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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. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.14.9 
 9. Zagorac, Mega Leks14.9 
 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. Bolden, FMP7.0 
 8. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija6.9 
 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, FMP6.2 
 5. Williams, Buducnost6.2 
 6. Rebec, Krka6.1 
 7. Bakic, Mornar Bar5.2 
 8. Vladovic, Zadar5.1 
 9. Radivojevic, Igokea4.6 
 10. Diabate, MZT S.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Cedevita
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Jackson, Cedevita2.4 
 2. Vladovic, Zadar2.0 
 3. Ramljak, Zadar1.9 
 4. Reynolds, Cibona1.8 
 5. 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. Nikolic, Buducnost1.3 
 6. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 7. Davidovac, FMP1.2 
 8. Begic, Cedevita1.2 
 9. Zagorac, Mega Leks1.1 
 10. Bolden, FMP1.1 


Brandon Fortenberry leaves Igokea - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Guard Brandon Fortenberry (190-G-90, college: SE Louisiana, agency: BeoBasket) is no longer a member of Igokea. The club from Aleksandrovac has decided to terminate the agreement with the American. They did so with 8 rounds remaining in the ABA League this season.

Fortenberry appeared in 15 ABA League games this season and has averaged 5.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assist per contest.
It is definitely less than the management of the club has expected when he was arriving from the Bulgarian side Balkan Botevgrad.

Before Botevgrad and Aleksandrovac, Fortenberry played at the SE Louisiana University during his college days. It is still not known where the combo guard would continue his career.




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  ALPE ADRIA CUP  

Alpe Adria Cup standings

Alpe Adria Cup Standings
Group A
 1 Zlatorog 6-1 
 2 KK Primorska 5-3 
 3 Vrij.Osijek 2-5 
 4 Klosterneuburg 1-5 
Group B
 1 Helios 2-1 
 2 Arkadia 2-1 
 3 Zabok 0-2 
Group C
 1 Levice 3-1 
 2 Kapfenberg 3-1 
 3 Tajfun 0-4 
Group D
 1 Rogaska 3-1 
 2 Rieker KN 2-2 
 3 BK Decin 1-3 

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Jan. 22: KK Primorska - Helios
Jan. 31: Kapfenberg - Rogaska
Jan. 14: Levice - Rieker KN
Feb. 1: Arkadia - Zlatorog



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.5 
 2. Green, Instituto18.9 
 3. Baxley, Atenas18.7 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.18.4 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.3 
 6. Horner, Obras B.18.2 
 7. Johnson, Weber B.16.0 
 8. Mickeal, Atenas16.0 
 9. Vildoza, Quilm.15.9 
 10. Vildoza, Libertad S.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.1 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.1 
 3. Johnson, Weber B.10.1 
 4. Clancy, Instituto9.8 
 5. Horner, Obras B.9.1 
 6. Justiz, Estudian.8.8 
 7. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.6 
 8. Wood, San M.8.5 
 9. Johnson, Atenas8.3 
 10. Ruiz, Libertad S.8.1 
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.5.1 
 6. Ciorciari, Instituto4.9 
 7. Hopson, Quimsa4.9 
 8. Perez, Boca Jrs4.9 
 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.1.9 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.7 
 8. Lescano, San M.1.6 
 9. Tucker, Estudian.1.6 
 10. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.2 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.8 
 4. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 5. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 6. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Acuna, Penarol0.9 


LigaA Round 26: Top-ranked San Lorenzo wins another game - by Eurobasket News

The round 26 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

LigaA top team - San Lorenzo (18-6) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Penarol (10-15) in Almagra 86-61. The game was mostly controlled by San Lorenzo. Penarol managed to win second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Penarol 36-23 including 29 on the defensive glass. Uruguayan center Mathias Calfani (204-92, agency: Pro Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. International Selem Safar (190-87) contributed with 20 points for the winners. International center Roberto Acuna (208-90) replied with 16 points for Penarol. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-6 record. Penarol lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Quilmes MP. San Lorenzo are looking forward to face Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Penarol will play at home against Quimsa and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Penarol (10-15) and Hispano Am. (6-19), which took place in Rio Gallegos. 7th ranked Penarol lost to tenth ranked Hispano Am. in a road game 70-82. American Larry O'Bannon (192-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Mariano Fierro chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The former international point guard Juan Figueroa (185-86, agency: Interperformances) responded with 12 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Hispano Am. maintains tenth position with 6-19 record. Penarol lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Quilmes MP. Hispano Am. will play against higher ranked Boca Juniors (#9) in Buenos Aires in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Penarol will play at home against Quimsa and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 26: La Union was beaten by Regatas C. on the road 103-98. Estudiantes C. won against Olimpico LB on its own court 84-75. Atenas unfortunately lost to Argentino in Junin 65-80. Hispano Am. recorded a loss to Boca Jrs at home 89-101. Quilmes MP was defeated by Weber Bahia on the opponent's court 105-101. Argentino beat Quilmes MP in a home game 73-59.
The most impressive performance of 26th round was 22 points by Donald Sims of Regatas C..


Regatas C. - La Union 103-98

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Regatas Corrientes (15-9) beat at home 7th ranked La Union (11-13) 103-98. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 29-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. Regatas Corrientes shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 60.7 percentage. The former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) scored 26 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 22 points during the contest. The former international Diego Garcia (190-79) responded with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international swingman Alexis Elsener (196-88) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-9 record having just one point less than leader San Lorenzo. La Union at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will play against league's second-placed Ferrocarril in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. La Union will play at home against Echague (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 26+1reb+5ast, D.Sims 22+1reb+1ast, F.Martina 15+6reb+2ast, P.Espinoza 14+6reb+1ast, C.Troutman 9+2reb, S.Vidal 8+2reb+3ast
La Union: D.Garcia 19+4reb+1ast, E.Gamboa 16+1reb, A.Elsener 14+2reb+5ast, F.Pinero 12+4reb+2ast, T.Francis 11+7reb+2ast, A.Konsztadt 9+2reb+7ast
gschID: 523447


Estudiantes C. - Olimpico LB 84-75

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (13-12) lost to second ranked Estudiantes C. (16-8) in Concordia 75-84. The hosts were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 12 after three quarters before a 20-17 last quarter charge of Olimpico de La Banda cut the lead to 84-75 at the end of the game. Estudiantes C. made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Olimpico de La Banda 48-32 including a 36-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Italian swingman Anibal Marin (199-82) chipped in 17 points during the contest. The former international point guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) responded with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) scored 20 points and 4 assists. Five Estudiantes C. and four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. Estudiantes C. maintains second position with 16-8 record behind leader San Lorenzo. Olimpico de La Banda at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Argentino. Estudiantes C. will play against Argentino (#4) in Junin in the next round. Olimpico de La Banda will play on the road against Libertad Sunchales and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: A.Marin 17+3reb+3ast, J.Justiz 16+17reb+2ast, F.Giorgi 14+7reb, D.Tucker 11+4reb+2ast, R.Powell 11+4reb+1ast, J.Slider 11+1reb
Olimpico LB: A.Boccia 20+1reb+4ast, M.Cosolito 14+6reb, D.Guaita 13+5reb+3ast, M.Stanic 11+8reb+7ast, N.Ferreyra 7+2reb+1ast, F.Van Lacke 5+2reb
gschID: 523446


Argentino - Atenas 80-65

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Argentino (13-12) won against 8th ranked Atenas (10-14) in Junin 80-65. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was a great shooting night for Argentino especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Naturalized Italian swingman Juan Cangelosi (197-81) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) chipped in 17 points during the contest. American Walter Baxley (193-84, college: Mars Hill) responded with 23 points and his fellow American import forward Roquez Johnson (201-92, college: Mississippi St.) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Argentino moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Olimpico LB. Atenas at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Argentino will play against league's second-placed Estudiantes C. in Concordia in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Atenas will play at home against the league's leader San Lorenzo (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Argentino: J.Cangelosi 21+2reb+1ast, N.Gadson 17+4reb, M.Bolivar 11+4reb+4ast, F.Zarate 9+1ast, M.Stibbins 7+5reb, L.Cequeira 7+4reb+5ast
Atenas: W.Baxley 23+3reb+2ast, R.Johnson 15+4reb, P.Mickeal 11+6reb, F.Baralle 6+3reb, G.Mikulas 4+1ast, B.Labaque 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 523445


San Lorenzo - Penarol 86-61

LigaA top team - San Lorenzo (18-6) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Penarol (10-15) in Almagra 86-61. The game was mostly controlled by San Lorenzo. Penarol managed to win second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Penarol 36-23 including 29 on the defensive glass. Uruguayan center Mathias Calfani (204-92, agency: Pro Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. International Selem Safar (190-87) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four San Lorenzo players scored in double figures. International center Roberto Acuna (208-90) replied with 16 points and Alejandro Diez (201-87) added 10 points in the effort for Penarol. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-6 record. Penarol lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Quilmes MP. San Lorenzo are looking forward to face Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Penarol will play at home against Quimsa and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: S.Safar 20+2reb+1ast, M.Calfani 19+5reb+4ast, G.Deck 16+4reb+1ast, C.Matias Sandes 12+6reb+4ast, J.Meyinsse 9+9reb, L.Lopez 4
Penarol: R.Acuna 16+3reb+3ast, A.Diez 10+2reb+1ast, L.Gutierrez 8+2reb, J.Baron 8+2reb, N.Zurschmitten 6+2ast, R.Reed 4+4reb
gschID: 523444


Hispano Am. - Boca Jrs 89-101

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Hispano Am.'s (6-19) home loss to ninth ranked Boca Juniors (7-17) in Rio Gallegos 89-101. Hispano Am. was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 31-16 charge of Boca Juniors, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The former international point guard Nicolas Gianella (186-78) scored 43 points (!!!) (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Fernando Funes (193-83) chipped in 19 points during the contest. The former international swingman Mariano Byro (194-82) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside, agency: SPORTlab Agency) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Hispano Am. players scored in double figures. Hispano Am.'s coach Bernardo Murphy rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Boca Juniors maintains ninth position with 7-17 record. Newly promoted Hispano Am. keeps the tenth place with 19 games lost. Boca Juniors will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hispano Am. will play again on the road against Boca Juniors (#9) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: N.Gianella 43+2ast, F.Funes 19+1reb, F.Lampropoulos 15+3reb+1ast, P.Calderon 9+8reb+1ast, L.Perez 9+2reb+3ast, E.Vassirani 4+1reb+1ast
Hispano Am.: M.Byro 19+4reb+4ast, K.Austin 17+6reb+1ast, R.Freeman 14+4reb+2ast, L.O'Bannon 13+4reb+2ast, G.Torres 7+1reb, J.Treise 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 523443


Weber Bahia - Quilmes MP 105-101

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Weber Bahia (14-10) defeated 8th ranked Quilmes MP (10-15) in Bahia Blanca 105-101. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Weber Bahia forced 21 Quilmes MP turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Quilmes MP was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) scored 26 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) chipped in 21 points and 10 assists during the contest. American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) responded with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) scored 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Weber Bahia and four Quilmes MP players scored in double figures. Weber Bahia maintains third position with 14-10 record having just two points less than leader San Lorenzo. Quilmes MP at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Penarol. Weber Bahia will play against Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round where they are favorite. Quilmes MP will play at home against Quimsa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Weber Bahia: A.Laveal Johnson 26+7reb+1ast, L.Redivo 21+2reb+10ast, F.Corvalan 19+5reb+5ast, J.Levy 17+6reb, M.Fjellerup 12+5reb+3ast, J.Pablo Vaulet 5+1reb+2ast
Quilmes MP: T.Robinson 28+7reb+4ast, L.Vildoza 26+5reb+6ast, E.Flor 11+1reb+3ast, I.Clark 10+8reb+2ast, I.Basualdo 9+7reb+2ast, A.Eslava 7+1reb
gschID: 523442


Argentino - Quilmes MP 73-59

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Quilmes MP (10-15) lost to sixth ranked Argentino (13-12) in Junin 59-73. Quilmes MP was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Emiliano Basabe (193-92) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and the former international Diego Cavaco (198-79) scored 12 points. Argentino moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Olimpico LB. Quilmes MP at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Penarol. Argentino will play against league's second-placed Estudiantes C. in Concordia in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Quilmes MP will play at home against Quimsa (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Argentino: N.Gadson 24+5reb+3ast, J.Cangelosi 16+1reb+1ast, E.Basabe 11+7reb+1ast, M.Bolivar 9+3reb+2ast, M.Stibbins 5+4reb, F.Zarate 5+4reb+4ast
Quilmes MP: L.Vildoza 13+8reb+3ast, T.Robinson 13+2reb, D.Cavaco 12+3reb, I.Basualdo 9+6reb, E.Flor 4+2reb, I.Clark 4+4reb
gschID: 523441


Hispano Am. - Penarol 82-70

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Penarol (10-15) and Hispano Am. (6-19), which took place in Rio Gallegos. 7th ranked Penarol lost to tenth ranked Hispano Am. in a road game 70-82. Hispano Am. made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. American Larry O'Bannon (192-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Mariano Fierro (200-86) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The former international point guard Juan Figueroa (185-86, agency: Interperformances) responded with 12 points and 6 assists and the former international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Penarol players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Hispano Am. maintains tenth position with 6-19 record. Penarol lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Quilmes MP. Hispano Am. will play against higher ranked Boca Juniors (#9) in Buenos Aires in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Penarol will play at home against Quimsa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hispano Am.: L.O'Bannon 23+5reb+3ast, M.Fierro 16+5reb, K.Austin 11+4reb, M.Byro 9+6reb+2ast, J.Treise 6+3reb+7ast, R.Freeman 6+1reb
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 14+5reb+2ast, R.Reed 13+2reb+1ast, R.Acuna 12+2reb, J.Figueroa 12+4reb+6ast, J.Manuel Torres 7+5reb, A.Diez 6+6reb
gschID: 523440





Gerald Fitch (ex Marinos) signs at San Lorenzo - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion San Lorenzo de Almagra (LigaA) landed experienced 35-year old American guard Gerald Fitch (191-8kg-82, college: Kentucky). He played most recently at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB league. In 12 games he averaged impressive 15.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 3.6apg last season. Fitch helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. The last summer he played at Piratas in Puerto Rican BSN where in 10 games he had 12.8ppg, 7.4rpg, 7.0apg and 1.2spg.
Among other achievements Fitch received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention award back in 2010 and 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Fitch has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to nine different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Fitch has played previously professionally in China (Guangzhou), Croatia, France (Strasbourg IG), Italy (AV Cantu), Turkey (Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi, Aliaga and Kepez Bld), Ukraine, NBA (Houston Rockets), Spain (Unicaja Malaga and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada) and D-League (Austin Spurs).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at San Lorenzo.
Fitch attended University of Kentucky until 2004 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRALIA  

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. 36ers 14-7 
 2. Hawks 11-10 
 3. Kings 11-11 
 4. Wildcats 10-9 
 5. United 10-11 
 6. Bullets 9-11 
 7. Taipans 8-10 
 8. Breakers 8-12 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 12: 36ers - United 100-73
Jan. 13: Hawks - Bullets
Jan. 13: Breakers - Kings
Jan. 14: Wildcats - 36ers
Jan. 14: United - Taipans
Jan. 15: Bullets - Breakers
Jan. 16: Taipans - Wildcats


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jerome RANDLE
  36ers
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Randle, 36ers22.4 
 2. Ware, United21.8 
 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. Sobey, 36ers16.2 
 10. Johnson, 36ers15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Torrey CRAIG
  Bullets
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Craig, Bullets8.6 
 2. Boone, United8.2 
 3. Johnson, 36ers7.6 
 4. Ogilvy, Hawks7.1 
 5. Knight, Wildcats6.9 
 6. Whittington, Kings6.7 
 7. Mitchell, Breakers6.6 
 8. Pledger, Breakers6.5 
 9. McKay, Wildcats6.5 
 10. Bairstow, Bullets6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  Breakers
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Woodside, Breakers5.5 
 2. Jackson, United5.4 
 3. Randle, 36ers5.2 
 4. Ware, United4.6 
 5. Stockton, Breakers4.2 
 6. Newley, Kings4.2 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.8 
 8. Worthington, Taipa.3.8 
 9. Gibson, Bullets3.7 
 10. Sobey, 36ers3.6 
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. Newley, Kings1.3 
 9. Craig, Bullets1.3 
 10. Woodside, Breakers1.3 
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, United1.4 
 5. Pledger, Breakers1.4 
 6. Whittington, Kings1.1 
 7. Powell, Kings0.8 
 8. Jervis, Bullets0.8 
 9. Wesley, United0.7 
 10. Maric, Kings0.7 


United lands Lasan Kromah, ex Promitheas - by Hugh McAuliffe

Melbourne United (NBL) tabbed 26-year old American guard Lasan Kromah (198-92kg-91, college: Connecticut). He played recently at Promitheas in Greek A1 league. In two games he averaged 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5spg this season. Kromah also played earlier that season for another team Knicks in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in two A1 games he had 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
Last year (two years after he left the college) Kromah was drafted by Westchester Knicks (D-League) in third round (60th overall).
The former University of Connecticut staris in his third season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements Kromah won NCAA championship title in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com Hungarian League All-Imports Team award in 2015.
Kromah has played also professionally in Turkey (Konyaspor) and Hungary (Alba).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: He can rebound, defend, pass. He's really capable of taking over games offensively. He gets a lot of recognition for his outside shooting, but he just finds ways to score. He has a real passion for basketball and just loves to play.

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 3-5 
 6 Sigal Prishtina 2-6 
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

Jan. 10: Sigal Prishtina - Beroe 86-94
Jan. 12: Sigal Prishtina - Kozuv 65-92

Regular Season: Round 12

A

Jan. 17: Sigal Prishtina - Bashkimi
Jan. 17: Beroe - Teodo Tivat
Jan. 17: Kozuv - Kumanovo

B

Jan. 18: Peja - Trepca
Jan. 18: Feni Industries - Sutjeska
Jan. 18: SK Tirana - Karpos Sokoli



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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 5-6 
 5 Liepaja/Triobet 4-6 
 6 Parnu 3-8 
 7 Barsy Atyrau 0-8 
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. 12: Jurmala - Barsy Atyrau 88-52
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. 13: Rapla - Barons Riga



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Partizan tabs Jamont Gordon, ex Tofas - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) inked 30-year old American swingman Jamont Gordon (193-103kg-87, college: Mississippi State). He played most recently at Tofas in Turkish TBL league. In 8 games he averaged 7.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.6apg in 2014-15 season.
The previous (13-14) season Gordon played at Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (also in TBL) where in 5 games he had 11.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final. Gordon also played 4 games in Euroleague where he recorded 11.3ppg, 4.0rpg and 4.8apg.
Among other achievements he won Turkish League championship title in 2013. Gordon received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team award back in 2013.
He has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Italy (Fortituto Kontatto Bologna) and Russia (CSKA Moscow).
Gordon attended Mississippi State until 2008 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: A left handed shooter who is very strong and athletic. Showed unexpected scoring skills and leadership in his first pro experience abroad, and his long arms and quick feet and could allow him to became a factor defensively very soon. Needs to improve his decision making, however, because he tends to play too much out of control.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chris Kramer's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old guard Chris Kramer (191-G-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked EWE Baskets and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He recorded a triple-double of 16 points adding also 10 rebounds and 13 assists, while his team outclassed Usak (#6, 4-8) with 29-point margin 106-77. EWE Baskets is placed at 2nd position in their group in Basketball Champions League group C. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. EWE Baskets will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. In the team's last game Kramer had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at EWE Baskets, through which he has constantly improved. Chris Kramer averages this season 7.5ppg and 5.2apg.

Second best performed player last round was Thaddus McFadden (188-G-87, agency: Higher Vision Sports) of PAOK. He is American guard in his first season at PAOK. In the last game McFadden recorded impressive 31 points and 6 rebounds. Of course PAOK cruised to a 82-73 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Neptunas (#3, 8-4). PAOK's 5th position in group C has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. McFadden is a newcomer at PAOK and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Jevohn Shepherd (196-G/F-86) of Spirou (#6). Shepherd got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . Despite Shepherd's great performance Spirou lost 63-65 to the higher-ranked Partizan (#2, 8-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Spirou not to end season at such low position in group E, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Shepherd could try to bring Spirou's a little bit higher in the standings. Shepherd has a very solid season. In 9 games in Basketball Champions League he scored 10.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shavon Shields (201-G-94) of Fraport SKY - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Melvin Ejim (200-F-91) of Umana VE - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Larry Drew II (188-PG-90) of Neptunas - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Daniel Bejarano (193-G-91) of Khimik - 19 points and 9 rebounds
8. A.J. English (192-G-92) of Fraport SKY - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Vlatko Cancar (201-SF-97) of Mega Leks - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Zach Auguste (208-C-93) of Usak - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  BELGIUM  


Port of Antwerp Giants shines vs. Demir Insaat - by Patrick Ceulemans

Port of Antwerp Giants picked up on the fourth day of the FIBA Europe Cup with a brilliant comeback. The Giants won after a 33-44 disadvantage halfway against the Turkish Demir Insaat: 86-64. Six players were in the double figures. The selection of coach Roel Moors is now leader in group L. The six group winners and the best second runners up of the six groups qualify for the 1 / 8th finals of the FIBA Europe Cup.
Port of Antwerp Giants-Demir Insaat 86-64
Port of Antwerp Giants: Kanda 0, Beghin 8, Peeters 0, Clark 12, Ware 10, Hawkins 13, Anderson 11, Yoeri Schoepen 11, Marchant 10, Smith 0, Rogiers 0 , Conger 6
Demir Insaat: Johnson 10, Yildizli 16, Stipanovic 10, Erulku 0, Eldridge 12, Hayes 6, Caloiaro 9, Tekin 1,
Quarters: 20-22, 13-22, 24-9, 29-13
Result group L: Prievidza (Svk)-Gravelines (Fra) 68-79
Standings group L FIBA Europe Cup: 1. Port of Antwerp Giants 4-7; 2. Demir Insaat 4-7; 3. Gravelines 4-5; 4. Prievidza 4-5





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  BOSNIA  


Brandon Fortenberry leaves Igokea - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Guard Brandon Fortenberry (190-G-90, college: SE Louisiana, agency: BeoBasket) is no longer a member of Igokea. The club from Aleksandrovac has decided to terminate the agreement with the American. They did so with 8 rounds remaining in the ABA League this season.

Fortenberry appeared in 15 ABA League games this season and has averaged 5.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assist per contest.
It is definitely less than the management of the club has expected when he was arriving from the Bulgarian side Balkan Botevgrad.

Before Botevgrad and Aleksandrovac, Fortenberry played at the SE Louisiana University during his college days. It is still not known where the combo guard would continue his career.




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  BRAZIL  

Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 12: Mogi - Franca 82-63
Jan. 12: Brasilia - Macae 74-72
Jan. 12: Campo Mourao - Bauru 62-82
Jan. 12: Minas - Flamengo 60-89
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, Pinheiros19.9 
 5. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.6 
 6. Mariano, Brasilia19.2 
 7. Stallworth, Mogi17.9 
 8. Jackson, Vasco D.17.6 
 9. Curnell, Mogi17.2 
 10. Anthony, Macae17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.9 
 2. de Souza, L.Sor.8.2 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 4. Mariano, Brasilia7.6 
 5. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.3 
 6. Lopez, Flamengo7.1 
 7. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.1 
 8. Klassmann, B.Cea.7.1 
 9. Bernardi, Caxias d.7.0 
 10. Toledo, B.Cearense6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Alex GARCIA
  Bauru
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Garcia, Bauru6.7 
 2. de Assis, Brasilia6.5 
 3. Borges, Franca5.7 
 4. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.6 
 5. Rodgers, Minas5.4 
 6. Freitas, Campo M.5.4 
 7. Taylor, Mogi5.3 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria5.2 
 9. Cafferata, L.Sor.5.0 
 10. Fischer, Flamengo4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus Vinicius TOLEDO
  B.Cearense
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Toledo, B.Cearense2.1 
 2. Curnell, Mogi2.0 
 3. Rodgers, Minas1.8 
 4. de Oliveira, Mogi1.8 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros1.8 
 6. Taylor, Mogi1.8 
 7. Lima, Vasco Da G.1.8 
 8. Hure, Paulistano1.7 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Campo M.1.7 
 10. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.6 
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. Hayes, Vitoria0.7 
 6. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.7 
 7. de Souza, L.Sor.0.7 
 8. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.7 
 9. Coimbra, Vitoria0.6 
 10. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 


NBB Round 14: Vivo/Franca defeat Campo Mourao in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 14 in the NBB took place in Campo Mourao. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Campo Mourao (7-6) to eighth ranked Vivo/Franca (7-6) 83-81 in the game for the sixth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Campo Mourao. They outrebounded Campo Mourao 43-32 including 33 on the defensive glass. International point guard Henrique Coelho (183-93) scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Andre Stefanelli (196-84) chipped in 12 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Vivo/Franca's coach Helinho Garcia used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-88) responded with 27 points. Vivo/Franca moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bauru and Campo Mourao. Vivo/Franca is looking forward to face Mogi (#10) in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round. Campo Mourao will play at home against Paschoalotto/Bauru (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Aldeota. Fourth ranked Paulistano (8-5) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked SKY/Basquete (5-8) 76-74 on Wednesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Eddy Carvalho (196-87) notched 19 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and Arthur Pecos supported him with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by the former international point guard David Rossetto (180-93) did not help to save the game for SKY/Basquete. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Paulistano maintains fourth position with 8-5 record, which they share with Pinheiros. SKY/Basquete lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with eight games lost. Paulistano will play against higher ranked Universo/Vitoria (#3) in Salvador in the next round and it may be the game of the week. SKY/Basquete will play at home against Liga Sorocaba (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Mogi das Cruzes where higher ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (7-6) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Mogi (5-5) 89-66 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was Tyrone Curnell who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Alex Garcia produced 13 points 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. Defending champion moved-up to tenth place. Paschoalotto/Bauru at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Franca and Campo Mourao. Mogi will meet at home higher ranked Vivo/Franca (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play against Campo Mourao and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 14: L.Sorocaba lost to Vitoria on the opponent's court 69-74. Bottom-ranked Caxias do Sul unfortunately lost to Pinheiros in a home game 93-99. Macae recorded a loss to Minas on the road 78-86.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 16 points and 6 rebounds by Arthur Silva of Vitoria.


Vitoria - L.Sorocaba 74-69

Very expected game in Salvador where 13th ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-9) was defeated by third ranked Universo/Vitoria (8-4) 74-69 on Wednesday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Universo/Vitoria made 39-of-46 free shots (84.8 percent) during the game, while Liga Sorocaba only scored seventeen points from the stripe. Universo/Vitoria forced 19 Liga Sorocaba turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international Arthur Silva (196-82) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). American point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Four Universo/Vitoria players scored in double figures. The former international forward Jefferson Sobral (203-80) produced 15 points and Ted Bento (199-80) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Liga Sorocaba's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Universo/Vitoria maintains third position with 8-4 record behind leader Flamengo. Liga Sorocaba at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with nine games lost. Universo/Vitoria will meet at home Paulistano (#4) in the next round. Liga Sorocaba will play against SKY/Basquete (#12) in Aldeota and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vitoria: A.Silva 16+6reb+2ast, K.Dawkins 15+4reb+5ast, D.Kurtz 13+5reb+1ast, R.Scholz 13+5reb, K.Sheard 8+1reb, A.Bresolin 5+2reb+2ast
L.Sorocaba: J.Sobral 15+3reb+3ast, T.Bento 11+3reb+3ast, E.Cafferata 10+1reb+3ast, R.Castellon 7+4reb, B.Ferreira 7+8reb, L.Farina 6+5reb+4ast
gschID: 495471


B.Cearense - Paulistano 74-76

Important game to mention about took place in Aldeota. Fourth ranked Paulistano (8-5) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked SKY/Basquete (5-8) 76-74 on Wednesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Paulistano players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Eddy Carvalho (196-87) notched 19 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and point guard Arthur Pecos (183-95) supported him with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Paulistano players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by the former international point guard David Rossetto (180-93) did not help to save the game for SKY/Basquete. Point guard Gustavinho Lima (178-85) added 17 points for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Paulistano maintains fourth position with 8-5 record, which they share with Pinheiros. SKY/Basquete lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with eight games lost. Paulistano will play against higher ranked Universo/Vitoria (#3) in Salvador in the next round and it may be the game of the week. SKY/Basquete will play at home against Liga Sorocaba (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: E.Carvalho 19+2reb+4ast, J.Luz dos Santos 15+7reb, G.Hubner 12+2reb+1ast, R.Carbonari 10+3reb, A.Pecos 6+8reb+9ast, L.Dias Silva 5+3reb+2ast
B.Cearense: D.Rossetto 18+5reb+2ast, G.Lima 17+1reb+3ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 10+4reb, R.McLemore 8+1ast, F.Ribeiro 7+5reb+1ast, A.Parisotto 7+3reb
gschID: 495470


Caxias do Sul - Pinheiros 93-99

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Pinheiros (8-5) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Caxias do Sul (2-12) 99-93 on Wednesday. They outrebounded Caxias do Sul 34-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. Pinheiros looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Ralfi Ansaloni (211-87) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four Pinheiros players scored in double figures. Forward Arthur Bernardi (206-90, college: Houston Baptist) produced 32 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and point guard Gobor Vinicius (185-90) added 15 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pinheiros moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Paulistano. Caxias do Sul at the other side stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Pinheiros will meet Vasco Da G. (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Caxias do Sul will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: G.Barbosa 21+4reb+2ast, R.Ansaloni 20+9reb+3ast, D.Holloway 19+10reb+5ast, R.Lenz 13+3reb+4ast, C.Bennett 9+3reb+3ast, F.Ruivo 9+1reb+4ast
Caxias do Sul: A.Bernardi 32+6reb, G.Vinicius 15+1reb+6ast, F.Lima 12+2reb+6ast, R.Stabile 8+3reb+1ast, M.Vinicius 8+3reb+4ast, D.Bellato 8+2reb
gschID: 495469


Campo Mourao - Franca 81-83

The most exciting game of round 14 in the NBB took place in Campo Mourao. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Campo Mourao (7-6) to eighth ranked Vivo/Franca (7-6) 83-81 in the game for the sixth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Campo Mourao. They outrebounded Campo Mourao 43-32 including 33 on the defensive glass. International point guard Henrique Coelho (183-93) scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Andre Stefanelli (196-84) chipped in 12 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Four Vivo/Franca players scored in double figures. Vivo/Franca's coach Helinho Garcia used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-88) responded with 27 points and American Jordan Montgomery (199-93, college: Union, TN) scored 13 points. Vivo/Franca moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bauru and Campo Mourao. Vivo/Franca is looking forward to face Mogi (#10) in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round. Campo Mourao will play at home against Paschoalotto/Bauru (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Franca: H.Coelho 24+5reb+7ast, J.Pedro Demetrio 18+6reb+2ast, A.Stefanelli 12+13reb+1ast, L.Cipolini 10+4reb+1ast, A.Borges 9+4reb+5ast, C.Araujo 6+1reb+1ast
Campo Mourao: B.Nardi Duarte 27+2reb+1ast, J.Montgomery 13+4reb+1ast, G.Brown 10+4reb+4ast, I.Thornton 10+2reb, D.Nunes 9+6reb+2ast, V.Oliveira 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 495467


Mogi - Bauru 89-66

An interesting game took place in Mogi das Cruzes where higher ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (7-6) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Mogi (5-5) 89-66 on Tuesday. Mogi dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Paschoalotto/Bauru's 26. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Tyrone Curnell (203-88, college: Valdosta St.) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Mogi players scored in double figures. International guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) produced 13 points and the former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) added 9 points and 6 rebounds 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. Defending champion moved-up to tenth place. Paschoalotto/Bauru at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Franca and Campo Mourao. Mogi will meet at home higher ranked Vivo/Franca (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play against Campo Mourao and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mogi: T.Curnell 21+6reb+3ast, J.de Oliveira 19+3reb+2ast, S.Stallworth 15+7reb+6ast, C.Silveira 12+6reb+1ast, L.Taylor 7+1reb+8ast, G.Santo 4+4reb+2ast
Bauru: G.Pereira 14+2reb+1ast, A.Garcia 13+4reb+3ast, L.Meindl 10+2reb+1ast, G.Yeye Torres 9+2reb+4ast, J.Andrade 9+6reb+3ast, R.Hettsheimer 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 495466


Minas - Macae 86-78

Not a big story in a game in Belo Horizonte where 14th ranked Macae (2-9) was defeated by eleventh ranked Minas (6-7) 86-78 on Tuesday. Minas made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Drew Maynard (200-89, college: Rochester, MI) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). The other American import guard Scott Rodgers (191-87, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) chipped in 22 points and 6 assists. Minas' coach Luiz Fernando Nery Leao allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Guilherme Schneider (193-86) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and Erick Camilo (203-92) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Macae players scored in double figures. Minas moved-up to ninth place. Loser Macae keeps the fourteenth position with nine games lost. Minas will meet at home league's leader Flamengo in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Macae will play against the league's second-placed Brasilia (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Minas: D.Maynard 24+10reb+1ast, S.Rodgers 22+3reb+6ast, D.Fuzaro 21+3reb+3ast, A.Mosso 7+3reb+1ast, P.Boracini 5+1reb+11ast, W.Ferreira 4
Macae: G.Schneider 17+5reb+3ast, T.Carneiro 12+3reb+2ast, K.Anthony 12+6ast, R.Da Silva 11+2reb+2ast, E.Camilo 8+7reb+3ast, I.Avelino 5+5reb
gschID: 495465





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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 5-6 
 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 9-2 
 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: Calgary - UFV 106-68
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. Jean-Louis, Cape B.20.8 
 7. Nissen, Acadia20.8 
 8. Clayton, St.Mary''s19.9 
 9. Gilmore, McMaster19.7 
 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. Pereira, Waterloo11.0 
 4. Osayande, Saskatch.11.0 
 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. Dulay, UFV5.4 
 4. Rocca, Windsor5.3 
 5. Farkic, Western5.1 
 6. Mata, Dalhousie4.9 
 7. Allen, TWU4.9 
 8. Miller, Acadia4.8 
 9. Agyeman, UNBC4.8 
 10. Kapinga, Calgary4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dejon BURDEAUX
  Lethb.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Burdeaux, Lethb.3.7 
 2. Small, Ryerson3.3 
 3. Masters, UNB3.0 
 4. Agada, Ottawa3.0 
 5. Mata, Dalhousie2.8 
 6. Dulay, UFV2.7 
 7. De Ciman, Saskatch.2.6 
 8. Anderson, Carleton2.6 
 9. Boye, UQAM2.6 
 10. Charles, Concordia2.5 
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 


No.1 pick in 2013 signed for Fenerbahce! - by Igor Obradovic

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Ansar inks Greg Foster and releases Craig Winder !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Ansar Medina (SBL) signed 28-year old American guard Greg Foster (188-84kg-89, college: Saginaw Valley). He played last summer at Fort Wayne Flite (CBA) in the U.S. Foster helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very impressive season as he was voted USBasket.com All-CBA Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The previous (2014) summer he played at another team Diesels in U.S. semi-pro league PBL where in 16 games he had 13.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.9apg (top 4) and 1.4spg in 2014 season. Foster contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
Two years ago (three years after he left the college) Foster was drafted by Halifax Hurricanes (NBL Canada) as #4 pick overall.
He attended Saginaw Valley State University (NCAA Div.II) until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
Foster is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants), IBL (Portland C.), PBL (Indiana D.), UBA (Cleveland Havok) and ABA (Indy Naptown All Stars and Sugar Land L.).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Jimmer FREDETTE
  Shanghai.
  (188-PG-89)
  Avg: 38.4
 1. Fredette, Shanghai.38.4 
 2. Brooks, Jiangsu D.37.2 
 3. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.36.1 
 4. McCollum, North C.35.6 
 5. Cunningham, Jiang.33.6 
 6. Hudson, Liaoning H.33.1 
 7. Adams, Xinjiang FT33.1 
 8. Brown, Jilin NE T.32.2 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.30.0 
 10. Warren, Zhejiang.29.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.16.9 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.15.5 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.13.9 
 4. Hickson, Fujian QB13.7 
 5. Blair, Jiangsu TX13.6 
 6. Batista, North C.13.3 
 7. Sakakini, TianJ.13.1 
 8. Han, Liaoning H.12.7 
 9. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.1 
 10. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.8.7 
 2. Fortson, Guangsha.8.2 
 3. Pargo, Shenzhen L.7.0 
 4. Jeter, TianJin S.6.9 
 5. Warren, Zhejiang.6.8 
 6. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.4 
 7. Brown, Zhejiang CB5.9 
 8. Jones, Qingdao E.5.9 
 9. Adams, Xinjiang FT5.7 
 10. Marbury, Beiji.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.3.5 
 2. Sui, Shandong FB2.7 
 3. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.5 
 4. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.3 
 5. Adams, Xinjiang FT2.2 
 6. Hudson, Liaoning H.2.2 
 7. Fortson, Guangsha.2.1 
 8. McCollum, North C.2.1 
 9. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.1 
 10. Kennedy, Guangzhou2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.7 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.2 
 3. Huang, Sichuan BW2.1 
 4. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.1.9 
 5. Kirk, Guangzhou1.9 
 6. Sun, Beijing D.1.8 
 7. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 8. Haddadi, Sichu.1.7 
 9. Xu, Bayi R.1.5 
 10. Benimon, Qingd.1.5 



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.2 
 3. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 4. Konjevic, Skrljevo18.5 
 5. Hopson, Cedevita17.9 
 6. Marcinkovic, KK Za.17.6 
 7. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.6 
 8. Novacic, Jolly JBS17.2 
 9. Marinkovic, Zadar16.2 
 10. Sakic, Cibona16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen ROBINSON
  Vrij.Osijek
  (206-F/C-93)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb7.5 
 3. Arapovic, Cedevita7.4 
 4. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.3 
 5. Mazalin, Zadar7.3 
 6. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 7. Halilovic, GKK S.6.3 
 8. Marinkovic, Zadar6.1 
 9. Rajic, H.Analitica6.0 
 10. Slavica, Cibona5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Scott, Jolly JBS7.1 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .6.2 
 5. Stockton, Cedevita6.0 
 6. Filipovic, KK Split5.6 
 7. Vrbica, Gorica5.5 
 8. Petani, GKK Sibenik4.9 
 9. Johnson, Cibona4.8 
 10. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Stockton, Cedevita2.8 
 3. Jurlina, Zabok2.5 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.0 
 5. Katic, Cedevita2.0 
 6. Mazalin, Zadar1.8 
 7. Brzoja, Zadar1.7 
 8. Novacic, Jolly JBS1.6 
 9. Vladovic, Zadar1.6 
 10. Markulin, Jolly J.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan RAMLJAK
  KK Zagreb
  (203-SF-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ramljak, KK Zagreb2.0 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.6 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.4 
 4. Krolo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.1 
 6. Zrnic, Zabok1.0 
 7. Bilan, Cedevita1.0 
 8. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.0.8 
 9. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek0.8 
 10. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 


Standings - A2 League

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Center

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

East

Jan. 7: Vukovar - Vinkovci 78-84
Jan. 11: VROS Darda - Osjecki Sokol 75-99
Jan. 7: Pozega - Belisce 72-79
Jan. 7: Rekord Tim - Djakovo 104-71

West

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


Jolly Sibenik inks Brandon Penn, Hermes Analitica add five players, Dino Rados moves to Gorica - by Zeljko Zule

Jolly Sibenik added a fresh face to its roster by inking American Brandon Penn (203-F-90, college: Rider) for the reaminder of the season. Penn arrived fro Al Sadd, where he averaged 17.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.2 blocks in two Qatar D1 League games this season. He has already for Takamatsu Five Arrows in Japan, Bakken Bears in Denmark, Apollon Patras in Greece and Kozuv in Macedonia. Penn played college basketball at Rider University from 2008 thorugh 2012.
Hermes Analitica strenghthened its roster by inking five players: David Usic (206-F-93, college: Florida Tech), Filip Cvjeticanin (206-F-93, college: FGCU), Ivan Cubela (202-F-84), Domagoj Samac (206-F-93, college: Ft.Hays State) and Tomislav Djurinovic (191-G/F-97).
David Usic (206-F-93, college: Florida Tech) and Filip Cvjeticanin (206-F-93, college: FGCU), both arrived from Gorica. Usic averaged 7.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.1 steals and 0.5 blocks in 8 Croatian A1 League games this season and Cvjeticanin produced 3.6 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.1 steals per game in 7 Croatian A1 League appearances.
Ivan Cubela (202-F-84) arrived from Zapad, where he averaged 17.1 points in 14 Croatian A2 League Central Division games.
Domagoj Samac (206-F-93, college: Ft.Hays State) started the season with Cibona, for whom he averaged 4.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 0.3 steals in 6 Croatian A1 League games. He also played one game in ABA League plus one game in FIBA Champions Lague.
Tomislav Djurinovic (191-G/F-97) arrived from Zabok, where he played just one game this season.
Hermes Analitica also have parted ways with Dino Rados (203-F/C-91) who has already signed for Gorica. Rados averaged 7.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.3 steals in 13 Croatian A1 League games this season.




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Svitavy move on from DeAndre Mays - by Surujh Roopnarine

According to Turi Svitavy, management of the club have decided to terminate cooperation with DeAndre Mays (188-PG-87, college: Youngstown St.). Mays, a 6-2 guard, appeared in 19 games for the club, averaging 7.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals. He had however, not reached double-figures in scoring since the end of November, despite averaging 22 minutes over 5 games played during that stretch.
Mays, 29, had played previously in Hungary, Finland, Ukraine, Romania, Morocco, Georgia and Portugal prior to the Czech Republic.

The team expects recently signed Pavel Slezak, ex-Orli Prostejov, to be ready and available for this weekend's game against Opava. However, due to ongoing contractual issues between Roman Marko and Prostejov, the player is still not officially transferred to Svitavy.




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Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Horsens IC 14-2 
 2. Bakken 11-2 
 3. Svendborg 10-8 
 4. Horsholm 8-7 
 5. Naestved 8-8 
 6. Randers 8-10 
 7. SISU 6-12 
 8. Stevnsgade 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 12: Naestved - SISU 89-66
Jan. 11: Horsholm - Svendborg 86-55
Jan. 10: Randers - Horsens IC 69-102
Jan. 10: Stevnsgade - SISU 64-86

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 14: Bakken - Stevnsgade
Jan. 18: Horsholm - Horsens IC
Jan. 18: Svendborg - Bakken
Jan. 19: SISU - Randers
Jan. 19: Naestved - Stevnsgade


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken22.4 
 2. Burgess, Randers19.2 
 3. Dominique, Horsholm18.8 
 4. Haas, SISU17.7 
 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. Champagnie, Stevn.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. McGrew, SI.10.7 
 2. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 3. Smith, Horsholm8.9 
 4. Champagnie, Stevn.8.0 
 5. NaNa, Svendborg7.6 
 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, SISU4.6 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.3 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC4.2 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.2 
 7. Porta, Svendborg3.9 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved3.9 
 9. Mitchell, Naestved3.8 
 10. Nielsen, Randers3.7 
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. Gesell, Bakken1.9 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm1.9 
 6. Smith, Horsholm1.8 
 7. Burgess, Randers1.8 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved1.8 
 9. Borovcanin, Horse.1.8 
 10. Adjehi, SISU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jyles SMITH
  Horsholm
  (209-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Smith, Horsholm1.5 
 2. Baru, SISU1.2 
 3. Colas, Randers1.2 
 4. Aboubakar Za., Svendbor.1.2 
 5. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 6. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 7. Sane, Naestved1.0 
 8. Dranginis, SISU0.9 
 9. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.9 
 10. Artino, Horsens IC0.9 


Mads Rasmussen leaves Zornotza - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Danish guard Mads Rasmussen (198-95kg-88) left Ametx Zornotza (LEB Silver). In 13 games in Spain he recorded 7.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.5apg this season.
The last season Rasmussen played at Maia Basket in Portuguese LPB where in 13 games he averaged 14.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Portuguese LPB All-Star Game. He also played that season for Hannover Korbjaeger (Regionalliga) in German league. In 8 games he had very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.4apg. The other team Rasmussen played that season for was Vaerlose BBK (1st Division) in Danish league. In 8 games he got remarkable 15.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.4apg.
Rasmussen's team made it to the 1st Division Semifinals in 2011.
He has played previously professionally in Denmark (BK Amager, Roskilde, Aalborg and Virum Vipers) and Germany (Aschersleben).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  D-LEAGUE  

Standings

D-League Standings
Atlantic Division
 1. Maine RC 15-9 
 2. Delaware 87ers 12-9 
 3. Westchester K. 11-11 
 4. Long Island N. 9-16 
 5. Erie Bay H. 7-15 
 6. Greensboro S. 6-17 
Central Division
 1. Raptors 905 16-7 
 2. Ft.Wayne MA 15-7 
 3. Canton C. 12-9 
 4. Grand Rapids D. 11-13 
 5. Windy City B. 7-13 
Pacific Division
 1. Los Angeles D. 18-5 
 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 15-9 
 3. Rio Grande VV 15-9 
 4. Texas L. 11-9 
 5. Austin S. 9-14 
 6. Iowa E. 2-20 

Regular Season: Round 57

Jan. 12: Maine RC - Raptors 905 94-110
Jan. 12: Long Island N. - Greensboro S. 138-133
Jan. 12: Westchester K. - Ft.Wayne MA 111-119
Jan. 12: Los Angeles D. - Oklahoma City B 104-102

Regular Season: Round 58

Jan. 13: Greensboro S. - Delaware 87ers
Jan. 13: Sioux Falls S. - Erie Bay H.
Jan. 13: Texas L. - Rio Grande VV
Jan. 13: Reno B. - Canton C.
Jan. 13: Santa Cruz W. - Salt Lake City S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Jackson, Texas L.29.4 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.7 
 3. Cook, Canton C.25.3 
 4. Blue, Los A.24.0 
 5. Forbes, Austin S.23.3 
 6. Murphy, Grand R.23.1 
 7. Crawford, Grand R.22.9 
 8. Brown, Erie Bay H.22.2 
 9. Patterson, Reno B.21.7 
 10. Nader, Maine RC21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.8 
 2. Costello, Iowa E.11.6 
 3. Benson, Sioux F.11.1 
 4. Moreland, Canton C.11.1 
 5. Zimmerman, Erie B.11.0 
 6. Onuaku, Rio G.10.5 
 7. Long, Delaware.10.4 
 8. Zubac, Los A.9.6 
 9. Wood, Greensbo.9.3 
 10. Alexander, Erie B.9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Magette, Los A.9.8 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.8 
 4. Dinwiddie, Windy C.8.1 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.7.6 
 6. Weber, Sioux F.7.2 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.0 
 8. Jackson, Texas L.6.6 
 9. Murray, Austin S.6.3 
 10. Morris, Rio G.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 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. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.2 
 8. Dinwiddie, Windy C.2.2 
 9. Price, Erie Bay H.2.1 
 10. Patterson, Reno B.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith BENSON
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Benson, Sioux F.3.0 
 2. Mickey, Maine RC2.8 
 3. Foster, Los A.2.5 
 4. Wood, Greensbo.2.4 
 5. Tavares, Raptors .2.4 
 6. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.3 
 7. Moreland, Canton C.2.1 
 8. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 9. Williams, Iowa E.2.0 
 10. Acy, Texas L.2.0 


W-Knicks stung by Mad Ants 119-111 - by Eurobasket News

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants battled back to top the Westchester Knicks 119-111 at the Westchester County Center on Thursday night, putting Fort Wayne in a tie for the best record in the NBA D-League's Eastern Conference with Raptors 905. Center Keith Wright (6'8''-F-89, college: Harvard) had 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace Westchester, while Doron Lamb (6'4''-G-91, college: Kentucky) (15 points), Courtney Fells (14) and Damien Inglis each scored in double figures. Westchester was without Chasson Randle, who signed a 10-day contract with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday. Randle averaged 20.7 points per game in 19 appearances with the W-Knicks this season. Trey McKinney-Jones (6'6''-G-90, college: Miami, FL) and Alex Poythress (6'8''-F-93, college: Kentucky) each had 28 points for Fort Wayne, while Stephen Hicks added 20 points for the Ants. The loss dropped the W-Knicks back to .500 (11-11), good for third place in the Atlantic Division. The W-Knicks hit the road Saturday, visiting the Delaware 87ers.
Courtesy of: lohud.com



Red Claws stumble against Raptors 905 - by Eurobasket News

Just when it appeared the Maine Red Claws would shrug off a chilly start and force a hard-fought finish, the bottom dropped out. The final minute of the third quarter was probably their worst of the D-League season, certainly their worst at home. The visiting Raptors 905 reeled off 10 unanswered points with help from two turnovers and two fouls and cruised to a 110-94 victory before a crowd of 1,446 Thursday night at the Portland Expo. 'We just imploded,' said Red Claws Coach Scott Morrison. 'It was a pretty good game up to that point. Then we made a couple mistakes and we let those mistakes mentally affect us on the next plays, which gave them easier looks.' The loss was the second straight for the Claws (15-9), who had won five in a row before Tuesday night. The winning streak began in Toronto with an 80-69 victory in which the Raptors (16-7) managed only seven third-quarter points. 'I think our guys had this one on their minds a little bit because of how we played there,' Raptors Coach Jerry Stackhouse said. 'They came in our place and got two, so we wanted to come back and return the favor.' Indeed, in four games this season, the Claws have won twice in Canada and lost twice at home. On Thursday, that trend continued when the Claws, despite the return from illness of leading scorer Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.), shot just 4 of 22 (18 percent) in the opening quarter. Even so, the Claws managed to cut the margin to one (30-29) early in the second but could never pull ahead. 'We moved the ball pretty well in the first quarter,' Morrison said. 'We just couldn't knock shots down. Then the more we missed open ones, the more we decided to force the issue and (try to) hit tougher ones.' A 3-pointer from the newest Red Claw, guard Cameron Ayers (6'5''-G-91, college: Bucknell), made it 72-68 entering the final minute of the third. Axel Toupane (6'6''-G/F-92) converted a three-point play for Toronto and Antwaine Wiggins (6'7''-SF-88, college: Charleston) made a layup, two free throws and a soul-crushing corner 3 as the Claws failed to take care of the ball. Toronto, which won the turnover battle 21-5, left the floor with a lead of 82-68. 'We didn't do a good job of finishing that quarter out,' Jalen Jones (6'7''-G/F-93, college: Texas A&M) said. 'We've got to look at film and see what we did wrong and try to learn from it.' Nader led all scorers with 29 points but endured a season-high nine turnovers. Jones had 25 points and nine rebounds. Guards Marcus Georges-Hunt (6'5''-F-94, college: Georgia Tech) (18 points) and Coron Williams (6'1''-PG-89, college: Wake Forest) (14) each made four 3-pointers. The rest of the nine-man roster contributed eight points, six from a bench shortened by the absence of Jason Calliste (back). Calliste wasn't the only void for the Claws Thursday night, according to their coach. 'What's missing is decision-making, maturity, playing with effort through adversity and me figuring out how to coach this group, figuring out how to get us into a good rotation,' Morrison said. 'We're not that good of a team right now.' The Red Claws return to action Saturday night at the Expo against the Windy City Bulls. 'We're good when we play together,' Morrison said. 'We're good when we give great effort. We're good when we're locked in and listening. Those are the three hardest things for us to do right now, which should be automatic things. But they're not. So hopefully this is a wake-up call.'
Courtesy of: pressherald.com



Trail Blazers assign Quartermann to Windy City - by Sam Amico

Tim Quarterman (6'6''-G-94, college: LSU) has joined the Windy City Bulls, via assignment from the Portland Trail Blazers. Quarterman, a rookie, has played in 12 NBA games and is averaging 1.3 points. He went undrafted out of LSU. The Blazers don't have a D-League affiliate, so they are assigning Quarterman to Chicago's club. Quarterman, however, is still property of the Blazers and can be recalled at any time. He was originally signed on July 25, after playing for the Charlotte Hornets in NBA summer league.


Christon headed to Thunder affiliate - by Sam Amico

The Oklahoma City Thunder assigned guard Semaj Christon (6'3''-G-92, college: Xavier) to the Oklahoma City Blue, according to a tweet from the club. Christon has appeared in 36 games with the Thunder this season, averaging 3.2 points and 1.4 assists in 15.4 minutes. Christon has seen his playing team decrease since the return of Cameron Payne (6'2''-G-94, college: Murray St.) from injury. The Thunder want Christon to stay sharp and get some minutes. There is a chance he could be recalled before the weekend is over.


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Trouville lands J.R. Giddens, ex Leones SD - by Eurobasket News

Club Trouville Montevideo (LUB) tabbed 32-year old American swingman J.R. Giddens (196-98kg-85, college: N.Mexico, agency: DTMones). He played in the summer at Leones de Santo Domingo in LNB league in Dominican Republic, but left the team in August. In 19 LNB games he averaged 12.9ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.6apg. The last season Giddens played at Instituto in Argentinian LigaA where in 55 games he had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Honorable Mention.
In 2008 he was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in first round (30th overall). Giddens attended University of New Mexico and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
He played in the final of Italian Lega Due in 2013.
Giddens is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in seven different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Giddens has played previously professionally in Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki), Poland (Asseco), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros), Spain (Valencia Basket), Argentina (Penarol), Italy (Brescia) and D-League (N.Mexico T., Utah F. and Maine Red Claws).

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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. Strupovics, Valga19.0 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU18.3 
 5. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 6. Olmre, TTU17.8 
 7. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.17.3 
 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. Jois, TU/Rock9.0 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU8.5 
 5. Milka, TU/Rock8.1 
 6. Soodla, Noorteliiga8.0 
 7. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.8.0 
 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. Bratoz, Rapla4.8 
 3. Kabin, Parnu4.8 
 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. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
 10. Thomas, TU/Rock3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Taavi JURKATAMM
  Noorteli.
  (201-SG-97)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.5 
 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. Keedus, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 10. Saage, TL.1.5 
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 



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  EUROCUP  


Shawn Jones gets MVP of the Week award for EuroCup (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News

American Shawn Jones (203-F-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hapoel J-M and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Top 16).
The 24-year old forward had the game-high 21 points adding nine rebounds for Hapoel J-M in his team's victory, helping them to crush N.Novgorod (1-1) with 22-point margin 98-76. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Hapoel J-M was forced-out from the top positions in EuroCup. But it's just the very beginning of the Second Stage and Hapoel J-M won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It was one of impressive evenings for Jones as usually he does not deliver so high stats.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard DeAndre Kane (193-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) of N.Novgorod. Kane impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as N.Novgorod lost that game 76-98 to Hapoel J-M (2-0). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Kane is a newcomer at N.Novgorod and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.6ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 7.8rpg and 4.0apg.

The third best performed player last round was Latvian Janis Timma (201-SF-92) of Zenit. Timma scored 27 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Zenit, leading his team to a 88-79 win against Lietuvos rytas (0-2). Zenit needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Timma has a very solid season. In 7 games in EuroCup he scored 16.6ppg. He also has 4.7rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 72.4% and 3PT: 40.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-C-79) of Lietkabelis - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88) of Ratiopharm - 27 points and 3 rebounds
6. Drew Gordon (205-F-90) of Lietuvos rytas - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91) of Valencia - 15 points and 8 rebounds
8. Curtis Jerrells (185-PG-87) of Hapoel J-M - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85) of Hapoel J-M - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Kevin Jones (206-F-89) of Lokomotiv - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  EUROLEAGUE  

Standings

Euroleague Standings
 1 CSKA 12-4 
 2 Olympiacos 12-5 
 3 Real Madrid 11-5 
 4 Baskonia 11-6 
 5 Fenerbahce 10-7 
 6 Panathinaikos 9-7 
 7 Darussafaka 9-8 
 8 Crvena Zvezda 9-8 
 9 Anadolu Efes 8-8 
 10 Brose Bask. 7-10 
 11 Unics 7-10 
 12 FC Barcelona 7-10 
 13 Maccabi T-A 6-10 
 14 Zalgiris 6-10 
 15 EA7 Armani 4-12 
 16 Galatasaray 4-12 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 12: Darussafaka - Baskonia 98-89
Jan. 12: Crvena Zvezda - Fenerbahce 75-73
Jan. 12: FC Barcelona - Olympiacos 67-69
Jan. 12: Unics - Brose Bask. 63-58
Jan. 13: CSKA - EA7 Armani
Jan. 13: Galatasaray - Zalgiris
Jan. 13: Panathinaikos - Anadolu Efes
Jan. 13: Real Madrid - Maccabi T-A


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 24
 1. Langford, Unics24.0 
 2. De Colo, CS.19.0 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid18.4 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA17.4 
 5. Goudelock, Maccabi .16.1 
 6. Rice, FC Barcelona15.4 
 7. Sanders, EA7 A.14.4 
 8. Wanamaker, Darussaf.14.3 
 9. Brown, Anadolu .13.7 
 10. Clyburn, Darussaf.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo MELLI
  Brose Bask.
  (205-PF-91)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Melli, Brose Bask.8.4 
 2. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.8 
 3. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.8 
 4. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.5 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.2 
 6. Brown, Anadolu .6.5 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos6.4 
 8. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.2 
 10. Randolph, Real Madrid6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.6 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.5 
 3. Larkin, Baskonia6.5 
 4. Calathes, Panathin.6.5 
 5. Llull, Real Madrid5.9 
 6. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.8 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.4 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray5.4 
 9. Colom, Unics5.4 
 10. Rice, FC Barcelona5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.2.0 
 3. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.6 
 4. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 5. Larkin, Baskonia1.5 
 6. Rice, FC Barcelona1.4 
 7. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 9. Singleton, Panathin.1.3 
 10. Ayon, Real Madrid1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.1 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.7 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.5 
 4. Singleton, Panathin.1.2 
 5. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 6. Birch, Olympiacos1.2 
 7. Theis, Brose Bask.1.1 
 8. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu .1.0 
 10. Dunston, Anadolu .0.9 


EuroLeague: Ognjen Kuzmic block for another miracle in Belgrade - by Igor Obradovic

Crvena zvezda mts - Fenerbahce 75:73

In front of almost 8.000 people in Aleksandar Nikolic Hall, Crvena zvezda was home team to vice-champion of Euroleague, Fenerbahce.
Before the game Turkish powerhouse was on 10-6 record and Crvena zvezda was on 8-8.
Entire game was on one-two ball difference. First quarter was finished with tied result 23:23. Only on third quarter home team did go on two digit difference when they lead the game with +10 (54:44) on 6:30 until the end of third period of this very interesting match. But Fenerbahce responded very quickly via Bogdan Bogdanovic and Luigi Datome (203-F-87) who scored some easy points and got game again tied. In last quarter teams entered with Crvena zvezda lead 61:59 and it was match on one possession until the very end. At one moment Fenerbahce took control with lead of 63:67 and it seems in that time they will push more and win the game but Crvena zvezda did succeed to comeback with Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) and Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: BeoBasket) layups for 67:67. Last offensive for home team was for Crvena zvezda when Charles Jenkins (191-SG-89, college: Hofstra) scored huge middle-range shoot for 75:73 for red-whites. After that, Head Coach of Fenerbahce, Zeljko Obradovic was call the timeout. His team has 13 seconds to try to score, Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) played on post with Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) but Serbian center blocked him and Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: BeoBasket) took the rebound for final result of 75:73 for Crvena zvezda.

Crvena zvezda mts: Ognjen Kuzmic 21pts+8rbd, Charles Jenkins 18pts+3rbd, Stefan Jovic 8pts+7ast
Fenerbahce: Ekpe Udoh16pts+3rbd, Luigi Datome 16pts+3rbd

In next round Crvena zvezda will go on away game with Maccabi Tel Aviv, while Fenerbahce will be playing at home against Panathinaikos.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Sodertalje
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Bizaca, Sodertalje21.9 
 2. Allen, Kormend20.9 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines20.0 
 4. Clark, Chalon19.7 
 5. Jefferson, Gazia.19.2 
 6. Burnett, BK Pardu.19.1 
 7. Jeter, Groningen18.7 
 8. Bozov, Rilski18.5 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .18.3 
 10. Hollis, Benfica17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas ECHODAS
  Siauliai
  (204-C/F-97)
  Avg: 11
 1. Echodas, Siauliai11.0 
 2. Jefferson, Gazia.9.8 
 3. Elegar, Enisey9.6 
 4. Zack, Lukoil Acad.9.3 
 5. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk9.2 
 6. Washburn, FC Porto9.0 
 7. Jevtovic, Steaua C.7.8 
 8. Dudzinski, Steaua C.7.8 
 9. Barro, UBT C.7.7 
 10. Solomon, Gravelines7.7 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.8.9 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.8.3 
 3. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.7.6 
 4. Petty, Kormend7.3 
 5. Roberson, Chalon7.3 
 6. Jeter, Groningen6.7 
 7. Massamba, Soder.6.0 
 8. Hinds, Sigal P.6.0 
 9. Autrey, BK Pardu.5.6 
 10. Parker, Rilski5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  AEK
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Thomas, AEK3.0 
 2. Jackson, Oberwart2.9 
 3. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.6 
 4. Petty, Kormend2.4 
 5. Lawrence, Sigal P.2.4 
 6. Cumberbatch, Oberw.2.3 
 7. Eldridge, Demir I.2.2 
 8. Hinds, Sigal P.2.2 
 9. Bozov, Rilski2.2 
 10. Parker, Rilski2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Maxym KORNIYENKO
  Lukoil A.
  (205-F/C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.8 
 2. Lessort, Nanterre1.8 
 3. Fall, Chalon1.7 
 4. Elegar, Enisey1.6 
 5. Mobley, Apoel1.5 
 6. Lazar, Targu Mures1.3 
 7. Anderson, Antwerp1.3 
 8. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk1.2 
 9. West, Siauliai1.2 
 10. Spires, Sodertalje1.1 


Results and Stats from Day 4 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Group K
Targu Mures - Chalon 66-88

Rather expected game when 4th ranked Romanian Targu Mures (0-4) were crushed at home by top-ranked French Chalon/Saor (4-0) 88-66 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Targu Mures was better in third quarter 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and Cameroonian-French Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Montenegrin Goran Gajovic (199-88, agency: 011 Sports) responded with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian power forward Dalibor Djapa (205-84, agency: 011 Sports) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Chalon/Saor have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group K with 4-0 record. Loser Targu Mures still closes the standings with four games lost. Chalon/Saor will face Sodertalje Kings (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Targu Mures will play against the league's second-placed Gaziantep and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: G.Gajovic 14+5reb+5ast, D.Djapa 14+7reb+1ast, A.Mohammed 9+1reb+3ast, L.Lazar 8+10reb, D.Barham 7+6reb+2ast, S.Santa 6+3reb
Chalon: C.Clark 22+10reb+2ast, J.Nzeulie 15+6reb+2ast, A.Bouteille 15+3reb+1ast, A.Loum 9+6reb+1ast, G.Pitard 6+1reb+6ast, L.Harris 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 522463


Sodertalje - Gaziantep 51-93

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked Turkish Gaziantep's (3-1) road victory over one of their biggest challengers Swedish Sodertalje Kings (1-3) 93-51 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Gaziantep led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian-American guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) who added 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five Gaziantep players scored in double figures. At the losing side Croatian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) responded with 8 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Valter Lindstrom (180-95) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gaziantep maintains second position in Group K with 3-1 record having just seven point less than leader Chalon. Defending Swedish champion Sodertalje Kings keep the third place with three games lost. Gaziantep will face Targu Mures (#4) at home in the next round. Sodertalje Kings will play against the league's leader Chalon/Saor and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: V.Lindstrom 12+1reb+1ast, T.Bizaca 8+7reb+2ast, D.Lejasmeiers 7+3ast, A.Ramstedt 6+1reb+1ast, N.Spires 6+4reb+1ast, T.Ongwae 4+1reb+1ast
Gaziantep: A.Rautins 19+5reb+7ast, M.Denmon 19+1reb+4ast, A.Erol 13+2reb+1ast, W.Cherry 12+5reb+2ast, D.Jefferson 11+10reb+4ast, C.Ozcan 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 522464


Group L
Antwerp - Demir IBB 86-64

Round 4 most important game was a defeat of group's leader Turkish Demir IBB (3-1). They were crushed by second ranked Belgian Antwerp Giants (3-1) 86-64 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Demir IBB. It was a key game for the top position in Group L. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 53-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Antwerp Giants looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Ryan Anderson (206-92, college: Arizona) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and forward Yoeri Schoepen (196-94) who added 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Antwerp Giants' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Croatian-Bosnian center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, agency: BeoBasket) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and Burak Can Yildizli (202-94) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Antwerp Giants have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of Group L leader, which they share with defeated Demir IBB. Demir IBB will play next round against strong Prievidza trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Antwerp Giants will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque on the road.
Top scorers:
Demir IBB: B.Can Yildizli 16+5reb+1ast, O.Eldridge 12+3reb+4ast, J.Johnson 10, A.Stipanovic 10+10reb+2ast, A.Caloiaro 9+2reb+2ast, K.Hayes 6+6reb+1ast
Antwerp: Y.Schoepen 16+5reb+2ast, C.Hawkins 13+2reb, J.Clark 12+3reb+5ast, R.Anderson 11+11reb+1ast, D.Marchant 10+1reb+3ast, G.Ware 10+6reb+2ast
gschID: 522471


Prievidza - Gravelines 68-79

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Slovakian Prievidza (1-3) against fourth ranked French Gravelines-Dunkerque (1-3) on Wednesday night. Host Prievidza was defeated by Gravelines-Dunkerque in Prievidza 79-68. The game without a history. Gravelines-Dunkerque led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Gravelines-Dunkerque had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Richard Solomon (208-92, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) who added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (208-86, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian power forward Milan Milovanovic (205-91, agency: 011 Sports) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque left bottom position moving up to third place in Group L, which they share with defeated Prievidza. It was Prievidza's third loss in a row. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face league's leader Antwerp Giants at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Prievidza will play against the league's second-placed Demir IBB in Buyukcekmece and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Prievidza: M.Milovanovic 14+7reb, R.Dramicanin 14+6reb+1ast, R.Korner 11+3reb+2ast, I.Maric 11+3reb+3ast, A.Jones 9+3reb+1ast, R.Dowell 5+2reb+2ast
Gravelines: R.Solomon 18+7reb+1ast, J.Cobbs 12+6reb+8ast, K.Gibson 12+6reb+1ast, J.Djimrabaye 11+4reb, M.Hesson 10+8reb+3ast, S.Henry 8+1reb+6ast
gschID: 522468


Group M
Apoel - Telekom Bsk 84-78

Undefeated German Telekom Baskets (3-1) recorded their first loss in Nicosia on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Cypriot Apoel (1-3) 84-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Telekom Baskets. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Robert Brown (196-92, college: UAB) fired 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Five Apoel players scored in double figures. American forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and Latvian Ojars Silins (203-93) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Telekom Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Apoel left bottom position moving up to third place in Group M, which they share with Oberwart. Defending German champion Telekom Baskets still keep top position with one game lost. They share it with Vytautas. Apoel will meet league's second-placed Vytautas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Telekom Baskets will play against Redwell Gunners Oberwart and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Telekom Bsk: K.Horton 17+13reb+2ast, O.Silins 16+3reb+1ast, F.Barovic 13+4reb+1ast, J.Gamble 9+5reb+2ast, J.Mayo 8+2ast, T.DiLeo 5+2reb+4ast
Apoel: T.Bussey 18+4reb+4ast, R.Brown 15+6reb+6ast, M.Burnatowski 12+5reb+2ast, A.Wright 12+2reb+2ast, B.Mobley 11+3reb+1ast, V.Kounas 8+2reb
gschID: 522470


Oberwart - Vytautas 81-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 3rd ranked Austrian Redwell Gunners Oberwart's (1-3) home loss to second ranked Lithuanian Vytautas (3-1) 81-85 on Wednesday. Redwell Gunners Oberwart trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 24-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-85 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Arturas Valeika (207-85, college: Midland CC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Tomas Delininkaitis (190-82) who added 23 points during the contest. Four Vytautas players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Chris McNealy (194-92, college: Cal-Irvine) responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) scored 19 points and 7 assists. Vytautas keep a position of Group M leader, which they share with Telekom Bsk. Defending Austrian champion Redwell Gunners Oberwart keeps the third place with three games lost. Vytautas will face Apoel (#4) in Nicosia in the next round. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play on the road against the league's leader Telekom Baskets in Bonn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: C.McNealy 25+7reb+1ast, D.Jackson 19+3reb+7ast, A.Cumberbatch 13+3reb+1ast, J.Traylor 8+10reb+1ast, C.Kuakumensah 8+1reb+2ast, S.Kaeferle 4+1ast
Vytautas: T.Delininkaitis 23+2ast, S.Kulvietis 18+1reb+2ast, A.Valeika 14+10reb+4ast, M.Linkevicius 12+2reb+1ast, V.Cizauskas 7+2reb+9ast, V.Lipkevicius 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 522466


Group N
Bnei Hertzeliyya - Tsmoki-Minsk 88-77

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Hod Hasharon where fourth ranked Israeli Bnei Hasharon (1-3) beat one of their biggest challengers Belarusian Tsmoki-Minsk (1-3) 88-77 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Bnei Hasharon. Tsmoki-Minsk was better in third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bnei Hasharon made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Stephen Dennis (198-87, college: Kutztown, agency: HMS) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Serbian center Djordje Gagic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Montenegrin Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bnei Hasharon left bottom position moving up to third place in Group N, which they share with defeated Tsmoki-Minsk. It was Tsmoki-Minsk's third loss in a row. Bnei Hasharon will face league's second-placed JSF Nanterre on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tsmoki-Minsk will play against the league's leader Kormend and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tsmoki-Minsk: D.Gagic 21+8reb+3ast, N.Milosevic 19+5reb+3ast, A.Kudrautsau 16+2reb+3ast, J.Gray 11+5reb+1ast, M.Meshcharakou 5+4reb+1ast, D.Joyce 3+2reb+8ast
Bnei Hertzeliyya: S.Dennis 21+8reb+6ast, J.Adrien 17+5reb+2ast, T.Green 16+1reb+7ast, H.Kanacevic 13+2reb+2ast, K.Mashour 8+1reb, D.Sharp 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 522472


Kormend - Nanterre 91-74

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Hungarian Kormend as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group N. Kormend defeated top-ranked French JSF Nanterre at home 91-74. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of JSF Nanterre. It was a key game for the top position in Group N. The game was mostly controlled by Kormend. JSF Nanterre was better in fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kormend shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The winners were led by American-Guinea-Bissau point guard Perry Petty (185-88, college: UTRGV) who scored that evening 19 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American forward Terry Allen (203-93, college: Richmond) supported him with 27 points. Petty is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Kormend players scored in double figures. Even 22 points and 4 assists by German point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) did not help to save the game for JSF Nanterre. Mathias Lessort (205-95) added 15 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Kormend have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Nanterre. JSF Nanterre will play next round against strong Bnei Hasharon trying to get back on the winning streak. Kormend will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Tsmoki-Minsk on the road.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: H.Schaffartzik 22+1reb+4ast, M.Lessort 15+8reb+1ast, B.Conklin 10+9reb+1ast, H.Invernizzi 9+5reb+3ast, C.Warren 7+3reb+8ast, S.Butterfield 5+1reb+2ast
Kormend: T.Allen 27+4reb, P.Petty 19+5reb+8ast, L.Smith Jr. 17+9reb+5ast, S.Gibbs 12, C.Ferencz 8+2reb+4ast, M.Csorvasi 6+2reb
gschID: 522469


Group O
UBT Cluj Napoca - Alba 81-86

And what about another game where Hungarian Alba (#1) beat Romanian UBT Cluj Napoca 86-81 on the road. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of UBT Cluj Napoca. It was a key game for the top position in Group O. UBT Cluj Napoca was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 23-17 charge of Alba, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Ukrainian Maksym Pustozvonov (200-87) replied with 23 points and Serbian point guard Aleksandar Rasic (195-84, agency: BeoBasket) added 17 points and 6 assists in the effort for UBT Cluj Napoca. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Alba maintains first position in Group O with 3-1 record. UBT Cluj Napoca at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. Alba's next round opponent will be BK Pardubice (#4) on the road. UBT Cluj Napoca will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UBT Cluj Napoca: M.Pustozvonov 23+4reb+2ast, A.Rasic 17+3reb+6ast, F.Adamovic 15+4reb+6ast, K.Dykes 13+6reb+3ast, O.Barro 8+8reb, G.Toth 5+3reb
Alba: P.Lorant 19+7reb, J.Edwards 16+3reb+3ast, B.Taylor 13+4reb+4ast, J.Farr 12+6reb, W.Shepard 9+7reb+4ast, L.Markovic 8+1reb
gschID: 522465


BK Pardubice - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 92-77

There was a minor upset when top-ranked French Pau-Lacq-Orthez (2-2) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Czech BK Pardubice (1-3) 92-77 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 51-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BK Pardubice outrebounded Pau-Lacq-Orthez 38-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Joseph Wall (199-89, college: Seattle Pacific) who added 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. At the losing side Congolese-French Jean-Michel Mipoka (198-85) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard D.J. Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) scored 11 points and 7 assists. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Pardubice maintains fourth position in Group O with 1-3 record. Loser Pau-Lacq-Orthez dropped to the second place with two games lost. BK Pardubice will face league's leader Alba in Szekesfehervar in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play at home against the league's second-placed UBT Cluj Napoca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: J.Mipoka 19+5reb+1ast, A.Robinson 12+3reb+1ast, D.Cooper 11+2reb+7ast, A.Koffi 9+3reb+2ast, Y.Bokolo 6+2reb+6ast, V.Chikoko 6+3reb+1ast
BK Pardubice: J.Wall 21+6reb+1ast, D.Burnett 20+6reb+3ast, D.Skranc 13+5reb+1ast, D.Pandula 11+4reb+4ast, L.Autrey 11+6reb+6ast, O.Kohout 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 522461


Group P
Benfica - Lukoil Acad. 67-76

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Bulgarian Lukoil Acad. (3-1) won against on the road 4th ranked Portuguese Benfica (0-4) 76-67 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Lukoil Acad. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Steve Zack (211-92, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana) who added 13 points and 11 assists during the contest. Four Lukoil Acad. players scored in double figures. At the losing side American-Hungarian forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Angolan-Portuguese guard Carlos Morais (200-85, agency: Duran International) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Bulgarian champion keeps a position of Group P leader, which they share with Enisey. Loser Benfica still closes the standings with four games lost. Lukoil Acad. will face league's leader Enisey in Krasnoyarsk in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Benfica will play on the road against Groningen and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Benfica: C.Morais 17+7reb+1ast, D.Hollis 16+10reb+3ast, M.Loncovic 12+3reb, R.Barber 6+5reb+1ast, M.Fernandes 5+1reb+4ast, C.Andrade 4+1reb+1ast
Lukoil Acad.: S.Zack 20+15reb+1ast, H.Zahariev 16+2reb+3ast, D.Gibson 13+3reb+11ast, M.Korniyenko 12+5reb, P.Ivanov 6+2ast, F.Videnov 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 522467


Enisey - Groningen 67-81

There was a minor upset in Krasnoyarsk where top-ranked Russian Enisey (3-1) was defeated by third ranked Dutch Groningen (2-2) 81-67 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Groningen. Enisey was better in third quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Lance Jeter (191-88, college: Nebraska) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) who added 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Tony Taylor (185-90, college: G.Washington) responded with 16 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and Vladislav Trushkin (201-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Enisey's coach tested eleven players saving starting five for next games. Defending Dutch champion maintains third position in Group P with 2-2 record having just six point less than leader Chalon. Loser Enisey still keeps top place with one game lost. Groningen will face Benfica (#4) at home in the next round. Enisey will play against the league's second-placed Lukoil Acad. in Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Enisey: T.Taylor 16+4reb+4ast, V.Trushkin 12+6reb+1ast, F.Elegar 10+8reb, S.Braimoh 10+6reb, V.Pichkurov 7+1reb, A.Vzdykhalkin 6+2reb
Groningen: L.Jeter 20+8reb+5ast, C.Fieler 18+9reb+1ast, D.Pasalic 12+2reb+2ast, S.Cunningham 10+3reb+4ast, J.Dourisseau 7+9reb+3ast, A.Slagter 7+2ast
gschID: 522462





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Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Jones, Lapua22.4 
 2. Gay, KTP Basket21.1 
 3. Pledger, Kouvot20.7 
 4. Brown, Kataja B.18.9 
 5. Morris, Lapua17.7 
 6. Wesley, Kataja B.17.5 
 7. Holsey, Kauhajoki17.2 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto17.2 
 9. Hollins, Kauhajoki15.9 
 10. Buckles, Kouvot15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Van, Korihait11.2 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot10.1 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.9 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.7 
 7. Williams, Salon V.8.4 
 8. Williams, Lapua8.3 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto8.2 
 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.7.1 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.9 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.5 
 5. Williams, Lapua4.8 
 6. Edwards, Lapua4.8 
 7. Minard, Pyrinto4.7 
 8. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.4 
 9. Skamo, BC Nokia4.0 
 10. Jalonen, Korihait3.9 
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. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.8 
 6. Minard, Pyrinto1.8 
 7. Holloway, Korihait1.7 
 8. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 9. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.6 
 10. Ware, Kauhajoki1.4 
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. Van, Korihait1.2 
 5. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 6. Kinnard, Lapua1.0 
 7. McAlister, Korihait1.0 
 8. Walker, KTP Basket0.9 
 9. Upson, Helsinki.0.8 
 10. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.8 


Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Lahti 12-4 
 2. Espoo United 9-4 
 3. Oulun NMKY 9-5 
 4. ToPo 8-7 
 5. Jarvenpaa 7-7 
 6. Jyvaskyla BA 6-6 
 7. Porvoon Tarmo 6-8 
 8. FoKoPo 6-9 
 9. Pyrinto II 4-10 
 10. HBA-Marsky 4-11 
Division B
 1. PuHu Juniorit 11-2 
 2. TuNMKY 10-3 
 3. Ura Basket 10-4 
 4. Korikouvot 9-4 
 5. Espoo Basket 9-5 
 6. Raholan Pyrkiva 8-6 
 7. HyPo 6-6 
 8. HNMKY U23 6-8 
 9. Karkkila 5-8 
 10. PeU-Basket 4-9 
 11. JyWe 4-10 
 12. Munkkiniemen 3-9 
 13. Namika Lr 1-12 

Regular Season: Round 14

Division A

Jan. 12: ToPo - Jarvenpaa 72-75
Jan. 12: HBA-Marsky - Lahti 66-81
Jan. 13: FoKoPo - Espoo United
Jan. 13: Porvoon Tarmo - Jyvaskyla BA
Jan. 15: Jyvaskyla BA - Oulun NMKY
Jan. 15: Pyrinto II - Porvoon Tarmo
Jan. 15: Espoo United - Jarvenpaa

Division B

Jan. 12: Ura Basket - TuNMKY 94-74
Jan. 13: PuHu Juniorit - Raholan Pyrkiva
Jan. 13: JyWe - Korikouvot
Jan. 13: Karkkila - PeU-Basket
Jan. 13: HNMKY U23 - Espoo Basket
Jan. 13: Munkkiniemen - Namika Lr
Jan. 15: Karkkila - Raholan Pyrkiva
Jan. 15: Ura Basket - HNMKY U23
Jan. 15: Espoo Basket - Munkkiniemen
Jan. 15: PeU-Basket - HyPo
Jan. 15: PuHu Juniorit - TuNMKY


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.25.0 
 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 Basket12.3 
 6. Stahl, Oulun N.11.1 
 7. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.7 
 8. Kantonen, Korik.10.7 
 9. Blomqvist, HyPo10.6 
 10. Towa, Jarvenpaa10.6 
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.4.6 
 6. Ivey, Espoo United4.5 
 7. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.4 
 8. Ikavalko, Lahti4.3 
 9. Sulonen, FoKoPo4.2 
 10. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Upchurch, HyPo3.0 
 2. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 3. Ceesay, Espoo B.2.6 
 4. Moore, ToPo2.6 
 5. Kuusisto, ToPo2.4 
 6. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.4 
 7. Engelvuori, Namika Lr2.3 
 8. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 9. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.2 
 10. Jaakkola, TuNM.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Reed, FoKoPo1.6 
 3. Ekimov, JyWe1.6 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.1.4 
 5. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.3 
 6. Fields, Lahti1.2 
 7. Sandberg, TuNM.1.2 
 8. Harris, Ura Basket1.2 
 9. Kivi, HyPo1.0 
 10. Ceesay, Espoo B.1.0 



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Zlatko Gocevski and Kozuv part ways - by Mario Divanisov

KK Kozuv Gevgelija and Zlatko Gocevski (205-C-82, agency: Interperformances) part ways after mutual decision not to continue their cooperation. The 34-year old joined the club on the beginning of the season after spending a season in KK Strumica, which meant his return to Gevgelija where she spent the previous two seasons.

Participating n both BIBL League and the domestic championship Gocevski played a small role starting off the bench averaging 1.4ppg and 1.0rpg in 5 games in BIBL and 1.3ppg and 1.5rpg in Prva Liga for nearly 9 minutes per game in both leagues.

The experienced Power Forward who previously in his carrier managed to play for several Macedonian clubs including KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom, KK Vardar, KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje, KK Feni Industries is jet to decide on his future. As mentioned his next possible destination could be KK Radovish participating in Vtora Liga.





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  GERMANY  

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. MBC 15-2 
 2. Crailsheim 14-4 
 3. Kirchheim 12-5 
 4. Chemnitz 11-5 
 5. Heidelberg 11-6 
 6. Hanau 10-7 
 7. Oettinger R. 10-7 
 8. Trier 9-8 
 9. Koeln Rh.Stars 9-9 
 10. Hamburg 7-10 
 11. Uni Baskets 7-10 
 12. Nuernberg 6-11 
 13. Ehingen 5-12 
 14. Baunach 4-12 
 15. ETB Wohnbau 4-13 
 16. Dresden 2-15 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 12: Koeln Rh.Stars - Hanau 80-72
Jan. 13: Baunach - Heidelberg
Jan. 13: ETB Wohnbau - Dresden
Jan. 13: Ehingen - Chemnitz
Jan. 13: Hamburg - Kirchheim
Jan. 13: Trier - Uni Baskets
Jan. 13: Oettinger R. - MBC


Elijah Johnson left Wuerzburg - by Eurobasket News

27-year old American guard Elijah Johnson (192-88kg-90, college: Kansas) left s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL) from In only one game in Germany he recorded 6 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists and 1 steal this season.
Johnson managed to play in four leagues in two countries this year (!!!). He also spent pre-season at Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel earlier that year. Johnson was also tried-out by Cibona in Croatian A1. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In four BBL games he had 11.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 4.8apg and 1.0spg. Johnson also played 9 games in ABA League where he averaged 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.9apg. He also played 5 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 9.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.8apg.
Johnson 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 college team won Big 12 Tournament in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Johnson was also voted All-Big 12 Honorable Mention back in 2013.
He has played also professionally in Greece (Panelefsiniakos), Poland (Anwil and Rosa) and Turkey (Anadolu Efes and Pertevniyal).
Johnson attended University of Kansas until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.
He could be described: An explosive guard who can play either one or two guard spots. Can get to the basket, yet has solid range from beyond the arc… Has an above average vertical leap, making him one of few guards that can finish plays above the rim.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Crailsheim Merlins Hold Kevin Tiggs Until The End Of The Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Crailsheim Merlins have rewarded Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) with a contract extension until the end of the season. Tiggs is a 32 year old 196cm swing man from Flint, Michigan that came to the club in December getting a short term contract until the middle of January. Tiggs is playing his eighth professional season and has gathered experience in many countries in Europe like the Ukraine, Cyprus, France, Hungry and Finland and convinced the Merlins of his abilities as in 6 games he averaged 15,3ppg, 2,7rpg, 2,5apg and 2,8spg. "He made an impact and we wanted to keep him. He not only presented himself well with his charachter, but also gave the team more stability. He is also an aboslute win for us with his charachter", added Ingo Enskat. His best games were 26 points against Nurnberg and 25 points against MBC.

Source:Crailsheim Merlins



Chris Iles (Citybasket Recklinghausen) I Am Always Hard On Myself Feeling Like I Can Always Do More For The Team - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Chris Iles (180-PG-89, college: Xavier, LA) is a 27 year old 180 cm guard that is playing his second professional season and first with Citybasket Recklinghausen (Germany-ProB. Last season as a rookie he played with BBC White Devils Cottbus (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 24 games: 23.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 4.6apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 78.3%He played two years at Nicholls St. (NCAA) playing a total of 61 NCAA games and in his second season played 30 games averaging 8.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 37.1%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 77.8%. He finished his college career at Xavier (LA) (NAIA). He spoke to eurobasket after the tough 77-66 loss to RSV Stahnsdorf.

Chris a tough 77-66 loss to RSV Stahnsorf which was the eighth loss in a row. Have you ever experienced a losing streak like this as a player in your career?

Hi Miles, thanks again for reaching out to me for the interview. No, this losing streak is one of the toughest things I have had to endure in my playing career. In college, I was always on a winning team.

City Basket Recklingshausen were down at halftime 35-29. How happy were you with the play at the mid way juncture of the game with a team that had lost the last seven games?

Although we were still in good shape to pull it out, I felt we missed a lot of easily shots and had some ill-advised turnovers.

Stahnsdorf went on a game changing 16-0 run in the fourth to decide the game. What disappointed you most in this run about the club and what it couldn't get accomplished on the court?

What disappointed me most was our inability to bounce back from a small run that turned into a big run for the opponent. We didn't get the key stops we needed.

How costly were those 15 offensive rebounds that Recklingshausen gave up? Is rebounding a continued work in progress for the team?

Giving up that many offensive rebounds is extremely costly for us. That is one of the stats that decides close games. Yes, rebounding definitely is a continued work in progress for us.

The great thing about the Pro B is that one can make the playoffs with a lousy record. Obviously the playoffs aren't the biggest focus for the team, but just getting that win. Do you feel that having the inability to win at the moment has become a mental issue for the team?

Well, the inability to win at the moment is a mixture of things. At the end of October, we were 2-4 and just got a huge away win in Wedel, which is very tough. With team chemistry building we felt hopeful for the next games. Within that same week, we lost 3 out of 4 import players. This was a major blow to our team and it has been an uphill balance since then, both mentally and learning how to play and perform together as a team again.

Scoring and giving up points has been a big problem this season as the team is near the bottom in each category. What area on defense does the team need to improve most on?

Based on statistics, our team needs to improve on every aspect of defense!

The next game is against Bochum whom you lost to 95-58 earlier in the season. Recklingshausen were outrebounded. What will be key in getting the win this time?

It is so mental with our team in terms of competing. We lost to Iserlohn by 40 and then played them again 2 games later and only lost by 6. LOL so the key is to believe we can win!!

You came from the Regionaliga as did head coach Mailk Berger so you know what he is going through moving up a level. But seriously is moving up a level as a player a harder adjustment than it is for a coach?

I can't say which is harder. It all depends on the situation in my opinion. Coach is a good guy and he always gives 100% in preparing us for games.

How important has it been for you having American Dallis Johnson as a teammate. He came from the Regionaliga like you and made the jump up to the next level. How have you helped each other get used to the Pro B and not forget how fortunate you are to get this opportunity?

Dallis and I have grown become really good friends since the time we arrived here in August. We both are thankful for the opportunity, and we know how blessed we both are. We had great chemistry on the court. It was a huge blow to the team when he got injured and had to sit out. I know he will bounce back from this minor setback.

How important was a guy like German Christoph Bruns for you getting adjusted to the Pro B this season. What was the most important thing that he passed along the way early in the season to you?

Kiki Bruns was definitely important for my adjustment. He showed me the ropes when I first arrived. I think the most important thing he passed on to me was just how the Pro B works overall. Game style, tactical things, game atmosphere, etc.

You are leading the team in scoring, assists and steals and have needed no real adjustment this season. What was the biggest adjustment on the court early on?

The biggest adjustment for me was/is counterattacking what the other team does to contain me. Whether it's a double team, face guard, etc. Since I proved myself in the league early on, teams have really been keying in on stopping me the last 8 or 9 games.

You are having a very good season in the Pro B. When you look back to when you came in is the level and how you have rose to the occasion been that what you expected.

I'm honestly not satisfied with my performance lately. I can do so much more than my stats show, even though my stats are very solid. Late November, I fractured my finger and have been constantly battling a nagging ankle sprain that somewhat hindered my performance, but I am really just trying to give my team everything I've got. We fight 'til the end.

Despite your good season, it is the point guard that runs the team and is looked upon as the guy who is able to lead or not. How hard has it been for you seeing all your hard work on the floor not translate to more wins for the club?

It has been very hard, Miles. Having to work so hard, and not have the wins to show for it is the most frustrating thing, because that is all that maters at the end of the day. As the point guard I am always hard on myself feeling like I can always do more for the team.

Your turnover average of 3,7 is high but not uncommon for active point guards that are all over the floor and playing 30 minutes. How do you believe is the best way for you to cut down on turnovers?

Unfortunately these turnovers come due to the fact that since I am always in attack mode trying to make something happen for my team. Although I have a high assist average, I think the best way for me to cut down turnovers is just to take my time a little bit more and read the defense to see what they give me.

What did you appreciate most this Christmas season in Recklingshausen. Was there anything that was different than what you saw in the east last season in Cottbus?

I really like the feel of Reck City overall during the holiday season. I love the people here. I did not really get to explore Cottbus as much as I do here in Recklinghausen. I was mostly in Hamburg last year during the Christmas season enjoying the Christmas market.

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?

In my personal opinion, there is Michael Jordan and then there is Lebron James at number 2. Michael Jordan is hands down the best ever to me.

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

KG is definitely one of the top 3 power forwards to ever play the game.

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

This performance was definitely up there in the ranks. Its tough to stop him when he gets going, especially on a team like the Warriors where everyone is a threat.

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?

Stat wise, yes I would say he is. What he's doing is amazing. I think what James Harden is doing with the Rockets is also puts him up there at least as a top 5 player in the world right now!

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was Prince of Egypt on Netflix with my daughter.

Thanks Chris for the chat.





Amir Carraway Joins The ETB Wohnbau Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team ETB Wohnbau Baskets didn't waste any time finding a replacement for the departed Lakeem Jackson hauling in Amir Carraway (198-SG-91, college: Chico St.) Carraway is a 25 year old 198cm forward that is going into his third professional season and brings experience in the Pro A and B having played with SC Rasta Vechta and SC Rist Wedel. Last season he played with SC Rist Wedel (Germany-ProB) playing 17 games averaging 12.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 83.3%. The American was able to convince head coach Igor Krisanovic of his abilities after only two practices thus rewarding him with a contract. "He is a different player than Lakeem Jackson. He moves well, is athletic and just good also from outside", added head coach Igor Krisanovic.

Carraway started his basketball career at Chico St. (NCAA2) in 2010 and played there until 2014 playing a total of 117 games. As a freshman he played 22 games averaging 1.4ppg, 1.0rpg. In his second season he played 33 games averaging 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 80.5%. As a junior he played 29 games averaging 11.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 80.4%. As a senior he played 33 games averaging 13.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 81.3%. He started his professional career in 2014 with SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-ProA): 22 games: 3.9ppg, 1.7rpg. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been CCAA Regular Season Champion -12, CCAA Tournament Winner -12, All-CCAA 2nd Team -13, 14, CCAA All-Tournament Team -13
CCAA Tournament Finalist -13, 14, and NCAA D2 Elite Eight -14.

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets



EuroLeague: Unics outlast Brose Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Unics - Brose Baskets 63:58

Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) nailed 27 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and issued 5 assists to lead Unics to the seventh victory in EuroLeague regular season. They edged Brose Baskets in Kazan to improve at 7-10 record.
Brose Baskets dominated in the first half. The German side jumped to a 20:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The German champions maintained the lead throughout the second term. Brose Baskets piled up a 36:30 halftime lead. Unics held the visitors to just 11 points in the third term to pull within a single point 46:47. Unics went on a 17:11 rally in the fourth term to ice the victory. Latavius Williams (203-PF-91, agency: BeoBasket) finished with 13 points, while Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) added 8 points for the hosts. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) responded with 13 points for Brose Baskets. Darius Miller (202-G-90, college: Kentucky) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Unics: Keith Langford 27+10 boards, Latavius Williams 13, Artsiom Parakhouski 8
Brose Baskets: Janis Strelnieks 13, Darius Miller 12



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University of Ghana wins Mini GUSA Games hoops competition - by Yaw Mintah

The University of Ghana's (UG) Male Basketball Team continued its winning ways by beating University of Cape-Coast (UCC) 75-56 in the 7th Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA) Games Basketball competition.

The multi sport tournament began on January 3 and ends on Friday January 13 but host UCC failed to win the competition as it became the latest team to fall to UG. The latter burst out of the gate strongly recording a 42-19 lead heading into the second half; UG Guard Kwami Mawukor converted consecutive three point shots as he starred in the quarter.

UCC attempted a comeback as it went on a 10-1 run to open the third quarter but Guards Emmanuel Wolff, Lankai Blankson-Mills and Joel Tham ensured UG ended on a good note with plays down the stretch.

Ibrahim Mohammed's injury and eventual exit compounded the hosts' problems and erased any chance of completing the massive turn around.

Prior to the game, University of Development Studies (UDS) piped Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) 49-46 to win the third place matchup and end the competition with the bronze medal.

Seven teams representing select public universities in Ghana competed in the event.





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  GREECE  

Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Panionios 12-0 
 2. Iraklis 10-2 
 3. Doukas 10-2 
 4. AE Larissas 8-5 
 5. Aiolos Astakou 8-5 
 6. Faros 7-4 
 7. Ethnikos 7-5 
 8. Psyhiko 6-7 
 9. Doxa Pefkon 5-7 
 10. Amyntas Dafnis 5-8 
 11. Kavala 4-8 
 12. Arkadikos 4-8 
 13. Holargos 4-8 
 14. Irakleio 3-9 
 15. GS Larissas 3-10 
 16. Pagrati 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 21: AE Larissas - Aiolos Astakou
Jan. 21: Doxa Pefkon - Kavala
Jan. 21: Iraklis - Faros
Jan. 21: Irakleio - Amyntas Dafnis
Jan. 21: Pagrati - Holargos
Jan. 21: Psyhiko - Arkadikos
Jan. 21: Panionios - GS Larissas
Jan. 21: Ethnikos - Doukas

Round 11

Jan. 11: Aiolos Astakou - Pagrati 97-71
Jan. 11: Doxa Pefkon - Irakleio 88-74
Jan. 11: Arkadikos - Doukas 76-80

Round 12

Jan. 14: Iraklis - Doxa Pefkon
Jan. 14: Pagrati - Faros
Jan. 14: Ethnikos - Arkadikos


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas19.4 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.5 
 3. Kokkalis, Ethnikos16.1 
 4. Milosevic, Holargos15.7 
 5. Rubio, Doukas15.4 
 6. Liakopoulos, Faros15.4 
 7. Gagaloudis, Iraklis15.3 
 8. Macheras, Ethnikos15.1 
 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. Rubio, Doukas8.8 
 3. Lolas, Irakleio8.5 
 4. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.4 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.4 
 6. Charismidis, Aiolos A.7.2 
 7. Papanikolaou, Psyhiko6.6 
 8. Alihodzic, Panionios6.5 
 9. Rutkauskas, Iraklis6.4 
 10. Koukounias, Amyntas .6.2 
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. Koumpouras, Aiolos A.4.7 
 8. Vasilopoulos, Faros4.6 
 9. Liakopoulos, Faros4.5 
 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. Oikonomopoul., Ethni.1.6 
 5. Erevbenagie, Kavala1.6 
 6. Koutras, GS Laris.1.6 
 7. Motsenigos, Holar.1.5 
 8. Mazurczak, Kavala1.5 
 9. Milosevic, Holargos1.5 
 10. Sklivas, Kavala1.4 
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. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 5. Antonakis, Ethnikos0.8 
 6. Koutroulias, Holargos0.8 
 7. Psaropoulos, Pagra.0.8 
 8. Paulos, Pagrati0.7 
 9. Papanikolaou, Psyhiko0.7 
 10. Kasabalis, Aiolos A.0.7 


Div.B Standing

B Standings
North
 1. Kastoria 11-1 
 2. Evropi 9-3 
 3. Karditsas 8-4 
 4. Ermis Agias 8-4 
 5. Anatolia 7-5 
 6. Agriniou 7-5 
 7. Ermis Lagkada 7-5 
 8. Gefyra 6-6 
 9. Charilaos TM 6-6 
 10. Stratoni 5-7 
 11. Xanthis 5-7 
 12. Filippos Veroias 5-7 
 13. Polygirou 4-8 
 14. HANTH 4-8 
 15. Periko/Arhelaos 3-9 
 16. Aias Evosmou 1-11 
South
 1. Panerythraikos 10-3 
 2. Peristeri GS 9-3 
 3. Marousi 8-3 
 4. Koropi 8-5 
 5. Nea Kifisia 8-5 
 6. Panelefsiniakos 7-5 
 7. Papagou 7-5 
 8. Mandraikos 6-6 
 9. Zografou 6-7 
 10. Ionikos Nikaias 5-5 
 11. Tritonas S. 5-6 
 12. Kronos AD 5-8 
 13. Proteas V. 5-8 
 14. Apollon Sm. 4-9 
 15. Ergotelis 2-8 
 16. Esperos Patras 1-9 
 17. KAP 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 13

North

Jan. 18: Periko/Arhelaos - Charilaos TM
Jan. 18: Kastoria - Ermis Agias
Jan. 18: Karditsas - Evropi
Jan. 18: Filippos Veroias - HANTH
Jan. 18: Stratoni - Anatolia
Jan. 18: Xanthis - Ermis Lagkada
Jan. 18: Agriniou - Aias Evosmou
Jan. 18: Polygirou - Gefyra

Round 10

Dec. 22: Charilaos TM - Karditsas 58-47

South

Jan. 11: Kronos AD - Proteas V. 87-66
Jan. 11: Koropi - Nea Kifisia 77-62
Jan. 11: Tritonas S. - KAP 75-71
Jan. 11: Papagou - Panerythraikos 73-58
Jan. 11: Zografou - Apollon Sm. 65-64
Jan. 11: Ergotelis - Peristeri GS 63-82
Jan. 11: Mandraikos - Marousi 63-78
Jan. 25: Ionikos Nikaias - Panelefsiniakos


AEK Athens add McGrath to their roster - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) added to their roster 33-year old Irish guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He just played at Long Island Nets (D-League) in the U.S. In 12 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 8.9apg this season. McGrath also spent pre-season at Lietuvos rytas (LKL) in Lithuanian league earlier that year.
He won Lithuanian League championship title in 2013. McGrath was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008.
He is quite experienced player. McGrath has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Italy (Openjobmetis VA, Verona and BancaTercas), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg and Krasny Oktyabr), Spain (La ICL Manresa and Blusens Monbus), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Lithuania (Zalgiris) and Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki).
He attended Providence College until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Diamond__Sports)

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United lands Lasan Kromah, ex Promitheas - by Hugh McAuliffe

Melbourne United (NBL) tabbed 26-year old American guard Lasan Kromah (198-92kg-91, college: Connecticut). He played recently at Promitheas in Greek A1 league. In two games he averaged 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5spg this season. Kromah also played earlier that season for another team Knicks in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in two A1 games he had 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
Last year (two years after he left the college) Kromah was drafted by Westchester Knicks (D-League) in third round (60th overall).
The former University of Connecticut staris in his third season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements Kromah won NCAA championship title in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com Hungarian League All-Imports Team award in 2015.
Kromah has played also professionally in Turkey (Konyaspor) and Hungary (Alba).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: He can rebound, defend, pass. He's really capable of taking over games offensively. He gets a lot of recognition for his outside shooting, but he just finds ways to score. He has a real passion for basketball and just loves to play.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 14 - by Eurobasket News

American Chase Fieler (203-F-92) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Groningen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 24-year old forward had the game-high 28 points adding seven rebounds for Groningen in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Rotterdam (#7, 5-9) with 40-point margin 98-58. It allowed Groningen to consolidate first place in the Dutch Eredivisie. Groningen has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 13-1. In the team's last game Fieler had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Groningen and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Florida Gulf Coast University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Fieler is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.9rpg) and averages solid 1.6bpg and 71.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American center Clayton Vette (202-C-88) of second-ranked Zwolle. Vette impressed basketball fans with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Zwolle cruised to a 81-74 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Leiden (#3, 9-5). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Zwolle consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 10-4 record is not bad at all. Vette is a newcomer at Zwolle and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.1ppg (#3). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Canadian Meshack Lufile (203-PF) of Leeuwarden (#6). Lufile scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Leeuwarden, leading his team to a 94-85 win against slightly higher-ranked Amsterdam (#5, 6-8). The chances of Leeuwarden not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lufile could try to bring Leeuwarden's a little bit higher in the standings. Lufile has a very solid season. In 14 games in Holland he scored 11.4ppg. He also has 5.6rpg and FGP: 59.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Gregory (188-G-92) of Leeuwarden - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Kees Akerboom (200-SF-83) of Dukes UDB - 25 points and 5 rebounds
6. Sergio de Randamie (201-PF-84) of Amsterdam - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jason Dourisseau (196-F/G-83) of Groningen - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Denton Koon (203-F-92) of Leeuwarden - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) of Groningen - 14 points and 7 rebounds
10. J.T. Tiller (188-G-88) of Zwolle - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists

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



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Standings - Iceland Express League

Dominos League Standings
 1. Stjarnan 10-3 
 2. KR 10-3 
 3. Tindastoll 9-4 
 4. Grindavik 7-5 
 5. Thor AK 7-6 
 6. Thor Thorl 7-6 
 7. Keflavik 6-7 
 8. Skallagrimur 6-7 
 9. IR 6-7 
 10. Njardvik 4-8 
 11. Haukar 4-8 
 12. Snaefell 0-12 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 12: KR - Skallagrimur 99-92
Jan. 12: Keflavik - Thor Thorl 82-85
Jan. 12: IR - Stjarnan 82-74
Jan. 12: Thor AK - Tindastoll 100-85
Jan. 13: Njardvik - Snaefell
Jan. 13: Haukar - Grindavik


Jakob Sigurdarson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). He led Boras Basket to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Umea (3-14) crushing them 89-54 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. Sigurdarson was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes on the court. Boras Basket (11-7) is placed third in the Basketligan. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Sigurdarson has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 33.7% and FT: 98.3%(57-58) in 18 games he played so far. He played for the Icelandic senior national team two years ago.

Kristofer Acox
Kristofer Acox
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Kristofer Acox (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). Acox contributed to Furman's victory against the Samford University (0-1) 83-73 in the NCAA last Thursday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. The Furman University has 1-0 conference record this season. It's Acox's fourth year with the team. This year Acox has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 56.1%(88-157) and FT: 69.2%. He is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Aegir Steinarsson
Aegir Steinarsson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Newberry, currently plays in Spain). Steinarsson could not help Burgos (13-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance Burgos lost 83-92 at home to the lower-ranked (#5) Leche Rio Breogan. Steinarsson was the second best scorer with 13 points in 23 minutes. They ended the series of eight consecutive victories. This year Steinarsson's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 23.7% and FT: 63.2% in 19 games. Ex-KR Reykjavik player is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jon Gudmundsson
Jon Gudmundsson
   #4. Guard Jon Gudmundsson (193-96, currently studies in the States) contributed to Davidson's surprising victory against the Saint Louis University (1-0) 77-66 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. He scored 9 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists. The Davidson College has 0-1 conference record this season. Gudmundsson's total stats this year are: 8.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.6spg. He is also Icelandic U20 national team player.

Elvar Fridriksson
Elvar Fridriksson
   #5. International guard Elvar Fridriksson (183-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an Barry University's shocking victory against the Palm Beach Atlantic University (3-6) 91-73 in the NCAA2 last Wednesday. Fridriksson recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals in 34 minutes. The Barry University has a very solid 6-1 record this season. Fridriksson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 8.0apg and 1.3spg in eight games. Fridriksson plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Kari Jonsson
Kari Jonsson
   #6. Guard Kari Jonsson (190-97, is currently at the American university) was not able to help the Drexel in their game against the University of N.Carolina-Wilmington (0-1) in the NCAA. He scored 7 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Drexel was badly defeated 90-72 on the road by the University of N.Carolina-Wilmington. It's Jonsson's first season with the team. Jonsson's total stats this year are: 9.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.1apg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Icelandic National Team roster.

Kristinn Palsson
Kristinn Palsson
   #7. U20 international swingman Kristinn Palsson (198-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Marist (1-2) in their game against the Rider University (2-1) in the NCAA. Palsson recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. The Marist lost 62-73 in Lawrenceville, NJ to the Rider University. This year Palsson's total stats are: 4.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.4apg in 16 games. He is also Icelandic U20 national team player.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #8. Small forward Axel Karason (193-83, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Svendborg (10-8) in their game against Horsholm (8-7) in the Danish Ligaen. Karason cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Svendborg was crushed 86-55 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Horsholm (#4). Karason has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 3.4rpg. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

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

   #1. Gunnar Olafsson (190-G/F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the St.Francis, NY (2-0) to beat the St.Francis University (PA) (1-1). Olafsson scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. The St.Francis, NY was crushed 81-56 at home by the St.Francis University (PA). Olafsson has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 5.7rpg in 17 games he played so far.

   #2. Gunnar Hardarson (185-SG-96, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Belmont Abbey College (1-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance his team was crushed 91-59 on the road by the King University. Hardarson scored 11 points. Hardarson has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 1.7rpg.



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Rajasthan men join other favourites in semi-finals - by Eurobasket News

In the men's pre-quarterfinals, Rajasthan and Haryana sealed quarterfinal berths with victories against Gujarat and Odisha respectively. Rajasthan will take on Karnataka in the quarters, while Haryana will square off against last year's finalists Uttarakhand, later in the day. The first men's quarterfinal of the day saw Punjab shake off its poor run to put on its best performance of the tournament against the Indian Railways. The first half was a close affair with both teams putting up an offensive show. Railways centre Gagandeep Singh remained consistent down low, putting up 25 points in the game. For Punjab, forward Gurvinder Singh Gill (20 points) was effective in the post against the big Railways frontcourt. But in the second half, former India international TJ Sahi (27 points) came out all guns blazing and took over the game. The Railways team were unable to contain his drives and transition play as he turned the game on its head, giving Punjab a double-digit lead. He was ably assisted by guards Rajveer Singh (27 points) and Arshpreet Bhullar (190-SF-96) (22 points), who maintained Punjab's 10+ point lead with timely buckets. Despite winning only one league game, Punjab has managed to qualify for the semi-finals where they hope to continue the momentum from this performance. In the evening session, Kerala women trounced Maharashtra by over 40 points (73-30). Kerala had too much firepower for Maharashtra as they jumped onto an 18-2 lead in the first quarter. It was cruise control for Kerala the rest of the way. India international Jeena Scaria top scored with 22 points for Kerala. The third men's quarterfinal produced an unlikely semi-finalist in Rajasthan, who upset Group A toppers Karnataka. After working hard to get to Level 1, Rajasthan shone on the big stage, playing as a cohesive unit. They had a strong first quarter, but Karnataka fought back in the second and third periods. Karnataka displayed poor defense, giving a lot of open shots to Rajasthan, who moved the ball well throughout the game. Almost all Rajasthan players on the floor had the ability to shoot the ball from outside and their shooting percentages today were on point. A dominant fourth quarter sealed the deal for Rajasthan who closed out on an 83-70 win. They will face Tamil Nadu tomorrow in the semi-final. In the last quarterfinals, Uttarakhand men made short work of Haryana, 60-35, in a one sided contest. Uttarakhand's star studded line up showed their experience to progress to the semis.
Courtesy of: basketballfederationindia.org



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  IRAN  

Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Petrochimi 12-1 
 2. Naft Abadan 10-3 
 3. Arak 8-5 
 4. Azad 8-5 
 5. Tabriz 8-5 
 6. Chemidor 7-6 
 7. Kashan 6-7 
 8. Army 4-9 
 9. Gorgan 2-11 
 10. Shiraz a.s Pipe 0-13 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 12: Chemidor - Arak 85-79
Jan. 12: Kashan - Army 85-74
Jan. 12: Petrochimi - Azad 73-66
Jan. 12: Shiraz a.s Pipe - Tabriz 69-78
Jan. 12: Gorgan - Naft Abadan 49-84

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 2: Naft Abadan - Petrochimi
Feb. 2: Army - Chemidor
Feb. 2: Arak - Kashan
Feb. 2: Gorgan - Shiraz a.s Pipe
Feb. 2: Tabriz - Azad


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Cook, Chemidor25.3 
 2. Koljevic, Kashan23.0 
 3. Buljan, Kashan21.1 
 4. Robinson, Petrochimi20.8 
 5. Hosley, Arak18.8 
 6. Prince, Azad18.7 
 7. Toncinic, Gorgan18.4 
 8. Gacesa, Tabriz17.9 
 9. Marshall, Gorgan17.1 
 10. Kazemi, Army15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Kazemi, Army12.1 
 2. Buljan, Kashan9.6 
 3. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.9.4 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.4 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan9.2 
 6. Cukinas, Chemidor8.6 
 7. Kardoust, Arak8.4 
 8. Perkins, Naft A.8.2 
 9. Jones, Azad7.1 
 10. Taherpour, Shiraz a.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Farid ASLANI
  Army
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Aslani, Army5.7 
 2. Koljevic, Kashan5.0 
 3. Robinson, Petrochimi5.0 
 4. Davarpanah, Naft A.4.4 
 5. Prince, Azad3.7 
 6. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.3 
 7. Hosley, Arak3.3 
 8. Perkins, Naft A.3.2 
 9. Marshall, Gorgan3.0 
 10. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Kazemi, Army3.3 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.0 
 3. Hosley, Arak2.8 
 4. Beigi, Army2.3 
 5. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.3 
 6. Prince, Azad2.0 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.2.0 
 8. Marshall, Gorgan1.9 
 9. Jones, Azad1.8 
 10. White, Petrochimi1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.2 
 2. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.3 
 3. Kardoust, Arak1.2 
 4. Rahmati, Kashan1.0 
 5. Mijovic, Kashan1.0 
 6. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.0 
 7. Moradkhani, Azad0.8 
 8. Abramian, Gorgan0.8 
 9. Torabi, Army0.8 
 10. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.8 



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  IRELAND  

Standings - EBS Superleague

Super League Standings
 1. Templeogue 12-0 
 2. Swords Thunder 10-2 
 3. UCD Marian 9-3 
 4. Tralee 9-4 
 5. Killester 7-4 
 6. UCC Demons 7-5 
 7. Moycullen 5-7 
 8. Belfast Star 5-8 
 9. Eanna 3-9 
 10. DCU Saints 3-9 
 11. KUBS 1-10 
 12. UL Eagles 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 14: Swords Thunder - UCC Demons
Jan. 14: Moycullen - Killester
Jan. 14: UCD Marian - Belfast Star
Jan. 14: UL Eagles - DCU Saints
Jan. 14: Tralee - KUBS
Jan. 15: Templeogue - Eanna


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dillon STITH
  Belfast Star
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 30.1
 1. Stith, Belfast Star30.1 
 2. Wilson, UL Eagles25.3 
 3. Turner, Killester22.2 
 4. Lawrence, Moycu.20.7 
 5. Provizors, DCU S.20.0 
 6. Pemberton, Tralee20.0 
 7. Bonaparte, Templ.19.5 
 8. Edwards, KUBS18.9 
 9. Murphy, Templeogue18.8 
 10. Killeen, Templeogue18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martins PROVIZORS
  DCU S.
  (202-C-87)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Provizors, DCU S.15.9 
 2. Garrow, UCD Marian14.3 
 3. Turner, Killester13.9 
 4. Moreira, UCD M.13.9 
 5. Killeen, Templeogue12.8 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee12.3 
 7. Gil, Swords T.11.9 
 8. Freeman, Moycullen11.1 
 9. Lawson, UCC Demons10.0 
 10. Bonaparte, Templ.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UCD M.
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kinevane, UCD M.9.0 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian8.7 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.8.1 
 4. Meany, UCD Marian6.7 
 5. Bonaparte, Templ.6.7 
 6. Hosford, UCC D.6.1 
 7. Downey, UCC Demons6.1 
 8. Roe, Killester5.1 
 9. James, Templeogue4.4 
 10. O''Hanlon, DCU S.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mike GARROW
  UCD Marian
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Garrow, UCD Marian5.8 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian5.1 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.1 
 4. Murphy, Templeogue3.1 
 5. Donaghy, Tralee2.6 
 6. Calvo, Swords T.2.5 
 7. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 8. James, Templeogue2.3 
 9. Makarenko, DCU S.2.3 
 10. Howlin, UL Eagles2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jose Maria GIL
  Swords T.
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Gil, Swords T.2.9 
 2. Killeen, Templeogue2.8 
 3. Lawson, UCC Demons2.8 
 4. Goldsborough, Swords T.2.3 
 5. Turner, Killester2.1 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee2.0 
 7. Stith, Belfast Star2.0 
 8. Freeman, Moycullen1.9 
 9. Garrow, UCD Marian1.8 
 10. Bogdanovic, Tralee1.8 


John Carroll selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

John Carroll
John Carroll
#1. This week's number one is former U16 international forward John Carroll (203-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He could not help the Hartford in their last game. Despite Carroll's very good performance the Hartford was badly defeated 84-68 on the road by the University of Maryland -Baltimore County. He scored 15 points in 23 minutes on the court. This year Carroll averages: 6.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 8.3% and FT: 56.8% in 16 games he played so far. He played for the Irish U16 national team six years ago.

Brian Fitzpatrick
Brian Fitzpatrick
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Brian Fitzpatrick (203-89, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Czech Republic). Fitzpatrick was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Prostejov in their game against USK Praha (8-10) in the Czech Republic NBL. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Prostejov this season. Prostejov was crushed 96-69 in Praha by the higher-ranked USK Praha (#6). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Fitzpatrick is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Irish senior national team. Strangely Fitzpatrick has never played in Ireland.

Paul Dick
Paul Dick
#3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Paul Dick (193-91, agency: Duran International, college: Franklin Pierce, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to secure a victory for Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada (1-12) in their last game. Despite Dick's very good performance the 15th-placed Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada (1-12) lost 75-81 to the higher-ranked (#13) Torrelodones in the Group B. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Dick also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. It was Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Dick's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 78.9% in eight games. Dick is also a member of the Irish senior national team.

Aidan Quinn
Aidan Quinn
#4. Guard Aidan Quinn (185-95, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Mayville State University in their game against the Bellevue University (3-1) in the NStar. He recorded 9 points. It was his first game for Mayville State University this season. Buthis team was crushed 84-48 in Bellevue, NE by the Bellevue University. Quinn is also Irish national team player.

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

#1. Experienced Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Italy) could not help Angelico Biella (11-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Angelico Biella (11-5) lost 68-74 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#9) Mens Sana 1871 in the West group. Hall had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 17 rebounds in 37 minutes. It was Angelico Biella's third consecutive loss in a row. Hall has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 12.9rpg, 3.1apg and 1.5spg in 15 games he played so far. Hall is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Ireland.

#2. Will Hanley (201-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an CB Canarias' victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (2-13) 79-74 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Hanley recorded 8 points. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (11-4) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. This season Hanley averages: 4.6ppg and 2.2rpg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hanley has never played in Ireland.

#3. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Australia) led Illawarra Hawks to an easy victory against the closely-ranked United (10-10) 106-88 in the Australian NBL on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Ogilvy also added 6 assists in 27 minutes. Illawarra Hawks (11-10) are placed second in the NBL. It's Ogilvy's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.5bpg and 1.2spg in 21 games. Ogilvy has a dual citizenship: Irish and Australian.

#4. Ian O'Leary (201-F-86, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in EuroCup) led his Spanish team Baloncesto Fuenlabrada to a victory against the closely-ranked Gran Canaria (0-2) 85-75 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. He scored 14 points. Montakit Fuenlabrada (1-1) is placed third in group E. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's O'Leary's first season with the team. This year O'Leary averages: 6.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely O'Leary has never played in Ireland.

#5. Patrick Carney (185-G-85, college: Chapman, currently plays in Germany) led Schalke to a victory over the fifth-ranked AstroStars (9-5) 86-77 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Carney scored 30 points (!!!) and added 5 passes. FC Schalke 04 (7-7) is placed sixth in North group. This season Carney has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Carney has never played in Ireland.

#6. Ako Adams (188-G-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Rice in their game against the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Adams scored only 3 points in 12 minutes. His team lost 81-88. This year Adams' overall stats are: 2.2ppg and 1.3apg in 17 games.



AEK Athens add McGrath to their roster - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) added to their roster 33-year old Irish guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He just played at Long Island Nets (D-League) in the U.S. In 12 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 8.9apg this season. McGrath also spent pre-season at Lietuvos rytas (LKL) in Lithuanian league earlier that year.
He won Lithuanian League championship title in 2013. McGrath was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008.
He is quite experienced player. McGrath has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Italy (Openjobmetis VA, Verona and BancaTercas), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg and Krasny Oktyabr), Spain (La ICL Manresa and Blusens Monbus), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Lithuania (Zalgiris) and Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki).
He attended Providence College until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Diamond__Sports)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Greece



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Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Ironi Nes-Ziona 10-4 
 2. Hapoel B/S 10-4 
 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 3-11 
 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. 12: Ramat Hasharon - Hapoel B/S 77-87
Jan. 11: Macc.Rehovot - Ironi Nes-Ziona 67-75

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 17: Ironi Ramat Gan - Macc.Rehovot
Jan. 17: Ironi K-A - Ramat Hasharon
Jan. 17: Hapoel K/S - Hapoel G/A
Jan. 17: Galil Elion - Maccabi Raanana
Jan. 17: Maccabi H/H - Hapoel B/S
Jan. 17: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hap.R/G Givat.
Jan. 17: Hapoel Migd.H. - Hap.Haifa
Jan. 14: Maccabi Raanana - Macc.Rehovot


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Warren, Maccabi .25.3 
 2. Huertas, Hap.Haifa23.4 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa23.3 
 4. Brown, Ironi R.23.1 
 5. Aska, Ironi R.22.5 
 6. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.9 
 7. Gaston, Hapoel M.20.4 
 8. Pointer, Ironi K-A20.1 
 9. Livingston, Hapoel K.19.9 
 10. Givens, Maccabi .19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrence WATSON
  Hapoel K/S
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Watson, Hapoel K/S12.1 
 2. Sykes, Hapoel G/A11.5 
 3. Jordan, Galil Elion11.1 
 4. Burrows, Hap.Haifa10.9 
 5. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.8 
 6. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.7 
 7. Warren, Maccabi .10.6 
 8. Gaston, Hapoel M.10.3 
 9. McShepard, Ironi N.10.3 
 10. Livingston, Hapoel K.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Ironi R.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Teel, Ironi R.9.3 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.9.1 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .6.8 
 4. Cohen, Hapoel K/S6.4 
 5. Shaashoua, Maccabi .5.1 
 6. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.4.9 
 7. Niv, Hap.Haifa4.9 
 8. Tal, Hapoel G/A4.7 
 9. Salz, Galil Elion4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Ironi R.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Teel, Ironi R.3.7 
 2. Addison, Macc.Reh.3.1 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .3.0 
 4. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.7 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.4 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.3 
 7. Hofman, Ironi N.2.0 
 8. Cohen, Hapoel K/S1.9 
 9. Livingston, Hapoel K.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.7 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.2 
 3. Gaston, Hapoel M.2.1 
 4. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.6 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .1.5 
 6. Caracter, Ramat H.1.5 
 7. Givens, Maccabi .1.4 
 8. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.3 
 9. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.3 
 10. McShepard, Ironi N.1.2 


Alex Tyus' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Israelis playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Galatasaray (4-12) in their last game. Despite Tyus' very good performance the 16th-placed Galatasaray (4-12) lost 73-84 in a derby game to the much higher-ranked (#7) Anadolu Efes in the group A of Euroleague. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Tyus also added 3 blocks in 23 minutes on the court. It was Galatasaray's fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Tyus' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 65.7%(71-108) and FT: 51.1% in 16 games he played so far. Tyus is a naturalized American. He played for the Israeli senior national team four years ago. Tyus used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

Egor Koulechov
Egor Koulechov
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Egor Koulechov (196-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He was not able to help the Rice (0-1) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Koulechov's very good performance the Rice was edged 80-77 on the road by the Middle Tennessee State University. He recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 14 rebounds. Koulechov also added 3 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Koulechov has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.6ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 54.4%(43-79) and FT: 85.3%. Koulechov has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli. Ex-Wingate Academy Netanya player is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former international small forward Omri Casspi (206-88, currently plays in NBA). Casspi managed to help Sacramento Kings to win against the Detroit Pistons (17-22) 100-94 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings have 16-22 record this season. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Casspi's overall stats this year are: 6.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 58.8%. He played for the Israeli national team two years ago.

Anton Shoutvin
Anton Shoutvin
   #4. Center Anton Shoutvin (206-89, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to secure a victory for Iskra Svit (12-10) in their last game. Despite Shoutvin's very good performance Iskra Svit was edged 98-96 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#8) Lucenec. He recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his five free throws) in 29 minutes. This year Shoutvin has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.4apg in 22 games. He used to play for the Israeli U22 national team back in 2011.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #5. Former international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Scafati (4-12) in their last game. Despite Naimy's very good performance Scafati (#16) was edged 85-84 in Roma by the much higher-ranked (#7) Virtus in the West group. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and making 15 passes. Naimy also added 4 rebounds and 3 steals in 38 minutes. Naimy has very impressive stats this year: 17.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 7.8apg and 1.1spg in 11 games. He used to play for the Israeli national team two years ago.

Anton Kazarnovski
Anton Kazarnovski
   #6. Power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85, currently plays in Germany) led BG Karlsruhe to a victory against the third-ranked Elchingen (9-4) 90-86 in the German ProB (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. BG Karlsruhe (8-5) is placed fifth in South group. Kazarnovski has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5apg in 11 games. He is a former university international player as he played for the Israeli team ten years ago.

Roman Sorkin
Roman Sorkin
   #7. Former U20 international power forward Roman Sorkin (205-96, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Washington State University (1-2) 85-66 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Sorkin scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The University of Oregon has 2-0 conference record this season. Sorkin's overall stats this year are: 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Israeli U20 national team two years ago.

Ido Flaisher
Ido Flaisher
   #8. Center Ido Flaisher (206-98, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Hawaii in their game against the University of California-Irvine in the NCAA. Flaisher scored only 4 points in 14 minutes. The Hawaii was crushed 84-56 at home by the University of California-Irvine. This year Flaisher's overall stats are: 4.2ppg and 3.5rpg in 14 games. He plays currently for the Israeli U20 national team.

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

   #1. TJ Leaf (208-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) led UCLA to a victory against the University of California (1-1) 81-71 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. Leaf also added 3 assists in 33 minutes. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have 0-1 conference record this season. Leaf has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3bpg in 15 games he played so far. Leaf is a naturalized American. Despite his Israeli passport, Leaf previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Israeli team. Strangely he has never played in Israel.

   #2. Marios Matalon (186-G-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Arkadikos (4-8) 77-61 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Matalon recorded 7 points and added 9 assists. Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (12-0) is placed first in the A2. So far his team won all twelve games in the Regular Season. Matalon's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Greek. Despite Matalon's Israeli passport, he previously played for the Greek U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Israeli team.

   #3. Mor Menashe (188-G-92, currently plays in Canada) could not help the Lakehead University (3-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Menashe's very good performance the Lakehead University (#3) was defeated 74-64 on the road by the Blues. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Menashe also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Menashe has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 4.5apg and 2.0spg.

   #4. Alon Hemsani (201-F, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to help the Culver Stockton College (0-9) in their last game on Monday. Despite Hemsani's very good performance the Culver Stockton College was edged 79-76 in Springfield, MO by the Evangel University. He scored 17 points, had 5 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 3 blocks. Hemsani's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg.

   #5. Freddie Goldstein (178-PG-88, college: S.Alabama, currently plays in ASEAN League) was not able to secure a victory for KL Dragons (1-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance KL Dragons was edged 78-77 in Singapore by the second-ranked Slingers. Goldstein was the top scorer with 30 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 46 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Goldstein's total stats are: 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg in eight games. He is a naturalized American. Goldstein used to play for Hapoel Kfar Saba/Kohav Yair in Israeli league.



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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Amath M''BAYE
  Enel B.
  (206-F-89)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. M''Baye, Enel B.20.6 
 2. Landry, Brescia20.4 
 3. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.6 
 4. Jones, VL Pesaro19.4 
 5. Johnson, AV Cantu18.4 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.18.1 
 7. White, Auxilium TO18.0 
 8. Aradori, Grissin .17.3 
 9. Scott, Enel Brindisi17.1 
 10. Holloway, Vanoli C.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.6 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro9.7 
 3. Washington, Auxilium.8.7 
 4. White, Auxilium TO8.3 
 5. Johnson, AV Cantu8.1 
 6. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.6 
 7. Watt, JuveCaserta7.3 
 8. Jefferson, Dolomiti.7.2 
 9. Burns, Brescia7.0 
 10. Nnoko, VL Pesaro6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  AV Cantu
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Dowdell, AV Cantu8.0 
 2. Waters, AV Cantu7.6 
 3. Vitali, Brescia7.5 
 4. Fitipaldo, Betaland.7.5 
 5. Sosa, JuveCaserta6.9 
 6. Wright, Auxilium.6.1 
 7. Moore, The F.5.5 
 8. Ragland, Scandone.5.5 
 9. Maynor, Openjobm.5.4 
 10. Moore, Enel Brindisi4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Corey HAWKINS
  The F.
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hawkins, The F.2.5 
 2. Goss, Enel Brindisi2.1 
 3. Ragland, Scandone.1.9 
 4. Craft, Dolomiti.1.8 
 5. Moss, Brescia1.8 
 6. Green, Scandone AV1.7 
 7. Washington, Auxilium.1.6 
 8. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.6 
 9. Harrow, VL Pesaro1.5 
 10. Burns, Brescia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.7 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .2.3 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.8 
 4. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.6 
 5. Johnson, AV Cantu1.5 
 6. Lawal, Banco d.1.5 
 7. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.3 
 8. M''Baye, Enel B.1.1 
 9. Crosariol, The F.1.1 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Adam SMITH
  Roseto
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Smith, Roseto24.9 
 2. Davis, Jesi22.9 
 3. Lawson, Virtus B.21.2 
 4. Golden, Chieti20.4 
 5. Harrell, Mens S.20.0 
 6. Legion, Viola RC19.6 
 7. Sims, Rieti19.6 
 8. Ferguson, Angelico.19.4 
 9. Bowers, Bondi F.19.4 
 10. Raivio, Legnano19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella13.1 
 2. Radic, Viola RC12.5 
 3. Reynolds, Recanati12.3 
 4. Myers, Mens S.10.0 
 5. Jones, Piacenza9.6 
 6. Easley, Roma E.9.6 
 7. Perry, Treviso .9.6 
 8. Smith, Ravenna9.3 
 9. Maganza, Jesi9.2 
 10. Mosley, Legnano9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Naimy, Scafati8.4 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.5.9 
 3. Fantinelli, Treviso .5.8 
 4. Piazza, Agrigento5.2 
 5. Bowers, Jesi5.1 
 6. Fultz, Roseto5.0 
 7. Imbro, FCM F.4.7 
 8. Tomassini, Novipiu .4.4 
 9. Cosey, Tortona4.3 
 10. Rosselli, Virtus B.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-F-93)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Green, Alma T.3.3 
 2. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.3 
 3. Spissu, Virtus B.2.1 
 4. Okoye, Udine APU2.1 
 5. Brown, Roma Virtus2.0 
 6. Legion, Viola RC1.9 
 7. Fantinelli, Treviso .1.8 
 8. Crockett, Unieuro .1.8 
 9. Roderick, Bondi F.1.8 
 10. Smith, Ravenna1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.4 
 2. Mosley, Legnano1.9 
 3. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.9 
 4. Reynolds, Recanati1.8 
 5. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.6 
 6. Parks, Alma T.1.4 
 7. Daniels, Mantova1.3 
 8. Bowers, Bondi F.1.1 
 9. Cittadini, Alma T.1.1 
 10. Easley, Roma E.1.0 


Nicolo Melli's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Italians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nicolo Melli
Nicolo Melli
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Nicolo Melli (205-91, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his German team Brose Baskets to an easy victory against the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (7-9) crushing them 85-65 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Melli recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds. Brose Baskets Bamberg (7-9) is placed tenth in group A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Melli has relatively good stats this season: 13.1ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 55.4%(51-92), 3FGP: 56.3%(27-48) and FT: 73.0%. He is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Luigi Datome
Luigi Datome
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Luigi Datome (203-87, currently plays in Euroleague). Datome led his Turkish team Fenerbahce to a victory against the 15th-ranked Armani Milano (4-12) 86-79 in the Euroleague on Friday night. He recorded 17 points in 27 minutes. Fenerbahce Istanbul (10-6) is placed fifth in group A. This year Datome averages: 8.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 38.7%, 3FGP: 46.3%(19-41) in 16 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Italian senior national team.

Alessandro Gentile
Alessandro Gentile
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Alessandro Gentile (200-92, currently plays in Greece). Gentile contributed to Panathinaikos' victory against the seventh-ranked PAOK (4-5) 72-68 in the Greek A1 on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Panathinaikos Athens (7-2) is placed second in the A1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Gentile's overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 62.5% and FT: 33.3%. He is also a member of the Italian senior national team.

Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli
   #4. Guard Marco Belinelli (196-86, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Charlotte Hornets (20-19) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Charlotte Hornets (20-19) lost 114-121 on the road to the Houston Rockets. Belinelli recorded 15 points and added 6 passes in 28 minutes. It was Hornets' third consecutive loss in a row. It's Belinelli's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg in 34 games. Belinelli is also Italian national team player.

Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari
   #5. International small forward Danilo Gallinari (208-88, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Denver Nuggets (14-23) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the Denver Nuggets (14-23) were defeated 121-106 in Oklahoma City by the Thunder. Gallinari recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). Gallinari is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Nuggets' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Gallinari averages: 17.1ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg. He plays currently for the Italian national team.

Andrea Bargnani
Andrea Bargnani
   #6. Power forward Andrea Bargnani (213-85, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Unics Kazan (6-10) crushing them 102-70 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Bargnani recorded 8 points in only 8 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (11-5) is placed third in group A. Bargnani has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg and 2.4rpg in eight games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Italian National Team roster.

Giovanni De Nicolao
Giovanni De Nicolao
   #7. U20 international guard Giovanni De Nicolao (190-96, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the UTSA (1-0) in their last game on Thursday. Despite De Nicolao's very good performance the UTSA was badly defeated 77-59 at home by the University of Southern Mississippi. He scored 19 points, had 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. De Nicolao's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg. He is also Italian U20 national team player.

Scott Ulaneo
Scott Ulaneo
   #8. Forward Scott Ulaneo (208-98, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Seattle in their game against the Cal State - Bakersfield in the NCAA. Ulaneo scored only 4 points in 11 minutes. The Seattle lost 71-78 on their home court in Seattle, WA to the Cal State - Bakersfield. This year Ulaneo's overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 4.2rpg in 16 games. He plays currently for the Italian U18 national team.

Nicola Akele
Nicola Akele
   #9. Former U20 international forward Nicola Akele (203-95, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Rhode Island (1-0) in their game against the University of Dayton (1-1) in the NCAA. Akele cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. The Rhode Island was edged 67-64 on their home court in Kingston, RI by the University of Dayton. Akele's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He used to play for the Italian U20 national team two years ago.

Roberto Vercellino
Roberto Vercellino
   #10. Forward Roberto Vercellino (201-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the N.Colorado (2-0) in their game against the Southern Utah University (0-1) in the NCAA. Vercellino cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. The N.Colorado was edged 78-76 in Cedar City, UT by the Southern Utah University. This year Vercellino's total stats are: 2.2ppg and 2.3rpg in 12 games. He is a former U18 international player as two years ago he still played for the Italian national team.

   #11. U20 international guard Federico Mussini (188-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the St.John's in their game against the Georgetown University in the NCAA. Mussini recorded 5 points. His team was crushed by 28 points 83-55. Mussini has averaged so far 8.6ppg and 2.0rpg. He plays currently for the Italian U20 national team.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Amar Alibegovic (206-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Federico Mussini. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Alibegovic couldn't help the St.John's in their game against the Xavier University. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Alibegovic scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 10 minutes. His team lost 82-97. Alibegovic has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 2.0rpg in 14 games. He used to play for the Italian U20 national team back in 2014.

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

   #1. Experienced Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Pro Sports, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Uruguay) could not help Hebraica (2-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Hebraica (2-1) was edged 85-83 in a derby game by the lower-ranked (#5) U Universitario in the Promocional 1 group. Garcia Morales was the top scorer with 38 points. He also added 7 boards, passed 6 assists and added 3 steals (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!) in 37 minutes. It was Hebraica's first loss after three consecutive victories. Garcia Morales' team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Garcia Morales has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.5spg in 12 games he played so far. Garcia Morales has a dual citizenship: Italian and Uruguayan.

   #2. Fulvio de Assis (188-PG-81, currently plays in Brazil) led Brasilia to a victory against the ninth-ranked Minas (6-7) 92-79 in the Brazilian NBB in Saturday night's game. de Assis recorded 14 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia (9-3) is placed second in the NBB. This season de Assis has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 6.5apg and 1.2spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Brazilian.

   #3. Jayson Granger (189-G-89, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an Anadolu Efes' victory against the bottom-ranked Galatasaray (4-12) 84-73 in a derby game in the Euroleague last Thursday. He recorded 12 points and added 6 passes in a mere 19 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (8-8) is placed seventh in group A. This year Granger's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.9apg in 16 games. He has both Uruguayan and Italian nationalities. Worth to mention Granger played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #4. Guilherme Giovannoni (203-PF-80, currently plays in Brazil) is a teammate of previously mentioned Fulvio de Assis and both played together in the last Brazilian NBB game. Giovannoni contributed to Brasilia's victory against the ninth-ranked Minas (6-7) 92-79. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. It's Giovannoni's eighth season with the team. This year Giovannoni has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 7.1rpg and 3.2apg in 12 games. He also holds two passports: Italian and Brazilian.

   #5. Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Uruguay) was not able to help Defensor (2-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Aguiar's very good performance the second-placed Defensor (2-1) was badly defeated 91-73 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Hebraica (#4) in the Promocional 1 group. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Aguiar also added 6 assists. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. This season Aguiar has very high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.4apg. Aguiar holds both Italian and Uruguayan passports.

   #6. Nicolas Borsellino (202-C-86, another player represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Uruguay) was not able to secure a victory for Bigua (2-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Borsellino's very good performance the first-placed Bigua was edged 80-77 in a derby game by the lower-ranked U Universitario (#5) in the Promocional 1 group. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Borsellino also added 5 rebounds. Borsellino averaged so far 14.2ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.7apg. He has Italian and Uruguayan nationalities.

   #7. Angelo Caloiaro (205-F-89, agency: Pensack Sports, college: USF, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) contributed to a Demir IBB's victory against the closely-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque 90-85 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. Caloiaro had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 38 minutes. Caloiaro's stats this year are: 11.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg in nine games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Caloiaro has never played in Italy.

   #8. Kevin Lisch (188-C-86, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Kings (11-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Kings were defeated 80-74 at home by the lower-ranked Perth Wildcats (#4). Lisch scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season Lisch has very high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.5apg and 2.0spg. Lisch holds both Italian and Australian passports.

   #9. Joe Trapani (203-F-88, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help La ICL Manresa in their game against CB Canarias in the Spanish Liga Endesa, despite his good performance on Sunday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. But his team lost 74-79. This year Trapani's overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg in 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Trapani used to play for Novipiu Casale Monferrato in Italian league.

   #10. Gints Antrops (201-F-82, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Latvia) couldn't help BK Ogre in their game against Jekabpils in the Latvian LBL. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game He was the top scorer with 15 points. Antrops also added 4 rebounds. Antrops' overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He has dual citizenship: Italian and Latvian.



FCM Ferentino welcomes back Guarino - by Eurobasket News

FMC Ferentino (Serie A2) landed experienced 38-year old point guard Francesco Guarino (182-82kg-79, agency: Octagon Europe). It is actually his comeback to Ferentino as he has played here before. Guarino started the season at Virtus Valmontone in the Serie B. In 15 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.9spg this season. Guarino ended the last season at Bondi Ferrara (Serie A) where in 13 games he had 5.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year he spent at Bawer Olimpia Matera. In 14 Serie A2 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 5.1apg and 1.6spg.
Among other achievements Guarino played in the final of Italian Nazionale A in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2013.
Guarino has spent his entire career in Italy playing for six other teams: Banco di Srd, Lighthouse Conad Trapani, Treviglio, Argenta, FCM Ferentino and Basket Barcellona.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at FCM Ferentino.
Let's have closer look into Guarino's outlook: A quick guard, who plays with great energy and puts a lot of pressure on the opponent guards: Has great court vision and passing skills, can easily score if left open.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Italian Serie A2 round 16 best performance: Laurence Bowers - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Laurence Bowers (203-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bondi Ferrara, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie A2 Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 16 rebounds, while his team outclassed Unieuro Forli (#15, 4-12) with 26-point margin 84-58. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings in East. Bondi Ferrara maintains the 12th position in their group in Italian Serie A2. Bondi Ferrara is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-10 record. In the team's last game Bowers had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Bondi Ferrara's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Missouri star has very solid stats this year. Bowers is in league's top in assists (5th best: 2.0apg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg,62.6% FGP and 41.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Mitchell Poletti (205-F/C-88) of Latina Basket. Poletti had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds. Of course he led Latina Basket to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Mens Sana 1871 (#9, 8-8) 86-61. This victory allowed Latina Basket to move up to 5th position in West. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Poletti is a newcomer at Latina Basket, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) of league's second-best Angelico Biella. Hall showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Hall's great performance Angelico Biella lost 80-94 to the lower-ranked Scafati (#16, 4-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Angelico Biella needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Round 12. Their record is 11 victories and 5 lost games. Hall has a great season in Italy. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.9rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Perrin Buford (198-G/F-94) of Agrigento - 28 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86) of Piacenza - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists
6. John Brown (203-F-92) of Roma Virtus - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Anthony Raffa (185-PG-89) of Roma Virtus - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jordan Parks (201-F-94) of Alma Trieste - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kenny Lawson (207-C-88) of Virtus Bologna - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Andrea Renzi (207-F/C-89) of Lighthouse TR - 18 points and 10 rebounds

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



Nicolo Melli's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Italians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nicolo Melli
Nicolo Melli
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Nicolo Melli (205-91, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his German team Brose Baskets to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked FC Barcelona (7-9) crushing them 85-65 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Melli recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds. Brose Baskets Bamberg (7-10) is placed 12th in group A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Melli has relatively good stats this season: 13.1ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 55.4%(51-92), 3FGP: 56.3%(27-48) and FT: 73.0%. He is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Luigi Datome
Luigi Datome
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Luigi Datome (203-87, currently plays in Euroleague). Datome led his Turkish team Fenerbahce to a victory against the 15th-ranked Armani Milano (4-12) 86-79 in the Euroleague on Friday night. He recorded 17 points in 27 minutes. Fenerbahce Istanbul (10-6) is placed fifth in group A. This year Datome averages: 8.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 38.7%, 3FGP: 46.3%(19-41) in 16 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Italian senior national team.

Alessandro Gentile
Alessandro Gentile
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Alessandro Gentile (200-92, currently plays in Greece). Gentile contributed to Panathinaikos' victory against the seventh-ranked PAOK (4-5) 72-68 in the Greek A1 on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Panathinaikos Athens (7-2) is placed second in the A1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Gentile's overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 62.5% and FT: 33.3%. He is also a member of the Italian senior national team.

Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli
   #4. Guard Marco Belinelli (196-86, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Charlotte Hornets (20-19) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Charlotte Hornets (20-19) lost 114-121 on the road to the Houston Rockets. Belinelli recorded 15 points and added 6 passes in 28 minutes. It was Hornets' third consecutive loss in a row. It's Belinelli's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg in 34 games. Belinelli is also Italian national team player.

Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari
   #5. International small forward Danilo Gallinari (208-88, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Denver Nuggets (14-23) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the Denver Nuggets (14-23) were defeated 121-106 in Oklahoma City by the Thunder. Gallinari recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). Gallinari is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Nuggets' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Gallinari averages: 17.1ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg. He plays currently for the Italian national team.

Andrea Bargnani
Andrea Bargnani
   #6. Power forward Andrea Bargnani (213-85, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Unics Kazan (7-10) crushing them 102-70 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Bargnani recorded 8 points in only 8 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (11-5) is placed third in group A. Bargnani has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg and 2.4rpg in eight games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Italian National Team roster.

Giovanni De Nicolao
Giovanni De Nicolao
   #7. U20 international guard Giovanni De Nicolao (190-96, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the UTSA (1-0) in their last game on Thursday. Despite De Nicolao's very good performance the UTSA was badly defeated 77-59 at home by the University of Southern Mississippi. He scored 19 points, had 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. De Nicolao's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg. He is also Italian U20 national team player.

Scott Ulaneo
Scott Ulaneo
   #8. Forward Scott Ulaneo (208-98, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Seattle in their game against the Cal State - Bakersfield in the NCAA. Ulaneo scored only 4 points in 11 minutes. The Seattle lost 71-78 on their home court in Seattle, WA to the Cal State - Bakersfield. This year Ulaneo's overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 4.2rpg in 16 games. He plays currently for the Italian U18 national team.

Nicola Akele
Nicola Akele
   #9. Former U20 international forward Nicola Akele (203-95, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Rhode Island (1-0) in their game against the University of Dayton (1-1) in the NCAA. Akele cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. The Rhode Island was edged 67-64 on their home court in Kingston, RI by the University of Dayton. Akele's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He used to play for the Italian U20 national team two years ago.

Roberto Vercellino
Roberto Vercellino
   #10. Forward Roberto Vercellino (201-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the N.Colorado (2-0) in their game against the Southern Utah University (0-1) in the NCAA. Vercellino cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. The N.Colorado was edged 78-76 in Cedar City, UT by the Southern Utah University. This year Vercellino's total stats are: 2.2ppg and 2.3rpg in 12 games. He is a former U18 international player as two years ago he still played for the Italian national team.

   #11. U20 international guard Federico Mussini (188-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the St.John's in their game against the Georgetown University in the NCAA. Mussini recorded 5 points. His team was crushed by 28 points 83-55. Mussini has averaged so far 8.6ppg and 2.0rpg. He plays currently for the Italian U20 national team.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Amar Alibegovic (206-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Federico Mussini. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Alibegovic couldn't help the St.John's in their game against the Xavier University. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Alibegovic scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 10 minutes. His team lost 82-97. Alibegovic has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 2.0rpg in 14 games. He used to play for the Italian U20 national team back in 2014.

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

   #1. Experienced Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Pro Sports, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Uruguay) could not help Hebraica (2-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Hebraica (2-1) was edged 85-83 in a derby game by the lower-ranked (#5) U Universitario in the Promocional 1 group. Garcia Morales was the top scorer with 38 points. He also added 7 boards, passed 6 assists and added 3 steals (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!) in 37 minutes. It was Hebraica's first loss after three consecutive victories. Garcia Morales' team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Garcia Morales has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.5spg in 12 games he played so far. Garcia Morales has a dual citizenship: Italian and Uruguayan.

   #2. Fulvio de Assis (188-PG-81, currently plays in Brazil) led Brasilia to a victory against the ninth-ranked Minas (6-7) 92-79 in the Brazilian NBB in Saturday night's game. de Assis recorded 14 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia (9-3) is placed second in the NBB. This season de Assis has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 6.5apg and 1.2spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Brazilian.

   #3. Jayson Granger (189-G-89, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an Anadolu Efes' victory against the bottom-ranked Galatasaray (4-12) 84-73 in a derby game in the Euroleague last Thursday. He recorded 12 points and added 6 passes in a mere 19 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (8-8) is placed seventh in group A. This year Granger's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.9apg in 16 games. He has both Uruguayan and Italian nationalities. Worth to mention Granger played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #4. Guilherme Giovannoni (203-PF-80, currently plays in Brazil) is a teammate of previously mentioned Fulvio de Assis and both played together in the last Brazilian NBB game. Giovannoni contributed to Brasilia's victory against the ninth-ranked Minas (6-7) 92-79. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. It's Giovannoni's eighth season with the team. This year Giovannoni has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 7.1rpg and 3.2apg in 12 games. He also holds two passports: Italian and Brazilian.

   #5. Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Uruguay) was not able to help Defensor (2-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Aguiar's very good performance the second-placed Defensor (2-1) was badly defeated 91-73 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Hebraica (#4) in the Promocional 1 group. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Aguiar also added 6 assists. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. This season Aguiar has very high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.4apg. Aguiar holds both Italian and Uruguayan passports.

   #6. Nicolas Borsellino (202-C-86, another player represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Uruguay) was not able to secure a victory for Bigua (2-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Borsellino's very good performance the first-placed Bigua was edged 80-77 in a derby game by the lower-ranked U Universitario (#5) in the Promocional 1 group. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Borsellino also added 5 rebounds. Borsellino averaged so far 14.2ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.7apg. He has Italian and Uruguayan nationalities.

   #7. Angelo Caloiaro (205-F-89, agency: Pensack Sports, college: USF, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) contributed to a Demir IBB's victory against the closely-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque 90-85 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. Caloiaro had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 38 minutes. Caloiaro's stats this year are: 11.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg in nine games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Caloiaro has never played in Italy.

   #8. Kevin Lisch (188-C-86, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Kings (11-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Kings were defeated 80-74 at home by the lower-ranked Perth Wildcats (#4). Lisch scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season Lisch has very high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.5apg and 2.0spg. Lisch holds both Italian and Australian passports.

   #9. Joe Trapani (203-F-88, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help La ICL Manresa in their game against CB Canarias in the Spanish Liga Endesa, despite his good performance on Sunday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. But his team lost 74-79. This year Trapani's overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg in 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Trapani used to play for Novipiu Casale Monferrato in Italian league.

   #10. Gints Antrops (201-F-82, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Latvia) couldn't help BK Ogre in their game against Jekabpils in the Latvian LBL. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game He was the top scorer with 15 points. Antrops also added 4 rebounds. Antrops' overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He has dual citizenship: Italian and Latvian.



Coach Luciano Bongiorno signs at Roma Vis Nova - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Vis Nova Simply Francesco Argenti Roma landed coach Luciano Bongiorno. He worked recently at Roma E-basket in Italian Serie B. Bongiorno has coached there for the last three years.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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  IVORY COAST  


Pape-Philippe Amagou selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (186-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Amagou managed to help Le Mans Sarthe Basket in a victory against the sixth-ranked Oradea (5-7) 79-60 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night. He scored 5 points and added 4 assists in 28 minutes on the court. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (9-3) is placed first 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 Amagou averages: 5.8ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 32.3%, 3FGP: 25.7% and FT: 67.6% in 12 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Amagou played for the Ivorian senior national team four years ago.

Herve Lamizana
Herve Lamizana
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Herve Lamizana (208-81, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan). He led Yulon Luxgen to a victory over the league outsider KKL (5-17) 84-73 in the Taiwanese SBL in Saturday night's game. Lamizana was MVP of the game. He scored 31 points (!!!), grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Yulon Luxgen (13-9) is placed third in the SBL. Lamizana has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.5apg, 2.5bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 67.0%. Lamizana is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. He played for the Ivorian national team in 2013.

Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-87, currently plays in ABA League). Diabate could not help MZT Skopje (4-13) to beat Cibona (11-6). He did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. Diabate scored only 3 points. The bottom-ranked MZT Skopje was defeated 87-79 on the road by the much higher-ranked Cibona (#5). It was MZT Skopje's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Diabate's overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.6apg, 1.4spg, 3FGP: 47.8%(11-23) and FT: 66.7%. Similarly like Lamizana and Amagou above he has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Diabate played for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

Dalen Traore
Dalen Traore
   #4. Center Dalen Traore (206, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Evansville in their game against the Drake University (2-0) in the NCAA. He scored 6 points in 17 minutes. The Evansville lost 76-88 at home to the Drake University. This year Traore's overall stats are: 3.1ppg and 2.8rpg in 14 games. He used to play for the Ivorian U19 national team back in 2013.

Moussa Kone
Moussa Kone
   #5. Former international forward Moussa Kone (203-93, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Iserlohn (9-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Iserlohn (9-5) was badly defeated 89-72 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Rostock (#7) in the North group. Kone recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. It's Kone's first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Kone averages: 15.1ppg, 12.5rpg and 1.7apg. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and American. Kone used to play for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was the major contributor in Pau-Lacq-Orthez's victory against the leader Alba (3-1) crushing them 89-63 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds in 20 minutes. Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (2-2) is placed third in group O. There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Koffi averages: 9.4ppg and 4.8rpg in eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #2. Doron Perkins (189-G-83, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Iran) led Naft Abadan to a victory against the closely-ranked Arak (8-5) 86-80 in the Iranian Superleague last Thursday. Perkins recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Naft Abadan (10-3) is placed second in the Superleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Perkins' first season with the team. Perkins has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and American.

   #3. Dane Watts (203-F-86, currently plays in Germany) led Oettinger Rockets Gotha to a victory over the closely-ranked Chemnitz (11-5) 71-62 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. Watts was the best player in that game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (10-7) is placed seventh in the ProA. Watts has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg in seven games. He has both American and Ivorian nationalities.

   #4. Yoann Louis Folquet (185-G, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an University of Laval's victory against the Redmen (2-4) 70-63 in the Canadian university league CIS last Wednesday. Folquet recorded 7 points and had 3 steals. The University of Laval has a solid 4-2 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Folquet's total stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg.

   #5. Patrick Gnagbo (206-F/C-90, currently plays in NAIA) managed to help West Virginia University Inst. of Techn. in a victory against the Indiana University Southeast (4-0) crushing them 87-67 in the KIAC on Friday night. He scored only 3 points and blocked 3 shots in 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group Colonial. The West Virginia University Inst. of Techn. has record this season. This year Gnagbo's total stats are: 5.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg in six games.

   #6. Alassane Kah (206-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to ODU's surprising victory against the Western Kentucky University 79-67 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. This year Kah averages just 1.0ppg in two games. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and American.

   #7. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Orzinuovi GaGa's victory against the ninth-ranked Reggio Emilia 73-59 in the Italian Serie B (third division) on Wednesday night. Toure scored 5 points. His total stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg. Toure has Ivorian and Italian nationalities.

   #8. Salim Gloyd (198-F-92, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Hawaii-Hilo, currently plays in Spain). He could not help CB Tarragona 2017 to beat Zornotza. Gloyd cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 16 minutes. His team lost 69-79. This year Gloyd's total stats are: 9.7ppg and 4.9rpg in 16 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports.

   #9. Ismael Sanogo (203-G-96, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the Seton Hall in their game against the Marquette University in the NCAA. Sanogo scored 5 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. His team was edged 89-86. Sanogo's total stats this season are: 3.3ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.1apg. He holds both American and Ivorian passports.



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Kimani Ffriend selected the top Jamaican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kimani Ffriend
Kimani Ffriend
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Serbia). Ffriend led Dynamic BG to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Smederevo (1-11) crushing them 115-70 in the Serbian KLS last Sunday. He scored 17 points, had 6 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. It was his first game for Dynamic BG this season. His team is placed second in the KLS. It's Ffriend's first year with the team. Ffriend played for the Jamaican senior national team five years ago.

Kevin Young
Kevin Young
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri, currently plays in Uruguay). He could not help Trouville (0-3) in their last game. Despite Young's very good performance the eighth-placed Trouville (0-3) was badly defeated 89-73 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Aguada in the Promocional 1 group. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Young also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. So far Trouville lost all three games in the Second Stage. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Young has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 51.8% and FT: 68.6% in 12 games he played so far. He played for the Jamaican national team in 2006.

Adrian Uter
Adrian Uter
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, agency: BeoBasket, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He was not able to help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (9-3) in their last game. Despite Uter's good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost 72-77 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#4) Ventspils in the group C of Basketball Champions League. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Uter also added 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. They ended the series of eight consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Uter's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 41.6%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 61.9% in 12 games. Uter is a naturalized American. He played for the Jamaican national team four years ago.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #4. Guard Akeem Scott (185-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Chile) led Universidad de Concepcion to a victory over one of league's weakest teams CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (9-23) 80-75 in the Chilean Liga Nacional in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Scott recorded 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in 38 minutes. CD Universidad de Concepcion (18-4) is placed third in the Liga Nacional. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Scott has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.6apg and 2.6spg in 25 games. Scott is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Scott played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2014.

Durand Scott
Durand Scott
   #5. Former international swingman Durand Scott (196-90, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Enel Brindisi (7-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Scott's good performance Enel Brindisi was edged 108-106 at home by the second-ranked Umana Venezia. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Scott has very high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg. Scott is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Jamaican national team four years ago.

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #6. Center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Charlotte Hornets (20-19) in their game against the Detroit Pistons (17-22) in the NBA. Hibbert scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 19 minutes. The Charlotte Hornets (20-19) were edged 115-114 in Detroit by the Pistons. It was Hornets' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Hibbert's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2bpg in 33 games. He is a naturalized American. Hibbert is a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team seven years ago.

Dylan Ennis
Dylan Ennis
   #7. Former international guard Dylan Ennis (187-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Washington State University (1-2) 85-66 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored 17 points and added 7 passes. The University of Oregon has 2-0 conference record this season. This year Ennis has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Jevohn Shepherd (196-G/F-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) could not help Spirou Charleroi (4-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed Spirou Charleroi (4-8) was edged 65-63 on the road by the second-ranked Partizan in the group E of Basketball Champions League. Shepherd was the top scorer with 31 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Shepherd's first season with the team. Shepherd has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg and 3.9rpg in 10 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #2. Omari Johnson (206-F-89, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to help Neptunas (8-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Johnson's very good performance Neptunas (#3) was defeated 82-73 in Thessaloniki by the lower-ranked PAOK (#5) in the group C of Basketball Champions League. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds. Johnson also 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. It's Johnson's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.8ppg and 5.4rpg. Johnson is a naturalized American.

   #3. Sek Henry (193-G-87, college: Nebraska, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to secure a victory for Gravelines-Dunkerque (1-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Henry's very good performance Gravelines-Dunkerque (#3) was defeated 90-85 in Buyukcekmece by the second-ranked Demir IBB in the group L of FIBA Europe Cup. He scored 16 points and added 5 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. Henry's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Experienced Torin Francis (210-C-83, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help La Union (4-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance La Union (#6) was defeated 103-98 in Corrientes by the higher-ranked Regatas (#3) in the Norte group. Francis scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. This season Francis has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg and 8.0rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #5. Phil Henry (203-PF-91, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: E.New Mexico, currently plays in Slovakia) couldn't help Nova Ves (3-19) in their game against Lucenec (9-12) in the Slovakian SBL, despite his very good performance last Saturday. Henry had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 5 blocks in 38 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Henry's third season in pro basketball. But Nova Ves lost 99-107 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#8) Lucenec. Henry has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.1apg in 20 games. Henry is a naturalized American.

   #6. Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help KTP-Basket in their game against Kauhajoen Karhu in the Finnish Korisliiga, despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game. Gay was the second best scorer with 23 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. But his team was crushed by 24 points 105-81. Gay has very impressive stats this year: 20.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.9bpg and 1.2spg in 19 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #7. McHugh Mattis (198-F-84, college: S.Florida, currently plays in Mexico) couldn't help Abejas in their game against Soles in the Mexican LNBP (second division). Despite his good performance last Wednesday Mattis recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. Mattis has reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3bpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #8. Justin Rutty (200-F-89, agency: HMS, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Uruguay) contributed to an Union Atletica's victory against the sixth-ranked Sayago 94-83 in the Uruguayan LUB on Wednesday night. Rutty scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. Rutty has reliable stats this year: 13.7ppg and 10.7rpg in three games. He is a naturalized American.

   #9. Chris Stanhope (196-G, currently plays in Canada) led Brandon University to a victory against the Cougars 86-80 in the Canadian university league CIS in Saturday night's game. Stanhope scored 16 points and blocked 2 blocks. Stanhope's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg.

   #10. Clint Robinson (203-F/C, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Ill.-Chicago in their game against the Oakland University in the NCAA. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only 11 minutes. His team was edged 58-57. This year Robinson's total stats are: 5.5ppg and 4.4rpg in 17 games.



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  JORDAN  

Standings - Premier League

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Jan. 10: Al Riyadi - Orthodox 64-69
Jan. 11: Kofer Yoba - Al Horiyah 55-33
Jan. 11: Deer Abi Sa'ed - Al Jalil 53-95


Premier League Round 7: Leader Al Riyadi loses to Orthodox - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Al Riyadi (6-1) in Amman on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by Orthodox (7-0) 69-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Al Riyadi. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Undefeated Orthodox have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion Al Riyadi dropped to the second place with one game lost.
Bottom-ranked Al Horiyah (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 55-33 loss to fifth ranked Kofer Yoba (3-3) in Irbid. Kofer Yoba moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Al Jalil. Al Horiyah lost their sixth game in a row. They still close the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Deer Abi Sa'ed.
Bottom-ranked Deer Abi Sa'ed (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 95-53 loss to fourth ranked Al Jalil (3-3) in on Wednesday evening. Al Jalil maintains fourth place with 3-3 record, which they share with Kofer Yoba. Deer Abi Sa'ed lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Al Horiyah.


Kofer Yoba - Al Horiyah 55-33

Bottom-ranked Al Horiyah (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 55-33 loss to fifth ranked Kofer Yoba (3-3) in Irbid. Kofer Yoba moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Al Jalil. Al Horiyah lost their sixth game in a row. They still close the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Deer Abi Sa'ed.
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Deer Abi Sa'ed - Al Jalil 53-95

Bottom-ranked Deer Abi Sa'ed (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 95-53 loss to fourth ranked Al Jalil (3-3) in on Wednesday evening. Al Jalil maintains fourth place with 3-3 record, which they share with Kofer Yoba. Deer Abi Sa'ed lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Al Horiyah.
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Al Riyadi - Orthodox 64-69

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Al Riyadi (6-1) in Amman on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by Orthodox (7-0) 69-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Al Riyadi. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Orthodox have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion Al Riyadi dropped to the second place with one game lost.
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  KAZAKHSTAN  

Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. Astana 10-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 4-4 
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 0-10 

Regular Season: Round 7

Jan. 11: Astana - Kaspiy Aktau 77-59
Jan. 12: Astana - Kaspiy Aktau 72-53

Regular Season: Round 8

Jan. 25: Astana - Kaspiy Aktau
Jan. 26: Astana - Kaspiy Aktau


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Trevin PARKS
  Barsy Atyrau
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 24
 1. Parks, Barsy Atyrau24.0 
 2. Lowery, Astana21.4 
 3. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.15.3 
 4. Yargaliev, Astana14.7 
 5. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau14.4 
 6. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.13.8 
 7. Ponomaryov, Astana11.1 
 8. Gavrilov, Astana9.9 
 9. Kuanov, Kaspiy A.8.9 
 10. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.8.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert LOWERY
  Astana
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Lowery, Astana7.0 
 2. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.6.9 
 3. Micheev, Barsy A.5.8 
 4. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.5.3 
 5. Ponomaryov, Astana5.2 
 6. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.5.0 
 7. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.4.9 
 8. Gavrilov, Astana4.9 
 9. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau4.6 
 10. Parks, Barsy Atyrau4.5 
Assists Per Game
 Robert LOWERY
  Astana
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Lowery, Astana7.0 
 2. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.5.5 
 3. Parks, Barsy Atyrau4.1 
 4. Murzagaliyev, Ast.3.5 
 5. Yargaliev, Astana3.1 
 6. Savchenko, Barsy A.3.1 
 7. Marchuk, Kaspiy A.2.2 
 8. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.2.0 
 9. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau1.9 
 10. Kuanov, Kaspiy A.1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Robert LOWERY
  Astana
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Lowery, Astana4.2 
 2. Parks, Barsy Atyrau3.6 
 3. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.2.9 
 4. Yargaliev, Astana1.9 
 5. Savchenko, Barsy A.1.8 
 6. Marchuk, Kaspiy A.1.8 
 7. Bazhkin, Barsy A.1.6 
 8. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.1.6 
 9. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau1.5 
 10. Micheev, Barsy A.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mikhail YEVSTIGNEYEV
  Barsy A.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.0.5 
 2. Bazhkin, Barsy A.0.4 
 3. Matyukevych, Barsy A.0.3 
 4. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau0.3 
 5. Lowery, Astana0.2 
 6. Ponomaryov, Astana0.2 
 7. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.0.2 
 8. Savchenko, Barsy A.0.1 
 9. Kurochkin, Kaspiy A.0.1 
 10. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.0.1 



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  KOSOVO  


Justin Doellman selected the top Kosovan playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Justin Doellman
Justin Doellman
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Justin Doellman (205-85, agency: BeoBasket, college: Xavier, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona 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. Doellman recorded 11 points in 20 minutes on the court. FC Barcelona Lassa (12-3) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Doellman has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 54.5%(12-22) and FT: 90.5%(19-21) in nine games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Doellman is currently a member of the Kosovan senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Kosovo.

Dardan Berisha
Dardan Berisha
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Dardan Berisha (191-88, currently plays in Poland). He could not help AZS Polfarmex (3-10) in their last game. Despite Berisha's good performance AZS Polfarmex lost 62-71 on the road to the higher-ranked (#12) Polpharma. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Berisha also added 5 assists in 35 minutes. It was AZS Polfarmex's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Berisha has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, 3FGP: 27.0% and FT: 75.0% in 12 games. Berisha has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Polish. Ex-KB Peja player is in the roster of the Kosovan senior national team.

Gezim Morina
Gezim Morina
   #3. The Kosovan player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Gezim Morina (203-92, currently plays in Slovenia). He was not able to help Lastovka in their game against Tajfun (6-6) in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Morina recorded 8 points. Lastovka was defeated 66-62 at home by the lower-ranked Tajfun (#8). Morina's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 75.0%. He is another player who holds two passports: Kosovan and Slovenian. Morina played for the Kosovan national team six years ago.

Scott Bamforth
Scott Bamforth
   #4. Swingman Scott Bamforth (188-89, also represented by BeoBasket, college: Weber St., currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for RETAbet BB (6-8) in their game against Gran Canaria (2-12) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. Bamforth recorded only 2 points in 20 minutes. RETAbet BB lost 68-82 on their home court in Bilbao to the lower-ranked (#14) Gran Canaria. It's Bamforth's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg and 3.3apg in 15 games. Bamforth is a naturalized American. He is also Kosovan national team player. Apparently Bamforth has never played in Kosovo.

Jaren Sina
Jaren Sina
   #5. International guard Jaren Sina (188-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to G.Washington's victory against the Davidson College (0-1) 73-69 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He scored 10 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 31 minutes. The The George Washington University has 0-1 conference record this season. Sina has reliable stats this year: 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.9apg in 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Sina plays currently for the Kosovan national team. Interesting that he has never played in Kosovo.

Arif Mehmetaj
Arif Mehmetaj
   #6. Forward Arif Mehmetaj (201-94, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help Daemen College to win against the St.Thomas Aquinas College (6-2) 67-64 in the NCAA2 last Wednesday. Mehmetaj scored only 4 points. The Daemen College has 3-3 record this season. Mehmetaj's stats this year are: 12.4ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.7apg. He is a naturalized American. Mehmetaj is an international player who is currently on the senior Kosovan National Team roster. However he has never played in Kosovo.

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

   #1. Kenan Sipahi (197-PG-95, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) managed to help Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul to win against the fifth-ranked Banco di Srd (5-7) crushing them 100-70 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. Sipahi scored only 4 points and added 4 passes. Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (10-2) is placed first in group E. It was his team's third 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 critical. It's Sipahi's first season with the team. This year he averages: 2.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.4apg. Sipahi has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Turkish.

   #2. Lis Shoshi (211-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) led UALR to a victory against the Appalachian State University (2-2) 76-68 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored 15 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has 1-0 conference record this season. Shoshi has reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg.

Other top Kosovan players, who play abroad:

Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) plays for Krka in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM
Fahri Breca (190-G-85) plays for Recklinghausen in German ProB
Bardhosh Kelmeni (195-G-98) plays for Malbas in Swedish Basketligan
Damir Nicevic (205-C-76) plays for Vogosca in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division II
Elio Sadiku (186-PG-91) plays for Cognac BB in French NM2
Gerti Shima (204-PF-86) plays for SK Tirana in Albanian Superliga
Hekuran Pireva (C/F-86) plays for Trelleborg in Swedish Basketettan
Valon Gashi (202-F/C-87) plays for Trelleborg in Swedish Basketettan
Berat Kllapija (189-85) plays for Jahn Freising in German 2.Regionalliga
Burim Aliu (F-95) plays for Neumarkt in German 2.Regionalliga

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



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  LATVIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tauras JOGELA
  Barons Riga
  (202-PF-93)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Jogela, Barons Riga16.3 
 2. Kaufmanis, Valmiera15.7 
 3. Blums, VEF Riga15.6 
 4. Laksa, Valmiera14.7 
 5. Geks, Barons Riga14.5 
 6. Saage, Valka/Valga14.3 
 7. Pinete, Jurmala13.5 
 8. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils13.2 
 9. Silavs, Valka/Valga13.1 
 10. Stumbris, Jekabpils13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Liepaja/.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Rozitis, Liepaja/.8.9 
 2. Krestinin, Barons R.7.7 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala7.5 
 4. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.2 
 5. Strelnieks, Jurmala7.1 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils7.1 
 7. Jonats, Valmiera6.7 
 8. Raadik, Valka/Valga6.5 
 9. Zakis, Ventspils6.5 
 10. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.8 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.7 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.0 
 4. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.6 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.5 
 6. Larson, Barons Riga5.5 
 7. Pitts, Valmiera5.1 
 8. Vitols, BK Ogre4.9 
 9. Saage, Valka/Valga4.6 
 10. Dargais, Barons R.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.3.5 
 2. Larson, Barons Riga2.3 
 3. Skele, VEF Riga2.2 
 4. Richard, VEF Riga2.1 
 5. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.9 
 6. Campbell, Ventspils1.8 
 7. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.7 
 8. Krestinin, Barons R.1.7 
 9. Saage, Valka/Valga1.6 
 10. Jogela, Barons Riga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  BK Ogre
  (213-PF-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Berzins, BK Ogre1.5 
 2. Pollard, Liepaja/.1.4 
 3. Grazulis, Ventspils1.4 
 4. Rozitis, Liepaja/.1.2 
 5. Mbodj, Ventspils1.1 
 6. Dembskis, LU1.0 
 7. Montgomery, Liepaja/.1.0 
 8. Rozitis, Jurmala1.0 
 9. Niedra, BK Ogre0.9 
 10. Rubenis, LU0.8 


Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
Places 1-12
 1. Kekava 11-0 
 2. Turiba 11-0 
 3. ViA 9-2 
 4. Jelgava 7-4 
 5. Marupe 7-5 
 6. RSU 6-5 
 7. Ogre/Kumho Tyre 5-5 
 8. Limbazi 3-7 
 9.