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  ABA  



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

The American Basketball Association (ABA) has just released its Power Rankings through Sunday, January 15th and the DMV Warriors maintained its number one position by a slight margin over the South Florida Gold and Orlando Waves. "The ABA Power Rankings use a system of several variables to develop the Power Rankings, including won/loss record, difficulty of schedule, number of games, score differential and home/away," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "Thanks to it undefeated record, DMV ranked #1 this week." A minimum of 7 games was needed to qualify.

1. DMV Warriors 9-0
2. South Florida Gold 13-2
3. Orlando Waves 11-2
4. Kentucky Enforcers 10-1
5. Windy City Groove 8-0
6. Atlanta Wildcats 8-1
7. Salina Saints 7-0
8. Austin Bats 7-1
9. Chicago Fury 8-2
10. Orange County Novastars 9-3
11. Grand Rapids Danger 8-3
12. Yuba City Goldminers 7-2
13. Chicago Steam 7-2
14. Michigan Giant Knights 7-2
15. Universal City Seraphims 8-3
16. Jacksonville Giants 6-2
17. Carolina Cougars 6-2
18. Springfield Sting 6-2
19. Virginia Storm 5-2
20. Atlantic Coast Cardinals 6-2
21. WNY Thundersnow 5-2
22. Baltimore Hawks 7-4
23. Steel City Yellow Jackets 6-5
24. West Michigan Lake Hawks 6-3
25. Reading Wizards 5-6

Teams to watch: Pensacola Lightning, Richmond Elite, Fayetteville Flight, Mobile Bay Tornados, Georgia Kingz, New England Anchors and Roc City Ravens.
For more information, visit www.abaliveaction.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zizic, Cibona20.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Zadar19.2 
 3. Lukovic, Krka17.1 
 4. Boatright, Cedevita17.0 
 5. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija16.8 
 6. Hatcher, Partizan16.2 
 7. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.2 
 8. Zagorac, Mega Leks14.9 
 9. Sakic, Cibona14.9 
 10. Labovic, Karpos S.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Zizic, Cibona9.2 
 2. Kaba, Mega Leks7.8 
 3. Lukovic, Krka7.7 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.6 
 5. Bilan, Cedevita7.3 
 6. Zagorac, Mega Leks7.1 
 7. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija6.9 
 8. Bolden, FMP6.8 
 9. Savovic, Buducnost6.6 
 10. James, Buducnost6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Reynolds, Cibona7.9 
 2. Covic, FMP6.7 
 3. Jackson, Cedevita6.6 
 4. Jovic, Crvena Z.6.5 
 5. Williams, Buducnost6.2 
 6. Rebec, Krka6.1 
 7. Vladovic, Zadar4.9 
 8. Radivojevic, Igokea4.9 
 9. Perry, Karpos S.4.7 
 10. Bakic, Mornar Bar4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Cedevita
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Jackson, Cedevita2.4 
 2. Ramljak, Zadar1.9 
 3. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.9 
 4. Vladovic, Zadar1.9 
 5. Perry, Karpos S.1.8 
 6. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.7 
 7. Reynolds, Cibona1.6 
 8. Kaba, Mega Leks1.6 
 9. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija1.5 
 10. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Partizan
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lukovic, Partizan2.1 
 2. James, Buducnost1.6 
 3. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.6 
 4. Begic, Cedevita1.2 
 5. Davidovac, FMP1.2 
 6. Nikolic, Buducnost1.2 
 7. Scott, MZT Skopje1.2 
 8. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 9. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.1 
 10. Zagorac, Mega Leks1.1 


Babic's 27 points and 9 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old Luka Babic (201-SF-91, agency: BeoBasket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Cedevita and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 27 points adding six rebounds and nine assists for Cedevita in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Mega Leks (#13, 5-13) 89-85. Cedevita maintains the 4th position in ABA League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cedevita will need more victories to improve their 13-5 record. In the team's last game Babic had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Cedevita, through which he has constantly improved. Luka Babic averages this season 11.8ppg and 4.5apg.

Second best performed player last round was Josh Scott (208-F-93, agency: Pensack Sports) of MZT Skopje. He is American forward in his first season at MZT Skopje. In the last game Scott recorded impressive 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led MZT Skopje to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Zadar (#9, 6-12) 92-65. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. MZT Skopje is still at the dead bottom 14th position. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories MZT Skopje managed to get this year. Scott is a newcomer at MZT Skopje and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jonah Bolden (208-F-96) of FMP (#8). Bolden scored 22 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of FMP, leading his team to a 92-85 win against slightly lower-ranked Mornar Bar (#10, 6-12). The chances of FMP not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bolden could try to bring FMP's a little bit higher in the standings. Bolden has individually a great season in ABA League. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.8rpg (8th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 52.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lamont Jones (183-PG-90) of Mornar Bar - 24 points and 3 assists
5. Kendrick Perry (183-PG-92) of Karpos Sokoli - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Devin Oliver (204-SF-92) of Un.Olimpija - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Dragan Apic (206-C/F-95) of FMP - 19 points and 8 rebounds
8. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) of Cibona - 14 points and 6 rebounds
9. Charlon Kloof (190-G-90) of MZT Skopje - 14 points and 6 assists
10. Adin Vrabac (204-SG-94) of Partizan - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  ARGENTINA  

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
Norte
 1. San Martin C. 18-6 
 2. Estudiantes C. 16-8 
 3. Regatas C. 15-10 
 4. Instituto 14-11 
 5. Quimsa 13-11 
 6. Olimpico LB 13-14 
 7. La Union 12-14 
 8. Libertad S. 11-13 
 9. Atenas 10-16 
 10. Echague 4-21 
Sur
 1. San Lorenzo 19-7 
 2. Ferrocarril 16-8 
 3. Weber Bahia 15-10 
 4. GECR Indalo 13-11 
 5. Argentino 13-12 
 6. Obras Basket 12-12 
 7. Penarol 11-15 
 8. Quilmes MP 11-15 
 9. Boca Jrs 8-17 
 10. Hispano Am. 7-20 

Regular Season: Round 27

Jan. 15: Libertad S. - Olimpico LB 89-70
Jan. 16: La Union - Echague 87-72
Jan. 13: Obras Basket - Penarol 86-93
Jan. 15: GECR Indalo - Regatas C. 84-80
Jan. 15: Quilmes MP - Quimsa 83-78
Jan. 13: San Martin C. - La Union 81-75
Jan. 16: Boca Jrs - Hispano Am. 79-72
Jan. 16: Atenas - San Lorenzo 78-92
Jan. 14: Instituto - San Lorenzo 76-75
Jan. 14: Ferrocarril - Hispano Am. 71-75
Jan. 13: Weber Bahia - Atenas 105-93
Jan. 13: Echague - Olimpico LB 105-87
Jan. 17: Ferrocarril - Regatas C.
Jan. 17: Penarol - Quimsa
Jan. 17: Argentino - Estudiantes C.


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.5 
 2. Green, Instituto19.0 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.18.6 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.3 
 5. Horner, Obras B.18.2 
 6. Baxley, Atenas18.1 
 7. Reed, Penarol16.5 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.3 
 9. Vildoza, Libertad S.16.3 
 10. Johnson, Weber B.16.3 
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, Instituto10.0 
 5. Horner, Obras B.9.2 
 6. Justiz, Estudian.8.8 
 7. Wood, San M.8.8 
 8. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.4 
 9. Johnson, Atenas8.1 
 10. Francis, La Union8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Pedro BARRAL
  Obras B.
  (186-PG-94)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Barral, Obras B.6.5 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.4 
 3. Konsztadt, La Union5.7 
 4. Stanic, Olimpico.5.7 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.2 
 6. Perez, Boca Jrs4.9 
 7. Ciorciari, Instituto4.8 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.8 
 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. Solano, Echague2.1 
 3. De los Santo., GECR I.2.0 
 4. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Tucker, Estudian.1.6 
 8. Lescano, San M.1.6 
 9. Flor, Quilmes MP1.6 
 10. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.6 
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. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 5. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Johnson, Weber B.1.0 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
Center North
 1. Union SF 13-4 
 2. San Isidro 12-6 
 3. Barrio Parque 11-6 
 4. BHY Tiro Federal 7-10 
 5. Independiente BBC 4-13 
 6. SP Las Parejas 3-14 
Center South
 1. Ciclista 12-7 
 2. Parque Sur 11-7 
 3. Platense 10-7 
 4. Temperley 10-7 
 5. Rocamora 9-9 
 6. La Union 4-12 
 7. Gimnasia LP 4-14 
North
 1. Hindu 14-3 
 2. Comunicaciones 14-4 
 3. Villa Angela 11-6 
 4. Villa San Martin 8-10 
 5. Salta Basket 7-9 
 6. Mitre Tuc. 5-13 
 7. Obera TC 3-14 
South
 1. Estudiantes O. 14-6 
 2. Olimpo BB 13-5 
 3. Huracan 9-11 
 4. Alianza Viedma 8-9 
 5. Atenas Carmen 6-11 
 6. Petr.Argentino 6-11 

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 14: Olimpo BB - Alianza Viedma 91-86
Jan. 16: Parque Sur - Estudiantes O. 91-83
Jan. 16: Barrio Parque - San Isidro 87-93
Jan. 16: Hindu - Obera TC 85-77
Jan. 14: Petr.Argentino - Ciclista 74-89
Jan. 14: Rocamora - Estudiantes O. 73-72
Jan. 14: Platense - Huracan 67-88
Jan. 16: Olimpo BB - Ciclista 66-58
Jan. 16: Temperley - Huracan 56-57
Jan. 17: Atenas Carmen - Petr.Argentino
Jan. 18: SP Las Parejas - Mitre Tuc.
Jan. 18: La Union - Estudiantes O.
Jan. 18: Gimnasia LP - Huracan
Jan. 18: Villa San Martin - Obera TC
Jan. 18: Independiente BBC - Villa Angela
Jan. 19: Platense - Parque Sur
Jan. 19: Alianza Viedma - Petr.Argentino
Jan. 19: BHY Tiro Federal - Hindu


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Barovero, Union SF24.3 
 2. Brown, Mitre Tuc.20.7 
 3. Brown, La Union20.0 
 4. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 5. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 6. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista19.3 
 7. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.19.1 
 8. Montes Cardo., Obera T.18.8 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP18.3 
 10. Cutley, Atenas C.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.9 
 2. Cutley, Atenas C.10.5 
 3. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 4. Lauria, Comunica.8.9 
 5. Smith, Olimpo BB8.8 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 7. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.1 
 8. Graham, Temperley8.1 
 9. Aprea, Independ.8.1 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Victor Hugo CAJAL
  Independ.
  (179-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Cajal, Independ.7.1 
 2. La Bella, Gimnasia.6.4 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.2 
 4. Paletta, Hindu5.8 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.5.1 
 6. Franco, Alianza .5.0 
 7. Rusconi, Gimnasia.4.9 
 8. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 9. Iglesias, Olimpo B.4.4 
 10. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Alvaro MERLO
  Ciclista
  (182-PG-95)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Merlo, Ciclista2.4 
 2. Gago, Petr.Arg.2.3 
 3. Correa, BHY T.2.3 
 4. Lopez, Independ.2.3 
 5. Pais, Platense2.2 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.2.2 
 7. Eseverri, Salta B.2.1 
 8. Cequeira, Villa A.2.0 
 9. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.2.0 
 10. Tabarez, Union SF2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Lockett, BHY T.1.5 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.4 
 4. Stroud, Parque Sur1.3 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 6. Morales, Villa S.0.9 
 7. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 8. Melo, Huracan0.8 
 9. Martinez, Ciclista0.8 
 10. Lauria, Comunica.0.8 


U.Mar del Plata signs Franco Rivero - by Facundo Iatzky

Union de Mar del Plata (TFB) signed 27-year old guard Franco Rivero (192-90) from Atletico Ferrocarril Concordia. In 26 TFB games he had 13.5ppg, 8.2rpg and 2.0apg in 2014-15 season. A very impressive year as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian Torneo Federal Honorable Mention. Rivero also spent pre-season at San Martin that year. Quite impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian Torneo Federal Honorable Mention.
He has played previously for four other teams: Obras Basket, Sport Club, Estudiantes Olavarria and Union de Sunchales.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in Spain). He could not help UCAM Murcia (5-11) in their last game. Despite Campazzo's very good performance UCAM Murcia lost 76-88 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#6) Unicaja Malaga. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Campazzo also added made 7 passes and 4 steals in 31 minutes on the court. Campazzo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.7apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 82.8% in 15 games he played so far. Campazzo is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to help the San Antonio Spurs (31-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Ginobili's very good performance the San Antonio Spurs (31-9) were edged 108-105 in Phoenix by the Suns. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Ginobili also added 3 passes (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). It's Ginobili's 15th season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 7.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 33.6% and FT: 88.9%. Ginobili has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Delia. He was not able to secure a victory for UCAM Murcia (5-11) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (10-6). Delia scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. But UCAM Murcia lost 76-88 in Malaga to the much higher-ranked (#6) Unicaja. This year Delia's overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 60.3%(44-73) and FT: 58.6% in 16 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Delia is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #4. Small forward Andres Nocioni (203-79, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid to win in overtime against the eighth-ranked Andorra (9-7) 96-92 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He recorded only 4 points. Real Madrid (13-3) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. Nocioni's total stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 1.8rpg. Similarly like Delia and Ginobili above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Nocioni is also Argentinian national team player.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #5. Former international forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) led Arkadia Lions to a victory over the second-ranked Gmunden Swans (12-5) 72-60 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Vay recorded 28 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks in 37 minutes. Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (7-10) are placed seventh in the A Bundesliga. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Vay is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Arkadia Lions' roster. He has very impressive stats this season: 19.4ppg, 8.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg in 17 games. Similarly like three previous players above, Vay also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. He used to play for the Argentinian national team eight years ago.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #6. Power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Brooklyn Nets (8-32) in their game against the Houston Rockets (32-11) in the NBA. Scola scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 8 minutes. The Brooklyn Nets (8-32) were crushed 137-112 in Houston by the Rockets. It was Nets' tenth consecutive loss in a row. This year Scola's total stats are: 5.3ppg and 3.9rpg in 29 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Luciano Tognon
Luciano Tognon
   #7. Former U18 international center Luciano Tognon (205-94, currently plays in Chile) contributed to a Universidad de Concepcion's victory against one of league's weakest teams CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (9-23) 80-75 in the Chilean Liga Nacional in Sunday night's game. Tognon recorded 7 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. CD Universidad de Concepcion (18-4) is placed third in the Liga Nacional. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Tognon has averaged so far 1.5ppg and 1.9rpg. He used to play for the Argentinian U18 national team five years ago.

Stefano Pierotti
Stefano Pierotti
   #8. Point guard Stefano Pierotti (185-98, currently plays in Brazil) couldn't help Paschoalotto/Bauru (8-6) in their game against Mogi (6-5) in the Brazilian NBB. Pierotti cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only one point in 6 minutes on the court. Paschoalotto/Bauru was crushed 89-66 in Mogi das Cruzes by the lower-ranked (#9) Mogi. This year Pierotti averages only 0.8ppg in nine games. He plays currently for the Argentinian U18 national team.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #9. Former international point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Svendborg (10-8) in their game against Horsholm (8-8) in the Danish Ligaen. Porta cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 20 minutes. Svendborg was crushed 86-55 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#4) Horsholm. This year Porta has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg in 17 games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team nine years ago.

Juan Manuel Caceres
Juan Manuel Caceres
   #10. Small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (199-84, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) helped Valmontone win their game against the 14th-ranked Roma Vis Nova (4-11) 59-45 in the Italian Serie B (third division) on Saturday night. Caceres recorded 7 points. Virtus Valmontone (15-1) is placed first in Group C. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. It's Caceres' first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1apg. Caceres is a former U16 international player as fifteen years ago he still played for the Argentinian national team.

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

   #1. Daniel Hure (200-PF-85, currently plays in Brazil) could not help one of league's weakest teams Paulistano (8-6) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Paulistano was defeated 85-73 on the road by the higher-ranked Universo/Vitoria (#3). Hure was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Hure's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg.

   #2. Enzo Cafferata (187-PG-88, currently plays in Brazil) was not able to help Liga Sorocaba in their game against SKY/Basquete (6-8) in the Brazilian NBB, despite his very good performance on Friday night. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Cafferata also added 9 assists in 41 minutes. But Liga Sorocaba was edged 86-85 in Aldeota by the lower-ranked (#11) SKY/Basquete. It was Liga Sorocaba's third consecutive loss in a row. Cafferata has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.3apg and 1.6spg in 14 games he played so far.

   #3. Experienced Omar Canton (206-C-82, currently plays in Uruguay) was not able to secure a victory for Union Atletica (2-2) in their game against Olimpia (3-1) in the Uruguayan LUB. Despite his good performance last Tuesday Canton recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Canton's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Canton averages: 18.5ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Italian and Argentinian.

   #4. Damian Palacios (177-PG-85, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to a 2-point CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro's victory against the closely-ranked Pinheiros (8-6) 72-70 in the Brazilian NBB on Friday night. Palacios scored 7 points and added 5 assists in 25 minutes. CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro (7-5) is placed second in the NBB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Palacios' total stats are: 4.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg in 12 games.

   #5. Brian Savoy (189-SG-92, currently plays in Switzerland) was the major contributor in Neuchatel's victory against the closely-ranked Lugano Tigers (6-6) 74-61 in the Swiss LNA in Sunday night's game. He recorded 18 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Union Neuchatel Basket (7-5) is placed fifth in the LNA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Savoy has been at the team for four years. This season Savoy has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.9apg and 1.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Swiss.

   #6. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Dolomiti En. TR in their game against Scandone AV in the Italian Serie A. Forray scored 9 points. His team was defeated 79-69. Forray has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #7. Erik Thomas (196-F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the New Orleans in their game against the Sam Houston State University in the NCAA, despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game. Thomas recorded 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. But his team were edged 70-68. Thomas has very impressive stats this year: 20.4ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg in 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Thomas has never played in Argentina.

   #8. Santiago Boffelli (197-G/F-83, currently plays in Italy) led Scauri to a victory over the 15th-ranked Viterbo SA 81-76 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Boffelli recorded 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). This season Boffelli has very high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg. Boffelli also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #9. Min-Soo Kim (200-C-82, currently plays in South Korea) contributed to a SK Knights' victory against the closely-ranked KCC Egis 77-70 in the South Korean KBL on Sunday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Kim has averaged so far 9.2ppg and 5.1rpg in 28 games. He has South Korean and Argentinian nationalities.

   #10. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help FCM Ferentino in their game against Legnano in the Italian Serie A2 (second division), despite his good performance last Sunday. Musso scored 11 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 34 minutes. But his team lost 63-72. This year Musso has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.6spg in 16 games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.



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  ASEAN LEAGUE  

Standings

ASEAN League Standings
 1 Singapore S. 8-2 
 2 Alab Pilipinas 5-2 
 3 Hong Kong ELL 5-2 
 4 Saigon H. 1-4 
 5 KL Dragons 1-5 
 6 Kaohsiung 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 6

Jan. 14: Saigon H. - Kaohsiung 99-85
Jan. 13: Hong Kong ELL - KL Dragons 87-70
Jan. 15: Singapore S. - Hong Kong ELL 82-72
Jan. 13: Alab Pilipinas - Singapore S. 74-72
Jan. 15: KL Dragons - Alab Pilipinas 54-65

Regular Season: Round 7

Jan. 20: KL Dragons - Saigon H.
Jan. 22: Hong Kong ELL - Alab Pilipinas
Jan. 25: KL Dragons - Kaohsiung


Marcus Elliott claims ASEAN League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hong Kong ELL and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 32-year old guard had a double-double of 31 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed KL Dragons (#5, 1-5) with 17-point margin 87-70. Thanks to this victory Hong Kong ELL moved-up to the 4th position in ASEAN League. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Hong Kong ELL will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. In the team's last game Elliott had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Hong Kong ELL's top player in his first season with the team. Louisiana Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Elliott is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.6ppg and is league's best passer with 5.6apg. Elliott is in league's top in and averages solid 53.8% FGP and 42.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was American guard Joshua Munzon (193-G) of Saigon H.. Munzon impressed basketball fans with 34 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Saigon H. to another comfortable win 99-85 over the higher-ranked Kaohsiung, being unquestionably team leader. Despite this victory they still are the league outsider. 92 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Saigon H. managed to get this year. Munzon is a newcomer at Saigon H. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#8).

The third best performed player last round was American Derek Hall (210-C/F-90) of top-ranked Kaohsiung. Hall scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Hall's great performance Kaohsiung lost 85-99 to the lower-ranked Saigon H. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. That was shocking loss for Kaohsiung and their fans. Hopefully so far almost perfect season will not turn around. Hall plays for a very strong team and Kaohsiung has many quality players. So achieving that high stats is even more impressive. Hall has a great season in ASEAN League. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.0ppg (6th best), rebounds with 15.1rpg (2nd best) and assists with 2.7apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Singapore S. - 17 points, 19 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Xavier Alexander (198-G-88) of Singapore S. - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Lenny Daniel (203-PF-87) of Saigon H. - 28 points and 4 rebounds
7. Xavier Alexander (198-G-88) of Singapore S. - 15 points and 10 rebounds
8. Bobby Ray Parks (193-G-93) of Alab Pilipinas - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Skylar Spencer (208-F-94) of KL Dragons - 11 points and 13 rebounds
10. Lawrence Domingo (196-F-89) of Alab Pilipinas - 14 points and 12 rebounds

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



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  AUSTRALIA  

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. 36ers 15-7 
 2. Hawks 12-10 
 3. United 11-11 
 4. Kings 11-12 
 5. Wildcats 10-11 
 6. Breakers 10-12 
 7. Taipans 9-11 
 8. Bullets 9-13 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 14: United - Taipans 92-85
Jan. 13: Breakers - Kings 92-74
Jan. 13: Hawks - Bullets 85-80
Jan. 14: Wildcats - 36ers 84-95
Jan. 15: Bullets - Breakers 82-84
Jan. 16: Taipans - Wildcats 80-78
Jan. 12: 36ers - United 100-73

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 19: 36ers - Bullets
Jan. 20: Wildcats - Taipans
Jan. 20: Hawks - Breakers
Jan. 21: Bullets - United
Jan. 21: 36ers - Kings
Jan. 22: Taipans - Hawks
Jan. 22: Breakers - Wildcats


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  United
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Ware, United22.6 
 2. Randle, 36ers22.2 
 3. Prather, Wildcats20.4 
 4. Newley, Kings17.4 
 5. Goulding, United17.2 
 6. Clarke, Hawks17.0 
 7. Lisch, Kings17.0 
 8. Penney, Breakers16.7 
 9. Sobey, 36ers16.3 
 10. Johnson, 36ers15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Torrey CRAIG
  Bullets
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Craig, Bullets8.3 
 2. Boone, United7.8 
 3. Johnson, 36ers7.6 
 4. Ogilvy, Hawks7.0 
 5. Mitchell, Breakers6.7 
 6. Whittington, Kings6.6 
 7. McKay, Wildcats6.5 
 8. Knight, Wildcats6.5 
 9. Pledger, Breakers6.5 
 10. Bairstow, Bullets6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  Breakers
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Woodside, Breakers5.5 
 2. Jackson, United5.4 
 3. Randle, 36ers5.1 
 4. Ware, United4.4 
 5. Newley, Kings4.2 
 6. Stockton, Breakers4.2 
 7. Gibson, Bullets3.8 
 8. Worthington, Taipa.3.7 
 9. Lisch, Kings3.7 
 10. Sobey, 36ers3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin DILLARD
  Breakers
  (183-PG-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Dillard, Breakers3.3 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Lisch, Kings2.0 
 4. Prather, Wildcats1.6 
 5. Whittington, Kings1.5 
 6. Jackson, United1.4 
 7. Harris, Hawks1.4 
 8. Ware, United1.3 
 9. Woodside, Breakers1.3 
 10. Cotton, Wildcats1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel MCKAY
  Wildcats
  (206-F/C-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. McKay, Wildcats1.8 
 2. Ogilvy, Hawks1.5 
 3. Pledger, Breakers1.3 
 4. Boone, United1.2 
 5. Whittington, Kings1.1 
 6. Carter, Breakers1.0 
 7. Powell, Kings0.8 
 8. Maric, Kings0.7 
 9. Wesley, United0.7 
 10. Jacobsen, 36ers0.7 


NBL Round 15 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Round 15 most important game was a victory of New Zealand Breakers over 7th ranked Bullets 84-82 on Sunday night. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 31-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American-Albanian point guard Kevin Dillard (183-89, college: Dayton) who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. New Zealand swingman Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin, agency: Duran International) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American forward Torrey Craig (198-90, college: USC Upstate) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Bullets. New Zealand Breakers maintains sixth place with 10-12 record. Bullets lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. New Zealand Breakers are looking forward to face higher ranked Perth Wildcats (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bullets will play against United and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Cairns. Eighth ranked Cairns Taipans (9-11) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Perth Wildcats (10-11) 80-78 on Monday evening. It was a great evening for the former international swingman Stephen Weigh (198-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. Jarrad Weeks helped adding 16 points. The best for the losing side was American guard Bryce Cotton (185-92, college: Providence, agency: Pensack Sports) with 20 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cairns Taipans moved-up to seventh place. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Cairns Taipans will play against league's second-placed Illawarra Hawks in Gwynneville in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Perth Wildcats will play on the road against New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kings (11-12) against sixth ranked New Zealand Breakers (10-12) on Friday night. Visiting Kings were defeated by New Zealand Breakers in Auckland 92-74. It was an exceptional evening for Paul Carter who led the winners and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. Jason Cadee came up with 18 points for Kings in the defeat. Kings' coach Andrew Gaze rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. New Zealand Breakers maintains sixth place with 10-12 record. Kings at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will meet at home higher ranked Perth Wildcats (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kings will play against the league's leader Adelaide 36ers in Findon and hope to secure a win.
NBL top team - Adelaide 36ers (15-7) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Perth Wildcats (10-11) 95-84. The best player for the winners was Daniel Johnson who scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Perth Wildcats' coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Adelaide 36ers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-7 record. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Adelaide 36ers' next round opponent will be Kings (#4) in Sydney. Perth Wildcats will play on the road against New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - Adelaide 36ers (15-7) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed fifth ranked United (11-11) in Findon 100-73. It was a good game for Nathan Sobey who led his team to a victory with 32 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Adelaide 36ers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-7 record. Loser United dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. Adelaide 36ers will face Kings (#4) in Sydney in the next round. United will play on the road against Bullets in Brisbane and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 15 bottom-ranked Taipans was beaten by United on the road 92-85. Hawks won against Bullets on its own court 85-80.


Taipans - Wildcats 80-78

Important game to mention about took place in Cairns. Eighth ranked Cairns Taipans (9-11) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Perth Wildcats (10-11) 80-78 on Monday evening. Perth Wildcats were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 26-22 third quarter run of Cairns Taipans. It was a great evening for the former international swingman Stephen Weigh (198-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. Point guard Jarrad Weeks (185-89) helped adding 16 points. The best for the losing side was American guard Bryce Cotton (185-92, college: Providence, agency: Pensack Sports) with 20 points and forward Greg Hire (201-87, college: Augusta) scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cairns Taipans moved-up to seventh place. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Cairns Taipans will play against league's second-placed Illawarra Hawks in Gwynneville in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Perth Wildcats will play on the road against New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Taipans: S.Weigh 19+3reb+1ast, J.Weeks 16+2reb+1ast, T.Trice 9+4reb+5ast, N.Egwu 8+6reb+1ast, F.Edwin 8+5reb, A.Loughton 6+3reb+4ast
Wildcats: B.Cotton 20+2reb+2ast, J.Wagstaff 15+2reb, A.Brandt 12+2reb+3ast, M.Knight 11+3reb+1ast, G.Hire 10+7reb+4ast, J.McKay 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 487517


Bullets - Breakers 82-84

Round 15 most important game was a victory of New Zealand Breakers over 7th ranked Bullets 84-82 on Sunday night. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 31-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American-Albanian point guard Kevin Dillard (183-89, college: Dayton) who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. New Zealand swingman Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin, agency: Duran International) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American forward Torrey Craig (198-90, college: USC Upstate) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and the former international power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 24 points (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) in the effort for Bullets. New Zealand Breakers maintains sixth place with 10-12 record. Bullets lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. New Zealand Breakers are looking forward to face higher ranked Perth Wildcats (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bullets will play against United and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Breakers: K.Dillard 28+4reb+5ast, K.Penney 19+4reb+2ast, A.Pledger 10+6reb, F.Delany 8+2reb, A.Mitchell 6+8reb+5ast, R.Loe 5+4reb+2ast
Bullets: D.Kickert 24+1reb+3ast, T.Craig 19+8reb+2ast, T.Jervis 10+6reb+1ast, S.Bruce 8+4reb+5ast, J.Beal 7+2reb+5ast, R.Te Rangi 5+1reb
gschID: 487516


Wildcats - 36ers 84-95

NBL top team - Adelaide 36ers (15-7) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Perth Wildcats (10-11) 95-84. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Adelaide 36ers made 30-of-39 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Perth Wildcats helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Daniel Johnson (210-88, college: Pepperdine) who scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Nathan Sobey (190-90, college: Wyoming) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Bryce Cotton (185-92, college: Providence, agency: Pensack Sports) who recorded 23 points and 5 assists and the other American import swingman Casey Prather (198-91, college: Florida) added 20 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) respectively. Five Adelaide 36ers and four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. Perth Wildcats' coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Adelaide 36ers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-7 record. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Adelaide 36ers' next round opponent will be Kings (#4) in Sydney. Perth Wildcats will play on the road against New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
36ers: D.Johnson 19+8reb+6ast, N.Sobey 19+8reb+5ast, J.Randle 17+1reb+4ast, M.Creek 16+12reb+4ast, E.Jacobsen 11+7reb+1ast, M.Hodgson 5+1reb
Wildcats: B.Cotton 23+3reb+5ast, C.Prather 20+4reb+2ast, J.McKay 10+7reb+1ast, J.Wagstaff 10+1reb, A.Brandt 8+5reb+1ast, M.Knight 4+4reb
gschID: 487514


United - Taipans 92-85

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked United (11-11) beat 8th ranked Cairns Taipans (9-11) in Melbourne 92-85 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-85. It was a good game for American point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) who led his team to a victory with 31 points. The former international guard Chris Goulding (192-88) contributed with 27 points for the winners. American point guard Travis Trice (183-93, college: Michigan St.) answered with 14 points and 6 assists and the former international forward Mark Worthington (203-83, college: Metro St.) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Cairns Taipans. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. United moved-up to third place. Loser Cairns Taipans dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. United will face bottom-ranked Bullets (#8) in Brisbane in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cairns Taipans will play at home against the league's second-placed Illawarra Hawks and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
United: C.Ware 31+2reb+2ast, C.Goulding 27+1reb+1ast, J.Boone 8+6reb, D.Barlow 7+8reb, M.Majok 6+4reb, T.Blanchfield 4+6reb+1ast
Taipans: M.Worthington 15+5reb+2ast, T.Trice 14+4reb+6ast, S.Weigh 13+3reb, F.Edwin 9+5reb+3ast, N.Jawai 9+6reb+1ast, M.McCarron 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 487515


Breakers - Kings 92-74

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kings (11-12) against sixth ranked New Zealand Breakers (10-12) on Friday night. Visiting Kings were defeated by New Zealand Breakers in Auckland 92-74. Kings were trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 32-13 charge of New Zealand Breakers, which allowed them to win the game. New Zealand Breakers had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Paul Carter (205-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Inception Sports) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. American-Albanian point guard Kevin Dillard (183-89, college: Dayton) accounted for 19 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winning side. Four New Zealand Breakers players scored in double figures. The former international guard Jason Cadee (186-91) came up with 18 points and American forward Josh Powell (206-83, college: N.Carolina St.) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Kings in the defeat. Kings' coach Andrew Gaze rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. New Zealand Breakers maintains sixth place with 10-12 record. Kings at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will meet at home higher ranked Perth Wildcats (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kings will play against the league's leader Adelaide 36ers in Findon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Breakers: P.Carter 23+6reb+2ast, K.Dillard 19+6reb+6ast, K.Penney 15+1ast, A.Mitchell 12+7reb, R.Loe 9+3reb+5ast, S.Ili 6+4reb
Kings: J.Cadee 18+2reb+3ast, J.Powell 13+8reb+1ast, G.Whittington 12+4reb+3ast, K.Lisch 9+3reb+7ast, T.Garlepp 9+6reb+1ast, A.Maric 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 487513


Hawks - Bullets 85-80

Very expected game when 7th ranked Bullets (9-13) lost to second ranked Illawarra Hawks (12-10) in Gwynneville 80-85 on Friday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 24-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Illawarra Hawks made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Bullets turnovers and had a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Bullets were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-89, college: Butler) contributed with 20 points for the winners. The former international power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Adam Gibson (188-86) added 17 points and 5 assists in the effort for Bullets. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Illawarra Hawks maintains second place with 12-10 record having just three points less than leader 36ers. Bullets lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. Illawarra Hawks will face Cairns Taipans (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bullets will play against United and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hawks: R.Clarke 20+2reb, N.Kay 16+6reb+5ast, M.Harris 10+2reb, A.James Ogilvy 9+6reb+1ast, M.Norton 8+1reb+1ast, K.White 7+2ast
Bullets: D.Kickert 20+5reb+2ast, A.Gibson 17+4reb+5ast, J.Beal 10+1reb+1ast, M.Young 8+2reb, I.Tueta 8+3reb+2ast, R.Te Rangi 6+1reb
gschID: 487512


36ers - United 100-73

NBL top team - Adelaide 36ers (15-7) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed fifth ranked United (11-11) in Findon 100-73. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 59-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Adelaide 36ers had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by United's players. It was a good game for guard Nathan Sobey (190-90, college: Wyoming) who led his team to a victory with 32 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. American-Ukrainian point guard Jerome Randle (175-87, college: California) contributed with 19 points and 8 assists for the winners. American power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) answered with 9 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for United. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Adelaide 36ers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-7 record. Loser United dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. Adelaide 36ers will face Kings (#4) in Sydney in the next round. United will play on the road against Bullets in Brisbane and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
36ers: N.Sobey 32+6reb+8ast, J.Randle 19+2reb+8ast, M.Creek 11+7reb, A.Drmic 11+2reb+2ast, D.Johnson 11+6reb+3ast, M.Deng 6+3reb
United: K.Adnam 14+2reb+3ast, D.Barlow 14+3reb+1ast, T.Wesley 13+4reb, C.Ware 12+6reb+2ast, J.Boone 9+12reb, M.Majok 6+9reb+1ast
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Sobey's 32-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old guard Nathan Sobey (190-G-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team 36ers and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had the game-high 32 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for 36ers in his team's victory, helping them to outclass United (#3, 11-11) with 27-point margin 100-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed 36ers to consolidate first place in the Australian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. 36ers has a very solid 15-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Sobey had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at 36ers and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Wyoming graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sobey is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.3ppg) and averages solid 41.8% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Daniel Johnson (210-C/F-88). He is former international in his first season at 36ers. In the last game Johnson recorded impressive 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course 36ers cruised to a 95-84 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Wildcats (#5, 10-11). Of course 36ers still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 15-7 record. Johnson is a newcomer at 36ers and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Kevin Dillard (183-PG-89) of Breakers (#6). Dillard scored 28 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Breakers, leading his team to a 84-82 win against slightly lower-ranked Bullets (#8, 9-13). The chances of Breakers ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dillard could help Breakers to bring them higher in the standings. Dillard has a very solid season. In 3 games in Australia he scored 21.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83) of Bullets - 24 points and 3 assists
5. Nick Kay (206-C/F-92) of Hawks - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Mitch Creek (195-F/G-92) of 36ers - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kevin Dillard (183-PG-89) of Breakers - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Nathan Sobey (190-G-90) of 36ers - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Casper Ware (178-PG-90) of United - 31 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Paul Carter (205-F-87) of Breakers - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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

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

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Zalgiris (6-11) in their last game. Despite Motum's very good performance the 14th-placed Zalgiris (6-11) lost 79-87 on the road to the lower-ranked (#15) Galatasaray in the group A of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 18 points in 30 minutes on the court. Motum has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 63.0%(68-108), 3FGP: 42.2% and FT: 75.8% in 17 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Ryan Broekhoff (200-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Lokomotiv to a victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (10-2) 75-64 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. Broekhoff 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 (10-2) is placed second in the VTB United League. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This year Broekhoff averages: 7.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 31.0% and FT: 88.9% in 12 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Broekhoff is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Jonah Bolden
Jonah Bolden
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U19 international forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA, currently plays in ABA League). He was the major contributor in FMP's victory against the closely-ranked Igokea (9-9) 84-74 in the ABA League in Tuesday night's game. Bolden recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Bolden's first season in pro basketball. FMP Beograd (7-11) is placed eighth in the ABA League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Bolden has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 61.4%. He played for the Australian U19 national team four years ago.

Ben Madgen
Ben Madgen
   #4. Swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to a 2-point Lietkabelis' victory against the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (0-2) 86-84 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Madgen scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Panevezys Lietkabelis (1-1) is placed seventh in the Eurocup. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Madgen's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.2apg. Madgen used to play for the Australian national team back in 2014.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #5. International guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Miami Heat (11-30) 116-108 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He recorded 9 points and added 8 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 18 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks have 20-19 record this season. Dellavedova's stats this year are: 7.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 5.5apg in 34 games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #6. Small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, currently plays in NBA) helped Utah Jazz win their game against the Orlando Magic (17-25) 114-107 in the NBA on Saturday night. He scored 8 points in only 11 minutes. The Utah Jazz has a solid 26-16 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Ingles' overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.1apg in 42 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes
   #7. International center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) helped Detroit Pistons win their game against the Los Angeles Lakers (15-30) 102-97 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Baynes scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons have 18-24 record this season. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Baynes' total stats this season are: 4.2ppg and 3.9rpg. He is also Australian national team player.

Dante Exum
Dante Exum
   #8. Point guard Dante Exum (198-95, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Joe Ingles. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Exum managed to help Utah Jazz in a victory against the Detroit Pistons (18-24) crushing them 110-77. He recorded only 4 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in 16 minutes. The Utah Jazz has a solid 26-16 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Exum's total stats are: 6.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg in 31 games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Sam Daly
Sam Daly
   #9. Former U17 international guard Sam Daly (193-95, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Chaminade University (6-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Daly's very good performance his team was defeated 112-108 in Fresno, CA by the Fresno Pacific University. He recorded 26 points (!!!), 5 assists and 3 steals. Daly averaged so far 12.4ppg, 4.0rpg and 3.2apg. He used to play for the Australian U17 national team five years ago.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #10. Point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Los Angeles Lakers (15-30) crushing them 134-94 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. Mills scored 6 points in 17 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 31-9 record this season. Mills is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Spurs' roster. He averaged so far 10.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.5apg in 39 games. Mills is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U22 international forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette, currently plays in Denmark) helped Horsens IC win their game against the sixth-ranked Randers crushing them 102-69 in the Danish Ligaen last Tuesday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Trist averaged so far 11.1ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team two years ago.

   #12. International center Andrew Bogut (213-84, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Dallas Mavericks in their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA. He cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. Bogut scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. His team lost 92-101 in the NBA. Bogut has averaged so far 3.0ppg, 9.0rpg and 2.0apg in 22 games. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

   #13. Former U19 international forward Fabijan Krslovic (203-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Montana win their game against the University of North Dakota 76-70 in the NCAA last Saturday. Krslovic recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Krslovic has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team four years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international forward Jack Lopez (196-94, currently studies in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Fabijan Krslovic. However that was another game of his team in NCAA which brought him to that list. Lopez helped Montana win their game against the University of Northern Colorado crushing them 89-68. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Lopez has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 2.7rpg in 19 games. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team back in 2012.

   #15. Former U18 international swingman Bosko Kostur (201-94, is currently at the American university) helped Bryant win their game against the Wagner College 77-66 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Kostur recorded 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his six free throws). Kostur has averaged so far 8.2ppg and 3.2rpg. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Cleveland Cavaliers' victory against the Phoenix Suns (13-27) 120-116 in the NBA last Sunday. Irving scored 27 points (!!!) and added 7 passes. The Cleveland Cavaliers have a solid 29-10 record this season. It's Irving's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Irving averages: 23.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.7apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Irving has never played in Australia.

   #2. Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Uruguay) could not help Defensor (2-3) in their last game. Despite Duinker's very good performance Defensor (#6) lost 73-79 in a derby game to the higher-ranked (#5) Larre Borges in the Promocional 1 group. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. Duinker also added 3 assists in 36 minutes. It was Defensor's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Duinker has reliable stats this year: 12.9ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.1apg in eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and Australian.

   #3. Jamaal Robateau (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Gardner-Webb to a victory against the Longwood College 85-79 in the NCAA last Saturday. Robateau scored 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Gardner-Webb University has 0-2 conference record this season. Robateau averaged so far 10.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg.

   #4. Sunday Dech (193-G, college: Metro St., currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an easy victory against the N.Mexico Highlands University (3-7) 86-69 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. Dech had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds in 37 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The Metropolitan State College of Denver has a solid 7-3 record this season. Dech has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg in 12 games.

   #5. Duop Reath (208-F-96, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the LSU (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the LSU was defeated 81-66 on the road by the The University of Alabama. Reath scored 12 points, had 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Reath averaged so far 13.7ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.0bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and South Sudanese.

   #6. Deng Adel (201-F-97, is currently at the American university) contributed to Louisville's victory against the University of Pittsburgh 85-80 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Adel scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. Adel averaged so far 10.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.1apg in 18 games. He has both South Sudanese and Australian nationalities.

   #7. Xavier Cooks (203-G/F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Winthrop's victory against the Campbell University 72-63 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Cooks scored 13 points, had 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks. This season Cooks has very high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6bpg.

   #8. Chima Moneke (198-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the one of league's weakest teams Cal-Davis in their game against the University of California, Riverside in the NCAA, despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game. Moneke had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds in 27 minutes. But his team lost 55-61. Moneke averaged so far 14.5ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.1bpg in 18 games.

   #9. Rhys Elliott (184-PG-91, college: Iowa Central CC, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the University of Northern British Columbia in their game against the Cougars in the Canadian university league CIS. Despite his very good performance last Saturday He was the top scorer with 22 points. Elliott also added 4 assists. This season Elliott has very high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.9spg.

   #10. Venky Jois (202-F-93, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Estonia) managed to help Tartu Ulikool/Rock in a victory against the seventh-ranked BC Rakvere crushing them 110-64 in the Estonian Alexela KML on Saturday night. Jois recorded only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 17 minutes. Jois has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 8.8rpg in 10 games.



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Austrian A Bundesliga round 19 best performance: Kareem Jamar - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Kareem Jamar (194-G-92) had a great game in the last round for Kapfenberg, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, five rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass UBSC Graz (#8, 5-12) with 43-point margin 98-55. Kapfenberg maintains the 4th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. Kapfenberg is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-8 record. In the team's last game Jamar had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Kapfenberg's top player in his first season with the team. Kareem Jamar averages this season 12.9ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Argentinian Fabricio Vay (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) of Arkadia. Vay had a very good evening with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Arkadia cruised to a 72-60 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Gmunden (#2, 12-5). Arkadia's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-10 record. Vay is one of the most experienced players at Arkadia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 8.5rpg and 3.4apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was international center Jozo Rados (208-C-93) of Klosterneuburg (#9). Rados showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, nineteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Rados' great performance Klosterneuburg lost 60-62 to the higher-ranked Furstenfeld (#5, 7-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Klosterneuburg can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-13 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Rados he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Rados has individually a great season in Austria. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.7ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 11.1rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 51.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamari Traylor (203-F-92) of Oberwart - 16 points and 9 rebounds
5. Andell Cumberbatch (196-G-93) of Oberwart - 15 points and 9 rebounds
6. Filip Kramer (202-SF-92) of Kapfenberg - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Sim Iliev (204-F-89) of Furstenfeld - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Chris Ferguson (206-F-89) of Vienna - 12 points and 8 rebounds
9. Enis Murati (194-F-88) of Gmunden - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Bogic Vujosevic (190-PG-92) of Kapfenberg - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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



A Bundesliga Round 19: Gmunden Swans are defeated by Arkadia Lions - by Eurobasket News

The game between second ranked Gmunden Swans (12-5) and seventh ranked Arkadia Lions (7-10) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Gmunden Swans were defeated by Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen 72-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gmunden Swans. The game without a history. Arkadia Lions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely Gmunden Swans outrebounded Arkadia Lions 38-25 including 23 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Arkadia Lions made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. The former international Jason Detrick (195-80, college: Oklahoma, agency: Three Eye Sports) helped adding 11 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side international forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 22 points. Arkadia Lions moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Vienna. Gmunden Swans at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. Arkadia Lions is looking forward to face higher ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gmunden Swans will play against Raiffeisen Wels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A Bundesliga top team - Redwell Gunners Oberwart (14-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Vienna (7-10) 81-56. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a quality performance for forward Jamari Traylor (203-92, college: Kansas) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Andell Cumberbatch accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds. Redwell Gunners Oberwart's coach Chris Chougaz felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Anthony Clemmons (186-94, college: Iowa) came up with 18 points and 4 assists for Vienna in the defeat. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-2 record. Vienna at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Arkadia. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vienna will play at home against Dukes (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Graz supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (9-8) played at the court of 8th ranked UBSC Graz (5-12). Kapfenberg Bulls smashed UBSC Graz 98-55 on Sunday. Kareem Jamar fired 32 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Anton Maresch produced 15 points for lost side. UBSC Graz's coach Lluis Pino gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kapfenberg Bulls. They maintain fourth place with 9-8 record. UBSC Graz lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will meet at home Arkadia Lions (#7) in the next round. UBSC Graz will play against Furstenfeld Panthers and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Klosterneuburg. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 9th ranked Dukes (4-13) to seventh ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (7-9) 62-60 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Sim Iliev who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 9 rebounds. Furstenfeld Panthers moved-up to fifth place. Dukes lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers' next round opponent will be UBSC Graz (#8) at home. Dukes will play against Vienna in Wien and hope to win that game.


UBSC Graz - Kapfenberg 55-98

The game in Graz supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (9-8) played at the court of 8th ranked UBSC Graz (5-12). Kapfenberg Bulls smashed UBSC Graz 98-55 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Kapfenberg Bulls. UBSC Graz managed to win fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kapfenberg Bulls dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 24. Kapfenberg Bulls forced 20 UBSC Graz turnovers and had a 32-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Kapfenberg Bulls looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by UBSC Graz's players. American guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) fired 32 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Five Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. International Anton Maresch (191-91) produced 15 points and swingman Fabian Richter (191-95) added 8 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. UBSC Graz's coach Lluis Pino gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kapfenberg Bulls. They maintain fourth place with 9-8 record. UBSC Graz lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will meet at home Arkadia Lions (#7) in the next round. UBSC Graz will play against Furstenfeld Panthers and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: A.Maresch 15+1reb+1ast, M.Krivokapic 10+3reb+2ast, F.Richter 8+3reb+4ast, D.Hasenburger 6+6reb, D.Brcina 5+1ast, M.Sliskovic 4+5reb
Kapfenberg: K.Jamar 32+5reb+3ast, F.Kramer 14+6reb+3ast, B.Vujosevic 13+6reb+5ast, C.Baptiste 13+10reb, A.Woschank 12+2reb+3ast, M.Stegnjaic 6+3reb+3ast
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Klosterneuburg - Furstenfeld 60-62

A very interesting game took place in Klosterneuburg. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 9th ranked Dukes (4-13) to seventh ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (7-9) 62-60 on Sunday evening. Dukes were ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 17-12 charge of Furstenfeld Panthers, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Dukes turnovers. Strangely Dukes outrebounded Furstenfeld Panthers 41-29 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Bulgarian forward Sim Iliev (204-89, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 9 rebounds. Croatian center Marino Sarlija (207-89) contributed with 13 points for the winners. International center Jozo Rados (208-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists and international Romed Vieider (195-91) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Dukes. Furstenfeld Panthers moved-up to fifth place. Dukes lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers' next round opponent will be UBSC Graz (#8) at home. Dukes will play against Vienna in Wien and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Klosterneuburg: J.Rados 16+19reb+4ast, R.Vieider 12+6reb+3ast, L.Burgemeister 11+1reb, J.Blazevic 7+7reb, G.Bezhanishvili 7+4reb+2ast, T.Bas 5+3reb
Furstenfeld: S.Iliev 21+9reb+3ast, M.Sarlija 13+4reb+1ast, M.Car 12+3reb+2ast, C.Astl 5+3reb, J.Ernst 3+3reb+4ast, H.Ochsenhofer 3+3reb
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Oberwart - Vienna 81-56

A Bundesliga top team - Redwell Gunners Oberwart (14-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Vienna (7-10) 81-56. The game without a history. Redwell Gunners Oberwart led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Redwell Gunners Oberwart outrebounded Vienna 37-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a quality performance for forward Jamari Traylor (203-92, college: Kansas) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Five Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures. Redwell Gunners Oberwart's coach Chris Chougaz felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Point guard Anthony Clemmons (186-94, college: Iowa) came up with 18 points and 4 assists and forward Chris Ferguson (206-89, college: Mid-Continent, agency: HMS) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Vienna in the defeat. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-2 record. Vienna at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Arkadia. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vienna will play at home against Dukes (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Vienna: A.Clemmons 18+2reb+4ast, C.Ferguson 12+8reb, S.Koch 8+3reb+2ast, S.Stazic 6+2ast, P.Miletic 4+5reb, A.Andjelkovic 4+7reb
Oberwart: J.Traylor 16+9reb, A.Cumberbatch 15+9reb+1ast, C.McNealy 12+4reb+1ast, R.Poljak 11+4reb+2ast, D.Jackson 10+1reb+6ast, B.Blazevic 8+5reb
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Arkadia - Gmunden 72-60

The game between second ranked Gmunden Swans (12-5) and seventh ranked Arkadia Lions (7-10) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Gmunden Swans were defeated by Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen 72-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gmunden Swans. The game without a history. Arkadia Lions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely Gmunden Swans outrebounded Arkadia Lions 38-25 including 23 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Arkadia Lions made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. The former international Jason Detrick (195-80, college: Oklahoma, agency: Three Eye Sports) helped adding 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. At the losing side international forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 22 points and naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Arkadia Lions moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Vienna. Gmunden Swans at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. Arkadia Lions is looking forward to face higher ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gmunden Swans will play against Raiffeisen Wels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: E.Murati 22+3reb+2ast, T.Klette 14+6reb, M.Ojo 6+6reb+1ast, P.Gaidys 5+7reb+1ast, T.Blazan 5+5reb+1ast, M.Linortner 4+4reb+1ast
Arkadia: F.Vay 28+9reb+4ast, B.Guettl 12+3reb+2ast, J.Detrick 11+6reb+1ast, M.Draskovic 11+4reb+1ast, T.Aryee 3+2ast, B.Danek 3+1reb+4ast
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Thomas Schreiner selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sevilla (7-9) crushing them 95-69 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Schreiner scored 9 points and added 5 assists in 23 minutes on the court. MoraBanc Andorra (9-7) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. It's Schreiner's fifth season with the team. This year he averages: 4.3ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 18.2%, 3FGP: 44.2% in 16 games he played so far. Schreiner is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He led Sevilla to a victory against the sixth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (10-6) 76-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Mahalbasic recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (7-9) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Mahalbasic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 67.5%(27-40) and FT: 82.6%. Mahalbasic has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy). He contributed to a 2-point Umana Venezia's victory against the eighth-ranked Enel Brindisi (7-8) 108-106 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Ortner scored 6 points in 16 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (11-4) is placed second in the Serie A. This year Ortner's overall stats are: 4.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 54.3% in 15 games. He played for the Austrian national team four years ago.

David Kramer
David Kramer
   #4. Point guard David Kramer (191-97, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Ratiopharm Ulm in a victory against the 11th-ranked Science City Jena (2-9) crushing them 114-83 in the German BBL last Sunday. He scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. Ratiopharm Ulm (17-0) is placed first in the BBL. So far his team won all seventeen games in the Regular Season. This year Kramer's total stats are: 3.0ppg and 1.3rpg in four games. He is another player who holds two passports: Austrian and German. Kramer used to play for the Austrian U16 national team back in 2013.

Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
   #5. Former international forward Jakob Poeltl (213-95, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Brooklyn Nets (8-32) 132-113 in the NBA on Friday night. He recorded only 4 points. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 27-13 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Poeltl has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the Austrian national team two years ago.

Valentine Bauer
Valentine Bauer
   #6. Point guard Valentine Bauer (183-94, currently plays in NCAA2) could not help the Mars Hill College (1-8) in their last game. Despite Bauer's very good performance his team lost 74-84 on the road to the Lenoir-Rhyne College. He recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his five free throws) in 26 minutes. Bauer has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 5.3apg in 10 games. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Austrian team three years ago.

Moritz Lanegger
Moritz Lanegger
   #7. International point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked SISU (3-9) crushing them 89-66 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday. Lanegger scored 6 points, had 5 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 5 balls. Team FOG Naestved (8-8) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Lanegger has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.9apg and 1.8spg. He is also Austrian national team player.

Maximilian Hopfgartner
Maximilian Hopfgartner
   #8. Forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, college: John Brown, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Navarra's victory against the closely-ranked Zornotza (8-9) 64-60 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Hopfgartner scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Basket Navarra de Pamplona (10-7) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver. This year Hopfgartner has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.6apg in 17 games. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #9. International point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an Braunschweig's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked BBC Bayreuth (13-4) 82-63 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Klepeisz scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (2-11) is placed 12th in the BBL. Klepeisz has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.7apg. He is also in the roster of the Austrian national team.

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

   #1. Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) was the major contributor in Ovarense's victory against the closely-ranked Lusitania (3-12) 78-73 in the Portuguese LPB in Saturday night's game. Douvier recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added and 4 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Douvier's third season in pro basketball. Ovarense Dolce Vita (7-8) is placed seventh in the LPB. This season Douvier has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Douvier has never played in Austria.

   #2. Experienced Michael Kaiser (195-G/F-82, currently plays in Germany). Kaiser could not help Herzogenaurach (3-12) to beat Ansbach (6-9). He recorded 7 points in 20 minutes. The 13th-placed Herzogenaurach (3-12) lost 78-92 on the road to the higher-ranked (#8) Ansbach in the South-East group. It was Herzogenaurach's seventh consecutive loss in a row. Kaiser is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Herzogenaurach's roster. Kaiser has reliable stats this season: 14.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg and 1.5spg in 15 games he played so far.



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David Nesbitt's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bahamians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Nesbitt
David Nesbitt
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL, currently plays in Uruguay). He led Goes to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Cordon (0-5) crushing them 98-73 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Tuesday. Nesbitt recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). Goes Montevideo (18-10) is placed in Promocional 2 group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Nesbitt's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nesbitt averages: 15.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 55.6%(75-135), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 86.1%. He is currently a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in NBA). Hield led New Orleans Pelicans to a victory against the New York Knicks (18-23) 110-96 in the NBA on Monday night. He scored 11 points, had 4 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 27 minutes. The New Orleans Pelicans have 16-25 record this season. Hield has relatively good stats this year: 8.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 92.3%(24-26) in 41 games he played so far. He played for the Bahamas national team in 2014.

Michael Carey Jr.
Michael Carey Jr.
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Michael Carey Jr. (196-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. Carey Jr. could not help the Wagner (1-1) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the Wagner was defeated 77-66 at home by the Bryant University. Carey Jr. recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. This season Carey Jr. has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 24.1% and FT: 76.2%. He is also a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

J.R. Cadot
J.R. Cadot
   #4. Swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Zornotza (8-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Zornotza lost 60-64 on their home court in Amorebieta-Echano to the higher-ranked (#7) Navarra. Cadot was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. This year Cadot's overall stats are: 6.2ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg in five games. He is also Bahamas national team player.

Tavario Miller
Tavario Miller
   #5. Former international forward Tavario Miller (203-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Louisiana State University (1-1) crushing them 92-62 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Miller scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Texas A&M University has 0-1 conference record this season. Miller has been at the team for four years. His total stats this year are: 4.2ppg and 3.3rpg. Miller used to play for the Bahamas national team two years ago.

Travis Munnings
Travis Munnings
   #6. Forward Travis Munnings (198-94, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the La-Monroe (0-1) in their game against the Georgia State University (1-3) in the NCAA, despite his good performance last Saturday. He scored 11 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 45 minutes. But the La-Monroe lost 65-73 on the road to the Georgia State University. Munnings has reliable stats this year: 12.8ppg, 8.2rpg and 2.0apg in 17 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bahamas National Team roster.

Christopher Turnquest
Christopher Turnquest
   #7. An experienced former international power forward Christopher Turnquest (203-83, college: Miles CC, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Arenys (7-5) in their game against Mataro (3-9) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Despite his good performance on Sunday night Turnquest scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Turnquest's stats this season are: 12.4ppg and 6.1rpg. He used to play for the Bahamas national team eleven years ago.

Lourawls Nairn
Lourawls Nairn
   #8. Point guard Lourawls Nairn (179-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Michigan St. (2-0) in their game against the Ohio State University (2-0) in the NCAA. Nairn recorded only 4 points and added 8 passes in 29 minutes. The Michigan St. lost 67-72 on their home court in East Lansing, MI to the Ohio State University. This year Nairn's total stats are: 4.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.0apg in 19 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Nairn used to play for the Bahamas U17 national team back in 2011.

Kentwan Smith
Kentwan Smith
   #9. International forward Kentwan Smith (203-91, college: Stetson, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help BC Nokia (6-4) in their game against KTP-Basket (7-14) in the Finnish Korisliiga. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. BC Nokia was defeated 87-76 in Kotka by the one of league's weakest teams KTP-Basket (#9). Smith has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg. He is also in the roster of the Bahamas national team.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #10. Forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: Inception Sports, college: Northeastern, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a SAP Vaucluse's victory against the 12th-ranked Vitre (8-10) 70-60 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 11 points, had 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 25 minutes. Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (6-12) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the NM1. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Davis averaged so far 12.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg in two games. Worth to mention Davis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Bahamas senior national team.

   #11. Former U16 international guard Shamar Burrows (190-97, currently plays in Canada) contributed to a Laurier University's victory against the Gryphons 87-80 in the Canadian university league CIS last Friday. Burrows scored 7 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 22 minutes. Burrows has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg in 13 games. He used to play for the Bahamas U16 national team four years ago.

   #12. Former U17 international guard Mikhail Rolle (190-94, currently plays in NAIA) helped Saint Thomas University win their game against the Southeastern University 74-55 in the TSC in Thursday night's game. He scored 7 points and added 4 passes in 28 minutes. This year Rolle averages only 2.8ppg in nine games. He used to play for the Bahamas U17 national team back in 2011.

   #13. International forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hap.Haifa in their game against Hapoel Kfar Saba in the Israeli National League (second division), despite his very good performance last Tuesday. Burrows had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds in 38 minutes. But his team lost 78-84. Burrows has very impressive stats this year: 23.3ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg in 13 games. He is also Bahamas national team player.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) led Golden State Warriors to an easy victory against the Detroit Pistons (18-24) crushing them 127-107 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. He scored 23 points and added 3 passes in 36 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have quite an impressive 34-6 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. Thompson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 21.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.0apg in 39 games he played so far. Thompson has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

   #2. Zane Knowles (208-C-92, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Poland) could not help Stabill (2-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Knowles' good performance the bottom-ranked Stabill was defeated 82-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Asseco (#13). He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds. This season Knowles has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 8.9rpg and 2.3bpg.

   #3. Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) was not able to help SPO Rouen (4-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance SPO Rouen lost 84-95 in Aix-les-Bains to the higher-ranked (#11) Aix-Maurienne. Fairell was the top scorer with 17 points in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. This year Fairell has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg in 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bahamas and American.

   #4. Trevon Grant (185-G, currently plays in Canada) led Acadia University to a victory over the Huskies (9-2) 90-82 in the Canadian university league CIS in Friday night's game. Grant was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds. Grant also added 3 assists in 29 minutes. The Acadia University has 4-6 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Grant's overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.7spg in six games.

   #5. Shaquille Cleare (203-C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Texas (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the Texas were edged 74-72 in Morgantown, WV by the West Virginia University. Cleare scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Cleare's overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 5.1rpg.

   #6. Dynile Forbes (190-G-87, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gandia in their game against L'Hospitalet in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Forbes was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). It was his first game for Gandia this season.

   #7. Brad Nairn (198-F, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Henderson State University in their game against the Arkansas-Monticello in the NCAA2. Nairn cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 74-57 in the NCAA2. Nairn has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 4.2rpg.

   #8. Azaro Roker (198-F, currently plays in Canada) managed to help St.Francis Xavier in a victory against the Capers 96-80 in the Canadian CIS in Tuesday night's game. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. Roker has averaged so far 2.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3bpg in 10 games.

   #9. Phillip Jones (201-F-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 2-point Sam Houston St.'s victory against the University of New Orleans 70-68 in the NCAA last Thursday. He recorded only 2 points. Jones has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.4rpg.

   #10. Lynrick Moxey (188-G, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the W.Illinois in their game against the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Moxey scored only 2 points in 11 minutes. His team lost 72-86. This year Moxey averages just 2.8ppg in nine games.



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

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

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford, currently plays in VTB United League). He could not help Unics Kazan (10-2) in their last game. Despite Parakhouski's very good performance Unics Kazan lost 91-105 on the road to the leading CSKA. He scored 16 points, had 8 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 3 blocks in 32 minutes on the court. It was Unics Kazan's first loss after five consecutive victories. Parakhouski has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 69.3%(61-88) and FT: 58.7% in 13 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Maalik Wayns
Maalik Wayns
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova, currently plays in Israel). Wayns was not able to help Maccabi Rishon (7-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Maccabi Rishon was edged 87-86 at home by the higher-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#5). Wayns was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 7 assists. This season Wayns has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.3apg, 3FGP: 35.5% and FT: 68.4%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Wayns played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team. Strangely Wayns has never played in Belarus.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary). He led Falco KC to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Jaszberenyi (4-9) crushing them 84-64 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. Pustahvar recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. Falco KC Szombathely (8-5) is placed fifth in the A Division. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Pustahvar has reliable stats this year: 12.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 65.8%(25-38), 3FGP: 44.9% and FT: 89.3% in 13 games. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #4. An experienced forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Brose Baskets (7-10) in their game against Unics Kazan (7-10) in the Euroleague. Veremeenko's contribution was not very remarkable in Thursday's game. He scored only 2 points. The tenth-placed Brose Baskets (7-10) was defeated 63-58 in Kazan by the lower-ranked Unics (#11) in the group A of Euroleague. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Veremeenko's overall stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 1.7rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian. Veremeenko used to play for the Belarusian national team back in 2007.

Maksim Salash
Maksim Salash
   #5. International power forward Maksim Salash (206-96, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help AZS Polfarmex (3-11) in their game against Wilki Morskie (8-7) in the Polish PLK. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 13 minutes. AZS Polfarmex lost 63-69 in Szczecin to the higher-ranked (#9) Wilki Morskie. It was AZS Polfarmex's fifth consecutive loss in a row. It's Salash's first season with the team. This year Salash averages: 4.0ppg and 3.5rpg in 13 games. He plays currently for the Belarusian national team.

Vlad Mikulskiy
Vlad Mikulskiy
   #6. Guard Vlad Mikulskiy (192-98, currently plays in Latvia) led Ventspils Augstskola to a victory over the fifth-ranked LU/BS Riga (3-3) 83-73 in the Latvian LBL2 (second division) on Thursday night. Mikulskiy was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, passed 7 assists and added 2 blocks. BK Ventspils Augstskola (8-0) is placed first in Places 13-21 group. So far his team won all eight games in the Second Stage. Mikulskiy averaged so far 14.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.6apg and 3.2spg. He is U18 international player who is currently on the Belarusian National Team roster.

Vladzimir Krysevich
Vladzimir Krysevich
   #7. Former international center Vladzimir Krysevich (209-91, currently plays in Portugal) couldn't help Galitos-Barreiro (11-4) in their game against Oliveirense (10-5) in the Portuguese LPB. Krysevich cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 3 points in 17 minutes. Galitos-Barreiro lost 62-74 in Oliveira to the lower-ranked (#5) Oliveirense. This year Krysevich's overall stats are: 3.4ppg and 2.0rpg in 10 games. He used to play for the Belarusian national team four years ago.

Anton Astapkovich
Anton Astapkovich
   #8. Forward Anton Astapkovich (202-94, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help Avtodor Saratov to win against the closely-ranked Enisey (5-8) 94-87 in the VTB United League last Sunday. Astapkovich scored only one point. Avtodor Saratov (4-8) is placed ninth in the VTB United League. Astapkovich's total stats this season are: 1.3ppg and 1.4rpg. He used to play for the Belarusian U18 national team back in 2011.

Denis Vikentsyeu
Denis Vikentsyeu
   #9. U18 international power forward Denis Vikentsyeu (203-98, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vlad Mikulskiy and both played together in the last Latvian LBL2 game. Vikentsyeu contributed to a Ventspils Augstskola's victory against the fifth-ranked LU/BS Riga (3-3) 83-73. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 14 rebounds. Vikentsyeu also added 3 assists in 36 minutes. Vikentsyeu's stats this year are: 14.2ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg in 16 games. He is also in the roster of the Belarusian U18 national team.

Yauhen Massalski
Yauhen Massalski
   #10. Forward Yauhen Massalski (204-99, currently plays in Lithuania) helped Perlas-MRU win their game against the fourth-ranked Mazeikiai (10-17) 79-68 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) last Sunday. Massalski scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. Perlas-MRU Vilnius (16-10) is placed fifth in Places 1-7 group. This year Massalski's total stats are: 3.7ppg and 4.0rpg in 23 games. He is U18 international player who is currently on the Belarusian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95, currently plays in Romania). Solopa could not help one of league's weakest teams Craiova (4-10) to beat Phoenix Galati (6-9). He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Craiova was edged 83-82 on the road by the higher-ranked Phoenix Galati (#8). Solopa's total stats this season are: 3.4ppg and 2.9rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Moldovan. Despite Solopa's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Moldovan U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.



Premier League Round 19: COR-Borisfen hands first defeat to Grodno-93 - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Grodno-93 (15-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by COR-Borisfen (15-1) 80-78. It ended at the same time the 15-game winning streak of Grodno-93. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 15 points after three quarters before their 28-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Grodno-93 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Andrei Aheyenka (193-92) fired 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ukrainian power forward Andriy Malysh (203-83, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Ukrainian forward Ivan Kaliayev (200-87) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. COR-Borisfen used an opportunity after Grodno-93 lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Grodno-93. COR-Borisfen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Grodno-93 will play at home against Brest and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Grodno. First ranked Grodno-93 faced their biggest opponent COR-Borisfen. Host Grodno-93 (15-1) defeated guests from Mogilev (15-1) 102-88. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Viachaslau Korzh (195-86) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 5 rebounds. Dmitry Kuzmin contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Ukrainian center Maksym Kozlovets (205-90) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds for COR-Borisfen. Grodno-93 have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-1 record, which they share with defeated COR-Borisfen. Grodno-93 will play against Brest (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. COR-Borisfen will have a break next round.
The game in Brest was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Impuls BGUIR (10-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Brest (2-14). Impuls BGUIR managed to secure a 7-point victory 81-74 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Yuriy Ignatev who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Dmitriy Markovskiy responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Impuls BGUIR maintains fifth place with 10-8 record. Brest lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. They share it with GOCOR-Sozh. Impuls BGUIR will meet bottom-ranked GOCOR-Sozh (#9) in the next round. Brest will play against the league's leader Grodno-93 and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Gomel. Local GOCOR-Sozh (2-14) was outscored by fourth ranked Vitebsk (11-7) 102-43. It was a quality performance for Anton Vashkevich who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. GOCOR-Sozh's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Vitebsk. They maintain fourth place with 11-7 record. GOCOR-Sozh lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Vitebsk's next round opponent will be higher ranked Tsmoki II (#3) in Minsk and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. GOCOR-Sozh will play at home against Impuls BGUIR (#5) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 19 Prinemanye was crushed by Tsmoki II in Minsk 90-66.


Grodno-93 - COR-Borisfen 78-80

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Grodno-93 (15-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by COR-Borisfen (15-1) 80-78. It ended at the same time the 15-game winning streak of Grodno-93. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 15 points after three quarters before their 28-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Grodno-93 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Andrei Aheyenka (193-92) fired 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ukrainian power forward Andriy Malysh (203-83, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Ukrainian forward Ivan Kaliayev (200-87) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Viachaslau Korzh (195-86) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. COR-Borisfen used an opportunity after Grodno-93 lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Grodno-93. COR-Borisfen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Grodno-93 will play at home against Brest and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: I.Kaliayev 16+8reb+3ast, Y.Mishukov 13+5reb, D.Kuzmin 13+3reb+7ast, V.Korzh 11+7reb+9ast, T.Evsievich 11+2reb, V.Ilyukevich 8+5reb+2ast
COR-Borisfen: A.Aheyenka 18+8reb+1ast, A.Malkov 14+5reb+3ast, M.Kozlovets 14+5reb+1ast, A.Kharkevich 11+2reb+2ast, S.Tatur 11+5reb+5ast, A.Malysh 9+10reb+5ast
gschID: 529992


Tsmoki II - Prinemanye 90-66

There was no surprise in Minsk where 6th ranked Prinemanye (5-11) was crushed by third ranked Tsmoki II (12-4) 90-66. The game was mostly controlled by Tsmoki II. Prinemanye was better in second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tsmoki II forced 23 Prinemanye turnovers and outrebounded them 40-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Andrey Stavrovskiy (185-97) who led the winners and scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Gleb Pogrebickiy (196-98) accounted for 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Pavel Suvorov (185-95) came up with 20 points and 4 assists and forward Dmitriy Chumakov (203-93) added 18 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Prinemanye in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tsmoki II maintains third place with 12-4 record having just three points less than leader Grodno-93. Prinemanye at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Tsmoki II's next round opponent will be Vitebsk (#4) at home. Prinemanye will play against BSEU-GrandPrint in Minsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Prinemanye: P.Suvorov 20+4reb+4ast, D.Chumakov 18+10reb, M.Talkachou 8+1reb, V.Svakel 7+2reb+2ast, A.Navoichyk 5+3reb, A.Vodeyko 4+2reb+1ast
Tsmoki II: A.Stavrovskiy 17+8reb+8ast, D.Kuratnik 15+1reb+1ast, V.Bliznyuk 12+1ast, T.Porolev 12+5reb, I.Palanevich 10+6reb, A.Zaretski 9+4reb+3ast
gschID: 529989


GOCOR-Sozh - Vitebsk 43-102

The game with biggest result difference took place in Gomel. Local GOCOR-Sozh (2-14) was outscored by fourth ranked Vitebsk (11-7) 102-43. The game without a history. Vitebsk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding GOCOR-Sozh to just 4 points in fourth quarter. Vitebsk held GOCOR-Sozh to an opponent 20.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 52.6 percent accuracy of the winners. Vitebsk forced 20 GOCOR-Sozh turnovers and outrebounded them 65-29 including a 24-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by GOCOR-Sozh's players. It was a quality performance for power forward Anton Vashkevich (203-94) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. Point guard Ivan Aladko (193-95) accounted for 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four Vitebsk players scored in double figures. Power forward Aleksandr Kopacev (203-95) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Tsimafei Viaroukin (186-93) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for GOCOR-Sozh in the defeat. GOCOR-Sozh's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Vitebsk. They maintain fourth place with 11-7 record. GOCOR-Sozh lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Vitebsk's next round opponent will be higher ranked Tsmoki II (#3) in Minsk and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. GOCOR-Sozh will play at home against Impuls BGUIR (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
GOCOR-Sozh: A.Kopacev 14+11reb+1ast, T.Viaroukin 14+6reb+1ast, A.Stankevich 5+2reb+2ast, E.Dudov 4+4reb+2ast, A.Kharitonov 2+1ast, I.Scherba 2+1reb
Vitebsk: I.Aladko 24+5reb+3ast, A.Vashkevich 19+16reb+1ast, V.Ovsepyan 12+11reb+4ast, M.Ovsepyan 11+10reb+3ast, A.Kachan 9+3reb+4ast, S.Sapegin 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 529990


Brest - Impuls BGUIR 74-81

The game in Brest was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Impuls BGUIR (10-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Brest (2-14). Impuls BGUIR managed to secure a 7-point victory 81-74 on Saturday. The game without a history. Impuls BGUIR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 30-of-39 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for forward Yuriy Ignatev (202-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. Genadziy Zahar (200-92) helped adding 17 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Dmitriy Markovskiy (203-82) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) and forward Konstantin Solyshko (196-96) scored 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Impuls BGUIR maintains fifth place with 10-8 record. Brest lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. They share it with GOCOR-Sozh. Impuls BGUIR will meet bottom-ranked GOCOR-Sozh (#9) in the next round. Brest will play against the league's leader Grodno-93 and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Brest: D.Markovskiy 15+7reb, K.Solyshko 14+3reb, A.Shchurko 11+2reb+2ast, S.Moshko 10+3reb+3ast, P.Moroz 9+3reb+2ast, A.Stepura 8+3reb
Impuls BGUIR: Y.Ignatev 22+7reb, G.Zahar 17+9reb, M.Shustov 14+5reb+6ast, A.Matveev 12+7reb, Y.Kurapau 9+3reb, D.Orobeyko 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 529988


Grodno-93 - COR-Borisfen 102-88

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Grodno. First ranked Grodno-93 faced their biggest opponent COR-Borisfen. Host Grodno-93 (15-1) defeated guests from Mogilev (15-1) 102-88. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Grodno-93. COR-Borisfen was better in third quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. COR-Borisfen was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Viachaslau Korzh (195-86) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Dmitry Kuzmin (196-75) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Four Grodno-93 players scored in double figures. Ukrainian center Maksym Kozlovets (205-90) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and Ukrainian power forward Andriy Malysh (203-83, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 21 points in the effort for COR-Borisfen. Grodno-93 have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-1 record, which they share with defeated COR-Borisfen. Grodno-93 will play against Brest (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. COR-Borisfen will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
COR-Borisfen: M.Kozlovets 23+6reb+2ast, A.Malysh 21+1reb+3ast, A.Malkov 9+3reb+3ast, P.Bliznets 9+4reb, E.Ivanov 8+1reb, A.Kharkevich 7+3reb+2ast
Grodno-93: V.Korzh 28+5reb+3ast, D.Kuzmin 16+6reb+9ast, Y.Mishukov 15+9reb+1ast, T.Evsievich 14+1reb+2ast, I.Kaliayev 12+2reb, K.Chumakov 10+2reb
gschID: 529991





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  BELGIUM  

Standings - Division II

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 14: Gent Hawks - Royal Brussels 95-67
Jan. 14: Waregem - Oxaco 93-70
Jan. 14: RPC Anderlecht - Houthalen 84-93
Jan. 14: Ieper - Melsele 63-73
Jan. 15: Gembo BBC - Ekeren 111-74
Jan. 15: Gistel Oostende - Soba 101-89

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 20: Giants B - Waregem
Jan. 21: Oxaco - Ieper
Jan. 21: Melsele - Gent Hawks
Jan. 21: Ekeren - Gistel Oostende
Jan. 22: Soba - RPC Anderlecht
Jan. 22: Houthalen - Gembo BBC
Jan. 22: Royal Brussels - Ninane


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephane MORIS
  Royal Brussels
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Moris, Royal Brussels18.8 
 2. Celis, Oxaco17.9 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.16.8 
 4. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 5. Baptista, Gistel O.16.4 
 6. Gorremans, Soba16.3 
 7. De Pooter, Gent H.16.1 
 8. Hilliman, Melsele16.1 
 9. Kotrulja, Gistel O.16.0 
 10. Guillemyn, Waregem15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Lhoest, Ninane10.4 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele10.0 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.0 
 4. Fall, Ieper8.4 
 5. Gorremans, Soba7.6 
 6. Celis, Oxaco7.3 
 7. De Pooter, Gent H.7.2 
 8. Moris, Royal Brussels7.1 
 9. Rogiers, Giants B6.8 
 10. Vermeersch, Gembo B.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Laurent LHOTE
  Gent Hawks
  (182-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Lhote, Gent Hawks5.2 
 2. Hemeleers, Gistel O.4.6 
 3. Celis, Oxaco4.5 
 4. Lait, Royal Brussels4.3 
 5. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.2 
 6. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.9 
 7. Snyers, Houthalen3.2 
 8. Kanda-K., Giants B3.1 
 9. Wachowiak, Gembo B.2.8 
 10. Perez, Melsele2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas GOETHAERT
  Gembo B.
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.2 
 2. De Lepeleire, Wareg.2.1 
 3. Van den Bran., Eke.1.9 
 4. Benzouien, Royal B.1.8 
 5. Riahi, RPC A.1.8 
 6. Celis, Oxaco1.5 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Mwendanga, Giants B.1.5 
 9. Rojas Palma, Eke.1.4 
 10. Lamot, Melsele1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony VERMEERSCH
  Gembo B.
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Vermeersch, Gembo B.1.1 
 2. Fall, Ieper1.1 
 3. Hilliman, Melsele1.1 
 4. Samaey, Waregem0.8 
 5. De Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 6. Iliaens, Gembo BBC0.6 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 8. Celis, Oxaco0.5 
 9. Diop, Ieper0.5 
 10. Rogiers, Giants B0.5 


Matt Lojeski selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Matt Lojeski
Matt Lojeski
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Greece). He led Olympiacos to a victory over the eighth-ranked Kymis (5-8) 90-72 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. Lojeski was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes on the court. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (10-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all ten games in the Regular Season. It's Lojeski's fourth season with the team. Lojeski has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 68.2%(30-44), 3FGP: 50.8%(31-61) and FT: 78.3% in 13 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Lojeski is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team. He used to play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian league.

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

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Movil Estudiantes (9-5) 93-85 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Van Rossom scored 13 points in a mere 16 minutes. Valencia Basket (12-4) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Van Rossom has been at the team for four years. This season his overall stats are: 4.2ppg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3FGP: 34.4% in 13 games. Van Rossom is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

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

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #5. International point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain). Tabu could not help RETAbet BB (6-9) to beat Baskonia (11-5). He scored 8 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals. RETAbet BB was crushed 84-63 on the road by the higher-ranked Baskonia (#5). It was RETAbet BB's third consecutive loss in a row. Tabu's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Congolese. Tabu plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Manu Lecomte
Manu Lecomte
   #6. Point guard Manu Lecomte (180-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Baylor win their game against the Kansas State University (1-2) 77-68 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 26 points (!!!) in 28 minutes. The Baylor University has 1-0 conference record this season. This year Lecomte has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.5apg and 1.2spg in 17 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #7. An experienced international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Hervelle was not able to help RETAbet BB in their game against Baskonia (11-5). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Hervelle scored only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. RETAbet BB was crushed 84-63 in Vitoria by the higher-ranked Baskonia (#5). Hervelle plays seventh season for the team. His total stats this year are: 6.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. Hervelle is also Belgian national team player.

Kamal Tall
Kamal Tall
   #8. Forward Kamal Tall (203-95, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Montana St. - Billings edge the University of Alaska at Anchorage 69-68 in the NCAA2 on Thursday night. Tall scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The Montana St. - Billings have a solid 5-2 record this season. Tall's total stats this year are: 6.4ppg and 4.6rpg. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team back in 2013.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
   #9. Former U20 international swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, currently plays in Germany) managed to help EN Baskets Schwelm in a victory against the sixth-ranked Salzkotten (9-7) 83-67 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Hulsen recorded only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. EN Baskets Schwelm (13-3) is placed second in West group. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Hulsen's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.8apg in 10 games. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Cibona's victory against the league outsider MZT Skopje (5-13) 87-79 in the ABA League last Sunday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (11-7) is placed fifth in the ABA League. This year Coric's total stats are: 3.3ppg and 1.7rpg in nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Croatian. Despite Coric's Belgian passport, he previously played for the Croatian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team.

   #2. Tyler Haws (193-G-91, college: BYU, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Twarde Pierniki (13-2) 91-73 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. Haws scored 9 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Anwil Wloclawek (10-6) is placed third in the PLK. Haws' total stats this season are: 9.9ppg and 2.1rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Haws' Belgian passport, he previously played for the USA university national team and probably cannot be called to the Belgian team. Strangely Haws has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) led Monthey to an easy victory against the league outsider Winterthur (0-12) crushing them 104-81 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 25 minutes. BBC Monthey (10-2) is placed first in the LNA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Dubas' total stats are: 9.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg in 12 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.

   #4. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France). He could not help Souffelweyersheim (14-4) to beat Lourdes-Tarbes (10-8). Kayembe scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Souffelweyersheim was edged 74-72 on the road by the lower-ranked (#8) Lourdes-Tarbes. Kayembe has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.5apg in 18 games. He has both DR Congolese and Belgian nationalities.

   #5. Alhassan Barrie (196-F-95, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to help the Goshen College in their game against the Mt.Vernon Nazarene University (2-2) in the CrRdsL. Barrie scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Goshen College was defeated 83-69 in Mount Vernon, OH by the Mt.Vernon Nazarene University. Barrie has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.8apg.



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

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

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Serbian team Crvena Zvezda to a 2-point victory over the sixth-ranked Fenerbahce (10-7) 75-73 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Kuzmic was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 27 minutes on the court. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (9-8) is placed eighth in group A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Kuzmic has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 2FGP: 57.5%(69-120) and FT: 72.9% in 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Kuzmic played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team five years ago.

Adin Vrabac
Adin Vrabac
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Adin Vrabac (204-94, currently plays in ABA League). He could not help Partizan (14-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Vrabac's very good performance Partizan was defeated 74-68 on the road by the lower-ranked Un.Olimpija (#7). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Vrabac also added 8 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. This season Vrabac averages: 5.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 56.9%(33-58), 3FGP: 19.4% and FT: 37.0%. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Vrabac is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Dzanan Musa (204-99, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Croatia). He was the major contributor in Cedevita's victory against the ninth-ranked Alkar Sinj (4-9) crushing them 111-71 in the Croatian A1 on Friday night. Musa scored 20 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. KK Cedevita Zagreb (10-3) is placed fourth in the A1. This year Musa has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 74.3% in eight games. He is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #4. Guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in France) led Monaco to a victory against the closely-ranked JSF Nanterre (10-6) 84-70 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Wright recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AS Monaco Basket (14-2) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Wright's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg. Wright is a naturalized American. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player. Strangely Wright has never played in Bosnia.

Aleksandar Lazic
Aleksandar Lazic
   #5. U20 international swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Smederevo (1-12) crushing them 115-70 in the Serbian KLS last Sunday. He scored 17 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes. Dynamic BG Beograd (11-2) is placed second in the KLS. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Lazic's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8spg in 10 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team.

Milan Milosevic
Milan Milosevic
   #6. Forward Milan Milosevic (203-85, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to an AEK Athens' victory against the closely-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-4) 82-72 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night. Milosevic scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. AEK Athens (7-5) is placed fourth in group E. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Milosevic's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 5.6rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #7. International power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help Cibona (11-7) in their last game. Despite Sulejmanovic's very good performance Cibona lost 70-76 in Skopje to the lower-ranked (#11) Karpos Sokoli. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Sulejmanovic also added 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year Sulejmanovic's total stats are: 6.6ppg and 4.0rpg in 16 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Alex Renfroe
Alex Renfroe
   #8. Point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, also represented by BeoBasket, college: Belmont, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus (4-11) crushing them 100-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Renfroe recorded 9 points and added 4 passes. FC Barcelona Lassa (12-4) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Renfroe has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Renfroe plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Apparently he has never played in Bosnia.

Markus Loncar
Markus Loncar
   #9. U20 international center Markus Loncar (211-96, currently plays in Croatia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dzanan Musa and both played together in the last Croatian A1 game. Loncar contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Alkar Sinj (4-9) crushing them 111-71. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Loncar has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 3.1rpg in 10 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team.

Andrija Stipanovic
Andrija Stipanovic
   #10. Center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Demir IBB (6-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Demir IBB was crushed 97-75 in Istanbul by the higher-ranked (#5) Darussafaka. Stipanovic was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. Stipanovic has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg in 14 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams ALBA Berlin (0-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance ALBA Berlin lost 80-85 in Valencia to the higher-ranked (#14) Basket. Kikanovic was the top scorer with 12 points in 23 minutes. Kikanovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 21.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg in nine games. Kikanovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. International power forward Kenan Karahodzic (209-96, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Adin Vrabac. But that was another game of his team in Basketball Champions League which we would like to mention. Karahodzic contributed to a 2-point Partizan's victory against the sixth-ranked Spirou Charleroi 65-63. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. Karahodzic has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 2.9rpg in nine games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. Former international point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) couldn't help UBT Cluj Napoca in their game against Alba in the FIBA Europe Cup. Despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game Adamovic recorded 15 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his six free throws). Adamovic has reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 5.5apg and 1.8spg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team three years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international power forward Aleksandar Radukic (207-91, another player represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Slovakia) couldn't help Inter Bratislava in their game against Handlova in the Slovakian SBL. Despite his very good performance last Wednesday Radukic was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Radukic averaged so far 10.6ppg and 4.8rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team back in 2009.

   #15. An experienced former international guard Marko Sutalo (194-83, currently plays in Romania) led CS Dinamo Bucuresti to a victory over the league outsider Olimpic 87-74 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Sutalo was the best player in that game. He recorded 33 points (!!!) and added 7 passes in 38 minutes. Sutalo has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.4apg in 15 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87, currently plays in ABA League) was the major contributor in Buducnost's victory against the closely-ranked Igokea (9-9) 75-60 in the ABA League on Saturday night. Sehovic scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 24 minutes. KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (13-5) is placed third in the ABA League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Sehovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Buducnost's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.7apg in 17 games he played so far. Sehovic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin.

   #2. Aleksandar Todorovic (206-C/F-87, currently plays in Serbia) led Borac to an easy victory against the closely-ranked KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac (7-6) crushing them 90-66 in the Serbian KLS in Sunday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. KK Borac Mozzart Cacak (8-5) is placed sixth in the KLS. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Todorovic has reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg and 6.0rpg.

   #3. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90, currently plays in Slovenia) led Helios to a victory against the closely-ranked Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj (5-9) 79-71 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Saturday night. Atanackovic scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Helios Suns Domzale (8-5) is placed sixth in the Liga Nova KBM. Atanackovic has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 5.7rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite Atanackovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #4. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88, currently plays in Finland) led Kauhajoen Karhu to a victory over the league leader Helsinki Seagulls (17-4) 92-85 in the Finnish Korisliiga in Sunday night's game. Sarcevic was the best player in that game. He scored 25 points, made 8 passes and 3 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 37 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Karhu Kauhajoki (12-10) is placed fourth in the Korisliiga. Sarcevic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kauhajoen Karhu's roster. Sarcevic has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.7apg and 1.5spg in 22 games.

   #5. Dragan Djuranovic (203-C/F-88, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a 2-point Rogaska's victory against the seventh-ranked KK Primorska (8-6) 89-87 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Saturday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Rogaska Crystal (10-4) is placed third in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Djuranovic has reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg.

   #6. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Cibona's victory against the league outsider MZT Skopje 87-79 in the ABA League in Sunday night's game. Bosnjak scored 10 points. Bosnjak has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 1.3rpg.

   #7. Mirza Begic (216-C-85, currently plays in ABA League) managed to help KK Cedevita Zagreb to win against one of league's weakest teams Mega Leks 89-85 in the ABA League on Sunday night. He scored 5 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Begic has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.2bpg. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities.

   #8. Nedim Muslic (197-F-99, currently plays in Qatar) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Qatar Sports Club crushing them 127-86 in a derby game in the Qatari D1 in Wednesday night's game. Muslic scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes. Muslic has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg in nine games. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Qatari.

   #9. Ismet Sejfic (208-C-93, currently plays in Hungary) could not help PVSK Pannon (8-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sejfic's very good performance PVSK Pannon was defeated 90-80 on the road by the league outsider Vasas (#14). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Sejfic also added 9 rebounds. Sejfic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.7ppg and 8.5rpg.

   #10. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Movil Estudiantes (9-5) in their last game. Despite Suton's very good performance Movil Estudiantes lost 85-93 in Valencia to the much lower-ranked (#13) Basket. He was the second best scorer with 15 points in 29 minutes. Suton has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 5.0rpg in 16 games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian passports.



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Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 21: Flamengo - Franca
Jan. 23: Macae - Franca
Jan. 24: Flamengo - Bauru
Jan. 25: Paulistano - Campo Mourao
Jan. 25: L.Sorocaba - Mogi
Jan. 25: B.Cearense - Pinheiros
Jan. 26: Macae - Bauru
Jan. 26: Vasco Da G. - Minas
Jan. 26: Caxias do Sul - Brasilia

Round 5

Jan. 19: Mogi - Macae

Round 6

Jan. 17: Mogi - Flamengo

Round 8

Jan. 16: Macae - Vasco Da G. 58-69
Jan. 22: Mogi - Vitoria


Kenny Dawkins claims Brazilian NBB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Kenny Dawkins (175-PG-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for Vitoria and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 29-year old playmaker had the game-high 26 points adding six rebounds and seven assists for Vitoria in his team's victory, helping them to beat Paulistano (#4, 8-6) 85-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Vitoria maintains the 3rd position in Brazilian NBB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Vitoria will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. In the team's last game Dawkins had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Vitoria's top player in his first season with the team. Lamar University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dawkins is in league's top in points (9th best: 17.0ppg), assists (8th best: 5.3apg) and averages solid 56.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old Argentinian point guard Enzo Cafferata (187-PG-88) of L.Sorocaba. Cafferata impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists. Bad luck as L.Sorocaba was edged by slightly higher-ranked B.Cearense (#11, 6-8) 86-85. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. L.Sorocaba keeps 13th position. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories L.Sorocaba managed to get this year. Cafferata is a newcomer at L.Sorocaba and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Spanish center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) of Bauru (#6). Hettsheimer scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Bauru, leading his team to a 82-62 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Campo Mourao (#8, 7-7). Bauru needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 6 lost games. Hettsheimer has a great season in Brazil. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.9ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 7.8rpg (3rd best). He also has FGP: 54.1% and 3PT: 44.0%. Rafael Hettsheimer has also Brazilian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Leonardo Klassmann (208-C-89) of B.Cearense - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Cordero Bennett (188-G-88) of Pinheiros - 20 points and 5 assists
7. Ralfi Ansaloni (211-C-87) of Pinheiros - 18 points and 14 rebounds
8. Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) of Flamengo - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Keyron Sheard (188-G-86) of Vitoria - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80) of Mogi - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists

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



S.Jose/Unimed adds De Souza to their roster - by Paulo Freire

A.E. Sao Jose/Unimed/Vinac (Paulista) added to their roster 21-year old forward Leonardo De Souza (200-96). He just played at L.Sorocaba in the NBB. NBB was a little too high level for him, where in 6 games he recorded only 0.8ppg this season. Paulista will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Augusto Lima selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Zalgiris (6-11) to beat Galatasaray (5-12). Lima scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes on the court. The 14th-placed Zalgiris (6-11) lost 79-87 on the road to the lower-ranked (#15) Galatasaray in the group A of Euroleague. This year Lima averages: 3.7ppg, 3.3rpg and FT: 55.6% in 17 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Cristiano Felicio
Cristiano Felicio
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Cristiano Felicio (206-92, college: Oregon, currently plays in NBA). Felicio was not able to help the Chicago Bulls (21-21) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance the Chicago Bulls (21-21) were defeated 109-94 in Oklahoma City by the Thunder. Felicio recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. Felicio's overall stats this season are: 4.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 53.6% and FT: 64.4%. Ex-Clube de Regatas do Flamengo player is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay). He was not able to secure a victory for Malvin (1-4) in their game against Bigua (3-2) in the Uruguayan LUB, despite his very good performance on Friday night. Passos scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. But Malvin (#8) was edged 90-89 in a derby game by the higher-ranked (#3) Bigua in the Promocional 1 group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Passos' overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 64.5%(71-110) and FT: 53.0% in 19 games. Former Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo starter played for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #4. Center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Brooklyn Nets (8-32) 132-113 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He recorded 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 27-13 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Nogueira's total stats this season are: 4.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8bpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2011.

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #5. An experienced international center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Houston Rockets (32-11) in their game against the Memphis Grizzlies (25-18) in the NBA, despite his good performance last Friday. Hilario recorded 12 points in 23 minutes. But the Houston Rockets (32-11) lost 105-110 in Memphis to the Grizzlies. Hilario has relatively good stats this year: 7.7ppg and 3.7rpg in 38 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Rafael Freire Luz
Rafael Freire Luz
   #6. Point guard Rafael Freire Luz (188-92, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Baskonia (11-6) in their game against Darussafaka (9-8) in the Euroleague. Freire Luz did not beat the league record on Thursday evening. He scored only 2 points. Baskonia (#4) was defeated 98-89 in Istanbul by the lower-ranked Darussafaka (#7) in the group A of Euroleague. Freire Luz's total stats this season are: 1.9ppg and 1.6apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #7. Former international small forward Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) led Mens Sana 1871 to a victory against the 16th-ranked Scafati (4-13) 78-71 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Tavernari scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. Mens Sana 1871 Siena (9-8) is placed ninth in West group. This year Tavernari's total stats are: 9.5ppg and 4.2rpg in 17 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #8. Point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Phoenix Suns (13-28) in their game against the Utah Jazz (27-16) in the NBA. Barbosa recorded only 4 points in 16 minutes. The Phoenix Suns (13-28) lost 101-106 in Salt Lake City to the Utah Jazz. It's Barbosa's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2apg in 39 games. Barbosa plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Leonardo Demetrio
Leonardo Demetrio
   #9. International forward Leonardo Demetrio (203-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lleida Basquet (11-9) in their game against Palencia Baloncesto (14-6) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Demetrio also added 5 rebounds. This season Demetrio has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg and 6.1rpg. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #10. Shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams UCAM Murcia (1-1) in their game against Lokomotiv (2-0) in the Eurocup. Benite scored only 4 points in 16 minutes. UCAM Murcia lost 60-70 in Kuban to the leading Lokomotiv. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Benite has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 2.5rpg in 10 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U18 international forward Tulio Da Silva (201-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the S.Florida in their game against the University of Memphis in the NCAA. Da Silva scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His team was defeated 62-56. Da Silva has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg and 7.8rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian U18 national team three years ago.

   #12. International point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Los Angeles Lakers in their game against the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA. Huertas scored only 4 points in 12 minutes. His team were badly defeated by 16 points 113-97 in the NBA. Huertas has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 2.6apg in 18 games. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

   #13. Former international point guard Scott Machado (186-90, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help La ICL Manresa in their game against CAI Zaragoza in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Machado scored only 4 points and added 6 assists. His team was defeated in an overtime 87-77. Machado has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Machado used to play for the Brazilian national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

   #14. International point guard Raul Neto (185-92, currently plays in NBA) faced previously mentioned Leandro Barbosa in the NBA last game. Neto managed to help Utah Jazz in a victory against the Phoenix Suns 106-101. He recorded only 4 points in 11 minutes. This year Neto averages just 2.6ppg in 21 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #15. Former international center Anderson Varejao (211-82, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Detroit Pistons crushing them 127-107 in the NBA last Thursday. He scored only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. Varejao has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 2.3rpg in 10 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Diego Soarez (205-C-87, currently plays in Uruguay) contributed to an U Universitario's victory against the seventh-ranked Trouville (1-4) 85-81 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Friday. Soarez scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Urunday Universitario (4-1) is placed second in Promocional 1 group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Soarez has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 2.9rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Uruguayan.

   #2. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Burgos (13-7) crushing them 86-66 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Saturday night's game. Dos Anjos scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo (15-5) is placed first in the LEB Gold. Dos Anjos has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.3bpg.

   #3. Gabriel Andrade (185-G-93, currently plays in NCAA2) could not help the BYU-Hawaii (2-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Andrade's good performance his team was edged 93-90 on the road by the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He recorded 12 points, 3 assists and 4 steals. Andrade has been at the team for four years. Andrade has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg.

   #4. Rafael Barbosa (191-F-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Barbera's victory against the 12th-ranked Sitges (3-8) 78-69 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 6 points in 16 minutes. Barbera Team Values (8-4) is placed fourth in Group C-B. Barbosa has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg in 12 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish.

   #5. Lucas Doria (201-F-97, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help St.Edward's University to win against the Arkansas-Fort Smith (4-4) 90-85 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. Doria recorded only 4 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The St.Edward's University has a solid 4-2 record this season. Doria has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.2rpg.

   #6. Renato Ribeiro (190-F-95, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to help Guifoes in their game against Vasco in the Portuguese Proliga (second division). He was the second best scorer with 7 points. Ribeiro also added 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 71-52. Ribeiro has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 3.8rpg in 13 games.

   #7. Joao Gallina (192-SF-94, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Sampaense crushing them 121-59 in the Portuguese LPB last Sunday. He scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. Gallina has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.8rpg in 11 games. He has both Brazilian and Portuguese nationalities.

   #8. Felipe Rocha (203-F-94, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Union University, TN in their game against the Lee University in the NCAA2. Rocha cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 6 minutes on the court. His team lost 68-75 in the NCAA2. Rocha has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 1.4rpg in nine games.

   #9. Luis Ricci Maia (180-PG, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Minot State University's victory against the Concordia-St. Paul 74-70 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. He recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Maia averaged so far 13.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.7apg and 1.3spg.

   #10. Leandro Miranda (205-C-91, currently plays in Spain) helped Ponferrada CDP win their game against the eighth-ranked Betanzos 82-73 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was his first game for Ponferrada CDP this season.



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Darius Adams' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bulgarians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Darius Adams
Darius Adams
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Darius Adams (188-89, agency: Stealth Sport, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in China). He led Xinjiang Flying Tige to a victory over the sixth-ranked Leopards (18-10) 113-107 in the Chinese CBA in Sunday night's game. Adams was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 49 points and making 10 passes. Adams also added 8 rebounds in 44 minutes on the court. Xinjiang Flying Tigers (23-5) are placed second in the CBA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Adams' first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Adams averages: 33.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 5.8apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 56.9%(206-362), 3FGP: 35.5% and FT: 87.1% in 27 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Adams is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Bost was the main contributor in Monaco's victory against the closely-ranked Banvit (9-3) 65-63 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Bost scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group A. AS Monaco Basket (11-1) is placed first. 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. Bost has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.2apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 40.9%, 3FGP: 29.3% and FT: 76.7%. He is a naturalized American. Bost is in the roster of the Bulgarian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in EuroCup). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Khimky (1-1) to beat Bayern Muenchen (2-0). Rowland scored 9 points. But Khimky was badly defeated 90-74 on the road by the higher-ranked Bayern Muenchen (#5). They ended the series of four consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. This season Rowland has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.3apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.6%(30-54), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 95.7%(22-23). He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian national team six years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #4. Power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help FC Barcelona in their game against CB Canarias (12-4) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Vezenkov scored 8 points in only 12 minutes. FC Barcelona lost 60-71 in Tenerife to the lower-ranked (#4) CB Canarias. It was FC Barcelona's first loss after three consecutive victories. This year Vezenkov's overall stats are: 9.1ppg and 3.6rpg in 16 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite Vezenkov played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #5. Former international guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) contributed to Oradea's victory against the closely-ranked Steaua CSM (11-3) 81-74 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Mirkovic was the top player that evening. He recorded 19 points and added 4 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CSM CSU Oradea (5-3) is placed third in the Liga Nationala. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Mirkovic has reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.5apg and 1.2spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Bulgarian. Mirkovic used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #6. Power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Estonia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Noorteliiga (0-9) crushing them 112-59 in a derby game in the Estonian Alexela KML in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (10-2) is placed first in the Alexela KML. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Simmons' total stats are: 10.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3bpg in seven games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team five years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #7. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to Szedeak's victory against the closely-ranked Kaposvari (8-5) 94-89 in the Hungarian A Division last Saturday. Lilov recorded 17 points and added 3 assists. Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged (7-6) is placed seventh in the A Division. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Lilov has very high stats. He averages: 20.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.6spg. Lilov is also Bulgarian national team player.

Pavel Marinov
Pavel Marinov
   #8. Small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked BC Timisoara (8-7) crushing them 94-73 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Sunday night's game. Marinov recorded 12 points and added 4 passes. BCM U Pitesti (10-6) is placed third in the Liga Nationala. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Marinov's stats this season are: 14.4ppg, 5.4rpg and 4.4apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2014.

Sim Iliev
Sim Iliev
   #9. Former international forward Sim Iliev (204-89, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) contributed to a 2-point Furstenfeld Panthers' victory against the league outsider Dukes (4-13) 62-60 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday. Iliev was the top player that evening. He recorded 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 39 minutes. BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (7-9) are placed fifth in the A Bundesliga. Iliev has very impressive stats this year: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.2apg in 16 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #10. Power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, another player represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (8-8) in their game against Stelmet (12-3) in the Polish PLK. Nikolov scored 8 points. Stal Ostrow Wlkp. was defeated 76-65 in Zielona Gora by the second-ranked Stelmet. Nikolov has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.3apg. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. International forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93, currently plays in Spain) managed to help RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian in a victory against the league outsider Barca II 87-81 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Simeonov scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. Simeonov has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 3.1rpg in 18 games. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Georgi Boyanov (201-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the S.Alabama in their last game on Monday. Despite Boyanov's good performance the S.Alabama was defeated 89-83 in Arlington, TX by the University of Texas at Arlington. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Boyanov averaged so far 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team back in 2012.

   #13. International shooting guard Chavdar Kostov (195-88, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Kymis in their game against Olympiacos in the Greek A1. Kostov recorded only 4 points in 25 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 90-72. Kostov has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 3.4rpg in nine games. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

   #14. Former international small forward Atanas Penev (195-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Hertener Loewen's victory against the ninth-ranked Bonn II 107-98 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Friday night's game. Penev recorded 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Penev has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2001.

   #15. Former U20 international guard Milen Zahariev (190-92, currently plays in Germany) helped Hagen BG win their game against the 13th-ranked Hagen-Haspe 78-70 in a derby game in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Zahariev was the top player that evening. He recorded 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 36 minutes. Zahariev's stats this year are: 11.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg in 16 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to Ventspils' victory against the leader ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (9-3) 77-72 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night. Deane scored 9 points and added 7 passes in 30 minutes. BK Ventspils (7-5) is placed fourth in group C. It was his team's fourth 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. This year Deane has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.8spg in 12 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #2. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) could not help Cholet Basket (6-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance Cholet Basket was badly defeated 86-66 on the road by the higher-ranked (#12) Hyeres-Toulon. Evtimov was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes. Evtimov's stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg in 16 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and French.

   #3. Musa Gunes (201-C-85, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Istanbulspor Beylikduzu to win against the 14th-ranked Yalova Bld (5-13) crushing them 80-59 in the Turkish TBL (second division) on Saturday night. Gunes scored only 4 points. Istanbulspor Beylikduzu (12-6) is placed sixth in the TBL. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Gunes has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 1.7rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and Turkish.

   #4. Juliy Arabadzhiyski (204-F-93, currently plays in Germany) led Bielefeld to a victory against the seventh-ranked Herford (7-8) 91-81 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Arabadzhiyski recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. TSVE Dolphins Bielefeld (5-5) is placed seventh in West group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Arabadzhiyski has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 6.0rpg.

   #5. Boyan Tenev (204-F-88, college: Lincoln Memorial, currently plays in Germany) led Aschersleben to a victory over the 11th-ranked Wusterhausen (2-9) crushing them 104-69 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Tenev recorded 17 points in 24 minutes. BG Aschersleben Tigers (6-4) is placed fourth in North group. Tenev has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 1.1rpg in 10 games.

   #6. Georgi Krastev (195-SF-94, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Lich II crushing them 85-61 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Krastev has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg.

   #7. Milen Kostov (185-G-89, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Ibbenbueren's surprising victory against the third-ranked Muenster 94-87 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. He recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Kostov has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg.

   #8. Angel Mavrodiev (183-G-91, currently plays in Finland) contributed to a 2-point Raholan Pyrkiva's victory against the second-ranked PuHu Juniorit 73-71 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) on Friday night. He scored 8 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Mavrodiev averaged so far 11.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg.



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

24-year old forward Jordan Semple (201-F-92) had a great game in the last round for Akademik PL and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Levski (#9, 2-11) with 33-point margin 91-58. Akademik PL maintains the 3rd position in Bulgarian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Akademik PL will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. Semple turned to be Akademik PL's top player in his first season with the team. Cal State - Chico graduate has very impressive stats this year. Semple is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.8ppg) and averages solid 1.6bpg and 69.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Stoyan Petkov (198-F-85) of Yambol. He is a forward in his first season at Yambol. In the last game Petkov recorded impressive double-double of 13 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Yambol lost that game 70-78 to the higher-ranked Lukoil Acad. (#1, 11-2). Yambol managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Yambol managed to get this year. Petkov is a newcomer at Yambol and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 12.8ppg (#5). He also registered 6.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward D.J. Shelton (208-F-91) of Rilski (#6). Shelton scored 26 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Shelton's great performance Rilski lost 77-93 to slightly higher-ranked Spartak Pleven (#5, 6-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Rilski ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Shelton could help Rilski to bring them higher in the standings. Shelton has a great season in Bulgaria. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.5ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 11.0rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dimitar Marincheshki (200-F/C-90) of Spartak Pleven - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Steve Zack (211-C-92) of Lukoil Acad. - 15 points and 16 rebounds
6. Gerasim Nikolov (188-G-93) of Spartak Pleven - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Tsvetoslav Ostrev (175-PG-86) of Yambol - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Kelvin Parker (184-PG-82) of Rilski - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Danny Gibson (177-PG-84) of Lukoil Acad. - 19 points and 4 assists
10. Shakir Smith (185-G-92) of Akademik PL - 16 points and 6 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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  CANADA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Conor MORGAN
  UBC
  (203-G/F-94)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Morgan, UBC24.9 
 2. Cooper, Calgary22.8 
 3. Gray, Laurentian21.9 
 4. Jean-Louis, Cape B.21.0 
 5. Johnson, Toronto20.7 
 6. Nissen, Acadia20.6 
 7. Clayton, St.Mary''s20.2 
 8. Ross, Mount Royal19.8 
 9. Sentance, Lethb.19.7 
 10. Gilmore, McMaster19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike PEREIRA
  Waterloo
  (196-F-93)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Pereira, Waterloo11.5 
 2. Nissen, Acadia11.2 
 3. Osayande, Saskatch.11.0 
 4. Dut, UPEI10.8 
 5. Ross, Mount Royal10.5 
 6. Bercy, St.Franc.9.9 
 7. Layton, Mount R.9.7 
 8. Dinkins, Lakehead9.6 
 9. Graham, Queen''s9.4 
 10. Gilmore, McMaster9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Javon MASTERS
  UNB
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Masters, UNB6.3 
 2. Keane, Carleton6.0 
 3. Farkic, Western4.9 
 4. Allen, TWU4.9 
 5. Mata, Dalhousie4.9 
 6. Dulay, UFV4.9 
 7. Miller, Acadia4.8 
 8. Rocca, Windsor4.8 
 9. Menashe, Lakehead4.6 
 10. Burdeaux, Lethb.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Dejon BURDEAUX
  Lethb.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Burdeaux, Lethb.3.9 
 2. Agada, Ottawa3.6 
 3. Small, Ryerson2.9 
 4. Bermillo, Bishop''s2.8 
 5. De Ciman, Saskatch.2.6 
 6. Masters, UNB2.6 
 7. Ogundokun, McGill2.6 
 8. Mata, Dalhousie2.6 
 9. Charles, Concordia2.5 
 10. Jenkins, Western2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane OSAYANDE
  Saskatch.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Osayande, Saskatch.2.5 
 2. Debache, UQAM2.4 
 3. Graham, Queen''s2.4 
 4. Oirbans, Winnipeg2.3 
 5. Paul, Brandon2.0 
 6. Layton, Mount R.1.8 
 7. Voll, Ryerson1.7 
 8. Iegorov, TRU1.6 
 9. James, MacEwan1.6 
 10. Elgadi, Brock1.6 



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  CBL  

CBL Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Jan. 15: Hamilton - Scarborough 96-102
Jan. 14: Scarborough - Wellington 93-86
Jan. 13: Hamilton - Durham 81-88
Jan. 15: Wellington - Durham 78-79

Regular Season: Round 4

Jan. 21: Durham - Wellington
Jan. 21: Scarborough - Hamilton
Jan. 22: Wellington - Scarborough
Jan. 22: Hamilton - Durham



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Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.29.8 
 2. Taylor, Las Animas27.3 
 3. Dickson, CDU C.26.2 
 4. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.4 
 5. Robinson, Osorno22.6 
 6. McCombs, CDE T.21.3 
 7. Larry, AB Ancud21.2 
 8. Cheek, Las Animas20.8 
 9. Centeno, AB Ancud20.7 
 10. Munks, Puerto M.20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.9 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.13.7 
 3. Okoye, CD Valdivia12.4 
 4. Crawford, CDU C.11.8 
 5. Taylor, Las Animas11.6 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro11.6 
 7. Abeiro, Tinguiri.11.1 
 8. Harrison, CDU C.11.1 
 9. Bowdry, Los Leones11.0 
 10. Austin, Puente Alto10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.9.7 
 2. Bravo, CDE Talca5.9 
 3. Morales, Las A.5.8 
 4. Munoz, Osorno5.3 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro4.8 
 6. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.2 
 7. Marechal, Los L.3.9 
 8. Scott, CDU C.3.9 
 9. Hammonds, Puente A.3.6 
 10. Sepulveda, CDE T.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.7 
 2. Kirkland, Osorno1.9 
 3. Carrasco, CD Valdi.1.9 
 4. Abeiro, Tinguiri.1.9 
 5. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.8 
 6. Dickson, CDU C.1.8 
 7. Diaz, Puente Alto1.7 
 8. Cheek, Las Animas1.6 
 9. Phillips, Puerto M.1.6 
 10. Thomas, CD Castro1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian SAUNDERS
  CDU C.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Saunders, CDU C.2.1 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.1.4 
 3. Lee, CD Castro1.3 
 4. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 5. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 6. Harrison, CDU C.1.0 
 7. Centeno, AB Ancud0.9 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud0.8 
 9. Coleman, Osorno0.8 
 10. Diaz, Puente Alto0.7 


Liga Nacional Round 2 of Play-Offs - by Eurobasket News

CDU Concepcion - Tinguiririca S.F. 76-68

CDU Concepcion claimed 2-0 lead over Tinguirica in the playoff series. Tinguiririca S.F. was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 50-40 second half run of Universidad de Concepcion. They made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Jamaican-American guard Akeem Scott (185-83, college: High Point) notched 29 points, 6 assists and 5 steals (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort and American center Paul Harrison (203-89, college: N.Greenville) supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Scott is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Universidad de Concepcion's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 28 points and 9 rebounds by Venezuelan center Jose Juan Bravo (202-86, agency: Pro Sports) did not help to save the game for Tinguiririca S.F.. Argentinian power forward Juan Luis Abeiro (196-88) added 19 points and 8 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
CDU Concepcion: A.Scott 29+4reb+6ast, P.Harrison 15+8reb+1ast, S.Saez 13+5reb+3ast, P.Briones 9+4reb, M.Villagran 4+3reb+2ast, C.Lauler 3+5reb+1ast
Tinguiririca S.F.: J.Juan Bravo 28+9reb+3ast, J.Luis Abeiro 19+8reb+3ast, M.Ernst 10+4reb+4ast, F.Acuna 4+5reb, M.Moraga 4+1reb+2ast, F.Gonzalez 2+5reb
gschID: 531899


Los Leones - CDU Catolica 91-72

Los Leones celebrated the second straight victory against CDU Catolica. The game was mostly controlled by Los Leones. Universidad Catolica was better in fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Los Leones made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Universidad Catolica helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Brandon Bowdry (200-88, college: E.Michigan, agency: Inception Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international Darrol Jones (193-94) supported him with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Even a double-double of 17 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) by American power forward Brandon Crawford (201-84, college: Albion) did not help to save the game for Universidad Catolica. Raimundo Cannobbio added 15 points for the guests. Four Universidad Catolica players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Los Leones: B.Bowdry 25+12reb+1ast, E.Arteaga 15+1reb+2ast, B.Amor 11+2reb+3ast, I.Carrion 9+3reb+2ast, H.Crawford 9+5reb+1ast, T.Alvarez 7+1ast
CDU Catolica: B.Crawford 17+17reb+5ast, R.Cannobbio 15+4reb, J.Ignacio Collao 13+2reb+1ast, J.Dickson 10+3reb+2ast, P.Pinto 9+1reb+2ast, C.Soto 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 531898


AB Ancud - Puerto Montt 72-83

Puerto Montt upset AB Ancud to even the series at 1-1. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 24-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Puerto Montt dominated on the defensive end, holding AB Ancud to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded AB Ancud 38-24 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Mike Phillips (201-90, college: Howard) had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Louis Munks (190-90, college: Prairie View A&M) chipped in 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. Four Puerto Montt players scored in double figures. American forward Reginald Larry (198-86, college: Boise St., agency: Pro Sports) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Venezuelan swingman Francisco Centeno (201-85) scored 11 points. AB Ancud's coach Ivan Gallardo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Puerto Montt: M.Phillips 34+10reb+1ast, L.Munks 22+10reb+4ast, F.Jara 12+7reb, N.Ulloa 10+1reb+2ast, I.Navarrete 3+4reb+2ast, J.Valencia 2+5reb+3ast
AB Ancud: R.Larry 21+6reb, R.Vera 11+1ast, F.Centeno 11+4reb+3ast, P.Sandoval 9+3reb+2ast, R.Armijo 7+2reb+1ast, S.Figueroa 5+6reb+6ast
gschID: 531903


CD Valdivia - Las Animas 83-81

CD Valdicia eked out a narrow home win over Las Animas for 2-0 lead in the series. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-17 Las Animas' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 83-81 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for Deportivo Valdivia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. Durrell Summers (193-89, college: Michigan St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 35 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Arnold Louis (201-90, college: Savannah St., agency: HMS) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Aspire Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds and guard Dominic Cheek (198-91, college: Villanova) added 25 points in the effort for Las Animas. Four Las Animas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
CD Valdivia: D.Summers 35+7reb+5ast, A.Louis 20+15reb+4ast, E.Carrasco 11+3reb+6ast, D.Gonzalez 8+1reb, M.Pino 6+1reb+1ast, F.Schuler 3+1reb+1ast
Las Animas: T.Taylor 25+15reb+1ast, D.Cheek 25+4reb+2ast, F.Morales 15+5reb+3ast, J.Del Solar 11+6reb+4ast, M.Perez 3+3ast, D.Low 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 531902


CDE Talca - Puente Alto 81-66

CDE Talca cruised past Puento Alto to grab 2-0 lead. The game without a history. Espanol de Talca led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Espanol de Talca had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. American forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and guard Pablo Barraza (184-94) supported him with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds by Venezuelan forward Lenin Lopez (198-91) did not help to save the game for Puente Alto. Swingman Diego Valenzuela (185-94) added 21 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
CDE Talca: D.McCombs 24+18reb+1ast, P.Barraza 16+8reb+5ast, D.Jones 14+7reb+4ast, V.Guaico 10+3reb+4ast, E.Sepulveda 8+3reb+1ast, F.Bravo 6+2reb+10ast
Puente Alto: D.Valenzuela 21+6reb+1ast, L.Lopez 13+15reb+3ast, F.Garrido 11+4reb+7ast, F.Pena 11+2ast, A.Pinedo 6+3reb+3ast, J.Luis Campos 4+4reb
gschID: 531900


Osorno - CD Castro 82-80

Osorno topped CD Castro to take 2-0 lead in the series. Osorno Basquetbol looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was international forward Juan Fontena (196-87) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. Swingman Rodrigo Munoz (186-80) chipped in 18 points and 7 assists. American forward Terrance Thomas (198-80, college: Baylor, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) and point guard Ronald Cruces (177-87) added 18 points and 8 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Osorno: J.Fontena 22+16reb+2ast, R.Munoz 18+1reb+7ast, N.Mendez 12+7reb+2ast, B.Robinson 12+6reb+5ast, F.Ibarra 7+1reb+3ast, M.Hernandez 7+6reb+3ast
CD Castro: T.Thomas 20+10reb+5ast, T.Lee 20+6reb+2ast, R.Cruces 18+2reb+8ast, R.Madera 11+15reb, C.Sepulveda Fredes 6+3reb, J.Coronado 5+4reb
gschID: 531901





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  CHINA  

Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Shanghai S. 24-4 
 2. Xinjiang FT 23-5 
 3. Guangdong ST 22-6 
 4. Liaoning H. 21-7 
 5. Guangsha L. 21-7 
 6. Shenzhen L. 18-10 
 7. Shandong FB 16-12 
 8. Beijing D. 15-13 
 9. Sichuan BW 15-13 
 10. Jiangsu D. 14-14 
 11. Qingdao E. 13-14 
 12. TianJin S. 13-15 
 13. Shanxi Zh. 13-15 
 14. Jilin NE T. 12-16 
 15. Zhejiang CB 9-19 
 16. Fujian QB 8-20 
 17. Jiangsu TX 7-21 
 18. North Control B. 5-22 
 19. Bayi R. 5-23 
 20. Guangzhou 5-23 

Regular Season: Round 28

Jan. 15: Guangzhou - Bayi R. 96-85
Jan. 15: Shanxi Zh. - Shanghai S. 92-97
Jan. 16: Guangdong ST - Qingdao E. 125-96
Jan. 15: Fujian QB - Liaoning H. 116-126
Jan. 15: Xinjiang FT - Shenzhen L. 113-107
Jan. 15: Jiangsu TX - TianJin S. 110-117
Jan. 15: Zhejiang CB - Beijing D. 108-105
Jan. 15: Guangsha L. - North Control B. 107-92
Jan. 15: Jilin NE T. - Sichuan BW 102-85
Jan. 15: Jiangsu D. - Shandong FB 100-92

Regular Season: Round 29

Jan. 18: Shanxi Zh. - Guangsha L.
Jan. 18: Guangdong ST - Bayi R.
Jan. 18: Shandong FB - Guangzhou
Jan. 18: Shenzhen L. - Qingdao E.
Jan. 18: Jiangsu D. - TianJin S.
Jan. 20: Jilin NE T. - Xinjiang FT
Jan. 20: Beijing D. - Jiangsu TX
Jan. 20: Liaoning H. - Sichuan BW
Jan. 20: Zhejiang CB - North Control B.
Jan. 20: Shanghai S. - Fujian QB


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Jimmer FREDETTE
  Shanghai.
  (188-PG-89)
  Avg: 37.3
 1. Fredette, Shanghai.37.3 
 2. Brooks, Jiangsu D.36.0 
 3. McCollum, North C.35.5 
 4. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.35.1 
 5. Adams, Xinjiang FT33.9 
 6. Cunningham, Jiang.33.7 
 7. Hudson, Liaoning H.33.1 
 8. Brown, Jilin NE T.32.2 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.30.2 
 10. Warren, Zhejiang.28.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.16.8 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.15.6 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.13.9 
 4. Hickson, Fujian QB13.7 
 5. Blair, Jiangsu TX13.6 
 6. Batista, North C.13.4 
 7. Sakakini, TianJ.13.3 
 8. Han, Liaoning H.12.6 
 9. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.1 
 10. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.8.5 
 2. Fortson, Guangsha.8.0 
 3. Jeter, TianJin S.7.2 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.7.0 
 5. Warren, Zhejiang.6.7 
 6. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.4 
 7. Brown, Zhejiang CB6.3 
 8. Buycks, Fujian QB6.1 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.5.9 
 10. Adams, Xinjiang FT5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.3.5 
 2. Brown, Zhejiang CB2.9 
 3. Sui, Shandong FB2.7 
 4. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.4 
 5. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 6. Kennedy, Guangzhou2.2 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 8. McCollum, North C.2.2 
 9. Hudson, Liaoning H.2.1 
 10. Fortson, Guangsha.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.9 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.3 
 3. Huang, Sichuan BW2.0 
 4. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.1.9 
 5. Haddadi, Sichu.1.9 
 6. Kirk, Guangzhou1.9 
 7. Sun, Beijing D.1.8 
 8. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 9. Blatche, Xinjiang.1.6 
 10. Benimon, Qingd.1.5 


Donewald to coach Iranian National Team - by Greg

In a stunning revelation, the Iranian media sources are claiming that the Iranian National Team has moved Coach Donewald Bob to the top of their coaching list.

This would be a huge hire for the Iranians and a direct shot at the under achieving Chinese National team, same team Donewald led to the London Olympics in 2012.

Donewald , arguably one of the most successful Chinese NT head coaches with a resume that included never losing to an Asian country while he was the front man and leading the 2010 Chinese team in the World Championships without Yao, and was able to get to the final 16 teams.

If rumors are true, Donewald will inherit one of the Chinas top competitors, and with Hamed Haddadi and a group of experienced players, and the coaching of Donewald , Iran would be the team to watch not China.

Donewald currently has a perennial underachieving club in the CBA, the Jilin Northeastern Tigers sitting only 3 games out of the 8th and final playoff spot, with a budget smaller then some NBL clubs.



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  CROATIA  

Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Center
 1. Vern 13-2 
 2. Agrodalm 9-6 
 3. Rudes 9-6 
 4. Bosco 8-5 
 5. Zapad 8-7 
 6. Zaprude 8-7 
 7. Mladost ZG 7-5 
 8. Sesvete 7-7 
 9. Samobor 7-8 
 10. Dubrava 5-9 
 11. Maksimir 4-11 
 12. Fortuna 1-13 
East
 1. Belisce 9-2 
 2. Osjecki Sokol 7-3 
 3. Borovo 7-3 
 4. Zupanja 6-4 
 5. Djakovo 6-5 
 6. Rekord Tim 6-5 
 7. Vukovar 4-7 
 8. Pozega 4-7 
 9. VROS Darda 2-8 
 10. Vinkovci 2-9 
North
 1. Podravac Virje 10-1 
 2. Medjimurje C. 9-2 
 3. Graficar 9-2 
 4. Mladost D. 6-5 
 5. Petar Zrinski 5-5 
 6. Radnik 5-6 
 7. Ivanic 4-5 
 8. Bjelovar 2-9 
 9. Ivancica 2-9 
 10. Koprivnica 1-9 
South
 1. Jazine 10-1 
 2. Ribola Kastela 9-0 
 3. Diplomus 8-3 
 4. Omis-Cagalj T. 6-4 
 5. Puntamika 6-4 
 6. Adriatic S. 5-6 
 7. Sukosan 3-8 
 8. Dubrovnik 3-8 
 9. Solin 2-7 
 10. Cetina 0-11 
West
 1. Sanac 11-1 
 2. Crikvenica 9-4 
 3. Ghia Staff 8-2 
 4. Istrauni 8-4 
 5. Kastav 8-5 
 6. Labin 7-4 
 7. Pula 1981 6-6 
 8. Stoja Pula 5-8 
 9. Jadranka 4-7 
 10. Zamet 3-10 
 11. Kraljevica 2-9 
 12. Rovinj 1-12 

Regular Season: Round 15

Center

Jan. 14: Dubrava - Zapad 98-67
Jan. 14: Sesvete - Bosco 89-84
Jan. 14: Vern - Zaprude 89-60
Jan. 14: Maksimir - Rudes 83-88
Jan. 14: Fortuna - Samobor 69-82
Jan. 14: Agrodalm - Mladost ZG 65-69

East

Jan. 14: Belisce - VROS Darda 98-55
Jan. 14: Osjecki Sokol - Borovo 90-74
Jan. 14: Pozega - Rekord Tim 81-94
Jan. 14: Vinkovci - Djakovo 62-73
Jan. 14: Zupanja - Vukovar 101-98

North

Jan. 14: Medjimurje C. - Ivanic 95-67
Jan. 14: Mladost D. - Radnik 86-66
Jan. 14: Koprivnica - Graficar 31-121
Jan. 14: Podravac Virje - Bjelovar 106-78
Jan. 18: Petar Zrinski - Ivancica

South

Jan. 14: Adriatic S. - Cetina 96-81
Jan. 14: Jazine - Sukosan 88-41
Jan. 14: Ribola Kastela - Solin 84-75
Jan. 14: Puntamika - Omis-Cagalj T. 66-70
Jan. 14: Dubrovnik - Diplomus 60-72

West

Jan. 14: Istrauni - Rovinj 92-51
Jan. 14: Kraljevica - Labin 70-88
Jan. 14: Zamet - Crikvenica 64-79
Jan. 14: Stoja Pula - Kastav 103-107
Jan. 18: Ghia Staff - Pula 1981


Graficar wins by 121-31 (A2 League) - by Zeljko Zule

Graficar crushed bottom placed Koprivnica 121-31 in the game of the Croatian A2 League Northern Divsion Round 11.

Central Division - Round 15: Samobor-Fortuna 82-69 (Mandalinic 19, Silobod 19 - Trucek 17, Jurkovic 13), Maksimir-Rudes 83-88 (Mandic 24, Stojanovic 15, Majic 15 - Toric 17, Galic 16), Sesvete-Bosco 89-84 (Papak 36, Raguz 22 - Tusek 18, Reljanovic 15), Dubrava-Zapad 98-67 (Majcunic 25, Peric 24 - Dugandzic 16, Car 12), AKK Vern-Zaprudje 89-60 (Bakovic 15, Jakic 15 - Herendic 18, Livajic 15), Agrodalm-Mladost 65-69 (Ceraj 17, Zuzul 14 - Perkovic 23, Barisic 19).
Standings: AKK Vern 13-2, Mladost 9-5, Bosco 9-5, Agrodalm 9-6, Rudes 9-6, Zaprudje 8-7, Zapad 8-7, Samobor 7-8, Sesvete 7-8, Dubrava 5-10, Maksimir 4-11, Fortuna 1-14.

Western Division - Round 14: Zamet-Crikvenica 64-79 (Vucic 16, Brajdic 13 - Modic 25, Bilalovic 18, Komadina 18), Istrauni-Rovinj 92-51 (Mileta 26, Samija 23 - Honovic 20), Rudar-Kraljevica 88-70 (Troskot 21, Lonzar 16 - Protega 17, Konjevic 12), Stoja-Kastav 103-107 OT (Tumpic 29, Dasko 23 - Saftic 30, Gusic 16), Ghia Staff-Pula 1981 18/01, Jadranka-Sanac 05/02.
Standings: Sanac 11-2, Crikvenica 10-4, Rudar 10-4, Istrauni 9-4, Pula 1981 8-4, Kastav 8-6, Jadranka 5-7, Stoja 5-9, Kraljevica 2-11, Zamet 2-12, Rovinj 2-12.

Eastern Division - Round 11: Belisce-Vrijednosnice Darda II 98-55 (Bicvic 21, Vidakovic 16 - Sarac 15, Bacic 10), Zupanja-Vukovar 101-98 (Stjepanovic 28, Bilic 22 - Peraica 31, Kovacevic 13), Vinkovic-Djakovo 62-73 (Pezer 24, Jukic 11, Ostovic 11 - Car 16, Rados 16), Pozega-Rekord Tim 81-94 (Herceg 29, Remenar 15 - Zivkovic 24, Celebija 21), Osjecki Sokol-Borovo 90-74 (Boras 23, Saric 22 - Pusic 18, Rajsic 16).
Standings: Belisce 9-2, Borovo 7-3, Osjecki sokol 7-3, Zupanja 6-4, Djakovo 6-5, Rekord Tim 6-5, Vukovar 5-6, Pozega 4-7, Vrijednosnice Osijek II 2-8, Vinkovci 1-10.

Northern Division - Round 11: Mladost-Radnik 86-66 (Beljan 26, Pavlovic 19 - Jukic 12, Martincic 11), Podravac-Bjelovar 106-78 (Siprak 24, Zadravec 22 - Vrinjanin 24, Gecek 17), Medjimurje-Ivanic 95-67 (Mar. Novak 20, Bisevac 13, S. Kranjcec 13, Mat. Novak 13 - Grobotek 22, Lukacevic 18), Koprivnica-Graficar 31-121 (Vedris 15 - Stefan 25, Dijanusic 18),
Petar Zrinski-Ivancica 18/01.
Standings: Podravac 10-1, Graficar 9-2, Medjimurje 9-2, Mladost 6-5, Petar Zrinski 5-5, Ivanic 5-6, Radnik 5-6, Ivancica 2-8, Bjelovar 2-9, Koprivnica 1-10.

Southern Division - Round 11: Dubrovnik-Diplomus 60-72 (Raguz 23, Katic 11 - Omrcen 28, Marin 17), Sonik Puntamika-Omis Cagalj Tours 66-70 (Knezevic 18, Ciklic 12 - Mimica 22, Zonjic 17), Ribola Kastela-Solin 84-75 (Sipic 26, Maras 15 - Cvitanovic 27, Vukovic 14), Adriatic-Cetina 96-81 (Rados 22, Skaro 21 - Biljarski 23, Mulic 21), Jazine Arbanasi-Sukosan 88-41 (Gulam 19, Mrva 14 - Cirjak 10).
Standings: Ribola Kastela 11-0, Jazine Arbanasi 10-1, Diplomus 8-3, Sonik Puntamika 7-4, Omis Cagalj Tours 6-5, Adriatic 5-6, Dubrovnik 3-8, Sukosan 3-8, Solin 2-9, Cetina 0-11.




Branko Barbic replaces Zvonimir Mravak as Hermes Analitica head coach - by Zeljko Zule

Hermes Analitica have parted ways with coach Zvonimir Mravak with immediate effect after both parties reached a mutually amicable agreement and replaced him with its former coach Branko Barbic for the remainder of the season.
Barbic had already coached Hermes Analitica in a 2005-06 season. He has also coached A2 League clubs Kaptol and Bosco.
A few day ago, Hermes Analitica strenghtened its roster by inking David Usic, Filip Cvjeticanin, Ivam Cubela, Domagoj Samac and Tomislav Djurinovic.




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  CYPRUS  

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 10-1 
 2. AEK 8-3 
 3. Apoel 6-5 
 4. Enosis 4-7 
 5. Apollon 3-8 
 6. Etha 2-9 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 14: Keravnos - Etha 92-67
Jan. 15: AEK - Apollon 88-57
Jan. 14: Apoel - Enosis 78-73

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 22: Apollon - Apoel
Jan. 22: Etha - Enosis
Jan. 22: Etha - AEK


Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Maxie ESHO
  Etha
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Esho, Etha18.8 
 2. Franklin, Apollon18.4 
 3. Brezec, AEK16.8 
 4. Ray, Enosis16.4 
 5. Marshall, Apollon15.1 
 6. Abukar, Keravnos14.9 
 7. Pigram, AEK13.9 
 8. Walker, Etha13.5 
 9. Bussey, Apoel13.4 
 10. Blakes, Enosis13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cadarian RAINES
  Apollon
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Raines, Apollon8.8 
 2. Esho, Etha8.4 
 3. Brezec, AEK8.2 
 4. Mobley, Apoel7.7 
 5. Parks, Keravnos7.4 
 6. Thomas, Enosis7.0 
 7. Blakes, Enosis6.5 
 8. Burnatowski, Apoel6.4 
 9. O''Brien, Keravnos6.2 
 10. Barker, Keravnos6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny BARKER
  Keravnos
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Barker, Keravnos6.6 
 2. Thomas, AEK5.5 
 3. Washington, Enosis5.2 
 4. Bussey, Apoel4.5 
 5. Ross, Keravnos3.7 
 6. Koronides, Apollon3.7 
 7. Jaxen, Etha3.5 
 8. Walker, Etha3.2 
 9. Brown, Apoel3.2 
 10. Colimon, Etha3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Keravnos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ross, Keravnos2.5 
 2. Thomas, AEK1.7 
 3. Franklin, Apollon1.7 
 4. Parks, Keravnos1.5 
 5. Burnatowski, Apoel1.5 
 6. Panteli, AEK1.5 
 7. Jaxen, Etha1.5 
 8. Ray, Enosis1.5 
 9. Pittakas, Apollon1.4 
 10. Marshall, Apollon1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Cadarian RAINES
  Apollon
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 1
 1. Raines, Apollon1.0 
 2. Mobley, Apoel1.0 
 3. Thomas, Enosis1.0 
 4. O''Brien, Keravnos1.0 
 5. N''Doye, Apollon1.0 
 6. Marshall, Apollon1.0 
 7. Brezec, AEK0.8 
 8. Burnatowski, Apoel0.8 
 9. Parks, Keravnos0.7 
 10. Esho, Etha0.6 


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

27-year old forward Jake O'Brien (206-F-89, agency: HMS) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Keravnos and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Etha (#6, 2-9) with 25-point margin 92-67. It allowed Keravnos to consolidate first place in the Cypriot league. Keravnos has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 10-1. In the team's last game O'Brien had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Keravnos and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Temple University graduate has very impressive stats this year. O'Brien is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 6.2rpg) and averages solid 60.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Torey Thomas (178-PG-85) of league's second-best AEK. He is American guard in his first season at AEK. In the last game Thomas recorded impressive 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he led AEK to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Apollon (#5, 3-8) 88-57. AEK's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 8-3 record is not bad at all. Thomas is a newcomer at AEK and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another AEK's star - forward Vladimir Dasic (207-PF-88). Dasic showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of AEK, helping his team with a 88-57 easy win against the lower-ranked Apollon (#5, 3-8). AEK needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Dasic has a very solid season. In 2 games in Cyprus he scored 13.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tre Bussey (190-G-91) of Apoel - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90) of Apoel - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Eric Washington (178-PG-93) of Enosis - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Tyler Hines (198-F-90) of Enosis - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Baden Jaxen (190-G-90) of Etha - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Christopher Ortiz (203-F-93) of Etha - 13 points and 4 rebounds
10. Kenny Barker (191-G-86) of Keravnos - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Division A Round 11: Apoel defeats Enosis in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Apoel (6-5) which hosted in Nicosia 4th placed Enosis (4-7). Third ranked Apoel managed to get a 5-point victory 78-73. Enosis was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Canadian Murphy Burnatowski (200-90, college: Colgate) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. American guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) contributed with 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Eric Washington (178-93, college: Miami, OH) answered with 24 points and 6 assists for Enosis. Apoel maintains third place with 6-5 record having four points less than leader Keravnos. Enosis at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Apoel are looking forward to face Apollon (#5) in Limassol in the next round. Enosis will play on the road against Etha in Nicosia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Division A top team - Keravnos (10-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Etha (2-9) in Strovolos 92-67. It was a great evening for American forward Jake O'Brien (206-89, college: Temple, agency: HMS) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Ronald Ross helped adding 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Baden Jaxen (190-90, college: N.Carolina) responded with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 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. Keravnos have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Etha lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Keravnos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Etha will play at home against the league's second-placed AEK (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between second ranked AEK (8-3) and 5th ranked Apollon (3-8) in Larnaca on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. AEK outscored guests from Limassol 88-57. It was a quality performance for Torey Thomas who led the winners and scored 20 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Isiah Jones came up with 15 points and 6 assists for Apollon in the defeat. 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. Defending champion maintains second place with 8-3 record having just two points less than leader Keravnos. Loser Apollon keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. AEK will meet bottom-ranked Etha (#6) in the next round. Apollon will play against Apoel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Apoel - Enosis 78-73

An interesting game for Apoel (6-5) which hosted in Nicosia 4th placed Enosis (4-7). Third ranked Apoel managed to get a 5-point victory 78-73. Enosis was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Canadian Murphy Burnatowski (200-90, college: Colgate) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. American guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) contributed with 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Eric Washington (178-93, college: Miami, OH) answered with 24 points and 6 assists and the other American import forward Tyler Hines (198-90, college: Md-E Shore) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Enosis. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Apoel maintains third place with 6-5 record having four points less than leader Keravnos. Enosis at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Apoel are looking forward to face Apollon (#5) in Limassol in the next round. Enosis will play on the road against Etha in Nicosia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Apoel: T.Bussey 22+4reb+4ast, M.Burnatowski 21+14reb+2ast, R.Brown 12+3reb+1ast, A.Wright 11+3reb+1ast, B.Mobley 8+9reb+3ast, V.Kounas 4+2reb+5ast
Enosis: E.Washington 24+4reb+6ast, T.Hines 14+9reb+2ast, J.Ray 12+7reb+4ast, G.Blakes 11+7reb, N.Thoma 8+1reb+1ast, K.Thomas 4+1reb
gschID: 533305


Keravnos - Etha 92-67

Division A top team - Keravnos (10-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Etha (2-9) in Strovolos 92-67. The game was mostly controlled by Keravnos. Etha was better in fourth quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Etha's 22. They outrebounded Etha 43-25 including 32 on the defensive glass. Keravnos players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Jake O'Brien (206-89, college: Temple, agency: HMS) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) helped adding 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Keravnos players scored in double figures. American guard Baden Jaxen (190-90, college: N.Carolina) responded with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Puerto Rican-American forward Christopher Ortiz (203-93, college: Kent St.) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Keravnos have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Etha lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Keravnos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Etha will play at home against the league's second-placed AEK (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Keravnos: J.O'Brien 28+11reb+3ast, M.Abukar 12+1reb+1ast, K.Barker 11+5reb+5ast, R.Ross 11+5reb+5ast, N.Stylianou 9+8reb+2ast, P.Markou 8+1reb+5ast
Etha: C.Ortiz 13+4reb+1ast, P.Papamichael 12+2reb+1ast, B.Jaxen 11+7reb+6ast, C.Loizidis 7+2reb+2ast, L.Barnes 7+1reb+1ast, c.ccccGcOccc 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 533304


AEK - Apollon 88-57

The game between second ranked AEK (8-3) and 5th ranked Apollon (3-8) in Larnaca on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. AEK outscored guests from Limassol 88-57. The game without a history. AEK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Apollon's 26. AEK forced 23 Apollon turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a quality performance for American point guard Torey Thomas (178-85, college: Holy Cross) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Montenegrin Vladimir Dasic (207-88) accounted for 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. Four AEK players scored in double figures. American guard Isiah Jones (193-91, college: SE Missouri St.) came up with 15 points and 6 assists and the former international guard Iraklis Pittakas (192-84) added 16 points respectively for Apollon in the defeat. 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. Defending champion maintains second place with 8-3 record having just two points less than leader Keravnos. Loser Apollon keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. AEK will meet bottom-ranked Etha (#6) in the next round. Apollon will play against Apoel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AEK: V.Dasic 23+7reb+4ast, T.Thomas 20+7reb+7ast, C.Pigram 13+3reb+2ast, P.Trisokkas 10+2reb+1ast, A.Sizopoulos 8+3reb+3ast, P.Brezec 7+2reb+1ast
Apollon: I.Pittakas 16+3reb+1ast, I.Jones 15+3reb+6ast, C.Raines 10+9reb, B.Beckford 8+3reb, F.Grivas 4, A.Sofroniou 2+1ast
gschID: 533303



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 18-1 
 2. BK Pardubice 16-3 
 3. BK Decin 13-7 
 4. BK Kolin 11-8 
 5. BK Opava 10-9 
 6. USK Praha 9-10 
 7. Usti n/Labem 9-10 
 8. Prostejov 8-11 
 9. J.Hradec 6-13 
 10. MMCITE Brno 5-14 
 11. Svitavy 5-14 
 12. NH Ostrava 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 15: Usti n/Labem - MMCITE Brno 85-83
Jan. 14: NH Ostrava - CEZ Nymburk 83-104
Jan. 16: Prostejov - BK Decin 71-76
Jan. 14: BK Kolin - USK Praha 69-71
Jan. 14: Svitavy - BK Opava 57-63
Jan. 15: BK Pardubice - J.Hradec 112-73

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 21: CEZ Nymburk - Svitavy
Jan. 21: BK Opava - Prostejov
Jan. 21: BK Decin - BK Kolin
Jan. 21: USK Praha - BK Pardubice
Jan. 21: J.Hradec - Usti n/Labem
Jan. 21: MMCITE Brno - NH Ostrava


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Bohacik, USK Praha18.8 
 3. Bakic, BK Kolin17.8 
 4. Burnett, BK Pardu.17.7 
 5. Lipkins, J.Hradec16.6 
 6. Pecka, Usti n.16.1 
 7. Painter, NH Ostrava15.7 
 8. Allen, CEZ Nymburk15.7 
 9. Skinner, BK Kolin15.0 
 10. Brooks, J.Hradec14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deshawn PAINTER
  MMCITE B.
  (205-C-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Painter, MMCITE B.11.2 
 2. Kerr, BK Kolin9.9 
 3. Pecka, Usti n.8.8 
 4. Norwa, Prostejov7.3 
 5. Skinner, BK Kolin6.8 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 7. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 8. Pomikalek, BK De.6.6 
 9. Tawiah, J.Hradec6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-SG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava6.3 
 4. Kouril, BK Opava5.1 
 5. Sotnar, Usti n.4.9 
 6. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 7. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.7 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.4.5 
 9. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.3 
 10. Autrey, BK Pardu.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.3.2 
 2. Sirina, BK Opava2.3 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.2 
 4. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 5. Burnett, BK Pardu.2.0 
 6. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 7. Kremen, MMCITE B.1.8 
 8. Lipkins, J.Hradec1.8 
 9. Tomanec, MMCITE B.1.7 
 10. Lawrence, CEZ N.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Hunter MICKELSON
  Svitavy
  (208-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Mickelson, Svitavy1.5 
 2. Canty, J.Hradec1.5 
 3. Ibekwe, CEZ N.1.4 
 4. Simpson, CEZ N.1.3 
 5. Madsen, USK Praha1.3 
 6. Ware, MMCITE B.1.2 
 7. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.2 
 8. Jacobs, Prostejov1.1 
 9. Jelinek, Svitavy0.9 
 10. Painter, NH Ostrava0.8 


Standings - D2

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Group A

Jan. 15: GBA Sparta - Sokol H.K. 89-99
Jan. 15: Slavoj Litom. - Basket Kosice 84-57
Jan. 13: Sokol Prazky - Loko Plzen 68-76
Jan. 13: Sokol Pisek - Vysocina 114-63

Group B

Jan. 15: Zlin - Pardubice 77-71
Jan. 15: Sokol Slapanice - Olomouc Bbal 75-83
Jan. 15: Novy Jicin - Ostrava 75-70
Jan. 13: Olomouc SK - Opava B 57-56
Jan. 13: Prostejov B - Havirov 111-59

Regular Season: Round 15

Group A

Jan. 22: GBA Sparta - Nymburk B
Jan. 22: Sokol H.K. - Sokol Pisek
Jan. 22: Vysocina - Sokol Prazky
Jan. 20: Loko Plzen - Slavoj Litom.
Jan. 20: Basket Kosice - USK Praha B

Group B

Jan. 20: Havirov - Zlin
Jan. 20: Pardubice - Sokol Slapanice
Jan. 20: Olomouc Bbal - Olomouc SK
Jan. 20: Opava B - Ostrava
Jan. 20: Prostejov B - Novy Jicin


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. Nehoda, Zlin19.5 
 8. Honomichl, Loko Plzen19.3 
 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. Novak, Olomouc SK11.2 
 3. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.10.9 
 4. Kolonicny, Havirov10.2 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin9.9 
 6. Kvapil, Opava B9.7 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin9.6 
 8. Streba, USK P.9.1 
 9. Novak, Vysocina8.7 
 10. Bubak, Vysocina8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.2 
 2. Jancik, Havirov5.3 
 3. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 4. Klecka, Opava B5.0 
 5. Pumprla, Zlin4.9 
 6. Petric, Pardubice4.7 
 7. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.7 
 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: 3.5
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.5 
 2. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.7 
 3. Kozina, Zlin2.7 
 4. Branda, Opava B2.4 
 5. Potocek, Pardubice2.4 
 6. Nehoda, Zlin2.3 
 7. Novak, Vysocina2.2 
 8. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.1 
 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. Blumbergs, GBA S.1.8 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov1.7 
 4. Skranc, Pardubice1.6 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 6. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 7. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 8. Szabo, Prostejov B1.0 
 9. Stafl, Nymburk B1.0 
 10. Janik, Novy Jicin0.9 


1Liga Round 14: Olomouc SK beats B&W Opava B by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 14 in the 1Liga took place in Olomouc. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers B&W Opava B (9-5) to second ranked Olomouc SK (11-3) 57-56 in the game for the second place. Olomouc SK forced 21 B&W Opava B turnovers. Forward Pavel Novak (199-83) saved the victory by scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Martin Vanak (198-87) contributed with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Center Miroslav Kvapil (202-93) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds for B&W Opava B. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Olomouc SK have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Olomouc SK maintains second position in Group B with 11-3 record having just two points less than leader Zlin. B&W Opava B at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Olomouc SK are looking forward to face Olomouc Bbal (#5) on the road in the next round. B&W Opava B will play against Ostrava and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Another interesting game for BK Loko Plzen (6-7) which played in Praha against one of their biggest challengers Sokol Prazky (7-7). Seventh ranked BK Loko Plzen won 76-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokol Prazky. Point guard Vaclav Honomichl (186-92) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Martin Volf chipped in 16 points during the contest. Center Tomas Bruha (213-88, college: Tulane) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Sokol Prazky's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Loko Plzen moved-up to fifth place in Group A, which they share with USK Praha B. Sokol Prazky at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. BK Loko Plzen will play against league's second-placed Slavoj BK Litomerice at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sokol Prazky will play against Vysocina in Jihlava and hopes to get back on the winning track.
1Liga top team - Sokol Hradec Kralove (12-2) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eighth ranked GBA Sparta (5-8) in Praha 99-89. Ondrej Peterka notched 19 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the effort. Sokol Hradec Kralove's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by Matous Kainc did not help to save the game for GBA Sparta. Sokol Hradec Kralove maintains first position in Group A with 12-2 record. Loser GBA Sparta keeps the eighth place with eight games lost. Sokol Hradec Kralove will meet at home Sokol Pisek (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. GBA Sparta will play against Nymburk B and hope to secure a win.
1Liga top team - SKB Zlin (13-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Pardubice (5-9) 77-71. The best player for the winners was David Nehoda who scored 22 points and 4 assists. SKB Zlin maintains first position in Group B with 13-1 record. Pardubice at the other side dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. SKB Zlin's next round opponent will be Havirov (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Pardubice will play against Sokol Slapanice (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between ninth ranked BK Prostejov B (5-9) and 10th ranked Havirov (1-13) in Prostejov on Friday ended with biggest points difference. BK Prostejov B outscored guests from Havirov 111-59. Viktor Vasat orchestrated the victory by scoring 6 points and 15 rebounds. BK Prostejov B's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. BK Prostejov B moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Havirov keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. BK Prostejov B will face Novy Jicin (#8) in Novy Jicin in the next round. Havirov will play at home against the league's leader SKB Zlin and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 14:
In Group A Basket Kosice was smashed by Slavoj Litom. on the road 84-57. Sokol Pisek destroyed Vysocina on its own court 114-63.
In Group B Olomouc Bbal managed to outperform Sokol Slapanice in a road game 83-75. Novy Jicin managed to beat Ostrava at home 75-70.
The most impressive performance of 14th round was 14 points and 5 assists by Adam Goga of Prostejov B.


Group A
Slavoj Litom. - Basket Kosice 84-57

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (10-4) crushed at home 7th ranked Basket Kosice (6-9) 84-57 on Sunday. Slavoj BK Litomerice looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Basket Kosice's players. Bosnian forward Admir Alic (197-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Martin Basta (190-92) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Slavoj BK Litomerice's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Marek Burian (196-90) replied with 17 points and forward Jan Kratochvil (199-82) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Basket Kosice. Slavoj BK Litomerice have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group A with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader Zlin. Loser Basket Kosice keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. Slavoj BK Litomerice will face BK Loko Plzen (#5) on the road in the next round. Basket Kosice will play against USK Praha B and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Slavoj Litom.: A.Alic 20+5reb+2ast, M.Basta 18+2reb+3ast, M.Klimes 11+5reb+1ast, M.Slunecko 8+2reb+4ast, J.Zbroj 8+2reb+1ast, J.Karlovsky 7+4reb+2ast
Basket Kosice: M.Burian 17+3reb, J.Kratochvil 9+6reb+1ast, J.Zavadil 8+5reb+1ast, D.Adasek 7+3reb+1ast, D.Zach 7+3reb+1ast, D.Hlavacek 6+7reb
gschID: 483403


GBA Sparta - Sokol H.K. 89-99

1Liga top team - Sokol Hradec Kralove (12-2) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eighth ranked GBA Sparta (5-8) in Praha 99-89. Sokol Hradec Kralove made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Sokol Hradec Kralove outrebounded GBA Sparta 99-78 including a 60-48 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 29 long-distance shots on high 54.7 percentage. Forward Ondrej Peterka (198-91, agency: Octagon Europe) notched 19 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the effort and Tomas Mahler (190-88) supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Sokol Hradec Kralove's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by guard Matous Kainc (185-96) did not help to save the game for GBA Sparta. Latvian power forward Roberts Blumbergs (204-97) added 15 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Sokol Hradec Kralove maintains first position in Group A with 12-2 record. Loser GBA Sparta keeps the eighth place with eight games lost. Sokol Hradec Kralove will meet at home Sokol Pisek (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. GBA Sparta will play against Nymburk B and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sokol H.K.: O.Peterka 19+7reb+2ast, T.Mahler 17+5reb, D.Sirek 14+4reb+2ast, P.Majerik 11+10reb, L.Svandrlik 11+3reb+1ast, M.Honzak 10+2ast
GBA Sparta: V.Kohs 16+1reb, M.Kainc 16+5reb+3ast, R.Blumbergs 15+7reb+2ast, M.Welsch 15+1reb+4ast, K.Majchrzak 11+2reb+3ast, M.Zeliznak 7+7reb
gschID: 483406


Sokol Pisek - Vysocina 114-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Vysocina's (3-11) road loss to ninth ranked Sokol Pisek (5-10) 63-114 on Friday. Sokol Pisek dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Vysocina's 38. They outrebounded Vysocina 30-12 including a 23-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sokol Pisek looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Vysocina's players. Center Vojtech Novak (205-97) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). Center Dalibor Fait (203-93) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Five Sokol Pisek players scored in double figures. Sokol Pisek's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Miroslav Krajcigr (178-94) replied with 22 points and Martin Novak (199-93) added 9 points and 4 assists in the effort for Vysocina. Sokol Pisek have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain ninth position in Group A with 5-10 record. Vysocina lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 11 games lost. Sokol Pisek will face league's leader Sokol Hradec Kralove on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Vysocina will play against Sokol Prazky (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sokol Pisek: P.Slechta 17+3reb+4ast, D.Fait 17+4reb+3ast, V.Novak 15+6reb+4ast, V.Zacek 13+1reb+4ast, P.Englicky 12+7reb, D.Hejda 10+1reb+2ast
Vysocina: M.Krajcigr 22+2reb, O.Manak 14+1reb, J.Bubak 12+3reb+1ast, M.Novak 9+4reb+4ast, J.Dokulil 2+1ast, M.Stumar 2+1ast
gschID: 483405


Sokol Prazky - Loko Plzen 68-76

Another interesting game for BK Loko Plzen (6-7) which played in Praha against one of their biggest challengers Sokol Prazky (7-7). Seventh ranked BK Loko Plzen won 76-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokol Prazky. Sokol Prazky was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Vaclav Honomichl (186-92) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Uruguayan forward Martin Volf (198-80) chipped in 16 points during the contest. Center Tomas Bruha (213-88, college: Tulane) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Tomas Gavenda (182-96) scored 9 points and 5 assists. Sokol Prazky's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Loko Plzen moved-up to fifth place in Group A, which they share with USK Praha B. Sokol Prazky at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. BK Loko Plzen will play against league's second-placed Slavoj BK Litomerice at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sokol Prazky will play against Vysocina in Jihlava and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Loko Plzen: V.Honomichl 19+5reb+3ast, M.Volf 16+1reb+1ast, J.Lejsek 9+6reb+3ast, P.Vondra 8+5reb, K.Riha 7+2reb+4ast, O.Fleischhans 6+4reb+2ast
Sokol Prazky: T.Bruha 12+7reb, Y.Habily 11+2reb+1ast, T.Gavenda 9+4reb+5ast, J.Sop 8+1reb, S.Brix 6+4reb+1ast, M.Kohout 5+6reb
gschID: 483404


Group B
Zlin - Pardubice 77-71

1Liga top team - SKB Zlin (13-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Pardubice (5-9) 77-71. SKB Zlin forced 19 Pardubice turnovers and outrebounded them 70-55 including a 43-32 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 25 long-distance shots on high 52.1 percentage. SKB Zlin players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Pardubice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was David Nehoda (193-91) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. Center Tomas Voslajer (211-90) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four SKB Zlin players scored in double figures. Point guard Lukas Brozek (180-98) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Michal Svoboda (190-99) added 11 points respectively for the guests. SKB Zlin maintains first position in Group B with 13-1 record. Pardubice at the other side dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. SKB Zlin's next round opponent will be Havirov (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Pardubice will play against Sokol Slapanice (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zlin: D.Nehoda 22+3reb+4ast, J.Krutilek 15+1reb+3ast, T.Voslajer 12+9reb, M.Susak 10+6reb+4ast, O.Chwaszcz 10+3reb, D.Zumer 6+2reb+7ast
Pardubice: L.Brozek 21+5reb, V.Nalevanko 11+2reb+1ast, M.Svoboda 11+3reb+2ast, M.Kratochvil 9+1reb+2ast, O.Vycha 7+3reb, M.Vecera 4+1reb
gschID: 483482


Sokol Slapanice - Olomouc Bbal 75-83

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Olomouc Bbal (8-6) won against one of their biggest challengers Sokol Slapanice (8-6) in Slapnice 83-75 on Sunday. Olomouc Bbal made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Sokol Slapanice turnovers and outrebounded them 126-105 including a 80-68 advantage in defensive rebounds. Olomouc Bbal shot the lights out from three sinking 25 long-distance shots on high 56.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Sokol Slapanice was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Jiri Dedek (190-95) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds. Center Jan Kozak (201-89) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Zdenek Sebela (192-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds and forward Martin Vyroubal (199-96) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sokol Slapanice. Five Olomouc Bbal and four Sokol Slapanice players scored in double figures. Olomouc Bbal moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with defeated Sokol Slapanice. Olomouc Bbal will face league's second-placed Olomouc SK in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Sokol Slapanice will play against Pardubice and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Olomouc Bbal: J.Dedek 32+13reb+3ast, R.Jurka 12+4reb+1ast, F.Pekarek 10+4reb+5ast, A.Choleva 10+8reb+1ast, J.Kozak 10+8reb+1ast, V.Smerda 4+3reb
Sokol Slapanice: Z.Sebela 23+15reb+2ast, M.Vyroubal 16+5reb+1ast, R.Sir 14+2reb, R.Hilser 12+4reb+4ast, M.Licenik 4+1reb+3ast, K.Trunecek 2+1reb
gschID: 483481


Novy Jicin - Ostrava 75-70

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Ostrava (5-9) lost on the road to ninth ranked Novy Jicin (5-9) 75-70 on Sunday. Novy Jicin outrebounded Ostrava 127-79 including a 48-28 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Ostrava was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Rostislav Pelikan (209-78) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Center Tadeas Janik (201-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Lukas Bukovjan (185-98) replied with 13 points and 4 assists and swingman Patrik Hosek (192-98) added 13 points in the effort for Ostrava. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Novy Jicin moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Ostrava. Ostrava lost fifth consecutive game. Novy Jicin will face BK Prostejov B (#9) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Novy Jicin: R.Pelikan 15+11reb+3ast, T.Janik 12+11reb, J.Gavlak 11+1reb+2ast, R.Medek 8+7reb+3ast, D.Panak 7+2reb+2ast, J.Kelar 6+2reb+2ast
Ostrava: D.Smolka 13+2reb, P.Hosek 13+1reb+2ast, L.Bukovjan 13+4reb+4ast, M.Palat 9+3reb+2ast, J.Lycka 6+3reb+3ast, O.Siko 6+4reb
gschID: 483479


Prostejov B - Havirov 111-59

The game between ninth ranked BK Prostejov B (5-9) and 10th ranked Havirov (1-13) in Prostejov on Friday ended with biggest points difference. BK Prostejov B outscored guests from Havirov 111-59. BK Prostejov B dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Havirov's 34. They outrebounded Havirov 62-30 including a 27-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. BK Prostejov B looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Havirov's players. Center Viktor Vasat (207-97) orchestrated the victory by scoring 6 points and 15 rebounds. Swingman Marek Sehnal (196-96) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four BK Prostejov B players scored in double figures. BK Prostejov B's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Vojtech Jancik (181-96) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and center Jan Kolonicny (208-93) added 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Havirov. BK Prostejov B moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Havirov keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. BK Prostejov B will face Novy Jicin (#8) in Novy Jicin in the next round. Havirov will play at home against the league's leader SKB Zlin and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Prostejov B: M.Sehnal 17+4reb+1ast, A.Goga 14+2reb+5ast, J.Hlobil 12+8reb+1ast, M.Nabelek 11+3reb+6ast, P.Bartosik 11+6reb+1ast, M.Szabo 10+7reb
Havirov: V.Jancik 17+5reb+2ast, A.Urbanek 12+2reb+1ast, J.Kolonicny 12+11reb+1ast, J.Landor 7+4reb+2ast, D.Sotlik 7+5reb+2ast, M.Medvecky 4+3reb
gschID: 512511


Olomouc SK - Opava B 57-56

The most exciting game of round 14 in the 1Liga took place in Olomouc. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers B&W Opava B (9-5) to second ranked Olomouc SK (11-3) 57-56 in the game for the second place. Olomouc SK forced 21 B&W Opava B turnovers. Forward Pavel Novak (199-83) saved the victory by scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Martin Vanak (198-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Center Miroslav Kvapil (202-93) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds and power forward Jiri Dihel (198-87) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for B&W Opava B. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Olomouc SK have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Olomouc SK maintains second position in Group B with 11-3 record having just two points less than leader Zlin. B&W Opava B at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Olomouc SK are looking forward to face Olomouc Bbal (#5) on the road in the next round. B&W Opava B will play against Ostrava and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Olomouc SK: P.Novak 14+8reb+3ast, M.Vanak 12+11reb+1ast, M.Sedlacek 9+5reb+1ast, R.Polasek 7+9reb+2ast, J.Zlamal 5+4reb+1ast, D.Jilek 4+1reb+1ast
Opava B: J.Dihel 19+6reb+1ast, V.Branda 13+7reb+3ast, M.Kvapil 12+16reb+1ast, P.Martikan 6+5reb, R.Matejka 4+1reb+2ast, T.Micunek 2+3reb
gschID: 483480





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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Jackson, Texas L.29.6 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.2 
 3. Cook, Canton C.25.0 
 4. Blue, Los A.24.5 
 5. Crawford, Grand R.23.1 
 6. Patterson, Reno B.22.5 
 7. Murphy, Grand R.22.5 
 8. Brown, Erie Bay H.22.1 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.9 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.6 
 2. Costello, Iowa E.11.6 
 3. Moreland, Canton C.11.4 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.11.1 
 5. Zimmerman, Erie B.10.6 
 6. Onuaku, Rio G.10.5 
 7. Long, Delaware.10.4 
 8. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 9. Zubac, Los A.9.6 
 10. Jones, Maine RC9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Magette, Los A.9.8 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 4. Dinwiddie, Windy C.8.1 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.7.5 
 6. Weber, Sioux F.7.2 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.0 
 8. Jackson, Texas L.6.7 
 9. Murray, Austin S.6.3 
 10. Cook, Canton C.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.2 
 2. Harris, Texas L.2.6 
 3. Tokoto, Rio G.2.5 
 4. McCallum, Grand R.2.4 
 5. Fells, Texas L.2.3 
 6. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.3 
 7. Murray, Austin S.2.1 
 8. Payton II, Rio G.2.1 
 9. Cousins, Reno B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith BENSON
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Benson, Sioux F.2.8 
 2. Wood, Greensbo.2.7 
 3. Tavares, Raptors .2.3 
 4. Foster, Los A.2.3 
 5. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 7. Acy, Texas L.2.0 
 8. Williams, Iowa E.2.0 
 9. Ndour, Westches.1.9 
 10. Moreland, Canton C.1.9 


D-Fenders Acquire Player Rights to Juwan Staten - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired the returning player rights to Juwan Staten (6'1''-PG-92, college: W.Virginia) from the Delaware 87ers in exchange for forward Roscoe Smith (6'9''-F-91, college: UNLV), it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella. The deal is pending the successful completion of physicals. Staten currently plays for the Salon Vilpas Vikings in Finland, where he is averaging 12.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists through 19 games. A 6-foot-1 point guard, Staten has career averages of 7.8 points, 3.9 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 28 NBA D-League games with the Santa Cruz Warriors and Delaware 87ers. The former Dayton and West Virginia standout has also played internationally in Belgium. Smith averaged 16.0 points and 9.1 rebounds in 67 career games with the D-Fenders. He leaves Los Angeles as the franchise's second-leading rebounder, totaling 609 in two seasons.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Marcus Simmons (ex Phoenix) signs at Drive - by Eurobasket News

Grand Rapids Drive landed 29-year old forward Marcus Simmons (198-98kg-88, college: USC, agency: Interperformances). He played in the summer at Phoenix in Filipino PBA league. In three games he averaged impressive 18.7ppg, 11.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.0spg. Simmons ended the last season at the Bulls. But the most of that year he spent at another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in 49 games he had 6.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6apg.
In 2012 (a year after he left the college) Simmons was drafted by Frisco Texas Legends (D-League) in sixth round (88th overall).
The former University of Southern California standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Simmons played in the final of D-League in 2015. He received also All-Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2011 at his college time.
Simmons has played previously professionally in Japan (Yokohama B-Corsairs) and D-League (Canton Charge).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Fort Wayne Mad Ants welcome back Bentil - by Eurobasket News

Fort Wayne Mad Ants tabbed 22-year old naturalized Ghanian forward Ben Bentil (206-104kg-95, college: Providence). It is actually his comeback to Fort Wayne Mad Ants as he has played here before. Bentil played recently at Xinjiang Flying Tigers in Chinese CBA league. In 11 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.0spg this season. Bentil also played earlier that season for another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in only one CBA game he had very impressive stats: 27 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks.
Last year Bentil was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in second round (51st overall). The former Providence College staris in his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Bentil's team made it to the Big East Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He received also All-Big East Most Improved Player of the Year award and NABC All-District 5 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Bentil has played also professionally in NBA (Indiana Pacers).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MATRIX ANNOUNCE ROSTER FOR 2017 COPA MITCHELL CUP - by Ricardo Dominguez

1/16/2017

The GIE Maile Matrix announced their 12-man Cup roster for the 2017 Copa Mitchell Cup in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Jermaine Barnes (193-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management) was named captain and will return to professional basketball after a two year absence (injury). Barnes is not stranger to the Dominican Republic. In 2012 he averaged a league best 26.7 points per game in San Pedro. In 2013 he signed with Pueblo Nuevo before being signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2014. Before his injure he played last for Yenicami (Cyprus). In 20 games he average 20.4ppg, 8 rebounds and a league best 6.7 assists.

The Matrix will carry 12 players total. They need extra man power due to injuries in their lineup. Coach Travis McAvene has added Asian star Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, college: Elgin CC) and Latin American standout Cory Bradford (191-G-78, college: Illinois) to the roster. "With Cory and Terrence I'm confident in our chances of winning", said McAvene. Having a crew of vets makes me feel very good about 2017. Shannon will be on every teams wish list in February. Like Bradford; Shannon has dominated the world it seems. He was named MVP in S. Korea three times with a career average of just over 26 points per game. Last season he joined Plaze of the Santiago League. He averaged a team best 20 points along with 11 rebounds.

Keith Closs (224-C-76, college: Cent.Conn.St.) and Freddie Williams (188-G-87, college: Clayton St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) will return for 2017. Last season Closs was named Latinbasket.com All-CMC Top Defender. He led the event in rebounding (11.4rpg) and blocks (5.1bpg). Williams was a major part of the 2015, 2016 championship run. In 2015 he was named Latinbasket All-CMC 1st Team.

The Matrix have won the last two Cup Tournaments in Santiago. The Dominicans will be sure to bring the best back this spring.

Here's the full roster:

GIE Maile Matrix 2017 Roster:

Cory Bradford
Freddie Williams
Jermaine Barnes
Terrence Shannon
Keith Closs
Calvin O'Neil (196-PG-85, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Gamble Sports Management)<
Anthony Oxley (174-PG-86, college: Mount Aloysius)
Bijan Dotson (201-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M, agency: Gamble Sports Management)
Anton Greer (190-G-89, college: Benedict)
Arrelius Cooper (183-G-84)

Head Coach: Travis McAvene



Bradford will join the GIE Maile Matrix for the 2017 Copa Mitchell Cup - by Ricardo Dominguez

1/16/2017

GIE Maile Matrix inked American guard Cory Bradford (191-G-78, college: Illinois) for the 2017 Copa Mitchell Cup. It is actually his comeback to GIE Maile Matrix as he played here before. He has a world of professional experience as he enters his 16th season as a professional This will not be Bradfords first stint in Latin America. Bradford has played in Mexico, Venezuela and of course Colombia where he won three championships and two MVP awards. He was also named All-Import in each location.

Out side of Latin American; Bradford is an international legends. He graduated from the University of Illinois where he was named NCAA Freshman of the Year and Third Team AP All-American. He would sign with the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA but was later released. Bradford then traveled to countries like Hungary, France, Greece, Cyprus, Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia. His best season came in Europe with Kecskemeti Univer KSE (Hungary-A Division). Bradford would go on to average a league best 21.7 points per game along with 5.4 assists (Ranked #3). His club would win this first Hungary Cup.

"I just want to continue to show the world that I can still play this game at a high level", said Bradford. The Copa Mitchell Cup will be a great experience for me. I'm looking forward to this next chapter.

In 2016 Bradford played for the Sabios de Manizales in Colombia-Liga DirecTV. In 14 games he averaged a team best 16.7 points per game.

He also was named to the USA National Team in 99 (World Games), 14 (Williams Jones Cup), 15 (Jones Cup). He would be named AsiaBasket.com All-WIlliams Jones Cup 1st Team back to back summers.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Estonian Alexela KML round 13 best performance: Dominykas Milka - by Eurobasket News

Lithuanian Center Dominykas Milka (203-C-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked TU/Rock, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Tarvas (#7, 3-9) with 46-point margin 110-64. TU/Rock maintains the 2nd position in Estonian Alexela KML. They are still close to the very top. TU/Rock would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 10-2 record. Milka turned to be TU/Rock's top player in his first season with the team. Former College of Saint Rose star has very solid stats this year. Milka is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.3rpg) and averages impressive 55.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Serbian Djordje Dzeletovic (205-C-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) of TLU/Kalev. Dzeletovic had a very good evening with 36 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led TLU/Kalev to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Valga (#6, 5-10) 99-78. TLU/Kalev's 8th position in the standings has not changed. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories TLU/Kalev managed to get this year. Dzeletovic is one of the most experienced players at TLU/Kalev and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.5ppg (#1). He also registered 6.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Latvian Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-SF-95) of Valga (#6). Zvigurs showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. Despite Zvigurs' great performance Valga lost 78-99 to slightly lower-ranked TLU/Kalev (#8, 3-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Valga not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Zvigurs could try to bring Valga's a little bit higher in the standings. Zvigurs has a very solid season. In 15 games in Estonia he scored 13.1ppg. He also has 6.1rpg and FGP: 55.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joonas Jarvelainen (202-F/C-90) of TTU - 24 points and 11 rebounds
5. Mart Rosenthal (194-G-99) of TU/Rock - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Saimon Sutt (200-F/G-95) of Parnu - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Domagoj Bubalo (212-C-91) of Parnu - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Martin Dorbek (194-G-91) of Kalev/Cramo - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Janar Talts (206-PF-83) of TU/Rock - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Renato Lindments (202-F-84) of Valga - 19 points and 5 rebounds

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



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  FINLAND  

Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Division A

Jan. 13: Porvoon Tarmo - Jyvaskyla BA 85-94
Jan. 15: Espoo United - Jarvenpaa 74-59
Jan. 15: Jyvaskyla BA - Oulun NMKY 73-69
Jan. 13: FoKoPo - Espoo United 73-110
Jan. 12: ToPo - Jarvenpaa 72-75
Jan. 15: Pyrinto II - Porvoon Tarmo 71-74
Jan. 12: HBA-Marsky - Lahti 66-81

Division B

Jan. 12: Ura Basket - TuNMKY 94-74
Jan. 15: Ura Basket - HNMKY U23 89-83
Jan. 15: PuHu Juniorit - TuNMKY 84-90
Jan. 15: PeU-Basket - HyPo 83-84
Jan. 13: Karkkila - PeU-Basket 80-77
Jan. 13: JyWe - Korikouvot 79-85
Jan. 15: Espoo Basket - Munkkiniemen 79-69
Jan. 13: HNMKY U23 - Espoo Basket 76-84
Jan. 13: PuHu Juniorit - Raholan Pyrkiva 71-73
Jan. 15: Karkkila - Raholan Pyrkiva 69-91
Jan. 13: Munkkiniemen - Namika Lr 64-83

Regular Season: Round 15

Division A

Jan. 19: FoKoPo - HBA-Marsky
Jan. 19: ToPo - Pyrinto II
Jan. 20: Lahti - Jyvaskyla BA
Jan. 20: HBA-Marsky - Jarvenpaa
Jan. 21: Oulun NMKY - Espoo United
Jan. 22: Oulun NMKY - ToPo
Jan. 22: Lahti - FoKoPo
Jan. 23: Jyvaskyla BA - Pyrinto II

Division B

Jan. 18: Korikouvot - Namika Lr
Jan. 19: PeU-Basket - Ura Basket
Jan. 22: HyPo - Espoo Basket
Jan. 22: Raholan Pyrkiva - JyWe
Jan. 22: TuNMKY - Korikouvot
Jan. 22: Karkkila - Ura Basket
Jan. 22: Munkkiniemen - HNMKY U23
Jan. 22: Namika Lr - PeU-Basket


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 37
 1. Upchurch, HyPo37.0 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Maxhuni, HBA-M.25.0 
 4. Daniels, PeU-Basket24.7 
 5. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.4 
 6. Vinson, Pyrinto II24.3 
 7. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 8. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
 9. Clark, Porvoon .22.8 
 10. Heinonen, Munkkini.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-Basket14.5 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.6 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket11.9 
 6. Stahl, Oulun N.11.2 
 7. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.1 
 8. Knihtinen, Korikouvot11.1 
 9. Kantonen, Korik.10.7 
 10. Coleman, Jarvenpaa10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.7 
 2. Kantonen, Korik.6.3 
 3. Salonen, Porvoon .6.1 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo5.8 
 5. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.7 
 6. Ivey, Espoo United4.7 
 7. Innamaa, TuNM.4.5 
 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: 2.8
 1. Upchurch, HyPo2.8 
 2. Moore, ToPo2.6 
 3. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.6 
 4. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.5 
 5. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.4 
 6. Ceesay, Espoo B.2.4 
 7. Kuusisto, ToPo2.4 
 8. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 9. Engelvuori, Namika Lr2.3 
 10. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Ekimov, JyWe1.6 
 3. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.5 
 4. Lehtinen, PuHu J.1.5 
 5. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 6. Sandberg, TuNM.1.3 
 7. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.3 
 8. Harris, Ura Basket1.3 
 9. Harvey, Oulun N.1.2 
 10. Fields, Lahti1.2 


1st Division Round 14: Leader PuHu Juniorit defeated by TuNMKY - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as four games ended with a tiny margin. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of PuHu Juniorit (11-4) in Vantaa on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by TuNMKY (11-3) 90-84. It was a key game for the top position in Division. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 27-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) who scored 29 points and 6 rebounds. Center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) chipped in 10 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Eero Lehtinen (194-85) produced 19 points for the hosts. TuNMKY keeps a position of Division leader. PuHu Juniorit at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. TuNMKY are looking forward to face Korikouvot (#5) in Kouvola in the next round. PuHu Juniorit will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Vantaa. Sixth ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (10-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging top-ranked PuHu Juniorit (11-4) 73-71 on Friday evening. Russian guard Artem Shchepkin (194-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points. Lauri Tiainen contributed with 9 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Eero Lehtinen (194-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for PuHu Juniorit. PuHu Juniorit's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Raholan Pyrkiva maintains sixth position in Division with 10-6 record. PuHu Juniorit at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. Raholan Pyrkiva will play against JyWe (#10) in Jyvaskyla in the next round. PuHu Juniorit will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in Helsinki between Jarvenpaa and ToPo. Sixth ranked Jarvenpaa (7-8) got a very close victory on the road over one of their biggest challengers ToPo (8-7). Jarvenpaa managed to escape with a 3-point win 75-72 on Thursday evening. Arsene Towa had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 20 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Emil Djeen responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Jarvenpaa maintains sixth position in Division with 7-8 record. Newly promoted ToPo dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. Jarvenpaa will meet HBA-Marsky (#10) in the next round. ToPo will play against Oulun NMKY (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Oulun NMKY (9-6) against fifth ranked Jyvaskyla BA (8-6) on Sunday night. Visiting Oulun NMKY was defeated by Jyvaskyla BA in a tough game in Jyvaskyla 69-73. Robert Juvonen notched 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Jyvaskyla BA moved-up to fourth place in Division. Oulun NMKY at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Jyvaskyla BA's next round opponent will be Pyrinto II (#9) in Tampere where they are favorite. Oulun NMKY will play at home against ToPo (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked TuNMKY (11-3) against fourth ranked Ura Basket (11-4) on Thursday night. Visiting TuNMKY was crushed by Ura Basket in Kaarina 94-74. The best player for the winners was Jermaine Watson who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ura Basket moved-up to third place in Division. Loser TuNMKY still keeps top position with three games lost. Ura Basket will face Karkkila (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. TuNMKY will play against Korikouvot (#5) and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 14 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Division Porvoon Tarmo defeated Pyrinto II in a road game 74-71. Espoo United beat Jarvenpaa at home 74-59. Espoo United destroyed FoKoPo on the opponent's court 110-73. Porvoon Tarmo unfortunately lost to Jyvaskyla BA in a home game 85-94. Lahti managed to beat HBA-Marsky on the road 81-66. Ura Basket defeated HNMKY U23 on its own court 89-83. Raholan Pyrkiva smashed Karkkila in Tampere 91-69. PeU-Basket lost to HyPo at home 83-84. Munkkiniemen unfortunately lost to Espoo Basket on the opponent's court 69-79. HNMKY U23 recorded a loss to Espoo Basket in a home game 76-84. Namika Lr crushed Munkkiniemen on the road 83-64. Karkkila beat PeU-Basket on its own court 80-77. Korikouvot won against JyWe in Kouvola 85-79.


Division A
Pyrinto II - Porvoon Tarmo 71-74

There was no surprise in Tampere where 9th ranked Pyrinto II (4-11) was edged by seventh ranked Porvoon Tarmo (7-9) 74-71 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Porvoon Tarmo forced 22 Pyrinto II turnovers. Pyrinto II was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Levi Giese (206-90, college: Lafayette) who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import guard Cameron Clark (190-93, college: Southwestern, KS) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds. Giese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Terrell Vinson (201-90, college: Massachusetts, agency: HMS) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds and point guard Lassi Kilpinen (185-93) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Pyrinto II's coach Tero Vasell tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Porvoon Tarmo maintains seventh position in Division with 7-9 record. Loser Pyrinto II keeps the ninth place with 11 games lost. Porvoon Tarmo will have a break next round. Pyrinto II will play on the road against Jyvaskyla BA (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: C.Clark 24+7reb, L.Giese 24+7reb+1ast, B.Cardarelli 12+9reb, E.Salonen 8+8reb+5ast, M.Eriksson 4, A.Haikonen 2+2reb+1ast
Pyrinto II: T.Vinson 28+15reb+2ast, T.Sukanen 14+3reb, L.Kilpinen 12+7reb+7ast, J.Pentti 7+8reb+2ast, R.Bellagnaoui 5+1reb+1ast, A.Lehtisaari 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 487678


Espoo United - Jarvenpaa 74-59

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Espoo United (11-4) defeated at home 6th ranked Jarvenpaa (7-8) 74-59 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-59. Espoo United dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Jarvenpaa's 24. The best player for the winners was American guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import point guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists. Espoo United's coach Ville Neva used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (191-81) added 7 points and 17 rebounds respectively for the guests. Newly promoted Espoo United maintains second position in Division with 11-4 record having just one point less than leader TuNMKY. Loser Jarvenpaa keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Espoo United will face Oulun NMKY (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Jarvenpaa will play against HBA-Marsky in Helsinki and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Espoo United: J.Ivey 21+4reb+5ast, O.Calhoun 19+13reb+5ast, L.Gummerus 9+13reb, I.Sirola 6+4reb+1ast, A.Hartikainen 5+4reb, J.Jarvinen 5+3reb+2ast
Jarvenpaa: H.Coleman 16+11reb+1ast, L.Tarjanne 16+3reb+2ast, J.Mantyla 13+2reb+3ast, A.Towa 7+17reb+1ast, J.Jousisto 5+4reb+7ast, T.Rista 2
gschID: 487679


Jyvaskyla BA - Oulun NMKY 73-69

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Oulun NMKY (9-6) against fifth ranked Jyvaskyla BA (8-6) on Sunday night. Visiting Oulun NMKY was defeated by Jyvaskyla BA in a tough game in Jyvaskyla 69-73. Oulun NMKY was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Oulun NMKY helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Robert Juvonen (185-91) notched 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Valtteri Leppanen supported him with 8 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds by American guard Zach Stahl (196, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) did not help to save the game for Oulun NMKY. Guard Ilmari Kallio (191-92) added 19 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Jyvaskyla BA moved-up to fourth place in Division. Oulun NMKY at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Jyvaskyla BA's next round opponent will be Pyrinto II (#9) in Tampere where they are favorite. Oulun NMKY will play at home against ToPo (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla BA: R.Juvonen 25+9reb+3ast, W.Barry 10+6reb, M.Marttinen 9+5reb+1ast, V.Leppanen 8+7reb+3ast, V.Lehtonen 7, C.Chukwuma 6+2reb+3ast
Oulun NMKY: Z.Stahl 21+13reb+2ast, I.Kallio 19+5reb+2ast, O.Virolainen 11, D.Harvey 9+9reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 7+2reb+2ast, K.Clement 2+3reb+4ast
gschID: 487677


FoKoPo - Espoo United 73-110

Very expected game when 8th ranked Forssan Koripojat (6-10) was rolled over at home by second ranked Espoo United (11-4) 110-73 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Espoo United. Forssan Koripojat was better in second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Espoo United forced 20 Forssan Koripojat turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) who scored 24 points. Point guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) chipped in 17 points and 7 assists. Four Espoo United players scored in double figures. Forward Bruce Reed (202-90, college: Pikeville) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and swingman Roderick Flemings (203-87, college: Hawaii) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Espoo United maintains second position in Division with 11-4 record having just one point less than leader TuNMKY. Loser Forssan Koripojat keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Espoo United will face Oulun NMKY (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Forssan Koripojat will play against the league's leader Lahti (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Espoo United: O.Calhoun 24+3reb+3ast, J.Ivey 17+1reb+7ast, L.Toivonen 16+7reb+1ast, T.Halme 14+1reb+1ast, L.Gummerus 14+5reb+3ast, J.Jarvinen 9+4reb+7ast
FoKoPo: B.Reed 21+5reb+3ast, R.Flemings 15+9reb+1ast, T.Sulonen 14+4reb+2ast, J.Henttonen 7+1reb+1ast, S.Bowden 5+3reb+2ast, O.Kaseva 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 487675


Porvoon Tarmo - Jyvaskyla BA 85-94

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Jyvaskyla BA (8-6) beat on the road 7th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (7-9) 94-85 on Friday. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Porvoon Tarmo was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Valtteri Leppanen who scored 20 points. Point guard Robert Juvonen (185-91) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Jyvaskyla BA's coach Juuso Konttinen used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Cameron Clark (190-93, college: Southwestern, KS) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Levi Giese (206-90, college: Lafayette) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Jyvaskyla BA and four Porvoon Tarmo players scored in double figures. Jyvaskyla BA moved-up to fourth place in Division. Loser Porvoon Tarmo keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Jyvaskyla BA will face Pyrinto II (#9) in Tampere in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla BA: T.Puittinen 21+4reb, V.Leppanen 20+4reb+3ast, S.Oja 15+6reb+4ast, R.Juvonen 13+7reb+6ast, J.Luoma 10+5reb, M.Marttinen 7+4reb+1ast
Porvoon Tarmo: C.Clark 25+11reb+2ast, L.Giese 22+5reb+2ast, B.Cardarelli 14+8reb, J.Oikari 11+1reb, E.Salonen 8+3reb+4ast, A.Haikonen 5+1reb
gschID: 487676


ToPo - Jarvenpaa 72-75

A very close game took place in Helsinki between Jarvenpaa and ToPo. Sixth ranked Jarvenpaa (7-8) got a very close victory on the road over one of their biggest challengers ToPo (8-7). Jarvenpaa managed to escape with a 3-point win 75-72 on Thursday evening. ToPo cut a 13-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. They outrebounded ToPo 43-32 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (191-81) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 20 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Guard Emil Djeen (183-94, college: High School) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and forward Cedric Latimer (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Jarvenpaa maintains sixth position in Division with 7-8 record. Newly promoted ToPo dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. Jarvenpaa will meet HBA-Marsky (#10) in the next round. ToPo will play against Oulun NMKY (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jarvenpaa: J.Jousisto 15+3reb+2ast, H.Coleman 15+11reb+2ast, L.Tarjanne 15+2reb+2ast, A.Towa 10+20reb+2ast, J.Viita 9+2reb+1ast, J.Pehkonen 8+4reb+2ast
ToPo: C.Latimer 16+5reb+3ast, E.Djeen 13+12reb+1ast, I.Pehkonen 12+2reb+3ast, S.Booker 11+5reb+1ast, J.Hietanen 8+2reb, J.Kauppinen 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 487674


HBA-Marsky - Lahti 66-81

Not a big story in a game in Helsinki where 10th ranked HBA-Marsky (4-11) was defeated by first ranked Lahti (12-4) 81-66 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Lahti. HBA-Marsky was better in third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded HBA-Marsky 42-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Sami Ikavalko (187-89) chipped in 23 points. Andre Gustavson (190-99) produced 20 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and point guard Edon Maxhuni (186-98) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. HBA-Marsky's coach Antti Koskelainen tested eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lahti maintains first position in Division with 12-4 record. Loser HBA-Marsky keeps the tenth place with 11 games lost. Lahti will face Forssan Koripojat (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. HBA-Marsky will play against Jarvenpaa and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lahti: S.Ikavalko 23+4reb+3ast, J.Fields 20+10reb+3ast, A.Alanen 10+6reb+1ast, R.Barlund 8+3reb+2ast, R.Ojanen 8+6reb+1ast, O.Aalto 5+6reb
HBA-Marsky: A.Gustavson 20+4reb+1ast, E.Maxhuni 15+4reb+5ast, L.Nikkarinen 8+4reb+3ast, H.Polla 7+3reb+2ast, E.Valtonen 5+6reb+1ast, T.Pihlajamaki 5+2reb
gschID: 487673


Division B
Ura Basket - HNMKY U23 89-83

Everything went according to plan in Kaarina where fourth ranked Ura Basket (11-4) won against 8th ranked HNMKY U23 (6-10) 89-83 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Ura Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll.) who scored 22 points and 5 assists. The other American import forward Sean Harris (201, college: Utah St.) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Watson attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. Ura Basket's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Jyri Eboreime (185-98) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds and center Petteri Ruutiainen (207-95) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Ura Basket and four HNMKY U23 players scored in double figures. Ura Basket moved-up to third place in Division. Loser HNMKY U23 dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Ura Basket will face Karkkila (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. HNMKY U23's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Helsinki to the arena Munkkiniemen.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: J.Watson 22+4reb+5ast, S.Harris 16+8reb+5ast, V.Hanninen 13+2reb+4ast, S.Kaaresvirta 13+3reb+7ast, J.Forsstrom 13+7reb+1ast, J.Kukkonen 7+1reb+3ast
HNMKY U23: J.Eboreime 22+8reb+3ast, V.Tahvanainen 15+4reb+2ast, P.Ruutiainen 14+11reb+1ast, B.Vanninen 12+5reb+4ast, K.Kallela 9+1reb, M.Meldo 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 487831


Karkkila - Raholan Pyrkiva 69-91

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Karkkila (6-9) was crushed at home by sixth ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (10-6) 91-69 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Raholan Pyrkiva. Karkkila was better in fourth quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Karkkila 38-24 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Raholan Pyrkiva especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was guard Tommi Rasi (184-98) who scored 31 points and 4 assists. Russian guard Artem Shchepkin (194-86) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Shchepkin is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Raholan Pyrkiva players scored in double figures. Point guard Janne Kinnunen (185-87) produced 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Artturi Nieminen (189-97) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Raholan Pyrkiva maintains sixth position in Division with 10-6 record. Loser Karkkila keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Raholan Pyrkiva will face JyWe (#10) in Jyvaskyla in the next round. Karkkila will play at home against Ura Basket and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Raholan Pyrkiva: T.Rasi 31+1reb+4ast, A.Shchepkin 18+5reb+7ast, A.Keski-Koukkari 15+5reb+3ast, A.Kaivonen 11+6reb+2ast, L.Tiainen 8+12reb+1ast, S.Sukanen 4+2reb
Karkkila: J.Kinnunen 26+7reb+7ast, A.Nieminen 14+6reb+2ast, S.Ryynanen 10+3reb+1ast, M.King 7+3reb+3ast, S.Brofeldt 4+5ast, T.Heino 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 487830


PeU-Basket - HyPo 83-84

No shocking result in a game in Pernio where seventh ranked HyPo (7-6) edged 10th ranked PeU-Basket (4-11) 84-83 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But PeU-Basket won third quarter 22-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PeU-Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard De'Andre Upchurch (188-91, college: Tarleton St.) who had a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Riku Lempio (197-90) chipped in 10 points. American forward Tiel Daniels (200-92, college: Colorado St.) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 19 rebounds and forward Riku Laine (197-97) added 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Four PeU-Basket players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. HyPo maintains seventh position in Division with 7-6 record. Loser PeU-Basket dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. HyPo will face higher ranked Espoo Basket (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. PeU-Basket will play against Namika Lr (#13) in Lappeenranta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
HyPo: D.Upchurch 45+15reb+4ast, R.Lempio 10+2reb+2ast, S.Saari 7+3reb+3ast, I.Blomqvist 7+3reb, P.Puustinen 6+6reb+2ast, A.Rikka 5+8reb+1ast
PeU-Basket: T.Daniels 28+19reb+1ast, R.Laine 23+7reb+4ast, J.Savolainen 10+6reb+6ast, M.Saari 10+2reb+3ast, S.Himberg 8+2reb+1ast, J.Rakkolainen 3
gschID: 487833


PuHu Juniorit - TuNMKY 84-90

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of PuHu Juniorit (11-4) in Vantaa on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by TuNMKY (11-3) 90-84. It was a key game for the top position in Division. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 27-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) who scored 29 points and 6 rebounds. Center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. Five TuNMKY players scored in double figures. Guard Eero Lehtinen (194-85) produced 19 points and guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. TuNMKY keeps a position of Division leader. PuHu Juniorit at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. TuNMKY are looking forward to face Korikouvot (#5) in Kouvola in the next round. PuHu Juniorit will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
TuNMKY: E.Innamaa 29+6reb+3ast, T.Lommi 16+5reb+2ast, T.Jaakkola 13+6reb, A.Talvitie 12+4reb+1ast, M.Sandberg 10+14reb+3ast, V.Salli 7+1reb
PuHu Juniorit: E.Lehtinen 19+4reb+3ast, O.Markkanen 12+5reb, S.Laakso 11+2reb, P.Rainamaa 10+7reb+1ast, E.Sahlberg 10+3reb+1ast, S.Salminen 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 487834


Espoo Basket - Munkkiniemen 79-69

Very expected game when 12th ranked Munkkiniemen (3-11) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Espoo Basket (11-5) 79-69 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Espoo Basket. Munkkiniemen was better in third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Espoo Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Munkkiniemen's 28. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Darian Cartharn (183-91, college: Mo.-St.Louis) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import guard Joshua Gouch (196-91, college: CS San Bernar.) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Four Espoo Basket players scored in double figures. Guard Tuomas Oksa (188-0) produced 20 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and point guard Joonas Timonen (188-0) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Espoo Basket moved-up to fourth place in Division. Newly promoted Munkkiniemen keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Espoo Basket will face HyPo (#7) in Hyvinkaa in the next round. Munkkiniemen's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Helsinki HNMKY U23.
Top scorers:
Espoo Basket: D.Cartharn 21+5reb+3ast, B.Ceesay 17+8reb+1ast, J.Graham 11+4reb+3ast, J.Gouch 11+8reb+8ast, I.Kerminen 9+2reb+5ast, A.Vialen 6+5reb
Munkkiniemen: T.Oksa 20+3reb, J.Timonen 13+5reb+3ast, T.Antikainen 9+6reb+1ast, A.Hammainen 8+6reb+2ast, E.Lahdetniemi 6+4reb, O.Ailio 5+3reb
gschID: 487832


HNMKY U23 - Espoo Basket 76-84

Rather predictable result in Helsinki where fifth ranked Espoo Basket (11-5) beat 8th ranked HNMKY U23 (6-10) 84-76 on Friday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Joshua Gouch (196-91, college: CS San Bernar.) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) chipped in 20 points. Four Espoo Basket players scored in double figures. Center Petteri Ruutiainen (207-95) produced 15 points and guard Jyri Eboreime (185-98) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. HNMKY U23's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Espoo Basket moved-up to fourth place in Division. Loser HNMKY U23 dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Espoo Basket will face HyPo (#7) in Hyvinkaa in the next round. HNMKY U23's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Helsinki to the arena Munkkiniemen.
Top scorers:
Espoo Basket: J.Graham 20+4reb+1ast, J.Gouch 17+12reb+3ast, D.Cartharn 13+2reb+2ast, B.Ceesay 11+7reb+2ast, C.Carapinha 9+5reb+8ast, A.Vialen 4+8reb
HNMKY U23: P.Ruutiainen 15+3reb+2ast, J.Eboreime 14+5reb, V.Tahvanainen 11+3reb+2ast, B.Vanninen 7, M.Meldo 6+1reb+1ast, K.Kallela 5+4reb
gschID: 487828


PuHu Juniorit - Raholan Pyrkiva 71-73

Important game to mention about took place in Vantaa. Sixth ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (10-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging top-ranked PuHu Juniorit (11-4) 73-71 on Friday evening. PuHu Juniorit was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Russian guard Artem Shchepkin (194-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points. Guard Lauri Tiainen (193-90) contributed with 9 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Shchepkin is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Eero Lehtinen (194-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for PuHu Juniorit. PuHu Juniorit's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Raholan Pyrkiva maintains sixth position in Division with 10-6 record. PuHu Juniorit at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. Raholan Pyrkiva will play against JyWe (#10) in Jyvaskyla in the next round. PuHu Juniorit will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Raholan Pyrkiva: A.Shchepkin 24+3reb+2ast, T.Rasi 17+3reb, L.Tiainen 9+11reb+1ast, A.Mavrodiev 8+4reb+4ast, A.Keski-Koukkari 8+3reb+2ast, A.Kaivonen 5+5reb+3ast
PuHu Juniorit: E.Lehtinen 16+12reb+2ast, S.Salminen 11+9reb, P.Rainamaa 10+8reb+4ast, J.Aho 8+2reb+2ast, J.Kyllonen 7+4ast, E.Sahlberg 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 487825


Munkkiniemen - Namika Lr 64-83

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Helsinki where 12th ranked Munkkiniemen (3-11) was outplayed by thirteenth ranked Namika Lr (2-12) 83-64 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Namika Lr. Munkkiniemen was better in third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Namika Lr dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Munkkiniemen's 32. Namika Lr forced 20 Munkkiniemen turnovers. The best player for the winners was American swingman Reginald Bratton (193-86, college: Lenoir-Rhyne, agency: Blacktop Management) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Teemu Turunen (187-94) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Point guard Joonas Timonen (188-0) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and forward Antti Hammainen (199-97) added 9 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Namika Lr maintains thirteenth position in Division with 2-12 record. Newly promoted Munkkiniemen keeps the twelfth place with 11 games lost. Namika Lr will face higher ranked PeU-Basket (#11) in Pernio in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Namika Lr: R.Bratton 32+16reb+2ast, T.Turunen 13+4reb+4ast, K.Puittinen 8+2reb+2ast, A.Tapio 7+1reb+2ast, L.Aavamaki 6+1reb+2ast, S.Mantynen 5+3ast
Munkkiniemen: J.Timonen 16+6reb+2ast, O.Ailio 10+4reb+4ast, T.Oksa 9+2reb, A.Hammainen 9+11reb, M.Rautasalo 6+5reb, E.Uotila 5+2reb
gschID: 487829


Karkkila - PeU-Basket 80-77

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Karkkila (6-9) edged at home 10th ranked PeU-Basket (4-11) 80-77 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Karkkila made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Strangely PeU-Basket outrebounded Karkkila 47-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Michael King (201-74, college: Ill.-Chicago) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Hannes Koskinen (198-98) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Four Karkkila players scored in double figures. American forward Tiel Daniels (200-92, college: Colorado St.) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds and forward Riku Laine (197-97) added 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. PeU-Basket's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Karkkila maintains eighth position in Division with 6-9 record. Loser PeU-Basket dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Karkkila will face higher ranked Ura Basket (#3) in Kaarina in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. PeU-Basket will play on the road against Namika Lr (#13) in Lappeenranta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Karkkila: H.Koskinen 21+5reb, M.King 20+13reb+1ast, J.Kinnunen 14+2reb+6ast, S.Makela 11+2reb+6ast, S.Ryynanen 6+4reb, S.Brofeldt 5+3reb+2ast
PeU-Basket: T.Daniels 26+18reb+1ast, R.Laine 22+10reb+5ast, S.Himberg 10+8reb, M.Patrakka 5+4reb, J.Rakkolainen 4+2reb, J.Arell 3+2reb
gschID: 487827


JyWe - Korikouvot 79-85

There was no surprise in Jyvaskyla where 11th ranked JyWe (4-11) was defeated by fourth ranked Korikouvot (10-4) 85-79 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But JyWe won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Korikouvot looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Teemu Knihtinen (195-98) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Juuso Maenpaa (198-93) chipped in 19 points. Russian point guard Sergei Chudinovskich (193-81) produced 20 points and 6 assists and forward Sami Mantymaa (193-88) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory Korikouvot went down to fifth position (Division) due to points difference. Newly promoted JyWe dropped to the tenth place with 11 games lost. Korikouvot will face league's leader TuNMKY in Turun in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. JyWe will play on the road against Raholan Pyrkiva (#6) in Tampere and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Korikouvot: J.Maenpaa 19+3reb+3ast, T.Knihtinen 16+15reb+7ast, V.Leino 16+6reb+3ast, S.Lehtonen 16+1reb+6ast, E.Johansson 8+6reb, T.Lapila 3+2reb
JyWe: S.Chudinovskich 20+4reb+6ast, S.Mantymaa 16+10reb+1ast, A.Kantonen 11+7reb+6ast, T.Lemmetyinen 10+3reb, A.Ekimov 8+8reb, N.Pantsu 7+1reb
gschID: 487826


Ura Basket - TuNMKY 94-74

Very important is a road loss of third ranked TuNMKY (11-3) against fourth ranked Ura Basket (11-4) on Thursday night. Visiting TuNMKY was crushed by Ura Basket in Kaarina 94-74. The game without a history. Ura Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ura Basket had a 29-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll.) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Ville Hanninen (193-95) chipped in 21 points. Watson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Ura Basket players scored in double figures. Center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) added 21 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ura Basket moved-up to third place in Division. Loser TuNMKY still keeps top position with three games lost. Ura Basket will face Karkkila (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. TuNMKY will play against Korikouvot (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: V.Hanninen 21+2reb+2ast, J.Watson 21+8reb+3ast, M.Suomi 11+1ast, S.Harris 11+8reb, J.Kukkonen 10+5reb+7ast, S.Kaaresvirta 9+7reb+5ast
TuNMKY: E.Innamaa 21+3reb+2ast, M.Sandberg 19+10reb, T.Lommi 8+2reb+2ast, H.Dassouki 7+1reb+2ast, V.Salli 6+2reb+1ast, T.Jaakkola 4+6reb+5ast
gschID: 487824





De'Andre Upchurch claims Finnish 1st Division weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American De'Andre Upchurch (188-G-91) had a great game in the last round for HyPo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 45 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team edged out PeU-Basket (#11, 4-11) 84-83. HyPo maintains the 7th position in their group in Finnish 1st Division. HyPo is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-6 record. In the team's last game Upchurch had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 16 attempts. He turned to be HyPo's top player in his first season with the team. Tarleton State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Upchurch is league's best scorer averaging so far 37.0ppg. Upchurch is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.8apg) and averages solid 2.8spg and 53.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American swingman Reginald Bratton (193-G/F-86, agency: Blacktop Management) of Namika Lr. Bratton impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 32 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he led Namika Lr to another comfortable win 83-64 over slightly higher-ranked Munkkiniemen (#12, 3-11) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in Division B. Namika Lr keeps 13th position. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Namika Lr managed to get this year. Bratton is one of the most experienced players at Namika Lr and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Tiel Daniels (200-F-92) of PeU-Basket (#11). Daniels scored 28 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Daniels' great performance PeU-Basket lost 83-84 to the higher-ranked HyPo (#7, 7-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. PeU-Basket can only dream about fighting for top spots in Division B. They have rather bad season and 4-11 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Daniels he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Daniels has individually a great season in Finland. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.7ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 14.5rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tiel Daniels (200-F-92) of PeU-Basket - 26 points and 18 rebounds
5. Terrell Vinson (201-F-90) of Pyrinto II - 28 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Omar Calhoun (198-G-93) of Espoo United - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Robert Juvonen (185-PG-91) of Jyvaskyla BA - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Eero Innamaa (186-G-98) of TuNMKY - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Michael King (201-F-74) of Karkkila - 20 points and 13 rebounds
10. Janne Kinnunen (185-PG-87) of Karkkila - 26 points, 7 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 - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 16: Gravelines - Le Portel 89-71
Jan. 15: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Limoges 89-57
Jan. 14: ASVEL - Nancy 84-71
Jan. 14: Monaco - Nanterre 84-70
Jan. 13: Dijon - Orleans 76-84
Jan. 13: Paris-Levallois - Strasbourg 75-65
Jan. 14: Chalons-Reims - Chalon 74-69
Jan. 14: Cholet - Hyeres-Toulon 66-86
Jan. 13: Antibes - Le Mans 54-58

Round 14

Jan. 7: Gravelines - Nanterre 91-81

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 20: Hyeres-Toulon - Paris-Levallois
Jan. 20: Le Portel - Antibes
Jan. 21: Chalon - Dijon
Jan. 21: Le Mans - Gravelines
Jan. 21: Limoges - Monaco
Jan. 21: Nancy - Pau-Lacq-Orthez
Jan. 21: Nanterre - Cholet
Jan. 21: Orleans - ASVEL
Jan. 21: Strasbourg - Chalons-Reims


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Kyle GIBSON
  Gravelines
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Gibson, Gravelines19.5 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.4 
 3. Clark, Chalon16.3 
 4. Roberson, Chalon16.3 
 5. Smith, Chalons-Reims16.1 
 6. Prepelic, Limoges15.9 
 7. Cobbs, Gravelines15.8 
 8. Sommerville, Orleans15.6 
 9. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.14.9 
 10. Buford, Limoges14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Fall, Chalon8.8 
 2. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.6 
 3. Yeguete, Le Mans8.1 
 4. Blue, Antibes7.5 
 5. Hunt, Nancy7.5 
 6. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.7.5 
 7. Donaldson, Le Po.7.2 
 8. Hassell, Le Portel7.0 
 9. Lessort, Nanterre7.0 
 10. Koffi, Pau-Lacq.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.11.3 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.1 
 3. Hodge, AS.6.6 
 4. Holston, Dijon5.7 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines5.6 
 6. Vargas, Nancy5.5 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.2 
 8. Eito, Orleans5.0 
 9. Bost, Monaco4.9 
 10. Nelson, AS.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 2. Eito, Orleans2.3 
 3. Wood, Limoges2.1 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.9 
 5. Holston, Dijon1.8 
 6. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.6 
 7. Yeguete, Le Mans1.6 
 8. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 9. Gladyr, Monaco1.4 
 10. Pearson, Le Mans1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Fall, Chalon2.8 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Jeanne, Nancy1.3 
 4. Uter, AS.1.1 
 5. Poirier, Paris-Le.1.1 
 6. Jaiteh, Strasbourg1.0 
 7. Hassell, Le Portel1.0 
 8. Joseph, Orleans1.0 
 9. Murphy, Strasbourg0.9 
 10. Hunt, Nancy0.9 


ProA Round 16: Chalon/Saor is upset by Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Reims between second ranked Chalon/Saor (12-4) and twelfth ranked Chalons-Reims (7-9) on Saturday night. Chalon/Saor was defeated by Chalons-Reims in a tough game on the road 69-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 45-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Chalons-Reims made 7 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Alex Young (198-89, college: IUPUI, agency: Two Points) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) produced 25 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Chalon/Saor's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total seventeen players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalons-Reims moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Chalon/Saor at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Chalons-Reims is looking forward to face higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chalon/Saor will play against JDA Dijon (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked JSF Nanterre (10-6) against eighth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (9-7) on Saturday night. Visiting JSF Nanterre was defeated by Gravelines-Dunkerque in Gravelines 91-81. Worth to mention a great performance of British forward Myles Hesson (198-90) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 7 rebounds. Justin Cobbs contributed with 12 points and 11 assists for the winners. German point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) replied with 18 points and 6 assists for JSF Nanterre. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gravelines-Dunkerque moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. JSF Nanterre at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Le Mans (#5) on the road in the next round. JSF Nanterre will play against Cholet Basket and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Monaco. First ranked Monaco faced 3rd ranked JSF Nanterre. Host Monaco (14-2) defeated guests from Nanterre (10-6) 84-70. Worth to mention a great performance of Zack Wright who helped to win the game recording 13 points. At the losing side Talib Zanna responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Monaco have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-2 record. Loser JSF Nanterre dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. Monaco will meet Limoges CSP Elite (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JSF Nanterre will play against Cholet Basket (#14) and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Pau. Local Pau-Lacq-Orthez (11-5) outscored 11th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (7-9) 89-57. The winners were led by D.J. Cooper who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Eric Bartecheky felt very confident that he used 10 players saving starting five for next games. Pau-Lacq-Orthez maintains third position with 11-5 record having just three points less than leader Monaco. Limoges CSP Elite at the other side dropped to the tenth place with nine games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy (#18) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Limoges CSP Elite will play against the league's leader Monaco (#1) and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 16 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Le Portel was defeated by Gravelines in a road game 89-71. Cholet was smashed by Hyeres-Toulon at home 66-86. Bottom-ranked Nancy lost to ASVEL on the opponent's court 71-84. Paris-Levallois managed to outperform Strasbourg in a home game 75-65. Orleans managed to beat Dijon on the road 84-76. Antibes was defeated by Le Mans on its own court 54-58.


Gravelines - Le Portel 89-71

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Le Portel (7-9) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (9-7) 89-71. The game was mostly controlled by Gravelines-Dunkerque. Le Portel was better in second period 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was also dominated by American players. The winners were led by guard Kyle Gibson (196-87, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: BeoBasket) who scored that evening 28 points and guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) supported him with 21 points and 5 assists. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 17 points and 6 rebounds by point guard Darrin Dorsey (188-87, college: Dakota Wesleyan) did not help to save the game for Le Portel. Power forward Franklin Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Le Portel at the other side keeps the tenth position with nine games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque's next round opponent will be Le Mans (#5) on the road. Le Portel will play against Olympique Antibes (#17) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: D.Dorsey 17+6reb+3ast, J.Begarin 13+2reb+1ast, F.Hassell 12+7reb, A.Reid 10+4reb+2ast, J.Donaldson 9+6reb+2ast, L.Goulbourne 8+3reb+1ast
Gravelines: K.Gibson 28+3reb+3ast, J.Cobbs 21+4reb+5ast, S.Henry 15+3reb, R.Solomon 10+6reb, M.Hesson 6+6reb+2ast, M.Keita 4+1ast
gschID: 485455


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Limoges 89-57

The game with biggest result difference took place in Pau. Local Pau-Lacq-Orthez (11-5) outscored 11th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (7-9) 89-57. The game without a history. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 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 Limoges CSP Elite's 24. Pau-Lacq-Orthez players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Limoges CSP Elite's players. The winners were led by American point guard D.J. Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists and the former international center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Eric Bartecheky felt very confident that he used 10 players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds by the former international center Ousmane Camara (202-89) did not help to save the game for Limoges CSP Elite. Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Pau-Lacq-Orthez maintains third position with 11-5 record having just three points less than leader Monaco. Limoges CSP Elite at the other side dropped to the tenth place with nine games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy (#18) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Limoges CSP Elite will play against the league's leader Monaco (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Limoges: K.Prepelic 16+5reb+1ast, O.Camara 15+10reb, D.Wood 10+2reb+2ast, E.Bremer 6+2reb+3ast, W.Buford 4+4reb+4ast, C.Fair 4+3reb+1ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: A.Koffi 17+6reb+1ast, D.Cooper 15+8reb+13ast, J.Mipoka 10+6reb+1ast, J.Edwards 8+7reb+1ast, V.Chikoko 8+1reb, A.Goods 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 485456


Cholet - Hyeres-Toulon 66-86

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Hyeres-Toulon and 14th ranked Cholet Basket had identical 6-9 record. But Cholet Basket was not able to use a home court advantage and was smashed by the opponent from Toulon 86-66. The game was mostly controlled by Hyeres-Toulon. Cholet Basket was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by William Howard (201-93) who scored that evening 14 points and 7 rebounds and American-British point guard Akeem Williams (178-91, college: Mass.-Lowell) supported him with 16 points. Hyeres-Toulon's coach Kyle Milling allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 12 points and 7 rebounds by center Jerry Boutsiele (207-92) did not help to save the game for Cholet Basket. The former international forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St.) added 11 points for lost side. Five Hyeres-Toulon and four Cholet Basket players scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon (7-9) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Cholet Basket at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with ten games lost. Hyeres-Toulon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#7) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Cholet Basket will play against JSF Nanterre (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cholet: J.Boutsiele 12+7reb, A.Rodriguez 11+2reb+1ast, I.Evtimov 11+4reb+3ast, I.Swann 10+3reb+2ast, G.Brown 9+4reb+1ast, D.Noel 8+3reb+2ast
Hyeres-Toulon: A.Williams 16+2reb+3ast, W.Howard 14+7reb+2ast, M.Acker 13+2reb+1ast, F.Prenom 12+5reb+4ast, D.Michineau 12+3reb+3ast, R.Evans 11+5reb+4ast
gschID: 485454


Monaco - Nanterre 84-70

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Monaco. First ranked Monaco faced 3rd ranked JSF Nanterre. Host Monaco (14-2) defeated guests from Nanterre (10-6) 84-70. The game was mostly controlled by Monaco. JSF Nanterre managed to win third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo.) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and American Jamal Shuler (191-86) who added 15 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side Nigerian forward Talib Zanna (206-90, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Mathias Lessort (205-95) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Monaco have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-2 record. Loser JSF Nanterre dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. Monaco will meet Limoges CSP Elite (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JSF Nanterre will play against Cholet Basket (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: T.Zanna 18+7reb+1ast, M.Lessort 12+7reb+2ast, S.Butterfield 11+4reb, H.Invernizzi 9+2reb, M.Riley 7+4reb+4ast, H.Schaffartzik 7+3reb+3ast
Monaco: J.Shuler 15+1reb+4ast, Z.Wright 13+4reb+3ast, B.Ouattara 13+4reb+1ast, B.Davies 10+4reb, D.Bost 9+6reb+2ast, J.Aboudou 7+4reb
gschID: 485453


ASVEL - Nancy 84-71

Very expected game when 18th ranked Sluc Nancy (3-13) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (9-7) 84-71. The game was mostly controlled by ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Sluc Nancy was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The winners were led by U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 assists and 4 steals and Serbian-Montenegrin forward Nikola Dragovic (206-87, college: UCLA, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 10 points and 11 rebounds. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach J.D. Jackson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 23 points and 9 rebounds by Spanish guard Alex Urtasun (193-84) did not help to save the game for Sluc Nancy. American forward Dario Hunt (206-89, college: Nevada) added 15 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Five ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket and four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Sluc Nancy at the other side stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's next round opponent will be Entente Orleans 45 (#15) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Sluc Nancy will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nancy: A.Urtasun 23+9reb+3ast, D.Hunt 15+10reb+1ast, M.Trasolini 11+4reb, D.Mallet 10+1reb+3ast, B.Rush 6+2reb+2ast, A.M'Baye 3
ASVEL: W.Hodge 21+4reb+11ast, N.Lang 15+2reb+3ast, T.Meacham 15+2ast, B.Sy 11+1reb+2ast, N.Dragovic 10+11reb+1ast, D.Nelson 6+2ast
gschID: 485451


Chalons-Reims - Chalon 74-69

The most important game in the last round took place in Reims between second ranked Chalon/Saor (12-4) and twelfth ranked Chalons-Reims (7-9) on Saturday night. Chalon/Saor was defeated by Chalons-Reims in a tough game on the road 69-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 45-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Chalons-Reims made 7 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Alex Young (198-89, college: IUPUI, agency: Two Points) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) produced 25 points and 6 rebounds and point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Chalon/Saor's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total seventeen players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalons-Reims moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Chalon/Saor at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Chalons-Reims is looking forward to face higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chalon/Saor will play against JDA Dijon (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Chalon: C.Clark 25+6reb, J.Roberson 19+6reb+5ast, A.Bouteille 9+4reb+1ast, M.Fall 6+8reb+1ast, J.Nzeulie 5+5reb+1ast, L.Harris 3+6reb+1ast
Chalons-Reims: S.Smith 22+7reb+2ast, A.Young 18+11reb+2ast, A.Lawrence 8+2reb+3ast, N.de Jong 7+4reb, M.Payne 6+6reb, E.Choquet 5+5ast
gschID: 485449


Paris-Levallois - Strasbourg 75-65

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Paris-Levallois and 9th ranked Strasbourg IG had identical 8-7 record. This time Paris-Levallois used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Strasbourg 75-65. The game without a history. Paris-Levallois led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The winners were led by American guard Jason Rich (191-86) who scored that evening 22 points and the other American import point guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo) supported him with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Even 12 points and 6 assists by American point guard Erving Walker (173-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points) did not help to save the game for Strasbourg IG. International center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (208-94, agency: BeoBasket) added 10 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Strasbourg IG's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Paris-Levallois (9-7) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Strasbourg IG at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Paris-Levallois' next round opponent will be Hyeres-Toulon (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Strasbourg IG will play against Chalons-Reims and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: E.Walker 12+4reb+6ast, M.Jaiteh 10+7reb+2ast, P.Lacombe 10+2reb+1ast, J.Leloup 7+2reb+2ast, M.Howard 6+3reb, E.Murphy 6+3reb
Paris-Levallois: J.Rich 22+4reb+3ast, T.Harris 10+1reb, L.Campbell 9+8reb+8ast, L.Sane 9+2reb, V.Poirier 8+7reb+3ast, R.Lesca 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 485452


Dijon - Orleans 76-84

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixteenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 and 15th ranked JDA Dijon had identical 5-10 record. But JDA Dijon was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Orleans 84-76. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-12. But JDA Dijon won second period 23-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Entente Orleans 45 won last quarter 24-18. Entente Orleans 45 outrebounded JDA Dijon 46-22 including a 32-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The game was also dominated by American players. The winners were led by swingman Micah Downs (195-86, college: Gonzaga) who scored that evening 22 points and 8 rebounds and guard Verdell Jones III (195-89, college: Indiana, agency: Three Eye Sports) supported him with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Entente Orleans 45's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by forward Isaiah Miles (201-94, college: St.Joseph's) did not help to save the game for JDA Dijon. Guard Ryan Brooks (193-88, college: Temple) added 13 points and 4 steals for lost side. Five Entente Orleans 45 and four JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. Entente Orleans 45 (6-10) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Cholet. JDA Dijon at the other side dropped to the sixteenth position with 11 games lost. Entente Orleans 45's next round opponent will be higher ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#8) at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. JDA Dijon will play against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Dijon: I.Miles 16+5reb+1ast, R.Brooks 13+4reb+3ast, J.Alingue 12+3reb+1ast, D.Holston 10+1reb+8ast, A.Julien 9+2reb+3ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 8+3reb+2ast
Orleans: M.Downs 22+8reb+3ast, V.Jones III 16+6reb+5ast, J.Kazadi 13+6reb+3ast, K.Dinal 10+9reb, A.Kader Sylla 10+2reb+2ast, A.Mendy 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 485450


Antibes - Le Mans 54-58

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Le Mans (9-7) won against on the road 17th ranked Olympique Antibes (5-11) 58-54. Olympique Antibes was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The winners were led by American forward Ryan Pearson (198-90, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) who scored that evening 14 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import point guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 10 points and 4 assists. Even 13 points by American Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) did not help to save the game for Olympique Antibes. American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) added 13 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Olympique Antibes' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Le Mans maintains fifth position with 9-7 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Olympique Antibes at the other side dropped to the sixteenth place with 11 games lost. Le Mans' next round opponent will be Gravelines-Dunkerque (#6) at home. Olympique Antibes will play against Le Portel (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Antibes: C.Otule 13+7reb, T.Blue 13+4reb+3ast, F.Bourdillon 9+1reb+1ast, M.Kouguere 5+3reb, K.Gaines 5+1reb+1ast, I.Cordinier 4+4reb+3ast
Le Mans: R.Pearson 14+6reb+1ast, G.Watson 10+4ast, O.Hanlan 6+2reb+1ast, P.Cornelie 6+2reb, W.Yeguete 6+7reb, L.Konate 5+1reb
gschID: 485448


Round 14
Gravelines - Nanterre 91-81

Very important is a road loss of third ranked JSF Nanterre (10-6) against eighth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (9-7) on Saturday night. Visiting JSF Nanterre was defeated by Gravelines-Dunkerque in Gravelines 91-81. The game was mostly controlled by Gravelines-Dunkerque. JSF Nanterre was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gravelines-Dunkerque made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of British forward Myles Hesson (198-90) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 assists for the winners. German point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) replied with 18 points and 6 assists and American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for JSF Nanterre. Five JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gravelines-Dunkerque moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. JSF Nanterre at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Le Mans (#5) on the road in the next round. JSF Nanterre will play against Cholet Basket and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: H.Schaffartzik 18+4reb+6ast, C.Warren 15+6reb+6ast, S.Butterfield 14+6reb+3ast, B.Conklin 11+5reb+1ast, M.Lessort 10+8reb+1ast, T.Zanna 5+1reb
Gravelines: M.Hesson 29+7reb+1ast, K.Gibson 23+4reb, J.Cobbs 12+4reb+11ast, R.Solomon 7+4reb, S.Henry 7+8reb+4ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 6+5reb
gschID: 531036





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

29-year old center Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Bourg and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Evreux (#15, 6-8) with 19-point margin 76-57. Bourg is placed at 2nd position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bourg will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. In the team's last game Peacock had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Bourg and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Georgia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. Peacock is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.0ppg) and averages solid 67.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Joe Burton (201-F-90) of Roanne. He is American forward in his first season at Roanne. In the last game Burton recorded impressive 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Roanne was edged by slightly higher-ranked Vichy Clermont (#8, 7-7) 96-94. This loss caused Roanne to drop to 10th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-8 record. Burton is a newcomer at Roanne and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.9ppg (#6). He also registered 9.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Wilbert Brown (200-PF-84) of Charleville (#3). Brown scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Brown's great performance Charleville lost 86-88 to the lower-ranked Denain (#7, 8-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Charleville needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 4 lost games. Brown has a very solid season. In 14 games in France he scored 13.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mickael Var (205-F/C-90) of Poitiers - 19 points and 5 rebounds
5. Karim Atamna (196-SG-80) of Maurienne - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Drake Reed (194-G/F-87) of Poitiers - 15 points and 7 rebounds
7. DeQuan Jones (203-F-90) of Lille - 20 points and 7 rebounds
8. Benjamin Monclar (191-SG-88) of Blois - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Jarvis Williams (198-C/F-93) of Boulazac - 20 points and 6 rebounds
10. Dustin Ware (183-PG-90) of Vichy Clermont - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Standings - Pro B

ProB Standings
North
 1. Bernau 11-4 
 2. Iserlohn 10-5 
 3. Art.Dragons 10-5 
 4. Oldenburg 10-5 
 5. Bochum 9-6 
 6. Schalke 7-8 
 7. Rist Wedel 7-8 
 8. Itzehoe 7-8 
 9. Rostock 7-8 
 10. Stahnsdorf 5-10 
 11. Wolfenbuettel 4-11 
 12. Recklinghausen 3-12 
South
 1. Karlsruhe PS 12-3 
 2. Weissenhorn 10-5 
 3. Bayer Giants 10-5 
 4. FC Bayern II 9-5 
 5. Elchingen 9-5 
 6. Karlsruhe BG 8-6 
 7. Dragons 7-8 
 8. Wuerzburg 6-9 
 9. Fraport SKY II 5-9 
 10. Licher Baeren 5-10 
 11. Leipzig 4-11 
 12. Noerdlingen 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 15

North

Jan. 15: Rostock - Schalke 96-72
Jan. 15: Itzehoe - Wolfenbuettel 89-79
Jan. 14: Iserlohn - Bernau 85-72
Jan. 15: Recklinghausen - Bochum 81-74
Jan. 15: Art.Dragons - Oldenburg 80-76
Jan. 15: Rist Wedel - Stahnsdorf 71-65

South

Jan. 15: Fraport SKY II - Licher Baeren 88-76
Jan. 15: Bayer Giants - Karlsruhe PS 87-66
Jan. 15: Wuerzburg - Leipzig 75-69
Jan. 15: Elchingen - FC Bayern II 74-92
Jan. 15: Weissenhorn - Noerdlingen 68-80
Jan. 15: Karlsruhe BG - Dragons 67-69

Regular Season: Round 16

North

Jan. 21: Wolfenbuettel - Rostock
Jan. 21: Art.Dragons - Recklinghausen
Jan. 21: Schalke - Bernau
Jan. 22: Bochum - Rist Wedel
Jan. 22: Stahnsdorf - Itzehoe
Jan. 22: Oldenburg - Iserlohn

South

Jan. 21: FC Bayern II - Bayer Giants
Jan. 21: Noerdlingen - Licher Baeren
Jan. 21: Karlsruhe PS - Dragons
Jan. 22: Leipzig - Karlsruhe BG
Jan. 22: Weissenhorn - Fraport SKY II
Jan. 22: Wuerzburg - Elchingen


Regionalliga Round 16: Stade keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News

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

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Stade as it allowed them to take a leadership position in North. Stade defeated 10th ranked ALBA Berlin II at home 59-50. Stade shot 22 for 30 from the free-throw line, while ALBA Berlin II only scored four points from the stripe. 29 personal fouls committed by ALBA Berlin II helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Spanish power forward Oscar Andres (200-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Mason Biddle (185-93, college: Western St.) who added 13 points and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side Badu Buck (194-99) responded with 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stade (9-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. ALBA Berlin II lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with eight games lost. ALBA Berlin II will play next round against strong Sixers trying to get back on the winning streak. Stade will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Vechta-2 on the road.
Leading BV Villingen-Schwenningen (13-2) recorded its second loss on the court of eleventh ranked Tuebingen II. Visitors were defeated by Tuebingen II 99-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BV Villingen-Schwenningen. The winners were led by forward Rouven Haenig (198-86, college: Missouri Valley) who scored that evening 26 points and 7 rebounds and Max Kochendoerfer supported him with 26 points. Even 22 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Tabari Perry (203, college: Slippery Rock) did not help to save the game for BV Villingen-Schwenningen. Tuebingen II (5-10) moved-up to ninth place in South-West, which they share with Stuttgart and Mainz. BV Villingen-Schwenningen at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Tuebingen II will play against Stuttgart (#11) on the road in the next round. BV Villingen-Schwenningen will play against the league's second-placed Limburg (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
A very close game took place in Sandersdorf between RW Cuxhaven and Sixers. Third ranked RW Cuxhaven (8-1) got a very close victory on the road over their biggest opponent Sixers (8-3). RW Cuxhaven managed to escape with a 3-point win 89-86 in the fight for the second place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sixers. Luka Petkovic fired 24 points and 5 assists for the winners. Terrence Williams produced 23 points and 6 assists for lost side. Sixers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. RW Cuxhaven have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in North. Loser Sixers dropped to the third position with three games lost. RW Cuxhaven will meet at home Rendsburg (#6) in the next round. Sixers will play against ALBA Berlin II and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Muenster (12-4) against eleventh ranked Ibbenbueren (6-10) on Saturday night. Host Muenster was defeated by Ibbenbueren in a tough game in Muenster 87-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Muenster. It was a very good performance for Rishi Kakad who helped to win the game recording 43 points (!!!). Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ibbenbueren have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place in West, which they share with Hertener Loewen. Muenster at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Ibbenbueren's next round opponent will be Frintrop (#12). Muenster will play against Grevenbroich (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Bad Aibling. Their biggest opponent host Bad Aibling (12-3) lost to first ranked Coburg (13-1) 76-69. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Bad Aibling. Worth to mention a great performance of Jordan Burris who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Coburg have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Newly promoted Coburg maintains first position in South-East with 13-1 record. Bad Aibling at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the third place with three games lost. Coburg will have a break next round. Bad Aibling will play at home against Rosenheim and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16:
In North Vechta II destroyed Westerstede on the opponent's court 88-58. Rendsburg managed to outperform Weser Bsk/BTS in a home game 85-80. Aschersleben rolled over Wusterhausen on the road 104-69.
In South-East Schwabing crushed Bayreuth II on its own court 84-62. Herzogenaurach was beaten by Ansbach in a road game 92-78. Rosenheim lost to TSV Troester at home 72-75. Leitershofen managed to outperform Zwickau on the opponent's court 88-81. Treuchtlingen managed to beat Oberhaching in a home game 81-64. Jena II was defeated by Vilsbiburg on the road 102-96.
In South-West Heidelberg USC was smashed by Langen on its own court 55-80. Mainz lost to Kaiserslautern in a road game 62-76. Karlsruhe SC outscored Lich II at home 85-61. Fellbach was rolled over Koblenz on the opponent's court 75-106. Saarlouis/Dillingen was defeated by Stuttgart in a home game 74-77. Speyer was beaten by Limburg on the road 62-58.
In West Frintrop lost to Dorsten on its own court 69-81. Grevenbroich managed to outperform Duesseldorf in a road game 84-69. Schwelm managed to beat Salzkotten at home 83-67. Herford was defeated by Bielefeld on the opponent's court 91-81. Hagen-Haspe was beaten by Hagen BG in a home game 70-78. Bonn II lost to Hertener Loewen on the road 98-107.


North
Stade - ALBA Berlin II 59-50

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Stade as it allowed them to take a leadership position in North. Stade defeated 10th ranked ALBA Berlin II at home 59-50. Stade shot 22 for 30 from the free-throw line, while ALBA Berlin II only scored four points from the stripe. 29 personal fouls committed by ALBA Berlin II helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Spanish power forward Oscar Andres (200-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Mason Biddle (185-93, college: Western St.) who added 13 points and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side Badu Buck (194-99) responded with 12 points and center Hendrik Drescher (204-0) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stade (9-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. ALBA Berlin II lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with eight games lost. ALBA Berlin II will play next round against strong Sixers trying to get back on the winning streak. Stade will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Vechta-2 on the road.
Top scorers:
Stade: O.Andres 16+14reb, M.Biddle 13+4reb+3ast, T.Lipke 9+1reb, F.Bunde 9+4reb, J.Both 6+6reb, R.Froehlich 4+4reb+1ast
ALBA Berlin II: B.Buck 12+4reb+2ast, J.Mattisseck 8+1reb+1ast, L.Herwig 8+4reb, H.Drescher 8+8reb, J.Knauf 7+7reb, F.Stanic 5+6reb
gschID: 482473


BSW Sixers - RW Cuxhaven 86-89

A very close game took place in Sandersdorf between RW Cuxhaven and Sixers. Third ranked RW Cuxhaven (8-1) got a very close victory on the road over their biggest opponent Sixers (8-3). RW Cuxhaven managed to escape with a 3-point win 89-86 in the fight for the second place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sixers. RW Cuxhaven made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Croatian point guard Luka Petkovic (190-88) fired 24 points and 5 assists for the winners. Serbian power forward Milan Dondur (204-91) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Terrence Williams (198-93, college: Charlotte) produced 23 points and 6 assists and Croatian point guard Ante Markoc (188-93) added 22 points respectively for lost side. Five RW Cuxhaven and four Sixers players scored in double figures. Sixers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. RW Cuxhaven have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in North. Loser Sixers dropped to the third position with three games lost. RW Cuxhaven will meet at home Rendsburg (#6) in the next round. Sixers will play against ALBA Berlin II and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
RW Cuxhaven: L.Petkovic 24+1reb+5ast, S.Schmitt 13+4reb+2ast, M.Dondur 12+5reb+5ast, B.Spanja 11+8reb, M.Milekic 10+7reb+2ast, S.Cvetanovic 8+9reb
BSW Sixers: T.Williams 23+3reb+6ast, A.Markoc 22+3reb+2ast, S.Kordis 12+5reb+2ast, J.Tyrna 11+5reb+2ast, E.Stankevicius 8+1reb+1ast, B.Turudic 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 482470


Westerstede - Vechta II 58-88

Very expected game when 9th ranked Westerstede (3-7) was crushed at home by fifth ranked Vechta-2 (6-5) 88-58 on Saturday. Vechta-2 dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Westerstede's 22. Vechta-2 forced 21 Westerstede turnovers and outrebounded them 48-26 including a 37-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kazembe Abif (201-92, college: Drexel) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds and Croatian center Neven Zeravica (205-88, college: W.Virg.Wesl.) who added 22 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Abif is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side American forward Nigel Pruitt (201-94, college: Kennesaw St.) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Marcel Kessen (207-97) scored 13 points. Westerstede's coach Milos Stankovic gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Vechta-2 have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position in North with 6-5 record. Newly promoted Westerstede keeps the ninth place with seven games lost. Vechta-2 will face league's leader Stade at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Westerstede will play against Hannover Korb. (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vechta II: K.Abif 33+15reb+3ast, N.Zeravica 22+9reb+3ast, M.Giljan 11+7reb+1ast, T.Insinger 9+6reb+1ast, L.Van Slooten 6+4reb+3ast, R.Caisin 5+1reb+1ast
Westerstede: N.Pruitt 15+8reb, M.Kessen 13+4reb, A.Musovic 12+2ast, L.Schmikale 6+2reb+1ast, F.Borchers 4+1reb+4ast, B.Karmand 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 482471


Rendsburg - Weser Bsk/BTS 85-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Rendsburg's (5-5) home victory over 7th ranked Weser Bsk/BTS (4-8) 85-80 on Saturday. Rendsburg forced 26 Weser Bsk/BTS turnovers. Strangely Weser Bsk/BTS outrebounded Rendsburg 53-34 including 38 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rendsburg made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Martell Collins (196-93, college: SW Oklahoma St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and center Christopher Geist (208-95) who added 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Rendsburg's coach Bjarne Homfeldt used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American center Edward Seward (206-78, college: Norfolk St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Lars Kaniok (195-80) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four Weser Bsk/BTS players scored in double figures. Rendsburg have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position in North with 5-5 record. Weser Bsk/BTS lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Rendsburg will face league's second-placed RW Cuxhaven on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Weser Bsk/BTS will play against Wusterhausen (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rendsburg: M.Brodersen 21+3reb+1ast, C.Geist 19+6reb+1ast, M.Collins 14+12reb+3ast, M.Hillner 9+1reb, H.Rixen 5, J.Kasa 4+2reb
Weser Bsk/BTS: E.Seward 20+14reb+1ast, J.Liermann 15+2reb+1ast, L.Kaniok 11+10reb+1ast, A.Bruns 10+10reb+1ast, E.Bertan 9+5reb+2ast, L.Koehler 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 482472


Wusterhausen - Aschersleben 69-104

Not a big story in a game in Wildau where 11th ranked Wusterhausen (2-9) was rolled over by fourth ranked Aschersleben (6-4) 104-69 on Saturday. Aschersleben shot 60.7 percent from the field. They also forced 23 Wusterhausen turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovenian-Serbian power forward Ljubisa Markovic (212-91) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and Slovenian guard Leon Dronjak (191-91) who added 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals during the contest. Five Aschersleben players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Nico Draegert (208-90) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Noe Trenz (195-89) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aschersleben maintains fourth position in North with 6-4 record. Wusterhausen lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with nine games lost. Aschersleben will have a break next round. Wusterhausen will play on the road against Weser Bsk/BTS (#7) in Neustadt and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Aschersleben: L.Markovic 17+8reb+1ast, B.Tenev 17+1ast, L.Dronjak 16+5reb+5ast, R.Kujundzic 16+2reb+5ast, S.Hudson 12+5reb+2ast, A.Sakalauskas 11+2reb+2ast
Wusterhausen: N.Draegert 15+5reb+3ast, N.Trenz 12+6reb+4ast, S.Diallo 10+8reb+1ast, D.Hasenkampf 7+4reb+1ast, P.Giese 6+3reb+1ast, K.Abdellatif El-Sayed 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 482469


South-East
Schwabing - Bayreuth II 84-62

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Schwabing (9-6) outscored at home 14th ranked Bayreuth 2 (1-14) 84-62 on Sunday. Schwabing dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Bayreuth 2's 38. They outrebounded Bayreuth 2 44-21 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Anthony Okao (205-98) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and Chris Wurmseher (192-97) who added 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Schwabing players scored in double figures. Schwabing's coach Robert Scheinberg felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Moritz Trieb (190-98) responded with 14 points and 5 steals and Cedric Kral (205-98) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Schwabing maintains sixth position in South-East with 9-6 record. Bayreuth 2 lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 14 games lost. Schwabing will face Oberhaching (#9) in Deisenhofen in the next round. Bayreuth 2 will play at home against Vilsbiburg (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Schwabing: C.Wurmseher 17+7reb+3ast, A.Okao 16+12reb+3ast, S.Manzur 13+3reb+2ast, D.Mrdja 10+4reb+5ast, S.McDonald 7+1reb, M.Wohlers 6+11reb
Bayreuth II: M.Trieb 14+3reb+2ast, N.Dejworek 13+2reb+1ast, C.Kral 9+7reb, P.Johannes 8+5reb+3ast, M.Adler 7+2reb+2ast, S.Fritsch 5+1ast
gschID: 482813


Ansbach - Herzogenaurach 92-78

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Herzogenaurach (3-12) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Ansbach (6-9) 92-78 on Saturday. Ansbach made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Herzogenaurach turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Nick Freer (198-85, college: Grand Valley St.) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and guard Christopher Roll (180-93) who added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Ansbach's coach Dean Jenko used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Robert Zinn (197-95) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists and Croatian point guard Vedran Nakic (184-89) scored 14 points. Four Herzogenaurach players scored in double figures. Ansbach moved-up to eighth place in South-East, which they share with Oberhaching. Herzogenaurach lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Ansbach will face higher ranked Jena II (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Herzogenaurach will play against Zwickau (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ansbach: N.Freer 34+8reb+3ast, C.Imberi 16+1reb+1ast, C.Roll 14+6reb+4ast, G.Petrovic 7+1ast, T.Donhauser 7+4reb+1ast, P.Nzeocha 7+8reb+1ast
Herzogenaurach: R.Zinn 28+13reb+8ast, V.Nakic 14+2reb+1ast, P.Ghotra 10+1reb, M.Meredith 10+3reb, M.Kaiser 7+1reb+2ast, T.Ngom Abdoulaye 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 482812


Rosenheim - TSV Troester 72-75

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked TSV Troester (11-4) edged on the road 9th ranked Rosenheim (5-10) 75-72 on Saturday. TSV Troester dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Rosenheim's 28. TSV Troester forced 23 Rosenheim turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of center Alexander Heide (206-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Sven Lorber (187-97) who added 15 points and 5 steals during the contest. Four TSV Troester players scored in double figures. TSV Troester's coach Johannes Laub used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American point guard Jguwon Hogges (173-86, college: Oregon Tech) responded with 29 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and Lithuanian forward Osvaldas Gaizauskas (201-91, college: Ohio Valley) scored 8 points and 10 rebounds. TSV Troester have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place in South-East, which they share with Vilsbiburg. Loser Rosenheim dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. TSV Troester will face Topstar (#12) in Diedorf in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rosenheim will play against Bad Aibling and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: A.Heide 16+13reb+1ast, S.Lorber 15+3reb, D.Dippold 11+1ast, E.Land 10+5reb+1ast, J.Dippold 9+1reb, D.McDuffie 7+5reb+4ast
Rosenheim: J.Hogges 29+8reb+3ast, T.Fliege 8+3reb+2ast, A.Gheorghiu 8+7reb, O.Gaizauskas 8+10reb+2ast, S.Ebertz 8+4reb+1ast, M.Lachmann 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 482814


Zwickau - Leitershofen 81-88

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 11th ranked Zwickau (4-11) was defeated at home by twelfth ranked Topstar (4-11) 88-81 on Saturday. Topstar looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Michael Dorsch (193-96) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Joshua Hart (198-90, college: Va Intermont) who added 16 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Hendrik Bellscheidt (193-90) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and Dominic Bassl (190-96) scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Topstar moved-up to eleventh place in South-East, which they share with defeated Zwickau. Zwickau lost sixth consecutive game. Topstar will face higher ranked TSV Troester (#5) in Breitenguessbach in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: J.Hart 16+3reb+5ast, J.Breuer 16+2reb+4ast, N.Hadzovic 14+5reb, M.Dorsch 13+7reb+4ast, M.Uhlich 10+3reb+1ast, R.Braun 8+5reb+2ast
Zwickau: H.Bellscheidt 21+5reb+3ast, A.Endig 17+5reb, M.Nagler 14+7reb, F.Fraas 11+3reb+6ast, D.Bassl 9+7reb+10ast, A.Andrus 9+4reb
gschID: 482808


Treuchtlingen - Oberhaching 81-64

Very predictable result in Treutchlingen where third ranked Treuchtlingen (12-2) defeated 8th ranked Oberhaching (6-9) 81-64 on Saturday. They outrebounded Oberhaching 43-29 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Treuchtlingen looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Stefan Schmoll (196-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Tim Eisenberger (197-91) who added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Five Treuchtlingen players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Omari Knox (188-86, college: Bloomfield) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Frieder Diestelhorst (201-87) scored 11 points. Treuchtlingen have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in South-East. Oberhaching lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. Treuchtlingen will have a break next round. Oberhaching will play at home against Schwabing (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Treuchtlingen: S.Schmoll 21+19reb+5ast, F.Beierlein 18+4reb+3ast, S.Geiselsoeder 14+5reb+1ast, C.Huhn 13+4reb+4ast, T.Eisenberger 12+9reb+8ast, J.Rauch 3
Oberhaching: O.Knox 32+10reb+6ast, F.Diestelhorst 11+2reb, T.Walter 7+4reb, M.Huebner 4+7reb, A.Martin Francois-Friis 4+1reb, J.Koegler 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 482810


Vilsbiburg - Jena II 102-96

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Jena II (7-8) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Vilsbiburg (11-4) 102-96 on Saturday. Vilsbiburg forced 21 Jena II turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Jena II was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Czech point guard John Boyer (185-88, college: Buffalo, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 assists and American swingman Kendall Timmons (195-90, college: Tulane) who added 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals during the contest. Boyer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. At the losing side American Vincent Garrett (198-91, college: Green Bay) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and Darian Cardenas (198-95) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Five Vilsbiburg and four Jena II players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Vilsbiburg have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position in South-East with 11-4 record, which they share with TSV Troester. Newly promoted Jena II keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Vilsbiburg will face Bayreuth 2 (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jena II will play against Ansbach (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vilsbiburg: J.Leierseder 19+3reb, L.Novy 19+2reb+3ast, A.Goderbauer 17+1reb+1ast, K.Timmons 15+7reb+5ast, J.Boyer 12+4reb+11ast, M.Mayr 9+2reb
Jena II: V.Garrett 19+9reb+3ast, K.Glueck 17+2reb+2ast, D.Cardenas 16+5reb+1ast, M.Rahn 15+6reb, G.Glueck 10+1reb, J.Heber 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 482809


Bad Aibling - Coburg 69-76

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bad Aibling. Their biggest opponent host Bad Aibling (12-3) lost to first ranked Coburg (13-1) 76-69. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Bad Aibling. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jordan Burris (201-92, college: CS San Bernar.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and guard Steffen Walde (190-92) who added 21 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Claus-Martin Weiss (192-85) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Malo Valerien (195-92) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Coburg have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Newly promoted Coburg maintains first position in South-East with 13-1 record. Bad Aibling at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the third place with three games lost. Coburg will have a break next round. Bad Aibling will play at home against Rosenheim and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Coburg: S.Walde 21+2reb+1ast, J.Burris 17+14reb+2ast, E.Molosciakas 14+2reb+1ast, D.Stawowski 9+2ast, F.Franke 6+7reb+3ast, K.Eichelsdoerfer 5+5reb+3ast
Bad Aibling: C.Weiss 18+8reb+1ast, M.Valerien 15+4reb+4ast, S.Bradaric 10+3reb+5ast, M.Grujic 9+8reb+1ast, M.Mirceta 7+5reb, M.Hack-Vazquez 6
gschID: 482811


South-West
Heidelberg USC - Langen 55-80

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked TV Langen (8-7) outscored on the road 13th ranked Heidelberg USC (3-12) 80-55 on Sunday. TV Langen made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. TV Langen outrebounded Heidelberg USC 46-23 including a 34-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Preston Ross (198, college: Winston Salem) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and forward Niklas Butz (199-90) who added 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side center Niklas Ney (208-95, college: Mercer) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and guard Julius Haag (195-90) scored 17 points and 4 steals. Heidelberg USC's coach Ralf Schafer gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. TV Langen moved-up to seventh place in South-West, which they share with Fellbach. Heidelberg USC lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. TV Langen will face higher ranked Koblenz (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Heidelberg USC will play against Lich II (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Langen: P.Ross 22+11reb, L.Beuschlein 13+3reb+1ast, M.Schneider 11+6reb+1ast, N.Butz 8+12reb+4ast, C.Reinhardt 8+2reb+1ast, J.Martiny 8+6reb+3ast
Heidelberg USC: N.Ney 17+8reb, J.Haag 17+2reb+1ast, M.Hintz 13+3reb+3ast, L.Steinort 3+3reb+1ast, J.Feist 2, C.Schmitt 2+3reb
gschID: 482632


Kaiserslautern - Mainz 76-62

There was an upset when higher ranked Mainz (5-10) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Kaiserslautern (4-11) 76-62 on Sunday. Kaiserslautern dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Mainz's 22 and made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Kaiserslautern forced 22 Mainz turnovers and outrebounded them 45-30 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Waldemar Nap (202-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Japhet McNeil (183-85, college: Bridgeport) who added 18 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 8 steals during the contest. Worth to mention McNeil played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. At the losing side guard Christian Zander (188-85) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Indian-American point guard Anish Sharda (188-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) scored 15 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Kaiserslautern moved-up to twelfth place in South-West, which they share with Saarlouis/Dillingen. Loser Mainz keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Kaiserslautern will face Saarlouis/Dillingen (#13) in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kaiserslautern: W.Nap 21+10reb, J.McNeil 18+5reb+7ast, K.Croom 12+2reb+2ast, G.Hosszu 8+2reb+1ast, T.Erb 7+11reb, K.Luyeye 6+8reb+1ast
Mainz: A.Sharda 15+2reb+2ast, C.Zander 15+5reb+4ast, P.Schoen 11+3reb+1ast, A.Mandana 5+3reb+1ast, A.Orth 4, J.Fritzen 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 482631


Karlsruhe SC - Lich II 85-61

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Karlsruhe SC and 6th ranked Lich II had identical 9-5 record. This time Karlsruhe SC used a home court advantage and outleveled the opponent from Lich 85-61 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian center Denis Vrsaljko (209-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds and Bosnian power forward Elnis Prasovic (203-84) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) during the contest. Five Karlsruhe SC players scored in double figures. Karlsruhe SC's coach Jaivon Harris felt very confident that he used 10 players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side forward Johannes Schlaefer (196-88) responded with 24 points and 5 rebounds and the former international Johannes Lischka (203-87) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Karlsruhe SC have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in South-West, which they share with Speyer and Koblenz. Newly promoted Lich II keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Karlsruhe SC will face Speyer (#4) on the road in the next round. Lich II will play against Heidelberg USC and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe SC: L.Drezga 17+1ast, E.Prasovic 14+7reb+3ast, D.Vrsaljko 12+15reb+2ast, A.Rueck 12+2reb+1ast, M.Cardoso 10+1reb+9ast, G.Krastev 10+4reb
Lich II: J.Schlaefer 24+5reb+2ast, J.Lischka 12+9reb+2ast, P.Neumann 10+4reb, U.Murat Kuelhan 4+1reb+2ast, H.Schaake 4+3reb+1ast, V.Klassen 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 482626


Koblenz - Fellbach 106-75

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Fellbach (8-7) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked Koblenz (10-5) 106-75 on Saturday. Koblenz outrebounded Fellbach 42-24 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian center Martins Abele (213-90, college: Fairmont St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American forward Sharif Watson (198-93, college: Ariz.Christian) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Koblenz's coach Josip Bosnjak felt very confident that he used 10 players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Nick Mosley (203-88, college: Tarleton St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Polish point guard David Michalczyk (180-89) scored 20 points and 4 assists. Five Koblenz and four Fellbach players scored in double figures. Koblenz moved-up to third place in South-West, which they share with Speyer and Karlsruhe SC. Newly promoted Fellbach keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Koblenz will face TV Langen (#7) on the road in the next round. Fellbach will play against Mainz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Koblenz: M.Abele 20+13reb+1ast, S.Watson 17+5reb, Z.Novak 17+1reb+3ast, A.Anzulovic 14+3reb+3ast, L.Sayers 10+3reb+4ast, P.Semaska 10+4reb+8ast
Fellbach: D.Michalczyk 20+2reb+4ast, N.Mosley 17+10reb+1ast, M.Ljoljic 14+5reb+2ast, J.Tejada-Munoz 12+1reb+4ast, N.Menck 8+4reb+3ast, J.Arbinger 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 482627


Saarlouis/Dillingen - Stuttgart 74-77

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Stuttgart and 10th ranked Saarlouis/Dillingen had identical 4-10 record. But Saarlouis/Dillingen was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Stuttgart 77-74 on Saturday night. Stuttgart forced 22 Saarlouis/Dillingen turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward David Rotim (197-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Marco Schlafke (187-82) who added 17 points and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard Lindsey Hughey (190-89, college: Weber St.) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and British-American guard Adrian Kuyinu (190-91, college: Missouri Baptist) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Saarlouis/Dillingen players scored in double figures. Stuttgart (5-10) moved-up to ninth place in South-West, which they share with Tuebingen II and Mainz. Saarlouis/Dillingen lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Stuttgart will face Tuebingen II (#10) at home in the next round. Saarlouis/Dillingen will play against Kaiserslautern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stuttgart: D.Rotim 28+11reb+5ast, M.Schlafke 17+1reb+7ast, J.Leidel 12+4reb+2ast, D.Begagic 6+2reb+1ast, M.Bretz 6+2reb, A.Komitakis 5+6reb+5ast
Saarlouis/Dillingen: L.Hughey 18+6reb+7ast, A.Kuyinu 18+5reb+1ast, A.Bedirhanoglu 14+8reb+1ast, M.Mujkanovic 13+7reb, F.Kirsch 6+4reb+3ast, E.Schwarz 5+2reb
gschID: 482628


Limburg - Speyer 62-58

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Limburg and their biggest opponent Speyer had identical 10-4 record. This time Limburg used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Speyer 62-58 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the second position in South-West. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian point guard Julius Zurna (188-86) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and American forward Tim Weber (203-93, college: S.Oregon) who added 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Aaron Ellis (205-87, college: Wichita St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds and Spanish point guard Jordi Salto (190-90) scored 6 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Limburg (11-4) moved-up to second place in South-West. Loser Speyer dropped to the third position with five games lost. Limburg will face league's leader BV Villingen-Schwenningen on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Speyer will play against Karlsruhe SC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limburg: T.Weber 18+6reb+2ast, J.Zurna 16+8reb+9ast, D.Sekelja 15+5reb+1ast, K.Yebo 7+9reb+5ast, W.Gomer 6+3reb, N.Melzer 0
Speyer: A.Ellis 14+16reb, K.Williamson 11+6reb, J.Creek 10+4reb+2ast, E.Albaladejo 9+3reb+1ast, J.Hartinger 7+1reb, J.Salto 6+7reb+7ast
gschID: 482630


Tuebingen II - Schwenningen 99-88

Leading BV Villingen-Schwenningen (13-2) recorded its second loss on the court of eleventh ranked Tuebingen II. Visitors were defeated by Tuebingen II 99-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BV Villingen-Schwenningen. Tuebingen II shot 63.2 percent from the field. Strangely BV Villingen-Schwenningen outrebounded Tuebingen II 32-20 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 65.0 percentage. Tuebingen II players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by BV Villingen-Schwenningen's players. The winners were led by forward Rouven Haenig (198-86, college: Missouri Valley) who scored that evening 26 points and 7 rebounds and guard Max Kochendoerfer (192-85) supported him with 26 points. Even 22 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Tabari Perry (203, college: Slippery Rock) did not help to save the game for BV Villingen-Schwenningen. Bosnian-Slovenian power forward Edin Alispahic (208-88) added 20 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Four BV Villingen-Schwenningen players scored in double figures. Tuebingen II (5-10) moved-up to ninth place in South-West, which they share with Stuttgart and Mainz. BV Villingen-Schwenningen at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Tuebingen II will play against Stuttgart (#11) on the road in the next round. BV Villingen-Schwenningen will play against the league's second-placed Limburg (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Tuebingen II: M.Kochendoerfer 26+4reb+2ast, R.Haenig 26+7reb+3ast, V.Mitku 21+4reb+1ast, P.Unger 9+2reb+9ast, J.Hiller 6+1ast, J.Georg 4
Schwenningen: T.Perry 22+8reb+3ast, E.Alispahic 20+10reb, N.Fekete 13+1ast, S.Tsvetkov 13, D.Pakamanis 8+2reb, S.Thiam 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 482629


West
Muenster - Ibbenbueren 87-94

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Muenster (12-4) against eleventh ranked Ibbenbueren (6-10) on Saturday night. Host Muenster was defeated by Ibbenbueren in a tough game in Muenster 87-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Muenster. Ibbenbueren made 26-of-33 charity shots (78.8 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. 28 personal fouls committed by Muenster helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for British guard Rishi Kakad (188-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific) who helped to win the game recording 43 points (!!!). Forward Max Massing (203-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Anselm Hartmann (191-93) replied with 22 points and 7 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and center Kai Haenig (205-88, college: Missouri Valley) added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Muenster. Four Muenster players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ibbenbueren have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place in West, which they share with Hertener Loewen. Muenster at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Ibbenbueren's next round opponent will be Frintrop (#12). Muenster will play against Grevenbroich (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ibbenbueren: R.Kakad 43+3reb+2ast, C.Hortman 15+3reb+4ast, M.Massing 14+12reb+1ast, M.Kostov 8+4reb+6ast, F.Avermann 5+2reb+1ast, M.Plagemann 5
Muenster: A.Hartmann 22+2reb+7ast, G.Martin 16+3reb+4ast, K.Haenig 13+11reb+1ast, J.Koenig 12+1ast, L.Padberg 8+3reb+4ast, S.Kreutzer 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 483003


Frintrop - Dorsten 69-81

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Dorsten (10-6) beat on the road 12th ranked Frintrop (5-11) 81-69 on Saturday. It was a great shooting night for Dorsten especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of center Nino Janoschek (204-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Bulgarian Lyuben Paskov (196-90) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Dorsten players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and forward Carsten Bartels (198-89) scored 18 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Dorsten moved-up to fifth place in West. Frintrop lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Dorsten will face Bielefeld (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Frintrop will play against Ibbenbueren and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dorsten: N.Janoschek 15+10reb+3ast, L.Paskov 14+7reb+3ast, D.Golembiowski 13+5reb+4ast, M.Pebole 12+4reb+3ast, F.Galvez-Braatz 8+3reb+1ast, F.Jetullahi 7+2reb
Frintrop: C.Bartels 18+3reb+1ast, D.Smith 17+9reb+1ast, K.Kern 9+4reb+8ast, N.Jovanovic 6+1reb, D.Kopietz 6+2reb, F.Horstmann 4+2reb
gschID: 482998


Duesseldorf - Grevenbroich 69-84

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Duesseldorf (7-9) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Grevenbroich (11-4) 84-69 on Saturday. Grevenbroich outrebounded Duesseldorf 42-29 including 18 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Lennard Joerdell (207-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Mitch Penner (196-94, college: Seattle Pacific) who added 20 points during the contest. Five Grevenbroich players scored in double figures. Grevenbroich's coach Hartmut Oehmen used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Lithuanian forward Dainius Zvinklys (203-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and Croatian center Milan Kolovrat (207-86) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Grevenbroich maintains fourth position in West with 11-4 record. Duesseldorf lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with nine games lost. Grevenbroich will face higher ranked Muenster (#3) at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Duesseldorf will play against the league's leader Hagen BG (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Grevenbroich: M.Penner 20+4reb+1ast, L.Joerdell 16+11reb, M.Boksic 13+3reb+1ast, F.Oladipo 11+8reb+2ast, L.Kazlauskas 11+9reb+4ast, J.Chiwuzie 8+4reb
Duesseldorf: D.Zvinklys 20+11reb+1ast, M.Kolovrat 13+8reb, A.Goolsby 11+1reb+2ast, M.Dohmen 7+1reb, S.Kehr 7+1reb, P.Kleiza 6+3reb+7ast
gschID: 482999


Schwelm - Salzkotten 83-67

No shocking result in a game when second ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (13-3) won against at home 5th ranked Salzkotten (9-7) 83-67 on Saturday. SG Schwelmer Baskets forced 24 Salzkotten turnovers and outrebounded them 44-26 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Salzkotten was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian swingman Andrius Mikutis (194-88, college: John Brown) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds and American swingman Harry Boyce (193-85, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Falk Moeller used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American guard Bryce Leavitt (193-94, college: Seattle Pacific) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Felix Wenningkamp (195-88) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. SG Schwelmer Baskets have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of West leader, which they share with Hagen BG. Loser Salzkotten dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face Herford (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Salzkotten will play against Hertener Loewen and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: A.Mikutis 26+7reb, H.Boyce 15+6reb+1ast, M.Perl 8+2reb+9ast, L.Erdhutter 8+5reb, K.Tota 7+5reb+1ast, J.Jasinski 5+1reb+2ast
Salzkotten: B.Leavitt 22+6reb+1ast, F.Wenningkamp 13+6reb+3ast, E.Kerfs 12+4reb, A.Boger 9+2reb+1ast, R.Gees 6+2reb, M.Finke 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 483002


Bielefeld - Herford 91-81

There was an upset when higher ranked Herford (7-8) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Bielefeld (2-14) 91-81 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Dutch point guard Dyon Doekhi (188-87) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and point guard Bastian Landgraf (194-95) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Spanish power forward Guillermo De La Puente (198-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 18 rebounds and American swingman Josh Micheaux (195-90, college: Georgia St.) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. Five Bielefeld and four Herford players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Bielefeld maintains fourteenth position in West with 2-14 record. Loser Herford keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Bielefeld will face higher ranked Dorsten (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Bielefeld: J.Arabadzhiyski 18+6reb+1ast, D.Doekhi 18+6reb+4ast, J.Brinkmann 18+6reb+1ast, B.Landgraf 17+9reb, O.Zemhoute 16+6reb+3ast, M.Kutkuhn 2+4reb+2ast
Herford: G.De La Puente 19+18reb, J.Micheaux 16+5reb+7ast, J.Whelan 11+5reb+2ast, M.Berlic 11+7reb, J.Behrens 8+3reb+2ast, P.Humke 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 483000


Hagen-Haspe - Hagen BG 70-78

Very predictable result when first ranked Hagen BG (13-3) defeated on the road 13th ranked Hagen-Haspe (3-13) 78-70 on Saturday. Hagen BG made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Hagen-Haspe turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Bulgarian guard Milen Zahariev (190-92) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds and American swingman Domonique Crawford (196-84, college: Youngstown St.) who added 20 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side British forward Rema Lascelles (198-92, college: Hawaii-Pacific) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds and forward Oscar Luchterhandt (195-91) scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hagen BG have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in West with 13-3 record, which they share with Schwelm. Hagen-Haspe lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 13 games lost. Hagen BG will face Duesseldorf (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hagen-Haspe will play against Bonn II (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hagen BG: M.Zahariev 22+7reb, D.Crawford 20+6reb+2ast, M.Krume 10+4reb, T.Zahariev 8+5reb+3ast, P.Zahner-Gothen 5+2reb+1ast, T.Ioannidis 4+2reb
Hagen-Haspe: O.Luchterhandt 19+6reb, R.Lascelles 16+9reb+3ast, S.Ligons 8+4reb+1ast, T.Nsiabandoki 7+5reb, M.Wasielewski 5+2reb+4ast, F.Tomann 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 483001


Hertener Loewen - Bonn II 107-98

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Bonn II (7-9) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Hertener Loewen (6-10) 107-98 on Friday. Hertener Loewen made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of British guard Kofi Josephs (198-91, college: Fort Lewis) who helped to win the game recording 49 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Felix Neumann (201-90) who added 16 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side