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  ALPE ADRIA CUP  


Alpe Adria Cup standings

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

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

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


Levice successfully open the Quarterfinal Stage - by Eurobasket News

Levice successfully opened the Quarterfinal Stage as they won first play-off-game. The home side posted an 86-80 win against another Slovakian representative MBK Rieker Komarno.
BK Levicki Patrioti managed to win the first period and grabbed a 40-38 half-time advantage. The game was tied several more times with 60-60 last in the game. Later the home side managed to take a narrow win in the opener. Josh Nofflet (194-G/F-88, college: Lee) led the way with 18 points, while Igor Josipovic (205-F/C-88) and Dejan Djokic (187-G-89) each netted 16. Farad Cobb (183-PG-93, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.
The second game is scheduled for January 30th.



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  ARAB NATIONS CUP  


Asia-basket.com All-Arab Nations Cup Awards 2017 - by Greg

Asia-basket.com All-Arab Nations Cup 1st Team 2017
Motaz Okasha
Okasha
Amr El Gendy
El Gendy
Abdelhakim Zouita
Zouita
Malcolm White
White
Kourdou Soufiane
Soufiane

Finals MVP: Amr El Gendy (192-G-91) of Al Gezira
Best Player: Kourdou Soufiane (211-C-85) of ASS Sale
Best Guard: Amr El Gendy (192-G-91) of Al Gezira
Best Forward: Abdelhakim Zouita (200-F-86) of ASS Sale
Best Center: Kourdou Soufiane (211-C-85) of ASS Sale

1st Team
PG: Motaz Okasha (186-PG-90) of Al Gezira
G: Amr El Gendy (192-G-91) of Al Gezira
F: Abdelhakim Zouita (200-F-86) of ASS Sale
C/F: Malcolm White (205-C/F-88) of Al Ahli
C: Kourdou Soufiane (211-C-85) of ASS Sale

Honorable Mention
Ramy Ibrahim (205-F/C-88) of Al Ittihad
Omar Tarek (7'2''-C-91) of USC
Mohammed Alsuwallem (C) of Al Hilal
Mohamed Alderazi (194-F/G-80) of Al Muharraq
Qais Alshabebi (200-C-91) of Al Ahli
Said Elagmany (G) of UAE NT
Oussama Aggoun (F-94) of CRB Dar El-B.



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  ARGENTINA  

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
Norte
 1. San Martin C. 18-6 
 2. Estudiantes C. 16-9 
 3. Regatas C. 15-11 
 4. Instituto 14-11 
 5. Quimsa 13-12 
 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 17-8 
 3. Weber Bahia 15-10 
 4. Argentino 14-12 
 5. GECR Indalo 13-11 
 6. Obras Basket 12-12 
 7. Penarol 12-15 
 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. 17: Ferrocarril - Regatas C. 83-73
Jan. 13: San Martin C. - La Union 81-75
Jan. 17: Penarol - Quimsa 80-77
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. 17: Argentino - Estudiantes C. 70-57
Jan. 13: Weber Bahia - Atenas 105-93
Jan. 13: Echague - Olimpico LB 105-87

Regular Season: Round 28

Jan. 18: Obras Basket - Hispano Am.
Jan. 19: Weber Bahia - Quimsa
Jan. 19: San Lorenzo - Estudiantes C.
Jan. 19: San Martin C. - Echague
Jan. 20: Instituto - Atenas
Jan. 20: Penarol - GECR Indalo
Jan. 21: Hispano Am. - Libertad S.
Jan. 21: Obras Basket - Estudiantes C.
Jan. 21: Regatas C. - Echague
Jan. 21: Olimpico LB - Ferrocarril
Jan. 22: Quilmes MP - GECR Indalo
Jan. 23: Obras Basket - Libertad S.
Jan. 23: La Union - Argentino
Jan. 23: Quimsa - Ferrocarril


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.4 
 2. Green, Instituto19.0 
 3. Sims, Regatas C.18.5 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.18.4 
 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. Johnson, Weber B.10.1 
 3. Crawford, Argen.10.0 
 4. Clancy, Instituto10.0 
 5. Horner, Obras B.9.2 
 6. Wood, San M.8.8 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.7 
 8. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.4 
 9. Francis, La Union8.3 
 10. Johnson, Atenas8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Pedro BARRAL
  Obras B.
  (186-PG-94)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Barral, Obras B.6.5 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.4 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.5.7 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.6 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.2 
 6. Perez, Boca Jrs4.9 
 7. Hopson, Quimsa4.8 
 8. Ciorciari, Instituto4.8 
 9. Cantero, San M.4.7 
 10. De los Santo., GECR I.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Solano, Echague2.2 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.2 
 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. Flor, Quilmes MP1.6 
 9. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.6 
 10. Lescano, San M.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.2 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.8 
 4. 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. Johnson, Weber B.1.0 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


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 7-11 
 6. Petr.Argentino 6-12 

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. 17: Atenas Carmen - Petr.Argentino 80-70
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. 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. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista19.7 
 6. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 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.10.4 
 3. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 4. Lauria, Comunica.8.9 
 5. Smith, Olimpo BB8.4 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 7. Granado, Olimpo BB8.1 
 8. Aprea, Independ.8.1 
 9. Graham, Temperley8.1 
 10. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista7.9 
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, Ciclista6.1 
 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. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.4.4 
 10. Kelly, San Isidro4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Alvaro MERLO
  Ciclista
  (182-PG-95)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Merlo, Ciclista2.4 
 2. Correa, BHY T.2.3 
 3. Lopez, Independ.2.3 
 4. Pais, Platense2.2 
 5. Brown, Mitre Tuc.2.2 
 6. Gago, Petr.Arg.2.1 
 7. Eseverri, Salta B.2.1 
 8. Tabarez, Union SF2.0 
 9. Cequeira, Villa A.2.0 
 10. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.2.0 
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. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 7. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 8. Morales, Villa S.0.9 
 9. Johnson, Estudian.0.8 
 10. Lauria, Comunica.0.8 


Libertad Sunchales cut Pellot-Rosa - by Eurobasket News

Libertad Sunchales (LigaA) cut 33-year old Puerto Rican ex-international guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-88kg-84, college: VCU, agency: Paris Global Sports). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. But in only one LigaA game he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.
The most of last summer Pellot-Rosa spent at Vaqueros in Puerto Rican BSN where in 28 games he averaged 6.8ppg and 2.4rpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Pellot-Rosa also played that season for Piratas (BSN) in Puerto Rico. In 17 games he recorded 7.6ppg and 2.9rpg. Pellot-Rosa was a member of Puerto Rican Senior National Team back in 2009.
He is a very experienced player. Pellot-Rosa has played also professionally in Denmark, Dominican Rep., Iceland, Israel, Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa), Uruguay (Malvin), Argentina (Ferrocarril, Quimsa and Olimpico de La Banda), Puerto Rico (Atleticos, Manati and Mets) and Dominican Republic (Caneros de La Romana and Titanes Licey).
He attended Virginia Commonwealth University until 2007 and it is his tenth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Pellot-Rosa's outlook: An outstanding athlete, Jesse can play the 2/3, is physically very strong, he can compete at any level, good 3 point shooter, excellent defender, good rebounder, has the ability to score points many different ways, usually at his best in pressure situations.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BAHAMAS  

Standings

NPBA Standings
 1. Giants 8-1 
 2. Regulators 6-1 
 3. Stingers 6-1 
 4. Bahamas Univ. 5-2 
 5. Shockers 5-4 
 6. Cybots 5-4 
 7. Rockets 3-5 
 8. Pirates 3-6 
 9. Pros 2-6 
 10. Legends 1-4 
 11. Cleaners 1-5 
 12. Rebels 1-7 

Regular Season: Round 10

Jan. 14: Regulators - Pros
Jan. 16: Legends - Cybots
Jan. 16: Pirates - Stingers
Jan. 18: Stingers - Rockets
Jan. 20: Regulators - Rebels
Jan. 20: Cleaners - Giants



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  

BIBL standings

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

Regular Season: Round 12

A

Jan. 17: Beroe - Teodo Tivat 94-72
Jan. 17: Sigal Prishtina - Bashkimi 87-81
Jan. 18: Kozuv - Kumanovo

B

Jan. 17: SK Tirana - Karpos Sokoli 83-100
Jan. 18: Peja - Trepca
Jan. 18: Feni Industries - Sutjeska



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  BALTIC LEAGUE  

Standings - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 17: Parnu - Barsy Atyrau 92-96
Jan. 17: Tarvas - COR-Borisfen 75-59
Jan. 18: Nevezis - Liepaja/Triobet
Jan. 19: Rapla - Barsy Atyrau
Jan. 19: TTU - COR-Borisfen
Jan. 21: Valmiera - COR-Borisfen



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  

Standings

Basketball Champions League Standings
Group A
 1 Monaco 11-2 
 2 Banvit BK 10-3 
 3 CEZ Nymburk 9-4 
 4 Aris 8-5 
 5 Fraport SKY 6-7 
 6 Ironi Nahariya 5-8 
 7 Helios 2-11 
 8 Bakken 1-12 
Group B
 1 Le Mans 9-3 
 2 Umana VE 8-4 
 3 Pinar Karsiyaka 7-5 
 4 Kataja Basket 6-6 
 5 Avtodor 5-7 
 6 Oradea 5-7 
 7 Maccabi Rishon 5-7 
 8 Khimik 3-9 
Group C
 1 ASVEL 10-3 
 2 EWE Baskets 8-4 
 3 Neptunas 8-4 
 4 Ventspils 7-5 
 5 PAOK 6-6 
 6 Usak 4-8 
 7 Openjobmetis V. 3-9 
 8 Rosa Radom 3-10 
Group D
 1 Iberostar Tener. 10-3 
 2 Scandone AV 9-4 
 3 Juventus 8-5 
 4 Strasbourg 7-5 
 5 Cibona 5-7 
 6 Oostende 5-8 
 7 Mega Leks 4-9 
 8 Mornar Bar 3-10 
Group E
 1 Besiktas 11-2 
 2 Partizan 8-4 
 3 Ludwigsburg 8-5 
 4 AEK Athens 7-5 
 5 Banco di Srd 6-7 
 6 Spirou 4-8 
 7 Stelmet ZG 4-8 
 8 Szolnok 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 13

A

Jan. 17: CEZ Nymburk - Monaco 76-66
Jan. 17: Banvit BK - Helios 74-56
Jan. 17: Aris - Fraport SKY 58-64
Jan. 17: Ironi Nahariya - Bakken 101-62

B

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

C

Jan. 17: ASVEL - Rosa Radom 87-67
Jan. 18: Neptunas - Ventspils
Jan. 18: PAOK - EWE Baskets
Jan. 18: Openjobmetis V. - Usak

D

Jan. 17: Juventus - Mornar Bar 82-74
Jan. 17: Oostende - Mega Leks 82-74
Jan. 17: Iberostar Tener. - Scandone AV 66-78
Jan. 18: Strasbourg - Cibona

E

Jan. 17: Szolnok - Besiktas 91-96
Jan. 17: Ludwigsburg - Banco di Srd 75-78
Jan. 18: Stelmet ZG - Spirou
Jan. 18: Partizan - AEK Athens



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  BELARUS  


Anton Vashkevich claims Belarusian Premier League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Anton Vashkevich (203-F/C-94) had a great game in the last round for Vitebsk and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 22-year old power forward had a double-double of 19 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team outclassed GOCOR-Sozh (#9, 2-14) with 59-point margin 102-43. Vitebsk maintains the 4th position in Belarusian Premier League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Vitebsk will need more victories to improve their 11-7 record. Vashkevich turned to be Vitebsk's top player in his first season with the team. Vashkevich has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 62.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Vitebsk's star - young point guard Ivan Aladko (193-PG-95). Aladko impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course together with Vashkevich he helped Vitebsk with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked GOCOR-Sozh (#9, 2-14) 102-43. Vitebsk's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 11-7 record is not bad at all. Aladko is a newcomer at Vitebsk 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 18.3ppg (#4). He also recorded 4.6 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Viachaslau Korzh (195-PG-86) of top-ranked Grodno-93. Korzh scored 28 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Grodno-93, leading his team to a 102-88 easy win against #2 ranked COR-Borisfen in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count Grodno-93 as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 15 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Korzh has a great season in Belarus. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.6apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) of Grodno-93 - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Dmitriy Chumakov (203-F-93) of Prinemanye - 18 points and 10 rebounds
6. Ivan Kaliayev (200-F-87) of Grodno-93 - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Andrey Stavrovskiy (185-PG-97) of Tsmoki II - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Maksym Kozlovets (205-C-90) of COR-Borisfen - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Yuri Mishukov (205-C-85) of Grodno-93 - 15 points and 9 rebounds
10. Genadziy Zahar (200-SF-92) of Impuls BGUIR - 17 points and 9 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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  BELGIUM  


Evan Ravenel (ex Liege) is a newcomer at Akita Happinets - by Greg

Akita Northern Happinets (B League) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American power forward Evan Ravenel (203-113kg-89, college: Ohio State). He just played at betFIRST Liege Basket in Belgian Euromillions League. In four games he recorded 11.3ppg and 3.8rpg this season. Ravenel also spent pre-season at Maccabi Haifa (Winner League) in Israel earlier that year.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Ravenel's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in five different countries. Ravenel has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Rilski), Poland (Polpharma), Japan (Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa), UBA (GIE Maile Matrix) and WBA (Gastonia G.).
He attended Ohio State until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Top Division I Round 17: Waregem beat Oxaco in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Waregem. First ranked Waregem faced 4th placed Oxaco. Host Waregem (14-2) smashed guests from Boechout (11-5) 93-70. Waregem made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Oxaco helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was point guard Lars De Lepeleire (175-91) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Thomas Foucart (192-84) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Sam Van Hoey (190-91) produced 25 points for the guests. Oxaco's coach Tony van den Bosch gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Waregem have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-2 record. Oxaco at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Waregem are looking forward to face Giants B (#8) in Antwerp in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Oxaco will play at home against Ieper (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Oostende, where higher ranked Soba (8-8) lost to thirteenth ranked Gistel Oostende (4-12) in a road game 89-101. Power forward Tim Lambrecht (206-98, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 9 rebounds. Abel Baptista contributed with 21 points for the winners. Amaury Marion (199-91) answered with 21 points for Soba. Gistel Oostende moved-up to twelfth place. Soba lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Houthalen and Melsele. Gistel Oostende will play against Ekeren (#13) on the road in the next round. Soba will play against RPC Anderlecht (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Borgerhout. Local Gembo BBC (13-3) outscored 12th ranked Ekeren (3-12) 111-74 on Sunday night. Eli Van Aken stepped up and scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Pieter De Cock responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Ekeren's coach Raf Vervoort already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Gembo BBC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Ekeren dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with RPC Anderlecht. Gembo BBC will meet Houthalen (#6) on the road in the next round. Ekeren will play against Gistel Oostende (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Melsele defeated Ieper in a road game 73-63. RPC Anderlecht was beaten by Houthalen at home 84-93. Royal Brussels was destroyed by Gent Hawks on the opponent's court 95-67.


Ieper - Melsele 63-73

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Melsele and 9th ranked Ieper had identical 7-8 record. But Ieper was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Melsele 73-63 on Saturday night. Melsele forced 22 Ieper turnovers. Dutch power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and forward Thomas Lamot (190-87) chipped in 16 points and 4 steals. Center Gilles Dierickx (213-92, college: Seattle Pacific) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and Senegalese-Spanish power forward Mamadou Diop (204-93) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Melsele (8-8) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Houthalen and Soba. Loser Ieper dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Giants B and Royal Brussels. Melsele will meet at home higher ranked Gent Hawks (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ieper will play against Oxaco (#4) in Boechout and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Melsele: T.Lamot 16+2reb+3ast, I.Perez 13+2reb+2ast, P.Hilliman 11+11reb+1ast, S.Caron 7+4reb, T.Marien 6+10reb+1ast, A.Kabeya 2+6reb+2ast
Ieper: G.Dierickx 16+11reb+2ast, M.Diop 12+8reb, K.Devacht 10+2reb+2ast, O.Maes 8+2reb+1ast, A.Schepens 7+7reb+2ast, R.Luyten 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 488821


RPC Anderlecht - Houthalen 84-93

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Houthalen (8-8) defeated on the road bottom-ranked RPC Anderlecht (3-12) 93-84 on Saturday. Houthalen made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Point guard Chiel Koonings (180-90) stepped up and scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and point guard Darnell Snyers (181-98) chipped in 24 points and 4 assists. Power forward Nicolas Neskens (201-84, agency: Promotex) responded with 28 points and the former international point guard Geoffrey Hockins (188-88) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. RPC Anderlecht's coach Philippe Hoornaert rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Houthalen moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Soba and Melsele. RPC Anderlecht lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. They share it with Ekeren. Houthalen will meet at home league's second-placed Gembo BBC in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. RPC Anderlecht will play against Soba (#5) in Antwerpen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Houthalen: D.Snyers 24+3reb+4ast, C.Koonings 23+5reb+4ast, B.Maesen 11+4reb+3ast, V.Jatulevicius 9+3reb+2ast, D.Clemente 9+3reb+2ast, N.Coleman 7+1reb
RPC Anderlecht: N.Neskens 28+4reb+1ast, T.Ghenne 14+5reb+1ast, G.Hockins 13+6reb+2ast, S.Chapelle 8+3reb+2ast, L.Nziye 5+5reb+1ast, C.Tshimuanga 4
gschID: 488820


Gistel Oostende - Soba 101-89

We should mention about the upset which took place in Oostende, where higher ranked Soba (8-8) lost to thirteenth ranked Gistel Oostende (4-12) in a road game 89-101. Gistel Oostende shot 61.1 percent from the field and made 28-of-35 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Soba only scored eleven points from the stripe. Soba was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Tim Lambrecht (206-98, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 9 rebounds. Abel Baptista (190-96) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Amaury Marion (199-91) answered with 21 points and swingman Mitchel Gorremans (191-85) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Soba. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gistel Oostende moved-up to twelfth place. Soba lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Houthalen and Melsele. Gistel Oostende will play against Ekeren (#13) on the road in the next round. Soba will play against RPC Anderlecht (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gistel Oostende: T.Lambrecht 29+9reb+2ast, A.Baptista 21+2reb+3ast, S.Buysschaert 14+1reb, L.Kotrulja 11+6reb+2ast, S.Hemeleers 9+3reb+10ast, J.Kohajda 8+2reb
Soba: A.Marion 21+2reb+3ast, M.Gorremans 17+5reb+1ast, K.van Kempen 11+5reb+1ast, R.Haerbos 11+1reb+4ast, J.Balanga 9+4reb, D.Bogaerts 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 488822


Gent Hawks - Royal Brussels 95-67

Very expected game when 9th ranked Royal Brussels (7-9) were rolled over on the road by third ranked Gent Hawks (12-3) 95-67 on Saturday. Gent Hawks outrebounded Royal Brussels 41-26 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Point guard Laurent Lhote (182-84) stepped up and scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and forward Gregory De Pooter (197-84) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Power forward Stephane Moris (208-86, agency: Promotex) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and center Estime Vangu (198-88) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gent Hawks have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 12-3 record having just three points less than leader Waregem. Newly promoted Royal Brussels dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Ieper and Giants B. Gent Hawks will meet Melsele (#7) on the road in the next round. Royal Brussels will play against Ninane and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gent Hawks: L.Lhote 25+6reb+5ast, G.De Pooter 18+8reb+6ast, J.Vermoesen 16+3reb+1ast, J.Delobbe 8+10reb+2ast, R.Van den Berghe 7+9reb, S.Stevens 7+1ast
Royal Brussels: S.Moris 21+5reb+2ast, E.Vangu 11+5reb+1ast, T.Creppy 10+3reb, A.Hall 9+2reb+3ast, R.Benzouien 7+5reb+1ast, C.De Medina 4+5reb
gschID: 488819


Waregem - Oxaco 93-70

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Waregem. First ranked Waregem faced 4th placed Oxaco. Host Waregem (14-2) smashed guests from Boechout (11-5) 93-70. Waregem made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Oxaco helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was point guard Lars De Lepeleire (175-91) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Thomas Foucart (192-84) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Waregem players scored in double figures. Sam Van Hoey (190-91) produced 25 points and point guard Christopher Pegg (183-82) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Oxaco's coach Tony van den Bosch gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Waregem have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-2 record. Oxaco at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Waregem are looking forward to face Giants B (#8) in Antwerp in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Oxaco will play at home against Ieper (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Waregem: L.De Lepeleire 20+5reb+1ast, T.Foucart 16+5reb+2ast, B.Guillemyn 14+1reb+3ast, A.Van Vooren 14+6reb+2ast, S.De Clerck 8+1reb, S.Naudts 6+1ast
Oxaco: S.Van Hoey 25+3reb, C.Pegg 13+3reb, M.De Meyer 10+6reb, J.Muys 6+2reb, M.Van Gelder 6, D.De Hoon 5+2reb
gschID: 488818


Gembo BBC - Ekeren 111-74

The game with biggest result difference took place in Borgerhout. Local Gembo BBC (13-3) outscored 12th ranked Ekeren (3-12) 111-74 on Sunday night. Gembo BBC made 32-of-40 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Ekeren only scored six points from the stripe. Gembo BBC forced 22 Ekeren turnovers. Strangely Ekeren outrebounded Gembo BBC 46-34 including 32 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gembo BBC made 11 blocks. Forward Eli Van Aken (193-85) stepped up and scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and swingman Sam Renier (187-92) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Four Gembo BBC players scored in double figures. Forward Pieter De Cock (198-93) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Andreas Rojas Palma (188-92) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Ekeren's coach Raf Vervoort already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Gembo BBC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Ekeren dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with RPC Anderlecht. Gembo BBC will meet Houthalen (#6) on the road in the next round. Ekeren will play against Gistel Oostende (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gembo BBC: E.Van Aken 26+8reb+4ast, S.Renier 21+3reb+4ast, T.Beaujean 18+1reb+6ast, J.Bouckaert 17+4reb, B.Iliaens 11+2reb+2ast, P.Van Rillaer 7+1reb
Ekeren: P.De Cock 20+7reb, A.Rojas Palma 15+3reb+4ast, Z.Peeters 10+3reb+2ast, F.Biot 9+4reb+4ast, D.Van den Brande 6+7reb+3ast, D.Van Herzeele 4+4reb
gschID: 488823





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  BRAZIL  

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 11-2 
 2. Brasilia 11-3 
 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 6-6 
 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 57-83

Round 8

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


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Betinho NARDI DUARTE
  Campo M.
  (195-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Nardi Duarte, Campo M.21.2 
 2. Vieira, Flamengo20.6 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Holloway, Pinheiros19.5 
 5. Mariano, Brasilia19.4 
 6. Stallworth, Mogi18.6 
 7. Machado, Flamengo18.2 
 8. Jackson, Vasco D.17.2 
 9. Dawkins, Vitoria17.0 
 10. Anthony, Macae16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.5 
 2. de Souza, L.Sor.8.1 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 4. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.8 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.6 
 6. Lopez, Flamengo7.5 
 7. Klassmann, B.Cea.7.2 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia7.1 
 9. Bernardi, Caxias d.7.0 
 10. Maynard, Minas6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. de Assis, Brasilia6.7 
 2. Garcia, Bauru6.5 
 3. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.6 
 4. Borges, Franca5.5 
 5. Rodgers, Minas5.4 
 6. Freitas, Campo M.5.4 
 7. Cafferata, L.Sor.5.3 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria5.3 
 9. Anthony, Macae4.9 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alex GARCIA
  Bauru
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Garcia, Bauru2.5 
 2. Toledo, B.Cearense2.0 
 3. Curnell, Mogi2.0 
 4. Rodgers, Minas1.9 
 5. de Oliveira, Mogi1.8 
 6. Holloway, Pinheiros1.8 
 7. Taylor, Mogi1.7 
 8. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.6 
 9. Lima, Vasco Da G.1.6 
 10. Bennett, Pinheiros1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Douglas NUNES
  Campo M.
  (208-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Nunes, Campo M.1.2 
 2. Lenz, Pinheiros1.1 
 3. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.9 
 4. Freitas, Campo M.0.8 
 5. de Souza, L.Sor.0.7 
 6. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.7 
 7. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 8. Hayes, Vitoria0.6 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 
 10. Dias Silva, Pauli.0.6 


Caxias do Sul inks Fernando Ferreira - by Paulo Freire

Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches (NBB) agreed terms with 27-year old forward Fernando Ferreira (200-90). He played last summer at Esporte Clube Guarani R.S. in the Gaucha.
Ferreira helped his team to make it to the National League Semifinals in 2013.
He has played previously for four other teams: Paschoalotto/Bauru, Americana, Assis Basket and APABA/S.Andre.

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Jeremy Nzeulie selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #1. This week's number one is former international shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). Nzeulie led his French team Chalon/Saor to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Targu Mures (0-4) crushing them 88-66 in the FIBA Europe Cup last Wednesday. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (4-0) is placed first in group K. So far his team won all four games in the Second Stage. There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Nzeulie's first season with the team. This year Nzeulie averages: 8.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.2apg, 3FGP: 31.1% and FT: 84.2%. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Nzeulie played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremy Nzeulie and both played together in the last FIBA Europe Cup game. Pitard contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Targu Mures (0-4) crushing them 88-66. He recorded 6 points and added 6 passes. Pitard's overall stats this season are: 2.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 66.7%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 58.3%. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Despite Pitard played previously for the French U18 national team, he played also for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Mbah a Moute contributed to an easy victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (15-30) 113-97 in a derby game in the NBA last Saturday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. The Los Angeles Clippers have a solid 29-14 record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Mbah a Moute's overall stats are: 6.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 69.6% in 41 games he played so far. He played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Arnaud-William Adala Moto
Arnaud-William Adala Moto
   #4. Forward Arnaud-William Adala Moto (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Towson to a victory against the Northeastern University (1-0) 74-67 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Adala Moto scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Towson University has not so impressive 2-4 conference record this season. Adala Moto has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #5. An experienced former international forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland) contributed to a 3-point Jarvenpaa's victory against the fifth-ranked ToPo (8-7) 75-72 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) on Thursday night. Towa had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 20 rebounds in 33 minutes. Jarvenpaan Koripalloseura (7-8) is placed sixth in Division A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Towa has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 11.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg in 15 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team six years ago.

Junior MBida
Junior MBida
   #6. Center Junior MBida (204-90, currently plays in France) contributed to a Lille Metropole's victory against the 16th-ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (4-10) 71-63 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. MBida scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Lille Metropole this season. His team is placed sixth in the ProB. MBida is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #7. Former international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Denmark). He could not help Svendborg (10-8) to beat Horsholm (8-8). NaNa cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. Svendborg was crushed 86-55 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Horsholm. NaNa has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 7.6rpg and 2.1apg in 17 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Joel Embiid (213-C-94, college: Kansas, currently plays in NBA) led Philadelphia 76ers to a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks (20-20) 113-104 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Embiid had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 5 blocks in 28 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Embiid's third season in pro basketball. The Philadelphia 76ers have rather weak 12-27 record this season. Embiid has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.0apg and 2.4bpg in 28 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Danny Gibson (177-PG-84, college: S.Indiana, currently plays in Bulgaria) was the main contributor in a Lukoil Academic Sofia's victory against one of league's weakest teams Yambol (3-9) 78-70 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Gibson scored 19 points, made 4 passes and 5 steals in 33 minutes. Lukoil Academic Sofia (11-2) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Gibson has relatively good stats this year: 14.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.8spg in 13 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and American.

   #3. Pascal Siakam (206-F-94, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in NBA) managed to help Toronto Raptors in a victory against the New York Knicks (18-24) 116-101 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Siakam scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 27-13 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Siakam's total stats are: 4.6ppg and 3.6rpg in 37 games.

   #4. Roland Nyama (198-G/F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Stony Brook's victory against the University of Massachusetts - Lowell 86-75 in the NCAA last Monday. He scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The State University of New York,Stony Brook has 4-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all four games in the conference. Nyama is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Stony Brook's roster. Nyama's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.6apg. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Cameroonian. Despite Nyama's Cameroonian nationality, he previously played for the German U16 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #5. Kevin Chuisseu (203-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken win their game against the University of North Georgia (5-2) 90-82 in the NCAA2 on Monday night. Chuisseu scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken has a solid 5-2 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Chuisseu's total stats this season are: 3.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.3bpg.

   #6. Franck Kouagnia (201-F-89, currently plays in Sweden) could not help Eskilstuna (6-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the second-placed Eskilstuna lost 73-84 at home to the leading IK Eos in the BEHS forts group. Kouagnia had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. Kouagnia has very impressive stats this year: 20.5ppg, 11.8rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg in 12 games. He has both British and Cameroonian nationalities.

   #7. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, currently plays in France) was not able to help Quimper UJAP in their game against Orchesien BC in the French NM1 (third division). Temgoua scored 8 points and added 4 passes. His team was edged 87-86. Temgoua's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.4apg. He also holds two passports: Cameroonian and French.

   #8. Jean-Dieudonniz Biog (205-C-95, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Saint Vallier in their game against Rueil in the French NM1 (third division). Biog cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 93-77. This year Biog's total stats are: 4.3ppg and 2.9rpg in 16 games. He has Cameroonian and French nationalities.

   #9. Bertrand Nkali (206-F-92, currently studies in the States) helped Houston win their game against the East Carolina University 74-58 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Nkali scored only one point. Nkali's total stats this season are: 1.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.4bpg.

   #10. Johan Bitjaa (207-C-93, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Zamorano in their game against Agustinos-Leclerc in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. His team lost 69-77. This year Bitjaa's total stats are: 7.3ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1apg in 13 games.



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  CANADA  

CIS men standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Dalhousie 7-3 
 2. St.Francis X. 7-4 
 3. UNB 7-4 
 4. Memorial 7-5 
 5. St.Mary's 6-5 
 6. Acadia 5-5 
 7. UPEI 4-7 
 8. Cape Breton 0-10 
CanWest Explorer Division
 1. Mount Royal 7-5 
 2. TRU 7-7 
 3. UFV 5-7 
 4. MacEwan 4-10 
 5. UNBC 4-10 
 6. UBC Okanagan 2-12 
CanWest Pioneer Division
 1. UBC 11-1 
 2. Alberta 11-3 
 3. Calgary 10-2 
 4. Winnipeg 9-5 
 5. Saskatchewan 8-4 
 6. Lethbridge 8-6 
 7. Manitoba 6-6 
 8. Regina 6-6 
 9. Victoria 5-7 
 10. Brandon 5-9 
 11. TWU 2-13 
OUA Central
 1. Brock 6-4 
 2. McMaster 6-5 
 3. Guelph 3-7 
 4. Lakehead 3-8 
OUA East
 1. Ryerson 11-0 
 2. Toronto 8-4 
 3. Queen's 6-4 
 4. York 3-7 
OUA North
 1. Carleton 9-0 
 2. Ottawa 9-1 
 3. Laurentian 4-8 
 4. Nipissing 4-8 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 7-5 
 2. Laurier 6-7 
 3. Algoma 3-8 
 4. Western 3-9 
 5. Waterloo 2-8 
Quebec League
 1. McGill 6-2 
 2. Laval 4-4 
 3. Concordia 3-3 
 4. UQAM 3-5 
 5. Bishop's 2-4 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 17: Ottawa - Carleton 40-81
Jan. 18: Waterloo - Laurier
Jan. 19: Dalhousie - Acadia
Jan. 19: McGill - Concordia
Jan. 20: Cape Breton - St.Mary's
Jan. 20: Lakehead - Ottawa
Jan. 20: Queen's - Brock
Jan. 20: Windsor - Algoma
Jan. 20: Guelph - Carleton
Jan. 20: Nipissing - Laurentian
Jan. 20: York - McMaster
Jan. 20: UQAM - Bishop's
Jan. 20: Regina - Brandon
Jan. 20: UFV - Alberta
Jan. 20: Saskatchewan - Calgary
Jan. 20: UBC - Mount Royal
Jan. 20: Manitoba - TWU
Jan. 20: Lethbridge - Victoria


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. Wood, Carleton20.4 
 8. Clayton, St.Mary''s20.2 
 9. Ross, Mount Royal19.8 
 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, Carleton5.5 
 3. Mata, Dalhousie4.9 
 4. Allen, TWU4.9 
 5. Farkic, Western4.9 
 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, Ottawa3.3 
 3. Small, Ryerson2.9 
 4. Bermillo, Bishop''s2.8 
 5. Ogundokun, McGill2.6 
 6. Mata, Dalhousie2.6 
 7. Masters, UNB2.6 
 8. De Ciman, Saskatch.2.6 
 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 


Melvin Ejim's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Canadians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his Italian team Umana Venezia to a victory over the fourth-ranked Joensuun Kataja (6-6) 78-68 in the Basketball Champions League in Tuesday night's game. Ejim was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds. Ejim also added 4 assists in 28 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Umana Reyer Venezia (8-4) is placed second in group B. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Ejim's first year with the team. Ejim has relatively good stats this season: 10.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 53.2% and FT: 83.3% in 12 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Nigerian. Ejim is currently a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He was the main contributor in an CB Canarias' victory against the seventh-ranked Oostende (4-8) 64-57 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. Doornekamp was the best player in that game. He scored 23 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (10-2) is placed first in group D. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Doornekamp's first season with the team. This year Doornekamp has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 41.4% and FT: 90.9%(20-22). He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Dutch. Former Carleton University starter played for the Canadian national team in 2015.

Andrew Rautins
Andrew Rautins
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). Rautins contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sodertalje Kings (1-3) crushing them 93-51 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Tuesday night. He was the top player that evening. Rautins recorded 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in 27 minutes. Gaziantep Basketbol (3-1) is placed second in group K. There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Rautins has reliable stats this year: 14.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.4apg, 2FGP: 68.4%(13-19), 3FGP: 37.2% in 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Rautins played for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
   #4. Power forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a 2-point Boston Celtics' victory against the Atlanta Hawks (24-17) 103-101 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He recorded 26 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 3 assists. The Boston Celtics have a solid 26-15 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Olynyk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Celtics' roster. Olynyk's stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.1apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #5. Former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to Zenit's victory against the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas (0-2) 88-79 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Landry scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. Zenit Saint Petersburg (1-1) is placed 11th in the Eurocup. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be extremely important. Landry has been at the team for six years. He averaged so far 11.0ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.2apg in 10 games. Landry used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins
   #6. Guard Andrew Wiggins (203-95, college: Kansas, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Minnesota Timberwolves' victory against the Houston Rockets (32-11) 119-105 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He was the top player that evening. Wiggins scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. The Minnesota Timberwolves have not so impressive 14-27 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Wiggins has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 21.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.3apg. Wiggins is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team two years ago.

Jevohn Shepherd
Jevohn Shepherd
   #7. Former international swingman Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) could not help Spirou Charleroi (4-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed Spirou Charleroi (4-8) was edged 65-63 on the road by the second-ranked Partizan in the group E of Basketball Champions League. Shepherd was the top scorer with 31 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. Shepherd's stats this year are: 12.9ppg and 3.9rpg in 10 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

Evaldas Zabas
Evaldas Zabas
   #8. Point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88, currently plays in Baltic League) helped his Lithuanian team P.Zvaigzdes win their game against one of league's weakest teams BC Rakvere (2-8) crushing them 112-77 in the Baltic League last Wednesday. Zabas was the top player that evening. He recorded 26 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (10-1) is placed eighth in the Baltic League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Baltic League Regular Season. This season Zabas has very high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. Despite Zabas played previously for the Lithuanian U20 national team, he is currently in the Canadian U18 national team roster.

Olivier Hanlan
Olivier Hanlan
   #9. Former international guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Basketball Champions League) helped his French team Le Mans win their game against the third-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (7-5) 65-61 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night. Hanlan was the top player that evening. He scored 15 points in 32 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (9-3) is placed first in group B. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. Hanlan averaged so far 11.1ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.8apg in 12 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Khem Birch
Khem Birch
   #10. Center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV, currently plays in Greece) managed to help Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus to win against the eighth-ranked Kymis (5-8) 90-72 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. Birch recorded only 4 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. 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. Birch's overall stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1bpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

   #11. International point guard Cory Joseph (190-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) helped Toronto Raptors win their game against the Brooklyn Nets 132-113 in the NBA last Friday. Joseph recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists in 22 minutes. Joseph averaged so far 8.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.9apg in 39 games. He plays currently for the Canadian national team.

   #12. Former U19 international guard Marek Klassen (185-92, college: Point Loma, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to help Worcester Wolves (5-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Worcester Wolves lost 73-81 in Bristol to the higher-ranked (#7) Acadamy Flyers. Klassen was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 40 minutes. Klassen averaged so far 10.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 6.8apg and 1.1spg in 16 games. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former international power forward Owen Klassen (208-91, college: Acadia, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Montenegrin team Buducnost win their game against the closely-ranked Igokea 75-60 in the ABA League last Saturday. Klassen scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Klassen's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international guard Carl English (195-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in EuroCup) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams ALBA Berlin (0-2) in their last game. Despite English's good performance ALBA Berlin lost 80-85 in Valencia to the higher-ranked (#14) Basket. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. This year English's overall stats are: 5.3ppg and 1.7rpg in three games. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

   #15. International forward Tristan Thompson (206-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Cleveland Cavaliers (29-11) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Thompson's good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were defeated 100-92 in Salt Lake City by the Utah Jazz. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Thompson averaged so far 7.3ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.2bpg. He is also in the roster of the Canadian national team.

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

   #1. Maurice Walker (208-F/C-91, college: Minnesota, currently plays in United Kingdom) could not help Worcester Wolves (5-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Walker's very good performance Worcester Wolves was defeated 81-73 on the road by the higher-ranked Bristol Acadamy Flyers (#7). He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds. Walker has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 21.9ppg, 11.3rpg and 1.4apg. Walker has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British.

   #2. Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87, college: Houghton, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in a BC Lulea's victory against the fifth-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (8-6) 70-64 in the Swedish Basketligan on Saturday night. Anzuluni scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 36 minutes. BC Lulea (16-3) is placed first in the Basketligan. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Anzuluni averaged so far 14.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.8apg and 2.1spg in 18 games he played so far.

   #3. Kassius Robertson (190-G-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Canisius to an easy victory against the Marist College (1-1) crushing them 91-58 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 30 points (!!!), had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 35 minutes. The Canisius College has a solid 5-3 conference record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Robertson plays fourth season for the team. Robertson has very impressive stats this year: 17.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.4apg in 19 games.

   #4. Isiaha Mike (203-F-97, currently studies in the States) led Duquesne to a victory against the Saint Louis University (1-0) 73-66 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 13 rebounds in 34 minutes. The University of Duquesne has 2-3 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Mike averaged so far 10.6ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.5apg in 18 games.

   #5. Experienced Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Blacktop Management, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Finland) was not able to help BC Nokia (6-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance BC Nokia lost 76-87 in Kotka to the one of league's weakest teams (#9) KTP-Basket. Barrett had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in 28 minutes. Barrett averaged so far 14.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8spg in five games.

   #6. Robbie Sihota (201-F-87, currently plays in Hungary) led MAFC to a victory over the tenth-ranked Sopron KC 87-77 in the Hungarian A Division last Saturday. He was the top player that evening. Sihota recorded 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. This season Sihota has very high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. Sihota is another player who holds two passports: Indian and Canadian.

   #7. Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Hungary) was the main contributor in Vasas' surprising victory against the fourth-ranked PVSK Pannon 90-80 in the Hungarian A Division last Saturday. He was the top player that evening. Wright had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 34 minutes. It was his first game for Vasas this season.

   #8. Dylan Ennis (187-G-91, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the Oregon State University crushing them 85-43 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Ennis scored 16 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Ennis averaged so far 11.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg. He has both Canadian and Jamaican nationalities.

   #9. Ayob Ayob (201-F-95, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a 2-point Minnesota State University Moorhead's victory against the Augustana College, SD 91-89 in the NCAA2 in Friday night's game. Ayob scored 28 points (!!!), had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 47 minutes. Ayob has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg in 13 games.

   #10. Dwayne Smith (198-F-89, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to Olimpo's victory against the fourth-ranked Alianza Viedma 91-86 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 14 rebounds in 31 minutes. Smith averaged so far 14.3ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg in 16 games.



ORANGEVILLEAS FALL TO THE SAINT JOHN RIPTIDE 125-112 - by John Gary

COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL.COM The Orangeville AS 3-2, headed into Saint John 4-1, looking to end the Riptides 4 game win streak. Using a combination of high screen pick and rolls and 15-20 fast jumpers, the AS were able to pull ahead to a 10-2 lead. Gabe Freeman of the Saint John Riptide responded to an AS lay up with a three pointer making the score 14-12 at the 5;30 MARK. The AS were great on transition defense as every 2on 1 or 3 on 1 attempt by the Riptide was stopped with a defensive recovery. By the 3;55 mark,shots began to fall for the Riptide as 35 Olumyina Famutmi hit a jumper followed by a three pointer to take the lead 17-16. Anthony Hollis Jefferson,Orangeville, notched five.



Huskies upend #8 Tigers 75-71 - by Eurobasket News

For two schools located less than two kilometres apart, Saint Mary's versus Dalhouse in anything never disappoints. Sunday afternoon was no exception as the host Huskies defeated the U Sports No. 8 ranked Dalhousie Tigers 75-71 in AUS men's basketball action from the Homburg Centre. Marquis Clayton (175-PG), the fourth-year Halifax native paced all scorers with 25 points and added six rebounds and four assists in the win. Saint Mary's improves to 6-5 (16 points) in conference play after splitting two games in Newfoundland last weekend versus Memorial University and losing to Acadia University January 13th. A 15-12 opening quarter score had the Huskies up after 10 minutes. Saint Mary's outscored Dal 16-15 in the second quarter and led 31-27 at the half. Dalhousie took a 22-21 third quarter frame and trailed the Huskies 52-49 after thirty minutes. The final frame saw Saint Mary's outscore the Tigers 23-22 and hold on for a 75-71 victory. Ritchie Kanza Mata (185-G) (Toronto, Ont.) and Jordan Aquino-Serjue (183-PG) (Montreal, Que.) each scored 15 points for Dal, who drop to 7-3 (18 points) in conference play. Kashrell Lawrence (188-F) (Brampton, Ont.) added eight points and six rebounds for the Tigers. Mississauga, Ontario native Brian Rouse (193-G) finished with 14 points and five rebounds for SMU while Achuil Lual (203-F) (Ottawa, Ont.) added 11 points and seven boards in the win. Up next for Dalhousie is a January 19th road trip versus Acadia University (5-5, 14 points). Saint Mary's hosts Cape Breton University (0-10) January 20th and 21st. Tip-off for all games is 8 p.m.
Courtesy of: prestosports.com



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Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Romain Sato (195-81, college: Xavier, 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 in Sunday night's game. Sato scored 9 points in only 13 minutes on the court. Valencia Basket (12-4) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Sato's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 4.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 85.7% in 14 games he played so far. Sato played for the Central African senior national team four years ago.

James Mays
James Mays
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson, currently plays in South Korea). He led LG Sakers to a victory over one of league's weakest teams SK Knights (10-20) 71-66 in the South Korean KBL last Friday. Mays was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds. Changwon LG Sakers (12-18) are placed seventh in the KBL. It's Mays' first season with the team. Mays has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.0ppg, 11.8rpg, 2.7apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 24.6% and FT: 58.7%. Mays is a naturalized American. He played for the Central African national team in 2013. Strangely Mays has never played in Central Africa.

Jimmy Djimrabaye
Jimmy Djimrabaye
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). He helped his French team Gravelines-Dunkerque win their game against the closely-ranked Prievidza (1-3) 79-68 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Wednesday night. Djimrabaye recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (1-3) is placed third in group L. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Djimrabaye averages only 1.8ppg in eight games. He played for the Central African national team two years ago.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #4. Small forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France). Kouguere could not help Olympique Antibes (5-11) to beat Le Mans (9-7). He recorded 5 points. Olympique Antibes was defeated 58-54 on the road by the much higher-ranked Le Mans (#5). Kouguere's overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg and 4.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. Kouguere used to play for the Central African national team back in 2015.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #5. Former international power forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France) managed to help Boulazac Basket Dordogne in a victory against the closely-ranked Saint-Quentin (6-8) 71-65 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. He scored only 2 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 12 minutes. Boulazac Basket Dordogne (6-8) is placed 14th in the ProB. This year Zianveni's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Zianveni used to play for the Central African national team four years ago.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86) plays for Taiwan Beer in Taiwanese SBL
Johan Grebongo (204-F/C-94) plays for Pfastatt in French NM2
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) plays for Vitre in French NM1
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Prisse Macon in French NM2
Yannick Zachee (192-F-86) plays for Oullins in French NM2
Destin Damachoua (184-G-86) plays for Lorient in French NM1
Maixant Mombollet (203-F/C-81) plays for Tourcoing in French NM2
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Brissac-Aubance in French NM2
Sydney Pehoua (195-F-88) plays for Besancon in French NM2
Joseph Kalambani (192-G-81) plays for Besancon in French NM2

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



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  CHINA  

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 


CBA Round 28: Last-ranked Guangzhou beats Bayi Rockets - by Eurobasket News

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

Bottom-ranked Guangzhou managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against nineteenth-ranked Bayi Rockets 96-85. They outrebounded Bayi Rockets 42-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. American swingman D.J. Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) fired 34 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. International center Ziming Fan (211-98) chipped in 27 points and 9 rebounds. International forward Yuchen Zou (203-96) produced 40 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 blocks for lost side. Bayi Rockets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Guangzhou (5-23) moved-up to nineteenth place, which they share with Bayi R. Bayi Rockets lost fifth consecutive game. Guangzhou is looking forward to face higher ranked Shandong Bulls (#7) in Jinan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bayi Rockets will play on the road against Guandong Tigers (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Leader Shanghai Sharks delivered the twenty fourth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (13-15) 97-92 in Taiyuan. Worth to mention a great performance of French Guerschon Yabusele (201-95) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 6 assists. XiaoYu Liu contributed with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. American Jamaal Franklin (196-91, college: San Diego St.) replied with 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks for Shanxi Zhongyu. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shanghai Sharks have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-4 record. Shanxi Zhongyu at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with TianJin S.. Shanghai Sharks will play against Fujian (#16) in Jinjiang in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shanxi Zhongyu will play at home against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Hangzhou between Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank and Beijing Ducks. Sixteenth ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (9-19) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Beijing Ducks (15-13). Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank managed to escape with a 3-point win 108-105 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Worth to mention a great performance of Lorenzo Brown who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 9 assists. At the losing side Stephon Marbury responded with 38 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Beijing Ducks' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank moved-up to fifteenth place. Loser Beijing Ducks keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Sichuan BW. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will meet at home North Control (#18) in the next round. Beijing Ducks will play against Jiangsu TX (#17) and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Nanjing, where higher ranked Shandong Bulls (16-12) lost to twelfth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (14-14) in a road game 92-100. The winners were led by MarShon Brooks who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jiangsu Dragons moved-up to tenth place. Shandong Bulls at the other side keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Jiangsu Dragons' next round opponent will be TianJin Steel (#12) in Tianjin.
An interesting game took place in Changchun, where higher ranked Sichuan BW (15-13) lost to fourteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (12-16) in a road game 85-102 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sichuan BW. Jabari Brown fired 33 points (!!!) and 7 assists for the winners. Jilin Tigers maintains fourteenth position with 12-16 record. Defending champion Sichuan BW dropped to the eighth place with 13 games lost. Jilin Tigers will face league's second-placed Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Rest of the games of round 28 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Qingdao E. was crushed by Guangdong ST in Dongguan 125-96. Xinjiang FT beat Shenzhen L. at home 113-107. Liaoning H. won against Fujian QB on the opponent's court 126-116. Guangsha L. managed to outperform North Control B. in a home game 107-92. TianJin S. managed to beat Jiangsu TX on the road 117-110.
The best stats of 28th round was 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds by Peng Zhou of Guangdong ST.


Guangdong ST - Qingdao E. 125-96

There was no surprise in Dongguan where 11th ranked Qingdao Eagles (13-14) were crushed by third ranked Guandong Tigers (22-6) 125-96 on Monday. Guandong Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 88 of its points in the paint compared to Qingdao Eagles' 50 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Qingdao Eagles 53-34 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guandong Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Qingdao Eagles' players. Qingdao Eagles were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Peng Zhou (210-89) fired 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Carlos Boozer (206-80, college: Duke) chipped in a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Five Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) produced a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds and American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guandong Tigers maintains third position with 22-6 record having just two points less than leader Shanghai S. Loser Qingdao Eagles keep the eleventh place with 14 games lost. Guandong Tigers will face Bayi Rockets (#19) in Ningbo in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Qingdao Eagles will play on the road against Leopards (#6) in Shenzhen and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Qingdao E.: M.Loukas 33+14reb, J.Dominique 24+5reb+4ast, X.Chenghao 10+3reb+1ast, S.Wei 8+2reb, Z.Chengyu 7+4ast, L.Shunan 6+3reb
Guangdong ST: Z.Peng 33+6reb+3ast, B.Carlos 26+14reb+1ast, Y.Jianlian 16+13reb+1ast, S.Donald 14+7reb+8ast, G.Shang 12+2reb+2ast, R.JunFei 10+3reb+6ast
gschID: 513982


Xinjiang FT - Shenzhen L. 113-107

No shocking result in a game in Urumqi where second ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (23-5) defeated 6th ranked Leopards (18-10) 113-107 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Xinjiang Flying Tige made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Leopards were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) fired a double-double by scoring 49 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. International center Qi Zhou (217-96) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds and American point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga) added 28 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Four Xinjiang Flying Tige and five Leopards players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Xinjiang Flying Tige have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 23-5 record behind leader Shanghai S. Loser Leopards keep the sixth place with ten games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige will face Jilin Tigers (#14) in Changchun in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Leopards will play at home against Qingdao Eagles (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shenzhen L.: P.Jeremy 28+4reb+7ast, L.Maciej 24+15reb+1ast, G.QuAn 21+5reb+1ast, L.Muhao 14+9reb, D.Huaibo 10+3reb, M.Duo 6+2reb+2ast
Xinjiang FT: A.Darius 49+8reb+10ast, K.Makan 13+6reb, B.Andray 13+8reb+3ast, Z.Qi 11+14reb, M.Xirelijiang 9+2reb+2ast, L.Gen 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 513978


Fujian QB - Liaoning H. 116-126

Very expected game in Jinjiang where 15th ranked Fujian (8-20) was defeated by fourth ranked Liaoning Hunters (21-7) 126-116 on Sunday. Liaoning Hunters made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 55.2 percentage. Liaoning Hunters looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Fujian was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American Lester Hudson (190-84, college: Tenn-Martin) fired 38 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international center Dejun Han (215-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. American point guard Dwight Buycks (191-89, college: Marquette) produced 41 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Yichao Yi-Chao (195) added 25 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Four Liaoning Hunters and five Fujian players scored in double figures. Liaoning Hunters maintains fourth position with 21-7 record, which they share with Guangsha L. Loser Fujian dropped to the sixteenth place with 20 games lost. Liaoning Hunters will face Sichuan BW (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Fujian will play against the league's leader Shanghai Sharks (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fujian QB: B.Dwight 41+5reb+9ast, Y.Yichao 25+9reb+8ast, W.Zhelin 17+9reb+3ast, G.Lei 12+4reb, C.Linjian 11+1ast, H.Lung-Mao 6
Liaoning H.: H.Lester 38+6reb+4ast, G.Ailun 25+3reb+2ast, H.Dejun 23+12reb+3ast, R.Shavlik 20+7reb+3ast, Y.Ming 6+5reb+4ast, C.Minchen 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 513981


Shanxi Zh. - Shanghai S. 92-97

Leader Shanghai Sharks delivered the twenty fourth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (13-15) 97-92 in Taiyuan. Worth to mention a great performance of French Guerschon Yabusele (201-95) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international guard XiaoYu Liu (191-89) contributed with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. American Jamaal Franklin (196-91, college: San Diego St.) replied with 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks and his fellow American import center Henry Sims (208-90, college: Georgetown) added 23 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Shanxi Zhongyu. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shanghai Sharks have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-4 record. Shanxi Zhongyu at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with TianJin S.. Shanghai Sharks will play against Fujian (#16) in Jinjiang in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shanxi Zhongyu will play at home against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: F.Jamaal 31+6reb+3ast, S.Henry 23+8reb+1ast, W.Lei 11+10reb+2ast, Y.PengFei 8+4reb, Z.XueWen 6+2reb, X.Zhiqiang 5+6reb
Shanghai S.: Y.Guerschon 33+16reb+6ast, L.Wei 19+2reb+1ast, W.Quanxi 12+9reb, Z.Yi 9+1reb+2ast, L.XiaoYu 9+7reb+9ast, C.Liang 5+2reb
gschID: 513973


Guangsha L. - North Control B. 107-92

Very predictable result in Hangzhou where fifth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (21-7) beat 18th ranked North Control (5-22) 107-92 on Sunday. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. North Control was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Courtney Fortson (180-88, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports) fired 35 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. International center Jinqiu Hu (208-97) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) produced 29 points and 5 rebounds and Uruguayan-Spanish power forward Esteban Batista (208-83, agency: Duran International) added 13 points and 15 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Zhejiang Guangsha Lions and four North Control players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Liaoning H. North Control lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth position with 22 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will face Shanxi Zhongyu (#13) in Taiyuan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. North Control will play on the road against Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#15) in Hangzhou and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
North Control B.: M.Errick 29+5reb+3ast, Y.Chin-Min 15+8reb+1ast, B.Esteban 13+15reb+2ast, W.Zhenyu 10+5reb+1ast, H.Xining 9+1reb, Y.Liang 8+3reb+2ast
Guangsha L.: F.Courtney 35+8reb+7ast, H.Jinqiu 20+7reb+2ast, L.Chih-Chieh 16+9reb+3ast, H.Elijah 14+8reb+1ast, W.Zheng 10+7reb, L.Jinglong 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 513974


Guangzhou - Bayi R. 96-85

Bottom-ranked Guangzhou managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against nineteenth-ranked Bayi Rockets 96-85. They outrebounded Bayi Rockets 42-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. American swingman D.J. Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) fired 34 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. International center Ziming Fan (211-98) chipped in 27 points and 9 rebounds. Four Guangzhou players scored in double figures. International forward Yuchen Zou (203-96) produced 40 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 blocks and the former international forward Yan Cao (196-91) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Bayi Rockets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Guangzhou (5-23) moved-up to nineteenth place, which they share with Bayi R. Bayi Rockets lost fifth consecutive game. Guangzhou is looking forward to face higher ranked Shandong Bulls (#7) in Jinan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bayi Rockets will play on the road against Guandong Tigers (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bayi R.: Z.Yuchen 40+8reb+1ast, C.Yan 18, M.Lei 9+2reb+4ast, X.ZhongHao 8+5reb+3ast, F.Hao 6+2reb, H.Liu 4+3reb+1ast
Guangzhou: K.D.J. 34+9reb+4ast, F.Ziming 27+9reb+1ast, Z.Zhun 15+3reb+1ast, Z.Xuhang 13+4reb+1ast, N.Bahrami Mohammad Samad 3+6reb+2ast, S.Hongfei 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 513975


Jiangsu D. - Shandong FB 100-92

We should mention about the upset which took place in Nanjing, where higher ranked Shandong Bulls (16-12) lost to twelfth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (14-14) in a road game 92-100. 28 personal fouls committed by Shandong Bulls helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American swingman MarShon Brooks (196-89, college: Providence) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international point guard XueFeng Hu (185-80) supported him with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Jason Thompson (211-86, college: Rider) did not help to save the game for Shandong Bulls. His fellow American import point guard Justin Dentmon (183-85, college: Washington) added 11 points and 8 assists for lost side. Four Jiangsu Dragons and five Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jiangsu Dragons moved-up to tenth place. Shandong Bulls at the other side keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Jiangsu Dragons' next round opponent will be TianJin Steel (#12) in Tianjin.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: T.Jason 24+11reb+2ast, D.Yanyuhang 15+5reb+1ast, T.HanLin 12+8reb, D.Justin 11+3reb+8ast, S.Ran 10+1reb+1ast, L.JingYu 7+3reb
Jiangsu D.: B.MarShon 20+12reb+9ast, M.Will 18+6reb+2ast, H.XueFeng 17+8reb+1ast, C.Lin 11+6reb+1ast, L.Wei 9+4reb+1ast, Y.Li 8+4reb
gschID: 513976


Jilin NE T. - Sichuan BW 102-85

An interesting game took place in Changchun, where higher ranked Sichuan BW (15-13) lost to fourteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (12-16) in a road game 85-102 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sichuan BW. Jilin Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Sichuan BW's 38. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Jilin Tigers made 8 blocks. American swingman Jabari Brown (193-92, college: Missouri) fired 33 points (!!!) and 7 assists for the winners. The other American import forward Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 23 rebounds. Five Jilin Tigers players scored in double figures. Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international swingman Da Meng (196-82) added 28 points and 5 steals respectively for lost side. Jilin Tigers maintains fourteenth position with 12-16 record. Defending champion Sichuan BW dropped to the eighth place with 13 games lost. Jilin Tigers will face league's second-placed Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Sichuan BW: M.Da 28+4reb+1ast, C.Chen 17+3reb, H.Hamed 13+18reb+6ast, Z.ChunJun 9+6reb+2ast, W.Ruheng 8+9reb+3ast, T.Chen 6+5reb
Jilin NE T.: B.Jabari 33+7ast, Z.Biao 18+4reb+4ast, T.Malcolm 14+23reb+2ast, C.Jinming 14+10reb+6ast, Z.Cheng 10+11reb+1ast, C.Zhangyi 8+3reb
gschID: 513977


Jiangsu TX - TianJin S. 110-117

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked Jiangsu TX (7-21) was defeated at home by thirteenth ranked TianJin Steel (13-15) 117-110 on Sunday. Jiangsu TX was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Ukrainian point guard Eugene Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) fired a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Palestinian center Sani Sakakini (204-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 28 points and 17 rebounds. Four TianJin Steel players scored in double figures. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) produced a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds and American guard Jared Cunningham (193-91, college: Oregon St.) added 35 points (!!!) respectively for lost side. Jiangsu TX's coach Qiang Xu gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TianJin Steel moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Shanxi Zh. Loser Jiangsu TX keeps the seventeenth position with 21 games lost. TianJin Steel will face higher ranked Jiangsu Dragons (#10) in Nanjing in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jiangsu TX will play on the road against Beijing Ducks (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu TX: A.Zaid 44+13reb+2ast, C.Jared 35+2reb+1ast, D.Ikechukwu 21+11reb+2ast, S.JianYe 4+5reb+1ast, Z.ZhengDong 4+1reb+1ast, C.ChengLin 2+1reb
TianJin S.: J.Eugene 37+9reb+10ast, S.Sani 28+17reb+2ast, T.Jeremy 23+8reb+1ast, L.Rongpei 15+3reb+3ast, Z.Zhihan 6+1reb, Z.Ji 5+2ast
gschID: 513979


Zhejiang CB - Beijing D. 108-105

A very close game took place in Hangzhou between Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank and Beijing Ducks. Sixteenth ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (9-19) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Beijing Ducks (15-13). Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank managed to escape with a 3-point win 108-105 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Lorenzo Brown (196-90, college: N.Carolina St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Yongpeng Zhang (208-90) who added 16 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 38 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 9 assists and his fellow American import forward Grant Jerrett (208-93, college: Arizona) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds. Five Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank and four Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. Beijing Ducks' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank moved-up to fifteenth place. Loser Beijing Ducks keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Sichuan BW. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will meet at home North Control (#18) in the next round. Beijing Ducks will play against Jiangsu TX (#17) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Beijing D.: M.Stephon 38+7reb+9ast, J.Grant 29+14reb+3ast, J.Zhe 13+3reb, Z.Qingpeng 10+4reb+1ast, S.Yue 9+7reb+1ast, Z.YanXi 4+1reb
Zhejiang CB: B.Lorenzo 40+13reb+9ast, Z.Yongpeng 16+10reb+1ast, Z.Dayu 15+8reb+1ast, W.Qian 14+7reb+3ast, W.Willie 12+2reb+4ast, Y.Lu 7+2reb
gschID: 513980





DeJuan Blair (ex Jiangsu TX) agreed terms with Texas Legends - by Eurobasket News

Texas Legends inked 28-year old power forward DeJuan Blair (201-120kg-89, college: Pittsburgh). He started the season at Jiangsu Tongxi in Chinese CBA league. In 10 games he recorded very impressive stats: 24.1ppg, 13.6rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0spg this season. Blair ended the last season at the Suns. But the most of that year he spent at the Wizards where in 28 NBA games he averaged just 2.2ppg and 2.0rpg.
In 2009 Blair was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (37th overall). The former University of Pittsburgh staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Blair was selected to NBA All-Star Game All-Sophmore Team back in 2011.
He has played previously professionally in Russia (Krasnie Krilya) and other NBA team (Dallas Mavericks).
Blair's game is described as: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Powerful post player with tremendous rebounding ability … Uses his wide base, long arms and soft hands to inhale every rebound in his area … Has a true NBA skill, rebounding.
Doesn't have great explosiveness either which makes creating shots against bigger and more athletic players a challenge … … At times showed his inexperience late in the year making careless mental errors in key moments
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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A1 Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 17: KK Split - Jolly JBS 85-74
Jan. 5: KK Split - Cibona 82-75
Jan. 5: Kvarner 2010 - Gorica 73-77
Jan. 14: Zabok - KK Split 71-86
Jan. 10: KK Zagreb - Cibona 70-90
Jan. 13: Cedevita - Alkar Sinj 111-71
Jan. 21: Zadar - Kvarner 2010
Jan. 21: Skrljevo - KK Zagreb
Jan. 21: Gorica - Jolly JBS
Jan. 21: Vrij.Osijek - Zabok
Jan. 21: H.Analitica - Cibona
Jan. 21: KK Split - Cedevita
Jan. 21: GKK Sibenik - Alkar Sinj


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.2 
 3. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 4. Konjevic, Skrljevo18.5 
 5. Hopson, Cedevita17.9 
 6. Marcinkovic, KK Za.17.6 
 7. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.6 
 8. Novacic, Jolly JBS16.3 
 9. Marinkovic, Zadar16.2 
 10. Sakic, Cibona16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen ROBINSON
  Vrij.Osijek
  (206-F/C-93)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb7.5 
 3. Arapovic, Cedevita7.4 
 4. Mazalin, Zadar7.3 
 5. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.0 
 6. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 7. Halilovic, GKK S.6.3 
 8. Marinkovic, Zadar6.1 
 9. Rajic, H.Analitica6.0 
 10. Slavica, Cibona5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Scott, Jolly JBS7.3 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .6.2 
 5. Stockton, Cedevita6.0 
 6. Filipovic, KK Split5.6 
 7. Vrbica, Gorica5.5 
 8. Petani, GKK Sibenik4.9 
 9. Johnson, Cibona4.8 
 10. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Stockton, Cedevita2.8 
 3. Jurlina, Zabok2.5 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.0 
 5. Katic, Cedevita1.8 
 6. Mazalin, Zadar1.8 
 7. Sirko, KK Split1.8 
 8. Brzoja, Zadar1.7 
 9. Vladovic, Zadar1.6 
 10. Cook, Skrljevo1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan RAMLJAK
  KK Zagreb
  (203-SF-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ramljak, KK Zagreb2.0 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.6 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.3 
 4. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.1 
 5. Krolo, Zabok1.1 
 6. Bilan, Cedevita1.0 
 7. Zrnic, Zabok0.9 
 8. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.0.8 
 9. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek0.8 
 10. Spralja, Jolly JBS0.7 


Krunoslav Simon selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, currently plays in Italy). He led Armani Milano to a victory over the 12th-ranked AV Cantu (6-9) 85-79 in the Italian Serie A in Tuesday night's game. Simon was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!), had 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes on the court. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (13-2) is placed first in the Serie A. Simon has relatively good stats this year: 14.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 64.2%(34-53), 3FGP: 46.9%(30-64) and FT: 87.5% in 12 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Stipcevic was the main contributor in a 3-point Banco di Srd's victory against the third-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-5) 78-75 in the Basketball Champions League last Tuesday. He was the best player in that game. Stipcevic recorded 22 points and added 5 assists. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (6-7) is placed fifth in group E. His team will play only one more game in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Stipcevic has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 38.0% and FT: 73.1%. He is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Spain). Tomic could not help FC Barcelona (12-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance FC Barcelona lost 60-71 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) CB Canarias. Tomic was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. It's Tomic's fifth season with the team. Tomic has reliable stats this year: 13.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 68.9%(84-122) and FT: 65.1% in 16 games. He played for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Bojan Bogdanovic
Bojan Bogdanovic
   #4. Small forward Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Brooklyn Nets in their game against the Toronto Raptors (27-13) in the NBA. Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game Bogdanovic was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Bogdanovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 14.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.6apg. Bogdanovic is also Croatian national team player.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #5. Former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the fourth-ranked Joensuun Kataja (6-6) 78-68 in the Basketball Champions League last Tuesday. He scored 11 points and blocked 2 shots in 22 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (8-4) is placed second in group B. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Peric is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Umana Venezia's roster. Peric's stats this season are: 12.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.6apg in 11 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Dario Saric
Dario Saric
   #6. Power forward Dario Saric (207-94, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Philadelphia 76ers' victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (20-20) 113-104 in the NBA on Monday night. Saric recorded 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The Philadelphia 76ers have rather weak 12-27 record this season. It's Saric's first year with the team. His stats this year are: 9.8ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.6apg. Saric is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Jure Skific
Jure Skific
   #7. Former U18 international forward Jure Skific (202-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for Twarde Pierniki (13-2) in their game against Anwil (10-6) in the Polish PLK, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Skific also added 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. But the league leader Twarde Pierniki was badly defeated 91-73 in Wloclawek by the lower-ranked (#3) Anwil. It's Skific's first season with the team. He averaged so far 10.8ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.6apg in 15 games. Skific used to play for the Croatian U18 national team eleven years ago.

Tomislav Zubcic
Tomislav Zubcic
   #8. Power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to a BC Nizhny Novgorod's victory against the closely-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (3-9) 102-95 in the VTB United League last Sunday. He scored 18 points and added 3 assists. BC Nizhny Novgorod (3-8) is placed tenth in the VTB United League. This season Zubcic has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg. Zubcic used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2015.

Tomislav Gabric
Tomislav Gabric
   #9. Former U20 international power forward Tomislav Gabric (204-95, currently plays in Romania) helped Pitesti win their game against the seventh-ranked BC Timisoara (8-7) crushing them 94-73 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Gabric recorded 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. 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. So now every game will be important. Gabric averaged so far 12.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.9apg in 16 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team two years ago.

Stjepan Tesija
Stjepan Tesija
   #10. Power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89, currently plays in Balkan League) helped his Bulgarian team Beroe win their game against the closely-ranked Teodo Tivat (4-5) crushing them 94-72 in the Balkan League last Tuesday. Tesija scored 12 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Beroe (6-3) is placed second in the Balkan League. His team will play only one more game in the Balkan League Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Tesija averaged so far 11.1ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.7apg in nine games. He is a former U18 international player as ten years ago he still played for the Croatian national team.

   #11. International point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, also represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) helped his Greek team AEK Athens win their game against the closely-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg 82-72 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night. Ukic scored 7 points and added 4 passes. Ukic averaged so far 11.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.8apg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #12. International center Josip Sobin (203-89, another player represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) faced previously mentioned Jure Skific in the Polish PLK last game. Sobin helped Anwil win their game against the league leader Twarde Pierniki 91-73. He scored 12 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. Sobin averaged so far 10.5ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.8apg in 16 games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

   #13. Former U20 international center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, currently plays in Estonia) helped Parnu win their game against one of league's weakest teams TLU/Kalev 75-69 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Friday. Bubalo was the top player that evening. He recorded 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. This season Bubalo has very high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.0apg. Bubalo used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.

   #14. Former international center Luksa Andric (208-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) couldn't help Szolnok in their game against Besiktas in the Basketball Champions League, despite his very good performance on Tuesday night. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Andric also added 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. But his team lost 91-96. Andric has very impressive stats this year: 17.3ppg and 5.3rpg in three games. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former U20 international guard Toni Prostran (182-91, currently plays in Baltic League) helped his Lithuanian team Nevezis win their game against the seventh-ranked Barsy Atyrau crushing them 103-73 in the Baltic League in Tuesday night's game. Prostran was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and making 10 passes. Prostran's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 8.6apg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Mladen Pavlovic (193-G-89, currently plays in Serbia) led Vrsac to a victory over the fifth-ranked Tamis (8-5) crushing them 79-59 in the Serbian KLS in Saturday night's game. Pavlovic was the top player that evening. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. KK Vrsac Swisslion (11-2) is placed first in the KLS. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Pavlovic averaged so far 10.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Serbian.

   #2. Dino Cinac (201-F-88, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in a KFUM Jamtland's victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (9-8) 98-88 in the Swedish Basketligan in Thursday night's game. Cinac was the top player that evening. He scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. KFUM Jamtland Basket (8-10) is placed seventh in the Basketligan. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Cinac has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg in 17 games he played so far.

   #3. Experienced Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the closely-ranked Boras Basket (11-8) 86-80 in the Swedish Basketligan in Saturday night's game. Bizaca was the top player that evening. He scored 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 35 minutes. Sodertalje Kings (9-5) is placed fifth in the Basketligan. Bizaca has been at the team for five years. Bizaca has very impressive stats this season: 19.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.6apg in 14 games.

   #4. Marijan Cakarun (204-C-90, currently plays in Spain) could not help La ICL Manresa (2-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked La ICL Manresa was defeated in an overtime 87-77 on the road by the higher-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#12). Cakarun was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Cakarun's overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg and 4.3rpg.

   #5. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, college: Boise St., currently plays in Australia) helped Adelaide 36ers win their game against the closely-ranked United (11-11) crushing them 100-73 in the Australian NBL on Thursday night. He scored 11 points in only a mere 13 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Adelaide 36ers (15-7) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Drmic's overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg in 21 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.

   #6. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-PF-87, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to help Oostende in their game against CB Canarias in the Basketball Champions League. Jagodic Kuridza scored 8 points in 18 minutes. His team lost 57-64. This year Jagodic Kuridza's overall stats are: 5.2ppg and 3.4rpg in 13 games. He has both Serbian and Croatian nationalities.

   #7. Marin Mornar (205-F-93, college: Loyola Mary, 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. Mornar scored 13 points and blocked 3 shots. Mornar's overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg and 3.6rpg.

   #8. Aleksandar Marcius (208-C-90, college: De Paul, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Caceres Basket in their game against Leche Rio Breogan in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Marcius averaged so far 12.7ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.1spg.

   #9. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovakia) helped Prievidza win their game against the league leader Kosice 92-82 in the Slovakian SBL last Monday. He scored 15 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Maric averaged so far 12.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg.

   #10. Ante Markoc (188-PG-93, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Sixers in their game against RW Cuxhaven in the German Regionalliga (fourth division), despite his very good performance on Saturday night. He was the second best scorer with 22 points in 33 minutes. But his team was edged 89-86. Markoc averaged so far 11.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.6apg and 1.6spg in 11 games.



Split beat league-leading Jolly for lead at the halfway point of the season - by Zeljko Zule

Split defeated Jolly JBS 85-77 in the postponed game of the Croatian A1 League to finish on the top of the table at the halfway point of the season. Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) finished with 19 points, Mateo Kedzo (206-F/C-84) came off the bench for 15 points, Henrik Sirko (201-F-93) scored 11 points and Damir Rancic (199-G-83) 10.
Split opened the game with a 10-0 run and never trailed. The had their largest lead of the nihght at 33-17 midway through the second quarter. At that point on, Jolly scored nine straight points, but Split responded with a 10-3 run spanning run to extend their advantage to 43-29. Split were ahead 65-51 with less than nine minutes remaining. Bruno Markulin (195-SF-92) sank a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to just two, 77-79 going into the final minute. Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) made a jumper that gave Split a 81-77 lead. Jolly's Mike Scott (183-PG-93, college: Idaho) missed a 2-point shot, but got his own rebound and then Sime Spralja (205-C/F-83) missed a 3-pointer. Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) grabbed a defensive rebound and was fouled. He hit both free with 21 seconds left. Henrik Sirko (201-F-93) then stole the ball and made a dunk to set the final score, 85-77.
Jolly shot much better from 3-point range (48-percent, 10-of-21) than from 2-point land (39-percent, 16-of-41). Mike Scott (183-PG-93, college: Idaho) had 16 points and 10 assists, Jozo Brkic (211-F/C-86) scoed 15 points off the bench, Josip Bilinovac (191-SG-90) added 13 points and Sime Spralja (205-C/F-83) 11.




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  CUBA  


Javier Justiz's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Cubans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Javier Justiz
Javier Justiz
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He was the major contributor in a Estudiantes Concordia's victory against the sixth-ranked Olimpico de La Banda (13-14) 84-75 in the Argentinian LigaA last Wednesday. Justiz recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 17 rebounds. Estudiantes Concordia (16-8) is placed second in Norte group. Justiz has relatively good stats this season: 12.3ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2.2bpg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 53.6%. He is currently a member of the Cuban senior national team.

Reynaldo Garcia
Reynaldo Garcia
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones, currently plays in Argentina). Garcia led San Martin Corrientes to a victory against the seventh-ranked La Union (12-14) 81-75 in the Argentinian LigaA on Friday night. He scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 28 minutes. San Martin Corrientes (18-6) is placed first in Norte group. This year Garcia has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 30.2% and FT: 71.6% in 22 games he played so far. He played for the Cuban national team in 2009.

Grismay Paumier
Grismay Paumier
   #3. The Cuban player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Grismay Paumier (204-88, currently plays in France). He could not help SO Maritime Boulogne (4-10) to beat Lille Metropole (8-6). Paumier scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. SO Maritime Boulogne lost 63-71 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#6) Lille Metropole. It's Paumier's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 66.0%(68-103) in 14 games. Paumier played for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Yorman Polas Bartolo
Yorman Polas Bartolo
   #4. Swingman Yorman Polas Bartolo (192-85, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to help Telekom Baskets in their game against Apoel (1-3) in the FIBA Europe Cup. He did not beat the league record on Wednesday evening. Bartolo recorded only 3 points. The first-placed Telekom Baskets (3-1) was defeated 84-78 in Nicosia by the lower-ranked Apoel (#4) in the group M of FIBA Europe Cup. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This season Bartolo averages: 4.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.6apg. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and German. Bartolo used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2011.

Taylor Garcia
Taylor Garcia
   #5. Former international point guard Taylor Garcia (182-87, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Quintanar (8-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Garcia's very good performance Quintanar (#8) was crushed 81-50 in Madrid by the higher-ranked Real II (#4) in the Group B. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Garcia has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.5apg and 1.6spg. Garcia used to play for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Georffri Silvestre
Georffri Silvestre
   #6. An experienced power forward Georffri Silvestre (202-79, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Nautico KIA Tenerife (9-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Nautico KIA Tenerife (#5) was edged 89-87 in Villaviciosa by the higher-ranked (#3) Casvi in the Group B. Silvestre was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. Silvestre's stats this year are: 15.0ppg and 5.6rpg in 13 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Cuban senior team seventeen years ago.

Georvys Elias
Georvys Elias
   #7. Former international forward Georvys Elias (199-81, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Albacete (5-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Elias' good performance Albacete was crushed 81-60 in Alicante by the second-ranked Meridiano. He scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Elias' stats this season are: 10.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2bpg and 1.7spg. He used to play for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Rangel Ramirez
Rangel Ramirez
   #8. Center Rangel Ramirez (206-75, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an AEC Collblanc's victory against the 12th-ranked Sant Nicolau (3-9) 66-58 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Aracena - AEC Collblanc La Torrassa (7-4) is placed fourth in Group C-A. Ramirez's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 5.9rpg. He used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2006.

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

   #1. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91, currently plays in Czech Republic) led CEZ Nymburk to an easy victory against the league outsider NH Ostrava (4-15) crushing them 104-83 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (18-1) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sant-Roos has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.4apg and 2.2spg in 17 games he played so far.

   #2. Juan Ferrales (188-G-91, college: Barry, currently plays in Norway) led Kongsberg to a 3-point victory over the seventh-ranked Centrum (9-10) 100-97 in the Norwegian BLNO in Thursday night's game. Ferrales was MVP of the game. He recorded 35 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Ferrales' second season in pro basketball. Kongsberg Miners (15-2) is placed first in the BLNO. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Ferrales' first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Ferrales averages: 25.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.3apg and 1.8spg. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and American. Strangely Ferrales has never played in Cuba.

   #3. Yankiel Moreno (189-G-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) could not help Bondi Ferrara (6-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Bondi Ferrara (#13) lost 67-76 at home to the much higher-ranked (#3) Alma Trieste in the East group. Moreno recorded 10 points and added 5 passes in 33 minutes. This year Moreno's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.9apg and 1.3spg in 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cuban and Italian. Despite Moreno's Cuban nationality, he previously played for the Italian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cuban team.

   #4. Adrian Diaz (213-C-93, college: FIU, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help BC Timisoara in their game against Pitesti (10-6) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Diaz cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 12 minutes. BC Timisoara was crushed 94-73 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Pitesti. It was BC Timisoara's first loss after three consecutive victories. Diaz averaged so far 10.1ppg and 5.1rpg in 14 games. He has both American and Cuban nationalities. Strangely Diaz has never played in Cuba.



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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 


Alexander Vezenkov selected the top Cypriot playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #1. This week's number one is former U16 international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain). He could not help FC Barcelona (12-4) to beat CB Canarias (12-4). Vezenkov scored 8 points in only 12 minutes on the court. FC Barcelona lost 60-71 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) CB Canarias. It was FC Barcelona's first loss after three consecutive victories. This year Vezenkov averages: 9.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 70.6%(36-51), 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 78.6% in 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Vezenkov played for the Cypriot U16 national team seven years ago.

Roberto Mantovani
Roberto Mantovani
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Roberto Mantovani (203-94, currently plays college basketball in the States). He was not able to help the Robert Morris in their game against the St.Francis University (PA) (1-1) in the NCAA. It was not Mantovani's best game last Thursday. He recorded only 2 points in 17 minutes. The Robert Morris was badly defeated 77-57 in Loretto, PA by the St.Francis University (PA). This year Mantovani's overall stats are: 1.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 34.4% and FT: 57.1% in 19 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Finnish and Cypriot. Former B.M.C. AEK Larnacas starter played for the Cypriot U20 national team in 2014.

Anthony King
Anthony King
   #3. The Cypriot player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Germany). He contributed to a Koeln Rh.Stars' victory against the closely-ranked White Wings (10-7) 80-72 in the German ProA (second division) last Thursday. King scored 10 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Rhein Stars Koeln (9-9) is placed ninth in the ProA. It's King's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 6.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7bpg in three games. King is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Cypriot senior national team. King used to play for InterCollege Etha Engomis in Cypriot league.

Rafail Eleftheriou
Rafail Eleftheriou
   #4. Forward Rafail Eleftheriou (201-94, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Fresno Pacific University win their game against the Chaminade University (6-4) 112-108 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. He recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. The Fresno Pacific University has rather weak 3-6 record this season. Eleftheriou has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Cypriot national team back in 2012.

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

   #1. Angel Natskin (184-G-93, currently plays in Bulgaria). He could not help Cherno More (4-9) to beat Balkan (7-5). Natskin scored 5 points and had 3 steals. Cherno More was badly defeated 76-58 at home by the higher-ranked Balkan (#4). It was Cherno More's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Natskin's fourth season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 3.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.2spg. Natskin has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian.

   #2. Victor Ieronymides (198-F, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the St.Martin's University in their game against the Central Washington University (6-2) in the NCAA2. Ieronymides' contribution was not very remarkable in Saturday's game. He recorded only one point. The St.Martin's University was defeated 84-69 on the road by the Central Washington University. It was St.Martin's University's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Ieronymides' total stats this season are: 0.5ppg and 1.2rpg.

Other top Cypriot players, who play abroad:

Antreas Tretiakov (195-F/G-0) plays for Aris in Greek A1
Giannis Giannaras (187-G-99) plays for PAOK in Greek A1
Andreas Christodoulou (197-SF-95) plays for AGOR in Greek A1
Christopher Razis (194-PG-89) plays for AGOR in Greek A1
Nasos Kyriakou (182-PG-89) plays for Kavala in Greek A2
Elias Daniel (182-G-84) plays for New England Anchors in the ABA
Andreas Angelis (203-C-76) plays for Niki Amarousiou in Greek C
Giorgos Ventouris (188-G-84) plays for Aris Petropoulis in Greek C
Ioannis Stefanidis (196-PG-86) plays for Xanthis in Greek B
Constantinos Pilakoutas (192-G/F-91) plays for Makedonikos in Greek C
Grekas (196-G-95) plays for Agriniou in Greek B
Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78) plays for AE Santorinis in Greek C

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



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Jan Vesely selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Fenerbahce (10-7) to beat Crvena Zvezda (9-8). Vesely scored 7 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 22 minutes on the court. The sixth-placed Fenerbahce (10-7) was edged 75-73 on the road by the lower-ranked (#8) Crvena Zvezda in the group A of Euroleague. Vesely has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.4% and FT: 58.7% in 17 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Kyzlink
Tomas Kyzlink
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Tomas Kyzlink (195-93, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Kyzlink was not able to help Helios (2-11) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Helios (#7) was defeated 69-60 at home by the higher-ranked Ironi Nahariya (#6) in the group A of Basketball Champions League. Kyzlink was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Kyzlink's team will play only one more game in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Kyzlink's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 34.2% and FT: 76.9%. Kyzlink is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman David Jelinek (195-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). He led Andorra to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sevilla (7-9) crushing them 95-69 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Jelinek scored 13 points in 23 minutes. MoraBanc Andorra (9-7) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. Jelinek has reliable stats this year: 11.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 36.9% and FT: 79.5% in 16 games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Blake Schilb
Blake Schilb
   #4. An experienced swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Galatasaray's victory against the closely-ranked Zalgiris (6-11) 87-79 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Schilb scored 7 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (5-12) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in group A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This season Schilb averages: 8.5ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.8apg. He is a naturalized American. Schilb is also Czech Republic national team player. He used to play for CEZ Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic league.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #5. International point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (18-24) 120-101 in the NBA last Monday. Satoransky had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 19 minutes. The Washington Wizards have 21-19 record this season. This year Satoransky's overall stats are: 3.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.2apg in 25 games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Jiri Hubalek
Jiri Hubalek
   #6. Center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Imola (6-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Hubalek's very good performance Imola (#6) was crushed 100-76 in Bologna by the leading Virtus in the East group. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Hubalek also added 5 rebounds. Hubalek's stats this season are: 11.5ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Czech Republic senior team eight years ago.

Filip Halada
Filip Halada
   #7. Former U20 international forward Filip Halada (198-92, currently plays in Slovakia) led Rieker KN to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Lucenec (10-12) crushing them 102-80 in the Slovakian SBL in Wednesday night's game. Halada scored 13 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes. MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno (12-10) is placed fifth in the SBL. Halada's stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg in 18 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team five years ago.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #8. Center Ondrej Balvin (217-92, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in EuroCup) managed to help FC Bayern Muenchen to win against the closely-ranked Khimky (1-1) 90-74 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Balvin scored only 2 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. FC Bayern Muenchen (2-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Balvin's total stats this season are: 3.7ppg and 2.1rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2015.

Prokop Slanina
Prokop Slanina
   #9. Former U20 international forward Prokop Slanina (208-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Fordham's victory against the Davidson College (0-1) 60-54 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Slanina scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. The Fordham University has 1-4 conference record this season. This year Slanina's total stats are: 4.9ppg and 3.2rpg in 17 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team three years ago.

Jan Svandrlik
Jan Svandrlik
   #10. Forward Jan Svandrlik (201-94, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Iona (3-4) in their game against the Quinnipiac College (3-0) in the NCAA. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Iona was defeated 97-91 on their home court in New Rochelle, NY by the Quinnipiac College. Svandrlik has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.6rpg. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the Czech Republic national team.

   #11. Former international center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) led Estela to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked TAKE Tolosa crushing them 79-53 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Hampl scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. Hampl averaged so far 14.4ppg and 5.5rpg in 12 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team five years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international forward Petr Herman (208-94, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Loyola Mary in their game against the Gonzaga University in the NCAA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Herman recorded only 2 points. His team was crushed by 38 points 93-55. Herman has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 2.3rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic U18 national team back in 2012.

   #13. Former U18 international forward David Jelinek (203-97, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Northwood University in their game against the Grand Valley State University in the NCAA2. Jelinek scored only 4 points in 19 minutes. His team lost 78-93 in the NCAA2. Jelinek has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 2.0rpg in 12 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic U18 national team two years ago.

   #14. U16 international point guard Vit Krejci (193-0, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Olivar in their game against Salt in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Krejci scored 7 points. His team was crushed by 26 points 82-56. Krejci has averaged so far 3.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.5apg. He plays currently for the Czech Republic U16 national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to Handlova's surprising victory against the second-ranked Inter Bratislava (18-5) 91-86 in the Slovakian SBL in Wednesday night's game. Stria scored 9 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. MBK Handlova (10-13) is placed eighth in the SBL. Stria has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.1apg.

   #2. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany) could not help Sixers (8-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance Sixers (#3) was edged 89-86 on the road by the second-ranked RW Cuxhaven in the North group. Tyrna recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was Sixers' first loss after three consecutive victories. Tyrna averaged so far 10.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 2.5apg in 11 games he played so far.

   #3. Lubos Novy (204-C-91, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in Vilsbiburg's victory against the seventh-ranked Jena II (7-8) 102-96 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Novy recorded 19 points and added 3 passes. Baskets Vilsbiburg (11-4) is placed fourth in South-East group. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Novy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Vilsbiburg's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Novy averages: 15.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1bpg.

   #4. John Boyer (185-PG-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lubos Novy and both played together in the last German Regionalliga game. Boyer led Vilsbiburg to a victory against the seventh-ranked Jena II (7-8) 102-96. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and making 11 passes. Boyer also added 4 rebounds in 40 minutes. Boyer has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 7.4apg and 5.1spg in 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Boyer used to play for BK Decin in Czech Republic league.

   #5. Jakub Kasa (203-F-92, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Basketball Club Rendsburg in a victory against the seventh-ranked Weser Bsk/BTS (4-8) 85-80 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Kasa recorded only 4 points in 13 minutes. It was his first game for Rendsburg this season. His team is placed sixth in North group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.

   #6. Dan Milota (201-F, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the one of league's weakest teams Texas A&M International University in their game against the Texas A&M International University in the NCAA2. Milota recorded only 4 points. His team was defeated 51-45 in the NCAA2. Milota has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 3.5rpg.

   #7. Filippo Meccoli Matejca (194-G-92, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Valdiceppo in their game against Rimini in the Italian Serie B (third division). He recorded 6 points in 19 minutes. His team lost 61-69. Meccoli Matejca has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.7apg in 15 games. He has a dual citizenship: Czech Republic and Italian.



Champions League: Nymburk defeat visiting Monaco - by Eurobasket News

Nymburk - Monaco 76:66

Nymburk celebrated the 9th victory in Basketball Champions League Group A. They upended group's leaders Monaco to gain 9-4 record. Five players scored in double digits for the Czech champions.
Nymburk rallied to an 18:13 lead at the first break. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Czech team piled up a 40:29 halftime lead. Monaco however pulled closer in the third term. The French powerhouse narrowed the gap at 2-point mark heading into the fourth stanza. But Nymburk used a 24:16 run in the final term to ice the win. Bryon Allen (193-G-92, college: George Mason), Petr Benda (203-C-82) and Eugene Lawrence (184-PG-86, college: St.John's) chipped in 14 points each for the winners. Billy Ouattara (191-SG-92) responded with 19 points for Monaco. Dee Bost (188-PG-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: Three Eye Sports) banked in 16 points in the defeat.

Nymburk: Bryon Allen 14, Petr Benda 14, Eugene Lawrence 14
Monaco: Billy Ouattara 19, Dee Bost 16



NBL Round 19: USK Praha beat BK Kolin by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most exciting game of round 19 in the NBL took place in Kolin. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th placed BK Kolin (11-8) to sixth ranked USK Praha (9-10) 71-69 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BK Kolin. Worth to mention a great performance of international swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. Marek Mares (183-96) contributed with 13 points for the winners. American forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for BK Kolin. USK Praha have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 9-10 record, which they share with Usti n/Labem. BK Kolin at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. USK Praha is looking forward to face league's second-placed BK Pardubice at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Kolin will play against BK Decin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (18-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked NH Ostrava (4-15) 104-83. It was a great evening for American guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Howard Sant-Roos helped adding 20 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Sterling Smith (193-93, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 15 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. CEZ Nymburk have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-1 record. NH Ostrava lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NH Ostrava will play against MMCITE Brno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Prostejov was also quite interesting. Third ranked BK Decin (13-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Prostejov (8-11). BK Decin managed to secure a 5-point victory 76-71 on Monday. It was an exceptional evening for Lukas Palyza who led the winners and scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Brian Fitzpatrick came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for Prostejov in the defeat. BK Decin maintains third place with 13-7 record having four points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. Prostejov lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. BK Decin will meet at home BK Kolin (#4) in the next round. Prostejov will play against BK Opava (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Tenth-ranked MMCITE Brno (5-14) was very close to win a game against eighth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (9-10). BK Usti nad Labem managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected easier game. Cory Abercrombie fired 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. BK Usti nad Labem's coach Antonin Pistecky allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. BK Usti nad Labem moved-up to sixth place, which they share with USK Praha. MMCITE Brno lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem's next round opponent will be BK Lions Hradec (#9) in J.Hradec. MMCITE Brno will play at home against NH Ostrava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between second ranked BK Pardubice (16-3) and 9th ranked BK Lions Hradec (6-13) in Pardubice on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. BK Pardubice outscored guests from J.Hradec 112-73. It was a very good performance for Dusan Pandula who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Pardubice have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-3 record having just two points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. Loser BK Lions Hradec keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. BK Pardubice will face USK Praha (#6) on the road in the next round. BK Lions Hradec will play against BK Usti nad Labem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 19 BK Opava beat Svitavy on the road 63-57.
The most impressive performance of 19th round was 17 points by Ludek Jurecka of BK Opava.


Prostejov - BK Decin 71-76

The game in Prostejov was also quite interesting. Third ranked BK Decin (13-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Prostejov (8-11). BK Decin managed to secure a 5-point victory 76-71 on Monday. BK Decin outrebounded Prostejov 42-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for international forward Lukas Palyza (202-89) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Irish-American forward Brian Fitzpatrick (203-89, college: Bucknell) came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American guard Rayshawn Simmons (193, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Two Points) added 10 points and 8 assists respectively for Prostejov in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BK Decin maintains third place with 13-7 record having four points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. Prostejov lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. BK Decin will meet at home BK Kolin (#4) in the next round. Prostejov will play against BK Opava (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Prostejov: B.Fitzpatrick 22+6reb+1ast, T.Dyck 17+4reb, E.Jacobs 14, R.Simmons 10+4reb+8ast, M.Sehnal 5+4reb+2ast, M.Soucek 3+5reb
BK Decin: L.Palyza 19+7reb+5ast, T.Vyoral 17+5reb+1ast, P.Houska 16+6reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 13+7reb, R.Landa 4+4reb+1ast, F.Kroutil 3+3reb
gschID: 483186


Usti n/Labem - MMCITE Brno 85-83

Tenth-ranked MMCITE Brno (5-14) was very close to win a game against eighth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (9-10). BK Usti nad Labem managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected easier game. BK Usti nad Labem made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. American Cory Abercrombie (201-85, college: Independence CC) fired 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. BK Usti nad Labem's coach Antonin Pistecky allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American center Stan Simpson (208-90, college: Memphis) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Croatian guard Ivan Mikulic (194-91, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 19 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BK Usti nad Labem moved-up to sixth place, which they share with USK Praha. MMCITE Brno lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem's next round opponent will be BK Lions Hradec (#9) in J.Hradec. MMCITE Brno will play at home against NH Ostrava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MMCITE Brno: I.Mikulic 19+4reb+6ast, J.Tomanec 18+9reb, S.Simpson 16+10reb+3ast, R.Pumprla 16+2reb+3ast, C.Turman 8+5reb, M.Kremen 6+1reb+2ast
Usti n/Labem: C.Abercrombie 15+7reb, P.Bosak 13+2reb+1ast, M.Thompson 12+1ast, S.Votroubek 11+2reb+3ast, L.Pecka 10+6reb+2ast, K.Smith 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 483183


BK Pardubice - J.Hradec 112-73

The game between second ranked BK Pardubice (16-3) and 9th ranked BK Lions Hradec (6-13) in Pardubice on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. BK Pardubice outscored guests from J.Hradec 112-73. BK Pardubice dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to BK Lions Hradec's 22 and made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded BK Lions Hradec 47-31 including a 36-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. BK Pardubice looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a very good performance for Slovakian Dusan Pandula (196-84) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Lamb Autrey (191-89, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. American point guard Terrell Lipkins (180-91, college: Montevallo) answered with 24 points and 4 assists and Jiri Soula (189-95) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BK Lions Hradec. 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. BK Pardubice have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-3 record having just two points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. Loser BK Lions Hradec keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. BK Pardubice will face USK Praha (#6) on the road in the next round. BK Lions Hradec will play against BK Usti nad Labem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
J.Hradec: T.Lipkins 24+4reb+4ast, T.Sustek 13+1reb+1ast, D.Fait 9+1reb, R.Canty 8+4reb, J.Soula 8+5reb+3ast, T.Dlugos 5+3ast
BK Pardubice: D.Pandula 22+7reb+3ast, D.Burnett 20+2reb+4ast, J.Wall 18+10reb+1ast, L.Autrey 17+9reb+5ast, D.Skranc 10+4reb+1ast, K.Svrdlik 9+3reb
gschID: 483184


NH Ostrava - CEZ Nymburk 83-104

NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (18-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked NH Ostrava (4-15) 104-83. It was a great evening for American guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) helped adding 20 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Sterling Smith (193-93, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 15 points and the other American import point guard Malcolm Canada (191, college: Auburn) scored 14 points and 4 steals. 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. CEZ Nymburk have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-1 record. NH Ostrava lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NH Ostrava will play against MMCITE Brno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: D.Painter 16+3reb+1ast, S.Smith 15+3reb+2ast, M.Canada 14+4reb+2ast, P.Bohacik 10+3reb+4ast, V.Bratcenkov 9, M.Guercy 8+4reb+2ast
CEZ Nymburk: B.Allen 28+6reb+4ast, T.Meier 21+4reb+2ast, H.Sant-Roos 20+7reb+2ast, E.Lawrence 11+3reb+1ast, D.Simpson 9+4reb, P.Benda 6+3reb+1ast
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Svitavy - BK Opava 57-63

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked BK Opava (10-9) beat on the road 11th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (5-14) 63-57 on Saturday. BK Opava forced 19 Basketbal Svitavy turnovers. Quite impressive performance for the former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. Forward Ludek Jurecka (198-83, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American forward Hunter Mickelson (208-92, college: Kansas) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) added 8 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Basketbal Svitavy. Basketbal Svitavy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Opava maintains fifth place with 10-9 record. Loser Basketbal Svitavy dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. BK Opava will face Prostejov (#8) at home in the next round. Basketbal Svitavy will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: H.Mickelson 16+9reb+2ast, T.Teply 11+1reb+1ast, P.Slezak 8+6reb+8ast, J.Vucica 6+4reb+1ast, M.Basta 6+2reb+1ast, J.Jelinek 5+3reb+1ast
BK Opava: L.Jurecka 17+3reb, J.Sirina 11+3reb+8ast, V.Cvek 10+5reb+3ast, M.Gniadek 9+7reb+2ast, R.Kouril 8+6reb+2ast, F.Zbranek 6+3reb
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BK Kolin - USK Praha 69-71

The most exciting game of round 19 in the NBL took place in Kolin. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th placed BK Kolin (11-8) to sixth ranked USK Praha (9-10) 71-69 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BK Kolin. Worth to mention a great performance of international swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. Marek Mares (183-96) contributed with 13 points for the winners. American forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and power forward David Machac (205-80) added 17 points in the effort for BK Kolin. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. USK Praha have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 9-10 record, which they share with Usti n/Labem. BK Kolin at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. USK Praha is looking forward to face league's second-placed BK Pardubice at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Kolin will play against BK Decin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Kolin: D.Machac 17+4reb+1ast, L.Skinner 15+5reb+2ast, G.Kerr 14+8reb+2ast, A.Ciz 12+5reb+2ast, C.Dixon 4+3reb+1ast, M.Vocetka 4+1reb+1ast
USK Praha: J.Bohacik 18+6reb+3ast, M.Mares 13+4reb+2ast, L.Festr 10+3reb+3ast, P.Grunt 10+4reb+1ast, M.Primorac 7+4reb+1ast, P.Safarcik 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 483185





Dedek's double-double lands him 1Liga Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

21-year old shooting guard Jiri Dedek (190-SG-95) had a great game in the last round for Olomouc Bbal and receives a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Sokol Slapanice (8-6) 83-75. Olomouc Bbal maintains the 5th position in their group in Czech Republic 1Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Olomouc Bbal will need more victories to improve their 8-6 record. It's Dedek's second year at Olomouc Bbal and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Jiri Dedek averages this season 17.0ppg and 5.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Zdenek Sebela (192-F-87) of Sokol Slapanice. He is a forward in his 3rd season at Sokol Slapanice. In the last game Sebela recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Sokol Slapanice lost that game 75-83 to Olomouc Bbal (8-6). Sokol Slapanice managed to keep the same 4th spot in Group B. His team's 8-6 record is not bad at all. Sebela is one of the most experienced players at Sokol Slapanice and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Vaclav Honomichl (186-PG-92) of Loko Plzen (#5). Honomichl scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Loko Plzen, leading his team to a 76-68 win against slightly higher-ranked Sokol Prazky (#4, 7-7). The chances of Loko Plzen ranking at the top of Group A, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Honomichl could help Loko Plzen to bring them higher in the standings. Honomichl has a great season in Czech Republic. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (8th best) and assists with 4.7apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rostislav Pelikan (209-F/C-78) of Novy Jicin - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Vojtech Novak (205-C-97) of Sokol Pisek - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Roberts Blumbergs (204-F/C-97) of GBA Sparta - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Admir Alic (197-F-84) of Slavoj Litom. - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Miroslav Krajcigr (178-G-94) of Vysocina - 22 points and 2 rebounds
9. Jan Kolonicny (208-C-93) of Havirov - 12 points and 11 rebounds
10. Tomas Mahler (190-SF-88) of Sokol H.K. - 17 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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Shavon Shields selected the top Danish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He was the major contributor in a Deutsche Bank Skyliners' victory against the eighth-ranked Bakken (1-12) crushing them 102-68 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. Shields scored 23 points, had 8 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls in 31 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (6-7) is placed fifth in group A. Shields' team will play only one more game in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Shields' first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 58.1%(50-86), 3FGP: 43.6% and FT: 77.5% in 13 games he played so far. Shields played for the Danish senior national team two years ago.

Darko Jukic
Darko Jukic
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Darko Jukic (199-90, currently plays in Slovenia). Jukic managed to help Krka Novo Mesto in a victory against the league outsider LTH Castings (1-14) crushing them 110-56 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Friday night. He scored 5 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 18 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (11-4) is placed second in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Jukic's first season with the team. This year Jukic averages: 6.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg in two games. He is in the roster of the Danish senior national team.

Mikkel Plannthin
Mikkel Plannthin
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden). Plannthin could not help one of league's weakest teams Norrkoping Dolphins (12-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Norrkoping Dolphins was defeated 70-64 on the road by the leading BC Lulea. Plannthin scored 10 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Plannthin's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 38.5%, 3FGP: 45.7%(21-46) and FT: 82.1%. He played for the Danish national team two years ago.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #4. An experienced guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Hapoel Eilat in their game against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (8-6) in the Israeli Winner League. Colman scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. Hapoel Eilat lost 84-90 in Tel-Aviv to the higher-ranked (#5) Hapoel. This year Colman's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.3spg in 10 games. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Colman used to play for the Danish national team back in 2008.

David Knudsen
David Knudsen
   #5. International guard David Knudsen (193-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Marist to a victory against the Niagara University (1-1) 93-87 in the NCAA on Monday night. He scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Marist College has 3-5 conference record this season. Knudsen's total stats this year are: 4.2ppg and 2.0rpg. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

Lasse Elbaek
Lasse Elbaek
   #6. Center Lasse Elbaek (208-94, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Malbas (1-3) in their game against Uppsala Basket (9-8) in the Swedish Basketligan, despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game. Elbaek had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds in 26 minutes. But Malbas was crushed 97-58 in Uppsala by the higher-ranked (#6) Basket. This year Elbaek's total stats are: 8.4ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.1apg in 16 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Danish National Team roster.

Daniel Mortensen
Daniel Mortensen
   #7. Former international forward Daniel Mortensen (203-94, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an easy victory against the Palm Beach Atlantic University (3-7) 91-73 in the NCAA2 last Wednesday. Mortensen recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds and 5 blocks. The Barry University has a very solid 7-1 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Mortensen has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4bpg. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

Sikander Nielsen
Sikander Nielsen
   #8. Guard Sikander Nielsen (188-97, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an easy victory against the Coker College (3-6) crushing them 113-68 in the NCAA2 on Wednesday night. Nielsen recorded 13 points and had 3 steals in a mere 17 minutes. The Newberry College has a solid 5-3 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Nielsen has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.4spg in eight games. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team back in 2015.

August Haas
August Haas
   #9. Former U18 international guard August Haas (185-97, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Wisc.-Milwaukee (1-4) in their game against the Wright State University (2-1) in the NCAA. Haas scored 8 points and added 3 assists. The Wisc.-Milwaukee was edged 70-67 in Dayton, OH by the Wright State University. Haas has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.4apg. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team two years ago.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #10. Forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Leche Rio Breogan's victory against the 14th-ranked Caceres Basket (8-12) 84-78 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 3 points in 10 minutes. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (13-6) is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. Gilling has reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.5apg in 19 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Danish National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Zarko Jukic (201-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) helped Ourense win their game against the 12th-ranked Castello 80-75 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Jukic scored only 2 points and blocked 2 shots. Jukic has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 2.0rpg. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

   #12. Former U20 international guard Sebastian Petersen (188-95, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lasse Elbaek and both played together in the last Swedish Basketligan game. Petersen couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Malbas in their game against Uppsala Basket. He scored only 4 points and added 5 assists in 27 minutes. His team was crushed by 39 points 97-58. Petersen averaged so far 10.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.5apg in 17 games. He used to play for the Danish U20 national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former international guard Christian Benzon (193-93, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Evansville in their game against the Southern Illinois University in the NCAA. Benzon cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 73-61. Benzon has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Danish national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international guard Peter Moller (190-94, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Metropolitan State College of Denver win their game against the N.Mexico Highlands University 86-69 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. Moller recorded 5 points in 15 minutes. Moller averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.5apg in 12 games. He used to play for the Danish national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former international center Jacob Enevold Jensen (213-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Drake win their game against the Indiana State University 87-70 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Enevold Jensen scored only 2 points. Enevold Jensen has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 2.2rpg. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, currently plays in Balkan League) led his Bulgarian team Beroe to a victory against the sixth-ranked Sigal Prishtina (3-6) 94-86 in the Balkan League last Tuesday. He scored 15 points. BC Beroe (6-3) is placed second in the Balkan League. Tenchev's team will play only one more game in the Balkan League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Tenchev averages: 7.9ppg and 2.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian. Despite Tenchev's Danish passport, he previously played for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Danish team.

   #2. Fred Brondsted (198-G/F, currently plays in NCAA2) could not help the West Virginia Wesleyan College (3-6) in their last game. Despite Brondsted's good performance the West Virginia Wesleyan College was crushed 97-76 on the road by the West Liberty State College. He scored 11 points in 28 minutes. It was West Virginia Wesleyan College's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Brondsted has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg and 3.1rpg in 10 games he played so far.

   #3. Toby Christensen (201-F, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an easy victory against the Merrimack College (6-4) crushing them 89-65 in the NCAA2 on Tuesday night. He scored 8 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The Southern Connecticut State University has quite an impressive 8-2 record this season. It was Southern Connecticut State University's third consecutive victory in a row. Christensen has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 3.0rpg.

   #4. Jonas Anderson (190-G-94, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the one of league's weakest teams Black Hills State University (2-10) in their last game. Despite Anderson's good performance the Black Hills State University was edged 75-73 in Alamosa, CO by the Adams St. College. He recorded 10 points in 27 minutes. It was Black Hills State University's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Anderson has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg in 14 games.



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DeJuan Blair (ex Jiangsu TX) agreed terms with Texas Legends - by Eurobasket News

Texas Legends inked 28-year old power forward DeJuan Blair (201-120kg-89, college: Pittsburgh). He started the season at Jiangsu Tongxi in Chinese CBA league. In 10 games he recorded very impressive stats: 24.1ppg, 13.6rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0spg this season. Blair ended the last season at the Suns. But the most of that year he spent at the Wizards where in 28 NBA games he averaged just 2.2ppg and 2.0rpg.
In 2009 Blair was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (37th overall). The former University of Pittsburgh staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Blair was selected to NBA All-Star Game All-Sophmore Team back in 2011.
He has played previously professionally in Russia (Krasnie Krilya) and other NBA team (Dallas Mavericks).
Blair's game is described as: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Powerful post player with tremendous rebounding ability … Uses his wide base, long arms and soft hands to inhale every rebound in his area … Has a true NBA skill, rebounding.
Doesn't have great explosiveness either which makes creating shots against bigger and more athletic players a challenge … … At times showed his inexperience late in the year making careless mental errors in key moments
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Shooters, Bears and Orange Storm reach the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Shooters, Bears and Orange Storm reach the Quarterfinals of EBL. Shooters overcame Knights 109-92 as Jeff Burgess top-scored with 27 points. Bears meanwhile beat Lakers 121-74. Joshua Jackson stepped up with 41 points as he was the top-screr on Round 1 of the Play-offs. Cody Erby (6'6''-C-88) ended up with 18 points in a loss.
Orange Storm edged Grizzlies as Shurun Jenkins top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Marcus Leavy (6'6''-F, college: Cent.Baptist) replied with 30 points in the losing effort.



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2017 ECBL Game of the Week Broadcast Schedule - by Scott Ludwig

Chris Schieman Media is excited to announce it will be the official broadcasting provider for the East Coast Basketball League (ECBL) in 2017, for the third consecutive season.

In the Spring and Summer of 2017 the league will broadcast 10 regular season games, plus the ECBL Championship and All Star Game. Chris Schieman Media will broadcast all 10 regular season games as well as the ECBL Championship on June 24. The 2017 ECBL All Star Game will be produced by NetCast Sports.

Calling the action will be broadcasting veteran Chris Schieman. 'It's exciting to be working again with the ECBL,' Schieman said. 'The league has been a very loyal client and I have made upgrades to equipment to ensure this year's broadcasts look great.' The broadcasts will feature high-definition (when available) and an increased emphasis on player information and statistics.

The entire 2017 ECBL Game of the Week schedule:

March 19: North Carolina Coyotes vs Petersburg Cavaliers
March 25: Florence Wildcats at PrimeTime Players
April 1: Savannah Storm at Carolina Crusaders
April 8: Lumberton Showstoppers at Lumberton Showstoppers
April 22: South Carolina All Stars at South Carolina All Stars
April 29: Lumberton Showstoppers at Winston-Salem Certified
May 6: Charlotte Golden Bulls at SC Upstate Redhawks
May 13: Petersburg Cavaliers at Florence Wildcats
May 20: Hampton Roads Warriors at PrimeTime Players
May 27: Carolina Thunder at High Point Hawks
June 24: ECBL Championship at TBD

Each game will be available live and on-demand on the ECBL YouTube. Broadcast dates and teams are subject to change, however each team in the league will have at least one broadcast.

'It's vital for the league to broadcast each team,' Schieman said. 'These broadcasts have led directly to increased sponsorship opportunities, but more importantly, they are helping ECBL players sign pro contracts in other leagues. We want to make sure each player has a showcase game to be seen on the largest video platform in the world, YouTube.'

The ECBL enters its third season as one of the most stable minor leagues in professional basketball. The league returns most teams from last season and has added teams in Lumberton, NC, Charlotte, NC, Greenville, NC, Hampton Roads, VA, Florence, SC and Dillon, SC.

For more on the East Coast Basketball League please visit: http://eastcoastbasketballleague.org and follow on Twitter @ECBLhoops.

For more on Chris Schieman Media visit: https://chrisschieman.com.



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Testimonials of Past Players for Eurobasket, ESL, and Dustin Simcox - by ESL News

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'My experience has definitely been a 5 out of 5 so far. The communication has been good and honestly felt personal not just a typed out message sent to everyone and just the overall combine was well put together. I would definitely recommend Dustin to anyone looking to go overseas or just go to a combine. The WCL/EUROBASKET events were much better than the other combine I attended over the summer because of the way it was setup and also how many people it was.' Quincy B.

'The WCL/EUROBASKET staff was awesome! Everyone was very motivational and professional. When coaching us during the scrimmages they were knowledgeable of the game and their communication throughout the combine was abundant! I would recommend the WCL/EUROBASKET staff to other players who want to pursue their basketball career.' John L., Las Vegas Combine

'The combine was very good and well organized, definitely a great atmosphere. I have only communicated with Dustin. Very good guy, very professional. I have already recommended him to a few players. This is the most organized event I have been too, very professional with all players.' Brandon T., Dallas

'The experience was great. I've never been to a european camp as well organized as you guys. You put the camp and I really felt that I was trying out for an NBA team or already playing overseas. The whole camp together was amazing I wouldnt change anything you guys have going on. Also I would recommend the camp to someone in a heart beat and also come back myself for more exposure. Phenomenal organization and staff I couldnt ask for better coaching and exposure as you guys did for me there at the camp. I wouldnt change a single thing!.' Jerome Y, Las Vegas Combine

'I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at the combine, I admired your organization and professionalism in giving every member of the camp a fair chance in competing, which is something I'm sure everyone who attends your events can conquer. I feel like communication with you, and your organizations has been great. You were very thorough in response to me prior to the event and are very easy to talk too and always willing to answer questions or concerns.' Lloyd K, Atlanta 2016

' I enjoyed the combine, it was a nice experience to see where I stand compared to other bigs/players in my situation. It's been a great experience overall with Dustin, professional communication and overall relationship throughout the combine and afterwards.' Uros L, Los Angeles

'My experience with Dustin has been nothing but rewarding. He has been the most professional agent that I have dealt with in my experience in trying to transition onto the pro level!' Terrez S., Western New Mexico

' I've attended two prior pro exposure camps, both being for the D-League, and both of them can't even match up close with WCL/EUROBASKET's combine tryouts. Coming into the WCL/EUROBASKET combine, I was in pretty decent shape, strength and cardio wise…so I thought. You guys pushed me to breaking points both mentally and physically, and then made us perform in our 5 on 5 games. Which is something if I was a coach, would be looking at to see how does a player respond when facing an immediate obstacle. To be honest I enjoyed that challenge and embraced it, instead of turning it into an excuse.' Malcolm W., Philly 2015 Combine

'WCL/EUROBASKET is one of a kind. I've been to others and they were nothing like this. WCL/EUROBASKET is well organized and very structured. The WCL/EUROBASKET combine proves why it's #1.' Adrian W. Huntingdon

'My experiences with Dustin and the WCL staff has been a good one I really appreciate the straight-forwardness and the fact that you guys keep it 100. That way things are alot easier because everything is out in the open from the beginning. That helps to eliminate any confusion and false expectations and by being an honest dude I really do appreciate that.'
--William W, Philadelphia

'I love you guys! I have faith that I will get a job with you guys and that I will fulfill my end of the bargain and I like that you keep it real, there is no point to BS anything and that is what I appreciate. I want this relationship to go to the moon!', Jerome G., Grand Canyon Univ

'I believe Dustin and the WCL/EUROBASKET staff are great. It is apparent that they have a lot of knowledge of what they are doing. Also, they communicate well with everyone and provide us with the information needed in our current process. It is known that they are making a living for themselves in this career path that they have chosen, but I believe that they want the best for each and every one of us, as well. I can tell solely from how hard they were pushing us to perform at our best.' Larry T, Birmingham Southern

'Yes I enjoyed the combine it was a nice two day event that explored all aspects of my game. There was nothing that I did not like about the camp, everything went smooth. Dustin has been awesome with answering my questions and giving feedback when asked knowing he has so many other people to help. Dustin is very professional he handled the camp very well making sure everyone felt welcomed. Yes I would recommend other players to Dustin because I know he will give them the same chance I received.' Dwaun S., Chicago

'My experience with Dustin WCL/EUROBASKET/Eurobasket Staff is awesome, great communication, knowledge, professionalism, and organization. Everything is on point. Yes, I would recommend it to everyone that's looking to continue there basketball career. I've been to an All-American JUCO showcase and WCL/EUROBASKET/Eurobasket is totally different. WCL/EUROBASKET/Eurobasket required drills to show off our athleticism rather than only just letting us scrimmage.' Christian H., Atlanta Combine

'The other camp I attended is not even close to Dustin's camp. I attended one before and it was really bad actually terrible. It gave me a bad taste about exposure camps but Dustin was contacting me for a while about his combines and I said I will try it. However, I found it much better than that other one I attend.' Jonathan T., Los Angeles

'Overall experience with Dustin & WCL/EUROBASKET staff has been exceptional since I first got a letter and email from him. Although this was my first camp ever he has still kept in touch and kept me updated even after a years time. I have already recommended them to other players and will continue if they keep it up.' Terrance H., Southern Wesleyan

'I feel the professionalism and courtesy from WCL/EUROBASKET has been beyond exceptional. I appreciate the update responses in regards to the teams having an interest in myself and possibly wanting to sign me. I would definitely recommend WCL/EUROBASKET to any athlete who aspires to go pro.' Josh M., Richard Bland College

'I would definitely recommend Dustin to any player that is trying to pursue their pro career because of his understanding of the game being an athlete himself. In addition he is also a very genuine guy who communicates well and ultimately has your best interest at heart. Their are many guys out there that are scam artists and just put on showcases to receive revenue but this case is totally different and feel in my heart that great things will come out of it because of the great people behind the WCL/EUROBASKET Agency. This showcase was by far the best one I've been to.' Drimir F., West Texas A&M

'My experience with Dustin and the WCL/EUROBASKET staff has been great so far. The organization as a whole is very professional and knows a lot about this particular process. I was impressed and relieved to know that this great team is working hard for each individual to get signed and get put into the lime light. I attended a tryout for the International Basketball League (IBL) two years ago and WCL/EUROBASKET was way better in my opinion. I say this because there were a lot of scheduled events and structured practice/game while the IBL was kind of just thrown together and teams were pretty much set (I felt like they were just taking people's money) and not giving any new comers a chance to show what they got.' D'Vonzo S., Chicago

'Dustin & the WCL/EUROBASKET staff were awesome. I loved the environment, so professional, so helpful & supportive everyone is. You all have a great team, I'm grateful to attend one of your events. I definitely would recommend. The WCL/EUROBASKET event was the best experience & event I have encountered to this point. I enjoyed it all, you all stay in tuned & supportive. I loved it, because you guys seemed to believe in every single player. That's a great environment to be in.' Marcus M. Dallas Combine

'I would recommend this staff to any other player that is looking forward to getting a job overseas. Reason why, is because they're very organized about everything they do, drills, games, and most of all they give you all the information you need when it comes to playing overseas. They explained the whole process of getting signed, what scams to avoid, how to make your basketball resume, information on training an nutrition programs that could be provided to you when getting signed under them, and most of all having patience when it comes to getting signed.' McDaniel B, Nov 2014

'My experience with Dustin and the WCL/EUROBASKET Staff was great giving everyone a 10 for communication, knowledge, and professionalism, and I had fun at the event.' Victor W, Las Vegas Combine

'The communication process has been great. From the beginning Dustin responded in great time, explained the ins and outs of what it is going to be like stepping into international play as a rookie. The staff at the event was very helpful. They encouraged all players and wanted the best out of everyone that was attending. I would definitely recommend this camp and agency to other players trying to play professionally.' Sharif H. Ark Monticello

'Dustin and the staff are in this business for the right reasons. I might not have even had a chance of expanding my career if Dustin hadn't reached out to me. Dustin and the staff have giving me another shot for reaching my dreams. I appreciate everything they have done for me.' Coleton B. Univ of Oregon

'There really is no comparison. WCL/EUROBASKET's event was much better than the one other camp I attended. Professionalism, communication, honesty, and overall structure of the event were night and day. ' Kenny F., Monmouth College

'I would definitely recommend this to other players. The experience has been great and the staff was very helpful as well. Seems to be a group that knows what they are doing.', Chris G., Concordia NY

'What I liked most about the combine was how organized it was and also how fast the pace was going between drills and the way you had split up the two days. I did feel like I was able to show my fullest potential. My experience with Dustin and his team has been outstanding especially the communication and the demands from both parties to give their absolute best.' Andre S., Missouri Valley

I enjoyed the combine. I like the fact that you guys stressed the importance of not ball hogging and playing selfish and I felt that that translated into a good experience for me. My experience with the WCL/Eurobasket staff has been that you all are very professional and quickly respond to emails which is greatly appreciated. My parents also enjoyed how you broke down the salary aspect of overseas basketball while at the Chicago combine. They now have a better understanding of the financial aspect of overseas pro ball. I have already recommended you guys to other players.
--Chad N, Chicago

'I enjoyed the combine made some new friends and enjoyed playing with one another that share the ball with everyone. My experience with you and everyone was great. I appreciate you being straight forward and honest and the staff being positive and demanding the best effort from you/me.' Marqez O., Portsmouth 2016

'Thus far I have been impressed with WCL/EUROBASKET and the staff. I have only been to one exposure camp, but it was ran well and communicated well. I would love more opportunity to learn and hear from the staff on a consistent basis to improve my game/knowledge' Cordell S., Concorida St. Paul

'Yes I would recommend Dustin and his staff as a whole to other players pursuing a career. I feel Dustin will put me and others in a better position to receive a opportunity at a overseas deal and would hope the same chance for any other player or inspiring player,' Brandon B. San Diego Surf

'My experience with Dustin and the WCL/EUROBASKET staff has been great. I have been able to contact Dustin anytime I have had a question and he has been honest with me about my chances of getting signed and what the process may be. I would absolutely recommend him and the staff to other players.' Ryan S., Nichols

I did enjoy my time at the combine. I liked the scheduled layout. I thought with the time you had that it was a good representation of an NBA combine. The events were good for testing and the shooting was the quickest/easiest way to get a feel for an individual's shot. I have had a very professional relationship with Dustin and the staff. I am very pleased with how they represent themselves. They seem to have all intentions for the players, doing their best to get the best for an individual. That really shows and character and professionalism right off the bat. They also take time to reach out to the players and are genuinely interested in searching for contracts for them. I would absolutely recommend them to other players.
--Jack M, Portsmouth

'Thus far my experience with communicating with staff couldn't be better and i have already recommended you guys to other players thinking about avenues to get over seas. I've heard from other people's experiences with other agencies as well and in comparing the two it seems that you guys have been much more professional and productive. I appreciate that. ' Kyle T., Southern Oregon

'Constant feedback is very much appreciated at events like this. The one thing I truly enjoy about Dustin and his staff is the fact that he or they will respond to any and all of your concerns right away. That too is done in a professional manner and I would definitely recommend him to anyone pursuing this career.' Josh C., Vegas Combine

'My experience with Dustin and the WCL/EUROBASKET staff has been a good one thus far. The communication has been consistent and on point and the WCL/EUROBASKET staff is filled with positive and helpful individuals.' Markeith M., Las Vegas Combine




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  EUROCUP  

Eurocup Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 3

E

Jan. 17: Gran Canaria - UCAM Murcia 94-85
Jan. 18: Lokomotiv - Fuenlabrada

F

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

G

Jan. 17: N.Novgorod - Lietuvos rytas 63-97
Jan. 18: Zenit - Hapoel J-M

H

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


Thompson is back at N.Novgorod, ex Hapoel J-M - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-88kg-83, college: UCLA). It is actually his comeback to BC Nizhny Novgorod as he has played here before. Thompson just played at Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In 6 Winner League games he had 5.2ppg and 2.8rpg. Thompson also played earlier that season for Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot league where in two Winner League games he recorded 6.5ppg and 4.5rpg. He also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg.
In 2005 Thompson was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in second round (54th overall). The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles standoutis in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. Thompson's team won Cyprus Supercup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 1st Team back in 2014.
Thompson is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Thompson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket), Germany (ALBA Berlin), Ukraine (Azovmash), NBA (Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), D-League (N.Mexico T.) and Vietnam (Saigon Heat).
On Thompson: A versatile performer, he can play both forward and guard.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Standings

FIBA Europe Cup Standings
Group K
 1 Chalon 4-0 
 2 Gaziantep 3-1 
 3 Sodertalje 1-3 
 4 Targu Mures 0-4 
Group L
 1 Antwerp 3-1 
 2 Demir IBB 3-1 
 3 Gravelines 1-3 
 4 Prievidza 1-3 
Group M
 1 Telekom Bsk 3-1 
 2 Vytautas 3-1 
 3 Oberwart 1-3 
 4 Apoel 1-3 
Group N
 1 Kormend 3-1 
 2 Nanterre 3-1 
 3 Tsmoki-Minsk 1-3 
 4 Bnei Hertzeliyya 1-3 
Group O
 1 Alba 3-1 
 2 UBT Cluj Napoca 2-2 
 3 Pau-Lacq-Orthez 2-2 
 4 BK Pardubice 1-3 
Group P
 1 Enisey 3-1 
 2 Lukoil Acad. 3-1 
 3 Groningen 3-2 
 4 Benfica 0-5 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

K

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

L

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

M

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

N

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

O

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

P

Jan. 17: Groningen - Benfica 81-78
Jan. 18: Lukoil Acad. - Enisey


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Sodertalje
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Bizaca, Sodertalje21.9 
 2. Allen, Kormend20.9 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines20.0 
 4. Clark, Chalon19.7 
 5. Jeter, Groningen19.6 
 6. Jefferson, Gazia.19.2 
 7. Burnett, BK Pardu.19.1 
 8. Bozov, Rilski18.5 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .18.3 
 10. Hollis, Benfica17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas ECHODAS
  Siauliai
  (204-C/F-97)
  Avg: 11
 1. Echodas, Siauliai11.0 
 2. Jefferson, Gazia.9.8 
 3. Elegar, Enisey9.6 
 4. Zack, Lukoil Acad.9.3 
 5. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk9.2 
 6. Washburn, FC Porto9.0 
 7. Jevtovic, Steaua C.7.8 
 8. Dudzinski, Steaua C.7.8 
 9. Barro, UBT C.7.7 
 10. Solomon, Gravelines7.7 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.8.9 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.8.3 
 3. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.7.6 
 4. Roberson, Chalon7.3 
 5. Petty, Kormend7.3 
 6. Jeter, Groningen6.6 
 7. Hinds, Sigal P.6.0 
 8. Massamba, Soder.6.0 
 9. Autrey, BK Pardu.5.6 
 10. Parker, Rilski5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  AEK
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Thomas, AEK3.0 
 2. Jackson, Oberwart2.9 
 3. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.6 
 4. Lawrence, Sigal P.2.4 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.4 
 6. Cumberbatch, Oberw.2.3 
 7. Hinds, Sigal P.2.2 
 8. Bozov, Rilski2.2 
 9. Eldridge, Demir I.2.2 
 10. Burnett, BK Pardu.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Maxym KORNIYENKO
  Lukoil A.
  (205-F/C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.8 
 2. Lessort, Nanterre1.8 
 3. Fall, Chalon1.7 
 4. Elegar, Enisey1.6 
 5. Mobley, Apoel1.5 
 6. Lazar, Targu Mures1.3 
 7. Anderson, Antwerp1.3 
 8. Fieler, Groningen1.3 
 9. West, Siauliai1.2 
 10. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk1.2 



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  FRANCE  


Walter Hodge claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for ASVEL and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 30-year old playmaker got a double-double of 21 points and eleven assists, while his team beat Nancy (#18, 3-13) 84-71. Thanks to this victory ASVEL moved-up to the 8th position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ASVEL will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. In the team's last game Hodge had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be ASVEL's top player in his first season with the team. University of Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hodge is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 6.6apg) and averages solid 55.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old Spanish guard Alex Urtasun (193-G-84) of Nancy. Urtasun impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Nancy lost that game 71-84 to the higher-ranked ASVEL (#8, 9-7). Nancy are still at the very bottom. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Nancy managed to get this year. Urtasun is a newcomer at Nancy 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 American Justin Cobbs (191-G-91, agency: Pensack Sports) of Gravelines (#6). Cobbs scored 21 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Gravelines, leading his team to a 89-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Le Portel (#11, 7-9). Gravelines needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 7 lost games. Cobbs has a great season in France. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.8ppg (7th best) and assists with 5.6apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91) of Chalon - 25 points and 6 rebounds
5. D.J. Cooper (183-PG-90) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists
6. Myles Hesson (198-F-90) of Gravelines - 29 points and 7 rebounds
7. Justin Cobbs (191-G-91) of Gravelines - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Alain Koffi (207-C-83) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 17 points and 6 rebounds
9. Alex Young (198-G/F-89) of Chalons-Reims - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dario Hunt (206-F-89) of Nancy - 15 points and 10 rebounds

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



Champions League: Nymburk defeat visiting Monaco - by Eurobasket News

Nymburk - Monaco 76:66

Nymburk celebrated the 9th victory in Basketball Champions League Group A. They upended group's leaders Monaco to gain 9-4 record. Five players scored in double digits for the Czech champions.
Nymburk rallied to an 18:13 lead at the first break. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Czech team piled up a 40:29 halftime lead. Monaco however pulled closer in the third term. The French powerhouse narrowed the gap at 2-point mark heading into the fourth stanza. But Nymburk used a 24:16 run in the final term to ice the win. Bryon Allen (193-G-92, college: George Mason), Petr Benda (203-C-82) and Eugene Lawrence (184-PG-86, college: St.John's) chipped in 14 points each for the winners. Billy Ouattara (191-SG-92) responded with 19 points for Monaco. Dee Bost (188-PG-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: Three Eye Sports) banked in 16 points in the defeat.

Nymburk: Bryon Allen 14, Petr Benda 14, Eugene Lawrence 14
Monaco: Billy Ouattara 19, Dee Bost 16



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  GERMANY  

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. MBC 16-2 
 2. Crailsheim 14-4 
 3. Kirchheim 13-5 
 4. Chemnitz 12-5 
 5. Heidelberg 11-7 
 6. Hanau 10-7 
 7. Oettinger R. 10-8 
 8. Trier 10-8 
 9. Koeln Rh.Stars 9-9 
 10. Hamburg 7-11 
 11. Nuernberg 7-11 
 12. Uni Baskets 7-11 
 13. Baunach 5-12 
 14. Ehingen 5-13 
 15. ETB Wohnbau 5-13 
 16. Dresden 2-17 

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 17: Dresden - Nuernberg 67-97
Jan. 21: Chemnitz - Koeln Rh.Stars
Jan. 21: Hanau - Ehingen
Jan. 21: MBC - ETB Wohnbau
Jan. 21: Kirchheim - Dresden
Jan. 21: Hamburg - Baunach
Jan. 22: Nuernberg - Uni Baskets
Jan. 22: Heidelberg - Trier
Jan. 24: Oettinger R. - Crailsheim


Chris Hill Headed To The Hambrug Towers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to eurobasket sources Chris Hill will start his profesisonal career in Europe in style joining the up and coming Pro A team Hamburg Towers. He had his first practice today and will help bolster their front court. "I am humble and hungry to help provide a lift and with my role on the team and make playoffs and contend for a title", stressed Chris Hill. Hill is a 26 year old 23cm forward from Los Angeles, California that will be playing his fourth profesional season after toiling around mostly in the minor leagues in the United States and playing in South America. He recently played for the GIE Maile Matrix (UBA). Last season he had looks and workouts with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs. This past September he was with the Utah Jazz (NBA) in training camp. Last season Hill played for the La Salle-UPB Cochabamba (Bolivia-Libobasquet): 15 games: Score-4 (23.7ppg), 8.2rpg, 2.1apg, 2.3spg, 2.1bpg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 81.0% and in 2016 played for the Jose Horacio Rodriguez (Dominican Republic-Moca Reg.League): 10 games: 20.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 50.0%.

The American played college basketball at SW Missis.CC (JUCO) and as a senior played 20 games averaging 19.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 75.0%. He started his professional basketball career in 2012 with the South Carolina Warriors (ABA): 29 games: 24.4ppg, 9.3rpg, 5.0apg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 78.0%. He also played for the Johnston County Nighthawks (TRBL) playing 7 games: 29.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 64.2%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 80.4%. IN the 2013-2014 he moved to the Cary Invasion (TRBL) playing 18 games: 20.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.0apg, Blocks-1 (3.0bpg), FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 50.0%. In 2014 he played for the Savage Inc. Basketball Team (A-League): 6 games: 20.2ppg, 5.5apg, 6.5rpg, 1.7spg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 85%. Achievements in his basketball career have been TRBL Eastern Conference Regular Season Champion -14, TRBL Finalist -14, and Bolivian Libobasquet All-Star Game -14



Gabe McCray (ex Vechta) agreed terms with Scorchers - by Jeff King

Surrey Scorchers (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American forward Gabe McCray (201-91kg-94, college: South Carolina State). He supposed to play at SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL league. McCray played in the final of MEAC Tournament.
He received All-MDJUCO 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
McCray graduated from South Carolina State in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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German ProB round 15 best performance: Kaimyn Pruitt - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Kaimyn Pruitt (203-F-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Itzehoe, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Wolfenbuettel (#11, 4-11) 89-79. Itzehoe maintains the 8th position in their group in German ProB. Itzehoe 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 7-8 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Pruitt as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Former Adams St. College star has very solid stats this year. Pruitt is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 10.2rpg) and averages impressive 2.2spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Lithuanian Aurimas Adomaitis (205-F/C-87) of Rist Wedel. Adomaitis had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Rist Wedel to edge the lower-ranked Stahnsdorf (#10, 5-10) 71-65. Rist Wedel's 7th position in North has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-8 record. Adomaitis is well-known at Rist Wedel and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Khalil Kelley (203-C-91) of Wolfenbuettel (#11). Kelley scored 21 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Kelley's great performance Wolfenbuettel lost 79-89 to the higher-ranked Itzehoe (#8, 7-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Wolfenbuettel can only dream about fighting for top spots in North. They have rather bad season and 4-11 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Kelley he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kelley has individually a great season in Germany. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.1ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 9.8rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Faison (201-F-94) of Leipzig - 23 points and 8 rebounds
5. Christoph Bruns (180-G-87) of Recklinghausen - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Matthew Reid (185-PG-84) of Art.Dragons - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Moussa Kone (203-F-93) of Iserlohn - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Demetrius Ward (188-G-90) of Wolfenbuettel - 15 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Eddy Edigin (201-C-95) of Noerdlingen - 18 points and 7 rebounds
10. Josh Smith (206-F-94) of Stahnsdorf - 16 points and 11 rebounds

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



German Bundesliga All-Star Game 2017 Rosters - by Igor Obradovic

National All-Star Team

Philipp Schwethelm
Schwethelm

Maximilian Kleber
Kleber

Maodo Lo
Lo

Andreas Seiferth
Seiferth

Patrick Heckmann
Heckmann


7 Philipp Schwethelm
(201-SF-89) of Oldenburg MVP
42 Maximilian Kleber (207-PF-92) of Bayern
5 Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) of ALBA
12 Maodo Lo (191-G-92) of Bamberg
11
Andreas Seiferth (209-C-89) of Bayreuth
22 Danilo Barthel (208-PF-91) of Bayern
32 Johannes Thiemann (204-PF-94) of Ludwigsburg
34 Christian Standhardinger (206-F-89) of Vechta
9 Maurice Stuckey (187-PG-90) of Wuerzburg
25 Anton Gavel (189-PG-84) of Bayern
33 Patrick Heckmann (197-G-92) of Bamberg
31 Isaiah Philmore (203-F-89) of Tuebingen

Head Coach: Thorsten Leibenath of Ulm


International All-Star Team

Raymar Morgan
Morgan

Rickey Paulding
Paulding

Chris Babb
Babb

Darius Miller
Miller

Ryan Thompson
Thompson


8
Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88) of Ulm
9 Marcos Knight (188-G-89) of Jena
45 Jack Cooley (206-F/C-91) of Ludwigsburg
12 Trey Lewis (183-PG)
18 Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88) of ALBA
23 Rickey Paulding (196-F/G-82) of Oldenburg
19
Chris Babb (196-G-90) of Ulm
22 Cameron Wells (186-PG-88) of Giessen
14 Josh Mayo (181-PG-87) of Bonn
15 Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Wuerzburg
21 Darius Miller (202-G-90) of Bamberg
7
Ryan Thompson (198-F/G-89) of Bonn 3-Point Shotout Winner

Head Coach: Raoul Korner of Bayreuth



Will Cummings (Aris Thessaloniki) Europe Is A Stepping Stone To Still Try And Make The NBA - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Will Cummings (188-G-92, college: Temple) is a 24 year old 188cm point guard from Jacksonville, Florida playing his second professional season and first with Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1) averaging 15,2ppg, 3,6rpg and 3,7apg in Champions League play. He played at Temple (NCAA) from 2011-2015 amassing a total of 111 NCAA games and as a senior played 36 games averaging 14.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.2apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 22.9%, FT: 80.8%. As a rookie last season he played for the Houston Rockets (NBA), released in Oct.'15, then moved to Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 52 games: 20.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.7apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 37.7%, FT: 78.5%, in Apr.'16 signed at Dolomiti Energia Trento (Italy-Serie A): 4 games: 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg. he spoke to eurobasket recently after Aris had beat the Fraport Skyliners in Germany in Champions League action.

Welcome to Germany Will. Is this your first time in Germany? What do you know about the country and it's basketball?

Yes that was my first time in Germany. I don't really know too much about their basketball since this is really my first year playing basketball overseas. I just know Germany has great cities to live in and visit.

Do you have any other friends currently playing in Germany besides TJ DiLeo?

I think another former temple player Ryan Brooks might currently be playing in Germany. I know he has in the past.


Your playing your first complete season in Europe after being a rookie in the D-league last season and then played briefly with Dolomiti Energia Trento (Italy-Serie A): 4 games: 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg. What was your wake up call to being in Europe for the first time and playing professional ball?


I would say my wake up call was playing against Milan in the first round of the Italian playoffs. Jumping right into an important and high level situation for your first experience forces you to learn quickly.


This season you are playing for Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1). You are playing in a very strong league with many talented imports from around the world. As a point guard what do you believe has been the biggest adjustment for you getting accustomed to the European game?

As a point guard I believe the biggest adjustment is learning the defenses that are being played in Europe. I played in the D league for a full season so you get accustomed to the amount of space on the court. In Europe everything is more compact so you have to find ways to still be affective with less space.


Currently the team is in sixth place in Greece and have a 8-4 record in the Champions League. What is the biggest difference for you in style and talent between the two leagues?

I would say the biggest difference is the refs from European games and Greece games.


Your rocking in both competitions in the Greek league as well as in the Champions League. Just from the stats would it be fair to say that you a scoring point guard first and playmaker second?

I don't like to label myself. I leave that for other people evaluating my game. I just try to be affective and make plays in each game to help my team win.


When you were growing up who were your NBA role models and to what NBA player would you say does your game now resemble most?

Growing up my NBA role models were Allen Iverson and Chris Paul. I feel like I have a mixture of different players I resemble at different times. I feel like I have my own identity.


How valuable has your teammate Michael Jenkins been for in the first few months in terms of you getting accustomed to the league and life? Has he taken you a bit under your wing?

Mike has helped me a lot getting adjusted to life in Europe. Showing me the in and outs of just living on your own for a long period of time out of America.


How tough has it been with pronouncing the names of your teammates? Do you invent short nicknames for a guy like Vasilis Xanthopolous? But this name isn't even that difficult because many of the Greek names have that Thopolous on the end?

The names haven't been that difficult to pronounce but I have developed nicknames for all of them to eliminate me having to pronounce them.


How do you feel is your game improving on a daily basis when you go head to head each day with Xanthopolous in practice? Do you feel like your basketball IQ is at a different level than what it was before you came to Europe?

Going against Xanthopolous in practice has helped me because he has such a great feel for the game. He makes you figure out ways to try and out smart him. I do feel that I'm learning more.

As a rookie in 2015 you played NBA Summer League with the Houston Rockets and then was signed and played six pre season games before getting waived. Every player I talk with that has been in a NBA training camp has had their story, but how was it with you. How did you learn in this month experience that at the end of the day basketball will always be a business no matter how talented you are?

NBA training camp was definitely and eye opener and showed me this basketball is business so it made me a lot stronger and mentally tougher to deal with my new lifestyle.


You were playing against a guy like Patrick Beverly who had played 5 years in Europe before making the jump to the NBA. When you compare your game to a guy like that what do you believe is still missing in your game to reach the NBA?

I don't believe anything is really missing from my game to be in the NBA. I would like to be a more consistent pull up shooter but opportunity just has to be given.


Last season as a rookie you had a very strong season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 52 games: 20.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.7apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 37.7%, FT: 78.5%. For a talented guy like you not scoring in double figures in 35 minutes per game is hard, but you still showed immense consistency doing it in all 52 games. Did you feel like you had deserved an NBA call up?

I definitely believe I deserved an NBA call up.


Last summer you played NBA Summer League with the San Antonio Spurs. Is Europe a stepping stone for you to develop your game and continue to try for the NBA in the future?

Yes Europe is a stepping stone to still try and make the NBA.


You played at Temple (NCAA) from 2011-2015. How did head coach Fran Dunphy groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

Fran Dunphy was the best thing that happened to my basketball career. He groomed me into a man and the tough player that I am today. I thank him for that.


You played two seasons with TJ DiLeo who is playing his 4th season in Germany. How annoying was his aggressive defense in practice every day and how do you believe did you profit from his presence on the floor?

I honestly can't really remember practices back. So much time has passed.


You surely had many memorable games at temple8NCAA), but where do the back to back wins against Uconn and Memphis rank towards the end of your senior season?

Those back to back wins get thought about a lot. They are high on my list because I thought those two wins secured us into the NCAA tournament but we were robbed. Also, beating UCONN was on senior night. Having my whole family there was memorable.


You played against many great players in the NCAA, but what player was your toughest opponent that is in the NBA now?

I didn't have any.

Who won a one on one in practice you or Devin Coleman?

Great question. I can't remember but I'm sure I did haha.


Jacksonville seems to be a city that grooms future NFL players with very few basketball people as the most notable are Otis Smith and Dee Brown. If you could have a dinner with Dee Brown what would you want to most about his basketball experience he had?


I would want to know most about his workout habits and what he did to take himself to another leve


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

Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Kobe, Kareem


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

MJ is the GOAT.

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

He is right there behind Tim Duncan


What was the last movie that you saw?

Last movie I saw was Kevin Hart what now? Comedy


Thanks Will for the chat.





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Eredivisie Round 15: Dukes UDB beats Rotterdam by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 15 in the Eredivisie took place in Den Bosch. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Rotterdam (5-10) to fourth ranked Dukes UDB (8-7) 82-80 on Saturday evening. Dukes UDB made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Dukes UDB had a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Rotterdam helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Antwan Scott (188-92, college: Colorado St.) who led his team to a victory with 30 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. The former international forward Stefan Wessels (203-84) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard La'Shard Anderson (185-89, college: Boise St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 10 assists for Rotterdam. Dukes UDB have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-7 record. Rotterdam at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Dukes UDB are looking forward to face higher ranked Leiden (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rotterdam will play against Leeuwarden (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Groningen (14-1) which hosted in Groningen 3rd placed Leiden (9-6). First ranked Groningen had an easy win 101-77. It was a great evening for American swingman Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Lance Jeter helped adding 15 points and 10 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) with 20 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Groningen have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. Leiden at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Groningen will play against league's second-placed Zwolle on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leiden will play against Dukes UDB and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 15 Amsterdam was beaten by Zwolle on the road 67-58. Leeuwarden won against Weert on its own court 103-97.
The most impressive performance of 15th round was 25 points by George Marshall of Leeuwarden.


Zwolle - Amsterdam 67-58

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Zwolle (11-4) beat at home 5th ranked Amsterdam (6-9) 67-58. Zwolle dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Amsterdam's 20. They outrebounded Amsterdam 44-21 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American forward J.T. Yoho (198-93, college: Wright St., agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St.) helped adding 16 points and 7 rebounds. Zwolle's coach Herman van den Belt allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Aaron Roye (184-88) with 23 points and 5 assists and forward Stefan Mulder (188-91) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Zwolle maintains second place with 11-4 record having just three points less than leader Groningen. Amsterdam lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Leeuwarden. Zwolle will play against league's leader Groningen at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Amsterdam will play against Weert (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: J.Yoho 20+6reb+2ast, C.Vette 16+7reb+1ast, J.Tiller 11+2reb+2ast, K.Hyland 9+3reb, N.Oudendag 6+6reb+1ast, M.Schilder 3+1reb+1ast
Amsterdam: A.Roye 23+1reb+5ast, S.Mulder 12+5reb, M.Van Schaik 9+5reb, S.de Randamie 7+5reb+2ast, D.Van Der Horst 7+1reb, J.Markusse 0+4reb
gschID: 477708


Leeuwarden - Weert 103-97

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Weert (1-14) lost on the road to sixth ranked Leeuwarden (6-9) 103-97. Weert was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 32-19 charge of Leeuwarden, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American point guard George Marshall (186-92, college: S.Dakota St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points. His fellow American import forward Denton Koon (203-92, college: Hofstra, agency: Court Side) helped adding 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was swingman Akeel Eduardo (193-93) with 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Jeroen van Vugt (192-91) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Weert's coach Radenko Varagic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Leeuwarden moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Amsterdam. Weert lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Leeuwarden will play against Rotterdam (#7) on the road in the next round. Weert will play against Amsterdam and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leeuwarden: G.Marshall 25+4reb+3ast, J.Gregory 20+5reb+2ast, D.Koon 16+9reb+6ast, M.Lufile 15+6reb+1ast, D.Hope 14+3ast, L.Peterson 9+3reb+1ast
Weert: A.Eduardo 18+5reb+2ast, J.van Vugt 17+2reb+4ast, J.Schild 13+2reb+2ast, J.Padberg 12+1reb+4ast, M.Van Tongeren 12+6reb+1ast, D.Rosenmuller 12+8reb
gschID: 477711


Groningen - Leiden 101-77

An interesting game for Groningen (14-1) which hosted in Groningen 3rd placed Leiden (9-6). First ranked Groningen had an easy win 101-77. The game without a history. Groningen 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 Leiden's 30 and made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Leiden 36-23 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Groningen players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Leiden's players. It was a great evening for American swingman Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import point guard Lance Jeter (191-88, college: Nebraska) helped adding 15 points and 10 assists. Five Groningen players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) with 20 points and 4 assists and American point guard Jonathan Lee (188-90, college: Northeastern, agency: Court Side) scored 20 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Groningen have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. Leiden at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Groningen will play against league's second-placed Zwolle on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leiden will play against Dukes UDB and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Groningen: J.Dourisseau 24+6reb+3ast, A.Smith 16+4reb, C.Fieler 15+5reb+2ast, L.Jeter 15+3reb+10ast, S.Cunningham 10+5reb+4ast, D.Pasalic 9+5reb+2ast
Leiden: R.Jansen 20+3reb+4ast, J.Lee 20+4reb+2ast, T.Koenis 9+5reb+2ast, D.Draper 7+2reb, L.Enobakhare 7+2reb+1ast, J.Voorn 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 477710


Dukes UDB - Rotterdam 82-80

The most exciting game of round 15 in the Eredivisie took place in Den Bosch. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Rotterdam (5-10) to fourth ranked Dukes UDB (8-7) 82-80 on Saturday evening. Dukes UDB made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Dukes UDB had a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Rotterdam helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Antwan Scott (188-92, college: Colorado St.) who led his team to a victory with 30 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. The former international forward Stefan Wessels (203-84) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard La'Shard Anderson (185-89, college: Boise St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 10 assists and forward Coen Stolk (195-97) added 9 points in the effort for Rotterdam. Dukes UDB have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-7 record. Rotterdam at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Dukes UDB are looking forward to face higher ranked Leiden (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rotterdam will play against Leeuwarden (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dukes UDB: A.Scott 30+5reb+6ast, S.Wessels 19+9reb, P.Vries Pim 8+8reb, R.Pagter Ralf 7+7reb+1ast, V.Lietmeijer 6+1reb, K.Akerboom 5+2reb+2ast
Rotterdam: L.Anderson 36+9reb+10ast, V.Tamasauskas 10, C.Stolk 9+4reb+2ast, T.Theeuwkens 8+3reb+2ast, R.Krabbendam 8+6reb, M.Kok 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 477709





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Standings - National League

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 17: Ironi Ramat Gan - Macc.Rehovot 94-96
Jan. 17: Ironi K-A - Ramat Hasharon 91-65
Jan. 17: Hapoel Migd.H. - Hap.Haifa 88-81
Jan. 17: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hap.R/G Givat. 78-87
Jan. 17: Galil Elion - Maccabi Raanana 78-86
Jan. 17: Maccabi H/H - Hapoel B/S 64-73
Jan. 17: Hapoel K/S - Hapoel G/A 64-63

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 24: Hap.R/G Givat. - Ironi Ramat Gan
Jan. 24: Hapoel G/A - Hapoel Migd.H.
Jan. 24: Hap.Haifa - Maccabi H/H
Jan. 24: Macc.Rehovot - Hapoel K/S
Jan. 24: Maccabi Raanana - Ironi Nes-Ziona
Jan. 24: Ramat Hasharon - Galil Elion
Jan. 24: Hapoel B/S - Ironi K-A


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Warren, Maccabi .24.6 
 2. Burrows, Hap.Haifa24.0 
 3. Brown, Ironi R.23.1 
 4. Huertas, Hap.Haifa23.1 
 5. Aska, Ironi R.22.5 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A20.5 
 7. Gaston, Hapoel M.20.5 
 8. Livingston, Hapoel K.20.5 
 9. Relphorde, Hapoel M.20.2 
 10. Teel, Maccabi H/H19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrence WATSON
  Hapoel K/S
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.7 
 2. Sykes, Hapoel G/A11.5 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa11.0 
 4. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.9 
 5. Jordan, Galil Elion10.8 
 6. Gaston, Hapoel M.10.7 
 7. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.5 
 8. Livingston, Hapoel K.10.4 
 9. McShepard, Ironi N.10.3 
 10. Warren, Maccabi .10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Ironi R.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Teel, Ironi R.9.3 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.9.1 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .6.7 
 4. Cohen, Hapoel K/S6.1 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.2 
 6. Shaashoua, Maccabi .4.9 
 7. Hofman, Ironi N.4.7 
 8. Niv, Hap.Haifa4.6 
 9. Salz, Galil Elion4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Ironi R.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Teel, Ironi R.3.7 
 2. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.9 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .2.8 
 4. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.7 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.4 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.2 
 7. Cohen, Hapoel K/S1.9 
 8. Hofman, Ironi N.1.9 
 9. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.5 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.3 
 3. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.9 
 4. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.6 
 5. Caracter, Ramat H.1.5 
 6. Warren, Maccabi .1.5 
 7. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.3 
 8. Givens, Maccabi .1.3 
 9. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.3 
 10. McShepard, Ironi N.1.1 


Winner League Round 14: Bnei Hasharon edge Maccabi Rishon by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Winner League took place in Hod Hasharon. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon (7-7) to third ranked Bnei Hasharon (9-5) 71-69 on Sunday evening. Maccabi Rishon was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Bnei Hasharon forced 19 Maccabi Rishon turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Rishon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international forward Karam Mashour (198-91, college: Morehead St.) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. The former international Elishay Kadir (202-87) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Bnei Hasharon moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Defending champion Maccabi Rishon keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with Ironi Nahariya. Bnei Hasharon is looking forward to face Hapoel Eilat (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Rishon will play against Maccabi K/G and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Holon. First ranked Maccabi T-A faced second-ranked Hapoel Holon. Guests from Tel-Aviv (11-3) defeated host Hapoel Holon (9-5) 78-73. The former international point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Colton Iverson contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Darion Atkins (203-92, college: Virginia) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for Hapoel Holon. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Maccabi T-A maintains first position with 11-3 record. Hapoel Holon at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Bnei Hertzeliyya. Maccabi T-A's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tel-Aviv Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
Bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G managed to get a third victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak on Monday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Maccabi Haifa 85-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Haifa. Brandon Bowman had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Gregory Vargas responded with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Maccabi Haifa's coach Ofer Rahimi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Maccabi K/G maintains twelfth position with 3-11 record. Loser Maccabi Haifa keeps the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi K/G will meet higher ranked Maccabi Rishon (#7) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Maccabi Haifa will play against Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Jerusalem. Local Hapoel Jerusalem (8-6) outscored 11th ranked Galil Gilboa (5-9) 100-75. Bar Timor notched 19 points and 7 assists to lead the effort. Hapoel Jerusalem's coach Simone Pianigiani felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Jerusalem maintains fourth position with 8-6 record, which they share with Hapoel T-A. Galil Gilboa lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth place with nine games lost. Hapoel Jerusalem's next round opponent will be Ironi Nahariya (#6) on the road. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Haifa (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 14 Hapoel Eilat was defeated by Hapoel T-A in Tel-Aviv 90-84. Ironi Nahariya beat Maccabi Ashdod at home 76-69.
The best stats of 14th round was 28 points and 7 rebounds by Eric Griffin of Galil Gilboa.


Hapoel Holon - Maccabi T-A 73-78

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Holon. First ranked Maccabi T-A faced second-ranked Hapoel Holon. Guests from Tel-Aviv (11-3) defeated host Hapoel Holon (9-5) 78-73. Hapoel Holon was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Maccabi T-A made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The former international point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Guinea-Bissau-American center Colton Iverson (212-89, college: Colorado St., agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Darion Atkins (203-92, college: Virginia) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman James Bell (198-92, college: Villanova) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Holon. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Maccabi T-A maintains first position with 11-3 record. Hapoel Holon at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Bnei Hertzeliyya. Maccabi T-A's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tel-Aviv Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: G.Mekel 22+6reb+4ast, S.Landesberg 14+4reb+2ast, C.Iverson 13+8reb, S.Weems 12+2reb+4ast, G.Pnini 7+5reb+1ast, V.Rudd 6+3reb+3ast
Hapoel Holon: J.Bell 17+8reb, D.Atkins 16+12reb+1ast, K.Wyatt 16+4reb+2ast, R.Huber 10+8reb+2ast, S.Harush 5, J.Taylor 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 493040


Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi K/G 80-85

Bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G managed to get a third victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak on Monday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Maccabi Haifa 85-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi K/G made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game, while Maccabi Haifa only scored eleven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Maccabi Haifa 47-31 including a 22-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St., agency: HMS) chipped in 21 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) responded with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and international swingman Amit Simhon (198-89) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Five Maccabi K/G and four Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures. Maccabi Haifa's coach Ofer Rahimi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Maccabi K/G maintains twelfth position with 3-11 record. Loser Maccabi Haifa keeps the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi K/G will meet higher ranked Maccabi Rishon (#7) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Maccabi Haifa will play against Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: C.Kelly 21+12reb+1ast, B.Bowman 20+16reb+3ast, E.Shulman 15+2reb+4ast, J.Carter 15+4reb+3ast, J.Selby 10+2reb+2ast, A.Rosenberg 2
Maccabi Haifa: G.Vargas 21+8reb+4ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 14+2reb, J.DiBartolomeo 14+2reb+1ast, A.Simhon 13+5reb+1ast, O.Blayzer 9+5reb+1ast, T.Mitchell 4+2reb
gschID: 493041


Hapoel T-A - Hapoel Eilat 90-84

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Hapoel Eilat (6-8) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (8-6) 90-84. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 23 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 32-15 Hapoel Eilat's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 90-84 at the end of the game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv forced 19 Hapoel Eilat turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) notched 23 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and forward Darrell Williams (203-89, college: Tex.A&M-Comm., agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 21 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Four Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Even 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Eilat. Forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Tel-Aviv moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Hapoel Eilat at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tel-Aviv to the arena Maccabi T-A.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: M.Lyons 23+3reb+7ast, D.Williams 21+7reb, A.Tucker 17+5reb+2ast, T.Ginat 12+5reb+3ast, R.Howell 8+3reb+3ast, T.Blatt 7+1reb+7ast
Hapoel Eilat: P.Henry 27+8reb+4ast, W.Daniels 14+6reb+1ast, L.Milbourne 13+6reb+3ast, R.Rothbart 7+4reb, C.Colman 7+4reb+2ast, R.Buckner 7+3reb
gschID: 493039


Hapoel J-M - Galil Gilboa 100-75

The game with biggest result difference took place in Jerusalem. Local Hapoel Jerusalem (8-6) outscored 11th ranked Galil Gilboa (5-9) 100-75. It looked good early as Galil Gilboa took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hapoel Jerusalem had a 23-14 second period charge getting the lead and Galil Gilboa was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-100. Hapoel Jerusalem made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Galil Gilboa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Bar Timor (190-92) notched 19 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and American power forward Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford) supported him with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Five Hapoel Jerusalem players scored in double figures. Hapoel Jerusalem's coach Simone Pianigiani felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 28 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) did not help to save the game for Galil Gilboa. His fellow American import guard Michael Qualls (198-94, college: Arkansas) added 12 points for the guests. Hapoel Jerusalem maintains fourth position with 8-6 record, which they share with Hapoel T-A. Galil Gilboa lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth place with nine games lost. Hapoel Jerusalem's next round opponent will be Ironi Nahariya (#6) on the road. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Haifa (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: B.Timor 19+7ast, J.Dyson 17+3ast, T.Kinsey 14+2reb+1ast, I.Rosefelt 14+3reb+2ast, T.Peterson 12+7reb+2ast, L.Eliyahu 8+4reb+3ast
Galil Gilboa: E.Griffin 28+7reb+2ast, M.Qualls 12+3reb+1ast, J.Siggers 10+3reb+2ast, G.Clavell 8+6reb, O.Huber 7+1reb, E.Skverer 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 493042


Bnei Hertzeliyya - Maccabi Rishon 71-69

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Winner League took place in Hod Hasharon. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon (7-7) to third ranked Bnei Hasharon (9-5) 71-69 on Sunday evening. Maccabi Rishon was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Bnei Hasharon forced 19 Maccabi Rishon turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Rishon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international forward Karam Mashour (198-91, college: Morehead St.) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. The former international Elishay Kadir (202-87) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and international power forward Idan Zalmanson (206-95) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Bnei Hasharon and four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. Bnei Hasharon moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Defending champion Maccabi Rishon keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with Ironi Nahariya. Bnei Hasharon is looking forward to face Hapoel Eilat (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Rishon will play against Maccabi K/G and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliyya: K.Mashour 15+6reb+3ast, J.Adrien 12+8reb+1ast, S.Dennis 12+2reb+2ast, T.Green 11+4reb+6ast, A.Zelkovits 10+4reb+1ast, O.Leumi 7+4reb+1ast
Maccabi Rishon: C.Thomas 15+2reb+1ast, I.Zalmanson 14+10reb+2ast, E.Kadir 13+14reb+4ast, P.Richard 12+2reb+1ast, N.Hanochi 8+2reb+2ast, M.Wayns 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 493038


Ironi Nahariya - Maccabi Ashdod 76-69

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Ironi Nahariya (7-7) defeated at home 10th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (5-9) 76-69. Maccabi Ashdod was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Ironi Nahariya dominated on the defensive end, holding Maccabi Ashdod to just 4 points in fourth quarter. Naturalized Swedish power forward Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-83) notched 18 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and American power forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) supported him with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Ironi Nahariya's coach Eric Elfasi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 19 points by American swingman Chase Simon (198-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) did not help to save the game for Maccabi Ashdod. The former international Jake Cohen (209-90, college: Davidson) added 5 points and 15 rebounds for the guests. Ironi Nahariya have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side keeps the tenth position with nine games lost. Ironi Nahariya's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (#4) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi Ashdod will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel Holon (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: J.Skjoldebrand 18+5reb+3ast, Y.Gates 12+7reb+3ast, N.Faust 11+1reb+1ast, S.Douglass 9+1reb+2ast, G.Brown 9+2reb, D.Kitchen 8+9reb+5ast
Maccabi Ashdod: C.Simon 19+4reb+3ast, J.Carmichael 13+7reb, B.Altit 9+2reb+1ast, A.Ariel 7, D.Ewing 7+1reb+2ast, I.Ziv 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 493037





Thompson is back at N.Novgorod, ex Hapoel J-M - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-88kg-83, college: UCLA). It is actually his comeback to BC Nizhny Novgorod as he has played here before. Thompson just played at Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In 6 Winner League games he had 5.2ppg and 2.8rpg. Thompson also played earlier that season for Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot league where in two Winner League games he recorded 6.5ppg and 4.5rpg. He also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg.
In 2005 Thompson was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in second round (54th overall). The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles standoutis in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. Thompson's team won Cyprus Supercup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 1st Team back in 2014.
Thompson is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Thompson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket), Germany (ALBA Berlin), Ukraine (Azovmash), NBA (Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), D-League (N.Mexico T.) and Vietnam (Saigon Heat).
On Thompson: A versatile performer, he can play both forward and guard.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ramat Hasharon tabs Yonatan Rabinowitz - by Nir Luna

Ramat Hasharon (National League) inked 19-year old point guard Yonatan Rabinowitz (185-98). He started the season at Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Winner League). Winner League was a little too high level for him, where in only one Winner League game he did not score anything. National League will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Rabinowitz played also at Hapoel Tel-Aviv (also in Winner League). Winner League was a little too high level for him, where in three Winner League games he averaged just 0.7ppg.
He represented Israel at the European Championships U18 in Samsun (Turkey) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 66.7%.

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Maccabi Kiryat Gat lands Noam Laish - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Kiryat Gat (Winner League) tabbed 24-year old guard Noam Laish (188-93, college: Maine). He started the season at Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League). Laish has played there for the last three years. But in 13 Winner League games he averaged just 1.8ppg this season.
Laish's team made it to the National League Semifinals in 2014.
He represented Israel at the European Championships U18 Division B in Varna (Bulgaria) six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 90.5%.
Laish has played previously for Ironi Kiryat Ata.
He attended University of Maine until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

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Nikolai Vangelov joins Palestrina - by Eurobasket News

Citysightseeing Palestrina (Serie B) agreed terms with 21-year old center Nikolai Vangelov (212-96). He started the season at Roma E-basket, the newcomer in Serie A2. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in 11 games he had just 1.5ppg and 1.5rpg this season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Vangelov has played previously for Moncalieri.

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FCM Ferentino hire coach Paolini - by Eurobasket News

FMC Ferentino (Serie A2) hired experienced 58-year old coach Riccardo Paolini. He coached last season at VL Pesaro in the Serie A. Paolini used to coach Imola Summer League Open National Team back in 2011.
He has coached previously Firenze Enic.

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Serie A2 Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The biggest surprise of round 17 in Serie A2 was guest Roma E-basket's (10-7) road victory over Lighthouse TR (#7) 82-75 on Sunday evening. Roma E-basket made 18-of-18 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Michael Deloach (185-86, college: Norfolk St.) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import center Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St.) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Andrea Renzi (207-89, agency: Players Group) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Roma E-basket moved-up to fifth place in A2. Lighthouse TR at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Roma E-basket are looking forward to face higher ranked Tortona (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lighthouse TR will play against the league's leader Legnano in Castellanza and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Mirandola. Second ranked Treviso Basket (13-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Mantova (10-7) 71-70 on Sunday evening. American forward Jesse Perry (200-89, college: Arizona) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds. Davide Moretti contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) answered with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Mantova. Treviso Basket maintains second place in A2 with 13-4 record behind leader Virtus Bologna. Mantova at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Treviso Basket will play against Unieuro Forli (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Mantova will play against the league's leader Virtus Bologna (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Angelico Biella (12-5) against ninth ranked Mens Sana 1871 (9-8) on Wednesday night. Visiting Angelico Biella was defeated by Mens Sana 1871 in a tough game in Siena 68-74. Mike Myers stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Mike Hall responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Mens Sana 1871 maintains ninth place in A2 with 9-8 record. Loser Angelico Biella keeps the second position with five games lost. Mens Sana 1871 will meet Novipiu Casale (#11) on the road in the next round. Angelico Biella will play against Agrigento (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Virtus Bologna delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they crushed 12th ranked Imola (6-11) 100-76. Kenny Lawson nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Virtus Bologna's coach Alessandro Ramagli felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Virtus Bologna maintains first place in A2 with 14-2 record. Imola at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Virtus Bologna's next round opponent will be Mantova (#5) in Mirandola. Imola will play at home against Jesi (#9) and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Verona. Tenth ranked Verona (8-9) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 7th ranked F.Kontatto BO (9-8) 67-65 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Michael Frazier who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Verona maintains tenth place in A2 with 8-9 record. Loser F.Kontatto BO keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Verona will face higher ranked Piacenza (#6) in Casalpusterlengo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games of round 17 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In A2 Roseto was defeated by Alma Trieste in a road game 79-69. Udine APU was beaten by Piacenza at home 72-79. Jesi won against Recanati on the opponent's court 86-81. Unieuro Forli unfortunately lost to Ravenna in a home game 62-70. Bondi Ferrara recorded a loss to Chieti on the road 74-83. Viola RC was defeated by Legnano on its own court 62-67. Agrigento beat Agropoli in a road game 69-59. Tortona won against Latina Basket at home 86-79. Rieti unfortunately lost to Treviglio on the opponent's court 82-87. Roma Virtus managed to beat Novipiu Casale in a home game 79-68. Scafati was defeated by Mens Sana 1871 on the road 78-71. FCM Ferentino was beaten by Legnano on its own court 63-72. Viola RC was destroyed by Angelico Biella in a road game 96-61. Latina Basket managed to outperform Treviglio at home 74-66.
The best stats of 17th round was 19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by Nikolas Raivio of Legnano.


East
Alma Trieste - Roseto 79-69

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Roseto (9-8) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Alma Trieste (11-6) 79-69 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Matteo Da Ros (204-89) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. American power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Nicola Mei (186-85) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Alma Trieste moved-up to third place in A2. Loser Roseto keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Alma Trieste will face Chieti (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Roseto will play against Bondi Ferrara (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: J.Parks 20+8reb+2ast, J.Green 17+7reb, M.Da Ros 15+4reb+7ast, A.Cittadini 7+5reb+2ast, A.Coronica 6+4reb, A.Pecile 6+2reb+2ast
Roseto: B.Sherrod 16+13reb+2ast, A.Smith 15+3reb, N.Mei 14+6reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 9+5reb+2ast, R.Fultz 9+3reb+4ast, R.Casagrande 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 485675


Virtus Bologna - Imola 100-76

Leader Virtus Bologna delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they crushed 12th ranked Imola (6-11) 100-76. Virtus Bologna shot the lights out from three nailing 19 long-distance shots on high 55.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American center Kenny Lawson (207-88, college: Creighton) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and the former international power forward Andrea Michelori (202-78) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five Virtus Bologna players scored in double figures. Virtus Bologna's coach Alessandro Ramagli felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Travis Cohn (188-89, college: Jacksonville, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with 19 points and 4 steals and Czech center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, college: Iowa St., agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Imola in the defeat. Virtus Bologna maintains first place in A2 with 14-2 record. Imola at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Virtus Bologna's next round opponent will be Mantova (#5) in Mirandola. Imola will play at home against Jesi (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Virtus Bologna: M.Umeh 20+1ast, K.Lawson 18+10reb+2ast, A.Michelori 15+6reb+2ast, A.Pajola 11+4reb+2ast, L.Penna 10+3reb+4ast, M.Spissu 9+1reb+4ast
Imola: T.Cohn 19+4reb+2ast, J.Hubalek 19+5reb+1ast, N.Hassan 16+3ast, A.Ranuzzi 7+6reb+1ast, M.Maggioli 6+5reb+5ast, P.Prato 6+2reb
gschID: 485678


Verona - F.Kontatto BO 67-65

Important game to mention about took place in Verona. Tenth ranked Verona (8-9) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 7th ranked F.Kontatto BO (9-8) 67-65 on Sunday evening. F.Kontatto BO was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Michael Frazier (193-94, college: Florida) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Marco Portannese (192-89, agency: SPORTlab Agency) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Verona players scored in double figures. American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Stefano Mancinelli (204-83) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Verona maintains tenth place in A2 with 8-9 record. Loser F.Kontatto BO keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Verona will face higher ranked Piacenza (#6) in Casalpusterlengo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Verona: M.Frazier 19+6reb+4ast, D.Robinson 15+3reb+3ast, M.Portannese 14+6reb+5ast, D.Brkic 12+3reb+1ast, D.Diliegro 4+1reb, G.Boscagin 3+1reb+1ast
F.Kontatto BO: S.Mancinelli 18+2reb+1ast, J.Knox 13+8reb+1ast, M.Ruzzier 10+2reb+3ast, D.Raucci 9+3reb, L.Candi 6+5reb+4ast, M.Montano 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 485677


Udine APU - Piacenza 72-79

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Piacenza (10-7) defeated on the road 10th ranked Udine APU (7-10) 79-72 on Sunday. Piacenza forced 19 Udine APU turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) who scored 23 points and 4 assists. Guard Tommaso Raspino (200-89, agency: Players Group) chipped in 14 points. Nigerian-American swingman Stan Okoye (198-91, college: VMI) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Allan Ray (188-84, college: Villanova) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. Udine APU's coach Lino Lardo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Piacenza maintains sixth place in A2 with 10-7 record. Newly promoted Udine APU dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Piacenza will face Verona (#10) at home in the next round. Udine APU will play against Recanati and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Piacenza: K.Hasbrouck 23+3reb+4ast, T.Raspino 14+3reb+3ast, S.Borsato 13+1reb, F.De Nicolao 9+5reb+2ast, R.Rossato 7+4reb+2ast, N.Dincic 7+4reb+2ast
Udine APU: S.Okoye 20+11reb+2ast, A.Ray 12+4reb+2ast, M.Pinton 9+1reb+1ast, G.Cuccarolo 8+7reb, J.Zacchetti 8+4reb+1ast, M.Ferrari 6+10reb+2ast
gschID: 485676


Recanati - Jesi 81-86

Very expected game when 16th ranked Recanati (3-14) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Jesi (8-9) 86-81 on Sunday. Recanati was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Dwayne Davis (196-89, college: S.Mississippi) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Jesi players scored in double figures. Forward Jalen Reynolds (208-92, college: Xavier) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and guard Travis Bader (196-91, college: Oakland) added 30 points respectively for the hosts. Jesi maintains ninth place in A2 with 8-9 record. Loser Recanati keeps the sixteenth position with 14 games lost. Jesi will face Imola (#14) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Recanati will play against Udine APU and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jesi: D.Davis 26+10reb+5ast, T.Bowers 23+7reb+4ast, A.Benevelli 13+8reb+2ast, M.Maganza 10+8reb+1ast, F.Alessandri 7+3reb+1ast, G.Janelidze 5+2reb
Recanati: T.Bader 30+4reb+1ast, J.Reynolds 20+14reb+1ast, F.Loschi 16+3reb+2ast, G.Maspero 8+5reb+2ast, R.Bolpin 5+1reb+5ast, S.Spizzichini 2+3reb
gschID: 485674


Mantova - Treviso Basket 70-71

Important game to mention about took place in Mirandola. Second ranked Treviso Basket (13-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Mantova (10-7) 71-70 on Sunday evening. Treviso Basket made 16-of-16 charity shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. American forward Jesse Perry (200-89, college: Arizona) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds. Point guard Davide Moretti (188-98) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) answered with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and American LaMarshall Corbett (189-88, college: Angelo St.) added 13 points in the effort for Mantova. Treviso Basket maintains second place in A2 with 13-4 record behind leader Virtus Bologna. Mantova at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Treviso Basket will play against Unieuro Forli (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Mantova will play against the league's leader Virtus Bologna (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Treviso Basket: J.Perry 24+15reb+3ast, D.Moretti 16+5reb+4ast, Q.DeCosey 7+3reb, T.Rinaldi 6, M.Negri 6+3reb, A.Ancellotti 4+3reb
Mantova: D.Daniels 13+3reb+1ast, L.Corbett 13+4reb+2ast, A.Amici 10+7reb+5ast, F.Candussi 9+6reb+1ast, L.Gergati 9+1reb, J.Giachetti 7+1reb+5ast
gschID: 485673


Unieuro Forli - Ravenna 62-70

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Ravenna (11-6) beat on the road 15th ranked Unieuro Forli (4-13) 70-62 on Sunday. They outrebounded Unieuro Forli 33-20 including 25 on the defensive glass. Unieuro Forli was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). His fellow American import point guard Derrick Marks (190-93, college: Boise St.) chipped in 19 points and 5 steals. American forward Jeffrey Crockett (201-91, college: Texas Tech) produced 11 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Paolo Rotondo (204-89, agency: Players Group) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. Four Unieuro Forli players scored in double figures. Ravenna moved-up to fourth place in A2. Newly promoted Unieuro Forli keeps the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. Ravenna will face F.Kontatto BO (#7) in Bologna in the next round. Unieuro Forli will play on the road against the league's second-placed Treviso Basket (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ravenna: D.Marks 19+3reb+1ast, T.Smith 17+11reb, M.Tambone 9+3reb+1ast, A.Raschi 9+2reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 7+5reb, G.Sabatini 4+3reb+3ast
Unieuro Forli: P.Rotondo 13+3reb, J.Crockett 11+5reb+2ast, M.Ferri 10, S.Vico 10+2reb+2ast, D.Bonacini 9+3reb+1ast, F.Infante 4+2reb
gschID: 485672


Chieti - Bondi Ferrara 83-74

There was a minor upset when 12th ranked Bondi Ferrara (6-11) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Chieti (6-10) 83-74 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was naturalized American power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (207-82, college: Drury) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds. American guard Trae Golden (188-91, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Chieti players scored in double figures. American forward Laurence Bowers (203-90, college: Missouri) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB) added 26 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Chieti moved-up to twelfth place in A2. Loser Bondi Ferrara dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Chieti will face higher ranked Alma Trieste (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bondi Ferrara will play against Roseto (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chieti: C.Davis 23+3reb+3ast, T.Golden 22+5reb+4ast, C.Mortellaro 15+17reb+2ast, M.Allegretti 11+9reb+1ast, L.Sergio 5+1ast, M.Fallucca 3+1reb+2ast
Bondi Ferrara: T.Roderick 26+5reb+3ast, L.Bowers 22+11reb+2ast, F.Pellegrino 9+7reb, R.Cortese 7+4reb+3ast, A.Ibarra 7+2ast, M.Mastellari 3+1reb
gschID: 485671


Round 15
Viola RC - Legnano 62-67

Everything went according to plan in Reggio Calabria where second ranked Legnano (12-4) won against 14th ranked Viola RC (6-11) 67-62 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import center William Mosley (203-89, college: Northwestern St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Croatian power forward Ivica Radic (208-90, agency: XL Basketball Agency) produced 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Viola RC's coach Antonio Paternoster rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Legnano keeps a position of A2 leader. Loser Viola RC keeps the fourteenth place with 11 games lost. Legnano will face Lighthouse TR (#7) in Trapani in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Viola RC will play at home against Roma Virtus (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Legnano: N.Raivio 19+7reb+5ast, W.Mosley 12+10reb, F.Ihedioha 9+2reb+1ast, F.Maiocco 9+5reb+1ast, M.Martini 7, A.Navarini 6+1reb+2ast
Viola RC: I.Radic 18+8reb+4ast, A.Legion 12+4reb+4ast, I.Lupusor 12+3reb+1ast, L.Caroti 6+4reb+3ast, A.Mazic 5+1reb+1ast, M.Micevic 5+1reb
gschID: 529735


West
Agropoli - Agrigento 59-69

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Agropoli (5-12) was defeated at home by third ranked Agrigento (11-6) 69-59 on Sunday. Agropoli was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was point guard Alessandro Piazza (175-87) who scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American swingman Perrin Buford (198-94, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. American swingman Donnell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Agrigento maintains third place in A2 with 11-6 record having just two points less than leader Virtus Bologna. Loser Agropoli keeps the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Agrigento will face league's second-placed Angelico Biella at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Agropoli will play against Treviglio (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Agrigento: A.Piazza 14+5reb+5ast, Q.De Laurentiis 11+3reb, A.Chiarastella 8+6reb, P.Buford 8+8reb+1ast, R.Bucci 8+4reb+1ast, M.Evangelisti 7+1ast
Agropoli: D.Taylor 16+10reb+1ast, K.Langford 15+9reb, M.Turel 10+3reb+2ast, L.Molinaro 7+5reb, R.Santolamazza 3+3reb+2ast, G.Carenza 3+6reb+3ast
gschID: 485911


Tortona - Latina Basket 86-79

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Tortona and 5th ranked Latina Basket had identical 9-7 record. This time Tortona used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Latina 86-79 on Sunday night. Tortona made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. Latina Basket was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). The former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Tortona's coach Demis Cavina used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Jonathan Arledge (206-91, college: ODU, agency: Two Points) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import point guard Keron DeShields (190-92, college: Tennessee St.) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Four Tortona and five Latina Basket players scored in double figures. Tortona maintains fourth place in A2 with 10-7 record. Loser Latina Basket dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Tortona will face Roma E-basket (#5) on the road in the next round. Latina Basket will play against Scafati and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Tortona: G.Cosey 23+5reb+8ast, L.Garri 19+4reb+4ast, G.Ricci 16+7reb+2ast, P.Greene IV 13+2ast, D.Alviti 4+3reb, A.Conti 3+1reb+1ast
Latina Basket: K.DeShields 18+3reb+1ast, J.Arledge 13+13reb+1ast, M.Poletti 12+5reb, L.Uglietti 11+1reb+1ast, R.Rullo 10+1reb, A.Pastore 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 485915


Lighthouse TR - Roma E-basket 75-82

The biggest surprise of round 17 in Serie A2 was guest Roma E-basket's (10-7) road victory over Lighthouse TR (#7) 82-75 on Sunday evening. Roma E-basket made 18-of-18 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Michael Deloach (185-86, college: Norfolk St.) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import center Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St.) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Andrea Renzi (207-89, agency: Players Group) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Gabriele Ganeto (200-87) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Lighthouse TR players scored in double figures. Roma E-basket moved-up to fifth place in A2. Lighthouse TR at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Roma E-basket are looking forward to face higher ranked Tortona (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lighthouse TR will play against the league's leader Legnano in Castellanza and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Roma E-basket: M.Malaventura 18+5reb, M.Deloach 18+10reb+7ast, T.Easley 16+9reb+1ast, A.Righetti 9+2reb+2ast, N.Petrucci 8+1reb+1ast, N.Stanic 7+1reb+4ast
Lighthouse TR: G.Ganeto 18+5reb+1ast, A.Renzi 16+9reb+1ast, K.Viglianisi 14+3reb+2ast, C.Scott 13+4reb, C.Tommasini 9+4reb+5ast, D.Filloy 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 485916


Treviglio - Rieti 87-82

Rather expected game when 13th ranked Rieti (6-11) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Treviglio (8-8) 87-82 on Sunday. Treviglio made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Rieti was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) who scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Tommaso Marino (192-86, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 22 points and 6 assists. Five Treviglio players scored in double figures. American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import Dalton Pepper (196-90, college: Temple) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Treviglio maintains tenth place in A2 with 8-8 record. Loser Rieti keeps the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Treviglio will face Agropoli (#15) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rieti will play against FCM Ferentino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: T.Marino 22+1reb+6ast, P.Sorokas 17+9reb+6ast, A.Sollazzo 13+3reb+2ast, A.Pecchia 11+3reb+2ast, E.Rossi 10+7reb+1ast, C.Nwohuocha 6+3reb
Rieti: D.Sims 26+10reb+1ast, D.Pepper 21+6reb+1ast, A.Zanelli 13+3reb+8ast, M.Chillo 9+5reb+2ast, G.Della Rosa 5, G.Eliantonio 2+1ast
gschID: 485917


Roma Virtus - Novipiu Casale 79-68

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Roma Virtus (10-7) beat at home 11th ranked Novipiu Casale (7-10) 79-68 on Sunday. Novipiu Casale was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was naturalized American point guard Anthony Raffa (185-89, college: Co.Carolina) who scored 17 points. American forward John Brown (203-92, college: High Point) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Roma Virtus players scored in double figures. Point guard Giovanni Tomassini (188-88) produced 18 points and the former international guard Brett Blizzard (191-80, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points respectively for the guests. Novipiu Casale's coach Marco Ramondino rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Roma Virtus maintains sixth place in A2 with 10-7 record. Loser Novipiu Casale keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Roma Virtus will face Viola RC (#14) in Reggio Calabria in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Novipiu Casale will play at home against Mens Sana 1871 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roma Virtus: A.Raffa 17+4reb+1ast, T.Baldasso 13+2reb+3ast, J.Brown 12+7reb+3ast, M.Chessa 10+4reb+3ast, D.Sandri 10+3ast, A.Landi 9+7reb+1ast
Novipiu Casale: G.Tomassini 18+1reb+3ast, B.Blizzard 10+4reb+3ast, D.Denegri 10+1reb+1ast, L.Severini 7+7reb+2ast, E.Ruiu 7+3reb, N.Natali 6+4reb
gschID: 485918


Mens Sana 1871 - Scafati 78-71

Not a big story in a game in Siena where 16th ranked Scafati (4-13) was defeated by ninth ranked Mens Sana 1871 (9-8) 78-71 on Sunday. Mens Sana 1871 held Scafati to an opponent 13.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 17.3 percent accuracy of the winners. The best player for the winners was American guard K.T. Harrell (193-92, college: Auburn) who scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import forward Mike Myers (206-92, college: Md-E Shore) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Mens Sana 1871 players scored in double figures. Power forward Marco Ammannato (203-88, agency: Players Group) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds and forward Nicholas Crow (199-89) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Mens Sana 1871 maintains ninth place in A2 with 9-8 record. Loser Scafati keeps the sixteenth position with 13 games lost. Mens Sana 1871 will face Novipiu Casale (#11) on the road in the next round. Scafati will play against Latina Basket (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mens Sana 1871: K.Harrell 16+6reb+7ast, J.Tavernari 14+5reb, L.Saccaggi 14+2reb+1ast, M.Myers 14+8reb+3ast, S.Flamini 10+2reb+2ast, L.Bucarelli 3
Scafati: N.Crow 18+4reb+2ast, M.Ammannato 13+8reb+3ast, L.Johnson 13+10reb, M.Santiangeli 8+1reb, Y.Naimy 8+2reb+7ast, T.Fantoni 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 485914


FCM Ferentino - Legnano 63-72

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Legnano (12-4) won against on the road 12th ranked FCM Ferentino (7-10) 72-63 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import center William Mosley (203-89, college: Northwestern St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. The former international power forward Angelo Gigli (209-83) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and American swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Legnano keeps a position of A2 leader. Loser FCM Ferentino keeps the twelfth place with ten games lost. Legnano will face Lighthouse TR (#7) in Trapani in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. FCM Ferentino will play on the road against Rieti (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Legnano: N.Raivio 24+9reb+3ast, W.Mosley 16+10reb, M.Martini 11+5reb+1ast, A.Navarini 9+1reb, M.Palermo 8+2reb+1ast, F.Ihedioha 2+1reb+4ast
FCM Ferentino: A.Gigli 17+13reb+1ast, B.Raymond 13+6reb+1ast, B.Musso 11+2reb+4ast, L.Benvenuti 8+1reb+1ast, M.Imbro 6+3reb+7ast, T.Carnovali 3+4reb
gschID: 485913


Angelico Biella - Viola RC 96-61

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Viola RC (6-11) was crushed on the road by second ranked Angelico Biella (12-5) 96-61 on Sunday. Angelico Biella outrebounded Viola RC 40-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Amedeo Tessitori (208-94) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) chipped in 22 points. American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 24 points and 5 rebounds and Croatian power forward Ivica Radic (208-90, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Angelico Biella maintains second place in A2 with 12-5 record having just one point less than leader Virtus Bologna. Loser Viola RC keeps the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Angelico Biella will face Agrigento (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Viola RC will play against Roma Virtus (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Angelico Biella: J.Ferguson 22+1reb+3ast, A.Tessitori 21+6reb, F.Massone 11+1reb+2ast, M.Udom 10+9reb+2ast, M.Venuto 9+3reb+4ast, C.Wheatle 8+4reb+1ast
Viola RC: A.Legion 24+5reb, I.Radic 15+5reb+2ast, T.Guariglia 9+8reb, M.Micevic 4+4reb, I.Lupusor 4+2reb+1ast, L.Caroti 2
gschID: 485912


Mens Sana 1871 - Angelico Biella 74-68

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Angelico Biella (12-5) against ninth ranked Mens Sana 1871 (9-8) on Wednesday night. Visiting Angelico Biella was defeated by Mens Sana 1871 in a tough game in Siena 68-74. Mens Sana 1871 forced 20 Angelico Biella turnovers. American forward Mike Myers (206-92, college: Md-E Shore) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and the former international swingman Simone Flamini (203-82) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international power forward Amedeo Tessitori (208-94) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Mens Sana 1871 maintains ninth place in A2 with 9-8 record. Loser Angelico Biella keeps the second position with five games lost. Mens Sana 1871 will meet Novipiu Casale (#11) on the road in the next round. Angelico Biella will play against Agrigento (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mens Sana 1871: M.Myers 27+12reb+1ast, K.Harrell 13+3reb+3ast, J.Tavernari 10+4reb+1ast, S.Flamini 9+9reb+1ast, L.Saccaggi 7+5reb+3ast, B.Mascolo 4+2reb+1ast
Angelico Biella: M.Hall 19+17reb+1ast, A.Tessitori 15+8reb, J.Ferguson 15+2reb+2ast, N.De Vico 8+8reb+1ast, M.Udom 6+6reb, M.Venuto 3+2ast
gschID: 485892


Latina Basket - Treviglio 74-66

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Latina Basket (9-8) defeated at home 10th ranked Treviglio (8-8) 74-66 on Wednesday. Latina Basket held Treviglio to an opponent 13.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 15.6 percent accuracy of the winners. The best player for the winners was power forward Mitchell Poletti (205-88) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Jonathan Arledge (206-91, college: ODU, agency: Two Points) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Tommaso Marino (192-86, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 17 points and 6 assists and Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Treviglio players scored in double figures. Despite that victory Latina Basket went down to eighth position (A2) due to points difference. Loser Treviglio keeps the tenth place with eight games lost. Latina Basket will face Scafati (#16) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Treviglio will play against Agropoli (#15) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: R.Rullo 15+3reb+3ast, J.Arledge 15+7reb, M.Poletti 14+12reb+1ast, M.Passera 7+1reb, K.DeShields 7+2reb+4ast, L.Uglietti 6+3reb+4ast
Treviglio: T.Marino 17+2reb+6ast, P.Sorokas 14+6reb+2ast, S.Genovese 13+1reb, E.Rossi 10+11reb, A.Sollazzo 6+3reb+3ast, P.Marini 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 485887





Serie B Round 16: Cento defeats Crema in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as five games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most exciting game of round 16 in the Serie B took place in Crema. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked Crema (9-7) to fourth ranked Cento (12-4) 67-66 on Sunday evening. Cento outrebounded Crema 46-32 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Mattia Caroldi (186-82) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 assists and forward Luca Pignatti (198-86) who added 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Davide Bozzetto (207-89, agency: Players Group) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Cento maintains fourth position in B with 12-4 record. Crema at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with Padova. Cento are looking forward to face league's second-placed Bergamo at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Crema will play against Milano Urania (#13) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Cassino. Fifth ranked Cassino (11-5) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Forli Tigers (8-9) 84-83 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by the former international power forward Simone Bagnoli (205-81) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 17 rebounds and Duilio Birindelli supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Even 24 points and 4 assists by the former international guard Rodolfo Rombaldoni (193-77) did not help to save the game for Forli Tigers. Cassino maintains fifth position in B with 11-5 record. Newly promoted Forli Tigers dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Cassino will play against league's leader Valmontone on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Forli Tigers will play against Cefalu (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Fiorentina (9-6) against seventh ranked USE Basket (9-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Fiorentina was defeated by USE Basket in a tough game in Empoli 64-72. Daniele Mariotti fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. USE Basket's coach Giovanni Bassi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Davide Rosignoli produced 15 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. USE Basket moved-up to fourth place in B. USE Basket will meet Varese Robur (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fiorentina will play against Bottegone (#10) and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Montenegrano. First ranked host Montegrano (13-1) defeated their biggest opponent Bisceglie (12-4) 84-74. It was a very good performance for Giorgio Broglia who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Montegrano maintains first position in B with 13-1 record. Bisceglie at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Montegrano's next round opponent will be Valdiceppo (#14) in Perugia which should be an easy win for them. Bisceglie will play at home against Isernia (#13) and hope to win that game.
Venafro has finally registered their first victory this season after 13 consecutive losses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Senigallia (6-8) 78-69 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Gioele Moretti who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. Venafro maintains sixteenth position in B with 1-13 record. Loser Senigallia keeps the ninth place with eight games lost. Venafro will face higher ranked Campli (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16:
In B Sangiorgese won against Montecatini on the opponent's court 66-59. Piombino managed to outperform San Miniato in a home game 68-65. Cecina recorded a loss to Oleggio on the road 73-60. Bottegone crushed Domodossola on its own court 88-64. Siena Virtus was beaten by Omegna in a road game 67-53. Firenze Enic were destroyed by Valsesia at home 52-78. Varese Robur unfortunately lost to Moncalieri on the opponent's court 65-70. Orzinuovi GaGa managed to beat Milano Urania in a home game 80-65. Piacenza defeated Desio on the road 70-58. Faenza beat Reggio Emilia on its own court 73-67. Iseo was destroyed by Bergamo in a road game 99-57. Padova outscored Sestu at home 89-60. San Vendemiano recorded a loss to Vicenza on the opponent's court 76-69. Volpino AltoSeb. was defeated by Lecco in a home game 79-82. Maddaloni was smashed by Napoli Cuore on the road 80-61. Patti won against Roma S.Azzurra on its own court 71-65. Teramo unfortunately lost to Palestrina in Roma 74-90. Scauri managed to beat Viterbo SA at home 81-76. Barcellona defeated Cefalu on the opponent's court 73-71. Roma Vis Nova was beaten by Valmontone in a home game 45-59. Catanzaro won against Roma Luiss on the road 92-91. Matera outscored Monteroni on its own court 117-76. Valdiceppo recorded a loss to Rimini in a road game 69-61. Pescara crushed Giulianova at home 96-65. Campli beat Isernia on the opponent's court 70-67. Taranto lost to San Severo in a home game 42-56. Porto S.Elpidio managed to outperform Ortona on the road 82-70.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists by Davide Meluzzi of Rimini.


Group A
Montecatini - Sangiorgese 59-66

There was an upset when higher ranked Montecatiniterme (8-7) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Sangiorgese (7-9) 66-59 on Sunday. Sangiorgese made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Montecatiniterme was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Simone Tomasini (196-93) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 5 rebounds and forward Daniele Mario Benzoni (196-80) who added 11 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Sangiorgese players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Marco Petrucci (195-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Guido Meini (188-79) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sangiorgese maintains eleventh position in B with 7-9 record. Newly promoted Montecatiniterme dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Sangiorgese will face league's leader Omegna at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Montecatini: G.Meini 22+5reb+1ast, M.Petrucci 17+10reb+1ast, N.Rizzitiello 7+7reb+1ast, T.Bianchi 5+4reb+1ast, A.Tabbi 4+2reb, V.Circosta 2+5reb+1ast
Sangiorgese: S.Tomasini 14+5reb+1ast, A.Tommei 11+2reb+2ast, D.Mario Benzoni 11+3reb+4ast, F.Toso 10+6reb, F.Gorreri 9+4reb+2ast, F.Cuccarese 5+4reb
gschID: 531358


Piombino - San Miniato 68-65

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Piombino (8-8) edged at home 7th ranked San Miniato (8-8) 68-65 on Sunday. Piombino maintains ninth position in B with 8-8 record. Piombino will face Domodossola (#13) on the road in the next round.
gschID: 531357


Oleggio - Cecina 73-60

There was an upset when higher ranked Cecina (8-7) was defeated on the road by fifteenth ranked Oleggio (6-10) 73-60 on Saturday. Oleggio dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Cecina's 26. Worth to mention a great performance of center Lorenzo Petrosino (203-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and point guard Andrea Resca (185-93) who added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side point guard Giovanni Bruni (185-82, agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points and 5 assists and power forward Andrea Spera (203-96) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Cecina's coach Giacomo Bandieri rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Oleggio moved-up to ninth place in B, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Cecina dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Oleggio will face higher ranked San Miniato (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Cecina: G.Bruni 17+4reb+5ast, A.Spera 15+6reb, A.Spatti 14+7reb, S.Mazzantini 8+3reb, S.Lasagni 4+3reb+1ast, L.Zaccariello 2+3reb
Oleggio: F.Dri 18+1reb+4ast, L.Petrosino 17+12reb+1ast, A.Resca 17+6reb+4ast, S.Hidalgo 9+2reb+4ast, E.Gallazzi 9+6reb+1ast, F.Testa 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 531354


Bottegone - Domodossola 88-64

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Bottegone and 12th ranked Domodossola had identical 6-9 record. This time Bottegone used a home court advantage and outscored the opponent from Domodossola 88-64 on Saturday night. Bottegone shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 53.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Bulgarian guard Georgi Sirakov (187-92, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 assists and Daniele Toscano (196-93, agency: Players Group) who added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Four Bottegone players scored in double figures. At the losing side Corrado Bianconi (202-94) responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Francesco Tuci (204-92) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Bottegone (7-9) moved-up to tenth place in B. Newly promoted Domodossola dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Bottegone will face higher ranked Fiorentina (#5) in Firenze in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Domodossola: C.Bianconi 19+5reb+4ast, F.Tuci 16+7reb+2ast, F.Foti 13+3reb+4ast, M.Realini 9+1reb+3ast, P.Hidalgo 6+2reb+1ast, F.Petricca 1+2reb+1ast
Bottegone: G.Sirakov 19+3reb+5ast, R.Marconato 12+3reb+1ast, E.Fontana 12+4reb+3ast, S.Angelucci 12+5reb+3ast, L.Maspero 11+2reb+3ast, F.Toppo 10+2reb+3ast
gschID: 531353


Omegna - Siena Virtus 67-53

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Siena Virtus (6-10) were defeated on the road by first ranked Omegna (13-3) 67-53 on Saturday. Omegna outrebounded Siena Virtus 45-24 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Marco Arrigoni (199-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and point guard Alexander Simoncelli (186-86, agency: Octagon Europe) who added 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side guard Ferdinando Nasello (194-95) responded with 6 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and guard Gerlando Imbro (188-92) scored 10 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Omegna maintains first position in B with 13-3 record, which they share with Bergamo and Piacenza. Newly promoted Siena Virtus dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. Omegna will face Sangiorgese (#11) in San Giorgio in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Siena Virtus will play at home against Montecatiniterme and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siena Virtus: G.Imbro 10+2reb, L.Bruno 9+2reb, F.Nasello 6+5reb+5ast, F.Bonelli 6+4reb, S.Lenardon 5+1reb+3ast, G.Mirone 5+4reb
Omegna: M.Arrigoni 18+16reb+2ast, A.Simoncelli 17+2reb+2ast, A.Bianchi 8+7reb+1ast, G.Gasparin 8+3reb+7ast, A.Dagnello 8+6reb+1ast, F.Fratto 5+10reb+2ast
gschID: 531352


Firenze Enic - Valsesia 52-78

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Valsesia (10-6) outleveled on the road 16th ranked Firenze Enic (3-13) 78-52 on Saturday. They outrebounded Firenze Enic 35-20 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nicolo Gatti (190-91) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Jacopo Mercante (192-90) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Diego Terenzi (191-95) responded with 10 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Giovanni Rugolo (196-81, agency: Players Group) scored 8 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Valsesia moved-up to third place in B, which they share with Faenza and Lecco. Newly promoted Firenze Enic dropped to the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. Valsesia will face league's second-placed Moncalieri at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Firenze Enic will play against Cecina (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Firenze Enic: D.Terenzi 10+6reb, G.Rugolo 8+2reb+4ast, L.Passoni 8+2reb+2ast, N.Goretti 8, M.Magini 6+3ast, A.Cometti 4+3reb+1ast
Valsesia: N.Gatti 23+5reb+4ast, G.Lenti 14+9reb, J.Mercante 14+7reb+2ast, M.Molteni 9+1reb, V.Visentin 5+3reb, N.Savoldelli 5+2reb+7ast
gschID: 531351


Moncalieri - Varese Robur 70-65

Very expected game when 10th ranked Varese Robur (6-9) was defeated on the road by second ranked Moncalieri (11-4) 70-65 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Moncalieri made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Varese Robur turnovers. Varese Robur was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Francesco Conti (205-83) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Daniele Merletto (175-93) who added 9 points and 8 assists during the contest. Moncalieri's coach Lorenzo Pansa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side point guard Marco Santambrogio (188-88) responded with 27 points and the former international point guard Federico Bolzonella (184-84) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Moncalieri maintains second position in B with 11-4 record having just three points less than leader Omegna. Loser Varese Robur dropped to the twelfth place with nine games lost. Moncalieri will face Valsesia (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Varese Robur will play against USE Basket (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Varese Robur: M.Santambrogio 27+4reb+2ast, F.Bolzonella 16+10reb+3ast, L.Matteucci 9+4reb+3ast, A.Sabbadini 5+10reb, G.Pagani 4+1reb, S.Innocenti 2+1reb
Moncalieri: F.Conti 14+6reb+1ast, A.Fabrizio Smorto 11+1ast, D.Merletto 9+3reb+8ast, R.Coviello 8+7reb+1ast, L.Gioria 8+3reb+1ast, M.Tassone 6+1reb
gschID: 531356


USE Basket - Fiorentina 72-64

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Fiorentina (9-6) against seventh ranked USE Basket (9-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Fiorentina was defeated by USE Basket in a tough game in Empoli 64-72. USE Basket made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Guard Daniele Mariotti (186-84) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Guard Filippo Giannini (180-91) chipped in 23 points. USE Basket's coach Giovanni Bassi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Davide Rosignoli (203-88) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Andrea Mazzucchelli (189-94) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. USE Basket moved-up to fourth place in B. USE Basket will meet Varese Robur (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fiorentina will play against Bottegone (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fiorentina: G.Bloise 18+1ast, A.Mazzucchelli 15+7reb+1ast, D.Rosignoli 15+7reb+3ast, D.Poltroneri 6+7reb+3ast, M.Motta 5+3reb+1ast, M.De Leone 5+4reb
USE Basket: F.Giannini 23+4reb+1ast, D.Mariotti 17+15reb+1ast, G.Terrosi 15+3reb, A.Marusic 5+2reb+1ast, F.Mascagni 4+2reb+2ast, M.Bei 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 531355


Group B
Orzinuovi GaGa - Milano Urania 80-65

Very predictable result when first ranked Orzinuovi GaGa (14-2) defeated at home 12th ranked Milano Urania (5-11) 80-65 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who helped to win the game recording 21 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and center Giorgio Piunti (206-90, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who added 8 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Orzinuovi GaGa's coach Alessandro Crotti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side forward Tommaso Ingrosso (206-92, college: W.Texas CC) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and the former international power forward Andrea Paleari (202-81) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Milano Urania players scored in double figures. Orzinuovi GaGa have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position in B with 14-2 record. Loser Milano Urania keeps the twelfth place with 11 games lost. Orzinuovi GaGa will face Lecco (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Milano Urania will play against Crema (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Milano Urania: T.Ingrosso 14+13reb, A.Paleari 12+9reb, S.Ferrarese 12+1reb+1ast, L.Tortu 10, L.Bartoli 8+1ast, M.Lagana 5+2reb+3ast
Orzinuovi GaGa: A.Ruggiero 21+3reb+1ast, C.Cantone 11+2reb+2ast, M.Bona 10+3ast, G.Piunti 8+9reb+1ast, R.Perego 7+5reb+1ast, R.Valenti 6+7reb+4ast
gschID: 531474


Crema - Cento 66-67

The most exciting game of round 16 in the Serie B took place in Crema. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked Crema (9-7) to fourth ranked Cento (12-4) 67-66 on Sunday evening. Cento outrebounded Crema 46-32 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Mattia Caroldi (186-82) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 assists and forward Luca Pignatti (198-86) who added 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Davide Bozzetto (207-89, agency: Players Group) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and guard Alessandro Petronio (192-94) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Cento and five Crema players scored in double figures. Cento maintains fourth position in B with 12-4 record. Crema at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with Padova. Cento are looking forward to face league's second-placed Bergamo at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Crema will play against Milano Urania (#13) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Crema: A.Petronio 16+5reb+1ast, D.Liberati 13+2reb+3ast, D.Manuelli 12+2reb+4ast, D.Bozzetto 12+13reb+3ast, D.Bovo 10+8reb, L.Nicoletti 3+2reb+1ast
Cento: M.Caroldi 19+4reb+6ast, L.Pignatti 13+12reb+2ast, M.Benfatto 12+7reb+3ast, L.D'Alessandro 10+7reb, L.Bedetti 6+3reb+1ast, D.Andreaus 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 531478


Desio - Piacenza 58-70

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Desio (6-10) was defeated at home by third ranked Piacenza (13-3) 70-58 on Sunday. Strangely Desio outrebounded Piacenza 40-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. Desio was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-90, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Diego Banti (206-83, agency: Octagon Europe) who added 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Filippo Politi (205-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and forward Andrea Negri (193-88) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Piacenza have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in B, which they share with Bergamo. Desio lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Piacenza will face Vicenza (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Desio will play against Reggio Emilia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Desio: F.Politi 13+11reb, A.Negri 12+4reb+4ast, M.Torgano 10+6reb, S.Casati 7+3reb+1ast, L.Valentini 6+6reb+2ast, G.Poggi 5+2reb
Piacenza: D.Banti 19+6reb, G.Sanguinetti 16+5reb+5ast, T.Tempestini 10+5reb+6ast, M.Magrini 8+3reb+1ast, E.Leonzio 7+3reb+3ast, M.Rezzano 6+1reb
gschID: 531477


Faenza - Reggio Emilia 73-67

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Faenza (10-6) beat at home 9th ranked Reggio Emilia (6-10) 73-67 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 9 rebounds and forward Jacopo Silimbani (202-86, agency: Interperformances) who added 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side swingman Gioacchino Chiappelli (195-91) responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds and guard Enrico Germani (199-92) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Faenza moved-up to fifth place in B, which they share with Lecco. Newly promoted Reggio Emilia keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Faenza will face Sestu (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Reggio Emilia will play against Desio (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Reggio Emilia: G.Chiappelli 25+5reb+2ast, E.Germani 15+8reb+1ast, L.Malagutti 7+2reb+3ast, G.Astolfi 6+2reb+2ast, F.Veccia 6+1reb, L.Bertolini 5+2reb+2ast
Faenza: D.Casadei 13+9reb+3ast, J.Silimbani 12+5reb+3ast, L.Boero 10+1reb+2ast, M.Perin 9+1reb+2ast, R.Iattoni 9+6reb+3ast, L.Benedetti 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 531476


Bergamo - Iseo 99-57

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Iseo (3-13) was outplayed on the road by second ranked Bergamo (13-3) 99-57 on Sunday. Bergamo dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Iseo's 26. They outrebounded Iseo 42-23 including a 34-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Rei Pullazi (203-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and guard Alessandro Panni (189-91) who added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Bergamo players scored in double figures. Bergamo's coach Cesare Ciocca felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Gianluigi Prestini (200-89) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Andrea Leone (186-94) scored 8 points and 4 assists. Bergamo maintains second position in B with 13-3 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Omegna, which they share with Piacenza. Newly promoted Iseo keeps the fifteenth place with 13 games lost. Bergamo will face Cento (#4) on the road in the next round. Iseo will play against Padova (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Iseo: G.Prestini 15+5reb+1ast, A.Acquaviva 8+1reb, A.Leone 8+2reb+4ast, D.Crescini 7+1reb+1ast, M.Azzola 6+2reb, G.Veronesi 5+1reb+2ast
Bergamo: R.Pullazi 22+10reb+2ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 22+3reb, A.Panni 19+5reb+5ast, N.Cazzolato 15+3reb+2ast, M.Planezio 11+6reb+3ast, S.Berti 8+9reb+6ast
gschID: 531475


Padova - Sestu 89-60

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Padova (9-7) outleveled at home 15th ranked Sestu (3-13) 89-60 on Sunday. Padova made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Padova outrebounded Sestu 41-26 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Marco Lazzaro (198-92) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Enrico Crosato (194-85) who added 13 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Padova players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Mirko Pilo (184-88) responded with 21 points and naturalized Argentinian forward Guillermo Laguzzi (200-82) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Padova have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place in B, which they share with Crema. Newly promoted Sestu keeps the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. Padova will face Iseo (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sestu will play against Faenza and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sestu: M.Pilo 21+4reb+1ast, G.Laguzzi 10+6reb, M.Graviano 7+4reb+2ast, N.Elia 6+1reb+1ast, R.Trionfo 5+4reb+5ast, M.Passaretti 4+3reb
Padova: M.Lazzaro 20+9reb+1ast, E.Crosato 13+11reb+3ast, J.Carlos Canelo 13+3reb+5ast, F.Schiavon 11, M.Ferrara 11+2reb+3ast, G.Salvato 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 531473


Vicenza - San Vendemiano 76-69

Rather expected game when 14th ranked San Vendemiano (4-12) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Vicenza (6-10) 76-69 on Saturday. Vicenza shot 27 for 39 from the free-throw line, while San Vendemiano only scored nine points from the stripe. San Vendemiano was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Daniele Demartini (187-84, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Andrea Campiello (200-87) who added 9 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side power forward Andrea Carlesso (202-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Francesco Pin Dal Pos (193-85) scored 17 points. Five San Vendemiano players scored in double figures. San Vendemiano's coach Fabio Volpato rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vicenza moved-up to ninth place in B, which they share with Desio and Reggio Emilia. Newly promoted San Vendemiano keeps the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Vicenza will face higher ranked Piacenza (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. San Vendemiano will play against Volpino AltoSeb. (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Vendemiano: F.Pin Dal Pos 17+3reb+3ast, A.Carlesso 15+12reb+1ast, M.Antelli 15+3reb+1ast, L.Varaschin 10+4reb, C.Barbon 10+2reb+1ast, A.Muner 2+2reb+1ast
Vicenza: D.Demartini 16+6reb+9ast, N.Boaro 15+2reb+3ast, F.Vai 12+3reb, F.Rizzetto 9+7reb, A.Campiello 9+10reb+1ast, U.Campiello 8+3reb
gschID: 531472


Volpino AltoSeb. - Lecco 79-82

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Lecco (10-6) edged on the road 12th ranked Volpino AltoSeb. (5-11) 82-79 on Saturday. Volpino AltoSeb. was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Michele Peroni (188-94, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and power forward Gaetano Spera (210-93, college: St.Peter's, agency: Players Group) who added 10 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side point guard Simone Centanni (185-91, agency: Interperformances) responded with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) and the former international swingman Andrea Pilotti (195-80, agency: Players Group) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Five Volpino AltoSeb. players scored in double figures. Lecco maintains fifth position in B with 10-6 record, which they share with Faenza. Loser Volpino AltoSeb. keeps the twelfth place with 11 games lost. Lecco will face league's leader Orzinuovi GaGa at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Volpino AltoSeb. will play against San Vendemiano (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Volpino AltoSeb.: S.Centanni 27+5reb+8ast, A.Pilotti 11+7reb+2ast, F.Belloni 10+2reb+2ast, A.Esposito 10+7reb, A.Bergamin 10+3reb, M.Coltro 4+1reb
Lecco: M.Peroni 19+4reb+1ast, D.Quartieri 12+1reb+3ast, G.Siberna 10+1reb, G.Spera 10+10reb+3ast, J.Balanzoni 9+7reb, D.Todeschini 9+5reb+4ast
gschID: 531471


Group C
Napoli Cuore - Maddaloni 80-61

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Maddaloni (1-15) was rolled over on the road by second ranked Napoli Cuore (15-2) 80-61 on Sunday. Napoli Cuore outrebounded Maddaloni 35-22 including 24 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Maddaloni's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian-Serbian forward Njegos Visnjic (199-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Serbian swingman Stefan Nikolic (198-97) who added 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side point guard Fabio Sansone (172-96) responded with 19 points and point guard Giangiacomo De Vincenzo (180-94) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Napoli Cuore maintains second position in B with 15-2 record having just three point less than leader Omegna. Loser Maddaloni keeps the sixteenth place with 15 games lost. Napoli Cuore will face Roma S.Azzurra (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Maddaloni will play against Roma Luiss and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maddaloni: F.Sansone 19+3reb+1ast, G.De Vincenzo 15+2reb+2ast, A.Guagliardi 15+4reb, G.Luongo 7+5reb, G.Esposito 3+3reb+2ast, E.Carrichiello 2+2reb+1ast
Napoli Cuore: N.Visnjic 23+10reb+2ast, S.Nikolic 14+4reb+4ast, A.Barsanti 11+2reb+6ast, M.Mastroianni 10+5reb, A.Ronconi 9+6reb+2ast, A.Murolo 8+5reb+6ast
gschID: 531595


Patti - Roma S.Azzurra 71-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with twelfth ranked Patti's (6-10) home victory over 13th ranked Roma S.Azzurra (4-11) 71-65 on Sunday. Roma S.Azzurra was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Tindaro Gullo (175-86) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and forward Luca Bolletta (198-91) who added 12 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Patti players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian Lazar Nikolic (203-99, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Dorde Pazin (196-1) scored 20 points. Patti moved-up to ninth place in B, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Roma S.Azzurra keeps the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Patti will face Catanzaro (#9) on the road in the next round. Roma S.Azzurra's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Roma Roma Luiss.
Top scorers:
Roma S.Azzurra: L.Nikolic 24+9reb+5ast, D.Pazin 20+3reb, E.Trapani 9+5reb+2ast, V.Provenzani 4+3reb+1ast, K.Cassar 3+9reb+2ast, B.Seye 3+1reb+2ast
Patti: T.Gullo 20+4reb+3ast, L.Bolletta 12+11reb+3ast, G.Costantino 11+10reb+3ast, G.Busco 11+6reb+3ast, A.Sidoti 7+1reb+2ast, P.Cicive 6+6reb
gschID: 531596


Palestrina - Teramo 90-74

There was no surprise in Roma where 9th ranked Teramo (6-9) was defeated by third ranked Palestrina (14-3) 90-74 on Sunday. Palestrina looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Mathias Drigo (202-89, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 9 rebounds and forward Davide Serino (199-81) who added 15 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Palestrina players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Andrea LaGioia (193-86) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Francesco Papa (196-95) scored 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Palestrina maintains third position in B with 14-3 record having just one victory less than leader Omegna. Newly promoted Teramo dropped to the eleventh place with nine games lost. Palestrina will face Viterbo SA (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Teramo will play against Scauri (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Teramo: A.LaGioia 18+5reb, G.Tessitore 16+1reb+5ast, F.Papa 10+9reb+4ast, D.Tomasello 8+5reb+2ast, E.Gaeta 8+4reb+2ast, S.Salamina 7+1reb+5ast
Palestrina: M.Drigo 24+9reb+2ast, D.Serino 15+10reb+1ast, S.Rischia 15+1reb+5ast, R.Pederzini 11+4reb+6ast, F.Gagliardo 7+2ast, G.Rossi 7+3reb+9ast
gschID: 531598


Scauri - Viterbo SA 81-76

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Scauri (8-8) won against at home 15th ranked Viterbo SA (3-13) 81-76 on Sunday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Scauri made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Viterbo SA was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Argentinian swingman Santiago Boffelli (197-83) who helped to win the game recording 25 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and naturalized Argentinian point guard Dante Richotti (180-85) who added 13 points during the contest. Four Scauri players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Riccardo Rovere (196-94) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Francesco Ingrilli (-96) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Scauri moved-up to seventh place in B. Loser Viterbo SA keeps the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. Scauri will face Teramo (#11) on the road in the next round. Viterbo SA will play against Palestrina (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Viterbo SA: R.Rovere 28+11reb+1ast, L.Fowler 11+1reb+1ast, F.Marcante 9+4reb+1ast, F.Ingrilli 8+7reb+1ast, S.Listwon 8+1reb, G.Cianci 5+4reb+1ast
Scauri: S.Boffelli 25+4reb+3ast, D.Richotti 13+2reb+3ast, L.Antonietti 12+6reb, D.Mastrangelo 11+3reb, N.Markus 8+6reb, V.Osmatescu 7+5reb
gschID: 531597


Cefalu - Barcellona 71-73

Very expected game when 9th ranked Cefalu (6-9) was edged at home by fifth ranked Basket Barcellona (11-5) 73-71 on Sunday. Cefalu was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Daniele Grilli (191-87) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Dominican guard Yancarlos Jefferson Rodriguez (195-94) who added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Basket Barcellona players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Marco Mollura (196-93) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Riccardo Malagoli (209-88) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Basket Barcellona moved-up to fourth place in B. Newly promoted Cefalu dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. Basket Barcellona will face Roma Vis Nova (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cefalu will play against Forli Tigers (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cefalu: M.Mollura 20+9reb+3ast, R.Malagoli 18+5reb, E.Paparella 13+2reb+3ast, G.Terrasi 9+3reb, G.Sodero 5+3reb+4ast, J.Losi 4+4reb+4ast
Barcellona: L.Brunetti 17+7reb+2ast, Y.Jefferson Rodriguez 16+7reb+5ast, D.Grilli 16+7reb+5ast, D.Paunovic 11+2reb+1ast, M.De Angelis 8+5reb+1ast, G.Sereni 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 531594


Roma Vis Nova - Valmontone 45-59

Very predictable result when first ranked Valmontone (15-1) defeated on the road 14th ranked Roma Vis Nova (4-11) 59-45 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and guard Antonio De Fabritiis (189-90) who added 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side power forward Giacomo Barraco (205-87) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Tommaso Rossetti (185-88) scored 8 points. Valmontone maintains first position in B with 15-1 record. Newly promoted Roma Vis Nova keeps the fourteenth place with 11 games lost. Valmontone will face Cassino (#5) at home in the next round. Roma Vis Nova will play against Basket Barcellona (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Roma Vis Nova: G.Barraco 13+9reb, T.Rossetti 8+4reb+3ast, V.Staffieri 7+4reb, F.Argenti 5+3reb, F.Gori 4+3reb, G.Casale 3+5reb+1ast
Valmontone: A.De Fabritiis 14+6reb+1ast, M.Reali 13+3reb+2ast, L.Bisconti 13+14reb+2ast, A.Martino 8+4reb+3ast, J.Manuel Caceres 7, A.Di Ianni 3+1reb
gschID: 531593


Cassino - Forli Tigers 84-83

Important game to mention about took place in Cassino. Fifth ranked Cassino (11-5) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Forli Tigers (8-9) 84-83 on Saturday evening. Cassino made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The winners were led by the former international power forward Simone Bagnoli (205-81) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 17 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian forward Duilio Birindelli (200-84) supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Cassino players scored in double figures. Even 24 points and 4 assists by the former international guard Rodolfo Rombaldoni (193-77) did not help to save the game for Forli Tigers. Swingman Christian Villani (200-82, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points and 6 assists for lost side. Cassino maintains fifth position in B with 11-5 record. Newly promoted Forli Tigers dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Cassino will play against league's leader Valmontone on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Forli Tigers will play against Cefalu (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Forli Tigers: R.Rombaldoni 24+2reb+4ast, C.Villani 13+4reb+6ast, F.Forti 11+4reb+4ast, E.Giovara 9+6reb+1ast, G.Cicognani 8+4reb, L.Fontecchio 6+3reb
Cassino: S.Bagnoli 27+17reb+3ast, D.Birindelli 17+5reb+1ast, G.Valesin 12+2reb+1ast, A.Giampaoli 12+3reb+7ast, S.Poti 8+3reb+1ast, M.Del Testa 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 531592


Roma Luiss - Catanzaro 91-92

There was an upset when higher ranked Roma Luiss (8-7) were edged at home by eleventh ranked Catanzaro (6-9) 92-91 on Saturday. Catanzaro forced 19 Roma Luiss turnovers. Roma Luiss were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Gianluca Carpanzano (188-95, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Devil Medizza (198-90) who added 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Leonardo Marcon (189-95) responded with 26 points and 4 steals and point guard Francesco Faragalli Serroni (176-95) scored 15 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Roma Luiss' coach Andrea Paccarie rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Catanzaro moved-up to ninth place in B. Loser Roma Luiss keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Catanzaro will face Patti (#12) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Roma Luiss: L.Marcon 26+4reb+1ast, F.Faragalli Serroni 15+2reb+6ast, P.De Dominicis 14+4reb+2ast, A.Scuderi 13+2reb+4ast, E.Beretta 9+8reb+2ast, F.Ramenghi 8+7reb+1ast
Catanzaro: G.Carpanzano 21+5reb+5ast, D.Medizza 19+6reb+2ast, G.Artioli 13+4reb, D.Guadagnola 11+1reb, L.Monacelli 9+1reb+1ast, N.Morici 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 531591


Group D
Matera - Monteroni 117-76

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Matera (9-5) outscored at home 15th ranked Monteroni (3-13) 117-76 on Sunday. Matera shot 62.3 percent from the field and made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Matera outrebounded Monteroni 40-22 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Stefano Laudoni (195-89) who helped to win the game recording 26 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and point guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) who added 23 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots) during the contest. At the losing side power forward Simone Zanotti (208-92) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Matteo Martina (183-99) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Five Matera and four Monteroni players scored in double figures. Matera maintains seventh position in B with 9-5 record. Loser Monteroni keeps the fifteenth place with 13 games lost. Matera will face higher ranked Porto S.Elpidio (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Monteroni will play against Pescara (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Monteroni: M.Martina 18+2reb+4ast, S.Zanotti 15+8reb+2ast, A.Paiano 12+4reb, A.Balic 10+4reb+9ast, F.Leucci 7+2reb+1ast, L.Calasso 7+1reb+1ast
Matera: S.Laudoni 26+3reb+2ast, G.Zampolli 23+3reb+3ast, F.Lestini 16+3reb+2ast, A.Ba 15+12reb+1ast, A.Grande 11+4reb+6ast, M.Stano 11+3reb+3ast
gschID: 531711


Rimini - Valdiceppo 69-61

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Valdiceppo (3-12) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Rimini (9-6) 69-61 on Sunday. Rimini outrebounded Valdiceppo 43-26 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Davide Meluzzi (180-98) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Leonardo Battistini (194-95) who added 13 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. Four Rimini players scored in double figures. At the losing side Riccardo Burini responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Umberto Meschini (190-94) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Valdiceppo's coach Paolo Pierotti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rimini maintains eighth position in B with 9-6 record. Newly promoted Valdiceppo keeps the fourteenth place with 12 games lost. Rimini will face Senigallia (#9) on the road in the next round. Valdiceppo will play against the league's leader Montegrano (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Valdiceppo: R.Burini 17+5reb, M.Orlandi 14+3reb, U.Meschini 11+5reb+1ast, F.Meccoli Matejca 6+1reb, A.Panzieri 6+5reb, E.Casuscelli 6+2reb
Rimini: D.Meluzzi 17+10reb+6ast, L.Battistini 13+15reb+1ast, F.Foiera 10+1reb, J.Aglio 10+6reb+1ast, P.Busetto 8+6reb+2ast, L.Pesaresi 5+3ast
gschID: 531718


Venafro - Senigallia 78-69

Venafro has finally registered their first victory this season after 13 consecutive losses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Senigallia (6-8) 78-69 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of San Marino swingman Gioele Moretti (190-93) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Marco Rossi (183-81, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Andrea Maggiotto (194-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Marco Gnaccarini (185-81) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Venafro maintains sixteenth position in B with 1-13 record. Loser Senigallia keeps the ninth place with eight games lost. Venafro will face higher ranked Campli (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Senigallia: A.Maggiotto 21+11reb+3ast, M.Gnaccarini 16+8reb+2ast, N.Bastone 12+4reb+1ast, F.Giampieri 7+3reb+1ast, M.Caverni 6+3reb+5ast, M.Pierantoni 3+6reb+1ast
Venafro: G.Moretti 20+6reb+1ast, M.Rossi 18+7reb, M.Tamburrini 18+4reb+1ast, F.Smorra 8+3reb+4ast, O.Kuschev 8+13reb+3ast, R.Minchella 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 531714


Pescara - Giulianova 96-65

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Pescara (12-4) outleveled at home 10th ranked Giulianova (6-10) 96-65 on Sunday. Pescara looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Simone Pepe (184-93, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Pasquale Battaglia (188-93) who added 18 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Pescara players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Danilo Gallerini (185-80) responded with 18 points and 4 assists and center Riccardo Rosa (-96) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Pescara maintains third position in B with 12-4 record behind leader Omegna, which they share with Cento. Loser Giulianova dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. Pescara will face Monteroni (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Giulianova will play against Taranto (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Giulianova: D.Gallerini 18+3reb+4ast, A.Ricci 13+3reb+1ast, R.Rosa 12+6reb+1ast, L.De Paoli 8+3reb, S.Cianella 5+2ast, S.De Angelis 5+2reb
Pescara: S.Pepe 24+9reb+9ast, P.Battaglia 18+4ast, P.Pelliccione 14+5reb+1ast, E.Di Donato 12+7reb+2ast, A.Grosso 11+2reb+4ast, M.Bini 10+1reb
gschID: 531717


Isernia - Campli 67-70

Very expected game when 11th ranked Isernia (5-10) was edged at home by fifth ranked Campli (11-4) 70-67 on Sunday. Strangely Isernia outrebounded Campli 35-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. Isernia was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Antonio Serroni (192-87) who helped to win the game recording 21 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and power forward Riziero Ponziani (204-94) who added 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Campli players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Marco Salari (184-96) responded with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and naturalized Albanian power forward Klaudio Patani (197-96) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Isernia's coach Nino Sanfilippo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Campli moved-up to fourth place in B. Loser Isernia dropped to the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Campli will face Venafro (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Isernia will play against the league's second-placed Bisceglie and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Isernia: A.Sipala 15+1reb+1ast, M.Norcino 10+3ast, M.Salari 10+6reb+9ast, K.Patani 9+9reb+3ast, L.Gazineo 6+6reb, G.Maria Triggiani 4+1reb+4ast
Campli: A.Serroni 21+2reb+2ast, R.Ponziani 19+5reb, B.Duranti 12+1reb, S.Gatti 11+4reb+5ast, R.Bottioni 3+5reb+3ast, M.Norbedo 2+1reb
gschID: 531716


Taranto - San Severo 42-56

Very predictable result when fifth ranked San Severo (11-5) defeated on the road 11th ranked Taranto (5-10) 56-42 on Sunday. San Severo forced 21 Taranto turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Argentinian point guard Matias Di Marco (180-84) who helped to win the game recording 5 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Iris Ikangi (200-94, agency: Octagon Europe) who added 7 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. San Severo's coach Piero Coen allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side forward Alessandro Azzaro (197-93) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Alessandro Procacci (184-94) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. San Severo maintains fifth position in B with 11-5 record. Loser Taranto dropped to the twelfth place with ten games lost. San Severo will face Ortona (#11) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Taranto will play against Giulianova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Taranto: A.Azzaro 16+14reb+2ast, A.Procacci 13+5reb+2ast, M.Fioravanti 5+3reb+1ast, R.Chiacig 4+5reb+1ast, L.Veccari 2+1reb+1ast, E.Enihe 2+2reb
San Severo: M.Torresi Lelli 14+2reb, L.Ciribeni 8+1reb+2ast, A.Quarisa 7+9reb, I.Ikangi 7+9reb+2ast, I.Morgillo 6+4reb+1ast, E.Damian Cena 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 531715


Montegrano - Bisceglie 84-74

The game between Top Four teams took place in Montenegrano. First ranked host Montegrano (13-1) defeated their biggest opponent Bisceglie (12-4) 84-74. Montegrano made 23-of-24 charity shots (95.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Bisceglie turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Bisceglie helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for forward Giorgio Broglia (198-86, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Point guard Manuel Diomede (188-90, agency: Two Points) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) for the winners. Riccardo Antonelli replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Marco Cucco (188-94, agency: Players Group) added 15 points in the effort for Bisceglie. Four Montegrano and five Bisceglie players scored in double figures. Montegrano maintains first position in B with 13-1 record. Bisceglie at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Montegrano's next round opponent will be Valdiceppo (#14) in Perugia which should be an easy win for them. Bisceglie will play at home against Isernia (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bisceglie: M.Cucco 15+3reb+2ast, S.Bruno 12+2ast, R.Antonelli 12+11reb+5ast, A.Poti 11+7reb+1ast, G.Leggio 11+2reb, E.Di Emidio 8+2reb+1ast
Montegrano: G.Broglia 20+7reb+7ast, M.Diomede 20+3reb+5ast, F.Bedetti 11+6reb+2ast, M.Dip 11+11reb, O.Gueye 8+2reb+3ast, V.Di Viccaro 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 531712


Ortona - Porto S.Elpidio 70-82

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Ortona (5-10) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Porto S.Elpidio (10-6) 82-70 on Sunday. Ortona was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Alberto Cacace (197-96) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Fabio Lovatti (192-89) who added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side point guard Fabrizio Gialloreto (185-87) responded with 14 points and 7 assists and power forward Gianluca Di Carmine (200-86) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Porto S.Elpidio and four Ortona players scored in double figures. Porto S.Elpidio moved-up to fifth place in B, which they share with Faenza and Lecco. Loser Ortona keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Porto S.Elpidio will face Matera (#7) at home in the next round. Ortona will play against San Severo (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ortona: G.Di Carmine 14+6reb+1ast, F.Gialloreto 14+4reb+7ast, L.Castelluccia 12+6reb, R.Martone 11+4reb+2ast, A.Svoboda 7+3reb, A.Martelli 6+1reb+2ast
Porto S.Elpidio: A.Cacace 26+8reb+2ast, F.Lovatti 16+5reb+5ast, M.Romani 12+7reb, S.Fiorito 11+4reb, S.Cernivani 11+1reb, F.Piccone 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 531713





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  JAPAN  

Standings - JBL

B Standings
Central
 1. Toshiba BT 25-4 
 2. Sanen 16-13 
 3. Niigata Albirex 15-14 
 4. Hitachi SR 14-13 
 5. Yokohama BC 11-18 
 6. Toyama Grouses 5-24 
East
 1. Toyota Alvark 23-5 
 2. Tochigi Brex 21-6 
 3. Chiba Jets 19-10 
 4. Sendai 89ers 8-22 
 5. Hokkaido L. 7-22 
 6. Akita NH 7-22 
West
 1. SeaHorses 21-6 
 2. Nagoya DD 18-11 
 3. Osaka Evessa 16-13 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 13-16 
 5. Ryukyu GK 13-16 
 6. Shiga L-Stars 6-23 

Regular Season: Round 31

Jan. 17: Sendai 89ers - Toyota Alvark 80-91
Jan. 18: Akita NH - Hokkaido L.
Jan. 18: Tochigi Brex - Chiba Jets
Jan. 18: Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR
Jan. 18: Niigata Albirex - Yokohama BC
Jan. 18: Sanen - Toyama Grouses
Jan. 18: Shiga L-Stars - Nagoya DD
Jan. 18: Ryukyu GK - Kyoto Hannar.
Jan. 19: SeaHorses - Osaka Evessa


Peppers' double-double lands him B League D3 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old forward Josh Peppers (201-F-85) had a great game in the last round for league's best team Fukuoka Rizing and receives a Asia-basket.com B League D3 Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 31 points and 15 rebounds, while his team outclassed Tokyo Big Blue (#9, 1-15) with 49-point margin 95-46. It allowed Fukuoka Rizing to consolidate first place in the Japanese B League D3. Fukuoka Rizing have a solid 14-2 record. In the team's last game Peppers had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Fukuoka Rizing, through which he has constantly improved. University of Central Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Peppers is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.6ppg) and averages solid 56.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kyle Richardson (201-F-91) of Otsuka A.. He is American forward in his first season at Otsuka A.. In the last game Richardson recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Otsuka A. cruised to a 81-73 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Aisin AW (#6, 7-9). Otsuka A.'s 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 11-5 record is not bad at all. Richardson is a newcomer at Otsuka A. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.7ppg (#1). He also registered 11.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Brian Harper (208-F-85) of Tokyo HT (#3). Harper scored 28 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Tokyo HT, leading his team to a 91-87 win against the lower-ranked Saitama Bron. (#7, 5-11). Tokyo HT needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 7 lost games. Harper has a great season in Japan. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.1rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gyno Pomare (203-F-86) of Kanazawa Sam. - 21 points and 20 rebounds
5. Kyle Richardson (201-F-91) of Otsuka A. - 26 points and 12 rebounds
6. Fumihiko Aono (210-C-78) of Fukuoka Rizing - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Andrew Fitzgerald (202-C/F-90) of Kanazawa Sam. - 20 points and 8 rebounds
8. Matthew Kendrick (215-C-90) of Toyoda Gosei - 20 points and 13 rebounds
9. Andrew Fitzgerald (202-C/F-90) of Kanazawa Sam. - 25 points and 7 rebounds
10. Edward Morris (205-C/F-84) of Tokyo HT - 21 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)



Evan Ravenel (ex Liege) is a newcomer at Akita Happinets - by Greg

Akita Northern Happinets (B League) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American power forward Evan Ravenel (203-113kg-89, college: Ohio State). He just played at betFIRST Liege Basket in Belgian Euromillions League. In four games he recorded 11.3ppg and 3.8rpg this season. Ravenel also spent pre-season at Maccabi Haifa (Winner League) in Israel earlier that year.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Ravenel's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in five different countries. Ravenel has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Rilski), Poland (Polpharma), Japan (Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa), UBA (GIE Maile Matrix) and WBA (Gastonia G.).
He attended Ohio State until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cape Fear CC extends winning streak - by Eurobasket News

A strong second half on both ends of the floor helped Cape Fear men's basketball extend its winning streak, defeating Johnson Community College 103 to 75. Alonzo Tyson (6'9''-F) led the Sea Devils with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks, while Alston Davis finished with 19 points, and 16 rebounds. The Jaguars jumped out to an early lead, attacking the hoop aggressively. On the other end, the Sea Devils struggled shooting to start the game, going just 3-12 from the field in the first six minutes. However, two early 3-pointers and a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line from Cape Fear kept the score close. Cape Fear began pressing full court to create turnovers. Their teams defense improved midway through the half, but they continued to struggle offensively, and committed sloppy turnovers. A mini-run developed with under 10 minutes remaining to give Cape Fear an eight point lead, but a few bad possessions let Johnson CC back in. Despite poor shooting, Cape Fear maintained the lead by controlling the boards. They outrebounded Johnson CC 18 to 10 in the first half, and held the Jaguars to just two offensive rebounds, while totaling eight on their end. The Sea Devils opened up a 32-23 lead with under four minutes remaining, but the Jaguars responded as the half ended, cutting the score to just one point with 30 seconds remaining. However, a 3-pointer by Jerick Haynes as time expired gave CFCC a 37-33 lead at halftime. While Cape Fear dominated the boards and created a number of second chance scoring opportunities, they committed 16 turnovers in the first half, resulting in 9 points for the Jaguars. Even though Cape Fear improved in the second half, head coach Ryan Mantlo didn't like the way his team started and played in the first half. "I thought we were very lackluster to start the game, we just didn't come out with the energy we needed. I thought defensively we were okay, but just really sloppy with the ball with 16 turnovers in the first half." However, things picked up in the second half, as the Sea Devils opened with an 8-0 run to take a 45-33 lead. Tyson was active down low, scoring six quick points. He got easy scoring chances as Cape Fear's guards attacked the hoop, which forced defenders to help, and opened up Tyson in the paint. Johnson CC managed a small run, but it was short lived, as the Sea Devils picked it up defensively, and knocked down open shots. A 3-pointer by Trae Bryant (6'1''-PG) with about 14 minutes remaining gave the home team an 18 point lead. Cape Fear's focus in the second half was to feed the post. Whether feeding Tyson or DeVarte Watson, the emphasis on the post led to the early second half run. As a result, other areas of their offense opened up. This emphasis is something head coach Ryan Mantlo wants to see more of the rest of the season. "As we continue on this journey we've got to learn how to play through our posts. We've got two very good posts, and the more we can get the ball inside out the better." As Cape Fear's offense improved, their defense picked up as well. The Jaguars scored just 10 points in the first 11 minutes of the second half, as the Sea Devils made it difficult for them to run their halfcourt offense. While he felt they could have done better, Mantlo saw improvement on the defensive end. "We're getting there. We allowed 75 points, which is still too much, but I can see progress, and that's the most important thing." Cape Fear controlled the rest of the game, building on their lead. They took better care of the ball, committing only five turnovers in the second half. After a poor shooting first half, they managed to shoot 45.6 percent from the field, and 40.9 percent from the 3-point line. They out rebounded Johnson CC 52 to 26, and outscored them 52 to 46 in the paint. Five players scored in double figures. The Sea Devils improve to 15-2 on the season with the win. Their next game is scheduled for Friday, January 20th, where they will take on Brunswick Community College at home as part "CFCC Corporate Night." Game time is set for 6:00 p.m.
Courtesy of: goseadevils.com



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Bashkimi tabs Arian Tahiri - by Eurobasket News

KB Bashkimi Prizren (SuperLeague) inked 24-year old point guard Arian Tahiri (190-93). He started the season at Trepca (SuperLeague). Tahiri has played there for the last four years. In 8 SuperLeague games he averaged just 2.1ppg this season. Tahiri also played 3 games in Balkan League, but he did not score anything and 1 assist. The last season he played also at Trepca where in 18 SuperLeague games he had 5.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.7apg. Tahiri helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He has played previously for Kosova.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tyler Deihl (ex Nador) signs at Rahoveci - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted KB Rahoveci (SuperLeague) landed 26-year old American guard Tyler Deihl (185-82kg-91, college: Francis Marion). He started the season at Nador in Moroccan D2 league. The last season Deihl played at Gwizzlies in U.S. semi-pro league ABA.
He graduated from Francis Marion University in 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
Places 1-12
 1. Kekava 11-0 
 2. Turiba 11-0 
 3. ViA 9-2 
 4. Jelgava 8-4 
 5. Marupe 8-5 
 6. RSU 7-5 
 7. Ogre/Kumho Tyre 5-5 
 8. Limbazi 4-7 
 9. RTU 3-9 
 10. Gulbenes Buki 1-9 
 11. Saldus 1-12 
 12. Livani 0-10 
Places 13-21
 1. VeA 9-0 
 2. DSN/SB 5-3 
 3. VEF skola 4-2 
 4. Valmiera/ORDO-2 4-3 
 5. LU/BS Riga 3-3 
 6. Madona 3-4 
 7. Jekabpils II 2-6 
 8. Riga/Ridzene 0-4 
 9. BJBS Riga 0-5 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 7

Jan. 17: VEF skola - Valmiera/ORDO-2 95-68
Jan. 17: VeA - Jekabpils II 82-80
Jan. 17: Saldus - RSU 61-83
Jan. 18: Turiba - Kekava
Jan. 18: Ogre/Kumho Tyre - Jelgava
Jan. 18: Marupe - ViA
Jan. 19: DSN/SB - Riga/Ridzene
Jan. 20: RTU - Limbazi
Jan. 21: LU/BS Riga - VEF skola
Jan. 21: Valmiera/ORDO-2 - Madona
Jan. 21: Gulbenes Buki - Ogre/Kumho Tyre


LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nauris MIEZIS
  Kekava
  (189-F-91)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Miezis, Kekava23.8 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava23.6 
 3. Ginters, RSU22.8 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmier.21.7 
 5. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.18.8 
 6. Skute, Madona18.7 
 7. Jansons, VEF skola18.7 
 8. Saknitis, Kekava18.5 
 9. Zotovs, VEF skola16.4 
 10. Senkans, Marupe16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Klavs DUBULTS
  ViA
  (198-F-96)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Dubults, ViA11.8 
 2. Cavars, Kekava11.7 
 3. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.6 
 4. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki9.6 
 5. Gertners, DSN/.9.5 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava9.4 
 7. Skute, Madona9.2 
 8. Lasmanis, Ogre/Kum.8.9 
 9. Viksna, Livani8.8 
 10. Strelis, Livani8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Gatis JUSTOVICS
  Jelgava
  (184-G-87)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Justovics, Jelgava8.6 
 2. Buikis, Saldus8.1 
 3. Kohanovs, ViA6.6 
 4. Bikovs, RTU6.2 
 5. Endzels, Turiba6.1 
 6. Osins, Limbazi6.0 
 7. Paze, Marupe5.6 
 8. Zotovs, VEF skola5.6 
 9. Pabrieza, Livani5.4 
 10. Vecens, Marupe5.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nauris MIEZIS
  Kekava
  (189-F-91)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Miezis, Kekava3.8 
 2. Mikulskiy, VeA3.0 
 3. Bikovs, RTU2.9 
 4. Dambis, BJBS R.2.6 
 5. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 6. Osins, Limbazi2.6 
 7. Skripka, Madona2.5 
 8. Zotovs, VEF skola2.5 
 9. Brants, Madona2.3 
 10. Berzins, Valmier.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Engers, ViA1.5 
 3. Dembskis, LU/BS R.1.4 
 4. Kravcenko, Limbazi1.3 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.2 
 6. Jurjans, RSU1.1 
 7. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.1 
 8. Viksna, Livani1.1 
 9. Skute, Madona1.1 
 10. Saknitis, Kekava1.0 


Latvian LBL2 round 6 (Second Stage) best performance: Roberts Mednis - by Eurobasket News

Center Roberts Mednis (205-C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Gulbenes Buki (they play in Places 1-1), receiving a Eurobasket.com LBL2 Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, eight rebounds and four assists) to as his team Gulbenes Buki maintains the 10th position in Latvian LBL2. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 9 games and recorded just one victory. Mednis turned to be Gulbenes Buki's top player in his first season with the team. Roberts Mednis has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.6rpg) and averages impressive 51.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Armands Senkans (200-F-90) of Marupe. Senkans had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for Marupe to edge the lower-ranked Gulbenes Buki (#10, 1-9) 71-70. Marupe's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Senkans is one of the most experienced players at Marupe and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.3ppg (#9). He also registered 8.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Ronalds Elksnis (203-C-92) of Jelgava (#4). Elksnis showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Jelgava, leading his team to a 113-72 easy win against the lower-ranked RTU (#9, 3-9). Jelgava needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 4 lost games. Elksnis has a very solid season. In 15 games in Latvia he scored 12.3ppg. He also has 6.9rpg and FGP: 66.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Armands Osins (190-PG-91) of Limbazi - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Matiss Caupjonoks (195-F-95) of Gulbenes Buki - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) of Jelgava - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Rihards Ginters (192-SF-93) of RSU - 17 points and 13 rebounds
8. Nauris Metnieks (196-F-86) of Marupe - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Toms Bititis (181-PG-92) of Jelgava - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Martins Berzins (190-G-92) of RTU - 17 points, 7 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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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 34.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse34.7 
 2. Johnson, Louaize25.4 
 3. Morris, Tadamon25.2 
 4. Jackson, Homen.25.0 
 5. Rembert, Champville24.7 
 6. Spencer, Moutahed24.3 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos23.0 
 8. Daniels, Moutahed22.5 
 9. Khatib, Homenetmen22.2 
 10. Ebi, Byblos21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BOHANNON
  Mayrouba
  (210-F-91)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Bohannon, Mayrouba14.6 
 2. Garrett, Hoops13.4 
 3. Townes, Champville12.8 
 4. Ebi, Byblos12.2 
 5. Holton, Tadamon11.9 
 6. O''Brien, Sagesse11.8 
 7. Majok, Homenetmen11.0 
 8. Varda, Sagesse10.5 
 9. Upshaw, Mayrouba10.4 
 10. Johnson, Louaize9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.0 
 2. Khalil, Tadamon8.0 
 3. Mezher, Hoops7.0 
 4. Spencer, Moutahed5.1 
 5. Johnson, Louaize5.1 
 6. Cage, Mayrouba4.8 
 7. Arakji, Al Riyadi4.6 
 8. Rembert, Champville4.3 
 9. Akl, Byblos4.1 
 10. Tucker, Byblos4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Galloway, Homen.2.4 
 2. Mezher, Hoops2.1 
 3. Kemp, Tadamon2.1 
 4. Jackson, Homen.2.1 
 5. Johnson, Louaize2.0 
 6. Majok, Homenetmen1.7 
 7. Cvetkovic, Al Riyadi1.7 
 8. Curry, Moutahed1.7 
 9. McKie, Louaize1.6 
 10. Lewis, Louaize1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.9 
 2. Townes, Champville2.9 
 3. Garrett, Hoops2.4 
 4. Ebi, Byblos2.3 
 5. Majok, Homenetmen2.1 
 6. Bohannon, Mayrouba2.1 
 7. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.9 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.6 
 9. Fakhreddine, Tadam.1.6 
 10. Byrd, Hoops1.4 


Efevberha comes back to Sagesse - by Eurobasket News

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Pepsi LBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old Nigerian ex-international guard Michael Efevberha (193-89kg-84, college: CS Northridge). It is actually his comeback to Beirut as he has played here before. Efevberha started the season at LG Sakers in South Korean KBL league. In 14 games he recorded 14.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.1apg this season. The last summer Efevberha played at Hualan in Chinese NBL where in 20 games he averaged impressive 32.8ppg, 9.2rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Honorable Mention.
In 2006 Efevberha was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in first round (112th overall).
The former Cal State - Northridge staris in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Efevberha won Czech Republic League championship title in 2013.
He also represented Nigeria at the African Championships in Libya eight years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: Score-5 (17.4ppg), 4.1rpg, 2.0apg, Steals-4 (2.0spg), FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 69.4%.
Efevberha is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Australia and of course North America) in eight different countries. Efevberha has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., France (Cholet Basket), New Zealand (Saints), Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok), Switzerland, China (Sichuan Blue Whales and Xinjiang Flying Tige), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and D-League (Springfield A.).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pepsi LBL Round 9: Derby game ends with Al Riyadi's defeat of Sagesse - by Eurobasket News

Pepsi LBL is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 9 rounds left.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beirut: Al Riyadi (#4) and Sagesse (#8). Sagesse was crushed at home by 30 points 79-109 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Al Riyadi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Sagesse's 34 and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Sagesse 46-30 including 33 on the defensive glass. Al Riyadi looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Al Riyadi made 8 blocks. It was a good game for Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international point guard Wael Arakji (194-94) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Terrell Stoglin (185-91, college: Maryland) answered with 50 points (!!!) for Sagesse. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion (6-3) moved-up to third place. Sagesse at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Champville and Mayrouba. Al Riyadi are looking forward to face Champville (#7) in Dik El Mehdi in the next round. Sagesse will play on the road against Mayrouba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Hoops Club's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after eight consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Louaize (5-4) 84-69. Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Darrius Garrett chipped in 14 points and 14 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American center Wendell Lewis (208-89, college: Alabama St., agency: HMS) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Hoops Club maintains tenth place with 1-8 record. Louaize at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Moutahed. Hoops Club will play against higher ranked Tadamon (#6) in Zouk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Louaize will play on the road against the league's leader Homenetmen where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Pepsi LBL top team - Homenetmen (8-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Champville (3-6) in Beirut 82-55. Dewayne Jackson nailed 32 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Brandon Thomas came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Champville in the defeat. Champville's coach Ghassan Sarkis gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Homenetmen maintains first place with 8-1 record. Loser Champville keeps the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Sagesse and Mayrouba. Homenetmen will meet at home Louaize (#4) in the next round. Champville will play against Al Riyadi in Beirut and hope to secure a win.
The game in Mayrouba was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Al Moutahed (5-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Mayrouba (3-6). Al Moutahed managed to secure a 9-point victory 74-65. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Cleveland Melvin who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Al Moutahed have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Louaize. Mayrouba at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Al Moutahed's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Byblos on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mayrouba will play against Sagesse (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 9 Tadamon was beaten by Byblos on the road 91-80.


Mayrouba - Moutahed 65-74

The game in Mayrouba was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Al Moutahed (5-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Mayrouba (3-6). Al Moutahed managed to secure a 9-point victory 74-65. Al Moutahed outrebounded Mayrouba 46-30 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Cleveland Melvin (203-91, college: De Paul) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU, agency: Stealth Sport) chipped in 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Emmanuel Jones (200-85, college: UTRGV) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and center Robert Upshaw (213-94, college: Washington) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively. Al Moutahed have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Louaize. Mayrouba at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Al Moutahed's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Byblos on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mayrouba will play against Sagesse (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Moutahed: R.Curry 18+7reb+4ast, D.Bowles 17+8reb+5ast, C.Melvin 17+12reb+3ast, E.Roustom 9+3reb+2ast, C.Tabet 6+9reb, O.El Ayoubi 4+6reb+1ast
Mayrouba: E.Jones 28+11reb+1ast, R.Upshaw 16+6reb, T.Ammar 8+7reb+1ast, F.Anaty 5+2reb+4ast, C.Kodsi 5+1reb+3ast, I.Umipig 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 522117


Hoops - Louaize 84-69

Hoops Club's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after eight consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Louaize (5-4) 84-69. It was a great shooting night for Hoops Club especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and American center Darrius Garrett (206-90, college: Richmond) chipped in 14 points and 14 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American center Wendell Lewis (208-89, college: Alabama St., agency: HMS) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and international guard Geron Johnson (190-92, college: Memphis) scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Hoops Club and four Louaize players scored in double figures. Hoops Club maintains tenth place with 1-8 record. Louaize at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Moutahed. Hoops Club will play against higher ranked Tadamon (#6) in Zouk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Louaize will play on the road against the league's leader Homenetmen where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Hoops: I.Kaissy 18+2reb+5ast, V.Vukosavljevic 17+13reb+1ast, D.Garrett 14+14reb+2ast, A.Mezher 13+5reb+8ast, O.Thomas 13+3reb+2ast, T.Merheby 4+1reb
Louaize: E.Stephan 19+3reb+4ast, W.Lewis 18+10reb+2ast, G.Johnson 13+8reb+6ast, T.McKie 11+8reb+1ast, M.Martinez 8+8reb+2ast, R.Bechara 0+1reb
gschID: 522121


Sagesse - Al Riyadi 79-109

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beirut: Al Riyadi (#4) and Sagesse (#8). Sagesse was crushed at home by 30 points 79-109 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Al Riyadi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Sagesse's 34 and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Sagesse 46-30 including 33 on the defensive glass. Al Riyadi looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Al Riyadi made 8 blocks. It was a good game for Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international point guard Wael Arakji (194-94) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Al Riyadi players scored in double figures. American guard Terrell Stoglin (185-91, college: Maryland) answered with 50 points (!!!) and the other American import power forward Ivan Johnson (203-84, college: CS San Bernar., agency: Haylett Sports) added 16 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Sagesse. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion (6-3) moved-up to third place. Sagesse at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Champville and Mayrouba. Al Riyadi are looking forward to face Champville (#7) in Dik El Mehdi in the next round. Sagesse will play on the road against Mayrouba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Al Riyadi: A.Aminu 22+10reb+2ast, A.Saoud 18+4reb+3ast, K.Brown 14+7reb+4ast, W.Arakji 14+6reb+7ast, B.Cvetkovic 12+10reb+2ast, A.Haidar 11+2reb+1ast
Sagesse: T.Stoglin 50+2reb+1ast, I.Johnson 16+11reb+2ast, P.Bou Abboud 9+4reb+2ast, S.Khoury 2+2reb, G.Yves-Daaboul 2+1reb+3ast, T.O'Brien 0+7reb+1ast
gschID: 522118


Byblos - Tadamon 91-80

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Byblos (7-2) beat at home 5th ranked Tadamon (4-5) 91-80. It looked good early as Tadamon took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Byblos had a 26-16 second period charge getting the lead and Tadamon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-91. They outrebounded Tadamon 42-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international Jasmon Youngblood (195-84, college: Kent St.) chipped in 28 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Maurice Kemp (203-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) who recorded 30 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Earvin Morris (196-94, college: UTEP) added 20 points respectively. Tadamon's coach Paul Coughter rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Byblos have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-2 record behind leader Homenetmen. Tadamon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Byblos' next round opponent will be Al Moutahed (#5) in Tripoli. Tadamon will play on the road against Hoops Club in Beirut and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Byblos: J.Youngblood 28+5reb+3ast, C.Tucker 24+3reb+4ast, N.Ebi 24+18reb, J.Aby Khers 8+3reb, R.Akl 5+6reb+4ast, T.Ammoury 2+4reb+5ast
Tadamon: M.Kemp 30+7reb, E.Morris 20+3reb+2ast, B.Tabbara 13+6reb+3ast, J.Khalil 8+6reb+8ast, F.Abou Jaoude 4, G.Hadidian 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 522120


Homenetmen - Champville 82-55