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  ARGENTINA  


Standings - LigaA

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

Regular Season: Round 27

Jan. 13: Obras Basket - Penarol 86-93
Jan. 13: San Martin C. - La Union 81-75
Jan. 13: Weber Bahia - Atenas 105-93
Jan. 13: Echague - Olimpico LB 105-87
Jan. 14: Ferrocarril - Hispano Am.
Jan. 14: Instituto - San Lorenzo
Jan. 15: Quilmes MP - Quimsa
Jan. 15: GECR Indalo - Regatas C.
Jan. 15: Libertad S. - Olimpico LB
Jan. 16: Boca Jrs - Hispano Am.
Jan. 16: Atenas - San Lorenzo
Jan. 17: Ferrocarril - Regatas C.
Jan. 17: Penarol - Quimsa
Jan. 17: Argentino - Estudiantes C.
Jan. 17: La Union - Echague


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.5 
 2. Green, Instituto18.9 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.18.4 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.3 
 5. Baxley, Atenas18.2 
 6. Horner, Obras B.18.2 
 7. Reed, Penarol16.5 
 8. Johnson, Weber B.16.3 
 9. Mickeal, Atenas16.2 
 10. Vildoza, Quilm.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Williams, Olimpico.11.7 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.1 
 3. Johnson, Weber B.10.1 
 4. Clancy, Instituto9.8 
 5. Horner, Obras B.9.2 
 6. Wood, San M.8.8 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.8 
 8. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.6 
 9. Ruiz, Libertad S.8.1 
 10. Jones, Atenas8.0 
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.5.9 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.7 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.1 
 6. Ciorciari, Instituto4.9 
 7. Hopson, Quimsa4.9 
 8. Perez, Boca Jrs4.9 
 9. Cantero, San M.4.7 
 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. De los Santo., GECR I.2.1 
 3. Solano, Echague2.1 
 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. Flor, Quilmes MP1.6 
 10. Tucker, Estudian.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.2 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.8 
 4. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 5. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 6. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 9. Johnson, Weber B.1.0 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Estudiantes Concordia tabs Pedro Calderon - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Concordia (LigaA) inked experienced 37-year old former international center Pedro Calderon (209-80) from Boca Jrs. In 23 LigaA games he averaged 4.5ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2apg this season. The last season Calderon played at Regatas Corrientes where in 59 LigaA games he had 5.7ppg and 4.0rpg.
Among other achievements his team won Argentinian LigaA Regular Season for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
Calderon was a member of Argentinian international program for some years. He was called to Argentinian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2006 and previously for U21 National Team between 2000 and 2001.
Calderon has played also professionally in Brazil (Metodista/Sao Bernardo do Campo, Assis Basket and Mogi), Argentina (Obras Basket, Quilmes Mar del Plata, Estudiantes Olavarria, Automovil Club and Olimpico de La Banda) and Puerto Rico (Barceloneta).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Estudiantes Concordia.
Calderon's game is described as: The most improved inside player in last Liga A season. Took great advantage from a larger playing time, and increased all his figures. Can score inside, has a good touch even to hit a 3 pointer, improved his defensive presence.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Leather comes back to Sagesse, ex Sionista - by Eurobasket News

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster experienced 36-year old American center Terrence Leather (204-103kg-81, college: S.Florida, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Beirut as he has played here before. Leather played last season at Sionista in Argentinian TFB league. In 6 LigaA games he recorded 7.2ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.2spg. Leather also spent pre-season at Estudiantes (also in LigaA) in Argentinian that year. The other team he played shortly was Champville where in 5 Pepsi LBL games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Leather's team made it to the Korean KBL Semifinals in 2012 and 2015. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Honorable Mention back in 2014.
Leather is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Leather tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Germany, Iran (Foolad Mahan), Korea (Mobis Phoebus, KCC Egis, ET Land Elephants, Goyang Orions and SK Knights), Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico (Mets), Spain and Lebanon (Homenetmen).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Sagesse.
Leather attended University of South Florida until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Leather: A potent offensive weapon … A skilled player with good shooting range.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gianella's 43-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

38-year old point guard Nicolas Gianella (186-PG-78) had an amazing evening in the last round for Boca Jrs and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 43 points adding two assists for Boca Jrs in his team's victory, helping them to beat Hispano Am. (#10, 6-19) 101-89. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings in Sur. Boca Jrs maintains the 9th position in their group in Argentinian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 17 games and recorded just seven victories. In the team's last game Gianella had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Boca Jrs' top player in his first season with the team. Nicolas Gianella averages this season 17.3ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Lucio Redivo (183-G-94) of Weber Bahia. He is international guard in his 5th season at Weber Bahia. In the last game Redivo recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 10 assists. It was enough for Weber Bahia to edge the lower-ranked Quilmes MP (#8, 10-15) by 4 points 105-101. Weber Bahia's 3rd position in Sur has not changed. His team's 14-10 record is not bad at all. Redivo is one of the most experienced players at Weber Bahia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Weber Bahia's star - center Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88). Johnson scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Weber Bahia, helping his team with a 105-101 win against the lower-ranked Quilmes MP (#8, 10-15). Weber Bahia needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Sur. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 10 lost games. Johnson has a great season in Argentina. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.0ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 10.1rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Larry O'Bannon (192-SG-83) of Hispano Am. - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Tracy Robinson (201-F-86) of Quilmes MP - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Novar Gadson (201-G-89) of Argentino - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Luca Vildoza (190-G-95) of Quilmes MP - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Mathias Calfani (204-C-92) of San Lorenzo - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Walter Baxley (193-SG-84) of Atenas - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Paolo Quinteros (188-SG-79) of Regatas C. - 26 points and 5 assists

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



Andrew Feeley (ex U Universitario) signs at Ferrocarril - by Eurobasket News

Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal (LigaA) landed experienced 34-year old American center Andrew Feeley (206-83, college: UMBC). He played recently at U Universitario in Uruguayan LUB league. In 13 games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.7bpg this season. Feeley also played earlier that season for Gigantes (LPB) in Venezuelan league.
Among other achievements his team made it to the LPB Semifinals in 2011 and 2014. Feeley received also Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese JBL2 Import Player of the Year award back in 2009.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Feeley experienced life in eight different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Feeley has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., France, Mexico (Bucaneros and Pioneros), Slovenia, Argentina (Penarol and GECR Indalo), Japan (Toyotsu Fighting Eagles Nagoya), Uruguay (Aguada, Hebraica, Trouville, Goes and Bigua) and Dominican Republic (Reales de La Vega).
He attended University of Maryland -Baltimore County until 2005 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Feeley's outlook: A versatile big man who can play with his back to the basket, finish with both hands around the basket and has the ability to step outside and knock down 15-18 foot jump shots. His game has continued to improve every season. Displays great leadership on and off the court.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cristian Amicucci signs at Boca Jrs - by Facundo Iatzky

Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (LigaA) landed 32-year old power forward Cristian Amicucci (200-85) from Libertad Sunchales. In 18 LigaA games he averaged 6.9ppg and 3.3rpg this season. The last season Amicucci played at Ferrocarril where in 31 LigaA games he had 13.8ppg and 6.0rpg.
Among other achievements his team won Argentinian TNA Regular Season in 2006 and 2009.
Amicucci was a member of Argentinian U21 National Team back in 2004.
He has played previously for six other teams: Weber Bahia, Argentino, MH Basket, Quimsa, Union de Sunchales and Olimpico de La Banda.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ASEAN LEAGUE  

Standings

ASEAN League Standings
 1 Kaohsiung 89-5 
 2 Singapore S. 7-2 
 3 Hong Kong ELL 5-1 
 4 Alab Pilipinas 4-2 
 5 KL Dragons 1-4 
 6 Saigon H. 0-92 

Regular Season: Round 6

Jan. 13: Hong Kong ELL - KL Dragons 87-70
Jan. 13: Alab Pilipinas - Singapore S. 74-72
Jan. 14: Saigon H. - Kaohsiung
Jan. 15: KL Dragons - Alab Pilipinas
Jan. 15: Singapore S. - Hong Kong ELL



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  AUSTRALIA  

Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 13: Breakers - Kings 92-74
Jan. 13: Hawks - Bullets 85-80
Jan. 12: 36ers - United 100-73
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. Newley, Kings17.4 
 5. Lisch, Kings17.0 
 6. Clarke, Hawks17.0 
 7. Penney, Breakers16.6 
 8. Goulding, United16.5 
 9. Sobey, 36ers16.2 
 10. Johnson, 36ers15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Torrey CRAIG
  Bullets
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Craig, Bullets8.3 
 2. Boone, United8.2 
 3. Johnson, 36ers7.6 
 4. Ogilvy, Hawks7.0 
 5. Knight, Wildcats6.9 
 6. Mitchell, Breakers6.6 
 7. Whittington, Kings6.6 
 8. Pledger, Breakers6.5 
 9. Bairstow, Bullets6.5 
 10. McKay, Wildcats6.5 
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. Newley, Kings4.2 
 6. Stockton, Breakers4.2 
 7. Worthington, Taipa.3.8 
 8. Gibson, Bullets3.8 
 9. Martin, Wildcats3.8 
 10. Lisch, Kings3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Kings
  (188-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lisch, Kings2.0 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.8 
 3. Whittington, Kings1.5 
 4. Prather, Wildcats1.5 
 5. Harris, Hawks1.4 
 6. Jackson, United1.4 
 7. Ware, United1.3 
 8. Woodside, Breakers1.3 
 9. Gliddon, Taipans1.3 
 10. Newley, Kings1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel MCKAY
  Wildcats
  (206-F/C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. McKay, Wildcats2.0 
 2. Ogilvy, Hawks1.5 
 3. Boone, United1.4 
 4. Carter, Breakers1.3 
 5. Pledger, Breakers1.3 
 6. Whittington, Kings1.1 
 7. Powell, Kings0.8 
 8. Jervis, Bullets0.7 
 9. Maric, Kings0.7 
 10. Egwu, Taipans0.7 


Matthew Adekponya (ex Geraldton B.) signs at Naestved - by Eurobasket News

Team FOG Naestved (Ligaen) landed 27-year old Australian guard Matthew Adekponya (194-86kg-90). He played in the summer at Geraldton Buccaneers in Australian SBL. In 26 games he averaged impressive 26.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg. Adekponya helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Australiabasket.com All-Australian SBL Domestic Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team and to the All-Star Game.
Last year Adekponya was drafted by Grand Rapids Drive (D-League) in sixth round (99th overall).
Among other achievements he won Australian QBL championship title in 2009 and 2015.
Adekponya is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Adekponya has played previously professionally in Malta (Depiro), Portugal (Barcelos), Australia (Mackay Meteors, Cairns Taipans and Cairns Marlins) and Norway (Nidaros Jets).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Round 11 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most interesting game of round 11 was a home defeat of 6th ranked Kosovan Sigal Prishtina (2-6) by fifth ranked FYR Macedonian Kozuv (3-5) who outscored them by 27 points 92-65 in the game for the fifth place. The game was mostly controlled by Kozuv. Sigal Prishtina managed to win second period 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Bulgarian forward Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Kozuv's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Drilon Hajrizi (203-91) responded with 16 points and 4 assists. Kozuv maintains fifth place with 3-5 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Sigal Prishtina lost fourth consecutive game. Defending Kosovan champion keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Kozuv is looking forward to face league's leader Kumanovo at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sigal Prishtina will play against Bashkimi (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Prishtina was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Bulgarian Beroe (5-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Kosovan Sigal Prishtina (2-6). Beroe managed to secure a 8-point victory 94-86. It was an exceptional evening for Tihomir Zhelev (193-90) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Brandis Raley-Ross accounted for 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Forward Drilon Hajrizi (203-91) came up with 26 points and 7 rebounds for Sigal Prishtina in the defeat. Beroe maintains second place with 5-3 record behind leader Kumanovo, which they share with 3 other teams. Sigal Prishtina lost fourth consecutive game. Defending Kosovan champion keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Beroe will play against Teodo Tivat (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sigal Prishtina will play against Bashkimi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Group A
Sigal Prishtina - Kozuv 65-92

The most interesting game of round 11 was a home defeat of 6th ranked Kosovan Sigal Prishtina (2-6) by fifth ranked FYR Macedonian Kozuv (3-5) who outscored them by 27 points 92-65 in the game for the fifth place. The game was mostly controlled by Kozuv. Sigal Prishtina managed to win second period 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Bulgarian forward Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Kozuv players scored in double figures. Kozuv's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Drilon Hajrizi (203-91) responded with 16 points and 4 assists and American point guard Jabarie Hinds (180-92, college: Massachusetts) scored 16 points. Kozuv maintains fifth place with 3-5 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Sigal Prishtina lost fourth consecutive game. Defending Kosovan champion keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Kozuv is looking forward to face league's leader Kumanovo at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sigal Prishtina will play against Bashkimi (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sigal Prishtina: J.Hinds 16+4reb+1ast, D.Hajrizi 16+4reb+4ast, G.Johnson 12+3reb+3ast, N.Delic 8+5reb+2ast, E.Azemi 6+3reb+3ast, U.Zenelaj 5+7reb
Kozuv: A.Yanev Georgiev 21+5reb+4ast, M.Mijovic 20+13reb+2ast, B.Krstevski 18+7reb+2ast, K.McNeaill 18+2reb+2ast, L.Hall 6+6reb+2ast, G.Glavchev 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 529565


Sigal Prishtina - Beroe 86-94

The game in Prishtina was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Bulgarian Beroe (5-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Kosovan Sigal Prishtina (2-6). Beroe managed to secure a 8-point victory 94-86. Beroe outrebounded Sigal Prishtina 44-25 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for Tihomir Zhelev (193-90) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) accounted for 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. Forward Drilon Hajrizi (203-91) came up with 26 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Jabarie Hinds (180-92, college: Massachusetts) added 24 points, 5 assists and 6 steals respectively for Sigal Prishtina in the defeat. Five Beroe and four Sigal Prishtina players scored in double figures. Beroe maintains second place with 5-3 record behind leader Kumanovo, which they share with 3 other teams. Sigal Prishtina lost fourth consecutive game. Defending Kosovan champion keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Beroe will play against Teodo Tivat (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sigal Prishtina will play against Bashkimi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sigal Prishtina: D.Hajrizi 26+7reb+1ast, J.Hinds 24+3reb+5ast, N.Delic 13+6reb+1ast, G.Johnson 13+4reb+3ast, G.Rugova 4+2reb+4ast, E.Azemi 3+1reb+1ast
Beroe: B.Raley-Ross 19+6reb+5ast, T.Zhelev 19+9reb+3ast, T.Tenchev 15+1reb+1ast, A.Jones 13+7reb, S.Tesija 11+7reb+1ast, O.Gudul 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 499067





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  BALTIC LEAGUE  

Standings - Men

Baltic League Standings
Group A
 1 Barons Riga 9-2 
 2 Rapla 8-3 
 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. 13: Rapla - Barons Riga 66-77
Jan. 10: Nevezis - Barsy Atyrau 103-73

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 17: Parnu - Barsy Atyrau
Jan. 17: Tarvas - COR-Borisfen
Jan. 18: Nevezis - Liepaja/Triobet
Jan. 19: Rapla - Barsy Atyrau
Jan. 19: TTU - COR-Borisfen
Jan. 21: Valmiera - COR-Borisfen



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  BELARUS  

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. COR-Borisfen 14-0 
 2. Grodno-93 14-0 
 3. Tsmoki II 11-4 
 4. Vitebsk 10-7 
 5. Impuls BGUIR 9-8 
 6. Prinemanye 5-10 
 7. BSEU-GrandPrint 4-16 
 8. Brest 2-13 
 9. GOCOR-Sozh 2-13 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 13: Tsmoki II - Prinemanye 78-43
Jan. 13: GOCOR-Sozh - Vitebsk 68-88
Jan. 9: Impuls BGUIR - BSEU-GrandPrint 66-68
Jan. 13: Brest - Impuls BGUIR 63-66

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 14: Brest - Impuls BGUIR
Jan. 14: Tsmoki II - Prinemanye
Jan. 14: GOCOR-Sozh - Vitebsk
Jan. 14: Grodno-93 - COR-Borisfen
Jan. 15: Grodno-93 - COR-Borisfen


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 22
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.22.0 
 2. Viaroukin, GO.20.4 
 3. Sugonyako, COR-Bori.18.8 
 4. Aladko, Vitebsk18.0 
 5. Suvorov, Prine.17.5 
 6. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.17.5 
 7. Navoichyk, Prine.17.3 
 8. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.16.6 
 9. Shustov, Impuls B.16.3 
 10. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.9 
 2. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.9.0 
 3. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.9 
 4. Liutych, Tsmoki II8.6 
 5. Kopacev, GO.8.4 
 6. Ignatev, Impuls B.8.0 
 7. Zahar, Impuls B.7.9 
 8. Sugonyako, COR-Bori.7.7 
 9. Chumakov, Prine.7.7 
 10. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.6.2 
 2. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.9 
 3. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.5.1 
 4. Kuzmin, Grodno-934.9 
 5. Aladko, Vitebsk4.7 
 6. Sapegin, Vitebsk4.5 
 7. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.5 
 8. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.4 
 9. Korzh, Grodno-934.4 
 10. Svakel, Prinemanye4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Victor OVSEPYAN
  Vitebsk
  (204-F-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk3.0 
 2. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.9 
 3. Shustov, Impuls B.2.6 
 4. Chumakov, Grodn.2.5 
 5. Viaroukin, GO.2.3 
 6. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.2.2 
 7. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.2.2 
 8. Suvorov, Prine.2.1 
 9. Malkov, COR-Bori.2.1 
 10. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KOVAL
  GO.
  (187-G-0)
  Avg: 0
 1. Koval, GO.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Oshuiko, BSEU-Gr.0.0 
 5. Koratcov, Tsmoki I.0.0 
 6. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.0.0 
 7. Kopylov, COR-Bori.0.0 
 8. Navoichyk, Prine.0.0 
 9. Kopacev, GO.0.0 
 10. Morozov, Brest0.0 



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  BOLIVIA  


ASS Sale signs Jason Jones - by Greg

As de Sale (D1) signed 27-year old American forward Jason Jones (198-92kg-90, college: Middle Tennessee State). He played most recently at Vikingos in Bolivian Libobasquet. In three Liga Sudamericana games he had solid 14.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg. Jones won Bolivian Libobasquet Apertura championship title that season leading his team on the court with impressive 29.4ppg, 11.0rpg and 4.0apg.
He has played previously professionally in UBA (GIE Maile Matrix) and La Salle Tarija (Bolivia).
Jones attended Middle Tennessee State until 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 13: B.Cearense - L.Sorocaba 86-85
Jan. 13: Vitoria - Paulistano 85-73
Jan. 12: Mogi - Franca 82-63
Jan. 12: Brasilia - Macae 74-72
Jan. 13: Vasco Da G. - Pinheiros 72-70
Jan. 12: Campo Mourao - Bauru 62-82
Jan. 12: Minas - Flamengo 60-89
Jan. 14: Brasilia - Flamengo


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Betinho NARDI DUARTE
  Campo M.
  (195-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Nardi Duarte, Campo M.21.2 
 2. Vieira, Flamengo20.6 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Holloway, Pinheiros19.5 
 5. Machado, Flamengo19.3 
 6. Mariano, Brasilia19.0 
 7. Stallworth, Mogi18.3 
 8. Jackson, Vasco D.17.4 
 9. Dawkins, Vitoria17.0 
 10. Anthony, Macae16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.6 
 2. de Souza, L.Sor.8.1 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 4. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.8 
 5. Mariano, Brasilia7.4 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.3 
 7. Klassmann, B.Cea.7.2 
 8. Lopez, Flamengo7.1 
 9. Bernardi, Caxias d.7.0 
 10. Maynard, Minas6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Alex GARCIA
  Bauru
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Garcia, Bauru6.5 
 2. de Assis, Brasilia6.5 
 3. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.6 
 4. Borges, Franca5.5 
 5. Rodgers, Minas5.4 
 6. Freitas, Campo M.5.4 
 7. Dawkins, Vitoria5.3 
 8. Cafferata, L.Sor.5.3 
 9. Taylor, Mogi4.9 
 10. Lucas, Paulistano4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alex GARCIA
  Bauru
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Garcia, Bauru2.5 
 2. Curnell, Mogi2.1 
 3. Toledo, B.Cearense2.0 
 4. Rodgers, Minas1.9 
 5. de Oliveira, Mogi1.9 
 6. Lima, Vasco Da G.1.8 
 7. Holloway, Pinheiros1.8 
 8. Taylor, Mogi1.8 
 9. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.6 
 10. Bennett, Pinheiros1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Douglas NUNES
  Campo M.
  (208-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Nunes, Campo M.1.2 
 2. Lenz, Pinheiros1.1 
 3. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.9 
 4. Freitas, Campo M.0.8 
 5. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.7 
 6. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 7. de Souza, L.Sor.0.7 
 8. Hayes, Vitoria0.6 
 9. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 10. Dias Silva, Pauli.0.6 


Brazilian NBB round 14 best performance: Desmond Holloway - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) had a great game in the last round for Pinheiros, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Caxias do Sul (#15, 2-12) 99-93. Pinheiros maintains the 5th position in Brazilian NBB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pinheiros will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. In the team's last game Holloway had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Pinheiros and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Coastal Carolina College star has very solid stats this year. Holloway is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.9ppg) and averages impressive 56.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Arthur Bernardi (206-F-90) of Caxias do Sul. Bernardi had a very good evening with 32 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Caxias do Sul lost that game 93-99 to the higher-ranked Pinheiros (#5, 8-5). Caxias do Sul are still at the very bottom. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Caxias do Sul managed to get this year. Bernardi is a newcomer at Caxias do Sul, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Drew Maynard (200-F-89) of Minas (#10). Maynard scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Minas, leading his team to a 86-78 win against the lower-ranked Macae (#14, 2-10). The chances of Minas ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Maynard could help Minas to bring them higher in the standings. Maynard has a very solid season. In 9 games in Brazil he scored 13.3ppg. He also has 6.6rpg and FGP: 57.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ralfi Ansaloni (211-C-87) of Pinheiros - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Joao Pedro Demetrio (208-F-95) of Franca - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80) of Mogi - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-SG-88) of Campo Mourao - 27 points and 2 rebounds
8. Scott Rodgers (191-G-87) of Minas - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Arthur Silva (196-SF-82) of Vitoria - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Danilo Fuzaro (193-G-94) of Minas - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Leonardo Fernandes agreed terms with L.Sorocaba - by Paulo Freire

Liga Sorocabana de Basquete (NBB) inked 20-year old point guard Leonardo Fernandes (185-97). He played recently at Paulistano in Brazilian NBB league. But in only one game he did not score anything. Fernandes also played earlier that season for Paulistano (Paulista). The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In only one NBB game he did not score anything. Fernandes also played 11 games in NBB for the same team last season , but he recorded just 0.5ppg. Fernandes also played 4 games in Liga Sudamericana, but he did not score anything and had only 5 rebounds and 1 assist.
He helped his team to make it to the Paulista League Semifinals in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BULGARIA  

Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Acad. 10-2 
 2. Beroe 9-3 
 3. Akademik PL 8-4 
 4. Balkan 7-5 
 5. Spartak Pleven 6-6 
 6. Rilski 6-7 
 7. Cherno More 4-9 
 8. Yambol 3-8 
 9. Levski 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 13: Spartak Pleven - Rilski 93-77
Jan. 13: Levski - Akademik PL 58-91
Jan. 13: Cherno More - Balkan 58-76
Jan. 14: Yambol - Lukoil Acad.



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

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 10: St.Francis X. - Cape Breton 96-80
Jan. 13: Calgary - UFV 92-87
Jan. 13: Ottawa - Laurentian 92-77
Jan. 13: Acadia - St.Mary's 90-82
Jan. 11: Windsor - Western 85-78
Jan. 11: McMaster - Laurier 85-54
Jan. 10: Dalhousie - Acadia 84-81
Jan. 13: Lethbridge - Saskatchewan 83-89
Jan. 13: Regina - Manitoba 81-93
Jan. 13: Cape Breton - UPEI 81-90
Jan. 13: Guelph - Laurier 80-87
Jan. 13: York - Toronto 79-68
Jan. 13: UBC - Alberta 78-68
Jan. 13: Brandon - MacEwan 77-74
Jan. 13: Queen's - Ryerson 77-101
Jan. 13: Lakehead - Brock 75-64
Jan. 13: Waterloo - Algoma 69-64
Jan. 13: TRU - Winnipeg 64-80
Jan. 13: UNBC - Mount Royal 64-78
Jan. 13: UQAM - McGill 59-90
Jan. 13: Laval - Bishop's 58-64
Jan. 13: UBC Okanagan - Victoria 46-81
Jan. 12: Calgary - UFV 106-68
Jan. 13: Carleton - Nipissing 102-59

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 14: Windsor - Western
Jan. 14: UQAM - McGill
Jan. 14: Memorial - UNB
Jan. 14: UPEI - St.Francis X.
Jan. 14: Algoma - Waterloo
Jan. 14: Ryerson - York
Jan. 14: Laurentian - Carleton
Jan. 14: Brock - Lakehead
Jan. 14: McMaster - Guelph
Jan. 14: Toronto - Queen's
Jan. 14: Nipissing - Ottawa
Jan. 14: Laval - Bishop's
Jan. 14: MacEwan - Brandon
Jan. 14: Manitoba - Regina
Jan. 14: Saskatchewan - Lethbridge
Jan. 14: Victoria - UBC Okanagan
Jan. 14: Winnipeg - TRU
Jan. 14: Mount Royal - UNBC
Jan. 14: Alberta - UBC
Jan. 15: Memorial - UNB
Jan. 15: Dalhousie - St.Mary's


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Conor MORGAN
  UBC
  (203-G/F-94)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Morgan, UBC25.2 
 2. Gray, Laurentian22.8 
 3. Cooper, Calgary22.8 
 4. Johnson, Toronto21.3 
 5. Jean-Louis, Cape B.21.0 
 6. Ramirez, York20.8 
 7. Nissen, Acadia20.6 
 8. Sentance, Lethb.20.3 
 9. Clayton, St.Mary''s19.7 
 10. Gilmore, McMaster19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike PEREIRA
  Waterloo
  (196-F-93)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Pereira, Waterloo11.6 
 2. Dut, UPEI11.4 
 3. Nissen, Acadia11.2 
 4. Osayande, Saskatch.10.7 
 5. Ross, Mount Royal10.1 
 6. Dinkins, Lakehead9.8 
 7. Bercy, St.Franc.9.7 
 8. Layton, Mount R.9.7 
 9. Graham, Queen''s9.2 
 10. Omoerah, Manitoba8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Javon MASTERS
  UNB
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Masters, UNB6.4 
 2. Keane, Carleton5.7 
 3. Rocca, Windsor5.3 
 4. Farkic, Western5.1 
 5. Allen, TWU4.9 
 6. Mata, Dalhousie4.9 
 7. Dulay, UFV4.9 
 8. Miller, Acadia4.8 
 9. Menashe, Lakehead4.7 
 10. Agyeman, UNBC4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Dejon BURDEAUX
  Lethb.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Burdeaux, Lethb.3.8 
 2. Agada, Ottawa3.5 
 3. Masters, UNB3.0 
 4. Small, Ryerson3.0 
 5. Mata, Dalhousie2.8 
 6. Ogundokun, McGill2.7 
 7. De Ciman, Saskatch.2.6 
 8. Charles, Concordia2.5 
 9. Jenkins, Western2.5 
 10. Peter-M., Ryerson2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane OSAYANDE
  Saskatch.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Osayande, Saskatch.2.5 
 2. Oirbans, Winnipeg2.4 
 3. Debache, UQAM2.4 
 4. Paul, Brandon2.2 
 5. Graham, Queen''s2.2 
 6. Layton, Mount R.2.0 
 7. Elgadi, Brock1.8 
 8. Voll, Ryerson1.7 
 9. James, MacEwan1.6 
 10. Yengue, Laurentian1.5 



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  CHINA  

Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Shanghai S. 23-4 
 2. Xinjiang FT 22-5 
 3. Guangdong ST 21-6 
 4. Liaoning H. 20-7 
 5. Guangsha L. 20-7 
 6. Shenzhen L. 18-9 
 7. Shandong FB 16-11 
 8. Beijing D. 15-12 
 9. Sichuan BW 15-12 
 10. Qingdao E. 13-13 
 11. Shanxi Zh. 13-14 
 12. Jiangsu D. 13-14 
 13. TianJin S. 12-15 
 14. Jilin NE T. 11-16 
 15. Fujian QB 8-19 
 16. Zhejiang CB 8-19 
 17. Jiangsu TX 7-20 
 18. North Control B. 5-21 
 19. Bayi R. 5-22 
 20. Guangzhou 4-23 

Regular Season: Round 27

Jan. 13: Guangsha L. - Beijing D. 96-84
Jan. 13: Guangzhou - Qingdao E. 85-94
Jan. 13: Bayi R. - Jiangsu D. 70-80
Jan. 13: TianJin S. - Zhejiang CB 131-113
Jan. 13: Xinjiang FT - Guangdong ST 129-109
Jan. 13: Sichuan BW - Shenzhen L. 118-111
Jan. 13: Fujian QB - Jilin NE T. 110-106
Jan. 13: Jiangsu TX - Shandong FB 105-97
Jan. 13: Shanxi Zh. - North Control B. 102-90
Jan. 13: Shanghai S. - Liaoning H. 100-96

Regular Season: Round 28

Jan. 15: Shanxi Zh. - Shanghai S.
Jan. 15: Guangsha L. - North Control B.
Jan. 15: Guangzhou - Bayi R.
Jan. 15: Jiangsu D. - Shandong FB
Jan. 15: Jilin NE T. - Sichuan BW
Jan. 15: Xinjiang FT - Shenzhen L.
Jan. 15: Jiangsu TX - TianJin S.
Jan. 15: Zhejiang CB - Beijing D.
Jan. 15: Fujian QB - Liaoning H.
Jan. 16: Guangdong ST - Qingdao E.


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Jimmer FREDETTE
  Shanghai.
  (188-PG-89)
  Avg: 37.3
 1. Fredette, Shanghai.37.3 
 2. Brooks, Jiangsu D.36.6 
 3. McCollum, North C.35.8 
 4. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.35.2 
 5. Cunningham, Jiang.33.6 
 6. Adams, Xinjiang FT33.3 
 7. Hudson, Liaoning H.33.0 
 8. Brown, Jilin NE T.32.2 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.30.4 
 10. Warren, Zhejiang.29.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.16.6 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.15.6 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.14.0 
 4. Hickson, Fujian QB13.7 
 5. Blair, Jiangsu TX13.6 
 6. Batista, North C.13.3 
 7. Sakakini, TianJ.13.2 
 8. Han, Liaoning H.12.6 
 9. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.0 
 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.8.0 
 3. Jeter, TianJin S.7.1 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.7.0 
 5. Warren, Zhejiang.6.8 
 6. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.3 
 7. Brown, Zhejiang CB6.0 
 8. Buycks, Fujian QB5.9 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.5.9 
 10. Adams, Xinjiang FT5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.3.4 
 2. Brown, Zhejiang CB2.9 
 3. Sui, Shandong FB2.8 
 4. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 5. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.4 
 6. McCollum, North C.2.2 
 7. Hudson, Liaoning H.2.2 
 8. Kennedy, Guangzhou2.1 
 9. Fortson, Guangsha.2.1 
 10. Adams, Xinjiang FT2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.8 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.4 
 3. Huang, Sichuan BW2.1 
 4. Kirk, Guangzhou1.9 
 5. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.1.9 
 6. Haddadi, Sichu.1.9 
 7. Sun, Beijing D.1.9 
 8. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 9. Xu, Bayi R.1.5 
 10. Lalanne, Zhejiang.1.5 


CBA Round 26: Guandong Tigers lose to Sichuan BW - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Sichuan between second ranked Guandong Tigers (21-5) and ninth ranked Sichuan BW (14-12) on Wednesday night. Guandong Tigers were crushed by Sichuan BW on the road 109-130. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Guandong Tigers. Sichuan BW shot 40 for 56 from the free-throw line, while Guandong Tigers only scored ten points from the stripe. Sichuan BW had a 41-29 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 41 personal fouls committed by Guandong Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Rongqi Huang (190-99) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) contributed with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American power forward Carlos Boozer (206-80, college: Duke) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for Guandong Tigers. 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 ninth position with 14-12 record. Guandong Tigers at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Xinjiang FT. Sichuan BW are looking forward to face higher ranked Leopards (#6) in Shenzhen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Guandong Tigers will play on the road against Xinjiang Flying Tige (#3) in Urumqi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
CBA top team - Shanghai Sharks (22-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (11-15) 115-84. American point guard Jimmer Fredette (188-89, college: BYU) scored 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Guerschon Yabusele chipped in 19 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. American swingman Jabari Brown (193-92, college: Missouri) responded with 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks maintains first position with 22-4 record. Jilin Tigers at the other side keep the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with TianJin S.. Shanghai Sharks will play against Liaoning Hunters (#4) in Yingkou in the next round. Jilin Tigers will play on the road against Fujian (#16) in Jinjiang and hope to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Qingdao between Qingdao Eagles and Jiangsu Dragons. Twelfth ranked Qingdao Eagles (12-13) got a very close home victory over 11th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (12-14). Qingdao Eagles managed to escape with a 2-point win 107-105 in the fight for the tenth place. Dominique Jones notched 33 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort. Even 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists by MarShon Brooks did not help to save the game for Jiangsu Dragons. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Qingdao Eagles have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place. Loser Jiangsu Dragons keep the eleventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh.. Qingdao Eagles will meet bottom-ranked Guangzhou (#20) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu Dragons will play against Bayi Rockets (#19) in Ningbo and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Ningbo. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 19th ranked Bayi Rockets (5-21) to eighteenth ranked Jiangsu TX (6-20) 104-102 on Wednesday evening. The best player for the winners was Jared Cunningham who scored 31 points and 6 rebounds. Bayi Rockets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jiangsu TX moved-up to seventeenth place. Bayi Rockets lost third consecutive game. They keep the nineteenth position with 21 games lost. Jiangsu TX's next round opponent will be higher ranked Shandong Bulls (#7) in Jinan and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bayi Rockets will play at home against Jiangsu Dragons (#12) and hope to win that game.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beijing: Beijing Ducks (#8) and North Control (#17). Despite it looked like an easy game for Beijing Ducks, those rules do not exist in derby games. It's more the case of honor for local supporters and such games have that special and unique approach you cannot find in other games. Host North Control challenged much higher ranked Beijing Ducks giving them a very tough game, but finally losing it by five points 92-87. Stephon Marbury orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Beijing Ducks have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 15-11 record. North Control lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighteenth place with 20 games lost. Beijing Ducks will face higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#5) in Hangzhou in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. North Control will play on the road against Shanxi Zhongyu (#11) in Taiyuan and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 26: Fujian QB was smashed by Shenzhen L. on the road 129-109. Shandong FB destroyed Zhejiang CB on its own court 134-107. Guangsha L. outscored TianJin S. in Hangzhou 126-107. Xinjiang FT rolled over Guangzhou at home 135-109. Shanxi Zh. was defeated by Liaoning H. on the opponent's court 108-95.


Qingdao E. - Jiangsu D. 107-105

A very close game took place in Qingdao between Qingdao Eagles and Jiangsu Dragons. Twelfth ranked Qingdao Eagles (12-13) got a very close home victory over 11th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (12-14). Qingdao Eagles managed to escape with a 2-point win 107-105 in the fight for the tenth place. Qingdao Eagles forced 26 Jiangsu Dragons turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) notched 33 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) supported him with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Even 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists by American swingman MarShon Brooks (196-89, college: Providence) did not help to save the game for Jiangsu Dragons. The former international Li Yi (203-85) added 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Qingdao Eagles have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place. Loser Jiangsu Dragons keep the eleventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh.. Qingdao Eagles will meet bottom-ranked Guangzhou (#20) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu Dragons will play against Bayi Rockets (#19) in Ningbo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: B.MarShon 31+8reb+7ast, Y.Li 24+10reb+5ast, M.Will 17+4reb, L.Wei 15+3reb, C.Lei 7+1reb, H.XueFeng 5+4reb+2ast
Qingdao E.: J.Dominique 33+9reb+7ast, M.Loukas 25+8reb+1ast, S.Jie 17+4reb+4ast, T.JiaFu 11+1ast, D.Haoran 5+1ast, S.Wei 5+4reb
gschID: 513956


Shenzhen L. - Fujian QB 129-109

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Leopards (18-8) crushed 16th ranked Fujian (7-19) in Shenzhen 129-109 on Tuesday. Leopards dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Fujian's 44 and made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga) contributed with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Dwight Buycks (191-89, college: Marquette) replied with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and international Zhelin Wang (215-94) added 21 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Fujian. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Leopards maintains sixth position with 18-8 record. Loser Fujian keeps the sixteenth place with 19 games lost. Leopards will face Sichuan BW (#9) on the road in the next round. Fujian will play against Jilin Tigers (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fujian QB: B.Dwight 30+7reb+6ast, W.Zhelin 21+14reb+1ast, Z.TaiLong 20+3reb+1ast, C.Linjian 13+2ast, G.Lei 9, H.J.J. 9+18reb+1ast
Shenzhen L.: L.Maciej 42+16reb+2ast, P.Jeremy 27+7reb+4ast, M.Duo 17+2reb+8ast, S.Zijie 10+5reb, Z.Kai 9+9reb, G.QuAn 6+2reb
gschID: 513953


Shandong FB - Zhejiang CB 134-107

Very expected game when 15th ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (8-18) was smashed by seventh ranked Shandong Bulls (16-10) in Jinan 134-107 on Wednesday. Shandong Bulls made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank turnovers. Shandong Bulls looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Justin Dentmon (183-85, college: Washington) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. The other American import forward Jason Thompson (211-86, college: Rider) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. International guard Qian Wu (190-94) replied with 31 points and American point guard Willie Warren (193-89, college: Oklahoma) added 20 points, 7 assists and 4 steals (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shandong Bulls have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 16-10 record. Loser Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank keeps the fifteenth place with 18 games lost. Shandong Bulls will face Jiangsu TX (#17) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will play against TianJin Steel in Tianjin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang CB: W.Qian 31+1reb+1ast, W.Willie 20+2reb+7ast, B.Lorenzo 17+6reb+3ast, Y.Lu 14+5reb+1ast, Z.Dayu 11+8reb+1ast, Z.Yongpeng 10+3reb+2ast
Shandong FB: D.Justin 32+2reb+5ast, D.Yanyuhang 25+2reb+5ast, T.Jason 21+15reb, J.Cheng 15+6reb+2ast, L.JingYu 14+3ast, T.HanLin 10+2reb
gschID: 513955


Bayi R. - Jiangsu TX 102-104

A very interesting game took place in Ningbo. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 19th ranked Bayi Rockets (5-21) to eighteenth ranked Jiangsu TX (6-20) 104-102 on Wednesday evening. Jiangsu TX made 24-of-27 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Bayi Rockets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Jared Cunningham (193-91, college: Oregon St.) who scored 31 points and 6 rebounds. The former international center ZhengDong Zhengdong (213-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. International forward Yuchen Zou (203-96) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and guard Lei Meng (193-95) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Bayi Rockets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jiangsu TX moved-up to seventeenth place. Bayi Rockets lost third consecutive game. They keep the nineteenth position with 21 games lost. Jiangsu TX's next round opponent will be higher ranked Shandong Bulls (#7) in Jinan and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bayi Rockets will play at home against Jiangsu Dragons (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bayi R.: Z.Yuchen 23+11reb+2ast, S.Azat 17+2reb+3ast, Z.Zuming 16+3reb, M.Lei 15+3reb+4ast, F.Hao 13+3reb+2ast, X.ZhongHao 12+5reb+2ast
Jiangsu TX: C.Jared 31+6reb, D.Ikechukwu 17+5reb, F.Xin 15+1reb+6ast, Z.ZhengDong 12+11reb+3ast, C.ChengLin 12+5reb, S.JianYe 10+4reb+1ast
gschID: 513954


TianJin S. - Guangsha L. 107-126

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (19-7) rolled over 14th ranked TianJin Steel (11-15) in Tianjin 126-107 on Wednesday. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to TianJin Steel's 42. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions forced 19 TianJin Steel turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Zhejiang Guangsha Lions made 7 blocks. TianJin Steel was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Taiwanese forward Cheng Liu (192-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Jinglong Li (195-95) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American-Ukrainian point guard Eugene Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) replied with 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 7 assists and Palestinian center Sani Sakakini (204-88) added 28 points and 17 rebounds in the effort for TianJin Steel. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions maintains fifth position with 19-7 record. Loser TianJin Steel dropped to the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will face Beijing Ducks (#8) at home in the next round. TianJin Steel will play against Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TianJin S.: J.Eugene 34+8reb+7ast, S.Sani 28+17reb+1ast, M.XiangLong 16+1reb+3ast, Z.Zhihan 10+1ast, Z.Ji 10+8reb, S.DeShuai 5+2reb
Guangsha L.: L.Jinglong 21+2reb+1ast, H.Elijah 19+2reb+2ast, H.Jinqiu 18+4reb+1ast, L.Cheng 17+6reb+4ast, F.Courtney 13+6reb+5ast, L.Chih-Chieh 12+5reb+4ast
gschID: 513957


Xinjiang FT - Guangzhou 135-109

Not a big story in a game when 20th ranked Guangzhou (4-22) was outscored by third ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (21-5) in Urumqi 135-109 on Wednesday. Xinjiang Flying Tige shot 63.6 percent from the field and made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Xinjiang Flying Tige had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. Xinjiang Flying Tige looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guangzhou was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Filipino power forward Andray Blatche (211-86) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) contributed with 32 points for the winners. Iranian forward Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-83) replied with 24 points and 6 assists and swingman Mingxin Ju (200-93) added 24 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Guangzhou. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige and four Guangzhou players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Xinjiang Flying Tige have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Guangdong ST. Guangzhou lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Xinjiang Flying Tige will face league's second-placed Guandong Tigers in Dongguan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Guangzhou will play at home against Qingdao Eagles (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou: N.Bahrami Mohammad Samad 24+3reb+6ast, J.Mingxin 24+8reb, S.Hongfei 14+2reb+2ast, F.Ziming 12+5reb+1ast, Z.Xuhang 12+1reb, Z.Zhun 9+7reb+1ast
Xinjiang FT: A.Darius 32+4reb+2ast, B.Andray 26+12reb+4ast, L.Gen 13+2ast, S.TongLin 12+6reb+3ast, M.Xirelijiang 11+2reb+2ast, Z.Qi 10+7reb
gschID: 513958


Liaoning H. - Shanxi Zh. 108-95

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Liaoning Hunters (20-6) defeated 10th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (12-14) in Yingkou 108-95 on Wednesday. Liaoning Hunters dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Shanxi Zhongyu's 42 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Liaoning Hunters looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Liaoning Hunters made 7 blocks. Shanxi Zhongyu was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American Lester Hudson (190-84, college: Tenn-Martin) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international center Dejun Han (215-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Liaoning Hunters players scored in double figures. Liaoning Hunters' coach Joaquin Ruiz used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American Jamaal Franklin (196-91, college: San Diego St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and his fellow American import center Henry Sims (208-90, college: Georgetown) added 21 points and 20 rebounds in the effort for Shanxi Zhongyu. Liaoning Hunters maintains fourth position with 20-6 record. Loser Shanxi Zhongyu dropped to the eleventh place with 14 games lost. Liaoning Hunters will face league's leader Shanghai Sharks on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Shanxi Zhongyu will play against North Control (#18) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: F.Jamaal 34+10reb+4ast, S.Henry 21+20reb+1ast, Z.LingXu 14+2reb+1ast, R.Junwei 9+8reb+1ast, Y.Shuai 8+2reb, W.Lei 3+1reb+2ast
Liaoning H.: H.Lester 29+7reb+5ast, R.Shavlik 18+7reb+2ast, H.Dejun 16+12reb+1ast, G.Ailun 15+5reb+5ast, L.Ming 14+8reb+1ast, Z.JiWei 8+6reb+5ast
gschID: 513959


Sichuan BW - Guangdong ST 130-109

The most important game in the last round took place in Sichuan between second ranked Guandong Tigers (21-5) and ninth ranked Sichuan BW (14-12) on Wednesday night. Guandong Tigers were crushed by Sichuan BW on the road 109-130. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Guandong Tigers. Sichuan BW shot 40 for 56 from the free-throw line, while Guandong Tigers only scored ten points from the stripe. Sichuan BW had a 41-29 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 41 personal fouls committed by Guandong Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Rongqi Huang (190-99) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American power forward Carlos Boozer (206-80, college: Duke) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and forward Rui Zhao (193-96) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Guandong Tigers. Four Sichuan BW and five Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains ninth position with 14-12 record. Guandong Tigers at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Xinjiang FT. Sichuan BW are looking forward to face higher ranked Leopards (#6) in Shenzhen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Guandong Tigers will play on the road against Xinjiang Flying Tige (#3) in Urumqi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: B.Carlos 22+11reb+1ast, Z.Peng 19+5reb, Z.Rui 16+5reb+4ast, R.JunFei 12+4reb+3ast, S.Donald 10+1reb+4ast, H.Dong 7+4reb+1ast
Sichuan BW: H.Rongqi 30+17reb+6ast, H.Hamed 25+13reb+7ast, M.Da 22+2reb+3ast, W.Ruheng 11+3reb+3ast, T.Chen 9+3reb, Z.ChunJun 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 513960


North Control B. - Beijing D. 87-92

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beijing: Beijing Ducks (#8) and North Control (#17). Despite it looked like an easy game for Beijing Ducks, those rules do not exist in derby games. It's more the case of honor for local supporters and such games have that special and unique approach you cannot find in other games. Host North Control challenged much higher ranked Beijing Ducks giving them a very tough game, but finally losing it by five points 92-87. Beijing Ducks made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. North Control was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international forward Xiaochuan Zhai (205-93) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) replied with 27 points and 8 rebounds and forward Liang Yu (209-86) added 24 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in the effort for North Control. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Beijing Ducks have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 15-11 record. North Control lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighteenth place with 20 games lost. Beijing Ducks will face higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#5) in Hangzhou in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. North Control will play on the road against Shanxi Zhongyu (#11) in Taiyuan and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
North Control B.: M.Errick 27+8reb+3ast, Y.Liang 24+1reb, B.Esteban 8+13reb+1ast, H.Xining 8+3reb, W.Zhenyu 6+1reb, S.KangMing 6+9reb+1ast
Beijing D.: M.Stephon 26+6reb+6ast, Z.Xiaochuan 19+5reb+1ast, J.Grant 12+11reb+2ast, Z.Qingpeng 11+3reb+1ast, F.Shuo 7, J.Zhe 7+11reb+1ast
gschID: 513961


Shanghai S. - Jilin NE T. 115-84

CBA top team - Shanghai Sharks (22-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (11-15) 115-84. They outrebounded Jilin Tigers 54-40 including a 37-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Jimmer Fredette (188-89, college: BYU) scored 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and French Guerschon Yabusele (201-95) chipped in 19 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Five Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. American swingman Jabari Brown (193-92, college: Missouri) responded with 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and guard Tianyi Liu (190-94) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks maintains first position with 22-4 record. Jilin Tigers at the other side keep the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with TianJin S.. Shanghai Sharks will play against Liaoning Hunters (#4) in Yingkou in the next round. Jilin Tigers will play on the road against Fujian (#16) in Jinjiang and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jilin NE T.: B.Jabari 36+7reb+1ast, L.Tianyi 13+8reb+1ast, Z.Biao 10+2reb, C.Jinming 7+2reb+1ast, L.Ang 7+4reb+1ast, T.Malcolm 4+12reb+3ast
Shanghai S.: F.Jimmer 37+5reb+6ast, L.Wei 21+2reb, Y.Guerschon 19+17reb+5ast, L.XiaoYu 12+4reb+5ast, W.Quanxi 10+7reb, Z.Yi 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 513962





New Round - by Robert Wang

New round just finished tonight. Some games are tough such as Xinjiang and Guangdong, Shanghai and Liaoning, Guangsha and Beijing.
Shanxi 102-90 Beikong, Bayi 70-80 Jiangsu, Guangzhou 85-94Qingdao, Tianjin131-113Zhejiang, Xinjiang129 -109 Guangdong, Tongxi105-97, Sichuan 118-111, Shanghai 100-96 Liaoning, Fujian110-106,Guangsha96-84 Beijing.
Shanghai, Guangdong, Xinjiang, Laioning, Guangsha,ShenZhen, Shandong, Beijing lock the top 8 standings. Shanghai is the fist time to be on the 1st place in recent seasons. Meantime, beijing is upset staying on the 8th. Good luck Beijing.



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Horace Wormely (ex Aguilas) is a newcomer at Riptide - by Eurobasket News

Saint John Riptide (NBL Canada) added to their roster 33-year old American point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard). He played last summer at Aguilas in Colombian Liga DirecTV.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wormely won Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 championship title in 2015. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 Import Player of the Year in 2015.
Wormely is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Wormely has played previously professionally also in China (Leopards), Germany (Landshut), D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders), WCBL (Pasadena S.), JBL Pro-Am (Pasadena) and Colombia (Patriotas and Bucaros).
He attended Vanguard University until 2006 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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A1 Standings

A1 Standings
 1. Jolly JBS 11-1 
 2. GKK Sibenik 10-3 
 3. Cedevita 10-3 
 4. KK Split 9-2 
 5. Cibona 8-4 
 6. Vrij.Osijek 8-5 
 7. KK Zagreb 8-5 
 8. Zadar 7-5 
 9. Alkar Sinj 4-9 
 10. Zabok 3-8 
 11. Skrljevo 3-10 
 12. Gorica 2-10 
 13. H.Analitica 2-11 
 14. Kvarner 2010 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 5: KK Split - Cibona 82-75
Jan. 5: Kvarner 2010 - Gorica 73-77
Jan. 10: KK Zagreb - Cibona 70-90
Jan. 13: Cedevita - Alkar Sinj 111-71
Jan. 21: Zadar - Kvarner 2010
Jan. 21: Skrljevo - KK Zagreb
Jan. 21: Gorica - Jolly JBS
Jan. 21: Vrij.Osijek - Zabok
Jan. 21: H.Analitica - Cibona
Jan. 21: KK Split - Cedevita
Jan. 21: GKK Sibenik - Alkar Sinj
Jan. 17: KK Split - Jolly JBS


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. Halilovic, GKK S.16.1 
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, Cedevita1.8 
 6. Mazalin, Zadar1.8 
 7. Brzoja, Zadar1.7 
 8. Vladovic, Zadar1.6 
 9. Sirko, KK Split1.6 
 10. Novacic, Jolly JBS1.6 
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, Cedevita1.3 
 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 


Osijek and Jonathon Mines part ways, Gorica inks Americans Troy McDonald and Javan Felix, Zabok inks five players - by Zeljko Zule

Vrijednosnice Osijek and Australian Jonathon Mines (193-G-91, college: N.Mexico Highlands) have mutually agreed to part ways. Mines joined Osijek over the summer and averaged 9.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.1 blocks over 21 minutes in 10 Croatian A1 League games with the club.
Gorica strenghthened its roster by inking Leon Tomic (200-G/F-96) and Americans Trey McDonald (203-C-93, college: Ohio St.) and rookie Javan Felix (180-PG-94).
Leon Tomic (200-G/F-96) arrived from West Nebraska CC, where he averaged 3.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 25 JUCO games last season.
Trey McDonald (203-C-93, college: Ohio St.) started last season with Arkadikos in Greece and later moved to Hopsi Polzela, for whom he averaged 8.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 6 Slovenian league games.
Javan Felix (180-PG-94) arrived from Texas, where he produced 10.7 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.2 assits and 0.8 steals per game in 33 NCAA appearances last season.
Zabok added five players: Petar Babic (190-G-85), Pasko Vrlika (204-F/C-91), Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83), Ivan Vodopija (202-F/C-93) and Bosnian Imran Polutak (209-C-96).
Petar Babic (190-G-85) arrived Zaprudje, where he averaged 18.8 points (ranked third) in 13 Croatian A2 Central League games this season.
Pasko Vrlika started the season with Alkar, for whom he produced 9.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.1 blocks per game in 10 Croatian A1 League appearances this season.
Hrvoje Pulko arrived from Serbian side Spartak, where he averaged 11.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.1 blocks in 9 Serbian League games. In his last Croatian A1 League's season, 2012-13 with Djuro Djakovic, Puljko averaged 22.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 5 games.
Ivan Vodopija (202-F/C-93) arrived from Skrljevo, where he averaged 8.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.4 blocks in 13 Croatian A1 League games this season.
Imran Polutak (209-C-96) arrived from Slovenian side Krka, where he averaged 0.9 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 0.1 blocks in 9 ABA League games this season and 3.0 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.3 assists in 9 Slovenian League games.
Polutak was a member was a member of Bosnian U16, U18 and U20 natioal team at European Championships from 2012 thorugh 2016.




Kvarner 2010 inks Mladen Vujicevic - by Zeljko Zule

Kvarner 2010 added another player to its roster with the signing Mladen Vujicevic (203-F/C-96) for remainder of the season.
Vujicevic arrived from Italian side Aretusa Siracusa, where he averaged 11.9 points in 14 Serie C Silver Sicilia games this season. Last summer he was a member of Croatian national team at the 2016 European Championship U20 Division B, where he averaged 4.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.1 steals and 0.1 blocks in seven games.
Vujicevic has already played for Sibenik and Ribola Kastela plus Betaland Capo d'Orlando it Italy. In his last Croatian A1 League's season, 2014-15 with Ribola Kastela, Vujicevic averaged 7.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in 9 games.




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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Standings - D2

1Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Sokol H.K. 11-2 
 2. Slavoj Litom. 9-4 
 3. Nymburk B 9-4 
 4. Sokol Prazky 7-7 
 5. Loko Plzen 6-7 
 6. USK Praha B 6-7 
 7. Basket Kosice 6-8 
 8. GBA Sparta 5-7 
 9. Sokol Pisek 5-10 
 10. Vysocina 3-11 
Group B
 1. Zlin 12-1 
 2. Olomouc SK 11-3 
 3. Opava B 9-5 
 4. Sokol Slapanice 8-5 
 5. Olomouc Bbal 7-6 
 6. Ostrava 5-8 
 7. Pardubice 5-8 
 8. Prostejov B 5-9 
 9. Novy Jicin 4-9 
 10. Havirov 1-13 

Regular Season: Round 14

Group A

Jan. 13: Sokol Prazky - Loko Plzen 68-76
Jan. 13: Sokol Pisek - Vysocina 114-63
Jan. 15: Nymburk B - USK Praha B
Jan. 15: Slavoj Litom. - Basket Kosice
Jan. 15: GBA Sparta - Sokol H.K.

Group B

Jan. 13: Olomouc SK - Opava B 57-56
Jan. 13: Prostejov B - Havirov 111-59
Jan. 15: Novy Jicin - Ostrava
Jan. 15: Sokol Slapanice - Olomouc Bbal
Jan. 15: Zlin - Pardubice


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek25.4 
 2. Svoboda, Nymburk B25.2 
 3. Novak, Olomouc SK24.4 
 4. Peterka, Nymburk B22.8 
 5. Potocek, Pardubice22.7 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek21.3 
 7. Honomichl, Loko Plzen19.3 
 8. Nehoda, Zlin19.3 
 9. Streba, USK P.18.8 
 10. Bujnoch, Opava B18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.9 
 2. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.11.4 
 3. Novak, Olomouc SK11.2 
 4. Kolonicny, Havirov10.2 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin9.8 
 6. Kvapil, Opava B9.7 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin9.6 
 8. Streba, USK P.9.1 
 9. Bubak, Vysocina8.7 
 10. Novak, Vysocina8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.4 
 2. Jancik, Havirov5.3 
 3. Klecka, Opava B5.0 
 4. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 5. Pumprla, Zlin4.9 
 6. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.7 
 7. Petric, Pardubice4.7 
 8. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.4 
 9. Goga, Prostejov B4.2 
 10. Dragoun, Opava B3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.2 
 2. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.7 
 3. Kozina, Zlin2.7 
 4. Branda, Opava B2.4 
 5. Nehoda, Zlin2.4 
 6. Potocek, Pardubice2.4 
 7. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.2 
 8. Novak, Vysocina2.2 
 9. Zlamal, Olomouc SK2.0 
 10. Kroutil, Slavoj L.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek1.8 
 2. Kolonicny, Havirov1.7 
 3. Skranc, Pardubice1.6 
 4. Blumbergs, GBA S.1.3 
 5. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 6. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 7. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 8. Stafl, Nymburk B1.0 
 9. Szabo, Prostejov B1.0 
 10. Janik, Novy Jicin0.9 



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  DENMARK  

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 


Matthew Adekponya (ex Geraldton B.) signs at Naestved - by Eurobasket News

Team FOG Naestved (Ligaen) landed 27-year old Australian guard Matthew Adekponya (194-86kg-90). He played in the summer at Geraldton Buccaneers in Australian SBL. In 26 games he averaged impressive 26.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg. Adekponya helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Australiabasket.com All-Australian SBL Domestic Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team and to the All-Star Game.
Last year Adekponya was drafted by Grand Rapids Drive (D-League) in sixth round (99th overall).
Among other achievements he won Australian QBL championship title in 2009 and 2015.
Adekponya is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Adekponya has played previously professionally in Malta (Depiro), Portugal (Barcelos), Australia (Mackay Meteors, Cairns Taipans and Cairns Marlins) and Norway (Nidaros Jets).

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Ligaen Round 18: Svendborg lose to Horsholm - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Horsholm between third ranked Svendborg (10-8) and fifth ranked Horsholm (8-7) on Wednesday night. Svendborg was crushed by Horsholm on the road 55-86. The game without a history. Horsholm led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for American Jyles Smith (209-92, college: Savannah St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward Emil Hjorth (198-96) contributed with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. International swingman Alexander Bak (193-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) replied with 13 points and 4 assists for Svendborg. Svendborg's coach Arnar Gudjonsson gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Horsholm moved-up to fourth place. Svendborg at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Horsholm are looking forward to face league's leader Horsens IC in Horsens in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Svendborg will play at home against the league's second-placed Bakken and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Horsens IC (14-2) which played road game in Randers against 4th ranked Randers (8-10). First ranked Horsens IC had an easy win 102-69. Bosnian swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Will Artino chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Belizean point guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-2 record. Randers at the other side dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. Horsens IC will play against Horsholm (#4) on the road in the next round. Randers will play against SISU in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Stevnsgade is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 16th consecutive match to seventh ranked SISU (6-12) 86-64 on Tuesday evening. Kyle Dranginis notched a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by Davie Champagnie did not help to save the game for Stevnsgade. Stevnsgade's coach Ricky Kristensen already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. SISU maintains seventh position with 6-12 record. Loser Stevnsgade still closes the standings. SISU will meet at home higher ranked Randers (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Stevnsgade will play against Naestved and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 18 SISU was smashed by Naestved on the road 89-66.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 16 points and 18 rebounds by Tanner McGrew of SISU.


Naestved - SISU 89-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Naestved's (8-8) home victory over 7th ranked SISU (6-12) 89-66 on Thursday. The game without a history. Naestved led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Naestved forced 19 SISU turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Naestved made 7 blocks. Senegalese power forward Cheikh Sane (207-92, college: Marshall, agency: Octagon Europe) notched a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort and American-Nigerian forward Patrick Onwenu (198-93, college: Alcorn St.) supported him with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Naestved's coach Milan Skobalj felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 16 points and 18 rebounds by American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) did not help to save the game for SISU. His fellow American import point guard Derrick Wilson (185-92, college: Marquette) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Naestved have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser SISU keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Naestved will meet at home bottom-ranked Stevnsgade (#8) in the next round. SISU will play against Randers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SISU: T.McGrew 16+18reb+1ast, D.Wilson 16+7reb+4ast, K.Dranginis 10+6reb+1ast, A.Haas 9+2reb+1ast, A.Touray 6+4reb, A.Hjorth 6+1ast
Naestved: P.Onwenu 19+5reb, E.Ross 18+3reb+2ast, C.Sane 13+16reb+2ast, P.Nolan 8+5reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 8+4reb+2ast, D.Daly 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 532407


Horsholm - Svendborg 86-55

The most important game in the last round took place in Horsholm between third ranked Svendborg (10-8) and fifth ranked Horsholm (8-7) on Wednesday night. Svendborg was crushed by Horsholm on the road 55-86. The game without a history. Horsholm led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for American Jyles Smith (209-92, college: Savannah St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward Emil Hjorth (198-96) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Horsholm players scored in double figures. International swingman Alexander Bak (193-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) replied with 13 points and 4 assists and American forward Darious Moten (199-92, college: Mercer) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Svendborg. Svendborg's coach Arnar Gudjonsson gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Horsholm moved-up to fourth place. Svendborg at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Horsholm are looking forward to face league's leader Horsens IC in Horsens in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Svendborg will play at home against the league's second-placed Bakken and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: A.Bak 13+4ast, C.Jones 9+4reb+1ast, C.Magaard 8+3reb, D.Moten 8+6reb+1ast, A.Aboubakar Zaki 6+6reb, A.Porta 3+2reb+1ast
Horsholm: M.Baek 17+1reb+1ast, F.Nielsen 16+1reb+6ast, J.Smith 14+12reb+1ast, M.Nielsen 13+7reb+5ast, E.Hjorth 13+12reb+1ast, M.Dominique 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 489072


Randers - Horsens IC 69-102

An interesting game for Horsens IC (14-2) which played road game in Randers against 4th ranked Randers (8-10). First ranked Horsens IC had an easy win 102-69. The game without a history. Horsens IC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Randers' 26. Horsens IC forced 23 Randers turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Randers' players. Bosnian swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American-Belizean point guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and power forward Patrick Nielsen (200-88) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-2 record. Randers at the other side dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. Horsens IC will play against Horsholm (#4) on the road in the next round. Randers will play against SISU in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Randers: D.Bello 13+3reb, C.Burgess 12+5reb+7ast, P.Nielsen 9+6reb+2ast, M.Mouboe 9+4reb+1ast, C.Nielsen 8+2reb, E.Kibi 6+9reb+1ast
Horsens IC: V.Borovcanin 16+5reb+7ast, G.Lundberg 15+3reb+5ast, W.Artino 14+9reb+2ast, M.Mornar 13+3reb, L.Alexander 10+5ast, M.Mack 10+5reb+4ast
gschID: 489070


Stevnsgade - SISU 64-86

Bottom-ranked Stevnsgade is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 16th consecutive match to seventh ranked SISU (6-12) 86-64 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by SISU. Stevnsgade managed to win second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SISU had a 36-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American Kyle Dranginis (195-92, college: Gonzaga) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Oliver Stroeh (192-94, college: Shippensburg) supported him with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Five SISU players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by American power forward Davie Champagnie (206-90, college: Martin Methodist) did not help to save the game for Stevnsgade. Swingman Jesper Sandager (194-96) added 18 points. Stevnsgade's coach Ricky Kristensen already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. SISU maintains seventh position with 6-12 record. Loser Stevnsgade still closes the standings. SISU will meet at home higher ranked Randers (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Stevnsgade will play against Naestved and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Stevnsgade: J.Sandager 18+1reb, D.Champagnie 11+13reb+4ast, F.Filsoof 10+2reb+2ast, R.Espersen 8+3reb+1ast, F.Rajovic 6+2reb+2ast, J.Visaq 6+3reb
SISU: K.Dranginis 20+11reb+4ast, T.McGrew 18+2reb+1ast, O.Stroeh 16+7reb+7ast, A.Haas 11+6reb+9ast, A.Touray 11+9reb+2ast, A.Hjorth 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 489071





SISU Copenhagen tabs Derrick Wilson, ex Battipaglia - by Eurobasket News

SISU Copenhagen (Ligaen) inked 25-year old American point guard Derrick Wilson (185-98kg-92, college: Marquette). He started the season at Battipaglia in Italian Serie C Silver.
Among other achievements Wilson's team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2012. He received also HS League Player of the Year award back in 2009, 2010 and 2011 at his college time.
Wilson graduated from Marquette University in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Pass-first point guard, who can score when he needs to. Great perimeter defender. Good rebounder from the pg position. Knows how to lead a team and take control over a game. Improved shooter but still needs work.

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  D-LEAGUE  

Standings

D-League Standings
Atlantic Division
 1. Maine RC 15-9 
 2. Delaware 87ers 12-10 
 3. Westchester K. 11-11 
 4. Long Island N. 9-16 
 5. Erie Bay H. 8-15 
 6. Greensboro S. 7-17 
Central Division
 1. Raptors 905 16-7 
 2. Ft.Wayne MA 15-7 
 3. Canton C. 13-9 
 4. Grand Rapids D. 11-13 
 5. Windy City B. 7-13 
Pacific Division
 1. Los Angeles D. 18-5 
 2. Santa Cruz W. 12-10 
 3. N.Arizona S. 11-10 
 4. Reno B. 9-14 
 5. Salt Lake City S. 7-17 
Southwest Division
 1. Sioux Falls S. 17-6 
 2. Rio Grande VV 16-9 
 3. Oklahoma City B 15-9 
 4. Texas L. 11-10 
 5. Austin S. 9-14 
 6. Iowa E. 2-20 

Regular Season: Round 58

Jan. 13: Texas L. - Rio Grande VV 121-139
Jan. 13: Sioux Falls S. - Erie Bay H. 118-125
Jan. 13: Greensboro S. - Delaware 87ers 115-108
Jan. 13: Santa Cruz W. - Salt Lake City S. 113-104
Jan. 13: Reno B. - Canton C. 105-129

Regular Season: Round 59

Jan. 14: Maine RC - Windy City B.
Jan. 14: Delaware 87ers - Westchester K.
Jan. 14: Oklahoma City B - Austin S.
Jan. 14: Texas L. - Rio Grande VV
Jan. 14: N.Arizona S. - Grand Rapids D.
Jan. 14: Los Angeles D. - Canton C.
Jan. 14: 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.23.9 
 5. Forbes, Austin S.23.3 
 6. Murphy, Grand R.23.1 
 7. Crawford, Grand R.22.9 
 8. Brown, Erie Bay H.22.1 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.8 
 10. Patterson, Reno B.21.7 
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. Moreland, Canton C.11.1 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.11.1 
 5. Zimmerman, Erie B.10.6 
 6. Long, Delaware.10.5 
 7. Onuaku, Rio G.10.5 
 8. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 9. Zubac, Los A.9.6 
 10. Jones, Maine RC9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Magette, Los A.9.8 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 4. Dinwiddie, Windy C.8.1 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.7.6 
 6. Weber, Sioux F.7.1 
 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: 3.2
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.2 
 2. Harris, Texas L.2.6 
 3. Tokoto, Rio G.2.4 
 4. McCallum, Grand R.2.4 
 5. Payton II, Rio G.2.3 
 6. Fells, Texas L.2.3 
 7. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.2 
 8. Murray, Austin S.2.1 
 9. Patterson, Reno B.2.1 
 10. Price, Erie Bay H.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith BENSON
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Benson, Sioux F.2.9 
 2. Mickey, Maine RC2.8 
 3. Wood, Greensbo.2.8 
 4. Foster, Los A.2.5 
 5. Tavares, Raptors .2.3 
 6. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.3 
 7. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 8. Moreland, Canton C.2.1 
 9. Williams, Iowa E.2.0 
 10. Acy, Texas L.2.0 


Cavs' Felder to make pit stop with Charge - by Sam Amico

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kay Felder (5'9''-PG-95, college: Oakland) will play a game for the Canton Charge while both the Cavs and Charge are on the West Coast. The Cavs played Friday at the Sacramento Kings and the Charge play Saturday at the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Felder is expected to shoot down the coast to join the Charge, then return in time for the Cavaliers' NBA Finals rematch Monday at the Golden State Warriors. Felder is averaging 5.1 points and 1.6 assists for the Cavs this season. He did spend one game with the Charge last month in a similar arrangement. In that game, Felder scored 32 points.


Raptors 905 beat Maine 110-94 - by Eurobasket News

Raptors 905 remain perfect on the road after defeating the Maine Red Claws 110-94 on Thursday, Jan. 12. The win keeps Raptors 905 on top of the NBA D-League Eastern Conference with a record of 16-7 (8-0 on the road). Axel Toupane (6'6''-G/F-92) led Raptors 905 in scoring with 17 points while Brady Heslip (6'3''-SG-90, college: Baylor) scored 16. Edy Tavares (7'3''-C-92) recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. For the Red Claws, Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) finished with 29 points, Jalen Jones (6'7''-G/F-93, college: Texas A&M) scored 25 and Marcus Georges-Hunt chipped in with 18. The first half of the season concludes next week as Raptors 905 host the NBA D-League Showcase from Jan. 18-22 at the Hershey Centre. Raptors 905 face the Grand Rapids Drive on Wednesday, Jan. 18, and the Long Island Nets on Friday, Jan. 20.
Courtesy of: mississauga.com



Second Half Surge Lifts D-Fenders over Oklahoma City - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles (18-5) won another last-minute showdown on Thursday, defeating the Oklahoma City Blue (15-9) at the Toyota Sports Center, 104-102. With the win, the D-Fenders have now won five straight games and nine of their last 10. For the third consecutive game, Los Angeles took the deciding lead with less than one minute to play. This time the game-changing play came from guard Speedy Smith, who hit a driving hook shot with 47.0 seconds left to take a 99-98 lead. From there, defense and efficient free throw shooting spelled victory for the home team. Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89, college: Richmond) scored 23 points to lead the D-Fenders, while Vander Blue (6'5''-SG-92, college: Marquette) put together an all-around performance with 21 points, three assists and four steals. Smith enjoyed one of the better nights of his career, totaling 14 points, nine assists and four rebounds, in addition to the game-clinching basket. Jeff Ayres (6'9''-F-87, college: Arizona St.) (10 points, 11 rebounds) and Josh Magette (11 points, 10 assists) each notched double-doubles. Oklahoma City was led by 24 points from Reggie Williams (6'6''-G/F-86, college: VMI), and Thunder assignee Josh Huestis followed closely behind with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Dakari Johnson (7'0''-C/F-95, college: Kentucky)'s 17 points was the only other double-digit scoring effort from the Blue starters. The D-Fenders led, 33-25, after the first quarter of play, but Los Angeles scored 14 total points in the second quarter while connecting on just 15.4 percent of their attempts from the field, recording the team's lowest figures for a single quarter this year. Due to the stagnant offense, LA trailed 59-47 at halftime. The Blue rolled to a 17-point lead midway through the third quarter in what would be the biggest lead of the day, but the D-Fenders put together a series of runs to trail 80-71 after the third quarter. Los Angeles came to life in the fourth frame, and it was powered by the career day from Smith. Harper connected on three consecutive three-pointers in the quarter's first two minutes to pull the team to within four points, with each of those makes coming off assists from Smith. Meanwhile, Speedy notched nine points of his own in the quarter to give the home team the edge. The D-Fenders shot an efficient 64.7 percent in the frame.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Knicks land Joey Miller, ex Fiorenzuola - by Eurobasket News

Westchester Knicks tabbed 25-year old guard Joey Miller (190-79kg-92, college: Dallas Baptist). He started the season at Alberti e Santi Fiorenzuola in Italian Serie C Gold.
Among other achievements Miller's college team won Heartland Conference Tournament in 2016. He received also All-Heartland Conference Newcomer of the Year award in 2016.
Miller graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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TLU/Kalev signs Willie Readus, ex Piratas - by Eurobasket News

Tallinna Ulikool/Kalev (Alexela KML) signed 25-year old American power forward Willie Readus (201-113kg-92, college: Delta State, agency: DTMones). He played last summer at Piratas in Ecuadorian National League. Readus also played that season for Fuerza Guinda Nogales in Mexican CIBACOPA where in 31 games he had very impressive stats: 20.5ppg, 9.2rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.6apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won GSC Regular Season in 2014. Readus was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA 1st Team in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Paraguay (Luqueno), Uruguay (Atenas) and Argentina (Ferrocarril).
Readus attended Delta State until 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bulldogs win LNB Second Division - by Eurobasket News

Bulldogs won LNB Second Division in El Salvador. In the Final game they overcame Panteras 79-71. The third period was decisive in the game when the Bulldogs made a 28-18 surge to seal the win. Mario Quinteros (SG) top-scored for the winners with 32 points and he was named MVP of the game. Moises Rivas brought 18, while Fernando Cortez notched 13. Sergio Zetino Gutierrez replied with 17 points in the losing effort.


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Standings - KML

Alexela KML Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 10-2 
 2. TU/Rock 9-2 
 3. Rapla 9-2 
 4. TTU 7-4 
 5. Parnu 7-6 
 6. Valga 5-10 
 7. Tarvas 3-8 
 8. TLU/Kalev 3-10 
 9. Noorteliiga 0-9 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 10: Valga - TLU/Kalev 78-99
Jan. 13: TLU/Kalev - Parnu 69-75
Jan. 13: Valga - TTU 66-68
Jan. 10: Noorteliiga - Kalev/Cramo 59-112
Jan. 14: TU/Rock - Tarvas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Djordje DZELETOVIC
  TL.
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Dzeletovic, TL.25.5 
 2. Baker, Tarvas20.4 
 3. van der Mars, Rap.20.1 
 4. Strupovics, Valga18.8 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU18.8 
 6. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 7. Olmre, TTU17.4 
 8. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.17.3 
 9. Saage, TL.14.4 
 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, TTU8.7 
 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. Heath, TL.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  TL.
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Saage, TL.5.0 
 2. Bratoz, Rapla4.8 
 3. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 4. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.5 
 5. Olmre, TTU4.5 
 6. Sokk, TU/Rock4.0 
 7. Jones, TL.4.0 
 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. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 3. Kabin, Parnu1.9 
 4. Kaldre, Rapla1.8 
 5. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 6. Olmre, TTU1.8 
 7. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 8. Post, Tarvas1.6 
 9. Kajupank, Rapla1.5 
 10. Bratoz, Rapla1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Taavi JURKATAMM
  Noorteli.
  (201-SG-97)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.3 
 2. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 3. van der Mars, Rap.1.2 
 4. Upshaw, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu1.0 
 6. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 7. Saks, TL.0.8 
 8. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 9. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 10. Raadik, TTU0.7 


TLU/Kalev signs Willie Readus, ex Piratas - by Eurobasket News

Tallinna Ulikool/Kalev (Alexela KML) signed 25-year old American power forward Willie Readus (201-113kg-92, college: Delta State, agency: DTMones). He played last summer at Piratas in Ecuadorian National League. Readus also played that season for Fuerza Guinda Nogales in Mexican CIBACOPA where in 31 games he had very impressive stats: 20.5ppg, 9.2rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.6apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won GSC Regular Season in 2014. Readus was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA 1st Team in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Paraguay (Luqueno), Uruguay (Atenas) and Argentina (Ferrocarril).
Readus attended Delta State until 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 12: Darussafaka - Baskonia 98-89
Jan. 13: Panathinaikos - Anadolu Efes 92-81
Jan. 13: Galatasaray - Zalgiris 87-79
Jan. 13: Real Madrid - Maccabi T-A 80-75
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 101-64

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 19: FC Barcelona - Anadolu Efes
Jan. 19: Fenerbahce - Panathinaikos
Jan. 19: Maccabi T-A - Crvena Zvezda
Jan. 19: CSKA - Brose Bask.
Jan. 20: Darussafaka - Unics
Jan. 20: EA7 Armani - Galatasaray
Jan. 20: Olympiacos - Baskonia
Jan. 20: Zalgiris - Real Madrid


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 24
 1. Langford, Unics24.0 
 2. De Colo, CS.19.3 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid18.0 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA16.9 
 5. Goudelock, Maccabi .16.3 
 6. Rice, FC Barcelona15.4 
 7. Sanders, EA7 A.14.4 
 8. Wanamaker, Darussaf.14.3 
 9. Clyburn, Darussaf.13.7 
 10. Brown, Anadolu .13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo MELLI
  Brose Bask.
  (205-PF-91)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Melli, Brose Bask.8.4 
 2. Honeycutt, Anadolu .8.1 
 3. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.8 
 4. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.5 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.2 
 6. Brown, Anadolu .6.4 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos6.4 
 8. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 9. Singleton, Panathin.6.2 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.2 
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.6.3 
 5. Llull, Real Madrid5.8 
 6. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.5 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.4 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray5.4 
 9. Colom, Unics5.4 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.9 
 3. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.6 
 4. Larkin, Baskonia1.5 
 5. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 6. Rice, FC Barcelona1.4 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.4 
 8. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 9. Brown, Anadolu .1.2 
 10. Preldzic, Galatasaray1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.1 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.6 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.5 
 4. Birch, Olympiacos1.2 
 5. Singleton, Panathin.1.2 
 6. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.1 
 7. Theis, Brose Bask.1.1 
 8. Randolph, Real Madrid1.0 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 
 10. Bargnani, Baskonia0.9 


Recap of Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Maccabi T-A 80-75

Very expected game when 13th ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (6-11) was defeated on the road by third ranked Spanish Real Madrid (12-5) 80-75 on Friday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Maccabi T-A was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 27-19 charge of Real Madrid, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Slovenian point guard Luka Doncic (201-99) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and Rudy Fernandez (197-85) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the other American import guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) scored 18 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Real Madrid have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending Spanish champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Olympiacos. Loser Maccabi T-A keeps the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Real Madrid will face Zalgiris (#14) in Kaunas in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Maccabi T-A will play at home against Crvena Zvezda and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: R.Fernandez 14+3reb+5ast, G.Ayon 14+2reb+2ast, S.Llull 13+4ast, L.Doncic 10+11reb+8ast, F.Reyes 8+3reb, O.Hunter 6+4reb
Maccabi T-A: V.Rudd 18+9reb+1ast, A.Goudelock 18+1ast, Q.Miller-Scott 14+2reb, D.Smith 6+5reb+3ast, C.Iverson 6+10reb, S.Weems 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 473809


Panathinaikos - Anadolu Efes 92-81

Rather predictable result in Athens where sixth ranked Greek Panathinaikos (10-7) defeated 9th ranked Turkish Anadolu Efes (8-9) 92-81 on Friday. Panathinaikos made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American-Guinea-Bissau guard K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and American point guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) chipped in 14 points and 6 assists. American forward Tyler Honeycutt (203-90, college: UCLA) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (189-89) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Panathinaikos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Fenerbahce. Loser Anadolu Efes keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Panathinaikos will face Fenerbahce (#6) in Istanbul in the next round. Anadolu Efes will play on the road against FC Barcelona and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: K.Rivers 23+3reb+3ast, A.Gentile 15+5reb, I.Bourousis 14+6reb+1ast, M.James 14+2reb+6ast, K.Gabriel 10+6reb, N.Calathes 6+7reb+3ast
Anadolu Efes: T.Heurtel 15+5reb+1ast, J.Granger 14+5reb+4ast, D.Brown 12+5reb+2ast, T.Honeycutt 11+12reb+2ast, D.Thomas 11+3reb+1ast, C.Osman 9+3reb
gschID: 473808


Galatasaray - Zalgiris 87-79

Bottom-ranked Turkish Galatasaray managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive losses. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris in Istanbul 87-79. Galatasaray made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Uruguayan point guard Bruno Fitipaldo (183-91, agency: Pro Sports) nailed 21 points and 6 assists for the winning side and German center Tibor Pleiss (217-89) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds. Australian power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St.) came up with 18 points and French guard Leo Westermann (197-92, agency: BeoBasket) added 10 points and 8 assists respectively for Zalgiris in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Zalgiris' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Galatasaray (5-12) moved-up to fifteenth place. Defending Lithuanian champion Zalgiris dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Maccabi T-A. Galatasaray will play against bottom-ranked Armani Milano (#16) on the road in the next round. Zalgiris will play against the league's second-placed Real Madrid and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Galatasaray: B.Fitipaldo 21+1reb+6ast, T.Pleiss 17+7reb, S.Guler 16+2reb+4ast, V.Micov 11+5reb+5ast, G.Koksal 8+1ast, B.Schilb 7+5reb+3ast
Zalgiris: B.Motum 18+3reb+1ast, P.Jankunas 14+7reb, L.Lekavicius 11+6reb+4ast, L.Westermann 10+4reb+8ast, A.Lima 8+4reb, A.Milaknis 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 473807


CSKA - EA7 Armani 101-64

Euroleague top team - Russian CSKA (13-4) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked Italian Armani Milano (4-13) in Moscow 101-64. The game without a history. CSKA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Armani Milano's 30 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. CSKA forced 23 Armani Milano turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was French Nando De Colo (196-87) who scored 22 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) chipped in 10 points and 7 assists. Five CSKA players scored in double figures. Serbian Milan Macvan (206-89) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and Croatian swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists 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 Russian champion maintains first place with 13-4 record. Armani Milano lost tenth consecutive game. Defending Italian champion dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. CSKA will meet at home Brose Baskets (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Armani Milano will play against Galatasaray (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CSKA: N.De Colo 22+1reb+3ast, A.Vorontsevich 18+3reb, D.Kulagin 12+5reb+4ast, V.Fridzon 12+1ast, M.Teodosic 10+4reb+7ast, K.Hines 7+2reb
EA7 Armani: M.Macvan 19+11reb+3ast, K.Simon 15+6reb+5ast, M.Raduljica 10+2reb+3ast, A.Cinciarini 6+3reb, R.Hickman 5+4reb+2ast, J.McLean 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 473806


FC Barcelona - Olympiacos 67-69

Tenth-ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (7-10) gave a tough game to third ranked Greek Olympiacos (12-5). The visitors from Athens managed to secure only two-point victory 69-67. However their fans expected much easier game. FC Barcelona was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 40-34 second half run of Olympiacos. Georgios Printezis (204-85, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. American-Belgian guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. American-Montenegrin point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll.) answered with 15 points and 5 assists and Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) added 16 points in the effort for FC Barcelona. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Olympiacos have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending Greek champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Real Madrid. FC Barcelona at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Olympiacos' next round opponent will be Baskonia (#4) in Vitoria. FC Barcelona will play at home against Anadolu Efes (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: G.Printezis 16+9reb+2ast, M.Lojeski 11+3reb+4ast, E.Green 8+2reb+1ast, D.Waters 8+1reb+2ast, K.Papanikolaou 8+8reb, E.Mantzaris 6+2reb+2ast
FC Barcelona: P.Koponen 16+3reb+2ast, T.Rice 15+2reb+5ast, A.Tomic 12+9reb, J.Dorsey 7+8reb+1ast, J.Doellman 5+3reb+2ast, V.Claver 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 473804


Crvena Zvezda - Fenerbahce 75-73

Important game to mention about took place in Beograd. Ninth ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (9-8) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked Turkish Fenerbahce (10-7) 75-73 on Thursday evening. Bosnian-Serbian center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and American-Serbian Charles Jenkins (191-89, college: Hofstra) chipped in 14 points. Crvena Zvezda's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Serbian swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92) responded with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Nigerian power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) scored 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). They have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Darussafaka. Defending Turkish champion Fenerbahce keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Crvena Zvezda will face Maccabi T-A (#13) in Tel-Aviv in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Fenerbahce will play at home against Panathinaikos (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: O.Kuzmic 21+8reb, C.Jenkins 14+3reb+3ast, M.Simonovic 12+5reb+1ast, S.Jovic 8+1reb+7ast, N.Wolters 6+2reb+1ast, N.Dangubic 5+2reb+2ast
Fenerbahce: L.Datome 16+3reb+2ast, E.Udoh 16+3reb+2ast, B.Bogdanovic 12+6reb+6ast, N.Kalinic 8+1reb+1ast, J.Vesely 7+4reb+1ast, B.Dixon 7+4reb+4ast
gschID: 473802


Darussafaka - Baskonia 98-89

The game between third ranked Spanish Baskonia (11-6) and eighth ranked Turkish Darussafaka (9-8) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Baskonia was defeated by Darussafaka in a tough game in Istanbul 89-98. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Baskonia. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-89. Darussafaka made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. Latvian Dairis Bertans (194-89) stepped up and scored 29 points and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 19 points and American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) scored 10 points and 9 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Darussafaka moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Crvena Zvezda. Baskonia at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Darussafaka is looking forward to face Unics Kazan (#11) at home in the next round. Baskonia will play against Olympiacos (#3) in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: D.Bertans 29+5ast, B.Wanamaker 21+2reb+4ast, S.Wilbekin 17+3reb+4ast, A.Moerman 15+9reb+3ast, W.Clyburn 14+9reb+1ast, B.Batuk 2+2reb
Baskonia: A.Hanga 19+3reb+2ast, T.Shengelia 13+4reb+1ast, C.Budinger 12+4reb+4ast, K.Tillie 10+1reb+1ast, S.Larkin 10+2reb+9ast, J.Voigtmann 10+8reb+2ast
gschID: 473803


Unics - Brose Bask. 63-58

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked German Brose Baskets (7-10) were defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked Russian Unics Kazan (7-10) 63-58 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 17-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American-Mexican point guard Paul Stoll (180-85) chipped in 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Latvian point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) responded with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Darius Miller (202-90, college: Kentucky) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Unics Kazan moved-up to tenth place, which they share with FC Barcelona and Brose Bask. Unics Kazan will face higher ranked Darussafaka (#7) in Istanbul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Unics: K.Langford 27+10reb+5ast, L.Williams 13+3reb, A.Parakhouski 8+2reb, P.Stoll 7+6reb+4ast, P.Antipov 5+1reb+1ast, O.Johnson 3+2reb
Brose Bask.: J.Strelnieks 13+7reb+6ast, D.Miller 12+5reb, L.Radosevic 6+3reb+1ast, F.Causeur 6+4reb+2ast, D.Theis 6+2reb, N.Zisis 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 473805





Fenerbahce and Bobby Dixon pen new deal - by Eurobasket News

Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) has agreed on terms of contract extension with Fenerbahce. The point guard has inked a new two-year deal with the Turkish powerhouse. Bobby Dixon has joined the team back in 2015. He tallies 11.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in EuroLeague this season. In Turkish League his stats read 10.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per appearance. Bobby Dixon was named All-Turkish League Guard of the Year in 2015 and 2016.


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FIBA Europe Cup round 4 (Second Stage) best performance: Perry Petty - by Eurobasket News

American-Guinea-Bissau Point guard Perry Petty (185-PG-88) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Kormend, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (19 points, five rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Nanterre (3-1) with 17-point margin 91-74. It allowed Kormend to take over top position in the FIBA Europe Cup group N. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this stage. Kormend has a very solid 3-1 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Petty's second year at Kormend and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of Texas Rio Grande Valley star has very solid stats this year. Petty is in league's top in assists (4th best: 7.3apg) and averages impressive 2.4spg. Worth to mention Petty played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Steve Zack (211-C-92) of P second-ranked Lukoil Acad.. Zack had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Lukoil Acad. cruised to a 76-67 relatively comfortable win over Benfica (#4, 0-4). Lukoil Acad.'s second position in group P has not changed. His team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Zack is a newcomer at Lukoil Acad., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91) of league's top team Chalon. Clark scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Chalon, leading his team to a 88-66 easy win against #4 ranked Targu Mures in a game of the week. Chalon started extremely well this Second Stage. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game in group K. Clark turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Clark has a great season in FIBA Europe Cup. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stephen Dennis (198-G-87) of Bnei Hertzeliyya - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92) of BK Pardubice - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Lenzelle Smith Jr. (193-G-91) of Kormend - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Ken Horton (199-F-89) of Telekom Bsk - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87) of UBT Cluj Napoca - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Derek Jackson (185-PG-91) of Oberwart - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Andrew Rautins (193-G-86) of Gaziantep - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Helsinki Seagulls 17-4 
 2. Salon Vilpas 16-5 
 3. Kataja Basket 12-6 
 4. Kauhajoki 12-10 
 5. Lapua 11-10 
 6. Kouvot 8-11 
 7. BC Nokia 8-14 
 8. Pyrinto 8-14 
 9. KTP Basket 7-14 
 10. Korihait 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 13: Salon Vilpas - Kauhajoki 96-86
Jan. 13: KTP Basket - BC Nokia 87-76
Jan. 13: Helsinki Seagulls - Pyrinto 77-71
Jan. 13: Kataja Basket - Lapua 103-68

Regular Season: Round 24

Jan. 20: Helsinki Seagulls - Kouvot
Jan. 20: Lapua - Salon Vilpas
Jan. 20: KTP Basket - Korihait
Jan. 21: BC Nokia - Kauhajoki
Jan. 22: Kataja Basket - Pyrinto


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22
 1. Jones, Lapua22.0 
 2. Gay, KTP Basket20.8 
 3. Pledger, Kouvot20.7 
 4. Brown, Kataja B.18.0 
 5. Morris, Lapua17.5 
 6. Wesley, Kataja B.17.5 
 7. Bullock, Pyrinto17.4 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.8 
 9. Hollins, Kauhajoki16.6 
 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 Basket9.0 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.5 
 7. Morris, Lapua8.2 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto8.1 
 9. Cuffee, Kouvot8.1 
 10. Williams, Lapua8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Kataja B.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.6 
 2. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.1 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.9 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.7 
 5. Edwards, Lapua4.8 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.7 
 7. Minard, Pyrinto4.5 
 8. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.4 
 9. Seppala, Kataja B.3.9 
 10. Skamo, BC Nokia3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Monyea PRATT
  KTP Basket
  (196-SF-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pratt, KTP Basket2.3 
 2. Mullings, Kataja B.1.9 
 3. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 5. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 6. Minard, Pyrinto1.8 
 7. Barrett, BC Nokia1.8 
 8. Holloway, Korihait1.7 
 9. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 10. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 3. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 4. Van, Korihait1.2 
 5. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 6. McAlister, Korihait1.0 
 7. Walker, KTP Basket0.9 
 8. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.8 
 9. Kinnard, Lapua0.8 
 10. Upson, Helsinki.0.8 


Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Division A

Jan. 13: Porvoon Tarmo - Jyvaskyla BA 85-94
Jan. 13: FoKoPo - Espoo United 73-110
Jan. 12: ToPo - Jarvenpaa 72-75
Jan. 12: HBA-Marsky - Lahti 66-81
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: Karkkila - PeU-Basket 80-77
Jan. 13: JyWe - Korikouvot 79-85
Jan. 13: HNMKY U23 - Espoo Basket 76-84
Jan. 13: PuHu Juniorit - Raholan Pyrkiva 71-73
Jan. 13: Munkkiniemen - Namika Lr 64-83
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. Daniels, PeU-Basket24.4 
 5. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.9 
 6. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva23.8 
 7. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.7 
 8. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
 9. Heinonen, Munkkini.22.7 
 10. Clark, Porvoon .22.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket14.1 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.13.0 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket12.3 
 6. Stahl, Oulun N.11.1 
 7. Knihtinen, Korikouvot11.1 
 8. Kantonen, Korik.10.7 
 9. Towa, Jarvenpaa10.6 
 10. Blomqvist, HyPo10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.6 
 2. Kantonen, Korik.6.3 
 3. Salonen, Porvoon .6.2 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo5.9 
 5. Ivey, Espoo United4.7 
 6. Innamaa, TuNM.4.6 
 7. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.4 
 8. Ikavalko, Lahti4.3 
 9. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.2 
 10. Kantonen, JyWe4.2 
Steals Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Upchurch, HyPo3.0 
 2. Moore, ToPo2.6 
 3. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.6 
 4. Ceesay, Espoo B.2.5 
 5. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.4 
 6. Kuusisto, ToPo2.4 
 7. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.3 
 8. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 9. Engelvuori, Namika Lr2.3 
 10. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.7 
 3. Ekimov, JyWe1.6 
 4. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 5. Harvey, Oulun N.1.4 
 6. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.3 
 7. Fields, Lahti1.2 
 8. Harris, Ura Basket1.2 
 9. Sandberg, TuNM.1.2 
 10. Valtonen, HBA-M.1.0 


Jermaine Watson joins Ura Basket - by Eurobasket News

Kaarinan Ura Basket (1st Division) agreed terms with experienced 36-year old American guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston). He played last season at HoNsU Basket in the 1st Division. In 9 games he had very impressive stats: 24.3ppg, 5.7rpg and 5.1apg.
The previous (14-15) season Watson played at Bosna-Royal in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I where in 14 games he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 18.0ppg and averaged 3.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Imports Team.
His team made it to the Liga Americas Semifinals in 2008.
Watson is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Watson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Argentina, Colombia (Patriotas, Islanders, Bambuqueros and Patriotas), Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico (Correcaminos, Mineros de Caborca, Pioneros and Pavos de Nuevo Casas Grandes), Uruguay (Guruyu Waston) and Venezuela (Trotamundos).
Watson is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Ura Basket.
Watson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
He attended Boston until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Watson: Jermaine is an athletic slashing combo guard with exceptional ball handling skills. He is an attacking player who puts a lot of pressure on defenders to stay in front of him. He exceeds in the open court as well as in isolation situations. While more of a point guard due to his ball handling ability, his scorer's mentality prevents him from becoming a natural point. His a good one on one defenders at either position and has the strength to fend off a post up. He has good size at the guard spot with a long wingspan (6'8) allowing him to get a lot of steals.

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Korisliiga Round 22: Lapuan Korikobrat edges Tampereen Pyrinto by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 22 in the Korisliiga took place in Tampere. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (8-13) to fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (11-9) 76-74 on Wednesday evening. Tampereen Pyrinto cut a 13-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Lapuan Korikobrat made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. American guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M, agency: Stealth Sport) fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The other American import forward Lawrence Kinnard (203-86, college: UAB) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds for lost side. Lapuan Korikobrat have a solid four-game winning streak. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fifth position with 11-9 record. Tampereen Pyrinto at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 13 games lost. They share the position with BC Nokia. Lapuan Korikobrat will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tampereen Pyrinto will play on the road against the league's leader Helsinki Seagulls (#1) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Salon Vilpas (15-5) against eighth ranked Kouvot (8-11) on Wednesday night. Visiting Salon Vilpas was defeated by Kouvot in Kouvola 86-68. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Salon Vilpas. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Rakeem Buckles (203-90, college: FIU) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds. Michael Cuffee contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds for Salon Vilpas. Salon Vilpas' coach Joonas Iisalo rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Salon Vilpas at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Kouvot will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Salon Vilpas will play at home against UU-Korihait and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Helsinki Seagulls delivered the sixteenth victory on Wednesday night. This time they beat 10th ranked UU-Korihait (4-15) 81-63 in Uusikaupunki. Gerald Lee scored 26 points (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Mikko Jalonen responded with 10 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Helsinki Seagulls maintains first position with 16-4 record. UU-Korihait lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Helsinki Seagulls will meet at home Tampereen Pyrinto (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UU-Korihait will play against the league's second-placed Salon Vilpas and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kauhajoki. Local Kauhajoen Karhu (12-9) outscored 9th ranked KTP-Basket (6-14) 105-81. Austin Hollins notched 26 points and 4 assists to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kauhajoen Karhu moved-up to third place. KTP-Basket lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will have a break next round. KTP-Basket will play at home against BC Nokia (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Kauhajoki - KTP Basket 105-81

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kauhajoki. Local Kauhajoen Karhu (12-9) outscored 9th ranked KTP-Basket (6-14) 105-81. It looked good early as KTP-Basket took a 19-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kauhajoen Karhu took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 24 points. They shot 60.9 percent from the field. Kauhajoen Karhu forced 21 KTP-Basket turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 68.2 percentage. Kauhajoen Karhu players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) notched 26 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88) supported him with 22 points and 8 assists. Five Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Even 25 points by American guard Daniel Bailey (196-90, college: Queens, NC) did not help to save the game for KTP-Basket. Jamaican-American power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) added 23 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kauhajoen Karhu moved-up to third place. KTP-Basket lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will have a break next round. KTP-Basket will play at home against BC Nokia (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: A.Hollins 26+4reb+4ast, B.Sarcevic 22+2reb+8ast, K.Holsey 21+8reb+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 12+3reb+3ast, J.Lehtoranta 11+4ast, T.Unruh 9+5reb+1ast
KTP Basket: D.Bailey 25+4reb+2ast, S.Gay 23+4reb+1ast, W.Walker 12+3reb+1ast, M.Pratt 6+6reb+10ast, J.Herrala 4+1reb+3ast, S.Kaukiainen 3+1reb
gschID: 488020


Kouvot - Salon Vilpas 86-68

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Salon Vilpas (15-5) against eighth ranked Kouvot (8-11) on Wednesday night. Visiting Salon Vilpas was defeated by Kouvot in Kouvola 86-68. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Salon Vilpas. It looked good early as Salon Vilpas took a 5-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kouvot had a 27-7 second period charge getting the lead and Salon Vilpas was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-86. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Salon Vilpas to just 7 points in second quarter. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Rakeem Buckles (203-90, college: FIU) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Michael Cuffee (195-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Kouvot players scored in double figures. Guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) added 6 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Salon Vilpas. Salon Vilpas' coach Joonas Iisalo rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Salon Vilpas at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Kouvot will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Salon Vilpas will play at home against UU-Korihait and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: R.Buckles 23+8reb, M.Cuffee 17+7reb+7ast, O.Heinonen 15+7reb+3ast, T.Hirvonen 14+5reb+4ast, S.Pledger 14+4reb+2ast, T.Knihtinen 3+4reb+1ast
Salon Vilpas: D.Williams 14+5reb+2ast, J.Staten 9+5reb+2ast, N.Buss 9+4reb, M.Pounds 7+2reb, J.Nenonen 7+4reb+1ast, O.Jarvi 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 488021


Pyrinto - Lapua 74-76

The most exciting game of round 22 in the Korisliiga took place in Tampere. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (8-13) to fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (11-9) 76-74 on Wednesday evening. Tampereen Pyrinto cut a 13-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Lapuan Korikobrat made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. American guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M, agency: Stealth Sport) fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The other American import forward Lawrence Kinnard (203-86, college: UAB) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Lapuan Korikobrat players scored in double figures. American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and the former international point guard Antero Lehto (185-84) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Lapuan Korikobrat have a solid four-game winning streak. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fifth position with 11-9 record. Tampereen Pyrinto at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 13 games lost. They share the position with BC Nokia. Lapuan Korikobrat will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tampereen Pyrinto will play on the road against the league's leader Helsinki Seagulls (#1) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Lapua: J.Jones 21+7reb, D.Williams 20+5reb+2ast, A.Conerly 17+5reb+2ast, L.Kinnard 15+9reb+3ast, J.Turja 2+1reb, T.Viertola 1+4reb
Pyrinto: A.Lehto 18+1reb+4ast, J.Bullock 17+16reb+1ast, T.Palmi 17+1reb+1ast, R.Minard 6+5reb+1ast, V.Pekkola 5, P.Heinonen 5+8reb+4ast
gschID: 488018


Korihait - Helsinki Seagulls 63-81

Leader Helsinki Seagulls delivered the sixteenth victory on Wednesday night. This time they beat 10th ranked UU-Korihait (4-15) 81-63 in Uusikaupunki. The game without a history. Helsinki Seagulls led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by UU-Korihait's players. The former international center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) scored 26 points (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91, agency: Blacktop Management) chipped in 12 points and 12 assists during the contest. At the losing side point guard Mikko Jalonen (186-82) responded with 10 points and 6 assists and American guard Emmanuel Holloway (185-86, college: Illinois St., agency: Blacktop Management) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Helsinki Seagulls maintains first position with 16-4 record. UU-Korihait lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Helsinki Seagulls will meet at home Tampereen Pyrinto (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UU-Korihait will play against the league's second-placed Salon Vilpas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: G.Lee 26+3reb+1ast, A.Nikkarinen 12+12ast, C.Lindbom 10+7reb+2ast, R.Cowels III 9+6reb+3ast, T.Heinonen 9+4reb, D.Upson 6+3reb
Korihait: E.Holloway 12+3reb+1ast, M.Jalonen 10+1reb+6ast, A.Alanen 10+3reb, E.McAlister 8+5reb, D.Lee 7+4reb, V.Laine 7+2ast
gschID: 488019





Namika Lr welcomes back Bratton - by Eurobasket News

Namika Lappeenranta (1st Division) landed 31-year old American swingman Reginald Bratton (193-86, college: Lenoir-Rhyne, agency: Blacktop Management). It is actually his comeback to Lappeenranta as he has played here before. Bratton started the season at Korihait in Korisliiga. He helped his team get promotion to Korisliiga. In 6 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Bratton played also at UU-Korihait where in 25 1st Division games he had very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.4apg and 2.3spg (in top 5). He contributed to his team winning the 1st Division Division A title (twice) (also twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division A 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
Bratton is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). Bratton has played previously professionally also in Germany (Sixers), Morocco (Wydad Athletic Club Casablanca and FUS Rabat), Spain (Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia), United Kingdom (Worthing Thunder) and Finland (Tampereen Pyrinto and of courseNamika Lr).
He attended Lenoir-Rhyne College until 2008 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
Bratton's game is described as: Bratton is a big-time scorer who can fill up the stat sheet very quickly. His scoring is carried out in a variety of ways. He can hit from the deep, but is also a tremendous athlete that will finish with great power at the rim. He is an excellent leaper. Has a very strong body and will over-power and out-muscle opposing wings. Good speed and acceleration. A solid ball-handler and passer and an excellent rebounder. Very intelligent and well-spoken individual who is very committed to climbing the professional ranks.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marcel Moore signs at FoKoPo - by Eurobasket News

Forssan Koripojat (1st Division) landed 23-year old forward Marcel Moore (200-94). He played most recently at Helsinki Seagulls in Finnish Korisliiga. Korisliiga was a little too high level for him, where in 5 games he averaged just 0.4ppg last season. 1st Division will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Moore also played that season for Jarvenpaan Koripalloseura (also in Korisliiga). In 15 games he had 8.2ppg and 4.4rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Moore represented Finland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 11.8ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 68.4%.
Moore has played previously for Joensuun Kataja.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Monaco 13-2 
 2. Chalon 12-3 
 3. Nanterre 10-5 
 4. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 10-5 
 5. Le Mans 9-7 
 6. Paris-Levallois 9-7 
 7. ASVEL 8-7 
 8. Gravelines 8-7 
 9. Strasbourg 8-8 
 10. Le Portel 7-8 
 11. Limoges 7-8 
 12. Chalons-Reims 6-9 
 13. Hyeres-Toulon 6-9 
 14. Cholet 6-9 
 15. Orleans 6-10 
 16. Dijon 5-11 
 17. Antibes 5-11 
 18. Nancy 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 13: Dijon - Orleans 76-84
Jan. 13: Paris-Levallois - Strasbourg 75-65
Jan. 13: Antibes - Le Mans 54-58
Jan. 14: Chalons-Reims - Chalon
Jan. 14: ASVEL - Nancy
Jan. 14: Monaco - Nanterre
Jan. 14: Cholet - Hyeres-Toulon
Jan. 16: Gravelines - Le Portel
Jan. 15: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Limoges

Round 14

Jan. 7: Gravelines - Nanterre 91-81


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Kyle GIBSON
  Gravelines
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Gibson, Gravelines18.9 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.4 
 3. Roberson, Chalon16.1 
 4. Prepelic, Limoges15.9 
 5. Clark, Chalon15.7 
 6. Smith, Chalons-Reims15.7 
 7. Sommerville, Orleans15.6 
 8. Cobbs, Gravelines15.5 
 9. Buford, Limoges14.9 
 10. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Fall, Chalon8.9 
 2. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.6 
 3. Yeguete, Le Mans8.1 
 4. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.7.5 
 5. Blue, Antibes7.5 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.3 
 7. Hunt, Nancy7.3 
 8. Lessort, Nanterre7.0 
 9. Hassell, Le Portel7.0 
 10. Koffi, Pau-Lacq.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.11.2 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.2 
 3. Hodge, AS.6.3 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines5.7 
 5. Holston, Dijon5.7 
 6. Vargas, Nancy5.5 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.2 
 8. Bost, Monaco5.1 
 9. Eito, Orleans5.0 
 10. Nelson, AS.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.5 
 2. Eito, Orleans2.3 
 3. Wood, Limoges2.0 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.9 
 5. Holston, Dijon1.8 
 6. Sutton, Nancy1.8 
 7. Yeguete, Le Mans1.6 
 8. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 9. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.6 
 10. Rodriguez, Cholet1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Fall, Chalon2.9 
 2. Jeanne, Nancy1.7 
 3. Fofana, Monaco1.4 
 4. Uter, AS.1.2 
 5. Poirier, Paris-Le.1.1 
 6. Jaiteh, Strasbourg1.0 
 7. Joseph, Orleans1.0 
 8. Fair, Limoges0.9 
 9. Hassell, Le Portel0.9 
 10. Hunt, Nancy0.9 


Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Provence Basket 12-2 
 2. Charleville 10-3 
 3. Bourg 10-4 
 4. Le Havre 9-5 
 5. Nantes 8-5 
 6. Denain 7-6 
 7. Lille 7-6 
 8. Vichy Clermont 6-7 
 9. Roanne 6-7 
 10. St Quentin 6-7 
 11. Evreux 6-8 
 12. Maurienne 6-8 
 13. Blois 5-8 
 14. Boulazac 5-8 
 15. Poitiers 5-8 
 16. Boulogne 4-9 
 17. St Chamond 4-9 
 18. Rouen 4-10 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 13: Maurienne - Rouen 95-84
Jan. 13: Le Havre - Provence Basket 70-64
Jan. 13: Evreux - Bourg 57-76
Jan. 14: Blois - St Chamond
Jan. 14: Boulogne - Lille
Jan. 14: Charleville - Denain
Jan. 14: Poitiers - Nantes
Jan. 14: Roanne - Vichy Clermont
Jan. 14: St Quentin - Boulazac


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Jarvis WILLIAMS
  Boulazac
  (198-C/F-93)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Williams, Boulazac20.9 
 2. Hermannsson, Charlevi.18.5 
 3. Jones, Lille17.1 
 4. Peacock, Bourg17.0 
 5. Ware, Vichy C.16.8 
 6. Burton, Roanne16.5 
 7. Rozenfeld, Roanne16.4 
 8. Bigote, Nantes16.2 
 9. Obasohan, Provence.15.9 
 10. Sim, Bourg15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mohamed KONE
  Charleville
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Kone, Charleville10.6 
 2. Burton, Roanne9.5 
 3. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.0 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg8.7 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes8.4 
 6. Williams, Boulazac8.1 
 7. Paumier, Boulogne7.8 
 8. Traore, Lille7.8 
 9. Diame, Blois7.5 
 10. Fall, Poitiers7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tyreek DUREN
  Boulogne
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Duren, Boulogne7.0 
 2. Ware, Vichy C.6.8 
 3. Rigaux, Maurienne6.6 
 4. Hermannsson, Charlevi.6.3 
 5. King, Le Havre6.1 
 6. Turner, Blois5.9 
 7. Henry, Evreux5.9 
 8. Sim, Bourg5.8 
 9. Rozenfeld, Roanne5.5 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Evreux
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Henry, Evreux2.4 
 2. Burton, Roanne2.3 
 3. Fouse, Charleville2.1 
 4. Rigaux, Maurienne2.0 
 5. Maille, Provence.2.0 
 6. Williams, Boulazac1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Nantes1.8 
 8. Turner, Blois1.8 
 9. Duren, Boulogne1.8 
 10. Denave, Vichy C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.8 
 2. Traore, Lille1.5 
 3. Paumier, Boulogne1.5 
 4. Williams, Boulazac1.4 
 5. Loum, Boulogne1.3 
 6. Diame, Blois1.3 
 7. Jones, Lille1.2 
 8. Ho You Fat, Rouen1.2 
 9. Fall, Poitiers1.2 
 10. Boateng, Blois1.1 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Souffel 14-3 
 2. Quimper 13-4 
 3. RAC Basket 11-6 
 4. Caen 11-6 
 5. GET Vosges 10-7 
 6. St Vallier 10-7 
 7. Chartres 10-8 
 8. Orchies 9-8 
 9. Lourdes 9-8 
 10. Rennes 8-9 
 11. Vitre 8-9 
 12. ALS Basket 8-9 
 13. Angers BC 8-10 
 14. Lorient 7-10 
 15. Challans 7-10 
 16. Gries/Oberhoffen 6-11 
 17. SAP Vaucluse 5-12 
 18. CFBB 0-17 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 13: Angers BC - Chartres 65-90
Jan. 13: GET Vosges - Lorient
Jan. 13: Lourdes - Souffel
Jan. 14: Vitre - SAP Vaucluse
Jan. 14: Caen - ALS Basket
Jan. 14: Gries/Oberhoffen - CFBB
Jan. 14: Challans - Rennes
Jan. 14: RAC Basket - St Vallier
Jan. 14: Quimper - Orchies


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Steffon BRADFORD
  St Vallier
  (198-F/C-77)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Bradford, St Vallier18.4 
 2. Craion, Lorient17.7 
 3. Smith, Orchies17.1 
 4. Brooks, ALS Basket16.7 
 5. Vaty, Lourdes16.7 
 6. Mitchell, Chartres16.7 
 7. Geiger, SAP V.16.4 
 8. Newson, Lorient16.1 
 9. Kovanusic, ALS B.15.6 
 10. Uzas, Angers BC15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Demond WATT
  Angers BC
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Watt, Angers BC10.7 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.7 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel9.5 
 4. Thondique, Gries/Ob.9.3 
 5. Nwaukoni, Angers B.8.0 
 6. Gourari, RAC Basket7.9 
 7. Cox, Challans7.6 
 8. Craion, Lorient7.5 
 9. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 10. Quincy-Jones, Vitre7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Xane D''ALMEIDA
  Lourdes
  (181-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.1 
 2. Romain, Chartres7.0 
 3. Delhomme, St Vallier5.5 
 4. Rathieuville, Rennes5.5 
 5. Bichard, RAC Basket5.2 
 6. Suhard, Angers BC5.1 
 7. Siegwarth, Vitre4.9 
 8. Choplin, Quimper4.6 
 9. Uzas, Angers BC4.5 
 10. Neri, ALS Basket4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Craion, Lorient2.9 
 2. Cornely, Caen2.5 
 3. Davis, Rennes2.4 
 4. Gibson, Challans2.3 
 5. Neri, ALS Basket2.3 
 6. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.9 
 7. Pene, Rennes1.8 
 8. Correia, Souffel1.8 
 9. Damachoua, Lorient1.7 
 10. Gourari, RAC Basket1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Demond WATT
  Angers BC
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Watt, Angers BC1.3 
 2. Rakocevic, Orchies1.1 
 3. Negrobar, Rennes0.9 
 4. Cox, Challans0.9 
 5. Njiba, St Vallier0.9 
 6. Bobrov, Quimper0.9 
 7. Kayembe, Souffel0.9 
 8. Monteiro, Caen0.9 
 9. Staniulis, Souffel0.8 
 10. Aded Hussein, St Valli.0.8 



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  FYR MACEDONIA  


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

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

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Marques Green (165-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy). Green led Scandone AV to a victory over the 13th-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (6-9) 79-69 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Green scored 14 points and added 4 assists. Scandone Avellino (11-4) is placed third in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Green averages: 8.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.3apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 49.2%(31-63) and FT: 94.1%(16-17). He is a naturalized American. Green played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team seven years ago. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Spain). McCalebb was the main contributor in a Gran Canaria's victory against the tenth-ranked RETAbet BB (6-8) 82-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. McCalebb recorded 12 points, 6 assists and 3 steals in 20 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (10-6) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's McCalebb's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.9apg, 2FGP: 55.2%(58-105), 3FGP: 23.8% and FT: 81.3% in 16 games he played so far. McCalebb is a naturalized American. He played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2015. Apparently McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Romeo Travis
Romeo Travis
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help Strasbourg IG (7-5) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Travis' very good performance the third-placed Strasbourg IG (7-5) was defeated 86-82 on the road by the lower-ranked Mega Leks (#6) in the group D of Basketball Champions League. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Travis' overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 77.8%. He is a naturalized American. Travis is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Aleksandar Kostoski
Aleksandar Kostoski
   #4. Point guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Pitesti (9-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Pitesti was defeated 88-82 at home by the leading UBT Cluj Napoca. Kostoski was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 assists. Kostoski has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.0apg. Kostoski is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

Richard Hendrix
Richard Hendrix
   #5. Former international power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Alabama, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bo McCalebb and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Hendrix managed to help Herbalife Gran Canaria in a victory against the tenth-ranked RETAbet BB (6-8) 82-68. He recorded 5 points in 8 minutes. This year Hendrix's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg in 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Hendrix used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago. However he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #6. Guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Sevilla's victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (9-6) 76-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Stojanovski recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (7-8) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Stojanovski has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Marko Dujkovic
Marko Dujkovic
   #7. International center Marko Dujkovic (226-90, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for Metalac (4-8) in their game against Tamis (8-4) in the Serbian KLS. Dujkovic scored 6 points and blocked 2 shots in 17 minutes. Metalac lost 69-82 in Pancevo to the much higher-ranked (#5) Tamis. It was Metalac's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Dujkovic's total stats are: 4.2ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.8bpg in 12 games. He is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

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

   #1. Cedi Osman (204-F-95, currently plays in Turkey) led Anadolu Efes to a 3-point victory against the seventh-ranked Galatasaray (8-6) 80-77 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. He scored 14 points in 33 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (12-2) is placed second in the BSL. It's Osman's fourth season with the team. Osman has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg in 13 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.

   #2. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, currently plays in ABA League) led his Montenegrin team Mornar Bar to a victory over the closely-ranked Un.Olimpija (7-10) crushing them 93-70 in the ABA League last Sunday. Pavic was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. KK Mornar Basket Bar (6-11) is placed eighth in the ABA League. This year Pavic has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3bpg and 1.7spg in seven games.

   #3. Dino Radoncic (202-F-99, currently plays in Spain). Radoncic could not help Real Madrid II (9-5) to beat Casvi (9-5). He scored only 4 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Real Madrid II (#5) was defeated 72-68 on the road by the higher-ranked Casvi (#4) in the Group B. Radoncic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.7apg. Radoncic is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Montenegrin.

   #4. Armin Musovic (192-PG-96, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB in a victory against the eighth-ranked Itzehoe (6-8) 76-68 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday. He scored only one point and added 5 passes in 21 minutes. Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB (10-4) is placed second in North group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Musovic has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.4apg in 14 games. He has both FYR Macedonian and German nationalities.



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Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 13: ETB Wohnbau - Dresden 92-78
Jan. 13: Ehingen - Chemnitz 89-97
Jan. 13: Hamburg - Kirchheim 86-87
Jan. 12: Koeln Rh.Stars - Hanau 80-72
Jan. 13: Oettinger R. - MBC 70-83
Jan. 13: Trier - Uni Baskets 69-66
Jan. 13: Baunach - Heidelberg 68-60

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 21: Chemnitz - Koeln Rh.Stars
Jan. 21: Hanau - Ehingen
Jan. 21: MBC - ETB Wohnbau
Jan. 21: Kirchheim - Dresden
Jan. 21: Hamburg - Baunach
Jan. 22: Nuernberg - Uni Baskets
Jan. 22: Heidelberg - Trier
Jan. 24: Oettinger R. - Crailsheim


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Chris ALEXANDER
  ETB W.
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Alexander, ETB W.19.6 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau18.6 
 3. Williams, Kirchheim18.4 
 4. Kerusch, MBC18.1 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg18.0 
 6. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 7. Holt, Dresden16.6 
 8. Warren, MBC15.8 
 9. Moore, Ehingen15.6 
 10. Spearman, Trier15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Kratzer, Baunach13.1 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.2 
 3. Oppland, Nuernberg8.5 
 4. Thompson, ETB W.8.2 
 5. Wolf, Hamburg7.5 
 6. Jahn, Ehingen7.5 
 7. Sturner, Dresden7.3 
 8. Lawson, Chemnitz6.9 
 9. Nicholas, Trier6.8 
 10. Wild, Hanau6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.6 
 2. Love, Kirchheim5.9 
 3. Moore, Ehingen5.8 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz5.7 
 5. Zazai, MBC5.6 
 6. Schmitz, Trier5.5 
 7. Vest, Uni Baskets5.4 
 8. Adams, Uni Baskets5.4 
 9. Watkins, Nuernberg5.3 
 10. Williams, Koeln R.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin TIGGS
  Crailsheim
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.8 
 2. Hatten, MBC2.7 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.6 
 4. Adams, Uni Baskets2.6 
 5. White, Heidelberg2.4 
 6. Carter, Chemnitz2.2 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg2.0 
 8. Kovacevic, Heidelberg1.8 
 9. Eversley, Koeln R.1.8 
 10. Vest, Uni Baskets1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Oettinge.
  (206-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muldrow, Oettinge.2.8 
 2. Pressley, Dresden1.8 
 3. King, Koeln R.1.7 
 4. Kratzer, Baunach1.6 
 5. White, Heidelberg1.6 
 6. Grim, Uni Baskets1.4 
 7. Fraser, Ehingen1.3 
 8. van, Trier1.2 
 9. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 10. Keppeler, Baunach1.1 


Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann Is Back Moves To ratiopharm Ulm - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It isn't easy coming back from a serious injury, but German Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) is back and will battle in the EasyCrdeit BBL again in the paint this time for top team ratiopharm Ulm. Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann is a 26 year old 105 kilo center that had a serious knee injury that took 9 months to heal brings 165 BBL games expereiiece in his suitcase to Ulm having developed the last years further with the Telekom Baskets Bonn and Alba Berlin. Last season with Alba Berlin, the big man played 30 games: 2.5ppg, 1.9rpg; Euroleague: 15 games: 3.1ppg, 1.9rpg. "Jonas is an interesting big man that learned a lot under Sasa Obradovic and is capable of changing his game on defense. Now we must get an impression how much he can help us after a long injury", stressed head coach Thorsten Leibenath.

Wohlfarth-Botterman started his basketball career with the SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf junior team in 2006 and then moved to the Telekom Baskets Bonn in 2007 where he played until 2013. He moved to Alba Berlin in 2013 playing a total of 98 BBL games. His best season was his first with Alba Berlin where he played Eurocup: 19 games: 6.0ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 49.4%, FT: 50.0%; German League: 45 games: 4.9ppg, 2.8rpg. "I feel physically good. I am at the point now after a long rehab process where I learned to be patient that I have the chnace to come back. I want to help the guys as best as I can", stressed Jonas Wohlfarth-Botterman.

Awards and acheivements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -08, Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -08, Adidas World Junior Tournament in Douai (France) -08, European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos (Greece) -08: 5 games: 4.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.0spg, German NBBL All-Star Game -09, German U20 National Team -09-10, European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) -09: 3 games: 1.0ppg, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Defensive Team -10, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -10, European Championships U20 in Croatia -10: 9 games: 5.4ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 53.6%, FT: 70.4%, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Defensive Team -11, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Newcomers Team -11, German University National Team -11, World University Games in Shenzhen (China) -11: 7 games: 5.4ppg, 5.6rpg, Blocks-4 (1.9bpg), FGP: 56.3%, FT: 18.2%, German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -12, German 2nd National Team -12-13, EuroChallenge Quarterfinals -13, German University National Team -13, Stankovic Continental Cup in China -13, Eurobasket.com All-World University Games Honorable Mention -13, World University Games in Kazan (Russia) -13, German Bundesliga Cup Winner -14, 16, German Bundesliga Finalist -14, German Bundesliga Supercup Winner -15, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -15, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -15, German Bundesliga Semifinals -15, and Eurocup Quarterfinals -14.

Source: ratiopharm Ulm








Antonio Graves leaves Deutsche Bank Skyliners - by Eurobasket News

32-year old American guard Antonio Graves (191-86kg-85, college: Pittsburgh) left Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (BBL). In 16 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.3apg this season. He also played 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 7.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg.
The last season Graves played at Crailsheim Merlins. In 12 BBL games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.5apg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Pittsburgh Xplosion (CBA) in sixth round (55th overall).
The former University of Pittsburgh standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball. His team made it to the InterContinental final.
Among other achievements Graves received Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 2nd Team award back in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. Graves has played also professionally in Croatia, France (Pau-Lacq-Orthez), Israel (Hapoel Holon), Turkey (Banvit), Italy (The Flexx Pistoia), CBA (Pittsburgh X.) and D-League (Canton Charge).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Antonio Graves is a combination guard who can play either the point or off-guard. He is an athletic player, solid defender, good shooter who can handle the ball and plays with intensity. A team player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Brian Butler (ScanPlus Baskets) Ready To Mix It Up At The 2017 EasyCredit BBL Slam Dunk Contest - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brian Butler (196-F-91) is a 25 year old 196cm German forward playing his second season with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (ProB) where currently he is averaging 13,5ppg, 6,5rpg and 2,1apg. He started his basketball career with the FC Bayern Muenchen junior team (NBBL) and then moved to BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (ProB) where he played from 2010-2013 playing a total of 74 Pro B games. He then played two seasons with Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProA) playing 65 Pro A games. He spoke to eurobasket about his season and being invited to the 2017 EasyCredit BBL allstar game slam dunk contest.

Brian thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Congrats on getting elected to the 2017 EasyCredit BBL Slam Dunk contest. What was your first response when you heard of this honor?

Thanks ! I was speechless! I did get a call from our manager past Friday after practice so my first reaction was what did I do wrong and then he told me that the BBL called and asked if I can compete in the slamdunk contest and that my coach and him agreed that I can. So I was really happy and thankful that they let me go.


How cool is it in general that the league makes an exception and invites a player from a lower league? Two years ago Weissenhorn German Marvin Omuvie was invited.

It's really cool for me it's an big opportunity to show my talent on a bigger stage of course it's just dunking but yeah it's what I can do best and I love doing.


How will you prepare for the EasyCredit BBL Slam dunk contest? Will you ask teammate Brandon Lockhart to help you this week with the perfect tosses?

I dont think that I will prepare anything special I have my standards for dunk competitions. I might add a couple of new dunks to it but I really don't have to much time to add anything special because as you know I have a very important game on Sunday and we have practice everyday. I wish Brandon could help me but he also has to prepare himself for the game on Sunday and is not able to travel with me.

Having that special unique idea is always a help in having an advantage in the slam dunk contest. Do you have some ideas as to what kind of dunks you will showcase for the fans?

As I already said I have some standards dunks that I always perform in dunk competitions I probably add a little show to it to get the fans heated up ab bit !


You have been known as a high flying energetic player for some years now. What NBA slam dunker is a type of role model for you over the years?

Vince Carter and Gerald Green


You have had some massive beautiful dunks in the last years in Germany. Do you have a favorite dunk in your career?

Yeah I do ! I was playing my 3rd year in Weienhorn and we were playing in Rist Wedel and I ran the break and got the pass took off and jumped over a player and dunked it and everybody was going crazy even though it wasn't our home crowd.

You are playing your second season with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (ProB). ,The club has a 9-4 record. How happy were you with the first half of the season? How much potential does the team have?

I am very happy ! We have a lot of potential to grow we have a good team and a great working ethic.

The ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (ProB,) make 88 points per game, but give up 86 points per game which is a risky way to play. The team will always put up points, but can this be a team that can carve down it's points allowed and defend better?

We have a lot of scoring options so points will never be a problem and as the season goes along we are starting to find together and our team defense is getting better Because we are working hard daily in practice

How much fun has it been playing with fellow athletic high flying Taevaunn Prince? What amazes you about his game most?

its a lot of fun because he is a very competitive guy and works hard everyday ! His strength and ability to score the ball is so efficient!


You have played with many solid point guards in your career, but where does Brandon Lockhart rank with all the guys that you have played with in your career?

Puhh that's a good one ! But I probably have to say him and Devon Moore have to split my 1. spot because they are very similar to each other as they both are pass first guards but also can score if it's needed to be ! But I really like to play with him because I know when I'm open he will find me !


You are having another very solid season as your rebounds are a bit down from last season, but your averaging over two assists a game. What has been your summary of your play and what do you still want to improve this season?

I am happy because we are winning of course ! But yeah my stats are solid, but I think I still have to improve my rebounding a bit more and my ft %


You are a guy that can fill up the stat sheet, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away on the court?

I would probably say my ability to pass the ball and my defense

Your only 25 years old and still have a lot of basketball ahead of you. You played 65 Pro A games from 2013-2015 with Ehingen. What goals do you still have for yourself as a player?

My goal is it to make it to the BBL.

Don't you see yourself better than playing at the Pro B level?

To good no but I know that I can produce in Pro a as well if I get the opportunity and playing time ! All I need is the trust from my coach and I know I can improve my game . I got the opportunity and trust from Dario Jerkic and my game stepped up a lot.


You played two seasons with current Fraport Skyliner Mahir Agva. Do you see him be able to make an impact in the EasyCredit BBL in the future?

Yes he is a talented young kid with a lot of confidence and a really good work ethic! He is never satisfied with just good, but he wants to be the best


You played three seasons with Weissenhorn from 2010-2013. What memories did you have from this time? There were many young players at tjhis time. From what young German player do you feel were you able to gain the most from?

The time in Weissenhorn was a learning progress and specially the first 1,5 half years because it really was my first years after NBBL playing against grown men so I had to adjust my game ! I probably learned the most in my last year from Myles Hesson ! He showed me how to use my strengths!


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

I
I would go with Lebron James, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal and Dwayne Wade but Wade is just in it because he is my favorite player


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?

On my list he is the greatest ever to play ! Put him in any team and they will be great ! He just does everything!


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

Probably top 3. I mean he was a great defender his offensive game was nice and in the season 2003-2004 he was the MVP of the league and he won 1 championship so there isn't anything he hasn't accomplished!


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

It was insane never seen anything like this because he's a shooter and he really don't need the ball in his hands a lot ! It's just catch and shot for him and when he's hot than he's hot.


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?

Don't get me wrong that's some crazy numbers that he is putting up almost every night ! But his team is not wining that's the only thing bad about the whole thing. Otherwise that's just crazy and unbelievable!!

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movies I watched was all of the Harry Potter movies


Thanks Brian for the chat.





Demetrius Ward (MTV Wolfenbuettel Herzoege)Being A Player's Coach Is Making Me A Better Player As I See Things Differently On The Court - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Demetrius Ward (188-G-90, college: W.Michigan) is a 26 year old 188cm guard from Detroit, Michigan playing his fifth professional season with MTV Wolfenbuettel Herzoege (Germany-ProB). This is his fourth Pro B season with the club after having helped the team move back up from the Regionaliga last season where he played 21 games: 11.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 72.9%He played at Western Michigan from 2008-2012 playing a total of 129 NCAA games and as a senior played 31 games averaging 12.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 76.2%. He recently was promoted to player/coach and spoke to eurobasket after the big 87-69 win against the Artland Dragons.

Demetrius congrats on the big 87-69 win against the Artland Dragons snapping the Wolfenbuettel 7 game losing streak. How good does it feel getting revenge on the first loss to Artland?

Hello Miles, Happy New Year's to you as well. It feels really good to get a win after all these tough losses we had.

Wolfenbuettel started off slow in the first quarter notching 13 points, but exploded for 30 points in the second quarter. What was key on the offensive end for more than doubling the first quarter points?

Most of our shots wasn't falling in the first quarter. We also picked up our defense and was able to get a few steals and some easy baskets to build confidence.

How content are you with the team that even after the 30 point second quarter, the club didn't let up and led by as much as 22 points in the third quarter?

I'm very pleased with our efforts in the in the game against Artland today. Artland is one of the best if not the best scoring teams on our side, and to be up as many as 22 we have to be pleased with that.

Wolfenbuettel played strong defense and rebounded well. How much of this win was attributed to scouting and how much to the effort on the court?

I would say it was about 50-50 was attributed to scouting and effort on the court. The guys paid attention to detail concerning the scouting. We out rebounded them and we made them play the game we wanted. The effort on the court was great. Everyone contributed something positive, from the bench to the court. This was our best defensive game from the season so far. Again I must say that the guys focus well on the scouting and trusted one another on the defensive end tonight.

Does this team have the potential to be a better defensive team in the second half of the season?

Yes,I think we have to potential to be a better defensive team in the second half of the season. We have to focus and be more consistent, to become a better defensive team the second half of the season but the potential is there.

The team relies a lot on the scoring of the two imports you and Khalli Kelly, but obviously need scoring from the Germans. The loss of Luis Figge has hurt, but the team still has many other talented Germans. Do you see the Germans like Ebert, Wessels and Lagerpusch having more consistency in the second half of the season?

Yes I believe and trust that these guys will be more consistent in the second half of the season. They're showing a lot of progress in practice and building more confident day by day just have to put that into the game and we'll be fine.

The next game is against Itzehoe whom you lost to 87-89 very early in the season. They rebounded very well in that game and hit 10 three's. What will be key to getting the win?

Itzehoe is a well coached team that plays hard and well balanced. The keys to the game will for sure be rebounding. Also paying attention to certain players and their tendencies.

You have been promoted to player/coach. How do you feel having this rare double function with the team?

It feels good, could be stressful sometimes but overall it's a good feeling. It is a tough job but I like it.

What was your first experience as player/coach against the Artland Dragons? What do you feel will be the biggest adjustment to make?

My first experience going into the game was that we need to rebound the ball and make shots. In the first game against Artland we didn't rebound so well or shoot a good percentage as a team. The biggest adjustment was that less than 24 hours before the game I was told that Tom Alte would not be playing. So things changed and other players had to step up such as Jorn, Lars and Yassin at the 4 position.

You're having your best scoring season as a professional. Do you feel like you're getting better with age? Have you even reached your prime yet?

I don't think that necessary that I'm getting better with age. I could always score but it wasn't what the team needed from me at the time. I always focus on what the team needed and not scoring. I don't think that I'm at my prime yet but I do feel good and very confident.

Last season you didn't have that's scoring role. Are you happy again to have more responsibility on the scoring end? Now that you're a player/coach do you critique your game differently? Do you see more or other faults with your game now that you have that coaching duty as well?

Of course it feels good to have more responsibility on the scoring end but it really doesn't mean that much to me when we are losing. Being the players coach I'm watching a lot of film and try to turn our negatives into positives. I like to use myself as an example when watching film with the guys. Showing them that I make mistakes and acknowledge the mistakes on my part. I would say I critique my game different being the coach now, I must watch a lot of our game film and I cannot ignore my mistakes. I think that it's making me a better player and I can see things differently on the court from watching so much film.

What did you learn to appreciate the most about the holiday season in Germany this season?

I learned that Germany has a lot of holiday's haha. During the holiday's families come together and shops close and everything is peaceful more or less.

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

This is just unbelievable, the guy is just a machine. It's one of my favorite performances by far.

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

I wouldn't know who the best player in the world is, so many people are gifted at different things so it's hard to say who's the best player in the world. I think that he is a great talent and gives it 100% every night on the floor. In my opinion the MVP of the league.

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

I would say my most memorable Christmas was when my family all came in open gifts together and expressed our love for one another.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The Fiveheartbeats

Thanks Demetrius for the chat.





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David Cournooh leaves the Flexx Pistoia - by Eurobasket News

27-year old Italian international guard David Cournooh (187-83kg-90, agency: Interperformances) left The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A). In 14 games he recorded 6.4ppg and 2.1rpg this season.
The last season he played at Enel Brindisi where in 28 Serie A games he averaged 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.0apg. Cournooh also played 8 games in Eurocup where he had 7.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.8apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2015. Cournooh was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game back in 2013 and 2014.
He is a dual citizen owning also Ghanian passport.
He has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Cournooh has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Italy at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin (Turkey) four years ago.
Cournooh has played previously for six other teams: Fortituto Kontatto Bologna, Mens Sana 1871 Siena, Bondi Ferrara, Imola, Siena Virtus and Novipiu Casale.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Not so tall to play the SG, neither a great outside shooter, but he's very quick and athletic. Great upside if he will add some passing and court vision.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eric Buckner (ex Aris) signs at Demir IBB - by Eurobasket News

Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (BSL) landed 27-year old American power forward Eric Buckner (208-90, college: Georgia State, agency: David Lee Services). He started the season at Aris in Greek A1 league. In 10 games he averaged 6.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.2bpg this season. Buckner also played 9 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 7.1ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3bpg. The last summer he played at Henan Shedianlaojiu in Chinese NBL. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.6ppg, 13.0rpg, 1.9apg and 3.3bpg. Buckner helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Buckner has played previously for three other Turkey teams: Turk Telekom, Usak Sportlif and Istanbul BBSK.
He attended Georgia State until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
Buckner is described as: Combines scoring and rebounding with excellent shot blocking ability. .. Lacks bulk but runs the floor very well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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EuroLeague: Olympiacos snatch victory in Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona - Olympiacos 67:69

Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90) sank two free throws late in regulation to propel Olympiacos past FC Barcelona on the road. The win carried the Piraeus team to 12-5 record in EuroLeague regular season.
FC Barcelona led by three points 20:17 lead after the opening quarter. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. FC Barcelona established a 33:29 halftime lead. Olympiacos shifted the gear in the third term. The Greek side unloaded 27 points to spur ahead for a 56:54 advantage at the final break. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the fourth quarter but Olympiacos managed to eke out a tough win at the end. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 16 points to pace the visitors. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 11 points for the winners. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) responded with 16 points for FC Barcelona. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, college: Boston Coll.) tossed in 15 points in the defeat.

FC Barcelona: Petteri Koponen 16, Tyrese Rice 15
Olympiacos: Georgios Printezis 16, Matt Lojeski 11



Van Oostrum leaves Koroivos - by Eurobasket News

24-year old British guard Devon Van Oostrum (190-93, agency: Octagon Europe) left ASA Koroivos Amaliadas (A1) from In 11 games in Greece he averaged 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.7apg this season.
The last season he played at Arkadikos where in 26 A1 games he had 9.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg.
Among other achievements Van Oostrum's team made it to the Spanish ACB Supercup Final Four in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team award back in 2012 and 2013.
He has a double citizenship as he also holds Dutch passport.
Van Oostrum was also a member of British international program for some years. He played for British Senior National Team between 2011 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2013.
Van Oostrum also represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 31.8%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 50.0%.
Van Oostrum is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Finland (Kouvot), Spain (Baskonia, Magia Huesca, Caceres Basket, CB Tarragona 2017 and Baskonia) and United Kingdom (Sheffield Sharks).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Taylor left PAOK Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News

23-year old American forward Brandon Taylor (201-107kg-94, college: The Pennsylvania State, agency: Three Eye Sports) left PAOK Thessaloniki (A1). In 6 games he recorded 3.3ppg and 2.0rpg this season. Taylor also played 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 4.2ppg and 2.5rpg.
The previous (12-13) season he played at another team Nittany Lions in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1. In 31 games he had 5.3ppg and 3.3rpg.
Taylor was voted All-Big Ten Honorable Mention in 2016 at his college time.
Taylor graduated from The Pennsylvania State in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.
On Taylor: An effective scorer and rebounder with strong perimeter skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Thomas van der Mars' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Dutch players playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Thomas van der Mars
Thomas van der Mars
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Estonia). He led Rapla to a victory over the closely-ranked TTU (7-4) 101-91 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Saturday. van der Mars was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 11 rebounds. van der Mars also added 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AVIS Rapla (9-2) is placed third in the Alexela KML. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's van der Mars' first year with the team. van der Mars has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.1ppg, 14.2rpg, 1.2bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 66.4%(85-128) and FT: 68.9%. van der Mars is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in ABA League). Kloof could not help MZT Skopje (4-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked MZT Skopje lost 79-87 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#5) Cibona. Kloof was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 8 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 28 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Kloof's third season in pro basketball. It was MZT Skopje's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Kloof has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 44.8% and FT: 67.9% in 14 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Surinamese and Dutch. Kloof is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.

Josh Duinker
Josh Duinker
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Uruguay). He was not able to help Defensor (2-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Duinker's good performance the fourth-placed Defensor (2-2) was defeated 94-90 in a derby game by the leading U Universitario in the Promocional 1 group. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Second Stage already ended. It's Duinker's first season with the team. This year Duinker has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 51.7% and FT: 77.5%. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and Australian. Former Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden starter played for the Dutch national team four years ago.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #4. Center Henk Norel (213-87, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams CAI Zaragoza (5-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Norel's good performance CAI Zaragoza was badly defeated 94-78 in Madrid by the higher-ranked Movil Estudiantes (#12). He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. Norel is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in CAI Zaragoza's roster. Norel's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2015.

Shane Hammink
Shane Hammink
   #5. Former international guard Shane Hammink (201-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Valparaiso's victory against the University of Detroit Mercy (2-0) 81-74 in the NCAA on Sunday night. Hammink scored 23 points and added 3 assists in 36 minutes. The Valparaiso University has 1-0 conference record this season. Hammink has very impressive stats this year: 15.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg in 17 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

Luuk Van Bree
Luuk Van Bree
   #6. Forward Luuk Van Bree (203-96, currently studies in the States) contributed to Bradley's surprising victory against the University of Northern Iowa (2-0) 72-61 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Van Bree scored 20 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Bradley University has 1-1 conference record this season. Van Bree's overall stats this year are: 6.4ppg and 3.2rpg. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Dutch team three years ago.

Leon Williams
Leon Williams
   #7. Former international point guard Leon Williams (189-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a BG Goettingen's victory against the 14th-ranked s Oliver Baskets (5-12) 79-67 in the German BBL last Friday. Williams scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 19 minutes. BG Goettingen (10-2) is placed first in the BBL. This year Williams' overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.4apg in 15 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team two years ago.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #8. Center Jito Kok (206-94, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego, currently plays in Greece) managed to help GS Lavrio in a victory against the closely-ranked Apollon Patras (4-9) 79-65 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Kok recorded only 4 points and blocked 3 blocks in 21 minutes. GS Lavrio (4-9) is placed ninth in the A1. This year Kok's total stats are: 3.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5bpg in 13 games. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team back in 2014.

Niels Bunschoten
Niels Bunschoten
   #9. Former U20 international forward Niels Bunschoten (206, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Indiana St. (0-1) in their game against the Drake University (2-0) in the NCAA. Bunschoten scored 9 points and blocked 2 shots in 20 minutes. But the Indiana St. was badly defeated 87-70 at home by the Drake University. Bunschoten has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 1.5rpg in 17 games. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team three years ago.

Kevin Bleeker
Kevin Bleeker
   #10. Center Kevin Bleeker (208-93, also represented by Court Side, college: Canisius, currently plays in Spain) helped Navarra win their game against the third-ranked Meridiano Alicante (11-5) 78-75 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Bleeker recorded 7 points. Basket Navarra de Pamplona (9-7) is placed eighth in the LEB Silver. Bleeker has averaged so far 5.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Dutch senior national team.

   #11. Former U16 international forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Spain) helped Melilla Baloncesto win their game against the closely-ranked Araberri 80-72 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He scored only 4 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. van Wijk has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Dutch U16 national team twelve years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international center Tom Koopman (203, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Citadel win their game against the Virginia Military Institute 79-74 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Koopman has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 2.1rpg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former U16 international guard Stefan Topalovic (193-95, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Hannover Korbjaeger (3-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Topalovic's very good performance Hannover Korbjaeger (#8) was defeated 85-71 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Aschersleben (#4) in the North group. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Topalovic also added 5 assists. Topalovic has reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Dutch U16 national team six years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Julius van Sauers (203-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped LIU Brooklyn win their game against the Robert Morris University 65-54 in the NCAA on Thursday night. van Sauers scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. van Sauers has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 3.2rpg in 18 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former U20 international center Menno Dijkstra (213-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Cal-Riverside win their game against the University of California - Davis 61-55 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Dijkstra recorded only 2 points. Dijkstra has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) led his Spanish team CB Canarias to a victory over the seventh-ranked Oostende (4-8) 64-57 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Doornekamp scored 23 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (10-2) is placed first in group D. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Doornekamp's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.8apg in 12 games he played so far. Doornekamp has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch.

   #2. Ryan Broekhoff (200-F-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (10-2) 75-64 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lokomotiv Kuban (9-2) is placed third in the VTB United League. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. This year Broekhoff's overall stats are: 7.5ppg and 5.3rpg in 11 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Dutch.

   #3. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Baskonia's victory against the 11th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-9) 77-69 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Tillie recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (10-5) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. Tillie's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 3.2rpg. He has both Dutch and French nationalities.

   #4. Experienced Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Australia) could not help Bullets (9-12) in their last game. Despite Kickert's very good performance Bullets lost 80-85 on the road to the second-ranked Illawarra Hawks. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Kickert also added 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Kickert has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.2apg in 21 games. He also holds two passports: Dutch and Australian.

   #5. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Greece) contributed to a 2-point Koroivos' victory against the closely-ranked Promitheas (4-9) 81-79 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. Van Oostrum recorded 6 points. ASA Koroivos Amaliadas (4-9) is placed 12th in the A1. Van Oostrum has reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.7apg. He has British and Dutch nationalities.

   #6. Emmanuel Nzekwesi (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to ORU's victory against the South Dakota State University 94-88 in the NCAA last Thursday. Nzekwesi recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Nzekwesi has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.3apg.

   #7. Joey van Zegeren (208-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in Germany) managed to help ROMERSTROM Gladiators Trier in a victory against the closely-ranked Titans 78-64 in the German ProA (second division) on Saturday night. He scored only 3 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 5 blocks in 27 minutes. van Zegeren has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.2bpg in 15 games.

   #8. Tom Slutsky (193-G-92, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hapoel Afula's victory against the league outsider Ironi Ramat Gan 88-77 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He scored 11 points. This season Slutsky averages only 3.7ppg. He has dual citizenship: Dutch and Israeli. Despite Slutsky's Dutch passport, he previously played for the Israeli U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dutch team.

   #9. Derrik Smits (218-C-95, currently studies in the States) helped Valparaiso win their game against the University of Detroit Mercy 81-74 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Smits scored 8 points in 18 minutes. Smits has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 1.8rpg in 17 games.

   #10. Chrid Burger (185-G-89, currently plays in Norway) was not able to help Nidaros Jets in their game against Kongsberg in the Norwegian BLNO. Burger scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. His team was crushed by 67 points 116-49. Burger has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 2.9rpg in 13 games.



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Standings - Iceland Express League

Dominos League Standings
 1. Stjarnan 10-3 
 2. KR 10-3 
 3. Tindastoll 9-4 
 4. Thor AK 7-6 
 5. Thor Thorl 7-6 
 6. Grindavik 7-6 
 7. Keflavik 6-7 
 8. Skallagrimur 6-7 
 9. IR 6-7 
 10. Njardvik 5-8 
 11. Haukar 5-8 
 12. Snaefell 0-13 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 12: KR - Skallagrimur 99-92
Jan. 13: Njardvik - Snaefell 99-70
Jan. 13: Haukar - Grindavik 89-69
Jan. 12: Keflavik - Thor Thorl 82-85
Jan. 12: IR - Stjarnan 82-74
Jan. 12: Thor AK - Tindastoll 100-85

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 19: Grindavik - KR
Jan. 19: Skallagrimur - Thor AK
Jan. 19: Tindastoll - IR
Jan. 19: Stjarnan - Njardvik
Jan. 19: Snaefell - Keflavik
Jan. 20: Thor Thorl - Haukar


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Sherrod WRIGHT
  Haukar
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 31.1
 1. Wright, Haukar31.1 
 2. Stevens, Keflavik30.6 
 3. Whitfield, Skallagr.28.1 
 4. Carberry, Thor T.27.1 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll24.0 
 6. Beamon, Thor AK23.6 
 7. Samb, Tindastoll22.0 
 8. Clinch, Grindavik21.5 
 9. Barrett, Snaefell21.0 
 10. Hankins-Cole, IR20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Stevens, Keflavik15.4 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.15.4 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.2 
 4. Hester, Tindastoll12.0 
 5. Barrett, Snaefell11.3 
 6. Hankins-Cole, IR11.0 
 7. Carberry, Thor T.10.8 
 8. Wright, Haukar9.8 
 9. Samb, Tindastoll9.5 
 10. Saevarsson, Grind.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Pavel ERMOLINSKIJ
  KR
  (202-G-87)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Ermolinskij, KR6.5 
 2. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.3 
 3. Barja, Haukar6.1 
 4. Clinch, Grindavik5.9 
 5. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.5.5 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan5.3 
 7. Baeringsson, Stjar.5.1 
 8. Bjornsson, Skallagr.4.6 
 9. Sigurdarson, IR4.5 
 10. Carberry, Thor T.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew HUNTER
  IR
  (196-G-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hunter, IR3.1 
 2. Barrett, Snaefell3.1 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.5 
 4. Olafsson, Grindavik2.4 
 5. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.2 
 6. Barja, Haukar2.2 
 7. Stevens, Keflavik2.1 
 8. Sverrisson, Njard.1.8 
 9. Jonsson, Keflavik1.8 
 10. Wright, Haukar1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Myron DEMPSEY
  Njardvik
  (203-G-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dempsey, Njardvik3.0 
 2. Hlinason, Thor AK2.2 
 3. Hankins-Cole, IR1.8 
 4. Austin, Stjarnan1.5 
 5. Barrett, Snaefell1.4 
 6. Magnusson, Haukar1.4 
 7. Hester, Tindastoll1.3 
 8. Samb, Tindastoll1.3 
 9. Jackson, Njardvik1.3 
 10. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.2 


Standings - 1 Division

D1 Standings
 1. Hottur 12-1 
 2. Fjolnir 11-3 
 3. Valur 10-3 
 4. Breidablik 9-5 
 5. Hamar 6-8 
 6. Vestri 5-8 
 7. FSU 5-10 
 8. IA 4-10 
 9. Armann 0-14 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 13: Fjolnir - FSU 99-87
Jan. 13: Valur - IA 99-63
Jan. 13: Breidablik - Hamar 82-91
Jan. 13: Hottur - Armann 106-79

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 18: Hottur - Valur
Jan. 19: IA - Breidablik
Jan. 20: Hamar - Fjolnir
Jan. 20: Vestri - Armann


Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Motley, FSU33.7 
 2. Garland, Breidablik27.3 
 3. Shouse, IA27.0 
 4. Woods, Hamar26.4 
 5. Moss, Hottur24.3 
 6. Chia-Kur, Vestri22.7 
 7. Knezevic, Vestri22.4 
 8. King, Valur22.3 
 9. Bracey, Valur21.7 
 10. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Woods, Hamar13.7 
 2. Moss, Hottur13.2 
 3. Pryor, Fjolnir12.9 
 4. Motley, FSU12.4 
 5. King, Valur11.0 
 6. Knezevic, Vestri10.1 
 7. Petursson, Valur9.6 
 8. Kristjansson, IA9.4 
 9. Shouse, IA9.4 
 10. Chia-Kur, Vestri9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Moss, Hottur9.4 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.8 
 3. Garland, Breidablik6.2 
 4. Blondal, Valur5.2 
 5. Olafsson, Hamar5.1 
 6. Bracey, Valur5.0 
 7. Shouse, IA4.7 
 8. King, Valur4.3 
 9. Erlingsson, Hamar4.3 
 10. Jonasson, Armann4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Garland, Breidablik4.1 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.3 
 3. Shouse, IA2.9 
 4. Jonsson, FSU2.7 
 5. Van Kasteren, FSU2.3 
 6. Motley, FSU2.2 
 7. Kjartansson, Breid.2.0 
 8. Hreinsson, FSU1.8 
 9. Knezevic, Vestri1.7 
 10. Birgisson, Hottur1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Urald KING
  Valur
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. King, Valur2.1 
 2. Woods, Hamar1.5 
 3. Audunsson, Valur1.4 
 4. Johannesson, Breid.1.3 
 5. Virijevic, Hottur1.1 
 6. Motley, FSU1.1 
 7. Karason, Fjolnir1.1 
 8. Kristjansson, IA0.9 
 9. Petursson, Valur0.8 
 10. Palsson, Armann0.8 


Albacete adds Nathanaelsson to their roster - by Eurobasket News

LEB Silver newcomer Arcos Albacete Basket added to their roster 26-year old Icelandic international center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91). He started the season at Caceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad in the LEB Gold. LEB Gold was a little too high level for him, where in 19 games he recorded just 1.7ppg and 1.6rpg this season. LEB Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Nathanaelsson played at Thor Thorl (Dominos League) in Iceland. In 26 games he averaged 13.0ppg, 11.9rpg (#3 in the league), 1.2apg and 2.0bpg. Nathanaelsson helped them to make it to the cup final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Domestic Players Team.
He played in the final of Icelandic D1 Playoff in 2013.
Nathanaelsson has been also a member of Icelandic international program for some years. He has regularly played for Icelandic senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2011.
Nathanaelsson also represented Iceland at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts, 2.5rpg.
Nathanaelsson has played previously professionally in Sweden (Sundsvall Dragons) and Iceland (Hamar).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Superleague Round 14: Arak is defeated by Chemidor - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Tehran between third ranked Arak (8-5) and sixth ranked Chemidor (7-6) on Thursday night. Arak was defeated by Chemidor in a tough game on the road 79-85. Arak was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Arak 42-30 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Arak helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) scored 31 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian power forward Povilas Cukinas (210-83) chipped in 16 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. American-Georgian forward Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Chemidor maintains sixth position with 7-6 record. Arak at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Azad and Tabriz. Chemidor's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tehran to the arena Army.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Bandar Imam. First ranked host Petrochimi (12-1) defeated 3rd ranked Azad (8-5) 73-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Azad. American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) notched 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and Mohammad Jamshidi supported him with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Even 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by American swingman J.P. Prince (203-87, college: Tennessee) did not help to save the game for Azad. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petrochimi have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-1 record. Azad at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Arak and Tabriz. Petrochimi will play against league's second-placed Naft Abadan on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Azad will play against Tabriz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Shiraz a.s Pipe (0-13) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 13th consecutive match to fifth ranked Tabriz (8-5) 78-69 on Thursday evening. The best player for the winners was Sean Williams who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Tabriz's coach Mehran Hatami used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Hamzeh Aghajari produced 26 points for the hosts. Tabriz moved-up to third place, which they share with Azad and Arak. Newly promoted Shiraz a.s Pipe still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Tabriz will meet at home Azad (#4) in the next round. Shiraz a.s Pipe will play against Shahrdari Gorgan (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
9th ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (2-11) was outscored at home by second ranked Naft Abadan (10-3) with the biggest margin this round 84-49. Doron Perkins orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Naft Abadan have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-3 record having just two points less than leader Petrochimi. Shahrdari Gorgan lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 11 games lost. Naft Abadan's next round opponent will be league's leader Petrochimi in Bandar Imam and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shahrdari Gorgan will play at home against Shiraz a.s Pipe (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 14 Army lost to Kashan on the opponent's court 74-85.


Gorgan - Naft Abadan 49-84

9th ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (2-11) was outscored at home by second ranked Naft Abadan (10-3) with the biggest margin this round 84-49. The game without a history. Naft Abadan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Shahrdari Gorgan to just 3 points in first quarter and to 13 points in first half. Naft Abadan dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Shahrdari Gorgan's 30. Naft Abadan forced 24 Shahrdari Gorgan turnovers. American-Ivorian guard Doron Perkins (189-83, college: Santa Clara) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Naft Abadan players scored in double figures. Croatian power forward Filip Toncinic (212-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) replied with 9 points and the former international guard Majid GhasemZadeh (187-89) added 10 points in the effort for Shahrdari Gorgan. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Naft Abadan have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-3 record having just two points less than leader Petrochimi. Shahrdari Gorgan lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 11 games lost. Naft Abadan's next round opponent will be league's leader Petrochimi in Bandar Imam and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shahrdari Gorgan will play at home against Shiraz a.s Pipe (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Naft Abadan: R.Richards 14+5reb+3ast, M.Mirzaei 13+3reb, D.Perkins 11+11reb+4ast, S.Mashayekhi 11+1reb+1ast, A.Hossein Tatari 9+3reb, M.Hassanzadeh 9+9reb+1ast
Gorgan: M.GhasemZadeh 10+2reb+1ast, S.Mohammadi 9+1ast, F.Toncinic 9+4reb+1ast, R.Marshall 7+2reb+1ast, M.Boroun 4+1reb, M.Moradinasab 4+2reb
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Petrochimi - Azad 73-66

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bandar Imam. First ranked host Petrochimi (12-1) defeated 3rd ranked Azad (8-5) 73-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Azad. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-10. But Azad won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Petrochimi had a 25-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) notched 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and international Mohammad Jamshidi (199-91) supported him with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Four Petrochimi players scored in double figures. Even 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by American swingman J.P. Prince (203-87, college: Tennessee) did not help to save the game for Azad. His fellow American import power forward Joseph Jones (206-86, college: Texas A&M) added 16 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petrochimi have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-1 record. Azad at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Arak and Tabriz. Petrochimi will play against league's second-placed Naft Abadan on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Azad will play against Tabriz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Petrochimi: G.Robinson 22+5reb+6ast, R.Arghavan 12+4reb, B.Yakhchali 10+4reb+3ast, M.Jamshidi 10+6reb+3ast, M.Esmaeili 9+2reb+1ast, O.Sahakian 8+8reb
Azad: J.Prince 24+5reb+5ast, J.Jones 16+8reb+2ast, A.Baheran 13+3reb+3ast, B.Koochoie 9+2reb, A.Doraghi 2+1reb, F.Sabouri 2+4reb
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Chemidor - Arak 85-79

The most important game in the last round took place in Tehran between third ranked Arak (8-5) and sixth ranked Chemidor (7-6) on Thursday night. Arak was defeated by Chemidor in a tough game on the road 79-85. Arak was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Arak 42-30 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Arak helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) scored 31 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian power forward Povilas Cukinas (210-83) chipped in 16 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. American-Georgian forward Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Daniel Williams (195-87, college: Lewis-Clark St.) scored 17 points. Four Chemidor and five Arak players scored in double figures. Chemidor maintains sixth position with 7-6 record. Arak at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Azad and Tabriz. Chemidor's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tehran to the arena Army.
Top scorers:
Chemidor: D.Cook 31+5reb+1ast, I.Zandi 17+4reb+1ast, P.Cukinas 16+13reb+1ast, A.Sedighi 12+7reb+2ast, J.Davari 9+5reb, P.Kiani 0
Arak: D.Williams 17+2reb+3ast, Q.Hosley 17+8reb+3ast, H.Sohrabnejad 13+4reb, A.Kardoust 12+4reb, H.Afagh 11+2reb+2ast, A.Davoudi 8+3reb+4ast
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Shiraz a.s Pipe - Tabriz 69-78

Bottom-ranked Shiraz a.s Pipe (0-13) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 13th consecutive match to fifth ranked Tabriz (8-5) 78-69 on Thursday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Shiraz a.s Pipe won third quarter 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Sean Williams (208-86, college: Boston Coll.) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (206-87, college: TCU) chipped in 19 points. Tabriz's coach Mehran Hatami used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Hamzeh Aghajari (185-87) produced 26 points and Amir Allahverdi added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Four Shiraz a.s Pipe players scored in double figures. Tabriz moved-up to third place, which they share with Azad and Arak. Newly promoted Shiraz a.s Pipe still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Tabriz will meet at home Azad (#4) in the next round. Shiraz a.s Pipe will play against Shahrdari Gorgan (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Tabriz: N.Gacesa 19+3reb, V.Hajian 17+5ast, S.Williams 16+6reb+2ast, R.Shahbaznezhad 9+2reb, M.Ghamari 6, E.Nasajpour 4+6reb+3ast
Shiraz a.s Pipe: H.Aghajari 26+3reb+2ast, A.Allahverdi 15+2reb+3ast, S.Taherpour 14+5reb+1ast, R.Ranjbar 10+7reb+1ast, M.Ali Ghodrati 2+3reb+3ast, S.Pourkavehdehkordi 2+2reb
gschID: 520603


Kashan - Army 85-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Army's (4-9) road loss to seventh ranked Kashan (6-7) 74-85. Army was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 55-37 second half run of Kashan. They made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Army turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Army helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Montenegrin point guard Ivan Koljevic (187-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Croatian center Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU) contributed with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international Arsalan Kazemi (200-90, college: Oregon) replied with 15 points and 9 rebounds and the former international Vahid Dalirzahan (199-95) added 13 points in the effort for Army. Army's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Kashan maintains seventh position with 6-7 record. Army lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with nine games lost. Kashan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Arak (#3) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Army's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tehran Chemidor.
Top scorers:
Kashan: Z.Buljan 24+9reb, M.Soleimani 23+9reb, I.Koljevic 23+7reb+9ast, M.Salehi-Bozorgi 8+1reb+2ast, M.Shahrian 6+4reb, M.Rezaei 1+3reb
Army: A.Kazemi 15+9reb, V.Dalirzahan 13+4reb+1ast, S.Foroutannik 9+5reb, M.Tavana 9, F.Aslani 7+1reb+9ast, M.Torabi 7+3reb+1ast
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BI Weekend Preview / CCBB under 15 tournament / Panathinaikos Academy - by Patrick Maher

Basketball Ireland Super League Preview:

'This game is going to be a huge challenge,' admitted Mick Thompson, Commerical.ie Eanna's Head Coach as his side prepares to face off to table toppers Templeogue in the Men's Super League this weekend.
'We're missing one of our main scorers, Luke Thompson, but this is a local derby and our players are definitely up for it,' he continued.
Indeed as all teams prepare to face back into Super League action again this weekend, Templeogue will be hoping that they can do enough to make it a lucky 13 this weekend, as they finished off 2016 with 12 wins from 12 games.
Head coach, Mark Keenan, however was preparing for a tough local battle this weekend.
'A local derby always raises team's games,' he reflected. 'We want to keep our momentum going and won't be taking anything for granted. We had a very tough game at home last season against Eanna so we won't be underestimating them. We do have more room to improve and we aren't forgetting what happened to us at this stage last season, so I believe that will drive us on for our remaining games.'
An interesting clash also awaits in the ALSAA on Saturday evening as Griffith Swords Thunder gear up to host UCC Demons.
"Saturday, we host Demons who, being honest, embarrassed us earlier this season in the Mardyke so we're hoping to return the favour," said Swords' Dave Baker. "It should be a great game."
Elsewhere, UCD Marian will welcome Belfast Star, while KUBS travel to Kerry to face Garvey's Tralee Warriors, Pyrobel Killester are away to SSE Airtricity Moycullen and Radisson Blu UL Eagles face off to DCU Saints.
In the Women's Super League meanwhile, Courtyard Liffey Celtics travel back to Cork to face Singleton SuperValu Brunell in the League on Sunday afternoon.
'We're really excited to be heading back to Cork this weekend to play Brunell,' said Head Coach Mark Byrne. 'We know they've some really good players and an excellent coach, so we're expecting a really tough challenge. After the Cup semi-final win last weekend, the mood in the camp is fantastic. We're excited to be heading to our first Cup final but we know that we have to park that for two weeks now and be 100% focused on the League.'
Brunell's Francis O'Sullivan was also preparing his charges for the game as they attempt to bounce back from last weekend's Cup semi-final loss to Ambassador UCC Glanmire.
'We got back to work on Monday after the Cup weekend and our priority now is our League status,' he stated. 'The players have worked hard and showed a great attitude after our Cup defeat, so we're excited about the second round of the League and have a lot to play for.'
Reigning Cup champions Glanmire will also play at home in Cork this weekend, and aim to continue their impressive unbeaten run at the top of the League when they welcome Portlaoise Panthers to the Mardyke on Sunday.
'We're delighted after the weekend and we're expecting a really tough game from a vastly improved Portlaoise team,' said Glanmire Head Coach, Mark Scannell. "They're strong and physical and we'll need to be at our best to match them - we want to keep our unbeaten run going.'
Portlaoise's Peter O'Sullivan was not daunted by the task ahead against the table toppers: 'I'm really looking forward to the second half of the season,' he said. 'We've won our last there League games to put us right in the mix for a play off place. Facing an unbeaten Glanmire in the Mardyke will be a tough test, especially after their emphatic win in the Cup last weekend, but we've nothing to lose and we'll go in with the same attitude as we always have in that we can put it up to the best teams in the country on any given day."
Meanwhile in the third game of the weekend, DCU Mercy will welcome Meteors to the National Basketball Arena on Sunday in a game that follows on from the re-fixed Hula Hoops Women's NICC semi-final between Muckno Lakers and Limerick Celtics which tips off in the Arena at 1pm on Sunday.

Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures: January 14th and 15th

Saturday 14th January 2017
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League:
Griffith Swords Thunder v UCC Demons, ALSAA-Dublin, 18:00;
SSE Airtricity Moycullen v Pyrobel Killester, NUIG, 19:00;
UCD Marian v Belfast Star, UCD, 19:00;
Radisson Blu UL Eagles v DCU Saints, UL Arena-Limerick, 19:45;
Garvey's Tralee Warriors v KUBS BC, Tralee, 20:00;

Basketball Ireland Men's Division 1:
Keane's Supervalu Killorglin v BFG Neptune, Killorglin Sports Centre, 19:15;
Fr Mathews v Team Kilkenny, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 19:15;
EJ Sligo All-Stars v Dublin Lions, Mercy College, 19:30;
Maree v LYIT Donegal, Calsanctius College, 19:45;

Basketball Ireland Women's Division 1:
UL Huskies v Ulster Rockets, UL Arena-Limerick, 17:00;
Marble City Hawks v Fr Mathews, O Loughlin Gaels Gym, 19:00;
Oblate Dynamos v ITC Basketball, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 19:30;

Sunday 15th January 2017
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League:
Templeogue v Commercial.ie Eanna, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 15:30;

Basketball Ireland Women's Super League:
Singleton SuperValu Brunell v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, Parochial Hall, 14:45;
Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Portlaoise Panthers, Mardyke Arena-Cork, 15:00;
DCU Mercy v Meteors, National Basketball Arena, 15:30;

Basketball Ireland Men's Division 1:
Kestrels v ITC Basketball, Colaiste Iosagain, 17:00;

Hula Hoops Women's NICC semi-final:
Muckno Lakers v Limerick Celtics, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, 13.00.

From : www.basketballireland.ie

Cork County Basketball Board under 15 Tournament :

The Tournament will take place tomorrow at The Gurranabraher Parochial Hall Cork City starting at 9.30 a.m.
Teams : Galway Titans Fr Matthews Sligo All stars : St Vincents Limerick Lions Neptune : Ballincollig Liffey Celtics Mallow YC : Blue Demons St Brendans Tralee Moycullen.The Final is scheduled for 6.30 and I will be on hand throughout the tournament looking at players (players parents have an intergal role) who may have an interest in being a part of the soon to be established Panathinaikos Worldwide Basketball Academy (under 16 & under 18 with 40 players the total for 2 teams).I will secure contact details of interested parties to invite along to The Panathinaikos Basketball Academy Network Presentation penciled in for Thursday 16th February next at The Bank of Ireland Workbench space 70, St Patrick St, Cork City Ireland beginning at 7.15 and running to 9 p.m.Thanks again to The Bank of Ireland for providing me with the Workbench space towards getting this project up and running.



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National League Round 14: Top-ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona wins another game - by Eurobasket News

The round 14 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

National League top team - Ironi Nes-Ziona (10-4) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat sixth ranked Maccabi Rehovot (7-6) 75-67. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Maccabi Rehovot. Ironi Nes-Ziona forced 21 Maccabi Rehovot turnovers. American players dominated the game. Forward Billy McShepard (208-87, college: Valdosta St., agency: Blacktop Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) replied with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Maccabi Rehovot. Ironi Nes-Ziona have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-4 record, which they share with Hapoel B/S. Newly promoted Maccabi Rehovot keeps the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with Hap.Haifa. Ironi Nes-Ziona is looking forward to face Hap.R/G Givat. (#3) in Givataim in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Maccabi Rehovot will play on the road against Maccabi Raanana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fourth ranked Maccabi Raanana (8-4) and 8th ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (7-7) in Raanana ended with biggest points difference. Maccabi Raanana outscored guests from Kiryat Ata 85-57. American players dominated also this game. Forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Josh Hairston chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Swingman Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-92, college: St.John's) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi Raanana maintains fourth position with 8-4 record. Ironi Kiryat Ata at the other side keeps the eighth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Maccabi H/H and Hapoel Migd.H.. Maccabi Raanana will play against Maccabi Rehovot (#6) at home in the next round. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Hasharon and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 14: Hapoel B/S beat Ramat Hasharon on the road 87-77. Hapoel G/A won against Ironi Ramat Gan on its own court 88-77. Hapoel K/S managed to outperform Hap.Haifa in Kfar Saba 84-78. Hap.R/G Givat. managed to beat Galil Elion at home 81-70. Hapoel Migd.H. was defeated by Maccabi H/H on the opponent's court 97-86.
The most impressive performance of 14th round was 50 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds by Storm Warren of Maccabi H/H.


Ramat Hasharon - Hapoel B/S 77-87

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Hapoel B/S (10-4) beat 13th ranked Hasharon (3-11) in Ramat Hasharon 87-77. Hapoel B/S made 28-of-37 charity shots (75.7 percent) during the game, while Hasharon only scored twelve points from the stripe. Hasharon was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated also this game. Swingman Jason Williams (198-83, college: UTEP) scored 31 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City) responded with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Brian Asbury (201-86, college: Miami, FL) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Hasharon players scored in double figures. Hapoel B/S have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Ironi Nes-Ziona. Hasharon lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 11 games lost. Hapoel B/S will again play against Hasharon (#9) in Hod Hasharon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hasharon will play on the road against Ironi Kiryat Ata (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hapoel B/S: J.Williams 31+9reb+2ast, J.Allen 24+11reb+4ast, O.Cohen 10+4reb+1ast, B.Eisenhardt 7+5reb, J.Lewis 5+3reb+1ast, A.Fisher 5+3reb+4ast
Ramat Hasharon: L.Gordon 23+6reb+6ast, B.Asbury 15+10reb+1ast, A.Honig 14+4reb+3ast, R.Cornelius 14+4reb+3ast, J.Shtarkman 6+1reb+3ast, B.Sharoni 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 498457


Macc.Rehovot - Ironi Nes-Ziona 67-75

National League top team - Ironi Nes-Ziona (10-4) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat sixth ranked Maccabi Rehovot (7-6) 75-67. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Maccabi Rehovot. Ironi Nes-Ziona forced 21 Maccabi Rehovot turnovers. American players dominated the game. Forward Billy McShepard (208-87, college: Valdosta St., agency: Blacktop Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. Forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) replied with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Marquis Addison (195-91, college: Missouri So., agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi Rehovot. Ironi Nes-Ziona have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-4 record, which they share with Hapoel B/S. Newly promoted Maccabi Rehovot keeps the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with Hap.Haifa. Ironi Nes-Ziona is looking forward to face Hap.R/G Givat. (#3) in Givataim in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Maccabi Rehovot will play on the road against Maccabi Raanana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: L.Roberts 15+4reb+1ast, B.McShepard 14+10reb+1ast, E.Hofman 11+2reb+6ast, G.Gutt 10+1reb+1ast, T.Michael Dunne 10+5reb+3ast, A.Ben David 5+2reb+5ast
Macc.Rehovot: E.Yates 17+9reb+5ast, M.Addison 16+7reb+3ast, Y.Levi 11+3reb, G.Eitan 9+5reb+5ast, I.Eiram 6+2reb+1ast, G.Porat 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 498455


Hapoel G/A - Ironi Ramat Gan 88-77

Rather expected game when 14th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (2-12) lost on the road to twelfth ranked Hapoel Afula (6-8) 88-77. Hapoel Afula forced 28 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers. Strangely Ironi Ramat Gan outrebounded Hapoel Afula 41-27 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American forward Kyle Casey (201-89, college: Harvard) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Jalen Cannon (198-93, college: St.Francis, NY) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Hapoel Afula players scored in double figures. Hapoel Afula's coach Roi Perl allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. U.S. Virgin Islands forward Aaron Brown (196-92, college: Boston Coll.) responded with 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and point guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87) scored 12 points and 6 assists. Hapoel Afula moved-up to eleventh place. Ironi Ramat Gan lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Hapoel Afula will play against higher ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Maccabi Rehovot (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hapoel G/A: K.Casey 18+8reb, J.Cannon 16+8reb+1ast, O.Lev 15+2reb+8ast, O.Tal 14+2reb+6ast, T.Slutsky 11+1reb+1ast, R.Sabag 7+2reb+5ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Brown 35+7reb+2ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 12+3reb+6ast, J.Hall 7+7reb, E.Co 6+1reb+1ast, A.Harari 5+3reb, S.Daniel 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 498453


Maccabi Raanana - Ironi K-A 85-57

The game between fourth ranked Maccabi Raanana (8-4) and 8th ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (7-7) in Raanana ended with biggest points difference. Maccabi Raanana outscored guests from Kiryat Ata 85-57. Maccabi Raanana dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Kiryat Ata's 24. Maccabi Raanana had a 36-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American players dominated also this game. Forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Josh Hairston (203-92, college: Duke, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Maccabi Raanana players scored in double figures. Swingman Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-92, college: St.John's) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi Raanana maintains fourth position with 8-4 record. Ironi Kiryat Ata at the other side keeps the eighth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Maccabi H/H and Hapoel Migd.H.. Maccabi Raanana will play against Maccabi Rehovot (#6) at home in the next round. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Hasharon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Raanana: S.Givens 21+6reb+4ast, J.Hairston 12+7reb+1ast, L.Moran 12+4reb+3ast, G.Karni 12+5reb+2ast, I.Paz 10+1reb+1ast, B.Gil 10+8reb+1ast
Ironi K-A: S.Pointer 23+7reb, D.Joyner 11+12reb+1ast, N.Matalon 11+6reb+1ast, Y.Ainhorn 6+1reb+3ast, E.Smadja 3+2reb, S.David 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 498456


Hap.Haifa - Hapoel K/S 78-84

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when seventh ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (8-6) won against on the road 6th ranked Hap.Haifa (7-6) 84-78. They outrebounded Hap.Haifa 41-30 including 33 on the defensive glass. American guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St.) chipped in 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and Puerto Rican swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) scored 17 points. Four Hap.Haifa players scored in double figures. Hapoel Kfar Saba moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Hap.Haifa keeps the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Macc.Rehovot. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Hapoel Afula (#11) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Hap.Haifa will play against Hapoel Migd.H. (#8) in Tarshicha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: D.Livingston 23+15reb+1ast, T.Watson 22+11reb, E.Rotemberg 19+5reb, A.Cohen 9+5reb+14ast, I.Davidi 6+3reb, G.Gilinski 3+2reb+5ast
Hap.Haifa: J.Burrows 24+11reb+2ast, D.Huertas 17+4reb+2ast, O.Zinderman 12+6reb+1ast, T.Parselani 11+2reb, M.Niv 7+2ast, I.Nanikashvili 7+6reb+5ast
gschID: 498454


Hap.R/G Givat. - Galil Elion 81-70

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Galil Elion (5-9) lost to third ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (9-5) in Givataim 70-81. Hap.R/G Givat. made 26-of-30 charity shots (86.7 percent) during the game, while Galil Elion only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Galil Elion 41-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. Hap.R/G Givat. players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Yaniv Solomon (201-94) chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Hap.R/G Givat. players scored in double figures. American power forward Germain Jordan (198-86, college: Dillard) responded with 29 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Cinmeon Bowers (201-93, college: Auburn) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hap.R/G Givat. maintains third position with 9-5 record behind leader Ironi Nes-Ziona. Galil Elion at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with nine games lost. Hap.R/G Givat. will play against league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona in Nes Ziyona in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Galil Elion will play at home against Maccabi Raanana (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hap.R/G Givat.: R.Madden 22+8reb+2ast, Y.Solomon 18+10reb+2ast, J.Olasewere 18+8reb+2ast, J.Nir 16+5reb+3ast, L.Shem-Tov 3+4ast, S.Leshem 2+2reb
Galil Elion: G.Jordan 29+9reb+1ast, C.Bowers 11+4reb+5ast, R.Geffen 8+5reb+4ast, S.Salz 7+6reb+5ast, G.Farber 5+5reb, M.Rachamim 4
gschID: 498452


Maccabi H/H - Hapoel Migd.H. 97-86

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when tenth ranked Hasharon (7-7) defeated 9th ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (7-7) in Hod Hasharon 97-86. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Hasharon forced 20 Hapoel Migd.H. turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. American Storm Warren (201-88, college: LSU, agency: Octagon Europe) had a double-double by scoring 50 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) chipped in 28 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists during the contest. Hasharon's coach Hanan Hershkovich allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Puerto Rican Chris Gaston (201-89, college: Fordham) responded with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and point guard Yevgeni Holodov (178-96) scored 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Hasharon have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Ironi K-A and Hapoel Migd.H. Hapoel Migd.H. lost third consecutive game. Hasharon will play against league's second-placed Hapoel B/S in Beer Sheva in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel Migd.H. will play against Hap.Haifa (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi H/H: S.Warren 50+11reb, V.Teel 28+8reb+10ast, O.Shaashoua 9+2reb+8ast, I.Simin 4+3reb+5ast, S.Malkov 3, S.Basis 3+1reb+2ast
Hapoel Migd.H.: C.Gaston 26+9reb+5ast, Y.Holodov 20+2reb+3ast, L.Ariely 10+3ast, M.Relphorde 9+7reb+6ast, E.Ohanon 8+3reb+2ast, N.Ear 6
gschID: 498458





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  ITALY  


SISU Copenhagen tabs Derrick Wilson, ex Battipaglia - by Eurobasket News

SISU Copenhagen (Ligaen) inked 25-year old American point guard Derrick Wilson (185-98kg-92, college: Marquette). He started the season at Battipaglia in Italian Serie C Silver.
Among other achievements Wilson's team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2012. He received also HS League Player of the Year award back in 2009, 2010 and 2011 at his college time.
Wilson graduated from Marquette University in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Pass-first point guard, who can score when he needs to. Great perimeter defender. Good rebounder from the pg position. Knows how to lead a team and take control over a game. Improved shooter but still needs work.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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David Cournooh leaves the Flexx Pistoia - by Eurobasket News

27-year old Italian international guard David Cournooh (187-83kg-90, agency: Interperformances) left The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A). In 14 games he recorded 6.4ppg and 2.1rpg this season.
The last season he played at Enel Brindisi where in 28 Serie A games he averaged 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.0apg. Cournooh also played 8 games in Eurocup where he had 7.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.8apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2015. Cournooh was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game back in 2013 and 2014.
He is a dual citizen owning also Ghanian passport.
He has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Cournooh has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Italy at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin (Turkey) four years ago.
Cournooh has played previously for six other teams: Fortituto Kontatto Bologna, Mens Sana 1871 Siena, Bondi Ferrara, Imola, Siena Virtus and Novipiu Casale.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Not so tall to play the SG, neither a great outside shooter, but he's very quick and athletic. Great upside if he will add some passing and court vision.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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EuroLeague: Emporio Armani no match for CSKA in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Emporio Armani 101:64

CSKA celebrated the 13th victory in EuroLeague regular season. They eased past Emporio Armani in Moscow. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) scored 22 points to pace the hosts.
CSKA set the tone early in the game. The home side went on a commanding 27:9 rally in the opening ten minutes. CSKA added 29 points in the second quarter to open a 56:25 halftime lead. The home side stayed in charge throughout the third quarter. CSKA arrived at the final break up by a single point 78:46 and never looked back en route to the victory. Andrey Vorontsevich (207-F-87) chipped in 18 points, while Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and Dmitrii Kulagin (197-G/F-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) provided 12 points each for the winners. Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) answered with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Emporio Armani. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

CSKA: Nando De Colo 22, Andrey Vorontsevich 18, Vitaliy Fridzon 12, Dmitrii Kulagin 12
Emporio Armani: Milan Macvan 19+11 boards, Krunoslav Simon 15



Coronini is back at Roma Vis Nova - by Eurobasket News

Vis Nova Simply Francesco Argenti Roma (Serie B) signed 32-year old swingman Giovanni Coronini (192-85). It is actually his comeback to Roma as he has played here before. Coronini started the season at Formia Meta (Serie C Gold). The last season he played at Roma Vis Nova (also in Serie C Gold). Coronini helped them to win the group title (twice) and the cup (also twice).
He was a member of Italian U20 National Team between 2003 and 2005.
Coronini has played previously for five other teams: Latina Basket, FCM Ferentino, Air Force, Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria and Oasi di Kufra Fondi.
He could be described: A terrible defender on the perimeter, loves to steal the ball to the opponents and to fly to the basket; maybe the best defender at junior level, his leadership and his playing experience could help him in becoming a good SG soon.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Interperformances Expands in United States - by Interperformances

Interperformances (IP), which for 31 years has been one of the leading companies in international basketball, has reached an agreement with Zito Partners to expand its presence in the United States, and add to the services it offers its clients.
Under the terms of the agreement, Zito Partners will form a new company, InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), and be the exclusive representative of Interperformances and its athletes in the U.S. market.
InterperformancesUSA will have offices in New York, New Jersey and Florida and be led by Robert Zito, founder of Zito Partners.
'I am excited about Bob's plans to build and expand our great brand in the United States,' said Dr. Luciano Capicchioni, founder and president of Interperformances. 'We have been known as the leading organization to send foreign players to the National Basketball Association and to find non-U.S. opportunities for U.S. players hoping to compete overseas. Bob's plan to both grow our basketball footprint, and expand into areas beyond basketball, beginning with soccer, is a natural extension of our firm.'
Founded in 1986, Interperformances has been recognized as a global leader in sports management and representation. The company represents more than 300 athletes worldwide.
Zito Partners is a marketing and communications firm offering brand-building, crisis and marketing communications strategies for both large and small corporations, as well as individuals. The company was formed in 2010 by Robert Zito, a former member of the management committees of both the New York Stock Exchange and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Previously, he helped re-brand Sony as a global entertainment leader after the company's acquisitions of CBS Records and Columbia Pictures.
'The opportunity to build on the great Interperformances basketball brand is a dream for anyone with my background, and a natural extension for Zito Partners,' said Zito, who started his professional career as a sports writer and who has employed and represented players, the NFL Alumni, auto races, and sports complexes.
InterperformancesUSA will offer a full suite of services for the individuals it represents, and build its brand on the integrity of its people, and the family -centric environment which has defined Zito Partners.
Zito Partners, which has developed brand-building and issues management strategies for its clients, will support InterperformancesUSA talent with personal brand-building, marketing and communications strategies.
The company will not focus solely on basketball. IPZ will launch with both soccer and basketball groups, and will add management functions in baseball, football, hockey, golf and tennis, as well as media and entertainment.
Providing guidance to the firm's management and its clients will be an All-Star Advisory Board, including:
- Carol Blazejowski, Associate Vice President of Montclair State University, former captain of the U.S. Women's Olympic basketball team and a member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame.
- Ms. Blazejowski also spent 14 years as President and General Manager of the WNBA New York Liberty;
- Dr. Luciano Capicchioni, the founder of Interperformances;
- Armand Del Medico, Senior Vice President, UBS Wealth Management;
- John Gallucci, Jr., the Chief Executive Officer of JAG Physical Therapy;
- Richard Grasso, the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Stock Exchange;
- Bob Hurley, a member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame and the legendary coach of St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey; and
- Col. Jack Jacobs, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and political and military analyst for NBC. Col. Jacobs is also developing plans for the company's media & entertainment group.
- Jeff Curtin, a former All-American soccer player at Georgetown University and a standout with the Chicago Fire of the MLS, will lead the IPZ soccer group.
Among those leading the IPZ basketball group are Mark Strickland, a retired NBA veteran who also played basketball overseas, Vic Carstarphen, a former standout guard for Temple University, and Tomi Rose, a career entrepreneur and the senior vice president of the sports & entertainment division of Opulence International Realty.
Bruce Kostic and James Sammartino, career advertising industry executives, will help launch the golf and tennis groups, and work on endorsement opportunities for IPZ clients.
'When we formed Interperformances, we envisioned a firm that would support professionals in sports and entertainment, but basketball quickly became our primary focus,' said Dr. Capicchioni. 'The vision of the IPZ team in the United States is consistent with our initial goals and we look forward to working with Bob and his team, and supporting their efforts moving forward, continuing the growth of Interperformances.'


About IPZ:
InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Interperformances:
Interperformances is a full-service agency specializing in the representation of professional athletes around the world. The company has offices and representatives in 14 countries and represents more than 300 athletes, currently playing in 20 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.interperformances.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a 'ready, aim, fire' approach - understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.



Knicks land Joey Miller, ex Fiorenzuola - by Eurobasket News

Westchester Knicks tabbed 25-year old guard Joey Miller (190-79kg-92, college: Dallas Baptist). He started the season at Alberti e Santi Fiorenzuola in Italian Serie C Gold.
Among other achievements Miller's college team won Heartland Conference Tournament in 2016. He received also All-Heartland Conference Newcomer of the Year award in 2016.
Miller graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  KAZAKHSTAN  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Trevin PARKS
  Barsy Atyrau
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 24
 1. Parks, Barsy Atyrau24.0 
 2. Lowery, Astana21.4 
 3. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau14.4 
 4. Yargaliev, Astana14.3 
 5. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.14.0 
 6. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.13.8 
 7. Gavrilov, Astana10.6 
 8. Ponomaryov, Astana10.5 
 9. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.9.4 
 10. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.9.1 
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. Ponomaryov, Astana5.4 
 5. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.5.3 
 6. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.5.0 
 7. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.4.9 
 8. Gavrilov, Astana4.6 
 9. Parks, Barsy Atyrau4.5 
 10. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau4.4 
Assists Per Game
 Robert LOWERY
  Astana
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Lowery, Astana7.0 
 2. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.5.3 
 3. Parks, Barsy Atyrau4.1 
 4. Murzagaliyev, Ast.3.4 
 5. Savchenko, Barsy A.3.1 
 6. Yargaliev, Astana3.1 
 7. Marchuk, Kaspiy A.2.1 
 8. Kuanov, Kaspiy A.2.1 
 9. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.2.0 
 10. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau1.9 
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.2.7 
 4. Yargaliev, Astana2.1 
 5. Savchenko, Barsy A.1.8 
 6. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.1.6 
 7. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau1.6 
 8. Bazhkin, Barsy A.1.6 
 9. Marchuk, Kaspiy A.1.6 
 10. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau1.5 
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 


National League Round 7: Kaspiy Aktau lose to Astana twice - by Eurobasket News

Very significant was Astana's (#1, 10-0) victory against 3rd placed Kaspiy Aktau (0-10) 72-53. Astana made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game, while Kaspiy Aktau only scored nine points from the stripe. Astana forced 22 Kaspiy Aktau turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Kaspiy Aktau helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Greek Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international swingman Rustam Yargaliev (195-86) helped adding 11 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side the former international forward Vitaliy Lapchenko (207-92) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Kaspiy Aktau's coach Renato Martinez rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated Astana (10-0) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 10 victories in a row. Kaspiy Aktau at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Astana are again looking forward to face bottom-ranked Kaspiy Aktau (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kaspiy Aktau will have a break next round.
Astana (#1, 10-0) edged 3rd placed Kaspiy Aktau (0-10) 77-59. It was an exceptional evening for the former international swingman Rustam Yargaliev (195-86) who led the winners and scored 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Roderick Odom accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Azim Yagodkin (185-92) came up with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Kaspiy Aktau in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Astana. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. Kaspiy Aktau lost their tenth game in a row. They still close the standings with ten games lost. Astana will again play against bottom-ranked Kaspiy Aktau (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kaspiy Aktau will have a break next round.


Astana - Kaspiy Aktau 72-53

Very significant was Astana's (#1, 10-0) victory against 3rd placed Kaspiy Aktau (0-10) 72-53. Astana made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game, while Kaspiy Aktau only scored nine points from the stripe. Astana forced 22 Kaspiy Aktau turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Kaspiy Aktau helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Greek Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international swingman Rustam Yargaliev (195-86) helped adding 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Astana players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Vitaliy Lapchenko (207-92) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Sergei Kazantcev (210-84) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Kaspiy Aktau's coach Renato Martinez rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Astana (10-0) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 10 victories in a row. Kaspiy Aktau at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Astana are again looking forward to face bottom-ranked Kaspiy Aktau (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kaspiy Aktau will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Astana: L.Kaselakis 24+9reb+4ast, D.Gavrilov 16+2reb+1ast, R.Yargaliev 11+6reb+3ast, A.Zhigulin 10+6reb, A.Ponomaryov 5+7reb, D.Katsivelis 4+1reb+5ast
Kaspiy Aktau: V.Lapchenko 14+5reb, S.Kazantcev 12+6reb, R.Pan 8+3reb, V.Kurochkin 5+1reb, S.Kuanov 5+3reb+5ast, A.Yagodkin 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 511118


Astana - Kaspiy Aktau 77-59

Astana (#1, 10-0) edged 3rd placed Kaspiy Aktau (0-10) 77-59. It was an exceptional evening for the former international swingman Rustam Yargaliev (195-86) who led the winners and scored 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Roderick Odom (206-91, college: Vanderbilt) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Point guard Azim Yagodkin (185-92) came up with 14 points and 7 rebounds and international point guard Shaim Kuanov (181-91) added 14 points respectively for Kaspiy Aktau in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Astana. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. Kaspiy Aktau lost their tenth game in a row. They still close the standings with ten games lost. Astana will again play against bottom-ranked Kaspiy Aktau (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kaspiy Aktau will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Astana: R.Yargaliev 21+1reb+1ast, I.Miller 15+2reb+3ast, R.Odom 13+6reb+2ast, A.Ponomaryov 8+6reb, A.Zhigulin 6+2reb+1ast, R.Murzagaliyev 4+6reb+4ast
Kaspiy Aktau: A.Yagodkin 14+7reb+3ast, S.Kuanov 14+4reb+1ast, V.Lapchenko 9+6reb+2ast, S.Kazantcev 7+1reb, V.Formazonov 5+2reb, A.Satkeyev 3+3reb
gschID: 511117





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  KUWAIT  

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 5-0 
 2. Al Jahraa 5-1 
 3. Kazma 5-1 
 4. Al Arabi 4-2 
 5. Al Qadsia 3-1 
 6. Al Nasar 2-3 
 7. Al Sulaibikhat 1-3 
 8. Al Sahel 1-4 
 9. Al Yarmook 1-4 
 10. Al Shabab 1-4 
 11. Al Tadhamon 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 7

Jan. 12: Al Yarmook - Al Arabi 70-72
Jan. 11: Al Shabab - Kazma 62-85
Jan. 12: Al Sahel - Al Jahraa 56-65
Jan. 11: Al Tadhamon - Al Kuwait 39-61


D1 Round 7: Al Arabi beats Al Yarmook by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

The most exciting game of round 7 in the D1 took place in Yarmouk. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked Al Yarmook (1-4) to fifth ranked Al Arabi (4-2) 72-70 on Thursday evening. Al Arabi have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Al Yarmook at the other side keeps the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Al Sahel and Al Shabab.
D1 top team - Al Kuwait (5-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Al Tadhamon (0-5) in Al Farwaniya 61-39. Undefeated Al Kuwait have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. Al Tadhamon at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost.
The game between 10th ranked Al Shabab (1-4) and third ranked Kazma (5-1) in Al Ahmadi on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Kuwait City outscored Al Shabab 85-62. Kazma moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Jahraa. Al Shabab lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Al Yarmook and Al Sahel.

In the last game of round 7 Al Jahraa beat Al Sahel on the road 65-56.


Al Yarmook - Al Arabi 70-72

The most exciting game of round 7 in the D1 took place in Yarmouk. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked Al Yarmook (1-4) to fifth ranked Al Arabi (4-2) 72-70 on Thursday evening. Al Arabi have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Al Yarmook at the other side keeps the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Al Sahel and Al Shabab.
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Al Sahel - Al Jahraa 56-65

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Al Jahraa (5-1) beat 9th ranked Al Sahel (1-4) in Abu Halifa 65-56 on Thursday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Al Jahraa. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Kazma. Loser Al Sahel dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Al Yarmook and Al Shabab.
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Al Tadhamon - Al Kuwait 39-61

D1 top team - Al Kuwait (5-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Al Tadhamon (0-5) in Al Farwaniya 61-39. Al Kuwait have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. Al Tadhamon at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost.
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Al Shabab - Kazma 62-85

The game between 10th ranked Al Shabab (1-4) and third ranked Kazma (5-1) in Al Ahmadi on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Kuwait City outscored Al Shabab 85-62. Kazma moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Jahraa. Al Shabab lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Al Yarmook and Al Sahel.
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Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
Places 1-12
 1. Kekava 11-0 
 2. Turiba 11-0 
 3. ViA 9-2 
 4. Jelgava 8-4 
 5. Marupe 7-5 
 6. RSU 6-5 
 7. Ogre/Kumho Tyre 5-5 
 8. Limbazi 4-7 
 9. RTU 3-9 
 10. Gulbenes Buki 1-8 
 11. Saldus 1-11 
 12. Livani 0-10 
Places 13-21
 1. VeA 8-0