 9. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.6 
 10. Williams, Salon V.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 3. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 4. Judge, Pyrinto1.2 
 5. Van, Korihait1.2 
 6. McAlister, Korihait1.0 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.8 
 8. Bailey, KTP Basket0.8 
 9. Upson, Helsinki.0.8 
 10. Walker, KTP Basket0.8 


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 


Sasu Salin selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in EuroCup). He could not help Gran Canaria (0-2) in their last game. Despite Salin's good performance the fourth-placed Gran Canaria (0-2) lost 71-86 at home to the leading Lokomotiv in the group E of Eurocup. He recorded 11 points in 20 minutes on the court. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Salin averages: 9.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 38.5%, 3FGP: 52.4%(22-42) in nine games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Murphy was not able to help Strasbourg IG (7-5) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Strasbourg IG (#3) was edged 75-72 on the road by the leading CB Canarias in the group D of Basketball Champions League. Murphy scored 13 points and added 3 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Murphy's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 46.4%(13-28). He is a naturalized American. Despite Murphy played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely Murphy has never played in Finland.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his Croatian team Cibona to a victory against the eighth-ranked Mornar Bar (2-9) 92-81 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night. Sulejmanovic scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (5-7) is placed fifth in group D. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Sulejmanovic's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 55.9%(33-59), 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 63.6% in 10 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Finnish. Sulejmanovic played for the Finnish national team four years ago.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #4. Point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, 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. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. FC Barcelona Lassa (12-3) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Koponen's first season with the team. Koponen has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #5. An experienced international small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Deutsche Bank Skyliners' victory against the closely-ranked Giessen 46ers (8-9) 65-61 in the German BBL last Sunday. Huff scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was his first game for Deutsche Bank Skyliners this season. His team is placed 11th in the BBL. It was Deutsche Bank Skyliners' third consecutive victory in a row. Huff plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen
   #6. Power forward Lauri Markkanen (213-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Arizona win their game against the University of Colorado (0-2) 82-73 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The University of Arizona has 1-0 conference record this season. Markkanen has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.3apg. Markkanen is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Jamar Wilson
Jamar Wilson
   #7. International point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, currently plays in Spain) helped Movil Estudiantes win their game against the 13th-ranked CAI Zaragoza (5-10) 94-78 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded 10 points in 17 minutes. Movistar Estudiantes (8-5) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. This year Wilson's total stats are: 8.6ppg and 1.1apg in 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Wilson is also Finnish national team player. He used to play for Honka Espoo Playboys in Finnish league.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #8. Guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Kolossos HH (7-6) in their game against Aiolos Trikallon (4-9) in the Greek A1. Ahonen recorded 5 points. Kolossos HH was defeated 74-67 in Trikallon by the one of league's weakest teams Aiolos (#13). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Ahonen has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.3apg. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #9. International power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Germany) helped Crailsheim Merlins win their game against the league leader Mitteldeutscher BC (15-2) 107-99 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. Kotti scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in a mere 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Crailsheim Merlins (14-4) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Kotti has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.0apg in 14 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

Alexander Madsen
Alexander Madsen
   #10. Power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) helped USK Praha win their game against the seventh-ranked Prostejov (8-10) crushing them 96-69 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. Madsen scored 9 points, had 5 rebounds and made 4 blocks. USK Praha (15-0) is placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all fifteen games in the Regular Season. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Madsen has reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3bpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Alex Murphy (206-93, currently studies in the States) helped Northeastern win their game against the James Madison University 64-54 in the NCAA last Saturday. Murphy scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 39 minutes. Murphy's stats this year are: 14.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.1apg in 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Murphy plays currently for the Finnish national team. Apparently he has never played in Finland.

   #12. Former University international forward Julius Rajala (206-94, currently plays in NCAA2) helped University of Southern Indiana win their game against the William Jewell College 88-71 in the NCAA2 on Thursday night. Rajala recorded 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Rajala averaged so far 10.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Finnish university national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former international point guard Harold Fiifi Aidoo (187-96, is currently at the American university) managed to help Grand Canyon State University in a victory against the Utah Valley University 82-72 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored only 2 points in 15 minutes. Aidoo has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 2.3rpg in 13 games. He used to play for the Finnish national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international swingman Vesa Heinonen (194-91, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Germany) helped Aschersleben win their game against the eighth-ranked Hannover Korbjaeger 85-71 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Heinonen scored only one point. Heinonen has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 1.7rpg. He used to play for the Finnish U20 national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former U20 international center Mika Nuolivirta (211-94, currently plays in NAIA) helped Freed-Hardeman University win their game against the William Woods University crushing them 90-64 in the NAIA last Saturday. Nuolivirta recorded only 3 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. Nuolivirta has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.6bpg in five games. He used to play for the Finnish U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Roberto Mantovani (203-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Robert Morris University in a victory against the St.Francis College (NY) (1-2) 62-58 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Mantovani scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 18 minutes. The Robert Morris University has 1-1 conference record this season. Mantovani has averaged so far 1.9ppg and 2.9rpg in 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Finnish and Cypriot.

   #2. Remu Raitenan (206-F, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the USF (1-1) to beat the Saint Mary's College of California (2-0). Raitenan scored 6 points. The USF was defeated 63-52 on the road by the Saint Mary's College of California. Raitenan has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 3.6rpg.

   #3. Anton Kankaanpaa (196-G-92, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Southern Nazarene University in their game against the Arkansas-Monticello (6-0) in the NCAA2. Kankaanpaa cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. his team was defeated 74-61 in Monticello, AR by the Arkansas-Monticello. Kankaanpaa has been at the team for four years. Kankaanpaa has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 2.0rpg.



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Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Kyle GIBSON
  Gravelines
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Gibson, Gravelines18.9 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.1 
 3. Roberson, Chalon16.1 
 4. Prepelic, Limoges15.9 
 5. Clark, Chalon15.7 
 6. Smith, Chalons-Reims15.7 
 7. Sommerville, Orleans15.6 
 8. Cobbs, Gravelines15.5 
 9. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.14.9 
 10. Buford, Limoges14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Fall, Chalon8.9 
 2. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.7 
 3. Yeguete, Le Mans8.2 
 4. Blue, Antibes7.7 
 5. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.7.7 
 6. Hunt, Nancy7.3 
 7. Donaldson, Le Po.7.3 
 8. Hassell, Le Portel7.0 
 9. Lessort, Nanterre7.0 
 10. Koffi, Pau-Lacq.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.11.2 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.2 
 3. Hodge, AS.6.3 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines5.7 
 5. Holston, Dijon5.5 
 6. Vargas, Nancy5.5 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.1 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.0 
 9. Eito, Orleans5.0 
 10. Nelson, AS.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.5 
 2. Eito, Orleans2.3 
 3. Wood, Limoges2.0 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.9 
 5. Sutton, Nancy1.8 
 6. Holston, Dijon1.7 
 7. Grant, Dijon1.7 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 9. Yeguete, Le Mans1.5 
 10. Rodriguez, Cholet1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Fall, Chalon2.9 
 2. Jeanne, Nancy1.7 
 3. Fofana, Monaco1.4 
 4. Uter, AS.1.2 
 5. Jaiteh, Strasbourg1.1 
 6. Poirier, Paris-Le.1.1 
 7. Joseph, Orleans1.1 
 8. Hunt, Nancy0.9 
 9. Murphy, Strasbourg0.9 
 10. Hassell, Le Portel0.9 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Steffon BRADFORD
  St Vallier
  (198-F/C-77)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Bradford, St Vallier18.4 
 2. Craion, Lorient17.7 
 3. Smith, Orchies17.1 
 4. Vaty, Lourdes16.7 
 5. Brooks, ALS Basket16.7 
 6. Geiger, SAP V.16.4 
 7. Newson, Lorient16.1 
 8. Mitchell, Chartres15.9 
 9. Kovanusic, ALS B.15.6 
 10. Monteiro, Caen15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Demond WATT
  Angers BC
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Watt, Angers BC10.7 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.7 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel9.5 
 4. Thondique, Gries/Ob.9.3 
 5. Nwaukoni, Angers B.8.3 
 6. Gourari, RAC Basket7.9 
 7. Cox, Challans7.6 
 8. Craion, Lorient7.5 
 9. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 10. Vaty, Lourdes7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Xane D''ALMEIDA
  Lourdes
  (181-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.1 
 2. Romain, Chartres7.0 
 3. Delhomme, St Vallier5.5 
 4. Rathieuville, Rennes5.5 
 5. Bichard, RAC Basket5.2 
 6. Suhard, Angers BC5.0 
 7. Siegwarth, Vitre4.9 
 8. Uzas, Angers BC4.8 
 9. Choplin, Quimper4.6 
 10. Neri, ALS Basket4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Craion, Lorient2.9 
 2. Cornely, Caen2.5 
 3. Davis, Rennes2.4 
 4. Gibson, Challans2.3 
 5. Neri, ALS Basket2.3 
 6. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.9 
 7. Pene, Rennes1.8 
 8. Correia, Souffel1.8 
 9. Damachoua, Lorient1.7 
 10. Newson, Lorient1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Demond WATT
  Angers BC
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Watt, Angers BC1.3 
 2. Rakocevic, Orchies1.1 
 3. Negrobar, Rennes0.9 
 4. Cox, Challans0.9 
 5. Njiba, St Vallier0.9 
 6. Bobrov, Quimper0.9 
 7. Kayembe, Souffel0.9 
 8. Monteiro, Caen0.9 
 9. Staniulis, Souffel0.8 
 10. Aded Hussein, St Valli.0.8 


Nando De Colo selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team CSKA to a victory over the ninth-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (3-8) crushing them 100-63 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. De Colo was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and added 4 passes in a mere 18 minutes on the court. CSKA Moscow (11-1) is placed first in the VTB United League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. De Colo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.2apg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 71.4%(25-35), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 88.4% in five games he played so far. De Colo is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the main contributor in Baskonia's victory against the 13th-ranked Unics Kazan (6-10) crushing them 102-70 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Beaubois was the best player in that game. He recorded 29 points (!!!). Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (11-5) is placed third in group A. It's Beaubois' first season with the team. Beaubois has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 65.2%(43-66), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 91.3%(21-23). He is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Guerschon Yabusele
Guerschon Yabusele
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international power forward Guerschon Yabusele (201-95, currently plays in China). Yabusele could not help Shanghai Sharks (22-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader Shanghai Sharks were edged 103-101 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) Leopards. Yabusele had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks and 3 steals in 36 minutes. Yabusele has very impressive stats this year: 19.6ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 59.0%(124-210), 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 67.8% in 25 games. He played for the French U20 national team two years ago.

Nobel Boungou-Colo
Nobel Boungou-Colo
   #4. Forward Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Khimky (8-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Boungou-Colo's very good performance Khimky was defeated 114-110 in Saint Petersburg by the higher-ranked Zenit (#4). He scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. This season Boungou-Colo has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6spg. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and French. Boungou-Colo used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #5. International guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in a 3-point Anadolu Efes' victory against the seventh-ranked Galatasaray (8-6) 80-77 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL last Sunday. He scored 16 points in 20 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (12-2) is placed second in the BSL. Heurtel has reliable stats this year: 12.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 7.6apg and 1.8spg in 11 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Amath M'Baye
Amath M'Baye
   #6. Forward Amath M'Baye (206-89, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Enel Brindisi (7-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite M'Baye's very good performance Enel Brindisi was edged 108-106 at home by the second-ranked Umana Venezia. He was the top scorer with 33 points. M'Baye also added 6 rebounds. This season M'Baye has very high stats. He averages: 20.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1bpg. M'Baye is a former U20 international player as he played for the French team eight years ago.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #7. International small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Charlotte Hornets' victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (23-16) 123-112 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Batum recorded 28 points (!!!) and added 4 passes in 36 minutes. The Charlotte Hornets have 20-19 record this season. Batum has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 5.8apg and 1.1spg in 36 games. He is also French national team player.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #8. Power forward Adrien Moerman (202-88, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Darussafaka (8-8) in their last game. Despite Moerman's good performance the eighth-placed Darussafaka (8-8) was edged 93-92 in Tel-Aviv by the lower-ranked (#12) Maccabi T-A in the group A of Euroleague. He recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Moerman's overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.2apg in 15 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #9. An experienced international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA) helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Denver Nuggets (14-23) crushing them 127-99 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. Parker scored 21 points and added 9 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 30-8 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Parker is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 16th year in Spurs' roster. This season he has very high stats. Parker averages: 11.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.8apg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

Antoine Diot
Antoine Diot
   #10. Point guard Antoine Diot (193-89, currently plays in EuroCup) managed to help Valencia Basket in a 3-point victoryagainst the fourth-ranked Cedevita (0-2) 89-86 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Diot recorded 5 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists in 23 minutes. Valencia Basket (2-0) is placed second in group H. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Diot's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.8apg and 1.3spg in nine games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

   #11. Former international point guard Andrew Albicy (177-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Andorra (8-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Albicy's good performance Andorra was defeated in an overtime 96-92 in Madrid by the second-ranked Real. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and making 10 passes. Albicy has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 7.3apg and 1.8spg. He used to play for the French national team six years ago.

   #12. Former international shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) helped Movil Estudiantes win their game against the 13th-ranked CAI Zaragoza 94-78 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Jackson was the top player that evening. He recorded 26 points (!!!), 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. Jackson has very impressive stats this year: 21.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg in 15 games. He used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

   #13. International center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Utah Jazz (24-16) in their last game. Despite Gobert's very good performance the Utah Jazz lost 93-101 on their home court in Salt Lake City to the Toronto Raptors. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 16 rebounds. Gobert also added 3 blocks in 36 minutes. Gobert has very impressive stats this year: 12.3ppg, 12.3rpg and 2.5bpg in 40 games. He is also French national team player.

   #14. Former international guard Leo Westermann (197-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Lithuania) helped Zalgiris win their game against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis 76-65 in the Lithuanian LKL in Sunday night's game. Westermann scored 9 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Westermann has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.9apg. He used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former international shooting guard Evan Fournier (198-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Orlando Magic (16-23) in their last game. Despite Fournier's very good performance the Orlando Magic was badly defeated 111-95 in Los Angeles by the Lakers. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Fournier also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. Fournier has very impressive stats this year: 17.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.3apg in 34 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) led Baskonia to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Real Madrid (12-3) 77-62 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Tuesday. Tillie scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (10-5) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. Tillie's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 3.2rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Jordan Semple (201-F-92, college: Chico St., currently plays in Bulgaria) was the major contributor in a 1-point Academik Plovdiv's victory against the seventh-ranked Cherno More (4-8) 90-89 in the Bulgarian NBL last Sunday. Semple recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Semple's second season in pro basketball. Akademik Bulteks 99 Plovdiv (7-4) is placed third in the NBL. Semple has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 22.5ppg, 11.9rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5bpg and 2.0spg. Semple is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in France.

   #3. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Umana Venezia (8-4) 79-61 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. Kadir scored 7 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (5-7) is placed seventh in group B. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kadir has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #4. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy). Udom could not help Angelico Biella (11-4) to beat Scafati (4-12). He recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Angelico Biella was defeated 94-80 on the road by the much lower-ranked Scafati (#16) in the West group. Udom's stats this season are: 11.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1spg. He has both French and Italian nationalities.

   #5. Rodrigue Maza (208-PF-91, college: Academy of Art, currently plays in Switzerland) led Monthey to a victory over the league outsider Winterthur (0-12) crushing them 104-81 in the Swiss LNA in Sunday night's game. Maza was the top player that evening. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Maza's third season in pro basketball. BBC Monthey (10-2) is placed first in the LNA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Maza has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 2.0rpg in 10 games he played so far.

   #6. Experienced Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan) was the main contributor in a Yulon Luxgen's victory against the league outsider KKL 84-73 in the Taiwanese SBL last Saturday. He was the top player that evening. Lamizana scored 31 points (!!!), grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. This season Lamizana has very high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.5apg, 2.5bpg and 1.5spg. Lamizana also holds two passports: Ivorian and French.

   #7. Mikael Maruotto (201-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rodrigue Maza and both played together in the last Swiss LNA game. Maruotto contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Winterthur crushing them 104-81. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Maruotto's stats this season are: 11.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.2apg. He has dual citizenship: French and Swiss.

   #8. Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to help Kangoeroes in their game against Basic-Fit Brussels in the Belgian Euromillions League. Chada scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. His team was edged 79-76. Chada's stats this year are: 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in 14 games. He holds both French and Belgian passports. Despite Chada's French nationality, he previously played for the Belgian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the French team.

   #9. Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-PG-87, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to secure a victory for MZT Skopje in their game against Cibona in the ABA League. Diabate cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. His team was defeated 87-79. Diabate has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.6apg and 1.4spg. He has dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #10. Alexis Dargenton (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Utah St.'s victory against the University of New Mexico 79-75 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Dargenton scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. Dargenton has averaged so far 4.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg in 15 games.



Nancy inks Elton Brown - by Eurobasket News

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American center Elton Brown (206-114kg-83, college: Virginia). He played last season at STB Le Havre in the ProB. In 25 games he had 10.6ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.4apg. Brown also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 9.8ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.2apg.
The previous (2015) summer he played at Indios in Puerto Rican BSN. In 21 games he averaged 13.2ppg, 11.3rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.7apg in 2015 season.
In 2006 (a year after he left the college) Brown was drafted by Colorado 14ers (D-League) as #1 pick overall.
He attended University of Virginia until 2005 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Brown's team made it to the Israeli Cup final in 2011. He was also voted All-D-League 1st Team back in 2007.
Brown is quite experienced player. He has played in nine different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Brown has played previously professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets), Greece, Serbia (Crvena Zvezda), Spain, Turkey (Trabzonspor), NBA (Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv, Hapoel Holon and GreenTops Netanya), France (Paris-Levallois and Gravelines-Dunkerque) and D-League (Texas Legends).
He could be described: An strong inside player, with great rebounding skills. His powerful body allows him to be very effective inside, but doesn' t have the shooting range to move outside, and this limits his career at NBA level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jay Threatt (ex Sopron KC) is a newcomer at Poitiers - by Philippe Burstert

Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American point guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware State). He started the season at Sopron KC in Hungarian A Division. In 9 games he recorded 14.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 6.2apg and 1.1spg this season. Threatt also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 10.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.2apg and 2.0spg. The last season he played at Phoenix Galati in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 36 games he had 13.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.6apg (top 2) and 1.3spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.
Threatt has played also professionally in Finland (BC Nokia), Germany (MLP Academics Heidelberg) and Iceland (Snaefell).
He attended Delaware State until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marquez Haynes selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Italy). He led Umana Venezia to a 2-point victory over the eighth-ranked Enel Brindisi (7-8) 108-106 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Haynes was MVP of the game. He scored 28 points (!!!), had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in 42 minutes on the court. Umana Reyer Venezia (11-4) is placed second in the Serie A. Haynes has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 33.8%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 85.0% in 15 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Haynes played for the Georgian senior national team six years ago. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Michael Dixon (186-90, college: Memphis, currently plays in Greece). Dixon led AEK Athens to a victory over the closely-ranked Aris (8-5) crushing them 81-61 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Dixon recorded 19 points and added 3 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AEK Athens (10-3) is placed third in the A1. This season Dixon has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 59.4%(38-64), 3FGP: 28.8% and FT: 69.0%. He is a naturalized American. Dixon is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain). Shermadini could not help Andorra (8-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Andorra lost in an overtime 92-96 on the road to the second-ranked Real Madrid. Shermadini had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 15 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes. Shermadini has reliable stats this year: 13.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 2FGP: 61.9%(70-113) and FT: 79.5% in 15 games. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #4. Point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Khimky (8-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Pullen's very good performance Khimky was defeated 114-110 in Saint Petersburg by the higher-ranked Zenit (#4). He was the second best scorer with 18 points. It's Pullen's first season with the team. Pullen's stats this year are: 10.2ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Pullen used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2015. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Richard Hickman
Richard Hickman
   #5. Former international guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Armani Milano (4-12) in their last game. Despite Hickman's very good performance the 15th-placed Armani Milano (4-12) lost 79-86 in Istanbul to the second-ranked Fenerbahce in the group A of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Hickman also added 4 passes in 28 minutes. It was Armani Milano's ninth consecutive loss in a row. Hickman averaged so far 10.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.5apg in 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Hickman used to play for the Georgian national team three years ago. However he has never played in Georgia.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #6. Point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help Lietuvos rytas (0-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Lietuvos rytas (#4) lost 79-88 in Saint Petersburg to the higher-ranked (#3) Zenit in the group G of Eurocup. Fisher was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 passes (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 28 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Fisher averaged so far 11.0ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.7apg in nine games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team five years ago.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #7. Former international point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) contributed to a Bnei Hasharon's victory against the closely-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (1-3) 88-77 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Wednesday night. Green recorded 16 points and added 7 passes in 34 minutes. Bnei Hertzeliyya (1-3) is placed fourth in group N. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Green averaged so far 11.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 5.1apg in nine games. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the Georgian national team seven years ago.

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #8. Forward Tornike Shengelia (206-91, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Spanish team Baskonia win their game against the 13th-ranked Unics Kazan (6-10) crushing them 102-70 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Shengelia recorded 8 points and had 3 steals. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (11-5) is placed third in group A. Shengelia's stats this season are: 11.6ppg and 3.8rpg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #9. An experienced international center Zaza Pachulia (211-84, currently plays in NBA) helped Golden State Warriors win their game against the Portland Trail Blazers (17-22) 125-117 in the NBA last Wednesday. Pachulia recorded 13 points and blocked 3 shots in a mere 19 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have a very solid 33-6 record this season. This year Pachulia averages: 5.5ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.1apg in 34 games. He is also in the roster of the Georgian national team.

Duda Sanadze
Duda Sanadze
   #10. Guard Duda Sanadze (196-92, college: San Diego, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Lastovka (8-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Sanadze's good performance Lastovka was defeated 66-62 at home by the lower-ranked Tajfun (#8). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Sanadze also added 3 assists. Sanadze has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. Sanadze is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Beka Burjanadze (201-94, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Giorgi Shermadini and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Burjanadze couldn't help Andorra in their game against Real Madrid. He recorded 6 points in only 4 minutes. His team lost in an overtime 92-96. Burjanadze averaged so far 11.1ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3apg in 15 games. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

   #12. Former U20 international center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) helped Cambados win their game against the league outsider Zamorano 98-82 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Gelazonia recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Gelazonia's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 4.6rpg. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team back in 2013.

   #13. Former international power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (207-91, currently plays in Russia) couldn't help Novosybirsk in their game against MBA Moscow in the Russian Superleague 1 (second division). Dvalishvili recorded 8 points in only 7 minutes. His team lost 80-84. This year Dvalishvili's overall stats are: 8.1ppg and 3.6rpg in 14 games. He used to play for the Georgian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Giga Janelidze (199-95, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Jesi in their game against Mantova in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Janelidze cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was edged 87-85. Janelidze's total stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 3.6rpg. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2015.

   #15. U18 international shooting guard Levan Babilodze (196-98, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria in a victory against the 15th-ranked Agropoli 81-62 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Friday. Babilodze recorded 5 points in 8 minutes. This year Babilodze averages only 3.5ppg in two games. He is also in the roster of the Georgian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 3-point Valencia Basket's victory against the 14th-ranked UCAM Murcia (5-10) 78-75 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Thomas recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Valencia Basket (11-4) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Thomas' overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg and 5.2rpg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Experienced Quinton Hosley (201-F-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Iran) could not help one of league's weakest teams Arak (8-4) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Arak was defeated 86-80 on the road by the second-ranked Naft Abadan. Hosley was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 5 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Hosley has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.3apg and 2.7spg. Hosley is a naturalized American.

   #3. Grigol Shvangiradze (196-F-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 1-point Quintanar's victory against the ninth-ranked Azuqueca (8-6) 80-79 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Shvangiradze scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Basket Globalcaja Quintanar (8-4) is placed sixth in Group B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Shvangiradze's total stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 3.2rpg.



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  GERMANY  

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 


The Fraport Skyliners Showcase An Offensive Clinic Demolishing The Bakken Bears 102-68 in Champions League Play - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

There are thousands of talented players that play in the NCAA that are good and then hundreds that are very good and Bakken Bear American Devaughn Akoon-Purcell without being disrespectful most likely belongs to the thousands of talented players and usually every one of those guys plays with a massive chip ion their shoulder when they come to Europe to start their professional career. Akoon-Purcell belongs to a long list of players that had a very strong senior season averaging 14.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 26.0%, FT: 71.2% at Illinois State, but landed in a place in Europe for a rookie that they had never heard of. Akoon-Purcell is surely a player that could have landed on better teams and in a more skilled league somewhere, but that is how basketball goes, there are so many guys off the radar and he is one of them, but so far this season he has been on fire and proved that he is the real deal. Akoon-Purcell is leading the Danish league in scoring at 22,4ppg and second in the Champions League at 18,0ppg and no team has been able to keep him in check as he has scored in double figures in every game he has played in both leagues with 25. He has helped lead Bakken to a 11-2 record in the Danish league and have the second position, but in Champions League play, the club has faltered in almost very game having a 1-10 record. The only victory he had was against the Fraport Skyliners where he had his best scoring game in the competition with 24 points as Bakken took advantage of the woeful Skyliner crunch-time problems. The Bakken Bears had nothing to lose as they came to Germany and into the Fraport area with no chances of qualifying for the next round while the Fraport Skyliners needed a win to help their chances to advance as they had one win more than sixth placed team Ironi Nahariya. If there was one fellow who was able to not only keep Akoon-Purcell in check, but really slow him down was Fraport Skyliner legend in the making Quantez Robertson. Even if Robertson was nine years older than Akoon-Purcell, the Skyliner American had never stepped away from a challenge he couldn't handle. The Bakken team was hoping for another grind out defensive battle like in their 71-65 victory at home against Frankfurt, but instead received a turbulent Fraport Skyliners offensive clinic where they dropped 102 points while Bakken mustered only 68 points. The Bakken team couldn't muster anything real productive on the offensive side except for Devaughn Akoon-Purcell, but the constant losing has kept his mind set in the dumps. 'It's always good to have stats and what not. But it's never good nor fun when you lose. I can care less about the stats because of how terrible our Champions League record is', warned Devaughn Akoon-Purcell. Fraport Skyliner rookie A.J. English (192-G-92, college: Iona) had a fine game himself with 24 points putting Akoon-Purcell in the shadow, but was impressed by his 19 point game. 'He is a great player. He was very good at changing speeds and had an overall good game. I couldn't see any weakness in his game. I had no idea he was a rookie. He could definitely play', added ex Iona (NCAA) guard A.J. English. 'He is one of the best players in the Champions League and it is fun to play with him', added ex Iowa (NCAA) guard Mike Gesell. After the blowout loss, Mike Gesell took his time searching for the correct words to describe why Bakken was unable to display a better performance and giving up easy baskets was mentioned over and over. 'It is hard to figure out what is was, but we gave up way too many easy baskets. They shot something like 90% from the two point range in the first half. I give them credit for playing well, but they didn't get any open or step back shots, but seemed like all lay ups', added Bakken Bears guard Mike Gesell. The Fraport Skyliners found their rhythm early on the offensive end and kept it up until the end while playing hard-nosed defense for 40 minutes. 'They are a good team and beat us last time, so we wanted to come out better this time and did playing good defense. It was harder than what it looked like. We played Frankfurt basketball', warned A.J. English.

Just when Frankfurt fans thought after the big win against the Giessen 46ers last Sunday that that would be the last time they would have to witness their obnoxious fans until next season, it wasn't as an entourage of 11 fans made the trek to Frankfurt to support ex Giessen 46er Eric Palm who had played there from 2014-2016. Frankfurt fans also were miffed to see before the game that not only wasn't starting point guard Kwame Vaughn not in the starting lineup, but not in the building. After the game, it was revealed that Vaughn had been suspended by the club a day before the game. So the reigns of the offense was put into the hands of German Max Merz who didn't shy away from the challenge, but didn't waste anytime showing that he belongs to play at this level even if doubters feel that his game has weak spots. In the first quarter, Merz played like a very suitable sub for Vaughn as he led the Fraport Skyliners to a quick 15-2 lead. Florida native Mike Morrison put the first Frankfurt points on the board as he got the perfect position and used his muscular frame to make a left handed lay in. Before any journalist had even marked Morrison down as the game's first scorer, Merz had stolen the inbounds pass and made the quick lay in for the Frankfurt 4-0 lead. Ex Artland Dragon Antonio Graves made an easy lay up as Frankfurt showed quickly that getting easy baskets would be the main course on the menu on this evening. It took Bakken four possessions before they got their first bucket as Mike Gesell made a runner. The Frankfurt offense was getting going as Merz drilled home a trey, Graves snuck inside again for an easy bucket, Shields connected on free throws as ex Ludwigsburg forward Shawn Huff made a lay in. Frankfurt looked fresh and sharp on both ends of the floor and were closing the lane and not giving Bakken any easy looks or space to maneuver while closing down Akoon-Purcell who was getting limited touches. Purcell then did get on the board with back to back points on free throws and making a runner to cut the Frankfurt lead to 15-6. However Frankfurt was like a bulldozer who steamrolled Bakken on every new offensive possession not allowing them to breathe as English hit a 15 footer and Shields made a buzzer beater at the shot clock for the 20-6 lead. Ex BV Chemnitz guard Eric Palm connected on a trey, but Frankfurt closed out the first quarter strong with English free throws and a lay in as Frankfurt led 24-12. 'Merz came out with a lot of energy and really pushed us. He hit his shots, made good decisions and played good defense. He gave us exactly what we needed in the absence of Vaughn. We spent a lot of time in practice the last days taking care of the ball and it translated right away into the game. We broke their defense down and had open looks early', expressed Quantez Robertson. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 64% from the field and 33% from outside while the Bakken Bears were shooting 21% from the field and 16% from outside. Both teams had nine rebounds apiece and Frankfurt had four turnovers and Bakken had five turnovers.

In the second quarter, the Fraport Skyliners continued to pour it on on the offensive end and continued to stifle the Bakken Bears on defense, but even when Bakken did get an open shot, they were unable to hit the ocean. The Bakken Bears actually started out well surprising Frankfurt with a mini 4-0 run as Palm stayed his aggressive self from the first quarter and drew a foul and connected on free throws and 36 year old, three time Danish allstar and six time Danish champion Nicolai Iversen made a lay in cutting the Frankfurt advantage to 24-16. However Frankfurt stayed calm and just started to rev their offensive engine and then went on a 14-3 run to extend their lead to 38-19. In the explosive run, Frankfurt got massive production from Shavon Shields who scored 9 points including the first three buckets in a row. He continued to demonstrate why he is such a deadly one on one player as no matter who is guarding him, there is virtually no slowing him down. This was a phase where Frankfurt got easy basket after easy basket as English and Robertson also contributed to the onslaught. The spacing was great for Frankfurt as they got baskets from all over the court while on defense they didn't allow Bakken any room to roam. Then was a very short faze again where Frankfurt lost a little intensity as they allowed Bakken to score as Akoon-Purcell scored in traffic and 37 year old 281cm center Chris Christoffersen who played at Oregon (NCAA) from 1998-2002 and won 13 Danish titles made a hard dunk that had the rim shaking like a mini earth quake as Frankfurt led 38-23. However these mini Bakken runs were rare and whenever it did happen, Frankfurt would respond with a big run as they closed out the second quarter 13-5. In the last minutes, the Frankfurt offense was fortified by a Shields lay in as the easy buckets continued to happen, Huff scored in traffic and English scored the last six Frankfurt points finding daylight and the open space to make two runners as Frankfurt led 51-28 at the break. 'We did a good keeping up the intensity from the first quarter and got at them. We kept our tempo but also played fast and got them off rhythm', stressed Quantez Robertson. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 76% from the field and 26% from the three point line while the Bakken Bears were shooting 29% from the field and 9% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 17-15 rebound edge and nine turnovers while Bakken had eight turnovers.

In the third quarter, the Fraport Skyliners continued to score at will while scoring for the Bakken Bears wasn't so much like a plague anymore, but since they couldn't get consistent Frankfurt stops, their comeback attempt was very much slowed down. Frankfurt continued to get easy baskets inside as Robertson hauled down an offensive rebound and made the put back while Morrison made a tip in dunk off a Merz lob pass. Bakken got baskets from Akoom-Purcell, a runner from Palm and a trey from 25 year old 195cm swing man Thomas Laerke, but Frankfurt still maintained the very comfortable 61-38 advantage. Akoom-Purcell also did a Shavon Shields favorite by scoring in bunches as he made a left hand and right hand lay in and free throw helping Bakken to five points and cutting the Frankfurt lead to 64-43. But Frankfurt was the far more consistent team on offense and closed out the third quarter going on a 12-4 run to lead 76-47 after 30 minutes. In the run, Frankfurt got support from many heads as Huff connected on a jumper, English kept polishing his stat record nailing a three and making free throws, while German Niklas Kiel scored in traffic and German Stefan Ilzhoefer made free throws. 'We kept battling, because you should never think that you are out of the game. We wanted to go into the second half cutting down on easy lay ups, but our rotations and help weren't there. We could of made playing offense tougher on them, but didn't', stressed Mike Gesell. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 60% from the field and 26% from the parking lot while the Bakken Bears were shooting 32% from the field and 16% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 29-26 rebound lead and 11 turnovers while Bakken had 13 turnovers.

The game was more than decided in the fourth quarter, so both teams unleashed some NBA Showtime in the Champions League so fans could depart the arena with a smile. Even if the Bakken Bears had some nice buckets in the last frame, it was the Fraport Skyliners that dominated with the spectacular plays as the first fine play was when big man Mike Morrison fed Robertson back door for a reverse lay up. The next NBA Showtime play was when A.J. English lofted up the perfect pass to Morrison who made the massive alley-oop dunk as Frankfurt led 83-52. Robertson then returned the last favor by English with a ball reversal that the ex Iona (NCAA) snipper drilled home for the three. After a quick Bakken 4-0 run where Gesell and Christtoffersen scored, it was time for Bakken to make a spectacular play as 188cm guard Gesell surprised more than one person in the Fraport Skyliners as he stuffed Robertson on the lay in attempt. 'I know that I am athletic. I knew that either I would block him or he would dunk on me. I didn't want to do anything dirty, but just get all ball', stated Mike Gesell. 'I wasn't shocked by his block on me. He made a better play than I did', smiled Quantez Robertson. Then Gesell and Merz traded three pointers and it was time for the next oh la la play as Robertson to feed Morrison for the alley-oop as the Fraport arena that wasn't even filled to half capacity was in a mini state of pandemonium. 'We broke down their defensive press. When Morrison is near the basket and you throw it in the vicinity of the rim, then you know he will get it', smiled Quantez Robertson. In the last minutes, Frankfurt closed out the game in fine fashion as Shields made a lay in and Robertson rocked the house one extra time making a hard dunk for the Skyliners 100th point in the game. English closed out the game with a lay in. 'We kept battling until the end staying competitive', stressed Mike Gesell. The Fraport Skyliners announced that the team will decide by Friday exactly what will happen to Kwame Vaughn. Will he remain or depart? 'Vaughn is a great player and our floor general. Merz stepped it up tonight. However I can't wait until when Vaughn is back. He always can change a game and keeps defenses on their heels. He brings that Californian game to the floor', added A.J. English. The Fraport Skyliners were led by A.J. English with 24 points, five rebounds and six assists. Shavon Shields added 23 points and eight rebounds. Quantez Robertson supplied 12 points and Mike Morrison 10 points. The Bakken Bears were led by Devaughn Akoom-Purcell with 19 points while Eric palm added 13 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot 56% from the field and 26% from outside while the Bakken Bears shot 35% from the field and 22% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound battle 39-36 and had 14 turnovers while Bakken coughed up the ball 19 times.





TJ Bray (ex Ludwigsburg) agreed terms with Brussels - by Eurobasket News

Basic-Fit Brussels (Euromillions League) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard TJ Bray (197-90kg-92, college: Princeton). He supposed to play at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in German BBL league. The last season Bray played at Novipiu Casale in Italian Serie A where in 35 games he recorded 14.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.1apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements Bray won Ivy League championship title in 2011. He received also NABC Division I All-District 13 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Bray has played also professionally in Italy (Lighthouse Conad Trapani).
He attended Princeton University until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @OctagonBballEU)

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Daniel Krause Moves To The Licher Basket Baeren - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team Licher Basket Baeren got active on the transfer market shortly before the deadline reeling in German basketball veteran Daniel Krause (194-G-88). Krause is a 28 year old 194 cm guard that has much experience at the Pro A and Pro B level and also played 27 BBL games with Vechta. He came from the Dresden Titans where last season he played 28 games: 10.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 71.2%. This season he was averaging 4,0ppg, 1,8rpg and 1,0apg. He had solid games against Baunach with 14 points and hit Paderborn with 13 points. "We are happy that we got this spontaneous chance to get Daniel despite having other offers and being able to convince him that Lich was the right place. He isn't the same type of player as Shawn Gulley, but gives us versatility and experience. We saw to what our young players were capable of in the first half of the season and Krause will give added experience to them", stressed head coach Rolf Scholz.

Krause started his basketball career in 2007 with TSV Quakenbrueck (2.Regionalliga) where he played until 2010 and also was able to taste some BBL air practicing with the Artland Dragons. In 2010 he moved to SC Rasta Vechta where in 4 years he played pro B, Pro A and BBL. He played a total of 122 games and helping the club move up to the BBL in 2013. In the 2014-2015 season he moved to the VfL Kirchheim Knights (ProA): 29 games: 5.2ppg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 77.3%. "I am looking forward to Lich and the organization and hope I can help the team reach their goals", stressed Daniel Krause. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Runner-Up -12, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -13, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -13, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -16.

Source:Licher Basket Baeren



Eric Palm (Bakken Bears) Giessen Was A Great Home For Me For Two Seasons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Eric Palm (188-G-87, college: McKendree) is a 29 year old 185cm guard from Illinois that recently signed with Danish club Bakken Bears after having started the season with BK Iskra Svit (Slovakia-SBL) playing 6 games: 22.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.7apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 35.0%, FT: 95.1%, left in Nov.'16, later that month moved to KB Bashkimi Prizren (Kosovo-SuperLeague, starting five): Balkan League: 5 games: 22.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 62.1%, 3FGP: 46.2%, FT: 88.5%; Kosovan SuperLeague: 5 games: 12.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 50.0%,He started his basketball career at McKendree (NAIA) in 2005 where he played until 2009 and as a senior played 35 games: 20.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 41.6%, 3Pts: 38.3%, FT: 85.2%. He started his professional basketball career in 2010 with Thor AK (Iceland-D1) where he played until 2012 and in the 2011-2012 season played 11 games: 26.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.7apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 84.5%. In 2012-2013 he played for IR Reykjavik (Iceland-Dominos League) playing 22 games: Score-3 (26.5ppg), 4.3rpg, 3.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT-1 (93.9%). In the 2013-2014 season he played for BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA) playing 30 games: 15.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 84.1%. He played the last two seasons with the Giessen 46ers helping the team move back up to the BBL in 2015 and last season played 22 games: 7.9ppg, 1.4apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 83.3%. Eurobasket interviewed him over the years when he played in Giessen and sat down with him again before playing the Fraport Skyliners in the Champions League.

Eric Welcome back to Germany. After two seasons of just moving around in Germany with the Giessen 46ers, this season you have been on the rapid move playing in Slovakia and Kosovo and now have moved to Denmark to Bakken. Do you feel like a basketball globetrotter this year?

It's definitely been a very long year for me this year moving around so much and getting to know new teammates and staffs around Europe. However I'm happy to have settled in Denmark with the Bakken Bears.

What has been the best example this season that you have seen basketball being purely a basketball business?

I would have to say when I arrived in Denmark. They have been a class act since day 1, taking care of my needs and preparing me for the team stuff over the holidays. Each staff member reached out to me to welcome me and some had meetings gave to face to talk with me about the season. Felt like home as soon as I arrived.


Bakken will be your third team this season and third time having to adjust to a new situation and second time after Kosovo where you will have to do it quickly during the season. How difficult are making these rapid changes and having to learn so much in a short period of time?


It can be pretty difficult moving into teams so late in the season. Learning all the names, plays and playing style, and just trying to fit in with the team chemistry on and off the court. But at the end of the day, we all have the same goals to win games and compete hard. So in a short time, I feel like I've moved in well with everyone here.

You put up big stats with BK Iskra Svit (Slovakia-SBL) playing 6 games: averaging 22.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.7apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 35.0%, FT: 95.1%. What kind of experience was this league? It seemed like everything came easy to you coming from the German BBL?

Slovakia was def an adjustment from the BBL in a competition standpoint, but my goals there was to show the various levels of my playing style. In Giessen I was mainly a spot up shooter respectively, but I needed to show I can handle the ball in pick and rolls and being a slasher.


You then moved to KB Bashkimi Prizren (Kosovo-SuperLeague) playing Balkan League: 5 games: 22.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 62.1%, 3FGP: 46.2%, FT: 88.5%; Kosovan SuperLeague: 5 games: 12.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 50.0%. What were the main differences skill wise and talent wise between the two leagues?

Heading into Kosovo, the main difference between the leagues was talent on the court and the rules for the leagues. Balkan League we could play 4 imports/1 Domestic and Kosovo SL we only had 3 imports/2 Domestic. With our team structured the way it was, we were more dangerous in the Balkan league which made things easier for us to create for one another on the court. There were some solid teams in the Balkan League.


Now you have joined the Bakken Bears, a top team in Denmark. A team stalked with some very talented players, what do you see your role being?

We have some dangerous talent here in Denmark. I feel I can bring my experience and leadership to this team most effectively. I have played various levels, where I can adjust and help some of the younger players. As far as my style, just mixing up my game from shooting 3s to helping at the PG, we are a deep team so being efficient on the court is the main goal.


You scored 14 points in 28 minutes in a loss to SISU. Do you feel with all the experience you have had this season playing in many leagues that you will have an easier adjustment period?

First games are always tough. I hadn't played in over 2.5 weeks, learning the teams style and plays. I felt in the second half we got our groove back a bit, but as a team we were too flat and overlooked our opponent who played well on that day.

You are playing with highly talented rookie Devaughn Akoon-Purcell who is the second best scorer in the Champions League and first in the Danish League. What has stood out most in his game in the short time that you have been teammates?

DAP is an amazing talent on the court. With his length and athleticism sky is the limit for this kid. With more years to come and more adjustments to the euro style of basketball, he will play at a very high level here in Europe. I haven't seen much that he can't do on the offensive side of the ball and his hunger for the game is always there. I'm excited to play with him this season.


You will play Champions League in Frankfurt against the Fraport Skyliners. How excited are to be back in Germany and do you hope some Giessen fans will make short trip to Frankfurt?

it is great to be back in Hessen. I have had many fans reach out via Facebook/Twitter/IG wishing me luck and some trying to make the game tonight to watch. Giessen was a great home for me for two seasons and it means a lot to see the people of Giessen still care for their former players.

You played two seasons with the Giessen 46ers and helped the club move up to the BBL in 2015. What was most special about the team that season?

That was a special season. Coach DW constructed a championship caliber team to make a long run to get back to the BBL for the next season. On and off the court we were a close knit group of guys, there wasn't much we didn't do as a whole. But the most special part of the season was how we stuck together and went 8-0 to sweep playoffs, beating Wurzburg two times in a row, holding the trophy/banner up in Giessen Osthalle!

The guard position was always well stocked, but especially last season with guys like Braydon Hobbs, TJ Dileo and Karsten Tadda. How do you feel your game was able to develop further with Giessen?

We had so many guards last season who could flat out play in their own style. Each day we would compete hard in practice vs one another, and by learning different things from each other's playing style. In the end, having DW, Milos Petcovic, and Steven Key helping us day by day with their critiquing is really helped me this summer and this year with adjusting my playing style.


Giessen really has been one of the continued Cinderella stories as it continues to develop under Denis Wucherer despite having a limited budget? What is his secret to the players buying into his system so quickly?

DW really knows how to construct a team with a limited budget. He always seems to find the hungry talented players in some outside leagues who fit his system very well. That's the main key for him, getting the right fit and having them buy into his system, then from there it's all on the players to continue their jobs.


What was your fondest memory with captain TJ DiLeo? He made the next step and is playing for the Telekom Baskets Bonn.

There are so many good memories with TJ. Throughout all the games we got to play together it's hard to put it all on one time. But obviously again, sharing the court with him for two years was a great experience itself.


If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 heads would you choose?


Ohhh, well I will choose this based on my upbringing since I wasn't able to watch many greats before my time. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Shaquille O'Neal respectively.


Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs. Where does he stand at the moment in the never ending debate with where he stands as the best of all-time?

LBJ is making a push for being "one" of the greatest players of all time. But I just don't know if he can surpass MJ with that honor. It's hard to pass MJ when he has never lost an NBA Finals or let a game 7 happen, all with MVPs in each of the finals.

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


From my generation he makes a strong case for one of the all time greats, but I have to side with Tim Duncan as the all time best at the PF position.


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

Klay is such an amazing talent in the NBA. He doesn't need the ball in his hands at all times to make his mark in the game. I believe he barely even dribbled the ball that game too. But that performance was something special in the league.


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

It's easy to say stat wise he is the best player individually, but it also matters how his team fares in the end with all of his stats. I think James Harden is deserving of more talk, he is doing great things for being transitioned to the PG and showing his adjustment to that role.

What was the last movie that you saw?

I haven't been on many movies lately. My mind has been focused on Prison Break (tv show)


Thanks Eric for the chat.





Tibor Pleiss selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Galatasaray (9-3) in their last game. Despite Pleiss' very good performance Galatasaray was edged 80-77 in a derby game by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Pleiss also added 9 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. It's Pleiss' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 62.8%(49-78) and FT: 84.4% in 12 games he played so far. Pleiss is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in Baskonia's victory against the 13th-ranked Unics Kazan (6-10) crushing them 102-70 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Voigtmann recorded 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (11-5) is placed third in group A. This season Voigtmann has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 65.0%(52-80), 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 78.3%. He is in the roster of the German senior national team.

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA). Nowitzki was not able to help the Dallas Mavericks (11-27) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Dallas Mavericks (11-27) lost 92-101 on the road to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Nowitzki was the second best scorer with 26 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 31 minutes. It was Mavericks' third consecutive loss in a row. Nowitzki is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 19th year in Mavericks' roster. Nowitzki has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 12.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 41.6%, 3FGP: 33.9% and FT: 89.7% in 13 games. Nowitzki played for the German national team two years ago.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #4. Point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to secure a victory for JSF Nanterre (3-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed JSF Nanterre (3-1) was badly defeated 91-74 on the opponent's court by the leading Kormend in the group N of FIBA Europe Cup. Schaffartzik was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 4 passes. There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Schaffartzik has reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.1apg. He used to play for the German national team back in 2015.

Dennis Schroeder
Dennis Schroeder
   #5. Former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans (15-24) 99-94 in the NBA last Thursday. Schroeder was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 33 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have 22-16 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Schroeder has been at the team for four years. Schroeder has very impressive stats this season: 17.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 6.3apg in 38 games. He used to play for the German national team two years ago.

Kostja Mushidi
Kostja Mushidi
   #6. Swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to a Mega Leks' victory against the third-ranked Strasbourg IG (7-5) 86-82 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. Mushidi scored 15 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 28 minutes. BC Mega Leks (4-8) is placed sixth in group D. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Mushidi's overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.4apg in nine games. He is U20 international player who is currently on the German National Team roster.

Maik Zirbes
Maik Zirbes
   #7. International center Maik Zirbes (208-90, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Israeli team Maccabi T-A edge the eighth-ranked Darussafaka (8-8) 93-92 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Zirbes recorded 13 points. Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (6-10) is placed 12th in group A. They ended the series of six consecutive loses. Zirbes' total stats this season are: 8.6ppg and 3.0rpg. He is also German national team player.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #8. Power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) was the main contributor in a 3-point Gmunden Swans' victory against the seventh-ranked Arkadia Lions (6-10) 81-78 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Sunday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Klette scored 24 points, made 4 passes and 5 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Basket Swans Gmunden (12-4) is placed second in the A Bundesliga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Klette averaged so far 12.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.3apg. He used to play for the German U22 national team back in 1999.

Christian Sengfelder
Christian Sengfelder
   #9. Former U20 international forward Christian Sengfelder (201-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Fordham (0-1) in their last game. Despite Sengfelder's very good performance the Fordham lost 72-80 at home to the University of Richmond. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds in 29 minutes. Sengfelder's stats this year are: 12.6ppg and 4.4rpg in 16 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team two years ago.

Michael Kessens
Michael Kessens
   #10. Forward Michael Kessens (206-91, agency: Court Side, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the FIU (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kessens' very good performance the FIU was defeated 73-64 on their home court in Miami, FL by the Florida Atlantic University. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Kessens averaged so far 14.0ppg, 10.1rpg and 1.1apg. He is a former U20 international player as six years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. U18 international power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Zalgiris in their game against Crvena Zvezda in the Euroleague. Hartenstein cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 77-61. This year Hartenstein's total stats are: 1.0ppg and 2.0rpg in two games. He plays currently for the German U18 national team.

   #12. Former U18 international forward Moritz Wagner (208-97, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Michigan (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Wagner's very good performance the Michigan was defeated 77-70 in College Park, MD by the University of Maryland. He scored 17 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Wagner averaged so far 11.9ppg and 3.7rpg. He used to play for the German U18 national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Max Hoetzel (206-96, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the San Diego St. (0-1) in their last game. Despite Hoetzel's very good performance the San Diego St. lost 66-78 on their home court in San Diego, CA to the Boise State University. He scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. Hoetzel has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 4.2rpg in 11 games. He is a naturalized American. Hoetzel used to play for the German U18 national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Kenneth Ogbe (198-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Utah Valley in their last game on Saturday. Despite Ogbe's very good performance the Utah Valley was defeated 82-72 on their home court in Orem, UT by the Grand Canyon State University. He scored 20 points. Ogbe averaged so far 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former U16 international forward Dominique Uhl (206-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Iowa win their game against the Rutgers, The State University 68-62 in the NCAA last Sunday. Uhl scored 10 points, had 8 rebounds and made 5 blocks in 23 minutes. Uhl has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg in 17 games. He used to play for the German U16 national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Bar Timor (190-G-92, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Jerusalem to a victory over the league outsider Maccabi K/G (2-11) crushing them 89-50 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. Timor was the best player in that game. He recorded 13 points and added 5 assists. Hapoel Jerusalem (7-6) is placed fourth in the Winner League. Timor's stats this season are: 10.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.2apg and 1.2spg. He has a dual citizenship: German and Israeli.

   #2. Experienced Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay) could not help Defensor (2-1) in their last game. Despite Wachsmann's good performance Defensor (#2) was badly defeated 91-73 in a derby game by the lower-ranked (#4) Hebraica in the Promocional 1 group. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 30 minutes. It was Defensor's first loss after three consecutive victories. Wachsmann's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. This year Wachsmann's total stats are: 6.8ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.3apg in 16 games he played so far.

   #3. Frederik Joerg (214-C-92, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the St.Martin's University (2-3) in their last game. Despite Joerg's very good performance his team lost 67-80 on the road to the Western Oregon University. He scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Joerg has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 3.6rpg in seven games.

   #4. Sven Stammberger (198-F, currently plays in Canada) contributed to a 3-point Dalhousie University's victory against the Axemen (4-5) 84-81 in the Canadian university league CIS on Tuesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds in 34 minutes. The Dalhousie University has quite an impressive 7-2 record this season. Stammberger plays fifth season for the team. Stammberger averaged so far 13.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.6apg in eight games. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and German.

   #5. Adam Ariel (192-G/F-94, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Galil Gilboa (5-8) crushing them 87-63 in the Israeli Winner League last Monday. Ariel recorded 6 points in 15 minutes. Maccabi Ashdod (8-1) is placed second in the Winner League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Ariel has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.7apg in 12 games. He has both German and Israeli nationalities.

   #6. Marco Sanders (202-F-79, college: Point Park, currently plays in Norway) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Ammerud Bskt (5-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Sanders' very good performance Ammerud Bskt was defeated 71-65 at home by the higher-ranked Tromso (#8). He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. Sanders has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. Sanders is a naturalized American. He used to play for EnBW Ludwigsburg in German league.

   #7. Tyree Chambers (188-G-94, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a 2-point Le Moyne College's victory against the St.Anselm College 67-65 in the NCAA2 in Tuesday night's game. Chambers scored 13 points in 22 minutes. Chambers has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg in nine games.

   #8. Christopher Razis (194-PG-89, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help AGOR in their game against Doxa Lefkadas in the Greek A1. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Razis recorded only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. His team lost 80-86. This year Razis averages just 2.1ppg in nine games. He also holds two passports: Cypriot and German.

   #9. Malik Eichler (213-C-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Detroit Mercy in their game against the Valparaiso University in the NCAA. Eichler scored 9 points. His team was defeated 81-74. This season Eichler averages only 2.6ppg. He has dual citizenship: German and British. Despite Eichler's German passport, he currently plays for the British U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the German team.

   #10. Nils Lehmann (196-F-96, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Rollins College (3-4) in their last game. Despite Lehmann's good performance his team lost 73-81 in Tampa, FL to the University of Tampa. He scored 10 points in 31 minutes. Lehmann has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg in nine games.



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Dezmine WELLS
  Doxa L.
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Wells, Doxa L.16.8 
 2. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 3. Cummings, Aris14.2 
 4. Young, Lavrio13.8 
 5. Barlow, Trikalla13.6 
 6. Releford, Kolossos.13.5 
 7. Lojeski, Olympiacos13.2 
 8. Hall, Koroivos13.0 
 9. Dixon, AEK Athens13.0 
 10. Gotcher, Koroivos13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.2 
 2. Morgan, Kymis9.0 
 3. Basabe, Doxa L.8.9 
 4. Reddic, Kolossos HH7.6 
 5. Fitzpatrick, AGOR7.1 
 6. Biruta, Trikalla6.8 
 7. Kravic, AGOR6.8 
 8. Hall, Koroivos6.3 
 9. Faye, Promitheas6.3 
 10. Kalinoski, Apollon .5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.4 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.6.3 
 4. Young, Lavrio4.8 
 5. Talton, AGOR4.5 
 6. Scott, Doxa L.4.3 
 7. Miljenovic, PAOK4.1 
 8. Hall, Kolossos HH4.0 
 9. Releford, Kolossos.4.0 
 10. El-Amin, Kymis4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.2 
 2. Releford, Kolossos.2.0 
 3. McMillan, Trikalla2.0 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.9 
 5. Hickey, Apollon .1.8 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.8 
 7. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 8. Young, Lavrio1.7 
 9. Gotcher, Koroivos1.5 
 10. Johnson, Lavrio1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Johnson, Promi.1.4 
 3. Kavvadas, Aris1.3 
 4. Kravic, AGOR1.3 
 5. Buckner, Aris1.2 
 6. Clanton, PAOK1.2 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos1.1 
 8. Fitzpatrick, AGOR1.0 
 9. Gentile, Panathin.1.0 
 10. Milutinov, Olympiacos0.9 


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas18.3 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.5 
 3. Kokkalis, Ethnikos16.1 
 4. Milosevic, Holargos15.7 
 5. Liakopoulos, Faros15.4 
 6. Gagaloudis, Iraklis15.3 
 7. Macheras, Ethnikos15.1 
 8. Redikas, Arkadikos14.9 
 9. Martzos, Ethnikos14.8 
 10. Alihodzic, Panionios14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos9.5 
 2. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.5 
 3. Rubio, Doukas8.5 
 4. Lolas, Irakleio8.1 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.5 
 6. Charismidis, Aiolos A.7.1 
 7. Papanikolaou, Psyhiko6.6 
 8. Alihodzic, Panionios6.5 
 9. Rutkauskas, Iraklis6.4 
 10. Karavolas, Pagrati6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psyhiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Nikou, Psyhiko7.5 
 2. Milosevic, Holargos6.7 
 3. Koutras, GS Laris.5.7 
 4. Gagaloudis, Iraklis5.4 
 5. Mazurczak, Kavala4.9 
 6. Karydas, Panionios4.8 
 7. Vasilopoulos, Faros4.6 
 8. Liakopoulos, Faros4.5 
 9. Koukas, Doukas4.3 
 10. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Sakis KARYDAS
  Panionios
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Karydas, Panionios2.3 
 2. Gagaloudis, Iraklis2.2 
 3. Nikou, Psyhiko1.9 
 4. Erevbenagie, Kavala1.6 
 5. Koutras, GS Laris.1.6 
 6. Oikonomopoul., Ethni.1.6 
 7. Milosevic, Holargos1.5 
 8. Mazurczak, Kavala1.5 
 9. Naoumis, Arkadikos1.5 
 10. Karamalegkos, Arkad.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Antonis SKLIVAS
  Kavala
  (203-F-95)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Sklivas, Kavala1.6 
 2. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.4 
 3. Gilchrist, Holargos1.0 
 4. Kasabalis, Aiolos A.0.8 
 5. Koutroulias, Holargos0.8 
 6. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 7. Antonakis, Ethnikos0.8 
 8. Psaropoulos, Pagra.0.8 
 9. Paulos, Pagrati0.7 
 10. Papanikolaou, Psyhiko0.7 


Skourtopoulos the new coach of Apollon Patras - by Giorgos Diploidis

Thanasis Skourtopoulos will be the new head coach of AS Apollon Patras. The team of Patra two days ago announced that they agreed to resolve their co-operation with Konstantinos Mexas who was their coach until the game with GS Lavrio.

In this match GS Lavrio won 79-65 and the result was Apollon to be in the 13th place of the Basket League. Thanasis Skourtopoulos was the coach of A.G.O Rethymno Aegean for two years and he returns to the benches with a target the team of Patra to take the appropriate wins at least to avoid relegation.



Giannis Antetokounmpo's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Greeks playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He led Milwaukee Bucks to a 1-point victory over the New York Knicks (17-21) 105-104 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Antetokounmpo was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 13 rebounds. Antetokounmpo also added 4 assists and 3 blocks in 39 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 19-18 record this season. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Antetokounmpo averages: 24.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 5.7apg, 2.0bpg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 57.5%(276-480), 3FGP: 29.9% and FT: 78.0% in 35 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian. Antetokounmpo is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his Italian team Umana Venezia to a victory against the fourth-ranked Joensuun Kataja (6-6) 78-68 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night. Bramos scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (8-4) is placed second in group B. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Bramos' overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 46.2%(18-39) and FT: 84.6% in 11 games. He is a naturalized American. Bramos played for the Greek national team in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in EuroCup). Vougioukas contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Gran Canaria (0-2) 86-71 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 12 points and added 3 assists. Lokomotiv Kuban (2-0) is placed first in group E. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Vougioukas' total stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 63.6%(35-55) and FT: 77.8%. Former Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus starter played for the Greek national team three years ago.

Konstantinos Sloukas
Konstantinos Sloukas
   #4. Guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Fenerbahce's victory against the 15th-ranked Armani Milano (4-12) 86-79 in the Euroleague last Friday. He recorded 8 points and added 3 passes in 17 minutes. Fenerbahce Istanbul (10-6) is placed fifth in group A. Sloukas has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.9apg in 16 games. He is also Greek national team player.

Giorgos Bogris
Giorgos Bogris
   #5. International center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to an CB Canarias' victory against the seventh-ranked Oostende (4-8) 64-57 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night. Bogris scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (10-2) is placed first in group D. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Bogris' first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.5apg. Bogris plays currently for the Greek national team.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #6. Center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Sacramento Kings' victory against the Denver Nuggets (14-23) 120-113 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. The Sacramento Kings have 16-22 record this season. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This year Koufos' total stats are: 6.0ppg and 5.8rpg in 37 games. He is a naturalized American. Koufos is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #7. An experienced former international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Germany) helped Brose Baskets win their game against the seventh-ranked Telekom Baskets (9-8) 85-70 in the German BBL on Sunday night. He scored 7 points and added 5 passes in 21 minutes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (16-1) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Zisis has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.8apg in 15 games. He used to play for the Greek national team two years ago.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #8. Center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in China) led Qingdao Eagles to a victory over the 17th-ranked Jiangsu TX (6-20) 117-106 in the Chinese CBA in Wednesday night's game. Mavrokefalidis was the best player in that game. He recorded 26 points (!!!), 4 assists and 4 steals. Qingdao Double Star Eagles (12-13) are placed tenth in the CBA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Mavrokefalidis has very high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg. Mavrokefalidis used to play for the Greek national team back in 2013.

Tyler Dorsey
Tyler Dorsey
   #9. International shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (193-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Oregon win their game against the The University of Washington (2-1) crushing them 83-61 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored 28 points (!!!), grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 35 minutes. The University of Oregon has 2-0 conference record this season. Dorsey has reliable stats this year: 13.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.4apg in 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Dorsey is also in the roster of the Greek national team. Interesting that he has never played in Greece.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
   #10. Forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain). Antetokounmpo could not help Andorra (8-7) to beat Real Madrid (12-3). He recorded only 4 points in 13 minutes. Andorra lost in an overtime 92-96 on the road to the second-ranked Real Madrid. Antetokounmpo has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 3.2rpg in 15 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

   #11. Former U19 international forward Konstantinos Mitoglou (208-96, currently studies in the States) helped Wake Forest win their game against the Boston College 79-66 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. Mitoglou's stats this year are: 10.6ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.1apg in 16 games. He used to play for the Greek U19 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-91, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Kazakhstan team Astana win their game against the 11th-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod 93-84 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Katsivelis scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. He has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg. Katsivelis used to play for the Greek national team back in 2013.

   #13. Former U18 international center Ioannis Dimakopoulos (218-94, is currently at the American university) helped Cal-Irvine win their game against the Long Beach State University 82-67 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Dimakopoulos averaged so far 10.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team five years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international point guard Nontas Papantoniou (190-90, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Lleida Basquet in their game against Burgos in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Papantoniou scored 8 points and added 7 passes in 22 minutes. His team was edged 80-78. Papantoniou has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 3.3apg in four games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former U20 international swingman Anastasios Traianos (197-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to secure a victory for Manchester Giants in their game against Bristol Acadamy Flyers in the British BBL. Traianos recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was crushed by 21 points 93-72. Traianos has averaged so far 6.1ppg and 3.5rpg. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) led his Turkish team Usak Sportlif to a victory over the eighth-ranked Rosa (3-9) crushing them 96-76 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Auguste recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 14 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (4-8) is placed sixth in group C. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Auguste has relatively good stats this season: 13.1ppg and 8.5rpg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Auguste has never played in Greece.

   #2. Patrick Calathes (207-F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Italy) could not help AV Cantu (6-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Calathes' very good performance AV Cantu was defeated 85-79 at home by the leading Armani Milano. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Calathes also added 8 rebounds. Calathes has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 5.8rpg. He is a naturalized American. Calathes used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #3. Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M, currently plays in Cyprus) was the major contributor in Keravnos' victory against the league outsider AEK (0-9) 79-63 in the Cypriot Division A on Sunday night. Stylianou recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Keravnos Strovolou (9-1) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Stylianou averaged so far 11.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Cypriot.

   #4. Nazareth Mitrou-Long (193-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Iowa St. (1-0) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Mitrou-Long's very good performance the Iowa St. was edged 65-63 on their home court in Ames, IA by the Baylor University. He scored 17 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Mitrou-Long is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Iowa St.'s roster. Mitrou-Long has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.9apg. Mitrou-Long is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Canadian. Despite his Greek nationality, Mitrou-Long previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #5. Gerasimos Koutoufas (196-F, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Mansfield, PA's victory against the West Chester University (4-5) 106-102 in the NCAA2 last Tuesday. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds in 53 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in Division East. The Mansfield, PA has 4-5 record this season. Koutoufas has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg in seven games he played so far.

   #6. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Real Madrid II (9-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sole's good performance the fifth-placed Real Madrid II was defeated 72-68 on the road by the higher-ranked Casvi (#4) in the Group B. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Sole also added 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Sole averaged so far 11.1ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.6apg and 2.0spg. He has both Uruguayan and Greek nationalities.

   #7. Experienced Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) helped his Cypriot team Apoel win their game against the leader Telekom Baskets 84-78 in the FIBA Europe Cup last Wednesday. Kounas recorded 8 points in only 13 minutes. Kounas has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.4apg in nine games. He also holds two passports: Greek and Cypriot.

   #8. Vaggelis Loukas (196-F, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the University of Northern British Columbia in their game against the Pronghorn in the Canadian university league CIS. Loukas scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was defeated 76-63. Loukas has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg.

   #9. Georgios Angelou (185-G-94, currently studies in the States) helped St.Francis, PA win their game against the St.Francis College (NY) crushing them 81-56 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He scored 8 points in 22 minutes. Angelou has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.8apg in 15 games.

   #10. Theodor Aliferis (183-G-88, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Persbraten (1-16) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Persbraten was edged 86-85 in Bekkestua by the second-ranked Baerum Basket. Aliferis recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in 34 minutes. Aliferis has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg in 15 games. He has Greek and Norwegian nationalities. Despite Aliferis' Greek passport, he previously played for the Norwegian U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.



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Best Balikesir signs Delroy James - by Eurobasket News

Best Balikesir Basketbol Kulubu (BSL) signed 30-year old American (has also Guyanese passport) forward Delroy James (203-100kg-87, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia in Italian Serie A. In 15 games he had 5.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg this season. James helped them to make it to the Supercup semifinals. The last season he played at Enisey in Russian league where in 19 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 14.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg. James contributed to his team making it to the FIBA Europe Cup Final Four. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention. James also played 30 games in VTB United League where he averaged 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg.
James has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). James was also voted Atlantic 10 Sixth Man of the Year back in 2009 at his college time.
James is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Bnei Hasharon), D-League (Oklahoma City Blue) and PBL (New Jersey G-F).
James attended Rhode Island University until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
He could be described: A solid PF who can adapt himself to inside game. Has good timing for offensive rebounds, can score even from behing the 3-pts arch.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HOLLAND  

Standings - Eredivisie

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 7: Amsterdam - Leeuwarden 85-94
Jan. 8: Zwolle - Leiden 81-74
Jan. 10: Dukes UDB - Weert 79-72
Jan. 7: Rotterdam - Groningen 58-98

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 14: Zwolle - Amsterdam
Jan. 14: Dukes UDB - Rotterdam
Jan. 14: Groningen - Leiden
Jan. 14: Leeuwarden - Weert


Eredivisie Round 14: Zwolle beats Leiden in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Eredivisie is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 14 rounds left.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Zwolle. Third ranked Zwolle faced second-ranked Leiden. Host Zwolle (10-4) defeated guests from Leiden (9-5) 81-74. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 30-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Zwolle looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard J.T. Tiller (188-88, college: Missouri) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. The other American import center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St.) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Thomas Koenis (210-89, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Zwolle moved-up to second place. Leiden at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Zwolle are looking forward to face Amsterdam (#5) at home in the next round. Leiden will play against the league's leader Groningen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was between seventh ranked Leeuwarden and one of their biggest challengers Amsterdam where Leeuwarden (5-9) won against Amsterdam (6-8) on the road 94-85. American guard Jordan Gregory (188-92, college: Montana) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Denton Koon contributed with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Surinamese Sergio de Randamie (201-84, college: Houston) replied with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for Amsterdam. Leeuwarden moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Rotterdam. Amsterdam at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Leeuwarden will play against bottom-ranked Weert (#8) at home in the next round. Amsterdam will play against the league's second-placed Zwolle and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Groningen delivered the thirteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Rotterdam (5-9) 98-58. Chase Fieler scored 28 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. Groningen's coach Erik Braal felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Robert Krabbendam responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Groningen (13-1) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Loser Rotterdam keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Leeuwarden. Groningen will meet at home Leiden (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rotterdam will play against Dukes UDB in Den Bosch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 14 bottom-ranked Weert was defeated by Dukes UDB in Den Bosch 79-72.


Dukes UDB - Weert 79-72

There was no surprise in Den Bosch where 8th ranked Weert (1-13) was defeated by fourth ranked Dukes UDB (7-7) 79-72 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-72. Dukes UDB forced 21 Weert turnovers. The former international Kees Akerboom (200-83, agency: Court Side) scored 25 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Antwan Scott (188-92, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 21 points, 5 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Guard Jeroen van Vugt (192-91) responded with 22 points and 6 assists and swingman Daan Rosenmuller (193-95) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Weert's coach Radenko Varagic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dukes UDB maintains fourth position with 7-7 record. Weert lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Dukes UDB will meet at home Rotterdam (#7) in the next round. Weert will play against Leeuwarden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Weert: J.van Vugt 22+3reb+6ast, D.Rosenmuller 16+10reb+2ast, M.Van Tongeren 11+5reb+2ast, R.Van Ravensteijn 8+3reb+2ast, J.Schild 6+3reb+1ast, D.Halman 5+5reb
Dukes UDB: K.Akerboom 25+5reb, A.Scott 21+3reb+5ast, S.Wessels 10+8reb+1ast, P.Vries Pim 9+6reb+1ast, C.Mitchell 8+8reb+1ast, V.Nguyen 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 477705


Zwolle - Leiden 81-74

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Zwolle. Third ranked Zwolle faced second-ranked Leiden. Host Zwolle (10-4) defeated guests from Leiden (9-5) 81-74. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 30-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Zwolle looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard J.T. Tiller (188-88, college: Missouri) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. The other American import center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St.) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Thomas Koenis (210-89, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and American point guard Jonathan Lee (188-90, college: Northeastern, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 8 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Zwolle moved-up to second place. Leiden at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Zwolle are looking forward to face Amsterdam (#5) at home in the next round. Leiden will play against the league's leader Groningen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leiden: J.Voorn 21+1reb+3ast, J.Lee 15+2reb+8ast, T.Koenis 15+11reb+1ast, D.Draper 10+10reb, L.Enobakhare 7+3reb+1ast, R.Jansen 6+2reb+6ast
Zwolle: C.Vette 18+7reb+3ast, J.Tiller 14+5reb+10ast, K.Hyland 14+3reb+1ast, J.Yoho 11+8reb+3ast, O.Schaftenaar 9+2reb+1ast, N.Oudendag 7+5reb
gschID: 477704


Rotterdam - Groningen 58-98

Leader Groningen delivered the thirteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Rotterdam (5-9) 98-58. The game was mostly controlled by Groningen. Rotterdam managed to win fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rotterdam to just 5 points in third quarter. Groningen dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Rotterdam's 32. They outrebounded Rotterdam 48-35 including a 37-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Groningen shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Rotterdam's players. American forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) scored 28 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Groningen's coach Erik Braal felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Robert Krabbendam (213-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and American guard La'Shard Anderson (185-89, college: Boise St.) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Groningen (13-1) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Loser Rotterdam keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Leeuwarden. Groningen will meet at home Leiden (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rotterdam will play against Dukes UDB in Den Bosch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rotterdam: R.Krabbendam 14+11reb+1ast, L.Anderson 14+9reb+2ast, T.Theeuwkens 9+4reb+2ast, S.Van Dijk 6+2reb+3ast, V.Tamasauskas 5+2reb+1ast, C.Stolk 4+3reb+2ast
Groningen: C.Fieler 28+7reb+1ast, D.Pasalic 14+7reb+1ast, J.Dourisseau 13+6reb+5ast, A.Smith 9+7reb+1ast, B.Veenstra 9+5reb+1ast, A.Slagter 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 477707


Amsterdam - Leeuwarden 85-94

Another exciting game was between seventh ranked Leeuwarden and one of their biggest challengers Amsterdam where Leeuwarden (5-9) won against Amsterdam (6-8) on the road 94-85. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 12-point deficit before their 35-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. Leeuwarden players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American guard Jordan Gregory (188-92, college: Montana) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Denton Koon (203-92, college: Hofstra, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Surinamese Sergio de Randamie (201-84, college: Houston) replied with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Max Van Schaik (210-91, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Amsterdam. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Leeuwarden moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Rotterdam. Amsterdam at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Leeuwarden will play against bottom-ranked Weert (#8) at home in the next round. Amsterdam will play against the league's second-placed Zwolle and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: S.de Randamie 17+6reb+4ast, H.Kherrazi 15+9reb, D.Van Der Horst 14+3reb+1ast, M.Van Schaik 11+14reb+1ast, G.Slagter 11+2reb+3ast, S.Mulder 11+1reb+1ast
Leeuwarden: J.Gregory 23+6reb+5ast, M.Lufile 20+9reb+1ast, D.Koon 16+11reb+3ast, D.Hope 14+4reb+4ast, G.Marshall 14+4reb+5ast, L.Peterson 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 477706





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  HUNGARY  

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 


Jay Threatt (ex Sopron KC) is a newcomer at Poitiers - by Philippe Burstert

Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American point guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware State). He started the season at Sopron KC in Hungarian A Division. In 9 games he recorded 14.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 6.2apg and 1.1spg this season. Threatt also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 10.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.2apg and 2.0spg. The last season he played at Phoenix Galati in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 36 games he had 13.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.6apg (top 2) and 1.3spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.
Threatt has played also professionally in Finland (BC Nokia), Germany (MLP Academics Heidelberg) and Iceland (Snaefell).
He attended Delaware State until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Adam Hanga selected the top Hungarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). He led Baskonia to a victory over the 11th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-9) 77-69 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Hanga was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 36 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (10-5) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. Hanga has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 32.8% and FT: 67.4% in 14 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Poland). Trotter could not help Twarde Pierniki (13-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the league leader Twarde Pierniki was badly defeated 83-67 on the road by the second-ranked Stelmet. Trotter recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. This season Trotter has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 90.3%(28-31). He is a naturalized American. Trotter played for the Hungarian national team in 2013. He used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Jarrod Jones
Jarrod Jones
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St., currently plays in Italy). Jones was the major contributor in a VL Pesaro's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Betaland Cdo (8-7) 70-68 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He scored 19 points in 26 minutes. Consultinvest VL Pesaro (5-10) is placed 14th in the Serie A. Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.4ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 27.5% and FT: 81.0% in 15 games. Jones is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Hungarian senior national team. Jones used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

Rosco Allen
Rosco Allen
   #4. Forward Rosco Allen (207-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Stanford, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Blusens Monbus in their game against FC Barcelona (12-3) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Allen recorded 5 points in 18 minutes. Blusens Monbus was crushed 100-76 in Barcelona by the leading FC Barcelona. It was Blusens Monbus' fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Allen's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg in 15 games. Allen used to play for the Hungarian national team back in 2015.

Gyorgy Goloman
Gyorgy Goloman
   #5. Former U18 international forward Gyorgy Goloman (211-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles in a victory against the University of California (1-1) 81-71 in the NCAA last Thursday. He scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have 0-1 conference record this season. This year Goloman's overall stats are: 4.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg in 14 games. He used to play for the Hungarian U18 national team four years ago.

Gergely Hosszu
Gergely Hosszu
   #6. Guard Gergely Hosszu (190-86, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Kaiserslautern (2-10) in their game against Stuttgart (4-10) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division), despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Hosszu was the second best scorer with 24 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 33 minutes. But the tenth-placed Kaiserslautern (2-10) was edged 92-89 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#12) Stuttgart in the South-West group. Hosszu's stats this year are: 12.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg in 12 games. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Hungarian team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Roland Torok (203-F/C-90, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) led UBT Cluj Napoca to a victory against the closely-ranked Pitesti (9-6) 88-82 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (11-2) is placed first in the Liga Nationala. Torok's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg and 4.6rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #2. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, college: G.Washington, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) could not help Benfica (0-4) in their last game. Despite Hollis' very good performance the fourth-placed Benfica (0-4) was crushed 99-69 on the road by the leading Enisey in the group P of FIBA Europe Cup. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Hollis also added 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. So far Benfica lost all four games in the Second Stage. There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Hollis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.7apg in nine games he played so far. Hollis is a naturalized American. Despite his Hungarian passport, Hollis previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team. He used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

   #3. Nemanja Miscevic (200-F-94, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked OKK Beograd (4-8) 91-75 in the Serbian KLS on Sunday night. Miscevic scored 6 points. KK Spartak Subotica (9-3) is placed third in the KLS. Miscevic's overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg and 2.3rpg.

   #4. Nebojsa Dukic (206-C/F-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to a Vitoria SC's victory against the league outsider Sampaense (1-13) 86-76 in the Portuguese LPB in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points and added 3 passes in 32 minutes. Vitoria SC/Costa Guerreiro Lda. (10-4) is placed fourth in the LPB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Dukic's first season with the team. Dukic has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.6apg in 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #5. Laszlo Lazar (210-C-87, also represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to help Targu Mures in their game against Chalon/Saor (4-0) in the FIBA Europe Cup. Lazar recorded 8 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. The fourth-placed Targu Mures (0-4) was crushed 88-66 at home by the leading Chalon/Saor in the group K of FIBA Europe Cup. So far Targu Mures lost all four games in the Second Stage. There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Lazar's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2bpg. He has both Hungarian and Romanian nationalities.

   #6. Experienced Zoltan Kurinczky (181-G-82, currently plays in Norway) was not able to secure a victory for Persbraten (1-16) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Persbraten was edged 86-85 in Bekkestua by the second-ranked Baerum Basket. Kurinczky was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his eight free throws). This season Kurinczky has very high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg. Kurinczky also holds two passports: Hungarian and Swedish.

   #7. Marko Popadic (189-G-89, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Holargos (4-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Popadic's good performance Holargos was edged 74-72 on their home court in Holargos by the higher-ranked Psyhiko (#8). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Popadic also added 5 rebounds. Popadic's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg and 3.5rpg. He has Serbian and Hungarian nationalities. Despite Popadic's Hungarian passport, he previously played for the Serbian U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Hungarian team.

   #8. Branislav Jancikin (199-SF-86, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Elchingen (9-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jancikin's good performance Elchingen (#3) was defeated 90-86 in Karlsruhe by the lower-ranked BG Karlsruhe (#5) in the South group. He scored 14 points. Jancikin's stats this season are: 12.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He holds both Hungarian and Serbian passports.

   #9. Tamas Okros (201-F-95, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Post University in their game against the Philadelphia University in the NCAA2. Okros scored only 4 points in 21 minutes. His team lost 54-64 in the NCAA2. Okros averaged so far 10.1ppg and 4.4rpg in 12 games. He has Hungarian and British nationalities.



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  INDONESIA  


Justin Reynolds (ex Garuda) agreed terms with Oliveirense - by Joao Santos

U.D. Oliveirense (LPB) inked 29-year old American power forward Justin Reynolds (206-111kg-88, college: Texas A&M-CC). He played recently at Garuda in Indonesian IBL league.
Two years ago (four years after he left the college) Reynolds was drafted by Texas Legends (D-League) in fourth round (62nd overall).
He attended Texas A&M - Corpus Christi until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Reynolds' team made it to the Macedonian League Semifinals in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com French NM1 All-Imports Team award back in 2013.
Reynolds has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Reynolds has played previously professionally in Japan (Cyberdyne Ibaraki Robots), FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje and Torus Skopje) and France (JA Vichy).
His game is described as: Son of former NBA - Seattle Super Sonics player 'Billy Reynolds'. Brings a combination of size, shooting touch, ball handling skills and an advanced inside-outside game. Great leaper. has great instinct for the offensive rebounds, moves well without the ball. Works very hard in the off season to get better each yr. Has a bright future in Europe.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Khalif WYATT
  Hapoel H.
  (193-SG-91)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Wyatt, Hapoel H.20.2 
 2. Tucker, Hapoel T-A19.3 
 3. Taylor, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Milbourne, Hapoel E.17.2 
 5. Siggers, Galil Gilboa16.9 
 6. Goudelock, Maccabi .16.8 
 7. Wayns, Maccabi .16.2 
 8. Williams, Hapoel T.16.1 
 9. Holloway, Galil G.16.1 
 10. Brown, Ironi N.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.9.6 
 2. Atkins, Hapoel Holon9.5 
 3. Williams, Hapoel T.9.4 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.9.4 
 5. Holloway, Galil G.8.5 
 6. Singleton, Maccabi .8.0 
 7. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat7.7 
 8. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.2 
 9. Gates, Ironi N.7.2 
 10. Menco, Hapoel Eilat7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marquis TEAGUE
  Ironi N.
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Teague, Ironi N.7.3 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.2 
 3. Blatt, Hapoel T-A6.2 
 4. Ewing, Maccabi .5.5 
 5. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.4 
 6. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .5.3 
 7. Wayns, Maccabi .4.8 
 8. Mekel, Maccabi T-A4.8 
 9. Perez Kaufma., Maccabi .4.7 
 10. Weems, Maccabi T-A4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.5 
 2. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .2.2 
 3. Ziv, Maccabi .2.1 
 4. Ben-Zvi, Galil G.2.0 
 5. Henry, Hapoel Eilat2.0 
 6. Taylor, Maccabi .2.0 
 7. Perez Kaufma., Maccabi .1.9 
 8. Carter, Maccabi .1.9 
 9. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.9 
 10. Siggers, Galil Gilboa1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Reginald BUCKNER
  Hapoel Eilat
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat2.0 
 2. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.8 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.6 
 4. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.3 
 5. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.3 
 6. Adrien, Bnei H.1.3 
 7. Blayzer, Maccabi .1.2 
 8. Carmichael, Maccabi .1.0 
 9. Singleton, Maccabi .0.9 
 10. Holloway, Galil G.0.9 


Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Ironi Nes-Ziona 10-4 
 2. Hapoel B/S 9-4 
 3. Hap.R/G Givat. 9-5 
 4. Maccabi Raanana 8-4 
 5. Hapoel K/S 8-6 
 6. Macc.Rehovot 7-6 
 7. Hap.Haifa 7-6 
 8. Hapoel Migd.H. 7-7 
 9. Maccabi H/H 7-7 
 10. Ironi K-A 7-7 
 11. Hapoel G/A 6-8 
 12. Galil Elion 5-9 
 13. Ramat Hasharon 3-10 
 14. Ironi Ramat Gan 2-12 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 10: Maccabi H/H - Hapoel Migd.H. 97-86
Jan. 10: Hapoel G/A - Ironi Ramat Gan 88-77
Jan. 10: Maccabi Raanana - Ironi K-A 85-57
Jan. 10: Hap.R/G Givat. - Galil Elion 81-70
Jan. 10: Hap.Haifa - Hapoel K/S 78-84
Jan. 11: Macc.Rehovot - Ironi Nes-Ziona 67-75
Jan. 12: Ramat Hasharon - Hapoel B/S


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 David HUERTAS
  Hap.Haifa
  (195-G/F-87)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Huertas, Hap.Haifa23.9 
 2. Warren, Maccabi .23.4 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa23.3 
 4. Aska, Ironi R.22.5 
 5. Brown, Ironi R.21.4 
 6. Gaston, Hapoel M.20.4 
 7. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.2 
 8. Pointer, Ironi K-A19.8 
 9. Givens, Maccabi .19.7 
 10. Livingston, Hapoel K.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrence WATSON
  Hapoel K/S
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Watson, Hapoel K/S12.2 
 2. Sykes, Hapoel G/A11.5 
 3. Jordan, Galil Elion11.3 
 4. Pointer, Ironi K-A11.2 
 5. Burrows, Hap.Haifa10.9 
 6. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.8 
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